Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Lost without this incredible treatment!"

This is a recent email from a 47 yr old patient who has been on the Wiley Protocol since March 09. She had symptoms of migraine headaches, hot flashes, insomnia, and joint pains. She had not had a period since she stopped taking oral birth control pills in 2008.

Hi Gretchen,

I'm not sure how to handle this situation. I was on a cruise the last 8 days and I forgot the CREAM! I went into panic mode! I figured I would be able to get back on track some how but now I need your help. The last time I used it was on day 14, just in time for the progestrerone start. Now where do I start over again? Do I need to wait to start a cycle over or can I start back at day 1 today? Since my estrogen levels were low anyway maybe not using the progrestrone this cycle my body may not have missed it. (postitive thinking)

Believe it or not I started to get those awful hot flashes and sleep loss around day 20 and I think I'm in full menopause cycle again (I'm sure I'm not but that's just I feel). I arrived home yesterday (day 22) and immediately put on 4 lines of estrogren hoping this would help the hot flashes. I didn't realize that this treatment made me feel as good as I was feeling until it wasn't available. We really need to work on getting this available everywhere in the country so next time I forget the cream (which I will never forget again) I can get it!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Can't wait to hear back from you. Hope I didn't mess up the cycles!

Lost without this incredible treatment!

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hypoestrogen, What is that?

Women of all ages can have hypoestrogen. Hypoestrogen is when levels of cycling estrogen falls below the normal range of 150 pg/ml to 550 pg/ml. The symptoms are felt by women in many ways. And every woman knows when “the change” happens. Some women even know when slight changes begin to occur. Even the women who are lucky enough to never experience a hot flash often have probably experienced one of the following other hypoestrogen symptoms: heart palpitations, insomnia, mood swings, joint aches, headaches, fatigue, low libido, vaginal dryness, bloating, skin dryness, brain fog….just to name a few.

When just a few symptoms began to occur with me at age 42, I was NOT thinking it was from hypoestrogen. I knew that to be “menopause” and I was still cycling every 28 days having a 3-4 day period and just had two babies 15 months apart. When my doctor told me I should start on beta blockers to control my anxiety feelings and onset of heart palpitations, I decided to dig really deep and figure out what was causing the changes in my body to occur. I knew these changes came out of no where started to occur shortly after my last pregnancy at age 41. At that time my estrogen level was 48 pg/ml. I didn’t know much about fractionating the estradiol out of the estrogen total at that time. I didn’t know what the significance was about timing the cycling and checking blood. I didn’t know that fluctuations in estrogen can be pretty significant just days apart in a cycle. I also didn’t realize that if estrogen wasn’t peaking and I wasn’t ovulating I was not getting any progesterone and therefore had cycles with unopposed estrogen.

I’ve been treating women who have hypoestrogen levels and have seen the dramatic changes that occur when estrogen and progesterone are replaced in a cyclic dosing schedule and reach their individual therapeutic range in the blood serum. Like I said earlier, estrogen peaks around 350-550 pg/ml and is around 100-150 pg/ml on baseline days. Progesterone peaks around 10-15 ng/ml and is around 2-5 ng/ml on baseline days. Hormones that are too low cause symptoms that women feel and experience. They are real symptoms.

How long would you replace your thyroid if you were hypothyroid? I believe you would say forever. Well, I say that is how long we should replace our estrogen and progesterone if we have hypoestrogen. The results are amazing. It’s easier to replace hormones when receptors are still present and active. But, it is never too late. I have patients who are doing amazingly well that are in their late 70’s. I also have patients as young as 19 whose symptoms are resolved dramatically using bioidentical hormones in cyclic dosing and the results cannot even compare to that of traditional care, which is oral birth control pills (synthetic estrogen and synthetic progestins) given in static doses using low amounts of hormones. I know many women who cannot stand how they feel on the pill. Maybe some women don’t even realize that it is the pill causing some of the symptoms they experience.

Women can change the standard of care. My goal is to educate women and then we have a choice what we want to do with that information. We cycle. Let’s keep on cycling.

Hypoestrogen, What is that?

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Great Article Written by David Edelberg, MD - Infertility

Thoughts On Infertility--Part 1

I don’t care much for the infertility industry, and let me say right up front that I know some of you are deeply grateful to it for helping you create your precious child. I love kids too. I simply don’t care for the business that infertility has become. My first issue with infertility clinics is their utter lack of interest when it comes to approaches less drastic than all the tests, hormones, and surgical procedures. Part of the problem is the gynecologists themselves. Largely because of malpractice fears (their premiums are breathtaking), gynecologists follow the straight and narrow menu of high-tech fertility enhancers. However, it’s worth mentioning too that infertility centers are businesses that wouldn’t make as much money offering nutritional counseling as they do by performing in vitro fertilization.

I’ve never been pleased with the one-size-fits-all mentality at these clinics. Every woman gets the same blood tests (and there are plenty of them), x-rays, ultrasounds, and so forth. There is far less individual treatment than I’d endorse. Plus, with each test stress levels soar. Some tests can be quite uncomfortable, and for many women each appointment spikes anxiety as they await test results. Looking at waiting room photos of couples holding their babies, many women agonize “Why not me?”
Which leads me to the second issue with these clinics: they don’t seem to acknowledge the role of stress in infertility. From the moment you decide to use a fertility specialist, your stress level escalates, and to a far greater degree than when you were simply worried because you weren’t getting pregnant. The costs alone are enough to ramp up mental and emotional strain, especially if you don’t have precisely the right kind of health insurance.

On the home front, the full range of your infertility work-up can come to dominate your life. Dinnertime conversation centers on pregnancy and your desk is covered with temperature charts and medical bills, while your body is swimming in high doses of the same hormones farmers use to increase livestock production. A calendar replaces both love and lust as the cue for having sex, and you might even find yourself saying things to your loved one like “I told you not to wear Jockey shorts. They can lower your sperm count!” and “I don’t care how horny you are. You’ll wait until Thursday when I’m ovulating.”

What most infertility centers neglect to mention is that all mammals, humans included, are programmed to limit the number of offspring they produce during periods of stress. If a herd of deer senses there won’t be enough food in the coming months, hormone levels change and the females simply have fewer babies.

Significantly, stress also reduces the function of your thyroid and adrenal glands, and your ovaries too. Understand that you need all three functioning in relative harmony to coordinate a pregnancy.

If you’re already working with an infertility clinic, try these steps to help reduce the stress of treatment:
• Attend yoga or tai chi classes.
• Use this excellent meditative CD about infertility by the always reassuring Belleruth Naparstek.
• Consider a session or two of Healing Touch, especially after procedures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

I've also never been thrilled with the explanations infertility centers offer when, after months of trying, nothing seems to work. Rather than saying honestly that they don't know why you can't get pregnant, they too often take a blame-the-patient approach, using unhelpful phrases like “your uterus just won’t accept the fertilized egg” or “you have premature ovarian failure.”

Before you refinance your condo to pay for IVF, consider these free or extremely affordable ways to boost your odds of getting pregnant:
To increase fertility…
• Replace animal sources of protein with vegetable sources.
• Substitute high-fat dairy products for low-fat products.
• Take these useful supplements: a daily multiple vitamin with iron, a good antioxidant blend, a fish oil product , and zinc. (and Vitamin D3 if you are deficient)

Avoid these pregnancy inhibitors…
• Coffee, tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs.
• Eating too many soy products.
• Excessive exercise or dieting with rapid weight loss.
• Low levels of folate, vitamin B-12, vitamin D (get tested for all three), and iodine (just use iodized salt).
• Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Your thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) should be under 2.5, not the “old normal” of under 5.0. Try this self test. Then ask your doctor to test you. If your TSH is over 2.5, start taking thyroid replacement

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Knowing How Our Hormone Cycle Works

Hormonal Harmony
Hormone imbalance is best understood by knowing how a normal menstrual cycle works. A menstrual cycle is the result of a hormonal dance between the pituitary gland in the brain and the ovaries. Every month the female sex hormones prepare the body to support a pregnancy, and without fertilization there is menstruation (a period).

Menstrual Cycle
A menstrual cycle is determined by the number of days from the first day of one period to the first day of the next. So day one of the menstrual cycle is the first of full bleeding day of the period. A typical cycle is approximately 24 to 35 days (average 28 days for most women). It is not abnormal for a woman¹s cycle to occasionally be shorter or longer.

On Day 1 of the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels are low. Low levels of estrogen and progesterone signal the pituitary gland to produce Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). FSH begins the process of maturing a follicle (fluid-filled sac in the ovary containing an egg).

The follicle produces more estrogen to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. At ovulation, usually around Day 12 - 14, increased estrogen levels trigger a sharp rise in Luteinizing Hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland, causing release of the egg from the follicle.

The ruptured follicle (corpus luteum) now secretes progesterone and estrogen to continue to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilized, estrogen and progesterone levels drop and, on Day 28, the menses begin.

