Oprah Winfrey Praises BioIdentical Hormones by Jeffrey Dach MD

Oprah Winfrey Bioidentical HormonesOprah Winfrey Sings Praises for BioIdentical Hormones

by Jeffrey Dach MD

First Suzanne Somers, and now Oprah Winfrey is singing  praises for bioidentical hormones for menopause.

For two years, Oprah suffered from menopausal symptoms and a low thyroid condition.  She wasn't feeling herself, and doctors she consulted had no answers.   In less than three days after starting on bioidentical hormones, her menopausal problems were gone and she was singing praises.  Now, Oprah is bringing her experiences into the national consciousness with her Jan. 15, 2009 television show which highlighted bioidentical hormones.

Also present on the Jan 15 show were Robin McGray (wife of Dr Phil), Dr. Christiane Northrup and Dr. Oz.

Menopausal Symptoms

Menopausal symptoms include night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, foggy thinking, bloating, weight gain, and mood disturbances.  These are all relieved with bioidentical hormone therapy.

Bioidentical Hormones are Good.
Synthetic Hormones are Bad

Bioidentical hormones are identical the those in the human body.  Research studies show that bioidentical hormones are safe and are important for health.  On the other hand, the synthetic, chemically altered hormones handed out by mainstream medicine such as Provera are monsters that cause cancer and heart disease and should be banned.

Oprah's Magazine

Oprah Winfrey with Thyroid ProblemsQueen Oprah talks about Bioidentical Hormones Replacement Therapy in her magazine "O". "After one day on bioidentical estrogen, I felt the veil lift," Winfrey writes. "After three days, the sky was bluer, my brain was no longer fuzzy, my memory was sharper. I was literally singing and had a skip in my step."

Left image: shows Oprah's weight gain which resolved after  bioidentical hormones. 
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  • 01-16-2009 Larry Frieders RPh wrote:
    Dear Dr. Dach,

    It's a darned SHAME that we are getting our health information from a media celebrity instead of the medical community. Sure, there are many doctors who are at the leading edge and doing all they can to help their patients stay healthy and use substances that cause minimal problems.

    Still, MOST prescribers harbor irrational fears about BIOIDENTICAL hormones - and they think horse estrogens and synthetic progestins are just fine. Yet, they use human insulin instead of pork/beef insulin. Go figure.

    Suzanne Somers made waves a few years back and it's all practically forgotten. Now, here comes Oprah. I wonder how long before her sponsors let her know that other topics might be better addressed on her shows.

    I applaud Oprah, Dr. Phil, Robin, and Suzanne, but I don't hold out much hope that there will be significant changes in the medical community, the insurance companies, or the FDA. We should not expect that things will change dramatically just because the most influential woman in America has spoken. Still, it is nice to see that clear thinking does make itself known once in awhile.

    I fear, though, that inexperienced doctors - and some compounders - will be eager to capitalize on the popularity of BHRT and can end up doing more harm than good. As a pharmacist who has been intimately involved with BHRT for over a decade I can state strongly that MOST women do not need estrogen replacement just because they are near or at menopause. Low progesterone is most often the prime culprit in menopause symptoms, yet it is common to see orders for supplemental estrogen.

    The drug makers have already convinced everyone that estrogen supplements are necessary. They promulgated that myth to sell their horse estrogens. That IDEA has stuck and all of us KNOW that estrogen has to be supplements. However, that isn't the case. When practitioners attempt to join the party I'm sure they'll look at estrogen first. That can be the root cause of major balancing problems. Then, the fingers will pointy at BHRT the way they point at conjugated estrogen today; not because there is anything wrong with BHRT, but because it was used wrong.

    Many compounding pharmacists are proficient at working with the doctor and patient. Some clearly believe they know more than the doctor. While it might be true to some extent, it is a recipe for disaster.

    Larry J. Frieders, RPh
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    Larry, Thanks for your comment and insight on this issue of bioidentical hormones.

    Jeffrey Dach MD 
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    1. 09-24-2010 Dr Joseph Dubroff wrote:
      The public is interested in media figures. It is the truth of our state of being. It is important for news to aquire such individuals in their thoughts on the matter. With so many running around, being supported, with anti-science thoughts-this is how it goes. But the effects of BHRT will speak for themselves that is for sure.
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  • 01-29-2009 Nisha Jackson wrote:

    I have practiced medicine in the area of gynecology and hormone balancing for 12 years now and have helped balance thousands of women and teen girls hormones.

    I am delighted to see that there are those who have a huge influence on consumers that are supporting this natural approach to hormone balance.

    So many women have spent years now afraid of hormones and with options like bioidentical hormones, natural supplements and accurate testing, we finally are getting the word out to women that there is HOPE!

    Why be depressed, fatigued, sleepless, losing hair, gaining weight, when you can turn these symptoms around with individualized testing, natural bioidentical hormones, and supplements to reverse these symptoms for good!

    It's such great news for women and I am proud and honored to be part of the health care professionals that has been preaching this for years! thank you!!

    Your blog is wonderful.

    Nisha Jackson
    Jeffrey Dach MD  www.drdach.com   disclaimer

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