Bioidentical Hormones

Are Bioidentical Hormones Safer?

There has been an ongoing debate about hormone replacement safety for the past 20 years. If you talk to ten doctors, you will probably get ten differing opinions regarding hormone replacement safety for women. Surprisingly, there still remains confusion surrounding testosterone replacement for men, even though the data is overwhelmingly in favor of it. It stands to reason that if hormones are health enhancing for men, the same should be true for women. However, until recently this was merely an assumption, with no hard evidence to support what seemed to be an obvious conclusion.

When we talk about hormone safety, what is usually inferred is "cancer risk". The C word is very scary as it implies a death sentence, although so much has changed in regards to dealing with this disease. And, it is only one issue when discussing hormone replacement, as hormone deficiency is related to so many health problems. For instance it is well known and accepted that estrogen for women is heart protective and bone protective. These are two major health concerns facing aging women. Heart attacks alone in women outnumber ALL cancer related deaths in women combined. I would think this alone would be a good reason to take estrogen after menopause, as heart attack rate in women before menopause is almost zero, and after menopause it rapidly becomes equal to that of men. How many doctors have you heard talk about women taking estrogen after menopause to help prevent heart attacks?

Everyone is afraid of 'The Big C".
Well, thankfully now, I believe we can put that big ugly monster away!
Multiple published studies were reviewed surveying over 80,000 women using bioidentical hormones. A number of important conclusions were determined.
Bioidentical progesterone lowers the risk of breast cancer in women taking bioidentical post menopausal estradiol
The closer the woman starts the hormones to the start of menopause, the lower the breast cancer risk
Starting hormones before the age of 60 is lower risk.

The type of progesterone used seems to be the cause of breast cancer risk, not the estrogen.
Cyclical natural micronized progesterone affords breast cancer protection by causing cellular turnover and death (called cellular apoptosis) thus resulting in any early cancer formation to be halted both in the breast and uterus. This point is extremely important as many doctors believe progesterone for women with a hysterectomy is unnecessary. However, this fact is totally wrong. As progesterone also can protect the breast from cancer.
A study showing that women with higher levels of progesterone had a 88% lower incidence of breast cancer.
The type of progesterone used ,or lack thereof, seems to be the greater factor in determining breast cancer risk than estrogen.

A retrospective analysis of published literature on hormones in Pub Med came up with this conclusion: "Physiological data and clinical outcomes demonstrate that bioidentical hormones are associated with lower risks, including the risk of breast cancer and cardiovascular disease, and are more efficacious than their synthetic and animal-derived counterparts. Until evidence is found to the contrary, bioidentical hormones remain the preferred method of HRT. Further randomized controlled trials are needed to delineate these differences more clearly."
I think we can finally rest assured that we are on the right track by replacing hormones with chemically identical hormones in the same pattern as we had them before, and that by so doing, enhances our health, with minimal or no risk or unwanted side effects for both men and women.

I believe that if doctors are telling you anything to the contrary, they are living in the dark ages and have not taken the time to read the most up to date literature on the subject.

Another Amazing Ozone Success Story

How I avoided surgery by Using Ozone

I was diagnosed with a pretty severe rotator cuff tear in my right shoulder from a fall skiing last Christmas. I had FOUR consults with different orthopedic surgeons to get multiple opinions. They all recommended surgery. I was signed up, as of last friday. During the interim while I was awaiting my surgery date, I decided to inject my shoulder joint with ozone to promote healing, decrease inflammation and hopefully help heal faster after the surgery. I injected myself once or twice a week for a total of 20 injections.
The pain has disappeared!
I went to talk to my surgeon for my pre-op visit 2 days prior to the scheduled procedure. One of his listed side effects was "persistent pain".
I said to him, I'm concerned about how likely it is to have persistent pain after this surgery, because I don't have any pain now?
He looked at me quizzically, and asked me, "You don't have any pain?"
I said No!
He asked if I could sleep OK, because rotator cuff pain interferes with sleep. I sleep like a dead person.
He asked me if there was anything I was limited in doing. I told him I like to swim for exercise but haven't tried because I've been "Babying" my shoulder.
He told me to Go Swimming, and call him in the morning; Doctors orders.
So after work I went to the pool, and to my surprise swam 500 meters with no pain.
I called him in the morning to report this back to him.

He told me I didn't need surgery.

Ozone had miraculously healed my shoulder !

Howard Liebowitz MD Board certified three times as an Emergency Medicine Specialist, Dr. Liebowitz now focuses on replacing missing hormones with bio identical hormones for men and women, as well as all forms of Ozone therapy

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