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You Take Hormones Whether You Want To or Not

In the past half-century, the U.S. government has approved about 80,000 chemicals for sale and distribution. Without requiring lab tests to determine their safety, two more chemicals, on average, are approved every day. No serious researcher doubts that the explosion in the incidence of cancer in the past century has mirrored exactly the increasing use of organic chemicals. An unfortunate fact is the lobbying clout provided by a half-trillion dollars in annual sales, and, for a century, an average twenty-five percent return on investment, ensures that the chemical giants and their pharmaceutical sub-divisions will resist any changes in the foreseeable future.

Although I have spent decades as an obstetrician-gynecologist, I am now free to write the truth about the conditions that effect women the most: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer, bowel cancer, and dementia. I call them, the big five.

The one truth I will devote my life to imparting: take no drug, or use no chemical, unless you know all the risks, and you are sure there is no natural alternative. The chemical, medroxyprogesterone, used in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study of hormone replacement therapy, initiated in 1997, was found to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and breast cancer, as I had predicted in my 1997 book, It's Your Life: a Gynecologist Challenges You To Take Control. The WHI study was terminated the same month (July 2002), as a study using natural isoflavones (see below) for menopause/post-menopause was initiated by the National Institutes of Health and the University of Iowa. The professors in the WHI study who authorized the use of a chemical that blocks many of the actions of a woman's natural hormones -- estrogen and progesterone -- should have known better, and probably did.

There are natural alternatives to drugs and hormones that will effectively prevent the big five. The natural alternatives are called isoflavones, or plant estrogens. These estrogens are found in the two most abundant legumes on the planet, namely, soy and red clover.

Unlike the pharmaceutical pseudo-estrogen products developed to mimic, but not duplicate, the beneficial effects of isoflavones in preventing breast cancer and osteoporosis (for example, the drug Raloxiphene), or to prevent breast cancer (the drug Tamoxiphene), the plant estrogens do not cause sudden death, blindness, or cancer of the womb. And isoflavones are inexpensive.

Robert Haas, world-renowned nutritionist, who has written bestsellers on diet in each of the last three decades, touts the preventative and curing effects of isoflavones on the big five in his book, Permanent Remissions.

A very brief review of physiology will help explain why plant estrogens are so effective in preventing (and curing) the big five:

Human breast milk shows an increasing assortment and quantities of man-made chemicals. These chemicals find their way into our air, water, or food chain. When taken into a women's body, often in modified forms, these foreign substances can attach themselves to the estrogen-receptors, located in virtually every cell, disrupting the balance and functions of the woman's own natural hormones. When chemicals act in this way, they are called xeno-estrogens, that is, strange or foreign estrogens.

In the breast, these foreign substances act as poisons and disrupt normal cell division, an action that greatly increases the risk of cancer.

Isoflavones attach to the estrogen receptors in the human breast preferentially, that is, before or more strongly than natural estrogens or xeno-estrogens, thereby protecting the breasts from excessive natural hormones and preventing the xeno-estrogens from attaching and causing harm. The drug companies have known about the miraculous benefits of isoflavones for a long time. That is why they have formulated drugs that act in some -- but unfortunately not all -- of the ways that isoflavones do.

NSI's SYNERGY WOMEN'S FORMULA VERSION 4 has 60 mg. soy isoflavones, along with many other phytonutrients designed to help protect the heart, brain, eyes (lutein, 6mg.) breast, gastrointestinal tract (probiotics), joints and bones (highly absorbable calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K). It has many phytonutrients with even more antioxidant activity than vitamin C and vitamin E. Alpha lipoic acid, 150 mg, acetyl L-carnitine, 150 mg., and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, 30 mg) have been added, since scientific studies show them to increase cellular energy production to protect the heart and brain. Heart disease patients given folic acid 1,000 mcg, vitamin B12 400 mcg and vitamin B6 10 mg for one year had 32% less death, heart attacks, coronary artery angioplasty and surgery (JAMA, 2002). Synergy Women's Version 4 has the same amount of folic acid and more vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 together with powerful antioxidants that may help protect the heart and brain. To promote joint health, glucosamine sulfate, 750 mg., has been added. Clinical trials show it can protect joint cartilage from degenerative changes commonly occurring with aging.

My wife, daughters, sisters, relatives, friends and ex-patients have been prospering on the Synergy Women's Formula products since their introduction four years ago. These women have now become enthusiastic promoters of Synergy Women Formula 4.

James A. Schaller M.D., Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Member of Medical Advisory Board of Nutraceutical Sciences Institute.

(Author: Death By Prescription, September 2003, available at buybooksontheweb.com)

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