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Can Migraines Make You Fat?

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

As a migraine headache doctor and as a hormone doctor, I have noticed a strong correlation between women with migraine headache symptoms and body fat.  I have also noticed the same thing in women with PMS, mood disorder or depressive disorder and clinical depression.

So is a hormone to blame for those extra pounds?  Yes - well maybe?

Yes, hormones are definitely involved in fat cell metabolism.  Sex hormones are lipophillic, meaning that they can enter into fat cells quite easily and stay there.  Estrogen, in particular, accumulates in fat cells.  This is why heavier women tend to have very strong estrogen dominant features.

Estrogen promotes water retention, enlarged breasts, breast fullness, irratibility, anxiety, decreased mental functioning, edema, loss of libido and all of the gynecologic cancers.  Estrogen antagonists like progesterone do exactly the opposite.

Another hormone that has bad press, called cortisol, was targeted in a highly effective marketing campaign several years for a weight loss product that was heavily promoted on TV and radio.  Cortisol was unfairly blamed for weight gain when it only is implicated in obesity in certain rare conditiions called Cushing’s Syndrome.  Nevertheless, the marketers made a ton of money, but few people actually lost weight from their product. 

High doses of cortisol can cause water retention.   Certain cortisol-like prescription drugs like prednisone, dexamethosone and steroids used for injection procedures can definitely cause water retention and hunger pangs.  But these are not bio-identical to cortisol and they have a mountain of side effects beyond those already mentioned.

An interesting new hormone, that is not a sex hormone, has been implicated in abdominal fat creation.  This hormone, called neuropeptide Y (NPY), has been studied in mice.  When researchers blocked NPY in obese mice, the mice fat buildup promptly melted away.  “It’s incredible”, according to Dr. Zofia Zukowska of Georgetown University.

The opposite worked as well.  When normal mice were injected with NPY, they developed abdominal obesity.  When they were given the NPY blockers, the belly fat disappeared.

Look for more interest in NPY and especially, the NPY blockers.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

www.DepressionGoneForever.com

 

Depression and Drugs - Too Much of a Bad Thing

Friday, August 24th, 2007

A recent article featured in the August 6th issue of U.S. News & World Report revealed that depression is overly diagnosed in America and over-treated with anti-depressants.  What the article did not say is that the main treatment for depression used by physicians worldwide - anti-depressant drugs- doesn’t work, even on those who are correctly diagnosed with depression.

The problem is two fold: First, too many people are diagnosed with clinical depression, when they actually just have sadness or grief.  Secondly, those that are accurately diagnosed get a bad treatment in the form of anti-depressant medications - a misnomer of a name for a class of drugs that are not “anti” depressants at all.  Rather they are more akin to zombie creating drugs that calm people down.

I am not worried about physicians being overly aggressive in diagnosing depression.  Frankly, even grief reactions and sadness could use a little help and uplifting for those who are experiencing it.  There is a continuum of severity of depression ranging from melancholic to frank clinical depression and everyone needs help.

But when the only treatment in mainstream medicine is a toxic drug that tops the top 10 sales list year in and year out and doesn’t even alter the clinical course, then this is a miserable attempt at correcting the problem.

We see the same sort of approach with other maladies like migraine headaches, menopause and Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS (also called PMDD).  Here, mainstream medicine usually does a good job of diagnosing, but is clueless on how to make them better.

The proper approach to all of these problems is to assess them hormonally.  Hormones, (or the deficiency of them more accurately), are the driving factors that cause a migraine headache, various headache symptoms, depression, PMS or PMDD.  Replenishing the deficient hormone(s) is the more natural, effective and safer alternative. 

As far as anti-depressant drugs are concerned, society would be better off without them.  Diagnose as many people with sadness or grief, but give them a little encouragement and bio-identical hormones.

 Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

www.DepressionGoneForever.com

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

www.AndrewJonesMD.com

How Safe are Statins?

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

An article entitled, “A Downside of Statins” appeared in the August 6, 2007, issue of the US News & World Report.  Statins are the extremely popular cholesterol lowering medications like Mevacor, Crestor, Lipitor, Provachol and Zocor that are prescribed to about 25 million people worldwide.

What does this have to with women’s hormones and their relationship to migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD), menopause and depression?  These statin drugs are just another example of prescription medications that were supposed to be a panacea for health that turns out to have unexpected side effects.

