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Benefits Of Hrt
It's a vegetable: Wheatgrass can be considered a vegetable, and has chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. There are "claims" about the "health benefits" of wheatgrass ranging from providing supplemental nutrition to having unique curative properties. Haven't seen any scientific studies on humans to prove the claims, but it should be nutritious if eaten as a vegetable part of a balanced diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually done to provide the hormones that would be deficient upon surgical removal or inactivity or malfunction of a hormone producing gland or organ. The endocrinologist is the medical specialist that specializes amongst other things , in doing just that. Insulin/glucagon-pancreas, thyroid hormone-thyroid, ovaries, testicles, hypothalamus, ...Read more
Do the benefits of testosterone therapy outweigh the risks? What are some of the benefits and risks?
Testosterone: Whether any treatment benefits outweigh risks is a personal decision to be addressed btwn you & your physician. Testosterone should only be given to those in whom it's been proven that they are low (hypogonadism) and for whom it's not forbidden (untreated metastatic prostate cancer). Check out http://www.alvinblin.com/ where I have addressed pros & cons. Also need to ask if you want more children ...Read more
Benefits: Turmeric contains cucuminoids like curcumin. This has anti-inflammatory & antioxidant effects. It is reported to ^ Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor which might help w brain functioning & v risk of some brain conditions such as Alzheimer's. It may help w treatment of arthritis & is reported to have anti-carcinogenic effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Aspirin therapy: Low dose Aspirin has been shown to be of benefit as secondary prevention (preventing second events) in people who have suffered heart attacks or strokes. It is also of benefit as primary prevention (preventing first events) in patients with cardiovascular risk factors though it's use should be balanced by a slightly increased risk of bleeding and gastric irritation. ...Read more
Menopause: Estrovera is a dietary supplement sold over-the-counter w/o prescription. As such, it doesn't fall under any 3rd party regulatory oversight (although that hasn't prevented many problems). However, that means that it's the manufacturer who makes claims re safety & efficacy. That being said, cleveland clinic has appears to like it. http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/features/pages/estrovera.aspx. ...Read more
Thought about this: Comedian chris rock does a very funny stand-up routine about why the gov't allows prescription drugs but not illegal recreational drugs. I always tell my patients, i've never had a patient walk into my office and say, "my life has been getting better since i started using ______." (fill in the blank: pot, alcohol, cocaine, molly... ). They routinely say this with the appropriate prescription. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are: No benefits. The only men who take them are "body builders" who put their faith in pharmacology instead of their genetics and work ethic, and then suffer the consequences for their poor decision making. Besides, you'd have to get them illegally on the black market, could get a very toxic drug instead, and could be liable for a felony conviction. Does that make sense? ...Read more
No one knows 4 sure: This is controversial. The vast majority of doctors feel the answer is yes, but there are no research studies that really assess this so any answer is theoretical. Gardasil only protects against some strains of HPV. 90% of HPV infections resolve within 2 years. Pre-cancerous cervical lesions can be detected and cured. Safe sex prevents. The vaccine has real risks. See http://tinyurl.com/q2qwk5a ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
On testosterone replacement therapy. Good or bad in lieu of jama nov 5 article citing increased cardiac event risk. Trt benefits outweigh risks?
Unknown: As is indicated in the article, we need randomized, prospective studies to truly know the risks and benefits of testosterone treatment. The real problem is that as many as 80% of men who are on testosterone, were placed on it for inappropriate reasons, including inadequate testing or misinterpretation of results.Mother nature has a way of striking back when we do inappropriate things to our body. ...Read more
Benefits > downsides: Hormonal therapy has systemic benefits in er+ patients (similar to chemo), reduces local recurrence after breast conservation, and reduces the risk of second/new breast cancers. Head to head each of these is slightly better for ais than tamoxifen. Ais major side effects are menopausal symptoms, bone and joint symptoms (arthralgias), and decrease in bone density. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The risks: are decrease in IQ and neuropsych testing decreased grey matter in the prefrontal cortex of the brain which are non-reversable, possible cardiac toxicity, and addiction. There are no actual benefits of smoking marijuana it only use is to "get high" there are other forms of thc containing medicines that are useful such as eye drops, and marinol for nausea and appetite stimulation. ...Read more