Human Hormones - Menopause

Hormone therapy does not cause dementia

I am publishing this link because the headline sounds interesting and will pique your interest, but in fact the article as written is only in regard to “Menopausal hormone therapy” and nothing to do with the multi-hormonal support provided by Bioidentical HRT as you and I know it.

With a headline reading “Menopausal hormone therapy not linked to increased risk of developing dementia”, the British Medical Journal avers that treatment with “estrogen and progestagen” does not cause dementia. However since it goes on to explain their view that “The primary indication for hormone therapy continues to be the treatment of vasomotor symptoms, and the current study should provide reassurance for women and their providers when treatment is prescribed for that reason”, ** it is evident that the body of the article has no bearing on detailed hormone balancing programs, in which all deficient systems are supported.

It is clear that the writer is not familiar with the reasons for HRT, that “Menopausal hormone therapy” is quite different from Bioidentical HRT and that the other ruminations in the article, particularly with respect to Alzheimer’s disease, are not robust. So while the conclusions drawn may be correct for a patient population receiving “Menopausal hormone therapy”, said conclusions should not be applied to persons treated correctly in a full, complete and closely supervised BIHRT program.

** Vasomotor symptoms do provide a trigger which indicates that the time has come to examine the hormonal balance and initiate BIHRT. However the object of BIHRT, as you will agree, is not just to stop the symptoms, but to prevent the complications, of menopause: the list includes osteoporosis with “fragility fractures”, weight gain (therefore diabetes, hypertension, etc.), psychological disturbance including anxiety, irritablilty and depression, hair loss, skin changes, insomnia, functional hypothyroidism and and the rest of the downside of menopause. The vasomotor symptoms do go away with treatment, which is the patient’s primary concern, but ** the HRT professional does not treat complaints. A BIHRT Rx is written to ensure health, preserve life and maintain lifestyle. It is not solely “treatment” for the symptoms of menopause.

I am a Toronto-trained Urologist. I practiced in downtown Toronto, from 1977 to 1997, when I went to Saudi Arabia as chief of Urology at the Armed Forces (teaching) hospital in Tabuk. Returning to Toronto in Y2000, I switched to family practice. In 2007, began to prescribe Hormone Restoration Therapy and in 2012, I became a member of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine [A4M]. I successfully wrote the A4M's written examination in December, 2013 and In May, 2016 I passed the oral examination, for accreditation as a BHRT consultant. In 2014 I began BHRT practice in Collingwood, Ontario and in January, 2017, joined the Stone Tree Naturopathic Clinic. Now I am 82 and have retired, but it seems wasteful to jettison my learning and experience: the medical establishment knows nothing of BHRT / Functonal medicine and I feel obliged to offer my knowledge in the interest of those who are willing to think outside the box. MY QUALIFICATIONS: MB, BS, (from UWI), 1964. LMCC 1969. FRCSC (Urology), 1974. ECFMG 1984. Florida license 1998 [inactive], ABAARM Certification [A4M], 2016. I am a Member of CSAMM [the Canadian Society for Aging and Metabolic Medicine], the OMA&CMA, SUSO, CUA, RCP&S/C. PRACTICE TO DATE: Consultation in Functional Medicine, including assessment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Andropause, Menopause, Teenage and Postpartum Depression/Panic Attacks, Thyroid Hormone malfunction, Infertility, Sexual Dysfunction and “the Undiagnosable”. ALL ARE WELCOME to read, comment or question!