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If Estrogen Causes Cancer, Where is the Epidemic?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 24, 2007

What would I do if I were a woman at the age of menopause and read the headline, “Breast cancer drop linked to decline in hormone therapy”? I'd be scared as hell if I were already taking estrogen. And I'd consider flushing it down the toilet. But what should menopausal women do then if they have an whelming desire to kick the cat, or their husband?

Gardasil A Vaccine To Prevent Cervical Cancer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 15, 2006

Some patients you never forget. Years ago, a young talented pianist after years of dedicated study, was scheduled to give her first piano recital in Toronto. But for months beforehand she noticed vaginal discharge and did nothing. Finally, due to abnormal bleeding she consulted me. Pelvic examination revealed an extensive cancer of the cervix. She died a few months later and never gave her recital. Now, a new vaccine, "Gardasil", will prevent needless deaths such as hers.

Condoms With Barbs And Lethal Barbecue Brushes

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Do many rapists know that a condom could put them on the operating table? Not many. And how many people believe that barbecuing can have a lethal outcome? Not many. Life is indeed full of surprises.

Rapid Genital Atrophy After Stopping Estrogen

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Would men at any early age like to see their genitals shrink so it's impossible to have sex? Not likely. But this is happening to large numbers of women. They've stopped taking estrogen after news spread that some studies linked this hormone to heart attack, stroke and breast cancer. But no one warned them about "Introital Stenosis", a shrinkage of vaginal tissues. And few women know the problem is also associated with recurrent urinary infections.

Rectal and Vaginal Blowouts While Water Skiing

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

What's the worst thing that can happen to you while water skiing? Many feel it's the embarrassment of repeated falling while others make it on their first attempt. Or that you might suffer a strained muscle or bruise. But every year water skiers face unexpected serious and life-threatening injuries. And few people are aware of the rectal and vaginal damage that occurs in this sport.

Eight Good Reasons to Make Love

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 26, 2005

Are you fed up reading about war, our failing health care system and crooked CEOs? If so, let's discuss a more pleasant topic, the way to ensure a long and healthy life. Some are convinced that jogging, a variety of diets or a daily glass of red wine is the answer. But what about sex? The fact is that making love is downright good for you. Here are eight reasons why you should put more amore into your life.

New Technique Prevents Needless Hysterectomies

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Why would a woman agree to surgical removal of the uterus when a hysterectomy-saving procedure, "endometrial ablation", is available? Given this choice the answer is obvious. But today thousands of women have never heard of this less invasive procedure due to political bureaucracy, short-sighted financing and a lack of trained doctors. So what should female patients and their families do to correct this situation? After all, good sense indicates it's madness to cut off an arm when amputating a finger will do.

Medical Madness and Hormone Replacement Therapy

by Doctor W. Gifford Jones

February 22, 2005

"How would you treat a menopausal patient complaining of severe hot flushes, insomnia, inability to concentrate at the office, wanting to kick her husband and suffering from painful sexual intercourse?" I posed this question to a number of doctors at a recent medical meeting. I was shocked to hear that many would prescribe a variety of anti-depressant medicines such as Prozac and Effexor. It's the perfect example of how the results of a statistical study can cause panic and end in poor medical advice.

The Disease With a Thousand Different Faces

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

December 1, 2004

Why would I want to use a medical story from a publication that reaches only 550 people? Particularly when I have access to international medical journals that reach thousands of doctors. Simply because it's about a disease that affects many Canadians. Ones that are told they need a psychiatrist when they actually need other medical care. And since it's Lupus Month in Canada there's no better time to tell this story.

Obese Men and Women More Likely to Die of Cancer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 23, 2004

What a devastating experience it must have been for Elizabeth Edwards, wife of the former U.S. vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, to be told on the day of his loss, after spending two grueling years campaigning with him, that she had breast cancer. This was more than enough bad news for one day. Unfortunately for both sexes obesity increases the risk of many malignancies.

The Yo Yo Effect: Why It Results in Needless Mastectomies

by Doctor W. Gifford Jones

September 20, 2004

Why don't doctors learn from history about breast cancer? Over 50 years ago a Scottish surgeon reported that radical removal of women's breasts did not improve their survival rate. Yet for decades many surgeons have continued to do this mutilating operation. Now it's been reported that whether a lumpectomy (removal only of the cancerous lump) or mastectomy (whole breast removal) is done also depends on where you live. What's happening in this country, and the U.S., is partly due to the Yo Yo effect.

A Cesarean Section On A Lucky Day?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

May 16, 2004

Should pregnant women have the right to demand a Cesarean section even if there's no bone-fide reason for the operation? Or be allowed to have the C-section on a lucky day? Today more women are asking for this right. But is this request utter madness?

Don't Teach Your Dog This Trick

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 3, 2004

It's been said that "He or she who treats himself (or herself ) has a fool for a patient". Now we should expand that remark; she who treats herself for vaginal irritation often loses money and also treats the wrong disease. So if they have any Scottish blood, women should think twice before they treat themselves with over-the-counter (OTC) medication.

Canadian Cancer Society Wrong Again

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 8, 2004

Why would The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) make such an asinine statement? And why wait nearly two years to worry women once again about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? The logic escapes me, but doesn't surprise me. Years ago, when I fought for the legalization of heroin to fight terminal cancer pain, CCS publicly fought me and continually made illogical statements.

