Monday, July 30, 2012
Over the last few weeks but particularly over the weekend there was a lot of media about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which is prescribed to women for the treatment of Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, urogenital symptoms and sleep disturbance.
A group of very unethical and unprofessional people from the medical industry have been saying that the studies which showed HRT to be dangerous were inadequate and poor studies and the latest study sponsored by the medical industry is the definitive study which shows it is safe.
This is absolutely the opposite from the truth and a lie and it shows what people in the medicine are willing to do to make money. In 2007 results were released of a study into the effects of HRT on Postmenopausal women by the Women’s Health Initiative, this followed the 2003 ‘Million Women Study’ on breast cancer and HRT – the outcomes of both studies resulted in a decline in women seeking HRT as both reported that health risks associated with HRT use outweighed any benefits.
These studies were extremely well done and are seen as one of the great ongoing studies. In the largest clinical trial to date, a combination estrogen-progestin pill (Prempro) increased the risk of certain serious conditions including Heart disease, Stroke, Blood clots, Breast cancer. While the evidence from this study was very powerful it was only associative. However, more recent information is showing breast cancer rates declining as a result of not using HRT drugs. Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst women in the world. Furthermore it is the leading cause of female morbidity and mortality in the world
Other evidence shows it increase the risk of other diseases including malignant melanoma and ovarian cancer.
Unfortunately the media has just repeated what their masters have been saying and now women are really confused. I kept hearing the commercial channels telling woman that it was now safe to take HRT. The definitive study had been done. Hormone replacement therapy was one of the biggest money spinners of all time so the industry will fight tooth and nail to keep woman using the drugs, even if it kills them. Remember just recently Glaxo Smith Kline was fined $3 billion for the deceit, lies and mal practices some of which lead to large numbers of premature deaths. The lawsuit also implicated many medical professionals in the lies. It seems we are not immune from the lies in Australia.