S2E53 - Easing Menopause with Bioidentical Hormones



Show Summary: 


"About 30 years ago, a patient stomped into my office. She wanted me to pay attention because she said she was going crazy, which was a surprise. After all, this is a very successful woman who retired in her mid-40s. She was in perimenopause, so I gave her some progesterone. Three weeks later, I got a letter from her saying, 'Oh my god, I can't believe this. I'm myself again, thank you so much.' That caught my attention because this was a dramatic result. It happened with so little time."


Women who undergo midlife crises are often punctuated with the unpleasant effects of menopause. Aside from hot flashes, mood swings, sleeping disorders, body aches, muscle loss, osteoporosis, and incontinence can easily diminish their confidence and self-esteem.


At the ripe age when knowledge, experience, and wisdom are supposedly at their peak, the sudden hormone shift can cause their life to fall over the cliff. Looking at the depressing road ahead, is there a magical antidote to this distress that mature ladies experience?


Our guest, Dr. Daved Rosensweet, M.D., is a world-renowned menopause expert. Guided by a deep sense of purpose and passion for holistic medicine, his mission is to heal and turn the tide of this planet. Specializing in women's hormones for the past 30 years, he has already mentored doctors and nurse practitioners to be best equipped in this field.


In this episode, we shall know of the elegant benefits of bioidentical hormones in supporting the menopausal stage. Aside from easing the dreaded symptoms, women now have a choice to significantly extend and live out their gifts even past their prime years.


Be empowered from needless suffering. Listen to Episode 53 of the Gutsy Health Podcast to learn more!


Exceptional Highlights:


  • For about 1000 years, Chinese aristocrats replenish their hormones by collecting the pee of young men and women. Rich in metabolites, dried urine served to maintain health and youthfulness.
  • Premarin was the most popular and profitable hormone supplement in the US from the 1960s. Its name also comes from its origin known as pregnant mare urine.
  • The controversial comparison of bioidentical versus synthetic all boils down to which is safer from cancer risks. However, women who are generally treated with hormones are at less risk than women who go untreated.


Show Highlights:


Hundreds of years ago, menopause was unknown because only a few women lived beyond the menstruating period.


Dr. Daved Rosensweet 05:11

  • Due to significant improvements in hygiene, nutrition, and consciousness, women were able to extend their life span yet experience waning hormones that result in muscle loss, low libido, and even diminished mental clarity.


The Women's Health Initiative study in 2002 has caused the majority of 18 million American women to miss out on the benefits of taking Premarin.


Dr. Daved Rosensweet 13:31

  • Horse-derived urine alone reduces the risk of breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke. But in the study, it was combined with the problematic artificial progestin. Despite the statistically insignificant 1.26 relative risk, the media sensationalized the findings that were redacted later on.


Breast cancer is rare in pregnant women, whose estrogen and progesterone are a hundred times higher compared to non-pregnant women.


Dr. Daved Rosensweet 21:23

  • Though high levels of estrogen and progesterone have been linked to breast cancer, as a multifactorial disease, genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors also contribute to its development.


The best time to consider bioidentical hormones is as early as possible. Women's estrogen and progesterone levels peak during their 20s, then decline.


Dr. Daved Rosensweet 30:46

  • Start paying attention to hormonal balance if symptoms include brain fog, irregular periods, breast tenderness, headaches, or PMS.


The confusion in hormone medicine may be caused by the complexity of hormones and constantly evolving research.


Dr. Daved Rosensweet 41:04

  • The disaster in the discipline of female hormones is the lack of specialization and expertise, with conflicting and misogynistic ideas being promoted by non-specialists.


While bioidentical hormone treatment can effectively address specific health issues, they alone are not the solution to achieve better living.


Dr. Daved Rosensweet 44:02

  • Consider all aspects such as nutrition, sleep, stress management, and exercise. Addressing underlying emotional and relational issues lead to better results when treated with bioidentical hormones. 


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