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Migraine Headaches, Natural Hormones and the Liver

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

As an advocate of the use of oral natural hormones in the treatment of PMS, migraine headaches, depression, post-partum depression, infertility, menopause and other female conditions, our mainstream detractors continue to object to our successful solutions.�� The latest objection now concerns the liver.

The topic of the liver has come up on several occasions regarding its interaction with natural hormones.� There appears to be a lot disinformation, particularly amongst health professionals, trying to discredit the use of oral supplements and oral natural hormones by saying that the liver is a problem.

They say that the liver is a problem in one of two ways:� First, the naysayers think that the liver metabolizes too much of any oral product, hormone or otherwise; and second, that the liver somehow gets damaged when taking any hormone.

Both of these “problems” are completely bogus.� Let me explain first some background regarding the role of the liver in the digestion process.

The physiology of digestion has been worked out fairly well and is thoroughly understood by physiologists.� Whenever you eat or swallow anything, the body breaks down whatever you eat or drink into the smallest absorbable piece.� Whether it is a steak dinner or a bowl of granola cereal, enzymes in the stomach and the small intestine actively pick apart the solid substance into its final components.� These final components end up as fats, carbohydrates and proteins in the form of fatty acid derivative, various sugar molecules and numerous amino acid chains.� Then the cells that line the intestine absorb these nutrients where the next phase begins.

The digestive cells along the gut have a drainage system which are a network of veins.� These veins all lead to the liver.� The liver then becomes the gatekeeper for all substances that enter the body through the mouth.� The passage of everything through the liver is called the “first pass” effect.

The liver then proceeds to metabolize the various proteins, fats and carbohydrates and any other chemicals it comes in contact with.� After the liver does its metabolizing, then the final products are distributed throughout the body.�

If you swallow pills, whether an aspirin or a bio-identical hormone, these are also absorbed into the cells lining the intestine. The veins draining the intestinal cells go to the liver, where the liver continues to do its job of processing and metabolizing everything thing that passes through it, including medicines.

In the case of medications, the liver will metabolize (breakdown into smaller constituents) about 90% of what passes through it.� That leaves the other 10% intact and exits to the rest of the body.

The pharmaceutical industry is well aware of the “first pass” effect of medicines.� They know that 90% of any medication whether it is an aspirin, vitamin C or a hormone will be 90% metabolized.� Therefore, the dose is manufactured accordingly to anticipate the 90% first pass bite that the liver will take out it.

So, the long winded answer is that when we give you an oral dose of anything we plan on 90% of it being metabolized and the remaining 10% doing its intended job.� It becomes a mathematical equation to predict and we get pretty good at it.


Now for the second part of the objection being “liver damage”, the mainstream medical community still cannot distinguish the difference between a natural (bio-identical) hormone and a synthetic, chemically altered hormone.� The synthetic hormones that you likely have taken in the form of a birth control pill or synthetic HRT in the form of Premarin or PremPro, for example, can actually damage the liver if taken in high enough doses.� There is one study that noted a methylated testosterone hormone (not natural testosterone) was clearly shown to cause liver damage in some men who took them.

This is where the “liver damage” comes from;� The use of synthetic, man-made chemicals that masquerade as hormones, but they are just foreign poisons to the body.� All the medical establishment hears is the word “hormone” and confuses these lab-altered chemicals with the real, natural hormones that are circulating in your body and the kind that we recommend for supplementation when you have PMS, migraines, depression, menopause and the like.

Natural hormones do not harm the liver in any way.� Ask yourself this question, “Why would mother nature create a substance that is necessary for your survival (natural hormones) only to have them become toxic to your liver?”� The answer is that no natural substance that is freely found in your body, that is necessary for propagation of the species (sex hormones), can ever be a danger to your liver or any other part of your body. This is the same reason why cancers are not caused by natural hormones, but rather by some distortion of them (like synthetic hormones).

Finally, the advocates of creams say that topical (skin) introduction of hormones bypasses the liver.� That is true, but as I state in my websites and my books, there are numerous problems with cream based hormone treatments.� Inconsistency is probably the worst problem and just one of many reasons NOT to rely on creams.� Oral use of natural hormone supplementation is mathematically more predictable, more reliable, more consistent, more convenient, more effective and less expensive than creams.

This is why we advocate oral natural hormones and why the mainstream medical community continues to stammer in ignorance on the entire topic of hormones in general.

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

Synthetic Estrogen Resurrected from the Dead! - Or Maybe Not?

