Wyeth and the Multimillion Dollar Menopause Industry
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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