The abuse of HRT and bioidentical hormones

Hormone supplements do not provide the essential micro-nutrients we need to make hormones. They do not detoxify the liver or break down excess hormones.

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Dec 28, 2010 Sue Visser

People believe that oestrogen dominance is due to a lack of progesterone. Synthetic progesterone and oestrogen analogues that are present in birth control pills and HRT have adverse effects so let us look at natural ways to boost progesterone. The sweet potato has to be one of the easiest, safest and yet potent of all the natural hormone balancers we have. It is a pity the “professionals” keep trying to deny this every time I submit such articles for publication. Men. If they suffered from hot flushes and got breast cancer it would have all been different! Unfortunately it is not a case of tipping in a cocktiail of bioidentical hormone supplements. They do not provide the essential micronutrients we need to make hormones. They do not detoxify the liver and break down excess hormones should they be upsetting the delicate balance. Many of the ladies I know who raved about progesterone died from cancer. I wonder why. Rather try to make the real thing yourself and for goodness sake: do it with a healthy, clean liver! If you really have a functinal problem with your glandular system then you need such help. But first try to get yourself back into blance the natural way.

Why do we lack progesterone?

Being on a contraceptive pill causes a vitamin B6 deficiency. This blocks the progesterone supply and causes swelling, water retention, bloating, pain and nervous disorders. Try taking at least 50mg of Vitamin B6 once or twice a day if you suffer from these symptoms. Add a few teaspoons or 2-4 capsules of cod liver oil to this regimen along with a good slow re-leasing multivitamin to make sure the body is well equipped to handle your hormonal imbalances. Infections such as candidiasis in the gut also destroy progesterone and interfere with B vitamins. Hormone supplements and birth control pills do not control bad eating habits, junk food cravings or micronutrient deficiencies. This is why one gains weight, suffers from heart complaints, feels tired and becomes more prone to cancer: from taking hormones instad of making them!

Menopause is not a disease. It does not have to be “treated” by men in white jackets. They do not have swollen breasts, an itchy vagina and a hot, hot face. They think a pill will solve these problems. Are they oblivious of their side effects and the women who die from heart attacks, strokes, or cancer? Must we be ever-dependent on prescriptions just because we are entering a more mature phase of our lives? I say no! My menopause has been the fulfilment, the highlight of living. It is not an illness it is a joy. Like all good things it is worth the sweat. You do get hot. But that is how God set it up. I know! But it does not last forever and the heat is easy to deal with, once you learn a few tricks.

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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.