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This section of our website will be for data gathering. For example… how many of us are there? How are we doing on the Protocol? Can we prove what we’re experiencing? In other words, what hoops do we have to jump through to get decent, scientifically provable health care using natural hormones? In light of recent events in Congress by Big Pharma, the question really becomes how can we retain access to bio-identical, compounded hormones vs. synthetics?
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Women have always gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to heath care research. Most studies on major health issues like heart disease and diabetes were performed on men and the results were just assumed to be relevant to women. They weren’t. The much-touted Women’s Health Initiative was ill-conceived and at best, misguided. It studied women over 65 years-old on synthetic drugs with hormone-like effects. All they proved was that these drugs are unsafe for post menopausal women with multiple previous disease states…fat lot of good that does for them or the rest of us.
It’s pretty apparent at this juncture to any of us paying attention that the government isn’t terribly interested in women’s health or our comfort levels on any issue. The last time we were between this rock and a hard place, we, together, took control. It was 1840, in London for Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and again in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York (read article). It was 1851 in Akron, Ohio for Sojourner Truth. It was 1860 in New York for Susan B. Anthony. It was 1915 in New York for Alice Paul, 1935 for Mary McLeod Bethune, 1963 for Betty Freidan, 1971 for Gloria Steinem. Maybe it will be 2007 for us. It could be.
Remember when it felt like we had some control over our lives? Remember the power and the glory of our youth? It was about the feeling that we could change the world. We made Woodstock happen. We stopped a war. We took back the night. We had babies at home; we breastfed in public. We made mistakes. We made history.
It’s time to do it again.
It’s time to grab the reins, it’s time to stop relegating the safety of our minds and bodies to the AMA, the NIH, the FDA, the Fox Network and CNN. It’s time to take responsibility for ourselves and get on with it. It’s time to make our health a feminist issue. It’s time to play politics.
It is my intent to stop Wyeth-Ayerst from destroying the compounding of bio-identical hormones by playing the game by their rules. Many of the doctors I have worked with have shown me the ropes.
Five Easy Pieces
Here’s the plan:
To be very clear: I’m asking you to go to a physician who will honor your request to get your prescription for the Wiley Protocol® at a Registered Pharmacy. Pharmacies not Registered, will offer you “generics” which cost more and are not standardized. You all must take the exactly same thing in order to ever study the results and report them in a credible way. I’m also asking you to reward the pharmacists who will help us prove our point and to help them prove to Congress that Compounding Pharmacy is capable of self-regulation and should not be shut down for the economic gain of Wyeth.
We spend billions of dollars on menopause and get almost no benefit and quite often harm for our desperate efforts. I intend this to stop. We deserve decent, deliberate medical care based on scientific premise and investigation, hence Feminist Medicine. We are half of the world and we live at the center of the other half’s universe. We are mothers, sisters, daughters and grandmothers as well as lovers and business partners. We shape and defend the world of men and children. When we feel bad, everyone suffers. – T.S. Wiley
Until we have enough pharmacies to realize our goal, we intend to gather your data soon in this spot on the website using the North American Menopause Society’s Questionnaire for symptoms and registering your blood work results if you defer HIPPA privacy regulations. We are currently reviewing software solutions for sifting the data we can gather to report to medical journals.