HRT, Is it For You?
Dr. Robert D. Willie Jr. M.D., in Health and Longevity, (Dec. 1996) writes "If you are a menopausal or postmenopausal woman concerned about your heart attack risk or osteoporosis, be just as wary about taking hormone replacement drugs to help prevent such an incident. Several new mainstream studies have found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which doctors treat as if it were as harmless as a placebo, can be hazardous to your health. Three studies published in the journal Lancet have found that undergoing HRT, which usually includes a relatively low dose of estrogen and sometimes progestin, can increase the risk of deadly blood clots as much as 400%." Increase blood clotting also increases the risk of strokes.
Dr. Willix also says: "A hormone replacement drug is one that most doctors prescribe to women when they develop the "disease" of menopause - which is no disease at all - to help them avoid heart disease and slow osteoporosis and to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes, depression and insomnia. I've seen the studies. Yes, it's true that it does all those things. But at what price? I can accomplish every one of those things without foisting a drug on my patients by encouraging them to follow a low-fat diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, take supplements, exercise, meditate, use herbs and natural progesterone cream."Much More on Progesterone
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