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Ovarian Cancer Difficult to Catch Early

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest of cancers because most cases are diagnosed late, after the disease has spread.  In 2007, it is estimated that about 22,000 cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and 15,000 deaths will occur in the U.S. alone. 

One of the legacies of ovarian cancer is the contribution that birth control pills (BCP’s) and synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT) play.  At one time, women were told by doctors that BCP’s and HRT were statistically helpful in actually lowering the incidence of ovarian cancer.

But as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) results from a few years ago told us, the opposite was true.  Ovarian cancer goes up with the addition of HRT for sure, and in my opinion, the same is true for BCP’s.

These are the same BCP’s and HRT that are responsible for not only causing an increased susceptibility to ovarian cancer but also has caused an epidemic of migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD), depression, blood clots, strokes, fibroids, ovarian cysts and the other cancers of the breast and uterus, too.

The problems of menopause are made worse with previous exposure to these drugs, as well.

Recently,  new guidelines on symptoms of ovarian cancer were announced to aid clinicians and women alike in helping to diagnose ovarian cancer at an earlier stage.  Previously, the only real test for determining ovarian cancer was the CA-125 blood test.  This is a tumor marker that is only elevated in 50% of patients with early ovarian cancer, however.

As a result, the CA-125 is not the most effective screening tool for this disease.  So the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) announced several symptoms that, if present for a few weeks, should be considered an early warning sign for ovarian cancer.

These symptoms are:

  1. Bloating 
  2. Pelvic or abdominal pain
  3. Difficulty eating
  4. Feeling full quickly
  5. Urinary frequency (or the urge to urinate)

 As you can see these are fairly vague and ill-defined symptoms.  They are also very common and all of us will have some of these symptoms at some point.  Many people have these symptoms for years, which are more likely attributed to a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Dr. Barbara Goff, professor and director of gynecologic oncology at the University of Washington in Seattle says, “What’s different about the symptoms of ovarian cancer is that they are new symptoms, not symptoms you have had all your life; they occur regularly, either daily or every other day; and they persist more than several weeks.”

I applaud the GCF for publicizing the symptoms list for ovarian cancer and hope the awareness helps women and clinicians in catching this deadly disease early.  My recommendation would be to screen every woman with a CA-125 blood test anyway, even if only 50% of early cases are caught.  It is still 50% more than if we did not do it.

However, I would recommend a screening ultrasound or if you want to incorporate this into a body wide screen, a “Lifescan” test.  This is a hyperfast CT scan of the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis.  It is strictly a screening test and insurance never pays for it.

But it looks at important structures such as the thyroid, lungs, heart and coronary vessels (it does a great heart disease profile), liver, pancreas, bowel, kidneys, ovaries and uterus.  It only takes about 15 minutes with minimal radiation exposure.

All of these screening tests you can do at any age.  Just get a baseline and keep testing every couple of years with the CA-125 and every 5-7 years with the Lifescan.  Don’t forget the mammograms.

Finally, a baseline colonoscopy is recommended as well.  You can catch colon cancer 20 years early with this procedure.

My colleagues would say that most of these recommendations are a waste of money and resources.  Since much of it is not reimbursed by insurance, then it becomes simply your decision and your resources.  I personally do these screening tests for me and my family.  Shouldn’t you?

Of course the most effcient method of avoiding significant problems like cancers of the breast, ovaries, and uterus, along with migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD), depression, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts and blood clots is to stop taking birth control pills and synthetic hormones.

Instead, we use bio-identical or natural hormones to supplement a woman’s hormone imbalance, if any.  These are absolutely safe and curative in many of the above mentioned conditions.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

www.DepressionGoneForever.com

www.DitchThePill.org

 

 

Phyto-estrogens Are a Waste of Money

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Since there is so much controversy surrounding estrogens and HRT recently, the prescription estrogen drugs (especially Premarin) have been thoroughly discredited.  These are usually prescribed for post-menopausal women with hot flashes and related symptoms.

Note that we use bio-identical hormones extensively in our treatment protocols of PMS, PMDD, menopause, depression and migraine headaches.  But taking soy, yams or black cohash by themselves will have zero effect.