The menstrual cycle occurs in three phases: follicular, ovulatory and luteal. The first half of the cycle is known as the follicular phase and the second half of the cycle is considered the luteal phase. Midway through the cycle between days 12 and 16 ovulation occurs, known as the ovulatory phase

Hormone Imbalance
Knowing how a normal menstrual cycle works helps to understand the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms are often the result of too much or too little hormone(s).

During perimenopause hormone levels fluctuate as a result of fewer ovulations, so less progesterone is produced in the second half of the menstrual cycle. Periods can be erratic, skipped or have heavy bleeding /clots. Symptoms result from the change in ratio of estrogen to progesterone ­ so the imbalance creates the symptoms.

During menopause, estrogen is no longer produced by the ovaries and is made in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands and in fat tissue. Estrogen is still produced in the body, but in lower amounts than younger cycling women. The most significant hormone change of menopause is the lack of progesterone, so a time of estrogen dominance and low progesterone.

Important Menstrual Cycle Hormones

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) -­ released from the pituitary gland in the brain, and stimulates the ovarian follicles (fluid-filled sacs on the ovary containing an egg or ovum) to mature.

Luteinizing Hormone (LH) -­ also released from the pituitary gland in the brain at ovulation, and causes the rupture of the mature ovarian follicle, releasing the egg.

Estrogen -­ One of the female sex hormones and often referred to as the ³growing hormone² because of its role in the body. Estrogen is responsible for growing and maturing the uterine lining (lining that is shed during menstruation) and also matures the egg prior to ovulation. Estrogen is produced mostly by the ovaries but also in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands and in fat tissue. It is most abundant in the first half of the menstrual cycle (follicular phase).

Progesterone -­ Another of the female sex hormones. It works in the body to balance the effects of estrogen and is often referred to as the relaxing hormone. Progesterone is produced after ovulation by the corpus luteum (sack that the egg comes from) and dominates the second half of the cycle (luteal phase). Progesterone¹s main job is to control the build up of the uterine lining and help mature and maintain the uterine lining if there is a pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy, our progesterone levels fall and the lining of the uterus is shed, beginning the menstrual cycle.

Testosterone -­ An important sex hormone for both women and men, although women have much lower levels. Is produced by the ovaries and adrenal glands (right on top of the kidneys), and has a surge at time of ovulation and slight rise just before the menses. Testosterone helps women maintain muscle mass and bone strength, enhances sex drive and helps with overall sense of well-being and zest for life.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bio-identical Hormones are only natural if they are Biomimetic–

Bio-identical Hormones are only natural if they are Biomimetic–

If you are debating hormone replacement therapy, you’re not alone. Women everywhere are looking for answers and when they can’t find them, they look to their healthcare providers and pharmacists for help. According to the US Census Bureau, there were an estimated 78.2 million baby boomers, as of July 1, 2005, and over 47 million of them are women experiencing discomfort from menstruation to menopause, to loss of libido and beyond.

For those who still do not use any Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), the idea of anti-aging and bio-identical hormones has become intriguing. A myriad of products on the market make the right choice difficult.

People have become accustomed to talking about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in menopause and anti-aging medicines versus synthetic big pharmaceutical products like Prempro from Wyeth. Bio-identical hormone products are usually created from natural sources of plant hormones which match the chemical structure of hormones produced by the human body. The premise is that the body can’t distinguish created bio-identical hormones from the ones the female ovaries produce naturally. The term bio-identical has basically become a catch all phrase for anything that is not a synthetic hormone. However “bio-identical” hormones can only be truly accurately bio-identical if the hormones for replacement mimic, not only those found in the body, but mimic the natural biological process as well.

In other words, natural plant derived hormones can accurately be termed bio-identical only when they are dosed in a Biomimetic fashion; that would be in a rhythm. Biomimetic hormones, the scientifically accurate term, are derived from plant sources and mimic the natural undulating or wavelike rhythms of the hormone blood levels in a normal menstrual cycle in a healthy young woman. It is this natural rhythm that is missing from all other bio-identical and synthetic hormone replacement therapies. It is the absence of this natural rhythm, according to T.S. Wiley, the developer of the Wiley Protocol, that is responsible for the vast side-effects in both camps.

So what exactly is meant by “the rhythm”? The body has rhythms that are governed by a master clock that works much like a conductor. It strikes up one section of the body’s orchestra as another quiets down, taking its main cue from light signals in the environment to stay in sync with the 24-hour day. Our body’s hormones surge and ebb to this maestro’s baton, controlling all endocrine function, predominantly a woman’s health for reproduction.

It is the circadian clock in our cells that measures one 24 hour spin of the planet. For 28 days the moon adds its light to create the menstrual rhythm for the body. The Wiley Protocol uses these natural rhythms in nature to establish the proper doses of estradiol and natural progesterone that mimic the natural hormones which would be produced by your body if you were young. The topical creams and their amounts vary throughout the 28 day cycle to restore the hormone levels of youth because young women, for the most part, don’t have heart attacks, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, or type 2 diabetes.

Uncertainty about any HRT began when The National Institute of Health (NIH), sponsored the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). This study of more than 161,000 women was designed to identify the benefits and risks of using hormone restoration therapy to prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, breast cancer and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Many people, including doctors, did not realize that the results of WHI Study dealt with only women over 65 who were taking only synthetic hormone replacement therapy which consisted of the drugs PremPro and Premarin only. The study was ended mid-stream in 2002 when, WHI investigators found that the risks of this approach using synthetic therapy exceeded the safety limits established at the beginning of the study. They never looked at compounded bio-identical hormones in static doses because they are prescribed and dosed too many different ways.

Women deserve something proven to be safe and reliable. A new study, Bio-identical Hormones On Trial, or B.H.O.T., will soon begin at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Texas, Tyler. The principal objective of the study will be to examine clinical outcomes and quality of life indicators of patients receiving BHRT at 10 to 12 primary care provider’s practices. This study will be the first of its kind to track and quantify outcomes based on dosing and patterns of administration of BHRT.

In 2030 there will be 57.8 million baby boomers living with many of the health issues that we may suffer between the ages of 66 and 84. There’s a chance that those who choose rhythmic replacement, the Wiley Protocol, could age to a healthier more graceful tune. Think about it

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Read This if You are Worried About the Swine Flu!




P. O. Box 510518, Punta Gorda, FL 33951-0518

An international financial, economic, political and social commentary.

Published and Edited by: Bob Chapman

"Data gleaned indirectly from anonymous testimony of Navy wives of the affected crew via the internet radio show A Marine Disquisition as follows:

* 1. Unnamed US Navy vessel put to sea in April with 347 man crew.
* 2. Entire crew was vaccinated with H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine shortly after they put to sea.
* 3. Crew sickened so severely that other ships had to respond to render aid. 16 Medical Dr.s put aboard from an unnamed aircraft carrier and other responding vessels. Total of 50 Navy personnel sent aboard to respond to crisis.
* 4. Two of the crew of 347 died - including the Captain of the ship (a Lieutenant Commander) and a Chief Petty Officer.
* 5. 50 personnel sent aboard to help are quarantined in Navy hospital in Balboa, Spain after 10 of them caught the flu from the ship's crew. Two of the 50 quarantined are in serious condition at last report.
* 6. Of the 347 man crew that were vaccinated, 333 contracted the H1N1 flu FROM THE VACCINE. Two died, as mentioned above, and 331 survived. Only 14 of the 347 vaccinated sailors did not show any ill effects from the vaccine.
* 7. Navy has threatened all the spouses of the ship's crew to remain silent - claiming all this information is classified. Some are whistle-blowing and that is where this information is coming from.
* 8. On the unnamed aircraft carrier that provided assistance, 415 sailors contracted the swine flu and are currently quarantined onboard.

PLEASE pass this along. The truth is that the swine flu epidemic will be created BY THE VACCINE. If we don't take it, there will be no epidemic. From this one test it's apparent that the vaccine as tested on that ship's crew in April is 96% effective at infecting the recipient with swine flu. Such an infection rate is impossible to achieve by any natural means. Though it only killed 1% immediately, there is no telling what the long term effects on those injected with the vaccine will be. See the research on the long term effects of the 1976 swine flu vaccine, and the Gulf War anthrax vaccine programs for more information.
Also note that mere contact with those that have been vaccinated creates a 20% chance of you contracting the swine flu even if you have not been vaccinated. Please pass this data along to anyone you care about!"

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Health, Beauty, and Aging are my Favorite Subjects

For the past two years I have been interested in learning more about what makes us age and what can help us slow down the aging process. I became interested in this subject when I started to see changes in myself related to aging. Skin changes, hair changes, sleep and energy changes, body changes, etc. I started with researching the cause of these changes and I discovered it was hormone related and vitamin deficiency or loss of efficiency (depending on your perspective).

Yes, reaching a ripe old age on lots of pharmaceutical medications is what today's women are experiencing. Thanks to the Women's Health Initiative study done by Wyeth-Ayerst in 1998-2002 which showed us that synthetic oral estrogen and synthetic oral progestin are a bad way to replace hormones and lead to more heart disease, strokes, breast cancer, and dementia. We don't live in a "natural society" any more. We live in an artificial society of lights, electricity, and processed food! And yes, not being able to sleep, heart palpitations, depression, anxiety, constipation, gastritis, urinary tract infections, divorce, memory loss, muscle wasting, weight gain, decreased sense of well being are the result of a loss of our biological hormones and cell control which we define now as menopause. NO HORMONES do kill people SLOWLY AND AGONIZINGLY. The women I know in their 50's and 60's who haven't yet replaced their hormones don't feel very good.

