Have you heard this radio commercial:
Do you suffer from hot flashes, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, nausea? It’s probably hormonal imbalance. Now there’a Amberen, a completely natural cure for all these symptoms.
I saw a woman yesterday who had most of those symptoms for a couple of years. The radio commercial guaranteed relief from all of them, “with no big changes in lifestyle”, and included a free 30-day supply of the product. She’d been using it for over a year now, and she finally came in to see me because it wasn’t really doing anything much for her. She complained of bloating, weight gain, nausea, and increasing difficulty eating. I wasn’t surprised. She had an enormous abdominal mass extending up from the pelvis that turned out to be an advanced case of ovarian cancer.
As a point of information, you should know that “hormonal imbalance” is not a diagnosis. Symptoms of perimenopause — signs of impending age-related cessation of ovarian function — are caused by falling levels of estrogen. During the menstrual years, the body produces progesterone during the second half of the menstrual cycle (and during pregnancy) and together the “balance” of these hormones results in regular menses and completed pregnancies. The term “hormonal imbalance” is less than meaningless.
So if you have weight gain, bloating, and nausea, you should probably go talk to a doctor. Most of the time, you won’t have cancer or any other life-threatening condition. But you also won’t have wasted your money (after the first 30 days) on an expensive placebo.
Amberen: clinically proven to cause death by misleading women into wasting their money on useless nostrums in lieu of seeking actual, appropriate medical care.