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.

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

How Safe Are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones therapy is safe as long as the amounts of hormones used and the levels of hormones in the body are carefully monitored. I recommend the Wiley Protocol, which uses bioidentical estradiol and progesterone in a rhythm that mimics the cyclical fluctuation of hormone levels that we see in healthy young women.

The word bioidentical means that the hormones are exactly the same as the hormones that the human body produces. Bioidentical hormones include estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, human growth hormone, thyroxine (T4), and triiodothyronine (T3). I don’t recommend non-bioidentical chemicals such as medroxyprogesterone and norgestimate because they are not produced by the human body and because they have known side effects such as cancer, hypertension, depression, and fluid retention. They are more appropriately referred to hormone disrupting chemicals.

Can bioidentical hormone replacement therapy be used in “asymptomatic perimenopausal or postmenopausal women”?

Yes, they can. Not all women experience hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, or any of the other classical symptoms of perimenopause. However, sometimes there more subtle changes that occur. These may include decline in memory (“senior moments”), decreased libido or sexual satisfaction, skin changes, hair changes, vaginal dryness, and loss of sense of feminity.

There are two main reasons for recommending bioidentical hormone replacement therapy: 1) Relief of symptoms, 2) Reduction of disease risk. We know that properly dosed and monitored bioidentical hormone replacement is a safe and effective therapy for relieving symptoms of perimenopause. We also know that the risk for heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease increases as people get older and their hormones levels decline. Young people with high hormone levels tend to be at very low risk for these health conditions. There are indications that bioidentical hormone replacement may reduce the risk for developing such health problems and allow people to have a better quality of life.

For how long can bioidentical hormone replacement therapy be used?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be used for as long as a patient desires. Suzanne Somers is 63 years old and is using the bioidentical Wiley Protocol hormone replacement regimen. She takes very good care of herself in many different ways and it shows! She intends to use this therapy for as long as she lives. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be stopped at any time. This will return the patient to their previous (usually) hormone deficient state.

Does bioidentical hormone replacement therapy increase the risk of cancer?

I have not seen any evidence that it does. Bioidentical hormones such as estradiol and progesterone are a normal part of the human body. Why would the human body produce messenger chemicals that are carcinogenic? I believe that bioidentical hormones are as safe as water as long as they are dosed and monitored correctly. At least 70% of our bodies consists of water. Are we demanding proof or double blind, randomized, placebo controlled studies to prove that water does not cause cancer?

On the other hand, we know that the Women’s Health Initiative Study showed that women using a combination of non-bioidentical chemicals (Premarin and Provera) had an increased risk of heart disease, blood clots, stroke, and breast cancer. These women did NOT receive hormone replacement therapy. Instead they were drugged with chemicals that are not normally found in the  human body.

Hormone Replacement Success – Rhythmic Dosing versus Low-Dose Static Dosing

Lori is a 51 year old patient who first came to my office in April 2007 for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. She was interested in traditional low-dose, static hormone replacement therapy so I started her on a combination of progesterone cream, estradiol/estriol (“Bi-est”) cream, testosterone cream, and Armour thyroid.

After starting this therapy she felt better, but still had a hot flash when going to bed and she also felt a little hot throughout the night.

Her sleep was better, but she still woke up once in the middle of the night.

Memory was not as much of a problem but she still had some problem with recall.

In December 2007, I recommended that she switch to using rhythmic bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, following the Wiley Protocol. She started using estradiol and progesterone at dosage levels that follow the pattern that we see in healthy young women.

Within several months after starting the Wiley Protocol she noticed the following improvements:

  • Improved hair
  • Improvement of vaginal dryness
  • Improved skin (less dry).
  • Complete resolution of hot flashes and night sweats
  • Improved sleep
  • Less irritability
  • Improved quality of hair (less thin)

I recommended increasing the dosage of estradiol.

When I saw her for a routine follow up today the patient reported the following improvements:

  • Good libido
  • Improved memory
  • Improved thickness of hair with a return of the natural waviness
  • Improved skin

As compared to using low-dose, static testosterone replacement, she felt that the rhythmic testosterone replacement caused her libido to be more natural. With the low-dose, static dosing regimen her libido was at times too aggressive and she also had more unwanted hair on her legs.

The patient had also been using the Wiley Protocol Face Creme which contains insulin, estradiol, and triiodothyronine (T3) and which helps rejuvenate the skin and fade fine lines and wrinkles. This worked very well for her. I have some patients who reported that this Creme works a lot better than some very expensive skin care products that they had purchased previously.

I now have about 200 patients that have started rhythmic, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy following the Wiley Protocol. It has been a very rewarding experience for me to see many regain their sense of well being and in many cases even regain their lives after restoring their hormones to optimal levels.