The good news is that statins really do lower cholesterol.  The bad news is that they may increase your chances of getting cancer.  The Journal of the Amercan College of Cardiology released a report that the lower levels of cholesterol achieved by these drugs was associated with a higher risk of cancers (like breast, prostate, lung and colon).

The mainstream naysayers are already backpedalling saying two things: 1) That this is just a mere “association” and 2) That it is only an extra one cancer out of a thousand increase.

Without getting into the ninny-nanny details of whether this is significant or not, I think they miss the overall point.  In all my years of medicine, I have never seen, in normal people, that the lowering of cholesterol to ridiculously low levels actually makes a difference in increasing one’s lifespan.

Here is a fact that you probably did not know: Just as many people have heart attacks with “normal” cholesterol as with elevated cholesterol.  So why are we killing ourselves over cholesterol?

Because there are some people walking around with extremely high levels of cholesterol (like 400 plus) that are indeed, a walking time bomb for a heart attack.  Those people also have very strong family histories of heart disease and frequently have siblings drop dead suddently at age 42.

But for the vast majority of people, whose cholesterol is running around between 200 and 250, I have never seen proof that taking a toxic medication like a statin drug really makes a difference.

The fact that researchers are discovering evidence that some folks get cancers with aggressive dosing of statins should surprise nobody, because ALL prescription medications are toxic, by definition.  Anything that is not bio-identical to the body is a foreign substance and therefore will be poisonous at some point.

I make this point because women’s health issues concerning migraines, PMS, PMDD, menopause and depression are, in part, caused by exposure to toxic prescription medications like birth control pills and synthetic hormone replacement therapy.  Of course, the way we treat these conditions is to do two things:  We stop the offending drugs and then balance the deficient hormones caused by these drugs with bio-identical hormones.

What holds true for women’s health issues caused by toxic medications should also apply to other health problems caused by other prescription drugs.

This is not rocket science.  Just common sense.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

www.DepressionGoneForever.com

www.AndrewJonesMD.com

New Cure for Depression

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

We have already established that migraine headaches, PMS, PMDD and menopause are caused by the lack or imbalance of hormones.   Did you know that know that depression is also hormonally mediated as well?

That’s right.  Clinical depression is nothing more than a lack of hormones.  At the Women’s Health Institute of Texas, we have known this for years.  We have also been successfully treating depression (along with migraines and PMS and menopause) with bio-identical hormones and other supplements.

There is a new website, www.DepressionGoneForever.com where you can download my latest book, The All-Natural Cure For Your Depression.

This book describes the treatment plan we use to successfully cure depression.  It builds upon the already successful plans we use for migraine headaches and PMS.  The depression plan is more complicated than the others, however, and requires more types of hormones than do migraines or PMS.

So if you or someone you know might benefit from a depression cure, please click on www.DepressionGoneForever.com and download your book now.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Insitute of Texas

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

www.DepressionGoneForever.com

www.AndrewJonesMD.com

New Long Term Birth Control Pill Goes on Market This Week

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

The media is trumpeting the newest birth control pill - Lybrel.  This is the long term pill that’s like the Energizer Bunny - it keeps going and going.

The problem is that the “controversy” surrounding the introduction of this drug is all wrong.  The media is focusing on whether it is natural or not to suppress periods for months or years at a time.  Believe it or not, but anthropolgists are getting into the act by discussing the social implications of eliminating menstruation and whether society views menstruation as something that is shameful.

They have it all wrong.  In my crusade to improve the lives of women who have migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD), depression, menopause and numerous other problems, the problem is the Pill itself and its cousin, synthetic HRT (hormone replacement therapy).

The combination of birth control pills (BCP’s) and synthetic HRT has caused an epidemic of disorders either that never existed or were rare prior to the introduction of these drugs.  The fact that the media is discussing the sociological impact of not having periods is not relevant to the fact that BCP’s cause harm - lots of it - to women.

What we should be discussing is how much poisons BCP’s introduce into women’s bodies.  The sheer fact that the standard regimin of the Pill consisted of taking it for 3 weeks with one week off was toxic enough.  Introducing a new Pill that puts out poisons without stopping for a break has to be infinitely worse.

The long term Pill is nothing but 24/7 poison.  It is a bad idea on top of previously bad problem.

If the long term Pill becomes popular, then we can look forward to an increasing incidence of migraines, PMS (PMDD), depression, anxiety, menopause, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, fibroids, ovarian cysts and the list goes on.

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