Weird (and Wiley) Science


The Wiley Gorlok
In September 2003 the Rev. Miriam Lindbeck found herself rapidly declining into old age. Her memory was fading. New wrinkles appeared on her face almost daily. And her love life? Well, don't get Lindbeck started, but she hadn't had a period in seven years and her "vaginal environment" was so dry and brittle, she'd long ago given up on sex.

But then Lindbeck got a hold of Sex, Lies and Menopause, a controversial book by former Webster University student T.S. Wiley that advocates "bioidentical hormone" therapy for postmenopausal women. The procedure is said to reverse the aging process by mimicking the glandular output of a woman in her twenties. As Lindbeck and others attest, the results of the procedure can be dramatic. In a testimonial on Wiley's Web site, Lindbeck reports experiencing a "roaring period" within weeks of following the so-called Wiley Protocol�, and that men of all ages were soon wanting to "take me to bed":

"My original sharp, focused, fast mind was back! I was energized, feeling sexy, had boobs again and I got my hands wrapped around my life that was now acting like a bucking bronco!"

Lindbeck isn't the only one who says she's benefited from Wiley's fountain of youth. None other than timeless beauty Suzanne Somers has endorsed Wiley in a new book, Ageless. On November 15 Somers and Wiley appeared together on Larry King Live to tout -- and defend -- bioidentical hormone therapy. The duo has met strong opposition from medical doctors who've taken issue with Wiley's research and credentials.

"I'm objecting to the fact that when you read the chapter on T.S. Wiley, it sounds as though she is a molecular biologist who has thoroughly researched her protocol," Dr. Diana Schwarzbein told host Larry King. "She's not a doctor."

Last week the American Medical Association weighed in on controversy when it voted to seek stricter Food and Drug Administration oversight into bioidentical hormones.

Meanwhile a Web site called Wiley Watch has sprung up in an attempt to further debunk the author and her claims.

Among the allegations leveled against Wiley on the Web site: that she fabricated her graduation from Webster University. Two weeks ago, Wiley's Web site asserted that the author received a degree in anthropology from Webster University in 1975. After contacting producers at the Larry King show to dispute the author's education credentials, Wiley Watch noted that Wiley had altered her resume to state that the Webster degree was "pending."

Today Wiley's bio states that she "Attended the B.A. Program in Anthropology, Webster University, 1970-1975" -- a claim supported by the school's registrar, Don Morris. Morris confirms to Riverfront Times that Wiley was enrolled with the school from 1970 to 1975 and majored in anthropology but did not graduate.

Wiley now resides in California. If she returns our phone call, we'll be sure to ask her about her days as a Gorlok.

Update (6:00 p.m. 11/28/06): Wiley called this afternoon to say she's working with Webster to straighten out the status of her degree.

She says she was alerted to the discrepancy when the media -- including Newsweek, the New York Times and the New York Daily News (headline: "Wrinkle War!") -- came calling.

"I was unaware of this until Newsweek contacted me two weeks ago," says Wiley. "I walked through graduation and everything, so I'm not sure what the problem is. I've got a call in to the university and they're investigating."

That said, Wiley says she harbors no hard feelings against her alma mater. In fact, she says her son will join the freshman Gorlok class at Webster next year.

-Chad Garrison


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