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Bio-Identical Hormones for Women

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Friday, January 16, at 2 PM Pacific

Bio-Identical Hormones for Women

Today we will be joined by Dr. Carolyn Torkelson to discuss the use of bio-identical hormones in women. We will review the symptoms and medical benefits of natural hormone replacement as well as the risks.

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What Can Bio-identical Hormone Therapy Do for You?

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

Current research on hormones brings new information to the discussion concerning the safety of hormone replacement therapies. The outcome of the Womens Health Initiative in 2002 reported that estrogen therapy increased risk of heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, blood blots, with some decreased risk of colon cancer and osteoporosis. Because of that study, estrogen received a bad rap, and a lingering fear of hormones remains. However, in the past 11 years, research has elucidated the difference between the animal derived estrogens and synthetic progestins previously used and bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are hormones with a molecular structure identical to our own. What is becoming clear is that the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) far outweigh the risks for the majority of women and men if used properly. Safety depends on what type of hormones, how they are taken, your metabolism (detoxification), and the hormone levels in relation to other hormones.

Hormone optimization, nutrition, stress reduction, and exercise are all necessary factors for healthy aging. Hormonal treatment to correct deficiencies, if used safely, can improves quality of life, decrease overall inflammation and provide anti-aging properties. Adrenal hormones, thyroid, progesterone, testosterone and estrogen must be balanced in relation to one another to function properly. In this article I will discuss the current research behind hormonal therapies: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone for both men and women. In coming articles, I will discuss adrenal hormones: cortisol, pregnenelone and DHEA and the complexity of estrogen detoxification.

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Why Might You Want to Use Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

You have probably heard a lot about hormone replacement therapy, both good and bad. Let’s look at some of the details of why you might consider using hormone replacement therapy as part of comprehensive, effective, and safe support for your overall health.

It could lengthen your healthy, functional life span.
It can help retain physical vigor, mental clarity and youthful appearance.
It has anti-aging effects on:

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Sexual health
  • Brain function
  • Bone health
  • Maintaining ideal body weight/weight loss
  • Blood sugar control

It helps relieve menopausal symptoms: [Read more…]

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Sex Hormones for You, Personally

Let’s take a look at the sensible replacement of an individual woman’s hormones at menopause.  Yes, this is a personal approach for one woman’s needs, not some “one size-fits all” protocol. We start by understanding normal physiology – “how it works” and apply modern science to find the best doses for you personally.  Our goals are success and safety.

To help you understand this better, let’s see what hormones do and what happens when we lose them.  I’ll explain why it is important to consider replacing them at menopause and why sooner is better.  We’ll see how that can – and should – be done.  If we’re going to do this, let’s do it the best way, one woman at a time!

Basics:  Puberty to Menopause

Hormones are little chemical messengers that change the way your body behaves.  [Read more…]