Why ACOG Is Wrong On BioIdentical Hormones (Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
by Jeffrey Dach MD
Original article can be found here.
An ACOG news release dated Feb 3, 2009, provides misleading and incorrect information about bioidentical hormones. ACOG is partially funded by Wyeth and serves as a mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry.(1)
"In response to recent media attention being given to so-called bioidentical hormones (ie Oprah Winfrey and Suzanne Sommers) , The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reiterates its position that:"
(1) ACOG says: there is no scientific evidence supporting the safety or efficacy of compounded bioidentical hormones.
My Answer: There is a huge amount of scientific evidence and medical research on the safety and efficacy of bioidentical hormones.
The Bioidentical Hormone Debate: Are Bioidentical Hormones (Estradiol, Estriol, and Progesterone) Safer or More Efficacious than Commonly Used Synthetic Versions in Hormone Replacement Therapy? by Kent Holtorf, MD Postgraduate Medicine, Volume 121, Issue 1, January 2009,
Hormones in Wellness and Disease Prevention:
Common Practices, Current State of the Evidence, and Questions for the Future
Erika T. Schwartz, MD, Kent Holtorf, MD.
Prim Care Clin Office Pract 35 (2008) 669–705 (3)
(2) ACOG says: The FDA stated that the pharmacies' claims of safety and effectiveness were false, misleading, and a violation of federal law.
My Answer: The FDA is another cog in the big pharma machine. See my article on the FDA and Bioidentical Hormones. The FDA has passed their own unconstitutional rules preventing compounding pharmacies from giving truthful information to patients about the benefit and safety of bioidentical hormones.
However, the FDA cannot prevent physicians from giving you this information. So I will say it again. Bio-identical hormones are safe and effective, as concluded by Drs Holtorf and Schwartz in the above two articles in the mainstream medical literature.
(3) ACOG says: the bottom line is that most (bioidentical hormones) have not undergone rigorous clinical testing for safety or efficacy, nor are they approved by the FDA.
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