Hormone Replacement Therapy After Hysterectomy

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can you do for thinning hair in women?
    I am a post menopausal woman who does not take hormone replacement therapy, and have had a total hysterectomy. My hair seems to be getting thin. Is there anything that can be done to make my hair thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      There is Rogaine for women now. It works good, you can get it at Wal-Mart

  2. QUESTION:
    Friend wants a hysterectomy to stop periods and prevent pregnancy. How long is recovery?
    A married friend of mine has cerebral palsy doesn't want to pass it on and she wants her periods to stop. She also plans to keep her ovaries so she doesn't need hormone replacement therapy. Will she need more than a week off from work?

    • ANSWER:
      Any competent Dr. will refuse to do a hysterectomy without just cause. If your friend does not want to get pregnant they can do a tube-ligation laproscopically and she can be back to work after just a few days.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are your thoughts about Prescription Hormone replacement therapy after a full hysterectomy?
    Hi.

    I'm 29 years old, and last April i underwent a full hysterectomy. Since then, I have been on Premarin and Estratest. I have also gained roughly 30 pounds as well, and these hormone replacements seem to be the culprit. I have been (of my own choice) off them for 2 weeks now, and suffer only mild to moderate symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats etc), however, I am a little nervous that perhaps I am weening off to early? Any ideas?
    No, it was not a cancer risk, I had massive cysts that were removed over the years. After the last surgery, the pain was too great, and my tubes suffered too much damage. My ovaries were also taken over by cysts too.

    • ANSWER:
      I would say consult the advice of your gynecologist before going off of your hormone replacement. But sometimes the cons outweigh the pros of taking the hormone therapy so its really up to you to do the research on whether or not you want to go off of it. I really think 29 is young for a hysterectomy though, was it done for cancer risks?If so I would definitely go off of it.

  4. QUESTION:
    How does hormone replacement therapy work? How do they determine what should have?
    I am a guy having difficulty with my girlfriend. She had to have a hysterectomy and for the past three years I have suffered because she said the first time she had hormone replacement it made her sick. So she gave up. She shut out the world and on Valentines day she couldn't tell me she loved me. I blew up and told her she needed help because she has been ignoring my needs and I have tried everything to get her interested again. And her bad habits have made her physically incompatible to me. I am frustrated beyond belief. She hates herself calling herself ugly and fat. And I told one of her girlfriends and she got mad at me saying her parts are her own business and I told her she needs to get over it. If I can have 100 people looking at mr happy for my kidney stones, ONE of her friends can know about her issues and give her some help because guys don't know what to do. I also told her if she wanted something she could ignore she should have went to the humane society and bought a cat! Can hormone replacement help her with being frigid? Can it help her feel the world is a bit more likable? Can it help her lose weight? How do they figure out what hormone mixture she needs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement CAN help with all of those things, if done right, and if her body is responsive. Hormones are the body's fuel. They're supposed to have them, and without them, there are all kinds of problems. The body produces hormones in amounts and types and at times that are very complex. There are hundreds of different hormones. But when you take hormone replacement, you're taking perhaps 2 hormones. Which you take once per day, rather than having it 24/7, in small, highly responsive amounts. Most doctors don't give a shit. That's why taking HRT can often make you sick. Complicating matters is that the most commonly prescribed hormone replacement is Premarin (horse estrogen from the urine of pregnant mares). It's not the same as human estrogen, plus it overloads you with a large dose when you take it orally, then plummets to nothing throughout the day. It's as if you were told you could eat as much as you want, except that you can only have ice cream, and you can only eat on Tuesdays. It's not natural nor is it how the body works. There are ways to work around this: tell your girlfriend to try estrogen patches. It's the closest you can get to the slow, natural, 24/7 administration of small amounts of estrogen that your ovaries produce. Have her at least try that. Then, encourage her to try testosterone. In Europe, it's standard to give hysterectomized women testosterone. In the US, they almost never do it. But without it, it's like you're castrated. Also, FYI: estrogen plays an important role as a neurotransmitter in the brain. Without it, you can become depressed and angry.

  5. QUESTION:
    I am 24 and recently had a hysterectomy,how can I reduce the hot flahes?
    My doctor offered hormone replacement therapy,but I refused because it can cause cancer.He also offered Birth control cause it also has hormones in it.But I refused it cause it can make you gain weight.I'm looking for some thing natural.

    • ANSWER:
      the hormones, though have been reported to be a catalyst to somes cancers, is not that dangerous, they will monitor you, & to be safe take also the progesterone, if th e dr tells you its needed.

      Soy products are rich in ingrediants for menopausal women. & if you go to Swanson.com , they can really assist you as to what herbs to take & have very reasonable prices.

      Black currant oil ,,or evening primrose oil capsules, & many other things are out there, but get a health expert to help you.

      Meanwhile,carry something you can use as a fan. & Drinking LOTS of ice water helps.

  6. QUESTION:
    After a hysterectomy, is it necessary to have hormone replacement therapy? If so how long for?
    Im 46 and have to have a hysterectomy. If the ovaries are taken out, will i still produce any hormones? If not, how will this effect me? If I had to go on hormione replacement therapy how long would I have to do it for?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,, and generally yes, if you have a complete hysterectomy your doctor will want to put you on hormone treatments. But at your age you shouldn't have to take them for more than a few years. Most women are thru menapause by 55. And yes your body will still put out some estrogen but not enough. If your 46, you've probably already started going thru menapause so you know about hot flashes and night sweats. They may become worse after the operation. But, actually,, no you don't have to have hormone therapy if you don't want it. There are natural ways to get the hormones you need. I have had a heart condition since I was 37 and was advised not to take hormones by my obgyn, as they can cause heart attacks in women who have heart trouble. So I've never taken hormones. I do use natural hormones tho. I take flaxseed oil capsules and eat flaxseed on my cereal,, soy is great for hot flashes,, you can get this in many different forms. I really like Soymilk,, the brand I use is Soy Silk. There are many different brands of natural hormones. I've attached a link that tells you about natural hormones. It also tells you about synthetic hormones. Did you know that one of the hormones doctors give you for estrogen comes from horse urine?? It's something most women don't know and should. Anyway,, hope this link helps. And good luck with your surgery

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a ct some how give the impression of ovaries if there are none?
    Had a total hysterectomy. Polycystic ovaries, fibroids, endometrial megaly. Is it possible that a ct could somehow give the impression that there are ovaries when there are not? I had an accident and had to have surgery and was thinking could it be accident related or post surgery related, it was abdominal surgery. The ct also said they had cysts which matches previous diagnosis. I can't imagine them not being removed due to the issues with cysts. Also, I was put on hormone replacement therapy. I'm not sure but I believe his partner in practice both take turns or if one has an emergency delivery, the other will fill in. So I'm wondering about communication error or ct error. Should I get an ultrasound to verify or just take a copy of th ct to my gyn.

    • ANSWER:
      No, a CT scan cannot give the impression of ovaries if there are none

  8. QUESTION:
    What exactly will happen when i go in for a hysterectomy inc taking the ovaries away due to endometriosis.?
    need to know what the best hormone therapy will be best? Endometriosis is affecting my quality of life so hysterectomy is only option for me now i've exhausted all other treatments. How will it make me feel once the op is done.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble is that endometriosis may be deposited in many different areas of the pelvis, thus the last resort plan of hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy ( removal of tubes and ovaries) must be all that is left for you.

      Your gynaecologist must decide on your hormone replacement. He will probably choose oestrogen only, since you have no uterus there is no increase in uterine cancer risk. I quite like premarin, it is a natural oestrogen, the one from pregnant mares urine, but it is sometimes better tolerated than the synthetics.

      It tends to elevate mood and helps prevent osteoporosis. I suspect once things have settles down you will feel better than pre-op.

      Breast cancer risks on hormone replacement don't seem to rise until after 50 years, so you will probably be kept on oestrogen until then.

  9. QUESTION:
    How risky is Hormone Replacement therapy?
    I am 45 and had a hysterectomy with one ovary removed when I was 41. I took a low dosage of HRT for two years and slowly reduced and stopped it. I am having severe menopause symptoms again and am miserable.Considering trying low dosage HRT again but worried about breast cancer risks. I am confused and weighing my options. What do you think about the risks versus the benefits of HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      It's actually not that risky. And there are benefits to HRT that offset the risk of the HRT. And in the biggest study of HRT, done by the WHI in the early 2000s, they found that women who take premarin plus provera (Prempro):

      For every 10,000 women taking Prempro, each year:

      8 more will develop breast cancer
      7 more will have a heart attack or other coronary event
      8 more will have a stroke,
      and 8 more will have blood clots in the lungs

      That's probably the thing you've been hearing about. BUT!!!!! they also found:
      "After careful consideration of the data, NIH has concluded that with an average of nearly 7 years of follow-up completed, estrogen alone does not appear to affect (either increase or decrease) heart disease, a key question of the study. At the same time, estrogen alone appears to increase the risk of stroke and decrease the risk of hip fracture. It has not increased the risk of breast cancer during the time period of the study."

      You are not taking provera, because you do not have a uterus. You are only taking estrogen. And estrogen alone does not appear to increase risk of breast cancer!

  10. QUESTION:
    Can lack or hormones and progesterone cause pain/swelling in hands and feet in someone with a total hysterecto?
    My sister had a total hysterectomy and since then has had pain and swelling in her hands and feet. She didn't have this problem before her surgery. She has seen a rheumotologist and checked for arthritis, lupus etc. everything was negative. Could this be hormonal? And can she take a hormonal replacement therapy such as herbal over the counter to see if this will help her. Any suggestions please.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife had a partial and was left with one ovary. Years later she got Graves disease ( hyperthyroidism) they killed off her thyroid with radioactive Iodine.After that she went hypOthyroid and had to have her syn-thyroid adjusted. In this period she had swelling of her lower legs. During this period she was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy as well.Have a thyroid function test done to be sure.

  11. QUESTION:
    I am obese and have had a total hysterectomy. I need a healthy diet to lose the weight.?
    I'm 45 and am having some issues; hair thinning, facial hair growth, fatigue. I want to use natural methods to improve my health. I don't take hormone replacement therapy; I don't have hot flashes or mood swings. Any help will be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Ideal body weight calculator for children and adults:
      http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/growthcharts2/l/bl_ibw_calc.htm

      Experts recommend, "Slow and steady weight loss. Depending on your starting weight, experts recommend losing weight at a rate of 1/2 to 2 pounds per week. Weight loss may be faster at the start of a program." www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/choosing.htm#responsible

      And, "Men and very active women may need up to 2,500 calories daily. Other women and inactive men need only about 2,000 calories daily. A safe plan is to eat 300 to 500 fewer calories a day to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week." www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/weightls.html

      This web site from the National Institutes for Health tells how to take charge of your weight: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/weightcontrol.html

      Calorie Needs Calculator: http://calorieneedscalculator.com/

      This page explains how to eat a balanced diet for different calorie levels. Although this page is intended for diabetics, this is the same balanced diet that is recommended for everyone. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/eating_ez/index.htm

      A healthy exercise program addresses all five of the basic aspects of physical fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, and body fat composition.

      Suggested workout to accomplish this.
      Five to seven days per week:
      >Yoga, 20 min, 8 to 10 postures that work all major muscle groups
      >Brisk walk, 30 min, walk two miles
      Every other day, two to four days per week:
      >Weight training, 20 min, one set of 8 to 12 repetitions of 8 to 10 exercises that work all major muscle groups

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      Exercise Recommendations for People Aged 18 to 64

      Do both aerobic activities and strengthening activities.

      Aerobic Activities
      • Do at least 10 minutes at a time.
      • You can combine moderate and vigorous activities.
      • Slowly build up the amount of time you do physical activities. The more time you spend, the more health benefits you gain. Aim for exercising twice as long as the minimum times below.
      • If you choose activities at a moderate level, do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes a week.
      • If you choose vigorous activities, do at least 1 hour and 15 minutes a week.

      Muscle Strengthening Activities
      Do these at least 2 days a week.
      • Include all the major muscle groups such as legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms.
      • Exercises for each muscle group should be repeated 8 to 12 times per session.

      From the U.S. Federal government: http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/pdf/adultguide.pdf
      Also see: http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/
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      ExRx.net explains how to design a healthy workout, gives directions for specific exercises, explains how to stay motivated, and much more. http://www.ExRx.net

      You may find it motivating to compare your progress to the fitness standards of the U.S. military:
      http://www.military.com/military-fitness/

      A couple of good sites from the U.S. government:
      http://www.healthierus.gov/index.html
      http://www.fitness.gov/

  12. QUESTION:
    Does having a females womb/uterus taken out decrease a woman's chances of breast cancer?
    I'm just curious cause i was reading that the female womb produces estrogen and I have also been reading that to much estrogen can lead to breast cancer esp artificial estrogen for women who take hormone replacement therapy after having a hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      The uterus only produces estrogen during pregnancy. Otherwise, the majority of your estrogen comes from your ovaries. Getting your ovaries removed greatly reduces odds of breast cancer. But getting your uterus removed does not change risk of breast cancer. However, in the US it is very common that if you remove the uterus, you remove the ovaries too, and vice versa.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use nicotine replacement therapy while taking oral estradiol (estrogen) for hormone replacement?
    I am 32 years old and have undergone a total hysterectomy. I was what I consider to be a light smoker for about 10 years (about 6 cigarettes a day.) Since you are not supposed to smoke while taking the hormone therapy because of the increased risk of blood clots, I was wondering if it was safe to use other nicotine replacement items in lieu of actual cigarettes (ie: electronic cigarette, gum, etc..)
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Nicotine is still a blood coagulant, if you're smoking e-cigs or chewing gum with it in there it may as well be smoking as far as blood clots are concerned... Try e-cigs that don't contain nicotine, or have really low amounts of it, you need to stop taking so much nicotine otherwise you're going to develop a serious complication with the hormone therapy.

      Anyways since I can't force you to stop smoking/chewing to get your nicotine, I'll drop a link below that'll help you prevent your chances of developing a serious blood clot.

      http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/onions/

      There's no maximum uptake limitation for it, but I'd suggest around half an onion daily should be enough to significantly reduce chances of clotting.. Cooked or uncooked, it doesn't matter... Read the article for more information, and best of wishes.

  14. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between a total and partial hysterectomy?
    What is a total hysterectomy?
    I've also heard the term partial hysterectomy but does a partial hysterectomy have anything to do with the tubes and ovaries or is there a separate term for ovaries and tubes being removed?

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomy has nothing to do with removal of the ovaries and tubes. During a hysterectomy the uterus is completely or partially removed. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed depending on the health needs of the woman but when ovaries and tubes are removed they are not called a hysterectomy they are called bilateral salpingo oopherectomy or BSO for short.

      Total Hysterectomy is removal of the entire uterus which includes the cervix.

      A partial (or supracervical) hysterectomy is removal of just the upper portion of the uterus, leaving the cervix intact.

      Bilateral Salpingo Oopherectomy or (BSO) is when both ovaries and tubes are removed. Bilateral (both) salpingo (tubes) oopherectomy (ovaries). There are many benefits to keeping the ovaries because if they are removed then the woman would go into immediate surgical menopause. If they are kept then she won't likely have to take hormone replacement therapy.

      The term hyster refers to the removal of the uterus and ectomy refers to removal of.

      The cervix is the neck or bottom part of the uterus and is about the size of a coat button. A woman can have a total hysterectomy keeping both ovaries and tubes or she can have an ovary removed keeping her uterus and cervix. Some women want to keep their cervix for some reason as it may help support the bladder or provide better sex but others don't have the option of keeping it for various reasons.

      You can see this link below for further information on the different types of hysterectomies. It's also possible for a woman to have an ovary removed like if she had a cysts or a problem with an ovary to keep her uterus and cervix. Just because a woman had an ovary removed does not mean she had a partial hysterectomy because hyster refers to the uterus not the ovaries or tubes. Depending on which ovary and tube she had removed it is termed a right salpingo oopherectomy or left salpingo oopherectomy. She can continue to keep her uterus and cervix if healthy and if she does she will continue to have periods.
      http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view_hysterectomy_defined.htm

      And just for clarification if the uterus and cervix are left she will contine to have periods. If there is no uterus or cervix and she keeps one or both ovaries there is no more periods.. The uterus is the organ that has the linning that builds up each month. When there is no uterus or cervix there can't be a linning to bleed every month. The eggs from the ovaries just disinigrate and are absorbed back into the system. Women who have their tubes tied will continue to have periods till menopause because of the linning that builds up in the uterus but the eggs will not be able to pass through to the uterus. Occasionally there are women who had their tubes tied and still managed to get pregnant.

  15. QUESTION:
    Do I need to see a gynecologist before having a hysterectomy?
    A hysterectomy is recommended for me. I've never seen a gynecologist before and was wondering if it was required to see one before having a surgery like this. I don't want to sound childish but I almost refuse to see one. I don't see a need for anyone, other than myself or my lover, to examine my body in such ways especially when I am capable of examining myself. Just my personal beliefs. Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, because in all likelihood the surgeon performing the hysterectomy would be gynecological surgeon (either a GYN or OB-GYN). A GYN or OB-GYN can do a quick pelvic exam to check for any possible masses and give you a Pap smear which looks for abnormal cervical cells (especially those that could be cancerous). And usually they'll send you to get an ultrasound done to check for any masses (normal or abnormal). And after you get the surgery, you still have to follow up with a GYN, particularly if you need or want Hormone Replacement Therapy.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to bleed ten years after a hysterectomy?
    My friends mother had a hysterectomy ten years ago and hasn't had a period since. However today she started bleeding heavily and noticed clots in it. Is this normal or does she need to go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      I do not consider this normal. However, did she have a complete hysterectomy or a partial? Did she start taking hormone replacement therapy? If so, did she stop? Regardless of which one she had performed, there is NO uterus anymore and the blood is NOT normal. I would suggest she go to the ER immediately.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it needed to take hormone therapy pills at the age of 64?
    I have been taking hormone replacement pills for 30 years to stop my nightly and daily sweats. Is it about time I stopped

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean hormones such as estrogen or progesterone, then read on. In any case, discuss your important question with your physician.

      Women are receiving estrogen replacement (ERT) alone, which is still commonly given to women who have had a hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries. The effects of ERT on women who no longer have a uterus are being studied.

      In the U.S., 38% of menopausal women take some form of HRT -- for several different reasons. Women find it especially useful to treat hot flashes, sleeplessness, moodiness, and other disruptive symptoms of menopause. It is also useful in preventing osteoporosis. And until now, HRT has been touted as a way to help prevent heart disease well after menopause.

      What Women Should Do Now - Researchers made the following specific recommendations on what to do now:

      "First, the therapy should not be continued or started to prevent heart disease. Women should consult their doctor about other methods of prevention, such as lifestyle changes, and cholesterol- and blood pressure-lowering drugs"

      "Second, for osteoporosis prevention, women should consult their doctor and weigh the benefits against their personal risks for heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and breast cancer."

      "Alternate treatments also are available to prevent osteoporosis and fractures."

      "Third, women should keep up with their regular schedule of mammograms and breast self-examinations."
      "Finally, while short-term use was not studied, women taking the therapy for relief of menopausal symptoms may reap more benefits than risks. Women should talk with their doctor about their personal risks and benefits."

  18. QUESTION:
    what are the pros and cons of having a hysterectomy?
    i guess if a hysterectomy is medically necessary, it has to be done. but what are some of the worst things that could happen? what should i ask my doctor? i have grown children, so that's no longer an issue. thanks for any info.

    • ANSWER:
      It will depend on the type of hysterectomy you're having. Just having the uterus removed will not upset the hormones produced by the ovaries. Without their uterus, some women complain of having an "empty" feeling at first, especially during sex, even though most men state they cannot detect any difference. It does seem to diminish over time. If you do have your ovaries removed as well, you'll likely need to be on a hormone replacement therapy, at least at first.

      Good luck, I hope this helped!

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the mental and physical side effects of a hysterectomy?
    I had a hysterectomy last summer at age 29 due to recurrent cervical cancer. They left in my ovaries but took everything else out. Now the biggest thing I notice is that I have no sex drive, which is driving my husband crazy. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is normal. maybe your doctor can do a hormone count and see if it is normal. If not, maybe you need hormone replacement therapy. Good luck to you! My hubby wants me to get that new gel for women to enhanse it for woman called "vestra" I think, that's the name. (sold over the counter) maybe get some..try it.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of a total hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind?
    I am 23 years old and mother of 2. I am going through issues with severe dysplasia that is getting worse. It is a genetic thing. With the birth of my last child, my uterus ruptured so it is now really weak on one side and pregnancy is pretty much out of the question. I am seriously considering a total hysterectomy with the ovaries left behind for hormone production. My family is really against the procedure because they are scared it will mess with my hormones and make me crazy. I really need all the information I can get before I willingly decide to go through with the surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      You are talking about a partial hysterectomy. A "total" is when they take both the uterus and the ovaries. You should not feel much different except that you won't get a period anymore. You will not need hormone replacement therapy nor will you experience menopause since your ovaries will not be removed. You need to discuss this thoroughly with your doctor. Your family are not the ones who are having the health problem. If you are married, have your partner accompany you to the doctor's office. You both can ask questions and get professional answers. You won't be crazy. I had a total hysterectomy when I wasn't much older than you, and I am not crazy!!. Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can you get endrometriosos after having a complete hysterectomy?
    I have lower abdominal cramps, I had a hysterectomy 13yrs ago due to endometriosos, my doctor is sending for an ultra sound of the pelvis. The pain feels the same way it felt when I had my menstral. My doctor told me it could be endometriosos, is that possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Hysterectomy is not a guarantee for removing endometriosis!

      For many women, a total hysterectomy is advised by their doctors if they have severe endometriosis. These women are hopeful of gaining relief from the pain and symptoms of this disease by having a hysterectomy. This advice is fuelled by the thinking that if you remove the diseased organs then you will remove the disease. This is not the case. It is known that the implants, and the evidence of endometriosis can be found all over the pelvic cavity. So removing the uterus and ovaries will very often leave some of the disease behind.

      Some surgeons will attempt to remove the disease which is scattered around the pelvic cavity, as well as removing the reproductive organs. But even so, this can still leave undetected or microscopic implants behind.

      There are many reported cases where a woman has had a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus and ovaries) as treatment for endometriosis, only to be given hormone replacement therapy. This can encourage the disease to flare up again, because estrogen is part of the hormone replacement therapy, and endometriosis feeds on estrogen. Of course hormone replacement therapy is prescribed to replace the hormones that are lost because of the removal of the ovaries. This begins to turn into a vicious circle. So hysterectomy is not the answer for endometriosis no matter what stage the disease is at.

      Some women as young as their early 20's are opting for a Hysterectomy as a means to gain relief from endometriosis. It is doubtful whether these young women are aware of the possibility of a return of the disease. Then there are the problems of dealing with a surgically induced menopause at such a young age. These women will be prescribed synthetic hormones (hormone replacement therapy) for years, only to have to deal with all the side-effects they can bring.

      You can read more about it at the following link:

      http://www.endo-resolved.com/hysterectomy.html

      I would recommend seeing your gyneacologist to see what they think could be causing this.

      Good luck :)

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you get severe fatigue or breathlessness during the onset of the menopause?
    I had a hysterectomy in December. I still have my ovaries,but lately, my hair seems drier and thinner. I also have this overwhelming tiredness during the day, and breathlessness.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      I hope you'll check with your health care provider about these symptoms. While they may be related to a surgically induced menopause, they may also be a symptom of another condition or conditions. As women enter menopause, they may begin to experience several symptoms typically associated with the changes that are taking place in their bodies. These symptoms include:

      Hot flashes. This is a feeling of warmth in the face, neck or chest that ranges from mild to severe. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 85 percent of women approaching or going through menopause have hot flashes.

      Night sweats (evening versions of “hot flashes”) and difficulty sleeping. Lack of sleep can contribute to women feeling tired, stressed or tense.

      Changes in vaginal tissue, including thinning, dryness, itchiness or burning. In some cases, sex may become painful (dyspareunia) due to decreased vaginal secretions.

      Thinning of bones. Known as osteoporosis, this condition can lead to a reduction of bone mass that reaches 20 percent in some women. As a result, menopausal and postmenopausal women are susceptible to fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and other bones. In some cases, osteoporosis can lead to loss of height.

      Abnormal vaginal bleeding or “spotting.” This is a common sign of menopause. However, women who have not had a period for 12 consecutive months should see a physician if they experience spotting, as this can sometimes be a sign of other conditions, such as:

      Cancer

      Side effects of using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy

      Hormonal imbalance

      Noncancerous growths in the lining of the uterus, such as fibroids

      Mood changes. These changes can include mood swings, depression and irritability. Some researchers believe these emotions are a result of changes in the brain caused by a decrease in estrogen. Others think menopausal symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes and fatigue cause the feelings. Still others maintain that a combination of these factors is probably responsible.

      Urinary problems. These may include leaking, burning or pain when urinating (dysuria) or urgency. Leakages may also occur during sneezing, coughing or laughing. An increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) is also associated with menopause as a result of a thinning of the urethra that happens at this time.

      Other symptoms may occur, also. You can read more about them at this medically-reviewed site - an excellent one!

      http://obgyn.health.ivillage.com/menopausehrt/menopause.cfm

      Feel better : )

  23. QUESTION:
    Do you have any symptoms after having a partial hysterectomy?
    I'm just having my uterus removed (it's enlarged and prolapsed and is causing alot of issues...I'm not having any bleeding problems etc,) my tubes and ovaries will be left alone. I know I won't get a period any longer, but since I won't be needing hormones, I should be OK, right? No mood swings or any other symptoms I'm hoping. I'm not going through menopause, I've been tested via bloodwork and also a uterine biopsy.

    • ANSWER:
      It all depends...you will feel moody and will still feel like you normally did at your "time" of the month for a while and I do still 23 years later. I had a partial and then years later ended up having the rest removed. I'm 48 and now am "going through the change". It isn't as bad as people say. I cannot take hormone replacement therapy because I've had cancer. You will have some mood swings but you'll be able to work through them, trust me. If you cannot, talk to your Dr. Good luck. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
      Peace & Love :)

  24. QUESTION:
    What would cause stabbing pains in my lower left abdomen?
    I had a hysterectomy a year and a half ago and they removed everything but my cervix. I had a lot of cysts. I am experiencing stabbing pains in my lower left abdomen and was wondering if this should be any to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to hear you're in so much pain,
      You specifically contacted me to ask if I could help with this question, but I work mostly with gastroenterology...although I used to work with GYN oncology.

      On the GI front:
      -You're on the wrong side for appendicitis.
      -obstructed gas or constipation--ask yourself if you've been having normal bowel movements. If you haven't, do whatever you are comfortable with to deal with that (add fiber to your diet, or take a mild laxative). If that increases the pain and/or is not productive, go to a doctor right away--it might mean that although you weren't particularly "at risk" your intestine became obstructed (highly unlikely).
      -Reconsider them recent alterations to your diet. Increased consumption of sugar substitues like maltitol, often used in sugar free candy, can cause stabbing pain from cramping, gas, bloating.
      -A GI infection--perhaps Diverticulitis (where things get stuck in little pockets in your intestine) especially if you have a fever; C-Diff, Parasites, Salmonella, especially if you have diarrhea.

      Ultimately I think your solution is at your GYN:
      I think it's more likely you have adhesions, a complication of abdominal surgery. Abdominal adhesions are fibrous little strings of scar tissue that bind one region of the abdomen to another. When you move they pull and tear or tear tissue and can cause significant pain. They can be laproscopically cut. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find the ones causing the most pain. GYN and GI surgery commonly cause adhesions, and it is difficult to predict who will get them. The pain described is usually sharp. If the pain becomes progressive, the adhesion could be wrapping around a blood supply to something (most commonly an ovary, which you don't have), which is an emergency.

      Since you didn't have symptomatic endometriosis before your hysterectomy, I doubt you have it now. But if you are on hormone replacement therapy, it could cause it to become symptomatic--and different women experience different effects on their endometriosis from HRT. Normally endometriosis would be cyclic pain, but on HRT, I don't know. This is something else you could discuss with your GYN.

      If a visit with a GYN doesn't pay off, try a general physician and see if he/she thinks it merits a trip to a GI or suggests something else...maybe a pinched nerve of some sort?

      Of course, if you are in any situation where you think you might be having an emergency, be safe, not sorry--go to the ER, and only use the internet for information, not as your doctor!
      Good luck and feel better.

  25. QUESTION:
    How Soon After A Hysterectomy Do Hot Flashes Come? A Couple Days?
    My mom had a hysterectomy 2 days ago and is still in the hospital recovering. She has been saying that she feels like she's having hot flashes. She is extremely hot and nothing seems to help. She had both of her ovaries removed. Is it possible to begin feeling this symptom immediately?

    • ANSWER:
      Is there anything preventing your mom from taking hormone replacement therapy? If not, she needs to talk to her gynecologist about starting it ASAP. The day after my hysterectomy, I was given a hormone shot. Since my surgery, I've been taking HRT and have not had a single hot flash.

  26. QUESTION:
    Harmones seem to play a part in heart disease. Estrogen seems to be good and testerone negative. My question?
    has anyone done a study to determine how hormone therapy has affected transgender people? I would like to know if estrogen shots could benefit people with heart disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Interesting question...
      We do know that estrogen has cardioprotective effects (testosterone does not specifically have negative effects on the heart, it just lacks the protective effects.)

      Among young otherwise healthy women who've had radical hysterectomies ("surgical menopause") the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) still provides the cardioprotective effects. After natural menopause, long term estrogen-only HRT is linked with gynecologic cancers. (Note: Including progesterone in HRT for post-menopausal women helps prevent the increased cancer risk.)

      As I'm sure you're aware, the transgendered population is unfortunately under-represented in scientific studies. But we can extrapolate the data above to very reasonably infer that trasgendered individuals who receive HRT also would benefit from the cardiovascular "protection" of estrogen.

      All of that said, while estrogen has cardioprotective effects it is generally not considered any kind of "treatment" for cardiovascular disease. (Not sure if that was what you were asking?) We don't take hormone treatment lightly, because the interplay/feedback mechanisms among hormones are in delicate balance. So any time you include hormone therapy in a protocol, you have to be aware of (and manage) the trickle-down effects you'll have on the multitude of systems throughout the body.

  27. QUESTION:
    why do i have so much mucus discharge from my rectum?
    i am 37yrs old, female, smoker, had a hysterectomy and am taking premarin 0.625 hormone replacement therapy. colonoscopy shows nothing abnormal. mucus is thick and clumping and i have extreme pain in chest and back. family doctor says "if we don't find it now, we'll find it at autopsy". pain is dibilitating, can anyone help

    • ANSWER:
      I can't help you with an answer but if my doctor said that to me I would lose him/her. That was a ridiculous response.

  28. QUESTION:
    Will having a hysterectomy make Bipolar Disorder worse?
    I have endometriosis that is getting consistently worse and am considering a hysterectomy. (We are finished having children-)
    I am wondering if anyone has experienced a worsening of their bipolar disorder from a hysterectomy?
    I would appreciate only getting answers from those with experience.
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a hysterectomy about 7 yrs ago. I have suffered from chronic depression for years, off & on. One thing that I can tell you for sure is that having the hysterectomy was one of the best things I ever did. I think having periods, generally not feeling well, all contributed to my poor mental health. Are your ovaries being removed too? You may need hormone replacement therapy after (like me). But, like I said, I felt so much better than when I was having periods. Anything that helps your physical being is also good for your mental health. They go hand in hand. I think of all the years I suffered with endometriosis and remember how hard it all was. If I'd known then what I know now I would have had it done sooner. One other thing, I had a laproscopic hysterectomy. Less invasive and quick recovery. Never regretted it. Good Luck & God Bless!

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it best to keep your cervix when having a hysterectomy?
    I am having a hysterectomy July 17 08 the Dr. wants to take out my cervix. I am not so sure about it though. My overies are good thank god but I just don't understand why he wants to take my crevix if there is nothing wrong with it. I am 27 and have had three kids. Do you think that because of my age he wants to take it? I have been researching and can't find a good answer. Any help would be very apprectaied. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      why would you want to keep it., Ask him, maybe it has something to do with the reason you are having a hysterectomy. There is no 1 answer as to why, depends on the individuals medical circumstances....once the cervix is gone, most docs do not require yearly pap smears...gyn check ups would be more like 3-5 yrs once you have been released from medical care after surgery. You will still have your ovaries so you will not require hormone replacement therapy.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can manic depressive disorder show up later in life?
    I'm in my late forties, and I've struggled with depression all my life. I've never had anything I'd call mania, but the last few months my mood swings have been ridiculous. I'm post menopause, due to hysterectomy, so i don't think it's hormonal. Why am I really happy one day and unable to function the next day?

    • ANSWER:
      It can show up later in life but if you are post menopausal I would suspect hormones first (are you on hormone replacement therapy?). Go see your doctor to rule out anything physical before jumping to conclusions..... Bipolar is not a place you want to go if there is a physical fix.

      Contrary to popular belief, the mood swings in Bipolar disorder do not happen in a second. It’s not about being happy one second, then mad, then sad. Also the mood swings in bipolar can be triggered by events (even the weather) but more often are not triggered by anything. The manic part is much more than just being happy.

      Here are some of my personal examples of the extremes. My moods generally last for a couple of months then there is a short period of being normal before I start to swing the other way

      The low - Do not care about anything, stop showering, stop cleaning house, crying a lot, sleeping 14 hours a day, want to die but don't have the energy to plan it, hating yourself for every little bad thing you have ever done..... feeling guilty about everything you have done while manic, knowing that everyone else hates you too. I feel like my mind has stopped working, thoughts are dulled, can't read..... just lay there like a dead lump of nothing.

      The High – these are symptoms as listed online followed by my examples

      * FEELING EXTREMELY HAPPY OR IRITABLE* Like you just won the lottery or like your boss just cut your pay in half so he could give his daughter a raise but the feelings go on and on for weeks or months.

      *INFLATED SELF ESTEEM* Believe that everyone loves you, everyone knows how smart, funny, pretty, sexy, you are. Think you are so good you can do anything.

      * REDUCED NEED FOR SLEEP* 2 to 3 hours of sleep a night for weeks or months and you are never tired.

      * TALK FASTER AND MORE THAN USUAL* Ramble on and on but the talk may be disjointed because thoughts are going by so fast you can't get them out fast enough. It's called pressured speech.

      * BE MORE ACTIVE THAN USUAL* Needing to run 10 miles a day when you never used to even jog. Taking up 5 new hobbies.

      * RACING THOUGHTS* Can be seen as confusion. It's very confusing because your thought go by so fast and you have no control over them it's like having 10 people all shouting at you at the same time.

      * BE EASILY DISTRACTED BY SIGHTS AND SOUNDS* Ohhhh bright and shiny things. :) Because you have ceased to even try to listen to your own thoughts.

      * ACT IMPULSIVELY, DO RECKLESS THINGS, REDUCED INHIBITION, SPENDING SPREES* Spending the mortgage money on furniture, buying 25 books about penguins because wouldn't it be cute if they could be a colony,* DRIVE RECKLESSLY* 120 mph down back roads with the radio blaring and not really paying attention to the road because of all the bright shiny things, *GET INTO FOOLISH BUSINESS VENTURES* cashing out your 401k to invest in a worm farm or going deep into debt so you can gamble because you know you will win, *HAVE FREQUENT, INDISCRIMINATE, OR UNSAFE SEX* like sex with strangers (without a condom) or with your sisters husband or your husbands sister. Suddenly decide you are bisexual because the opportunity for twice as much sex is there...... Oh my I didn't know I was into BDSM before... tie me up and flog me baby.

      I am Bipolar 1 and while the other types of bipolar may not be as bad they are still much more extreme than the online symptoms portray. The above are things I have one while manic and that's just a few of them.

