“When I was in medical school at the University of Texas, 1972-76, I trained on Physical History and Diagnosis taught by the dean of med school. He said, ‘If you have a woman in midlife who has more than one complaint when you review her symptoms, then she’s a hypochondriac and must be placed on an antidepressant’,” says Dr. Steven Hotze, MD.

He goes on to say, “It’s very important to remember when you go to your physician these problems you have aren’t in your head. The doctor’s going to draw a blood test on you and tell you your blood work’s normal. Then he’s going to say women like you really benefit from Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Zymbalta or Lyrica, or any host of antidepressants. They’ll make you feel like a hypochondriac because they think you are!”

woeurieAt that time most of the students in medical school were male with just a smattering of females. Today the numbers balance out closer to 50/50 male to female.

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“The medical profession, for centuries has seen women’s health problems as psychosomatic. That they’re hypochondriacs, they’re neurotic. Ladies don’t let a doctor make you feel that way, fire them if they make you feel that way,” says Dr. Hotze.

“If they give you an antidepressant they’re telling you they think it’s in your head,” he adds.

Dr. Hotze suggests women suffer from a hormone imbalance throughout the month. After a menstrual cycle they become estrogen dominant evident through weight gain, headaches, migraines and mood swings. Low progesterone levels cause this to happen a week, or just a few days before the cycle.

He says, “They have high estrogen as compared to progesterone. That causes the liver to produce thyroid binding globulins. That adversely affects the body’s ability to utilize thyroid hormones that are produced by the thyroid gland. You’ve got to balance that out, use progesterone the last half of the month.”

Dr. Hotze says, “Think of a three legged stool. It’s balanced when all the legs are the right length. But if you cut off one of the legs and make it shorter it leans. You try to sit on it you fall over. You’ve got to balance out this three legged stool, the adrenal gland, the thyroid gland, the sex gland. You do that clinically, it’s not based on blood tests.”



He says it was standard practice to treat these hormones by the patient’s symptoms 60-70 years ago. Today he sees many faulty blood tests. In his practice the clinical symptoms speak louder than the blood test results.

Dr. Hotze follows the adage of follow the money trail. He says, “The reasons most physicians don’t figure this out is they’re trained in medical schools. Medical schools receive a large proportion of their funding from pharmaceutical houses. Many of the professors in medical schools are paid by the pharmaceutical houses to promote their drugs and do drug tests. That’s where they make their money.”

He goes on to say, “Then when they get into practice the pharmaceutical companies provide them all kinds of perks and having the paths to allow them to make the extra money. There’s a diabolical relationship between big pharma and conventional medicine and it’s a shame.”

The dominance of pharmaceutical ads is present in print ads, radio ads, television ads and in the medical field itself.



Dr. Hotze says, “Nobody is unhealthy because they have low levels of pharmaceutical drugs in their body. When and if you ever felt healthy or well it wasn’t because you had drugs in your body. It’s because you had adequate amounts of hormones, you had good nutrition in your body, you had good vitamins, minerals and nutrients.”

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