No "replacement therapy" for perfection

Hormone -replacement therapy for women has gained popularity in medical circles as a deterrent to the effects that are said to follow the onset of menopause. In fact, according to Time magazine, estrogen is now America's number one drug (June 26, 1995). Its wide use is due to its reputation as the new "elixir of youth." Side effects, however, present a degree of risk that must be considered. Men also face challenges associated with aging, and here, too, there are no easy solutions. Is there another way that is both safe and effective?

If we view ourselves and others as mere physical beings, as pieces of machinery that must eventually wear out, we face the dilemma of choosing the course of action that will best prolong the life of this fleshly equipment with the least risk associated. Educational systems favor this material model of man as substantial; but it is really only substantial to the physical senses, which these same systems admit to be fallible.

In next week's SENTINEL
June 24, 1996

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