Menopause is not taboo | scientific medicine

Not a good source of collagen.

I recently received an email with the subject line “Menopause shouldn’t be a taboo – this gift can help.”

I totally agree that menopause shouldn’t be a taboo subject, and the gift in question might get some women talking about it, but I think that’s the wrong way to go about it. They say, “Le Wren’s Menopause Supportive Care Package includes easy-to-use luxuries to ease common side effects, with a dose of loving self-care.”

They say the Care Package consists of:

  • Refreshing Spray – Made with peppermint and menthol oils, this all-natural spray provides instant relief. Slips easily into your handbag or bedside drawer.
  • Arnica Hand & Joint Cream – This rich cream contains Arnica, an ancient flower that has been used for centuries to treat inflammation and help bring relief.
  • Lavender Eye Pillow – The combination of this pillow’s light weight and light lavender aroma helps calm the body and mind. Can be cooled or heated.
  • Drift Bedtime Balm – This relaxing blend of lavender, chamomile and other natural sleep remedies helps induce peaceful rest, naturally.
  • Beauty Bar Chocolate – Because, chocolate. Everyone needs a small dose of chocolate.

And they want you to spend $98 to give this package of quack remedies, questionable products and placebos to someone you know who is going through menopause. If I received the Care Package, it would go straight to the trash.

Claims are not supported by scientific evidence and can be ignored. I disagree that “everyone needs chocolate” and was appalled at the ingredients in the “Beauty Bar”. It contains crushed sea pearls for collagen, as well as monk fruit and rhodiola. Do sea pearls contain collagen? No, of course they don’t. They supposedly contain amino acids that supposedly stimulate the skin to make its own collagen. And if you ate collagen in a chocolate bar, it would just be digested and not contribute to the body’s collagen store.

Conclusion: This is all just too silly

It gets even dumber: they also sell a “Feel-Good Roll On“. Don’t waste your money. If you know someone with symptoms of menopause, it’s not taboo. Why not talk about it and educate them? Effective remedies are available. Isn’t reality better than fantasy? When my husband heard about the Care Package, he said it was just a marketing gimmick designed to separate gullible customers from their money.

  • Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She earned her BA and MD from the University of Washington, interned in the Air Force (the second woman to do so), and was the first woman to graduate from the family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force medical officer, she held various positions as a flight surgeon at DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivery to the takeover of a B-52. She retired with the rank of colonel. In 2008, she published her memoirs, Women are not supposed to steal.

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