Important Myths and Truths About Hormones

For more than 15 years, I have been researching, writing, lecturing and consulting with women about hormones. To be more specific, unveiling the truth regarding our amazing female physiology and hormonal nature. As a naturopathic doctor specializing in women's holistic health, I have also assisted thousands of women to regain hormonal balance naturally and safely at any age.

Since I have personally been through a long list of hormonal challenges, I speak from my personal experience. I have also successful resolved these health issues naturally. My greatest desire and mission in life, is to share the solutions and wisdom from my journey with you.

In this report, I reveal some of the myths about women and hormones that have been masquerading as truths for a long, long time. Most of all, this report is help enlighten you to the truths.... that will indeed not only set you free but will also get you back to hormonal balance and health!

During the menopausal years, it seems that women are as confused as ever about what is happening to their hormones. Unfortunately, much of what women have been taught about their bodies and especially hormonal changes at menopause is, in fact, incorrect. Unraveling the many myths, misinformation and, in some cases, lies about menopause is crucial for ensuring safe passage through this time of life.

The Big Myth

A Woman's Body is Innately Flawed

Without a firm foundation of truthful information regarding the physiological changes that occur during menopause, it is difficult to make truly effective and safe choices. The belief that a woman's physiology is innately flawed dates back 2600 years to the time of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, who asked, "What is Woman?" His answer, "Disease!"

This idea has persisted into modern times. In 1966, New York gynecologist Robert Wilson published the best-selling book, Feminine Forever. He reinforced the cultural myth that a menopausal woman "becomes the equivalent of a eunuch" because her ovaries shrivel up and die at this time.

He also proclaimed that menopause was an estrogen-deficiency disease and that estrogen was the long sought after youth pill. He wrote, "Many physicians simply refuse to recognize menopause for what it is-a serious, painful and often crippling disease."

He won women over with scientific-sounding promises of beauty and good sex, even though the FDA banned Wilson from certain research for making unsubstantiated claims. Dr. Wilson successfully convinced doctors and women that estrogen was the salvation for the "horrors of this living decay." He wrote, "The myth that estrogen is a causative factor in cancer has been proven entirely false. On the contrary, indications are that estrogen acts as a cancer preventive."

Dr. Wilson is credited with enshrining the belief that estrogen efficiency was the hormonal profile of all menopausal women. He also convinced the medical fraternity that estrogen replacement was the obvious solution. This paved the way for making menopause a medical condition that required treatment with estrogen and synthetic progestins (Hormone Replacement Therapy).

Fortunately, Dr. Robert Wilson and his unfounded theories were proven to be entirely wrong. He was also very wrong about the non-carcinogenic effects of estrogen. This was a tragic medical mistake that had drastic consequences for millions of women who not only embraced estrogen replacement therapy but also the later version of hormone treatment, Hormone Replacement Therapy.

In 1975, the New England Journal of Medicine published two studies documenting a strong association between cancer of the lining of the uterus and estrogen therapy. The publication of these studies coincided with the increasing incidence of uterine cancer in women who were prescribed estrogen therapy. In fact, the increase was a shocking 800 percent! To this day, the only known cause of uterine cancer is from estrogen excess. Tens of thousands of women who were diagnosed with uterine cancer either had to undergo a hysterectomy as the only acceptable form of treatment or lost their lives to this cancer.

Estrogen replacement therapy as a treatment for menopause was a Big Lie.                                                  By 2002, The Women's Health Study showed that women who took the combination of estrogen and progestin had increased their risk for breast cancer, stroke, heart attack, and blood clots. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences listed all steroidal estrogens and progestins as known human carcinogens.

As a footnote to history, Wilson's original research, which was the basis of his book, was eventually declared flawed by the FDA and Dr. Wilson, himself, was discredited as a researcher. It was also discovered that Dr. Wilson's book and lecture tour were financed by a pharmaceutical company that manufactured estrogen.

Thanks, Dr. Wilson, for being such an obedient shill for the estrogen industry. Too bad for all the women who trusted you.

The Failing Ovary Myth:

Why Perimenopause ISN'T What You Think It Is

So you think that perimenopause is the beginning of the end for the functioning of your ovaries?

The doctors have told women for decades that perimenopause is a time when the ovaries begin to wind down...and then finally poop out completely at menopause. No ovarian function - no estrogen production.

So, when women in their 40's and early 50's start complaining of hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, insomnia, migraines, and moods swings, they are lead to believe that these perimenopausal symptoms are all about a declining estrogen level from a failing ovary.

Here's the good news!

Research has discovered that the perimenopausal ovary (the period 5-10 years before cessation of menstrual cycles) is more active than it has been since adolescence.

One leading researcher, endocrinologist Dr. Jerilynn Prior, has found that "the perimenopause ovary produces erratic and excess levels of estrogen, with unpredictable moods, heavy flow, hot flashes and mucous symptoms that appear suddenly and unexpectedly." The many symptoms that women experience during the perimenopause years, such as weight gain, irrational hunger, increased migraines, heavy periods, worsening endometriosis, breast swelling (with pain or lumps), new or growing fibroids, new or increasing PMS, pelvic pain and uterine cramps are caused by high levels of estrogen...NOT low levels.

Dr. Prior has found that the average estrogen levels in perimenopausal women are higher than in younger women. The older women not only had higher levels of estrogen but also had lower levels of progesterone.

So, contrary to popular belief, the ovaries are, in fact, working overtime during perimenopause. In a sense, trying to do the last Hurrah! There is usually plenty of estrogen being produced. However, it's the progesterone that tends to be the deficient hormone during perimenopause.

The truth is that during Perimenopause estrogen levels are higher than normal while progesterone levels fall significantly due to erratic ovulations.                                                                                             Progesterone deficiency is really the problem during perimenopause.

And what's more amazing is the latest understanding that not only do the perimenopausal ovaries that remain active BUT ALSO THE MENOPAUSAL OVARIES!

According to the research of Dr. Celso Ramon Garcia, M.D, noted physician, educator, and internationally renowned pioneer in the field of reproductive endocrinology, after menopause the ovaries continue to function.

Our awesome menopausal ovaries work in conjunction with other body sites such as the adrenal glands, skin, muscle, brain, pineal gland, hair follicles and body fat to produce hormones.

It is now known that postmenopausal ovaries maintain a steroid capability for several decades after menses has ceased. As Prior once wrote, "Older ovaries, replete with stroma material, are now understood to actively produce androstenedeione - the hormone that, in the menopausal woman, is converted to estrone, in the fat deposits of the body. This pathway can be significant in preventing osteoporosis."

Far from shriveling, the ovaries of menopausal women continue to secrete androgens, often late into the menopause, which support a woman's well being.

To be continued...

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