Bioidentical Hormones: Whose Life is it Anyway?

by Magnolia on April 25, 2011

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The Detroit Free Press ran a story yesterday on hormone therapy I thought you all might find interesting.

The thrust of the article is that women should take charge of their reproductive and hormone health.

( A drum I can’t beat loud enough and a bandwagon I’m always ready to jump on.)

As I read through the article, I couldn’t help but think of the fact that we are all human guinea pigs when it comes to medicine.  Unfortunately, that fact has not changed in centuries.

The pendulum swings from one extreme to the other it seems and what used to be okay is now awful for you.  Then another study comes out and it’s okay for you, yet again.  Is it any wonder we are confused?

Since the Women’s Health Initiative study was released in the early 2000s, women have bailed on traditional hormone replacement therapy and have begun to replace it with bioidentical hormones.

Not surprisingly, there are still physicians who feel that bioidentical hormones are no better for you than synthetic hormones.

Many of them will cite further research on the matter (and it is included in the article I’m speaking of as well) telling us that bioidentical hormones bind to the same estrogen receptors that synthetic hormones bind to with the same results.

To which I say, okay, strictly from a biological point of view, that is true.

However, the bigger question in my view, is not whether the bioidentical and synthetic hormones bind to the same estrogen receptors and produce the same results.

But rather, what are the sources of these hormones and what kind of long term effect do they have on our body outside of relief from perimenopause symptoms?

Many pharmaceutical drugs get the job done. But they also come with a host of undesirable side effects as well. To suggest that synthetic hormones are as good and in some cases, better than bioidentical hormones because they “get the job done” is simply a lame argument.

Personally, I’m of the mind that some physicians will never accept bioidentical hormones as a superior choice for hormone therapy.  And of course, neither will the pharmaceutical companies.

Does the end justify the means? Are drugs okay just as long as they get the job done?

There is big money to be made off of drugs, and at the end of the day, those that profit the most are going to fight the hardest.  That is simply an ugly fact in this debate.

So, again ladies, I can’t encourage you enough to educate yourself so that you can make the best informed decision possible when it comes to your health. You have great power in this medical relationship.

Do not abdicate that power to those you may feel are more of an expert than you.  Yes, they are well trained and in most cases very well intentioned as well. But, your health is exactly that, your health.  Own it.  If you would like to read the article from the Detroit Free Press, you can find it here.

Magnolia

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Noble April 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for a great article. I agree 100% that we should be very aware of what goes into our bodies in regards to medicine AND that the pharmaceutical companies are out to make a profit. Now profit itself is not a bad thing but when it comes at the expense of a person’s health, that’s a bad thing.

Keep up the good work!

-Noble

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