What hasn't been discussed in mainstream media and standard of care medicine is how should we replace hormones? How come we aren't telling women and men that hormones need to be replaced the way our body functions; in ascending and descending doses of estradiol and progesterone (or testosterone) over a 28 day cycle that ends with a menstrual period if a uterus is intact and mimics serum levels of healthy young females and young healthy males. Maybe because no one can profit from keeping us healthy. Or because it can't be labeled and sold as a pharmaceutical drug?

What I do know is that we all have a choice. For more information visit my web site GretchenClarkJones.com or google my name Gretchen Jones hormones to find out more information.

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More about Vitamin D

This is straight from Wikipedia:

Role in cancer prevention and recovery

The vitamin D hormone, calcitriol, has been found to induce death of cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. The anti-cancer activity of vitamin D is thought to result from its role as a nuclear transcription factor that regulates cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis and a wide range of cellular mechanisms central to the development of cancer.[65] These effects may be mediated through vitamin D receptors expressed in cancer cells.[14]
A search of primary and review medical literature published between 1970 and 2007 found an increasing body of research supporting the hypothesis that the active form of vitamin D has significant, protective effects against the development of cancer. Epidemiological studies show an inverse association between sun exposure, serum levels of 25(OH)D, and intakes of vitamin D and risk of developing and/or surviving cancer. In 2005, scientists released a metastudy which demonstrated a beneficial correlation between vitamin D intake and prevention of cancer. Drawing from a meta-analysis of 63 published reports, the authors showed that intake of an additional 1,000 international units (IU) (or 25 micrograms) of vitamin D daily reduced an individual's colon cancer risk by 50%, and breast and ovarian cancer risks by 30%.[66][67][68] A scientific review undertaken by the National Cancer Institute found that vitamin D was beneficial in preventing colorectal cancer, which showed an inverse relationship with blood levels of 80 nmol/L or higher associated with a 72% risk reduction. However, the same study found no link between baseline vitamin D status and overall cancer mortality.[69]
A 2006 study using data on over 4 million cancer patients from 13 different countries showed a marked difference in cancer risk between countries classified as sunny and countries classified as less–sunny for a number of different cancers.[70] Research has also suggested that cancer patients who have surgery or treatment in the summer — and therefore make more endogenous vitamin D — have a better chance of surviving their cancer than those who undergo treatment in the winter when they are exposed to less sunlight.[71] Another 2006 study found that taking the U.S. RDA of vitamin D (400 IU per day) cut the risk of pancreatic cancer by 43% in a sample of more than 120,000 people from two long-term health surveys.[72][73] A randomized intervention study involving 1,200 women, published in June 2007, reports that vitamin D supplementation (1,100 international units (IU)/day) resulted in a 60% reduction in cancer incidence, during a four-year clinical trial, rising to a 77% reduction for cancers diagnosed after the first year (and therefore excluding those cancers more likely to have originated prior to the vitamin D intervention).[74][75] Research has also indicated beneficial effects of high levels of calcitriol on patients with advanced prostate cancer.[76]
Low levels of vitamin D in serum have also been correlated with breast cancer disease progression and bone metastases,[77] and studies suggest that increased intake of vitamin D reduces the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women.[78] Polymorphisms of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene have been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.[77] Impairment of the VDR-mediated gene expression is thought to alter mammary gland development or function and may predispose cells to malignant transformation. Women with homozygous FOK1 mutations in the VDR gene had an increased risk of breast cancer compared with the women who did not. FOK1 mutation has also been associated with decreasing bone mineral density which in turn may be associated with an increase in the risk of breast cancer.[79]
[edit]Role in cardiovascular disease prevention

Research indicates that vitamin D may play a role in preventing or reversing coronary disease.[80][81] Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increase in high blood pressure and cardiovascular risk. When researchers monitored the vitamin D levels, blood pressure and other cardiovascular risk factors of 1739 people, of an average age of 59 years for 5 years, they found that those people with low levels of vitamin D had a 62% higher risk of a cardiovascular event than those with normal vitamin D levels.[82] Low levels of vitamin D have also been implicated in hypertension, elevated VLDL triglycerides, and impaired insulin metabolism.[83]
A report from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) involving nearly 5,000 participants found that low levels of vitamin D were associated with an increased risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The incidence of PAD was 80% higher in participants with the lowest vitamin D levels (<17.8 ng/mL).[39] Cholesterol levels were found to be reduced in gardeners in the UK during the summer months.[84] Heart attacks peak in winter and decline in summer in temperate[85] but not tropical latitudes.[86]
The issue of vitamin D in heart health has not yet been settled. Exercise may account for some of the benefit attributed to vitamin D, since vitamin D levels are generally higher in physically active persons.[87] Moreover, there may be an upper limit after which cardiac benefits decline. One study found an elevated risk of ischaemic heart disease in Southern India in individuals whose vitamin D levels were above 89 ng/mL.[52] These sun-living groups results do not generalize to sun-deprived urban dwellers. Among a group with heavy sun exposure, taking supplemental vitamin D is unlikely to result in blood levels over the ideal range, while urban dwellers not taking supplemental vitamin D may fall under the levels recognized as ideal.
[edit]Role in all-cause mortality

Using information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey a group of researchers concluded that having low levels of vitamin D (<17.8 ng/mL) was independently associated with an increase in all-cause mortality in the general population.[88] The study evaluated whether low serum vitamin D levels were associated all-cause mortality, cancer, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality among 13,331 diverse American adults who were 20 years or older. Vitamin D levels of these participants were collected over a 6-year period (from 1988 through 1994), and individuals were passively followed for mortality through the year 2000.
Among many factors that may be responsible for vitamin D's apparent beneficial effect on all-cause mortality is its effect on telomeres and its potential effect on slowing aging. Shortening of leukocyte telomeres is a marker of aging. Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) predicts the development of aging-related disease, and length of these telomeres decreases with each cell division and with increased inflammation (more common in the elderly) Research indicates that vitamin D is a potent inhibitor of the proinflammatory response and slows the turnover of leukocytes. Higher vitamin D levels were also associated with longer leukocyte telomere length, indicating that vitamin D sufficiency may be play a role in preventing age-related diseases.[89]

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Monday, October 5, 2009

TS Wiley Lecture at the AustrailAsian Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

Sep 30, 2009 14:22 ET

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2009) -TS Wiley talked about menopause and andropause for both sexes along with the benefits of rhythmic, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to a medical audience actively involved in anti-aging, preventive, regenerative and aesthetic medicine.

"Unfortunately, the current state of BHRT for menopausal women does not address the correct scientific template to affect real recovery," said T.S. Wiley, author and founder of the Wiley Protocol. "Creating a BHRT regimen that does not fully restore complete replacement values and menses seems as if it would further derange the template of hormonal and environmental interrelatedness that has evolved over millennia."

Wiley's approach to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is rhythmic, or biomimetic hormone replacement for menopausal women who experience mood swings, foggy thinking, anxiety, night sweats, sleeplessness, depression and/or lack of libido. It employs plant derived hormones dosed in escalating and descending biomimetic curves.

The latest research on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy suggests that women must cycle their hormones and have a menstrual bleed to be truly safe from cardiovascular events. According to a recent Danish study on 700,000 women, a combined cyclic regimen of bioidenticals with monthly bleeding creates a lower cardiovascular risk for women than continuous-combined estrogen, progesterone, and progestin therapy, which does not provide menses. Current standards for BHRT are the same as synthetics -- statically dosed, continuous-combined, which does not intend to provide a menstrual period.

She continued, "Bearing this in mind, consider a new approach to BHRT, including a protocol which provides women with a more accurate form of restoration for lost endocrine function at the steroid receptor level as well as effecting the physiologic functional medicine approach. The components of this transdermal protocol and the amount of hormones women take vary throughout the female 28-day cycle to mimic the hormone levels of a woman in her prime."

T.S. Wiley is the developer of The Wiley Protocol® rhythmic, compounded bioidentical hormones, and has pioneered the standardization of the patent pending Wiley Protocol formulations using unique, standardized compounding procedures and color coded packaging, available to physicians and patients at recommended retail prices. The company's biomimetic hormone protocols must be formulated by a trained and registered compounding pharmacist.

Wiley Systems, Inc distributes the following biomimetic dosing schedules: The Wiley Protocol™ for Women; Wiley Protocol for Men™, biomimetic DHEA and testosterone restoration; Wiley Protocol Thyroid™ for Women, biomimetic thyroid hormone restoration; Wiley Protocol Testosterone™ for Women, biomimetic testosterone restoration; and Wiley Protocol Face Crème™, which promotes a more youthful appearance by filling in fine lines with the body's own adiposities.

