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PMS, Migraines and Depression Can Get You Arrested for DUI

Monday, May 28th, 2007

I didn’t make this one up.  Richard Salzman, attorney from Hollywood, Florida wrote a not so humorless article earlier this month which states various health conditions that cause behaviors that can be perceived by police officers as public intoxication.  These can get you pulled over and arrested for DUI.

Salzman writes that motorists in less than perfect health can find themselves wrongly arrested on criminal DUI charges.  Since Pre-mentstrual Syndrome (PMS) or Pre-menstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is a medical condition that can alter behavior, induce rapid emotional changes, dizziness, irritablity, anxiety and nervousness - these are symptoms that police officers associate with alcolhol or drug impairment.

In addition to PMS, I also treat many patients with migraine headaches and depression, both of which can lead to altered mental states and confuse arresting officers.  For example, sufferers of migraines often have severe dizziness, nausea and vomiting, in addition to intense photophobia rendering them nearly blind in the daylight. Sudden onset of a migraine while under these conditions can lead to erratic driving, poor vision and someone who appears to be quite intoxicated to a police officer once pulled over.

Depressed patients have overlapping symptoms with someone who is in the lethargic phase of alcohol consumption.

Mr. Salzman discusses and strategies for unfairly tagged motorists to get out of their charges.  I will defer the lawyer advice to him.  But for the medical conditions, these are serious matters and unfortunately, mainstream medicine has dropped the ball on treating these conditions, all of which are curable.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas



Year Long Birth Control Pill Approved by FDA - “Year Round Poison Now Available “

Friday, May 25th, 2007

This week the FDA announced final approval for Lybrel, the controversial birth control pill (BCP) designed to be taken continuously for an entire year.  This BCP is designed to eliminate periods for an entire year and act as a contraceptive.

If a lot of women jump on board this drug, the incidence of migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD), depression and post-partum depression should increase significantly.

The news of FDA approval was met with cheers and jeers.  On the cheer side, women with painful and debilitating periods welcomed the approval for obvious reasons.  Other women who just plain don’t like having periods at all will also be interested.  “There are a lot of women who think that’s a great option to have” according to Amy Marren of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (The same folks who bring you Premarin and PremPro).

On the jeers side, those of us who warn the public on the dangers of nasty side effects from birth control pills see this drug as exposing women to continuous poisoning year round as opposed to just being poisoned 21 out of every 28 days.

If you thought the monthly BCP was full of dangers, just wait until we see the results of continuous exposure for 365 consecutive days.  As the dangers of synthetic, chemically altered hormones are being revealed almost on a weekly basis with new side effects previously unknown, we can only imagine the disasters awaiting women taking this new year long BCP.

 To get a an idea of the side effects and health problems caused by birth control pills and synthetic HRT just check out www.DitchThePill.org .  Migraines, PMS and depression were already present in huge numbers before.  If this new BCP becomes popular, then expect those problems to significantly increase.

Let’s not forget about blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.  Ovarian cancer was the latest revelation recently concerning synthetic HRT.  It was previously thought to be protective - I hate to say, “I told you so.”

Unless the public can be protected from Big Drug Company/FDA complex, things can only get worse.  Fortunately, women are getting information outside of the usual mainstream channels on health issues and can protect themselves from mis-informed doctors and drug company representatives.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas




Diabetic Drug Appears to Cause Heart Attacks

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Hormones are very important.  Not only for women with deficiencies in female hormones causing a wide variety of problems including migraine headaches, PMS, PMDD, menopause, depression and post-partum depression, but also for both sexes with diabetes.

Diabetes is a hormone deficiency, too.  A functional lack of insulin is believed to be the cause of diabetes.  When insulin was introduced many decades ago, an entire segment of the population was saved from an early demise.

Since that time when the primary problem was insulin deficient diabetes, a new and more common variation is seen.  That is called Adult Onset Diabetes Mellitus (AODM).  This is not so much that the body is unable to produce insulin, but rather the distribution of insulin is leeched into fatty tissues thereby rendering a relative insufficiency.

