The FDA is out to protect you from the dangers of bio-identical hormones - those hormones that are the same as the ones your body produces naturally. They?ve already sent letters to seven manufacturers, saying that there?s no proof that these hormones are safe and effective. But since natural hormones are not under the FDA?s scrutiny, how would they know?
Meanwhile, the FDA has approved synthetic hormones. And there?s plenty of evidence that they are not safe - studies show that they have dangerous side effects. Those studies say synthetic hormones promote breast cancer and diabetes. They also lead to osteoporosis and memory problems.
In fact, the bad press about synthetic hormones caused thousands of women to stop using them. Many of them switched over to bio-identical hormones. And, yes, there is proof that these hormones have beneficial results. Better yet, they do so without the same dangerous side effects as conventional hormones.
Who?s behind this campaign to stop the sale of bio-identical hormones? Why, Wyeth, of course. Wyeth is the pharmaceutical company that makes billions from the sale of Provera and other synthetic hormones. They don?t want you to know about the studies showing how safe bio-identical hormones cost.
Since they aren?t going to tell you where to find these studies, let me tell you. You?ll find them with many doctors of integrative medicine, like Uzzi Reiss, MD, a gynecologist in Beverly Hills.
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Dr. Reiss is the author of Natural Hormone Balance for Women
(Pocket Books, 2001). For years, this was the bible for many gynecologists who practiced integrative medicine. It explains the difference between synthetic and natural hormones. And it gives you the results of conclusive studies on natural hormones.
Since 2001, there have been more studies using natural hormones. You, and your doctor, can read all about them in Dr Reiss?s latest book, The Natural Superwoman
(Avery, 2008), written with his daughter, Yfat Reiss Gendell.
If you?re looking for the science behind natural hormones, read this book. You?ll find studies the folks at the FDA apparently haven?t read. If the real purpose of the FDA is to protect us, they should, at the very least, examine all of the scientific data on a subject. Especially when it?s so easy to find.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Schmid, R.E., "FDA cracks down on custom-made hormones," Associated Press, January 9, 2008.