Hormone changes, deficiencies within the body and subsequent imbalances proved to the be the root cause for women who continually complained of lethargy, hot sweats, emotional swings, weight gain and a life that wasn’t normal to them, says Dr. Erika Schwartz. She saw a pattern when her patients presented with the same symptoms yet their medical tests returned back normal. As a medical doctor she wasn’t seeing results and instead turned to natural remedies.

Schwartz says, “I relied on conventional therapies to treat women in their middle years for menopausal symptoms, the mainstays of which were synthetic estrogens and progestins. If the period was gone headaches and migraines overwhelmed the women.”

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After experiencing the same effects herself she became a detective trying find solutions that worked, naturally, because as she says, “It seamed as though nothing could help me or my patients feel normal again.” She goes on to say, “After ten years of practicing medicine I found this to be ridiculous.”



Schwartz says hormones are usually the root cause of why women suffer from a less than substantial life. The hormones are linked to the thyroid and once they are working correctly, you feel like you’re in your prime. She says, “When we are young, it is the abundance and perfectly tuned balance of hormones that makes us vital, wrinkle-free, sexually turned on and quick to recover from colds and flu.”

She turned to natural hormone treatment and says after practicing twenty years she has seen both sides of the medical community as well as what works.

Synthetic hormone therapy is receiving more scrutiny recently as more and more doctors are experiencing the same thing, patients who are simply not getting better. USA Today published an article saying, “At the same time that HRT’s benefits are becoming murkier, the potential risks of long-term therapy — mainly an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer and blood clots — are becoming more worrisome.”



They go on to say, “It’s not difficult to find Web sites or even articles in scientific journals touting HRT’s beneficial effects on the heart and brain. But those notions stem from the inconsistent findings of studies that involved women who chose to go on HRT. Skeptics question whether other characteristics of those women, and not HRT itself, might deserve the credit.”

JAMA published an article saying basically the same thing.

At that time the NIH did a study. They tested women seeking natural treatments including black cohosh, red clover, soy products (which are not advised or recommended for human consumption), St. John’s wort, valerian root, motherwort, kava kava, ginseng and others. They reported, “Phytoestrogen extracts, including soy foods and red clover appear to have at best only minimal effect on menopausal symptoms but have positive health effects on plasma lipid concentrations and may reduce heart disease. St. John’s wort has been shown to improve mild to moderate depression in the general population and appears to show efficacy for mood disorders related to the menopausal transition.”

They further said, “Black cohosh appears to be the most effective herb for relief of menopausal symptoms, primarily hot flashes and possibly mood disorders.” They concluded more research needed to be done.



Yet The Boston Globe, recently published a study saying antidepressants were just as effective as hormone therapy. However, several findings through the largest antidepressant study ever done, STAR*D, including the NIH showed antidepressants don’t work. Click here to read more.

Schwartz says she sees more success with natural hormone therapy and other supporting herbal and supplementation according to what is applicable than she ever did with synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy.

She says, “Even now, endocrinology, with its focus on disease – diabetes, thyroid, pituitary, and genetic hormone imbalances – is not a popular specialty. There has never been a glut for endocronologists, which very well may be the reason why the study of hormones and how to balance them has become an area for wellness experts and anti-aging specialists.”

To learn more about Schwartz’s findings and practices click here for her book The Hormone Solution.

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