Why Suzanne Somers loves bioidentical hormones

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

Gainesville, FL

#22 Jul 15, 2009
laurie wrote:
<quoted text>you go girl,but I guess she still doesent get it.
Nope, guess not....and I won't lose sleep over it. Bio-identical hormones have been available for a long time, unfortunately because of the media they simply appear to be a "latest and greatest" thing - they're not...just people are finally sitting up and taking notice. To each his own. I know way too many women who've benefited from them for more years than they've been "en vogue" and I don't believe that is "snake oil". Everyone is entitled to their opinion though.
Indy

United States

#23 Jul 15, 2009
How do you find a qualified professional to help you with this? I see lots of ads in that natural magazine from Whole Foods, but I have no idea how to find the quality professionals.

I've had a good luck with a couple of supplements and would like to know more.
Deanne

Gainesville, FL

#24 Jul 15, 2009
Indy wrote:
How do you find a qualified professional to help you with this? I see lots of ads in that natural magazine from Whole Foods, but I have no idea how to find the quality professionals.
I've had a good luck with a couple of supplements and would like to know more.
I would suggest starting with your PCP or GYN. If that doesn't work, talk to your friends and co-workers and see what they've heard and who they would recommend - look for the common denominator! A good option is to look for a compounding pharmacy and call or go see them, they can advise who some very knowledgeable practitioners in your area would be. You can also google BHRT or bio-identical hormones in your area to see what comes up. There are also professional organizations that can provide doctor listings. A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine) or ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) have provider directories on their sites. If you are in the Boca area, you should be able to find a plethora of help! If not, let me know...
Indy

United States

#25 Jul 15, 2009
Deanne wrote:
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I would suggest starting with your PCP or GYN. If that doesn't work, talk to your friends and co-workers and see what they've heard and who they would recommend - look for the common denominator! A good option is to look for a compounding pharmacy and call or go see them, they can advise who some very knowledgeable practitioners in your area would be. You can also google BHRT or bio-identical hormones in your area to see what comes up. There are also professional organizations that can provide doctor listings. A4M (American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine) or ACAM (American College for Advancement in Medicine) have provider directories on their sites. If you are in the Boca area, you should be able to find a plethora of help! If not, let me know...
Thank you - good ideas! I did google the Boca area but there are so many shysters around here taking advantage of "rich people" - which I'm not LOL. I've had good luck with my nurse practitioner at my gyn office so maybe I will ask her. I can't afford to pay a fortune but would like to feel better. I've already cleaned up my diet alot which has helped, but I think there might be more I can do.

I loved the book "The Edge Effect" by Dr. Eric Braverman.

As humans live longer now, we have to focus on quality, not just quantity, at least imho.
Deanne

Gainesville, FL

#26 Jul 16, 2009
Indy wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank you - good ideas! I did google the Boca area but there are so many shysters around here taking advantage of "rich people" - which I'm not LOL. I've had good luck with my nurse practitioner at my gyn office so maybe I will ask her. I can't afford to pay a fortune but would like to feel better. I've already cleaned up my diet alot which has helped, but I think there might be more I can do.
I loved the book "The Edge Effect" by Dr. Eric Braverman.
As humans live longer now, we have to focus on quality, not just quantity, at least imho.
You can contact me through my group on Facebook. If you are a member, just search for a group called BHRT.4.Me If you aren't a FB user, then you will need to set up a profile - don't have to have a picture or personal info though. I can help you with more info and maybe specific practitioner information if you end up needing that. I'd be happy to send you information if you would like.
laurie

Kissimmee, FL

#27 Jul 25, 2009
Ive got my hormone levels back and they were off the chain,my doctor said he is starting me off very slow to introduce hormones back into my body hes giving me 1 mil. of bio-identical estadiol pill for 1 month then he wants to check my levels again and go from their 1 month supply $4.00 at wallmart, ITS ONLY BEEN 4 DAYS and I already sleep like a baby I will let you all know as i go,laurie
Deanne

