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But many times when people claim that there is no research they have not looked at what is available. They rely on the medical establishment to tell them.

True. Problem for Novogen is that even doctors claim there is no (proper)research. My neighbour, a family doctor recently went to a gynecology day and the specialists said Promensil caused no significant effect compared to the pacebo. That is very very old news. In the mean time Novogen has long proved that this ambiguous result came because of vegetarians in the test who eat a lot of soy. Eating a lot of soy does have a similar effect to taking Promensil. Later tests have since proved that there is a significant effect. Novogen has to find an affordable way to get through to medical establishment. Then they can tell the "people".

Often companies that are involved in natural remedy approaches cannot afford the costs involved in high quality research.

I think the research done by Novogen (and independant studies) are of high quality. The quantity could be higher, I mean larger tests would be more impressive, but I suppose that's where the cost-factor comes in. A larger test would most probably have shown a significant effect of Promensil even with vegetarians in the test group. Percentage-wise you need more positives to make it significant in a small test.

Can they protect their products from competition.

They cannot prevent that other companies make red clover extracts. So far they have the (patented) technology to do it properly. They are ahead of this market in research and are in the best position to convince doctors. But once they are successful, the big boys (pharmaceutical companies) will jump in and give them a hard time.

The phenolic hormones however are discovered by Novogen and well protected by patents. If (when) phenolic hormones are proven to work, Novogen will most probably enter a licencing deal or partnership to market these products. This success may in turn rub off on the isoflavones. Perhaps only then medical establishment will fully realize that Novogen knows what it is doing and start prescribing isoflavones to prevent getting into the situation where drugs are needed.

I hope this is of use to you. I am going to copy your message to the Novogen board. (always looking for copy)
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