A major clinical trial of more than 16,000 women in 2002 (Women’s Health Initiative) produced shocking results. Pre-trial data suggested a then commonly prescribed combination drug for hot flashes, containing estrogen and progestin, could decrease heart disease and cancer in women. Just 5 years into the trial, originally planned to run for 8½ years, the women were told to stop taking the hormone medication. Tests had revealed that the 6 million American women taking the drugs might be at greater risk of coronary heart disease, by 29%, invasive breast cancer, by 26%, strokes, by 41%, and blood clots, by 100%!
The results of the trial were published in the July 17, 2002, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Lead investigators recommended “clinicians stop prescribing this combination for long-term use,” having significant consequences for all women.
Dr. Jerry Avorn, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chief of Pharmaco-Epidemiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, stated that, “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 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.” There seem to be ample marketing dollars to encourage use of such drugs, but it took years to raise the research dollars needed to find out if they actually work and are safe.”
The meticulous short-term studies required by the FDA are good, but they offer little knowledge in relation to the long-term effects of the best test of all, the test of time. The WHI results show how necessary the trials are to predict long-term outcomes.
The Homeopathic Solution
Homeopathy has passed this test of time. In over 200 years of clinical use, no homeopathic product has ever been pulled off the market for any harmful side effects, negative drug interactions or addictions. Homeopathy offers us double blind studies called “provings,” clinical confirmations and, best of all, the test of time.
It may, at first, look like you are just treating symptoms; but quite the opposite is true. Symptoms are just the body’s language communicating to us. There are many homeopathic formulas to safely and effectively correct dysfunctions within the woman’s hormone system. Consider the following formulas for the associated conditions. (I have used generalized descriptive names, which can be cross-matched to the product lines of most homeopathic companies.)
• Menopause: Hot flashes, sweats, chills, clammy skin, heat in the head, headaches, hot feet, mood swings, anxiety, sensitivity, and wanting to be alone.
• Female libido enhancement: Helps enhance female sexual desire and vitality and combat dry, tender, sore or burning vagina, abhorrence to sexual intercourse, frigidity or painful intercourse.
• Fertility: Helps relieve vaginal dryness or discharge, sensitive or itchy genitalia, irregular cycling and discomfort during intercourse.
• Menstrual cramps and irregularities: Balances menstrual flow, i.e., too heavy, too light or irregular flows.
• Osteoporosis: Helps mineralize and strengthen bones. Helps heal bone fractures, bone pain and weak spines.
• Anxiety and nervousness: When symptoms are associated with menopause.
• Good mood enhancement: To enhance moods.
• Mood changes: For more extreme shifts in moods.
• Cardiovascular: For related symptoms.
• Fatigue relief: When symptoms are associated with menopause.
• Female PID discomforts: For pelvic inflammatory diseases.
• PMS: When symptoms are associated with menopause.
• Breast: For related symptoms in the breast.
• Apoplexy: To help in the recovery and prevention of strokes.
• Constitutional enhancement: For general overall health enhancement.
• Detoxification: Offers many remedies that activate our detox or drainage mechanisms so that they function properly.
Homeopathic combination formulas can actually help you get a higher percentage of cures and faster results than classical single remedy results. The multiple potencies in combinations allow the body to safely, quickly and effectively go into an actual cure. Giving the body a choice of potencies allows the body to pick the potencies that best fit the need. When given more choices, the body will most efficiently and effectively apply the best remedies and their potencies to more gently heal without crisis.
Homeopathy works to activate the innate healing abilities resident within all of us. Understanding we are designed to be healthy, we no longer need to force biochemical changes with drugs in a shallow effort to suppress certain symptoms. There is no need to suppress symptoms when you can effectively express the body’s innate healing ability with the proven, effective and safe methods offered by homeopathy!
Frank J. King Jr., ND, DC, is a nationally recognized researcher, author, and lecturer on homeopathy. Dr. King is the founder and director of King Bio®, an FDA registered homeopathic manufacturing company dedicated to completing chiropractic destiny with the marriage of homeopathy. Call King Bio at 800-543-3245 or email [email protected] for further information.