Menopause and HRT: Now Women Aren't Supposed to Worry Anymore
It'a a heck of a choice women are given. Either they can take the drugs that Big Pharma is now back to saying are the best bet for menopause or they can live with symptoms that are described as "ruining her life."
It wasn't that many years ago that a Women's Health Initiative Study made clear the increased risks of heart attack and breast cancer as a result of hormone treatment.
Now that same hormone replacement therapy treatment is being compared to taking migraine medicine.
Clearly, something has gotten lost in the translation.
The reason for this sudden push is that the clinical trials pursued on soy and flaxseed didn't show results that compared with the pharmaceuticals' effects on the symptoms. According to the doctors involved, soy and flaxseed acted as no more than a placebo.
Of course, what we're not told is whether or to what extent any of the doctors or their research are being funded by the pharmaceutical companies themselves.
The doctors' recommendation: Take the pills. It doesn't matter that no one knows exactly what causes hot flashes - but, that's okay. Take the pills. Don't worry about the side effects. They can't be worse than the symptoms.
Interestingly, this advice came out the same day an Op-Ed in the New York Times talked about the dangers of over-medicating children. According to the author, Joel Bakan, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, the pharmaceutical companies operate "within a trend fueled in part by questionable and under-regulated pharmaceutical industry practices."
That assessment of the context within which the industry works leads to far more questions than answers - whether regarding medicating children or the about-face regarding HRT.
It's a funny thing. If there was one big difference in what was reported, it was that every doctor interviewed was female. Sadly, their view of the subject didn't differ that much from the way men view menopause.
What a commentary.