Phyto-estrogens are naturally occuring estrogenic-like chemicals found in various plants.  This includes soybeans and black cohash in particular.  However, the marketing statements made by manufacturers of phyto-estrogens are simply untrue.

Phyto-estrogens from plants are NOT bio-identical to human estrogens.  You can take all the black cohash on the planet and never get a true bio-identical estrogen from this.

However, if you take a soy-derived phyto-estrogen and make a single enzymatic step in the lab, then you can create a human bio-identical estrogen.  But just taking a black cohash or soy supplement alone will not do the job.

Similarly, phyto-progestins are found in soy and in yams.  At this level, it is called diosgenin, which does not have any human hormone activity. Again, unless that crucial enyme step is taken, then you just have expensive urine with no bio-identical hormone produced.

In order to manufacture bio-identical progesterone, diosgenin is first isolated from soy or yams.  It is then converted in the lab with a single enzyme into a true, human, bio-identical hormone that is exactly like progesterone.  But it took special steps to get there.

Simply taking a yam supplement will fail to have any effect (other than placebo effect) on your body.

So don’t waste your money on the phyto-estrogens, they don’t work.  Instead use bio-identical hormones to correct PMS, PMDD, menopause, migraine headaches and depression. 

Avoid prescription hormones, HRT or birth control pills at all costs.  They are synthetic, chemically altered hormones that have hormone-like activity but are not bio-identical and have numerous side effects (and counting).

For a good information website on HRT and birth control pills versus bio-identical hormones check out http://www.DitchThePill.org .

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

www.DepressionGoneForever.com

www.DitchThePill.org

www.AndrewJonesMD.com

Anti-Depressant Drugs Proven to Cause Birth Defects

Friday, July 13th, 2007

The treatment of depression has been horrific in the Western World for several decades.  Somehow the big drug companies have convinced doctors that depression (and many other problems like PMS, menopause and migraine headaches) stems from a deficiency of their proprietary drug.

The perversion in the medical community is that depression is in essence a Zoloft deficiency (or Paxil or Effexor or any number of others).  Prescribe their drug and the depression goes away.  The problem is that none of these drugs work.

Anti-depressant drugs are bad for many reasons.  The first reason is that they don’t work.  The second is that they turn people into zombies.  The third is that create a dependency in people’s minds that they have to have them.  The fourth was just announced last month.

The New England Journal of Medicine just published reports of two large studies that show that women who took anti-depressant medications during their first trimester of pregnancy had an increased risk of birth defects.

In particular, there was a higher risk of developmental problems affecting the intestines, brain and skull.  These were found in approximately one in 2500 births.  This was rationalized away as being “rare”.

“Babies born to women on antidepressants have been shown to experience signs of withdrawal, including tremors and sleep disturbances, during the first days of life.” according to the Los Angelos Times.  There have also been reports of maternal anti-depressant use with an increased risk of lung problems in neonates.

Two studies singles out one drug, Paxil, as having a three times higher rate of heart defects.  The drug already carries warning labels about causing heart defects.

These studies have prompted controversy about advising to continue to take anti-depressant medications during their pregnancy.  Previous research estimated that 10 percent of pregnant women have depression and untreated depression carries risks that “lead to smoking, drinking and other behaviors than can cause harm to fetuses” according to the LA Times.

I have a number of issues with the current thinking here.  First, when was it decided that anti-depressant medications decrease behaviors of “smoking, drinking and other behaviors”?  Are “smoking, drinking and other behaviors” also a deficiency of Paxil?  When did we start excusing voluntary behaviors of women (or men) as being something that should be rectified with drugs?

Usually, all pregnant women are told to stop virtually all prescription drugs during their pregnancy.  Remember thalidomide? Why would any doctor advise any pregnant to continue any prescription drug, particularly when it already carries a warning label about birth defects?

Normally I hammer the drug companies hard in my articles.  But this time, I have to question my medical colleagues who advise women to take anti-depressants during pregnancy.  Everyone knew they were dangerous drugs to begin with. 

