The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth

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Seven Stories Press, Jan 4, 2011 - Social Science - 352 pages
With the ardent tone of a close friend, Barbara Seaman draws on forty years of journalistic research to expose the "menopause industry" and shows how estrogen therapy often causes more problems—including breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke—than it cures. The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women tracks the well-intentioned discovery of synthetic estrogen through the unconscionable and misleading promotion of a dangerous drug.
 

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Contents

ON THE PATH TO PREMARIN
6
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH OF GOLDEN FLEECE?
16
HOW HAS PREMARIN FARED IN THE UNITED STATES AND WHO WAS ROBERT WILSON?
46
A DARING PROGRAM TO KEEP WOMEN YOUNG
60
CRAZY PEOPLE IN AMERICA
72
CENSORSHIP CLASSACTION LAWSUITS AND DANGEROUS OFFLABEL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
84
MADELINE GRAY WHEN NATURE THROWS THE BOOK AT THE MENOPAUSAL WOMAN
108
POISON BY PRESCRIPTION
117
What Do We Know Now?
152
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER ESTROGEN HEART DISEASE AND THE TRIUMPH OF SUGGESTION OVER SCIENCE
160
HEALTH IN THE BALANCE UNDERSTANDING BONES BONE LOSS AND NEW METHODS OF OSTEOPOROSIS PREVENTION AND TREA...
168
LOSING OUR MINDS TO HORMONES THE PREMATURE PRESCRIBING OF ESTROGEN FOR ALZHEIMERS DISEASE
189
AND BEAR IN MINDSWIMMING IN THE SEA OF ESTROGENS
209
OVER THE MENOPAUSAL RAINBOW
222
INDEX
320
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
332

LADIES NIGHT OUT
128
IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD
136
ALICE KEEPS BUSY AND THE FDA COMES THROUGH
142
ABOUT SEVEN STORIES PRESS
333
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One of the nation’s most tireless health advocates, BARBARA SEAMAN (1935-2008) co-founded the National Women’s Health Network and pioneered a new style of health reporting that focused on patients’ rights. Her groundbreaking investigative book, The Doctor’s Case Against the Pill (1969), prompted Senate hearings in the 1970s that led to a warning label on oral contraceptives and the drastic lowering of estrogen doses due to dangerous health effects. Dedicated to reaching a wide audience, Seaman wrote columns for Brides Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Ms., inspiring women around the world to take control of their own health. Seaman was a founding advisory board member of and key advisor to Seven Stories Press.

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