Leigh Horton
Special to the Daily

Aspen author, biochemist Dr. Phyllis Bronson visits Edwards Thursday

Phyllis Bronson, Ph.D., a biochemist and president of Biochemical Research Foundation in Aspen, visits the Bookworm of Edwards tonight to educate women about how to age gracefully.

She focuses on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, a process of replacement using hormones that are molecularly identical to those found in women’s bodies. This focus on endogenous hormones use distinguishes it from traditional hormone replacement therapy that uses foreign ingredients, like horse urine.

Bronson did the initial research on bioidentical hormones at the University of Denver, and she became convinced that it didn’t make sense to use medicines were not in-sync with a woman’s natural body chemistry. She thinks that it is essential to begin balancing hormones and chemistry before resorting to medications that are a mismatch for women’s biology.

We live in a “drug-fueled society,” Bronson said “and I’d like to see a shift in that. That’s what my work is geared to.”

Her newest work, “Moods, Emotions and Aging: Hormones and the Mind Body Connection,” highlights the best ways to swing from that over-drugged society to a more natural one. It also encourages doctors to not be afraid of new technology in hormone replacement.

‘Out-of-the-box’ thinking

The rave reviews her book is receiving are a just testament to the wealth of unique information now available for aging baby-boomers found between the covers. Geared for women over 50 years old, “Moods, Emotions and Aging” is a culmination of this “out-of-the-box” scientist’s discoveries about how to control moods through and after menopause.

The enormous amount of erroneous information about women’s health can be intimidating, especially for aging women.

The theories about estrogen levels, birth control and cellular interactions with medication can be overwhelming for women who simply want to better manage their moods and come to grips with the uncertain and intimidating transition to old age.

Aging gracefully

Bronson’s scientific theories are based on her intimate knowledge of how women work. This book is not about finding “the fountain of youth” or anti-aging, she said, but rather it is about aging gracefully and without fear.

Her techniques to achieve this goal are “a rational, soulful approach to how to work with the science” of biology.

Bronson’s book is a comfort for many women realizing that their health is declining, and they’re not as young as they once were.

“Learning to tolerate uncertainty is the greatest challenge of this mid-life transition time,” Bronson writes.

Not your grandmother’s or mother’s menopause treatment

Taking examples from mothers and grandmothers is not the best way forward since life-expectancy has increased dramatically, and women are living longer in post-menopausal states.

Because of this decades-longer life-expectancy, it is important for women to consider all their options when battling the side-effects of aging. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is one such option.

According to the FDA, no woman on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has reported negative side-effects from the treatment. Despite these heartening results, this extremely viable solution to hormone replacement is still little known and frowned upon because of the results of regular hormone replacement therapies.

Misconceptions explained

Bronson plans to explain some of the misconceptions commonly held about women’s health and the aging process. At today’s Bookworm event, she will discuss her research and the importance of understanding bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. She will also hold a Q&A session, answering the audience’s questions on all topics relating to hormones in older women, among other issues.

Everyone confused, intimidated, or curious about the myriad of ways women’s bodies change as they age is encouraged to attend this informative and important event.

By understanding how bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and a healthy life-style work together to make the aging process easier, the menopause and post-menopause years will be easier to manage.

Leigh Horton is the journalism intern at The Bookworm of Edwards and a student at the Colorado School of Mines.


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