T.S. Wiley is a medical theorist in environmental endocrinology and Darwinian medicine, and has residences in both Santa Fe, New Mexico and Santa Barbara, California. She is a noted writer, researcher and lecturer on the effects of hormones, particularly in menopausal women as well as an accepted expert in chronobiology and circadian rhythmicity. Wiley's environmental endocrinology seminars, "Two Days Back on Earth" in Glendale, California are attended by physicians from around the world.

About Wiley Systems, Inc. and the Wiley Protocol. The Wiley Systems, Inc. was founded in 2005 in Santa Barbara, California by T.S. Wiley, who is the developer of the Wiley Protocol®, a trademarked patent pending delivery system consisting of the biomimetic, bioidentical hormones estradiol and progesterone, or biomimetic hormone restoration therapy. Wiley Systems began as a project to fund the union of doctors and pharmacists in a common goal to standardize bioidentical hormones for academic research. Now in 2009, the Wiley Pharmacy Consortium numbers around 50 pharmacies and more than 250 doctors prescribing in the US and Canada.

The Wiley Protocol is only available at compounding pharmacies that have joined the project for future National Institutes of Health (NIH) study and have contractually agreed to the standardized methods, materials, packaging and recommended pricing. In exchange, Wiley Systems provides intellectual property and provides 28WP logo-bearing packaging consisting of color-coded bags and applicators. The Wiley Protocol name assures customers that they are receiving authentic Wiley Protocol dosing rhythms based on original research.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Frequent Questions Asked By Doctors

Q. Why can't I start them on a 1/2 dose and titrate up?

A. The minimum dose used by the Basic Wiley Protocol may seem a bit high; but it is actually the least amount needed to show consistent improvement clinically and even approach the bottom of the reference range in the blood work for healthy young women. The only women eligible for less are women 60+, who have not had exogenous hormones ever and then only one month at a time for three months maximum. Estrasorb is the only FDA equivalent that is equal to baseline dose of the Wiley Protocol.

Q. What is wrong with giving Vaginal E3 (Estriol)

A. There's no need because if the Wiley Protocol is adjusted to a therapeutic optimum, within 3 months the vaginal tissues will have renewed and will retain moisture. After all, vaginal mucus is the hall mark of ovulation and normal hormonal peaks.

Q. Why do patients feel fine on static dosing?

A. Any hormone in any way is better (in terms of quality of life) than none at all. The dramatic improvement on the Wiley Protocol in all areas, in quality of life and clinical markers like bone density, hot flashes, etc...is far more pronounced. And, of course, Dr. Taguchi's work has shown a significant reduction in cancer risk compared to no hormone restoration at all.

Vaginal E3 is usually recommended when restoration of urogenital function is required. E3 is a metabolite of E2. If the urogenital system requires help, so do the rest of the hundreds of places in the body where estrogen is needed. Estradiol will convert to estriol and give the same benefits to the UG system as E3 alone, there is always metabolite to precursor ratio. Many physicians are afraid to give E2 due to fear of breast cancer, yet there is no data to support that giving E3 is safer than E2 anywhere.

This misconception is based on the widely publicized fact and conclusion by Dr. Jonathan Wright that E3 is the major estrogen in the third trimester pregnancy, and that pregnancy is linked to less breast cancer, therefore E3 might be breast tissue protective. The extremely high levels of E3 in third trimester pregnancy come from the fetal adrenal glands. There are studies that show if breast cancer occurs in pregnancy or very shortly after, it is more aggressive. The decreased risk of breast cancer is more closely associated with the number of pregnancies, age of first pregnancy, breastfeeding and other hormones, not E3 levels. With respect to the current data the WP does not see the benefit of supplementing with spent metabolite, again there would in nature never be more metabolite than precursor of E2. There is no substantial data to support that E3 is breast tissue protective.

Hormones are dose dependent. For example, when a woman approaches menopause the amount of estrogen produced by the ovaries steadily declines. Many internal changes take place without a perception of such...such as increased bone loss, loss of skin collagen and elastic tissue, decreased rate of nerve tissue repair, etc. However, when a critical point is reached many women experience hot flashes, psychological disturbances, sleep difficulty, which then brings them to their doctor. Many of these later symptoms can be relieved with small static doses of hormones, even synthetic ones. Many women with healthier adrenals can go through menopause without much difficulty. Logically to optimize mind and body function, hormones should be dosed and administered as close as possible to how nature did it, it is not scientific to ignore this. Remember, hormones are signals, they work in concert with one another and the environment, and they cannot be on all the time. Hormones have rhythms which we must respect.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hormone Regulation

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Hormone Regulation

The levels of hormones circulating in the blood are tightly controlled by three homeostatic mechanisms:

When one hormone stimulates the production of a second, the second suppresses the production of the first.
Example: The follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulates the release of estrogens from the ovarian follicle. A high level of estrogen, in turn, suppresses the further production of FSH.

Antagonistic pairs of hormones.
Example: Insulin causes the level of blood sugar (glucose) to drop when it has risen. Glucagon causes it to rise when it has fallen.

Hormone secretion is increased (or decreased) by the same substance whose level is decreased (or increased) by the hormone.
Example: a rising level of Ca2+ in the blood suppresses the production of the parathyroid hormone (PTH). A low level of Ca2+ stimulates it.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sleep Statistics; are you interested?

The biggest change human beings have lived through in the last ten thousand years happened less than seventy years ago. Electricity and the widespread use of the lightbulb qualify along with the discovery of fire, the advent of agriculture, and the discovery of antibiotic treatment as a point of no return in human history.

In 1910, the average adult was still sleeping nine to ten hours a night. Now the average adult is lucky to get a full seven hours a night. Most of us don't. Those numbers add up to an extra five hundred waking hours a year. In nature, we would sleep 4,370 hours out of a possible 8,760, or half of our lives. Eighty years ago, we were down to 3,395 hours. Now we are lucky to get a measly 2,555. If nature keeps score, and we bet she does, that means we only get to live about half as long. We may have doubled that figure with surgery and antibiotics, but think how long we could live if we slept too.

In the 1970's, Americans devoted 27 hours a week to "leisure" time. In the 1990's, we're down to 15. And we work at least 48 hours a week, compared to 35 for the average worker in the 1970's. Then we had hobbies, we were players of baseball and builders of model ships, members of the garden club and Boy Scout troop leaders. Now, in the 1990's, and 2000s', although the number of hours we devote to work and leisure are approximately the same, the ratio has shifted considerably. In the thirty years since 1970, we've found new passions to add to the old duties--exercising, going ot the doctor, commuting through ever-increasing traffic, watching 150 channels, and real movies on cable TV, and high speed internet, Email, and eBay. No wonder there's no time left to sleep or take care of our children.

So why didn't the guardians of our health look at stress and lack of sleep before they placed the entire blame on food? Go figure. And even when they did examine the diet of Americans and offered advice, they got it BACKWARD. They told the public to eat sugar and avoid fat!!!

Sleeping controls eating, eating and stress control reproduction. Sleeping, eating, and making love control aging.

The hormones melatonin and prolactin are major players in your mind-body-planet connection. They communicate with your immune system and metabolic energy system about light-and-dark cycles. Insulin and prolactin orchestrate the brain chemistry governing serotonin and dopamine in your brain, to control your behavior and mood. Serotonin and dopamine control your behavior toward food and sex. Bottom line: Not enough sleep makes you fat, hungry, impotent, hypertensive, and cancerous, with a bad heart.

The sun's energy is the catalyst for all life. The amount of light that hits you informs your "system controls" about the rotation and orbit of the planet we live on. This global positioning helps our instincts to keep a bead on the food supply. It is this cosmic communication that has been telling us, since time began, when to eat, what to eat, and when to reproduce to maximize food availability. We and all other organisms on this planet evolved with the spin-in and out of the light of the sun.

The fact that you are reading this means the system was successful.

That fact that you want to read this means the system is breaking down.

Most Americans are sick and tired of watching their weight and worrying about their hearts.

The National Institutes of Health confirms that it is a scientific "given" that light and dark cycles

*Turn hormone production on and off
*Activate your immune system
*time neurotransmitter release daily, and especially seasonally.

The only person to benefit from sleeping is you.

Whether or not we want to go to bed earlier and work fewer hours is really what's at stake here. I know that 24 hour shopping centers, 900 channels of television, and Net surfing all night is appealing, but I'm just out to make going the way of the dinosaurs a PERSONAL choice, not a federal one. I think the public deserves the facts, and accurate nutritional advice, from our government.

Every American knows that Washington thrives on secrecy, but it's a little hard to swallow that while the surgeon general's office is telling the public to eat a low-fat, 58-percent carbohydrate diet to cure obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer literally ACROSS THE STREET the NIH is proving that it is the excessive consumption of carbohydrates brought about by sleep deprivation is among the causes those diseases.

We pay for it.

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Sleep loss is the new American deficit. This deficit is a yawning chasm we can't hope to close. Apparently, when we lose sleep it's like chasing a moving train on foot. The problem is, with sleep, you really CAN'T catch up. Why not?

