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Gender Medicine: Why We Need To Focus On How Women vs. Men Get Sick

Gender Medicine: Why We Need To Focus On How Women vs. Men Get Sick

Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 16:41:29 in Women

“In closing, I would also like to add that we are seeing the same problem with the girls who have been severely affected by the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix. Many of the hundreds of girls I have spoken to over the years had been inoculated during the paramenstrum. One would wonder if the number of reported side effects would be less if girls were vaccinated during the ovulatory phase.

There are peer-reviewed studies on Pub Med citing the menstrual cycles influence on immunity.

Think of how many women and girls have suffered needlessly because of a one-size-fits all male medical system. It is high time for gender-based medical practices.”
Gender Medicine: Why We Need To Focus On How Women vs. Men Get Sick

Gender Medicine: Why We Need To Focus On How Women vs. Men Get Sick

Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 16:40:08 in Women

“In 1990 - this short piece appeared in McCall's Magazine:

When women are most disease-resistant

“Keeping in step with your body’s natural rhythms could add years to your life, especially is you are one of the 40,000 to 50,000 per-menopausal women who will face breast cancer surgery this year. According to a recent Lancet study report on a twelve year study of forty-one women with breast cancer, those whose surgery is performed near the times of ovulation are four to five times less likely to suffer relapse and death than those who are operated on during or nearer their menstrual period.

“Why the dramatic difference? Researcher William J.M. Hrushesky, M.D., speculates that a woman’s immune defenses are likely to vary with her menstrual cycle and may become most potent with ovulation. So her ability to fight disease may be significantly higher that point of her cycle.”

In 2005 the American Academy of Pediatrics called for menstrual cycle evaluation of teen girls in therapy. Although this looks good on paper - the directive has still not trickled down to the therapist's practice - and girls AND women are still fed what I call the "Take Two Valium and Go Home Honey Syndrome." Women are tired of being told that their ills are all in their head - just because they do not fit into the existing medical paradigm.”
Gender Medicine: Why We Need To Focus On How Women vs. Men Get Sick

Gender Medicine: Why We Need To Focus On How Women vs. Men Get Sick

Commented Mar 27, 2013 at 16:37:41 in Women

“Thank you Catherine Pearson for this timely, important and long overdue article. I saw the study come out last week.... actually it is the study that is overdue - not your article!

One gender-biased oversight that has affected women's health over the years is the lack of menstrual cycle evaluation in psychiatric and medical care. Immunity changes during the menstrual cycle - becoming more compromised during the paramenstrum.

In 2002 a study came out entitled: Timing of Breast Cancer Surgery: Menstrual Cycle & Prognosis - The study concluded that the best time to have breast cancer surgery was on either side of ovulation - citing if a woman had her surgery during the paramenstrum her chances of side effects, and even death increased. I tracked down the authors of the study and asked why this was not worldwide news headlines. The authors said they did contact the media - but they were not interested in publishing the piece - which by now would have saved hundreds - perhaps thousands of lives.”

lizpiper on Mar 28, 2013 at 16:28:49

“Sorry, "holyhormones" sounds like something Robin would say to Batman!”
HPV Vaccine Does Not Increase Sexual Activity: Study

HPV Vaccine Does Not Increase Sexual Activity: Study

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 12:57:37 in Women

“Of course, the HPV vaccine does not contribute to sexual activity... What does contribute to sexual activity amongst teens is putting adolescent girls on synthetic birth control at an early age. This age group of girls is way too young to be mature enough to advocate condom use to protect themselves from getting STD's.

By the way, the American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics (ACOG) has new guidelines for birth control for girls (because of the high rate of human error with BCP use). The guidelines tout implants and IUD's - both releasing synthetic hormones into the bloodstream.

Interesting to note the manufacturer of Nexplanon, ACOG's recommended implant of choice is Merck & Co. The very same company who is standing on the other side of the aisle ready to inoculate these girls with Gardasil.”
Depression In Girls Triples Between Ages 12 And 15

Depression In Girls Triples Between Ages 12 And 15

Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 11:24:24 in Parents

“In addition, research is showing that many women engage in self-destructive or addictive/compulsive behaviors prior to menstruation. There are some addiction recovery programs that are beginning to understand this and effectively treat women with amino acid nutritional support that target the neurotransmitters - repairing the brain damage - and in doing so assisting with immune and endocrine system/hormone balancing.

Likewise there is a growing awareness that addiction relapse in women most often occurs during the paramenstrum. Relapse is preventable, manageable and treatable with the right nutritional support.

Hormones are the body's regulators and communicators. They play a vital role in the health and functioning in both women and men. When hormone functioning is disrupted all sorts of mental/emotional and pathological problems occur. |

Unfortunately, the only education women receive is on reproductive health - which - because it is based on 'sex' - is a hot topic - especially during election years.

