Breast Cancer Survivor Chooses Hormone Replacement

One of my patients wrote the following testimonial:

“I am a 42 year old breast cancer survivor, and I have been struggling with hormonal imbalance and weight issues since completing chemotherapy and to top it all off a hysterectomy over a year ago. I have been searching for a solution other than pharmaceuticals to just feel healthy and alive again after many years of suffering. I have been seeing Dr. Bloem for about a month and I have never felt better.  I wish I had met Dr. Bloem 5 years ago.”

Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer often feel like they are stuck between a rock and hard place. Even though there is no evidence that there is any relationship between bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and the development of any kind of cancer, many doctors believe that hormones should be avoided if a patient has been diagnosed with cancer.

Although conventional cancer specialists routinely recommend surgically removing the tumor, infusing the body with toxic chemicals, and therapies that have anti-hormonal effects, increasing numbers of patients have started to question these treatment strategies. One the one hand we know that patients have survived such therapies, but we also know that many have suffered severe adverse reactions, including death. Many who undergo and survive such therapies experience a symptoms of hormone deficiency, causing a dramatically reduced quality of life.

That is why women like this patient choose bioidentical hormonal replacement therapy. This woman is on the Wiley Protocol®, a rhythmically dosed, bioidentical hormone replacement regimen. The results are often life changing, causing symptoms such as depression, dry skin, hair loss, low libido to improve significantly or to resolve completely.

NMT Success: Rapid Resolution of Severe Headache

Yesterday afternoon I treated a patient who had been complaining of a severe headache with NeuroModulation Technique (NMT). Today she sent me the following testimonial:

“I’m a 59 year old woman, and I had a severe headache that had lasted for 5 days.  I was in my 6th day of pain.  The pain was behind my eyes and around to the back of my head but I did not have other symptoms of a sinus headache.  At one point, after laying back with a sinus pack on my head, my vision became blurry for over 5 minutes.  Very scary.  Dr. Bloem did a remote NMT treatment.  Within 2 hours I was able to go to sleep and awoke in the morning without a headache.  It is now evening and the headache reappeared for about 10 minutes at one point but has not recurred since.  Thank you Dr. Bloem.”

This patient was treated with the NMT Attunement Energetics Pathway, one of many NMT pathways that can help patients with a wide range of physical, psychological, and emotional complaints. If a patient’s chief complaint is a severe headache, most physicians would recommend a pain killer such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, a narcotic analgesic, or a migraine medication. They may also recommend an antibiotic if they suspect that the patient may have a sinus infection. The downsides of prescribing such pharmaceuticals are that they may cause side effects and that there is the potential for developing tolerance and dependency.

I am grateful that with NeuroModulation Technique I have a safer method of helping my patients find relief from a wide variety of health problems. While I recognize that in some cases of severe headache urgent surgical or pharmaceutical therapy may be appropriate, I submit that in the majority of cases NMT is an appropriate first line of treatment when patients present with a headache.

Please go to this page or to NMT.MD to learn more about NMT.

HCG Diet Video Testimonial

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This patient used genuine oral liquid HCG which is not be confused with “homeopathic HCG” remedies which do not contain HCG. He lost a tremendous amount of fat and experienced improvements in his blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. He has felt better than he has in years.

Are Oral HCG drops and Homeopathic HCG drops the same thing?

Genuine HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) can only be obtained from a licensed physician.

There is some confusion surrounding this topic because there are some Internet based companies that sell HCG and supplies such as syringes and needles without requiring a physician’s prescription or a face to face medical evaluation. Most of these companies arrange for shipment of HCG from Europe, India, or China in nondescript packaging for the purpose of evading customs and seizure. Needless to say that this is an inappropriate method of acquiring HCG.

There are also many companies that advertise and sell “oral HCG”, “liquid HCG”, or “HCG drops”. This is typically not genuine HCG.

This is how you can tell the difference:

Genuine oral human chorionic gonadotrophin

  • Dispensed in bottles with lyophilized HCG (dried by freezing in a high vacuum).
  • Must be mixed with a diluent prior to use.
  • Has a limited shelf life of about two weeks and must be kept refrigerated once mixed with a diluent.
  • Dosing of HCG is measured in IUs (International Units) and is twice daily.
  • Requires a prescription from a licensed physician.

