I went to a seminar (put on by one of the local hospitals) Friday night, and the topic was menopause. I love going to that kind of stuff, usually I learn something, and it's a great way to network. The presenter was an OB/GYN.
I knew when he said "we don't know what causes hot flashes" that it was going to be a long hour. Really!?!?!? Are you kidding me!?!?!?! I'm not a doctor and I know what causes hot flashes---HORMONE IMBALANCE. Good grief, it's not that hard. He then started listing all the antidepressants that "studies have shown are helpful with hot flashes". OK, now let me get this straight----symptoms of menopause: hot flashes, weight gain, lethargy (tiredness), insomnia, loss of libido, mental fogginess. Side effects of any antidepressant: weight gain, tiredness, insomnia, lack of sex drive, mental confusion. I think you get the picture----and you just have to imagine me rolling my eyes as I write this.
The doctor then brings up his Powerpoint slides on bioidentical hormones, and it's absolutely right off the FACOG (Fellows of American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists).....that "there is no scientific evidence to show that bioidentical hormones are safer than synthetic hormones" (yes, there is, but the studies are not done in the US because you can't patent a substance that appears in nature, and therefore the drug companies have no interest in studying it), and the bioidenticals are not "FDA approved". Every time someone says FDA to me I usually just start chanting "Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra" (the three anti inflamatory drugs that were the focus of a lot of health problems back about 5 years ago ---- all drugs that were FDA approved). Now I have another reason to dislike the FDA, click here to read an article about Makena, a new drug by KV Pharmaceuticals------Makena is progesterone. This makes me so angry I could scream------it's a blatant money issue and part of the reason health care in this country is a joke.