Menopause, Hormone Replacement and Prescribed Treatment
Premarin Use - In Good Conscience?
I have not needed "hormone replacement therapy," I'm not an expert on the subject of menopause, nor have I personally begun to experience this physiological process. I'm not a physician. Like most anyone else however, I do have some passionate positions on various topics and humane treatment of animals is one of them. If you the reader are personally going through menopause, have had a hysterectomy, or know someone who is/has/is about to, or are in a medically related profession, I'm hoping there hasn't been, nor will be, any association with a drug called PREMARIN. If a physician is prescribing premarin, knowing what it is and how it's made, I'm disgusted. If a physician will not prescribe it, praise the Lord. If a physician has been ignorant, hopefully they'll learn the truth and make the right choice.
Premarin is a drug prescribed to treat menopausal symptoms and is made out of PREGNANT MARE URINE. Yes, you did read that right - and in case you might not know what a mare is, a mare is a female horse.
I personally don't want to fathom the concept of putting another animals waste products into my body. Am I alone in having a difficult time understanding how such a thing can benefit another animal, namely a human being??? I know the medical field is necessary, yet I think we put too much faith in doctors. In fact, not intending to disrespect some doctors by what I'm about to say, or discredit those who are really good, but I honestly believe that much of the time, they don't know how to accurately treat certain illnesses and conditions.....I think in practicing medicine, a lot of experimental trials are conducted in attempts to make a diagnosis, alleviate pain or improve a disorder, depending on the problem of course. Medical practice......think about that.
Anyway, the purpose of this hub is not to bash doctors but to educate people about the manufacturing of a particular drug - PREMARIN. YUCK! I've heard it said if you break open a capsule (or smash a pill) and smell the contents, the urine smell is noticeable. Pregnant horses (often draft horses) are kept in inhumane conditions, in teeny, tiny stalls where the animal can't even turn around or lie down, solely for the purpose of harvesting their urine for the making of this drug. After a mare gives birth to the foal, the foal - especially if it is a colt (male) rather than a filly, is sent to slaughter. The mare is to be impregnated again as soon as possible.
My encouragement and challenge to anyone who may consider use of this drug (or to pass on to someone else who not be aware) is to seek alternative means to alleviate those hot flashes. I've heard blue green algae and extra vitamin B have done wonders for some women.
Arthritis, diabetes, cancer, menopause, autoimmune disorders, high blood pressure, asthma, certain mental or nervous system disorders...if anyone finds themselves battling one of these, prior to accepting the doctors plan for treatment as gospel, I'd encourage some homework. I wouldn't be surprised if most all doctors own at least some stock in some of pharmaceutical companies......It occurs often enough, through some dietary adjustments, these types of diseases or problems diminish or disappear altogether. Check out fellow hubber Al Freed's testimony about his experience w/ diabetes and Noni. I also know the power of prayer - with the laying on of hands and seeing the sick recover - we have the ultimate healer available to us (Jehovah Rapha - God our healer) in the name of Jesus, but that's not where I'm wanting to go today.
As a horse lover, when (and if) the day comes where I'll experience any unpleasant symptoms related to menopause, I'll tough it out before I'll use premarin. I hope there are others who will take the same stance, standing with me against it's production.