Myths vs. Facts
Myths & Facts: What Every Woman Should Know about Hormone Replacement Therapy
is a brand-new easy-to-read book by Lorraine Rothman (co-founder of the Los Angeles
Feminist Women's Health Center) with
Marcia Wexler PhD.
More than 20 years
ago, Lorraine began researching human hormones to understand what happens when
women take The Pill for birth control or Hormone Replacement Therapy in menopause.
new book identifies 26 myths about menopause and sets the record straight, giving
accurate and complete information. See below for myth #26.
Rothman points out that much of menopause research today is based on women experiencing
problems, ignoring the vast majority of women who have gone through menopause
uneventfully. Women without problems have not been studied to find out why.
the baby boom generation ages, pharmaceutical companies see peri-menopausal women
as a huge untapped market consumers for a steady supply of replacement
hormones. Thus, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is being promoted to prevent
heart disease and osteoporosis even though these claims have not been proven.
Hormone Replacement Therapy is a misnomer: they are
not hormones (they are usually drugs made synthetically in the laboratory), they
are not replacing anything (our bodies continue to make enough hormones during
and after menopause), and they are not therapeutic (menopause is not a disease).
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:
with permission from author Lorraine Rothman
date, there is no evidence that food additives and pesticides do any harm, and
their benefits to our food supply outweigh the risks.|
to chemicals aggravates an already over-burdened body. Some of these chemicals
are also estrogen-imitators.|
until 1945, all Americans ate organic fruits, vegetables, and meats. The discovery
of DDT opened the door to a host of new chemicals and new diseases that continue
Synthetic compounds found in pesticides
and industrial chemicals are wreaking havoc with our endocrine system, a network
of hormone-producing glands. The problems range from thyroid dysfunction, diabetic-like
conditions, decreased immunity, decreased fertility, increased miscarriages, gross
birth deformities, to problems with adrenal glands, such as feminization of men
and masculinization of women.
Many cells in our body
need estrogen (such as the lining of our digestive tract, skin, eyes and brain)
and these cells have special receptor sites for estrogen molecules. What was recently
discovered in a lab was that some chemicals are perceived by a cell as estrogen
and permitted to enter that site, both closing off that site to real estrogen
and permitting this chemical to affect the cell.
believe that these hormone-disrupting chemicals may have combined effects and
that trace quantities of individual chemicals can have major cumulative effects.
chemicals have been found in laundry detergents, pesticides, personal care products,
and some of the clear plastic bottles, such as in baby bottles and those commonly
filled with spring water or cooking oil. These estrogen-mimicking chemicals were
found quite by accident.
Researchers studying breast
cancer in the laboratory found their cell cultures reacting in an unusual way.
After repeating their experiments several times and getting these unexpected results,
they started examining the laboratory glassware. They found that the supplier
had not informed them that they had added a plastic coating to the glassware and
did not list this coated glassware separately in their catalog. The chemical in
the plastic is called bisphenol-A, which has been implicated in causing cancer.
Spain's University of Granada, scientists investigated the plastic coatings that
line metal cans. These plastic coatings are found in 85% of US food cans. The
Spanish scientists analyzed twenty brands of canned foods. They found bisphenol-A
in both the plastic coating on the lining of the can and in the food, especially
in canned corn, artichokes, and peas. About half the canned foods contained the
chemical. Some cans contained as much as 27 times the amount that scientists said
was enough to make breast cancer cells proliferate.
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Myths and Facts:
Above is an excerpt from the book, Menopause Myths & Facts: What Every Woman Should Know about Hormone Replacement Therapy, by Lorraine Rothman MS MS, (co-founder of the Los Angeles Feminist Women's Health Center) with Marcia Wexler PhD.
Re-printed here with permission from Lorraine Rothman.
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