How Your Doctor is Slowly Killing You is the title of a new book by a Scottsdale doctor who says doctors are prescribing multiple medications for menopause instead of treating the root cause.
Her name is Angela DeRosa, and she has a medical practice in Scottsdale with satellite offices in Glendale and Chandler.
She has a unique way of telling women how hormone therapy, can not only change your life, but how it can save your life.
HORMONAL HAPPY HOUR
It's hormonal happy hour!
A fun, social gathering designed to learn about hormones, menopause symptoms and related illnesses.
Talk to any woman on Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), and you'll understand why this party atmosphere is just the right setting.
One party-goer said, “Things have been so much better. Believe me. My husband's thrilled”, since she has been on HRT.
DeRosa throws these cocktail parties a few times a year. We attended one that recently took place at the Twisted Rose Winery in Scottsdale.
The topic was “Love and Libido”.
They discussed how hormone deficiencies negatively affect you sex life, energy, mood and memory.
DeRosa's approach to treating hormone deficiencies is to prescribe the exact hormone combination that is right for you.
She said not replacing hormones may contribute to heart disease, bone loss, obesity and cancer over the long term.
TREATING THE ROOT CAUSE
“A lot of doctors are treating the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause with multiple medications instead of treating the root cause which is the hormone deficiency or subsequent thyroid disorder with that,” said DeRosa.
Some of the medications she is talking about are prescriptions for high blood pressure, diabetes, vaginal dryness, sleep and depression.
“Unfortunately, the medications come with consequences. And, they can have toxicities and cause further damage, and the cycle keeps going and going. And, we are slowly dying inside,” said DeRosa.
That’s what she means with the title of her book, How Your Doctor is Slowly Killing You.
DeRosa is one of a few doctors who prescribe a combination hormone replacement treatment that replenishes what patients’ lack. Her treatments do not have a stop date although the combinations may change as your body’s hormone levels change.
Most other doctors follow traditional medical guidelines that were published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2002.
Like Dr. Monte Swarup, who is an OBGYN in Chandler.
“It is very clear cut. All women do not need a form of hormone replacement therapy, and that it should be given for a shorter duration as possible for symptom relief only.”
Swarup said, according to those guidelines, hot flashes and vaginal dryness are the only symptoms for HRT.
He prefers to treat specific symptoms.
But, don't tell that to the true believers who are already taking HRT.
“It has been really good for me. My personal life is better,” said another party-goer. “I got more energy to the end of the day. Life is better -period.”
DeRosa’s book, How Your Doctor is Slowly Killing You, also has A Women’s Health Survival Guide. It includes symptom checklists, clinical indicators, questions to ask your doctor and red flags.
Below are possible symptoms listed in the checklists:
Estrogen Deficiency: hot flashes or night sweats, insomnia, dry of sagging skin, dry eyes or change in vision, heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat, weepy for no reason, foggy brain or memory loss, vaginal dryness often leading to painful sex, decrease in lubrication, urine leakage, sagging breasts, skin crawling or itching, changes in periods, heavy periods, recurrent yeast infections or UTIs, food doesn’t taste the same, burning or dry mouth, dry hair or nails, loss of hair, and/or worsening allergies.
Testosterone Deficiency: joint and muscle aches and pains, fatigue, forgetfulness, irritability and decreased ability to tolerate “stupidity” in others or cope with life, depression, anxiety, panic, sudden sense of doom or onset or worsening of previous mood disorder, weight gain, food coma after eating, sugar craving, lack of endurance during workout or taking longer to recover, onset of or worsening headaches including migraines, low libido, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation or bloating, and /or difficulty reaching orgasm.
Low Thyroid: Extreme fatigue, family history of thyroid disorders, given birth in the last 9 months, history of infertility or miscarriages, difficulty with breast feeding, smoking history, carpal tunnel, muscle and joint aches and pains (fibromyalgia), anxiety or depression, cold all the time, weight gain, difficulty losing weight despite proper diet and exercise, abdominal distention, constipation, difficulty sleeping, shortness of breath, swelling of hands and feet, feeling “puffy”, brain fog, difficulty concentrating or memory loss, dry skin and hair, hair loss or thinning, coming out in clumps, loss of eyebrows or eyelashes, voice is hoarse or raspy, irregular or heavy periods, throat feels full or pressure/choking sensation in neck, goiter and/or difficulty swallowing.