As a practicing, board-certified emergency physician, I wanted to respond to the recent May 2014 issue in regards to the cover stories “The Battle for Youth” and “Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Too Good to Be True?” I was under the impression that ACEP was the official voice of emergency medicine and not current trends in anti-aging. I look forward to the latest articles in regards to controversies over TPA use, managing sepsis, or even documentation. I don’t think anti-aging warrants front-page coverage on our monthly newsletter. Place it in the back or even link to the webpage.
Secondly, as a 45-year-old male who uses HRT personally, I don’t believe Eric G’s results are only because of HRT. He either benefitted from a combination of HRT, diet management, and exercise or was using supratherapeutic doses, which are dangerous and have severe side effects. To drop 17 percent body fat in six months by only using HRT is highly improbable and most likely impossible. The article as written is misleading and places HRT in the category of a “quick fix” versus a lifestyle change.
–George Davis, MD
The Woodlands, Texas