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Bioidentical Hormones

Myth Busting: BHRT and Cancer Risk

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Sorting through the facts relating to hormone replacement can be cumbersome and confusing to patients as well as practitioners. More than a decade has passed since the halting of the CEE/progestin arm of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), and there has been little clarification on the subject from mainstream medical sources. There are however, several glaring misconceptions relating to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), especially as it relates to cancer risk, which should be cleared up.

1: Mind your ‘P’s: Progestins, progestagens and progesterone

Progestagen is a very general name read more…

Clinical Effects Of A Proprietary Combination Isoflavone Nutritional Supplement In Menopausal Women: A Pilot Trial

Daniel Lukaczer, ND, Gary Darland, PhD, Matthew Tripp, PhD, DeAnn Liska, PhD, Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD, Barbara Schiltz, MS, RN, Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD

Abstract
Women often experience climacteric symp- toms as they reach menopause. These symptoms can vary in intensity and fre- quency, but most often include hot flushes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness.
Estimates of the number of menopausal women who experience these symptoms vary widely, with some studies suggesting that 75% to 85% of women in Western countries report menopausal complaints, while rates in Asian countries are as low as 15%.1,2

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is read more…

Why Compounded Prescriptions Make Sense: An Interview With David Brownstein, MD

Interview by Kimberly Lord Stewart

Abstract
David Brownstein, MD, is a family physician and practitioner of holistic medicine. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich, and has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. Brownstein specializes in the therapeutic application of vitamins, minerals, herbs, and natural hormones. He is the author of 6 books: Overcoming Arthritis; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt: Your Way to Health; read more…

Compounding Basics

William Benda, MD

Abstract
Editor’s Note: This Special Report provides an overview of some of the complex issues involved in compounding pharmacy. There are many benefits to compounding as well as some concerns for safety and quality. We at the journal hope you find these articles helpful as well as insightful and thought provoking.

Drug compounding is a process by which a pharmacist or doctor combines, mixes, or alters ingredients to create a medication tailored to the needs of an individual patient.

Until the advent of drug manufacturing in the 1950s, compounding was the exclusive method of preparing medications for read more…

Hormone Replacement Therapy: Benefits, Risks, and Options

Tori Hudson, ND

Abstract
By the year 2015, nearly 50% of women in the United States will be menopausal. Between 1990 and 2020, the menopausal population in the US will double. This dramatic increase in the number of menopausal women is changing the way healthcare providers work with women and changing medicine itself. At no other time in history have we had so many individuals dealing with the same set of healthcare issues. Now more than ever, clinicians have options for the management of menopause: diet, exercise, stress management, nutrition, botanicals, natural hormones, conventional hormones, and additional pharmaceuticals.

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