Women's Health

  1. Household items linked to early menopause

    Ladies, you know the only thing worse than going through "the change" is having to deal with it years earlier than you expected.

    Today, more women than ever are suffering from early menopause -- and a new study finds common household chemicals may be the reason.

    Researchers looked at data on nearly 26,000 women between the ages of 18 and 65, including blood levels of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) -- hormone-disrupting chemicals found in everything from clothing to cookware.

    When they isolated data on women between the ages of 42 and 51, they found that those with the highest blood levels of PFCs were 40 percent more likely to have already experienced menopause than those with low levels, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

    Naturally, the chemicals industry is already blabbering about how the study doesn't prove a link -- but since these are the same people who want you to think BPA and phthalates are safe, you can't take it from them.

    Take it from me instead: One major PFC, the chemical PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate), is known to lower levels of estradiol -- a form of estrogen.

    The lower your estradiol, the earlier your menopause -- and the earlier the menopause, the higher the risks you'll face in your later years: Studies have found that women who go through the change early are more likely to battle everything from heart disease to osteoporosis.

    The best way to avoid exposure to PFCs -- and believe me, you want to avoid them even if you've already gone through menopause -- is to skip products that claim to be stain-resistant, waterproof, no-stick, flame-retardant, etc.

    All of those properties are created by PFCs, proving again that "better living through chemistry" can come with a terrible price tag.

  2. More dangerous lies about HRT

    Every time I think we've finally closed the book on hormone replacement therapy, Big Pharma opens it right back up.

    They just won't let this one go, not while there's still a few bucks to be squeezed out if it.

    The latest nonsense would have you believe that HRT can decrease a woman's risk of colon cancer. The longer a woman manages to survive the increased risk of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer that come from this med, the lower her colon cancer risk.

    According to a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, women who took HRT for less than four years lowered the risk of colon cancer by a quarter... those who took it for up to eight years cut their risk by a third... and those who took it for 15 years cut their risk by two-thirds.

    I don't care if this holds true or not. You'd have to be clinically insane to turn to HRT to lower your colon cancer risk. It's just not worth it.

    If you're worried about colon cancer, get a colonoscopy. Just be sure to choose a tried-and-true colonoscopy, not the pricey virtual nonsense that sounds like it might be more comfortable. In the wrong hands, they're far less accurate -- and in the right ones, they'll probably lead to a real colonoscopy anyway.

    Hormone replacement therapy is one of the darkest chapters in medical history. This isn't a book that needs to be closed -- it needs to be burned.

  3. Big Pharma's naked greed on display

    A drug company has taken a treatment used for more than 50 years, slapped a patent on it, jacked up the price 15,000 percent.
  4. Dangerous new mammograms

    If the "pink ribbon" campaigns have taught us anything, it's that spotting tumors doesn't save lives -- it just puts millions of women through unnecessary life-altering treatments such as poisonous drugs, toxic chemo, and disfiguring breast-chopping surgeries.
  5. Big bones are broken bones

    A new study finds the opposite what you may have heard: So-called big-boned ladies don't have stronger bones. Just fatter bones -- fatter, weaker bones.
  6. Lifelong fitness freaks aren't much thinner

    A new study finds that people who exercise for much of their lives have almost nothing to show for it by middle age -- they're only slightly thinner than those who haven't exercised at all.
  7. Why you can't get pregnant

    BPA, the dangerous chemical used in plastics and cans, is wreacking havoc on your hormones -- to the point where it might even be gumming up your baby-making bits.
  8. Booze helps women live better

    Two new studies fly in the face of all the teetotaler nonsense that's been making headlines lately, because they find that women who drink don't just live longer – they're also much healthier when they do reach old age.
  9. Gardasil down, but not out

    Teenage girls and their parents aren't as dumb as Big Pharma thinks -- because a new study finds they're saying "NO!" to the dangerous public health experiment known as Gardasil.
  10. Drinking during pregnancy is OK

    British researchers have found that babies born to women who had a couple of drinks a week during pregnancy are no worse than those born to abstainers -- and might even be better.

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