As Western society has grown (literally) into a nearly universal obese population, AODM has spun out of control.

One of the primary treatments for AODM (other than weight loss) are several classes of oral drugs that work fairly well in restoring proper sugar balance.  The problem with these medications, as with all prescription medications, are the side effects.

Avandia, the medication in question, was analyzed for heart attacks and showed a 45% increase in the already high rate of heart attacks for diabetics.  The website for the New England Journal of Medicine revealed this yesterday afternoon.

The usual attacks on the drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, began along with the usual charges of failed vigilence heaped upon the FDA.  I am certain the trial lawyers will be right around the corner.

This is not the first time a diabetic drug to lower blood sugars has caused heart attacks. About 20 years ago another leading oral diabetic drug that was equally effective and popular was eventually proven to cause heart attacks and a higher death rate than if you went without it. 

Let’s face it, diabetes whether it is in the form of insulin deficient diabetes or AODM is a bad disease.  Mainstream medicine has moderately adequate treatments, but nobody has really reversed it and it always leads to a less than normal lifespan.

Fortunately, our treatment outcomes for hormone deficient conditions like migraine headaches, PMS and depression iare much better than for diabetes.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas




FDA Clueless on Hormones

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

As a high profile advocate of natural or bio-identical hormones to treat various health issues of PMS, depression, post-partum depression, migraine headaches, menopause and many other maladies, I am continuously on the lookout for any attempts by ill-informed  government agencies or my medical colleagues that try to suppress this information and censor explosive news that alleviate these conditions.

Two weeks ago the FDA, in conjunction with the FTC, announced that they were clamping down on websites that made “unfounded” health claims in promoting their hormone products.  Somehow, the US government has given itself the power to regulate medical speech.

But this is not new.  The FDA has acted as an active participant in its alliance with the big drug companies to keep smaller firms from making any health claims on any natural products.  In order to joint the “club”, or more accurately, the drug cartel, any manufacturer of a drug is forced to spend several hundred million dollars first.

But the focus of this article is not on the FDA-Big Drug Company Cartel, but rather on statements made by the FDA’s drug chief, Steven Galson.  One would presume that this position as “drug chief” would encompass professional knowledge of pharmaceuticals, physiology and chemistry.

However, Mr. Galson (I do not know if he is a doctor or holds a PhD degree), stated to the Associated Press that, “Hormones are hormones are hormones” in reference to web sites selling some natural hormones as a safe, natural alternative to the widely renowned Women’s Health Initiative study of 2002 that rocked the medical world by revealing the dangerous effects of prescription synthetic, chemically altered hormones like Premarin and PremPro.

This statement, “Hormones are hormones are hormones”, is perhaps the most ignorant utterance I have ever heard from anyone who is supposed be knowledgeable in the industry, much less  the “drug chief” of the agency that is supposed to regulate drugs.

There is an enormous difference between a synthetic, chemically altered hormone that is sold as a prescription versus a natural hormone that is exactly bio-identical to the real hormone that normally circulates in your body.

One is a foreign chemical that somewhat resembles the hormone that it is supposed to emulate but is completely unrecognizable by your body.  It is filled with side effects precisely because it is not natural and has taken the medical industry decades to figure out the true dangers of these drugs.

The other is a natural hormone that is no different to what your own body is manufacturing continuously (albeit in insufficient quantities in many people).  Natural hormone supplementation is merely restoring the balance of what your body needs.  By definition, it has zero side effects, only dose dependent predictable effects found in nature.

For Galson to make a statement that “Hormones are hormones are hormones” is beyond idiotic and ignorant.  For someone in his position, this is almost criminal. 

Unfortunately, this attitude is pervasive throughout the medical industry.  Most medical doctors do not understand the difference between prescription synthetic, chemically hormones and natural hormones, either.

Ironically, through the power of the internet, many laymen (and laywomen) are vastly more educated in the differences between prescription drugs and natural hormones and hold superior knowledge to their own family doctors, who are frequently clueless.