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Yesterday’s stunning announcement from the press conference called by Wyeth concerning its lukewarm Premarin product totally contradicted the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) findings from a few years ago.� Mainstream medicine got a reprieve on estrogenic hormone replacement and can start revving up the side effect profile from heart attackes to migraine headaches, PMS and depression again!

Several doctors appearing at a press conference sponsered by Wyeth, the maker of Premarin and PremPro, gleefully stated results that were to be released in a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.� The results concluded that synthetic estrogen (Premarin) therapy alone did not cause heart disease after all.

New, Magical Endpoints Created

But wait!� What was very interesting is not the fact that Wyeth sponsered the press conference or gave the study participants free Premarin.� That is to be expected.� What was fascinating is apparently a new definition of heart disease: CAT scanning imaging of arteries and mathematical measurements of plaque.� That’s it!� No statistics of heart attacks, strokes or blood clots.

The thinking here is that plaque as measured by the CAT scan is indicative of the amount of atherosclerosis in blood vessels and theoretically is a measure of heart disease.� The only problem is that for the past 100 years the entire medical and scientific world uses measureable end points like actual heart attacks, strokes and blood clots.

This is the first time that I have heard of a drug company so desperate to save its product line that it resorted to inventing new end point measurements to justify its continuing existence.� The question is really, “Does the amount of plaque in a CT scanned artery really correllate with the likelihood of someone getting a heart attack in the next 1, 5, 10 or 20 years?”� And, if so, how many and how often?

I know of one very well known man who had plaque in his blood vessels so bad that he was told he needed heart bypass surgery or die in the hospital if he didn’t.� He refused.�He changed his diet and habits.� That was 30 years ago and he is quite alive today.

WHI Study Demonstrated�Opposite Findings

Why is Wyeth going to extremes here?��This�all stems from the large and famous WHI study that hit the newspapers beginning in 2002 and continued on for a couple�of more years.� The conclusion from the very well done WHI study involving over 10,000 women in the estrogen-only group, was that Premarin caused�an increase in strokes and blood clots (not necessarily heart attacks).� This was the second major shocking conclusion from this study.

WHI Study Shook up the Mainstream Medical World

The biggest shocker was from the estrogen-plus-progestin phase (PremPro) involving over 16,000 women�whereby there was an increase in heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and just about every other bad problem you could think of (including depression).

After the estrogen-plus-progestin phase was stopped abruptly, the estrogen-only study continued on for another couple of years.� This part was not as bad, but still significant enough that most women had second thoughts about taking either Premarin or PremPro or their equivalents.

Keep in mind that medical convention says that prolonged and unopposed estrogen use causes uterine cancer.� So in women with an intact uterus (no hysterectomy) they were traditionally placed on estrogen-plus-progestin therapy.� The women who had an hysterctomy were deemed to take a synthetic estrogen only (Premarin).

Wyeth Loses Billions in Lost Sales

In the end, it was all bad.� PremPro and Premarin use dropped dramatically and Wyeth lost billions.� Then the news came out last year that breast cancer rates dropped for the first time in 50 years, which was largely attributed to the decreased use of synthetic hormone use.� (We haven’t even mentioned increased�breast cancer risk, yet - have we?� That is another article to come).

So what does Wyeth do?� They create an entire new study group and created a new magical endpoint that can’t be disputed - plaque size!�� Does plaque cause heart disease?� Does heart disease cause plaque?��Does plaque have anything in common with who is going to get a heart attack next year?� I don’t know.� No one else knows for sure.

Esoteric end points are meaningless.� And Wyeth knows it.� They paid their talking heads to promote it, point at pictures and everyone is wowed by it, but it means nothing.

WHI Study Superior in all Respects

Forget the fact that the WHI study of estrogen-only had ten times more participants and is statistically superior.� Forget the fact that the end points of the WHI study are measureable, identifiable and have clinical meaning for me and you.

Forget the fact that the estrogen-only studies affect (in mainstream medical thinking) women who have had hysterectomies.� What about the masses of women who have somehow managed to keep their uterus intact?

Synthetic versus Natural (Bio-Identical) Hormones

A major point that is missing in this entire picture is the confusion over terminology of what hormones really are.� Both the WHI study and this new one by Wyeth are concerned about the effects of synthetic, chemically altered hormones.� They are not natural.� They are not real.� They do not exist in nature.

Yet, the way the prescription drug system works in American and elsewhere requires that drugs must be unnatural and foreign to the body.� They are all essentially poisons.� See the website called www.DitchThePill.org for a really good description of synthetic versus natural hormones.

The bottom line is that Premarin is not safe to take.� PremPro is not safe.� They are both foreign chemicals that are chemically altered to somewhat resemble the estrogen hormone in your body.

