As promised, I said we would talk more about the bioidentical, or natural hormone replacement therapy that has recently caused a controversy and drawn new interest on the subject after noted actress Suzanne Somers wrote a book on the boon of anti aging benefits found in these chemically similar estrogens.
It centers around the fact that Somers claims in her book that using bioidentical, or herbal (naturally derived) compounds that act as estrogens and other female balancing and replenishing hormones in the body will bring back your sexual vigor, youthful looks and mental sharpness and other things associated with youth.
This, as scientists have swept in to announce, is nothing but speculation. You can forgive an author for overstating her claims, but maybe not as openly if her claims promise positive recoveries which might never happen at a physical risk.
The positives behind the administration of bioidentical hormones aren’t completely unfounded though. It’s been clinically proven that the therapy is much less prone to mishaps such as blood clotting and hormonal related cancers. The therapy is also more catered to the individual than standard HRT practice where very little flexibility is provided in the administration of the hormones.
Is the treatment worth undergoing, despite the recent concerns? Perhaps an open mind is the best stance to have on the matter. If you’re keen on bioidentical hormone replacement, be aware that not everything you read regarding the positive effects is guaranteed to apply for you. Do your research and consult the relevant medical advisers before you waltz in to a clinic on the back of Suzanne Somers’ carefully chosen words.