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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Susan Wojcik

Chicago, IL

#1 Jun 4, 2009
I think it is wonderful that Suzanne Sommers is bring attention to the topic of bioidentical hormones. I just urge those interested to find a qualified practitioner who evaluates the patient with labs both before and during treatment.

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laurie

Kissimmee, FL

#2 Jun 27, 2009
I finally went to a doctor after seeing the special on Oprah, im waiting on my hormone leveles to come back, what gets me is he told me the identical hormones are at wallmart for 4.00 and no one tells you that im about to see is this is true i dont know why he would lie about this seeing i have no problem getting the cream made at a compounding pharmacy has anyone heard about this?
Susan

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#3 Jun 27, 2009
Doeas anyone know if or how these bioidentical hormones can be covered through a HMO insurance?
laurie

Kissimmee, FL

#4 Jun 28, 2009
Susan wrote:
Doeas anyone know if or how these bioidentical hormones can be covered through a HMO insurance?
hang in there susan im waiting for my blood test to come back and my dr. says you can get the exact bioidentical hormones at wallmart for 4.00 i will let you and everone elts know you dont need a compounding pharmacy, laurie
Lisa

United States

#5 Jun 28, 2009
laurie wrote:
<quoted text> hang in there susan im waiting for my blood test to come back and my dr. says you can get the exact bioidentical hormones at wallmart for 4.00 i will let you and everone elts know you dont need a compounding pharmacy, laurie
I want to know too. That would be great because the 'compounding pharmacy' this is EXPENSIVE and sounds like a racket to me.
Karlow

United States

#6 Jun 28, 2009
It's really amazing what a woman with big tits can get away with.
Teresa

Decaturville, TN

#7 Jun 30, 2009
I have been doing bio-identicals for 9 months now. I feel so human, it's wonderful! i have blood taken every three months and my drugs are adjusted as necessary...
Teresa

Decaturville, TN

#8 Jun 30, 2009
Lisa wrote:
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I want to know too. That would be great because the 'compounding pharmacy' this is EXPENSIVE and sounds like a racket to me.
I get one drug from a pharmacy for 32.00 a month and the rest i get from online sources and it's very inexpensive compared to the prescriptions of synthetic hormones i used to take! i don't have very good prescription coverage, so this is pretty good! and it's not a racket, i feel GREAT
Teresa

Decaturville, TN

#9 Jun 30, 2009
Karlow wrote:
It's really amazing what a woman with big tits can get away with.
whatever....
Iron Clad

Boston, MA

#10 Jul 1, 2009
I'm all for it if it keeps you looking that HOT at age 62.
mrsgio

North Fort Myers, FL

#11 Jul 1, 2009
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.
Donna Ranucci

AOL

#12 Jul 8, 2009
hello, i'm so glad you discovered bio hormones. more women seem to be more comfortable using them. my family has been affected by breast cancer. thats why after 3 months on the Rachael Ray show, becoming the runner-up on the hey can you cook 4 contest, i am currrently publishing a cookbook - donna's dishes=cooking for a cure. 20% of all my sales will be donated to breast cancer. i am currently working with the gloria gemma breast cancer resource foundation. on oct. 10th, 2009 i was invited to the flames of hope one of the single biggest events in ri. last year 100,000 people were in attendence. i will be selling my cookbooks and we'll have a cooking demostration, proceeds to benefit breast cancer. we would be honored if Suzanne could come and speak she is a voice for all us women. help me help others. stay strong women. we are all survivors. look for my web site to order my cookbook. keep fighting. D.
Kae

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#13 Jul 9, 2009
I fully agree with Suzanne's stance on the FDA. The FDA is not in the science of curing you, they want you to be a client for life of the people who sit on the corporate boards.
I have heard of the advantages to this but there are other things to consider....
If what she allegedly said is true, she takes 60 supplements a day. She injects herself daily with hCG and vitamin B shots and injects estrogen into her vagina. If she has a glass of wine, she goes to get the liver detoxed. If she is exposed to smoke, she gets her blood cleaned through colation therapy. Her success is not solely due to bioidenticals. She has the money to do many other things, and more power to her, but I urge everyone to do research before they decide.
laurie

Olive Branch, MS

#14 Jul 10, 2009
i only have 1 more week to wait to see my dr.I will let you all know about the wallmart biodentical hormones for $4.00 SAME IDENTICAL HORMONE just not the cream
Deanne

Ocala, FL

#16 Jul 10, 2009
laurie wrote:
i only have 1 more week to wait to see my dr.I will let you all know about the wallmart biodentical hormones for $4.00 SAME IDENTICAL HORMONE just not the cream
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!

