Why Suzanne Somers loves bioidentical hormones

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I recently spoke with actress Suzanne Somers about her enthusiastic use of "bioidentical" hormones to combat menopausal hot flashes and the ravages of aging.
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LAURIE

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Oct 29, 2009
 
Gail Perry wrote:
Obviously Deanne is selling these products,and she's making claims of which the FDA would not approve.
Sometimes the claims about these products are just unproven, but for some of the things Deanne is peddling, she has it backwards and thse things can be DANGEROUS for women who have had, or who might get, breast cancer.
ALL YOU SOUND LIKE YOU NEED A HORMONE TREATMENT YOURSELVES ITS NO MORE DANGEROUS THAN A BIRTH CONTROL PILL DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
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it aounds like all you could use a hormone treatment or two, its no more dangerous than lets see a birth control pill! do your homwork.
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If you want more information on Bioidentical hormones check out
www.stayyoungandsexy.com
Gail Perry

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Annie go away and stop selling things here.

Careful, folks. The people who create websites for products with made-up names like "bio-identical" are really good at faking substance. This is your life in your hands. Don't gamble with it.

"Bioidenticals" are not safe for women who have had or are at risk for hormone sensitive breast cancer. Period, end of story, go away and stop trying to sell things that can kill the women here who have had breast cancer.
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Nov 1, 2009
 
In response to Zonker.....Bioidentical hormones(Estradiol..Estrace..e tc) have estrogen in them, and estrogen is lacking in a menopausal woman. Estrogen is needed to prevent osteoporosis..which occurs if you dont replace your lost estrogen. It also helps your skin to be more supple again, alleviate dryness, sex drive, and much more. There are major problems that can arise when you run out of estrogen...and bioidentical hormones replace your lost estrogen. My point is...who is this guy Zonker, and what does he know about a woman's body?? No placebo will prevent osteotporosis, or make your estrogen levels normal again! Its estrogen that you need, and unless it has estrogen in it, your body will know! Unless the placebo has estrogen in it, it wont work! Your mind cant prevent osteoporosis from occuring...only estrogen can! Get a clue, and life Zonker!
Natasha

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Just another scam.
Without loads of plastic surgery, she'd look like 85, ridden hard and put away wet!
>>>from Sandhya Pruthi, M.D.
There's a lot of interest in bioidentical — or so-called "natural" — hormone therapy for menopause symptoms. However, there's no evidence that bioidentical hormones are safer or more effective than standard hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormones are custom-mixed formulas containing various hormones that are chemically identical to those naturally made by your body. These prescription and over-the-counter products are marketed as being tailored to a woman's individual hormone needs, typically determined through saliva hormone testing. Manufacturers claim that bioidentical hormones are safer than standard, FDA-approved hormone therapy.<<<
You dumb women who make these silly claims are nothing more than evidence of the 'placebo' effect. You so want to believe this crap, they could (and maybe are) giving you stuff that contains no hormones, yet your desire to believe helps you 'feel better'.\\
>>>The power of positive thinking is not a new subject. The Talmud, the ancient compendium of rabbinical thought, states that: "Where there is hope, there is life." And hope is positive expectation, by another name. The scientific study of the placebo effect is usually dated to the pioneering paper published in 1955 on "The Powerful Placebo" by the anesthesiologist Henry K. Beecher (1904-1976). Beecher concluded that, across the 26 studies he analyzed, an average of 32% of patients responded to placebo.
It has been shown that placebos have measurable physiological effects. They tend to speed up pulse rate, increase blood pressure, and improve reaction speeds, for example, when participants are told they have taken a stimulant. Placebos have the opposite physiological effects when participants are told they have taken a sleep-producing drug.
The placebo effect is part of the human potential to react positively to a healer. A patient's distress may be relieved by something for which there is no medical basis. A familiar example is Band-Aid put on a child. It can make the child feel better by its soothing effect, though there is no medical reason it should make the child feel better. <<<
Get over yourselves. You're being sold a bill of goods by a simple minded huckster.
Makes about as much sense as that silly 'thighmaster' whe was hawking a few years back.
Unless the placebo has actual estrogen in it, it wont prevent osteoporosis, or vaginal dryness..etc. Its estrogen that you have to replace, because it is lost, and no placebo would work. If you are low on blood, would a plaecbo work in replacing your lost blood???? If you are low on your testosterone, do you actually think a plaebo would work in replacing lost testosterone? Get a clue, and a life Zonker!
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Nov 2, 2009
 
