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OTC Drugs Can Be Lethal

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

The FDA proposed stronger safety warnings on over-the-counter pain killer drugs last week.  In an article in the LA Times last week, the FDA is concerned about consumers getting serious side effects from certain painkiller drugs sold without a prescription.

The drugs in question fall into two classes: acetaminophen (Tylenol) and NSAIDS like Motrin, Alleve and aspirin.

Tylenol has liver side effects that can cause liver failure, jaundice and death.  I have seen many people over the years take 8 or 10 Extra Strength Tylenol in a day - and do this for several days in a row.  Some of them combine this with prescription medications like Vicodin, which contains even more acetaminophen in it for further toxicity.

More than 8 Tylenol a day can be lethal.

People also take NSAIDS like water.  Motrin and Alleve are the most popular, but they come in many house brands like Walgreens as ibuprofen.

These OTC NSAIDS are just smaller doses of prescription medications. 

The main problem with NSAIDS is that they cause stomach irritation and bleeding.  Many ulcers sulcers can eventually bleed out bright red blood.  They kill people daily.

In fact the FDA estimates that the drugs from both classes listed above account for 56,000 ER visits a year in the US alone.  Nearly half get hospitalized and 200 die.

I think these figures are exceedingly low.  I once read where researchers estimate the deaths from prescription and OTC painkillers running in the thousands.

Any drug that is not natural and not found within the human body, by definition, has side effects.  These chemicals are foreign to the body and just vary in the amount of poisoning that they achieve. 

On the other hand, natural hormones that we advocate for the treatment of migraine headaches and other problems in women are entirely safe with no side effects other than dose dependent effects.

In contrast to the painkillers mentioned above, our treatment program using natural hormones is infinitely safer and virtually impossible to cause harm.  This is why we are so adamant against prescription drugs and their OTC little brothers.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas


Herbs Ineffective for Menopausal Symptoms

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

An Associated Press article released today in national US newspapers confirms what I have been saying for years:  Herbs don’t work.

A study published yesterday in the Annals of Internal Mediciine, funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, proved that black cohosh, one of the favorite herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms, just didn’t work and was unable to relieve the symptoms of menopause.

 A second cocktail of herbs, consisting of black cohosh, alfalfa, licorice and ginseng also failed to have any effects on the symptoms of menopause. 

Menopausal symptoms primarily consist of hot flashes and night sweats.

Only the group that took hormones (which were undefined in the AP article) demonstrated an improvement in their menopausal symptoms.

So what does this mean?  Herbal remedies do not work and will never work for any condition that is caused by a hormone deficiency.  Menopause is caused by a hormone deficiency.  Most doctors believe that menopause is caused by a deficiency in estrogen alone.

However, our experience shows that menopausal symptoms are caused by more than one hormone.  Both estrogen and progesterone appear to have a role in this.  

The correct way to treat a condition that is caused by a hormone deficiency is to replenish the particular hormone that is deficient.  This is no different, for example, than for migraine headaches, another condition that is caused by a deficiency of hormones.

What mainstream medicine has not figured out, however, is that a hormone deficiency must be treated with the exact, bio-identical hormone in order to properly replenish it.  Unfortunately, the modern medical world usually prescribes synthetic hormone drugs that are chemically altered substitutes instead of the natural hormone.

Major side effects occur whenever synthetic hormone substitutes are used instead of the natural hormone alternative.  This is why traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been a miserable failure and may have actually caused or promoted possibly millions of cases of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers over the last 50 years.

The symptoms of menopause are actually quite simple to treat through natural or bio-identical hormones.  Mainstream medicine will have to catch up with the pioneers of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy which is already curing maladies like uterine fibroids, PMS, migraine headaches, ovarian cysts and menopause.

 Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas


Prescription Pills Linked to Breast Cancer

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Breaking news just published in morning newspapers around the US have proven again what I have been saying for several years. 

 Prescription pills containing synthetic, counterfeit hormones appear to be linked to breast cancer.  This stems from the “Provera” and “PremPro” prescriptions that were so popular as traditional hormone replacement therapy. 

NOTE:  this is VERY different from natural hormones or bio-identical hormones.

PremPro was one of the synthetic hormones studied several years ago in the blockbuster Women’s Health Initiative trials that studied the relationship of these prescriptions and various diseases in women.  Once the data was looked at, the trial was busted open and stopped because of the statistics showing women developing numerous health problems while taking these pills.

 What was disclosed today was that since the WHI study was released in 2003, millions of women stopped taking PremPro (and Premarin).  Researchers noticed a dramatic decline in the incidence of breast cancer in the following year. 

The drop in breast cancer was an astounding 7%.  Note that for the previous 50 years, that the incidence of breast cancer kept increasing and never recorded even one decrease.

 What this proves is that mainstream medicine has (in good faith) been poisoning women for decades and never knew it.

I also want to point out that migraine headaches have also been increasing in the same numbers for women, just as breast cancer has been.

The same or similar synthetic chemicals in PremPro and Provera are found in birth control pills.  Migraine headaches are in large part, caused by these chemicals, found in birth control pills, not just PremPro and Provera.

I predict that similar admissions by mainstream medical researchers will be forthcoming on the relationship between these pills and migraine headaches - possibly as early as 2007.

 Andrew Jones, M.D

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas


Solutions and discussions on your migraine headaches

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Welcome to the blog of Dr. Andrew Jones of the Women’s Health Institute of Texas.  Women who are suffering from the pain of migraine headaches can take notice of our treatment plan with relief on the way!

 Make this your forum for migraine headaches.  Your comments are welcome.  I look forward to posting informative messages very frequently.

 Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas