Women, Doctors Wage Crucial Battle with FDA to Save Bioidentical Hormones

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DrErika says that in a full page ad in major U.S. newspapers, the HOME (Hands Off My Estrogens) Coalition http://www.homecoalition,org denounces the FDA for using unfair and dishonest tactics in an attempt to protect Wyeth's synthetic products from the increasing popularity of bio-identicals.

A major coalition of informed women and their doctors has launched an all-out war on the Federal Drug Administration's decision to ban compounded hormones containing Estriol, reports Erika Schwartz M.D. in her latest blog at http://www.drerika.com.

Dr. Erika says that in a full page ad in major U.S. newspapers, the HOME (Hands Off My Estrogens) Coalition http://www.homecoalition.org denounces the FDA for using unfair and dishonest tactics in an attempt to protect Wyeth's synthetic products from the increasing popularity of bio-identicals.

The HOME Coalition consists of concerned citizens and licensed physicians and its message is endorsed by such respected groups as the Bioidentical Hormone Initiative (BHI), the American Academy for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) and the International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM).

The ad, which appeared in the New York Times on February 4, explains to women and their doctors: "The FDA has said stop using bioidentical hormones. Your choice and your doctor's prescription don't matter. Heart and cancer questions raised in 2002 about FDA 'approved' synthetic women's hormones don't matter. Act now to defend your right to bio-identical hormones."

The FDA's move against Estriol came in response to a so-called "citizen's petition" penned by Wyeth pharmaceuticals calling for a ban on bioidentical hormones and the compounding pharmacies that make them available to millions of women, despite opposition by more than 70,000 women, pharmacists and doctors.

Dr. Erika writes that "HOME and all of us who support the coalition say there is no scientific or anecdotal evidence to the FDA's claim that natural Estriol is unsafe or unproven". In fact, according to multiple reliable sources even Wyeth, the instigator, actually uses estriol in two products it markets and sells in Denmark; Cyclo-Menorette and Estriolsalbe. Hormone treatments that include estriol are commercially available all over Europe. http://www.compoundingtoday.

Dr. Erika writes: "Estriol is the safest estrogen. Its safety is well recognized by experts in the scientific community. It is involved in clinical trials for the treatment of women with MS and the results are remarkable (http://www.neurologyreviews.com ). Estriol is the hormone of pregnancy and pregnant women have extremely high circulating levels of estriol and no negative side-effects to the presence of this natural hormone in their body. Its usefulness in clinical practice has been proven over decades of use and research."

So why is the FDA so hostile toward natural Estriol? The HOME Coalition states: "The FDA is worried that natural substances will eat into the sales and profits of its clients, the big drug companies. Fees from them pay for a sizeable share of the FDA's budget and staff."

For more on this controversy and the background to the issue, read DrErika's blogs at http://www.drerika.com. Her site is dedicated to helping women become strong, smart and healthy through education, empowerment and kindness.

Dr. Schwartz is an internationally-recognized patient advocate, practicing physician, expert in conventional and integrative medicine and a frequent guest on TV and radio. She has written four books, lectures on health and wellness issues and authored a magazine column read by more than 10 million people a week.

http://www.DrErika.com delivers straight talk, smart solutions - and has no hidden agenda. It is packed with vital information, smart advice and page-after-page of valuable resources from DrErika and her lively, worldwide community of contributors. It doesn't tailor its stories to suit it sponsors - it has no sponsors.

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