A surprising benefit of estrogen therapy
You hear plenty about side effects... but today I want to take it in the other direction.
I've got some really good news about a powerful side BENEFIT.
And ladies, if you're considering estrogen therapy -- ideally with bioidentical hormones in the care of an experienced holistic medical doctor -- you're going to love this one.
New research reveals that hormone replacement after menopause can help you in a big and unexpected way.
It turns out that estrogen therapy can help protect your teeth and gums!
The study finds that older women who have this treatment are 44 percent less likely to battle severe periodontitis, or a form of gum disease that can cause pain, inflammation, bleeding, and tooth loss.
Gum disease also means more trips to the dentist, longer sessions, more pain, and bigger bills. And if your teeth start falling out, you can kiss many of the foods you love goodbye.
It might not seem like estrogen would have much to do with your teeth and gums, but there's a pretty simple explanation for this.
When hormone levels drop, you can suffer thinner and weaker bone -- including the bone in your jaw.
Since most people already have some level of gum disease, the two conditions fuel each other. The loss of bone causes more decay in the gums, and the infection of gum disease leads to more problems in the jaw and teeth.
Eventually, those teeth start popping out.
Hormone therapy helps protect that all-important jawbone, and even if it doesn't quite prevent or stop gum disease -- you'll need to brush and floss for that -- at least it won't cause that cycle where it gets worse due to decaying jawbone.
That same therapy will also protect your other bones and help prevent osteoporosis.
And of course hormone therapy can also reduce or eliminate many of the other problems that strike after menopause -- including the hot flashes, mood swings, heart risk, and even some of those troubles in the bedroom.
The only downside to the new study is that it's a mainstream look at hormone therapy, and that means they likely used Big Pharma's hormone drugs, which pack the potential for serious side effects.
So let me give you two better options.
The first is to see if your body can start generating its own estrogen again with the help of diet, herbal remedies, and other natural treatments, including homeopathic remedies.
For more on those options, pick up a copy of the latest edition of my book Prescription for Natural Cures, which features an entire chapter on menopause.
If you've tried to boost estrogen production naturally and are still falling short, or if you're suffering from a more serious deficiency, then bioidentical hormones might be right for you.
These are customized to match the needs of your body so they work better and are much less likely to cause side effects.
And if you're in the San Diego area, I can help. Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine and I can run some tests to which approach is best for you.
Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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