Mental Health in U.S. Women Declining & Other Alarming Trends

Holy Hormones Journal: The Washington Post came out with an article this month – probably because it is Women’s National Health Week (May 10 – 16)  with the headline Six alarming health trends every woman needs to know.

The article said that even thought there was good news like a decrease in national mortality rates from breast cancer and heart disease, researchers at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research who analyzed two years worth of data announced their were other areas of concern.

Before I delve into that, I was browsing through some of the videos CNN show host, Elizabeth Cohen had recently posted – and this one on increasing breast 05.15 woman depressedcancer rates jumped right out at me.  On April 27, 2015, Cohen did a show entitled: 50% increase in breast cancer cases by 2030. The one-hour long show discusses a new analysis shows another alarming health trend pointing to and increasing number of women are going to get breast cancer in the coming decades. Source

I wonder if that increase will correlate to the anticipated increase in synthetic hormone birth control use.

But back to the IWPR report. I love this quote from study director, Cynthia, Hess:

“Health isn’t something that exists in a vacuum,” said Hess, who used data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey. “It’s connected to economic security, access to affordable health care, housing quality, access to healthy food and racism.”

Interesting that Ms. Hess uses the term “racism.” Of course, that term applies to ethnicity – but I also apply it to the thousands of women who are told that their symptoms all in their head; i.e., psychosomatic.  They are often told that until they become chronically ill and then caught up in the medical system.

But back to the statement “health does not exist in a vacuum.” For way too long we have looked at the diagnosis and not all of the other factors around it. Most importantly, most consumers get the article with the alarming headlines – such as this one – and we get the data with the alarming trends and the numbers – which instills a sense of fear – without the data behind it like:

Who are the women who participated in the study?

  • Health Status
  • History of surgeries
  • Nutritional Health Status
  • Occupation
  • Birth Control History
  • Pregnancy and Abortion Rates
  • History of PMS, PMDD, PPD
  • Family History
  • History of rape or abuse – especially for the # 1 trend listed Chlamydia, a very common STI – which can be reversed.. although I am sure some vax manufacturer saw this report and is now developing a vaccine for this…. Another reason for the rise in this sexually transmitted infection could be due to the fact that 1 in 3 women are sexually assaulted. But again, more information is needed.
  • Lifestyle
  • Exposure to Chemicals and Pesticides
  • Workplace environment
  • Medication Use
  • Vaccine Use
  • Sexual Lifestyle

So here are the trends: as I mentioned Chlamydia is at the top of the list, mental health #2, more women committing suicide #3, black women 30x’s at risk than Asian women for getting HIV #4, women not getting enough exercise #5, and more women are reporting getting diabetes – particular Native American and black women.

I am sure all of the above categories I listed, were included in the study… but it is not information generally shared.

I would like to comment on all of these trends since they are all neuro-endocrine-immune related, but for the sake of brevity, I will focus on the mental illness and the suicide for now.

When I looked at the map of the US below, the first thing that popped out at me, is that the average numbers of days that a woman has poor mental health are very close 16 to 17. That is huge. And since the numbers are so similar there must something that most of these women have in common….. like menstruation; premenstrual syndrome.





Even though most women experience a form of PMS or PMDD once a month that generally lasts up to a week before they menstruate – there are more and more women who are experiencing a downward shift of hormones immediately after ovulation (avg. 14 days based on a 28-day cycle). But if these women had 32 to 34 days cycles then their time of ovulation would be about 16 – 18 days.

This isn’t an alarming health trend – it is menstruation. But then again, there a many who believe that is monthly occurrence is a cause for insanity. Women filled loony-bins because of PMS and their husbands having the right to commit them.

But what is alarming is that many women’s menstrual hormone shifts – once a gentle bell curve – are now like climbing Mt. Everest (mania) prior to ovulation and then free-falling off the mountain post-ovulation until menstruation.  That is the concern. And the reason for the rise in bipolar diagnosis.

Perhaps more women are committing suicide. That free-fall is like going down into a deep dark hole – and if women do not understand their menstrual health – they do not know that the falling and the black hole is a phase. Not a prison sentence.

One factor that desperately needs to be explored is the nutritional status of women. Please read this very excellent article by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD on the “Emerging Field of Nutritional Health.

Anyone one of these six trends could be reversed if women – men and children had the nutritional support to survive the onslaught of chemicals, toxins, and the empty-nutritional foods that we are surrounded with.

 The lack of nutritional support to fend off chronic illness and environmental toxins is the real alarming trend.

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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.

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