SNR #279: Avrum Bluming, MD & Carol Tavris, PhD – Estrogen, Menopause & Misconceptions About Hormone Replacement

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Guest Bio

Avrum Bluming, MD

Avrum Bluming received his MD from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He spent four years as a senior investigator for the National Cancer Institute and for two of those years was director of the Lymphoma Treatment Center in Kampala, Uganda. He organized the first study of lumpectomy for the treatment of breast cancer in Southern California in 1978, and for more than two decades he has been studying the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy administered to women with a history of breast cancer.

Dr. Bluming has served as a clinical professor of medicine at USC and has been an invited speaker at the Royal College of Physicians in London and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. He was elected to mastership in the American College of Physicians, an honor accorded to only five hundred of the over one hundred thousand board-certified internists in this country.

Carol Tavris, PhD

Carol Tavris received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan. Her books include Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me), with Elliot Aronson; Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion, and The Mismeasure of Woman. She has written articles, op-eds, and book reviews on topics in psychological science for a wide array of publications — including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the TLS — and a column, “The Gadfly,” for Skeptic magazine. She is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and has received numerous awards for her efforts to promote gender equality, science, and skepticism.

In This Episode We Discuss

  • What happens to estrogen in menopause? What symptoms are caused by this change in estrogen?
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Issues with the Women’s Health Initiative (2002) that suggested women taking HRT had an increased risk of breast cancer
  • Potential benefits of HRT
  • Impact of hormone replacement therapy on heart disease risk
  • Criticisms and evidence against HRT
  • Who should and shouldn’t consider HRT?

Links & Resources

  • Estrogen Matters
  • For questions about content of this discussion, you can email Dr. Bluming on:

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