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I be horrified on having a hysterectomy and what It might do to my body?
    I am 28 yrs old, blessed with a great husband and 2 beautiful little girls. I have a severe case of endometriosis and no treatments have helped. Pains are excruciating and I have run out of options. In a week in a half I will be guted like a fish, should I be extremely worried?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think horrified would be the term I would use. I was very happy and do not regret my hysterectomy at age 29 and I did keep both ovaries. I urge you to check out www.hystersisters.com as you will find a ton of support there and no questions go unanswered on their message boards. You can find pre-op boards such as how to prepare for this and post op boards. Recovery can take about 6 weeks depending on what type you have. Even though I didn't have an outside cut (mine was done vaginally) I still had tons of internal stitches to heal. My youngest child was 2 at the time so I did require additional help at home. I was not allowed to lift anything for six weeks so that I would heal properly and prevent complications. Also if you are having both uterus and cervix out (cervix is just the neck or bottom of the uterus) you will have stitches up at the very top of the vagina which closes you off and you will not be allowed to have intercourse till doc clears you at post op visit. If you have your ovaries removed it may be difficult. There are women on hystersisters that cannot take hormone replacement therapy due to things like endometriosis or other issues so I hope you find the site very helpful. For me I was relieved of pain, constant bleeding, and I still have a high sex drive although that part may be due to me still having my ovaries. Hang in there and stay well. I had a spinal and epidural put in at the same time so the first 24 hours after surgery I was completely pain free. There are many things to consider so for now I'll give you some links. Also having a hysterectomy is much more involved then having a baby which is why you should give yourself enough time to recover from this major surgery. Oh and you will still be considered a woman so don't let that throw you off. I feel more like a woman now than I did before mainly cause I'm not having the pain and severe bleeding anymore.

      http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/showthread.php?threadid=15392&highlight=math

      http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/showthread.php?t=152640&highlight=baby

  32. QUESTION:
    How long do you think HRT is safe to take?
    I'm 32 years old and had a (full) hysterectomy in 2001. The Doctors seem to want to keep me on Premarian forever, but everything I read says thats a bad idea. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      That's a big question is how long hormone replacement therapy can be used safely. It was once thought that using it for five years or less to relieve menopausal symptoms had no risks. But the WHI study seemed to show that was not the case.

      There are still a lot of unknowns. Many women now take doses of hormones that are lower than the ones used in the WHI trial. Hormones are also delivered not just through pills, but in other forms, like skin patches. We don't know yet whether these lower concentrations and different forms might decrease the risks.

      For now, the FDA recommends that women who take hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms take the lowest effective dose and for the shortest time period to alleviate symptoms.

      If you take HRT, keep in mind that the absolute risks are low. But you should still regularly check in with your doctor about your concerns...

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it bad that I want to get a complete hysterectomy as soon as I legally can?
    I really DO NOT ever want kids. I never have wanted kids and I can't stand the idea of it. I hate getting periods too, but mostly I don't want the risk of pregnancy at all, so I really would want to get a hysterectomy.

    Is that a bad thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Doing that can cause a lot of damage to your body! Like pretty harmful stuff with just the surgery alone... In order to remove the uterus, they have to cut you open of course, then cut through muscle, then move your organs out of the way, then remove the uterus and sometimes the organs that get put back can have issues, they don't take any out, they just move them around. But they can do it laparoscopically http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2673000/
      or abdominally http://www.atlasofpelvicsurgery.com/5Uterus/10TotalAbdominalHysterectomy/chap5sec10.html

      I'm sorry if you don't like periods, nobody does haha but that's part of being a woman, if you don't wanna get pregnant, you can use multiple forms of birth control, but a hysterectomy can cause sooo much damage!

      Hysterectomies aren't usually performed on young women, even with older women its usually only used as a last resort for these conditions/issues: extremely heavy periods, fibroids, gynecological cancer, endometriosis and other rare conditions or cancers... Removing the uterus can actually lead to early menopause, lowered estrogen levels, and you may or may not need hormone replacement therapy.
      http://www.healthstatus.com/health_blog/wellness/the-pros-and-cons-of-hysterectomy/2/

      The hormone issues alone could cause all sorts of problems... Weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes...

      Here's another page: http://www.health.ny.gov/community/adults/women/hysterectomy/

      But just for your info, most doctors or really any doctors would never perform a hysterectomy on a young and healthy woman. It's not exactly a bad thing really, just kinda a radical decision...

  34. QUESTION:
    What to do about hot flashes and night sweats.?
    I am only 26, had a hysterectomy 2 years ago which put me into early menapause. I can't take the hormone replacement therapy because it causes my pain to reoccur from endometriosis. How long does menopause last? Are there any natural things I can take to stop the continuous hot flashes and night sweats?

    • ANSWER:
      Drink soy milk. It's the most natural thing you can take to ease these symptoms. The duration of menopause can be different for everyone. Try to stay away from hormone or estrogen therapy drugs. as they can lead to cancers.
      Do a search on wild yam products. This is another healthy and natural way to combat symptoms. Good luck to you.

  35. QUESTION:
    Will female viagra help women who had oopherectomy?
    I just found out about the female Viagra. Im 1 week post op hysterectomy. I dont know how my sex drive will be in several weeks. Just in case...I wonder if this meds can help women if libido goes down.
    I had total removal of all female organs.

    • ANSWER:
      Your gynecologist can prescribe you some testosterone that will help with your libido. Some forms of HRT (hormone replacement therapy) contain testosterone.

  36. QUESTION:
    Will I have still have pms symptoms after having a hysterectomy since I'll still have my ovaries?
    I'm having my uterus and cervix removed. So I'll still have my ovaries. I'm 44. Just wondering if I'll still have the whole hormone thing like I'm having a period even though I'm not.

    • ANSWER:
      as long as you still have ovaries you will produce hormones so you will not need hrt(hormone replacement therapy) but yes i had symptoms like it was time for my period i haven't had a period since 1996 don't miss it one bit but for a while had to take hrt cause my ovaries were taken as well its hard to trick your body

  37. QUESTION:
    is hormone replacement therapy really necessary after menopause for most women?
    I had a full hysterectomy four 1/2 years ago at age of 49. I decided against beginning hormone replacement therapy. Although I did experience hot flashes, mood swings and reduced libido for several years, I made a conscientious decision to combat these naturally. I am happy to report that I have succeeded beyond my hopes in every respect!

    • ANSWER:
      Good for you. No, it's not necessary. Hormone treatment helps many women, but if you can put up with the symptoms naturally, there's no reason for hormone treatment. The hormones are just meant to help women adjust to the hormonal changes that they're going through. They ease the transition. But women made it through menopause just fine before therapies were developed.

  38. QUESTION:
    does it matter whether i take hormone pills or not after Total Laporscopic Hysterectomy.?
    I am 30 years old and had to have a TLH due to severe endometriosis and i wanted to know if I have to take the hormone pills, I've heard horror stories about taking them. I've now been taking them for a year. Also, how long will i experience these severe hot flashes and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      With you having had endometriosis, your gynecologist may recommend you not take any hormones that contain estrogen. Since you are so young, you do need some form of hormone replacement therapy. Talk with your gynecologist and discuss your options. You may be able to tolerate "bio-identical" hormones--plant based hormones.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a drug for women similar to salt peter for males?
    I mean its not fair, we get older, we get hormone fluxuations, and I like to get drunk on occasion, I dont want to be an aging beer slut. Is there anything for women to take?

    • ANSWER:
      Sex Rx for Women

      If you're a woman with a low sex drive, you're probably asking, "Where's my pill?" The short answer is, don't hold your breath—but don't give up hope, either. The most promising treatments:

      >Viagra The Viagra-for-women idea isn't new: Irwin Goldstein, M.D., director of the Institute for Sexual Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, found it enhanced clitoral blood flow in rabbits way back in 1998. More recently, a study in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that women treated with Viagra for four weeks reported marked improvement in arousal, orgasm, and sexual enjoyment (side effects were similar to those reported in men). So why aren't women hoarding their partners' pills?

      "Drugs for erectile dysfunction work well for many men because they typically want to have sex but can't," Goldstein explains. "For women there's often a different problem: In many cases what's missing is the desire." A woman's sexuality is more complicated than a man's—big surprise there—which means that boosting desire may require something other than improving circulation. For women, Viagra will likely have a better success rate for lubrication problems than libido problems, since these are less about blood flow and more about hormones and psychology.

      >Estrogen Therapy It's well known that estrogen shortages can lower libido and trigger such problems as vaginal dryness. Events such as childbirth, hysterectomy, and menopause can all cause imbalances, but so can drugs like antidepressants and, ironically, birth control pills. If eliminating problematic prescriptions doesn't correct estrogen imbalances, a woman may need estrogen replacement. For women who've been rattled by the recent controversy over estrogen pills and patches, alternatives include locally applied creams like Premarin and Estrace, and vaginally inserted drugs like Estring and Vagifem.

      >Androgen Therapy Estrogen imbalance isn't even half the problem, explains Goldstein. "There are 10 sex steroids in all, and only three are estrogens; the other seven are androgens, which most people think of as the male sex hormones. We're finding that three out of four women who see us for lack of desire have serious androgen shortages."

      Therapy typically focuses on upping female levels of testosterone. For women, topical formulations are the most common delivery method. Creams have been marketed for men for years, but gels such as Testim and AndroGel get top marks from Goldstein. The big reason: They're more effective and much easier to use. Androgens are also available in pill form—one product, Estratest, combines a type of testosterone with estrogen—but the most exciting news may be the buzz about dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a chemical cousin of estrogen and testosterone. Goldstein's research has found that women who take DHEA show substantial improvements in their self-evaluated sexual performance—though he's quick to warn that women shouldn't take it on their own. "It's sold as a supplement, but DHEA is a drug, and we don't totally understand it yet," explains Goldstein. While side effects of topical and oral testosterone therapy can include weight gain, clitoral enlargement, and unwanted hair growth, DHEA use has been linked to even scarier problems including birth defects and cancer.

      >Talking Cure A wide range of psychological factors, including depression, anxiety, a history of physical and emotional abuse, and an array of interpersonal relationship problems, can drain a woman's interest in sex. "While we never want to say that problems with sex are all in someone's head, the psychological factors are undeniable and may even be more profound in women than they are in men," says Goldstein. That's the reason all of his patients consult with a psychologist as well as a physician—and why anyone who's not enjoying sex should, too.

      >Bottom Line Women may eventually have as many drugs to choose from as their pill-popping partners. But before there's a cure, there has to be research. Think of it as pharmaceutical foreplay. "The really effective medications for men were developed once we understood the physiology of male erections," explains Goldstein. "We won't have a similar answer for women until we have that same understanding of female physiology."

      Melissa Gotthardt is a regular contributor to AARP The Magazine.

  40. QUESTION:
    will having a hysterectomy help control hormonal hair growth?
    You know the unwanted darker hair that seems to grow on the upper thighs, some women have increased chin hair, etc...I am facing this surgery and was just wondering if it will help control the growth since the uterus will be taken out?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think so. Since dark, thick hair growth usually means that you have an increased level of testosterone. Taking a low dose of birth control may do the trick. If you have a hysterectomy you'll be on hormone replacement therapy for your life. I'd try the birth control first. At least for a year.

      It sounds like you have PCOS. Has your doctor spoke to you about it?

      "Acne and extra hair on your face and body can happen if your body is making too much testosterone. All women make testosterone, but if you have PCOS, your ovaries make a little bit more testosterone than they are supposed to. Skin cells and hair follicles are extremely sensitive to the small increases in testosterone found in young women with PCOS."

  41. QUESTION:
    what are the pros and cons of taking estrogen replacement drugs?
    I had a complete hystorectomy two weeks ago and this put me straight into menopause. I have experienced hot flashes and night sweats...im 44 so the doc put me on premarin
    also do u grow hair like a man would when u are in menopause? how long does menopause last?

    • ANSWER:
      You are going to find alot of pros and cons of HRT(Hormone Replacement Therapy) I had a complete hysterectomy at 38 and I'm 46 now. Boy, I have been experimenting alot of HRT. My point of view, the best for me, is estrogen patches. I have tried it all, believe me. I even went to compounded hormones and that was okay. The best for me is the patches. I'm trying to spare you alot of disappointment and weight gain. So this is a suggestion that I'm sharing with you. I hope that I have helped you with your question and you take my advice.

  42. QUESTION:
    How does a hysterectomy affect sexual satisfaction?
    Does having a hysterectomy negatively affect sexual satisfaction?

    • ANSWER:
      Having a hysterectomy can affect sexual satisfaction. A lot depends on whether or not the woman retains her ovaries or if they are removed, how well her gynecologist can adjust her Hormone Replacement Therapy. Some women lose all desire for sex after their surgery. Some have a higher sex drive because sex is no longer painful. Each woman is different.

  43. QUESTION:
    Hormone replacement therapy and feeling sick?
    I am 27 and I have premature ovarian failure and started taking hormone replacement (premarin) a couple weeks ago because of low estrogen levels. I was feeling okay on it at first but the last few days I've felt sick to my stomach and dizzy. What do people feel like on this?? Is this normal?? Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have never taken premarin, but you need to see what the side-affects are. It may be that you cannot take it. It does take awhile for your estrogen levels to build back up, and that maybe why you are now just getting sick and stuff. I would talk with your doctor about your concerns. I take Estratest. which comes in full strength (dark green pill) half strength (light green pill) and never had a problem. I have been taking it for 7 yrs now. I had to have a hysterectomy in 99 and the ovaries where removed in 01. I was 29 when I had the hysterectomy

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do married women after having female surgery show no emotions or willingness to have sex!?
    My wife and I have been married for 25 years. She had a hysterectomy about two years ago. Since that time she does not want any physical contact of any kind hugging, kissing, and absolutely no sex. She thinks that is absolutely gross. It lead to about a 6 month separation but we are back together again. Nothing has changed in that department though. It makes me feel like I am not wanted. I love this woman very much. I need help please help!

    • ANSWER:
      You are in a horrible situation.

      1) after a hysterectomy a women's libido can become nonexistent.

      2) there is a DIRECT link between taking replacement hormones and breast cancer.

      That being said, your wife just may need to be "courted" again. Make her feel beautiful, try to lay off the "sex" part (I know it's been a long time, but if you don't talk about it and still cuddle, love, little kisses without asking for sex, she may relax), talk about what you love about her, pick something out about her (sense of humor, understanding nature, etc..) and brag about it to people when she is around. As women age they tend to feel less attractive and can get depressed, especially in today's world of "younger is better". Make sure she doesn't see you ogle other women (not saying you do).
      If all else fails, talk about going to couple's therapy. You would be surprised what you both learn about each other as well as yourselves. I find it commendable that you say you, "love this women very much". That to me speaks volumes.

      Wishing you both lots of love and luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    I need to hear from women that have had a total abdominal hysterectomy?
    Were you scared? How long did it take you before you could drive? What was the pain like? What did it do to your sex drive? Did it have any psychological effects on you? Were you worried about the anesthesia? I just have so much on my mind about this. Just didn't expect it.

    • ANSWER:
      I was in so much pretty continuous pain from endometriosis that I was looking foreward to having the surgery. After the surgery you need at least 3 weeks with no driving or other activity and up to 6 weeks of limited activity to allow for complete healing. After the first week, the post operative pain can be controlled with plain acetomeniphen. My sex drive was better once I healed because I had no more pain at all and no menses to be a problem. You will need to take hormone replacement therapy of some sort to control the symptoms of menopause. If you have a hobby or craft stuff you enjoy, stock up on supplies before the surgery so you have something quiet to occupy yourself for a few weeks. I made a patchwork babyquilt for my stepdaughter who was pregnant at the time.

  46. QUESTION:
    I had a full hysterectomy and find it hard to stay lubed and even harder to reach an orgasium. What are some h?
    what are some helpful hints to staying lubed and reaching an orgasium as well as finding new g-spots to reach the full pleasures of an O.

    • ANSWER:
      More foreplay and stimulation and a positive mind set are extremely helpful. You may also need some vaginal hormone cream because the vaginal walls tend to thin after a hysterectomy. If you retained your ovaries, you may need some additional hormones. And if you had your ovaries removed, and are not on any hormone replacement therapy, you may want to consider starting it.

  47. QUESTION:
    What does cervical cancer really mean for my sister?
    I dont know anything about the topic and was just told that she has it.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment depends on what stage she has, but the first step is usually a full hysterectomy, including removal of the cervix, followed by some type of chemo.

      Under the assumption that everything goes well, as it did for me, she will have a completely normal life (sex life included!) after surgery and treatment. (treatment can vary greatly in duration.) Not having a cervix makes no difference at all in quality of life in any way... she'll never miss it.

      After treatments etc are complete she will need to continue to go for followup visits every three months for a while, then twice a year until she is fives years cancer free.

      Once you've had a female cancer they don't usually put you on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), so if she isn't at that age already the hysterectomy will cause her to go into immediate menopause, not the gradual kind most women enjoy. Some women like me suffered a lot at first, some not at all, but after a while the symptoms subside and you're good as new.

      I wish your sister a speedy recovery!

  48. QUESTION:
    What will happen after they take out my ovaries?
    I have already had a partial hyst. were they took out my uterus for very complicated reasons. I was 29. Now I am 31 and it seems they will need to also take out my ovaries. I realize that this will create hormonal issues but I'd rather have those than cancer. With that in mind, what can I expect and any suggestions on how to treat those effects? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly, good luck with your op - I hope everything goes well for you :)
      I think you will need HRT (hormone replacement therapy) primarily to replace the oestrogen which is no longer being produced as it is produced by the ovaries. One of the main reasons for that is to prevent early onset of the menopause but seeing as you have already had your uterus removed it wouldn't make a difference to that. However, oestrogen is really important in building up bone density in females and seeing as you're young you may need oestrogen replacement to prevent problems such as osteoporosis from weakened bones. I think there are other reasons too but bone density is the main issue regarding oestrogen.
      Also, you may need testosterone replacement because that too is produced by the ovaries. I don't know what the symptoms of lack of testosterone are (possibly muscle porblems?) But your doctor will talk to you about that.
      Your doctor will talk you through what s/he thinks you will need regarding HRT and it will depend on your body what you will have.
      That's all the stuff I really know about it but I just googled 'HRT for hysterectomy' and it came up with a load of helpful looking sites.

      Good Luck and I hope I have been of some help :)

  49. QUESTION:
    Surgical removal of your uterus and cervix won't bring on menopause if your ovaries are left intact, correct?
    I'm no where near menopause, and nor do I want to be, that is why I'm insisting that my Dr leave my ovaries in when he does the hysterectomy.
    I'm hoping that removing my uterus won't bring on any menopause symptoms...I'm not a canditate for any Hormone Replacement Therapy.
    And my voice won't deepen or I'll start growing facial hair, right? LOL LOL LOL

    • ANSWER:
      I had the procedure you had. It did produce some changes...not the whole change of life thing, but do expect some changes. I had more problems and three years later had one tube and ovaries removed and then the other the next year. I began going through menopause at 45....I too am not a candidate for HRT because I am a Cancer survivor. I just started grow a small amount of facial hair but there is a cream that the Dr prescribes that takes care of that. Everything will be fine. You feel a bit of depression after the hysterectomy but it is normal. We'll keep in touch and you'll do just fine. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
      Peace & Love :)

  50. QUESTION:
    Will I go through early menopause if I get one ovary removed?
    I recently found out that I have a huge ovarian cyst on my left side and that I am going to need surgery ASAP! My gynecologist wants to remove the whole ovary because there is a very small chance that it could be malignant. Is there any possibility that it would cause me to go into early menopause if I keep the right ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Jesus_is.., So sorry for your Medical condition and hope you will feel better soon. that said as to your question Your doctor may conduct an ovary removal, or oophorectomy, as part of a hysterectomy or if you have an abnormal growth. This surgery is often performed by laparoscopy so you can go home the same day or the following day.An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both your ovaries (female reproductive structure responsible for producing eggs and generating hormones). When one ovary is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral oophorectomy, and when both ovaries...Surgical menopause is the removal of a woman's ovaries during surgery. Only the ovaries may be removed, or the woman may have a partial or total hysterectomy. Removing the uterus and fallopian tubes will not cause surgical menopause, only the...If only one ovary is removed, the woman will not go through surgical menopause because there is still another ovary producing hormones.Know Who Needs Surgical Menopause, Women who have ovarian cancer may have their ovaries removed during surgery. Women who suffer from painful fibroid tumors may also opt to have the ovaries surgically removed. Some women who are genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer opt to have their ovaries removed, especially if their sisters or mother have developed breast or ovarian cancer. Mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. If there is a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get genetic testing to find out if you have the mutation.All surgeries have risks that are serious considerations for you. Excessive blood loss, infection and complications from anesthesia are just some of the risks of all surgery. Other complications for removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) include unintentional injury to other internal organs during surgery and intestinal blockages.Predicting Hot Flashes, Yes! You will have all the symptoms of natural menopause after surgery to remove the ovaries. You may experience one or all of these symptoms immediately after surgery including hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, vaginal dryness, diminished sex drive and fatigue, unless you start on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right away. HRT can be in the form of a pill, gel or a patch prescribed in the lowest possible dosage,Understand Hormone Replacement Therapy ,Estrogen Therapy alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer, so most women are given a combination of estrogen and progestin, called Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Hormone Therapy. If you've had a total hysterectomy and the uterus has been removed, you no longer have to worry about uterine cancer. Progestin protects the uterus from cancer, which is why it's combined with estrogen to provide protection against cancer in HRT. Most doctors agree that women should remain on HRT for no more than 5 years. Side effects of HRT can include headaches and breast pain. Some women temporarily gain water weight. More serious side effects of HRT include bleeding, cancer, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Go for regular check ups while you're on HRT, and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual side effects. I hope all these information helped you with more knowledge which will take you from Zero to hero. Good luck best wishes hope you get better soon. Sorry for your problems but you will get better dear hope for the best.


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Alternative Health Remedies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What would an alternative health practitioner want with dental plaque?
    I am a dental hygienist. I had a patient rhe other day that goes to an alternative health clinic. He asked me if he could have some of the plaque/calculus I was scraping off his teeth. He knew it was a strange request, and said that his health practitioner said she wanted a sample of it.

    Now, I am very curious about all facets of the health sciences (dentistry in particular), so of course, I asked him why. He had no idea why, just knew that he was to bring a sample to his next appointment.

    Can anyone tell me why the practitioner would want a sample of dental plaque?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps the practitioner wants to make a homeopathic remedy from it. "Like cures like" you know? Its a cure for dental caries....

      Who knows with alternative medicine crackpots, it could be anything.

      -------
      EDIT: actually it's almost certainly to test for allergies or toxins - using some dubious method to come up with some equally dubious diagnosis...

  2. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for prickly heat rash?
    I don't have any skin conditions such as psoriasis or excema, and I don't have any skin allergies. It's definitely heat rash of some sort. I just get patches of itchy rashes during the summer when it's hot and humid. I have been China for for years and TCM hasn't helped much. Right now the best relief I can get is from taking a hot shower (to open the pores), covering my body with shampoo or other products containing menthol, waiting about five to ten minutes until my whole body tingles. After that I rinse with hot water again (to clean the products chemicals out of my pores), then a cold water rinse to close the pores and cool off. This is usually only temporary relief. I do sweat a lot (more than most people), so I take about three cold showers a day too cool off and clean out the pores. I do refrain from scratching (as I know it makes it worse) during waking hours, but during my sleep, I have involuntary scratching. I am really into alternative health and home remedies. Thanks
    Okay, I have posted this question in several categories and cornstarch or baking soda seem to dominate the home remedy advice. But how do I prepare and apply it to my skin? How long do I keep it on, and should I rinse with hot or cold water? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Gentle hands and a good rub down....lol..That is how you apply it!!! Or should I say how someone else would apply it for you.....
      You have a sense of haha and so do I...gottchaaaaaaa!!

      Hope you are getting control of this thing..I had it one summer and I know what it is all about....

  3. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for prickly heat rash?
    I don't have any skin conditions such as psoriasis or excema, and I don't have any skin allergies. It's definitely heat rash of some sort. I just get patches of itchy rashes during the summer when it's hot and humid. I have been China for for years and TCM hasn't helped much. Right now the best relief I can get is from taking a hot shower (to open the pores), covering my body with shampoo or other products containing menthol, waiting about five to ten minutes until my whole body tingles. After that I rinse with hot water again (to clean the products chemicals out of my pores), then a cold water rinse to close the pores and cool off. This is usually only temporary relief. I do sweat a lot (more than most people), so I take about three cold showers a day too cool off and clean out the pores. I do refrain from scratching (as I know it makes it worse) during waking hours, but during my sleep, I have involuntary scratching. I am really into alternative health and home remedies. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Prickly heat is a common condition in which areas of the skin itch intensely and often feel prickly, or sting, due to overheating. Also called heat rash prickly heat looks like tiny bumps surrounded by an area of red skin. It usually occurs on clothed parts of the body, such as the back, abdomen, neck, upper chest, groin or armpits and goes away on its own within a few days. In severe forms, however, prickly heat can interfere with the body's heat-regulating mechanism and cause fever, heat exhaustion and even death.

      Prickly heat occurs most often in hot, humid conditions, but you may develop it in cool weather if you are overdressed. The condition usually appears a few days to a few months after exposure to a hot, humid environment. It's most common in infants. Newborns are particularly vulnerable to prickly heat because their sweat ducts are not mature, which makes it easier for the beads of moisture to be trapped.

      Symptoms:
      * Small, itchy red bumps on the skin
      * Prickly, stinging or burning sensation in the affected area

      # Try to avoid scratching, for this may introduce germs into the deeper layers of the skin.
      # Wear cool, light clothing and abstain from alcoholic drinks.
      # Oatmeal baths twice a day may also relieve the itch.
      # Drink plenty of water during hot weather.
      # Keep the skin clean and avoid the use of harsh soaps.
      # Gently wash skin with soft gauze and lukewarm water and pat on a mixture of one part alcohol to three parts boiled water after cooled.
      # Make a compress by dipping a washcloth in a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda per cup of cool water. Apply to the rash for five to ten minutes. Do this four or five times a day.
      # Avoid overdressing. Allow Skin to breathe. Avoid heavy moisturizers.
      # Dress your baby sensibly, preferably in layers that can be peeled away as conditions change and you'lllikely avoid the problem altogether.
      # Remove some clothing, take her into an air-conditioned room or sit her in a tub of tepid water.
      # Wear loose, lightweight clothing. Dust the affected area with cornstarch.
      # Avoid sweating by staying in a cool environment.
      # Apply paste of gram flour and then a cold-water bath after sometime. It will give relief.
      # Prepare a mixture by adding 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder, 1-teaspoon coriander seeds (dhania) powder, 1 teaspoon nagarmusta (Cyperus scariosus) powder and rose/cold water to make paste. Mix them well and apply on the body. Leave it on for an hour and then take cold-water bath.
      # The paste made of powdered bark of pipal tree and finely powdered brick is applied on the affected parts all over the body.
      # The powder of sandalwood dusted all over the body is effective in giving relief in prickly heat.
      # The paste made of the seeds of jambul and applied over the body is effective in treating prickly heat.
      # Persons suffering from prickly heat should avoid heavy garments and try to expose the affected area to air.
      # Dissolve Fuller's earth (Multani mitti) in water to make a thin paste. It should be smeared over the affected parts. When the paste dries, wash with cold water.
      # Apply green henna ground in water on the affected skin.
      # Grind leaves of neem in water and apply on the affected skin.
      # Take a small piece of sandalwood and rub it into a paste on a stone with rose water. Mix a pinch of powdered alum to the paste and apply to the affected skin twice or thrice a week depending upon the condition of prickly heat.
      # Leave babies nappy off as often as possible.

      Gently wash skin with soft gauze and lukewarm water and pat on a mixture of one part alcohol to three parts boiled water after cooled. Dust with Talcum powder Or, use baking soda in a little water than dust with talcum.

      Soak away the itch. To counter the itching that accompanies prickly heat, add some baking soda or a colloidal oatmeal product such as Aveeno Bath Treatment to a tub of tepid water or make your own oatmeal bath. A good soak will soothe the skin and take away the itching.

      Try a cool compress. While a thin coating of mild, water-based moisturizing lotion may help stop the itching, cool compresses sometimes work better. Make a compress by dipping a washcloth in a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda per cup of cool water. Apply to the rash for five to ten minutes. Do this four or five times a day.

      If your child is older and is extremely uncomfortable, give him/her an antihistamine such as children's Benadryl. ( Be sure to read package directions to make certain the product is recommended for your child's age. For the correct dosage, follow package directions or consult your physician.) Kids are much more sensitive to itchiness at night, and more likely to scratch the rash, which can lead to infection

      Prevention:
      Avoid overdressing.
      Allow Skin to breathe
      Avoid heavy moisturizers. Tender newborn skin tends to be dry and in need of moisturizing. But heavy, oil-based creams can be a problem. 'Moisturize with a light, water-based lotion instead.

  4. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for prickly heat rash?
    I don't have any skin conditions such as psoriasis or excema, and I don't have any skin allergies. It's definitely heat rash of some sort. I just get patches of itchy rashes during the summer when it's hot and humid. I have been China for for years and TCM hasn't helped much. Right now the best relief I can get is from taking a hot shower (to open the pores), covering my body with shampoo or other products containing menthol, waiting about five to ten minutes until my whole body tingles. After that I rinse with hot water again (to clean the products chemicals out of my pores), then a cold water rinse to close the pores and cool off. This is usually only temporary relief. I do sweat a lot (more than most people), so I take about three cold showers a day too cool off and clean out the pores. I do refrain from scratching (as I know it makes it worse) during waking hours, but during my sleep, I have involuntary scratching. I am really into alternative health and home remedies. Thanks
    Okay, I have posted this question in several categories and cornstarch seems to be dominate home remedy. But how do I prepar and apply it to my skin? How long do I keep it on, and should I rinse with hot or cold water? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Cornstartch----Just apply groove!!! with cotton balls a feather whatever..Hope this helps..It will stay on!! and if you shower...reapply

      Treatment

      The rash itself may be treated with topical antipruritics (itch relievers). Preparations containing aloe, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, and similar ingredients are available commercially. Even more effective, particularly for widespread itching in hot weather, are cool baths with corn starch and/or oatmeal (about 0.5 lb [224 g] of each per bathtub-full).

      Dermatologists can peel off the upper layers of skin using a special ultraviolet light. This will remove the plugs and restore sweating, but is not necessary in most cases.

      Much more important, however, is to realize that the body cannot cool itself adequately without sweating. Careful monitoring for symptoms of heat disease is important. If they appear, some decrease in the ambient temperature must be achieved by moving to the shade, taking a cool bath or shower, or turning up the air conditioner.

  5. QUESTION:
    If alternative medicine does not work, than why are governments around the world tying to outlaw herbs?
    Seems like the pharmaceutical industry has competition with alternative health, and now the pharmaceutical companies are demanding governments to ban alternative medicine.

    Here is a video explaining it http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/408.html

    So what do you guys think about governments banning alternative medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      Herbs and herbal treatments don't cause as great a percentage of death and serious injury as conventional medicine in the western world, however there certainly is room for improvement and the system is potentially dangerous. Proper regulation giving guarentees of the quality and safety of the product would certainly be very welcome and give quodos and legitimacy to the profession.
      It is indeed a multibillion dollar industry.
      In the UK there is a move toward proper regulation so that only registered herbalists do consultations and administer the herbs (currently anyone can buy them in a health food store and ask advice on how to take them from a 16 year old shop assistant on the minimum wage).

      In New Zealand big pharma have lobied the government and is in the process of stoping any altmed therapists or therapies advertising what they can treat unless there are substantial randomised controlled trials confirming the efficacy of the therapy or claims.

      In short this means that herbalists can still sell creams and lotions which people can use to treat _________ but they are not allowed to put on the label what it can be used to treat.

      A patient can still have a chat with the herbalist, homeopath, whatever and ask them what remedy would be good and can buy it on their advice but the practitioner would not be allowed to advertise it as being suitable for that.

      I'm not sure how this would affect the practice I work in as we have very little advertising and most of our business is from word of mouth. If we had a website (which we don't) we may just have to register it on a domain not using an NZ address.

      If this ever goes live it would be interesting to see some test cases going through the courts.
      Many conventional medicines haven't had the extensive testing that some of them have and of any drug administered if it was given to a big enough group of people it is likely that a number of them would not find the drug effective for their symptoms. So by the same rational would pharma be allowed to advertise a drug as being an effective treatment for _____ if it didn't work for some of the poeple that used it?

  6. QUESTION:
    Will alternative care practitioners have a case for an antitrust lawsuit?
    Their patients will be forced to buy mandatory health insurance, but that health insurance will not cover their care.

    This will result in fewer patients being able to afford care from alternative health practitioners, since their patients will be impoverished by the required health insurance.

    Is this designed to drive alternative health care practitioners out of business?

    • ANSWER:
      This depends on what the government and insurance companies decide is alternative care. For example Chiropractors are licensed in all 50 states.
      However, licensing does not mean that insurance companies are mandated to cover it.
      The current situation is of course that most alternative practitioners are not licensed or regulated and are also not covered by insurance.
      I would not expect that any insurance would cover any practices not established and regulated.

      Unfortunately, this is just another example of what happens when Americans try to quick fix (like we do everything else) a comprehensive health care system rather than studying those that already exist and trying to eliminate some of their weaknesses and keep their strengths.
      For example England commonly prescribes herbal remedies that are covered by their National Health Service.

      I personally would like to see where consumers had choices including complementary medicine coverage (at least where it has been tested and shown effective).

      Ah but to dream

      Psiexploration

  7. QUESTION:
    Why is alternative medicine dismissed as quack science?
    Mainstream medicine & peer reviewed medicine consider alternative remedies as fraudulent with no evidence to back it up with.

    Yet, with natural remedies, I can cure a cold in 3 days or less. With antibiotics, prescribed drugs, OTC, cough drops, I have hacking cough & congestion for @ least 3 weeks.

    Do you agree that Mainstream peer reviewed medicine is all about business & marketing, & they don't care about healing?

    I've been researching Dr. Hulda Clark, Dr. Leonard Coldwell, Dr. Credo Mutwa, Dr. Weston A. Price, Dr. Francis Pottenger Dr. Gary Null, Dr. Berard, Dr. Frank Jerome & others. People say they're all quacks & frauds.

    Tell me why so many Naturopathic doctors are getting imprisoned or killed for providing a CURE!

    Dr. Clark financed her OWN research, & she didn't hesitate to GIVE her books away for FREE. She was very generous & didn't care about money or profit.

    Not trying to sound like ranting, but please give me your input, so I can further my research.

    Also, look @ websites, like

    http://whale.to
    http://educate-yourself.org
    http://thebodyscience.net
    http://rawfoodexplained.net
    http://shirleyswellnesscafe.com

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, big pharma: the pharmaceutical industry wants you to believe that only their drugs work, so they brainwash the population with ads and other methods to believe in their drugs.
      Secondly, the health care industry: they depend on people getting sick and coming back for those illnesses--they also are instructed to perform--by hospitals annnd big pharma because big pharma often endorses their services by providing their drugs for a huge discount rate. Hospital administrators depend on the pharmarceutical industry because of their scholarship programs for educating them---so in essence you can say that big pharma controls what's happening in the health care industry......it is a cycle where each one depends on the other for support and in exchange for that they have to do something.

      I told my ENT doctor that I am taking a homeopathic remedy for my ear problem and he asked me if it worked for me. I could honestly tell him that it had gotten better. He told me that the reason why alternative medicine is not recommended is the fact that most of those remedies have not been studied, but I found that to be untrue. A lot of natural remedies have been studied in other countries and are used there as a first line of defense--which is how medicine should be practiced. Prescription drugs should be the last resort--it's the same with surgeries. In Germany for example, is peppermint approved for medical use(it soothes the stomach and relieves headaches). Acupuncture is also approved for some medical use, so is passion flower and dandelion. The Israelis had a study done on the decalcifying effect of pommegranate juice, and in Thailand they did a study on pommegranate extract and it's effects on t dental treatment. In Canada they studied the effects of diet cranberry juice on obese men---do I need to go on? The only country where they don't conduct these studies seems to be the U.S.

      In the UK homeopathy is still the first line of defense. In Germany people go to their pharmarcy to get counseled on what they can try for their ailments(and only if it is a serious one or natural stuff doesn't work do they go to the doctor)---you know, I do know firsthand that alternative medicine works and that it sometimes works faster than prescription drugs: I experienced the healing power of aloe vera when I burnded my hand. I relieved tinnitus with a homeopathic remedy, and recently I discovered that activated charcoal is a better solution for bile reflux than the prescription medication I was given......I think I'll stick to alternative medicine whenever possible to avid the side effects of prescription drugs, even though insurance will not pay for any natural remedies....

