Hormone Replacement Therapy Albuquerque NM
By Catherine Guthrie
Walk into any health food store and you’ll see shelves packed with natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). And as evidence of the risks of HRT continues to pile up—namely, heart disease, breast cancer, and stroke—the market for these products should only expand. If they’re natural they must be safer, the thinking goes.
But are they?
There’s reason to believe at least one of the most popular alternatives, soy, may not be so safe after all—at least when you get the high quantities needed to ease hot flashes. (As part of a balanced diet, soy has protein and bone-building properties you don’t want to pass up.) But there’s also encouraging news about a hot flash tamer that turns out to be safer than we thought—as well as other HRT alternatives to consider.
First, here’s how soy works and why it’s problematic. The reason it may ease hot flashes is that it’s a phytoestrogen, or plant-based estrogen, which means it behaves in the body much the same way synthetic estrogen does. Specifically, its isoflavones park in the same cellular spot the body reserves for estrogen. So when a woman’s natural estrogen levels dwindle during menopause, causing those famously uncomfortable overheated moments, soy’s isoflavones offer the body an estrogen fix that may cool the fire.
But the very fact that soy is a powerful phytoestrogen complicates the picture. The reason HRT raises breast cancer risk is that too much estrogen is thought to stimulate breast cell growth, which can lead to cancer. Because soy isoflavones behave like estrogen in a woman’s body, the concern is that they may have the same cell-stimulating effect. And the problem is, scientists don’t know how much is too much.
“We know that the phytoestrogens in soy are somewhat weaker than the estrogens in HRT,” says Colleen Piersen, a researcher at the Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements Research at the University of Illinois, at Chicago. “But we just don’t know if they’re safer.”
Ounce for ounce, soy supplements may be even chancier than soy foods. “A lot of these supplements aren’t just crude extracts,” says Piersen. “They’ve been purified to further concentrate the active ingredient, which is where the potential danger lies.”
The bottom line? “Women at high risk for breast cancer shouldn’t take soy supplements,” says Piersen. As for soy foods, she’s reluctant to make specific recommendations, but she says the best approach is to eat them as part of a regular diet and not load up on them disproportionately. Several factors can put a woman into a high-risk category, including having a first-degree relative (a mother, sister, or daughter) who had the disease, particularly before menopause. Other red flags include having already had breast cancer, early menstruation, and late onset of menopause.
And what about women who aren’t at high risk? The problem is that it’s not easy to say who will develop cancer and who won’t. Keep in mind that only a small...
Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...
Dates: 5/22/2013 - 5/28/2013
Location: Sandia Mountain
1801 Mountain Road North West
The Carboniferous-Permian Transition Conference will be held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, NM from May 23 through May 25, 2013. The Conference is a professional conference of scientists presenting research of global significance on the Carboniferous-Permian boundary. Two field trips, one pre-meeting and one post-meeting, will be offered in conjunction with the Conference. The pre-meeting field trip will take place on May 22nd and include a trip to Carrizo Arroyo. Please do be aware that the field trips are not wheelchair accessible. Carrizo Arroyo is one of the most paleontologically diverse localities across the Carboniferous-Permian boundary. It exposes mixed marine and nonmarine strata of the Bursum Formation that yield everything from plants and insects to fusulinids and brachiopods. This section plays a key role in global marine/non-marine correlations because of the co-occurrence of conodonts and insect-zone species. This trip is limited to 25 attendees. The post-meeting field trip will be from May 26 through May 28th 2012. During this trip we will visit the area around Socorro, NM. East of Socorro, marine and nonmarine sedimentary rocks of Middle Pennsylvanian-Early Permian age are exposed along the eastern margin of the Rio Grande rift. This is one of the best exposed and most studied Pennsylvanian-Permian sections in New Mexico, and recent work has brought forth diverse paleofloras, detailed conodont biostratigraphy, extensive ichnofossil assemblages, and much more. The three-day trip, headquartered in Socorro, will work through this entire section, focusing on issues of stratigraphy, sedimentation and paleontology. This trip is limited to 40 attendees. The registration fee for the conference will be $150 prior to February 1, 2013; $200 from February 1st through April 30th 2013; and $250 from May 1st through the conference. The pre-meeting field trip to Carrizo Arroyo will be an additional $25 and the post-meeting