Gainesville, FL

#28 Jul 25, 2009
laurie wrote:
Ive got my hormone levels back and they were off the chain,my doctor said he is starting me off very slow to introduce hormones back into my body hes giving me 1 mil. of bio-identical estadiol pill for 1 month then he wants to check my levels again and go from their 1 month supply $4.00 at wallmart, ITS ONLY BEEN 4 DAYS and I already sleep like a baby I will let you all know as i go,laurie
That's great Laurie! Did he not give you any progesterone though? You need progesterone to balance the effects of estrogen, regardless of whether you have a uterus or not. The breasts depend on progesterone, as does the brain, heart, and so many other critical tissues. Please do the research and make sure you are getting everything you need.
laurie

Kissimmee, FL

#29 Jul 25, 2009
no i cant find anthing on my lab work that says progesterone,my FSH was 52.5 my LH was 41.6 and estradiol was 41,testosterone,total was 29 and testerone,free 2.3 and my cholesterol was through the roof and i eat no cholesterol he told me he wants to get my cholesterol down first i dont know my body is so wacked out ive been going through this for 4 years and ive NEVER been to a doctor in my whole life except for having kids im 47 and i just got health insurance i told my doctor i have an appointment with a cardiologist on the 7th of aug. i think hes waiting to see if everything is ok before he starts pumping me with hormones plus he said he was going to take it slow introducing my body with hormones again so what do i need to ask DR.Casella
Deanne

Gainesville, FL

#30 Jul 25, 2009
laurie wrote:
no i cant find anthing on my lab work that says progesterone,my FSH was 52.5 my LH was 41.6 and estradiol was 41,testosterone,total was 29 and testerone,free 2.3 and my cholesterol was through the roof and i eat no cholesterol he told me he wants to get my cholesterol down first i dont know my body is so wacked out ive been going through this for 4 years and ive NEVER been to a doctor in my whole life except for having kids im 47 and i just got health insurance i told my doctor i have an appointment with a cardiologist on the 7th of aug. i think hes waiting to see if everything is ok before he starts pumping me with hormones plus he said he was going to take it slow introducing my body with hormones again so what do i need to ask DR.Casella
Laurie, you should email me at my work address so I can give you more information pertinent to you. I don't want you posting too much personal information in public. I have lots of questions for you and lots of information, in fact you could stop by our place and collect some stacks of information to take and read. Send me a message at dbauman@francks.com if you like and I'd be happy to help you. You can find some information on our website www.francks.com and you can click on the Hormone Therapies tab from there. Hope this helps...I suspect your cholesterol may possibly be thyroid related, but that would obviously take labwork and more symptom questions....
Indy

United States

#31 Jul 25, 2009
Deanne - thanks for the info earlier - I lost track of this thread and couldn't get back to it until someone posted again.

Do you think your organization could help me even though I live far from Ocala (south FL)?

Thanks.
Deanne

Gainesville, FL

#32 Jul 26, 2009
Indy wrote:
Deanne - thanks for the info earlier - I lost track of this thread and couldn't get back to it until someone posted again.
Do you think your organization could help me even though I live far from Ocala (south FL)?
Thanks.
Absolutely. I have clients all over the US. I consult with and educate the patient, then in turn help find them a knowledgeable (affordable) physician or (ARNP / PA) who can handle their care. You can contact me via email (see post above your last one). I can mail you literature since you are out of town. Don't post any personal information here in public, anything you wish to share with me (symptoms, history or mailing address for example) is held completely confidential as if you were a patient of ours. I'm happy to help get you started if you would like!
Indy

United States

#33 Jul 26, 2009
Deanne wrote:
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Absolutely. I have clients all over the US. I consult with and educate the patient, then in turn help find them a knowledgeable (affordable) physician or (ARNP / PA) who can handle their care. You can contact me via email (see post above your last one). I can mail you literature since you are out of town. Don't post any personal information here in public, anything you wish to share with me (symptoms, history or mailing address for example) is held completely confidential as if you were a patient of ours. I'm happy to help get you started if you would like!
Sounds great - going to e-mail you! Thank you so much!
C-Annie

Bradenton, FL

#34 Jul 27, 2009
Deanne wrote:
<quoted text>
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!
How do I find an MD in Ocala area who really knows about and supports/believes in bioidenticals?
Deanne

