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.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dear friends,

I just received the letter below from the International Association of Compounding Pharmacists.
This is great news for those of us on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
The more positive media attention BHRT gets, the more pressure on the FDA to preserve our right to use compounded hormones.

Thank you for all your support.

May your Hormones be in Harmony,

Deborah Maragopoulos MN FNP
Intuitive Integrative Medicine

"Dr. Phil" TV Show Spotlights BHRT

An entire show dedicated to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) aired Tuesday, April 21 on the “Dr. Phil” TV show. Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin McGraw, is a strong advocate for BHRT and has used compounded hormones for many years. IACP member Jim Hrncir of Las Colinas Pharmacy in Texas has been the McGraws’ personal pharmacist for 20+ years.

To view clips and read more about the show, visit http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/1263.

Show Recap
The show was entirely positive and educational about the subject of compounded hormones. Entitled “What’s Hormones Got to Do With It?”, the show also featured Dr. Prudence Hall and several patients suffering from various menopause symptoms.

Dr. Hall, a gynecologist focusing on functional medicine, gave an insider’s perspective on the diagnostic process for women suffering from menopause. Hall analyzed the hormone levels of a patient who suffered 12 years before seeking relief. Upon being prescribed BHRT, this patient reported her energy level became constant throughout day, her sex drive increased, her moods leveled out and she had uninterrupted sleep for the first time in years. The patient reflected, “I can live my life the way I want to live it. I feel marvelous.”

Dr. Phil interviewed several other patients who were experiencing severe menopausal symptoms, including a 33-year-old patient going through perimenopause and another female patient who also happened to be an emergency room physician. This physician reiterated how medical school training does not adequately prepare doctors to prescribe medications that are not mass produced and commercially available. Although she is a physician herself, she had never heard of pharmacy compounding or compounded medications until she was prescribed BHRT.

The show did an excellent job portraying the patient-physician-pharmacist triad, emphasizing that each patient should work with their prescriber to determine the customized, individualized prescription that is right for them. Hrncir and Dr. Hall both reiterated how bioidentical hormones mimic a woman’s naturally-occurring hormones, something synthetic hormones derived from horses cannot do. “You can’t improve on nature,” concluded Dr. Hall.

IACP works tirelessly to ensure that Big Pharma and the FDA do not take away compounded medications. To ensure that IACP can continue to protect your access to customized medication, please consider making a donation.


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