Archive for July, 2013

A patient recently reported that she experienced insomnia “complications” after starting her osteoporosis medication.  She found people on the internet who had experienced the same problem after taking this medication.  She even found insomnia on the manufacturer’s website listed as an “Adverse Event”.

What is an “Adverse Event”?  

CMP is Complete Metabolic Profile – Part 3

July 27, 2013 @ 7:27 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Fracture Risk is much more than Bone Mineral Density (BMD) or t-score.  Many medical conditions cause bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures.  Blood tests can detect medical problems.

Family Blue Zone

July 24, 2013 @ 10:31 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Family ties are one of the 9 principles of the “Blue Zones” movement.  We experienced that very thoroughly these past few days in our immediate family and in my wife’s extended family.  It was wonderful.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Saves Lives

July 19, 2013 @ 10:22 pm
posted by Dr Ginther

Estrogen alone as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is safe.  Estrogen actually saves lives compared to no estrogen replacement after hysterectomy in women between 50 and 59.  13 women’s lives were saved for every 10,000 women in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study between 2002 and 2011.

Many women have avoided HRT ever since 2002 when HRT was reported to slightly increase cardiovascular deaths.  Further analysis of that data showed that Progestin was the problem.  Estrogen by itself protects against heart disease!  NOT taking Estrogen is dangerous!  Estrogen also protects against osteoporosis and fractures!