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a doctor who will prescribe me herbs for anxiety?
    I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I don't even know where to start. I don't want to go to an herb shop either. I am willing to invest in a certified alternative health care practitioner. I need the right dosage and the right product for my panic and anxiety...I do not want to order from the internet!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you might need some Homeopathy and Bach Flower therapy:

      "Homeopathy and Flower Essences

      Homeopathy is a system of natural healing that mines the subtle energies of natural substances. A classical homeopath chooses one remedy at a time to slowly release the subtle imbalances underlying physical disease. It is especially useful for emotional, mental and behavioral patterns that are difficult to address with standard medicine. Homeopathy can also be used at home to address daily disturbances. Although remedies are believed to be non-toxic, it is wise to restrict self-treatment to low potencies.

      Edward Bach (1886-1936), a British physician, developed the first system of flower essences, now called Bach Flower Remedies, which are dilutions that are either squirted in the mouth or sipped in water. These subtle, non-toxic remedies are used primarily to address mental and emotional states. Because of their safety and simplicity of use, they are well-suited for self-help and for psychotherapy. In recent years, other systems of indigenous flower essences have been developed in the U.S. Both homeopathy and flower essences are deemed too subtle to interact adversely with prescription medicines. "

      Check:
      http://www.bachremedies.com/

      I found the following practitioners in Atlanta:

      Madhavi Kasam BHMS
      Georgia Classical Homoeopathy
      400 Lahontan Pass
      Atlanta, GA 30024
      (770)622-0588
      Website: www.homoeo.com
      Email: madhavi@homoeo.com

      Milton Fried, M.D.
      4426 Tilly Mill Road
      Atlanta, GA 30360 USA
      Phone: (770) 451-8492

      William E. Richardson, M.D.
      Atlanta Clinic of Preventive Medicine
      1718 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 360
      Atlanta, GA 30309 USA
      Phone: (404) 670-0570
      Fax: (404) 607-0871
      Email: acpmdoc@bellsouth.net
      Website: www.acpm.net

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to cover up both the bad smell and taste of vinegar when it's used in salad dressings?
    Recently, I was given an alternative health "recipe" that simply put apple cider vinegar, honey, and garlic together. It could be used as a salad dressing, but OH!.. What a putrid smell!! I've always had a problem with both the taste and smell of vinegar, but the medicinal benefits of it are extremely important, for the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions. If anyone out there has a simple way to cover up, or eradicate both the putrid smell and taste, without neutralizing the nutritional benefit, it sure would be appreciated! This is the "miracle home remedy" that has been seen circulating in alternative health areas, in recent years, but if you can't get it past your nose, then it won't do much good!

    • ANSWER:
      listerean strips at the store are good to cover anything

  10. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative health remedy solutions that miraculously work for you?
    Curious to hear..
    ie: I like to use a mix of tea tree, lavender, jojoba oil, water, and Cetaphil as face wash

    • ANSWER:
      I make Lipton Green tea and put it on my face then rub an ice cube over my face after wards, curses acne. I also put it on keloid bumps that were on my cartilage piercing, those bumps are completely gone now. If I have a cut I like to put petroleum jelly on it so it won't scare. But I think a lot of people do that...

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative health remedy solutions that miraculously work for you?
    Curious to hear..
    ie: I like to use a mix of tea tree, lavender, jojoba oil, water, and Cetaphil as face wash.

    • ANSWER:
      I always have the following essential oils on hand not just for their beautiful aroma's but also their practical uses:-

      Tea tree - Tea tree as ït's a strong medicinal aroma reflects its powerful bacterial and
      virus busting properties, although its action is also very gentle. Tea tree can be added to a carrier oil for skin conditions, or even to a foot bath for feet infections.

      Lavender - A wonderfully versatile oil, but best known for its relaxant properties.
      Can be used to soothe and heal minor cuts, insect bites, or burns. Add a few drops to a bowl of warm water and use to wash minor cuts or grazes. A drop inhaled from a tissue or on a pillow can aid restful sleep. Add to the bath at the end of a stressful day or rub a drop into the temples for a headache.

      Eucalyptus - Wonderful for respiratory conditions, add eucalyptus to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam to help clear a stuffy head. Or add to a carrier oil and massage into chest and back. Put a few drops on a damp cloth and use to wipe over door handles, light switches and other areas to reduce the spread of colds.

      Rosemary - Stimulating to the mind and memory, rosemary is great for mental fatigue. It is also good for the hair - add to a carrier oil and use as a scalp massage for dry, flaky or out of condition hair.

      Peppermint - Add a few drops to a tissue and inhale to help relive nausea, travel sickness or headaches. Or add to a footbath for hot tired feet.

      Hope this helps

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment and preventative for Sinusitis?
    I do the mind if answers alternative remedy open to all answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Sinusitis is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, which may or may not be as a result of infection, from bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic or autoimmune issues.

      Therapeutic measures range from the medicinal to the traditional and may include nasal irrigation or jala neti using a warm saline solution, analgesics (such as aspirin, paracetamol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen), hot drinks including tea and chicken soup, inhaling steam, over-the-counter decongestants and nasal sprays, and getting plenty of rest. If sinusitis doesn't improve within 48 hours, or is causing significant pain, one should see a doctor, who may prescribe antibiotics or nasal steroids. If the recommended doses and duration of antibiotic treatment(s) are ineffective, one should reconsult a doctor; who may suggest further treatment by a specialist.

      Nasal irrigation and flush promotes sinus cavity health, and patients with chronic sinusitis including symptoms of facial pain, headache, halitosis, cough, anterior rhinorrhea (watery discharge) and nasal congestion found nasal irrigation to be "just as effective at treating these symptoms as the drug therapies.

  13. QUESTION:
    Bias against the natural approach to health?
    Why do you think the medical community has an axe to grind against the natural approach to health?

    (herbal remedies, holistic pracitioners, midwives etc)

    Please excuse the spelling errors, its early!

    • ANSWER:
      Because they have no ways to cash in on it.
      That's also why we hear the health care community condemning natural alternatives as being 'unsafe' in order to make what they do and the drugs they push look better.
      And it's sad how too many people fall for their antics and actually join in on tooting that biased horn.
      Natural remedies and methods are much safer than any medical intervention or prescription drug on the market.
      It's very unfortunate b/c they claim to care for our health, yet money is much more important.

  14. QUESTION:
    What Alternative Remedies are out there for chronic back pain?
    I have had surgery on L5-S1 and now my surgeon wants to do a fusion. I am tired of taking all these narcotic medications to function everyday. I am looking for any pain remedy or reliever for chronic pain. An alternative to narcotics, Much thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      I have a stress fracture and nerve impingement between my L5/S1 as well. I have a lot of back pain as well as radiating nerve pain down my leg. Have you ever had a steroid shot in your spine....a nerve block? That might help you.

      For the nerve pain, I found an exercise that REALLY helps! Visit this link and look at figure 19...that's was saved me from my pain.
      http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/exercise-sciatic-pain-piriformis-syndrome

      Also, just lying on your back with your knees up to your chest daily can help. I found that I must stretch every single day whether I need it or not to prevent pain. Getting to a place without pain is difficult, but once you achieve that it must be maintained through daily stretching. It won't heal your pain in one day, but over time it will help.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can acupuncter and other alternative remedies help with acne?
    Looking for remedies for healthy skin other than harsh topical treatments and prescription drugs.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about acupuncture, but there are some great natural methods that help with acne. As a spot treatment, tea tree oil works great! I used benzoyl peroxide, and it harmed my skin badly, then I switched to tea tree oil and I'm really happy with the results. As a cleanser, some people use sulfur based cleanser, or cleansers with tea tree oil or green tea. Personally, I use Cetaphil because is very gentle and doesn't have too much chemicals. As a moisturizer, I use jojoba oil. It helps controlling the oil production and it also helps with the red and brown marks. As a scrub, baking soda does a great job and as a toner, some use apple cider vinegar diluted in water and apply it with a cotton ball.

      This website has a great message board in which you can read more about natural methods that help fight acne:
      http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Nutrition-and-Holistic-health-f16.html

      Hope this helps!

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my itchy, burning vaginal disharge without going to a doctor?
    I've had this problem for a while. My discharge is so acidic that it scalds the inside of my thighs I cannot afford to go to a clinic nor can I go to the emergency room. We don't have any free clinics here in Brentwood, NY.

    The "nearest" hospital is nearly 16 miles away. And I don't drive. I do not qualify for medicaid and I can't afford to buy health insurance. Any alternative remedies for my problem will be greatly appreciated.
    Their prices are so high that I would have to use my entire paycheck to pay a doctor. I can't do that.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, I didn't got to the doctor or the emergency for my vaginal problem either. Money and insurance is also a problem fo me. Here is what i did to solve my problem. I went to the stor and bought some cheap Hydrocortisone Cream 1% Anti ich cream for the outer part and put it on 3-4 times a day. Just a smal amount will do. I went to the Vitamin Store and bout something from there. They keep it in the fridge. It is called Gy-Na.Tren. It is safe, effective and natural beneficial flora L. acidolpilus, NAS super strain in veggie and gelitain capsules for yeast overgrowth. It has two 14-capsule bottles, ome you take orally and the othe vaginally. It works I am sure of it.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I become a holistic health practitioner?
    I am interested in becoming a holistic health practitioner. I need to know how to do that. Do I need to become a nurse first? I would like to have the knowledge of a doctor but not prescribe meds. Is this possible. What type of schooling should I do? I am not completely against medicine. I just want to be more natural. Someone help me out here?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Dear, I am a current medical student and I am also interested in holistic medicine, so you may want to consider these options:

      1)Ayurvedic Medicine
      Key Points
      * The aim of Ayurveda is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness.
      * In Ayurvedic philosophy, people, their health, and the universe are all thought to be related. It is believed that health problems can result when these relationships are out of balance.
      * In Ayurveda, herbs, metals, massage, and other products and techniques are used with the intent of cleansing the body and restoring balance. Some of these products may be harmful when used on their own or when used with conventional medicines.
      * Before you seek care from an Ayurvedic practitioner, ask about the practitioner's training and experience.
      * Tell your health care providers about any complementary and alternative practices you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.
      (http://nccam.nih.gov/health/ayurveda/)

      2)Naturopathic Medicine:
      Naturopathic medicine (also known as naturopathy) is a complementary and alternative medicine. Naturopathic practice may include different modalities such as manual therapy, hydrotherapy, herbalism, acupuncture, counseling, environmental medicine, aromatherapy, orthomolecular medicine, nutritional counseling, homeopathy, and chiropractic. Practitioners emphasize a holistic approach to patient care. Naturopathy has its origins in a variety of world medicine practices, including the Ayurveda of India and Nature Cure of Europe. [1] It is practiced in many countries but subject to different standards of regulation and levels of acceptance.
      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturopathic_medicine)

      3)DO (doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
      -There are only two types of medical doctors in America - MDs and DOs. They are both surgeons/physicians, have the same specialties/residencies/salaries/responsibilties.

      So whats the difference? DOs take extra classes in osteopathic manipulative medicine on top of the MD curriculum. DOs also emphasize holistic medicine (ie. DOs are trained to treat the "whole person" and not just symptoms).

      In DO medical school, students are trained to pay attention to body,mind, spiritual, socioeconomic, pscyhological, family history etc etc of the patient. However, in today's world, DOs are basically MDs and MDs are basically DOs. The only difference is philosophy

      1)Ayurvedic school admissions: I am not sure
      2)Naturopathic medicine: 8 years after high school (4 years undergrad and 4 years of Naturopathic school)
      3)DO/MD medical schools: 11 years after high school is the minimum (4 years in undergrad, 4 years in medical school, 3-7 years of residency)

      Note: you can still practice holistic medicine even with MD/DO training. For example, you can incoroporate acupuncture, herbal remedies, message etc etc in your normal practice.

      Medical Student, D.O.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there a Alternative Cure Nature Remedy Health Therapy CENTER in Mumbai India for Healing Chronic Disease?
    In Diseases like Heart Disease, Coronary Blockades, Slip Disc, Low Backache, Knee Arthritis & Pain, Gastric Ulcer, Impotence, Sexual Weakness, Insomnia, Depression, Conventional Allopathic treatment is of little use. In many cases there are remedies to avoid surgery which depend on Natures Way & Naturopathy healing. Are there any such Centers in Mumbai or India? I am fed up of these medical doctors!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is a New Center in Bombay, i.e. Mumbai which is doing good work in most of the above listed Chronic Disease. 'ALTERNATIVE CURE INDIA' They have centers in Opera House South Mumbai and Andheri Suburbs.
      They can be contacted at 9820496752 or at specialop@hotmail.com
      They have an informative website which you may visit
      Their website is
      http://alternativecureindia.tripod.com/
      Our family members have been sucessfully treated without surgery for Heart Artery Coronary Blockage and for Slip Disc without Open Heart Bypass surgery or Disc surgery.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the best alternative boils treatment available?
    I've tried everything on the market I think. I've heard that alternative medicines may have the answer.
    Are there any alternative or homeopathic boils treatment options out there that actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      Boils are a result of a poor immune system. They are infections, lodged deep under the skin, usually caused by some foreign object (like a hair or piece of wood or something) lodged under the skin.
      Bacteria finds the opening in the skin and attacks. If the immune system can't fight it, the infection festers and you end up with a boil.
      There are some very effective remedies for getting rid of and for preventing boils. Here is a Website: http://www.health-news-reports.com/Boils/BoilsTreatment.php that explains it pretty well and provides suggestions for alternative medicine boils treatment.

  20. QUESTION:
    Traditional and alternative health services for people suffering from stress?
    Where traditional health services are those that society believes to be effective and rely largely on medications and operations.

    Whereas alternative health services are those that rely less on drugs and medical procedures.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure if you are asking for opinions about whether one is better than the other or what the forms of these are. I'll give it my best shot.

      There are medications one can take for stress. Sometimes that is the only way people will let themselves be treated. I have read in some of the medical literature that people get antsy and upset when their doctor suggests that maybe they need to seek out the services of a psychiatrist or therapist. They'll take the pills over talk therapy.

      Therapy has been shown to be just as helpful as medication in dealing with stress and depression. Sometimes people need the extra help from medication, but when used in conjunction with therapy, people seem to do better long-term.

      Therapy, esp. for stress, involves a person learning what things cause stress, determining how the body reacts, and learning ways to not get so stressed. Since that doesn't involve medication, that might be alternative health, but the two are happening more in tandem all the time.

      As for alternative medicine, even herbs and remedies that people take are medicines of some kind. Food is a medicine. Acupuncture can be great for stress. Yoga is very effective as well. Physical exercise is a good remedy for stress. Alternative medicine also requires a person to relearn ways to live...how to eat and drink, what to eat and drink, examining one's life to see what needs to change.

      I think it can be very difficult to choose one approach over the other. They both have their place and can be very helpful when applied judiciously.

      I hope this makes sense.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between pseudo-scientific claims and alternative medicines?
    If there are no difference how come some say pseudoscience and others say alternative medicine? Also extra question (sorry): where did ear candling/ cloning originate from? Any website sources would help :) thanks you very much xx

    • ANSWER:
      1. pseudo-scientific claims---comment by close minded qualified doctors just out of professional jealousy and human ego .

      2. alternative medicines-All medical systems other than allopathy. Time tested and utilized by our predecessors, most successfully, for more than 5000 years.

      Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies, [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] U can have sizable & perceivable relief in 45-90 days. @ no/affordable costs, No side effects, and No Hospitalization.

      3. But, what a patient of this day wants? Total cure with no side effects. Allopathy is an evidence based science contributed for the longevity-life span to increase from 32 years [1942] to 65+ years[2012].

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why is there strict limitations on how often to take a specific herbal remedy?
    For example, I looked at Xzen 1200 on this site. It notes below that it is a non-perscription dietary supplement which provides nutrients to the male reproductive system and kidneys. It says it can also be used regularly as a nutritional supplement. Than below it says only use once per 3 or 4 days, and consult with a physician before using it.

    http://www.alternative-health-supplements.com/xzen-1200.htm

    • ANSWER:
      There's the reason for overdosing. although it's an herb there are side effects that can occur. especially with those sexual herbs; increased heart rate, more nitro oxide in blood stream.

      There's the reason for taking too much and the body throwing it off, therefore a waste of money using more and not being utilized.

      There's the risk of your body becoming immune to it and causing the snowballing effect. that'swhere you use a little and a little+more and your body becomes "addicted" to having to have more for it to work.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for soothing mental illness?
    I just ordered some "mind soothe" and I am looking for other suggestions for aroma therapy, massage, meditation, etc. And how any alternative medicine works for you. I'm trying to take some ownership on helping to get myself to feel better, feel more in charge of this and I'm hoping you can help!

    • ANSWER:
      Why soothe when you can cure it.

      Start the omega 3 diet.I have researched omega 3 acids for 2 years and performed a very successful experiment on myself and few of my volunteer friends.Few months of the omega 3 diet it significantly reduced stress[and/or cured depression] problems permanently and significantly raised my intelligence,improved memory,sight,reflexes[and many other known and unknown benefits]and without any drugs or supplements in the form of pills.

      Take two table spoons of grinded flaxseed[rich with omega 3 and cheap]a day[with a glass of water] and in a few months you will start to notice significant improvement in your mental health[you will become more psychologically stable,among other things].Use a coffee grinder.Whole seeds cannot be digested by the hydrochloric acid in our stomach only grinded seeds.A fact and not a assumption.You have nothing to loose only gain by it.There are many articles on the internet about the omega 3.2 years ago before i started the diet i did not feel so stable or happy how i feel today.

      Flax is the best source of ALA omega 3 fatty acid which our body converts to more important fatty acids called DHA and EPA.For the efficient conversion to take place,foods containing a large amount of the following nutrients must be consumed along with the flaxseed:C,B3,B6 [vitamins],zink and Magnesium [minerals].I recommend 3 table spoons of flax with 100 grams[or more if to your liking] of almonds and/or 250g of green peas,1 kiwi every day.[do not take more then 3 table spoons of flax because large amounts can cause intestinal gases which can cause abdominal pain and/or constipation.If three spoons causes abdominal discomfort lower the dosage to 2 table spoons of grinded flax and elevate it to 3 table spoons after your body adapts to high fiber content].

      The information in the following link should provide you with the nutritional facts of most if not all known fruits and

      vegetables:http://www.nutritiondata.com

      If you are consistent with this diet you will gain permanent emotional stability and you will realize your unlimited potential because your brain will receive what it needs to continue its evolution.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is a natural alternative to having a child vaccinated?
    Surely a jab of an unknown concoction isn't the answer. I would like to hear from anybody that has used natural remedies and it either been successful or unsuccessful in immunising their child.

    • ANSWER:
      There are literally a ton of things you can do to boost your child's immune system. My wife has been studying natural food alternatives for quite awhile, and I am amazed at the things she has told me. And frankly, a perfectly good strong immune system isn't generally going to get sick with some of the stuff that you supposedly need to be immunized for, and I know personally of too many horror stories where vaccines have messed a kid up for life (including my own daughter who to this day struggles in school (she's 11 now), and whose problems began the very day she got her 6mo vaccines as a kid (I was watching for it because I didn't know whether to believe the horror stories or not - to say I was livid with rage afterwards is an understatement.... I still get a twitchy about it.... Anyway...)

      Keep your kid away from four things - and yourself too, and you will just plain simply live healthier. No aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, no phosphoric acid based pops, and no hydrogenated/hydrolyzed/partiallyhydrogenated vegetable oils of any sort. All four things are slow poisons to the body and interfere with good immune system functioning. It's like with smoking though. One cigarette isn't going to kill you, but a pattern of smoking, or intaking these four listed items, will eventually cause you serious health problems and/or potential death.

      As for putting your kid in a public school someday that requires the vaccines, most states have a religious or ethical opt-out form that you can fill out and file with the school instead (or go private or homeschool). And if there just flat isn't any way around it, then at least separate out the combination vaccines into individual ones spaced a month or two apart- that seems to limit their damage a little bit, but why even go there?

      Hope this helps...

  25. QUESTION:
    What home remedies did people use during the dust bowl?
    If you can provide any links or works that would be great too. I'm looking for alternative medicines that families during the dust bowl migration used to try and cure diseases and illnesses.

    • ANSWER:
      My grandmother told me that she and the family used to use molded bread on a sore to cure it. The molded bread has the penicillin in it and will cure anything! Also, some used a slice of lemon on a cut to stop the bleeding as lemon has something natural in it to stop bleeding! Garlic was used too for everyday good health!

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the alternatives for the heart failure drug, Coreg?
    My mother has had some issues arise with her health, since beginning the use of Coreg. Her white bone marrow cells are dropping and she is showing a loss in her kidney functions. Also she is showing in her blood work that anemia is creeping up on her. She is acting as if she may be allergic to this medication. Mom has reacted to Lumigan(which is also a beta blocker). Within six months of using lumigan, she was nearly blind in her. Her eye Dr. Put her on a different medication and the sight came back. She is allergic to the beta blocker(lumigan). after reasearching the beta blocker, coreg, I now see the possibility of her being allergic to the heart failure drug,Coreg.
    We will be seeing her Dr. in a couple of days and would like a suggestion as to what might replace the Coreg should the Dr. agree that this is possible.

    • ANSWER:
      There are more people dying from prescription drugs than you are allowed to read about.

      Had you mentioned why your mother was using Coreg, I could point you in the direction of Natural Physicians Healing Therapies which are proven remedies that Medical Doctors don't know about or don't use.

      There are pressure points all over the body that can clear up blocked points that control the well being of the heart and other bodily organs.

      There are countless vitamins and home remedies that work but the Major Drug Company talking points put all that down as hog wash.

      Try reading:
      Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You To Know About by Kevin Trudeau ... this book tells you about those "natural cures" that are already common knowledge.

      By the way, I am not a radical, I am a realist, and in case you haven't figured it out yet, . . . . . . .It's all about the money.

      Darryl S.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedies encyclopedia?
    I want to find out your opinion of what you think the best natural remedies encyclopedia is and why?

    • ANSWER:
      I love the Natural Remedies Encyclopedia

      You can get it at:
      http://arukah.com/natural-remedies-encyclopedia/index.html

      We use it for almost EVERYTHING. I healed myself of a terrible migraine that the doctors could NOT figure out even after spending about 00 on hospital bills!!! Here's the product description:

      "America's Master Book of Home Remedies"

      Vance Ferrell, Harold M. Cherne, M.D.

      "GUARDING THE HOME FOR YEARS TO COME"

      SIXTH EDITION - COMPLETE REVISED AND EXPANDED, 900-PAGE ONE VOLUME ENCYCLOPEDIA
      OVER 11,000 INEXPENSIVE, NATURAL, DRUGLESS HOME REMEDIES
      COVERING OVER 730 DISEASES HELPING YOUR FAMILY FOR A LIFETIME - FOR THE PRICE OF ONE DOCTOR VISIT
      PRESCRIPTIONS FROM NATURE'S STOREHOUSE
      HERITAGE EDITION

      PRACTICAL, LOW-COST THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES.

      THE BEST FOLK REMEDIES OF EARLIER GENERATIONS COMBINED WITH MODERN MEDICAL AND NUTRITIONAL FACTS

      "If the United States is to be saved from catastrophic health-care costs, it is time to take a good look at the wisdom and cost-effectiveness of alternative medicine." --John R. Lee, M.D.

      BASIC PRINCIPLES

      Caring for the Sick - Rebuilding Health - Dietetic and Nutritional Principles - The Eight Laws of Health - Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Special Foods, and Other Nutrients - 126 Most Important Herbs - Poultices - Essential Oils - Complete Water Therapy Manual - Hydrotherapy Index

      HOME CARE FOR NEARLY 730 DISEASES

      Fevers - Skin Extremeties - Head and Throat - Gastro-intestinal - Urinary - Respiratory - Cardiovascular - Neuro-Mental - Skeletal-Muscular - Endocrine - Lymphatics - Bites - Allergies - Infestations - Tumors - Poisoning - Addictions - Cancer - Men's Problems

      SPECIAL WOMEN'S SECTIONS

      Women's Reproductive Problems - Pregnancy and Breast-feeding - Infancy and Childhood - Basic Women's Herbs - Pregnancy Herbs - First Nine Months - More

      PLUS MORE

      Terrorist and New Diseases, Disasters, and Emergency Care - How to Quit Tobacco and Alcohol - Indexes

      BASED ON RESEARCH, PERSONAL MEDICAL PRACTICE, plus the drugless natural remedies of seven leading medical specialists of earlier times: R.T. Trall, M.D.; John Harvey Kellogg, M.D.; J.C. Jackson, M.D.; John H. Tilden, M.D.; Jethro Kloss; Hubert O. Swartout, M.D.; F.M. Rossiter, M.D.

      The sections on hydrotherapy and other remedial treatments are based on the writings of the following medical authorities: George Knapp Abbott, M.D.; Fred B. Moor, M.D.; Ethel M. Manwell, B.S., RN., A.R.P.T.; J. Wayne McFarland, M.D.; Gertrude Muench, R.N., R.P.T., Agatha Thrash, M.D.; Clarence W. Dail, M.D., Kathryn Jensen-Nelson, R.N., M.A.; Mary C. Noble, B.S., R.N.; Stella C. Peterson, R.N., B.S.N.E.; Charles S. Thomas, Ph.D., Richard A. Hansen, M.D.; Robert S. Mendelsohn, M.D.

      The sections on herbal medicine are based on the writings of the following authorities: Samuel O.L. Potter, M.D.; Edward E. Shook, D.C.; Michael A. Weiner, Ph.D.; William Pelly, N.D.; John R. Christopher, N.D.; Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D.

  28. QUESTION:
    What alternative remedies really work for depression?
    I was on antidepressants for nearly two years ,but they never seemed to work and the side -effects was aw-full.I stopped taking them two months back and really feel if I'm in a black hole,but I don't want to go back on to antidepressants as the side effects are so bad.Is there something else I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      geez Kat that's a big answer.

      first up pinpoint any food intolerances you may have...... food can make you fabulously miserable or fabulously vital and energetic .... depends on whether or not you can assimilate it....... listen to how your body feels when you eat something.... strip your diet back to organic brown rice and eat only that for 24 hours....... then each day slowly add only one new food in ....... and listen to how your body reacts ..... brain frizz, headaches and migraines, total abject depression, nasty mood swings and temper tantrums, negativity and high levels of stress ....... really can all be symptoms of continuing to ingest foods and drinks to which you are intolerant....... fact.... if i ingest even one mouthfull of processed sugar ..... drinks, foods, supplements, medicines ...... it totally FRIES my brains ....... i break out in nasty rashes, have wild mood swings, become totally listless and exhausted, squeal like a banshee at the drop of a pin........ cry hysterically for no apparent reason .... pick ridiculous fights with anybody and everybody ... pretty much it trashes my nervous system ....... i'm highly intolerant to processed sugar and i avoid it like the plague....... go on a food trigger hunt mate........ sure it's tediously insanely boring eating one food then introducing a new one...... but it's slam dunk 100% effective.......... the effect that food and chemical intolerances can have on your health cover practically the whole spectrum of known diseases and disorders.

      i also avoid milk and dairy cos it bloats me like the goodyear blimp and causes havoc with my digestion........ thus frying my brains and laying me flat on my back for 24 hours........ and soy does the same thing to me ........ potatoes and carrotts make me itch like a madwoman and leave me completely exhausted ...... but yeah.. that's me and everybody's different..... start with the sugar and eat low sugar fruits like pears and watermelon if you must have something sweet.

      you are entitled to feel fabulous in your own body you know.

      persisting and doing it this way sidesteps having to fork out oodles of cash to physicians who either do or don't really care and also sidesteps the production line of toxicsludge meds.

      eat fresh food.......... eat the freshest food you can find... fresh green and salad vegies, fresh fruit, wholegrains like brown rice... lentils, quinoa, chickpeas, lean red meats and fresh fishes..... low sugar fruits........ no chemicals, preservatives, fillers, flavoring, sweetners et al in fresh food.......... ;0)

      ditch the processed junk if you can.

      peace

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some of the best home remedies for sinus issues during the fall season?
    This is for my friend, who is suffering from severe nasal congestion and sinus pressure. He has tried the Nettie Pot with salt water but it isn't working, and he wants to stay away from OTC medication - and he's tried most anyway, but they still have not worked. The doctor has said he'll need surgery which will include breaking the bridge of his nose and he's not ready to do that. Any home remedies that you know of would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Natural and holistic treatments have also been used for centuries to reduce the symptoms of sinusitis. Very often, conventional medications have harsh side effects and using more natural alternatives like herbal and homeopathic remedies are much safer and gentler for the body.

      Herbal remedies are there to alleviate the symptoms by reducing inflammation and, if you still take prescription medications, also help them in curing the infection. Of course, some of them like Echinacea, help tremendously in not only giving a fillip to your immune system but also help prevent colds and shorten the duration of your cold or flu.

      A highly effective herb is Quercitin which contains anti-oxidants and helps to promote healthy circulation and boosts immunity. Another carefully selected herb is Euphrasia officinalis (Eyebright) which is beneficial for good eye health. In addition, homeopathic ingredients such as Arsen alb, Nat. mur. and Kali mur. help to maintain the skin and nervous system as well as liver health.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/s/sinusitis.htm

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural remedies books and websites?
    I want to find websites, books and message boards on how to cure certain health problems using natural methods. List as much as you can find. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      From an herbal perspective, here's a few books I rely on for simple (and complex) remedies for pretty much most ailments.

      David Hoffmann "The complete illustrated Holistic Herbal" Gives info on each herb, how to make decoctions, salves etc. But the best is the illness section: He gives formulas for specific conditions. A very well-respected herbalist in his field.

      Anything by Rosemary Gladstar (one of the founders of modern western herbalism). You may be interested in "Rosemary Gladstar's Family Herbal: A Guide to Living Life with Energy" also has herbal info but it's really about remedies/formulas for everyday stuff that comes up.

      The Family Herbal by Barbara and Peter Theiss.

      The only message board I can think of is...
      http://curezone.com/forums/
      But not sure how 'natural' it is for you

      Some sites. I don't really use these but they were in my files.
      http://www.alternative-medicine-info.com/
      http://www.alternative-medicine-and-health.com/

      2 good magazines you can get at any big bookstore but here's the sites. They may have some stuff
      http://www.naturalsolutionsmag.com/
      http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for sinus infections?
    I'm looking for natural ('alternative') solutions only, please.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The only things that really helped me was when my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
      you need

      distilled water
      sea salt
      liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
      in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
      add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
      using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
      Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy.
      The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
      Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
      Then do it once a week for maintenance.
      There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
      I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
      best wishes

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my family of the potential of alternative medicine?
    I have read all 3 of Kevin Trudeau's books after reading several other alternative medicine books and I am trying to get my family convinced to try some of this stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      there isn't a good way...the guy (rhsaunde…) probably does not have any grasp on the FDA. if he knew anything about them he would know that their funding is in a big part from the drug companies. you cannot receive funding from herbal remedies and stuff, so it would be best not to endorse any.....i know a lot of alternative meds are wacky, but here is my experience. i have an incurable liver disease. the only help the doctors offered was pegasys(kinda like chemotherapy for a year) i heard about milk thistle and tried it. i have had wonderful results. i know it works cus i can tell a huge difference when i dont take it. every single health care professional i have asked about it would not give me a comment one way or another on its effectiveness. you will not find any credible people who can endorse them. if they do, be weary because if its their product, it will always be the best.......maybe look to independant studies or peoples testimonies on both sides

  33. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend and I got carried away and I have bruises on my breast. How do I make them fade faster?
    It's been about a week and I need homeopathic remedies. Any herbs or tinctures that anyone knows about that will fade them? I am tired of looking at them. They don't hurt. I don't need pain relief, just need some help with getting rid of the discoloration.

    Thanks in advance for the lack of lude comments!

    • ANSWER:
      I got DMSO because I heard about all it's alternative health practices and started screwing around with it.
      At one point something very similar happened to my girl friends breasts, and I had a hunch that the anti inflammatory properties I'd read about might help her situation. Turns out it worked exteremly well, and the marks went away completely.
      So, I thus recomend topically applying dmso.
      If you decide to do that;
      1)Make sure you use a fairly pure/food grade form.
      2) Don't let any contaminents be present when you put it on (including having the skin clean).

  34. QUESTION:
    Is holistic health a good job area to go into?
    I am starting my First year of College at the end of this month and I know I need to complete my gen-eds first. However, I am still unsure If I want to go into the Hospitality field by working in hotels or maybe holistic health care. I am unsure if this is a good job area to go into. Does anyone have any opinions or thoughts what might be best?
    Your help is appreciatedd
    I am going to Community College and Plan to get my AA.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I have to answer your question honestly. Holistic health/alternative medicine/naturopathy/homeopathy is not a good field to go into. You will likely struggle to earn a solid income. But more importantly, alternative medicine (and all the other names for it) is not a scientific field at all. If that's the route you want to take, fine by me, but its more closely aligned to being a pastor/priest/rabbi than it is a medical practitioner. They "believe in" a wide variety of quack remedies and treatments that have virtually no factual or scientific basis. That's the opposite of real medicine or healthcare (or science in general). Those who are properly trained to practice medicine simply don't pull a mushroom out of the ground and tell you it cures cancer. Nor do they put a metal bracelet on your wrist and tell you it will cure everything. Nor do they claim to channel mystical energy from another dimension to cure everything. People without a scientific background or at least a foundation of how the scientific method works, tend to be easily convinced that alternative medicine is a good thing. They form delusions about medicine and health that often come from their hatred for large companies or government agencies. They tend to be very caring, sincere, and trusting people that probably don't have the best critical thinking skills. In other words, they are easily taken advantage of (gullible) because they make decisions in life and form beliefs without doing adequate research and they lack the desire to truly gather facts and evidence before forming an opinion. For example, one of the earlier posters commented that holistic medicine is very effective and much safer than conventional medicine. I'm sure she believes what she said, and I'm sure she's a really nice person, but I challenge her to show me one single piece of credible evidence that demonstrates the efficacy of any alternative medical therapies. Most alt med therapies are about as safe and effective as a glass of water (although some are actually harmful). If these therapies were effective and safe, it wouldn't be called "alternative", it would be called "conventional" medicine. Conventional medicine will always modify their treatments based on new scientific findings. On the other hand, alternative medicine will stand by their beliefs despite what science has proven or disproven (that's why its more of a religion).

      Bottom line, if you decide to go into holistic health care, you will never have respect from anybody with a scientific background. And don't limit yourself to only 2 possible career paths. You've got a world of opportunity ahead of you.

  35. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good alternative remedies for asthma that you have actually used?
    Homeopathic, herbal etc. I would like to get off my medication of Advair. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It is great you are seeking alternative health means of healing but be advised generally an herb will not be enough for something like this..one needs to do more than that if they want results.

      Please see the following links for help from the father of modern herbalogist, master herbalist, Dr Christopher, who cured the incurables

      The first link relays a story of a man who suffered greatly from asthma for many years and his amazing recovery

      http://www.herballegacy.com/We_Missed_That_One_Day_of_Summer.html scroll down to the end of the page searching for the word asthma to find this interesting case history

      here are many recommendation from Dr Christopher for asthma

      http://www.herballegacy.com/Asthma.html

      If you take any herbs he recommends be sure they are organic or wildcrafted as these contain 7-10 time the phytochemicals that cure and prevent disease over the ineffective conventional herbs often grown in 3rd world countries.

      Be sure to take herb not in capsules where they are rarely absorbed and often burnt in the powdering process, but rather in the form of tinctures. Some good companies are herbdoc.com and herbpharm. One can also take teas but this is less convenient. Be sure to use distilled or steam distilled water as it is empty and thus absorbs more of the needed chemicals.

      Generally, for something like asthma one needs a comprehensive lifestyle changing program rather than just an herb. Although it did work with Dr Christopher he used freshly picked herbs and strong tinctures and he generally put people also on his mucusless diet which he recommends under his asthma help.

      the mucusless diet can be found in this article

      http://articles.herballegacy.com/mucusless-diet/

      http://www.herballegacy.com/Mucusless_Diet.html

      if you want to know more on this email me for the link to Arnold Ehret's book the mucusless diet which is an online book (free)

      another recommendation is to do the full incurables program by Dr Richard Schulze --email me for the links to the (free) manuals and videos.

      also consider changing to the hallelujah diet (which is also similar to the mucus-less diet if one watches eating some of the stickier grains like rice)

      there are several testimonies form people saying they were healed of asthma

      http://www.hacres.com/library/testimonies/search

      after reading the testimonies, see what is the hallelujah diet or see the book hallelujah diet

      Have just been browning through the book the china study which was the largest food and health study ever done and it shows a vegan or plant based low fat diet causes a myriad of health benefits and much less of the typical diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer etc. so there is a definitely a link between what we eat and health. The vegan diet must be a whole foods diet of real foods (not processed stuff) like veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes and include lots of live and aw food as well as juicing and green drinks and smoothies to get in lots of green leafy veggies..be sure to alternate the greens daily (ie-kale, collards, romaine, turnip, beet, radish and carrot tops, swiss chard, dandelion greens, spinach, parsley, watercress etc..mix in blender or juicer with fruit and water.

