By Byron J. Richards, CCN
December 11, 2010
The medical profession continues to kill and injure women with horse urine estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). Advice to use lower-dose estrogen or even bio-identical estrogen is generally ignored and the prescription of choice remains the cancer and heart disease causing horse urine estrogen. It is unlikely that health care costs in this country will ever get under control until doctors are actually held accountable when they kill and injure people with drugs – especially when they continue to prescribe a deadly drug knowing that it causes harm.
The latest study by Stanford researchers analyzed data from 2001-2009. Following the negative results of the horse urine estrogen trial known as the Women’s Health Initiative study of 2002, annual prescriptions have dropped from 16.3 million per year down to 6.1 million per year. However, the majority of those are for horse urine estrogen in doses known to cause cancer and heart disease. This is still 1 billion dollars in sales of a drug known to injure and kill.
In order to understand the severity of this problem a bit of history is in order. There were only a few thousand women taking estrogen back in 1966. That number changed dramatically with the release of the book Feminine Forever, by Dr. Robert A Wilson, a New York gynecologist. In the book Dr. Wilson attributed all undesirable aspects of aging to a lack of estrogen – while downplaying and trying to explain away the troubling link to cancer.
Dr. Wilson quit his practice and set up a foundation to promote his ideas. He and his wife went around the country giving seminars and his book received wide media coverage in major magazines. The book became one of the first off label marketing pieces, freely given out to doctors as a promotional tool.
What was not known at the time was that the drug company that is now Wyeth (Ayerst Laboratories) was funding the foundation.