Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Trick or Treat?
Are you spooked by recent reports citing the supposed dangers of hormone therapy? Don’t be tricked by all the confusing or conflicting articles that will succeed in scaring the dickens out of you, but fail to distinguish between the two very different types of HRT – the beneficial kind and the harmful variety. In fact, we’ve got a treat in store for you with some good news about why the right dose of beneficial hormones can actually help women, and not harm them.
The array of alarming hormone reports online and in print are often scary and widely accepted as the gospel truth, but many of the things written are out of context or not based on all the facts.
Like scenes from a cult horror flick, these reports continue like bad sequels replaying the same familiar demons from years ago. The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) issued its first report on the dangers of synthetic hormone therapy a long time ago. Now this ghost haunts once again as the dated scare script rears its ugly head with yet another claim this month about the health hazards of hormone therapy.
What these reports fail to ever mention is that there are TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT types of hormone therapies – the natural benign bio-identical kind (BHRT) and the synthetic pharmaceutical type (HRT) causing symptoms.
Think of it like the two witches in the Wizard of Oz – the wicked one being the hazardous hormones and then there’s the good witch, the bio-identical benefactor. With the wave of a wand, one can threaten your well-being while the other can bestow health blessings.
Seems simple enough, but why don’t more people understand or explain this basic difference?
A lack in patient education on the hormone facts, so we’re stepping up this Halloween to set the record straight and put these ghosts to rest. We’ll also give you a goodie for your hormone trick or treat bag… because we believe women don’t need to be scared just informed.
This Halloween when your hormones are brewing, what is missing from your goody bag – the health benefits of natural bio-identical hormones.
Keep in mind that most articles and blogs are usually focused on the synthetic kind of hormones (HRT) – the bad witch – and will try to scare the dickens out of you — but we got your back. The fact is that bio-identical hormones (BHRT) – the good witch – is perfectly safe without any of the harmful side effects associated with the synthetic hormones in the WHI report.
So, yes, the WHI is right in that synthetic hormones are harmful for you. They just forgot to mention the potential benefits of the natural bio-identical ones that are backed by scientific studies showing their safety and effectiveness.
Consequently, a well-researched report in The New York Times, “Avoiding Estrogen Therapy Proved Deadly for Nearly 50,000 Women,” echoes Dr. Tutera’s longtime concerns. The article notes that according to a report in the American Journal of Public Health by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, “the widespread rejection of all hormone replacement therapies among menopausal women has been misguided” since the WHI warnings against HRT were issued in 2002.
In other words, since all forms of hormone therapy were improperly black labeled as harmful as a result of the WHI findings in 2002, an estimated 50,000 women died prematurely from 2002-2009 “because they did not use estrogen” after hysterectomies. Could BHRT have saved some lives? We also wonder how many uncounted women suffered from heart attacks, dementia, and other ailments associated with lack of estrogen.
That is a spooky statistic for women. But, Dr. Tutera has exciting news for you.
BHRT’s potential benefits are now documented in Dr. Tutera’s 10-year study titled “Marked reduction of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer in users of bio-identical estradiol and testosterone subcutaneous pellets.” The results have been published in two prestigious medical publications – SEMAL, an international anti-aging medical journal [Sept. 2014], and Maturitas, a U.S. peer-reviewed scientific journal in 2009. This research shows that his pellet method of estradiol and testosterone therapy offers protection against the development of several forms of cancer.
We think that’s not only exciting news, but worthy of worldwide headlines.
In his study, Dr. Tutera concludes:
The Women’s Health Initiative incorrectly implied that all estrogen increases the development of breast cancer after three years. This inaccurate assumption prompted women to discontinue all forms of hormone therapy and suffer the ravages of menopause and possibly increase their risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia and many other diseases.
The present retrospective study was done to prove that the usage of bio-identical estradiol, testosterone and micronized progesterone did not increase the incidence of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer. The study affirmed that the re-creation of the normal physiologic hormonal environment through the usage of subcutaneous estradiol and testosterone pellets imparts a protective effect against the development of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer.
Furthermore, the usage of subcutaneous estradiol and testosterone pellets should be encouraged because of the positive effects seen on bone density [8.3% growth per year], the lack of adverse impact on serum lipids, the lack of adverse effect on cardiovascular health and superior control of the symptoms associated with the menopause.
Adding more goblins to the hormone scare is another report issued this month by The Endocrine Society with its clinical guidelines for androgen therapy in women, claiming that there is insufficient research or evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of testosterone therapy. Huh? More hormone horrors? Tell that one to the thousands of female SottoPelle® patients thriving on testosterone around the globe.
In response, Dr. Tutera provides the following facts backed by their accompanying research studies:
Once again we are being misled; the lack of knowledge about the young females need for testosterone is a physiologic fact. The daily production of testosterone by premenopausal women from ovarian and adrenal sources is 300 mg daily, not weekly or annually (Abraham et al J Clin Endo Metab.1974:39:340-346). The assays that we are all using do not reflect this value. In fact all of the assays have been shown to be inaccurate, unreliable, and insensitive and only have value in assessing the male patient as they lose their accuracy below a level of 300 ng/dL. (Lobo et al Fert Sterility, 2004 :44,& Clinical Chemistry 2005). J W W Studd stated in his work published in Meno Intl., 2010, that premenopausal women carry testosterone levels ten times the level of estrogen. Furthermore, the majority of testosterone loss occurs in the early reproductive years (Davison et alJ Clin Endo Metab 2005:90:3847-3853), and that by age 40 normal premenopausal women have lost at least half of their testosterone production (Zumoff et al J Clin Endo Metab1995: 80:1429-1430).
Why then are we being told that the use of testosterone is only for hypoactive sexual disorder when in fact denying young women this important hormone increases the risk of bone loss, muscle loss, loss of function in the parietal, temporal and frontal lobes of the brain, and finally loss of normal metabolic rate necessary for normal physiologic function? How many of us have young women in their 30’s and beyond that complain of brain fog, loss of muscle, increasing fat deposition, and sexual libido loss and yet their lab levels reflect normality? We must realize that what we have considered and been told is normal is truly not normal and that the range of normal testosterone needs to be adjusted to reflect the true normal production of testosterone for women which is more accurately reflected as above 70 ng/dL. This better reflects the true production of a normal young woman of 300mg daily.
Perhaps it should be noted that researchers in these recent studies have admitted that some of the funding for this study was provided by drug companies. Hmmm… toss that in the loaded trick or treat bag.
Don’t let these misleading Testosterone Terrorizers or the Big Pharma Boogeyman scare you! View the hormonal imbalance symptoms checklist at https://www.sottopelletherapy.com/ and take a simple hormone assessment test. Then let your own body wisdom and common sense decide if hormones are the Wicked Witch or Glenda the Good Witch leading you back home to your hormone health this Halloween!
Gino Tutera, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a board-certified OB/GYN who has practiced medicine “combining good science and common sense” for 40 years. Recognized internationally as a respected authority in the field of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Tutera pioneered SottoPelle® in 2002. His subcutaneous method has liberated thousands of people from their debilitating symptoms and restored them back to health. For the past two decades, he has conducted seminars on his safe and scientifically proven approach while training hundreds of physicians throughout the world. He has authored three books on the subject: You Don’t Have to Live with It!, Life Regained: The Real Solution to Managing Menopause and Andropause, You Don’t Have to Live with It! The Science of SottoPelle®. Dr. Tutera continues to present his groundbreaking research to medical symposiums in the U.S. and abroad, attracting global media attention as an innovative leader on the vital role of subcutaneous bio-identical hormones in human health, anti-aging and disease prevention.