Homeopathic “HCG”

  • This is a homeopathic remedy which does not contain any measurable amounts of human chorionic gonadotrophin.
  • Dispensed as a aqueous solution.
  • Does not need to be mixed prior to use.
  • Shelf life is measured in years and the solution does not require refrigeration.
  • Dosing is measured in number of drops and typically is at least three to four times daily.
  • Often sold by individuals who don’t have a medical license.

Most patients that I have spoken with that have used both genuine HCG and “homeopathic HCG” have reported that real HCG is much more effective.

BHRT Success: “My Husband Has Been Amazed and Grateful to Have His Wife Back”

This 59 year old woman presented to my office about one year ago complaining of hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, feeling mentally dull and irritable, trouble concentrating and focusing, memory problems, cold intolerance, depression, weakness, joint stiffness, muscle aches, low libido, and weight gain.

Her success story is one of many of women and men who are able to regain their youthful vitality after restoring their hormones to youthful levels using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

The Wiley Protocol is a cutting-edge method that not only restores the hormone levels to optimal, but also does so rhythmically following the patterns that we normally see in healthy young women. Postmenopausal women who no longer have periods will follow the moon phase calendar as they as they apply accurately measured amounts of hormones to the skin each cycle.

Here is the patient’s testimonial:

“Next to meeting my husband and starting a family 32 years ago, Dr. Bloem is the best thing to ever happen to me!

During and after menopause 10 long years ago, I suffered terribly from night sweats and mood swings. I was a miserable and unhappy woman and I did not understand why.  I took anti-depressants and they did not do much.  I felt irritable and crabby almost every day.  I had trouble sleeping and getting along with my cherished family.

After I heard about bio-identical hormones, I found a female doctor in Frederick who wanted to surgically place hormone pellets under my skin after I signed a one year contract agreeing to pay her $300 a month for one year on an automated payment system in order to ensure that I would stick with the program.  Right away, my antenna went up to the strong possibility of future problems but I paid the money up front as required.  Then, I could not get her to return my phone calls!  I was hormonally enraged and disgusted!  Not a pretty sight.

I immediately withdrew as a patient of this doctor (minus my deposit) and then I went back online to search for Dr. Bloem, whom I had earlier dismissed as out of my price range. After the unfortunate experience with the “boutique” doctor, I realized that Dr. Bloem was actually quite reasonably priced AND he was willing to make payment plans.  No payments in advance required.

Then the best part of my story happened.  I met Dr. Bloem and after a thorough check up, arranged to try the Wiley Protocol.  I swear, the next day, I felt like a new and improved woman!  I do not know if it was a placebo effect or what- but I was positively euphoric, just ask my family!  I think that feeling almost immediately better after feeling so tired and thyroid deficient for so long, just made me feel truly on top of the world.  I had energy again and I had my sense of humor back.  My daughter even asked me, “Mom, is this what you used to be like, when you were young???”

Unfortunately, after a month or two of the Wiley Protocol, I learned that the high dosages were a bit much for my system and I was afraid to reveal my secret to the good Dr. Bloem for fear of being taken off the hormones altogether.  Finally, I did manage to suck it up and confess my concerns to the doctor and I was so relieved to find that we could adjust and fine tune all the hormones!

Now, with the personalized amounts of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that work for my body, l am back to my old self.  I enjoy life, enjoy my family and I have energy and good health.  My thyroid problems have disappeared and my mood is consistently positive and pretty darn joyful.  My adult daughters think I am a really relaxed and humorous and my husband and I are no longer fighting.  I have remembered why I married him and our love is stronger than ever.  My husband has been amazed and grateful to have his wife back.

When I think how I suffered for 10 years with postmenopausal symptoms,  I feel bad for all of the wasted time,  but more than that,  I am so full of gratitude to Dr. Bloem for  restoring me to my former self.

This is nothing but the TRUTH in my unsolicited testimonial of Dr. Bloem’s value in reinvigorating and giving women back the quality of life that every woman deserves in order to have loving and fulfilling relationships.

Sometimes I think of my poor grandmothers.  If only they had Dr. Bloem in their lives!  We are very fortunate to have opportunities for prolonging our health and happiness in ways that they never could.

I literally give heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Bloem every day of my life, and that is the God’s honest truth.

There are no words to express the blessings of Dr. Bloem offers.  It is a priceless gift.”

