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Doctors to discuss ‘Hormone Solution’ during lectures

Aspen Times Staff Report

“The Hormone Solution” will be the subject of a lecture given by Dr. Thierry Hertoghue, M.D., from Brussels, Belgium, and local preventive nutritionist Jan Hamilton this weekend at the Inn at Aspen.

The two will speak Friday through Sunday. Dr. Hertoghue will also be featured at a book signing held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Explore Booksellers.

He is an international authority on longevity and quality of life, and is the current president of the European Quality of Life Institute. He is a fourth-generation endocrinologist.

Jan Hamilton, Ph.D., will discuss how dietary supplementation, food sources of hormones and bioidentical formulations can provide another option to current protocols.

With the recent news reports that traditional hormone replacement therapy may cause cancer, heart disease and obesity and not protect against osteoporosis, a great deal of confusion exists among the general public.

Dr. Diana Dell, M.D., former president of the American Medical Women’s Association, recently stated, “I fear that women will stop all hormones, endure the hot flashes, and that in two to three years we will see a dramatic increase in fracture incidence.”

Some individuals are turning to alternative approaches such as soy, but the director of the Shaw Cancer Center in Avon, Colo., expressed her concern that women with existing high levels of estrogen produced by their own bodies might increase their levels too much and therefore increase cancer risks.

Another local physician believes that the practices of the past were safe and that the 15-year research study, “The Woman’s Health Initiative,” should not have been canceled.

It is widely known that Europeans, especially the French, eat more fat in cheeses, meats and yet have a lower incidence of heart disease. The French Paradox reports red wine to make the difference. Globally, cancer risks have been shown to be lower in countries with less refined foods.

Exercise and lower stress levels contribute to health and longevity, said Hamilton. Clearly, more data is needed on which to base decisions, as baby boomers seek the fountain of youth. One approach may not be appropriate for all, she said.

For more information on the lectures, call 925-6664.

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