      I must warn you that I once tried the lobelia and was warned by the makers of herbpharm that one should not take large amounts for if you do not vomit it up (that is what it does..it is an emetic herb which has been nicknamed puke weed, emetic herb and vomit-wort for the vomiting purges things clogging up the lungs) or it might cause heart concerns. (of course, they cannot tell you it is ok to take more than the label recommends as they want to stay in business but be aware of their comments on this)..

      I took one ounce and did not vomit and tried another and still nothing and then I panicked and took ipecac to make me vomit it up (a traditional remedy to make one vomit made from another emetic herb..but do not take this for asthma --important as it is not safe to do so)...still nothing. I called the poison control center who advised me to go to the hospital ER who told me I should not have taken ipecac and on the way to the ER, I finally vomited but I still went to the ER and it was most embarrassing as all the doctors thought I was nuts.

      I later spoke to a man who had taught me a lot on alternative health and curing the incurables, relaying my story and he told me he worked with people like lung cancer victims (they also use lobelia among other things) and that it was safe and I should not have wimped out and that he had given people 8 oz before a(I had only taken 2 ounces but this greatly exceeded the label amounts as I felt so desperate form the continual and awful coughing fits) so it is up to you if you want to try that or not but if you do be sure to use the peppermint tea first as Christopher recommends.

      You could also try the hallelujah diet or Schulze or the other things Dr Christopher uses.

      I thought for many years I had chronic bronchitis or some lung problem as I had continual 5 hour coughing spells with much phlegm..coughing os hard I could not catch my breath and I threw out my back from it) was then also told by doctors it was an allergy or post nasal drip but just 2 weeks ago I found via an upper GI that I had in fact not a lung problem but severe laryngopharyngeal reflux which has no heartburn symptoms but lots of coughing, lots of mucus and globus sensation and I never realized for nearly 20 years it was this--a stomach valve problem-- and not lung problems so I did the lobelia for nothing.

      I would not count personally on homeopathy helping a serious ill like asthma as it is pretty much just water with nary a molecule of herb said to work on a vibrational level

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a natural alternative to spironolactone for pcos?
    I have elevated androgens, acne, mild hair loss, excess body hair. My weight is perfect though. I also have mild hypoglycemia due to insulin issues.

    I HATE DRUGS. Has anyone found an alternative to spiro? One of my holistic docs (the endocrinolist one) is suggesting spiro and metformin.

    Yes, drugs have plants in them. But they also have toxic man made ingredients.

    • ANSWER:
      You are very, very wise to try to avoid pharmaceutical drugs if at all possible. Yes, there are alternatives to spironolactone and metformin in the treatment of PCOS. Natural treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome is multifactorial. You should see a qualified naturopath for specific herbal remedies and diet recommendations, but the basics are below.

      Lifestyle. Exercise and weight reduction have been shown to be highly beneficial in the treatment of PCOS and its symptoms. Exercise can helps reduce weight, regulate menstrual cycles, and reduce risk factors for diabetes and heart disease which are associated with PCOS.

      PCOS Diet. Women with PCOS respond well to a low glycemic index, low simple carbohydrate, low animal product, high fiber diet which helps reduce weight, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and reduce inflammatory prostaglandins.

      Nutritional Therapy. Depending on your specific presentation of PCOS, there are a variety of nutritional therapies which will be considered. Nutritional therapies can help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce circulating androgens, improve ovarian function, improve fertility, reduce risk of heart disease, and support liver detoxification of estrogens.

      Herbal Therapy. Depending on your symptoms of PCOS, a variety of herbal therapies may be considered. The goal of herbal medicine might include: reducing circulating androgens, optimizing ovarian function, and supporting optimal endocrine function.

      By the way, just to let you know why you are so wise to avoid spirolactone: Even though the drug that your endicrinoligist is suggesting has been shown to be effective in hormone-induced acne it has various unpleasant side effects. Spironolactone is a diuretic [it causes you to pee a lot]. The side effects in low-dose spirolactone are:

      irregular menstrual cycle [most common]
      breast tenderness [most common]
      thirst, dry mouth
      stomach cramps, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
      headache
      dizziness
      increased blood potassium levels
      low blood pressure

      Both blood potassium levels and blood pressure should be checked periodically while you're taking this medication. Also, you shouldn't get pregnant while using spironolactone. And spironolactone isn't a good choice for you if you have kidney problems, or a history (or family history) of breast cancer, uterine cancer, or ovarian cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, spironolactone is known to have caused tumors in lab animals.

      Metformin is also much less desirable than the low Glycemic Index diet that is recommended for PCOS patients. Its side effects include:

      MALAISE.
      GI DISTURBANCE.
      VITAMIN B12 MALABSORPTION.
      ELEVATED HOMOCYSTEINE
      PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS.
      ANEMIA.LIVER OR KIDNEY PROBLEMS.
      MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS. You may be at risk for health problems or symptoms if you take metformin in addition to other medications.
      HAIR LOSS.
      LACTIC ACIDOSIS.
      BILE ABNORMALITIES.

  37. QUESTION:
    A presentation on the sociological aspect of Ayurveda as an alternative to medicine?
    I'm trying to find a focus for a presentation I have to give in about six weeks time. Basically, I need to find a sociology-based focus on Ayurveda as an alternative to medicine. My seminar leader suggested that I could focus on WHY people lean towards Ayurveda but was wondering if you guys might have some sort of suggestion? Anything would be helpful! Many thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ayurveda is a naturopathic system of medicine that is practiced in India and based on the principles derived from the ancient Hindu scriptures - known as the Vedas.
      Vedas are the most sacred of Hinduism (scriptures) and the oldest of Sanskirt dated as far back as the 1500 or 2000 BC.
      Summary: Veda has four main by-laws. The practice includes hymns and praises ~ prayers and sacrifice ~ tunes and chants ~ lastly the Veda - officiating priests at the sacrifice.
      Because we are viewed as a we are microcosmic representatives of the entire universe we must be in or close to balance with the environment and personal(inter) communication. With that our health is the natural end of the living in harmony with the environment. Diseases are viewed in a negative (dis-harmony in the Envir.) which will dictate a unique cure for every human because we are not the same in mind-body and spirit. Our "Doshas", will show what therapies are needed including diet, herbs, colors and sound. ** Where aromatherapy has been invented through medicated oils to the skin and massage, and meditation.
      So, why do people lean towards this? It makes sense. We are in a society that are becoming more Spiritual than religious. With Spirituality includes holistic healing because it remedies the Mind~Spirit and Body. This is similar to the Kahuna - Hawaiian medicine. You will find that majority of holistic healing have a common which is "Meditation" which is based on posiitive affirmations and energy.
      Organized religions do not practice nor are they offered. Our western medicine are fast relief for ailments, which work for some but it does not clear the negative enviroment in which they occupy,( work,school,home,Etc..).
      With holistic healing you first must be "healed" within before it can show externally.
      I hope this makes sense. Good question too.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some natural ways to recover from the onslaught of general anesthesia? I am alternative health?
    oriented and would never have surgery unless there was no other option. I did and now I am so sick and vomited from all the meds from anesthesia, etc. What can I do now in natural forms/foods, etc.to recover?
    Also, has anyone else had a bad anesthesia experience? I heard they have certain anesthesia drugs that alleviate nausea, why don't they use them then...

    • ANSWER:
      yes i always have a bad reaction to general anesthesia. i always get the shakes, throw up, and faint.
      i wouldn't say that there are any natural "remedies" all you should have to do is sleep it off and you should feel better. anesthesia stays in your system for 24-48 hours so during that time just take it easy. get lots of rest and try to eat/drink something that sounds appealing to you.
      drs/nurses always suggest toast, cereal, popsicles to me when i feel very ill but those things make me want to throw up even more. all i want is stuff like pizza and soda. thats what i eat and thats what makes me feel better.

      nobody knows how you will react until you have anesthesia at least once. they aren't going to give you anti nausea meds before they know whether or not you need them. and if they give them to you after the fact that you already feel ill and have thrown up the meds are less likely to work.
      before my last 2 surgeries i told the anesthesiologist that i would be sick after i woke up and asked for them to give me the anti nausea meds before i even woke up and they did and it helped alot.
      now that you know how you are most likely going to react you can ask them to do that for you if you ever have surgery again.

  39. QUESTION:
    My son is bipolar 1 and is having severe side effects from Seraquell. Is there a herbal alternative?
    Seraquell has increased my son's weight by nearly 80 pounds. He now has diabetes, which is a side effect of the drug. There must be a herbal alternative to Seraquell. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is not really an alternative to Serequell. Serequell is a heavy tranquilizer. I have taken it to go to sleep before and I could hardly get up the nest morning. Downers have a tendency to make me eat more. I'm assuming the diabetes is from rapid weight gain. I have a son who is ADHD. I went to our local Health Food Store. They had a herbal/holistic section. They do have a herbal pill for kids who have AD problems. I think the name of it was "Attend". I used it for about 6 months. As with any supplement, I had to give like 6-8 pills a couple times a day.I was buying 2 bottles a month and they were around dollars a bottle. If that was the only thing I had to give him, it would have been different.Plus I was giving other supplements for other symptoms.I was giving my son about a dozen pills before he went to school. Plus I was doing organic juicing using organic blueberries,strawberries,etc. After about a month, I could tell a difference in my son with the herbal supplements and juicing. I never put him on any medicine from the doctor.There are herbal remedies but they can get very expensive. If you can afford it, try it. Serequell is an unhealthy medicine to have a child on. I would try EVERYTHING I could to find a healthy alternative. Feel free to email me if you have other questions. This is a serious subject. I don't want to give you an answer and not be able to answer any other questions you may have.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the best natural acne remedies?
    I have heard of the use of Rice bran oil and Tea tree oil to treat acne, but I didn't know if theses were any good or if there were any alternatives. What else is there? Also were can i buy stuff like this for the best price?

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne.
      1) Tea Tree Oil- An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.
      2) Lemon oil or juice - Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. You can leave overnight don't expose yourself to sunlight. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide
      13) Neem oil- good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      14) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.
      15) Vitamin B3- also known as niacin. It promotes healthy skin, can be utilized as an acne treatment.
      16) Retinoid- increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making it a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.
      17) Sulfur- dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell think rotten eggs.

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne. I really recommend this.
      Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some alternatives to accutane to treat acne?
    Accutane has way too many negative side effects, so I was wondering what other alternatives there were.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      Here are 6 effective ways that fight acne naturally ...

      Herbal acne remedies seek to remedy the root cause of acne, which may represent more serious, unrecognized health problems. The truth is, the exact cause of acne remains unknown, often being triggered by a number of factors. Based on the factor that is mostly likely to trigger your acne, the herbal remedy will be applicable.

      Factors that may contribute to acne include; imbalanced hormones, poor digestion, slow liver and bowel function and nutritional deficiencies all contribute to acne. Herbal acne treatment usually involves using herbal preparations topically and taking herbs specifically aimed at treating the cause of acne.

      Essential Oils have shown great promise as a treatment for a number of skin conditions, particularly acne.

      Note: As a rule, they should not be applied in their pure form, as some of these are very potent. You can dilute them or mix them with Grape seed Oil.

      1. Lavender Oil
      Apply lavender oil directly on the areas of acne or add a couple of drops of lavender oil to a plain cream sold at a drug store and use as a moisturizer or cleanser. In addition to smelling heavenly, lavender is also highly effective in fighting acne. It is effective mainly due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Member of acne.org have commented and sworn by Lavenders ability to not only fight acne, but also reduce the redness, and it makes the skin baby soft! It eliminates the bacteria that cause the acne, after which it fixes the balance of the excess secretion of sebum, which the bacteria live on, and reduces the scars and redness left by acne.

      2. Tea Tree Oil
      Tea tree oil has outstanding antibacterial properties making it an effective treatment for acne, acting quickly. Studies have indicated that this is an effective treatment, with minimal side effects. In addition, it relieves rashes and burns, removes dandruff, and treats warts and other fungal infections.

      3. Bergamot Oil
      In addition to having this great, citrusy scent, Bergamot Oil proves to be effective in fighting acne. It has outstanding drying properties, keeps excess oil on our face in check, which normally triggers break outs. Bergamot oil has heavy antiseptic and antibiotic therapeutic properties; consequently it is helpful to sort out tricky skin conditions. Bergamot oil can be used in a diversity of methods such as creams, lotions and steam treatments.

      You can read more on the given source/link below ... :)

      Hope this helps you ...

      Best,

      Liam

  42. QUESTION:
    What's the best alternative for Synthroid for Hypothryoidism?
    I've been hearing a lot of Thyrolar as a safer alternative for Synthroid. I've been having a lot of problems with hair falling out while using Synthroid and I'm only 20 years old. It's bad enough I have a thyroid issue, I don't need to be bald this early in my life. Has anyone else with Hypoactive Thyroidism found a better solution for treatment? What has worked best for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines works very well in both Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism, below you will find the symptoms and the head remedies used in Homeopathy to treat Thyroid Disorders please read carefully and I would suggest you consult a good Homeopathic physician in your locality.

      Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to "run the body's metabolism", it is understandable that people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.

      Hypothyroidism - CAUSE
      There are two fairly common causes of hypothyroidism. The first is a result of previous (or currently ongoing) inflammation of the thyroid gland which leaves a large percentage of the cells of the thyroid damaged (or dead) and incapable of producing sufficient hormone. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is called autoimmune thyroiditis (also called Hashimoto's thyroiditis), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by the patient's own immune system. The second major cause is the broad category of "medical treatments". As noted on a number of our other pages, the treatment of many thyroid conditions warrants surgical removal of a portion or all of the thyroid gland. If the total mass of thyroid producing cells left within the body are not enough to meet the needs of the body, the patient will develop hypothyroidism.

      Hypothyroidism - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
      Fatigue
      Weakness
      Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
      Coarse, dry hair
      Dry, rough pale skin
      Hair loss
      Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you)
      Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
      Constipation
      Depression
      Irritability
      Memory loss
      Abnormal menstrual cycles
      Decreased libido

      Hypothyroidism - HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT & Medicines
      Homeopathy offers good prognosis to cases of hypothyroidism. Medicines like Calcare phos, Calcarea carb, Lapis alb, Iodium, Thyroidinum, Spongia, Lycopus, Calcarea iod etc are often found indicated in cases of hypothyroidism.
      ______________________________________

      Hyperthyroidism is due to an excess amount of free thyroid hormone. There is a generalized increase in metabolic rate, with an increase in oxygen use.

      Hyperthyroidism - SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
      The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include heat intolerance, nervousness, increased irritability, palpitations, weight loss with the same or increased food intake, and increased frequency of defecation. Women may have a decreased frequency of menses. Physical findings may include hyperkinesis, warm moist skin, a prominent stare and lid lag. The neurological exam may show a fine tremor and a fast return phase for the deep tendon reflexes. The cardiac exam reveals signs associated with a high cardiac output, including tachycardia, although atrial fibrillation is also common, a prominent S4, and flow murmurs. The thyroid gland may be diffusely enlarged, nodular, or even normal in size. Signs and symptoms may range from very mild to severe. Laboratory tests almost always show a low TSH and a high T3. The total and free T4 are also usually increased.

      Hyperthyroidism - HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT & Medicines
      Homeopathy offers good prognosis to cases of hyperthyroidism. Medicines like Calcare phos, Calcarea carb, Lapis alb, Iodium, Thyroidinum, Spongia, Lycopus, Calcarea iod etc are often found indicated in cases of hyperthyroidism.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne with home remedies?
    Hi i'm 13 and i get A LOT of acne on my forehead :( its so gross, and i think it gets worse everyday :l Any home remedies that might work? c: Sometimes it hurts, not bad or anything, but it gets annoying. Please help! im trying to get rid of it by next week its like a whole area X.X its been their for a year or two TT-TT

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is not something that anyone wants. It's unattractive and has a way of altering a person's appearance for the worst unlike anything else can. Acne can show up all over the body, particularly the face, which is where it is the most noticeable. Unfortunately, when a person has acne, they usually get it on their face more than anywhere else.
      Acne is caused by a number of influences from the foods people eat to outside environmental factors. Men and women who are undergoing a number of hormonal changes, whether it be by taking medication, puberty, or pregnancy, can experience moderate to severe acne which is unattractive and very noticeable. Stress can also cause acne as can the chemicals you use to wash your face. If you put lotions on your face or use wrinkle creams, they also might be playing a role in the development of your acne symptoms.
      Here are 5 tips to cure your acne:
      1. Drinking water is one of the five best natural treatments for acne because it helps to keep the body flushed free of toxins. When toxins build up in the body, they can contribute to a number of illnesses and make your overall health very poor. They can also promote the damage of free radicals, which damage cells, especially skin cells. What goes in your body must come out, and when it's showing up in the form of acne, it's not a pretty sight.
      2. Using vinegar or citrus juice to wash your face is a healthier alternative to using chemical face washes because there are no chemicals and no breakouts. It is the body's natural reaction to try to reject substances that are seemingly harmful to the body. When something goes onto the skin, it enters into the blood stream. Chemicals can cause acne to begin to develop within a few hours. Using vinegar and citrus juice is also effective for drying out oily skin. Too much oil can cause breakouts and clog pores, leading to acne.
      3. Taking a multi-vitamin is a great way to help your body improve its skin. Due to the lack of nutrients people consume (even for those who eat plenty of food, nutritional value is still lacking) the body is unable to heal itself properly and protect against infection. It may not seem like much, but a multi-vitamin can go a long way toward perfecting the condition of your acne.
      4. Eating healthier foods will protect your body from producing acne. You must be careful about the types of foods you are currently eating and try to avoid food sources that are high in grease and sugar. Fast foods and processed foods have the tendency to cause a buildup of unwanted toxins in the body and create numerous health problems that lead to physical stress which ultimately promote the development of acne. Greasy foods can also cause the skin to produce more oil as well as break down the defenses of the immune system by attacking the cells, making the body more prone to infections.
      5. Invest in taking supplements to help with your acne. Zinc has been known to protect the skin and promote healing from scars. Taking a zinc supplement each day in addition with other natural treatments should be able to help out considerably with the appearance of your acne….

  44. QUESTION:
    Which homeopathic remedies are effective in curing childhood leukaemia?
    I don't trust western medicine with my son's health. And I couldn't bear him suffering side effects.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Quite simply, none.

      I'm so sorry your son is so ill. Of course you want the best for him; but no homeopathic remedy has been scientifically proven to cure anything, and its practitioners are highly resistant to it being tested in double-blind clinical trials.

      All 'western' medicine, ie conventional cancer treatment, has been rigourously tested and proven in such trials.

      Your choice is to go with an unproven therapy with no record of curing cancer, either homeopathy or one of the others people have suggested here - and btw homeopathic practitioners would never claim that it could cure cancer - or with conventional cancer treatment that actually has a good record with childhood leukaemia

      Please bear in mind that none of the people who have recommended 'alternative' therapies here have had cancer; they are not speaking from experience.

      My best wishes to you both.

  45. QUESTION:
    Experiences of alternative medicine for mental health problems?
    I have a diagnosis of depression and am on anti-depressants etc. I'm now curious about trying alternative remedies to see if it helps my mood, like ginseng and lemon balm capsules (Obviously I wouldnt take anything that can cause problems with my prescribed meds).

    Wondering if others have found alternative medicines has helped them at all?

    Thanks in advance for any replies!

    • ANSWER:
      rescue remedy and bach flower remedies

  46. QUESTION:
    can you recommend any herbal remedies or alt. therapies to help me to get better?
    I am 27 and have been suffering depression for several years now. Recently something happen that sent me spiralling down until i attempted suicide. I have since been to the doctors and got my medication altered and am seeing a councillor but i'd like like to try some home/herbal remedies or alternative therapies too. Any help would be gratefully received. Please no abusive answers. Many Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      there is evidence EVERYWHERE that lots of things help depression and mental illnesses.
      Anyone who says there isnt is mimicking the big pharma and medical tools, who dont want you to believe there is anything besides their poisons to take.
      NOT TRUE>
      It is commonly known that medications can and do increase depression in some people, and that they take , mug, suck certain important minerals and vitamins out of our bodies that are very improtant for maintainging our health . check out dearpharmacist.com
      Antidepressants are also known to be placebos, and also to increase depression and anxiety in some people. plosmedicine.org/aritcle/infoidoi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0050045
      counsellingresource.com/features/2008/01/30/antidepressantresearch/
      mentorresearch.org/documents/depressionscienceresearch.pdf
      etc

      Further , I bet someone has already said to you that your getting suicidal was you getting intouch with your feelings or something from the past and that things have to 'get worse , before they get better' and now you also have a horrible label of some kind, like borderline or something. If not, then
      that is a common and in my opinion abusive way to conduct 'therapy' , which isnt therapy at all, it is abuse and someday someone will stop these people from conducting therapy in this way.
      The sooner the better.
      If you want to feel better, change your diet, lower your glucose, test and take vitamins,minerals, and vit d.......omega 3's. exercise each day.
      Have your thyroid TSH level checked and keep copies of labs, it should be ideally in the .3 to 2 range.
      drink at least 2 quarts of filtered water a day.
      Go to eftuniverse.com and click on 'get started free', and read the manual , the resource area, and write down everything bothering you, what ever happened to you, and apply this to it, you dont have to believe it, it works anyway. Then clear out anything since birth. It takes minutes, not years and years of pain and nothing.
      You can also hire a therapist from eftmastersworldwide.com who is trained in this method.
      I really have a problem with what sounds like fairly typical 'therapy ' you are getting and I think it is making people worse, then labeled, then chronic and on meds their whole lives.
      You should also have a complete hormone prophile done, thehallcenter.com feelingfff.com call a compounding pharmacy and ask them what doctors in your area test and balance hormones
      best wishes

  47. QUESTION:
    codex alimentarius - anyone heard of this and the alleged threat to natural remedies?
    A student sent me a link to a google video about how the use of herbal remedies, vitamins, alternative medicines will be outlawed this year, anyone heard about this, is it for real?

    • ANSWER:
      Why Buy Organic?
      Food the way Mother Nature made it is clean and wholesome. Your body knows just what to do with it. After all, it has had an awfully long time to figure that out.

      Organic food doesn’t contain toxins like pesticides, heavy metals, dangerous industrial chemicals (for example, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives). And everything in it is natural: it’s real food, not "Frankenfood" created in a laboratory for profit regardless of the fact that genetically modified, synthetic foods have massive, well-known health hazards.

      Every item on this site is free of the dangers inherent in the industrial food supply.

      What Happens If I Eat Dumb, Dangerous Food?
      Dumb, dangerous food is laced with toxic industrial chemicals and additives because of the way it is grown, packaged, produced and manufactured. Its nutrient density (the amount of good stuff you get in the food you eat) is much lower than organic food while all of those industrial toxins act as poisons to the enzyme systems which life depends upon.

      After all, we as a species have only encountered the 100,000+ chemicals added to toxic food and our toxic environment in the last seventy years or so. Our cells and bodies are used to real food: we don’t know what to do, biochemicaly speaking, with dumb food so we are poisoned by it. That’s why it’s dangerous.

      And if the food has had its genetic make-up contaminated by scientists who have messed up the DNA of food with viruses, non-food genes, insect and human genetic bits and so on, our bodies have no way at all to deal with this dangerous stuff. This messed-up, dumb food made by smart–but not very wise–scientists working for rich — but not very responsible — companies, is called Genetically Modified Organism or GMO food. Sometimes it’s called Genetically Engineered (GE) or Biotechnical Modified (BM) food.

      Whatever you call it, studies show that eating it is associated with slow, gradual organ system failure, perforated, bleeding guts, shrunken kidneys, damaged immune systems, increased serious and life threatening diseases like cancer, autoimmune disease, life threatening allergies, irregularities in the blood system, and a host of other dangerous, and deadly conditions.

      And here is the dumbest part of all: this dumb and dangerous "food" does not have to be tested for safety before it is released into the food supply. It just has to have a patent on it. And patents do not take safety into account.

      So what happens if you eat dumb and dangerous food? Nothing good and perhaps some really, really bad things. The US is the only country which does not require labeling of GMO food. So lots of the foods you eat everyday probably contain dangerous, dumb food including non-organic corn, soy,canola oil and many nutritional supplements!

      GMO Health Impact!!!!! Read or Die!!!!
      http://www.newswithviews.com/Smith/jeffrey7.htm

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      Codex Alimentarius Commission

      http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2008/09/10/codex-alimentarius-population-control-under-the-guise-of-consumer-protection/

      Quote:
      Brief History of Codex

      The history of Codex began in 1893 when the Austria-Hungarian empire decided it needed a specific set of guidelines by which the courts could rule on cases dealing with food [1]. This regulatory set of mandates became known as Codex Alimentarius and was effectively implemented until the fall of the empire in 1918. The United Nations (UN) met in 1962 and decided that Codex should be re-implemented worldwide in order to protect health of the consumers. Two-thirds of funding for Codex emanates from the FAO while the other third comes from the WHO.

      In 2002, the FAO and WHO had serious concerns about the direction of Codex and hired an external consultant to determine its performance since 1962 and to designate which direction to take the trade organization [2]. The consultant concluded that Codex should be immediately scrapped and eliminated. It was at this time that big industry realized the full monetary potential of this organization and exerted its powerful influence. The updated outcome was a toned down report asking Codex to address 20 various concerns within the organization.

      Since 2002, the Codex Alimentarius Commission has covertly surrendered its role as an international public health and consumer protection organization. Under the helm of big industry, the sole surreptitious purpose of the new codex is to increase profits for the global corporate juggernauts while controlling the world through food. The implicit understanding of their philosophy is that if you control food, you control the world.

      Codex Now

      The most dominant country behind the agenda of Codex is the United States whose sole purpose is to benefit multinational interests like Big Pharma, Big Agribusiness, Big Chema and the like. At the latest meeting in Geneva, the U.S. recently became the chair of Codex which will

  48. QUESTION:
    what is an effective way to reduce the acne scars on my face?
    preferably natural remedies if you know any.

    • ANSWER:
      I've answered a few of these posts (if you wanna check my answers on my profile), but I'll summarize a few things for ya:

      Witch Hazel - 100% natural astringent that's mild, and can cleanse & soothe breakouts or inflammation; comes in a big, cheap bottle.

      ACV - (apple cider vinegar) dilute in equal parts water to make it a natural skin toner, and it can exfoliate the skin & lighten dark spots over time; it also cleanses the skin and balances its pH/acidity (imbalance from using soaps & over cleaning your skin causes breakouts); you can also use that less-diluted or full strength as a natural chemical peel (which I do), but take precautions & use discretion as it may burn & sting a bit... worth it, if you ask me :)

      Mineral Salts - this is another alternative to cleanse the skin once in a while (dissolved in water & turned into a mineral saline wash/solution), and nourish it with minerals to prevent break-outs. The best kinds are Himalayan Salts (though they can get pricey); some mineral salts are way cheaper.

      Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vit. E Oil -- helps heal & protect the skin, preventing scarring, stretch marks, etc. They help neutralize free radicals on the skin with antioxidants (esp. Cocoa Butter that's rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E).

      Hope this helps! You can IM or Email me if you want, and I'd be glad to give tips as long-time health buff & nut lol.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is a good anti-anxiety medication or other remedy?
    I've tried Paxil and Luvox, and they have helped me a lot but not completely. Also tried Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium, but they tend to make me sleepy and are addictive. Does anyone have any other good medicines or alternatives that really calm the mind? Please share if you've found something that really puts you in a good state of mind, even if it is something that is not a medicine or herb, such as meditation.

    • ANSWER:
      Significant research conducted over long-term and numerous studies have pretty well proven that cognitive behavioral therapy is the very best treatment for anxiety. Anti-anxiety medications are addictive and over the long run not as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy (including relaxation training). This stuff is highly effective but when you are prone to anxiety, that is really hard to believe and you feel like punching anyone who suggests breathing exercises when what you feel like you need is a sledge hammer to the anxiety. But, please give this a try. It's a lot of work, but if you'll decide you are worth the gold standard in treatment and that you don't want to waste years in a pharmacological run around (first the docs resist giving your the meds, then they do, then they say you're dependent and take the meds away and then your anxiety escalates dramatically & in the meantime, you've wasted precious time, spent hard earned money & your poor liver has had to contend with clearing out all the crap from the meds.)

      Look up NIMH (national institute of mental health) meta studies on comparative anxiety treatments.

      You might also research the amazing effects of regulated breathing (breathing exercises / deep breathing) on your body chemmistry. It's powerful stuff and you own it and no one can ever take it away - well, almost never (-:

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Is it true that ginger is good for flu? How does it work and how to take it?
    Do you know any remedies or recipes for ginger?

    • ANSWER:
      ya its really work .....
      you make a tea with ginger and some other things

      The three secret ingredients to my “Special-Tea” are:

      1) Ginger

      2) Lemon juice

      3) Honey

      That’s it!

      Why ginger, lemon and honey?

      Well, you probably know that lemon is high in Vitamin C. It is also full of phytochemicals. These are plant constituents that help boost the immune system and much more.

      Ginger and honey are also well documented to help the immune system. Stephen Buhner does an incredible job of talking about the virtues of these and other herbs in his book, Herbal Antibiotics. It is where I got this great flu home remedy soup.

      It’s a real basic and approachable book that will blow your mind with the amazing health giving gifts of some of the most common plants. Garlic, Echinacea, astragalus, shiitake mushrooms, grapefruit seed extract and more… It’s all in there. Recipes as well.

      I call this ginger tea with lemon and honey my "Special-Tea!" :)

      Here’s what you do: (you may need to experiment with amounts to get the taste that suits you)

      1. Fill up your teakettle and get it boiling.
      2. Meanwhile, grate a one-inch piece of fresh ginger root.
      3. Get a thermos out. I have a quart thermos I use.
      4. Put the ginger in the thermos.
      5. Put a dash of lemon juice in the thermos. A dash is about 4 tablespoons. Actually, it's less of a dash and more of a small splash. :)
      6. Add a dash of honey as well. A dash in this case is about three tablespoons. Hey, a dash means something different to all of us. Basically, add the honey to taste.
      7. When your water is boiled, pour it in the thermos.
      8. Cover it up and let it sit for 20 minutes.
      9. Strain into a tea cup and enjoy!

      Alternatives:

      If you lack a thermos, you can also just simmer the water in an open pan with the ginger for 15 -20 minutes as well. Add the lemon and honey to the pot AFTER you are finished simmering ginger. Just strain it into your cup. When you want more, just heat it back up. I just like the thermos because when I am sick it’s hard enough just to get up let alone heat something up.

      You can vary the amounts as well. Play around so you get a flavor you really like. It tastes great!

      Other things I sometimes add:

      1. A few cloves of crushed garlic.
      2. Cayenne powder to taste (enough to break a little sweat)
      3. A few slices of Astragalus root (an important immune system nourisher). Click here to order it. Scroll down the linked page to Astragalus root (not the powder).
      4. Seaweed. Seaweed is so packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s literally super food. Click here to order Kelp powder. (There is a link on the order page of this link on how to use it.)
      5. A few dropper bottle squirts of Echinacea tincture. Click here for more on that and how to make your own Echinacea tincture!

      I don’t add all these at once… They are just variations I’ll use depending on the situation. I added these to show you that there are no rules to these recipes. As you learn more about herbs, feel free to experiment with new ones. If this is all new to you, just stick to the basic recipe.

      "EIGHT SIMPLE SECRETS to TREATING A COLD NATURALLY"

      1. Rest! Most of the time, if I take the day off, my cold gets kicked. When I feel it coming, I basically go to sleep in addition to the rest of the steps below. When I do all these steps right away, over 90% of the time, I don’t get the cold. I know you might be thinking, “Well, I’m busy. I can’t just stop and rest!” Well, if you don’t, you’ll most likely get the cold and have to take off even more days.

      For cold and flu prevention, make sure you manage your stress and laugh a lot! Stress impairs white blood cell function. Laughter enchances immune function.

      2. Eat Well You don’t feel like eating when you have a cold? Neither do I. But what I do eat is organic chicken broth with miso. Click here to read about my simple, natural cold cure soup recipe.

      If you are practicing cold prevention (in other words, you want to eat healthy to stay healthy), then make sure you eat a diet consisiting of whole foods, such as grains, vegetables, meat, and fruits. It's best if your food sources are local and organic. Avoid processed foods and food with artificial ingredients.

      3. Garlic Yes. Garlic. Click here to read more about garlic and how I use it as an essential part of my natural cold and flu cure.

      4. My “Special-Tea.” And this tea is my specialty. Most likely, you have the ingredients in your kitchen. Click here for the free recipe. I drink this when I have the flu as well.

      5. Echinacea. I know you have all heard of this herb. Did you know it's a great remedy for strep throat? Despite the recent governement study, does it really work? Click here to find out and learn how to us it as well as HOW NOT to use it.

      6. I bundle up. I’ll wear a turtle neck shirt to keep my neck covered, and put on my favori

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does black cohosh tea come in a decaffeinated variety?
    My mother in law cannot tolerate caffeine well, but wants to use the cohosh tea to help with menopause symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Black cohosh does not contain caffeine. There are only a small selection of plants that naturally contain caffeine, like the tea plant, coffee, Yerba mate, and a few others.

      I have not researched black cohosh or black cohosh tea however to treat menopause symptoms, but I was actually researching another plant recently which I found has evidence of phyto-estrogen properties, possibly being able to treat menopause. It is called honeybush, or honeybush tea.

      You can find a bit of information on honeybush here:

      http://ratetea.com/style/honeybush/10/

      Both honeybush and black cohosh are caffeine free. Honeybush, however, is widely used as a beverage so it is probably safer. Black cohosh is usually only used medicinally (and it may not taste as good). Honeybush is quite delicious. But neither contain caffeine so both are safe for people who are concerned about that.

      Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I increase my estrogen levels naturally?
    I am 36 and going through perimenopause. I have been taking natural progesterone cream and that has helped with my pms symptoms, but now I am starting to have "hot flushes" and my muscle tone is changing. I think my estrogen level is falling.

    Anyone else out there who is going through the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      First you should find out what your levels are. You cant treat what you don't know. If you are in early menopause which you would be considered at 35 then natural over the counters are not going to work well for you. Estroven is one and it will only work if you have mild mild symptoms. You really need to be treated by a GYN.

  3. QUESTION:
    What's the best thing for menopause symptoms, that you can buy over the counter?
    There are so many things on the shelf loaded with vitamins and herbs. What really works? Does anyone have any experience with these. I'm over 40 and had a total hysterectomy at 37. I'm on the patch, but my GYN doesn't want to raise it. I still get hot flashes, and I'd like to go natural. I also take a progesterone pill at night.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to suggest Menozac which is one of the best menopause symptom relief product on the market. Why?

      First, because it is made to meet pharmaceutical standards. Second, it uses only the finest, most bio-available natural nutrients. Third, every production batch is tested in a lab to ensure its purity and potency.

      Even some herbal experts also highly recommend using this type of herbal, safe and natural menopause treatment. By taking this natural alternative you will avoid the side effects and health risks, and help treat your symptoms naturally.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for deficiency of estrogen?
    What is the best medicine/treat for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sign and Symptoms of Low Estrogen Levels:

      Rapid pulse rate
      Bloating
      Fatigue that worsens during the day
      Constant fatigue, lethargy and fatigue on light exertion.
      Short-term memory failure
      Poor Memory
      Hot flashes
      Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
      Decreased Sex Drive
      Depression
      Headaches
      Osteoarthritis
      Low Back Pain
      Dry skin
      Vaginal Dryness
      Recent unexplained weight gain
      In the past, women looked to synthetic hormones to remedy the symptoms of low estrogen levels. Recent studies showing clear dangers associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy spurred a renewed interest in HRT natural alternatives.

      There are a number of food and herb sources that provide plant-based phytoestrogen for HRT natural alternatives that can combat the cause of symptoms of low estrogen levels by naturally supplying the body with estrogen forms readily processed by the body. By addressing the effects of estrogen deficiency with HRT natural alternatives, women reduce their risks of HRT related side effects, conditions and diseases.

      Although menopause is the time of estrogen deficiency and symptoms of low estrogen levels, premenopausal women can also have estrogen deficiencies and symptoms of low estrogen levels. In either case, HRT natural alternatives are well advised.