you go Natasha
Kathy

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Deanne wrote:
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You can get bio-identical hormones over the counter (progesterone cream or DHEA in a cream, capsule or sublingual tablet) without a prescription. bio identical Estradiol is available by prescription from regular pharmacies in the form of oral tablets such as the brand name Estrace, estradiol patches (without the progestin - that's what makes it synthetic) common brand names here are Vivelle Dot, Climara etc. Bio Identical progesterone by prescription is commonly known as the oral Prometrium softgels (made with peanut oil base) but it is brand name and no generic exists. There are also progesterone vaginal formulas that are bio identical. Compounded hormones are simply an option for women who want the topical form, want to be able to control the adjusting of the dose and want it to be custom tailored to their needs. Oral hormones tend to create unwanted metabolites in the liver conjugation process, these metabolites may translate into unwanted side effects (bloating, gas, fluid retention, headaches, nausea, etc)- not all women experience these but they are much more common if taking hormones orally. Topical dosing of hormones requires a much lower dose of hormone to do the same job of an oral hormone (approximately 1/10th the amount of that hormone. Hormones such as progesterone and testosterone are lipophilic and they love to be delivered transdermally and do not withstand the oral (aqueous) pathway of the gut as well. Transdermal dosing is superior to oral dosing, but that comes with a more sophisticated price tag sometimes. An estradiol only patch, paired with some oral Prometrium or over the counter progesterone cream make a lovely combination that works very well for most women - but none of us are created equal so sometimes a little more tweaking is needed. I have nothing against $4 generics at WalMart at all, but I do feel that you and all women should investigate all your options to the best of your ability - understand how hormones work, what to expect and how to monitor them. You are your own best advocate. There is an awesome conference in Orlando in October (24th) for women. It's done by a non-profit organization Women In Balance. Excellent factual information will be presented and women attendees will get the hormone answers they are searching for. Good luck on your quest -I have been helping women and physicians in the Ocala area for 10 yrs with hormonal issues and I have seen first hand the powerful positive impact in a woman's life when she finally feels balanced again! Best wishes to you all!
My Doctor just put me on Estrace cream (0.1 mg estradiol) for my symptoms after me begging for something natural for two years. Had hot flashes and not sleeping at night. I added some pro gest on my own. Just started last week. I thought Estrace was made from a plant so it was ok. What is your opinion?
Gail Perry

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Natasha, menopause is COMPLETELY NORMAL in life and doesn't needed to be treated with anything. There are solutions for all the problems you listed.

Estrogen FEEDS some breast cancers. It is URGENT that women at risk for breast cancer complain about your posts (and probably your website) to the FDA.
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mrsgio wrote:
How do you find a GYN who is going to treat you like this. Also is there an age bracket you need to be in. Iam 61 and never took hormone therpy, because my sister died of breast cancer after a 17 year battle.
Look forward to some advise.
I'm sure your gyn has told you that your risk of getting breast cancer increases dramatically if you have a mother or a sister who has had breast cancer. So the odds that your doctor would want you on ANY hormone therapy is unlikely. Reread what the article; you'll see that the Euro study on the bio-identicals showed a huge increase in cancer.
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Natasha wrote:
In response to Zonker.....Bioidentical hormones(Estradiol..Estrace..e tc) have estrogen in them, and estrogen is lacking in a menopausal woman. Estrogen is needed to prevent osteoporosis..which occurs if you dont replace your lost estrogen. It also helps your skin to be more supple again, alleviate dryness, sex drive, and much more. There are major problems that can arise when you run out of estrogen...and bioidentical hormones replace your lost estrogen. My point is...who is this guy Zonker, and what does he know about a woman's body?? No placebo will prevent osteotporosis, or make your estrogen levels normal again! Its estrogen that you need, and unless it has estrogen in it, your body will know! Unless the placebo has estrogen in it, it wont work! Your mind cant prevent osteoporosis from occuring...only estrogen can! Get a clue, and life Zonker!
Get a clue, Natsasha! Putting women on estrogen after menopause is based on the assumption that nature made a mistake when tapering our estrogen production after our fertile years. The reason women's bodies produce less estrogen is because women don’t need as much estrogen once we’ve passed the childbearing and breastfeeding years. In its wisdom, the body doesn’t waste its efforts. To restore your whole body to better health, try adjusting level of sunlight exposure, get plenty of exercise, and adjust your diet. Most need to reduce sugar, fat and salt intake. Also eliminate tobacco, and reduce alcohol consumption. And finally, don't abuse prescription drug use.
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That's right. The "bio-identicals" are a bad idea -- in my opinion for ALL women, because only about 10% of breast cancer has a familial basis. For 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer, there are no others in their family who have had it.

Menopause is normal. Trying to change your hormones at menopause by ANY means is messing with your body chemistry in major ways. I know that some women are truly miserable from those changes, but let's not pretend that "bio-identicals" are any better for you.