What we have totally overlooked is 'Menstrual Health Education'. Women at all ages become empowered with understanding how vital this cycle is to their health - and how changing hormones affect their behaviors. It is the difference between feeling like you have to 'control' yourself vs. 'trust' yourself.”
Depression In Girls Triples Between Ages 12 And 15

Depression In Girls Triples Between Ages 12 And 15

Commented Jul 26, 2012 at 11:14:35 in Parents

“Thank you Catherine for another informative article. What you have described amongst young girls is hormone imbalance: "a depressed mood or a loss of interest or pleasure, along with other changes in day-to-day functioning, like a loss of sleep or appetite or changes in concentration."

Unfortunately, women are experiencing hormone imbalance at all ages. It is epidemic.

Most women have become estrogen dominant because of the build-up of synthetic estrogen in the body do to the mother's use of synthetic hormones for contraception (some have been passing these synthetics down for multiple generations), BPA in plastics; especially water bottles, household toxins, meats and water supplies.

If mothers of these young girls tracked their menstrual/hormone cycles, my guess - based on 30 yrs experience - is that the 'depression' would be cyclical, occurring during the paramenstrum (premenstrual and menstrual cycle phase). Charting hormone changes is a very powerful tool - and if a young girl understands that the depression is hormonal - and a phase - then preventive nutritional measures - not drugs - can be used to supplement/strengthen her changing body.

Also girls entering menarche will experience hormone changes up to two years before they experience their first period.

Let's explore hormone imbalance first, before our 'Hormonal Honeys' are 'labeled' and stigmatized at such an early age. That only opens the doors for drug therapies instead of education and nutritional support.”

Bryant S on Jul 26, 2012 at 14:53:32

“Torn, I agree that hormone imbalance would definitely affect anyone, Id argue that its hardly the culprit.

There are a lot of other factors to take into account- nutrition (desire to be thin makes many get into bad eating habits), health and fitness (very few maintain an active lifestyle), social factors (teens peer pressure), sexual development (this is where the hormones come in), or changes in their life (change school/ relocation of family/ loss in family/ change of peer group).

Drugs can help, but taking it as a first step may be a little premature.”
Male Menopause -- Fact Or Fiction?

Male Menopause -- Fact Or Fiction?

Commented Sep 18, 2013 at 13:47:10 in Fifty

“If you would like to know more about 'male menopause' please listen to Jed Diamond PhD, author of the 'Irritable Male Syndrome' on VoiceAmerica, Thursday, September - Noon ET - 9 am PT.
Menopause Is a Bitch!

Menopause Is a Bitch!

Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 16:20:21 in Fifty

“I believe you are referring to hormone imbalance and not menopause. There is a difference. Menopause is a natural transition into the final, and for many women the most powerful phase of our lives.

Hormone imbalance is a 'bitch'. Yes. At any age. However, most women enter menopause endocrinally whacked out from synthetic hormone use, exposure to xenoestrogens, nutrient depletion (especially after the reproductive years) and living against the rhythm of the endocrine system - a little explored area, but the importance of circadian rhythm health is beginning to be understood.

Peer-reviewed research is showing significant gains in resolving a lot of these issues with broad spectrum bioavailable micronutrient supplements that target brain health. The brain, after all is the largest endocrine gland in the body. Many of the issues you and others speak about (anxiety attacks, flashes, anger, weight gain, fatigue, forgetfulness) are due to hormone imbalance and are resolved on their own.

There is a growing body of research that suggests nutrition should be the primary treatment; medication the supplement. We need more education on this topic because too many women are suffering from hormone imbalance...which is why menopause has been medicalized.

The message should not be that 'menopause is a bitch'. That sends a negative connotation to women in perimenopause. Menopause instead should be the next phase of our lives where we need to prepare ourselves to be hormonally balanced with sufficient nutritional reserves so we can be the empowered women we want to be.”
Redefining Cancer Survivorship

Redefining Cancer Survivorship

Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 19:48:00 in Impact

“Thank you for this empowering article about the Women Survivors Alliance. It is wonderful to read about women exploring realistic therapies in healing from cancer. I love this statement: "It (survivorship) starts at the moment of diagnosis -- because that is when you actively begin surviving cancer."”
You Gotta Have Girlfriends; A Post-50 Posse Is Good For Your Health

You Gotta Have Girlfriends; A Post-50 Posse Is Good For Your Health

Commented Apr 18, 2013 at 12:00:09 in Fifty

“Suzanne - I am looking forward to interviewing you on my radio show on June 3rd about your latest book, "You Gotta Have Girlfriends." Women are integral to each others survival - and it is wonderful that you are honoring this. Too often our relationships with women have been relegated to the back burner - and your superb book, photos and videos in the display above are a good reminder that 'well-behaved women seldom make history'! But most importantly, that our relationship to other women is crucial to not only our health and well being - but the health of our families, our community and our planet.”
Ladies Need GYN Education More Than SEX Education