  5. QUESTION:
    Menopause trying to find an herb to help with hormones but more importantly my sex drive. Can anyone help ?
    Is there an herb or prescription for women to help with their sex drive. I'm not experiencing to much of the hot flashes, but do have mood swings. Any suggestions besides o/c Estrovan I think it is.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause Herbal Remedies – Treating Symptoms With Herbal Supplements

      Menopause Herbal Remedy #1 – Black Cohosh

      Black Cohosh a flowering plant that grows naturally in Eastern North America. It contains phytochemicals specifically isoflavones to relieve symptoms of menopause. It contains phytoestrogens helping to produce lubrication in your vagina, strengthen bones regulates body temperature. The reduction of those horrible hot flashes that affect so many menopausal women proved in a recent study that 80% of women taking a black cohosh supplement experienced an improvement in their hot flashes, sweating, and heart palpitations. Black cohosh is available in supplement form by a variety of different commercial companies
      Menopause Herbal Remedy #2 – Dong Quai

      Dong Quai Known as Chinese Angelica, is an herb native to China. It is also known as ginseng,” Dong quai contains phytoestrogens that bind to the estrogen receptors thereby increasing levels of estrogen. Dong quai also contains Vitamins E, A, and B12. It aids in regulating the levels of estrogen in your body, which also assists in relieving menopause symptoms The best way to take the herb is in pill form and the recommended dosage is between 400 and 600 mg daily.

      Dong quai root can also be immersed or boiled and drunk in the form of a herbal tea. dong quai dilates our blood vessels and increases blood flow. In some studies taking don quai showed a 25% decrease in the severity of the symptoms women experienced. Dong quai is known to be effective if it is combined with black cohosh.

      Menopause Herbal Remedy #2 – Maca Root

      Maca Root The maca root looks very much like a radish. it helps to balance the body’s existing hormone system and encourages the production of hormones. root also contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron as well as Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E. It also increases estrogen levels which in turn helps to reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

      Maca root also helps to increase libido. Maca root can be taken in capsule form daily and the recommended dose is around 900mg three times a day. It should be taken with meals, or it can be boiled and drunk in the form of tea. It is also known to help in the loss of memory and osteoporosis. However, consulting a doctor prior to taking any herbal supplement is advisable.

  6. QUESTION:
    I am at the brink of menopause should I still get a hysterectomy because I have fibroid?
    Hysterectomy is still considered a big surgery and many painful days of recovery, the fibroid I have sits on my bladder that is making me very uncomfortable. My question is should I get it all taken out now?

    • ANSWER:
      Normally with the onset of menopause with the estrogen levels going down your fibroid tumors will shrink on its own. Hence is is worth to adopt a wait and watch approach in the hope that your fibroids will automatically clear up with surgery post menopause.

      In the meantime try making diet, lifestyle changes which can relieve you of fibroid symptoms to a large extent. Accupuncture is also very useful for treating fibroids naturally.
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Diet,-Herbs,-and-Exercise---3-Components-of-a-Natural-Fibroid-Cure&id=4147877

  7. QUESTION:
    I keep hearing a lot of controversy. Is soy good or bad for you?
    I am in the process of becoming vegetarian. I want a better health for myself and my family. I also think we need to do our part to improve the world we live in.

    • ANSWER:
      According to an FDA scientific review, soy does not interfere with childhood growth, does not cause pancreatic or breast cancer, does not significantly interfere with mineral absorption as long as dietary consumption is adequate, does not induce early puberty, and does not interfere with fertility. There is even some evidence that eating soyfoods can enhance fertility in men. One of the isoflavones in soy may be used to treat male sterility because of its positive hormonal effect on normal sperm production.
      http://www.soymilkquick.com/shouldmenworry.php

      Soy consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The mechanism for this association may involve the effect of soy on the endocrine system.
      http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/10/3/179

      Some experts contend that the anti-soy campaigns have gone too far. Kenneth D.R. Setchell, PhD, a researcher and professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, believes the fears about soy milk causing developmental problems are unfounded. He points out that the studies that sparked the New Zealand outcry were done in animals, not people. And while soy can cause some endocrine disruptions in animals, humans metabolize soy very differently, he says.
      If soy formulas caused problems, Setchell says, physicians would have noticed it by now. Soy milk has been given to infants for centuries in Asian countries, according to the AAP, and in this country since 1909.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51615

      Studies show that the typical Asian diet results in lower rates of breast, prostate, and colon cancers, compared to the typical Western diet. The mortality rate from breast and prostate cancers in Japan, which has the highest soy consumption, is about one fourth that of the USA.

      Studies so far have revealed that women in Japan rarely report the symptoms of peri-menopause so common in the West and that post-menopausal women in Japan experience lower rates of heart disease and osteoporosis along with a longer life expectancy. Many western women also report that soy helps with hot flashes and headaches.

      Soymilk and other soy foods contain high concentrations of isoflavones. Studies from 1998 up until now have provided evidence that isoflavones promote bone health. The protein content in soy is also lower in amino acids which contain sulfur, compared to animal proteins. Sulfur amino acids raise production of sulfates in the urine, which blocks calcium from being reabsorbed back into the blood by the kidneys. Thus, one theory holds that soy protects the bones due to its low concentration of sulfur containing amino acids.

      The FDA has stated that consuming 25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce heart disease by reducing cholesterol in the blood. Soy protein achieves this health benefit by acting to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, leaving HDL (good cholesterol) levels unaffected. Various studies have shown that soy can reduce cholesterol levels by 15% to 20%. For every one percent drop in total cholesterol levels, the risk of heart disease goes down by two percent.

      A number of research studies indicate that soy foods may help with diabetes and kidney disease.

      New research shows that the isoflavone genistein protects against x-ray induced cataract formation in rats. Soy is particularly high in genistein. Other recent research indicates that soy may also act as a radioprotectant.

      Research conducted at the University of Minnesota looked at fifteen classes of phytochemicals that show anticancer activity. Phytochemicals are compounds that, while not classified as nutrients, do have profound health benefits. These compounds occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, including soy.

      http://www.qtessencesoymilkmaker.com/soy-health-benefits.html

      I don't listen to all of that anti-soy propaganda crap. See the sources and statements above to get the other side! I come from a Japanese family and know that soy is consumed daily in Japan and they are healthier overall than us. They have been consuming unfermented soy, not just fermented soy as they have historically, on a regular basis since at least the early 1900s. If there were some horrible thing about soy, they would have known it by now.

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used bio-identical hormones to treat menopause?
    I found some affordable ones online at www.AgelessApple.com and supposedly they're safer than regular hormone regimines. Does anybody know anything about them?

    • ANSWER:
      I was reading through some articles about the menopause and I noticed that some people have a very positive attitude towards this difficult time of life for women.  I read that the menopause should not be regarded as an illness or a disease. It is simply an occurrence wherein the woman is entering her second phase of feminine life.
      Of course, these women are experiencing a gradual discomfort because of the transition...this is only natural. If there are telltale signs of menopause symptoms, you can opt to procure some treatment in order to minimize the feeling of discomfort. But it is important to remember that any kind of treatment will not prevent you from undergoing menopause process, especially when your age is already falling from and between 48 - 55 years old.
      It will only help you to deal a lot easier with menopause symptoms or relieve the  majority of their major discomfort effects. Your lifestyle might also need some changing especially your smoking, eating, drinking, and sleeping habits in order to minimize the severity of menopause symptoms.
      What can herbs do to treat menopause symptoms?
      There are many types of reliable herbs available that can treat menopause symptoms. They can maintain women's healthy life even when menstruation process causes a lot of discomfort and decline in their health aspect. With herbs carefully and religiously applied you may not only alleviate those various forms of discomfort but you will also maintain your healthy life. Two basic types of herbs for menopause Phytoestrogenic herbs These are the herbs or plants that contain natural phytoestrogen, a type of chemical compound, which is similar to the women body estrogen. These herbs work by replacing the lost natural body estrogen with the plant hormones, phytoestrogen. Aside from this, there are other elements of phytoestrogenic herbs that are considered beneficial to menopausal women such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
      Generally, these herbs are an alternative to disorders relating to low hormonal/estrogen levels. Most popular phytoestrogenic herbs: Ginseng. Used to improve your overall vitality and energy, this is a dried root from one of the Araliaceae herb species. Ginkgo. Used to enhance memory, prevent memory-related diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer's and others. This herb is one of the oldest herbal medicines used in China. Dong Quai. Most effective in treating gynecological complaints caused by the change in hormonal production. Red Clover. Diseases treated are skin disorders and bronchitis, asthma and spasmodic coughing. Black Cohosh. Symptoms treated include depression, night sweats and hot flashes. Non-estrogenic herbs In contrast with the phytoestrogenic plants, non-estrogenic herbs, as the name suggests, are those plants that do not produce estrogen chemical structures.
      These plants are widely recognized by the doctors and medical experts because of their effectiveness to relieve women's menopause symptoms. Furthermore, they are considered completely safe and do not provide side effects. The right non-estrogenic herbs contain nutrients that can nourish endocrine system, eventually balancing your hormonal levels. With the proper application, occurrences of the loss of hormones will be reduced as they can promote your body to naturally produce the needed healthy level of estrogen hormones, without the distracting side effects. Specifically, non-estrogenic herbs will provide relief to the following disorders relating to menopause symptoms: - majority of the menopause symptoms - hormonal imbalance - osteoporosis or bone mass loss - infertility - sexual intercourse problems - cardiovascular disease It is important to note, however, that even these herbs are a natural treatment you need to research on the kind of plant that you are going to take as not all of these will relieve and alleviate you from those menopause symptoms.
      There are herbal plants that can cause many other side effects, may it be minor or major. It has been written that Menozac has been developed as a natural alternative support, formulated with the best-known combination of well-researched phytoestrogen botanicals.   These plants have a long history of helping to relieve menopausal symptoms and supporting the body's hormonal balance and a natural alternative to HRT.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have been taking prednisolone tablets and have started with 'hot sweats' is this common ??
    I have already been through the menopause so I know its not that. These 'hot sweats' are very often and it is getting very uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Prednisolone is the active metabolite of prednisone.
      Prednisone is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of low corticosteroid levels (lack of certain substances that are usually produced by the body and are needed for normal body functioning). Prednisone is also used to treat other conditions in patients with normal corticosteroid levels. These conditions include certain types of arthritis; severe allergic reactions; multiple sclerosis (a disease in which the nerves do not function properly); lupus (a disease in which the body attacks many of its own organs); and certain conditions that affect the lungs, skin, eyes, kidneys blood, thyroid, stomach, and intestines. Prednisone is also sometimes used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancer. Prednisone is in a class of medications called corticosteroids. It works to treat patients with low levels of corticosteroids by replacing steroids that are normally produced naturally by the body. It works to treat other conditions by reducing swelling and redness and by changing the way the immune system works.
      Prednisone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

      * headache
      * dizziness
      * difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
      * inappropriate happiness
      * extreme changes in mood
      * changes in personality
      * bulging eyes
      * acne
      * thin, fragile skin
      * red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
      * slowed healing of cuts and bruises
      * increased hair growth
      * changes in the way fat is spread around the body
      * extreme tiredness
      * weak muscles
      * irregular or absent menstrual periods
      * decreased sexual desire
      * heartburn
      * increased sweating

      Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

      * vision problems
      * eye pain, redness, or tearing
      * sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other signs of infection
      * seizures
      * depression
      * loss of contact with reality
      * confusion
      * muscle twitching or tightening
      * shaking of the hands that you cannot control
      * numbness, burning, or tingling in the face, arms, legs, feet, or hands
      * upset stomach
      * vomiting
      * lightheadedness
      * irregular heartbeat
      * sudden weight gain
      * shortness of breath, especially during the night
      * dry, hacking cough
      * swelling or pain in the stomach
      * swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
      * difficulty breathing or swallowing
      * rash
      * hives
      * itching
      Prednisone may increase the risk that you will develop osteoporosis.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I decrease androgen production?
    I'm assuming it's causing my acne and excessive light body hair (no, it's not hirsutism, so don't give me an article on that, I've seen them, and that's not it). So how do I decrease the amount of androgens naturally??

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the hair problem could be hypertrichosis...

      In women excessive hair growth is the result of two different general conditions each of which has distinct causes and symptoms. In the case of the first of these, Hypertrichosis, excessive hair grows in a generally even manner across a woman’s body or hair appears excessively in areas where female hair growth is expected. The hair that appears in Hypertrichosis tends to be fine rather than coarse and blond and downy rather than dark. In some patients fine and light hairs may also appear on the chin or upper lip in women.

      The condition can be both congenital (present from birth) or acquired. Congenital hypertrichosis is passed from parent to child so if your mother had excess body hair you too are likely to have it. This type of hair growth is also more common in certain ethnic groups than in others - Asian women for example tend to have more bodily hair on average than Oriental or Caucasian women.

      Acquired Hypertrichosis appears normally as an unwelcome side effect of certain medicines. The corticosteroids used to treat asthma & arthritis (amongst other conditions) are just one group of drugs known to cause hypertrichosis in most people. Minoxodil, a medicine used in tablet form to treat high blood pressure is another culprit. (Minoxodil is now used topically to treat hair loss because of this tendency to cause excessive hair growth.) So if you are concerned about excessive hair growth after having started a treatment regime you should consult your local Pharmacist to ask for information about the possible side effects of any medicine you are taking. In the case of acquired hypertrichosis symptoms will usually disappear in a matter of months after you stop using the medication.

      About androgens & acne:
      Hormonal Acne, Androgen, and Sebaceous Glands

      Hormonal Acne not only affects teenagers but also adults. The onset of acne is triggered by the production of hormones called androgens. Androgen production stimulates sebaceous glands and cause them to enlarge. People who develop hormonal acne have over stimulated sebaceous glands. The production of androgen usually goes into full force between the ages of 11 to 14 when most young girl and boys go through puberty. Acne in young women may be influenced by hormonal changes associated with menstruation, pregnancy, stress, endocrine imbalance, and ovarian disease.

      The androgen-stimulated sebaceous glands produce more sebum. Sebum is a natural oil that makes the skin soft and waterproof. The oily sebum accumulates in the follicle as it moves up the hair shaft where it mixes with normal skin bacteria (Propionibacterium Acnes) and dead follicular skin cells. The dead cells normally get pushed to the surface where they are expelled. The more sebum is produced the greater the chances of clogged follicles that potentially result in pimples.

      When hormonal changes occur, such as an increase in androgen production, the sebaceous gland and the inner lining of the skin within the hair follicle also changes. Young girls and boys going through hormonal changes during puberty shed skin more rapidly. With increase production of sebum, the dead cells stick together and clog the hair follicles. Once follicles are clogged it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria (exists on everyone's skin regardless of acne) ingests sebum and produces a chemical that can cause inflammation in the follicle and surrounding skin.

      Anyone can develop hormonal acne, however, some people are predisposed to certain types of acne. Most hormonal changes are temporary, however, they may need medical treatment. Females who develop acne due to the following conditions may be linked to hormonal changes:
      Appearance of pimples for the first time in adulthood or reappearance after clearing up (PMS, Peri menopause, Menopause)
      Unresponsive to treatment
      Worsening condition during pregnancy or menstruation
      Associated to masculine patterns of hair growth or hair loss, may also include darkening of the skin around the armpits or body folds, and torso obesity
      The cause of adult acne associated to the above conditions and chronic emotional or physiological stress can be treated in a number of ways. Pimples or acne caused by hormonal changes may not respond to over the counter topical acne treatments that work on teenagers. The treatment options may include oral contraceptives, oral corticoseteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs), antiandrogens (reduce androgen productions) or natural alternatives. Oral contraceptives side effects include nausea, weight gain, menstrual spotting and breast tenderness. The side effects associated to oral corticosteroids may cause weight gain and bone thinning. Antiandrogens may cause irregular menstruation and breast tenderness.

      Many choose natural alternatives that do not have any of the dangerous side effects associated with many acne medications. When pores become clogged and the body is lacking certain nutrients to remove excess debris, they can become infected and inflamed, causing hormonal acne. Clearin is a homeopathic medicinal that is available without a prescription.

      Clearin is a specific formulation which addresses the body's nutritional needs during these very special times, complementing the body's miraculous system of cleansing and purifying itself internally. When the body's specific yet changing nutritive requirements are addressed, the body has the power to heal itself, clearing away unsightly blemishes, spots and pimples caused by hormonal changes, leaving your skin youthfully creamy, soft, and inviting.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have endometriosis. Can anyone suggest a way to eliminate the pain with taking a derpo lupron shot?
    The doctor says that I have no other choice but to have a hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis, though in some patients menopause (natural or surgical) will abate the process. Nevertheless, a hysterectomy and/or removal of the ovaries will not guarantee that the endometriosis areas and/or the symptoms of endometriosis will not come back. Conservative treatments usually try to address pain or infertility issues. Medical herbal treatments can sometimes be effective in controlling the disease.
      The treatments for endometriosis pain include:
      NSAIDs and other pain medication: They often work quite well as they not only reduce pain but also menstrual flow. They are commonly used in conjunction with other therapy. For more severe cases narcotic prescription drugs may be used.
      Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Agonist: These agents work by increasing the levels of GnRH. Consistent stimulation of the GnRH receptors results in downregulation. This causes a decrease in FSH and LH, thereby decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels.
      It is suggested but unproven that pregnancy and childbirth can stop endometriosis.
      Hormone suppression therapy: This approach tries to reduce or eliminate menstrual flow and estrogen support. Typically, it needs to be done for several months or even years.
      Progesterone or Progestins: Progesterone counteracts estrogen and inhibits the growth of the endometrium. Such therapy can reduce or eliminate menstruation in a controlled and reversible fashion. Progestins are chemical variants of natural progesterone.
      Avoiding products with xenoestrogens, which have a similar effect to naturally produced estrogen and can increase growth of the endometrium.
      Continuous birth control pills consist of the use of birth control pills without the use of placebo pills. This eliminates monthly bleeding episodes.
      Danazol (Danocrine) and gestrinone are suppressive steroids with some androgenic activity. Both agents inhibit the growth of endometriosis but their use remains limited as they may cause hirsutism. There has been some research done at Case Western Reserve University on a topical Danocrine, applied locally, which has not produced the hirsutism characteristics. The study has not yet been published in a medical journal.
      Gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists (GnRH agonists) induce a profound hypoestrogenism by decreasing FSH and LH levels. While quite effective, they induce unpleasant menopausal symptoms, and over time may lead to osteoporosis. To counteract such side effects some estrogen may have to be given back (add-back therapy).
      Aromatase inhibitors are medications that block the formation of estrogen and have become of interest for researchers who are treating endometriosis.[8]
      Surgical treatment is usually a good choice if endometriosis is extensive, or very painful. Surgical treatments range from minor to major surgical procedures.
      Laparoscopy is very useful not only to diagnose endometriosis, but to treat it. With the use of scissors, cautery, lasers, hydrodissection, or a sonic scalpel, endometriotic tissue can be ablated or removed in an attempt to restore normal anatomy.
      Laparotomy can be used for more extensive surgery either in attempt to restore normal anatomy, or at least preserve reproductive potential.
      Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and surrounding tissue) and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries).
      For patients with extreme pain, a presacral neurectomy may be indicated where the nerves to the uterus are cut.
      Raising your serotonin level: low serotonin levels reduce the pain threshold, and make people more vulnerable to every pain. Women particularly need adequate amounts of light during the second half of their menstrual cycles, when their serotonin levels may already be low.
      Many people like sweets: eating sugar or chocolate temporarily increases serotonin levels, but creates a rebound effect, characterized by heightened PMS symptoms.
      Avoid coffee and alcohol.
      Melatonin and serotonin are increased by meditation, and the stress hormone cortisol is decreased. Melatonin causes you to go into delta-sleep, during which period Human Growth Hormone is released. As melatonin levels drop from childhood (100%) to age 20 (30%) and age 30 (20%), recovering takes more time, so good deep sleep is essential.
      Serotonin is manufactured by the body from a partial protein or amino acid called tryptophan. This amino acid is found in many foods, including soy, turkey, chicken, halibut, and beans.
      Lavender, primarily in the form of oil, has been found to reduce several physiological parameters of stress by stimulating serotonin and inducing a feeling of calm and happiness.
      Light therapy increases your serotonin levels.
      In many cases, Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) has proven to relax or suppress the pain and relieve stress. Although doctors consider this to be an unorthodox method given all the treatments available for this condition and the fact that it may not produce any long term effects, this may still be an effective way to combat endometriosis. Research on this method is minimal since the drug is banned in most countries.[citation needed]
      Complementary or Alternative medicine are used by many women who get great relief from the pain and discomforts from a variety of available treatments.
      Nutrition There has been research showing that prostaglandins series 1 and 3 have an anti inflammatory effect which can help with endometriosis. Nutrition acan also help to boost the immune system, which is important if endometriosis is an auto-immune disorder.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have white clunky stuff coming out my vigina and it feels raw what it that?
    raw, warm,white cloudy looking stuff, sore.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello
      sound like you may have thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that causes irritation and swelling of the vagina. Symptoms vulval itching and soreness. Pain during sexual intercourse and pain during urination. Also there can be vaginal discharge which can be either thin and watery or thick like cottage cheese and usually does not smell. The vagina can be red and sore and can even crack.

      Thrush is also known by a number of names, including:

      * candida
      * vulvovaginal candidiasis
      * vulvovaginal candidosis
      * vaginal yeast infection

      Thrush is most commonly caused by a type of fungus known as Candida albicans. The Candida species of fungus is found naturally in the vagina, and is usually harmless. However, if the conditions in the vagina change, Candida albicans can cause the symptoms of thrush.

      It is not known exactly how changes in the vagina trigger thrush, but it may be due to a hormone (chemical) imbalance. In most cases, the cause of the hormonal changes is unknown. Some possible risk factors have been identified, such as taking antibiotics (medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria).

      Up to 75% of women will have thrush at some point in their lives. Up to half of these will have thrush more than once. Thrush most commonly affects women in their twenties and thirties, and those who are pregnant. Thrush is less common in young girls who have not had any periods yet and older ladies who had gone through the menopause. Ladies who are diabetic tend to get it more and ladies with low immune systems .

      The following things can increase the risk of getting thrush.
      Antibiotics

      Thrush occurs in about 30% of women who are taking a course of systemic, or intravaginal, antibiotics. These are medicines that treat infections caused by bacteria. They can either be taken orally (by mouth) or inserted into the vagina.

      Pregnancy

      If you are pregnant, changes in the levels of female sex hormones, such as oestrogen, make you more likely to develop thrush.

      Being Diabetic

      Immunodeficiency

      Your risk of developing thrush is also increased if your immune system is weakened, for example, by an immunosuppressive condition, such as HIV or AIDS, or if you are receiving chemotherapy (a treatment for cancer)

      Some people also say having sex often can cause thrush and wearing tight fitting clothes

      If you think you have thrush you must go to your doctors and get it diagnosed and treated if need be.

      You can treat thrush easy with oral anti fungal medications or with pills you insert up your vagina. Your doctor will normally give you a short course of the above which can last from 1 to 3 days. I have had the pill you insert up your vagina and it works well. I have only had thrush about 3 times and you should not worry as it is easy to treat.

      If you have thrush, as well as OTC treatments, there are self-help techniques that you can try. These include:

      * washing your vaginal area with water: avoid using perfumed soaps, shower gels, vaginal deodorants, or douches
      * not using latex condoms, spermicidal creams or lubricants if they irritate your genital area
      * not wearing tight-fitting, synthetic (man-made) clothes
      * wearing cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes whenever possible.

      Some women who have vaginal thrush use probiotics, such as live yogurts, to help treat and prevent the condition. There is no medical evidence that probiotics are effective, but there is no reason to think that they could be unsafe.

      Other techniques you may wish to try include:

      * wearing loose fitting underwear
      * avoiding tight or synthetic (man-made) clothing, such as leggings or tight jeans
      * avoiding perfumed soap, bubble bath and vaginal deodorant
      * making sure your vagina is well lubricated before sexual intercourse, e.g. by using a lubricating gel to prevent any damage to the vagina
      * when you go the toilet, make sure that you wipe the genital area from front to back
      * if you are prescribed antibiotics for another condition and this has given you thrush in the past, speak to your GP about it

      So if this is your first infection, get to your doctors and get it treated. I went to the docs with my first case, but when I got it again a year later and knew what it was, I went to my chemist and bought medication from over the counter to treat it. I just looked for anti- fungal medication.

      Hope you get better soon

      Take care

  13. QUESTION:
    can enough water and cranberry pills flush a uti?
    if it is caught early enough and is mild??
    my only symptom is i cant stop peeing and it only hurts a little after i go.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not. You need antibiotics.

      I love using natural remedies to help prevent infections, but I generally always take the conventional antibiotics if I develop an active infection.

      The key to treating UTIs naturally is to prevent them. The water and cranberry is a good way to keep the infection from coming back once you have already cleared the infection with antibiotics.

      See a doctor for a urine test. Never delay in treating a UTI because the infection can travel up into your kidneys and cause organ failure.

      Risk Factors for UTI

      Age and gender

      Women are 30 times more likely to develop a bladder infection than men. After menopause, the risk for recurrent infections increases substantially. This may be due to a decrease in estrogen, which may result in a reduction of the number of beneficial bacteria in the vagina that help keep harmful bacteria in check. The bladder also tends to become less elastic with age and may not empty completely.

      Sexual activity

      Frequent or traumatic sexual intercourse can increase the risk of urinary tract infections.

      Pregnancy

      Up to 10 percent of pregnant women tend to have bacteria in their urine, which increases the risk for urinary tract infections.
      Antibiotics. Some antibiotics can actually eliminate the good bacteria, cause an overgrowth of E. Coli in the vagina and increase risk of UTIs.
      Addiction to coffee and other forms of caffeine, as well as alcohol addiction and dehydration, are aggravating to the urinary tract.

      Typical symptoms of a UTI include:

      Bladder infections

      These are marked by a frequent, urgent need to urinate, or a painful or burning sensation during urination. Frequent urination may also occur during the night. Urine is typically cloudy.

      Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra). Marked by painful urination and a frequent need to urinate.

      Kidney infection. A bladder infection with pain spreading to the lower back or flanks may indicate that the infection is moving to the upper tract. Fever is common and blood in the urine may be visible as a pink tinge. Medical help should be sought immediately if this occurs.

      Suggested Lifestyle Changes

      Avoid wearing tight-fitting pants. Also, wear cotton-crotch underwear and pantyhose, and use mild detergents when washing underwear.

      Don't hold your urine. Be sure to urinate frequently and when you have the urge.

      Drink the right fluids. Increase your intake of fluids so that you urinate more frequently. Plain water is best, and it is also important to avoid alcohol and coffee.

      Good hygiene before and after sex. Keep the genital and anal areas clean, and urinate before and after intercourse to cleanse the urethra of bacteria. Always wipe front to back after a bowel movement.

      Try an estrogen vaginal cream. This may be best for post-menopausal women, who have lower levels of estrogen. Some research suggests that estrogen may help increase the number of beneficial bacteria that help fight infections.

      Nutrition and Supplements

      Cranberry juice and cranberry extract. Cranberries contain a substance that helps prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder walls. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice concentrate diluted with water, or take powdered cranberry extract in capsules.

  14. QUESTION:
    What Is Ovarian Cyst And how Can You Cure It?
    Can Ovarian Cyst be cured naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Typically, ovarian cysts are functional (not disease or cancer related) and occur as a normal process of ovulation. During the days before ovulation, a follicle grows. But at the time of expected ovulation, the follicle fails to break open and release an egg, as it is supposed to. Instead, the fluid within the follicle remains and forms a cyst.

      Functional, or physiological, ovarian cysts usually disappear within 8-12 weeks without treatment. They are relatively common, and are more common during a woman's childbearing years (puberty to menopause). Ovarian cysts are rare after menopause.

      Functional ovarian cysts are not the same as ovarian tumors (including ovarian cancer) or cysts due to hormone-related conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease. Some non-functional ovarian cysts must be treated to go away.

      An ovarian cyst can cause pain if it pushes on nearby structures, ruptures or bleeds. Pain may also occur if the cyst is twisted or causes twisting (torsion) of the fallopian tube.

      Symptoms of ovarian cysts can include:

      * Pelvic pain - constant, dull aching
      * Pain with intercourse or pelvic pain during movement
      * Pain during bowel movements
      * Pelvic pain shortly after beginning or ending a menstrual period
      * Abnormal uterine bleeding (change from normal menstrual pattern)
      * Longer than usual menstrual cycle
      * Shorter than usual menstrual cycle
      * Absent menstruation
      * Irregular menstruation
      * Abdominal bloating or swelling

      Often no symptoms are noted and ovarian cysts are found only be routine examinations. Usually birth control pills may be prescribed to help establish normal cycles and decrease the development of functional ovarian cysts.

      Simple ovarian cysts that are larger than 5-10 centimetres and complex ovarian cysts that persist should and will usually be surgically removed via laparoscopy (minimal invasive surgery).

      I would recommend that if you think you have an ovarian cyst that you consult with your doctor/gyno about this and ask them to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

      I have suffered from many bilateral ovarian cysts over the past 11 years and have surgery 2 times to have them removed (it wasn't anything too serious).

      I hope this helps to answer your question. Good luck :)

  15. QUESTION:
    menopause HOW DO I HANDLE THE AWFUL SYMPTOMS ?
    want can i do to stop the "yucky" feeling with menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the time when women lose fertility. So it is a very difficult period for them. This brings changes to their life. Thus they start to believe that they are getting older very quickly. Due to menopause, they experience some common effects. They also worry about these issues. As a result they suffer from insomnia. Hopefully this problem can be solved. This is also treated as a common side effect of menopause.

      Women feel a lot of grief in this period. They suffer from depression too. So they cannot sleep well at night and always worry about this. Physical symptoms, caused by menopause, are also responsible for this problem. Interruption while sleeping becomes disgusting and boring. However trying to take some steps to prevent these problems can help them. This attempt helps them to compare notes with other women who are also experiencing this problem.

      Insomnia can easily destroy the defense system of the body. As a result, virus, bacteria etc can easily attack the body. Getting sick become common phenomenon. It causes not only sickness, but also reduces thinking speed and productivity. In this time driving is not recommended, because women fall asleep easily. In order to avoid accident, they must be careful when they are affected by insomnia. Driving while drunk is similar to driving while tired. It is a serious problem. To avoid, this problem it is better to get a sleep remedy. Medication and natural, both types of sleep remedy are available. But it is better to use a natural remedy. One of the reasons is that natural remedies help to prevent insomnia as well as other symptoms that are caused by menopause. Another reason is that menopause insomnia is a natural problem. Nature is also enriched with remedies to cure these problems.

      There are some ways that help women to feel and sleep better. They should think about changing habits. They should eat healthy food because it is problem for health issues. Vegetables and fruits are very good for them. They should eat them regularly. Thus improving their diet will help them. Processed foods are not suitable for them. Avoiding these foods is a good idea.

      Women should not eat all the time. They must not eat before going to bed. This can cause interrupted sleeping. They can maintain a note of what they are eating in their daily life. They are allowed to have herbal tea and milk before bed.

      Physical exercise is very important. To lead a healthy life no one should deny physical exercise. Doing physical exercise is not hard. Women should do physical exercise by walking, riding on bike etc. They should make a plan and spend a little time for physical exercise.

      Most importantly, women have a lot of scope to improve their daily life to prevent insomnia. They will find new dimension by analyzing their daily life. If they can detect faults that go against the condition of keeping good health, they can avoid them easily. A little change of their life can bring happiness while reducing insomnia.

      There is no need to take drug or pill to sleep with insomnia. “Natural Sleep Made Simple” can help them in this case. Trying to sleep naturally is the best for women, nothing else is needed.

  16. QUESTION:
    whatts that word where you have like instant mood swings?
    because i think my mom has it. and i want her to go get checked for it.
    she could be perfectly fine then all of a sudden she will be bitchy and tired?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal changes like those occurring during and after pregnancy, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), post-partum depression and menopause can cause horrible mood swings in women. Your mother must be having PMS or menopause induced mood swings.

      For premenstrual syndrome (PMS), there are some herbal remedies that are generally recommended containing ingredients such as Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa which help to naturally reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome and support health. Don Quai is also a very effective Chinese herb which helps to restore hormonal balance and promote female reproductive health – thereby reducing the occurrence of pre-menstrual symptoms.

      For menopause, many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and soothes the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/blog/2010/06/nutrition-herbal-supplements-homeopathic-remedies-for-mood-swings/

  17. QUESTION:
    I'm a 17 year old girl, why do i have so much cum in my underwear when I come home from a long day?
    When I come home, I take my clothes off, it go to the bathroom and my underwear has so much discharge in it?! Sometimes its really liquidy, some thick! (Sorry of this grosses you out) its soooo weird and gross and kinda embarrassing if anyone were to know. Is this normal? Will it stop?
    Right now, its yellowy greenish color, really liquidy and smells bad! Why:( Also it always smells bad!! :( UGGHHHHHH

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a doctor as this might be a result of an STD or just have a virginal Infection. If you have had sex with multiple partners it may result to an imbalance in your system as a result you will have fluids with color and more fluids than usual. the advice is see a doctor and try to disclose as much as possible.

      There are various factors that can contribute to this imbalance, including:

      Over washing

      Many people believe that Bacterial Vaginosis is a result of poor personal hygiene and worsen the symptoms by washing excessively or using a vaginal douche, unaware that this is one of the main causes of its recurrence.

      Hormonal changes in the body

      Hormone fluctuation normally occurs, but is not limited to:

      before puberty
      during pregnancy
      after childbirth
      before, during or after menopause
      Taking Antibiotics

      Antibiotics – that are normally prescribed by doctors to deal with a variety of infections in our bodies – attack and destroy all types of bacteria without any discrimination, including the friendly colonies, which are extremely important for our overall wellbeing. Since the re-growth of the harmful colonies normally occur at a much higher rate, many women suffer from recurrent bouts following antibiotic treatment, especially when this is their choice of treatment to eliminate Bacterial Vaginosis.

      Multiple sex partners

      Medical research confirms that women that have multiple sex partners are more predisposed to Bacterial Vaginosis. Having multiple sex partners creates an opportunity to introduce a variety of harmful bacteria into the vagina from different external sources.

      Is it possible to permanently cure smelly discharge?

      If you suffer from smelly discharge, it impacts the way you interact with people or the way you feel about yourself, you can change it! It couldn’t be simpler to cure smelly discharge discreetly, economically, permanently and naturally, as long as you are prepared to invest a little time and effort into treating yourself.

      Permanent cure can only be possible when the causes of this condition have been dealt with, rather than only the symptoms and the natural bacterial balance of the vagina has been effectively restored to its correct levels. This can easily be accomplished by using methods which will focus on :

      recognizing your trigger factors
      decreasing the number of harmful bacteria
      increasing the number of friendly bacteria
      The most popular ingredients that are used, depending on your body’s needs are:

      tea tree essential oil that has powerful antibacterial qualities
      probiotic yogurt, which contains high levels of friendly bacteria
      cider vinegar, that is effective in normalizing the PH level of the vagina
      These ingredients are very effective in restoring the bacterial balance of the vagina. When applied in the correct concentration and the right way eliminating smelly discharge becomes very simple.

      What happens if BV is not treated?

      If you suffer from smelly discharge, I urge you to treat it as promptly as possible. If Bacterial Vaginosis is left untreated, the harmful bacteria have the ability to travel up inside the female reproductive system, through the cervix, into the uterus and the fallopian tubes, which can potentially lead to serious consequences. Untreated BV can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility or ectopic pregnancies.

      If you’ve had recurring smelly discharge for a while or if you are suffering from Bacterial Vaginosis for the first time and it hasn’t cleared up by itself within 2 days, I highly recommend learning about natural treatment options that are guaranteed to permanently eliminate this problem within 3 days.

  18. QUESTION:
    How does one get rid of ovarian cysts naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts are usually a common and harmless swelling of one or both ovaries. These cysts most often occur in women who are between puberty and menopause, when the ovaries are in high gear propelling out mature eggs. The term functional means the cyst is not caused by any underlying disease or disorder, and that it will possibly resolve (shrink and disappear) on its own in a few weeks.

      Some functional ovarian cysts have no symptoms and are discovered, if at all, during routine pelvic exams. Others can cause symptoms, including changes in the menstrual cycle, including shorter or longer periods, skipped periods, and/or spotting between periods, pelvic pain or ache, especially during sexual intercourse or at the start or finish of menstruation, feelings of nausea or queasiness or breast tenderness.

