|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
Consuming Dairy For Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Post menopausal women sometimes take steroid horomones to replace what their bodies no longer manufacture. This is called hormonal replacement therapy (HRT). Female toddlers also take steroid hormones to replace those naturally occurring chemicals that have not yet been internally secreted within their own immature female bodies. Should little girls be on HRT? Every sip of cow's milk contains steroid hormones, according to endocrinologist Clark Grosvenor, who published a list of 59 different hormones found in cow's milk in the Journal of Endocrine Reviews in 1992. In her entire lifetime, the average human female manufactures the equivalent of one-half tablespoon of estrogen, so it takes only billionths of a gram to exert powerful behavioral and physiological effects. Drink cow's milk and you ingest hormones. Ten pounds of milk are required to make one pound of hard cheese, and twelve pounds of milk make one pint of ice cream. Concentrated milk products contain concentrated amounts of steroid hormones. Drinking cow's milk and eating ice cream are efficient ways of delivering female hormones to the human body. Nearly ten million American women practice HRT in the form of Premarin, which stands for Pregnant Mares' Urine. Why spend hundreds of dollars for horse estrogen collected from the urine of pregnant mares and processed into a yellow pill, when you can eat something equally yellow, aromatic, and delicious containing cow estrogen...like cheese? Notable Horomone Replacement Therapy Quotes "How did it come to be that one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the country was used for decades in so many millions of women before its long-term effects were ever studied systematically? This is an example of a big gap in U.S. health care and science policy regarding prescription drugs. If you are a company and can demonstrate that your drug works well for some short-term outcome, in this case it was the hot flashes of the menopause, that drug can then come to be used in a very widespread way for indications that really have nothing to do with the basis on which it was originally approved." -Dr. Jerry Avorn, Harvard Medical School "The risks of breast cancer, stroke, heart attack and blood clots outweigh the benefits for bones. And we have other drugs we can use to prevent osteoporosis." -Dr. Maura Parker Quinlana, Univ. of Chicago Hospitals, hormone replacement therapy specialist "This is the biggest bombshell that ever hit in my 30-something years in the menopause area." -Dr. Wulf Utian, executive director of the North American Menopause Society of the new hormone replacement therapy findings "This is definitive evidence." -Dr. Deborah Grady, UCSF of the hormone replacement therapy study findings "It is a global risk. This is such compelling evidence that women and their physician ought to be finding a way to get off estrogen." -Dr. Deborah Grady, UCSF of the hormone replacement therapy study findings "The study results will have a tremendous effect...they overturn something we've been preaching as 'preventive' for all these years. All women need to be reevaluated and counseled." -Dr. Michael Fleming, speaker of the congress for the American Academy of Family Physicians "We thought it would really prevent heart disease, which is in fact the number one killer even in women. Now we know it's not only not going to prevent it, it may make it worse." -Dr. Norman Lasser, New Jersey Medical School "The study provides an important answer for generations of health postmenopausal women to come: do not use estrogen/progestin to prevent chronic disease." -Dr. Fletcher & Dr. Graham, Harvard Medical School "The whole purpose of healthy women taking long-term estrogen/progestin therapy is to preserve health and prevent disease. The results of this study provide strong evidence that the opposite is happening for important aspects of women's health, even if the absolute risk is low." -Dr. Fletcher & Dr. Graham, Harvard Medical School
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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