(Reprint courtesy of Hippocrates Health Institute)
Not long ago it was revealed that women’s health is on the far backburner for research money in the conquest of disease. Our global progress in the twenty-first century has fallen short compared to other
human advancements. Even the women’s liberation movement has sparked a new layer of responsibility beyond the care of our children and families. Working — which is a necessity in fulfilling many of us — has, in itself, given rise to diseases that are traditionally developed via stress.
Our historic role of nurturing and feeding the family has been overshadowed by fast food, television and computer nannies. This breakdown of the traditional family brings forth insecure and unguided children who grow into ill and dysfunctional adults. Disease rates among babies and youths are outrageous and expanding daily. 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of ‘the pill.’ Internationally celebrated as a win for women, this birth control method has proven to devalue commitment and intimacy and raise diseases through the roof. Birth control pills have been through many generations of reformulation. Each new version raises different disorders from increased chances of clotting, emotional concerns and even breast and other cancers. It is time we ask our men to protect us during intimacy and not once again be expected to sacrifice our health and happiness to please them. Life should be a two-way street which brings balance.
For decades, pharmaceutical estrogens and progesterone were handed out like candy once a woman headed into middle age. Although here at Hippocrates Health Institute we warned of their perils, it took a global study exposing the risks associated with these ‘meds’ to halt their deadly march. They were shown to be carcinogenic and increased cardiovascular risk. Simply put, they were life-threatening.
MENOPAUSE – For much of our lives we are fertile. Nature liberates us as the perpetuators of future generations as we age so that we can spend more quality time with and for ourselves. Weight gain happens often due to hormone imbalance and as researchers consistently report when estrogen is not balanced and remains either high or low, it increases body fat in the hips and belly region. Estradiol (E2) and estrone (E1), at high levels, could increase breast and ovarian cancer. The main postmenopausal hormone is estrone E1. It is produced in the ovaries only after menstruation ceases. It is made in your fat cells and additionally in the liver and adrenal glands. Estriol (E3) can protect us from breast cancer, and there is clear evidence that women who have breast cancer and take bio-identical (E3) Estriol, endure far less recurrences of the disease.
In addition, women who make love one to two times a week double the good estrogen. The rise in estrogen was discovered by Karolinska Institute in Stockholm where they revealed that oxytocin stimulates the brain cell neuroreceptors, creating endorphins which in turn spark estrogen development. Another hormone—insulin— plays a major role in production of serotonin and helps the body repair itself. It counters the adrenaline and cortisol actions in the body.
After menopause progesterone that is also produced in the ovaries, reverts to production in the adrenal glands. Sugar, saturated fats and stress lower progesterone. We need the progesterone to balance the estrogen. Testosterone is also a ‘female’ hormone made in the adrenal gland and ovaries. It will decrease during menopause, yet is precipitated by pollutants, stress, birth control pills, chemo or depression. Exercising, losing weight, sleeping well and taking zinc will help to increase it.
I am 10 years post-menopausal, and have enjoyed a life of continuing muscle, aerobic and strengthening exercise. I also eat a diet of fresh vegan organic food and juices. It has been such a natural process. It is the original and foremost way to live, so that mental and physical energy abound throughout our entire life. From the early days of our new found ‘freedom,’ ‘we came a long way baby,’ and began smoking like chimneys. Symbolically, it gave many women a feeling that they were now on par with their male counterparts. This turned out to be true as lung cancer, emphysema, infertility problems and other health concerns skyrocketed among the female population. Today the one group that is not hearing the message about quitting smoking are young women. Miscarriages, weakened offspring and reduced incomes due to illness are also connected to the inhalation of disease causing smoke.
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