The Need for Natural Progesterone

The great need for natural progesterone for women has become acute in the last 50 years because of the widespread use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) prescribed by physicians, causing estrogen dominance. HRT is synthetic and it leads to cancer and death. It is still widely prescribed in spite of the fact that synthetic estrogens cause blood clots, strokes, epilepsy and heart attacks, and is a source of breast and uterine cancer.

Natural progesterone levels begin to decrease around age 35 and the decrease is associated with many health problems. These mostly affect women, and include: uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breast, breast and uterine cancer, PMS, osteoporosis, depression, water retention, decreased libido, irregular and/or excessive menstrual bleeding, cravings for sweets and excess deposition of fat, especially around the hips and thighs. Estrogen dominance and progesterone deficiency promotes these conditions.

The remedy for progesterone deficiency is natural progesterone cream. The many great benefits of natural progesterone include anti-aging, increases body supply of oxygen, improves circulation, improves brain structure and function, helps regulate edema, prevents PMS, promotes pregnancy, increases libido, assistance in the metabolism of fat for energy, increases oxygen to the cells and stimulates bone growth. Progesterone normalizes the immune system and is very effective in autoimmune problems.

Progesterone is a major regulator of estrogen and is the most versatile hormone in the human body. It is very important for both women and men as it causes neither feminization nor masculinization. Use only natural progesterone cream, about one-quarter teaspoon per day for men and women.

Law would boost gays’ job security

Law would boost gays' job security Lawmakers have introduced a draft law that would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

An inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), whose lead sponsors include Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank and IIeana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Employment should be based on who is the most qualified person for the job, and not on the personal prejudices of those who are doing the hiring," says Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

"LGBT Americans, like their straight co-workers, go to work each day to contribute to their communities, support their families and keep our economy running," he adds.

Among the opponents of the measure are Southern Baptists, who have expressed concern the proposed law could threaten Christian organizations from hiring in accordance with their religious beliefs, according to Christian Post.

Current federal law provides legal protection against employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, age and disability, but not sexual orientation or gender identity.

Windy City Times reports that in 30 states it is still legal to fire someone based on his or her sexual orientation, and in 38 states it is legal to fire someone for being transgender.

Report: ‘Authorized generics’ contribute to market distortion

'Authorized generics' contribute to market distortion, report says A new report from the Federal Trade Commission has said "authorized generics" lead to pharmaceutical companies striking deals at the expense of patients.

An authorized generic exists when a pharmaceutical manufacturer sells a drug under both a brand-name and generic label, and the commission says it has become increasingly common for brand-name drug makers to begin marketing authorized generics at the same time the generic firm is beginning its 180-day marketing exclusivity period.

Authorized Generics: An Interim Report has found that drug prices are on average 4.2 percent lower when authorized generics are marketed against a generic drug.

Their introduction also substantially reduces the revenues of a first-filer generic firm, with declines ranging from 47 to 51 percent. As a result, some generic firms are willing to agree to defer their market entry in return for a brand’s promise not to launch an authorized generic during the marketing exclusivity period.

The report concludes that such deals can harm consumers by making the drugs available in the branded-only version for longer.

Consumers may also lose the benefit of price discounts from authorized generic competition during the 180-day marketing exclusivity period, because the brand has agreed not to compete against the generic drug during that time.

Government and pharma reach Medicare drugs deal

Government and pharma reach Medicare drugs dealThe White House has announced a deal reached over the weekend with pharmaceutical companies that will lead to lower medication costs for the elderly and the disabled.

Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, spearheaded the negotiations with Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), which resulted in the industry agreeing to spend $80 billion over the next decade to improve drug benefits for Medicare patients.

The key provision of the agreement is the 50 percent discount on branded drugs for patients who fall in the so called doughnut hole – the gap in coverage by Medicare part D after drug costs reach $2,700 but before they meet the threshold for catastrophic coverage.

President Obama has said that "[t]he agreement to lower prescription drug costs for seniors will be an important part of the [healthcare] legislation I expect to sign into law in October," suggesting the expected cost savings will lower the estimated $1 trillion price tag for the healthcare reform.

Meanwhile, pharmaceutical industry representatives have hailed the deal as a "win" given that the $80 billion is considerably less than the $130 billion originally sought by legislators as the negotiations began, according to Pharma Times.

Media reports suggest the deal could take effect in July 2010.

DC changes handgun laws

DC changes handgun lawsIn order to avoid a lawsuit, the Washington DC government has issued new regulations that expand the number of models of handguns that residents can own.

The federal lawsuit was filed in March by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) on behalf of three individuals who wanted guns that were not on the city’s existing list. Those who had been previously denied an opportunity to register their handguns will be invited to reapply under the new guidelines, SAF says.

