Dr. Kathy Maupin and Brett Newcomb discuss certain physicians’ reactions to the results that BioBalance Health patients experience with the use of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Many of my patients come to me with interesting stories of their regular physician’s reaction to the outcome (or, “success”) of my treatment of their patients with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Many of my patients have experienced success that their regular doctors did not expect. These doctors often do not believe my patients when they share the happiness, health, weight loss, and improved energy that they have experienced. There is one gynecologist in particular, whom I have known and respected for years. He was universally non-committal about my treatment of one of our mutual patients with bio-identical estradiol and testosterone pellets. This individual has been one of this doctor’s patients for over thirty years and her mother had seen him even before that.
When my patient told her doctor that she was going to come and see me for hormone replacement therapy, he had prescribed her Fosamax as a treatment for her osteopenia/osteoporosis. She had bone density issues that were severe for her age, leaving her almost osteoporotic (at risks for fractures) at the age of 49. She did not want to take the drug he had prescribed because she was knowledgeable of its severe side effects, and the lack of formation of truly hard bone. She came to me and I took her off the drug and replaced it with testosterone pellet replacement, as it is less risky and much more effective than Fosamax. Her physician said nothing either way about what she was doing. He asked her how she felt and how things were going, but neither criticized or supported her coming to see me. He never said anything at all other than asking how she was doing and smiling at her answer. This month, my patient went to this doctor for a GYN exam and a bone density test—her first since starting her testosterone replacement therapy. She took the test at her other doctor’s office using his staff and his instrumentation to run and interpret the exam. What he discovered was that her bone density had improved by over 10% and had returned her status to the normal bone density range of a much younger woman. She no longer has osteopenia, she is not progressing toward osteoporosis, and she has not been taking a drug of whose side effects she was substantially fearful. In addition, she has not had to spend money on Fosamax, instead taking testosterone pellets that remedied 6 of her symptoms with one hormone.
The point of this story is that this very well-qualified medical doctor and GYN specialist who thought he knew about HRT and Osteoporosis was very surprised and is now interested in what testosterone pellets can do for his patients. He is looking into the results of studies on testosterone and osteoporosis. He is keen on data, and is impressed by statistics and numbers. He was not particularly interested in what he thought were her anecdotal stories about feeling better and being asymptomatic of multiple symptoms that he didn’t consider life-threatening. He is interested in her data and her results which are outside his experience. He now wants to know more.
This is not an unusual experience for me or for my patients. It is an unusual one for their regular physicians, however. I don’t understand why so many physicians are so slow to embrace testosterone replacement therapy with pellets, unless they have been scared away by negative news stories and/or mass-market advertisements by the trial lawyers who make a living of scaring and encouraging patients to look for a lawsuit in every treatment they embrace. The mission of these lawyers is not the well being of patients, but the high percentage that they are paid to bring lawsuits against doctors. Doctors should know better and research the treatments that they don’t understand. After all, they the are scientists. If doctors continue to ignore the progress we have made with testosterone for women, their patients will continue to suffer from conditions and costs that they could avoid if only their doctors were seeking out the truth.
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