What did they find out? The abstract says:
Thirty patients with well-defined symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome were randomly treated with the antibiotic doxycycline or placebo. The antibiotic-treated group showed a highly significant reduction of symptoms. Subsequent antibiotic treatment of the original placebo group similarly diminished the symptoms in this group. A 6-month follow-up demonstrated that the improvement in symptom scores was permanent and independent from the presence of the antibiotic. Luteal phase endometrial biopsies showed a high incidence of out-of-phase endometrium. An unexpectedly high percentage of endometrial biopsy cultures yielded positive findings for mycoplasma, Chlamydia trachomatis and anaerobic bacteria. There were no characteristic hormonal changes in this study group. An infectious aetiology, possibly a sub-clinical endometrial or ovarian infection, behind certain cases of pre-menstrual syndrome is postulated.
In 1988 there was clinical proof that antibiotic treatment to the cervix showed a “significant reduction of symptoms” and the 6-month follow up showed that this improvement was not dependent on the antibiotics, that it was a permanent improvement. 1988. 27 years ago.
I learned of this study recently while working on the translation of the documentary, “SPM: El Descubrimiento del Dr. Lolas.” I am completely hung up on WHY wasn’t more research done 27 years ago? Why does it take a doctor in Chile to shed the light on this discovery, when the researchers here in the United States already KNEW that it worked?
But I digress…
After finding about this treatment, I (of course) wanted it for myself. It is currently being offered in Chile, with Dr. Lolas, or in Spain, with Dr. Juani Lafaja, who was trained by Dr. Lolas. Neither of those options was feasible nor would they be in the future. According to Dr. Lolas, the average treatment takes about 3 months from start to finish, and it’s just not possible for me or my family to go to either country for that amount of time. So, my husband said, “what about the doctor in Miami?” “What doctor in Miami?” I asked him. “The one in the video with Dr. Lolas.” Ah, yes! Dr. Enrique Vazquez-Vera. He didn’t appear to contradict Dr. Lolas in any way, so I figured I’d give it a shot. So, I made an appointment and went to see him the next week.
To make a long story short, he was great, listened to my story, agreed that inflammation may be the root cause of the problem and suggested that before anything else, to try an elimination diet. This consisted of eliminating all sugar, soy, coffee, and grains from my diet (there’s more to it than that, but to simplify…). In a future post, I’ll go into the elimination diet more in detail. What struck me most about Dr. Vazquez was that he listened to me. He asked me about my past, and I almost felt like I was in a therapy session at one point, when he pointed out how I’ve always been drawn to structure my entire life. I was also very impressed with the fact that he is drawn to integrative medicine, meaning that it’s not all Western medicine, nor is it all Eastern. It’s a blend of the best of both worlds, one that I have always believed in myself. I walked away from the appointment with a bag full of supplements, a new book entitled “Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat” and promise to return in 6 weeks.
I like to keep my posts short, so next time I’ll continue with my experience with the elimination diet and my follow up appointment with Dr. Vazquez.