Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Top Tips for Women’s Breast Health

 

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  • Over the past 30 years, an estimated 1.3 million American women have been overdiagnosed with breast cancer that posed no threat to their life. In 2008, an estimated 70,000 women were overdiagnosed with breast cancer in the US, which accounts for 31 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed that year
  • According to Dr. Northrup, women who tend to be most at risk for breast cancer are those who have difficulty nurturing themselves and receiving pleasure. Nurturing self-love and self-acceptance is an important part of creating optimal health, especially for women
  • Dr. Northrup’s Top 10 health tips for women include: getting enough sleep, meditation and positive affirmations, practicing self-love and self-acceptance, exercising regularly, breathing properly, optimizing your vitamin D levels, cultivating your social life, taking Epsom salt baths, and keeping a gratitude journal

Menopause & perimenopause

Dixie Mills, MD, FACS

What is estrogen dominance? (It’s probably not what you think!)

by Dixie Mills, MD, FACS

I sometimes feel sorry for estrogen. It gets a bad rap for so many things. Women hear that too much estrogen causes breast disease (my specialty), and too little causes everything from hot flashes to hair loss in menopause. I also hear from many women with concerns about “estrogen dominance” — a state of high estrogen levels blamed for a wide range of distressing symptoms as well as fibroids, endometriosis, hypothyroidism and breast cancer, too.

While excessive estrogen can lead to problems, it’s a little more complicated than simply “too much estrogen.” To manage all your symptoms, it’s important to understand how your individual estrogen levels are related to your other hormones — particularly progesterone and testosterone. For example:

Some signs & symptoms of high estrogen-to-progesterone ratio

  • Unwanted hair growth
  • Irritability
  • Breast tenderness
  • Water retention
  • Weight gain
  • Cyclical migraines
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Skin outbreaks
  • Digestive imbalance
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Irregular periods / anovulatory cycles
  • Breakthrough bleeding, spotting

Some conditions associated with relatively high (or “unopposed”) estrogen levels (more…)

What is estrogen dominance and its dangers

Energy FoodAging and high levels of physical, chemical and emotional stress are associated with the loss of progesterone in women and testosterone in men. When these key hormones are depleted it causes a state of “estrogen dominance”. This state of estrogen dominance is one of the major factors associated with degenerative disease.

“As a species, we’re on a fast track to extinction,” says Ori Hofmekler, author of The Anti-Estrogenic Diet. “In the past few decades, men have lost 50 percent of their sperm count and within only one generation, the average man’s sperm count and testosterone have dropped by 20 percent. Women are no better. Staggering figures show that most women today are suffering from female disorders and three out of ten women between the ages of 35 to 60 will develop breast cancer.” (more…)

PCOS, The Hidden Epidemic, Part Two, Clomid, Metformin and Dexamethasone to Induce Ovulation

PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Janet Leigh PsychoPCOS, The Hidden Epidemic,  Part Two, Clomid, Metformin and Dexamethasone to Induce Ovulation

PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome and Hirsutism

by Jeffrey Dach MD

Click here for Part One of this article.  This is Part Two.

Above left image: Many women with PCOS are frustrated by mainstream medical treatment, and may feel like this photo of Janet Leigh from the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho, (c) copyright 1960 Paramount Pictures.

A Patient With PCOS (more…)

Pueraria mirifica: The Real Life Fountain Of Youth

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Herbal Remedy From Thailand

Pueraria mirifica (also known as Kwao Krua or Butea Superba) is a plant found only in Thailand and parts of Burma; 99% is grown in Thailand. Menopausal women, have been using Pueraria Mirifica for 700 years.

The region where this plant is grown is remarkable for its low rate of breast cancer and impressive longevity, which alerted scientists to something good going on. The lucky women get to use this local plant and the benefits are enormous and the science is building all the time.

Men should use it too, especially as they age, since men are increasingly exposed to old-age estrogens (“male estrogen”). (more…)

Surgical ovary removal leads to cognitive decline

Women who have their ovaries surgically removed before menopause experience earlier and more severe cognitive decline, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and due to be presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in San Diego.

The researchers studied 1,837 postmenopausal women between the ages of 53 and 100 who were taking part in the Memory and Aging Project at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The researchers recorded the age at which women began menstruating, how many years they had menstruated, whether they used hormone replacement therapy and for how long, and whether they had undergone natural or surgical menopause. (more…)

Hysterectomy: Leave the Ovaries

Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

Doctors used to recommend that a women have her ovaries removed along with her uterus to make it impossible for her ever to have ovarian cancer. They don’t do that much any more. Removing the ovaries deprives a woman of her male hormones as well as her female ones.

After removal of her ovaries, a woman’s cholesterol, particularly the bad LDL cholesterol, rises (1) and she is at increased risk for suffering a heart attack (5). Other side effects include depression (2), osteoporosis (3),and the drop in male hormones causes loss of assertiveness, muscle strength and interest in making love (2). Furthermore, a study in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that removing a uterus markedly reduces a woman’s chances of getting ovarian cancer, even though the ovaries are left in place (4).

1) Y Suda, H Ohta, K Makita, K Takamatsu, F Horiguchi, S Nozawa. Influence of bilateral oophorectomy upon lipid metabolism. Maturitas 29:

2 (JUN 3 1998):147-154. 2) S Carranzalira, A Murillouribe, NM Trejo, J Santosgonzalez. Changes in symptomatology, hormones, lipids, and bone density after hysterectomy. International Journal of Fertility and Womens Medicine. 42: 1 (JAN-FEB 1997):43-47. It was observed that hysterectomy does not have a deleterious effect on hormone or lipid levels, nor on bone density, but depression was a frequent finding in hysterectomized women.

3) A Yildiz, I Sahin, K Gol, Z Taner, A Uluturk, K Biberoglu. Bone loss rate in the lumbar spine: A comparison between natural and surgically induced menopause. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 55: 2(NOV 1996):153-159 Conclusions: Oopherectomized women seemed to suffer a relatively higher bone loss rate compared with natural menopause.

4) A Loft, O Lidegaard, A Tabor. Incidence of ovarian cancer after hysterectomy: a nationwide controlled follow up. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 104: 11(NOV 1997):1296-1301.

5) S Rako. Testosterone deficiency: A key factor in the increased cardiovascular risk to women following hysterectomy or with natural aging? Journal of Womens Health 7: 7 (SEP 1998):825-829.

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