Kathy H.
Mount Airy, Maryland

HCG Diet Success: Healthy Weight Loss for Fashion Models

Earlier this year a woman in her early thirties presented to my office with a chief complaint of obesity. She had not been able to find anyone who was willing to take her complaint seriously and treat her with the safest and most effective obesity treatment in existence today: the Dr. Simeons HCG Diet Protocol.

After reading an HCG Diet success story on my website she knew that I was able and willing to help her.

Some people will find it hard to understand why a slender young woman who is 5 feet and 8.5 inches (1.74 meters) tall and about 130 lbs. (59 kg) would seek out obesity treatment. However, when you understand that obesity is a disorder which is characterized by an accumulation of abnormal fat deposits and that it is not defined by a simple ratio between height and weight such as the body mass index (BMI), then you will appreciate that treatment of obesity in individuals with a slender body build makes perfect sense.

In the words of Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in his book Pounds and Inches – A New Approach to Obesity (pages 29 and 30):

Not by Weight alone…

Weight alone is not a satisfactory criterion by which to judge whether a person is suffering from the disorder we call obesity or not. Every physician is familiar with the sylphlike lady who enters the consulting room and declares emphatically that she is getting horribly fat and wishes to reduce. Many an honest and sympathetic physician at once concludes that he is dealing with a “nut.” If he is busy he will give her short shrift, but if he has time he will weigh her and show her tables to prove that she is actually underweight.

I have never yet seen or heard of such a lady being convinced by either procedure. The reason is that in my experience the lady is nearly always right and the doctor wrong.

When such a patient is carefully examined one finds many signs of potential obesity, which is just about to become manifest as overweight. The patient distinctly feels that something is wrong with her, that a subtle change is taking place in her body, and this alarms her.

There are a number of signs and symptoms which are characteristic of obesity. In manifest obesity many and often all these signs and symptoms are present. In latent or just beginning cases some are always found, and it should be a rule that if two or more of the bodily signs are present, the case must be regarded as one that needs immediate help.”

The HCG Diet Protocol is the ideal treatment method for individuals who are struggling with obesity at any weight, including those whose body weight is considered normal by conventional BMI standards (BMI <25 is considered “normal” weight). As this patient explains, the HCG Diet Protocol is perfect for men and women who work as fashion or runway models. It is also recommended for actors and actresses, dancers, newscasters, and for anyone else whose livelihood depends on looking good in front of the camera or in public. Additionally, the HCG Diet Protocol is career-saving for athletes and for men and women who serve in the military and in other professions where they need to meet strict weight standards.

Here is the patient’s experience in her own words:

“Overall, I had great success with the protocol. I never once felt hungry which really surprised me. I used to eat a lot and all day long too. But there is just something special that the hcg does that makes it easy. Yes, it was difficult at times as I was pushing through some stubborn fat but getting past those hurdles was way worth it. I also had the extra benefit of detoxification. As the old fat cells were being flushed out, a lot of old toxins also got flushed away. Now I am thin but also much healthier. I can think better and I have a lot more energy.

I have been a life-long dieter and always concerned with my weight. I’ve never been naturally thin. So as soon as I hit puberty, I’ve had to work hard to stay slim. The only thing that sort of worked for me were diet pills and watching what I ate. But the minute I stopped watching what I ate, I’d easily gain again. I’ve had cellulite since I was a teenager that has never gone away and after my hcg protocol, I can happily say that it is ALL GONE! I still can’t believe it. Nothing ever worked before to get rid of it and I’ve tried it all.

Luckily even though I had to work HARD for it, I was accepted into the modeling and fashion world. I modeled internationally for magazines and the runway for 3 years. So, body image has always been important to me as well as health. In my opinion, too many models use unhealthy methods to stay thin. I know because I’ve witnessed it first-hand. I honestly think that any girl or guy that has aspirations to have a modeling career and has weight to lose or wants better muscle definition, this is by far, the most healthy way to go about it to get amazing results.

I’m now at 110 lbs, I’m 5 ft. 8 1/2 inches tall and I’m a size 2. I look and feel better now than I ever did even as a model. I’ve asked several people who know me well to guess my weight and every one guesses that I look to be about 120 lbs. I look normal and not starved because of the hcg. My face is not gaunt and my cheek bones don’t stick out either. That always worried me before. That if I got too thin, I would look anorexic, but I don’t. I am so overly thrilled with my results overall!! Thank you Dr. Bloem!”

