California Requires Ridiculous Warning Labels on Bioidentical Hormones DHEA and Pregnenolone

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Dietary suppThey’re safe, effective, and backed by decades of solid research. So why has California made their sale illegal unless accompanied by a scary and verbose warning label? A state Action Alert!

Both pregnenolone and DHEA are naturally produced “parent” hormones to a variety of other hormones, including the sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, as well as hormones vital for controlling blood mineral content and metabolism. And both DHEA and pregnenolone have a number of startling benefits.

Pregnenolone aids in the development of new brain cells, produces significant improvements in both depression and schizophrenia, and shows promise in mitigating memory loss and even some of the abnormal structures in Alzheimer’s disease.

DHEA supplementation helps create improvements in muscle strength and bone mineral density, with a reduction in body fat mass, and there is substantial support for DHEA supplementation in adrenal insufficiency, hypopituitarism, osteoporosis, systemic lupus, depression, schizophrenia, and balancing the overproduction of cortisol produced by excessive stress. Too much cortisol ages us rapidly; a little extra DHEA can make all the difference.

Despite the overwhelmingly positive scientific research (last year alone, 380 new papers were published about DHEA), and despite their having been shown to be both safe and effective in decades of continued use by millions of people, California now mandates a warning on both DHEA and pregnenolone saying, in a lengthy text, that exceeding recommended serving may cause “serious adverse health effects” like rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, or seizure. Such a warning will scare consumers away from these important supplements. No peer-reviewed studies have ever shown that DHEA or pregnenolone are associated with rapid heartbeat, dizziness, or blurred vision. No published studies have shown any risk of seizure from pregnenolone supplementation unless the patient already had a history of seizures.

Research on pregnenolone began in the 1930s. Studies in the 1940s showed that pregnenolone was effective on autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. But it was discarded when Merck’s newly introduced pharmaceutical agent, cortisone, was announced as a cure-all for rheumatoid arthritis in 1949. Sound familiar?

If you are a California resident, please contact your legislators and ask them to create an exemption for DHEA and pregnenolone in Section 110423(b) of the California Health and Safety Code.

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  • Dianne Sahakian

    I believe all medicine whether hormones or not should be labeled. To much of any medicine isn’t good for you and for the hormones whether allowed over the counter or by prescription, a person should have tests ro see what and how much of the hormone would be needed and only use the bio-identical hormones for people or animals that may need them.

    • Analogous Nyme

      labeling is fine. fictitious and frightening labeling is a lie and a crime against consumers. should candy bars carry labels reading “may cause coma or death” because a diabetic eating a candy bar could affect their blood sugar?

  • Dianne Sahakian

    I believe all medicine whether hormones or not should be labeled. To much of any medicine isn’t good for you and for the hormones whether allowed over the counter or by prescription, a person should have tests ro see what and how much of the hormone would be needed and only use the bio-identical hormones for people or animals that may need them.

  • Dianne Sahakian

    I believe all medicine whether hormones or not should be labeled. To much of any medicine isn’t good for you and for the hormones whether allowed over the counter or by prescription, a person should have tests ro see what and how much of the hormone would be needed and only use the bio-identical hormones for people or animals that may need them.

  • Dianne Sahakian

    I believe all medicine whether hormones or not should be labeled. To much of any medicine isn’t good for you and for the hormones whether allowed over the counter or by prescription, a person should have tests ro see what and how much of the hormone would be needed and only use the bio-identical hormones for people or animals that may need them.

  • Dianne Sahakian

    I believe all medicine whether hormones or not should be labeled. To much of any medicine isn’t good for you and for the hormones whether allowed over the counter or by prescription, a person should have tests ro see what and how much of the hormone would be needed and only use the bio-identical hormones for people or animals that may need them.

  • Dianne Sahakian

    I believe all medicine whether hormones or not should be labeled. To much of any medicine isn’t good for you and for the hormones whether allowed over the counter or by prescription, a person should have tests ro see what and how much of the hormone would be needed and only use the bio-identical hormones for people or animals that may need them.

  • buck

    Kalifornia made a wise move on genetically modified food , so naturally they have to counter balance it with one of their typically idiotic moves .

  • Rebecca Weiss

    We need healthy supplements with all the auto immune disorders.

  • Jack Patermaster

    Noted alternative medicine doctor Robert Jay Rowen, M.D. stated in a July, 2010 Journal of Natural Medicine stated: “DHEA can be quite effective for many people. But take it without a doctor’s supervision, and the potential risks may outweigh any benefits. For one thing, women taking DHEA are prone to “masculine” side effects like unnatural hair growth, a deepening of the voice, and weight gain. Likewise, men can develop breasts or have breast tenderness. DHEA can also cause other frightening side effects – like heart palpitations, altered blood sugar levels, and increased cancer risk. This one has DANGER written all over it.” As a muti-supplement user I’ve followed Dr. Rowens advice and am certain many others have also. I agree with California’s decision on labeling based on Dr. Rowen’s experience. –Jack Patermaster

  • lone voice

    Are there any doctors regularly using the bioidentical hormones who can speak to this, from their body of experience? It would be interesting to see comments posted here by NDs and integrative MDs et al, about the possibility of side effects….or not…as the case may be.
    Thanks!

  • Ramona G

    Label all you want – just ensure that it IS available to those of us who want/need to take it!

  • I’ve been taking pregnenolone and DHEA for about 17 years now, and have never experienced any of these side effects. Nor has my wife. Nor anyone else I’ve ever spoken with who uses these supplements. This is just more scare tactics from the medical bureaucrats designed to make helpful (and healthful) supplements unavailable to the public. You watch — now that CA has this stupid, stupid law, other states will feel the need to climb on board, for the sake of “public safety.” And then the FDA will come out with a campaign saying “Look, 12 states already recognize how potentially harmful these supplements can be. We need to ban them in order to prevent unscrupulous supplement vendors from harming people.” It’s pure horse manure. Mark my words: They’ve been trying to take hormone-like supplements off the market for years now. They got rid of androstendione some years back, there have been several bills to restrict sales of these supplements nationally, and Canada has made DHEA a class 3 felony substance. So if you like ’em, you’d better stock up because these bureaucratic bastards aren’t going to quit until they’ve “protected” you to death.

  • Rob Lock

    I agree with most ANH-USA viewpoints but not 100% on this one. I use a lot of dietary supplements and am totally against pharmaceutical drugs unless it is a life saving situation. With that said, I tried DHEA last year and it caused rapid heartbeat for me and that was at the recommended dosage. I stopped it immediately. But just because it did with me doesn’t mean it will for everybody. Taking supplements should always be the choice of the individual but I don’t see anything wrong with warnings of possible side effects as long as the evidence is from true scientific peer reviewed studies.

  • Betty Ater

    I love those phrase that “Help them Learn”; this is indeed very helpful, It is not easy to have toddler or babies at home, at any time, we parents must be totally aware of the hourly task of the toddler or what are there plan which is sometimes could be harm for them. A total awareness is badly needed.

  • Theresa Raybould

    Hi I am 18 and I havealopecia areata which is an auto immune disease… so would low DHEA levels cause hair loss?