OK...received a reply to a request to respond to some of the comments made...I'm only the messenger here...believe whatever you want...but it is interesting regardless...
From the principal of the Phoenix Project:
"quiet in the community"
I personally have been very active in the TG/TS communities, and in the GLBT communities constantly for almost 30 years. I have personally counseled many thousands of TG/TS people through that period, and I worked with many other community leaders to establish the groundings for the various civil rights laws, and corporate laws which increasingly protect TG/TS people today.
Money for these efforts comes from sales -- I personally profit very little from the Evanesce sales.
(I do not own a car made in this century, for example)
This past week, for example, I have been traveling, teaching and counseling
TG/TS people at a conference in Massachusetts.
I do not run a huge slick marketing campaign for our products -- I have chosen to focus on providing the very best products, and giving the best service to people who really care about their health and their successful, minimal loss, transition journey.
>> I also question why someone who believes strongly enough that they need to go on HRT, would choose such unproven chemicals to put in their bodies. If you can find a doctor who treats transsexuals and recommends to his/her patients that they take herbals, then I might change my opinion. Let me qualify that with a doctor that doesn't make money selling herbals.
And my response would be to question why people would choose to use dangerous chemicals and drugs,
most of which these days come from overseas pharmacies with no doctor oversight or checkups....
For example, the community has spent more than a decade convincing each other, and doctors,
that Spironolactone is a testosterone blocker.
It is not, and it was never intended to be, that.
Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic; i.e., a drug created to strip water from the human body and to leave potassium behind.
No one -- NO ONE -- is telling the people in this community that when taking Spironolactone, it is necessary to drink 3-4 liters of water daily to make up for the drug striping water from the body.
The result is that MANY of our girls suffer from dehydration symptoms -- muscle cramps, flaking skin, brittle nails, headaches, etc etc, with no knowledge of why...
Spironolactone has what the medical community considers a negative side effect in 10% of the males who use it, of reducing testosterone.
Please go to http://www.drugs.com/spironolactone
Read past the several Google Ads sections, to the bottom of that web page.
Don't just take my word for what Spironolactone does, see what the company which makes it, says.
And then re-look at what the people in this community are telling each other, every day.
How many of our sisters have died from dehydration, or done serious body damage to themselves,
using a drug no one knows they are using?
One of the other TG web sites I read, had a post about a person taking potassium supplements, for some health condition, and then taking Spironolactone on the sly, for her own purposes.
Potassium overload is usually fatal.
Where are the warnings on the drug hormone web sites?
they are not anywhere.
Comments about herbals being dangerous are just ignorant. (uneducated)
Yes -- some herbs are dangerous. But those are not ever used for feminization.
Most people who state that "herbs don't work", have done less than three months of over the counter herbs,
and generally have used Estroven, (which does not have enough estrogen to feminize), and Saw Palmetto,
which in a male body is a precursor for additional testosterone;
and those people believe that Dong Quai and Black Cohosh somehow *are* estrogen.
All lies, and yes -- these kinds of "using herbs to feminize" do not, will not, cannot, work.
"Over the counter herbs" cannot, except in rare cases, feminize a male body.
Evanesce and Feminol, etc., are FAR removed from being "OTC herbs"
Our products are based on bio-molecular usage of the active ingredients of various herbs, in ratios known to make each ingredient more powerful than any of them could be on their own....
and our products include ingredients known for centuries to block testosterone formation.
These ingredients are used as Standardized and concentrated extracts;
a person would need to consume hands-full, and bottles-full of OTC herbs daily to get the same overall potency that a few of our capsules provide.
And because there are no drugs in our formulations, there are no concerns about drug interactions, with only a very few exceptions for major drugs.
Our formulations are near drug potency, created in the way many drugs are created.
A significant percentage of born women fear the health safety of the various drug hormones.
Strange that the TG/TS community, in its rush to achieve the "C" cup, do not seem to care,
about personal health and safety.
I hope that the people pushing a drug hormone solution for feminization are also telling their readers to get frequent doctor checkups of kidney and liver function. Drug hormones can destroy those organs.
I hope, but I know that they are not telling....
By the way -- many of our ingredients are difficult to manufacture;
working with molecular extracts of herbs is difficult.
I choose to make the best possible products,
backed by research and knowledge of some of THE greatest herbal experts on the planet,
and yes that means comparatively expensive,
products which work in total safety, rather that just shove crushed herbs at people.
By analogy, I sell Lexus, Mercedes, Ferrari, and BMW. I choose to not sell Kia.
I hope that this helps you to understand!"
So there you have it... Traci xxxx