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In addition to our
general rescue and retirement program, E.P.O.N.A. is committed to the
Premarin cause. We are not only committed to the actual rescue of the foals and
mares, but we are also dedicated to the education aspect of informing the
general public about Premarin and the alternatives that are available. As part
of the educational process we try to take opportunities like this to show horse
enthusiasts how wonderful these foals are and the great tragedy that so many
thousands of these foals are sent to slaughter for an unnecessary drug.
For those of you who are not familiar with Premarin, it
is the number one most prescribed drug in this country. Many of you may
recognize the name as Premarin, Prempro, or HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).
Premarin is a horse estrogen that is prescribed for menopausal symptoms.
Thousands of mares referred to as " Working Girls " are impregnated on "Premarin
farms" in the Dakotas and in Canada. There are hundreds of such farms in the
northwestern US alone. The mare's urine is collected throughout the pregnancy
and processed into pill form. Premarin stands for Pregnant Mares Urine.
Beginning the first of September, the foals of these mares are rounded up, much
like our cattle roundups of the west, and are herded, separated from their
mothers and sent to auction, oftentimes all in the same day. The foals can be
anywhere from two to six months old. The majority of these auctions take place
in Manitoba, Canada, where the auctions run through the month of October.
Depending on whose numbers you believe, thousands of foals go to slaughter every
Manitoba, Canada, has been reported to be one of the
largest horse meat auction centers in the world. Many of the foals sent to
slaughter are used for human consumption by the Japanese and European markets,
leather goods and of course dog food etc. It is estimated with the increase in
the number of baby boomers reaching the menopausal age, and the impact of mad
cow disease in Europe, the demand for Premarin and its by-product, the Premarin
foals, will reach an all-time high. Through our educational efforts and our
dedication to rescue as many foals as possible and place them in appropriate
homes, we hope to make our effort a symbolic one. It is very likely that the
foals that are at our rescue center today would have been sent to slaughter.
There are many safe and
effective natural alternatives to Premarin. Many include plant-based synthetic
alternatives, diet, and exercise. It is interesting to note that only about 10%
of Asian and European women experience menopausal symptoms, compared to 66% of
women here in the United States.
Thursday January 13, 2003 CBS News released a breaking story in the medical
community. A Dr. Thomas Guttuso prescribed the seizure medication Neurotin
to a patient of his that was experiencing severe headaches. His patient a
women who was also going through menopause not only commented on the success of
the elimination of her headaches, but also noted that it had dramatically
decreased her hot flashes as well. Dr. Guttuso's patient was not a
candidate for Premarin because of her previous condition with breast cancer.
Dr. Guttuso then experimented a little on his own and prescribed Neurotin to 59
of his patients experiencing menopausal symptoms. All of the 59 women
noted that Neurotin that contains Gabapentin had either eliminated or
significantly reduced the number and severity of their hot flashes. More
research is now underway to better determine if this is yet another alternative
to thousands of foals going off to slaughter.
of Washington Monthly Report @
www.washingtonmonthly.com look up an article titled Hot Flash /Cold Cash
written by Alicia Mundy
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