Hormones in Harmony

Living abundant joy through bio-psycho-spiritual balancing

Location: Ojai, California, United States

Welcome to Hormones in Harmony where I shall share pearls of wisdom gathered over two decades of consulting with the hormonally challenged. As a holistic nurse practitioner specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology, I have merged my western education with eastern philosophies, but the key to being a successful healer is to embody physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. At 54, married for 32 years with two grown children, I strive to keep my Hormones in Harmony with a positive attitude, a loving environment, and faithful consumption of Genesis Gold.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Did Suzanne Somers stir the pot? Absolutely! Unfortunately the AMA will get the FDA involved and that could potentially be disastrous to the use of bio-identical hormones. Why? Because natural hormones cannot be patented, so there is no big pharmaceutical company that will stand behind the research. Rather the big drug companies will be supporting stringent FDA regulation of natural compounds on the erroneous basis that bio-identical hormones can increase cancer risk.

Susan Somer’s interview on Larry King inflamed an already hot topic.
Natural bio-identical hormones have been around for over three decades. They are not new, used by many European physicians to treat menopause for years and in this country by those health care providers willing to think outside of the box. Traditional medicine has been boxed in by the politics of greed, run by the forces of two big industries—the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry. Providers fear to try anything new even when patients ask for other options. I applaud my colleagues who have braved the storm and dove into natural therapies including using bio-identical hormones. The FDA is NOT the best watch dog for patient safety for they are skewed by big industry that can afford to support their testing protocols. Following FDA protocol costs a fortune to bring a drug to the market and how many drugs are pulled off the shelf each year for side effects that show up after the testing is completed.

Shouldn’t thirty years of clinical evidence justify continued unhampered use of bio-identical hormones?

There is not a one size fits all protocol for every woman!
Each needs an individualized regime to fit her needs.

If providers would use their scientific training to make justifiable treatment decisions rather than acting like sheep and treating every patient the same, hiding within the flock of doctors who fear to stray from protocol, then there would not be a hormone issue.

Years ago I worked with a physician who complained that I gave the patients too much information! He was afraid that they wouldn’t need us any more. I laughed and told him that there were so many ill patients to be tended, we would be busy for the rest of our lives!

I educate my patients sometimes to ad nauseum. Poor things come so hormonally challenged that they cannot possibly absorb all I have to teach them. Yet there are no stupid questions only reluctant providers who will not take the time to find the answers and instead hide behind what all their colleagues are doing.

If I had a dime for every time a patient said “How come no one else could figure out my problem?” I would be able to retire. I figure out the roots to their dis-ease because I listen to them. I am willing to go where other providers fear to venture. I investigate alternatives and am willing to try new things with my patients. I’ve always pushed the envelope and have found that I am five to seven years ahead of current thinking, current procedure, current practice.

Seven years ago, I too investigated high dose cyclical hormone replacement therapy with patients, actually researchers who desired to be clinically treated with this innovative anti-aging model. I did not find that high dose cyclical therapies worked. Like all new treatments, the patients initially found great relief, but few could follow the demanding protocol which involved heavy duty nutraceuticals to balance the potentially inflammatory hormone metabolism.

I just had a patient come in today reporting that three of her friends have been on the high dose regime for the past three years and seem “addicted” to their hormones. I explained that in our youth, our bodies can tolerate high level of hormone production because we have efficient metabolic pathways to rid ourselves of the dangerous waste. But like any chemical that stimulates cellular receptors, even natural hormones can cause physiological dependency as the patient needs more and more to get the same effect, eventually becoming desensitized or resistant to the hormone. By the way this lovely lady, like most of my patients, is doing very well on moderate dosing of bio-identical hormones. And the best of all, her regime is easy to follow.

While working with the researchers promoting high dose hormone replacement, I began to do some private investigation. They did not believe that the body once through midlife could make its own hormones at a healthy milieu, but I believed otherwise. It didn’t make sense to me to continue to create dependency in patients while promoting natural therapies. There must be a way to activate the body’s potential. After months of investigation, I developed a nutraceutical formula that enhanced and balanced one’s natural hormone production. In the three years since Genesis Gold® has been available, many of my patients have been able to reduce their hormonal dependency, some completely off replacement therapy and showing signs of making their own hormones.

Yesterday one of my patients asked my opinion about the Suzanne Somers’ hormone protocol. While I do not agree with the high dosages recommended in Somer’s books, I do think she has served women by stirring up the pot of bio-identical hormone replacement. Doctors are upset at her touting her own high dose protocol, even her original medical advisors are pulling their support out from under her. Her personal prescription many not be right for every individual woman, but her courage will serve us all. Why? Because the world of medicine needs to be shaken up.

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