Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Are you ready for hormone hell?

I work in a pharmacy that compounds hormone replacements for men and women. In the course of my daily duties I enter patients into the computer system. Over the course of the last few weeks, I have entered quite a few new patients. Now, the influx of new patients is good for my company, but I question the value of this for the individuals and for the nation as a whole.

First of all are all the hormones good for individuals? There is a cycle of life, and hormones are the arbiter.  Hormone start to rise at puberty and continue for the rest of our lives, at differing levels, usually decreasing around the half century mark thus creating menopause in women, and lower sex drives in men.  We already know that hormones given to cows to produce more milk is having a non-beneficial impact on the population. But livestock are not the only hormone passers to human, it also passes from us humans into the water supply and the ground through urine and excrement. Not to mention the transfer of hormones from party to party, through touching and saliva. From birth control pills to HRT to Low-T and hair loss treatments, we are overdosing on hormones. And messing with the natural order of life by trying to avoid the ravages of old age.

Second, we are handing out hormones like they are candy to people of all ages for what any other generation would have considered a natural part of aging. Now we refuse to look or feel old and so we load up on hormones that should be allowed to taper down in our systems.  It may not be scientific, but I am convinced the early puberty of our young people is a natural progression of hormone overload in the population; not just from acquiring it from others, but just from the presence of it. If you are a woman, you know that when you work with a large number of women, eventually your cycles will coincide with each others, nobody knows why, maybe pheromones are being given off or something.
Anyhow, we give people hormones so they don't have to feel like they are getting old, but what happens when they take hormones into their 60's and 70's? There is a proven cancer link to elevated estrogen levels in women, so the FDA recommends the smallest dose for the shortest time possible. But try to take away an old ladies hormones, and they go postal. 

Thirdly, we are registering so many new patients because I believe it is politically motivated.  Think about it, with the advent of Obamacare, people think they will be getting free health care, so why not ensure that the hormones are covered now. This way when the hormones are no longer covered, riots and protests are assured.  What better way to flip the bird to responsibility than to take away something from the masses that was never really needed in the first place.  Get them all hopped up on their hormones and see what happens when we the people paying for "free" health care can no longer pay for them. Another way to make the producers in society feel guilty and the takers feel justified for their theft.

Now, of course, we have to take into account the fact that the baby-boomers are getting into the age where hormone replacement is the "in" thing.  It seems like everyone is claiming that their hot flashes and night sweats are "unbearable" and getting hormones to control them.  I think this is another aspect that we need to worry about, the whole "I don't think I should feel badly" meme. This has been perpetrated on us by a drug industry that has a feel good pill for just about every bad feeling. Do we really need to medicate ourselves to happiness, even when the pill/cream is hormonal in nature? What in the world is wrong with feeling the reality of aging? Why do we have to fight against it? Why do we always need to feel youthful and happy?

So we give the people their hormone replacement, or transplant, and have women in their 70's and 80's still not completely menopausal because that will make them feel old.  What does this say for our society? I do not think it bodes well for the future, what do you think will happen when the free health care people decide that aging is a condition that is simply too expensive to continue treating. This is where the "death panel" idea comes in. You laughed, but just wait, the ACA has language to set up a panel to decide who will get care and who will not get care. Some bureaucrat in DC gets to decide if you will get your hormones or not. And not far behind that is Logan's Run (a great movie, if you have never seen it you should).

Are you ready for that? Talk about a "war on women".
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