Anti-depressant medications are already one of the suicide methods of choice.  They do kill people when taken in large quantities.  Why advise anyone to take it at all thereby exposing an innocent person, the fetus? 

This is particularly sad in light of mainstream medicine’s failure to accurately treat depression.  At the Women’s Health Institute of Texas, we know that depression is largely a result of a deficiency of multiple hormones (and other essential items). 

Just as we have been successful in treating other hormone deficient conditions like migraine headaches, PMS, PMDD and menopause, we have successfully treated depression by replenishing the deficiencies.  And we do not use anti-depressant medications.

Add one more strike to anti-depressant medications.  Strike four and you’re out.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

www.DepressionGoneForever.com

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

 

Don’t Be Fooled by Claims of No Side Effects from Half Strength Premarin

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Amazing.  Wyeth is pulling out all the stops in their desperate effort to sell their synthetic HRT drugs.  Menopause remains a major health problem for women worldwide, as does PMS (PMDD), migraine headaches and depression.  Drug companies continue to push their synthetic, foreign chemicals into women’s bodies, further poisoning them.

Premarin was the biggest selling HRT drug prescribed by mainstream medicine for menopause.  Premarin and PremPro are both manufactured by Wyeth.  Both have taken severe hits in widely published drug studies the last few years.  PremPro was annihilated by the WHI study back in 2002 and Premarin is plagued by blood clot problems. 

So what does Wyeth do?  I have already commented on their attempts to manipulate data and create new endpoints in an earlier blog article.  This time it appears that the concept was to simply decrease the dose - cut it in half (to 0.3mg versus 0.625mg) - and then claim that there is no “fear of side effects”. 

The newspaper, Scotland on Sunday, just reported on claims that “Scientists have made a breakthrough in hormone replacement therapy which will allow thousands of women to take low doses of HRT without any fear of side effects”.

What breakthrough?  So you cut the dose of a poison in half and call it a “breakthrough”?.  How about the “without any fear of side effects”?  Who are they kidding?

Doctors are fooled, too.  The newspaper quotes Dr. John Stevenson, consultant metabolic physician at the Royal Bromptom Hospital in London who says, “The new tablet is significant because it is giving us another option in treating HRT which we have never had before.” He also says that this should “reassure millions of women who have been unnecessarily deterred from taking HRT drugs”.

Dr. Stevenson is dead wrong on two counts:  First, Wyeth has had a 0.3mg sized Premarin available for years and secondly, this “option” is nothing new in giving a lower dose of poison to lessen the full strength dose of a greater poison.  There is nothing reassuring here other than Wyeth’s desperation for their bottom line.

This is the same strategy employed by manufacturers of birth control pills in recent years.  Just keep cutting the dose until the side effects diminish.  It sounds like a good idea at first.  Take any poison and cut the dose.  Therefore you get less poison.  That makes a lot of sense.

But why should you have to tolerate any poison at all?  Is taking half the amount of any poison, whether it be Premarin or arsenic the correct thing to do?  It’s crazy, but that is what the drug companies are doing to you. 

They can’t avoid the poisons at all.  By definition, any time they create a foreign chemical just to get the patent on it, it is still a foreign chemical - and your body knows it.  Foreign chemicals  create havoc in your body. 

It took 50 years to figure it out and several generations of women have been poisoned by drug companies.  The results are a worldwide epidemic of PMS (PMDD), migraine headaches, heart disease, blood clots, strokes, cancers (especially breast), and depression, just to name a few.

The only real breakthrough is the one we made at the Women’s Health Institute of Texas.  We employ natural methods using bio-identical hormones to replenish what is deficient in a woman’s body.  It is the deficiency of natural hormones that is causing menopause to begin with.  (And deficiencies of hormones are also responsible for migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD) and depression, too.)

Our natural treatment is very successful at curing the underlying deficiency.  And it is perfectly safe, unlike any prescription drug on the market, especially the synthetic HRT drugs like Premarin or PremPro.

Dont’ be fooled by the what is being reported by mainstream medicine.  Poison is poison whether you get the full dose or just half of it.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

https://Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

http://www.PMScure.com

http://www.DepressionGoneForever.com

www.DitchThePill.org