Ladies Need GYN Education More Than SEX Education

Commented Oct 3, 2012 at 15:34:27 in Women

“Thank you Cathy for writing this timely article. I have been voicing the same concerns for years. Our focus on 'sex' education is a social/political hot box because the focus is on 'sex.' Women have been sold short in not being taught about 'gyn' ed - or what I call Menstrual/Hormone Health Education - which encompasses 'sex' ed - but in relation to empowering information about how the endocrine system functions. Adolescent and teen girls need to learn that they have 'more value than what lies between their legs.' Unfortunately that is the only message they are getting.

In 2009 I posted an article to my blog entitled: "Hormonal Imbalance Anxiety a Precursor to Other Health Issues" Back then I had about two comments from women experiencing hormone-related anxiety. In June of this year, the article, now archived - received a few more comments - so I re-posted it. There are now over 200 comments from women suffering from hormone imbalance. I have another post about Depo withdrawal and many young women are posting there about how horrible their mental/emotional health is coming off of that injection.

If women knew more about their endocrine health - in conjunction with their reproductive health - they would no longer be prey to the ease of synthetic hormone suppressants. Education is empowering. It is time women received the education they need to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.”

Cathy Margo on Oct 3, 2012 at 18:11:50

“So true Leslie. Thanks for being a voice on this subject too. The lack of education is maddening.”
Women In Their 40s Are Having Great Sex... Just Not With Their Husbands

Women In Their 40s Are Having Great Sex... Just Not With Their Husbands

Commented Jul 19, 2012 at 11:46:17 in Divorce

“I think Jed Diamond, author of Jekyll and Hyde, Irritable Males And Attachment Love - posted today on Huff Post - and Samantha Parent Walravens should be talking to each other!”
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Greed as Psycho-Pathology and Addiction

Commented Jul 17, 2012 at 11:18:47 in Business

“Thank you, Mitch for this insightful and timely article. Many people have socially acceptable mental illnesses and addictive behaviors that have damaged the fabric of our society.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has now recognized that addictions are a disease of the brain that can be treated and managed. What most people do not realize is that we are bio chemical products of genetics, environment (including nutrition or lack thereof) and learned behavior - as well as the toxins and heavy metals we have all been exposed to. This leads to neural frontal lobe dysfunction resulting in many aberrant behaviors.

I participated in a neuroscience webinar on addiction and the brain - and at the conclusion of the presentation, the esteemed researcher noted: 'If everyone's neurotransmitters were balanced, we would be a society of happy, healthy, loving compassionate, spiritual people'.

It appears that 'free will' has become our death knell.”

hp blogger Mitchell J. Rabin on Jul 18, 2012 at 23:58:29

“Hello Dear Leslie,

Thanks for weighing in here. Yes, mental illness is so rampant in our society, passing as "normal", normative, it shows that our entire society has shifted in a pathological direction.

And you're so right: addictions are brain diseases and are manageable as such. And, they are also a habituated, become unconscious, choice, over and over.

I wholly agree that if our neuro-chemicals were balanced, we'd have a delightful, joyful, compassioned, happy society of people dwelling in health and well-being!

Thanks for your helpful comments.


Dayle Haddon Models a New Paradigm of Beauty

Dayle Haddon Models a New Paradigm of Beauty

Commented May 9, 2012 at 10:28:44 in Fifty

“Excellent article - and a great reminder that beauty is about the whole person. It is nice to see women and their effort's lauded in your column instead of being degraded - as we have been elsewhere in the media.”
Michele Bachmann Slams Rick Perry Over HPV Vaccine (VIDEO)

Michele Bachmann Slams Rick Perry Over HPV Vaccine (VIDEO)

Commented Sep 13, 2011 at 17:41:58 in Politics

“Governor Rick Perry’s Gardasil ‘Mistake’ Cost Girls their Lives
Reneging on Gardasil mandate in the Lone-Star State is an admission of guilt
and should not be forgiven or forgotten.”

Heather XW on Sep 13, 2011 at 18:36:33

“I know. And when he said that if anyone kills a Texin' they'd be sent to the chair. I thought what a hypocrite. His policy is frightening.”
HPV Affects Half Of U.S. Men

HPV Affects Half Of U.S. Men

Commented Mar 1, 2011 at 12:31:36 in Home

“May I ask who sponsored this study?”
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Excuse Me, But Your Opinions are Putting Everyone at Risk

Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 21:30:34 in Healthy Living

“Yes, the FDA and Merck had all of their documents up - they did not think we would notice. We spent months studying them before we went public. There is a link to the VRBPAC document in Norma Erickson's article.... - go to the bottom of page 13.

