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Hormone Doctors and Migraine Headaches

Monday, December 24th, 2007

An article in the December issue of Bottom Line’s Women’s Health by Dr. Joann E. Manson got closer to the truth, but not good enough. Dr. Manson is a mainstream professor of medicine and women’s health at Harvard Medical School, the epitome of the academic ivory tower.

Her article was about the revised mainstream recommendations for using Premarin for menopausal symptoms. The medical establishment has been massively influenced by Wyeth, the maker of Premarin and PremPro, both of which were discredited by the Women’s Health Initiative studies back in 2002 and 2003.

But Wyeth managed to reprocess the results, somehow finding a statistical method of making Premarin safe for women who begin HRT (hormone replacement therapy - with Premarin, of course) within 5 to 10 years after menopause and taken for less than seven years. Wyeth claims this even lowers your risk factors for heart disease!

Mainstream doctors have bought into this.

The good news is that Dr. Manson did mention bio-identical hormones. Yes, they are finally on the radar screen! She even says “feel free” to use bio-identical hormones.

With the typical attitude of mainstream medicine comparing synthetic, counterfeit hormones like Premarin with bio-identical hormones she slams the door shut with the dismissal statement that “all hormone formulations confer a roughly similar balance of benefits and risks.”

Not only is this a condescending attitude on the part of my colleagues but simply wrong. Premarin is not a natural hormone - it is a foreign chemical introduced into the body and is essentially a poison. This is unlike a natural hormone, which mother nature made for you which has no risks, otherwise she would never make it in the first place.

Think about that. Why would mother nature make a hormone inside your ovaries and make it harmful to you? Premarin is not natural and is toxic. No, Premarin and natural hormones do not confer similar benefits or risks, Dr. Manson.

What does this have to do with migraine headaches? Because migraines are essentially similar to menopause in that both conditions are the result of a hormone deficiency. Replace the deficiency and the symptoms, whether they be your migraine headache or menopausal hot flashes just go away.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas