Fran Sussman – Menopause: Hormones vs a Natural Approach - Daily Hudson Valley News

Fran Sussman – Menopause: Hormones vs a Natural Approach

Aug 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Lifestyle

A recent headline in the New York Times shouts the news that Prempro increases the risk of breast cancer, makes it more deadly, and may contribute to mortality in lung cancer as well.

If you’re going to take hormones for menopause PLEASE don’t even consider drugs like Prempro.  They are clearly dangerous; this is truly no longer news.  If you must, take bio-identical hormones that have been customized and prescribed specifically for you.  But frankly, while I believe this may be safer, there truly is not enough research to say yet.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being the guinea pig.

However, I have found, both personally and professional over the past few years that it is perfectly possible to balance hormones as we age without using any hormones at all.  About 90% of the time I find that we can balance hormones by working on nutrition, stress management, detoxification, and hormonally appropriate exercise: in other words, lifestyle.  I believe it is largely about increasing the receptivity to the hormones we already naturally make. Similarly to insulin (also a hormone) our cells usually lose sensitivity to hormones as we age.  But we can increase our receptivity and restore hormonal balance, which is so much better than taking additional (manufactured) hormones.

Is this more work than taking a pill, or using a cream? Absolutely.  But the rewards are incalculable.  Because you  will not only avoid the added risk of taking prescription hormones, you will reclaim your health and vitality in ways you may not have thought possible.


Fran Sussman Holistic ServicesFran Sussman has been in holistic care since 1988 and in private practice since 1993. She has trained with many of the foremost thinkers in holistic medicine today. Apart from one-on-one consulting, Fran is sought after as a speaker, workshop leader, writer and meditation teacher. She offers an e-newsletter, is an active blogger and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

“Our natural state is health, happiness, creativity, and well-being. My work is to provide the knowledge and the ongoing support for anyone who wants to achieve that.”

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