Women's Health

Women's Health Update: News from NAMS

By Tori Hudson, ND - Vol. 6, No. 4. Winter, 2005

Despite its conservative orientation toward natural medicine, the North American Menopause Society annual meeting is a great place to catch up on the latest menopause-related research. Dr. Tori Hudson offers her gleanings from this year's meeting.

HRT and Breast Cancer: Synthetic Progestins May Increase Risk

By Tori S. Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

A massive French study suggests that the type of progesterone used in postmenopausal HRT is the decisive factor in determining the breast cancer risk associated with hormone therapy. Synthetic progestins appear to increase risk, while bio-identical progesterone does not. Digital mammography can improve detection of breast cancers in younger women with dense breasts, but the cost is high.

Compound from Sweet Oranges Eases Pregnancy-Associated Hemorrhoids

By Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 1. Spring, 2006

Hemorrhoids are a very common problem during pregnancy, affecting roughly 25% of all pregnant women. Diosmin, an anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictive compound derived from a variety of Mediterranean sweet oranges, can safely reduce incidence and severity of hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

Do Calcium & Vitamin D Still Have a Place in Osteoporosis Prevention?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 2. Summer, 2006

Recent data have caused many patients and physicians to question the value of vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent osteoporosis. But a closer look at the study shows that the findings are not nearly as negative as the media reported them to be. Women's Health columnist Dr. Tori Hudson believes the supplements still have a major role to play.

Birth and Botanicals: Herbal Allies During Pregnancy and Lactation

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

The idea of pregnant women taking herbal medicines makes a lot of physicians nervous. Dr. Paul Saunders believes the fear is largely unfounded. Herbs, like Viburnum, Mitchella, Rubus, Aletris, and Melissa, can safely mitigate many different health challenges during pregnancy and lactation.

Inflammation, Autoimmune Reactions Underlie Many Common Thyroid Problems

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

Effective management of thyroid problems requires an approach that goes beyond simply manipulating thyroid hormones. Many thyroid problems are related to underlying inflammatory processes, environmental toxin exposure and dietary factors. A guide to assessing and treating thyroid disorders from a holistic viewpoint.

Rethinking Hyperlipidemia and Natural Treatment Options for Women at Risk

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 7, No. 3. Fall, 2006

A recent metanalysis is challenging the notion that soy protein and soy isoflavones can improve women's cholesterol profiles. But the study did not account for the fact that some women convert soy isoflavones into equol, a powerful phytoestrogen, while others do not. In a separate study, German researchers found that policosanol, a sugar cane derived substance, had no meaningful effect on lipid profiles or cardiovascular risk.

Are Bisphosphonates Really Necessary for Osteoporosis Prevention?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 1. Spring, 2007

Recent reports of jaw osteonecrosis have marred the reputation of these anti-osteoporosis drugs. The reality is, for most early menopausal women, they are unnecessary. Many women will do just fine with dietary modifications, calcium and mineral supplementation, and exercise. A recent metanalysis suggests that Vitamin K may be better and safer than the bisphosphonates.

Decrease in Breast Cancer Has Experts Asking, WHI?

By Tori Hudson, ND | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

The recent National Cancer Institute report showing a major downturn in breast cancer rates in 2003 had a lot of people saying "I told you so," and attributing the downturn to a drop-off in hormone replacement therapy. But it may not be that simple. Dr. Tori Hudson offers her thoughts on this hot topic.

Fibroids, Endometriosis & Breast Cancer: Treating Systemic Estrogen Toxicity

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 8, No. 2. Summer, 2007

According to Dr. Joel Evans, a holistic gynecologist, these three disorders are far more related than many doctors realize. All reflect maladaptive responses to systemic estrogen, and all are related to obesity and insulin resistance. Rather than focusing on the tumors, physicians ought to be working with women to lose weight, reduce insulin levels, improve estrogen metabolism, and lower inflammation.