This information falls in the public domain - and the information should be easy to find and access.”
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Excuse Me, But Your Opinions are Putting Everyone at Risk

Commented Aug 24, 2010 at 21:24:42 in Healthy Living

“If you were not able to find the link in the Treatise Documents then it may be gone. We were all scrambling earlier this summer because a lot of Gardasil documents were coming down - it is called "white washing." We were saving everything we could to hard drives and back ups. I believe you can no longer find the 73.3%.

Norma Erickson wrote about the increase in cervical cancer rates in an article.

Natural News came out with an article today calling the vaccine a hoax citing the 44.6% increase in cervical cancer.

Personally I do not want to correct my web site. I want people to know that vital information in regards to their health care is being taken down - "white washed" by the government and Big Pharma.”
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Excuse Me, But Your Opinions are Putting Everyone at Risk

Commented Aug 23, 2010 at 22:37:43 in Healthy Living

“You can find the link to the FDA VRBPAC documents on my blog under Global Concerns about Gardasil "Treatise on Gardasil from the United States."

Sheldon101 on Aug 24, 2010 at 03:08:26

“I have dealt with your 73.3% number elsewhere in detail by pointing out that those who got the placebo had 3% higher chance of 'new medical history.

I cannot find the source for "according to FDA documents if a woman is exposed to HPV and gets vaccinated with the HPV vaccines her risk of getting cervical cancer increases to 44.5% with Gardasil and 32.5% with Cervarix. '

What's surprising is that I can't easily find the source for these numbers. A site search at did not find them. Please provide the source or state that you can't find the source and state that you will modify your web site to be accurate. I know you can't correct the errors of others who copied what you wrote --- but you and the original author can fix their websites.

But they are on the face of it almost certainly ridiculous. Why? Because the vaccine is licensed for use in women who are probably sexually active and therefore may have been infected with HPV. So statistics showing an increase in cancer rates in these women is inconsistent with a sane licensing process.

So what does the US government say about this issue? If you are already infected with a strain covered by the vaccine, the vaccine probably won't help. But it will work against strains included in the vaccine that haven't infected you. You can read the details at
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Excuse Me, But Your Opinions are Putting Everyone at Risk

Commented Aug 17, 2010 at 22:45:06 in Healthy Living

“Excellent article - if only there were not almost 19,000 adverse reactions and 78 deaths associated with the HPV vaccines - mostly Gardasil. These incidents are reported in VAERS - the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System - and it is estimated that only 1 to 10% of the population is reporting. There have also been 278 reports of abnormal pap tests post-vaccination - including high risk HPV and cervical lesions.

An independent study on the safety and efficacy of Gardasil needs to be conducted before this vaccine is mandated. Many of the girls who have become ill have had to drop out of school and suffer from autoimmune and neurological problems.

Also HPV can be transmitted many ways other than sexually. According to FDA documents if a woman is exposed to HPV and gets vaccinated with the HPV vaccines her risk of getting cervical cancer increases to 44.5% with Gardasil and 32.5% with Cervarix. FDA reports also state that 73.3% of women getting Gardasil will develop a 'new medical condition.'

For more information go to

hxwhite on Aug 22, 2010 at 14:11:06

“Great info Leslie!”

Dyson on Aug 22, 2010 at 09:04:18

“But exactly what are these "adverse reactions"?
Things like a sore arm, or transient dizziness, or the sort of symptoms anyone would get after having a shot of anything. And it is quite obvious most of the deaths are merely temporally associated, and not causal (ie complete coincidence). One can find deaths from conditions like "road traffic accident" are documented on VAERS 1 week following gardasil, and these are still presumed by you and your ilk as being the result of the vaccine.

As Sheldon says, please provide a link to the FDA document you cite. I doubt you have interpreted its findings correctly.”

Sheldon101 on Aug 20, 2010 at 21:47:52

“VAERS is a passive reporting system. Anyone can report anything to the system. So it is useful for developing ideas for further research. It is also useful for unexpected changes in reporting over time.

I don't understand how the vaccine results in a higher rate of cervical cancer that differs by vaccine . Could you please supply a link to the FDA document.”

JonGH on Aug 19, 2010 at 19:31:14

JonGH on Aug 19, 2010 at 19:28:48

“Well said Leslie. Absolutely. An independent study on the safety and efficacy of Gardasil needs to be conducted before this vaccine is mandated.

"Toy McGee, one of Orin Levine's graduate students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health." This is --not-- a source of unbiased opinion on the safety profile of the Gardasil vaccine.”