“deteriorata”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#17 Jul 13, 2009
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.
laurie

Olive Branch, MS

#18 Jul 14, 2009
Zonker wrote:
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.
where do you get off calling people dumb,ill take the hormones and you drink the water!
Deanne

Gainesville, FL

#19 Jul 14, 2009
laurie wrote:
<quoted text>where do you get off calling people dumb,ill take the hormones and you drink the water!
I agree with Laurie 100%. Do not insult the intelligence of women and their personal knowledge of their bodies. There are plenty of individuals who run around with cranial-rectal fusion, passing judgment on others. If ignorance is bliss, you must be pretty damn happy with yourself. Now if you have something useful to share to help someone, then by all means - do tell - however, if you can't say anything nice - then go find someone else who shares your idiotic opinion and have a grand time with them. Suzanne Somers may not be the best spokesperson for health, but at least she has people sitting up and paying attention. I can assure you that much smarter people than her - wholeheartedly support hormone balance and they are physicians themselves. She just happens to be the current poster child.(along with Robin McGraw, Oprah Winfrey and so forth). Every individual should have the right to choose what they want for themselves and how they wish to treat it. I can guarantee that if a woman needs hormones and is miserably symptomatic and you give her a damn placebo - she is going to hunt you down and beat you. Women know what works and what doesn't - not all therapies work as well for some women as they do for others. That's because we're not identical twinkies to begin with, that's why conventional drugs have to be titrated to efficacy based on symptoms, pt weight, pt lifestyle etc.. So sometimes you have to customize the therapy to their benefit. But clearly you don't care and that is your prerogative. I hope the fact that you call women stupid makes YOU feel better about yourself.

“deteriorata”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#20 Jul 14, 2009
Deanne wrote:
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I agree with Laurie 100%. Do not insult the intelligence of women and their personal knowledge of their bodies. There are plenty of individuals who run around with cranial-rectal fusion, passing judgment on others. If ignorance is bliss, you must be pretty damn happy with yourself. Now if you have something useful to share to help someone, then by all means - do tell - however, if you can't say anything nice - then go find someone else who shares your idiotic opinion and have a grand time with them. Suzanne Somers may not be the best spokesperson for health, but at least she has people sitting up and paying attention. I can assure you that much smarter people than her - wholeheartedly support hormone balance and they are physicians themselves. She just happens to be the current poster child.(along with Robin McGraw, Oprah Winfrey and so forth). Every individual should have the right to choose what they want for themselves and how they wish to treat it. I can guarantee that if a woman needs hormones and is miserably symptomatic and you give her a damn placebo - she is going to hunt you down and beat you. Women know what works and what doesn't - not all therapies work as well for some women as they do for others. That's because we're not identical twinkies to begin with, that's why conventional drugs have to be titrated to efficacy based on symptoms, pt weight, pt lifestyle etc.. So sometimes you have to customize the therapy to their benefit. But clearly you don't care and that is your prerogative. I hope the fact that you call women stupid makes YOU feel better about yourself.
I didn't call women dumb. I called the women who believe in this snake oil 'therapy du jour' dumb. I don't care if it's Oprah or Robin McGraw. Oprah, as smart a woman as I've seen, has jumped on many 'latest and greatest' cure-alls for many things, especially weight related. From what I see, she's again pulling that wagon full of fat around with her.

Believe what you want. It wasn't that long ago that cancer patients flocked to Mexico to recieve 'Laetrile' treatments. They died anyway.

Just because it's fashionable and hip doesn't mean it works in a meaningful way. But if you think it does, it will. Mind over matter.

You'd be betteroff going to a Benny Hinn or Joel Osteenn and have them 'cure' you of your menopausal symptoms.

It's all snake oil.
laurie

Olive Branch, MS

#21 Jul 14, 2009
Deanne wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree with Laurie 100%. Do not insult the intelligence of women and their personal knowledge of their bodies. There are plenty of individuals who run around with cranial-rectal fusion, passing judgment on others. If ignorance is bliss, you must be pretty damn happy with yourself. Now if you have something useful to share to help someone, then by all means - do tell - however, if you can't say anything nice - then go find someone else who shares your idiotic opinion and have a grand time with them. Suzanne Somers may not be the best spokesperson for health, but at least she has people sitting up and paying attention. I can assure you that much smarter people than her - wholeheartedly support hormone balance and they are physicians themselves. She just happens to be the current poster child.(along with Robin McGraw, Oprah Winfrey and so forth). Every individual should have the right to choose what they want for themselves and how they wish to treat it. I can guarantee that if a woman needs hormones and is miserably symptomatic and you give her a damn placebo - she is going to hunt you down and beat you. Women know what works and what doesn't - not all therapies work as well for some women as they do for others. That's because we're not identical twinkies to begin with, that's why conventional drugs have to be titrated to efficacy based on symptoms, pt weight, pt lifestyle etc.. So sometimes you have to customize the therapy to their benefit. But clearly you don't care and that is your prerogative. I hope the fact that you call women stupid makes YOU feel better about yourself.
you go girl,but I guess she still doesent get it.

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