I work predominantly with people who have a hormone problem – infertility, PMS, menopause, PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, hypothyroidism, acne, anxiety, cervical dysplasia, adenomyosis, painful periods, heavy periods, irregular periods etc. Many of these people have been through the medical route either unsuccessfully or with too many unwanted side effects. Frequently these hormonally imbalanced people have been put on hormones. At best this approach is only masking an underlying imbalance that will return when the hormones are taken away. At worst, putting hormones into someone whose body is not managing hormones correctly can be downright dangerous. More than one patient of mine who has been put on hormone treatment has developed blood clots, these women are fortunate to be alive to tell their story. My way of thinking is if someone’s hormones are imbalanced, does it really seem like a good idea to throw some more hormones into them? Wouldn’t it be a better idea to assist their body by:
- Producing any hormones that appear to be inadequate by supporting the thyroid, the adrenal glands, the ovaries, the pituitary etc?
- Facilitating removal of any hormones that may be in excess through the liver?
- Facilitating removal of chemicals, pollutants, pesticides and herbicides that can act like hormones in your body?
Observational studies reported that cow’s milk intake increased acne prevalence and severity, and a positive association between a high-glycemic-load diet, hormonal mediators, and acne risk. Based on these findings, there is convincing data supporting the role of dairy products and high-glycemic-index foods in influencing hormonal and inflammatory factors, which can increase acne prevalence and severity.
Source: Skin Therapy Letter, Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 1-2, 5, March 2010.
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of long-term aerobic exercise and omega-3 (N-3) supplementation on serum inflammatory markers, bone mineral density (BMD), and bone biomarkers in post-menopausal women. The study found that long-term aerobic exercise training plus N-3 supplementation together have a positive effect in reducing inflammation and augmenting BMD in post-menopausal osteoporosis.
Source: Nutrition and Metabolism, Volume 8, page 71, 2011.
Adequate vitamin D and calcium nutrition throughout life may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and calcium supplementation during pregnancy may reduce preeclampsia and low birth weight. Iron, iodine and zinc supplementation are widely needed for deficient women.
Source: Nutrition Research and Practice, Volume 5, Issue 1, pages 3-10, February 2011.
As the day of love approaches, I thought a quick blurb on the health benefits of love might be fitting.
Studies have shown that a loving relationship leads to:
- Better Brain Health– married couples show lower cognitive decline with age.
- A Stronger Immune System– married people consult doctors less frequently, have shorter hospital stays, are less likely to be admitted to a nursing home, and have higher resistance to colds and flu.
- Greater Longevity– spouses look out for each other’s health.
- Healthier Kids – having a loving role model makes for kids who achieve a higher education and are at less risk of smoking and substance abuse.
Evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis) is a commonly used alternative therapy and a rich source of omega-6 essential fatty acids. It is often used for several women’s health conditions, including menopausal and premenstrual symptoms. The current evidence suggests that oral evening primrose oil is likely ineffective for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome and the use of evening primrose oil during pregnancy is not supported in the literature and should be avoided.
Source: American Family Physician, Volume 80, Issue 12, pages 1405-1408, Decemeber 2009.
1. Some observations in animal and human studies demonstrate that an overly
abundant intake of folate among those who harbor existing foci of neoplasia
(tumors) might instead produce a paradoxical promotion of tumorigenesis (tumor
growth). Source: Biofactors. 2011 Jul;37(4):253-60. doi: 10.1002/biof.174.
2. Better vitamin K status was associated with increased bone mineral content
in young girls (age 3-16). Source: Br J Nutr. 2007 Apr;97(4):661-6
3. Calcium is better absorbed from calcium citrate than calcium carbonate when
these salts are taken on an empty stomach in most women. Source: J Am Coll
Nutr. 1990 Dec;9(6):583-7