Children drugged in fertility study
Little girls should be worried about tea parties, summer dresses, and homework -- not how well their baby-making equipment might work a decade or two down the road.
But in a twisted experiment that never should have made it past an ethics committee, researchers pumped 8-year-old girls full of the diabetes drug metformin for four years to see how it would affect their fertility later on.
None of the kids actually had diabetes, mind you -- so it's the researchers, and not the children, who were playing "make believe" here.
The girls in the study all had low birth weight and early onset of pubic hair -- two risk factors for PCOS, the most common form of female infertility -- and they were compared to a second set of girls with the same risk factors who were given metformin at the age of 12 for just one year.
By the time they reached 15, the girls who took the drug for four years were eight times less likely to show further signs of PCOS than the young ladies who took it for a year.
Control group? Don't ask for a control group -- and don't even waste your time hoping for a comparison to young ladies given the types of dietary and lifestyle changes that have proven to beat PCOS before.
The researchers aren't interested in any of that -- just metformin, a drug known for side effects that would shame any little girl: nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea, not to mention an odor from the pills themselves that can clear a room.
That's the best these researchers could come up with?
Here's an idea: Let's stop turning boys and girls alike into hormonal monstrosities with soy-based foods served in BPA-lined containers -- both of which have been linked to serious fertility problems in men and women alike.
Get back to basics instead. Serve real fresh food, especially animal fats, and no sugar. I guarantee you the rates of PCOS would plunge inside a generation -- and, even better, we'd practically eliminate type 2 diabetes.
I know, I know -- it's a pipe dream. But to heck with everyone else -- save yourself. Make these changes today, and protect your family tomorrow.
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