Another Crony-Driven Attack on Natural Medicine
Let me give you a scenario to think about for a minute.
Let’s say there’s a company that makes drugs. This company’s products are part of the natural market. That means the big drug companies can’t patent them.
This company has some issues with their manufacturing process. As a result, they’re turning out a dangerous product.
The FDA knows, but does nothing, even though it has the power to stop what’s happening, and as a result, 53 people die.
The FDA commissioner blames a lack of regulation. But an investigative report by the House Committee draws a different conclusion. It finds that the FDA failed to execute its powers properly.
So, what should happen?
Sadly, this scenario is real. And worse, to our government – who relies on rampant cronyism as a driving force – the answer is obvious. Give the FDA more power.
The natural market drugs in the scenario I described above are called “bio-identical hormones.” Naturopathic and holistic doctors – and even many medical doctors – often prescribe these hormones as a safer alternative to synthetic options.
Millions of women and men rely on bio-identical hormones to ensure their quality of life. But under a new proposed law, the FDA could restrict their access to these drugs. Or even eliminate access altogether.
That would have devastating health consequences for millions of Americans. But it would also be a big financial boon to drug companies. Many of those millions of patients would be forced to seek out synthetic hormones as a replacement.
It’s a nasty business, if you ask me.
What’s the Bottom Line?
This battle really began in 2002. That’s when researchers released results from a large-scale study called the Women’s Health Initiative. They discovered some serious issues with synthetic hormones. At the time, these hormones were the go-to treatment for menopause symptoms.
To be fair, synthetic hormones had some benefits, too. Women who took them enjoyed a reduction in their menopause symptoms. They also had a 37% lower risk of getting colon cancer. And their risk of hip fracture dropped by 34%.
Unfortunately, the dangers were also significant. Women taking synthetic hormones had more than twice the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. That’s a potentially life-threatening condition. They also had a 26% increase in the risk of developing invasive breast cancer. Their risk of heart attack went up 29%. And they had a 41% higher chance of having a stroke.
Ultimately, researchers stopped the study early. They felt the risks were too great to continue.
When the study went public, patients and doctors sought better and safer options. Many of them turned to bio-identical hormones. The drug companies that had invested in synthetic hormones lost billions of dollars.
The Safety Record of Bio-Identical Hormones
Today, the question on the table is “Are bio-identical hormones safe?”
It’s a reasonable question. The truth is, large-scale studies on the effects of bio-identical hormones are harder to design. These hormones are not prescribed in standardized doses, and instead are tailored to each individual patient’s needs. This makes studying the long-term risks and benefits of the drugs more difficult.
Difficult, but not impossible.
Mainstream medicine insists, “there is no evidence that bio-identical hormones are safer than synthetics …”
But that’s not true. There is actually plenty of evidence that bio-identical hormones are in fact, very safe.
As one example, let’s look at a large-scale study on bio-identical estrogen and progesterone. The results of the study revealed the combination did not change the risk of breast cancer in patients at all when compared to women who were not taking hormones. In this same study, women taking synthetic hormones had a 69% increase of breast cancer compared to the control group.
In another study, bio-identical hormone replacement helped lower the risk of blood clots by 30%. Women taken synthetic hormones had a risk increase of 290%!
Now, I don’t want you to think that taking bio-identical hormones is risk-free. In fact, if you decide to go that route, you’ll need to work closely with your doctor. Regular monitoring in the form of saliva or blood tests is important.
Remember: A good doctor won’t simply prescribe drugs and send you on your way. She’ll work with you over time to make sure your body is getting what it needs.
P.S. – The mainstream media, the FDA, and mainstream medicine are ganging up on bio-identical hormones. They are trying to scare the men and women who use them back into the arms of Big Pharma. And if that doesn’t work, they hope to make bio-identical hormones unavailable altogether.
The bill before the Senate is S.959. Contact your Senator. Let them know how you feel about giving the FDA the power to restrict your access to natural health care options.