Transgender Youth: Providing Medical Treatment for a Misunderstood Population

It is another one of those times in the history of progressive health care. Time to embrace another group of individuals who deserve health care and yet have been marginalized up until this point. An underserved, unrecognized, and much deserving segment of the population. This time it is children — transgender children and teens. Because … Continued

Menopause, Hormone Therapy, & Aging Skin-Is There a Connection?

Menopause hormone therapy (HT) offers probably the biggest example in modern medicine where enthusiasm for a drug’s reputed benefit trumped existing supporting science. As we’ve said before, menopause hormone “replacement” therapy was a triumph of marketing over science.  By 2002, some 38% of menopausal and older women in the U.S. were taking — or had … Continued

RX for Change: Why Suzanne Somers is Wrong About Hormones

Suzanne Somers looks great. In interviews and a series of books, the actress attributes her seeming agelessness — not to mention increased energy, libido, and a host of other benefits — to her use of “bioidentical” hormones. Let’s get a few things straight right off the bat. Hormones won’t make you look like Suzanne Somers. … Continued

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

A complex condition of various forms and unknown cause, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that is frequently misdiagnosed. PCOS is a reproductive endocrine disorder in which a woman’s ovaries produce excessive amounts of “male” hormones (androgens) such as testosterone. PCOS affects about five percent of U.S. women and is a common cause of … Continued

Harmless Hormones? Bah, Humbug!

Do you need your hormones “balanced’? Some alternative doctors are promoting hormone cocktails to cure what ails you, and if you think nothing ails you, well, maybe that’s just your haywire hormones talking. After I testified at a Congressional hearing on natural hormones, a physician who promotes these drugs offered me a free exam and … Continued