by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen
If I worked at the Centers for Disease (CDC) in Atlanta, I would ask to be put in charge of monitoring the financially and self promotion driven epidemics of "BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE SURGE," a phenomenon that pop up about every 18 months. These epidemics are marked by short-term visibility with a new book, usually by the facially altered medical expert and former infomercial maven Suzanne Somers. The outbreak recurs when some women’s media outlet decides to give a day, a week, a month to the odd idea that hormonal drugs compounded without oversight are not really drugs at all.
Each time the epidemic occurs, you will hear the following mis-statements in the media:
- "There is great confusion over the term bio-identical hormones. Only those who take blood tests and then compound the individualized replacement of hormones that are just right for you can manage your menopausal symptoms."
- "In order to have the benefit of hormone therapy, blood or saliva tests are necessary — both before starting and then throughout the therapy."
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