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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Since: Nov 09

New York, NY

#65 Nov 11, 2009
Dying to be Young...
I haven't read this whole thread, but anyone who takes OTC supplements should watch the episode of Dying to be young on Dr. G. The episode is about a woman in Orlando who took about 40 supplements a day, including DHEA.
I just watched it last night, so it should roll around again soon.
chanelglass

Hayward, CA

#66 Nov 11, 2009
Applause for Zonker, and Gail !
Laurie Melon

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#69 Jan 13, 2010
Gail Perry wrote:
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.
Gail. Do you work for the big Pharm companies who cannot get a patent on these natural products? Since AMA = Pharmaceutical companies CANNOT make any MONEY on bio-identicals or any other natural products they discredit their value. Women in Europe have been using them with great success for many years. Follow the money for the bottom line truth. Especially when USA Pharm companies are part of the picture. And start reading the warnings of death and disease on all your AMA/Pharm treatments. You are being brain washed by big pharm that now has over 50% of all the ads on TV!!!!
Kas

Humble, TX

#70 Jan 16, 2010
Gail Perry wrote:
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.
I am so tired of people who are soooooooooo fortunate to not have some of the health problems many others have and then say it's all attitude. People with depression have had to fight that same philosophy for years. It's like Tom Cruise. I am happy for your that you didn't need anything, but don't say it's attitude. Like I have to tell so many people about depression, if you have a thyroid problem or diabetes is your attitude. I'm sorry, but I feel that is just not being kind to those who really need help other than their attitudes. I am glad you are healthy. I wish the same for everyone. Unfortunately, everyone has a different path dispite their attitude.
No surprise here

Plant City, FL

#71 Jan 16, 2010
Kas wrote:
<quoted text>I am so tired of people who are soooooooooo fortunate to not have some of the health problems many others have and then say it's all attitude. People with depression have had to fight that same philosophy for years. It's like Tom Cruise. I am happy for your that you didn't need anything, but don't say it's attitude. Like I have to tell so many people about depression, if you have a thyroid problem or diabetes is your attitude. I'm sorry, but I feel that is just not being kind to those who really need help other than their attitudes. I am glad you are healthy. I wish the same for everyone. Unfortunately, everyone has a different path dispite their attitude.
Ohhh Kas NOWHERE did I say it was about "attitude."

I said it's about not taking drugs that might kill you later on.

It was tough to go through menopause without hormone replacement but it's what's NORMAL. I have posted a number of ways to deal with one of the biggest problems of menopause -- the hot flashes. I recommended waterbeds because of their tremendous temperature control. I have also talked about cooling scarves. Buy a BUNCH of them, put them in baggies with a little water (you don't want to over-saturate them) and keep them in the refrigerator.

Don't take hormones no matter how they were made, because you risk feeding a hormone-sensitive breast tumor. 90% of women who develop breast cancer have absolutely NO family history of breast cancer.

I NEVER EVER said it was about attitude, and i think anyone who says that depression is about attitude (and has any kind of clout with the media, such as Tom Cruise), should be forced to endure depression themselves without help and see what their attitude might be like. I absolutely DESPISE people who talk about overcoming ANYTHING by "attitude" because it demeans the person's difficulties and puts the blame on them for their situation. it's a horrible thing to do ....

and I didn't say it. I didn't mean it; I didn't imply it.
No surprise here

Plant City, FL

#72 Jan 16, 2010
NO, Laurie. I do NOT work for any pharma company (large or small) nor have I ever.

I'VE HAD HORMONE SENSITIVE BREAST CANCER.

I HELPED SAVE MY OWN LIFE BY NOT TAKING ANY KIND OF HORMONES.

Get it now? It's about living vs. dying.
No surprise here

Plant City, FL

#73 Jan 17, 2010
PS, folks, I have NO IDEA why my posting name is coming up as "No Surprise Here."

I have never set up messages here that way. I have always used my name, Gail Perry. I don't know what's going wrong here but I'll try to remember to put my name at the end of my posts so it's more clear who is posting.

