On the face of it, the top selling book “ACIM Videos of Bioidentical Hormones” has gotten many favorable reviews. A note of caution however; any book title with the word “miracle” in the title should bear further investigation. The old adages “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”, “let the buyer beware”, and “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” are all good axioms to live by. It’s best to insure that there is water in the pool, especially before jumping into the deep end.
Any proper analysis of “The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones” should start with a history lesson. Back in the early 1960’s a Dr. Robert Wilson wrote a book which (at the time) received similar fanfare and was titled “Feminine Forever”. In it, Dr. Wilson extolled the virtues of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and the information contained within was promoted as a potential curative for everything from hot flashes to cancer.
While that fact that Dr. Wilson’s Son later confirmed that his Father’s book and speeches were entirely funded by “Wythe”, the pharmaceutical company that produced the drug, history would eventually note that more than 6,000,000 women would be prescribed for HRT for a variety of menopause related symptoms and other perceived ailments.
Decades later, a grass-roots movement forced The U.S. Congress to investigate the safety and efficacy of HRT. The test involving more than 600,000 women over a 5-year period was halted earlier than planned. Results confirmed the suspicions (of some) that not only was HRT not the miracle elixir that it was purported to be, but that the treatment plan actually led to a much higher incidence of heart disease and various types of cancer. Following the study, Cynthia Pearson (head of the National Women’s Health Network – the group that spearheaded the test) categorized HRT as “a triumph of marketing over science.”