Category Archives: Womens Issues

Women’s Health or Wyeth’s Wealth

The recent question posed by an iammodern reader is a great lead into the huge controversy surrounding Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). In general, Bioidential Hormone Relacement Therapy (BHRT) refers to the replacement of hormones that diminish with aging to restore a physiologic equilibrium. When done under the supervision of a qualified physician well trained in HRT, it can really improve the quality of life. Unfortunately, the huge debate over the safety of HRT has been ongoing for years. The big controversy began around 2002 when the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), a multi-center study of menopausal women was discontinued. The researchers stopped the study when they found an increased risk of invasive breast cancer and coronary heart disease that outweighed the benefits from the hormone replacement therapy. This immediately became sensationalized by the media followed by droves of women calling their doctor’s offices en masse panicked about their risk of being on the hormones. What the media did not tell the public at the time was that the WHI study was based on the use of oral, synthetic hormones rather than bioidential hormones. By definition, bioidentical hormones mimic the chemical structure of hormones that the human body makes naturally. The term “bioidentical” indicates that the chemical structure of the replacement hormone is essentially identical to that of the natural human hormone. Therefore, it is metabolically processed in much the same way resulting in greater bio-availability and more effective utilization by the human body with less side effects than traditional HRT. The main reason for this is that oral HRT are metabolized by the liver causing hypertension, elevated cholesterol and even an increase in clotting factors and strokes.

The bottom line is: BHRT is safe and effective. It enhances quality of life and diminishes age related morbidity.

Endocrinologists and Anti-Aging physicians have been prescribing BHRT safely for decades. In fact, reports that date back as far as the 1900s show evidence that compounded creams were being made from human urine! Among the many benefits women derive from using BHRT include: fewer side effects than with synthetic hormones, improved cholesterol levels, decreased risk of endometrial and breast cancer, reduced hot flashes and vaginal dryness, better sleep, mood and concentration; and increased libido (I think this one is the reason I get so many “thank you” cards from patients…).

So the main argument boils down to Big Capitalistic Pharmaceutical Company vs. Small Compounding Pharmacy; Synthetic Mare derived Hormones vs. Natural, plant derived hormones that mimic Mother Nature and the human physiologic state.

How many women remember being on Prempro and going in for regular blood or saliva testing to monitor their unique levels of absorption? Laboratory testing is essential to the safe and scientific application of anti-aging BHRT. This is another very important fact that has been kept from the public. Physicians qualified to prescribe BHRT closely monitor their patients when administering treatment and modify/titrate the personalized prescriptions as needed. It’s not “one size fits all.” Each patient’s hormone cream is customized to replenish what they are lacking based on specific laboratory testing. It’s the same concept as a diabetic patient on insulin that has routine blood glucose checks.

For huge drug companies such as Wyeth to continue lobbying and declaring war on an issue that is fundamentally a doctor-patient decision is ludicrous and unconscionable. Add to that the FDA’s plan to stop the compounding of BHRT due to the persistent pressure by goliaths such as Wyeth and we have quite a dilemma on our hands.

I firmly believe that ultimately, as research data increases, this dilemma will become history. Pharmaceutical giants will eventually recognize the error of their ways and, in true capitalistic style, will likely come up with a “very expensive, designer” BHRT themselves.

How to Reverse Estrogen Dominance Naturally

Almost all of us suffer from estrogen dominance on some level. While perimenopausal women are most at risk, men and children are not immune. Constant exposure to xenohormone chemicals disrupts our delicate hormone balance. The result is high estrogen levels and depleted progesterone.

While conventional medicine offers drugs to regulate hormones, many women seek options on how to reverse estrogen dominance naturally.

It does take more time to treat your body using natural remedies. But the payoff is well worth it. Holistic treatments help the body heal itself so it can produce hormones all on its own. You enjoy more health, energy and vitality as a result.

