Researchers Find Age Does Not Affect Testosterone in Healthy Men


June 7, 2011 -- Testosterone decline is not inevitable with age, according to Australian scientists. Older men in excellent health can maintain their hormone levels, they say.

''What we found was, when you consider all the possible influences, age had no effect on testosterone levels in these very healthy men," says researcher David Handelsman, MD, PhD, director of the ANZAC Research Institute at the University of Sydney.

Flaxseed No Help for Menopausal Hot Flashes


A new study presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago, reported that a daily flaxseed bar was no more effective than a placebo in helping with hot flashes in women with or without breast cancer. 188 women were involved in the study and researchers from the Mayo Clinic and North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) found that taking 40g of crushed flaxseed did not affect women's hot flashes. This finding contradicts earlier research by the same group.

Comment: Increased Risk of Blood Clots Seen with Yaz/Yazmin

Dr Kent Holtorf, M.D.

In a safety announcement yesterday (05-31-2011), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed the public about new information that is being assessed as part of FDA's ongoing safety review of birth control pills that contain drospirenone. This review will further evaluate the risk of blood clots in women who use these products.

In response to this announcement, Dr Kent Holtorf, M.D., Director of the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative makes the following observation:

BHI Announces New Training Courses for Physicians


We are excited to announce that we are expanding the scope and reach of our BHI training programs with new courses for physicians and nurse practitioners.  Upcoming courses will combine CME approved courses through our affiliation with SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine as well as non-CME educational courses, webinars and ongoing monthly clinical training programs.
Topics addressed will include:

What is really in the HCG supplements that claim you'll drop weight fast?

Erin Kiernan, Channel 13

DIET DRUG: Channel 13's Erin Kiernan investigates what is really in the HCG supplements that claim you'll drop weight fast.

Products making lots of promises are everywhere from the grocery store to the pharmacy.  From re-growing cartilage to protecting your heart, it seems like you might be able to fix just about anything that ails you!  But the most enticing claims are those related to weight loss.

New Study Suggests Link Between Chronic Estrogen Exposure and High Blood Pressure


For many years doctors believed the estrogen women consumed in the form of oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pills was good for their patients’ hearts. Recent studies however have shown that long-term exposure to estrogen can be a danger to women as it has been associated with high blood pressure, a key link to heart- and brain-attacks (strokes).

Comment: Hormone Replacement Therapy can Decrease Peripheral Arterial Disease

Dr David Brownstein, M.D.

A new study presented at the 65th Vascular Annual Meeting of the Society of Vascular Surgery found the use of HRT in postmenopausal women is associated with a significant reduction in the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease.  The authors studied data from 847,982 postmenopausal women. The researchers found that women who used HRT were found to have a 20% decreased risk of developing arteral disease.  In addition there was a similar decline in diabetes in HRT users as compared to non-HRT users.


Simple Ingredients to Support Fight Against Breast Cancer

Rita Patel (

Finally there is good news to the six to ten million American women who have to receive hormone replacement therapy  (HTR) against cancer. Parsley and celery, two typical well known ingredients of many delicious dishes, are able to stop certain breast cancer tumor  cells from growing and multiplying. That’s at least the preliminary conclusion of a study led by researchers of the University of Missouri.

Pfizer Settles Large Group of HRT Cases

Tom Bassinger, MCM News

Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, has reportedly agreed to settle one-third of the approximately 10,000 pending cases in which plaintiffs’ have alleged that Pfizer failed to properly warn of the risk of taking Prempro, a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) drug that was prescribed to women to treat symptoms of menopause.



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