Your hormones don't spring back like that.
Hormones and SLEEP? That's a new one.

Hormones like estrogen and, occasionally, testosterone are always in the news. DHEA and HGH even surface once in a while now, but these hormones are always in news stories about AGING. The only hormone ever connected with sleep to make the news is good old melatonin, and everybody knows you can buy that over the counter. If you need it you can get it, right?

So why let sleep loss keep you up nights?

Because when you sleep less than you're meant to, melatonin isn't the only hormone affected. There are at least ten different hormones, as well as many more neurotransmitters in the brain, that go sideways when you don't sleep enough. Melatonin is just the tip of iceberg, so to speak. It is all the other shifts that change appetite, fertility, and mental and cardiac health.

So why isn't everybody talking about hormones and sleep?

Perhaps it's because the news is buried separately in five to six different disciplines in academia. For example, Dr. Eve Van Cauter at the University of Chicago calls the hormonal shift she records in her sleep-studies lab "sleep debt". Catchy sound bite. Now losing sleep may get some attention. Somehow relating sleep loss to being owed something or owing someone something, just like money, gives it a new importance. Money always talks: that sleep debt you're acquiring has a direct annual cost to the nation of $15.9 billion, and an indirect cost of more like $100 billion in lost work time and accidents. But we're going to tell you that the cost is really much higher.

It's your life.

Sleeping through your alarm, or falling asleep as the keyboard and knocking your coffee over on your desk, is not the major disaster facing the sleepless, it's death.

And I don't mean in a car crash.

As a nation, we are sick because we don't sleep. We are fat and diabetic because we don't sleep. We are dying from cancer and heart disease because we don't sleep. An avalanche of peer-reviewed scientific papers supports our conclusion that when we don't sleep in sync with the seasonal variation in light exposure, we fundamentally alter a balance of nature that has been programmed into our physiology since Day One. This cosmic clock is embedded in the physiology of every living thing that exists.

Read "Lights Out, Sleep, Sugar and Survival by TS Wiley and Bent Formby. They prove that obesity and the major killers correlated with obesity--heart disease, diabetes, and cancer--are caused by short nights, by working ridiculously long hours, by, literally, burning the candle at both ends, and by the electricity that gives us the ability to do it. The cause is most certainly not overeating fat or a lack of exercise.

When extended day length created by artificial light-and-dark cycles became the NORM a short SEVENTY YEARS ago with the widespread use of the lightbulb, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer suddenly became the official causes of death on the coroner's reports, instead of the usual widespread use or injury common before the advent of the lightbulb.

Ever since these diseases began to surface as major killers around mid-century, the efforts on the part of science and medicine to explain the startling rise never examined any other overwhelming environmental change except diet. And all these years later, as Americans continue to die, the doctors and the researchers all continue to fish in the same pond.

It's time to see the light.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Farrah Fawcett and My Take On Her Hormones and Cancer

My research of hormones and their role in humans has opened my eyes not only for my own health but for all people. I just finished reading the September 2009 issue of Vanity Fair magazine that did a special edition dedicated to Farrah Fawcett that spoke about her life and her cancer. On page 310 of the article a paragraph stood out to me--it wouldn't stand out to anybody else I bet. It says; "O'Neal cites several reasons for his breakup with Fawcett, starting with menopause. "I believe Farrah was going through some kind of change," he says, "I don't have a change of life, I was always a jerk. But they're hard work, these divas: I was sick of it, and I was unappreciated. I just don't think she liked me very much. So I excused myself, and I was lucky enough to meet this young girl. She was more of a daughter to me than a lover, and my own daughter had flown the coop, so here was this replacement...

Now this paragraph didn't stand out to me because of what O'Neal did, what stood out to me was that Farrah had no hormones! She was around 48 at this time of her life. She had her only son Redmond at age 40. So, knowing how hormones operate she probably lost her estrogen and progesterone rapidly between 40 and 48 with full cessation of everything apparent by age 48. The significance of this is that Farrah had no hormone protection which is an open doorway for cells to go uncontrolled. Her documentary is self evidence that chemotherapy does not "cure cancer" and did not do her any favors. In the New York Times, Alessandra Stanley chastised the network because the documentary "never made the public service point that HPV is a common cause of this type of cancer." My point is that 20 years without her hormones at normal physiological blood levels might have contributed to her getting cancer in the first place. I know I can't prove that. Nobody can. But, we already have proved that by suppressing our hormones with low dose estrogen, synthetic or not and combining it with synthetic progestin DOES increase our risk for cancer(s).

Hormones should be replaced in humans when they decline or don't function properly or the body has to compensate and age faster than it might otherwise do. We know that women without estrogen are at an increased risk for heart disease and alzheimers. Isn't that enough? Apparently not. Women also get depressed, can't sleep, gain weight, become insulin resistant, get osteoporosis, are always tired, have no sex drive, migraines, anxiety, heart palpitations, hot flashes, night sweats, constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowels, gastritis, increased urinary infections....do I need to keep going?

Women, start researching the truth about your hormones. Stop listening to Big Pharma trying to sell you on the next "quick fix" pill, patch, or idea. Let's get educated together and CHANGE THE STANDARD OF CARE FOR WOMEN!

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Join The Revolution

Women please ask your doctor to check your hormone levels. If you are still cycling get them checked on Day 12 of your menstrual cycle and if they are not in the range of 350-550 pg/ml then you are probably deficient in estrogen and not having ovulatory menstrual cycles! Low levels of estrogen in the body unopposed by progesterone is what leaves your body vulnerable to disease and dis-ease! Don't treat the symptoms. Treat the problem. Replace your hormones at levels that mimic a healthy, fertile, cycling female and you will feel the difference. Your symptoms disappear!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mammography May Mean Over-Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer

Mammography May Mean Over-Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer

Dear Reader,

Today breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, after lung cancer.

As a result, a yearly mammogram has become common for women over 40, or anyone at high risk of developing this dangerous, disfiguring disease.

Now that programs like this are in place, experts had expected that the number of cases of advanced breast cancer would drop off, but that's not happening.

Instead the incidence of breast cancer seems to have gone up since widespread screening became part of our yearly exams. Why?

Women know that early detection of breast cancer can save lives, but that doesn't make going for that yearly mammogram any less nerve wracking or uncomfortable.

We endure the testing because we've been told we need to find lumps when they're too small to feel or bring symptoms, before they have a chance to grow and cause trouble.

But do all cancers cause problems?

Late last year a large Norwegian study of mammography screening for breast cancer found that some invasive cancers might spontaneously regress over time, leaving no sign that they were ever present in a woman's body.

The study authors pointed out, "This raises the possibility that the natural course of some screen-detected invasive breast cancers is to spontaneously regress."

Makes you wonder, now that we can screen for it, if breast cancer isn't over diagnosed or over treated.

This latest BMJ report citing an over-diagnosis rate for invasive breast cancer of 35% could truly have you re-thinking that yearly mammogram.

Besides breast cancer, over-diagnosis has also been mentioned for cancer of the prostate as well as neuroblastoma, melanoma, thyroid cancer and lung cancer.

The latest work on over-diagnosis comes from researchers out of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen.

The team looked at the findings of studies that spanned a 14-year period. 7 years before public mammography screenings were available, and 7 years after government run mammography-screening programs were in place in five different countries (United Kingdom, Canada, New South Wales, Australia, Manitoba, Sweden and areas in Norway)

They found an over-diagnosis rate of 52% for all cancers, 35% for invasive breast cancer.

The data shows a jump in breast cancer incidence just after the screening programs were put in place.

What this work suggests, as did the Norwegian study before it, that perhaps not all cancers need to be treated, some might grow too slowly to affect a patient and others may resolve on their own.

It's important to know that no doctor or current screening technique can tell the difference between a cancer that's dangerous and one that might not be.

In a BMJ editorial that's published along with the research, professor of medicine Dr. H. Gilbert Welch of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research recognizes the problem of over-diagnosis, understanding the trauma and terror a woman endures after being given such news by her doctor.

Surgery and chemotherapy bring their own set of difficulties that are physically demanding and emotionally draining, and a terrible trial for patients and families. Especially those whose cancers might not have needed to be treated at all.

While this latest study is still not an excuse, or recommendation, to put off your yearly mammogram, it does raise some rather nagging questions.

Until we know more, each woman has to decide for herself, keeping in mind the words of breast cancer experts.

"We do know that breast cancer survival has increased, and we do know that screening increases survival," points out Dr. Richard J. Bleicher, a breast cancer surgeon with Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. "Some of that screening has let us detect earlier cancers."

To your good health and replace your hormones that mimic a healthy, fertile, cycling, female!