Do not be fooled by the name “estrogen”.� Neither Premarin nor PremPro are true estrogens.� They are both poisons, with PremPro being the far greater poison than Premarin.� PremPro is dead.� Wyeth knows this.� But you have to admire Wyeth for pulling Premarin out of the fire.

Menopause Completely Curable With Multiple NATURAL Hormones

Menopause is an easily treatable condition using NATURAL, BIO-IDENTICAL� hormones that are exactly like those in the human body.� Do not let anyone put you on a synthetic, chemically altered, perverted version that somewhat resembles estrogen like Premarin.

One more thing, just because some women have had a hysterectomy does not mean that they don’t need progesterone.� Far from it.� There is a receptor for progesterone in every cell in your body.� That includes not only the uterus, but also your brain (can you say “migraine headaches”), skin, heart, liver, and eyeballs.� We never advocate estrogen-only therapy, even when using bio-identical estrogens, as a result.� Don’t forget about the rest of your body.

My mainstream medical colleagues are not aware of the total body hormonal response and this is why we have an epidemic of depression, PMS, menopause, and migraine headaches, just to name a few side effects.

Ignore This Latest Study

So ignore this latest bogus study by Wyeth and their minions and not forget about the lessons learned from the big, well-run WHI study just a few years ago.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com

www.DitchThePill.org

www.DepressionGoneForever.com



Nobel Prize Winner Jumps on Wellness Bandwagon

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Is mainstream medicine beginning to see the light?� I have been quoted before saying that pioneers in the women’s health issues of PMS, migraine headaches, menopause, depression, post-partum depression like me are 20 years ahead of our mainstream colleagues.

My medical school alma mata, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, publishes a quarterly magazine that features scholars, professors and students from the school.� The latest issue has an article describing their Nobel laurete professor, Dr. Ferid Murad, who has just written a book called, “The Wellness Solution“.

Dr. Murad won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998 for his work on nitric oxide.� This is the same nitric oxide that enables blood vessels to relax, widen and fill, which lowers blood pressure - and also triggers erections.� Pfizer capitalized on this science with their blockbluster drug, Viagra.

His new book, co-authored with Edward Taub, M.D. and David Oliphant, tries to teach people something about the big impact that biology has on their daily lives.� Although his focus appears to be “Learning how to increase nitric oxide in the blood may help keep the body in balance”, the crux of the book is directed to the lay population on the general topic of wellness.

He goes on to say that “most people are vitamin deficient” and how “hard it is to get vitamins through a normal diet”.� He recommends multi-vitamins and antioxidants, among other things.

Coming from a mainstream doctor who won the most prestigious medical prize on the planet, his statements on vitamins amount to blasphemy amongst the medical community.� The AMA and most medical doctors are very biased against supplements with vitamins, anti-oxidants or anything else that is not from a prescription.� Mainstream medicine has launched a full speed effort to discredit natural or alternative solutions to health problems.

Needless to say, I was shocked when I saw that this world famous doctor wrote a book on wellness and secondly that he acknowledges the role of vitamin supplementation.

This is great news.� I am glad that at least some doctors are finally catching up to those of us leading the charge.� Maybe the next step is mainstream medicine’s acknowledgement of our advances regarding migraine headache, PMS, menopause and depression treatments and cures.

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

HPV Vaccine - Too Dangerous for our Daughters

Monday, June 11th, 2007

It is all over the news.� Gardasil, the new vaccine developed by Merck for vaccination of young girls against certain strains of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is being marketed for widespread use.

Our young women are already being subject to a marketing blitz about the wonders of birth control pills (and subsequent side effects of PMS, migraine headaches, blood clots and depression), why not add on Gardasil?� Make it mandatory by the State, no less!

There is controversy, particularly in Texas, where the governor, Rick Perry, issued an Executive Order mandating vaccination being given to young girls attending Texas schools.� This was shot down by the Texas legislature, especially after it was revealed the relationship between Merck’s contributions to Gov. Perry.

So what’s the big deal about Gardasil?� According to the advocates, Gardasil protects against four strains of HPV.� Two of those strains are known to cause about 70% of cervical cancer and the other two are implicated in the development of genital warts.

Here are the problems with Gardasil: The most important is the fact that Gardasil is a killing machine.� Three previously healthy girls aged 12, 19 and ? died within a few hours up or up to two weeks after receiving a Gardasil vaccine.�

Three deaths out of a total study population of 10,500 girls died.� That is a death rate of 0.3%.� And these were young, healthy girls, not your older population riddled with heart disease, but teenagers.

