The problem with these experiments is that it is only years later, often when many thousands of people have died because of them that so many of these drugs are finally exposed and withdrawn from the market. Even then, many pharmaceutical companies fight back with dis-information campaigns, just to keep the money coming in.
One such experiment was the first ever done on Oestrogen. This involved the disastrous ‘female’s drug’ DES (Di-ethyl Stilbestrol), and it was on the market for over 40 years. Started in the 1930’s, it was eventually stopped in 1970’s after wreaking devastation among the children of those taking part - six million women. The majority of daughters born of these women either have deformed uteri, were infertile, or presented with a new cancer, a clear-cell carcinoma of the cervix. A significant number of boy babies had deformed penises.
So what is the alternative to these potent drugs used in HRT, and why the necessity for them in the first place?
Sixty years ago there was very little hormonal imbalance, and women would go through the menopause with relative ease. Today, however, it is a very different scene.
Because we have been playing around with chemicals since WW2, we have severely upset the delicate balance between oestrogen and progesterone in our bodies. Many man-made chemicals now mimic oestrogen and have an oestrogenic effect in our cells causing hormonal imbalances that start in the foetus and persist right throughout our lives. We call these “symptoms of oestrogen dominance”. They range from depressions and weight gain, through high blood pressure, blood clots, cancers, PMS, mood swings, bad tempers, uncontrolled rages, migraine headaches, and exaggerated menopausal symptoms.
At menopause the problems are greatly exaggerated because then the balance between our own oestrogen and progesterone is further thrown out. After our ovaries have run out of eggs, we no longer produce the high amounts of progesterone needed each month to keep oestrogen under control. At this stage, known as peri-menopause, our progesterone levels plummet to that of a man, throwing us yet further into a state of oestrogen dominance. Cholesterol levels start to climb; the ratio of ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ lipids in our blood takes a nosedive, increasing our risk of heart disease and strokes; calcium leaches from the bones, gall bladders behave badly, we burn less calories and we get middle-age spread. What is worse is that peri-menopause seems to be arriving earlier and earlier in life for those born into this “sea of oestrogens”. The real menopause is when the oestrogen (oestradial, which is fertile female oestrogen) levels also start to fall characterised by hot flushes
We certainly need help, but not of the kind so many have been subjected to - drugs proven to be seriously hazardous to health without even any short term benefit.
The help we do need and which is so readily available is of two kinds.
The first is nutrition. You must increase your nutritional intake. Take whole-food supplements and change your diet to a really healthy one. Cut out junk foods and cut out sugar and stimulants such as coffee and tea, they are the very worst for hot flushes! Eat more vegetables and fruit and less meat. Where you can, choose organically grown food because toxins and especially the xeno-oestrogens are high in food grown with chemicals and hormones.
Secondly there are bio-identical hormones that can be taken when appropriate. Normally, natural progesterone therapy will be sufficient. However, some women who have had surgical menopause may need a bio-identical oestrogen as well. Note the emphasis – it is the difference between the disasters commonly associated with HRT and the undoubted benefits of a natural hormonal supplement.
Sally Longden, along with many doctors in this field, Dr John Lee, author of “What your doctor may not tell you about menopause, Dr Shirley Bond, co-author of Progesterone Therapy to name just two, always recommends trying Natural progesterone therapy first and foremost. It is a safe therapy that can sort out so many problems.