Helping women be hormonally balanced, feel great and be protected
from the diseases of aging is my passion and my mission. Too many
moms have died, and too many daughters are suffering the symptoms
of hormone imbalance (hotflashes, bloating, irritability, PMS, depression,
night sweats, breast lumps). And, by the way, these changes are happening
to men as well! The mid-life hormone change in men is called “Andropause.”
The decreasing levels of testosterone and increased levels of cortisol
and insulin has men get fat, grouchy and lose their competitive edge.
Men can use bioidentical hormones too!
How My Journey Began
In 1995 my Mom, Joyce Olson, died of metastatic breast cancer after
a 4 1⁄2 year fight. She died on my 34th birthday; I was 5 months
pregnant with her first grandchild, Lily Joyce.
Several months after her death, my Dad handed me 3 folders--my Mom’s
medical records from 1969 on. Years later I was finally able to read
these records, and to my astonishment, I discovered the end sequence
of my Mom’s final journey, and how I believe, she ended up with
Mom started having hormone imbalances in her 30’s, and by her
40’s had many of the danger signs of a hormone imbalance called
“estrogen dominance” (weight gain, breast changes, uterine
changes). At age 52 she began suffering from hot flashes. To relieve
these symptoms she was prescribed Prempro. 18 months later she had
Prempro, a synthetic combination of estrogen from a pregnant horse
mare’s urine, and a chemically altered “tinkertoy”
progestin, was prescribed for almost 50% of all women over the past
30-40 years for the symptoms of menopause. In July 2002, the National
Institute of Health cancelled a research study by the Women’s
Health Initiative on Prempro (2 1⁄2 years early) due to early
findings that it increased a woman’s chance of breast cancer,
heart attack and stroke.
This isn’t just a story about my Mom. After her death, things
started to unravel for me, too. I was a new mom, a new doctor, and
my marriage of 14 years was ending. The sadness of Mom’s death,
the exhaustion of working and mothering, and the end of my marriage
took their toll. I was suffering from post-traumatic stress and post-partum
blues. Now I had a hormone collapse of my own.
Bioidenticals & The Schwarzbein
As a mom, a business owner and a doctor, I had to find an answer.
My convictions and search lead me to Dr. Diana Schwarzbein.
I discovered the new movement to be hormonally balanced, to feel well,
and protect women against their three big killers: heart attack, breast
cancer and stroke. I learned about the four different kinds of hormone
options: herbal, animal, tinkertoy and bioidentical. I became convinced
the answer was in bioidenticals.
Bioidentical hormones are made from plant sources like yams, but are
structurally altered in the lab to be exactly identical to what our
own bodies make. You cannot tell the difference under the microscope
between these altered yam molecules and our bodies own hormones! Bioidenticals
allow hormones to be replenished, not just replaced.