Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chapter 10 has never been more important. Estrogen and the Women's Helath Initiatve is something I know something about.

...The Journal of the American Medical Association (click title to entry - thank you) reported that certain woman who used only estrogen during the study had markedly reduced risk for breast cancer and heart attacks.


Actually, no.

Previous to the Women's Health Initative there were doctors still concerned about women.  It took the Women's Health Initiative, an independent body to actually weed through the 'good' aspects of therapy and the bad ones.  Previous to that physicians were left to accept research by pharmaceutical companies and the occassional study out of univeristies.  Women and minorities have not been a priority in setting standards of care.


In the 1980s I did a brief study in a hospital library about estrogen and what exactly if anything was being said.  Actually, there was a lot being said.

The method of communicating between physicians regarding women's health were symposiums.

In the early 1980s there was a dedicated symposium to estrogen alone and with every paper presented the evidence was overwhelming.


Women live two-thirds of their lives with 'tissue' supported by circulating estrogen.  At advanced age, then in the 70s, it was felt there was dramatic changes in women's health due to loss of significant estrogen levels.  Every body system in a women't body was effected.  There was higher incidence of athlosclerosis, heat disease, bone deterioration, gastrointestinal 'tone,' nervous system depletion accompanied by mental deterioration.

Oh, yeah, loss of urinary tract tone and function as well.

It was a foregone conclusion women that received estrogen replacement therapy were healthier and happier for a long period of time.

Then, the major setback was thrombosis.  Blood clots in the legs, which can be deadly.

Have a better day.

The democrats have a perfect storm in 2012 if they choose it. They are the heroes.

The Regressive Republicans can say whatever they want about 'leverage' but the fact remains, the extremist agenda is known and it would have passed the Senate only to be vetoed by the President if there was a Republican majority.  By exmaple with the current Governors, the Republicans are too extreme to be in governance.  They are power brokers for Wall Street and nothing more.  The people of this country are suppose to be the focus of the government, not private enterprise.

Budget deal funds health care law, NPR  (click title to entry - thank you)
Details are emerging of the contentious agreement to fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2011, including money that will be spent on programs that House Speaker John Boehner and his GOP majority tried to eliminate.
Boehner, President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid agreed to the $1.049 trillion deal late Friday night and averted a government shutdown. It includes $28 billion in new spending cuts for the remaining six months of the year, on top of about $12 billion in reductions that have already been approved by Congress....

We need taxes raised on the wealthy and we need to concentrate on 'real' reform rather than 'playtime' reform.  Targeting the discretionary budget is really nothing and will never solve the country's problems.  It is time to take on the real challenge and Republicans just don't know how.  They don't know how.  Their 'legitimate' attempts at governing fail all the time.  Ryan's Proposal is ridiculous.  The Republicans simply don't know how to govern, they only know how to play 'showboat politics.' 

We need solutions, not politics.  The Democrats can deliver that.