Still The Ones! Bioidentical Hormones


Steven P. Timmons

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By Steven Timmons

James Ross Clemens was a cousin of Samuel Clemens, an author better known to most of us as Mark Twain. When James was seriously ill, a rumor began to circulate that Mark Twain had died. In 1897, correcting such false news would be a daunting task, but the great writer penned several letters to stop the rumor, one which read, “The report of my illness grew out of his illness, this report of my death was an exaggeration”.  This quote has been purloined and changed and attributed to many, but is usually quoted as “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

We have a similar situation in the medical community, where a series of incriminating studies have indicated that prescription hormone-like substances, which are not found in the body (until swallowed), may have caused harm, including an increase in breast cancer rates. Most informed physicians have stopped recommending these synthetic hormones to patients because of these findings.

However, since the use of these foreign molecules has for years been mislabeled as “hormone replacement therapy,” or HRT, these “synthetic hormones” have tainted the reputation of the real things: your own body’s actual hormones, often referred to as bioidentical hormones.

Contrary to the negative findings associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy, studies in the last several years have found more and more evidence that bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, BHRT, is beneficial. That’s right, “the rumors about the death of BIOIDENTICAL hormone replacement therapy have been greatly exaggerated!”

For instance, several studies in recent years have indicated that estriol, a bioidentical estrogen, can be used to treat vaginal dryness and atrophic vaginitis, even in breast cancer patients. One study on bioidentical hormones showed benefits to lipid profiles and bone density, another showed improvements to mental assessments and another showed improvements to a variety of parameters, including anxiety scores, depression scales and C-Reactive Protein levels, but the list of benefits goes on and on. A recent study out of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at UCLA demonstrated an anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effect for estriol and testosterone in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). They even indicated hope for psoriasis and other auto-immune disorders.

It gets even better.  The benefits of bioidentical hormones are not limited to women. Several studies in men have documented that metabolic syndrome and diabetes are related to low testosterone levels, and can be treated by using transdermal testosterone.

Bioidentical hormones have been available by prescription from compounding pharmacies for decades, allowing them to be adjusted to a specific individual’s needs. Unfortunately, there are new laws originating in the U.S. House and Senate that attempt to limit the accessibility of compounded prescriptions…but that is a whole different kettle of fish.

So let us end with another piece of wisdom from the great Mark Twain, something he said in a speech at his 70th birthday party in 1905: “You can’t reach old age by another man’s road. My habits protect my life but they would assassinate you.”

Oh, Samuel, Samuel, would that you were alive today, and then might personal choice find its voice anew.

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