Important Myths and Truths About Hormones, Part 2



The Estrogen Deficiency Myth



Although it has been an accepted belief that menopause is a time of declining estrogen levels, the facts that are becoming known reveal that many women actually have an excess of estrogen. According to Dr. John R. Lee in his book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: the Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone (Warner Books, 1996), estrogen dominance is a major factor contributing to women's hormonal imbalances.

The truth is that it's not an estrogen deficiency, which is behind most of women's hormonal issues BUT AN EXCESS OF ESTROGEN.

"Estrogen dominance syndrome" is a term that describes a condition of an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone," Dr. Lee wrote. The delicate balance between these two hormones is skewed in estrogen's favor. Stress, nutritional deficiencies, processed foods, environmental estrogen mimics, i.e. substances found in pesticides, herbicides and plastics, are the likely contributing factors to the creation of estrogen excess."

Estrogen Dominance describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen dominance symptoms if she does not have any progesterone.It's all about keeping the proper hormonal balance.

Of all women experiencing symptoms of estrogen dominance, some with low levels of progesterone may require progesterone supplementation with natural progesterone cream, which is available in health food stores or from holistic health practitioners.

Those with normal progesterone levels need to make changes that can reduce their estrogen levels. This is where a healthy diet, exercise, a nutritional program, and stress reduction all play a part in creating hormonal balance.


The Blood Test Myth for Assessing Hormone Levels


Contrary to popular belief, the most ACCURATE way to assess hormone levels is NOT with a blood test but with a SALIVA TEST, which is a home test.

Why is testing saliva better that a blood tests?

Saliva hormone values reflect the tissue concentration of your hormones. Blood and serum contains the total hormone, but your tissues are only bathed with the active or effective fraction as found in your salvia. Active fraction measurements are superior to blood and urine measurements both in diagnosis and treatment.

Saliva reflects the bioavailable level of hormones present in the bloodstream, and saliva testing is a far more accurate and relevant test than blood tests in measuring bioavailable steroid hormones.

The best way to assess an individual's unique hormonal profile is with a saliva test.

It is best to consult with a holistic health practitioner to arrange for a saliva testing and a follow-up consultation.

Why it so important to get the most accurate testing of your hormones?

Without an accurate way to assess your hormonal levels, you may be at risk of a false result, which can then lead to a misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.


The Myth that It Hormone Havoc is INEVITABLE


Hormones are intimately connected to every other part of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual experience. From how we think and feel, to how we eat, exercise and live life!

In fact, hormones are our most sensitive barometers of how we're really doing.
The choices we make when it comes to our diet as well as environmental exposures, directly impact hormones.Regaining hormonal balance is not really such a mystery.

One of my seminar participants complained of severe, in fact debilitating PMS and menstrual pain. She was also overweight, depressed, fatigued and fuzzy in her thinking. She was tired of taking pain medication, caffeine for energy.....being a woman.

I gave her a one month challenge - no more diet sodas, bread, sugar or sugar substitutes, French fries and pizzas. In stead she was to add fresh fruits and vegetables, gluten-free foods, plenty of pure water. She was to go to bed by 10 pm...and do some sort of stress reduction.

I also recommend some basic nutritional supplements, which included a good multi vitamin and mineral, fish oil, digestive enzymes, probiotics and B-Complex.

In one month, to her utter amazement and joy, she reported back that for the first time in a long time she had no menstrual pain, lost weight, increased energy and over all felt great!

Her hormone hell was no mystery - she was toxic, nutritionally starved, and stressed ....in short, she was WAY OUT OF BALANCE!


Stay Away from Hormone Wreckers


A key to staying healthy is making sure we maintain hormonal balance. The most notorious hormone wreckers include: sugar and sugar substitutes, refined carbohydrates, trans fats, caffeine, pesticide laden foods, alcohol, dehydration, lack sleep, stress, emotional upsets, chemicals in commercial personal care products, and lack of exercise. These hormone wreckers are guaranteed to compromise your health, imbalance your hormones and accelerate the aging process.

A hormone harmonizing program includes organically grown, whole foods, plenty of fresh vegetable, fruits, seeds and nuts, healthy fats, (virgin olive oil, fish oils, flax seed oils, coconut oil and butter), filtered water, eating regular meals, getting 7- 8 hours of sleep, relaxation, staying hydrated and regular exercise.


EMFs, Cell Phones and the Wireless World -

Invisible Hormone Wreckers


A growing body of scientific research acknowledges that presently the greatest threat to our health and wellbeing (and to all life forms) is an insidious, all-pervasive, and invisible form of pollution called Electropollution.

Many health issues have been linked to EMR exposure including various cancers, (brain, eye, ear and leukemia,) miscarriages, birth defects, chronic fatigue, headaches, chronic stress, nausea and heart problems8, autism, learning disabilities, insomnia and Alzheimer's Disease.

Perhaps, one of the most serious consequences of EMR exposure is its effect on our hormonal systems.

Studies have shown that exposure to electrical appliances, cell phones, cordless phones, wireless routers, wireless environments and cell phone towers, impacts directly on our delicate hormonal systems.

The consequences of this form of exposure includes reduced melatonin levels affecting not only our sleep but also antioxidant

In addition, EMFs can comprise thyroid function, increase estrogen levels and stress hormones, reduce testosterone levels in men and increase insulin resistance.

Unfortunately, we are in the Wireless Age whether we like it or not. Even if you were to throw your cell phone overboard, exposure is still everywhere. (However, I do recommend removing all electrical appliances such as phones and digital clocks next to your head while sleeping).

This is not a hopeless a situation as it might appear since I have researched the best scientifically proven technology that will provide the necessary EMF protection,

Personally, I use it on my cell phone, computers, wireless routers, and cordless phones. etc. There is even a pendant that you wear. In fact, I wouldn't be without it.... I actually wear it 24/7!

The company that makes this technology is BioPro Technology. I recommend that everyone use these protective chips on all of these very dangerous devices.

EMF protection is vital to regain and maintain hormonal balance.

Restoring truthful knowledge of our female physiology allows women of all ages to journey through all of life's cycles, in health and in balance.

Hormonal balance is a key to our health, power and wisdom!

Source:  http://www.whatwomenmustknow.com/articles.htm

Autor: Dr. Sherrill Sellman is a naturopathic doctor, psychotherapist, best-selling author, and international lecture.

Note:  You can listen to her weekly radio show "What Women MUST Know" either live at 2 pm EST on Mondays or archived and available to anyone around the world at http://www.prncomm.net! Print Page

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