Pictures 1, 2, and 3 (below) show the patient as she started the low-calorie phase of the HCG Diet Protocol (Phase 2). Pictures 4 and 5 show the patient after stopping the low-calorie phase of the HCG Diet Protocol and entering the next phase (Phase 3). Notable improvements include a significant reduction of abdominal fat with visible flattening of the stomach and slimming of her buttocks and thighs. Overall she lost an incredible 23.2 lbs. and 16 inches in 55 days!

When patients are following the HCG Diet Protocol under the supervision of an experienced physician and are monitored carefully, they will not only see a reduction in abnormal fat deposits, but they will often also experience an increased sense of well-being and an improvement of other complaints and health conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, and joint aches.

Dr. Bloem is one of the most experienced physicians in the field of obesity treatment using the Dr. Simeons HCG Diet Protocol in the United States. He has studied with Dr. Daniel Belluscio from Argentina, a world renowned expert in this field. As a holistic physician he is able to help his patients lose weight safely and effectively and to treat a wide range of associated health conditions.

Picture 1: Day 1 (March 22, 2010) – Start of 500 Calorie Diet. 133.8 lbs. (BMI 20.2)

Picture 2: Day 1 – Start of 500 Calorie Diet. 133.8 lbs. (BMI 20.2)

Picture 3: Day 1 – Start of 500 Calorie Diet. 133.8 lbs. (BMI 20.2)

Picture 4: Day 1 of Phase 3 (May 15, 2010). 110.6 lbs. (BMI 16.7)

Picture 5: Day 1 of Phase 3. 110.6 lbs. (BMI 16.7)

NMT Success: Flu, Headache, and Abdominal Pain

Here are two testimonials from a patient who received remote NeuroModulation Technique (NMT) treatment from me on two separate occasions. NMT is a cutting-edge method of energy healing which can be done in the office or remotely for patients who live far away or who for other reasons are unable to come to the office.  NMT is a very powerful healing method and patients often experience rapid improvements in their health status.

“I am a 58 year old female with multiple medical problems.  I became ill with the flu this last flu season.  I had a horrible headache and generally just felt really sick.  Dr. Bloem did an NMT treatment, remotely with me on the phone.  It was very relaxing and when the treatment was over, my headache had eased considerable and I went on to sleep for a couple of hours.  My flu bout seemed to be shorter than anyone else in the household.”

“While I was on a strict diet, my abdomen became very bloated.  I was unable to expel any gas at all and I had a sharp pain in the left upper part of my abdomen.  Dr. Bloem did an NMT treatment remotely, over the phone.  Within 2 hours of the treatment, things started to move, I was able to expel gas and soon had a movement which relieved the pain almost entirely.  The pain in my abdomen continued to decrease to a soreness then went away altogether within 2 days.”

Please check out my website to learn more about NMT.

Do Bioidentical Hormones Have Side Effects?

Many people are afraid of the therapeutic use of hormones, even when topic is bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are plant derived (usually from soy or yam) and they are prepared in compounding pharmacies. As such, they are considered pharmaceutical preparations. Most are only available by prescription.

Bioidentical hormones are also classified as drugs in the sense that they are chemical substances that are used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being.

This is where it may get confusing. Almost everybody wants to avoid using drugs unless absolutely necessary. One of the reasons is that many drugs have side effects. Some will create chronic dependency, and patients may experience withdrawal symptoms when attempts are made to stop the drug. Although some drugs may effect cure of an illness, many only suppress certain symptoms or physical signs without eliminating the underlying causes or supporting the body’s innate ability to heal.

How does this apply to bioidentical hormones? I believe there is a difference between bioidentical hormones and most other drugs because the former are biochemically exactly the same as the hormones that the human body makes. For that reason the molecules cannot be patented.

Most other pharmaceutical drugs are not normally found in or produced by the human body. Their biochemical structure is unique and patentable. Because they are foreign to the human body they will almost always have side effects to some degree. A possible explanation is that the body’s metabolic and enzymatic systems are not prepared to handle  these foreign molecules.

For example, even a well known over the counter drug such as acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) has side effects which include the development of stomach ulcers and allergic reactions.

I believe that the various chemicals and hormones that the human body makes do not have side effects and that the same is true for bioidentical hormones. The human body contains water and sodium chloride, and synthesizes estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, prostaglandins, and many other chemicals. Does water have side effects? Of course not! However, it is possible to experience SYMPTOMS of an excess or deficiency of water or any other chemical that the human body makes. Examples are symptoms of thirst and physical symptoms of dehydration or water intoxication. These are NOT side effects of water.

