Phyllis Bronson, PhD

Dr. Phyllis Bronson’s book could not have been published at a better time. Brisdelleª, a version of Paxil¨ or paroxetine, has just been approved by the FDA as a treatment for hot flashes, despite an advisory committee vote of 10-4 against it. Hot flashes, a symptom of menopause believed to be an effect of hormone deficiencies, may now be treated with a potent and highly addictive SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) that has extremely dangerous side effects, including suicidal thoughts.

It is time for the silver tsunami that is the powerful baby boomer demographic to wake up to the fact that we don’t have to drug ourselves into oblivion to address the consequences of age-related hormonal changes. Hot flashes are NOT the result of an SSRI deficiency! There are better answers and we have the power to demand them.

Phyllis Bronson has done years of molecular research; see the important quote below from her great chemistry colleague and mentor, Dwight Smith, Ph.D., chancellor emeritus of the University of Denver. (For more information, visit:

“The research which Phyllis and I pursued here, resulting in a significant finding, involved the spectroscopic study of natural progesterone and the synthetic version developed by pharmaceutical companies. The structural differences between the natural and synthetic progesterone have significant implications for women’s health. The work which Phyllis has done generally in the chemical and physiological effects of bioidentical hormones has received wide attention through her numerous lectures and publications.”



Bronson, Phyllis J   The GABA Receptors and the Etiology of Anxiety ( 2011) Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine

Bronson, Phyllis J. In Defense of Estrogen 2007 Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol22#3

(reproduced with permission in The Townsend Letter  2008)

Bronson, Phyllis J. The Effect of Neurosteroids on Depression in Peri-menopausal Women (2005) Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol 20#3

Bronson, Phyllis J. Factors in Neurotoxicity in Adolescents (2002) Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 17:3, 141-150

Bronson, Phyllis J. Mood Biochemistry of Women at Mid-Life (2001) Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 16:3, 141-154

Bronson, Phyllis J. The Biochemistry of Women At Mid-life: The Interface of Hormones and Neuro-inhibitory Amino Acids on Mid-Life Mood (1999) Ph.D. Dissertation, The Union Institute, Cincinnati, OH

Bronson, Phyllis (1999) Attention Deficit Disorder in Children and Adults, Alternative Medicine Digest, Issue 29, 49-52

Bronson, Phyllis & Dr. Harold Whitcomb (1996) Anxiety and Depression: Skip the Valium, Hold the ProzacAlternative Medicine Digest, Issue 11, 38-43