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Depression and Drugs - Too Much of a Bad Thing

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





How Safe are Statins?

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





New Cure for Depression

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





New Long Term Birth Control Pill Goes on Market This Week

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





Ovarian Cancer Difficult to Catch Early

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





Phyto-estrogens Are a Waste of Money

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






Anti-Depressant Drugs Proven to Cause Birth Defects

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




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

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





Migraine Headaches, Natural Hormones and the Liver

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

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

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