      Functional ovarian cysts are not the same as ovarian tumors (including ovarian cancer) or cysts due to hormone-related conditions such as polycystic ovarian disease. Some non-functional ovarian cysts must be treated to go away.

      An ovarian cyst can cause pain if it pushes on nearby structures, ruptures or bleeds. Pain may also occur if the cyst is twisted or causes twisting (torsion) of the fallopian tube.

      Simple ovarian cysts that are larger than 5-10 centimetres and complex ovarian cysts that persist should and will usually be surgically removed via laparoscopy (minimal invasive surgery).

      I would recommend that if you think you have an ovarian cyst that you consult with your doctor/gyno about this and ask them to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

      I have suffered from many bilateral ovarian cysts over the past 10 years and have surgery 2 times to have them removed (it wasn't anything too serious).

      I hope this helps to answer your question. Good luck :)

  19. QUESTION:
    What are herb and green tea advantages?
    I am curious about the medicinal effects of some of the teas for diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Herbal teas nourish our nervous systems and strengthen our immune systems. In Chinese medicine, every aroma and flavor is associated with organ systems of the body: the sweet flavor found in anise seed has a special affinity for the stomach and spleen; the bitter flavor in dandelion root affects the heart and small intestines, helping to improve digestion and aid fat metabolism; the pungent flavor in ginger helps to improve lung capacity and large intestine health; the sour flavor in rose hips stimulates the functions of the liver and gall bladder and the salty flavor in kelp - a seaweed - nourishes the kidneys and bladder. The benefits are immediate - as soon as we taste the herbs, our brains receive signals from the subtle qualities of the plants.

      Anise seed (Pimpinella anisum ) is a member of the parsley family and has a lovely licorice-like flavor. Anise seeds aid digestion and freshen the breath. Anise also helps soothe a cough, improves bronchitis and its naturally sweet flavor can be blended with other herbs to make a pleasantly sweet tea.

      Ginger root (Zingiber officinale ) is a member of the ginger family. Zesty and very warming, ginger is an excellent way to improve poor circulation to all parts of the body and to help those that suffer from cold hands and feet. It is one of the best herbs for improving digestion, nausea, lung congestion and arthritis.

      Rose hips (Rosa species ) are members of the rose family. With a lemony tart taste and antiseptic properties, rose hips are a natural source of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. They are considered a liver, kidney and blood tonic, and are regarded as a remedy for fatigue, colds and cough.

      Peppermint (Mentha piperita ) leaf, one of the most recognized members of the mint family, aids digestion, calms nausea, freshens the breath and even has antiseptic properties that can help relieve cold and flu conditions. Peppermint has a refreshing cool flavor that makes it one of the most beloved herbs as well as a perfect after dinner tea.

      Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea ) is a member of the daisy family - the leaves and roots are valued for their immune stimulating properties. Echinacea stimulates T cell activity and interferon production, and makes cells less likely to be subject to viral takeover. It is used to treat colds, sore throat, fever and flu and is usually consumed several times daily during cold and flu symptoms. Echinacea has a slightly bitter, cool flavor and mixes well with peppermint.

      Chamomile (Matricaria recutita ) is a member of the daisy family. It has a calming quality and is widely used to relieve anxiety, caffeine withdrawal, hyperactivity, insomnia, pain and stress. Chamomile is also an excellent digestive tonic helping to relieve colic, flatulence, indigestion and irritable bowel. Some European hospitals serve it to calm patients and it is said to prevent nightmares. Many women use chamomile as a successful remedy to relax menstrual cramps.

      Green tea (Camellia sinensis ) is a member of the tea or thea family, named after the Greek word for goddess. Both green and black teas are from the same plant, yet black tea is fermented and contains more caffeine. Green tea leaves are rich in fluorine and help prevent dental decay by inhibiting the enzyme that causes plaque formation. Green tea is also a natural antioxidant, rich in vitamin C and has immune protecting properties. Most people find that green tea, although containing small amounts of caffeine, is less likely to cause nervousness or anxiety than black tea.

      Raspberry leaf (Rubus species) is a member of the rose family. With a flavor very similar to that of black tea, raspberry leaf is very rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron. It is considered a supreme tonic herb for women's health concerns such as menstrual conditions , pregnancy and menopause. Raspberry strengthens the joints and tendons - and its nutrients are also beneficial for men.

      Maté (Ilex paraguariensis ) is a member of the holly family. Native to South America, maté is the national drink of Argentina where it is consumed more frequently than black tea or coffee. Also known as yerba maté, the leaves are a powerful antioxidant, nerve stimulant and rejuvenating tonic. Maté helps promote regular bowel health, lifts the spirits, curbs the appetite and helps relieve hay fever. Maté does have a caffeine-like constituent which some refer to as mateine, but it does not seem to promote insomnia or nervousness the way coffee does. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals and has a pleasant earthy flavor.

      Roasted dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale ) is a member of the daisy family. For those giving up coffee, roasted dandelion root has a rich, warm, earthy flavor that can be very satisfying. It also helps one to stay warm longer

  20. QUESTION:
    if you are asian, can you drink alcohol?
    because I seem to be allergic. I don't break out, I just turn all red and look like a freak, so I don't drink. I've heard that some asians lack an enzyme to break down alcohol. And it seems to run in my family. My mom and sister have this reaction, but not my dad. How bout you?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Yes some people can be enzyme deficient, they are unable to metabolize alcohol efficiently and this can make them extra sick.

      2. You probably don't have this. Aparently flushing is quite common with Asians and alcohol.

      "Alcohol Dehydrogenase

      In humans, the enzyme is contained in the lining of the stomach and in the liver. It catalyzes the oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde:

      CH3CH2OH + NAD+ → CH3CHO + NADH + H+
      This allows the consumption of alcoholic beverages, but its evolutionary purpose is probably the breakdown of alcohols naturally contained in foods or produced by bacteria in the digestive tract.

      Alcohol dehydrogenase is also involved in the toxicity of other types of alcohol: for instance, it oxidizes methanol to produce formaldehyde, and ethylene glycol to ultimately yield glycolic and oxalic acids. Humans have at least six slightly different alcohol dehydrogenases. All of them are dimers (consist of two polypeptides), with each dimer containing two zinc ions Zn2+. One of those ions is crucial for the operation of the enzyme: it is located at the catalytic site and holds the hydroxyl group of the alcohol in place." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_dehydrogenase)

      "Alcohol is a natural product
      Alcohol (ethanol) is a normal by-product of human and animal cell chemistry/metabolism. Cell processes result in normal physiological levels of 0.01 to 0.03 mg of alcohol/100 ml of blood. By contrast, a blood alcohol limit for driving of 0.05 per cent is equivalent to 50 mg of alcohol/100 ml of blood.

      Alcohol is broken down in the liver
      Alcohol (ethanol) is broken down by liver enzymes within minutes. Conversion of ethanol to acetaldehyde requires the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase. Acetaldehyde is then transformed to acetic acid ("vinegar") by the enzyme aldehyde dehydrogenase. If individuals can't break down alcohol easily, problems may occur if alcohol is consumed.

      Flushing is not an allergic reaction
      Some patients will experience intense facial flushing after having even small amounts of alcohol. These symptoms are most common in those with an oriental / Asian background. Other side-effects of fluttering of the heart (palpitations, tachycardia), sensation of heat, headache, tummy discomfort or a drop in blood pressure (hypotension) are related to high blood acetaldehyde levels. Individuals with these problems appear to be partially deficient in aldehyde dehydrogenase, resulting in high levels of accumulated acetaldehyde.

      Other conditions may also trigger flushing
      Not all flushing is due to alcohol. Flushing can occur in skin conditions such as rosacea, the menopause, low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia), and sometimes as a response to some antibiotics or medicines used to treat diabetes or high blood fat levels.

      Alcoholic beverages contain ethanol and other substances
      The liver breaks down the alcohol (ethanol) we drink and converts it to a chemical called acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde is then transformed to acetic acid ("vinegar"). Problems occur if alcohol cannot be broken down. As well as ethanol, alcoholic beverages contain a complex mixture of grape, yeast, hop, barley or wheat-derived substances, natural food chemicals (eg. salicylates), wood and fruit-derived substances (eg. Histamine, tyramine in chianti), added enzymes (like papain) and preservatives (like sulphites). Severe allergic reactions have been described in people with allergies to proteins within grapes, yeast, hops, barley and wheat. These patients are not sensitive to alcohol itself. Furthermore, "fining agents" (like egg protein, milk proteins, parvalbumin and seafood proteins and "isinglass" which is a fish swim-bladder product) are sometimes used to remove fine particles. Whether these occur in sufficient amounts to trigger allergic reactions is unknown." (http://www.allergycapital.com.au/Pages/alcohol.html)

  21. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this cohosh herb which causes miscarriage?

    • ANSWER:
      Black cohosh can be found in natural or health food stores, and in many supermarkets and drugstores. WalMart, Walgreen's, and Food Lion carry it, and it can be ordered online. Here are some online sources:

      http://www.pipingrock.com/black-cohosh?mkwid=s1gw4BqE6&pcrid=14878666842&pmt=e&pkw=black%20cohosh%20supplement&gclid=CKvC3-LXjrQCFQ-f4AodJgoATQ

      http://www.doctorvitaminstore.com/0392_BlackCohoshExt.html

      Black cohosh is most often used to control the symptoms of menopause, such as:
      Headaches
      Hot flashes
      Mood changes
      Sleep problems
      Heart palpitations
      Night sweats
      Vaginal dryness

      Some studies have found evidence that black cohosh does help with these symptoms. However, many experts consider the evidence unclear and say that we need more research.

      Other uses of black cohosh have less scientific support. Women sometimes take it to regulate periods, ease PMS symptoms, and induce labor. Black cohosh has also been used to relieve arthritis pain and help lower blood pressure. There are some preliminary lab studies showing that black cohosh may be useful in preventing or treating prostate cancer. Definitive research has not verified black cohosh's effectiveness for these uses.
      How much black cohosh should you take?

      For menopausal symptoms, the dose of black cohosh used in studies has been 20-40 milligram tablets of a standardized extract taken twice a day. More than 900 milligrams a day of black cohosh is considered an overdose. Directions for taking black cohosh in other forms will vary. Some experts say that no one should take black cohosh for more than six months at a time.
      Can you get black cohosh naturally from foods?

      There are no food sources for black cohosh.
      What are the risks of taking black cohosh?

      Side effects from black cohosh include headaches and upset stomach. Side effects usually occur at high doses. There have been some people who may have developed liver problems after using black cohosh, the specifics of which are still being investigated. Nonetheless, people with pre-existing liver problems, or those taking any other medication/substance that affects the liver, should either avoid black cohosh or check in with their health care provider prior to use.
      Risks. Black cohosh may not be safe for:
      Women who are pregnant (although it is sometimes used to induce labor)
      Women who have -- or have had -- breast cancer or uterine cancer
      Women who have endometriosis
      Children under 18
      People with liver disease, a high risk of stroke or blood clots, or seizure disorders
      People with allergies to aspirin

  22. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else suffer from Endometriosis?
    I had recently posted a question about problems I was having after having a Hysterectomy a year and a half ago. I went to the Dr. and got blood work done. He has stated I have Endometriosis. He is so understanding about how much pain I am in. And he may operate and remove my ovaries. He is very hesitate in doing this as I am only 32 years old. Does anyone else suffer from severe pain from Endometriosis and how do you cope with it?

    • ANSWER:
      Currently, there is no known cure for endometriosis, though in some patients menopause (natural or surgical) will abate the process. Nevertheless, a hysterectomy and/or removal of the ovaries will not guarantee that the endometriosis areas and/or the symptoms of endometriosis will not come back, since adhesions can be found on other organs besides the reproductive organs and even on the abdominal walls. Surgical treatment tends to be conservative, with the goal of addressing pain or infertility issues through removal of the endometriosis tissue without damaging normal tissue.
      It is suggested but unproven that pregnancy and childbirth can cease the growth of endometriosis.[citation needed]. Nevertheless, after the pregnancy, there is no guarantee that the endometriosis will not reoccur.

      Other treatments for endometriosis pain include:

      NSAIDs not only reduce pain but also reduce menstrual flow. They are commonly used in conjunction with other therapy. For more severe cases narcotic prescription drugs may be used.

      Hormone suppression therapy: This approach tries to reduce or eliminate menstrual flow and estrogen support. Typically, it needs to be done for several months or even years.

      Progesterone or Progestins: Progesterone counteracts estrogen and inhibits the growth of the endometrium. Such therapy can reduce or eliminate menstruation in a controlled and reversible fashion. Progestins are chemical variants of natural progesterone.

      Avoiding products with xenoestrogens, which have a similar effect to naturally produced estrogen and can increase growth of the endometrium.

      Continuous hormonal contraception consists of the use of combined oral contraceptive pills without the use of placebo pills, or the use of NuvaRing or the contraceptive patch without the break week. This eliminates monthly bleeding episodes.

      Danazol (Danocrine) and gestrinone are suppressive steroids with some androgenic activity. Both agents inhibit the growth of endometriosis but their use remains limited as they may cause hirsutism. There has been some research done at Case Western Reserve University on a topical Danocrine, applied locally, which has not produced the hirsutism characteristics. The study has not yet been published in a medical journal.

      Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Agonist: These agents work by increasing the levels of GnRH. Consistent stimulation of the GnRH receptors results in downregulation, inducing a profound hypoestrogenism by decreasing FSH and LH levels, thereby decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels. While quite effective, they induce unpleasant menopausal symptoms, and over time may lead to osteoporosis. To counteract such side effects some estrogen may have to be given back (add-back therapy).

      Aromatase inhibitors are medications that block the formation of estrogen and have become of interest for researchers who are treating endometriosis.

      Lupron depo shot is also a gonadotropin and is used to lower the hormone levels in the woman's body to prevent any growth of endometriosis. The lupron shot is given in 2 different doses a once a month for 3 month shot with the dosage of (11.25mg) or a once a month for 6 month shot with the dosage of (3.75mg). This puts the body into a "medicated menopause", resulting in side effects such as mild to severe hot flashes or a drop in bone density (which usually recovers after treatment). The therapy is less invasive than surgical approaches.

      Source
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endometriosis

  23. QUESTION:
    Anyone who can cook food that lowers sugar levels, please help!?
    My father just discovered that he has a high blood sugar. So I want to cook him something that is good to taste and will bring down his sugar level. Now I usually cook. But I have no idea about recipes that are characterized to decrease sugar levels. So if you could help me with some really nice recipes, that'd be great. Also, mention your experience with cooking, the local name of the dish, the ingredient that is responsible for lowering the sugar levels & probably a photograph or a video link if possible.
    Thanks in advance :)
    Also, if possible, please mention the country you belong to and the country your dish belongs to.
    Thanks :)
    Also, if possible, please mention the country you belong to and the country your dish belongs to.
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Foods that are rich in carbohydrates such as bread and pasta can cause high blood sugar levels. Avoiding these foods in favor of leafy green vegetables can work to lower blood sugar in the body. Lowering Blood Sugar recommends eating only three to four servings of carbohydrates per day.

      No Sweets For You

      A high blood sugar level is dangerous for your health. Eating foods that contain high amounts of sugar or digestible sweetener like chocolate or other candy can aggravate this condition. Staying away from sweets have help your body naturally lower its own blood sugar levels.

      Gymnema sylvestre is an herb native to India that is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat diabetes and other blood sugar disorders. Its main chemical component, gymnemic acid, can reduce the taste bud's ability to detect sweetness, thereby decreasing the craving for sugary foods. According to early studies published in the "Journal of Ethnopharmacology" and "Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice", extracts of gymnena sylvestre appear to not only reduce blood glucose levels, but, over time may also help reduce the need for prescription medication for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

      Fenugreek is a culinary herb used in eastern Indian cuisine. It is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including: arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, indigestion, as well as symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. The University of Maryland Medical Center also cites studies which showed fenugreek's ability to regulate blood sugar levels. In one study, fenugreek seed powder not only lowered blood sugar, but improved cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well. It can be used for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

      Cinnamon is a popular spice in baking that also has medicinal properties. It has been used for centuries by herbalists to treat indigestion, diarrhea, ease menstrual cramps and lower blood sugar. It also acts as a natural stimulant and is used in herbal formulas to enhance the effects of other herbs. According to the University of Maryland, clinical studies of cinnamon showed that it reduces blood glucose, triglycerides and total cholesterol levels. The studies used relatively high doses of cinnamon, up to six grams per day. Always consult a health care practitioner before using culinary herbs for medicinal purposes.

      In addition to herbal remedies, the American Diabetes Association lists several super-food that can be used to help regulate blood sugar. They recommend foods with a low-glycemic index, that are high in fiber and antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. Some of the recommended super-foods include dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, citrus fruits, nuts, dried beans, berries and tomatoes. Fiber-rich sweet potatoes can also be substituted for white potatoes.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for Hot Flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Recent studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      * alcohol
      * caffeine
      * diet pills
      * spicy food
      * hot food
      * hot tubs
      * saunas
      * hot showers
      * hot beds
      * hot rooms
      * hot weather
      * smoking

      * Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer.
      * Don't wear wool, don't wear synthetics, and be wary of silk. That leaves cotton, linen, rayon, and more cotton. (Look at the bright side: You'll save on cleaning bills, and you can stop worrying about moths.)
      * Avoid turtlenecks. Stick to open-neck shirts.
      * Keep ice water at hand that you can sip to cool down your insides.
      * Where possible, lower the thermostat. Maybe it's time for a decent air conditioner or a ceiling fan. Or maybe you'd prefer one of those little hand-held battery-operated fans or the foldable kind you flutter in front of your face. You can find perfectly adequate paper fans for about a dollar.
      * Wear cotton pajamas or a nightgown. If you perspire a lot at night, your nightclothes are easier to change than the sheets.
      * Use cotton sheets only, not synthetics.
      * Get a bigger bed if you and your partner are on different heat planets but you still want to stay in close orbit.
      * Take a cool shower before bed.
      * Try a mild medication like Tylenol
      * Arrive at meetings early so that you can get the coolest seat.
      * Use your freezer liberally. A number of women talked about opening the freezer at home (or in the supermarket) and sticking their head in when a hot flash hits.

      Lifestyle changes to alleviate hot flashes

      Exercise: Increasing your level of activity (for example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator) can reduce hot flashes and have a positive impact on just about every other symptom attributed to menopause and growing older, including:

      * insomnia
      * mood swings
      * eroded self-image
      * loss of libido
      * fatigue
      * elevated cholesterol levels
      * heart, bone, and muscle health.

      Relaxation and stress reduction: It isn't unusual to have trouble dealing with stress, especially if you've undergone treatment for breast cancer. You may find that one of the following techniques will help you minimize the devastating effects of stress on your body:

      * relaxation exercises
      * breathing exercises
      * meditation
      * visualization
      * massage
      * hypnosis
      * yoga
      * biofeedback techniques.

  25. QUESTION:
    What can I do to help avoid or alleviate hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Lay an egg?

      No, no, on a serious note:

      Beating the heat naturally
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Recent studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      Avoiding triggers
      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      alcohol

      caffeine

      diet pills

      spicy food
      hot food

      hot tubs

      saunas

      hot showers
      hot beds

      hot rooms

      hot weather

      smoking.

      Hot flash survival tips
      Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer.

      Don't wear wool, don't wear synthetics, and be wary of silk. That leaves cotton, linen, rayon, and more cotton. (Look at the bright side: You'll save on cleaning bills, and you can stop worrying about moths.)

      Avoid turtlenecks. Stick to open-neck shirts.

      Keep ice water at hand that you can sip to cool down your insides.

      Where possible, lower the thermostat. Maybe it's time for a decent air conditioner or a ceiling fan. Or maybe you'd prefer one of those little hand-held battery-operated fans or the foldable kind you flutter in front of your face. You can find perfectly adequate paper fans for about a dollar.

      Wear cotton pajamas or a nightgown. If you perspire a lot at night, your nightclothes are easier to change than the sheets.

      Use cotton sheets only, not synthetics.

      Get a bigger bed if you and your partner are on different heat planets but you still want to stay in close orbit.

      Take cool shower before bed.

      Try a mild medication like Tylenol

      Arrive at meetings early so that you can get the coolest seat.

      Use your freezer liberally. A number of women talked about opening the freezer at home (or in the supermarket) and sticking their head in when a hot flash hits.
      Lifestyle changes to alleviate hot flashes
      Exercise: Increasing your level of activity (for example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator) can reduce hot flashes and have a positive impact on just about every other symptom attributed to menopause and growing older, including:

      insomnia

      mood swings

      eroded self-image

      loss of libido
      fatigue

      elevated cholesterol levels

      heart, bone, and muscle health.

      Exercise also increases endorphin levels, increasing your threshold for pain.

      Relaxation and stress reduction: It isn't unusual to have trouble dealing with stress, especially if you've undergone treatment for breast cancer. You may find that one of the following techniques will help you minimize the devastating effects of stress on your body:

      relaxation exercises

      breathing exercises

      meditation

      visualization
      massage

      hypnosis

      yoga

      biofeedback techniques.

      Changing your diet: Over time, a low-fat diet helps some women with hot flashes. Losing excess weight helps, but losing too much weight, or being too thin, can worsen symptoms. As you consider other food changes, keep in mind that natural doesn't mean harmless. Herbal remedies and soy preparations may work because of their plant estrogens, but you can't assume that just because an estrogen comes from a plant it's a safe remedy.

      Chinese medicine: Chinese medicine has a long tradition of treating hot flashes. There are all kinds of hot flashes, and the Chinese have descriptions for all of them. Before treating you, a Chinese doctor takes a full history and performs a complete physical, with particular attention to your tongue and your pulse. He or she then determines whether you're suffering from a "hot" menopause or a "cold" menopause. If you have gone through a surgical or medical menopause, Chinese herbs are usually not considered strong enough to eliminate your menopausal hot flashes, but they can help.

      Chinese medicine usually involves:

      acupuncture, which moves your Xi (your inner wind, energy, or spirit). For every woman who's skeptical about this approach, there's a woman who's found acupuncture helpful for hot flashes.
      herbology, in which many different herbs are cooked together to make a tea customized to your particular symptoms. Common to all Chinese herbal mixes is dong quai, thought to be a plant estrogen. More plant estrogens that women have found effective in treating hot flashes over the centuries can be found in ginseng, evening primrose oil, licorice root, red raspberry leaves, sarsaparilla, spearmint, damiana, motherwort, chasteberry (also known as Vitex), black cohosh, and wild yams. These herbal remedies, Chinese and other, may be effective at reducing hot flashes but, again, their relative safety in women who have had breast cancer is not known. Avoiding, or using plant estrogens with great caution, is best, and never try them without telling your doctor. Even leading Chinese medicine practitioners caution women not to self-treat with Chinese herbs.
      Vitamins: Some women find that taking vitamin E every day (800 I.U., range 400–1000) helps. Actually, a placebo works almost as well. The National Cancer Institute's/National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project's Tamoxifen Breast Cancer Prevention Trial also recommends vitamin E, or one of the following: vitamin B6, 200–250 milligrams daily, and Peridin-C (containing antioxidants), two tablets taken three times daily. If vitamin E helps you, great, but if you have significant hot flashes, you will probably need something more effective.

  26. QUESTION:
    What does peri-menopausal mean?My sisters doc just told her that she's peri-menopausal- what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Perimenopause, which means "around menopause," refers to the 2 to 8 years of fluctuating hormones and related symptoms leading up to menopause. The hallmark of the perimenopausal transition is longer, often irregular menstrual cycles that are caused by hormonal ups and downs. On average, women start perimenopause around age 46, with an average of 5 years until it ends. Most (95%) of all women start perimenopause between ages 39 and 51. Some women begin to notice menstrual changes and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in their late 30s, when hormones typically begin to fluctuate and fertility naturally declines; other women don't notice perimenopausal changes until their late 40s.
      Until menopause, irregular menstrual cycles can lead to heavy menstrual bleeding (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). Common symptoms that can begin well before menopause and last for a year or more afterward include mild to severe hot flashes, insomnia, reduced mental clarity, headaches, heart palpitations, mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Symptoms are different for every woman—some notice few or no changes, while others have severe symptoms that disrupt their sleep and daily lives. As estrogen steadily drops for several months before and after menopause, it's common for perimenopausal symptoms to worsen, then subside over time as hormones stabilize. Some women have continuing symptoms, such as hot flashes, for years after menopause. When estrogen levels drop below a certain point, nearly all women develop vaginal dryness and irritation, continuing into the postmenopausal years. Fortunately, this symptom can easily be treated.

  27. QUESTION:
    We want to have a baby but I have PCOS?
    Alright so those of you who have PCOS may be able to answer my questions. I hope. My fiance, and I are getting married in 1 month, and we have been talking about having a baby for a year now. Well when we were trying things went wrong, and I found out that I had PCOS: Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. It really throws everything off in a woman's body. The doctor put me on birth control and metformin. Because my cycle would not stop without using birth control. Anyways we want to try again and I have herd that it will be hard to have a baby. A friend of mine also has PCOS and she used something called PreSeed. I have one problem that i plan on telling my doctor about and that is i am very dry down there. I am never wet anymore. To make love we have to use lube and stuff. So what can i do that helped you guys?

    • ANSWER:
      You can still have a baby naturally. I would suggest you stay away from the hormones and prescription drugs as they don't actually fix PCOS. They only mask the problem. While its good to have your body mimic a period and slough off the endometrial lining, birth control and provera aren't doing anything for your actual hormones or PCOS symptoms. If anything, they cause your body to rely on the chemically produced hormones and block your body's natural hormone making and secretion ability. Of course, the average medical doctor will not state that since they are trained to treat the symptoms, not the cause. Metformin may help with the insulin resistance but its not actually doing anything for the PCOS. There are a lot of simple things you can do, naturally, that will get your body back on track and reverse PCOS. I found this site that has a newsletter that gives good info to do step-by-step to reverse PCOS naturally. www.pcos-insulin-resistance.info/newsletter . It lists everything I did, and then some. I struggled with PCOS for over 15 years. Once I started doing the right things and stopped taking the hormones, my body corrected itself. It took me less than 2 months to start having periods naturally. In less than a year I conceived naturally (and by total accident! lol), had a healthy pregnancy and baby, and haven't had a recurrance of PCOS. I only wish I had known all this years ago and didn't suffer as long as I did. Its emotionally draining feeling so lost and helpless when all you want is a baby.
      FYI, I used to get a little dry too. After I got my body back on track, I've never had that problem again either. The dryness is a direct result of the hormonal imbalance, kind of like a woman going through menopause.

  28. QUESTION:
    will the herbal supplement estroven shrink my package?
    my bf wants me to take it, obviously im a bottom...

    • ANSWER:
      The following was copied and pasted from this link. . .

      http://www.drugs.com/drp/estroven-caplets.html

      What is Estroven?
      Estroven is a dietary supplement containing natural ingredients. Estroven helps reduce physical and psychological effects of hormonal imbalance associated with perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.

      Estroven Uses
      Clinical studies of the specific ingredients in Estroven when used by women experiencing early climacteric symptoms (perimenopause) have shown significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms including night sweats and hot flashes; reduction of hormone-related irritability; support for a restful sleep; and protective effects on bones and the cardiovascular system.*
      Estroven Directions
      Take one caplet daily a few hours before bedtime with food.
      Estroven contains a natural calming herbal blend that, when taken before retiring for the day, may help you relax, enjoy a good night's sleep and have an energized morning.*
      It is recommended that all supplements be taken with food to avoid any minor stomach upset that may result when supplements are taken on an empty stomach. Additionally, some nutrients such as vitamin E and the B vitamins are better absorbed with food.
      Estroven Precautions
      Do not take if pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive
      Estroven Adverse Reactions
      There are no major side effects associated with the recommended dosage of Estroven.
      Ingredients
      Each caplet contains: Vitamin E 30IU; Thiamin 2mg; Riboflavin 2mg; Niacin 20mg; Vitamin B-6 10mg; Folate 400mcg; Vitamin B-12 6mcg; Calcium 150mg; Selenium 70mcg; Estroven Calming Herbal Blend (proprietary blend of Date seed extract [ Zizyphus spinosa ] and Magnolia bark extract) 150mg; Isoflavones (from Pueraria lobata root extract and GMO-free soybeans) 55mg; Black cohosh root standardized extract 40mg, Boron 1.5mg.
      Estroven helps to naturally support hormonal balance with ingredients known to be good sources of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring compounds found in many plants including soybeans, whole grain cereals, seeds, nuts and many herbs. Phytoestrogens have a structure similar to that of the estrogen produced in your body and help support hormonal balance.* Studies have shown that women who consume foods high in phytoestrogens experience less dramatic hormone fluctuations during menopause.*
      Soy Isoflavones
      Soybeans are very rich sources of phytoestrogens called isoflavones. The specific plant estrogens in soy include daidzein and genistein.
      Standardized Black Cohosh
      Black cohosh is a rich herbal source of natural phytoestrogens that has been clinically shown to reduce hot flashes.* It has been used for centuries throughout the world to provide support for many areas of female health.
      Calcium and Boron
      Estroven is a good source of supplemental calcium to support strong bones.* Boron is an essential nutrient which aids calcium absorption.*
      Natural Vitamin E, B-12, B-6 and Folic Acid
      Vitamins E, B-6, B-12 and folic acid have been extensively researched, and all play an integral role in supporting cardiovascular health.*
      Estroven Calming Herbal Blend
      A natural blend of traditional herbs used to reduce irritability and get a good night's sleep.*
      B Vitamins
      Thiamin (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), and niacin (B-3) work together to transform carbohydrates in your diet into energy.*
      Other Ingredients - cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, silica, vegetable magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide (natural mineral source), vanilla and caramel color.
      Estroven contains no artificial dyes, colors, preservatives, flavors, yeast, wheat, gluten or lactose.
      * These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Estroven is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

      This is dietary supplement for women that are menopausal

      So please do not waist your money on estroven it will do absolutely nothing for you.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is another option for Provera?
    my doctor had given me something to make my period start im pretty sure it was provera but it was something like it.

    • ANSWER:
      How old are you? May I know what was the reason why your doctor prescribed provera?

      Provera or Medroxyprogesterone is used to promote menstruation when women do not begin naturally to menstruate at puberty (called primary amenorrhea) or if they stop menstruating before menopause (called secondary amenorrhea). Medroxyprogesterone also is used for treating abnormal bleeding from the uterus in many situations, though only after attempts to determine the cause of bleeding have been made. It is not used to treat bleeding due to fibroids, tumors, or other correctable causes of bleeding. Medroxyprogesterone is used in combination with estrogens for treating symptoms of menopause in order to prevent unchecked growth of the endometrium that may lead to endometrial cancer. It also is used for treating the pain of endometriosis.

  30. QUESTION:
    what are the signs of endometriouis?
    has any one had it and what are the signs and how do u get it?and how do u get rid of it

    • ANSWER:
      What are the symptoms?
      While some women with endometriosis never have symptoms, others develop mild, moderate, or severe pain. Depending on where the endometriosis is growing, pain can be in the lower belly or in the rectum or vagina. Pain can happen only before and during the menstrual period or on a constant basis. For some women, pain is most noticeable during sex, a bowel movement, or ovulation. Abnormal vaginal or rectal bleeding can be a sign of endometriosis.

      Endometriosis can sometimes make it difficult to get pregnant. Some women never know that they have endometriosis until they see a doctor because they are not able to get pregnant (infertility).

      If you have endometriosis, it is likely to be different for you than for another woman who has it. If you have symptoms, they may stay the same, improve, or suddenly get worse. They are likely to improve during pregnancy. For almost all women, endometriosis shrinks away and stops causing symptoms after menopause.

      How is it treated?
      There is no cure for endometriosis. However, you do have options for treating pain and infertility. These include slowing, stopping, or removing endometriosis implants and scar tissue. Your treatment choices depend on whether you plan to get pregnant in the future. You may need to try several different treatments to find one that works best for you.

      Pain. For endometriosis that causes only mild symptoms, you may get enough relief with home treatment such using as a heating pad and taking pain medicine that you can buy without a prescription.

      When pain medicine is not enough, many women get relief by controlling their menstrual cycles with birth control pills. The advantage of birth control pills is that they are the only hormone therapy that most women can take for years with few or no side effects.

      If birth control pills do not help, you may try other hormone therapies that work by lowering the body's estrogen levels. This can cause difficult side effects, however. All hormone therapies relieve endometriosis pain by shrinking endometriosis implants. Overall, they all work well to relieve pain for most women. 2 However, pain often returns several months after treatment ends.

      Removing implants or scar tissue with surgery relieves pain for most women. However, pain usually returns a year or two after surgery. Taking hormone medicine after surgery may help you stay pain-free longer. 3, 4

      As a last resort for pain treatment, some women have the uterus and ovaries removed (hysterectomy and oophorectomy). Having your ovaries removed drops your estrogen levels and starts early menopause. This relieves symptoms in most cases, but up to 15% of women have pain return. 5 Also, removing your uterus and ovaries is a major surgery that has its own risks. It also makes you permanently unable to become pregnant. For more information, see the topic Hysterectomy.

      Infertility. Depending on your age (fertility naturally declines after age 35) and how severe your endometriosis is, you have different options. You can improve your chances of pregnancy by having laparoscopic surgery to remove moderate to severe endometriosis, using intrauterine insemination and fertility drugs such as clomiphene (Clomid, for example), and/or having in vitro fertilization (IVF).

  31. QUESTION:
    how do i shrink breast and uterine fibroids naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Only natural way i could think of is DON GET PREGNANT n WAIT FOR UR MENOPAUSE...i know it sounds odd. other options..

      The use of natural progesterone cream, not the synthetic form of the hormone, which is available only by prescription, but a plant derivative of a type of yam widely available in health food stores.

      Drugs may be used to relieve symptoms or to shrink fibroids, but only temporarily. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), alone or given with a progestin (a drug similar to the hormone progesterone), can reduce bleeding caused by fibroids. Hormonal contraceptives can control bleeding in some women. However, when women discontinue contraceptives, abnormal bleeding and pain tend to recur. Also, when some women are treated with contraceptives, the fibroids grow.

  32. QUESTION:
    I need non-medicinal tips on how to survive 10+ years of hot flashes!?
    I'm 46 And am peri-menopausal

    • ANSWER:
      <<I need non-medicinal tips on how to survive 10+ years of hot flashes!?<<

      Yes. One way is to detox, go organic, and use herbal toincs (online or at health food stores - web site has retailer locator). Detoxing removes external factors from the body and helps prevent them from interfering with the body's own natural functions. Another words, it's not possible to tell if hot flashes are naturally occurring or the side effect of a toxic influence. Detox by doing an organic diet and neutralizing your home and bedroom..

      Neutralize by avoiding as many chemicals as you can. Wash your laundry in only unscented detergent and rinse twice. Never use fabric softener. Detergent bases are from non-organic plants. Rinsing a second time helps remove more detergent.

      Use natural-organic products when possible. If you can't eat it don't buy is a good rule. Especially avoid anything cotaining the word "fragrance". If it's scented don't bring it home. That includes perfumes, air fresheners, furniture polish, etc. Those are especially strong for the nervous system. The nervous system regulates automatic body functions. Strong toxins interfere, especially with the nerves that are less than healthy and cause quirks. "Fragrances", the ingredient, are made up of chemicals that appear to not be regulated by the FDA and they likely contain more pesticides.

      Pesticides are known hormone disruptors. Most common products are made from non-organic plants. One non-organic product might not be harmful but the use of many is. The affect is cumulative and leads to autonomic neuropathies - quirks in the nervous system,the part that regulates autonomic body functions, like hormone production, moods, heart rate, etc.

      I learned about the problems with non-organics first hand because I have dozens of neuropathies due to pesticides intolerance. A full organic diet was the solution. If other people did organic diets, they would probably learn they do also. On an organic diet my symptoms all go away. It's a pitiful state of affairs when we have no choice but to eat toxic food.

      Check out herbal tonic products at www.newtonlabs.net. I use a few of their products and have been very satisfied. They sell a product called "detox" (6 drops at bedtime) and one called "menopause." The menopause tonic (6 drops per dose 1 - 4 x per day) says it will help relieve the symptoms of menopause. I went through menopause 12 yrs ago and never had hot flashes or really any other noticable symptoms, but I decided to try it anyway and was pleasantly surprised. I've noticed physical changes. I am amazed at how affective these tonics are. I was a huge skeptic. But they do require an organic diet, and if you think about it, drugs should too. Drugs that treat neuropathies (menopause is one) sedate over-active neurons (nerve cells). Over- active nerves are made even more over-active from exposure to toxins. These products are worth a try for a natural treatment. Good luck!!

