Once again the But-There's-Money-In-It apparatus has sprung to life to resuscitate hormone therapy (HT) in an article called The Estrogen Dilemma in this week's New York Times magazine.
For reporters and scientists aware of the cascade of hormone therapy (HT) cancer and morbidity studies, seeing its pharma-invented "benefits" disinterred for another lap around the track is like seeing an article suggesting cigarettes may be good for you after all.
Since the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) findings in 2002 -- which author Cynthia Gorney, parroting the pharma line, says overlooked younger women and cardio benefits --HT has been linked to asthma, lupus, scleroderma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, urinary incontinence, hearing loss, cataracts, malignant melanoma, lung cancer, gout, joint degeneration, dementia, loss of mental acuity, a shrinking brain, (pant, pant), diabetes complications and colon, ovarian, gall bladder and endometrial cancer.
And that's not counting the 26 percent increased risk of breast cancer, 29 percent increased risk of heart attack, 41 percent increased risk of stroke, and doubled risk of blood clots seen with the Women's Health Initiative.
In fact HT was such a source of manmade, preventable morbidity and mortality, when 50 million women quit, estrogen positive breast cancer fell by 15 percent and has continued to fall, sparing some 14,000 women a year. And more than 5,000 women have filed suits claiming Wyeth's HT drug, Prempro, gave breast cancer. Wyeth is now part of Pfizer.
No wonder Gorney's "sources" are the Wyeth funded Roberta Diaz Brinton, Thomas Clarkson--who worked with the Wyeth ghostwriting firm, DesignWrite--and Louann Brizendine and Claudio N. Soares who have served as actual paid Wyeth speakers.
Gorney spins a poignant tale about a psycho-socio-hormonal-spiritual breakdown that led her to hormone discipleship in midlife. (Weeks after another meltdown tale that wasn't hormonal in the magazine by Conde Nast's Dominique Browning.)
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