So, dear reader, keep on surfing the net because you know more than the Steven Galson’s of the world.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s’ Health Institute of Texas


Bias Against Non-Prescription Products Continues to Plague Mainstream Medicine

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Although I advocate natural hormones used in the treatment for various health issues such as migraine headaches, PMS, depression, post-partum depression, menopause and other women’s health maladies, I also encourage the use of supplements.  As such, I noticed yet another assault on the natural products industry recently.

An analysis of just three studies was published by a group in the Annals of Internal Medicine of the effects of chondroitin on advanced osteoarthritis.  Their conclusion was that it had no effect and discouraged its use.

The authors looked at 20 clinical trials, throwing out 17 of them and focused on the remaining three studies of chondroitin.  These three studies focused on patients with severe osteoarthritis and found no significant improvement. 

The 17 excluded trials that were not analyzed by these authors did show greater benefits from chondroitin treated than from the other trials.  There were also 300 other scientific reports on chondroitin that were ignored by the authors.

A statement released by the Natural Products Association (NPA) noted the reviewers made no distinction between mild, moderate and severe OA, which all involve very different treatment regimens.  In contrast, they noted the 2006 NIH Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) showed positive benefits of chondroitin by itself for mild osteoarthritis and statistically significant benefit in combination with glucosamine for patients with severe osteoarthritis.

Daniel Fabricant, PhD., of the NPA, says, “Bottom line: Chondroitin, especially when combined with glucosamine, is safe and effective, and compared to the other options for arthritis pain, it’s one of the few options without dangerous side effects.”

“It’s important to keep in mind that most consumers use a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, not just chondroitin by itself.”

I couldn’t have said it any better. 

Aside from the product specific discussion regarding chondroitin on OA, we need to step back and observe the continuing onslaught of bias within the mainstream medical community against supplements, vitamins, natural hormones and any treatment that does not involve some prescription drug.  This attitude held by most of my medical colleagues is not only ignorant, but dangerous.

Mainstream medicine needs to be brought into the 21st century kicking and screaming, but someday most doctors will ultimately embrace natural products, including natural hormones.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s’ Health Institute of Texas


Medical Studies Cannot Make up their Minds

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Although I usually comment on issues concerning migraine headaches, PMS, PMDD, depression, post-partum depression, menopause and other women’s hormone issues, I just couldn’t pass this one up.

It seems that just one month after a prominent, nationally publicized study that blasted the effectiveness of invasive balloon angioplasty (a procedure used to open up blocked blood vessels for heart patients), a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states that heart patients survival is improving largely because of interventions such as … you guessed it … balloon angioplasty!

It is commendable that treatment of heart attack patients is the best in the world in the USA.  But what I find frustrating is mainstream medicine’s continuing problems with a dual personality.  One month ago, physicians and the public were told that heart attack victims were just as well off by being treated with medications and simple support and that invasive procedures were no better than medications alone.

Now we are told that the reason for heart attack patients improving outcomes is because of those very invasive procedures.

So which is it?  Does balloon angioplasty help or do we just treat with medications?

This is the problem with mainstream medicine.  The medical studies are often contradictory and researchers are unable to make up their minds.

So it goes with the studies on hormones.  For decades, we were told that synthetic, chemically altered hormones like Premarin, PremPro and various birth control pills (BCP’s) were safe and effective. 

Sixty years later, we find out that mainstream medicine has managed to effectively poison several generations of women, inflicting maladies like migraine headaches, PMS, depression, blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and the whole spectrum of cancers including breast, uterine and the most recent addition to the list of known side effects: ovarian cancer.

This is why at the Women’s Health Institute of Texas we view with a dim eye the continuing reassurances by mainstream medicine as to the safety of traditional HRT and BCP’s.  This is also why we avoid those like the plague and instead use only bio-identical or natural hormones in our treatment protocols for migraine headaches, PMS, depression, post-partum depression, menopause and many other women’s health problems.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas