Wolf in sheep's clothing

Recently, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) issued a position statement on whether or not it was healthy for women to take HRT for menopause. It was a long paper with a short answer. Women near the time of menopause would benefit from HRT but only for a short time and HRT should not be used by women older than 60.

Does something change in a woman's body on the day she turns 60 years old? If so, then The North American Menopause Society should tell us what it is.

The metabolic pathways that keep women under 60 years old healthy are the same metabolic pathways that keep women over 60 years old healthy. Intentionally excluding women over 60 years old and denying them healthcare is discrimination.

If NAMS is going to say that somehow on a woman's 60th birthday her body chemistry has changed and only Fosamax, Boniva or some other bisphosphonate and not appropriate doses of estradiol, testosterone, progesterone, and dhea will keep her bones strong then NAMS should show the proof.

The North American Menopause Society has been misleading the public and medical communities for decades. The result of steering women and their doctors away from appropriate treatment of the multiple hormone deficiencies of profound hypogonadism (menopause) is a steady supply of women in need of breast cancer treatment, osteoporosis treatment, anti-anxiety treatment, sleep drugs and anti-depressants.

NAMS does not take a balanced or scientific view of profound hypogonadism in women. If it did NAMS would be telling women and their doctors the following:

1) NAMS uses terms interchangeably for all hormone regimens, whether they represent hormone replacement or not.

2) NAMS primarily recommends a pill made from horse urine and calls it HRT for menopause even though it is not. This pill raises estrogen levels to extremely high, unhealthy levels and lowers the other menopausal hormones. So now instead of having menopause women who take this horse urine pill have two new illnesses to replace menopause. Women who take this horse urine pill now have hyperestrogenism (extremely high and unhealthy estrogen levels) combined with lower than menopause levels of testosterone, progesterone and dhea levels.

3) Hyperestrogenism, or extremely high levels of estrogen, was a rare illness prior to the introduction of horse urine pills.

4) NAMS uses the negative results of clinical trials that used the horse urine pills to steer women and their doctors away from using appropriate hormone treatment.

5) NAMS doesn't tell women that HRT was not used in these trials. In fact, NAMS never mentions that hormone levels were not tested in trials that use these horse urine pills. Testing hormone levels produced by these horse urine pills would prove that they are not HRT, nor are they any replacement at all.

The North American Menopause society advertises the following:

NAMS is dedicated to providing menopause help and menopause information for women

Define help. This couldn't be further from the truth.

For decades the North American Menopause Society has taken away a woman's opportunity to obtain safe, reliable, and effective treatment. NAMS has consistently denied women access to quality medical care that would treat their profound hypogonadism by misleading their doctors into believing that horse urine is HRT and the failure of horse urine to treat profound hypogonadism is a failure of HRT.

With HRT based on normal ovarian hormone levels you can restore sexual function, you can prevent and reverse osteoporosis, you can prevent breast cancer, you can continue to be competitive in the job market and you can be healthy again.

With horse urine pills, which create bizarre hormone levels, you cannot restore sexual function, you cannot prevent or reverse osteoporosis, you cannot prevent breast cancer, you cannot continue to be competitive in the job market and you cannot be healthy.

Intentionally confusing the unhealthy hormone levels created by horse urine and the healthy hormone levels created by using bio-identical ovarian hormones means women and their doctors are misled into mistakenly believing that real hormone replacement is unhealthy.
Creating and then reinforcing this confusion ensures women will not receive appropriate medical treatment and will continue to unnecessarily suffer from cancer, relationship troubles, broken bones, and heart disease. All of this suffering, simply to make money for a drug company.

The North American Menopause Society leads women down a path of ill health and does their best to keep them there.

This confusion over what HRT really is allows The North American Menopause Society to create a steady stream of women in need of expensive pharmaceuticals that are available from Wyeth, the pharmaceutical company that is a major sponsor of this group.

NAMS stunning disregard for women their health, their family, and their career is consistent and unwavering.

In reality, this group is nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.
5/14/2010 9:12:09 AM
Beth Rosenshein
Written by Beth Rosenshein
Beth Rosenshein is an electrical/bio-medical engineer and is very familiar with medical research. She holds two United States patents, one for a unique design of a vaginal speculum, and one for a clever urinary collection device specifically designed for women. Beth discovered and documented an important drug interaction...
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I was seeing a doc for 4 years who was treating me with bio-identical hormones. Everything he said was making sense... but i was seeing him every 4-6 weeks and he was never able to get my progesterone and thyroid levels adjusted. So 6 months ago I consulted with a bio-identical hormone specialist (found through my pharmacy)who trains doctors and pharmacists about treatment. She was horrified to find I was way on more pregesterone than is recommended for a pregnant woman. The doctor had been blaming my thyroid for making my treatment tricky, but he was using blood instead of saliva to test my levels. Sadly, when the specialist had my saliva tested, my progesterone level actually cam back LOW. My body was deregulating... sending the progesterone somewhere else... adrenal pathways?? I was a wreck when I came to see her. Horrible anxiety, mood swings, memory lapses (thought I was literally losing my mind).. not to mention physical issues like migraines, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness/burning. Thankfully she was able to refer me to a new doc who has spent the past 6 months stepping down the treatment and getting me to a healthier place. Despite the fact the hormone guru told me progesterone is the one hormone we can take way too much of and suffer no ill effects, I'm honestly worried. At one point the old doc had even thrown some bi-est and estradiol into my bio-identical cream. Thankfully he had not added this to my pills as I understand that poses more of a risk. Beth, please tell me if I have anything to really be concerned about based on your extensive knowledge of the subject. I'm wondering if 10 or 20 years down the road I'll have issues as a result of this ordeal. Also, how long can I safely use the progesterone therapy at healthy dosages?? (A little more about me: I turned 40 yrs old this year. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism due to Hoshimoto's at age 18.) Thank you in advance for taking time to answer!
Posted by janedoe4
Dear blcarlos, I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. The symptoms you describe are from multiple hormone deficiencies, not just one. A holistic approach would need to be able to restore the function of each of the missing hormones without using hormones. There are medications that you can take, such as anti-anxiety pills to reduce anxiety and sleeping pills to get some sleep, to reduce some of the symptoms. The type of tachycardia that is associated with profound hypogonadism (menopause) is not treated. There are no effective medications for nocturnal diaphoresis (night sweats). Some women have some success with anti-depressants but not much. Unfortunately, if any of these medications are taken over a long period of time the side effects will cause other illnesses to appear and will only be added to your symptoms of profound hypogonadism. Your body was designed with chemical pathways that work their best with adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals, and hormones. Unfortunately, you cannot stimulate these pathways with anything but the vitamins, minerals and hormones they were designed to work with. Each hormone in our bodies, and we have hundreds, has a special receptor, which, when stimulated, is a link in the metabolic pathway that keeps us healthy. Too much of a hormone and the pathway is over stimulated and too little of a hormone and the pathway is under stimulated. We live in a modern age and hormones can be purified to the point that the body cannot distinguish them from the hormones that it makes itself (bio-identical). We live in a time when the amounts of replaced hormone can be carefully measured for the healthiest amount. It is a black mark on humanity that this technology isn’t used and available to those who wish to maintain their health. In all honesty, you cannot treat any hormone deficiency holistically. What you can do is recognize when you have one, know the limitations of using drugs to control each symptom separately, and decide what is best for you. Don’t forget that you always have the option of appropriate hormone replacement with bio-identical hormones in healthy amounts. Thanks, Beth
Posted by Beth Rosenshein
Hi Beth, I just discovered you and your blog today and it is the proverbial breath of fresh air. I'm 59 and have been seeking treatment for menopausal problems for 6 years. One doctor told me that insomnia was part of aging. I tried to stress to him that I needed to stay alert and perform well in my job to stay employed as I was and am my sole support. None of the doctors I've encountered seem to recognize that many women like me will have to continue working well into their 60's if not beyond to support themselves. I'm in information technology which requires constantly learning new technologies to stay employed. That's difficult to do when you're only sleeping 4 hours a night. Fortunately, through my own research and sorting through a lot of good and bad information, I'm now on estradiol, 4mg 2x daily, progesterone, 100mg 2xdaily (alternating 2 weeks on and off) but I don't tolerate testosterone well, I get acne even on 1 mg. I'm sleeping better now but my sex drive is still way below what it was pre-menopause, and I don't think as clearly. I think that if I could restore those areas to normalcy, I'd feel like I did before, which was great - I ran marathons all through my 40's. I've read that the Wiley Protocol is too extreme, but I'm interested in the concept of restoring a menstrual cycle as a way of restoring other components of health. What do you think of Wiley and/or the restoration of menstruation for post menopausal women? Thanks!
Posted by kmvc
After reading your article, I must concer. I chose to eliminate the product you refered to from my regiment over 7 years ago. I am comfortable with my decision, however, I suffer every day with tachycardia, panic, and insomnia secondary to profuse nocturnal diaphorisis. Are there any suggestions to help manage these holistically? Thanks, blcarlos
Posted by blcarlos
Dear bethkathelesher, There seems to be some confusion. The NAMS that I am referring to is the North American Menopause Society and the NAMS that you are referring to is the National Academy of Mortuary Science. For more information on the National Academy of Mortuary Science please visit their website at <url removed>/ Thanks, Beth
Posted by Beth Rosenshein
Will a funeral home in Maine hire you if you become a "CMT" through "NAMS" located in Arkansas? It is a take home course which is called Certified Mortiuary Technichian. It's offered by "The National Academy of Mortiuary Science in Arkansas. I'm just wondering if anybody in Maine has ever taken this course and got a job working for a funeral home in Maine, or any other state that has the same funeral home regulations as Maine?
Posted by bethkathelesher
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