Monday, September 27, 2010

Calling Out Dr. Oz

I am almost finished with the book, "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer".  Don't let the title fool you,  this book provides information about a whole lote more than breast cancer. As examples:
page 186 -thyroid
page 187 - osteoporosis
page 188 - epilepsy
page 189 - fibrocystic breasts

Pre-menstrual migraines, uterine cancer, anxiety, depression, insomnia, endometrial cancer, prostrate cancer - these and SO MUCH more are all related to hormone imbalance.  Studies have been in existence for 20 years, case studies conducted - there is so much proof out there -articles written in medical journals, magazines - it makes one question why hormone balance is not the very first thing a medical doctor looks at when examinng a patient exhibiting symptoms. Truth is, most doctors are not aware. Drug companies do not make NATURAL hormone creams (not to be confused by synthetic HRT containing progestins - i.e. Premarin, Provera, Tomoxifen, etc.) If drug companies don't make it, hospitals don't make money off it, and doctors are not educated about it. Unless a medical doctor is moved of their own accord to study, as did Dr. Jesse Hanley (co-author of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Pre-Menopause") after having so many womanly issues and not finding results for her symptoms. She explored natural hormone replacement therapy and was herself, a positive case study for the results of using natural hormone creams.

Case in point - I question why Dr. Oz is so quick to recommend drugs to the viewers who come up on stage. Perhaps the answer lies in what airs during commercial breaks - drug company ads. Ads pay for television shows - that's a no brainer.  I started watching the show after a couple of friends  proclaimed how good it was. Often I find myself getting frustrated -waiting for some mention of natural remedy or treatment versus drugs, drugs, drugs.
Last week, for example, Dr. Oz prescribed birth control pills to a women who looked to be of pre-menopausal age - for unwanted hair growth! Birth control pills are bad news...adding synthetic hormones into our bodies, including progestin and estrogen. You may be familiar with safety issues of progestin, as it was used in Premarin, a highly-publicized drug the FDA orginally approved and later banned after women developed heart disease, strokes and even death. The "nasty" estrogen hormones (estradiol and estrone), also contained in oral contraceptives, do things inside our bodies, such as proliferate cell growth, promote abnormalites and you guessed it - cancer!
I know, I know...he is Dr. Oz and just like we humans tend to do to anyone with celebrity status - we put them up on a pedastel. Still, they are human. I am human, and granted, I don't have years of medical school behind me, but I am reading the the works of  M.D.s, PhDs - those that do have the knowledge. It resonates with me because I have so many friends with illnesses that scream hormone imbalance once you learn the symptoms: breast cancer, prostrate cancer, depression, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis...I could go on, but who am I really talking to, anyhow? Probably myself. (LOL)
Per the Virginia Hopkins Health Watch site (Hopkins is a co-author on a number of Dr. Lee's books), excess facial hair is caused by:
Excess androgens (male hormones): This is most often caused by too much sugar and simple carbohydrates in the diet and is often found in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

You can take an on line test to see how your hormones are adding up - too much, or too little? Find out here.

Men? Yes folks, men have hormones too. An imbalance of hormones is actually one of the causes of prostrate cancer. A newer book has been released and is available on the Virginia Hopkins web site to purchase or download.
Once you have checked your symptoms you can click a link to find the possible hormone cause. Excess hair growth fell into group 5.
The book covers a lot more than the hormone imbalance of estrogen and progesterone. It explains how the body works and how everything functions together - in a way that I can understand (although I had to seriously concentrate a few times!). Bottom line - drug companies pay hospitals and clinics to sell their drugs, and who pays the doctors? You guessed it - the hospitals!
I reviewed Dr. Oz's web site to see what was written about natural hormone replacement therapy. I find a response on his site that is rather disturbing, but seeing that it is provided by a clinic (ie. one paid by drug companies) it is not the least surprising.
No one is being hoodwinked when the positive results of natural hormone replacement therapy have been proven time and time again. A study by French scientists indicated that natural progesterone cream had positive effects on women with fibrocystic breasts. All women with the fibrous tissue had elevated levels of estrogen and lab tests also showed a deficiency in progesterone, as compared to the women with non-lumpy breasts. Next, two groups of women with fibrous breast tissue were treated, one with a placebo and another group with natural progesterone cream, applied directly to the skin for three months. The group of women using the real progesterone cream had greatly reduced to no lumpy breast tissue at the end of three months. So, the Cleveland Clinic claims these natural creams have no bearing because the FDA does not regulate them, right - did you catch that? Despite what proven results are showing...
Yet, the FDA approved Premarin for use in post-cancer treatment of breast cancer patients, only to come back and ban it years later after women died from side effects of the very diseases it was said to prevent. Personally, I am not very confident in the FDA - there is great lack of regulation on the products it does regulate, and I would put my health on a natural remedy, anyday, that is consistently proving itself.
I posed a question to Dr. Oz's site this eveningk, asking why he is so quick to prescribe a drug but doesn't bring up the natural alternatives. I am certain my question will never be aired, but I do hope he takes my suggestion and brings Dr. David Zava on as a guest sometime, since the pioneer in women's alternative medicine, Dr. Lee, has since passed. May he rest in peace, knowing he left a legacy behind and paved the way for women to take charge of their own health.

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