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Monday, August 10, 2009

ASPARTAME POISONING (something other than hormones)

In October of 2001, a woman started getting very sick. She had stomach spasms and she was having a hard time getting around. Walking was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed; she was in so much pain. By March 2002, she had undergone several tissue and muscle biopsies and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not determine what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick she just knew she was dying. She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance, etc.., in her oldest daughter's name, and
made sure that her younger children were to be taken care of. She also wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19 she had blood tests done by her physician and they didn't find anything abnormal on the tests, but they believed she had MS. She was never asked if she drank diet soda. She did drink diet soda. Lots of it. Once she stopped drinking the diet soda she found after 36 hours she could walk! The muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but, she sure felt a lot better. She said she was going to her doctor with this article. Her doctor called all of his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweeteners of any kind. In a nut shell, she was being poisoned by the Aspartame in the diet soda, and literally dying a slow and miserable death. When she got to Florida March 22, all she had to take was one pill, and that was a pill for the Aspartame poisoning! She is well on her way to a complete recovery. And she is walking! No wheelchair! This article saved her life. If it says 'SUGAR FREE' on the label; DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!

At the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on 'ASPARTAME,' marketed as 'Nutra Sweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful.'the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. It was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME converts to formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis... Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants. The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. Many people were being diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, Methanol toxicity is! Systemic lupus has become almost as rampant as multiple sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues its use; irritating the lupus to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas. In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly. This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia. During a lecture, I said, 'If you are using ASPARTAME (Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc) and you suffer from fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting, pains, numbness in your legs, Cramps, Vertigo, Dizziness, Headaches, Tinnitus, Joint pain,Unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!' People were jumping up during the lecture saying, 'I have some of these symptoms.. Is it reversible?'

Yes! Yes! Yes!

STOP drinking diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem. Dr. Espart (one of my speakers) remarked that so many people seem to be symptomatic for MS and during his recent visit to a hospice; a nurse stated that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence! Diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple SODIUM (salt) and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight! These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute toxin and is used primarily to preserve 'tissue specimens.' Many products we use every day contain this Chemical but we SHOULD NOT store it IN our body! Dr. H. J.. Roberts stated in his lectures that once free of the 'diet products' and with no significant increase in exercise; his patients lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that some physicians, who believed that they had a patient with retinopathy, in fact, had symptoms caused by Aspartame. The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEUROTOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance. Treating diabetes is all about BALANCE. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, Seizures, Depression, Manic depression, Panic attacks, Uncontrollable anger and rage. Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well. Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these chemicals have been removed from their diet...

So called 'behavior modification prescription drugs' (Ritalin and others) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being 'poisoned' on a daily basis with the very foods that were 'better for them than sugar.' It is also suspected that the Aspartame in thousands of pallets of diet Coke and diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf War, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War Syndrome. Dr. Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories to relate of children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances talking about a plague of neurological diseases directly caused by the use of this deadly poison.' Herein lies the problem:There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included in 100 different products and strong objection was made concerning its use. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, and still nothing has been done. The drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Sadly, MONSANTO'S patent on Aspartame has EXPIRED! There are now over 5,000 products on the market that contain this deadly chemical and there will be thousands
more introduced.. Everybody wants a 'piece of the Aspartame pie.'I assure you that MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is. And isn't it ironic that MONSANTO funds, among others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association and the Conference of the American College of Physicians? This has been recently exposed in the New York Times. These [organizations] cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and are required to endorse their products. Senator Howard Metzenbaum wrote and presented a bill that would require label warnings on products containing Aspartame, especially regarding pregnant women,children and infants. The bill would also institute independent studies on the known dangers and the problems existing in the general population regarding seizures, changes in brain chemistry,
neurological changes and behavioral symptoms. The bill was killed. It is known that the powerful drug and chemical lobbies are responsible for this, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting and uninformed public. Well, you're informed now!


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

How can BHRT help me?

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Suzanne Somers has brought the subject of bio-identical hormone replacment therapy, known as BHRT, into the spot light. In her books, The Sexy Years and her most recent, Breakthrough, she describes how bio-identical hormones have helped her achieve amazing anti aging results and relieved her menopausal symptoms.

Everyday, millions of women suffer uncomfortable disabling symptoms associated with the hormonal imbalance of pre-menopause and menopause. This hormone imbalance may be causing you to feel depressed, anxious, fatigued, sexless, generally ill...or just feeling under the weather.

The signs of menopause and related hormonal issues include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Irritability
  • Loss of muscle

Many women don't have access to the health care needed to get better and thrive. This is where I can help you, by offering hormone treatments that combine diet, exercise and the essential bio-identical hormone medications that are taken in a topical cream form.

What Are Bio-identical Hormones?

A bio-identical hormone is defined as a hormone that is identical in structure to the hormone produced by your body. These hormones are obtained from sterol analogues found in many varieties of plants, primarily the wild yam. These estrogen, progesterone and testosterone-like compounds are then transformed to human bio-identical natural hormones.

Bio-identical hormone therapy otherwise known as natural hormone replacement therapy is safe, effective and generally free from side effects caused by synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones like Premarin™, Prempro™, Provera™ and Estratab™ are not bio-identical compared to human hormones. For example, Premarin™ is from a natural source (pregnant mares' urine) but it contains hormones found only in horses and is therefore not natural to the human body.

The great appeal of bio-identical hormones is that they are natural, and our bodies can metabolize them as it was designed to do, minimizing side effects. Synthetic hormones are quite strong and often produce side effects. The compounded bio-identical hormone medications that I offer can be matched individually to each woman's needs — something that's impossible with mass-produced synthetic hormones.

After treating hundreds of women I have come to the conclusion that the inevitable decline in hormones does not have to be part of “normal aging” and that standard HRT protocols involving synthetic hormone cause more problems then they are worth. Many women diagnosed with depression do better with bio-identical hormone therapy instead.

Potential Benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Therapy:

  • Increased bone mineral density
  • Better hair, nails and skin
  • Improved sexual desire
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Increase ability to cope with stress
  • Decreased heart disease
  • Improved blood sugar and insulin levels
  • Reduction of fat levels
  • Increase self assurance and confidence
  • Improved mood and well-being

How Do I Get Started With Bio-identicl HRT?

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy must be customized for each woman following an extensive evaluation with blood tests and a thorough history and physical. Only after a thorough review of symptoms and history along with a specific lab test can an effective regimen be designed.

You may contact me if you are interested in getting more information on getting the lab tests to properly diagnose your hormonal status.

When the lab test results are in you will then follow up to discuss the importance of good nutrition, fitness and lifestyle choices in your journey to better health with bio-identical hormones.

Eating healthy and exercising are important aspects of a successful bio-identical hormone therapy or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If your hormones are out of balance, your body will not optimally respond to improved nutrition and exercise. As your hormones, nutrition and fitness, improve – you should begin to feel like your old self with improved vigor, vitality and results.

Bio-identical HRT Case Study

Grace was a 49-year old woman who had menopausal symptoms. We ordered a complete hormone panel and after her evaluation we changed her diet to low-glycemic foods with good sources of lean protein and plenty of vegetables and fruit. We added pharmaceutical grade daily vitamins and recommended that she continue with her gym membership and keep on exercising 3 – 4 days a week.

We placed Grace on a specially compounded cream consisting of bio-identical estradiol (a form of estrogen), and progesterone. She was also HGH deficient, so she also opted for an injectable HGH treatment.

Five weeks later she came back for a check up and a follow up blood test to measure her hormones. “I feel fantastic,” she said, and explained that she hadn't felt this good since her late twenties. She said that her friends, family and husband had noticed a big difference in her and the hormone replacement was one of the best things she had ever done!

A year later Grace still feels great. She follows her diet and exercise program religiously, takes her hormones and follows the protocol faithfully. Her most recent hormone panel shoes that her hormones are all in balance and are completely optimized.

Not every patient is as easy to help as Grace. She put a lot of work in at her end with her discipline and commitment and it paid off big time. In some patients we have to adjust the dose 3 to 5 times to get it right and sometimes have to adjust the diet and exercise program. There is no one-size-fits-all and no recommended amount here because we are all different. And that's the key to it all. Individualized hormone optimization programs that combine diet, exercise, nutritional supplements and bio-identical hormone medications all work together to ensure better vitality, health and quality of life.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

A testimonial from reading Sex, Lies, and Menopause

If you read the "Sex, Lies and Menopause" and Suzanne Sommer's book "The Sexy Years", you find out that medical doctors only get about 4 hours of training in college for hormones. Ideally, if you can find a reproductive endocrinologist who specializes in hormones, he/she would be well versed in hormones. I don't think there is one in Tucson but, I don'tknow about Phoenix. I may look because it would be worth the trip, believe me. Suzanne Sommers says that she has to drive over 3 hours to see her doctor but it is well worth it to find a doctor who knows what they are doing and will work with you. At this point, I am ready to go to Denver to find someone.

