We must admit that in our print and electronic media, in more recent
times, there have been volleys of promises of amazing and miraculous results
from “natural” and other complementary medicines. And testimonials to
their efficacy have not been sparse.
For many a reader, listener or television viewer, the presentations
have been nothing short of impressive, convincing and enticing. And this,
understandably, is of concern to the conventional medical practitioner.
It makes you wonder how effective the ironic disclaimer is – after these
scintillating promotions – that the foregoing were not intended to offer
medical advice: you should seek that from your own medical doctor.
The latest annoyance for our physicians is the HCG weight loss treatment,
administered through injections by the Caribbean Weight Loss Clinic.
For all the proclaimed testimony of Caribbean Weight Loss Clinic head
Dr Donna Matthews herself, Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners
(BAMP) president Dr Carlos Chase and a majority of his members are not
remotely impressed. They say the treatment’s side effects for men are larger
than usual breasts and an enlarged prostate, and for women an increased
chance of “multiple and ectopic pregnancies”.
And for both genders there are hair loss and mood swings, among other
undesirable and discomfiting things.
If we will indeed seek the counsel of our medical doctors, as the
disclaimer to these non-traditional medicine advertisements advises, then we
must share in the worry of BAMP. That the United States Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has questioned the safety of the over-the-counter
HCG poundage loss products may give much weight itself to BAMP, but
in America some doctors and many naturopaths have of late been hurling
stones at the FDA for “approving” pharmaceuticals they claim are so laced
with estrogen – and other endocrine disrupter chemicals (EDCs) – that they
were feminizing men.
The endocrine is the system of glands that control the release of
hormones into the blood or lymph.
These health professionals argue that this type of hormonal disruption has
been causing loss of sex drive and sexual ability in men, with their breasts
growing at the rate of their waistline’s as their testosterone levels decline
dramatically. Feminization is the anti-FDA cry.
And, claim the wellness gurus, the EDCs are to be found in well known
FDA-approved drugs, pesticides, household cleaning products and plastics.
Whom shall we look to for the truth?
Back home, BAMP’s public relations officer Dr Lynda Williams has
admitted that some conventional doctors have been blending traditional
medicine with the complementary, which she says needs to be investigated. It
surely is required.
For all the conflicting information, the protocols for such combinations
of treatments must be established here sooner than later – more than ever.
Our truly healthy lives literally depend upon it!