Sex without Estrogen can be dangerous

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 20, 2003

What was the diagnosis? No one was sure when they asked me to see a 57-year-old year woman in a state of shock. She had been brought to the emergency at 1:00 a.m. with no explanation as to what had occurred. It was only after an emergency operation and a talk with her husband I understood the cause of her distress.

Yogi Berra Was Right

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 25, 2003

Yogi Berra, the self-proclaimed philosopher king of the New York Yankee baseball team, had a knack of saying it the way it was. He remarked, "If you don't know where you're going you're bound to end up someplace else." Every year I see female patients who end up somewhere they would prefer not to be. The ones who face abortion. Or are told they have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Or wish they could have had more time between pregnancies. All because they took the wrong contraceptive, or none at all.

50 years of progress in human fertility

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 28, 2003

The time: 11:57 p.m. The day: July 25, 1978. A miracle happened. Louise Brown, the first in-vitro fertilization baby (IVF) was born at a small local hospital in Oldham, England. Her birth made headlines in every newspaper in the world. Now, 25 years later, 100,000 babies are born every year by IVF, but none of this could have happened without a momentous discovery 50 years ago. Few people have heard of James Watson and Francis Crick, but in 1953, they discovered the structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the substance in the chromosomes that makes us who we are. This was the start of molecular medicine, which allows us to make pregnancy hormones, insulin, and other medication

The Cape Breton Solution To Teenage Pregnancy

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 5, 2003

So you think little Johnny and Mary are just going to the Saturday movies, and nothing else will happen? Well, if this is what you believe, you're living in Disney World. And it's high time that you, doctors and society took a new look at the current world of teenagers. If you don't, you may be one of the thousands of parents who have to face an unwanted teenage pregnancy. It's time we all took a hard, and unemotional look at the Cape Breton solution.

Mirena, A New Method Of Contraception

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 30, 2003

Wouldn't all women like to stop worrying about birth control for five years? Not to have to remember to take the pill every day. Or face the bother of having to insert a vaginal contraceptive each time before sex. Now, a new unique intrauterine system, Mirena, which has been used in Europe for over 10 years, is available in Canada.

The Checkup, Too Much Or Too Little?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

December 1, 2002

What constitutes a good checkup examination? Good sense dictates that young children don't need a Pap smear for cervical cancer, a PSA test for prostate malignancy or X-ray studies to measure bone density. So what's done depends on the patient's age and it can save a life or prevent serious diseases.

Evista, Another Way to Treat Osteoporosis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 17, 2002

A few weeks ago I wrote about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). That it was foolish for women to give up HRT if they suffer menopausal problems. But because of the latest HRT reports some postmenopausal women are now looking to other long-term therapies to fight osteoporosis. I mentioned the medication, Evista, and many readers have asked me to tell them more about this.

The Answer To The HRT Dilemma

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 3, 2002

What a shame that headlines never tell women the whole story! But they don't, and this invariably causes worry and results in poor medical treatment. For several weeks female patients have been asking me what they should do about hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This concern has been triggered by newspaper headlines linking HRT to complications. But the news is not as shocking as it appears to be. And unfortunately, many women are making the wrong decision about HRT.

Bill C-13 Treats Infertile Couples Treated Like Criminals

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 27, 2002

Benjamin Franklin once remarked, "A ship under sail and a big-bellied woman are the handsomest two things that can be seen." Today there are not many ships under sail and fewer and fewer big-bellied women in this country. So with a sinking birth rate what is the least expensive solution to keep our country afloat?

A New Method To Treat Infertility

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 25, 2002

What causes the first crisis in a marriage? Sometimes it's finance or in-laws. But for many it's the failure to become a mother. Now a "Puregon Pen" is available, one of the latest techniques, helps women to ovulate, increasing the chance of pregnancy.

Eat Swamp Dogwood For Morning Sickness?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 30, 2002

How would you feel if you were suffering from the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) but your doctor said you must grin and bear it? Because there wasn't any safe drug available to fight this condition. And later you discover he was wrong. You'd have every right to be annoyed. Particularly if your illness had forced a termination of the pregnancy.

What Women Should Know About The Pill In 2002

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 15, 2002

Does the pill cause breast cancer some ask? Others ask if it increases the risk of ovarian and uterine malignancy. Women wonder if they can change the timing of their period for an important event. The birth control pill has now been available for over 40 years. Yet year after year letters show that many women are still confused and worried about oral contraceptives (OC's). What's fact and what's fiction.

Ovarian Cancer, Scaring Women Half-To-Death

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 31, 2002

It's been said that, "A little knowledge is an dangerous thing." A report from the Mayo Clinic shows that this is particularly true when the subject is ovarian cancer. And it illustrates how easy it is to both inform women and worry them at the same time.

A New Treatment For Genital Warts

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 20, 2002

What's the best way to make love these days? I tell patients of all ages to make love like the porcupine, very, very carefully. If they don't, they may join the millions of people who contact what's called the "Human Papilloma Virus" (HPV), which causes genital warts. Now there's a new treatment to eradicate these troublesome warts.

The Lethal Nature of Postpartum Hemorrhage

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 22, 2001

I'll never forget a scene that happened years ago. I was a young doctor studying to be a surgeon at a university hospital. One evening utter pandemonium erupted in the obstetrical area. Professors of obstetrics and hematology rushed to the bedside of a young woman following the delivery of her baby.


W. Gifford-Jones M.D is the pen name of Dr. Ken Walker graduate of Harvard. Dr. Walker's website is: Docgiff.com

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