I was on "natural" hormones from the compounding pharmacy (Reed's onSpeedway) but they don't do the Wiley Protocol. They do try to tailor your hormonal needs to you but ultimately, all they do is mix estrogen and progesterone together and you take all of the hormones at the same time. That is not what nature does. What doctors don't tell you and you don'tknow is that hormones needs are just as individualized as people are themselves. Doctors/pharmaceuticals want to lump everyone into one category, produce one pill and makes lots and tons of money (synthetics). What the Wiley Protocol does is to match your various hormone intake withwhat they were when you were in your 20's. When you think about it, women in their 20's don't have heart disease, Alzheimer's, arthritis, osteoporosis, or cancer and all of the other diseases of aging. Women in their 20's also produce estrogen all month long in various amounts then ovulation occurs and the last 2 weeks of the cycle, the progesterone kicks in taking you up to your period. That is the way nature intended your body to use hormones. In the Wiley book, you find out that your hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA which are minor hormones can have a major effect on the major hormones which are cortisol, insulin and melatonin. All of a sudden, I am insulin resistant. I am willing to bet that once I am up and running on the Wiley Protocol, the insulin resistance will go away. It also can have a major effect on your weight.
Some people say, well, menopause is the "natural" thing to have happen. That's true but what they don't realize is that humans have been on earth for thousands and thousands of years. The menstrual cycle was very much tied to the moon and seasons of the year. Our bodies are still trying to work under that system but humans have changed the rules. People also don't stop to realize that menopause happens normally in the early 50's because until recently, women didn't live past 50. So, now that our life expectancy is getting longer and longer, our bodies are being asked to live without the hormones that your body requires, hence diseases of aging set in. Like Isaid, their premise is that women in their 20's seldom ever get those diseases. Think about that!

The MAIN problem that Wiley has with the synthetic hormones is that they don't match what the human body produces. Natural hormones cannot be patented because they occur in nature so the Pharmaceuticals go in and start changing the natural hormones at a cellular level so they can patent them and makes lots of money. That DOES NOT WORK IN THE HUMAN BODY! But, they don't care because it's all about the bottom line. You have to read "Sex,Lies and Menopause" where it explains some of the terrible things that the drug companies do. Premarin is made by keeping horses pregnant, tied up in a stall and forcing them to urinate so they can get the hormones from the urine. They are asking a human body to use horse hormones - it doesn't work that way. The book also discusses all of the other hormones that your body has to have to live. Incidentally, this is just as true for men. Wiley is coming out with a book about men's hormones in December. I know so many with prostate problems and cancer that I highly suspect that hormones are involved. Testosterone and DHEA to start with.

I am having terrible problems with palpitations. I have had all of the heart studies done and there is nothing wrong with my heart. I went to my internist to complain. I told him that I thought it was hormones and he said quote, "Oh, hormones won't give you palpitations"! I almost fell out of my chair! He didn't even know what he was talking about.

I have gone on way too long trying to paraphrase several hundred pages of a book. I told Gretchen that every time I turned the page, I was more and more shocked and astounded. Suzanne Somers came to the point where she had to make a decision about radiation, chemo, etc. Please, ask them about the damage that radiation can do. I hope you will read the books before youf inally decide. You mention that the doctors have been great, I loved Evers, but the truth is, THEY DON'T KNOW!!!!! Evers knows that!

Potter's mother took Tamoxifen for 5 years. Now studies show that Tamoxifen causes a much greater incidence of a worse kind of cancer in your other breast.

Please stay in touch, I promise next time I won't be so long winded! :-)

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From my mom to one of her friends...

So good to hear from you, first things first, how are you feeling? Not just physically but emotionally? Please talk to me because I care very much! I have been hesitating to mention this to you after what you just went through but, if I could ever beg you from the history of our friendship, would you please, please, please do yourself and me a huge favor??? I just finished this book and with every page, I was aghast and horrified at what the drug companies and the medical profession are doing to women and I highly suspect, also to men! I just finished T.S. Wiley's book written in 2003 called "Sex, Lies and Menopause". Then I bought Suzanne Sommers book "The Sexy Years". She, as I am sure you know, had breast cancer. Her book just validates what T.S. Wiley's book reports. The Wiley book was written with an female oncologist and a PH.D. scientist. I DID NOT KNOW that gynecologists don't normally delve into hormones. I am shocked and horrified! I thought that was what they did. Gretchen is on Facebook, big time, please type in her name and go to her page. She has tons of information about hormones. She has a blog called "Love my Hormones" that will blow you away. "I" have even received emails from her patients telling me how good and brilliant she is. The internist she works with sent his own wife to Gretchen for hormone therapy. This kid is doing wonderful things for women! I am so proud of her because she so wants to help women. Whether they are premenopausal, menopausal, have a uterus still or have had a hysterectomy. I told her about you and what happened to you with the Vagifem (That's probably spelled wrong). Bottom line, please go to Facebook and contact Gretchen and get the Wiley book, it can make the difference in the way you feel and live for the rest of your life! I am going on the Wiley Protocol natural hormones starting tomorrow. Gretchen can help you with them if you decide to do that. I have been looking for a doctor in this area but Gretchen ordered the hormones for me from a Compounding Pharmacy in Indiana who Gretchen has sent hundreds of women to!

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

My doctor doesn't listen...

Hi there. Just wanted to catch u up on my Dr.'s appt. It was alwful :(

Unfortunately, this new Dr. Tassone and I didn't really hit it off. He wasn't interested in Wiley and complained that he was in Susan Somers book and since then has had to deal with a bunch of hormone patients. He does bioidentical but doesn't follow up like the Wiley. He said Wiley sounds way to complicated to him. The good/fun part was that I had the ability to engage with him since reading Wileys books and most of all from your information. I told him that it was really sad that he was closed minded because after all this is a womens health issue and that was his field. He complained that he had to spend time with me talking about this. It was really weird. He uses pills under the tongue. He was reluctant to even order the FSH test, but he did. He wanted me to get my blood drawn right there and then. I told him no, because I wanted done on day 12.
He looked at me like I was crazy.
He is however, going to do an ultrasound on me at his office. He said he would be able to see if I have tiny cysts in my ovary. They were never able to see it before when I had my right ovary removed (turned out it was filled with tiny cysts). He also said that I wasn't in menopause. I told him about the 70 yr. old lady who began having periods again and he said 'that' is not natural. I told him that I like the way that the Wiley was made from plants and that the body recognizes it as its own. He replied that chemotherapy drugs were made from plants and is able to kill you. Weirdo. He wasn't interested in womens testimony either. At the end he said maybe he wasn't as closed minded as he appeared. So, I guess I'll get my ultrasound there and blood work results, records and move on. He suggested that I go down Reed's Compounding Pharmacy and Chat with the owner. What do you think about all of this? Maybe I could send you the results??Sherrie

Sherrie, honestly he sounds like the typical "standard of care" doctor around here. That is because cyclic hormone replacement is not the Standard of Care treatment and he doesn't have anyone training him on what it is or how it works; i.e. Pharmaceutical drug reps that train him on how his "drugs" work. That's all. He'd rather prescribe you something that HE doesn't have to think about. Yes, what I do takes a lot of understanding, patience, and the ability to talk to women on a different level. So he won't be able to help you. Your ovaries are filled with tiny cysts, called follicles, because that is what ovaries are full of. Tiny cysts that are full of estrogen that is ripened every 28 days in a cycle we call a menstrual cycle. And when that cycle begins to stop that means the follicles never mature to pop out an egg and guess what, that means no progesterone! I don't think the compounding pharmacist is going to be any bigger help to you. They didn't go to medical school to understand the hormonal system either. So unless you get lucky and find someone who really understands it they will try to give you troches and lozengers and daily dosing schemes too that don't mimic a normal hormonal cycle. I know because I have heard all this from my patients who have been down the same path you are going down. This is why Sherrie I am so passionate about what I do and want to really spread the word and help women like you and the tens of thousands of others who feel like crap. It's not all about making money to me. There just isn't another way to mimic the hormonal cycle except mimicing the hormonal cycle when females are healthy and cycling. TS Wiley has done all the hard work of coming up with a systimatic way of taking hormones. All she needs is more doctors to understand how it works and how simple it is but it does take some time with talking to your patients to get the patient to understand their own hormones and how they work. It's the same as teaching a diabetic patient how to use insulin.

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Let's Talk about BRCA I and BRCA II - Markers for Breast Cancer

Many women, after more than one mammogram, underwent genetic testing for what science determined to be a "marker" for breast cancer - a mutated, or altered form of the regulatory genes BRCA I and BRCA II. Mutation is always assumed by science to be a bad thing, which is not the case, because it makes no sense that an organism would ever mutate to die. Mutation is always for good, to enhance survival. In fact, research shows that breast cancers in women with the altered form of the BRCA gene are far less invasive and aggressive than breast cancers in women who possessed the functional forms.

An examination of BRCA I and II also shows clear evidence that, far from causing breast cancer in its "mutated" forms, unmutated BRCA is in charge of the repair mechanisms for radiation damage done to double stranded DNA. That means that if you have a mutated copy of BRCA I and II, getting a mammogram is particularly dangerous because you have no repair mechanism for the radiation damage that enhances cancerous growth from the injury done by the machine to your DNA. Any constant source of ionizing radiation would be worse than the episodic nature of exposure in a once-a-year mammogram.