How to Reverse Estrogen Dominance Naturally

To reverse the effects of estrogen dominance a holistic approach is needed. Take these 4 steps to alleviate symptoms:

Step #1: Eliminate the Source(s)

First and foremost, you want to reduce your exposure to the xenohormone chemicals making you sick. Purge any toxic cleaners, plastics, cookware and personal care products from your home. Consider purchasing a good quality water filter if you don’t have one already. Besides possibly containing heavy metals, our water supply is often contaminated with endocrine disrupting chemicals.

But one of the biggest sources of xenohormones is the food we eat.

Conventionally raised dairy and meat are the worst offenders so steer clear of those. Fruits and veggies are sprayed with hormone disrupting toxins and a source of xenohormones as well. Eating organic is always your best bet. But some of our produce is far more toxic than others. Check the Environmental Workers Group website for their list of most contaminated produce.

Step #2: Detox

If you suffer from severe estrogen dominance symptoms, then doing a full liver detox is a good idea.

You can also help your body detox with some simple daily strategies.Epsom salt baths and drinking lemon water first thing in the morning and right before bed at night helps cleanse the body of toxins. Exercising and sweating on a regular basis is your body’s own way to detoxify.

Step #3: Manage Your Stress

Xenohormone exposure is only one contributor to estrogen dominance. Stress also plays a huge role. Constant exposure to stress increases cortisol in the body, which in turn raises estrogen and decreases progesterone.

Find ways to effectively manage your stress. Meditation, yoga and other forms of exercise are great options. Sometimes just a good laugh or time out with friends can work wonders to lift your mood.

Step #4: Boost Progesterone Levels

One of the best ways to boost progesterone levels is by eating right.

Include plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet as well as organic, grass-fed meat. Good quality supplements like Vitamins A and B6 also help. Certain herbs like Chasteberry can work wonders to increase progesterone in the body as well.

In my eBook, “Feel Like YOU Again,” I give natural remedies to reverse estrogen dominance and ease perimenopause symptoms. I also reveal the full list of foods, vitamins and herbs that boost progesterone levels so you can enjoy more health, energy and vitality.

The Most Effective Estrogen Dominance Treatment

If you are one of the many women suffering from severe perimenopause symptoms including (but not limited to):

· Extreme PMS

· Insomnia

· Fatigue

· Ovarian Cysts

· Uterine Fibroids

· Mood Swings

· Rage

· Infertility

· Weight Gain

· Low Libido

Then you likely suffer from estrogen dominance, a condition where you have an abundance of estrogen and not enough progesterone.

Keep in mind, this is only a fraction of possible symptoms due to estrogen dominance. The full list is quite extensive…

Truth is, due to the abundance of synthetic hormones in our environment, all of us suffer from estrogen dominance on some level. Men and children not excluded…

So what do we do about it? What is the most effective estrogen dominance treatment?

As much as I would like to tell you that there is a simple remedy, one pill you could take to balance your hormones, it just isn’t true.

In fact, I would go so far as to say, that there isn’t one treatment plan for everyone.

The Best Estrogen Dominance Treatment

Us gals suffer from the estrogen dominance for a number of different reasons. Some of us are exposed to too many chemicals. Others of us are simply too stressed out.

Diet alone can be a huge contributor. If you follow natural health, you already know that what you eat is very important. The same is true for hormone health. If you are eating a lot of conventional meat and dairy, then you directly ingest a number of xenohormone chemicals. These synthetic hormones spell disaster for our health and are a main contributor to estrogen dominance.

Sugar is also a big no-no. If you eat a high sugar diet, as most North Americans do, then you are undermining your hormonal health. Sugar causes a spike in the hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels disrupt the all-important, delicate estrogen/ progesterone balance. It lowers progesterone and elevates estrogen, worsening the condition.

And while we are talking about high cortisol, stress is also a big contributor. As you may know, high stress leads to high cortisol. When you have high cortisol, you have the scenario outlined above.

So you see, there are quite a few contributors to estrogen dominance. Addressing just one area of your life will not lead to true healing. You need to take a multi-faceted approach. And everyone will need to adjust to her specific circumstances accordingly.

One thing is pretty much for certain. A holistic approach is essential. That includes looking at all areas of your life including diet, exercise, stress management and toxin exposure.