Keep in mind that deaths from cervical cancer only kills about 3000 women annually in the U.S.� If the vaccine was given to ten million girls, it would end up killing about 3000 young girls.� This works out to a one-to-one death rate.� Kill one healthy pre-teen girl to save one potential cervical cancer victim five decades later.

This alone is unacceptable.� This statistic was brought to you not by the FDA, but by Judicial Watch an activist group that requested the study records from the FDA through the Open Records Act.�

On the contrary, the FDA stated, “Most of the reactions experienced by the study participants were not serious and included mild or moderate local reactions, such as pain or tenderness at the site of the injection.”� Source - FDA website http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/hpvmer060806.htm

There’s more.� Even without the high mortality rate from the vaccine, the merits of the vaccine do not stand up for scrutiny.� With the vaccine vaccinating against two strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer, it does not cover the other 30%.

Therefore, we still need PAP smears and annual exams.� We also need to treat the other 30%.� Part of the justification of the vaccine was for “convenience” and saving costs.� But it turns out that is not true.� Women still need to go through the annual PAP smears and any appropriate treatment that gets diagnosed from them.

Cervical cancer is not the giant killer it is made out to be.� It is listed as a “rare disease” by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).� This means that cervical cancer, or a subtype of cervical cancer, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population (and kills only a tiny percent).

The PAP smear has over the last 50 years dramatically reduced the incidence and mortality of cervical cancer.� In fact, it almost impossible to die from cervical cancer if a woman goes through the annual PAP screening.� Stated another way, the 3000 women who die from cervical cancer do so because they got left out of the system for screening for a couple of decades.

Another problem is that the vaccine does not affect those who already infected with HPV.� Currently 80% of the sexually active population has been exposed to HPV.� Of course, this is why the recommendations have been made towards vaccinating very young girls ostensibly before they become sexually active around the ages of 9 to 12 years old.

Finally, vaccines are questionable in safety anyway.� ADHD, autism, asthma, ear infections, eczema, auto-immune diseases are all in epidemic numbers since the advent of multiple vaccines.� Don’t forget Gulf War Syndrome from anthrax vaccine given to US soldiers before the first Gulf War. Nearly 40% of US soldiers serving in that theater have developed symptoms and are on disability as a result. Many developed symptoms within hours of anthrax vaccine administration.

Conclusion: HPV vaccine is simply too dangerous to give to our daughters.� Parents, don’t let the politicians and ill-informed doctors try to convince you otherwise.� We have enough problems dealing with PMS, migraine headaches, depression, blood clots and other maladies inflicted upon our female population with the Big Drug Company/FDA complex throwing birth control pills and synthetic hormone replacement therapy already.

Andrew Jones, M.D.
Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas
Migraine-Headaches-Information.com
www.PMScure.com

Bypassing Mainstream Medicine Trend Continues - Home Fertility Testing Kit Introduced

Monday, June 4th, 2007

One of my objections to the way the current health care system is operated in this country is the stranglehold that the big drug companies and their close ties with the FDA have on the development of any medical remedy, drug, device or product.

This monopoly over any medical product severely restricts innovation and competition leaving few options for improvement.� The entry fee to introduce a drug in America is now about $700 million in costs and 10 plus years of development.� As the drug companies complain about the high costs of development, they also don’t mind the fact that they have very few competitors.� It is a closed system.

The downside is that if a small time health provider, doctor, pharmacist or inventor comes up with a simple solution to a health problem then the system effectively prohibits its introduction to the public.� So the public rarely benefits from simple, cost-effective, safe and/or natural remedies to their health problems.

This is the gauntlet that we have been running against in the natural treatment of migraine headaches, PMS (PMDD), depression, post-partum depression, menopause and other hormonal conditions.

So, when I see any news of a product that bypasses the big drug company/FDA industrial complex, then it is generally good news.

A new at-home screening kit, called Fertell, was recently introduced that allows couples to work up the initial fertility screening before spending big bucks at the doctor’s office.� It evaluated both the male and female portion of the basic infertility work up.� And it does it at home.

The details of the at-home testing kit are not important.� Just the fact that innovators are trying to bypass the expensive, overly regulated, mainstream medical system has me cheering.� If this kit can do the same thing that expensive, in-office testing does, for a fraction of the price and getting the same quality of answers, then I am all for it.

This is exactly what we are accomplishing by advocating public education for natural hormone management of migraine headaches, PMS, depression, menopause and many other conditions that are plaguing women.� Bypass the expensive, archaic, ineffective, mainstream medical practices and use safe, inexpensive, effective measures to cure what are labeled as “incurable” conditions that we cure on a daily basis.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

www.PMScure.com