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offset the increase in breast cancer, and 97.5% of
women on treatment had no adverse events.
Bioidentical progesterone has been studied
extensively, in dozens of studies head to head
with Provera, and simply stated it does not have
the same risks. For everything bad with Provera,
progesterone is the opposite. As an example, in
the largest study involving progesterone, the Eu-
ropean EPIC study involving over 50,000 women
taking hormones, it was found that progesterone
actually lowered the risk of breast cancer by 10%.
Evidence of Efficacy
I recently had a new patient come to me for help
with BHRT. She moved to our area about a year
ago, sought treatment from a local gynecologist,
was told that BHRT was ¡°voo-doo¡± and promptly
instructed to stop her hormone therapy, which
she did. A year later her health had deteriorated
to that point that she could hardly function. After
being back on BHRT she is now recovering her
health. I have thousands of patients who will
vouch for the fact that BHRT works very well to
support health and harmony.
HRT is not about treating menopausal withdraw-
al symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats
or mood swings. Although it does treat those
symptoms quite effectively, HRT is really about
preventing disease and maintaining quality of
life. It¡¯s about keeping the body operating well.
Not having optimal hormone levels is like letting
a fine automobile just run out of oil, then declar-
ing it is ¡®growing old¡¯ as the red light comes on
and it overheats.
Bioidentical hormones were being used long
before drug companies even came into existence.
They are available in a few commercial forms, but
mostly we employ the compounding pharmacist
to make BHRT formulations that are specific to
each patient and uniquely available in either a
tablet that dissolves under the tongue or a topical
cream that contains just the right mixture of the
ovarian hormones.
There isn¡¯t anything ¡°voo-doo¡± about BHRT. It is
a well researched and proven branch of medicine
that is growing rapidly as more and more people
discover it¡¯s health promoting and quality of life
If you wish to take a proactive approach to health
and aging, and maximize the quality as well as
the quantity of life, then you should research and
consider BHRT. If you would like to see more evi-
dence supporting the safety and efficacy of BHRT
then consider attending my seminar on BHRT for
women in which we review more details on the
outline of treatment protocols.
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Free Seminars at the IMC: ¡°Bioidentical Hor-
mone Replacement for MEN¡± - Monday, June 10;
¡°Low Thyroid: Misunderstood, Misdiagnosed,
Missed!¡± - Monday, June 24. Seminars are at 6p,
at the IMC. RSVP at 970.245.6911
(Scott Rollins, MD, is Board Certified with the
American Board of Family Practice and the
American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative
Medicine. He specializes in Bioidentical Hormone
Replacement for men and women, thyroid and
adrenal disorders, fibromyalgia, weight loss and
other complex medical conditions. He is founder
and medical director of the Integrative Medicine
Center of Western Colorado (
and Bellezza Laser Aesthetics (www.bellezzala- Call 970.245.6911 for an appointment or
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urally occurring
estrogens in the hu-
man body, bioiden-
tical hormones are
derived from plant
sources and synthe-
sized into the exact
same chemical found
in the human body.
Evidence of Safety
In 2002 the Women¡¯s
Health Initia-
tive (WHI) study
shocked doctors and
patients alike with
the revelation and
proclamation that
¡°hormones cause
cancer¡±. More specif-
ically, the non-bioi-
dentical look-alike to
progesterone, called
Provera, caused
a 26% increase in
the rate of inva-
sive breast cancer.
Provera also caused
a 200% increase in
blood clots, a 41% in-
crease in stroke, and
a 29% increase in
heart attack or death
from heart disease.
It is worth noting
in a case of ¡°miss-
ing the forest for the
trees¡± that for the
treatment group in
the WHI, the de-
creased mortality
from hip fractures
and colon cancer
concert with the nervous system by responding
to neuronal commands that regulate everything
from growth and development, to reproduction,
to the aging process itself. Hormones control me-
tabolism, mood, energy, sleep, and sex drive. Put
simply, humans are designed to be healthy with
optimal levels of hormones.
Bioidentical means identical to our biology. A
bioidentical hormone has 100% exactly the same
chemical and molecular structure as the hormone
that is normally found in the body. By contrast,
many drugs are similar to natural hormones, and
will activate hormone receptors in the body, but
are not identical. Birth control pills, for example,
are much stronger than our natural hormones yet
not identical.
For women, the natural ovarian hormones in-
clude estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone,
and these hormones plummet after menopause.
In the world of hormone replacement, there are
synthetic ¡°look-alike¡± drugs that will stimulate
the natural hormone receptors, such as brand
name Premarin for estrogen, and Provera for
progesterone. Both of these drugs have effects
beyond that of their natural hormone equivalent,
and as one would expect, numerous side effects
not observed with bioidentical hormones.
If the exact replica of a hormone were available
for use in humans, then why would we ever use a
synthetic drug that was not bioidentical? Because
you can¡¯t patent something that is naturally
occurring, and thus if you are a pharmaceutical
company you can¡¯t make any money on it. Enter
the invention of a drug that is similar enough to
bind and activate hormone receptors but unique
enough to warrant a patent. The patented drug
is then worth the hundreds of millions of dollars
necessary to get FDA approval, and in the case
of hormone replacement for women generate bil-
lions of dollars of sales each year, for decades.
Unlike drugs such as Premarin, which contains
ten estrogens derived from pregnant horse urine
and none of which are the same as the three nat-
Vitality for the Aging Woman
Hormone replacement is changing
the paradigm of normal aging
Teary eyed, my patient relayed to me that she
¡°was tired and depressed, not sleeping well,
frustrated with her weight, and had no sex
drive¡±. Despite being in previously great health,
and continuing good diet and exercise habits, her
body was in her words ¡°out of control¡±. There
were also new aches and pains as well as noting
her skin looked dry and lifeless.
Added to this was a host of new medications
started in recent years, including Prozac for
mood, Xanax for anxiety, Ambien for sleep, and
Lipitor for her newly diagnosed high cholesterol.
To make matters worse and behind the scenes, at
the young age of 55, silent aging processes such
as thinning bones and artery plaque were begin-
The stress of not feeling well, poor sleep, and
medication side effects were pushing her toward
adrenal fatigue. The high stress hormone called
cortisol had been on overdrive for many years,
causing the secondary effects of high blood sugar
and high insulin, which conspire along with
cortisol to put weight on especially around the
midsection. In times of additional stressors her
¡°reserves¡± of cortisol were depleted leaving her
emotionally labile and energy drained.
This patient represents thousands of patients that
I¡¯ve had the pleasure of successfully helping with
all of these issues. While the sad truth is that most
of them had stories that included the majority of
the issues in this one example, the good news is
that a real solution exists.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hormones are chemical messengers that help the
entire body function normally. They work in
Health & Nurturing
In Harmony
by Scott Rollins, M.D.
¡°Not having optimal hormone levels
is like letting a fine automobile just
run out of oil, then declaring it is
¡®growing old¡¯ as the red light comes
on and it overheats.¡±
- Dr. Scott Rollins, M.D.
¡°If people let the government decide what
foods they eat and what medicines they
take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a
state as the souls who live under tyranny.¡±
- Thomas Jefferson