Understanding Hormones

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By Betty Dowdell

October 22, 2009

To most of us, talking about hormones means estrogen, progesterone andtestosterone. True enough, they’re hormones, and we all have all of them. Men, women and children have them, in different proportions of course, but none of us can make it without all three working together.

But these three aren’t even half the hormone story, just a small part of the endocrine system–the system that keeps life’s wheels turning. And every part of it creates hormones.

Our thyroid glands produce the thyroid hormone that controls our metabolism. If the thyroid gland goes south, oh my dear, do you ever know it! You don’t know when or how the truck hit you, but you’re persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt that’s what happened.

Our adrenals produce multiple hormones that control our energy levels and our fight-or-flight response. If life makes you want to cry or rage–and that’s not your preferred method of communication–suspect lollygagging adrenals. Another truck that picks you off without warning.

Our pancreas creates insulin, a hormone that metabolizes sugar. A whacked-out pancreas causes huge problems, whether hypoglycemia or diabetes. And yet another wayward truck.

By: Bette Dowdell

About the Author:

Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be one. She’s a patient with a purpose. A drunk driver damaged her pituitary gland, which controls pretty much everything that happens in the body, and doctors didn’t help so much. Unwilling to live half a life, Bette spent years studying, with great success, how to get out of the ditch. Now she’s out, doing great and sharing what she learned. Get a free, sample chapter of her new e-book, Pep for the Pooped: Vitamins and Minerals Your Body Is Starving For at http://PepForThePooped.com.. If you’re dragging your patooty, but the doctor says you’re just fine, let Bette give you a leg-up on getting out of the ditch.


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.