Monthly Archives: March 2016
Thanks to massive marketing by Premarin manufacturer Wyeth, the concept of menopause is pretty much limited to English speaking countries.
Historically 80% of Premarin sales have occurred in the US. Even in the US, the cessation of menstruation is a non-event in 75% of women, who experience no symptoms whatsoever. Most languages and cultures have no word for menopause. It’s actually quite common for women to experience improvement in their health and well-being when they stop having periods.
Cross Cultural “Menopause” Studies
There are interesting cross cultural studies of the “menopause” phenomenon. Non-western cultures typically view the cessation of monthly cycles as milestone signaling transition to the role of community elder. The Filipino women Berger and Wenzel studied in Women, Body and Society: Cross-cultural Differences in Menopause were extremely pleased with their freedom from the inconvenience of menstruation. They saw it as an initiation into the joys of…
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Things to consider before taking hormone replacements.
In her 2004 The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It, Dr Marcia Angell writes at length about Big Pharma’s ingenious – and deadly – strategy of inventing fictitious illnesses to market highly profitable drugs that allegedly “treat” them. The technical term is “disease mongering” examples include “generalized anxiety disorder,” “erectile dysfunction,” “premenstrual dysphoric disorder,” and “gastro-esophogeal reflux disorder (heartburn).”
Estrogen Deficiency Syndrome
Based on 30 years of research linking it to reproductive cancers, the marketing of so-called “estrogen deficiency syndrome” has clearly been the most lethal. The condition is known as “menopause” in English-speaking countries. Other cultures have no word for it. The number of premature deaths from the so-called treatment – “hormone replacement therapy (HRT)” – is the millions.
In this case the culprit is a single company, Wyeth, which manufactures Premarin (conjugated estrogens extracted from pregnant…
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