American women by far are the most mistreated by the medical profession. Women have a much higher level of concern regarding their health than men. They don't let their egos get in the way of their health. Unfortunately, there's a price to pay for being a concerned female. They fall prey to over medication and misdiagnosis. As a result, American women take more medicine than any other culture in the world; however, they are sicker than women in any other industrialized nation.
I can't tell you how many women, that are in our practices, are simply worn out. They are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. They have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome or any other new syndrome that has been created by pharmaceutical companies to SELL MORE DRUGS!! Their cupboards at home look like a pharmacy and GNC combined! They feel that in their minds, they have tried everything and nothing works. They are sick of doctors telling them that they have the answer, but they are always willing to try something new. This usually that means that they are goint to taking a new pill.
I hope that after reading this chapter you will have such a high level of knowledge, that you won't fall victim to the medical system. You will understand exactly why you are sick, and better yet, you will know exactly how to get well and STAY well.
Take this SELF QUIZ (no need to submit it), and find out exactly what symptoms you are Learning to Live with.
If you have answered yes to 2 or more of these symptoms, congratulations you have joined the ranks with millions of other women who are experiencing hormonal imbalances. No, your symptoms are not just in your head, like some specialist wants you to believe. This is what they tell you when they "Don't have a clue!" Hormonal imbalance is an epidemic in America. You will learn how to effectively check your hormones and balance your hormones without use of toxic medicine.
Hormones play a critical role at maintaining optimal health. There are many hormones to consider: Pregnenlonone, Progesterone, Androstenedione, estrogens, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisols. If one of these hormones is off, your life could result in living hell.
What causes hormonal imbalance?
- Environmental toxins (Xenoestrogens)
- Sedentary Lifestyle.
- Poor Nutrition.
The cause of hormone imbalance is multifaceted and must be explored thoroughly. It is very dangerous to self assess and self treat. This usually leads to further hormone imbalance and complications. In order to correct the symptoms of imbalance, we must first know what hormones are out of balance and what is causing the imbalance. That is why it is highly recommended to get your hormone levels checked before any treatment is rendered. Additionally you can't just base results on symptoms, it is important to have objective measurement. "You can't prove, disprove, or improve that which cannot be measured."
Environmental Toxins (Xenoestrogens)
Xenoestrogens are petrochemicals (petroleum based products) mainly plastics, pesticides, car exhaust, hormones in meats, milk, soaps, body lotions, carpeting, furniture etc. Xenoestrogens are environmental estrogens that accumulate in the body and eventually over time, disrupt hormonal balance. Xenoestrogens are stored in the body fat.
Deficiency of exercise, both resistive weight training and cardiovascular exercise are common factors in hormonal imbalance. Exercise eliminates the adrenal stress hormones (epinephrine and cortisol) from causing disastrous effects on the body. Conditions range from high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue and especially weight gain around the belly, hips, and buttocks. Estrogen is stores in body fat. This means the more body fat you have acquired the more hormonal imbalance you will have.
Poor Nutrition can result from fruit and vegetable deficiencies; and eating too many sugar and refined starches and processed foods. Excessive caloric intake along with the above items can also result in impaired liver function.
Hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives can be some of the drugs contributing to hormonal imbalances.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
The most popular HRT is Premarin, one of the top selling drugs in America, with a $940 million yearly profit. The drug Premarin stands for Pregnant Mare Urine. That's right, horse urine. Approximately 70,000 horses have been used for their urine. They have catheters collecting their urine and sent to Wyeth Ayerst for Premarin. These inhumane, horse farms are found around the US and Canada. All for what price; unopposed estrogen that your doctor prescribes to you as the magic pill to prevent old age ills.
The use of Premarin can cause:
- Fibrocystic Breasts.
- Weight Gain.
- Water Retention.
- Blood Clots.
- Gall Bladder Disease.
- Breast and Other Cancers.
Birth Control Pills are one of the most poisionous substances that women can ingest. Birth Control Pills consist of estrogen; and estrogen is stored in body fat. Remember, that the effects are cumulative. The more estrogen consumed through xenohormones, the greater the chance of developing disease from hormonal imbalance. The following is a list of diseases caused from oral contraceptives. Dr. Ellen Grant MD, author of the book, "The Bitter Pill" writes that, "Although (estrogen) is a very effective form of birth control, oral contraceptives are highly toxic to the human body.
Here are some of the side effects that can result from Birth Contol:
- 6 times greater risk of thrombosis (blood clots).
- 4 times greater risk of dying from a stroke.
- 4 times greater risk of heart attack.
- 3 times greater risk of headaches.
- Doubles the risk of high blood pressure.
- Doubles the risk of dying from cancer; especially cervical, breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer.
- Increases thyroid and liver cancer.
- Alters the immune function.
- Increases the rate of birth defects.
- Increases the rate of Osteoporosis.
- Increases the rate of anxiety, ovarian cysts, infections, urinary tract infections, cervical dysplasia, allergies, gall bladder disease, sinus infections, chrones disease, infertility and epilepsy.
70% of visits to doctors are stress related. It is inevitable that Americans are under major stress. We live in a fast paced world. We want instant gratification; work too many hours and pay high mortgages. We wait in traffic jams and dead lines; we spend far too much time in meetings and have to cope with divorce, teenagers etc.
Three Types of Stress
- Increases fat around the waist.
- Increased blood pressure.
- Increased blood sugar levels causing insulin resistance.
- Easily bruising.
- Fungal Infections.
- Immune System Suppression.
- Senile Dementia.
Unfortunately, the problems don't end there. If we don't resolve our chronic stressing and take steps to change lifestyle habits in time, the adrenals get exhausted. This is similar to the pancreas wearing out by long term ingestion of sugar leading to diabetes. When the adrenals get fatigued or exhausted it leads to many conditions including:
- Constant fatigue (especially in the am).
