Thanks to Suzanne Somers, natural hormone replacement is gaining acceptance by women. Because natural hormones - estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone - are not patentable, the pharmaceutical industry is not happy about them. When women switch from synthetic to natural hormones, pharmaceutical industry profits are threatened.
Board certified internist Dr. Michael E. Platt, M. D. is not happy about Suzanne's promotion of natural estrogen for another reason. Dr. Platt says estrogen, natural or synthetic, causes six kinds of cancer, and has statistics to back it up.
Author of an extraordinary new book, The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones, Dr. Platt treats causes of illness while conventional, pharmaceutical industry-driven medicine treats symptoms.
He believes it's proper to prescribe natural estrogen for severe menopause symptoms. Other than that, estrogen replacement is not necessary. After menopause, the body continues to produce estrogen.
But The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones is about more than just estrogen. Dr. Platt's favorite (and safest) hormone for men, women and children (yes, men and children) is natural progesterone. It's an amazing hormone, which traditionally trained physicians seem to know little about because they have been trained to use synthetic hormone replacement.
For years, doctors have prescribed synthetic progesterone and synthetic estrogen derived from horses’ urine and now we are living with an epidemic of breast and other cancers.
Using actual patient histories, Dr. Platt explains how he treats common health issues such as PMS, fibromyalgia, ADD in children and adults, morbid obesity and more - with natural hormones and specially formulated dietary supplements.
Some of Dr. Platt's solutions to common problems are not traditional, but they work. For example, if a woman has urinary incontinence he prescribes testosterone and an exercise regimen. He says the problem will clear up in one week if the patient follows his directions. And who would think that progesterone could cure a migraine headache? But Dr. Platt makes it happen. His success in treating ADD in children and adults with progesterone is amazing.
Traditional incontinence treatment utilizes drugs that don't cure - they only alleviate symptoms. And they are a lot more costly and side-effect ridden than Dr. Platt's solution. Traditional treatment of migraine headaches means using potent drugs with nasty side effects, and they don't always work. Children diagnosed with ADD or ADHD are dosed with potent drugs that are mind and personality numbing.
Many people seek Dr. Platt's advice as a last resort - conventional medicine hasn't helped them. As you read his case histories, and see how he has helped “hopeless" cases, you get the sense that something is seriously lacking with our traditional health care system.
The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones is a highly readable, informative, eye-opening book. Read it if you are open to untraditional solutions to some difficult health problems. You will be glad you did.
Barbara Morris, R. Ph. is a pharmacist and youth preservation strategist. She is author of Put Old on Hold available at http://www.putoldonhold.com/ Sign up for her newsletter and receive “Twelve Diva Tested Tips for Fabulous Skin. " More about The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones at http://www.drplatt.com/ or http://putoldonhold.net/Platt.html