If you’re a woman considering bio-identical hormone replacement, please stay away – as far as you can get – from those ‘subcutaneous pellets’. Although the hormones in them may be identical to natural, the ‘timing’ of this form of hormone replacement is totally un-natural! The hormones from the pellets are delivered every day for months with no break at all, completely overriding nature’s plan, which gives all the hormone receptors in every woman’s body a few days ‘break’ every month between menarche and menopause. During this ‘break’, hormone levels are much lower, and the hormone receptors get a bit of a rest.
I’m writing this warning now because someone just told me about yet another woman (I have heard of several) who was diagnosed with breast cancer after five years of continuous use of the subcutaneous hormone pellets. Fortunately, she was successfully treated. Even though no one can say that this unnatural timing of natural hormones led to the cancer for sure, it appears to me to be more likely than not.
Why? If experimental animals are given oestriol – a definitely anti-carcinogenic oestrogen – in quantities usual for that animal and timed according to the animals ‘oestrus cycle’ they don’t get cancer. But if the same amounts are given continuously, with no ‘break’ according to that animal’s oestrus cycle, cancers start to develop, with more cancers developing the longer the oestriol is given.
Of course that sort of deliberate experimentation would be unethical in humans, but until it’s done and found to be safe, please avoid it! Doctors who prescribe ‘hormone pellets’ are actually performing this experiment without telling their women patients that there may be extra risk.
This warning applies to the ‘continuous combined’ method of using topical hormone creams, too. Even though they’re rubbed on, they’re used every day with no break, so the hormone exposure is the same as from the subcutaneous pellets.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Volume 6, Issue 10 – October 2012
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