      If you want to see how pesticides and toxins of food and common house hold products can affect the mind and body watch this youtube video of a TV show on this subject. Got to this link.
      Doris Rapp, MD environmental allergist on Phil Donahue's Show

  33. QUESTION:
    what causes outer vaginal allergies?
    i have allergies with sanitary pads, pantiliners and even feminine wash. How can I treat it.?

    • ANSWER:
      It can occur before or after menstruation and causes a great deal of discomfort. Membranes of female genitalia naturally secrete clear and odorless mucus containing a certain level of acidity -- to lubricate its surrounding walls and protect it against infection. The amount of lubrication has a great influence in the body’s estrogen supply. Estrogen is an essential hormone that aids genetalic membranes to produce ample amounts of mucus to keep its natural elasticity and moisture. Causes of this condition include: (a) hormonal changes that go along with menopause, childbirth, or breast feeding, (b) allergic reactions to the following: tissues used for wiping, underwear cloth, medications, radiation or chemotherapy, and hormonal disorders. Dryness is often accompanied with itching and burning or stinging sensation. Additional symptoms are irritation, painful and/or slight bleeding during intercourse, and frequent urination. Here are some helpful tips to treat dryness of female genitalia.

      1.Be very careful with the type of feminine wash you are using. Avoid using strong scented bar soaps that may cause irritation and dryness. Use a mild feminine wash that’s ph-balanced to match the acidity of your body fluid. And also, make sure that such solution is tested and approved by dermatologists and gynecologists.

      2.Pay close attention to the products you are using. Without you knowing it, the itchiness and dryness you're having may be due to an allergic reaction to scents and dyes from the kind of toilet paper or wipes you are using, the type of fabric your underwear is made of, or perhaps be from the kind of detergent soap you are using to wash your under wears. Be very careful when choosing your products. You may rather switch to using the type of wipe or toilet tissue that are plain white, milder, softer, and unscented, to avoid allergies. When your skin is overly sensitive, avoid wearing under wears made up of laces or nylons. You may try using cotton-made panties instead. When you suspect your laundry soap to be the cause, just try to rinse your under wears twice when you wash them. If it still makes you itch, then you may as well switch to another brand.

      3.Increase your overall body fluid by drinking plenty of water. This is a very simple way to help increase body secretions.

  34. QUESTION:
    if you have naturally thin hair, does that mean your hair is going to fall out early?
    i have slightly thin hair
    does that mean my hair will fall out early
    none of my parents have thin hair and they are 45 and 47
    i am 16

    • ANSWER:
      Not really, there are people with THIN, HEALTHY long hair, because it is HOW they're caring for their hair, and what foods they're eating even if they're medicated and in their 90's. I know, because I do volunteer work @ the Senior Center. Only those who've mess with chemicals, like hair dyes & perming, some with medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants & menopause, anti-acne.

      If you have thin hair? Treat your hair like that of a baby's hair, LOTS OF TLCs. I know you're an adult now with adult hair, but there are symptoms for bleaching, hair straightening, relaxing, crimping hair even to normal hair types. Imagine that happening to your hair, I mean as you've experienced already no product can improve your style. That's another reason why the hair industry is a billion dollar business, but they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse', and hair loss happen more to people with thin or coarse hair.

  35. QUESTION:
    Male menopause question?
    I've had problems with depression and hot flashes. I found that out my testosterone hormone went below normal! Now on testosterone hormone replacement, but still get hot flashes! I found a product for hot flash and menopause relief, with the name 'Estroven'! It does say for women, but it is helping my hot flashes. What kind of affects would there be on a man?

    • ANSWER:
      Male Menopause, also known as andropause, may or may not be an accurate description as a clinical phenomenon. Its proponents claim that it is a biological change experienced by men during their mid-life, and is often compared to female menopause. While menopause relates to a cessation of reproductive ability, andropause refers to a diminishment of the key male hormone testosterone which can lead to a severe loss of energy, concentration and depression, mood swings resulting in uneccessary nastiness and spiteful behaviour towards others. Unlike menopause, andropause does not necessarily cause a man's reproductive system to stop working altogether in mid-life but most will experience bouts of impotenceThe impact of low levels of testosterone has been previously reported. In 1944, Heller and Myers[1] identified symptoms of what they labeled the "male climacteric" including loss of libido and potency, nervousness, depression, impaired memory, the inability to concentrate, fatigue, insomnia, hot flushes, and sweating. Heller and Myers found that their subjects had lower than normal levels of testosterone, and that symptoms improved dramatically when patients were given replacement doses of testosterone.

      The concept of andropause is perhaps more widely accepted in Australia and some parts of Europe than it is in the United States[2]. In the U.S., many clinicians believe that, since men can continue to reproduce into old age, and do not universally show the same dramatic drops in hormone levels characteristic of menopause in women, andropause is nonexistent. Others feel that andropause is real, synonymous with hypogonadism or low testosterone levels [3]. Regardless of nomenclature, doctors agree that the loss of hormones can be a painful and often life-altering affliction, whether it is experienced by women or men.

      Some of the current interest in andropause has been fueled by the book Male Menopause, written by Jed Diamond[4]. According to Diamond, andropause (another term for "male menopause") is a change of life in middle-aged men, which has hormonal, physical, psychological, interpersonal, social, sexual, and spiritual aspects. Diamond claims that this change occurs in all men, generally between the ages of 40 and 55, though it can occur as early as 35 or as late as 65. Some argue the term "male menopause" is a misnomer, as men don’t have menstrual periods, and therefore cannot stop having them. Unlike women, men's reproductive systems do not cease to work completely in mid-life; some men continue to father children late into their lives (at age 90 or older[5]). But Diamond claims that, in terms of other life impacts, women’s and men’s experience are somewhat similar phenomena.[6][7][8]

      [edit] Criticism
      The role of hormones, generally speaking, is an unsettled area of science. Some argue that many of the cited symptoms are not specific enough to warrant describing a new condition as the cause. People who are overweight may be misguided into treating a 'new illness' rather than addressing the lifestyle that lead to being overweight. Similarly, energy levels vary naturally, and for those who are inactive, they are lower overall.

      While it is true that active and otherwise healthy men might develop andropause-like symptoms, how common and widespread the phenomenon is, and whether genetics, lifestyle, environment, or a combination of factors are responsible, continues to be studied.

      [edit] Diagnosis
      Morley[9] has developed a ten-item survey to screen for andropause, but emphasizes loss of testosterone as the primary cause. Mintz, Dotson, & Mukai[10] take a broader perspective and believe that other hormones, diet, and exercise are equally important. Diamond believes that depression is one of the most common problems of men going through andropause, and feels it is greatly under-diagnosed in men, with serious consequences[11].

      [edit] Treatment
      Several intervention strategies have been found to be effective[12][13][14][15]. These include:

      Hormone replacement therapy,[16]
      Exercise, dietary changes, stress reduction, [16]
      Couple counseling, career refocusing, and spiritual support,
      Chemical dependency treatment, sexual compulsivity treatment,
      Treatment for depression,
      Finding and engaging one’s “calling” in the second half of life.

  36. QUESTION:
    vaginal dryness? how can i treat it?
    hi im 19 years old (way to young for this) and i suffer from vaginal dryness. im not on the pill, its not because im not sexually aroused so what is it? and what can i do to help? Im too young to be experiencing this and its embarrassing. Ive been with my boyfriend for 5 years and just once i would like to have enjoyable sex with him with out lube. what can i do to fix this?

    • ANSWER:
      1
      Add flaxseed to your diet. Because it's high in phytoestrogens, flax can help with hot flashes, breast tenderness and cramping. Its high omega-3 fatty acids aid in preventing or fighting heart disease, arthritis and balancing hormones, which in turn will aid with vaginal dryness.

      2
      Consider the benefits of soy. Studies indicate that it can help minimize menopausal symptoms such as night sweats and hot flashes naturally.

      3
      Take B-vitamins. Besides relieving vaginal dryness, B-vitamins also help your body against the effects of stress.

      4
      Learn about the benefits of Evening Primrose Oil. In capsule form, it has been used successfully by many women to combat the symptoms of menopause, including vaginal dryness.

      5
      Treat vaginal dryness with Vitamin E. Some women use it effectively to treat vaginal dryness.

      6
      Explore the possibility of taking Vitamin A to help maintain elasticity and the mucous membranes.

  37. QUESTION:
    menapause, how do I know when it starts?
    Ok I just turned 40....well I have been having a "menstral cycle" pretty much for the past three months...non stop. I know weird right? Well I need to know whether or not I have started menapause or not, I am constantly hot/cold irritable, my mind is a bowl of spaghetti and I am needing some reassurance.HELP|

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm....the hot and cold flashes, irregular bleeding, and spaghetti brains....sounds like early menopause to me. I had spaghetti last night by the way!!! That garlic bread was on point! (lol)

      Anyways, after reading your descriptions, you seem to be showing the signs of it, but its a natural cycle, and one that you can definitely cope with, and manage.

      When it comes down to the hot/cold flashes, they come from your body responding to your estrogen levels lowering, and they'll keep happening until your body gets used to the missing estrogen. Most hot flashes last about 2-3 minutes, and you feel your upper body get really hot.

      The best thing to do is go ahead and dress light, and in layers. I would wear natural fibers instead of synthetic ones because the synthetic fibers trap heat and perspiration from hot flashes, and make them even worse. Natural fibers like cotton and wool will give your body more room to breathe, and cool you naturally.

      Start keeping a diary of your flashes too and writing them down when they happen. Then you'll be able to see what is triggering them.

      And while you're at it, try to avoid caffeine, spicy foods, and ESPECIALLY alcohol (because that can encourage bone loss).

      Also, breathe slow, and deep...about six breaths per minute during a hot flash.

      Soy protein found in soy-based food and soy milk can help reduce hot flashes.

      When it comes to irritability, being irritable is a pretty common symptom of pre-menopausal women. You probably feel
      -Increased stress
      -Trouble sleeping
      -On edge
      -Like your lashing out in anger or
      frustration
      -Less tolerance for people and
      events
      -Reduced patience
      -Over-reacting in situations

      Just realize that menopause is a major life transition and all of your irritability just comes from your hormones fluctuating. You can treat your irritability by:
      -Taking time for yourself; either alone or with other positive and calming people
      -Do activities you enjoy
      -Work on breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, and/or tai chi
      -Maintaining open communication with close kin (sometimes they can work your nerves, but most of the time, they can be the best medicine)

      Now for your spaghetti brains,

      Its really common in early menopause and you might be experiencing difficulty concentrating, loss of train of thought, forgetfulness, and an inability to focus on complex tasks.

      Guess why?? Good ol' hormones again. In fact, estrogen stimulates blood flow to the brain, and during menopause, because of the imbalance, its affecting your concentration.

      This is what you'll want to do to stop it:

      First, they call it a "lifestyle change". . . basically you should regulate your food intake so that you eat more fish, walnuts, and other high protein foods. You want to get foods with omega-3 and omega-6 because they're good for your brain.

      Or you can do some stress relieving techniques like yoga, as mentioned before.

      Second, herbal remedies, and alternative medicine.
      (Like the Asian method of acupuncture).

      A combination of both is best (lifestyle changes, and alternative medicine).

      To keep it simple and easy, eat more fish for your lifestyle change, and for alternative medicine, go to your local smoothie shop, and order a smoothie. Tell them to put in any of the following Concentration-Building Supplements:

      • Vitamin E
      • Gingko Biloba
      • Huperzine A
      • Ginseng
      • Acetyl-L-camitine

      Finally, irregular periods. This is the first sign that you're approaching menopause. Even though every woman's cycle is different, just about all women experience irregular periods about 3-10 years before they stop having their period completely. For some women (as in your case) they start to come too frequently, and for others not frequent enough. This is because once again, as menopause approaches, a women´s hormones become imbalanced, and because the menstrual cycle is entirely dependent upon hormones, irregular periods usually happen. (Specifically estrogen, and progesterone)

      And just in case you're wondering, during this time, its still possible to get pregnant.

      What you want to do is continue the lifestyle changes, and alternative medicine, and also take the opportunity to mention your period to your doctor. That way you see if there are any more serious conditions that may be causing it (I doubt that there are based on what you said, but you just want to be sure).

      Ok, also last but not least....there are a lot of other symptoms you'll want to be aware of when going through the process of pre-menopause into menopause, and then post menopause. Be sure to read up on them, so you can better prepare yourself for your body's changes.

      Other common symptoms you may (already) experience are:

      -NIGHT SWEATS
      -LOSS OF SEX DRIVE LIBIDO -We don't want to make Jay-Z mad Miss Beyonce! Talk it over with him too so it doesn't become an issue.
      -VAGINAL DRYNESS
      -MOOD SWINGS/SUDDEN TEARS
      -FATIGUE
      -HAIR LOSS/THINING
      -WEIG

  38. QUESTION:
    i want to prevent to early menopause,what i do?

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot prevent early menopause, but you can relieve the symptoms naturally.

      Menopause is the complete cessation of a menstrual cycle where the body goes through a number of hormonal changes and the ovaries stop releasing eggs for possible fertilization.

      Perimenopause is the phase of menopause when these changes begin. It is during this phase where women experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and irregular or abnormal periods.

      While menopause is a natural and expected process for every woman, the associated symptoms can be difficult and trying on both physical and emotional levels. Many women are now turning to the use of natural menopause remedies to counteract these symptoms.

      An herbal menopause remedy has the ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      Many doctors are early in prescribing radical treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) without fully educating patients on the risks and side-effects associated with the treatment.

      Before embarking on a radical treatment plan, consider using a 100% safe, effective, natural herbal menopause remedy alternative.

      Foods for Natural Menopause Relief:
      * Dairy products, including milk and cheese, are the best sources of calcium to help prevent osteoporosis.
      * Canned sardines and salmon supply extra calcium, provided they are eaten with the bones. Oily fish also contain Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.
      * Grean leafy vegetables, such as brocolli and cabbage, as well as legumes, have essential vitamins, minerals and fiber needed to prevent weight gain.
      * Whole-grain products provide fiber as well as B vitamins and minerals.

  39. QUESTION:
    how can hairfall be reduced naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Change your styling method and what chemicals you're using.
      Stop taking what you are currently taking now. Medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, even birth control pills.
      It took years, for hair fall to happen, they JUST DIDN'T happen.

      If you're a woman, they happen because:

      1. Telogen effluvium is a phenomenon that occurs after pregnancy, major surgery, drastic weight loss, or extreme stress, in which you shed large amounts of hair every day, usually when shampooing, styling, or brushing. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as antidepressants, beta-blockers, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. During telogen effluvium, hair shifts faster than normal from its growing phase into the "resting" phase before moving quickly into the shedding, or telogen, phase.
      2. Hair loss that is genetic is known as androgenetic alopecia and, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is the most common cause of hair loss. The gene can be inherited from either your mother's or father's side of the family, though you're more likely to have it if both of your parents had hair loss.
      3. Millions of people, most of them women, suffer from thyroid disease.
      4. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system attacks healthy tissues. The condition affects about 1.5 million people and tends to strike women during their childbearing years. See a rheumatologist if your hair loss is accompanied by joint pain, fatigue, and other symptoms of lupus, which is treated with oral medications such as prednisone. If you also have a rash on the scalp, you need to see a dermatologist, who is likely to prescribe a topical cream.
      5. Women who have heavy periods or don't eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency, in which the blood doesn't have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells transport oxygen to cells throughout your body, giving you the energy you need.
      6. As many as five million women in the United States suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome. The condition, which can begin as early as age 11, is caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the ovaries produce too many male hormones. PCOS often causes infertility.
      7. An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions that lead to hair loss include seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections such as ringworm.
      8. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles. It affects about 4.7 million people in the United States and occurs equally in men and women. The cause is unknown, but it may be triggered by stress or illness.
      9. Too much shampooing, styling, and dyeing can harm your tresses. Heat and chemicals weaken the hair, causing it to break and fall out. Often, it's a combination of treatments—keratin, coloring, and blow-drying, for instance—that does the damage.

      Other reasons why: Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs), steroids, hereditary, hair dyes, perming/relaxers, straightening (have read many on YA HAIR, and have responded to them since 2009), having babies (yes I read twice it happened to them), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, & anti-acne. Find the 'cause' and eliminate them, and your hair will improve. Your hair is crying for help! Ex. of relaxed hair.

      If they're from genetics, that may NOT be possible to prevent it.

  40. QUESTION:
    My daughter was on Zollotex to treat her endometrosis and has been through months?
    of unpleasant side effects. Now she has completed her course of treatment she find that she is still in a great deal of pain.

    Her consultant told her that this cannot be the case as this potent cancer treating drug is supposed to suppress the production of estrogen the main contriubtor of endometreosis.

    What I would like to know has anyone else been on this treatment for this condition and did it help you or are you still in considerable pain? What other treatent have you since been offered apart from being offered a hysterectomy?
    Yes she has had lazer surgery as well. has made no difference

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that her doctor is completely oblivious to the very nature of Zoladex and other GnRHs like it - i.e., that it is a *temporary* suppressor and in no way a long-term treatment or a cure - is concerning, but not suprising. She is not alone in her experience, sadly. So many lesser-skilled doctors think GnRH therapy is the be all, end all of Endo treatment, when they are merely band aids that cause side effects and don't in any way help for the long-term. This is particularly true in the U.K., which I gather from your message you are located in (?). She needs to see a true Endo specialist (again, I realize this is difficult given the healthcare system overseas, but not impossible) to discuss other options.

      GnRH therapy like Zoladex and its other ilk are not cures or even effective; hysterectomy with or without ovarian removal is not a cure or even effective if other disease is left behind - which it undoubtedly will be; pregnancy is not a cure; menopause is not a cure. These are all mythical, outdated theories that are as erroneous as the "backflow" theory of cause. She needs to have all disease meticulously removed through true excision by someone who truly understands the disease and how to treat it. Unfortunately again, excisionists are few and far between. Can you consider travel to such a specialist at all, by any chance? Or at least have her undergo a free records review at any of the following treatment centers here in the states?

      http://www.endometriosissurgeon.com
      http://www.endoexcision.com
      http://www.centerforendo.com

      There are others across the globe, although they are limited, and you might be able to find some additional suggestions here:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EndoDocs

      I know it seems daunting to even consider traveling for such care, but in reality, it is the best option women and girls with this disease have, and they travel to specialty centers every day seeking definitive care while preserving their organs.

      There is one alleged specialty center in the UK, but they don't mention if they have any skills at actually excising the disease...however, it might be worth an option to look into further:

      http://londonendometriosiscentre.com

      Also consider contacting any of the foundations for further help and assistance:

      The Endometriosis SHE Trust - for alternative and nutritional healing therapies and approaches, can be of great assistance to relieve some symptoms naturally:
      http://www.shetrust.org.uk

      National Endometriosis Society:
      http://www.endo.org.uk

      International Endometriosis Research Centre:
      http://www.endocenter.org

      Endometriosis.org:
      http://www.endometriosis.org

      Also of help:

      http://www.endocenter.org/pdf/2007ScreeningEducationKit.pdf

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/erc

      Know that you and your daughter are not alone and there IS a better way. Help is out there, and it won't be found by way of Zoladex, Lupron and other GnRH ilk.

      Good luck to you both on this journey; may she find the relief she needs and deserves.

  41. QUESTION:
    MEDROXYPROGESTERONE and irregular spotting?
    The doctor prescribed me (MEDROXYPROGESTERONE) for 10 days. My problem is that besides the spotting I have irregular cycles, I was having some spotting that lasted for 30 days. I started the medication on 8/13, and that day I stopped spotting. Today is my 8th day with the pill 8/21 and I saw some spotting again, and AM I supposed to get my period after I stop taking the MEDROXYPROGESTERONE pill? Or can I get my period while I am still taking the pills? I don’t even know if this is my period because what I have is a light spotting. But should I stop taking the MEDROXYPROGESTERONE pill? If anyone had ever take Medroxyp and has got the period before you stop taking the medication? We are also trying to have a baby, but while I’m taking these pills I can’t get pregnant probably after I get my real period. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Medroxyprogesterone is used to promote menstruation when women do not begin naturally to menstruate at puberty (called primary amenorrhea) or if they stop menstruating before menopause (called secondary amenorrhea). Medroxyprogesterone also is used for treating abnormal bleeding from the uterus in many situations, though only after attempts to determine the cause of bleeding have been made. It is not used to treat bleeding due to fibroids, tumors, or other correctable causes of bleeding. Medroxyprogesterone is used in combination with estrogens for treating symptoms of menopause in order to prevent unchecked growth of the endometrium that may lead to endometrial cancer. It also is used for treating the pain of endometriosis.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can HRT cause skin ageing?
    I have noticed a difference in my body over the past couple of months and feel that my body now looks older than it should. I am on estrogen only, and have been now for about a year, due to having to have a hystorecomy because of a cancer scare. Have any other women noticed this while on estrogen and if so is there some way to solve this problem? For some reason I have not noticed a difference in my face, only on my body. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have had a hysterectomy, including the loss of ovaries, you are Estrogen Dominant.
      And now, you are pumping MORE estrogen into your already overloaded hormone system.

      In addition, synthetic estrogen is known to CAUSE cancer!!

      Get a saliva test done to evaluate your hormone levels. I'm willing to bet that you need progesterone. NATURAL progesterone.

      Estrogen Dominance & What Are The Symptoms

      Doctors have historically recommended, and prescribed, synthetic estrogens and progestins to treat the symptoms of menopause and PMS. This is largely because most of the information that the doctors receive about new treatments are from the pharmaceutical companies. And because a product that can be produced naturally can not be patented the pharmaceutical companies have to create a synthetic version with a slightly modified molecule in order to patent the product.

      This however has been shown to be extremely unhealthy for your body. A New England Journal of Medicine article in 1995 involving 121,700 women showed that the chance of developing breast cancer went up to 40 percent in women that used estrogens and progestins (synthetic progesterone) for more than five years. Estrogen dominance is a term coined by Dr. Lee. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Evan a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen-dominance symptoms if she doesn’t have any progesterone.

      The symptoms and conditions associated with estrogen dominance are:
      ******Acceleration of the aging process******
      Allergy symptoms, including asthma, hives, rashes, sinus congestion
      Arthritis
      Autoimmune disorders such as lupus erythematosis and thyroiditis, and possible Sjogren’s disease
      Breast cancer
      Breast cysts
      Breast tenderness
      Candida
      Cervical dysplasia
      Chronic fatigue
      Cold hands and feet as a symptom of thyroid dysfunction
      Copper excess
      Decreased sex drive
      Depression with anxiety or agitation
      Dry eyes
      Early onset of menstruation
      Endometriosis
      Endometrial (uterine) cancer
      Fat gain, especially around the abdomen, hips, and thigh
      Fatigue
      Fibrocystic breasts
      Foggy thinking
      Gallbladder disease
      Hair loss
      High blood pressure
      Headaches
      Hot flashes
      Hypoglycemia
      Increased blood clotting (increasing risk of strokes)
      Infertility
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Irritability
      Insomnia
      Magnesium deficiency
      Memory loss
      Mood swings
      Osteoporosis
      Painful swollen breasts
      PMS
      Polcystic ovaries
      Premenopausal bone loss
      Prostate cancer
      Sluggish metabolism
      Skin: Rosacea, rashes, dermatitis
      Thyroid dysfunction mimicking hypothyroidism
      Uterine cancer
      Uterine fibroids
      Water retention, bloating
      Yeast infection
      Zinc deficiency
      The above information was taken from "What Your Doctor may not tell you about Premenopause" by John R. Lee, M.D.

      John R. Lee, M.D. is internationally acknowledged as a pioneer and expert in the study and use of the hormone progesterone, and on the subject of hormone replacement therapy for women. He used transdermal progesterone extensively in his clinical practice for nearly a decade, doing research which showed that it can reverse osteoporosis.

  43. QUESTION:
    im fifteen and never had my period!!!?
    i have all the symptoms- discharge (usually yellowish, sometimes white, once brown, i've had it for well over a year), boobs (grown a lot in the past year), pubic hair (had that for at least a year or two), cramps (not painful, but pretty often), my mom and sister got theirs at 12 (AND NOW IM FIFTEEN!) when will i get my period? any advice for when i do get it? any advice in general?

    • ANSWER:
      I was 15 when I got it. Are you on the thin side? Girls who are skinny tend to start it later. Estrogen plays a part in when it will happen and fat has something to do with your estrogen levels. SO if you are skinny (just like skinny athletes who stop getting their periods because they get too skinny and low estrogen) it may happen later. My Grandma was 5'7" and 105 lbs. naturally skinny. She didn't get hers until she was 17! And she had to go to the doctor and get shots to induce it she said. But at 18 she got married and had her first child so it apparantly didn't affect her fertility. She went on to have 7 children including my mom. If you don't get it in the next year I would mention it to the doctor because there are a few other medical conditions that can cause you not to have a period but can be treated. You want to make sure that this is not the case. But 15 is not unusual at all. A couple of my other friends were 15 too and even one friend who was 16. So don't feel bad its normal. And just think you are avoiding all of the bloating, headaches and cramps that every other woman has to deal with.

      I really lucked out (and struck out too) and only had to have a period for 12 years of my life because I just survived cervical cancer at 27 which threw me into premature menopause. Crappy though since I have no kids and I am devastated. O well anyways good luck and hooray for no periods, they suck.

  44. QUESTION:
    Uti yeast infection what?
    i know i asked earlier but symptoms have changed somewhat
    burning
    itching
    painful urination
    nausea
    dizziness
    an off smell
    reddish brown discharge

    • ANSWER:
      Urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by an invasion of bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) into the urinary tract. From the opening of the urethra the bacteria enter and move into the urinary tract. If the infection is in the lower urinary tract, the condition is called cystitis and if the infection is in the urethra, the condition is known as urethritis. UTI is a combination of both these conditions. Holding back urine for too long is one of the main cause of UTI as the bladder gets stretched beyond its capacity and the muscles also weaken. Hence, the weakened bladder will have more difficulty in emptying itself which further leads to infections. It is observed that women are more susceptible to the UTI infection for two main reasons: they have a smaller urethra than men and their urethral opening is more close to the vagina where the bacteria usually reside. Being pregnant also increases the risk of the infection as the bladder is under lot of pressure by the uterus. In men, a bladder stone, an enlarged prostate or a sexually transmitted disease like gonorrhea are some possible causes for the UTI. Sexual intercourse, diabetes, menopause can be some other causes for urinary tract infection.

      UTI is characterized by a strong and immediate need to urinate, followed by a slow and painful release of extremely less urine. It also shows signs of soreness in the lower abdomen, back or sides. Blood in urine, nausea, vomiting and fever are some common symptoms of urinary tract infection observed in both men and women.

      Home Remedies for UTI
      •One of the best natural ways to treat urinary tract infection is to drink lots of water. Drinking fluids will help you to urinate more often and flush out the bacteria. It is recommended to have 6 - 8 glasses of water per day.
      •Daily intake of Vitamin C in the diet will increase the acidity content of the urine and prevent bacterial growth. If you are suffering from UTI, intake of 1000mg of Vitamin C everyday is quite effective in preventing the recurring infections.
      •Cranberry juice is rich in Vitamin C and Quinolinic acid, both of them are helpful in curing UTI by preventing the bacteria from anchoring onto the bladder walls. Drinking 12 to 24 oz of cranberry juice for few days can be highly effective.
      •Echinacea is a herb that helps in fighting the UTI infection. Drinking Echinacea tea or consuming high-quality 300mg Echinacea capsules or tablets once per day can be extremely beneficial.
      •Apple cider vinegar contains high concentration of enzymes and potassium which help in preventing the bacterial growth. Most of the UTI patients are found to be deficient in nutritious enzymes and potassium, hence, apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural antibiotic to flush out the infection.
      •For the cure and prevention, it is strongly recommended to have foods rich in fiber content along with water. This will help in naturally flushing the impurities along with bacteria from the body.
      •A teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water reduces the acid production and content in the urine, for the urinary tract infection to subside.
      •Include blueberries in your breakfast. Blueberries have the ability to fight bacteria, thus aiding to cure the Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
      •Including pineapples is the diet is yet another way to fight urinary tract infection. Pineapples consist of an enzyme called bromelain that helps in alleviating the infection symptoms.

  45. QUESTION:
    menopause ?
    ive started getting hot flushes, can someone give me information on what other side affects that comes with it.

    • ANSWER:
      What are menopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause?

      Menopause is the milestone in every woman's life that marks the end of her reproductive years. When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause. While the average age of menopause is around 50, every woman's body has its own unique timeline. Some women stop menstruating in their mid-40s, and others continue well into their mid-50s.

      Perimenopause means "around menopause." It refers to the 2 to 8 years of changing hormone levels—and the symptoms they cause—leading up to menopause. The most common sign of perimenopause is longer, often irregular menstrual cycles that are caused by hormonal ups and downs.

      Most women start perimenopause between ages 39 and 51. 1 Some women begin to notice menstrual changes and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in their late 30s, when hormone levels begin to change and fertility naturally declines. Other women don't notice menopause changes until their late 40s.

      Postmenopause begins after 1 year of having no menstrual periods. Hormone levels continue to decline, and menopause symptoms tend to persist or increase into the first year or more of postmenopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels then stabilize at low levels, and symptoms usually subside. This is the phase of life when you can enjoy freedom from menstrual bleeding and birth control concerns.

      What causes menopause?

      Normal changes in your reproductive and hormone systems cause menopause. As your egg supply ages, your body begins to ovulate less, causing hormone levels to change (fluctuate). Eventually, estrogen and progesterone levels drop enough that the menstrual cycle stops.

      Surgical removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy), radiation therapy to the abdomen or pelvis, or chemotherapy can trigger an early menopause.

      What are the symptoms of menopause?

      During the months or years leading up to menopause, irregular menstrual cycles can lead to heavy menstrual bleeding (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). Other common symptoms include mild to severe hot flashes, insomnia, cloudy thinking, headaches, heart palpitations, mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms can begin well before menopause and can last for a year or more afterward. Symptoms are different for every woman—some notice few or no changes, while others have severe symptoms that disrupt their sleep and daily lives.

      Estrogen steadily drops for several months before and after menopause. As it does, it's common for menopause symptoms to get worse. Over time, hormones even out, and symptoms usually improve or go away. Some women have ongoing symptoms, such as hot flashes, for years after menopause. When estrogen levels drop below a certain point, many women develop vaginal dryness and irritation, which can continue into the postmenopausal years. Fortunately, this symptom can be treated easily.

      How do I know whether I am in perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause?

      You don't need to test hormone levels to diagnose perimenopause or menopause. You and your health professional will most likely be able to tell when you are in perimenopause based on irregular menstrual periods. (This most often happens between ages 45 and 55.) You may also have various physical and emotional symptoms.

      If you have heavy, irregular bleeding, your health professional may want to rule out any serious causes of your symptoms. In many women in their 40s, heavy menstrual bleeding is a sign of perimenopause. However, it can be caused by infection, disease, or a pregnancy complication.

      When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause.

      Do I need treatment?

      Menopause is a natural body change that doesn't require treatment. However, symptoms can disrupt your life and sense of well-being. The first approach to reducing menopause symptoms (and other long-term health risks related to aging) is to lead a healthy lifestyle—make a special effort to eat well, exercise regularly, and avoid excess caffeine, alcohol, and stress. You can also use meditative breathing exercise, also called paced respiration, to reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms. 2, 3

      If you need more relief than lifestyle changes can give you, you can choose from many treatments for relieving menopause symptoms. Medicines include hormone therapy (HT) with low-dose birth control pills before menopause or low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause; antidepressants; or a certain blood pressure medicine. Alternative supplements include soy and black cohosh.

      All medicines for menopause symptoms have possible risks or side effects. A very small number of women develop serious health problems when taking hormone therapy. Your personal risk of HRT causing breast cancer, cardiovascular problems, blood clots, or neurological changes may be lower or higher than average, depending on your risk factors. Experts do not yet know whether hormone therapy risks are the same for older and younger postmenopausal women.

      Be sure to talk to your health professional about your possible health risks before starting a treatment for menopause symptoms.

  46. QUESTION:
    Horse section ladies:What are your views on Hormone Replacement Therapy involving the use of Premarin?
    This is a question for the female members of the HS, especially those who may be in or may be approaching menopause or the change of life. Premarin and its derivatives ( Premphase and Prempro) are currently the drugs of choice that are used for hormone replacement therapy. However, these drugs have their drawbacks. Women who take them for more than a relatively short period of time are at increased risk of stroke, heart attacks, blood clots, and cancers of the breast, uterus, and ovaries. Apart from this, however, there is also the matter of the methods used to produce these drugs. Premarin or PMU farms are notorious for cruel, inhumane treatment of the mares who produce the base ingredient for the drug, and it's long been an open secret that most of the foals born on these farms generally end up in the slaughter house. Knowing this, I'm curious as to what the various female members of this section are about it. Would any of you use HRT? Why or why not? Does anyone here consider the conditions that are found on most PMU farms to be humane? Would you support research into alternative medications that don't involve the use of horses? What about costs- if less expensive alternatives were available, would you consider using or buying them?

    I'm just curious about what other people think, as I said. There are no right or wrong answers here. Those of us who have been through menopause know that it is no picnic in the park, but it is manageable with proper treatment. Some of you may think that this belongs in the health section, but I am asking it here because the PMU question is something that impacts ALL horse lovers and horse owners, regardless of gender or location. Please, be polite in your replies. This is not intended to start an argument.
    First, thank you to all who have responded. Gallop, what an excellent, informative answer ! Yours is by far the best of the ones I've gotten. You really hit the nail on the head- and you're absolutely right about the fact that the Pfizer company is making a killing selling this drug and its derivatives, at the cost of a lot of equine lives. And for you, Tanya- I think you are the one who has been misinformed about this issue, not me. When I did my initial research about the Premarin issue for my medical ethics course, there were over 400 Premarin farms operating in the US and western Canada, not just 26 as you claim. I've personally had experience with Premarin FOALS, too- my sister and her husband adopted one such foal some years ago, and we also had a boarder who rescued a PMU foal. SHE bought that foal as a 6 month old weanling off a truck that was bound for the slaughter house. Sadly, that horse died from colic complications a few years ago, but the horse that belonged

    • ANSWER:
      To begin, I don't use HRT and never have, and my menopause was no picnic, but I survived it way better than any PMU mare or foal will survive their unfortunate lot in life.
      I have advocated against Premarin use and raised awareness on the plight of PMU mares and foals for decades both as a university professor bending the ears of my pre-med students and in my clinical practice as an RN, and anywhere else anyone would listen to me.

      While the known risks associated with use of Premarin and its derivatives are significant, I find that more women are willing to go without HRT based on the PMU issue than they are to forego it based on risks to their own health. Physicians have to present all options available to their patients who come to them for help with menopausal symptoms, but while the doctors inform them of the inherent health risks associated with HRT, most are not discussing the horrors of the PMU farms with their patients (unless they were among my students, of course!).

      I read that it's estimated that one PMU mare can generate well over 0,000 US dollars in profit from the sale of her hormones collected over a span of five years, so Phizer's motivation to keep this going is obvious. Until more menopausal women become aware of the truth, they won't be equipped with the knowledge to become a part of the solution.

      Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is controvesial alternative that women can consider if they really want the HRT without contributing to the PMU demand. The FDA has not approved these compounds. The exhaustive and scientifically controlled clinical trials required under FDA protocol have not been completed to assure the safety or efficacy of these hormone compounds, so not all doctors participate in presribing them. BHRT involves the use of plant hormone extracts that have a chemical structure identical to the hormones that the human body naturally produces to treat the symptoms of menopause, perimenopause and postmenopause.

