Estrogen associated with arterial stiffness in women

Blood pressure rises with age, and most people over the age of 50 are on some type of blood pressure controlling medication. It is well-known that blood vessels calcify/stiffen with age and that such stiffness is what leads to increased blood pressure – i.e. the inability of vessels to expand/relax during increased heart activity. This … Read more

Almost half of obese adults are (metabolically) healthy

A seemingly contradictory title, but only to people who are not aware of the so-called “obesity paradox“. As I have mentioned in the past, usage of the word “paradox” usually implies a very inconvenient truth that threatens the profits of one or more branches of mainstream medicine. In this case of the obesity “paradox”, it … Read more

Progesterone – not a sex hormone, but a systemic health hormone

An older study, but some great information in there. Not only does it call attention to the fallacy of progesterone being nothing more than a “sex” hormone, but it also warns about the fallacy of equating the synthetic progestins with bioidentical progesterone. At least, when it comes to vascular/heart/muscle effects. Over the last 15 years … Read more

Natural progesterone (but not synthetic progestins) has potent anti-hypertensive effects

As many readers already know, synthetic estrogens and progestins currently dominate the market for female reproductive health. These chemicals are in everything from birth control pills, to drugs for “treating” endometriosis, to drugs for menopausal symptoms, to treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, etc. The argument for using synthetic version of both hormones has always … Read more