Hormone Imbalance – The Silent Epidemic

Hormone Imbalance is a 21st century man-made imbalance – and it is increasing in severity as the environment becomes more toxic and the pure nutritional levels in our food sources become more depleted. More and more women and men are experiencing hormone imbalance under the guise of so many other presenting pathologies:

Mental/Emotional Symptoms
Addictive behaviors
Depression
Anger/Irritability or uncontrolled rage
Anxiety
Brain fog
Lack of mental clarity
Memory loss
Bipolar Disorder
Insomnia
Lack of Sex Drive
PMS
PMDD
PPD
Weepiness
Suicidal Thoughts

Physical Symptoms
Weight Gain
Infertility
Irregular menstrual cycles
Painful menstrual cycles
Breast tenderness and or/pain
Breast Enlargement
Hair loss
Headaches/Migraines
Pre-menopause symptoms
Hypo or Hyperthyroidism
Diabetes
PCOS – Polycystic Ovarian Disorder
Pituitary Disorders
Osteoporosis
Incontinence (bladder control)
Low Blood Sugar
Age and Liver spots
Dry aging skin
Allergies
Swollen feet / ankle
Low thyroid symptoms

Spiritual Symptoms
Lack of spiritual connection to self and others
Self-destructive behaviors
Isolation and social withdrawal

What are Hormones?

Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. They communicate with every system in the body and they instigate and regulate all body functions. When hormone imbalance occurs – every system in the body is affected.

The endocrine system is one of the body’s primary structures for communicating, controlling and coordinating the body’s functioning. This vital system works in alignment with the nervous system, immune system, reproductive system and the kidneys, gut, liver, pancreas and fatty tissues to help maintain and control the following:

  • Body energy levels
  • Reproduction
  • Growth and development
  • Internal balance of body systems, called homeostasis
  • Responses to surroundings, stress and injury (known as the fight/flight response)

Hormone stimulation is initiated in the brain. In fact, the word ‘hormone’ means to excite or spur on. Hormones are controlled by the endocrine system – a delicate rhythmic system whose foundation is circadian rhythms – biological clocks influencing physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle.

Most women do not realize that the endocrine system is the primary source for the body’s biological clock. External circadian rhythm impulses enter the body through the pineal gland and travel via hormone messengers to every other organ in the endocrine system. Scientists now know that circadian rhythm disturbance or hormone imbalance can lead to infertility.

How Did Women Become So Hormonally Imbalanced?

Perhaps it is because we do not remember a time when our menstrual cycle was considered to be sacred and empowering. Women need to have a sense of her-story to understand the sacredness, and importance of the endocrine system to our health and well-being.

According to Rosalind Miles, author of The Women’s History of the World:

Evidence from existing Stone Age cultures conclusively shows that women can take on the roles of counselors, wise women, leaders, storytellers, doctors, magicians and lawgivers. Additionally, they never forfeit their own unique power based on woman’s special magic of fertility and birth, with all the manna attendant to that. All the prehistoric evidence confirms women’s special status as women within the tribe.

For woman, with her inexplicable moon rhythms and power creating new life was the sacred mystery of the tribe. So miraculous, so powerful, she had to be more than man – more than human.  As primitive man began to think symbolically, there was only one explanation. Woman was the primary symbol, the greatest entity of all – a goddess, no less.

Female Mystique: The Three Phases of Eve©

The seminal body of my work has focused on living with the endocrine rhythm instead of against them.  The tri-phasic concept of, what I have named Female Female Mystique 3 PhasesMystique – Three Phases of Eve, posits a theorem where women transition pass through a ‘maiden, mother, wise woman phase’ every month she is menstruating. The same three phases are also the same phases that a woman transitioning into menopause passes through since as the three phases of the lunar cycle become her new rhythm. Each of the three phases has certain behavioral attributes associated with them that all women share no matter their age.  This is the foundation of our womanhood – a concept long forgotten which has led to hormone imbalance.

In this day and age – and for many hundreds of years, women have been told to deny, and ignore their menstrual cycle functioning. Periods, were messy, inconvenient, and really not necessary to our daily lives.  The media and pharmaceutical companies picked up on this message and delivered every single fem hygiene product, pill, injection, implant, IUD they could dream up that would  alter and diminish our hormone cycle so that we could live a pain and period free life.

Just as our environment is suffering from the use of synthetic estrogen mimickers/chemicals that have polluted our water, air and food sources, the synthetic estrogen mimickers/chemicals that our mothers and grandmothers have been exposed to – including the synthetic hormones we have ingested have created a severe hormone imbalance in our bodies.

Generations of women have now used birth control pills since they came on the market in 1966. Synthetic estrogens have not only polluted our bodies but our waterways causing fish mutations. Another concern is the ever decreasing age of puberty. Many of our female children are developing breasts and pubic hair and other hair growth as early as age six.

With the advent of scans and imaging – one can see the changes that occur in the brain based on daily changing hormone levels. In October 2005, Scientific American published an article titled: Brain Images Reveal Menstrual Cycle Patterns. Because the changes in the brain are now recognized a as a pattern – and aspect of a natural cycle, PMS, PMDD, and PPD the labels that have stigmatized women have not become obsolete. Scientists and menstrual heath advocates now know that these shifts are hormonal. The more hormonally imbalanced a woman is the more severe the shift, and the more extreme the emotions.

Hormone Changes in the Brain

Dr. Daniel Amen uses spect scans to be able to study changes the brain goes through. One of his studies was on brain changes at the most optimum part of the menstrual cycle, compared to the least optimal – the paramenstrum.

Menstrual cycle changes in the brain are due to hormone fluctuations. Strengthening the brain and the endocrine system with the use of micronutrients is crucial.

EMPowerplus Q96 – EMPowers Women with Hormone Harmony©

EMPowerplus Q96 is a natural micronutrient formula developed by Anthony F.  Stephan designed to promote mental well-being in those suffering from various mood disorders and hormone imbalance. The supplement provides a broad-based balanced supply of micronutrients needed for healthy brain function and development.product_bundle_500x300

As a result of serious bipolar disorder, Anthony Stephan’s wife, Debbie, committed suicide in 1994. Two of their children, Autumn and Joseph, were diagnosed with the same illness. Anthony, in desperation, sought help from every possible source and made a break-through discovery- EMPowerplus Q96. Autumn and Joseph have been using the micronutrient formulation since 1996 and have been well without medication. Now, EMPowerplus Q96 is benefiting tens of thousands of people in over 100 countries.

You can benefit too. What most women do not realize is when the brain receives the micronutrients it needs for optimum functioning, the neurotransmitters in the frontal lobe heal and start communicating normally. The healthy messages are transmitted to the hormones which communicate with the endocrine, immune and all other systems in the body. And voila – hormone harmony and optimal brain functioning is achieved naturally and without drugs that mask the symptoms.

It is Time to Q Up!

 

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.