Gail Perry
Gail Perry

Plant City, FL

#74 Jan 17, 2010
And by the way, Laurie ...

companies are most definitely making money on products found in nature. They are spending small fortunes going through the undeveloped and more traditional parts of such places as South America and India looking for natural remedies that work.

You think they can't patent them? All they have to do is make the SMALLEST change -- which can include compressing it into a tablet and putting a coating on it -- and they most definitely CAN get a patent. You don't know anything accurate about patent law, and I suspect you don't even have accurate information about "natural" supplements.

I'm going to state this as clearly as I can: there may well be people posting on these blogs who are secretly working for pharmaceutical companies, but I'm not one of them.

HOWEVER, what I have seen -- over and over and OVER -- is people with supplements to sell coming in here and posting without identifying THEIR conflicts of interest. Maybe they rationalize this by believing that pharmaceutical companies are also doing it, but that's an immoral stance. It isn't OK to murder someone because you think someone else got away with it. It isn't OK to shoplift because you think other people do it too, and it isn't OK to come into a support forum with a secret agenda to try to promote things you sell (sometimes it's not so secret because they include their websites, but sometimes they try to fool us.)

It's been my experience -- and I'm old enough to have some -- that often when people make an accusation toward others, they think they see it because they are also doing it.
Jay

Ocala, FL

#75 Jan 18, 2010
Deanne I was so happy to read that someone from Ocala has found a doctor for bhrt, can you please let me know who you are seeing. At this time I am on Prometrium 100mg and Vivelle which is a estradiol transdermal patch that delivers 0.025mg/day. The doctor I saw said this is Bio Identical hormones and that bhrt is just a marketing term and is expensive. I am truly hoping to find a doctor
who is willing to work with me in this area.
Jen

Charlotte, NC

#76 Jan 22, 2010
Very interesting concept. Hope this helps a lot of women. It's important to have this treated in a safer option. http://www.hysterectomyrecovery.net/natural-a...
Gail Perry

Plant City, FL

#77 Jan 23, 2010
No, Jen. It's important to skip ANY kind of hormone replacement therapy if at all possible.

How to do that? Talk to the older women in your life who HAD to go through menopause without HRT.

Replacing those hormones goes against the very nature of human biology, no matter how you do it. And it WILL raise your risk of breast cancer -- even the stuff you're selling, Jen.

Do not be fooled, women: 90% of those who get breast cancer have NO history of breast cancer but an alarming number have a history of HRT. It won't be long before we have solid research on the "bio-identicals." THINK about that word "IDENTICAL." If your heart flashes don't care do you think a breast tumor does???

I'm not opposed natural alternatives (I'm not against pharmaceuticals either). I'm against women getting or aggravating breast cancer.
Mary

Wildwood, FL

#78 Jun 16, 2010
Do you know of any good practitioners in the Ocala area that does bio-identical hormone therapy ?
deb

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#79 Jan 17, 2012
I recently heard a commentary on the issue of "Estrogen" dominance from "Teresa Heiz Kerry on Larry King" -- She was diagnosed with Breast cancer and blamed her "Estrogen" dominate state for this event. The implication is that Estrogen is "bad". This is NOT the case! "IMBALANCE" of hormones is the problem. There is a gene called the P53 gene. The P53 gene blocks formation of cancer. This gene is found at the highest levels during mid cycle when "progesterone" is at its peak. Only natural progesterone molecules kill cancer cells and stimulate the P53 gene. So when women enter their 40 and early 50's they are still producing lots of estrogen but have insufficient progesterone. Progesterone increases the P53 gene and kills cancer cells!
Estrogen has many health benefits from favorable changes in muscle tone, wrinkles, hair texture, libido,reduce incidence of Alzheimers, reduce incidence in stroke and heart attack, reduce incidence in vision loss, and prevention of osteoporosis. Bottom line.