That may mean that living under power lines on Long Island, a famous cancer "hot spot", would be particularly dangerous for women genetically predisposed to BRCA I and II mutations. Many of the highly prone cancer families that participated in early breast cancer genetics research were of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Because of the relatively small population of Ashkenazim had inbred for centuries, in both their native eastern Europe and later throughout the world, they turned out to (as any group with highly concentrated genes would) have an extremely high rate of three specific gene mutations--two in BRCA I and one in BRCA II. Estimates are now suggesting that as many as one in forth Ashkenazic women carry one form of the mutation or another. Many of these women were terrorized by these statistics into volunteering for prophylactic masectomies when genetic testing confirmed that they carried the altered form of the gene, but they were only given half of the information. Many of the women lived under excessive radiation from the power lines crisscrossing small Long Island communities where they lived.

We believe that the evidence of the BRCA I and II mutations leaving these women particularly vulnerable to radiation points to the possibility that radiation from the power lines exacerbated, as mammography would, a gene deficit that would never have mattered except under power lines, under light exposure after dar, or on the occasion of being injured by the pressure of the X-ray machine. Since breast cancer can still occur in women after prophylactic bilateral mastectomies, it's safe to say that mastectomy will not necessarily prevent breast cancer. The women who were sold on prophylactic mastectomy really just needed to sell their houses and move, and still do.

Or get bio-identical cyclical hormone replacement - PRONTO.

Rose Kushner was a Jewish woman who could not have been aware of the BRCA I and II. She lobbied for free, accessible mammograms for all women, which means she, too, as a breast cancer "survivor", would have had more than a few over the years. But after Dr. Bailer exposed the BCDDP for not informing women of the risk of mammogram in 1975, Rose, as a friend and colleague of surgeon Dr. Bernard Fisher - the driving force behind tamoxifen's approval - became a candidate for teh next big thing: chemoprotection, now known as adjuvant "hormonal" therapy or tamoxifen. In the early 1970's tamoxifen was promoted on the premise we've now shown was never valid, that estrogen causes cancer and that blocking your estrogen receptors to stop estrogenic action would stop breast cancer.

It just doesn't work that way.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Osteoporosis and Osteopenia

Big drug companies that make drugs like Fosamax, Boniva, Evista and Actonel are marketing to women who are in perimenopause and menopause because these women don't have the bone making hormone PROGESTERONE any more so what happens is they lose the bone building ability that progesterone has when it is available in the human body. Bisphosphonate medicine (as mentioned above) slows down the bone loss that occurs with age. It does nothing, however, to build bone back for women! This is not explained to women. They think it will improve their bones, when in actuality it can't. Only progesterone used in conjunction with estrogen can do that. Standard of Care Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) IS dangerous for women. HRT is synthetic drugs or bioidentical drugs given in static low dosing. That means the same low dose every day. No rhythmic, cyclic doses are given in ascending and descending amounts that creates an amplitude and pulse with every heart beat. So no wonder it is very confusing for women when they read drug sponsored web sites about HRT and medications/therapies to treat bone loss.

Below is a typical description of the avaialble treatments for osteoporosis and osteopenia. They ALL have side effects, not mentioned here, but read the information at their web sites in the small print and you will see what I mean. Some really serious side effects that have been PROVEN because in order for a drug to become commercially available a study has to be done to prove its efficacy and safety. There are many studies done on The Wiley Protocol that are around the globe that have proven to be safe and effective for women and not cause adverse side effects, unless you think feeling young, energetic and calm is a side effect that you don't want. The Wiley Protocol has been used in breast cancer patients and where they should have had reoccurrence rates equal to that of the standard of care patients, the Wiley Protocol patients had lower reoccurrence rates. Wow! That is huge.

There are five main types of Osteoporosis, Osteopenia medications:Bisphosphonates such as alendronate or risedronate. Bisphosphonates bind to the mineral surface in bone and they interfere with the work of osteoclasts. (The bone cells that remove bone.) Thus bisphosphonates slow bone loss.The main Bisphosphonates in use are Alendronate (Fosamax), Risendronate (Actonel) and now bandronate (Boniva) For more information about these drugs go to Fosamax or Actonel or BonivaThere are three additional bisphosphonates have been approved for use. All are zolendronic acid, which is a bisphosphonate.

These drugs are taken by infusion, rather than by pill. The names of these two drugs are: Aclasta which is sold in the United States as Reclast and the other form of zolendronic acid known as Zometa . Some people have found that their health care providers want to recommend one of these drugs as treatment.

Calcitonin . Calcitonin also inhibits the work of osteoclasts. This osteopenia medication can be admininstered by injection or by nasal spray. The nasal spray is used once a day and it can be taken at any time of the day. It has few negative side effects. Some report a 'runny nose'. Calcitonin has been shown to decrease spinal fractures and increase bone density of spinal vertebrae by 2.4% when used as directed for two years.

If you want to read more about this Osteopenia / Osteoporosis medication go to Calcitonin Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)- Sometimes called Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT). HRT has been approved for both the treatment and prevention of Osteoporosis. HRT slows the accelerated bone loss that occurs in most women during and right after menopause.There are a number of serious risks with Standard of Care HRT including an increased lifelong risk of endometrial cancer and increased lifelong risk of breast cancer. Any woman considering Standard of Care HRT as an osteopenia medication needs to discuss both benefits and risks with her health care provider - especially if she has a family history of cancer or other cancer risk factors. Your own hormones given back to you in rhythmic, cyclic dosing to mimic a hormone cycle like you had when you were age 20 gives you back cell control. Your hormones don't "cause" cancer. Your hormones "control" cells. And that loss of cell control is when cancer cells can take control.

Strontium ranelate - Protelos is a new drug which both stimulates the osteoblasts and inhibits the osteoclasts. Information can be found at Protelosv Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators: Raloxifene - Evista. Although SERMS sometimes act like estrogen, they are not estrogens. SERMS occupy the estrogen receptor site and block your own estrogen from working like it suppost to work. That's pretty scary!

More information about Raloxifene, Evista as an osteopenia medication may be found at Evista Forteo or Teriparatide is a medication sometimes prescribed for spinal Osteoporosis. Although Forteo is not usually prescribed for Osteopenia, I include it since so many readers have asked me to add a page about it.Go to Forteo .

Thiazide diuretics. This group of medications is usually prescribed for hypertension. Not many physicians think of them as an Osteoporosis or Osteopenia medication. But research shows they can be an effective for treatment of bone loss. The New England Journal of Medicine published, "Thiazide effect on the mineral content of bone". by RD Wasnich, RJ Benfante, K Yano, L Heilbrun and JM Vogel in 1983.This study included 1368 men with a mean age of 68 years. Of these 323 were taking thiazides for hypertension. Thiazide users had significantly more bone mineral content at all sites tested than did non-users.The authors concluded: "These findings suggest the possibility of a preventive or therapeutic role for thiazides in osteoporosis".Another study was published in Lancet in 1989. It was done by the Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. It also concluded that thiazides protect against Osteoporosis in elderly people.

Other studies can be found at: Osteopenia Medications -Thiazide Diuretics Although most health care providers do not usually think of thiazide diuretics as osteopenia medication, if you have hypertension you may want to raise this in your discussion of your osteopenia care plan.

New medication in clinical trials: Densoumab There is a new medication Densoumab in clinical trials whichappears to hold great promise for those with bone loss. If you want to read about it, go to Denosumab an injection for better bones Other drugs for Osteopenia or Osteoporosis

In Japan and Italy, there is a drug called Ipriflavone which is marketed under different names.
In other countries Ipriflavone can be bought as a natural supplement.In the EU there is Protelos or Strontium Ranelate.

In other countries where Protelos is not yet approved, some are using Natural Strontium SupplementsResources used in creating this page:Karine Bohme with Frances Budden, MD. The Silent Thief. 2001. Nancy E. Lane, MD. The Osteoporosis Book 1999.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Donate to the Study

Women have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to heath care research.
Most studies on major health issues like heart disease and diabetes were performed on men
and the results were just assumed to be relevant to women. They weren’t. The much-touted
Women’s Health Initiative was ill-conceived and at best, misguided. It studied women over 65
years-old on synthetic drugs with hormone-like effects. All they proved was that these drugs,
Premarin and Prempro, are unsafe for post-menopausal women with multiple previous
disease states. It’s pretty apparent to any of us paying attention that the government isn’t
terribly interested in women’s health or our comfort levels on any issue. The last time we were
between this rock and a hard place, we, together, took control. It was 1840, in London for
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and again in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. It was 1851 in Akron,
Ohio for Sojourner Truth. It was 1860 in New York for Susan B. Anthony. It was 1915 in New
York for Alice Paul, 1935 for Mary McLeod Bethune, 1963 for Betty Freidan, 1971 for Gloria
Steinem. Maybe it will be 2009 for us. It could be.
It’s time to do it again. TS Wiley has addressed the Senate on the validity of Compounded
Hormones, acquired not one, but two IRB numbers sanctioning studies on the Wiley Protocol
and is in discussion with representatives of the upcoming continuation of the WHI which
started in the fall of 2008.
NOW ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS PAY FOR IT. If you’d like to contribute to finding an answer to
the issues of safety and efficacy in hormone replacement for women sooner than later

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