Cure or Curse?
This information is being provided for all women
who have been prescribed the prescription drug Premarin™.
It is vital that this information be spread
as far and wide as possible.
The following information is an excerpt from I.G.H.A./HorseAid’s Premarin™ FAQ.
WHAT IS PREMARIN™?
PREMARIN™ stands for PRegnant MARe's urINe. Premarin™ is a drug put out in many forms (pills, creams, injections, patches) and is used to reduce the symptoms of menopause in women or women who have had a hysterectomy.
WHAT ARE THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF THE MARES?
Since there are roughly 600 producing PMU farms in Canada (and about 40 in the United States when this was written). HorseAid can only generalize. Pro-PMU people focus on the fact that the mares live out in 1,000+ acres pastures with their foals for up to six months of the year. Anti-PMU people focus on the fact that the pregnant mares are kept tied up indoors for at least six months out of the year. To produce Premarin™, these mares are impregnated, fitted with a UCD and normally kept throughout their normal pregnancy of eleven months in stalls just 8 feet by 3 1/2 feet by 5 feet! Just before foaling they are taken "off line" and allowed to foal in normal sized quarters. In some cases they are artificially inseminated within two weeks of foaling and returned to the PMU production line again. The foal is then removed from the mare and sold for slaughter. As for the use of catheters, PMU supporters say that they are no more -- now "urine collection devices" are used. But the UCD's are actually less hygienic for the mares, since it allows their urine to soak the skin of the vulva.
The following information was excerpted from The Vancouver Sun, June 25, 1996.
Cruelty-Free Substitute Challenges Premarin™
by Nicholas Read
Beginning this month, the way B.C. pharmacists fill prescriptions for estrogen- replacement treatments could affect the lives -- and deaths -- of thousands of horses in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. That's because in this month's issue of The Bulletin, the official journal of the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia, the college has declared the drugs CES and Premarin™ to be interchangeable.
Both CES and Premarin™ can be prescribed to women suffering the symptoms of menopause. They are also said to help prevent heart disease and osteoporosis. But while CES is made from soybeans and yams, Premarin™ is derived from the urine of pregnant mares -- 50,000 or more of them. ...CES is about 25 percent less expensive than Premarin and because it's plant-derived, Kellosalmi says, there are no ethical concerns with its production.
Kellosalmi says it's an important development because it raises again the concerns he and other doctors have about Premarin™ production. Recently, he appeared in a CBC documaentary about its manufacture.
"My experience has been that most people thank me for the information. Most people say 'I'm glad you told me. If I knew (how Premarin™ was produced), I never would have asked for it.'" Posted to ar-news by David J Knowles, email@example.com.
The following information is an excerpt from the Calgary Animal Rights Coalition (CARC).
PMU BARNS AND PREMARIN™
"The fight to halt the production of Premarin™ continues.... One can guess it is only because there is an increasing number of alternatives becoming available, as well as an even greater push by the public seeking out these alternatives. ...Synthetic alternatives to Premarin™ are approved for treating menopausal symptoms, and some of them are approved also for treating osteoporosis or certain phases of some breast or prostate cancers. Two of the plant-based synthetic alternatives have precisely the same government approved list of total treatment indications as does Premarin, and they are less costly besides. The province of Ontario now considers a synthetic estrogen to be automatically interchangeable with Premarin™."
"Premarin™ is the only estrogen containing materials from horses' urine, and most of the 10 known hormones in Premarin™ are not at all natural to the human female, being horse hormones that are chemically different from human hormones. No major clinical benefit has been accepted and proven for up to 8 of them. Evidence also suggests that Premarin™ contains several unknown ingredients, and variability between different lots of Premarin™ has been documented as well. As a horseperson, medical doctor and a human being, I cannot justify the PMU industry."(slightly paraphrased, ADL)
In view of the above information, more and more women are now choosing a natural, safer, and much more effective alternative. Dr. John Lee (as well as many other medical doctors) advise using natural transdermal progesterone for osteoporosis, PMS, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors, endometriosis, infertility, hypothyroidism, and a host of other "female" problems.
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