Bioidentical hormones have the same chemical structure as hormones produced in the human body. There have been many studies demonstrating their safety. At this time, with the ready availability of bioidentical hormones, there is no reason to use non-human formulations. There is a track record of benefit and safety for women taking controlled doses of these hormones, in carefully selected formulations, under medical supervision. Horse hormones and progestins for hormone replacement should become obsolete. Patient demand will make this happen.
Are your hormones in tune? Mounting evidence suggests that exposure to light at night -- whether you're asleep or awake -- might play a crucial role in cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The World Health Organization classified "circadian disruption" as probably carcinogenic, and light at night is considered by some to be an endocrine disruptor that may affect melatonin, cortisol, ghrelin, leptin, and testosterone. "Most people think, and the drug companies want you to think, that waking up at night is bad for you," says Richard Stevens, ., a cancer epidemiologist at the University of Connecticut health center. But that's not the case, he says -- it's exposure to light at night that's the problem. "If you wake up at night, as most of us do, that is a period of quiet wakefulness -- stay in bed, in the dark, and enjoy it," Stevens suggests.
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