Likewise, I believe that bioidentical hormones are among the safest pharmaceuticals that a physician can prescribe. Although I don’t believe that a patient may experience side effects from using bioidentical hormones such as estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, I do believe that patients may experience symptoms of deficiency or excess of these hormones.

Although I don’t believe that bioidentical hormone therapy has side effects, I do want to emphasize that this type of treatment needs to prescribed carefully. Patients need to be monitored for symptoms of  hormone deficiency and hormone excess. Laboratory testing needs to be performed to ensure optimal results and patient safety.

The layperson may see no difference between drug side effects and the symptoms and signs of hormone deficiency or excess. However, to the experienced clinician the difference is usually quite evident and steps can be taken to optimize therapeutic balance and to protect the patient’s health and well-being.

Does Estrogen Have Side Effects?

This is a response that I posted to an online message board in response to somebody’s claim that “estrogen can have some awful side effects”.

Why would the human body make estrogens (estradiol, estriol, and estrone) if they have side effects?

The link that […] provided refers to women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative and who received PremPro.

It is very important understand that these women did not receive bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Instead they were POISONED with a combination of estrogens from horses (the Premarin component of the PremPro) and medroxyprogesterone acetate (the Provera component of the PremPro). None of these non-bioidentical chemicals are naturally found in the human body.

Needless to say that it is not surprising that these women had an increase of heart disease, breast cancer, blood clots, and stroke, causing this arm of the study to be aborted in 2002.

Unfortunately, many doctors and women still don’t understand this and continue to believe that these women suffered adverse reactions because of “hormone replacement therapy” or “HRT” even though these women did not receive any human hormones.

I have not seen any such adverse reactions in all my years of using properly balanced and monitored bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

Estradiol, progesterone, and all the other hormones play an essential role in the human body, so I am not surprised that hormone replacement therapy could be helpful for women with a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

As a matter of fact, many mood disorders in women are related to hormonal disorders and I have seen marked improvements in women using BHRT.

Fred Bloem, MD

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> Estrogen can have some awful side effects :-
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> http://www.estrogen-replacement-side-effects.com/html/effects.html
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> On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM, <…> wrote:
> >
> > Estrogen in the Fight Against Schizophrenia
> >
> > ScienceDaily (Jan. 25, 2010) — Many American women are prescribed estrogen
> > to combat the negative effects of menopause, such as bone loss and mood
> > swings. Now, new evidence from a Tel Aviv University study suggests that
> > hormone replacement therapy might also protect them — and younger women —
> > from schizophrenia as well.
> >
> > Prof. Ina Weiner of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Psychology and her
> > doctoral student Michal Arad have reported findings suggesting that
> > restoring normal levels of estrogen may work as a protective agent in
> > menopausal women vulnerable to schizophrenia. Their work, based on an animal
> > model of menopausal psychosis, was recently reported in the journal *
> > Psychopharmacology.*
> >
> > *Continued at
> > http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100120112212.htm

Does Homeopathic HCG Work?

While I know a few people who have had success using homeopathic HCG drops, I don’t have enough experience in my practice to comment on its efficacy compared to real HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin).

I can say that I have had patients come to my practice after having disappointing results with the homeopathic HCG. Patients typically have a greater than 80-90% success rate if they follow the HCG Diet Protocol correctly and follow up with me consistently.

Here are some things to consider with regard to homeopathic HCG:

  • “Homeopathic HCG” is believed to contain the energetic imprint of HCG but does not actually contain HCG. It is made with a minute amount of HCG that is diluted millions of times following homeopathic manufacturing practices.
  • There are many websites that claim to sell oral HCG (which I am able to legally offer to my patients in my medical practice, in addition to injectable HCG, HCG cream, nasal HCG, and HCG tablets) but instead provide homeopathic HCG.
  • One of the most commonly sold brands of homeopathic HCG contains 16% USP Alcohol which would be unacceptable for some people for religious or medical reasons.

I recommend that people find an experienced physician who will do a thorough medical evaluation before prescribing HCG. Although the HCG Diet Protocol is very safe, it does requires close monitoring to ensure optimal results. Another benefit of working with a physician (especially one who holistically oriented) is that other health issues will be recognized and treated as well.

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