“HRT can double the risk of breast cancer”… ran the shock news headlines, following a British study reported in The Lancet.
But this wasn’t news to psychotherapist, writer and ‘hormone whistleblower’ Dr Sherrill Sellman.
[This article was initially published in ICON Magazine]
A decade ago, as a personal quest, Dr Sellman uncovered hidden truths about synthetic oestrogen since when she has become an impassioned advocate for womens health.
Her book Hormone Heresy and the popular lectures she’s been giving across America, Australia, England and Ireland explode the 40 year old myth that the Pill and HRT are the golden keys to womens welfare.
Quite the contrary, contends Sherrill: synthetic oestrogen may represent the fatted calf of pharmaceutical industries worldwide, but it has devastated womens energy, libido, equilibrium – and our resistance to assorted cancers.
How come, asks Sherrill, the incidence of breast cancer in America has risen three per cent each year since 1980? How is it that 35,000 women a year now contract endometrial cancer, of which synthetic oestrogen is the only known cause? Why are PMS, infertility and miscarriage on the rise and 40 million women reporting low libido? “Approaching a million American women a year have hysterectomies” says Sherrill, “of which 90-95 per cent are medically nonessential. Three-quarters of all hysterectomies are performed on women under 49 who are then catapulted into surgical menopause. Most are offered HRT to reduce hot flushes, joint pains and depression which could safely be addressed by natural methods.
“Hormones” she adds “are natures finely tuned messengers of lifes processes. They are very powerful and we tamper with them at our peril.” That tampering began when the Pill was first prescribed despite five women having died of strokes and heart attacks during the single years pre-marketing trial.