Why Natural HRT May Be Better

What is HRT? It’s “Hormone Replacement Therapy”. This study may actually back the argument against medically administered HRT for menopausal women, among other findings which of course we will get into more I’m sure, as more studies are ongoing in the medical HRT field, as well as more startling findings that it may do more harm then good.

This particular study involved of about 7,290 women was a study of a substance called “raloxifene”, a so called “designer estrogen” which blocks that hormone’s action in some parts of the body, like a woman’s breasts, while increasing its effects in others, like bones.

This particular study’s main aim was testing raloxifene as a possible candidate for treatment of the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, a use for which the drug ultimately won approval. Women with osteoporosis who were at least two years past menopause were randomly assigned to get raloxifene or dummy pills for four years.

The study’s researchers analyzed the female participant’s levels of a hormone called estradiol, which is the most potent form of estrogen that circulates within the blood.

The hormone Estradiol usually dramatically drops after menopause, and half of the 2,447 women given the inactive dummy pills had no perceivable levels of it. In the rest of the women, those with lower estradiol levels had a 70 percent lower risk of stroke than those with higher levels, the study’s sponsors had found.

The bottom line of this estrogen level study in women who are menopausal:

High estrogen levels can be exaggerated by the administration of medical estrogen pills, and in fact may increase a woman’s risk of stroke. This is quite an argument for natural HRT alternatives for women seeking to achieve a balanced estrogen level who are seeing a depletion in their estrogen due to the change of life.

Dangerous Drug and Supplement Interactions

The recent news story of football player Terrell Owens mixing a sports/nutrition supplement with his narcotic pain medication (to be exact, hydrocodone, a generic version of Vicodin), and getting dizzy and despondent, has put a new focus on mixing drugs and also even on mixing drugs with natural or herbal supplements. The mixing of any two drugs in itself can be dangerous.

Throw in the many supplements, vitamins and other various health tonics, tinctures and other remedies that people commonly use now, and you may just be welcoming disaster.

Another story about drug interaction which has caused due alarm is the story of Anna Nicole Smith’s son, Daniel Smith, who died of a lethal combination of several prescription drugs (albeit, heavy duty drugs).

These types of stories unfortunately are what’s needed to draw people’s attention to the possible dangers of drug and drug/supplement interactions that are possible when we pop too many pills all in the same day.

It is estimated that over 1 million people are affected by these dangerous drug interactions every year, and this can be avoided by simply asking your doctor or pharmacist about mixing drugs and/or supplements if you are not sure.

We might even start seeing different warning labels on prescription drug bottles in the future, given that so many people are on different supplements and vitamins now.