Inhumanity By Prescription

inhumanity by PrescriptionAs many of you know,  Dr. Ray Kellosalmi represented the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition and Canadian anti-slaughter advocates at the 2014 Equine Summit held by Equine Advocates.

There are 13 videos in the series,  all featuring different topics, and all are worth-watching.  Dr. Kellosalmi, Retired Physician & Board Member of the CHDC, gave his presentation entitled “Horse Slaughter & PMU:  Shared Disgrace, Shared Challenge.”  Dr. Ray is a medical doctor who was director of a medical centre involved in menopausal issues,  and he recently spoke at Parliament about toxicity issues with horsemeat along with MP Alex Atamanenko.  You call also watch Ray’s video segment from Equine Advocates below:

In addition to presenting at Equine Advocates,  Dr. Kellosalmi has also worked with United Animal Nations,  United Pegasus Foundation, The Ark Trust,  The American Horse Kellosalmi-r copyDefense Fund, ASPCA,  HSUS, and many others.  He also wrote a paper entitled “Inhumanity By Prescription,”  which we have attached for your perusal.   We are also attaching the letter “Dear Physician,”  from the Int’l Fund For Horses,  which can be used to ask physicians NOT to prescribe drugs from the PMU family.  Both of these documents can be used to have a discussion with your physician or health care practitioner about the dangers inherent to women and the cruelty to horses.

We also ask that you please have a conversation with at least ONE woman who may not be aware of these issues with conjugated equine estrogens.  Thank You!







  1. EponaSpirit · ·

    Reblogged this on Pass the SAFE Act! and commented:
    Very important information for those of you that are fighting the good fight for our equines. Staying informed means staying armed with the latest information in order to make your case crystal clear, no more horse slaughter on our watch.

  2. V Fisher · ·

    Thank you for putting all this useful information in letter form. I’ve sent this to my Dr.’s office of 10, and asked that it be shared and posted. I am also sending it to one of my girlfriends, who refuses to listen to my warnings about how harmful Premarin is, and how cruel it is to the horses. I finally asked her why she was refusing to listen and her answer was, “my Dr. has far more medical experience than you.” Well, that may be but clearly, I am more intelligent! Maybe now she will start listening.

    1. Well, I am not a doctor and this is only my personal opinion, but menopause is not a disease that requires treatment. Obviously, women experience it differently, but it is a natural phase of life. I’m sure CEE would work great for horses in menopause, but women are not horses. Here is another article, also written by MDs:

      “Don’t Let Your Doctor Give You Horse Urine for Menopause!

      by John Morgenthaler, Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.

      No auto mechanic in his right mind would replace worn parts in a Mercedes with new parts made for a Chevy. Unfortunately, many physicians (and pharmaceutical companies) seem to have less common sense than the average auto mechanic when it comes to treating menopausal women.

      The “estrogen” replacement most doctors prescribe today for menopausal and premenopausal women is a pill known generically as conjugated equine estrogens (CEE). The best known brand of CEE is Premarin®. Many studies suggest that in many women, Premarin does help reduce symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, vaginal thinning, memory loss, and urinary incontinence. It also appears to reduce the risk of developing postmenopausal cardiovascular disease (the leading killer of women) and osteoporosis (the crippling progressive bone weakness).

      It also may help to prevent a significant proportion of Alzheimer’s disease and senile dementia.
      Premarin is Horse Estrogen Derived From Horse Urine

      So what’s wrong with CEE? Take a close look at the names. Notice the word “equine?” Yes, that equine! Premarin is horse estrogen! It is derived from the urine of pregnant mares, hence, its brand name. Premarin works great in female horses, just as Chevy parts work great in Chevys. But replacing human estrogens with horse estrogens may be asking for trouble, and here’s why.

      For the last several million years, the human female reproductive system has been running quite well on three separate estrogens: estriol, estrone, and estradiol, which occur in an approximate ratio of 90%:3%:7%1 (Fig. 1). Compare that with Premarin, which consists of estrone (75-80%), equilin (6-15%), estradiol + two other equine estrogens (5-19%).2 Notice that, in addition to having larger proportions of estrone and estradiol, Premarin also contains equilin and two other forms of estrogen found exclusively in horses.

      The female human body contains all the enzymes and cofactors it needs to process estriol, estrone, and estradiol — when they occur in their natural human proportions. On the other hand, it has none of the enzymes and cofactors required to metabolize equilin and the other horse estrogens, nor does it have enough of these important substances to deal with the excessively large amounts of estrone and estradiol found in Premarin (or in the 100% estradiol “patch”). Horses, of course, are well equipped to handle CEE. The difference in reproductive hormones is just one of many differences between horses and humans. You may have noticed that horses also have four hooves and a mane, whereas human females don’t.

      It should come as no surprise, then, that the presence of Premarin in the human body induces a hormonal imbalance that can have important adverse consequences. To physicians who prescribe Premarin, this hormonal imbalance doesn’t seem to carry much weight. After all, the drug works, doesn’t it? But, as two leading reproductive physiologists point out, when women take Premarin, “Levels [of equilin] can remain elevated for 13 weeks or more post-treatment due to storage and slow release from adipose [fat] tissue. In addition, metabolism of equilin to equilenin and 17-hydroxyequilenin may contribute greatly to the estrogen stimulatory effect of [conjugated estrogen] therapy.” Another metabolite of equilin, 17- -dihydroequilin has been found to be eight times more potent than equilin for inducing endometrial growth, a possible precursor to cancer.3

      As a result, Premarin produces “estrogenic effects” that are much more potent and longer lasting than those produced by natural human estrogens.

      This explains why so many women feel “unnatural” on Premarin, why Premarin causes so many side effects and discomforts (see box). It even explains why Premarin has been associated with a significant risk of breast and endometrial cancer, because one of the primary effects of equilin, estradiol and estrone is to promote the growth of tissue in the endometrial (uterine) lining and also in the breast. This growth is important for preparing the premenopausal body for pregnancy and lactation, but if some of that tissue becomes cancerous or precancerous, look out. According to Premarin’s official labeling, taking it for a year (without also taking progesterone; see box), increases a woman’s risk of endometrial cancer by as much as 14%.2

      Most conventional physicians, not to mention the self-serving pharmaceutical industry, are quick to rationalize the cancer and other risks of horse estrogens. Every treatment has its risks, they point out, but the risk of a postmenopausal woman dying of a heart attack or stroke if she doesn’t take Premarin are far greater than her risk of dying from cancer or an osteoporosis-related fracture if she does. “

      1. I neglected to mention that the article above is 3 pages long, and my quote above covers only the first page – please read all 3 pages……

      2. V Fisher · ·

        Thanks, and agree completely. She’s had this Dr. from day one and has complete blind faith in him, but I keep trying!

      3. She’s had him since day 1? So the doctor is actually a pediatrician??? LOL What do pediatricians know about menopause…….

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