- Muscle weakness.
- Low blood pressure/ Low metabolism.
- Low thyroid (hypothyroidism).
- Excess pigmentation on skin.
- Irregular menstrual cycles.
- Fibrocystic breasts.
- Chronic colds.
- Light headedness or dizziness upon standing.
- Heart Palpitations.
How many millions of women are complaining of these symptoms? How many unnecessary visits per year to Medical Doctors result from these conditions? How many millions of prescriptions are written for toxic, deadly drugs to mask these symptoms? If you ever want to overcome the disease of being a stressed out woman, you must address the ROOT cause! Remember, treating symptoms with toxic drugs is like pulling weeds without getting to the root - more weeds and symptoms always follow…
The Trusted Pap Smear
The Pap smear exam that a woman gets yearly and trusts is actually very inaccurate. They have a false positive rate of up to 70%. The most common false positive is for cervical dysplasia. When women are told they have pre-cancerous cells, they are usually completely beside themselves thinking they are dying of cancer. Here's the fact, since the Pap smear is so inaccurate, women should ask to be re-tested. "Nearly 6 out of 8 times, the second Pap smear will come out negative." - John Lee MD. Women should request the "thin prep system" as it is much more accurate.
Dr. Lee explains that cervical dysplasia was relatively rare before the advent of oral contraceptives. Oral contraceptives increase the risk of cervical dysplasia by at least 50%, and the risk or cervical cancer by at least 25%. A 1994 study published in Lancet found being on birth control pills for only 1-6 months increases risk of cervical cancer by 3 times. Doctors have become careless about prescribing estrogen to premenopausal women with hormonal symptoms. "Giving a premenopausal woman unopposed estrogen is almost the same as writing a prescription for cervical dysplasia-she will almost certainly return to the doctors' office within a year and have a positive Pap smear. The next step is then a hysterectomy, followed by a prescription for premarin and provera. You absolutely do not need to go that route." Dr. John Lee.
The Business of Hysterectomies
Let's understand that puberty and menopause are not diseases. They are a part of life and do not need to be treated with poisonous drugs or surgery. Your uterus is just like your gall bladder, tonsils, adenoids and appendix - and should not be surgically removed. We were not born with too many parts, and our uterus was not designed to wear out around 60 years old, to be replaced with drugs. There are routinely 600,000 to 1,000,000 hysterectomies performed yearly in America with less than 10% being necessary. "The truth is that your uterus is not a liability to you; it is a liability to drug company profits." - John Lee M.D.
Economics of a Hysterectomy
"Removal of your uterus is a very costly major surgery, with long recovery times. After surgery, you will be visiting doctors every six months or at least one year to renew your hormone replacement prescription. This scenario gives both your doctor and a drug company a lifetime repeat customer." -John Lee M.D.
How many millions of women are complaining of these symptoms? How many unnecessary visits per year are there to Medical Doctors for these symptoms? How many million of prescriptions are written for toxic, deadly drugs that mask these symptoms? If you ever want to overcome the disease of being a stressed out woman, you must address the ROOT cause! Remember, treating symptoms with toxic drugs is like pulling weeds without getting the root - more weeds and symptoms always follow…
Please consider the fact that using a cancer causing procedure like mammography to detect breast cancer is literally like shooting yourself in the foot. In 1976 the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute terminated the routine use of mammography for women under the age of 50 because of its "detrimental" (i.e. carcinogenic) effects. My question is: why is radiation less harmful over the age of 50 versus under 50? Why are our doctors still recommending mammography? John McDougall, MD, points out that mammography generates between 5 to 13 BILLION dollars per year in profit. I don't think they're in too much of a hurry to eliminate this cancer causing procedure.
The American Cancer Society's slogan is "Early detection is the best defense." For cancer to be detected by mammography, the tumor has to have been growing in the body for 12 to 15 years before it is detected. I don't think 12 years of tumor growth is early detection. Breast cancer rates went from 1 in 15 to 1 in 8 in the past 20 years. This means we must start focusing on prevention instead of early detection. A large study performed in Canada found that women who had routine mammography before the age of 50 had a 36% chance increased death rate from breast cancer (Miller, A., Canadian Med. Assn. Journal 147:1477). Mammography has a false positive rate as high as 50% (New York Times, 14 Dec 1997). This leads to unnecessary surgery and worrying.
Painful compression of breast tissue can cause metastasis (spread) of cancer throughout the body by 80%. This means a type of tumor called ductal carcinoma in situ, which is a harmless, self-limiting tumor, is activated and spread throughout the body by compressive force of mammography (McDougall).
Alternatives to Mammography
The most advanced method of breast cancer screening is thermography and ultrasound. These procedures are non-invasive and no radiation is used. Additionally, you should learn how to perform a self breast exam. The difference between detecting a tumor by mammography compared to a self breast exam is only 1 to 2 years. Breast cancer is a very slow growing type of tumor and is not worth the radiation for an extra year.
The best defense against breast cancer is prevention. Dr. Lorraine Day, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, beat her late-stage breast cancer by changing her lifestyle. No chemotherapy or radiation therapy was used. Dr. Day teaches women around the world how she reversed her cancer at www.drday.com.
How Do I Evaluate Hormonal Imbalance?
This is the most accurate way to check hormones at a cellular level. Saliva testing can take place in the comfort of your home and sent out to a lab for analysis. The results are then sent to your natural health care provider.
Warning: If you consult with your M.D. they will more than likely recommend a blood test, as opposed to a saliva test. Blood tests don't measure your bio available "free" hormones accurately. They are also misleading when measuring transdermal creams. They are more expensive and painful and require a doctor's prescription, which explains why M.Ds only recommends blood tests.
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