"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Friday, January 30, 2009

Check out this letter!

I am on my way right now to watch the Oprah show on BHRT with Suzanne Somers, but this letter caught my eye on my email, it's written by the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies. I'm curious if anyone watched either show on BHRT......leave a comment to let me know what you thought of the shows!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

This looks like a site we need to look into!

I just joined this site Save my BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy), it gives information about BHRT and the efforts by some of the drug companies to enact laws barring BHRT (which would be disasterous for many people!) It's free to join.

I sent my new financial planner off today with a copy of The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones by Dr. Michael E. Platt, so hopefully I have taught another person about bioidential hormones. Those of us taking BHRT need to educate the world (politely, of course). Have a great day everyone, I am anxious to watch Suzanne Somers on Oprah today!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I'm on Twitter!

I'm holyhormones on Twitter, be sure to say hello next time you are on the site!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Found a great blog on BHRT

I received a lovely message from Rosie, and I wanted to share her blog with you.....click here to read about her experience with BHRT and how she is reaching out to other women!

Monday, January 26, 2009

TV Alert!

Hello everyone, holy cow, the Oprah Winfrey show last Thursday generated a LOT of buzz, which is great! Just to let you know, Suzanne Somers is scheduled to be Oprah's guest on Thursday, January 29 speaking about her book Breakthrough (haven't read it yet, but of course plan to). Ms. Somers is very active in the BHRT movement and has certainly helped to bring awareness to many women. I may not agree with her protocol, but I applaud her efforts in publicizing bioidentical hormones. If anyone hears of other TV or radio shows on bioidenticals, please email me and I will include the information! Have a happy, balanced day!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Web MD weighs in on Oprah's Show

I ran across this link to Web MD that talks about Oprah's show on BHRT. Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Welcome to Holy Hormones!

Hello! I am still a novice blogger; I started a blog devoted to my personal interests entitled Needle Notes. I was delighted to learn that Oprah Winfrey dedicated an entire show to the subject of bioidential hormones, which is something I am very passionate about. To give you a little of how I came to be such an advocate for BHRT (bioidentical hormone replacement threrapy)............

I live in a suburb of Charlotte, NC. In 2006, my primary care physician, John Carr, MD moved to California to work in a practice that specializes in bioidentical hormones and wellness medicine. Because I trusted Dr. Carr and respect his medical judgement, I made the decision to continue to be his patient despite the proximity of his new practice. I began using progesterone cream and testosterone cream (both prescriptions) in mid September 2006.

Almost immediately, the effects of the progesterone hit me. Within two weeks, I had weaned off from five prescription medications:

  • Ritalin

  • Klonepin

  • Sleep medication

  • Acid reflux medication

  • Antihistamine
Additionally, I am nearly completely off the Altace I took daily for high blood pressure, which now runs about 100/75.

What other changes have I noted in my body since I started BHRT? Below is a partial list:

  • I am down nearly 80 pounds from my high weight.

  • I no longer suffer from restless leg syndrome.
  • No more dry eyes.
  • I no longer take antidepressants.

  • I no longer have hot flashes (and I was having 4-6 most days)

Dr. Carr determined my hormone levels by blood work. In addition to the hormonal imbalance, I have low thyroid function, and I am now on two medications to make my thyroid run at optimal level. I also take a host of supplements, including:

  • Fish oil

  • Vitamins D, E and K

  • Flaxseed oil capsules (I don't like the taste and texture of flaxseed oil)

  • Resveratrol

  • Glucose support capsules

  • Low dose aspirin

  • Melatonin

  • DHEA

  • SAM-e

I missed the original airing of Oprah's show on bioidentical hormones, but watched the rebroadcast yesterday. I went on the Oprah.com message boards to see what was the reaction to the show; as of this evening over 2500 messages had been posted to the board. Some of the stories were positive and uplifting, many were painful to read. Reading how frustrated women are ----- knowing something is not right in their bodies but feeling overwhelmed to know that there may be help but they don't know how to get it. I empathized and saw my story in so many of these women. I am profoundly grateful to have a doctor who understands and supports bioidentical hormones, despite the challenges I deal with to be in a wellness practice.

One of the themes running through so many of the messages is not knowing where to turn as far as finding a doctor, I've done a lot of research on the Internet, and information is hard to find. I decided to start a blog dedicated to this issue in the hopes that it will grow into a national movement by women to fight ------ their insurance companies, the government, doctors who blow them off, family and friends who think menopause is nothing more than a punch line in a joke.

Please be patient with me, this is a steep learning curve, but I took it as a good sign that when I tried to register the name Holy Hormones! it was available for the taking. I hope to develop a list of resources in a number of areas relating to hormone therapy, and include links to articles that may be of interest. I welcome your suggestions, comments and ideas.

One other thing, I often have people ask me why the term "holy hormones"----I tell them that everyone here in NC is evangelical about something, with me it's just hormones instead of religion! Have a great weekend, everyone!