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Life Arts    H4'ed 6/21/09

Newsweek and Oprah, A Comedy of Errors

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5000 Lawsuits for Synthetic Hormones

"Perhaps Newsweek can also run an article on the 5000 lawsuits Wyeth is facing for the damages attributed to its own, admittedly unnatural, FDA-approved version (Prempro). If they did, it would help their case of proving Ms. Somers' alleged belief wrong, that "the media" is "in the pocket of the pharmaceutical industry."

An Infomercial Masquarading as Medical News

"In a magazine filled with pharma ads, accused in 2001 by five consumer groups of breaching journalism ethics by working with the lobby group PhRMA, having a special advertising relationship with pharmaceutical corporations and allowing its publication to be used by pharma lobbyists for public relations purposes, Newsweek's agenda is no secret. One consumer advocate described Newsweek as "an infomercial masquerading as medical news" and "an example of corruption in journalism. Newsweek has surrendered its professional credentials by shamelessly engaging in disease mongering aimed at increasing profits for the mental health industry."

Above quoted from Jake Crosby.

Newsweek Writer,  Pat Wingert, Also Wrote A Book (?) On Menopause

Pat Wingert, the co-writer of the Oprah-bashing Newsweek Article, also co-authored a book on menopause entitled, "Is it Hot in Here? Or is it me? The Complete Guide to Menopause" available on Amazon.  This book advocates synthetic hormones and promotes a drug company agenda.

Left Image Pat Wingert. Right Image Pat's book cover.  Courtesy of Newsweek and Pat Wingert.

Book Reviews on Amazon - Pat Wingert's Menopause Book

Here are a few unflattering book reviews on Amazon from people who do not apreciate a drug company propaganda book that pretends to be medical advice. These reader reviews give you an idea about the level of journalism we are dealing with:

Get This Book Off the Market

"I have been dealing with menopause for several years and this book in no way, shape or form helped me to find a cure for my symptoms. But then again why would I buy a book written by journalists about medical conditions?!?! And as a side, I have found that bio-identical hormones are the ONLY therapy that has saved my life, instead of "possibly" risking my life by taking synthetic hormones.  Get this book off the market!"

Garbage

"This book is complete garbage! I agree with another reviewer who said that this book should be taken off the market."

Total Waste 

"Let me save you the price of this book, This book (by Pat Wingert) was a total waste of my time and money." 

Where to Go For Medical Advice?  Turn to these Medical Heroes.

 Rather than get your medical advice from a lightweight tabloid journalist like Pat Wingert, who promotes a biased drug company agenda, I recommend Erika Schwartz MD, Kent Holtorf MD, and David Brownstein MD, three medical heroes with active bioidentical hormone practices.  Erika's comments about the Newsweek Oprah bashing article can be found here

In her article, Dr. Erika reveals that she gave a lecture on bioidentical hormones at Harvard Med School in February 2, 2009, and the first slide of the talk was Oprah with Suzanne Somers.  Dr. Erika then asked the chairman of the department of ob-gyn, Isaac Schiff, MD and the rest of the audience, 'How come Suzanne Somers and Oprah are the ones to teach the public about bioidentical hormones?  Oprah has stepped up to the plate and has given the public the missing information about bio-identical hormones. And the public has spoken. Oprah is their leader, not the American Medical Association."

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