Estrogen does not cause cancer
Progesterone protects against cancer
deb

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#80 Jan 19, 2012
who ever judged me clueless, why don't you get a medical education first before you start throwing out your "opinions with no facts"
deb wrote:
I recently heard a commentary on the issue of "Estrogen" dominance from "Teresa Heiz Kerry on Larry King" -- She was diagnosed with Breast cancer and blamed her "Estrogen" dominate state for this event. The implication is that Estrogen is "bad". This is NOT the case! "IMBALANCE" of hormones is the problem. There is a gene called the P53 gene. The P53 gene blocks formation of cancer. This gene is found at the highest levels during mid cycle when "progesterone" is at its peak. Only natural progesterone molecules kill cancer cells and stimulate the P53 gene. So when women enter their 40 and early 50's they are still producing lots of estrogen but have insufficient progesterone. Progesterone increases the P53 gene and kills cancer cells!
Estrogen has many health benefits from favorable changes in muscle tone, wrinkles, hair texture, libido,reduce incidence of Alzheimers, reduce incidence in stroke and heart attack, reduce incidence in vision loss, and prevention of osteoporosis. Bottom line.
Estrogen does not cause cancer
Progesterone protects against cancer
William Francis

France

#82 Feb 5, 2013
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://inhousegeneric.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#84 Feb 16, 2013
deb wrote:
I recently heard a commentary on the issue of "Estrogen" dominance from "Teresa Heiz Kerry on Larry King" -- She was diagnosed with Breast cancer and blamed her "Estrogen" dominate state for this event. The implication is that Estrogen is "bad". This is NOT the case! "IMBALANCE" of hormones is the problem. There is a gene called the P53 gene. The P53 gene blocks formation of cancer. This gene is found at the highest levels during mid cycle when "progesterone" is at its peak. Only natural progesterone molecules kill cancer cells and stimulate the P53 gene. So when women enter their 40 and early 50's they are still producing lots of estrogen but have insufficient progesterone. Progesterone increases the P53 gene and kills cancer cells!
Estrogen has many health benefits from favorable changes in muscle tone, wrinkles, hair texture, libido,reduce incidence of Alzheimers, reduce incidence in stroke and heart attack, reduce incidence in vision loss, and prevention of osteoporosis. Bottom line.
Estrogen does not cause cancer
Progesterone protects against cancer
Not true, folks.

Some breast cancers are fed by estrogen and/or progesterone, and one of the IMPORTANT treatments for this type of cancer is hormone suppression.

That has serious side effects, but not as serious as dying from cancer.

PLEASE talk to your doctor about this should you develop breast cancer.

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#85 Feb 16, 2013
William Francis wrote:
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://inhousegeneric.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.
Yeah, that's GREAT advice. Prescribe for yourself and then buy the drugs illegally. Skip the middleman. What did that stupid doctor learn in medical school anyway? How hard can it be?

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Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#86 Feb 16, 2013
No surprise here wrote:
NO, Laurie. I do NOT work for any pharma company (large or small) nor have I ever.
I'VE HAD HORMONE SENSITIVE BREAST CANCER.
I HELPED SAVE MY OWN LIFE BY NOT TAKING ANY KIND OF HORMONES.
Get it now? It's about living vs. dying.
That's right. It's about living vs. dying. Your post was brilliant, and I HOPE people are smart enough to take what their oncologist says over what some stranger online with something to sell said.

Isn't it bizarre that any time you follow your doctor's advice you get accused of working for a pharmaceutical company?

I think that just about everyone who says that is selling alternatives and doesn't want to have any competition.

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#87 Feb 16, 2013
The typical woman has 60% Estrogen/40% Testosterone. As we age,the level of estrogen drops;thus,we begin to develop male characteristics. I don't want to be a male;regardless of how society treats us. There must be something else at work promoting breast cancer? I believe that "environmental pollution" is more of a culprit than HRT. Society can put a man on the moon;but,can't find preventive therapy and a cure for Breast Cancer.
Oswald

Sweden

#89 Apr 20, 2013
i wrote:
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://inhousegeneric.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.
http://inhousegeneric.info very clear and informative site, simple ordering process and very fast delivery. All round excellent service - will use again.

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