hormone therapy

  1. Hormone therapy cuts heart and stroke risk in women

    Slash your risk of TWO leading killers at ONCE

    Ladies, there's a simple way to protect yourself from not just one but TWO of the nation's leading causes of death.

    Your own doc knows about this treatment. He could even get it for you on your next visit.

    But odds are, he won't even mention it!

    New research reveals how simple hormone therapy in older women can help open up the arteries, clear out the junk, and keep them free of the nasty buildups that can cause them to harden and narrow.

    It's better known as atherosclerosis, and it's the key cause of many heart attacks and about half of all strokes.

    Atherosclerosis also leads to all three of the main forms of cardiovascular disease: coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral artery disease.

    These are all words you never want to hear in a doctor's office or ER... and if you've ever had estrogen therapy, you might never hear them: Women treated with hormones are much more likely to have clear and healthy arteries.

    In some cases, the differences are dramatic.

    Older women who've had hormone therapy are 20 percent more likely to have a coronary calcium score of zero.

    That's the best possible score, and it means you've got the lowest possible risk of a heart attack.

    They're also 36 percent less likely to find themselves on the other end of the spectrum with a score of 399 or higher, which is the "high-risk" category.

    But neither number is as impressive as the next one.

    A lower risk of today's leading killer diseases means HIGHER odds of living longer. And if you have estrogen therapy, you're 30 percent less likely to die early.

    Estrogen therapy was once so common that it was hard to find an older woman who hadn't been treated.

    Then a study came out linking it to breast cancer -- and even though the overall evidence shows hormone therapy is perfectly safe when delivered responsibly, it's never quite shaken that reputation.

    Don't let fear keep you away from this treatment.

    Along with protecting your arteries, estrogen can help cut the risk of everything from mood problems to bone breaks.

    In some cases, you may not even need actual hormone treatments, as some natural therapies can help get your body to produce more estrogen on its own.

    If you're still falling short, the safest option is bioidentical hormones. Unlike Big Pharma's hormone drugs, these natural estrogens are custom-created by a compounding pharmacist to match what's in your body.

    A mainstream doc probably won't offer them or even mention them, so seek the advice of an experienced holistic medical doctor.

    I'll have more on the benefits of hormone therapy coming up in the May edition of my Health Revelations newsletter, so keep an eye on your mailbox.

    If you're in the San Diego area, I can test your hormone levels here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine to see if estrogen therapy is right for you.

    Not in Southern California? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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  2. 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.

  3. More shady ethics from Big Pharma

    It turns out a controversial and dangerous hormone therapy that was all the rage a few years back was pushed in medical journals by writers who were paid by Big Pharma, according to court papers found in August by the New York Times.

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