Dr. Daenell shares how her bioidentical hormone use differs from the way Suzanne Somers uses the hormones.
I say, well, yes and no. Yes, Suzanne Somers talks about the use of bioidentical hormones and so do I. Suzanne Somers uses them in a different manner. A tool is a tool, and the way the doctor uses the tool is up to the doctor and the patient.
The way Suzanne Somers and her physician are using the tool varies somewhat to the way a naturopathic doctor might consider using a bioidentical hormone. Basically in a nutshell, from what I can gather, Suzanne Somers is looking to use the bioidentical hormones, so in my opinion, a better version of the hormone, in order to mimic the reproductive year levels of hormone.
That differs from the way I use them because a healthy woman, as she ages through the menopausal changes, actually should have some degree of hormone around. It’s when she doesn’t have any to speak of that she truly suffers and in fact, a healthy woman with some degree of hormone around has a better quality of experience and a better health in general because those hormones don’t just help reproduction.
They help with heart health, brain health, immune health, bone health and so in my opinion, and everybody’s got one, we really ought to have that small amount of hormone that we would have had if we were our healthiest. A lot of us don’t get to those years in the healthiest way because we spend the resources that we would use at that time through stress.
So, if you’ve had a very stressful life, you might have a harder time through menopause. So the difference between what Suzanne Somers does and what I would recommend is that you use the bioidentical hormones in a way that would more mimic the natural phase of life that you’re in, and the way she recommends is that you’re imitating the reproductive years.
I am not saying one way is right and one way is wrong, that’s just the difference in the way that I make recommendations.
About Dr. Carrie Louise Daenell, N.D.:
Dr. Carrie Louise Daenell is a licensed naturopathic physician and currently practices as a consultant in Denver, Colorado near Cherry Creek. She was previously the managing editor at the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, is the past-president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She conducted her pre-medical studied at the University of Colorado, in Boulder and completed her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Additionally, she is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.