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Synthetic HRT and Migraine Headaches - Mainstream Medicine Still Doesn’t Get It

Friday, September 28th, 2007

In a new study just released this week, the Cognitive Complaints in Early Menopause Trial (COGENT) found that synthtetic HRT had no impact on verbal memory vs placebo.

This is not new.  We already knew that from Women’s Health Initiative trials back in 2003 and 2004. 

What is frustrating is that mainstream medicine continues use synthetic hormone preparations containing chemically altered estrogens and progestins.  Unfortunately, in complete ignorance,  is that one of the study’s authors, Pauline Maki, PhD, from the University of Illinois, in conjunction with the American Academy of Neurology confuses the synthetic progestin and calls it “progesterone”.

This ignorance is the single most reason why there are so many migraine headaches today.  Mainstream medicine has no idea that chemically altered progestins are messing with your body’s progesterone levels and poisoning ovaries.

The same chemically altered hormones are also found in birth control pills.  What’s is worse is that the relative doses of these foreign chemicals are four times higher in birth control pills than they are in synthetic HRT preparations.

Until mainstream medicine understands that bio-identical hormones are the way to go, we will continue to suffer from an epidemic of migraine symptoms.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Are you ready to live a life without suffering through another one of those terrible migraine headaches - ever again?

If so, I urge you to carefully read the information at: Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

You’ll see how you too can be totally migraine free - for the rest of your life!

Migraines and Celiac Disease

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Although my main focus has been on the role that hormones play in migraine headaches, there is one other verifiable cause of migraines - celiac disease.  Of course, the celiac disease is the instigator but the fiinal pathway to getting migraines is still from a hormone deficiency.

What is celiac disease?  A defect in the immune system starts attacking glutens and the result is something that resembles those pictures of starving children in famine affected Africa.  Gluten is a peptide found in wheat products.

Essentially, the lining of your intestine becomes a war zone as the immune system attacks the glutens with resulting collatoral damage to the villi, tiny finger-like projections along with the intestinal cells that have absorbed the glutens. 

Once the villi are killed off from collateral damage, then the body can no longer absorb foods properly.  This is what is called a malabsorption syndrome.  At that point, the body goes into starvation mode and everything begins to break down.

The result is body wide deterioration and destruction.  Look at pictures of prisoners of POW (prisoner of war) camps from WWII and it is not difficult to understand how your hormones can be affected.  With starving hormones, among many other problems, you can get migraines.

How common is celiac disease?  At one time, doctors thought it was quite rare.  Recent data from the Archives of Internal Medicine show that it affects 1 in 133 Americans or about 3 million Americans.  Now project this statistic worldwide.  With 6 billion people we are talking about 40 million people.

So how do you know if you have celiac disease?  First there are the symptoms: abdominal cramps, diarrhea, bloatiang and weight loss.  Then there is a blood test for the antibody to gluten.  Finally, the gold standard is a biopsy from small bowel biopsy for confirmation.

Let me say that the vast majority of people with abdominal bloating, diarrhea and cramps have a condition called Irritable Bowel Syndrome (like 97%).  This is caused by the presence of yeast or an imbalance of bad bacteria in the intestines.  This is not celiac disease and treated very differently.

If you are one of the 1 in 133 people with celiac disease, you have to change your diet to completely eliminate glutens.  Glutens are found in most wheat products.  This is the major step.  If you have migraines, you still have to take hormones that we recommend because the celiac disease caused a hormone deficiency, which leads to migraines.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Are you ready to live a life without suffering through another one of those terrible migraine headaches - ever again?

If so, I urge you carefully read the information at Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

You’ll see how you too can be totally migraine free - for the rest of your life!

 

Synthetic Hormones Cause Migraine Headaches AND Cause Cancer, Too

Monday, September 10th, 2007

There is a big secret in the mainstream medical world that they are hiding from the rest of the population: Synthetic hormones cause migraine headaches AND synthetic hormones cause some cancers.

What do I mean by “synthetic hormones“?  You are more familiar with term birth control pills and HRT.  In fact, ALL birth control pills and ALL prescription hormone replacement therapy drugs are chemically altered, synthetic hormones. 

 None of them are natural hormones.  None resemble the actual chemical structure that your real hormones look like.  They are all foreign to the body and all of them are poisons.

We now know that they can cause a migraine headache and contribute or outright cause various gynecologic cancers including breast cancer and uterine cancer.  For years, doctors were told that birth control pills lowered the incidence of ovarian cancer.  But the latest results from sythetic HRT studies showed that ovarian cancer is worsened by the same components found in birth control pills.  What’s even worse is that birth control pills contain about four times the poisons in them than are found in HRT prescriptions.

As patients seek their migraine treatment and discover that their past exposure to birth control pills contributed or outright caused their migraine pain, they are understandably upset.

Do NOT confuse synthetic hormones with natural or bio-identical hormones.  Natural hormones are EXACTLY like your own hormones that are supposed to be circulating in your body as you read this.  Natural or bio-identical hormones supplementation cannot harm you in any way and have predictable dose related effects.

Here is another way to look at bio-identical hormones:  would Mother Nature create a substance in your own body that was harmful to you and could cause cancer?  Our hormones are at peak production at age 25 or so.  If natural hormones caused cancers why don’t we see raging cancers amongst our 25 year olds? 

We don’t.  Because natural hormones are protective to the body.  It is only when we start messing with them in the laboratory by putting artificial chemical groups on them that they become foreign to the body and start causing problems.

We use bio-identical hormones to treat and cure your migraine symptoms.  But first you have to stop taking the offending drugs whether they are birth control pills or synthetic HRT.

Andrew Jones, M.D.

Medical Director, Women’s Health Institute of Texas

Are you ready to live a life without suffering through another one of those terrible migraine headaches - ever again?

If so, I urge you to carefully read the information at Migraine-Headaches-Information.com

You’ll see how you too can be totally migraine free - for the rest of your life!

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

 

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