What a shame that these forums are treated as free billboards by hucksters.
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Natasha wrote:
In response to Zonker.....Bioidentical hormones(Estradiol..Estrace..e tc) have estrogen in them, and estrogen is lacking in a menopausal woman. Estrogen is needed to prevent osteoporosis..which occurs if you dont replace your lost estrogen. It also helps your skin to be more supple again, alleviate dryness, sex drive, and much more. There are major problems that can arise when you run out of estrogen...and bioidentical hormones replace your lost estrogen. My point is...who is this guy Zonker, and what does he know about a woman's body?? No placebo will prevent osteotporosis, or make your estrogen levels normal again! Its estrogen that you need, and unless it has estrogen in it, your body will know! Unless the placebo has estrogen in it, it wont work! Your mind cant prevent osteoporosis from occuring...only estrogen can! Get a clue, and life Zonker!
For one thing, I'm not selling anything!! What I posted is from a medical study of these so-called 'bio-identicals', a marketing scam if ever there were one.

Bio-identical is a marketing term, not an actual category of pharmaceuticals. That is a fact.

Do you give away a 'thighmaster' with each order?? LOL

Susie Summers was a very untalented actress, but she found her niche in marketing crap to aging females.

She's selling snake oil, just as phony as the thighmaster.
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Natasha wrote:
In response to Zonker.....Bioidentical hormones(Estradiol..Estrace..e tc) have estrogen in them, and estrogen is lacking in a menopausal woman. Estrogen is needed to prevent osteoporosis..which occurs if you dont replace your lost estrogen. It also helps your skin to be more supple again, alleviate dryness, sex drive, and much more. There are major problems that can arise when you run out of estrogen...and bioidentical hormones replace your lost estrogen. My point is...who is this guy Zonker, and what does he know about a woman's body?? No placebo will prevent osteotporosis, or make your estrogen levels normal again! Its estrogen that you need, and unless it has estrogen in it, your body will know! Unless the placebo has estrogen in it, it wont work! Your mind cant prevent osteoporosis from occuring...only estrogen can! Get a clue, and life Zonker!
You can take Boniva or other medications for osteoporosis. So Sally Fields tells us, and she's a far better actress than Susie ever was!!

As far as your claims for estrogen, I'd agree, if not for the increased risk of breast and other cancers that go with its' use.

What would you prefer, vaginal dryness or breast cancer?? There are lubricants for dryness, but cancer is a threat to your life. Seems an easy choice.

Unless you have a dog in the fight and are profiting from selling this new version of snake oil.
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I beleive in this whole heartedly.
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Not only can you take Boniva, but Zometa (Reclast) actively interferes with the spread or development of breast cancer in the bones, the most common place for it to spread.

Vaginal dryness won't kill you and there are solutions for it. I'll grant you menopause isn't delightful, but I think part of it is one's attitude. My attitude was that it was a normal phase of life. I refused to let any doctor treat it as a medical problam and I never took hormones. Since I developed hormone-sensitive breast cancer, thank goodness I did not take them.
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>>>Experts: Placebo power behind many natural cures<<<

""Ten years and $2.5 billion in research have found no cures from alternative medicine. Yet these mostly unproven treatments are now mainstream and used by more than a third of all Americans. This is one in an occasional Associated Press series on their use and potential risks.

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People looking for natural cures will be happy to know there is one. Two words explain how it works: "I believe."

It's the placebo effect — the ability of a dummy pill or a faked treatment to make people feel better, just because they expect that it will. It's the mind's ability to alter physical symptoms, such as pain, anxiety and fatigue.

In just the past few weeks, the placebo effect has demonstrated its healing powers. In tests of a new drug to relieve lupus symptoms, about a third of patients felt better when they got dummy pills instead of the drug.

The placebo effect looms large in alternative medicine, which has many therapies and herbal remedies based on beliefs versus science. Often the problems they seek to relieve, such as pain, are subjective.

"It has a pejorative implication — that it's not real, that it has no medicinal value," said Dr. Robert Ader, a psychologist at the University of Rochester in New York who has researched the phenomenon.

But placebos can have real and beneficial effects, he said.

"Much of the results of certain alternative procedures are largely placebo effects, unless you believe there are people who exert magical powers so they can hold their hands over your body and cure you of disease," Ader said. "Make you feel better? That's entirely possible, especially if you believe it."

The placebo effect accounts for about a third of the benefits of any treatment — even carefully tested medicines, scientists say. This dates to a landmark report in 1955 called The Powerful Placebo. Viewed as groundbreaking, the analysis of dozens of studies by H.K. Beecher found that 32 percent of patients responded to a placebo.

Later studies found that dummy pills could raise pulse rates, blood pressure and reaction speed when people were told they had taken a stimulant; the opposite occurred when people were told that a drug would make them drowsy.""

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test?
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Zonker, thanks for that post.

People, if you have cancer this is no time for "beliefs" -- not when it comes to choosing medical care.

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