hot flashes

  1. The dangerous way to ease hot flashes

    Soy isn't a food -- it's a dangerous unregulated drug, and most people are getting dosed with it at every meal.

    We should be getting ZERO soy, but instead the mainstream is busily trying to cook up ways to sell us MORE -- like the new study that claims it can reduce the number of hot flashes during menopause.

    Does it work? Barely -- and even that's debatable.

    In a review of 19 studies involving a combined 1,200 women, researchers claim that soy in any number of forms -- from nauseating soy "milk" to nasty old tofu -- offered minor improvements in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.

    But the only reason it MIGHT work at all is what I've said all along: Soy is a hormone, not a food -- specifically it's a plant version of estrogen.

    Soy backers grudgingly admit this is true, but they've always claimed it's so weak it doesn't have any estrogen-like effects inside the body.

    Sounds to me like they're trying to have it both ways on this. On the one hand, it's too weak to affect the body. On the other, it's so strong it can reduce hot flash frequency and severity in ways that we know estrogen can.

    Which is it gentleman?

    But it's a moot point anyway, because the last thing anyone needs -- even women who really do need more estrogen -- is fluctuating doses of female hormones from soy.

    Soy can wreck havoc on the immune systems of women and disrupt or damage the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands in men and women alike (and let's not forget that it can give even a "manly man" his very own set of boobs).

    Ladies, if you're looking to beat "the change," you might need some estrogen -- but stick with tried-and-true hormone therapy from an experienced naturopathic physician.

  2. Phony baloney over hot flashes

    Whoops! Better hold off on filling your Lexapro prescriptions, ladies -- turns out it won't do much for your hot flashes after all.

    Maybe you heard all the hoopla earlier this year when researchers declared that this antidepressant slashed the rate of hot flashes by 47 percent.

    Now, researchers behind a new study say not so fast -- the med actually doesn't make any difference at all.

    So who do we believe?

    I'm going with the new study -- because I wasn't terribly impressed by the first one (and if I had been, I would've told you about it).

    A 47 percent reduction may sound great, but all it takes is a quick look at the raw numbers to throw some cold water on that study: After eight weeks, the women on Lexapro reported 5.3 hot flashes a day... while those who took the placebo said they had 6.4.

    In exchange for 1.1 fewer hot flashes a day, women who took Lexapro got to spin the wheel of side effects. Some of the common ones here include headaches, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness and the sweats.

    The drug also comes with a risk of sex problems -- but if you're busy fighting bowel issues, headaches, dizziness AND 5.3 hot flashes a day, I'm guessing you're not going to be "in the mood" anyway.

    In any case, you can take all those numbers and toss 'em -- because they came from "hot flash diaries" kept by the women.

    Who knows how accurate they were.

    In the new study, researchers placed a small device on the skin that recorded each hot flash... then gave the women either the drug or a placebo.

    When the drug had no effect, they upped the dose -- but that didn't do much good either, according to the study in Menopause.

    Ladies, hot flashes are a part of life at some point. If you can't groan and bear it, boost your intake of vitamins C and E, along with some bioflavonoids (now there's an excuse to drink some wine if I ever heard one).

    And if they're still too much to bear, talk to your doctor about a bio-identical hormone regimen -- not an antidepressant.

  3. Research shows HRT may shrink your brain

    Researchers are doing their best to put a positive spin on two of the latest HRT studies, but in the end, I'm more convinced than ever that HRT is one of the most dangerous scams being foisted upon our nation's women…

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