Book Review: An MD's Life Saving Health Solutions by James A. Schaller

Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy


Although not apparent from the title of this book, Dr. Schaller shares some very interesting thoughts about hormones from his long clinical practice in obstetrics and gynecology. He writes in an engaging fashion - almost like you were sitting in his office and having a conversation with him.


He is very clear that progestins (which he calls castrating drugs) are not progesterone. He calls the large Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study ill-conceived and and says it fails to answer the question that that they sought. The question asked by the study was "Can hormones delay the onset of chronic disease in women?" Because the study used only Premarin® and Premarin® with medroxyprogesterone (progestin), we only learned that the synthetic or non- human identical hormones do not.


Dr. Schaller discusses the relationship between hormone balance and  body fat at great length. He states ideally, a woman should have about 22% body fat. Less than 13% body fat and low estrogen at menopause is a real concern because there is not enough fat to allow for adequate estrogen storage. Consequently, very thin women have more sensitivity to swings in estrogen which occur throughout the cycle or in perimenopause. "Fat cells store, produce and release estrogen. The number of fat cells affects all hormonally-related effects." Dr. Schaller claims.


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Medication Disposal Tips

Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy


April is the time of year when our thoughts turn to spring.  Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. 45 years later, it continues to be a time when we focus our attention on the earth and the protection of our environment, including our groundwater. Waste water treatment plants are not effective in keeping medications from polluting our water system.


Drug disposal options expanded last fall when the US Pharmacist CornerCongress amended the Controlled Substances Act  of 2010. People who have unused or expired controlled substances, as well as other oral or topical medications,  and OTCs including vitamins, may now return them to their local pharmacy, clinic or any other agency that has a medication disposal program in place.  The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also changed the rules so that people may mail-in unwanted medications to collectors that destroy the drugs by incineration which is the disposal method of choice.  The DEA used to sponsor national medication take-back events twice a year but is now shifting that responsibility to local communities. 


If an individual's current pharmacy does not have a drug disposal program, call your local police department or go to their website. You can also search for local community programs by using the terms "medication drop boxes", "medication disposal" or "safe community programs".  If there isn't a program near you, follow government guidelines for medication disposal (FDA Regulations and USEPA)               


Women's International Pharmacy jars, topiclicks, vials, lids, dropper bottles and droppers are recycle number 5. Tubes are number 41. Please follow your service area's guidelines when recycling medication containers. 


Keep in mind Women's International Pharmacy does not

accept medicines for disposal and suggests you follow the federal guidelines. 




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In This Issue
Book Review: An MD's Life Saving Health Solutions
Earth Day in History
Medication Disposal Tips

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