Modern Medicine May Not Be Tailored To Benefit Women

| October 21, 2015

Earlier this week, I shared a video with our Facebook followers, in which Dr. Alyson McGregor explains how the medical discoveries of the past century have been based on only half of the population: men… So, what about women?

Dr. McGregor is an emergency medicine doctor — specifically trained to help save lives in a medical emergency. And as she explains in her TED Talk, no matter whose life she must save, she orders the same tests and she prescribes the same medication, irrespective of the sex or gender of her patients.

Now, if you are fighting for equality, you’d say that’s a good thing… Everyone should be treated equally, right?

Not when it comes to medicine.

Different set of mechanics

Ordering the same tests and prescribing the same medication for males and females is completely wrong as there are significant biological differences between men and women.

As Dr. McGregor puts it: “Women are not just men with boobs and tubes.” And yet in the mainstream, women’s health is synonymous with reproduction: breasts, ovaries, uterus and pregnancy. In fact, the term many doctors use is “bikini medicine.”

Considering that the vast majority of drugs have only been tested on men — including laboratory studies (using male cells) and animal studies (using male animals) — calling the medical needs of the female population “bikini medicine” frankly is an insult to females. They have their own anatomy and physiology that deserves to be studied with the same dedication and intensity that men’s health has been studied.

However, there’s a good reason why the mainstream focused their research on men. That’s because until recently the mainstream was very reluctant to test new drugs on females, because of the potential risks involved of testing drugs on pregnant women and women who want to get pregnant.

This has meant that virtually nothing is known about the unique and specific needs of female patients.

Take the cardiovascular system, for example. Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women, but men and women have completely different heart attack symptoms.

Men will often complain of crushing chest pain — and this is called a “typical symptom” of a heart attack. Women can also have chest pain. But more women than men will complain of “just not feeling right,” “can’t seem to get enough air in,” “just so tired lately.” And for some reason these symptoms are called “atypical” even though women make up half the population.

But why are there these differences in symptoms?

The blood vessels that surround the heart are smaller in women compared to men, and the way that those blood vessels develop disease is different in women compared to men.

Perhaps this explains why more women die within the first year of having a heart attack than men.

Apart from the biological differences, the tests that are used to determine if someone is at risk for a heart attack were designed, tested and perfected on men. So they aren’t as accurate at determining the risks in women.

Now let’s look at the common drugs the mainstream gives to help prevent heart attacks… like aspirin. Aspirin is far more harmful to women than to men… and yet, this drug is dished out as a bog-standard treatment to both men and women.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Sources:

Alyson McGregor: Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women, published online, ted.com

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