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Pharmaceutical Companies Create Counterfeit Hormones

Taken From a transcript of a Seminar by Dr John R. Lee, M.D.

      Now the pharmaceutical companies discovered that they can't make any money with progesterone because being a natural compound it can't be patented. So if you can't patent something you're not going to spend money doing research to show how wonderful it is, and in fact if you try to sell it for any profit someone will come in and undersell you. But Dr Marker discovered that in one acre of Mexican wild yams he could get enough progesterone to meet the worlds supply for a whole year. The price dropped from $35,000 per ounce down to $7 an ounce. So it was a very important discovery and it is real stuff and this is where all our hormones come from. From progesterone they can make all the cortisone's, they can make all the estrogens they can make all the testosterone's, they can even make digitalis out of it. And they discovered that if they modified the progesterone molecule into something that wasn't the same as human or wasn't found anywhere in nature, it was totally synthetic , that is man made and not found in nature, then they could put a patent on it, they could make money on it. And that's where the hormones come from that they sell to the doctors to sell to you. They all come from the plant to progesterone and then to the artificial drug.

     The companies have these huge farms growing the wild yam in Mexico and they make this progesterone, then they deliberately alter it into Provera and Megastrol. Now it no longer has the full range of activity. Plus it's loaded with toxic side effects. That's what they're selling people.

Note: It has been pointed out that Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Provera) has been off patent for several years. Drug companies and doctors however continue to use this unnatural substance as if it were the real hormone. Others have said in essence that women are too dumb to use a progesterone cream consistently and therefor the synthetic pill form is what they need. See the page on Provera for more information. (See Below)


Taken From a transcript of a Seminar by Dr John R. Lee, M.D.

      If you look up in the PDR where Provera comes from it says it is derived from progesterone which is an admission that it's not progesterone right? Wouldn't you say? But the typical doctor if you ask "What is that Provera", they say "Oh that is progesterone". You don't know, maybe they can't read the PDR..... So a progestin is the word that has been arrived at meaning compounds that have progesterone like properties, but are not progesterone and are synthetic and you can add to that, they don't have the full spectrum of all of progesterone's benefits and they are loaded with side effects. So progestin is the name of the artificial synthetic drug that is sold by the doctor thinking it is progesterone.... Real progesterone is the one made from the plants. Doctors know that real progesterone must be used for invetro fertilizations - provera won't work.... Recent studies have also shown that progesterone protects against coronary spasms and post-menopausal heart attacks and provera does not provide this protection (see additional info in this booklet). The change of one atom in a molecule like progesterone totally changes it's function. Yet the typical doctor doesn't seem to grasp that progestins are not progesterone and that any change in the molecule is going to be a drastic change in what it does.

Fertility doctors do not use progestins, progestins cause birth defects (while progesterone is essential), progestins do not raise progesterone levels in blood or saliva. This along with the many side effects of provera (none of which are caused by progesterone) should be enough to convince every doctor to stop using provera (megastrol and others) and change to real "natural" progesterone.

     I talk with doctors groups and when I show them that progesterone is not provera they have this stunned look on their face, they don't even know what question to ask. They've suddenly entered into a world where their mind set has been turned off and they never say anything. It is the most amazing experience. You'd think if they had such firm convictions they'd say oh so-and-so showed that it was. But when they see the evidence, the molecule is different, the effects are different and these differences are real. It's amazing.

     Just for the fun of it I have been collecting differences, every time I read a study that shows a difference between provera and real progesterone. And these are the things that show up.

     Progestin: Allows excess sodium and water to get into the system and creates intercellular edema, brain swelling, loss of mineral electrolytes, depression, birth defects, facial hair, all sorts of very bad things. They are only found in provera. They are not found in real progesterone.

     Real Progesterone: Then we get to real progesterone ; protects against endometrial cancer, protects against ovarian cancer, protects against breast cancer, normalized libido, no excessive facial/body hair, return of scalp hair, improves invitro-fertilization, improves new bone formation, decreases the risk of coronary artery spasm, essential for mylinization of nerves, essential for males, essential for the other steroids. It's unbelievable, there is only one or two places where they even have somewhat similar effect. They both protect against endometrial cancer, cancer of the uterus. When they use Provera for bones they get a 5% increase in 3 years and my patients got a 15% increase. So I would choose progesterone.

Possible side effects of
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Provera)

from the Physician's Desk Reference (1995):

May cause sudden or partial loss of vision; may contribute to thrombophlebitis, pulmonary embolism and cerebral thrombosis; may cause fluid retention, epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cardiac and renal dysfunction, breakthrough bleeding or menstrual irregularities and depression; may decrease glucose tolerance (warning for diabetics); may increase thrombotic disorders associated with estrogens, may cause breast tenderness, urticaria, pruritus, edema, rashes, acne, alopecia, hirsutism, weight changes, cervical erosions, cholestatic jaundice, mental depression, pyrexia, nausea, insomnia or somnolence. When taken with estrogens, may cause rise in blood pressure, headaches, dizziness, nervousness, fatigue, changes in sex drive, loss of scalp hair, PMS-like symptoms, urinary tract problems.

Provera is a product of Pharmacia & Upjohn Company
Patient labeling states that Provera is "a progesterone". However there is only one real progesterone and Medroxyprogesterone Acetate is not real progesterone - the molecules are different.



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