Middle-aged Santa Fe women looking to escape menopause have a new local alternative.
TS Wiley, the self-described medical theorist who developed the Wiley Protocol, is moving the headquarters of her worldwide clinic across the street from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. Wiley Chemists will offer a hormone-replacement therapy technique that Wiley says allows women to have periods until they’re 90, but still feel 20 inside.
“When you fall apart at midlife, your watch is broken,” Wiley tells SFR. “The mainspring in your clock is useless. So what I do is remake those rhythms from the outside.”
Rather than injecting a standard dose of synthetic hormones, the Wiley Protocol bases natural doses on a person’s hormone cycle. Wiley says hormones work in rhythms and come in waves, similar to the cycle of the sun.
But she’s not a doctor, nor has her protocol been accepted in the medical community. A 2008 study by the University of Kentucky College of Medicine says the Wiley Protocol amounts to “potentially unsafe doses” of hormones and doesn’t follow proper ethical guidelines.
Still, Wiley points to the 400 doctors she says work for her clinics and ongoing studies at places like the University of Texas at Tyler.
As for her lack of credentials?
“Last time I checked, you don’t need a license to think in this country,” Wiley says.