"[T]he city had been disqualifying certain handguns based on such factors as color, even though they functioned identically to approved models," commented SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "This [ruling] ends that nonsense."

According to the Washington Post, the expanded list contains at least 1,000 additional types and models of handguns. In addition to permitting guns in the District that are legal in California, the city will also allow residents to apply to register handguns that are permissible in Massachusetts and Maryland.

Last year, in the District of Columbia v. Heller the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 to strike down the city’s three-decades-old handgun ban as unconstitutional.

Switzerland appears to succumb to pressure on banking regulations

Switzerland appears to succumb to pressure on banking regulations Media reports have suggested Switzerland is close to an agreement on double taxation with the U.S. and Germany as pressure has been mounting on the country to relax its banking secrecy laws.

However, Swiss Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz said his government’s support for the agreement will ultimately depend on how the stalemate over Switzerland’s largest bank UBS is resolved.

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is pursuing a civil lawsuit against UBS seeking access to data on 52,000 wealthy Americans it claims are hiding nearly $15 billion of assets in Swiss bank accounts.

Meanwhile, the Swiss minister and his German counterpart have reportedly agreed on a revision of their double taxation agreement ahead of a summit of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finance ministers today.

The developments stem from the consensus reached earlier this year during the the G20 summit in London. Blaming offshore tax havens as contributing to the current financial crisis, the leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations vowed to crack down on tax evasion by introducing cross-border regulation.

The OECD has estimated that $1.7 trillion to $11.5 trillion dollars are being held in tax havens around the world.

An agreement with the U.S. is considered crucial to Switzerland’s removal from the list of tax havens.

Obama signs tobacco regulation bill

Obama signs tobacco regulation bill President Obama signed a bill yesterday giving the Food and Drug Administration new power to regulate the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco.

The tobacco products industry is expected to see major changes under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The law mandates lowering the nicotine levels in cigarettes, bans flavorful additives that are believed to attract younger smokers, requires every chemical ingredient to be detailed on the label and prohibits deceptive marketing and advertising that target the young.

"[D]espite the fact that tobacco is one of the deadliest products in America, the FDA has had no authority to regulate it," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said following the signing ceremony. "[T]his new law corrects that wrong."

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has also hailed the step as a "historic victory" for American kids and health.

For their part, tobacco companies have expressed concerns, including First Amendment reservations about provisions that could restrict their ability to communicate information about tobacco products to adult consumers.

Meanwhile, a newly released Gallup poll suggests 52 percent of Americans disapprove of the new law.

Cereal and milk touted as the next sports supplement

Cereal and milk touted as the next sports supplementA new study has compared the consumption of whole grain cereal and milk with carbohydrate-based sports drinks and found the former may provide the same recovery and rehydration benefits after exercise.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin studied 12 trained cyclists and analyzed the physiological effects of different foods after a typical exercise session.

They found the replenishment of glycogen, a muscle fuel, was just as good after whole grain cereal consumption and that some aspects of protein synthesis were actually better than after sports drinks.

Exercise physiologist Lynne Kammer, who led the research team, says "The milk provides a source of easily digestible and high quality protein, which can promote protein synthesis and training adaptations, making this an attractive recovery option for those who refuel at home."

She adds that both cereal and non-fat milk are also a less expensive options than sports drinks.

Another recent study of college soccer players found that chocolate milk provides equal or superior muscle recovery, repair and body rehydration compared to high-carbohydrate beverages with the same amount of calories.

Milk also provides minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium that get depleted during physical activity.

The study was published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.


Obama slips, Cheney gains in popularity, poll suggests

Obama slips, Cheney gains in popularity, poll suggests A new poll released jointly by NBC and the Wall Street Journal has shown President Obama’s favorability ratings falling, while former vice president Dick Cheney appears to be gaining in popular opinion.

Since January, Obama’s ratings fell from 66 percent to 60 percent. This is how many respondents now have a very or somewhat positive view of the president, according to USA Today.

Meanwhile, Cheney’s ratings rose from 21 percent in December to 26 percent today.

Since leaving office, Cheney has made several high-profile comments criticizing the new administration and suggesting its policies are endangering the nation’s security.

While some have welcomed the former vice president’s statements, others suggested they are damaging to GOP’s image as the party still grapples for leaderships in the wake of a devastating defeat in last year’s general elections.

Gallup poll results, released earlier this month, suggested 9 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents see Cheney as "the main person who speaks for the Republican Party today," just behind Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, at 10 percent each.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of respondents could not name a single person who in their view acts as the spokesperson for the GOP.