Women's International Pharmacy E-Newsletter

Your Access To Compounded Medication Is At Risk!

Access to bioidentical hormones is at risk again! Take action immediately by visiting www.mymedsmatter.com to oppose the provisions contained in S.959 that give the FDA the authority to restrict or even eliminate the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) that women and men depend on.

Here’s the short version on how S.959 can affect you and the BHRT you take:

  • FDA would be given the authority to declare BHRT to be “copies” of drug-company products that cannot be compounded, even though the products you use are not commercially available.
  • A doctor could use an “exception” in the bill to continue a woman’s prescription, but he or she could be required to document a clinical difference in using compounded BHRT as opposed to drug-company products. Many women and men have trouble finding the personalized, natural treatment they need to control their symptoms. This could make it even harder.
  • FDA has been openly hostile to BHRT. According to its literature, “’BHRT’ is a marketing term not recognized by the FDA.” With a hostile attitude that refuses to even recognize the important medication that countless women and men take as legitimate, what do you think FDA will do when they get full authority to determine whether women or men can have access to BHRT? And the drug companies would love to eliminate the competition for their synthetic hormones.

Please take action today by visiting www.mymedsmatter.com. Email your Senators and Congressmen and demand that they remove these dangerous provisions from this bill. We are all for increased safety, but the NECC tragedy should not be used to deny you the medications you need. Tell Congress what you think. Visit www.mymedsmatter.com to enter your ZIP Code and address and send emails to Congress!

Osteoporosis: Can You Feel It In Your Bones?

Osteoporosis Newsletter

Osteoporosis is a progressive disease of the skeletal system in which bones become so brittle that they break more easily than they should. According to the World Health Organization, this disease is characterized by a combination of two factors: 
  • low bone mass, often referred to as low bone mineral density
  • a "micro-architectural deterioration of bone tissue" that affects its structural quality. 
While this definition makes it clear that osteoporosis is not simply the consequence of low bone mass, there is no diagnostic test to assess bone's structural quality. As such, osteoporosis is currently diagnosed and defined based on low bone mineral density (BMD) only.

There is no "cure" for osteoporosis, but there are measures you can take to prevent its onset or reverse its course-no matter what age you are-because bones continue to be renewed throughout life.

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Book Review: The Calcium Lie by Robert Thompson, MD, and Kathleen Barnes
Reviewed By Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

The Calcium LieDr. Robert Thompson believes that ever since refrigerators were invented and we stopped salting our food, we have become an increasingly mineral-deficient population. Aggravating this further is the near dogma of “The Calcium Lie” (as he calls it), which insists that we must supplement calcium to maintain healthy bones. This idea, he believes, is fostered by the dairy industry.

The truth is that bones are made of minerals. Dr. Thompson lists potassium, magnesium, manganese, silica, iron, zinc, selenium, boron, phosphorus, sulfur, chromium and trace minerals as components of bone, in addition to calcium. The trouble with supplementing only calcium leads to relative deficiencies in the other minerals needed for healthy bones. The potential resulting excess in calcium leads to chronic health disorders such as plaque in the arteries, kidney stones, gall stones, bone spurs, osteoarthritis, hypertension, thyroid hormone resistance, obesity, and diabetes.

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Hormones and Posture
Written by Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

Research conducted at the Harvard Business School by Professor Amy Cuddy indicates that body language affects hormone levels. When participants in a study deliberately positioned themselves in a power stance like Wonder Woman, wide open with arms raised, they had significantly increased levels of testosterone and decreased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. When participants positioned themselves in a more submissive stance by crossing their arms and legs, appearing more closed and smaller in size, it produced the opposite effects on testosterone and cortisol. These changes in hormone levels could be produced by holding the posture for as little as 2 minutes. Cuddy believes that posture not only influences outcomes; it can also lead to long-term changes in our personalities.


Amy Cuddy: Social Psychologist 



Staff at Women's International Pharmacy



In This Issue
Access To Compounded Medication Is At Risk!
Osteoporosis: Can You Feel It In Your Bones
Book Review: The Calcium Lie
Hormones and Posture

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