bioidentical hormones

  1. The right time for HRT

    The right time for hormone therapy

    When I mention hormones to female patients, they start to get nervous. I can't say I blame them -- hormones are responsible for one of the biggest scandals in modern medicine, the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that turned out to increase the risk of breast cancer, heart disease and more.

    So it's up to me to ease their fears -- and today, I'm going to ease yours, too.

    Unlike the synthetic hormones used in HRT, natural bioidentical hormones are safe and at times critical to your health. And in some cases, natural estrogen could save your life -- like after a hysterectomy, when your hormone levels plunge overnight.

    Some women refer to it as "instant menopause," but in many ways a hysterectomy is worse, and not just because the hot flashes can be more frequent and more intense.

    The estrogen plunge can also increase your risk of heart attack and breast cancer.

    But here in the post-HRT world, women often refuse estrogen -- a decision that could cost them their lives. One new study finds that roughly 50,000 women have died needlessly of heart attack and breast cancer over the past decade because they weren't given estrogen after a hysterectomy.

    This to me should be as big a scandal as the original HRT story -- because none of those women should have died. Their doctors should have done a better job of explaining to them what I explain to my own patients: that the studies on HRT did not apply to estrogen-only therapy, they didn't apply to women who've had a hysterectomy and they didn't apply to natural bioidentical hormones.

    On top of that, we have years of research on bioidentical hormones -- including both estrogen and progesterone -- and all the studies show that they are completely safe when used appropriately.

    There's a reason for this.

    The synthetic drugs used in HRT are not quite the same as what's in your body -- and as a result, they're not used in the same way. They're a little off... and when something's off in the body, you face big risks.

    Natural bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are a perfect match -- identical to what's in your body, so they blend in seamlessly.

    For a woman struggling to get through menopause, it could be the difference between comfort and misery. And for a woman fighting back after a hysterectomy, it could be the difference between life and death.

    If you think you might benefit from hormone therapy, speak to a holistic doctor. And if you're in Southern California, you're in luck -- because I'm proud to say I have the most advanced hormone testing and treatment program around.

    Contact my clinic for more information, to make an appointment or for a telephone consultation at 855-DOC-MARK.

  2. Early menopause, early death

    No woman likes reaching menopause -- and not just because of the physical problems that come along with it.

    It's a reminder that you're aging... and who wants to be reminded of that?

    So naturally, menopause isn't exactly welcome news at any age. But when women reach "the change" early, they face even more problems -- and not just the emotional toll of a premature aging milestone.

    I saw a 48-year-old patient recently who went into menopause early, at 42. Sure enough, she had all sorts of health problems -- including fatigue, poor memory, and even the beginnings of bone loss.

    I explained to her that a doctor should have had her on natural hormones years ago. Needless to say, we got to work on replenishing her body's vital hormones.

    It's not just her.

    A new study of 390 Swedish women confirms the risks of early menopause, including double the risk of osteoporosis, a 70 percent increase in the risk of bone breaks, and a 60 percent higher risk of an early death when compared to women who reached the change after they turned 47.

    Early menopause can be triggered by any number of factors. Some, like genetics, aren't entirely within your control. But others are -- and if you're a smoker, quit now. The habit can boost your risk of early menopause by up to 60 percent.

    Exposure to toxic chemicals can also up your odds, and you don't have to work with hazardous waste to have high levels of dangerous toxins.

    Some of them are in your home right now.

    One study last year found that high levels of the perfluorocarbons used in many household products can increase the risk of early menopause by up to 40 percent. These PFCs are often used to make products waterproof, wrinkle-free, stain resistant, and non-stick.

    In other words, they're all around you. That's why I write to you so often about how to avoid these chemicals and how to detoxify when you have been exposed.

    Whatever the cause of your change -- whether it's early or right on time -- and you need more than just nutritional support, you can get over the worst of it with the help of hormones.

    And by that, I don't mean the drug industry's dangerous artificial hormones.

    Turn to bioidentical hormones instead. Bioidentical hormones are custom-made to match your body's needs -- and are exactly the same as what your body produces.

    I have an in-depth article on testing and treating menopausal women with bioidentical hormones in an upcoming issue of my Health Revelations newsletter. Sign up here, and you'll be among the first to get it.

    For more help in identifying and treating hormone imbalances, visit a holistic doctor or schedule a visit with me at my clinic.

  3. Low testosterone linked to frailty

    For men, the answer to the age-old problems of frailty may be locked inside our testosterone levels, as a new study out of Australia finds that low levels of the hormone could sap you of your vim and vigor.

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