To To HRT or not to HRT? The debate over hormone replacement therapy is one that has confounded doctors, confused the menopausal, and, ultimately, jeopardized the health of millions of women. Not on my watch! So buckle up and get ready for a crash-course in all things hormone replacement therapy!...more
In the ten years I worked at Quality of Life Medicine in Northern California, I educated every patient about how Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) works, what types of HRT was available, what the risks where for each type, what they could expect from the type of HRT they chose, and what their role was in successful hormone balancing. HRT is not for everybody but it can be life changing for a lot of miserable women if done correctly. Women don’t know they have a choice in HRT; some hormones are good, and others not so good. In fact, most doctors don’t know there are H...more
I have just finished watching Dateline which highlighted my idol in both her youth and her food. I believe entirely in her moto of low glycemic foods in her fight to explain to us, that excess sugar is what creates and keeps us fat. As a diabetic I agree entirely with her on this subject....more
[Guest blogger, Michelle Young is the Research and Communications Director at 4Women.com. She has done extensive research on the emotional impacts of medical hair loss and other women’s health issues.]I need a name. Not a name for a puppy, a head scarf, or a blog post. I need a name for the deficit disorder of all deficit disorders. I’m talking about this double X chromosome version human condition in which we prefer to experience life as an aesthetic vesicle, forever frozen in time and perpetually “made over” on the outside, regardless of the price paid on the inside. A deficit of self- love that penetrates the external straight to the essence. Our love is reserved for the hair, the boobs, the nail color, the clothes, the shape, the botox tight skin, and while the botox goes beneath the skin, too often, our love of self stops at the surface....more
For years there have been suspicions and studies linking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to breast cancer, but new research is now definitively linking HRT to an increase in breast cancer death rates.
It wasn't long ago that HRT was touted as a cure for menopause symptoms, that would also help your heart, your bones, and even prevent cancer.
A first-born graduating from sixth grade –- that’s a legitimate reason to get a little weepy. And when you tell a friend you’ve been crying about it and she starts quoting the Beatles “love goes on within you and without you” and you cry some more –- that’s no surprise, either. But tie all that crying to more crying –- in the office, out in the field -- in the shower even, and something is up. That something was, for me -- you guessed it -- perimenopause: hormones on a major rant.
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