Gainesville, FL

#35 Jul 28, 2009
C-Annie wrote:
<quoted text> How do I find an MD in Ocala area who really knows about and supports/believes in bioidenticals?
C-Annie - If you email me I can provide you with a comprehensive alphabetical list of local providers (MD's, DO's, ARNP's, PA's etc). The list is in no order of preference, but after working with docs here for 10yrs I can discuss your needs and wishes, and help narrow down the list for you. I don't post doctor names on this forum though. My email is dbauman@francks.com
Margaret Devries

Canada

#39 Oct 25, 2009
Why do people put so much store in books sold by celebrities. Think about it---the woman has made millions (maybe billions) just because she is a celebrity. Put your store in the medical profession who are REAL people who are trying to help humanity (for the MOST part).
Gail Perry

Plant City, FL

#40 Oct 25, 2009
Anyone who thinks bioidentical hormones are safer than anything else when it comes to breast cancer is playing a very dangerous game.

Please, folks, don't embrace a product just because it fits with your philosophy. Do your homework. The safest route if you are at risk for breast cancer is to ride out menopause without ANY hormonal supplements.
Zonker

Wethersfield, CT

#41 Oct 26, 2009
""'Bioidenticals' not FDA-approved, contain estrogen""

>>>>>Millions of women have tried custom-compounded hormones or herbal supplements like black cohosh and red clover since 2002, when a big federal study found risks from traditional hormone replacement therapy, or HRT.

Alternative remedies are especially popular with upscale, educated women who like to research and find their own solutions to medical problems. They like the idea of personalized treatments versus off-the-shelf prescription drugs.

However, instead of a safer option, they are getting products of unknown risk that still contain the estrogen many of them fear, women's health experts say.

"Misinformation is rampant" about bioidenticals, said Dr. JoAnn Manson, preventive medicine chief at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "It really is buyer beware."

She and other experts explain:

_"Bioidentical" is a marketing term that has no accepted medical meaning. Its implied benefit is not unique to alternative remedies; many prescription drugs contain hormones that chemically match estrogens and progesterones made naturally by the body.

_Custom-compounded hormones are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and have not been proved safe or effective. They may carry the same cancer and heart risks as traditional treatments and have had even less testing to find out.

_Hormone preparations do not need to be customized for each woman; a few standard doses work for almost everyone, medical experts say. The saliva tests that some women are given to tailor formulas are of dubious value because hormone levels fluctuate widely throughout the day.

_Compounding pharmacists use such different methods that a customized prescription can contain widely varying amounts of hormones depending on who fills it.

_Many compounders use estriol, a form of estrogen not approved for sale in the United States. The FDA is in a battle with compounding pharmacies over its use.

The bottom line?

"Women need to understand there's no rigorous evidence these preparations are any more effective or any safer than traditional hormone therapy. In fact, there's much less evidence for efficacy and very little research on long-term safety," said Manson, who has no industry ties and was a key researcher in the big federal study that warned women in 2002 of the health risks from long-term hormone use.

For years, medical groups have warned against custom-compounded hormones. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has denounced claims about their safety. The American Medical Association has urged more FDA oversight. The Federal Trade Commission has filed complaints against online sellers who made health claims for natural progesterone creams without supporting evidence.<<<<<

Anyone thinking of trying this therapy should remember phen-phen and other 'wonder drugs' that caused death, pain, and suffering.

I've reported this 'DEANNE' person to Yahoo and in a letter to the FDA. They are investigating people scamming online with these snake oil potions.

Buyer beware.
Gail Perry

Plant City, FL

#42 Oct 26, 2009
Zonker, thank you for your clear and honest post. It's very easy to make things like Premarin sound scarier than Black Cohash and red clover but in fact both have been found to be risky for women who have had hormone sensitive cancer.

It's easy to believe that there's a grand pharmocological conspiracy to keep secret treatments from us. It makes us feel smarter than the average bear to believe these things, but just because we've boosted our ego doesn't mean we're right.
chanelglass

Hayward, CA

#43 Oct 28, 2009
Zonker, I could not agree more, or add to your comment/post. (cosmetic surgery) so true.
Gail Perry

Plant City, FL

#44 Oct 28, 2009
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.

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