Preventive Medicine for a Healthier Life

There exists a basic difference between traditional and preventive medicine. While the first focuses on the management and cure of symptoms and ailments, preventive medicine focuses on managing the health and lifestyle of a person so that ailments do not occur. The trend of preventive medical care is a sign of maturity in the medical … Continued

Antidepressant Gets FDA Approval for Hot Flashes

The FDA recently approved Brisdelle, the first non-hormonal medication for hot flashes associated with menopause. This may be exciting news for women wishing to avoid hormonal options for their hot flashes. But, before you take on a new medication, consider the side effects and other options (including bio-identical hormone replacement) to see if Brisdelle is … Continued

Getting a Second Shot at Youth

Hormone treatments for men and women are increasingly popular among the Baby Boomers and others seeking the fountain of youth in a pill, pellet, patch or gel. These treatments are touted by anti-aging centers and some doctors as a way to battle the bulge and loss of muscle, strength, sex drive and stamina that may … Continued

What Does Progesterone Do? (part 1)

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that has many biological functions. It is one of the major sex hormones in women and is usually the first sex hormone to decline as a woman enters menopause. It’s also found in men, but at lower levels than in women. When I was in medical school, back in the … Continued

How Long Do I Need To Take Hormones?

I often get asked this question by my patients, and I advise them to consider some important facts about hormone therapy. Most patients come to see me because they’re experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiencies and want to feel better. This is an important aspect of hormone therapy. We all want to feel better and have … Continued

Do bioidentical hormones cause breast cancer?

Does bioidentical hormone therapy cause breast cancer? Hormone replacement therapy got a lot of bad press since publication of the Women’s Health Initiative.  This study looked at over 16,000 women whose average age was 64.  The women in this study took the synthetic hormones: Premarin and Provera.  This study sought to answer the question, “Does hormone replacement … Continued

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

I often get the question from women struggling with menopausal symptoms: What are bioidentical hormones? This is simply a term used for hormones that are the same molecular structure as the hormones that your body would produce. They are created in a lab from a substance that is derived from either soy or yam. Synthetic … Continued

Bioidentical?

I get a lot of questions from patients and seminar attendees about the definition of “bioidentical”. It’s almost as if those of us using hormones that are identical in chemical structure to what is made in the human body are somehow off the deep end. In fact, it makes no sense at all to prescribe … Continued

Hormone Replacement Therapy; the options, risks, benefits: who, why, where

Hormone Replacement Therapy; the options, risks, benefits:  who, why, and where to go for help? Bio-identical Hormones (BHRT) v. Non-bio-identical hormones (HRT) Both used to alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalance Bio-identical Hormone Replacement also used to correct the imbalance causing the symptoms Bio-identical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) – what are they?  Why all the HYPE? Bio-identical … Continued

Synergy

Balanced and sufficient hormones are a part of wellness. And they are an important part, especially as we grow older. But when asked what I think the most important preventive health tool we have is, my answer is what we eat and drink. Heresy? ….coming from a “bio- identical hormone doc.” Not at all. Patients … Continued