Estrogen, Asthma and Black Cohosh

Some of this is not exactly news; it’s been known for a long time that there is a direct link between hormone replacement therapy and asthma. This is supported by the number, ages and gender of those most likely to develop it. As children, boys prior to puberty have the highest rates. After puberty, girls and women of child bearing years are more likely. After menopause, the risks level off…unless HRT is used.

Front page health news today introduces us to a French study that suggests it is not all hormones, but primarily estrogen that causes the increased risk. It’s not a little risk, either. Women taking estrogen are fifty-four percent more likely to develop asthma than those who have never used any HRT.

Aside from the risk factor, there is a good reason these studies are being done on post menopausal women. Fluctuations of these hormones has ceased, so … Read More