      They are usually purchased at a compounding pharmacy where a blend of hormones that are specifically formulated for each individual patient is created. The prescriptions are based on a series of tests administered by a doctor who participates in bioidentical therapy.
      Plant sources such as soybeans and wild yams contain unique compounds that are readily processed chemically and extracted to be made into identical replicas of hormones the human body produces. Bioidentical hormones can be applied as creams or suppositories, taken orally or sometimes are injected.
      ******************************
      Add per Tabitha............... You may be interested in reading the article I'm linking below. Conjugated estrogen is still very much in demand, and Phizer's newer, "safer" HRT drugs are being developed to supply that expanding worldwide demand for HRT. These new drugs may be given a different name, but they require PMU just the same.
      Since they are still using conjugated estrogens which require the inhumane restraint and impregnation of mares to harvest their very profitable hormones, more PMU farms are opening up around the globe. Common sense should tell us that there is no humane way for the PMU farms to effectively collect the hormones from mare's urine and remain profitable. And when the government ever manages to regulate anything to effectively prevent inhumane treatment of animals in any profit-motivated industry let me know, because I haven't witnessed it ever happening yet.
      The NAERIC represents the ranching industry and is an umbrella association for the PMU industry. Do you really expect to find accurate, unbiased information presented by the representatives of the industry profiting from keeping PMU farms operating?

      Here is the article.....

      http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2011/05/10/where-are-the-pmu-farms/

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that I am not in menopause even though I had the max dose of pelvic radiation and chemo for CC?
    The docs told me that they went after my CC very aggressively, I received the max dose of radiation therapy to my pelvis (but they tell me that the equiptment sculpts the radiation concentration to the cancerous areas so it doesn't damage nearby organs so much if at all). I also had radiation extending up to my upper chest because of lymph node activity. And I also had 5 brachytherapy treatments. I had chemosensitization with Cisplatin, which is a low dose of chemo.

    My doctors assume I am in menopause because of my treatment and they said theres no way I could not go into menopause. Have you ever heard of someone who didn't go into menopause after receiving this treatment?

    One of the things which sticks out in my mind is that one of my ovaries is unusually placed for unknown reasons. It is literally next to my stomach in my abdomen. This made my oocyte retrieval nearly impossible and had to be done transabdominally which is rarely done. The doctors told me they have never seen an ovary up so high and it was a huge deal to find a doc who could get my oocytes out from this area of my body. I was thinking maybe because of this ovary being up so high, it might have gotten the lesser dose of radiation and could have survived the ordeal? They were originally going to do ovary transposition where they move the ovaries up to try and get them out of the radiation field but then they found lymph nodes and were scared of tracking cancer up higher so they didn't want to risk it and didn't do it. But soon after, I found out my ovary was naturally up very high. Then again, the lymph nodes increased the radiation from just in my pelvis to also my abdomen and chest area. And the chemo was low-dose, so maybe that didn't get me either?

    I'm on low dose BCP's to replace the hormones the docs say my body won't make anymore. I have absolutely no symptoms of menopause that I can recognize.

    Ideas or opinions?
    Well, I sort of disregarded the docs advice for a few days. I stopped taking my BC pills as I was told to take, and sure enough I had light bleeding start about 3 days after stopping the pills. I immediately started taking them again as to avoid a full period since I knew then that I still had bleeding and why suffer thru the whole period and everything. So after a couple days of light bleeding it went away. I was reading up on blood tests for FSH and hormones to determine menopause and they say you cannot be on BC pills for those tests because they will throw the numbers off and will not give an accurate result. Also I found out that you can have "withdrawal bleeding" while taking BC pills even if you are in menopause because the fake hormones fake a fake period (if I made any sense at all) so even that doesn't mean so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you still having a menstrual cycle? Have you had blood tests to test your fsh levels and other hormones?

      If you are NOT having a period and HAVE had those tests to show you are in menopause, then yes, you are.

      If you ARE still having a period, and have not had your hormone levels tested, then you should be tested and officially diagnosed before treated for it.

      However, if you are still in treatment and sexually active at all with someone of the opposite sex, then you SHOULD be on some type of birth control regardless of menopause status.

  48. QUESTION:
    Dry lips and mouth?
    I am into menopause about 5-6 years, and lately my mouth seems very dry. First it was mainly my lips and I have tried several chap sticks, and also bought and used several other lip moisturizers, but they are still dry. Now my mouth seems real dry also, my teeth seem like they are super clean with no tarter (like when you just go to the dentist) but it makes my mouth seem just too dry. My lips almost close in on themselves since there is no moisture, the past 2 nights I have put vaseline on them at night and again in the morning, they stay moist but it does not last. I drank about 3 tall glasses of water this afternoon but they always go back to dry, seems like they get more dry as the day goes on. My tongue and all inside my mouth is dry. At night I use a dental mouth guard -for grinding- it makes you drool a little, but even if I don't use it my mouth is dry Is there anything else to do or try?

    • ANSWER:
      Xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth, can damage your gums, tongue, teeth and lips. The cause can be a side effect of medication or disease, chemotherapy or nerve damage. Dry mouth also is associated with aging. Sufferers are plagued by bad breath and the threat of cavities and gum disease, mouth sores and cracked, dry lips. Fortunately, there are natural ways to treat dry mouth.

      Step OneTake supplements to boost your immune system and naturally decrease dryness and it's symptoms. Coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin C improve circulation and build the immune system. Take a B-complex vitamin to prevent gum disease and cavities caused by dry mouth.

      Step TwoRinse your mouth with a cup of liquid goldenseal mixed with a tablespoon of baking soda to reduce swelling and naturally moisturize the mouth.

      Step ThreeUse the homeopathic treatment Natrum Muriaticum, which can be found in most health and vitamin stores, to take away the dryness and cracking in the corners of the mouth caused by dry mouth syndrome.

      Step FourApply some aloe vera to the gums and inside cheeks with a cotton tip. This can relieve the dryness and have a cleansing effect. Don't eat or drink anything for an hour after this treatment.

      Step FiveDrink tea to stimulate saliva. Green tea, chamomile and ginger are the best choices.

      Step SixChew on fresh echinacea from the health food store or put a drop of the tincture in some juice.

      Step SevenAdd red pepper flakes to any food to stimulate saliva.

      Tips & Warnings

      As with any natural products, watch for side effects or reactions before continuing use.

      Chapped lips can have several causes, including dry weather, overexposure to the sun, lip biting and sucking, riboflavin (vitamin B-2) deficiencies and ill-fitting dentures.

      Step OneApply lip balm or petroleum jelly. You can also try coating your lips with skin moisturizer, vitamin E oil or aloe vera gel. These greasy products help keep your lips properly moisturized.

      Step TwoUse lip balm that contains sunblock if you are going to be outside.

      Step ThreeAvoid licking your lips, since the saliva will evaporate and leave them dry.

      Step FourDrink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

      Step FiveConsider moistening the air in your home with a humidifier.

      Step SixKeep in mind that cracks at the corners of your mouth can indicate riboflavin deficiencies; you can treat this with vitamin B-2 supplements.

      Step SevenHave a dentist readjust ill-fitting dentures if you believe they might be the cause of your chapped lips.

      Tips & Warnings

      Before applying lipstick, dab on a very small amount of lip balm or petroleum jelly to give your lips a little moisture.

      Severely cracked lips can become infected. Use over-the-counter antibiotic ointments to guard against this.

      If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

  49. QUESTION:
    solutions for endometriosis?
    i just had lupron shots, once a month for a few months.

    • ANSWER:
      Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis, though in some patients menopause (natural or surgical) will abate the process. Nevertheless, a hysterectomy or removal of the ovaries will not guarantee that the endometriosis areas and/or the symptoms of endometriosis will not come back. However, endometriosis can be effectively managed in a large majority of patients. Conservative treatments usually try to address pain or infertility issues.

      The treatments for endometriosis pain include:

      NSAIDs and other pain medication: They often work quite well as they not only reduce pain but also menstrual flow. They are commonly used in conjunction with other therapy. For more severe cases narcotic prescription drugs may have to be used.
      Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Agonist: These agents work by increasing the levels of GnRH. Consistent stimulation of the GnRH receptors results in downregulation. This causes a decrease in FSH and LH, thereby decreasing estrogen and testosterone levels
      Hormone suppression therapy: This approach tries to reduce or eliminate menstrual flow and estrogen support. Typically, it needs to be done for several months or even years.
      Progesterone or Progestins: Progesterone counteracts estrogen and inhibits the growth of the endometrium. Such therapy can reduce or eliminate menstruation in a controlled and reversible fashion. Progestins are chemical variants of natural progesterone.
      Avoiding products with xenoestrogens, which have a similar effect to naturally produced estrogen and can increase growth of the endometrium.
      Continuous birth control pills consists of the use of birth control pills without the use of placebo pills. This eliminates monthly bleeding episodes.
      Danazol (Danocrine) and gestrinone are a suppressive steroids with some androgenic activity. Both agents inhibits the growth of endometriosis but their use remains limited as they may cause hirsutism. There has been some research done at Case Western Reserve University on a topical Danocrine, applied locally, which has not produced the hirsutism characteristics. The study has not yet been published in a medical journal.
      Gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists (GnRH agonists) induce a profound hypoestrogenism by decreasing FSH and LH levels. While quite effective, they induce menopausal symptoms, and over time may lead to osteoporosis. To counteract such side effects some estrogen may have to be given back (add-back therapy).
      Aromatase inhibitors are medications that block the formation of estrogen and have become of interest for researchers who are treating endometriosis.
      Surgical treatment is usually a good choice if endometriosis is extensive, or very painful. Surgical treatments range from minor to major surgical procedures.
      Laparoscopy is very useful not only to diagnose endometriosis, but to treat it. With the use of scissors, cautery, lasers, hydrodissection, or a sonic scalpel, endometriotic tissue can be ablated or removed in an attempt to restore normal anatomy.
      Laparotomy can be used for more extensive surgery either in attempt to restore normal anatomy, or at least preserve reproductive potential.
      The definitive treatment for endometriosis is a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and surrounding tissue) and bilateral salpingoophorectomy (removal of the uterine tubes and ovaries).
      For patients with extreme pain, a presacral neurectomy may be indicated where the nerves to the uterus are cut.
      A variety of alternative treatments are being used in patients with endometriosis, including acupuncture and nutrition.

  50. QUESTION:
    Bipolar medications and hypothyroidism?
    I recently heard that some bipolar medications can cause hypothyroidism.
    I was treated for bipolar disorder for 4 years by a doctor who never even tested me for it. It ruined my first year of college, which I had to repeat, as well as made my life very hard for years before that. It turns out my real problem was General Anxiety Disorder and Depression.
    Now, it seems that I may have hypothyroidism. I'm awaiting the results of a blood test. I'm only 20.

    My question is, what bipolar medications cause hypothyroidism? And do you think I have a lawsuit for negligence anyway, because he never even tested me before treating me?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Well this is a tough situation. I'm sorry you are feeling bad and I hope your blood results come back with normal thyroid levels.

      As for bipolar medications causing hypothyroidism: Lithium is really the only bipolar medication that has a proven correlation to causing hypothyroidism. But so do certain foods like cabbage and corn. Because of this, it's hard to pinpoint blame on a doctor for "giving" you thyroid issues.

      The biggest thing that would prevent a negligence or malpractice lawsuit would be that no one would know whether the hypothyroidism was a pre-existing condition, and whether the medication DIRECTLY caused hypothyroidism or if it would have developed on its own. It is not routine to give thyroid tests to patients before beginning psychiatric medications. In fact, I have never heard of it unless the patient already had symptoms of a thyroid imbalance. Unfortunately, thyroid diseases can be very hard to see in patients, as often a person can live with little to no symptoms for years at a time. Thyroid imbalances often begin to manifest in early adulthood, although they are much more common in middle-aged women. But since you are 20 years old, it wouldn't be strange for you to be developing these issues naturally, especially if you have a family history of thyroid imbalance.

      I know you're probably very angry, and rightfully so. I've been living with an autoimmune thyroid disease since I was 14 years old and it has ravaged my body and life. Fortunately, hypothyroidism is typically much easier to treat than hyperthyroidism, and is less dangerous if treated accordingly. Many women are hypothyroid by menopause and live perfectly normal healthy lives. I know you are nowhere near menopause but if you are hypothyroid I would venture to guess that medication will help your symptoms and restore balance to your production of thyroid hormone.

      Good luck to you! I hope to hear your test results when you get them back. Fingers are crossed for you :) And e-mail me if you have more questions or just want some support: spoils_of_youth@yahoo.com


treating menopause symptoms naturally

Menopause Remedies Herbal

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Women: What menopause symptom remedies do you recommend?
    There is a bewildering array of herbal remedies on the shelves, and they are pretty expensive.
    Can you please tell me which ones you have tried?
    Which ones have relieved which symptoms?
    (I suffer from mood swings, depression, breast tenderness, and overheating.)
    Did you experience ill-effects from any of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. John Lee is an advocate of NATURAL progesterone to treat both peri-menopause and menopause. Go to the health food store and get Life Flo Progesta Care. Here are some other brands that have the amount of progesterone recommended by Dr. Lee: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/resource_progesterone.html

      Hope this brings some relief to you. All the best

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the best remedies for Gout?
    I would like to know what are the best remedies for gout? Not involving drugs. My other half suffers from gout in his leg and sometimes ends up limping.

    • ANSWER:
      Gout is a common type of arthritis that occurs when an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood, tissues and urine crystallizes in the joints. People who have gout are unable to break down and excrete uric acid, a byproduct of digesting certain foods. It usually comes on suddenly, and can last from a few hours to several days. It can cause extremely sore toes or other areas of the foot, and because it frequently manifests itself in the big toe, it is also known as "gouty big toe". Another name is "gouty arthritis". Gout can also appear in an ear, heel of the hand, small hand joints, ankles, knees, elbows, or wrists with inflammation, swelling and intense pain from the buildup of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is the end product of the metabolism of a class of chemicals known as purines. In people with gout, the body does not have enough of the digestive enzyme uricase, and, as a result, uric acid builds up and crystallizes. Left uncontrolled, excessive excretion of uric acid in the urine can lead to the development of painful kidney stones, kidney disease, and even kidney failure.

      Gout is associated with high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and uric acid kidney stones.

      It is estimated that up to 2 million people have gout. Between 75-90% of gout sufferers are middle-aged males and 25% have family members with it. In women, uric acid starts building up after menopause, quite possibly due to the drop in estrogen.

      Remedies
      Folk
      Alfalfa is a good source of minerals and other nutrients that help reduce serum uric acid.

      Apple cider vinegar (ACV) Add some rose hips to vinegar and boil; dab on affected area. You may need to apply this mixture several times a day for a few weeks. The vinegar changes the blood pH so that the crystals will go into solution and be excreted.

      • Mix two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and raw honey in a glass of water and drink at mealtime.

      • Soak the foot in a mixture of 1/2 cup of ACV and three cups of hot water.

      Bilberry is high in anthocyanosides and flavonoids, which are helpful in overcoming gout.

      Black cherry juice Get some natural, concentrated black cherry juice and drink several tablespoons of the concentrate daily. You should expect relief in 48 hours.

      Black cohash moderates blood acidity.

      Blueberries are high in anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanins, which help ease the pain of gout.

      Buchu tea helps dissolve and flush out uric acid crystals.

      Castor oil packs Soak a piece of white flannel in warm castor oil, wring it out and place over the affected area; cover with plastic wrap and apply a heating pad. Do this for one hour twice daily.

      Cayenne pepper Boil one tablespoon of pepper in 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water and dab onto the painful joint.

      • Mix cayenne with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply to the affected area.

      Celery seeds These seeds are quite effective in relieving gout by eliminating uric acid from the body. According to James Duke, Ph.D., a medical botanist formerly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, celery seeds contain about twenty different anti-inflammatory agents. Although there is little scientific research on celery seeds, according to Kerry Bone, a leading expert on herbal remedies in Australia, "it (sic) works brilliantly in patients." Recommended dosage is 500 mg (standardized to 450 mg of celery seed extract) 2x daily. Note: This remedy is not to be used by pregnant women because of its diuretic effect and the fact that it can encourage uterine contractions, or those with kidney disease because of its potential diuretic effect and that the plant's oils can worsen kidney inflammation.

      • Cook a tablespoon of celery seeds in two cups of water until they are soft; strain and drink 1/2 cup four times a day.

      Charcoal Take 1/2 -1 teaspoon of activated charcoal daily.

      • Make a poultice using � cup of activated charcoal, 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and warm water to draw out the toxins.

      Cherries If you are lucky enough to have fresh cherries, eating 6-8 cherries daily will relieve the symptoms of gout. This remedy was reported in 1950 by Dr. Ludwig W. Blau who cured his own gout. Frozen and canned cherries may also be used. When you feel an attack coming on, eat 20-30 cherries immediately. Cherries are rich in compounds that prevent the destruction of collagen, which the body uses to form connective tissue. The connective tissue is damaged by gout. Cherries also have an enzyme that neutralizes uric acid and are high in anthocyanins which have high antioxidant properties as well as anti-inflammatory action. For greatest effectiveness eat them between meals.

      Devil's claw reduces uric acid levels and is a natural cleansing agent for toxic impurities. Take 400 mg of the dried extract 3x a day for as long as desired.

      DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide) is very effective in relieving pain and swelling caused by inflammation. It helps dissolve crystalline deposits.

      Garlic Eat several cloves of raw garlic daily. Mince the garlic and add it to black cherry juice for a potent remedy.

      Ginger Put 1/3 cup of ground ginger (buy in bulk to keep the cost down) in a bathtub of water and soak for 30 minutes. This will cause you to sweat (a good thing) which will help eliminate the uric acid from your tissues. When you are finished the bath be sure to rinse off thoroughly, as the ginger can cause skin irritation if it dries on your skin.

      Grapes are high in alkalines which lessen the acidity of uric acid and aid in its elimination from the body.

      Hawthorn is high in anthocyanosides and flavonoids, which are helpful in overcoming gout.

      Hydrangea is an anti-inflammatory.

      Ice Apply an ice pack for ten minutes, then alternate with a moist hot-towel compress, to soothe and numb the pain.

      Mullein Soak mullein leaves in a hot vinegar/water mixture. Pack the leaves on the affected area.

      Nettle contains alkaloids which neutralize uric acid.

      Parsley acts as a natural diuretic.

      Quercetin The flavonoid quercetin inhibits uric acid production in a similar fashion to commonly prescribed drugs for gout. Take 1000 mg of quercetin along with 1,000-1,500 mg of the enzyme bromelain (to enhance absorption) two to three times daily between meals. Bromelain also help reduce the inflammation.

      Red clover has traditionally been one of the standard remedies for gout, as well as removing toxins from the body, and treating psoriasis, eczema, and hot flashes. Studies have shown that red clover may thin the blood, so it should not be used by patients who are also taking an anticoagulant medication. While red clover is high in isoflavones, the reason it is helpful in treating gout has not been studied.

      Saffron neutralizes uric acid buildup.

      Spearmint Make a poultice of spearmint leaves and wrap the affected area.

      Strawberries Eating a cup of strawberries with each meal should bring quick relief. They neutralize uric acid.

      Yarrow Make a tea by using equal parts of yarrow and stinging nettles; strain, cool and drink several cups a day.

      Prevention
      • One of the best ways to prevent gout is to drink at least 6-8 eight ounce glasses of water, fresh juices or herb tea daily, especially at the first signs of gout. This will keep your urine diluted and will help your body excrete uric acid and prevent crystals from forming.

      • Eat foods high in potassium, as mentioned above.

      • Eating generous amounts of other fruits and vegetables helps keep uric acid crystals in solution.

      • Take the flavonoid quercetin - see below under Folk Remedies. This should be part of your permanent gout-prevention diet.

      • Having sex prevents men from getting gout. It seems that increased sexual activity reduces uric acid levels in fertile men.

      • Lemon juice prevents gout attacks by stimulating the formation of calcium carbonate in the body. Calcium carbonate neutralizes acids in the body, including uric acid that triggers gout attacks. After each meal drink the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of lukewarm water. To get more juice out of the lemon, bring it to room temperature, then roll it around on the counter with the palm of your hand.

      • Taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with meals will prevent gout attacks. This will help alkalize the body.

      • Keep the leg elevated.

      • A high fiber diet also aids in the elimination of uric acid by absorbing bile acids formed in the liver. These bile acids can act as a precursor to uric acid.

      Foods and Other Things to Avoid
      • Meat: organ meats, offal, meat extracts, veal, bacon, sweetbreads, meat gravies and broths, consommé/bullion

      • Poultry: turkey, goose

      • Seafood: salmon, mackerel, trout, cod, herring, sardines, anchovies, mussels, crab, shrimp

      • Vegetables: peas, beans, lentils, asparagus, mushrooms, cooked spinach, rhubarb, cauliflower

      • Yeast products: baked goods, beer

      • Alcohol - it increases the production of uric acid and inhibits its excretion by the kidneys

      • Coffee - it accelerates the breakdown of protein into uric acid

      • All fried foods - they cause a depletion of vitamin E, which can cause uric acid to rise

      • Cream and ice cream

      • Rich desserts

      • Spices

      • Pastries

      • Simple sugars, simple carbohydrates and saturated fats - they increase your body's production of uric acid and impair your kidneys' ability to get rid of it. Eliminate fructose (found in food and drinks, like sodas)

      • White flour

      • Aspirin can raise uric acid levels. If you need to use pain killers, only use ones with ibuprofen.

      • Oatmeal

      • Whole grains

      • Caffeine - it impairs kidney function, which is needed to get uric acid out of the body.

      HOPE THAT HELPS!

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to stop sweat attacks during the day?
    I have recently being advised by my GP that I have started the Menopause. I only have these attacks during the day ( I thought they usually came at night). I would like some herbal remedies for this condition. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I had those too sometimes in the day and sometimes at night but found that a good wild yam serum applied daily really helped do away with them. Rotate the location (inner forearms, stomach and inner thighs) and never apply to the breast area. Start with a lesser dosage and increase as needed. I usually kept it up for a couple of months and then tried taking a break just to see if I still needed it at that time. Here is a list of herbs and suppliments that could also help you.

      Black Cohosh
      Isoflavones
      Cimicifuga Racemosa
      Progesterone
      Phytoestrogen
      Wild Yam

      Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  5. QUESTION:
    Any non medicinal remedies for postmenopausal decreased libido?
    After going through menopause my libido is not what it once was. I Love my husband very much, he is a good man. Is there any herbal or non medicinal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      go to www.florahealth.com and check out femal it is all safe and herbal it is suppose to help with libido it is for pms and menopause it should be fine for post menopause too.there are other things on there too. you can go to www.vitacost.com and buy it for few dollars cheaper.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I ease my menopausal symptoms naturally?
    I have menopause symptoms and they are full blown. Its driving my crazy trying to deal with it everyday. Also I have a milk allergy which doesn't help. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      There are natural and herbal remedies to help deal with the symptoms of menopause.

      Here are a few other suggestions for easing the transition…

      1. Add soy to your nutritional plan.
      2. Eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables as well as more fruits.
      3. Get adequate amounts of daily exercise including
      both cardiovascular exercise and resistance training.
      (See more under Osteoporosis prevention)
      4. Add vitamins and minerals to your daily diet. Calcium, Vitamin D
      and Magnesium aid in strengthening your bones and
      preventing Osteoporosis.

      Fore more information for natural menopause relief I suggest you visit this site.

      http://bestproducts.awardspace.com/menopauserelief.html

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some natural supplements and foods to help with depression?
    We are what we eat. And I think pharmaceutical fixes are not always the answer. Can anyone suggest natural remedies for combating depression and anxiety?

    • ANSWER:
      Eliminate potential food allergens – If you suspect that there is a link between food sensitivity and your state of mind, try eliminating the allergen foods from your diet to see if this brings relief. The usual suspects are dairy products, wheat (gluten), corn, preservatives, and food additives. Your doctor may also suggest tests for food sensitivities.

      Eat antioxidant rich foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, oranges and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).

      Vitamin B6 is believed to work in the brain similar to valium-like drugs - hence its importance in your diet as food or as supplement. Mainly, women taking oral contraceptives or with premenstrual tension or going through menopause require good amount of B6.

      Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been shown to significantly reduce the symptoms of depression without the unwanted side-effects.

      The most commonly used as natural remedies for depression are Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort) which has been called “nature’s Prozac” and Passiflora which is one of nature's best natural tranquilizers.

      Many people around the world have now turned to this more natural approach of regaining the subtle balance of brain chemicals and rejuvenating the body and mind for all round natural health. Natural remedies for depression that include homeopathic remedies can also be of great benefit and are free of side effects as well.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/d/depression.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    What Herbs are good for the Menopause?
    Just found out have just started the Menopause my GP asked if i wanted H.R.T but dont want to go down this road if i can avoid it.. I have acheing muscles in arms and legs and was thinking herbel remerdies GP agreed any ideas whats best to take please.

    • ANSWER:
      Dong Quai and Q10 are the best herbal remedies for the menopause.

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever got worse anxiety with menopause?
    I have anxiety disorder for 8 years. And now I am going thought menopause. And my anxiety has got so much worse. Anyone have any advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I was having trouble with my anxiety disorder (I've had anxiety disorder-panic disorder-for 18 years) while I was going through menopause.
      During menopause, as you know, hormones can fluctuate wildly. And hormones have a great effect on anxiety (my panic disorder used to get worse during pms, for instance).

      Advice:
      Tell the doctor handling the anxiety disorder what symptoms are getting worse. If you don't have a doctor handling it, get one, it is well worth it.

      He/she may recommend deep breathing exercises, cognitive behavioral therapy, and , if warranted, temporary herbal remedies or prescription medication to help you through these hormonal changes.

      I am through it now, but what helped me was that my doctor told me that If I felt more anxiety than usual, I could take 0.5 mg (a small increase) in dosage of my medication (Lorazepam) to get me over the humps. I am through menopause and have gone back to my old dosage.

      My doctor told me that the centers of the brain that control anxiety responses tend to shrink in size in the normal population, but, unfortunately, not always in people that have anxiety disorders. Hopefully, you will be one of the fortunate ones whose anxiety decreases with age after you get through menopause.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hot-flash meds to work?
    I just recently started getting my first hot flashes and was wondering
    which remedy works best and the fastest?

    I've been taking "Complete Balance" AM-PM by NATROL, with Soy, Calcium
    and Black Cohosh for 5 days now and it doesn't seem to make any difference.

    Am I expecting results too soon? How long should it take to feel improvement?

    I appreciate your advise.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, herbal medicines take time to act.
      Visit these sites-
      http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/BlackCohosh.asp
      http://www.menopause-black-cohosh.org/ ( you may ask a question here.)
      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    Ways to increase my libido after menopause?
    I am 45, diabetic, going through menopause and have almost no sex drive. My blood sugar is under control. What else can I do to increase my libido?

    Serious answers only please. Proven homeopathic remedies? Links where I can learn more. Real life experiences would be great!
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you need to do is figure out why your sex drive is low and try to help get it back. I was in your situation and it's not fun without being horny and feeling in the mood when needed. I also felt like my orgasms (if I would even get one) were really weak. Probably because of my sex drive.

      However, I tried exercising and dieting but nothing seemed to be working. I thought I was screwed. I then found something just as amazing as the vibrator.

      My friend at work told me about this stuff she took to raise her sex drive. It was a natural herbal supplement and was I lucky to of found it. Theres no side effects and the sex drive is just tremendous along with orgasms that are blasting. The stuff is called Hersolution pills. At the time I saved money on them at herenhancement.com

      What I did was tried out for 3 months and that was really it. I found taking them every other day or so was the best to stretch it out. After the months were up, I was back to normal with a beating sex drive and my orgasm strength in increased so much.

      Well good luck and I hope this helps.

  12. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had any trouble conceiving a second child?
    We've been TTC for almost a year now, and we've got a daughter already. It only took about 4 months to get pregnant the first time and i'm not sure why its taking so long now, especially since I don't work or have any extra stress, other than looking after my daughter. Has anyone had this problem and what did you do to get pregnant? Are there any home remedies that can help things along?

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter was an oops. She is now 7 and then I had a miscarriage when she was 1.5 years old and we tried for 13 months for this pregnancy.

      I don't know if this is coincidence or if it actually worked, but I started to take the Shoppers Drug Mart version of their Menopause herbal formula. It was in a green bottle. 2 pills a day. I researched all of the herbs in it and they were all linked with helping to strengthen the reproductive system. I also took prenatal vitamins and I had my husband take multi vitamins, folic acid, and vitamin c.

      We had no medical things going on to explain the infertility, but between that and having sex EVERY day from the last day of my period until 2 weeks later (very exhausting) this was the only way we could get it to work.

      Try it. What do you have to loose? OH! One other thing. I stayed very busy and ver positive through out the whole time as well.

      Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    I am wondering if anyone can tell me a good herbal medication or a natural remedy for menopause symptoms ?
    I am having really bad night sweats and day sweats for that matter .I am hoping someone has experienced a herbal remedy for thyis that does work.The nights are especially bad..

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the most popular natural products for hormone support (including the transition into menopause) would be Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Vitex (also called Chasteberry), Wild Yam, Damiana Leaf, Motherwort, GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid, commonly in Borage Oil and Evening Primrose Oil), and some Soy germ products.
      Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on natural meopause relief for my wife? Will an herbal menopause remedy help?
    She's in her early 40's and has gradually been getting hot flashes, night sweats and as always - MOOD swings. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      An herbal menopause remedy has the ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      For natural menopause relief, See the webpages cited below for more info and where to buy:

  15. QUESTION:
    Women: Memory problems associated with menopause?
    I'm currently in my fourth year of menopause and was wondering if any other females in menopause are experiencing memory problems. If so, how do you deal with it? Do you use any kind of herbal remedies, like Ginger, Asian Ginseng, or Ginko Biloba? The symptoms do not warrant a trip to the doctor; just looking for advice and/or suggestions. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      im going it to and yes i forget things .

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have so many period-related aches and pains when you are in your 40's?
    During the week before my period starts, my whole body just feels terrible. I have migraines, joint pain, pains all over the place, on the left abdomen and right abdomen, pain where my ovaries probably are, pain down the middle of my abdomen - don't know whether that's my colon or my uterus, back pain, other muscle pain, headaches, I feel extremely fatiqued, etc. I am so tired of having all these pains all over the place and I can't pinpoint their causes. I am 43 years old, I have three pretty big fibroids, and extremely bad periods. I also have carpal tunnel, which gets worse during this time too. Right now I don't have any insurance, so I can't go to a doctor unless it's the ER. That just makes any problem I have feel so much worse, because I just imagine what's going on in there and get worried. I graduate from college next winter and hopefully will get a job quickly and then have insurance. Am I being a mid-life hypochondriac? Are there any herbal remedies for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Welcome to the wild world of peri-menopause! There could be something seriously wrong with you, but you may have trouble getting a doctor to investigate if you just provide the above list. It sounds all too normal to me! I'm almost 46 and the last few years have been worse than adolescence. I have two suggestions for you.

      1. Try to find out if the fact that you are miserable for the 1.5 weeks around your period, but ok the rest of the time (?), makes it more or less likely that there is something seriously wrong.

      2. In case it is perimenopause, get a book! The one that worked for a friend of mine, and helped me as well, is Menopause Without Medicine. My friend read it cover to cover and the herbal remedies and diet really helped her. I read parts of it and it helped me, also, though not as dramatically as her.

      Good luck, hope you feel better and "grow" out of it. That's what I'm hoping for!!!

  17. QUESTION:
    Is menopause the worst period physically in a woman's life?
    What is the average number of years it lasts?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes dear, I'm afraid it is. It's a pain in the backside. Fatigue, hormonal swings, hot flushes and sweats at night. I'm coming back as a man next time. The bad news is it can last a few years. The good news is that it does eventually go away. I tried HRT for a while which worked, but then I chickened out with the bad publicity it was having. Tried herbal remedies - they were helpful. Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Is the herb Hawthorn safe to take with Ginsana and other herbal remedies?
    It's been working well to lower blood pressure and regulate heartbeat, but does it interract with other herbs like ones to help control diabetes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hawthorn is quite safe. I've not found any interactions. It is a coronary vasodilator, antispasmodic, anti-hypertensive, adaptogen, diuretic, sedative to nervous system, cholesterol & mineral solvent. It's just what you need.

      But Ginsana is Korean Ginseng. It is more suited to men than women. Can cause hyperactivity in children. Not used in cases of high blood pressure or in menopause. Not taken for more than 1 month continuously.

      There are better herbs for diabetes -- Goat's Rue, Dandelion, Fenugreek, Cinnamon, Bay leaf and others.

  19. QUESTION:
    Has any woman experienced an enlarged uterus due to menopause?
    My mother has been "sick" for about a year now. She finally went to a Dr and had multiple tests run including a pap. It was during the pap that she learned her uterus was the same size as an expecting mother 20 weeks along! Of course a preg test was done--negative(she 56 so very relieved). She had an ultrasound and the results revealed nothing. She had pollups removed and tested but they to revealed nothing as to why she has been so ill. Her symptoms are a fever every evening and she is extremely achy. Her doctor told her that the enlarged uterus was most likely caused from Menopause. Has anyone else ever heard or experienced this? If so, what course of treatment or remedies helped? I would like her to get a second opinion just incase. Any information you have regarding her situation would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 37 and have started the hot flashes ect..absolutely miserable! About 3 years ago I was told that I had an enlarged uterus as well but fear has kept me away from the Drs office..I know thats a bad thing to do. I use a lot of homeopathic and herbal remedies for other things which have really worked when some of the prescribed medications didnt. You might have a look on this site. http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/7776/MENOPAUS.HTM#rem%20for%20menop I was just looking at this yesterday funny enough.

  20. QUESTION:
    So what can I expect during menopause?
    I just got my test results today to say I am in my menopause. I am 49. So far I've had no symptoms or discomfort. Is this a sign that I might skip all the uncomfortable side effects, or is it too soon to say? Also what kinds of supplements are best for calcium and what kinds of exercise can I motivate myself to do, as I really hate it?

    • ANSWER:
      During the perimenopausal transition, a woman's estrogen levels decrease, leading to the typical symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, problems with concentration or mood, vaginal dryness...the list goes on. Some options for relief include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), an alternative medical therapy, or herbal remedies

  21. QUESTION:
    Menopause trying to find an herb to help with hormones but more importantly my sex drive. Can anyone help ?
    Is there an herb or prescription for women to help with their sex drive. I'm not experiencing to much of the hot flashes, but do have mood swings. Any suggestions besides o/c Estrovan I think it is.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause Herbal Remedies – Treating Symptoms With Herbal Supplements

      Menopause Herbal Remedy #1 – Black Cohosh

      Black Cohosh a flowering plant that grows naturally in Eastern North America. It contains phytochemicals specifically isoflavones to relieve symptoms of menopause. It contains phytoestrogens helping to produce lubrication in your vagina, strengthen bones regulates body temperature. The reduction of those horrible hot flashes that affect so many menopausal women proved in a recent study that 80% of women taking a black cohosh supplement experienced an improvement in their hot flashes, sweating, and heart palpitations. Black cohosh is available in supplement form by a variety of different commercial companies
      Menopause Herbal Remedy #2 – Dong Quai

      Dong Quai Known as Chinese Angelica, is an herb native to China. It is also known as ginseng,” Dong quai contains phytoestrogens that bind to the estrogen receptors thereby increasing levels of estrogen. Dong quai also contains Vitamins E, A, and B12. It aids in regulating the levels of estrogen in your body, which also assists in relieving menopause symptoms The best way to take the herb is in pill form and the recommended dosage is between 400 and 600 mg daily.

      Dong quai root can also be immersed or boiled and drunk in the form of a herbal tea. dong quai dilates our blood vessels and increases blood flow. In some studies taking don quai showed a 25% decrease in the severity of the symptoms women experienced. Dong quai is known to be effective if it is combined with black cohosh.

      Menopause Herbal Remedy #2 – Maca Root

      Maca Root The maca root looks very much like a radish. it helps to balance the body’s existing hormone system and encourages the production of hormones. root also contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron as well as Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E. It also increases estrogen levels which in turn helps to reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

      Maca root also helps to increase libido. Maca root can be taken in capsule form daily and the recommended dose is around 900mg three times a day. It should be taken with meals, or it can be boiled and drunk in the form of tea. It is also known to help in the loss of memory and osteoporosis. However, consulting a doctor prior to taking any herbal supplement is advisable.

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone got any good NATURAL remedies for hair loss?
    I'm looking for something that will naturally help me keep my hair. I'm not interested in products from the shop etc, I'm talking about herbal things that I can use and techniques I can use without purchasing any "hair loss cures". For example, I heard castor oil is good?

    • ANSWER:
      You found a solution, but do you know the cause? Eliminate them and your hair will improve.
      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is there any herbal medicine to stop Arthritis pain in the joints?
    I have pain in most joints and somtimes accompanied with swelling and stifness. Prescription medicines are OK but very expensive here. Is there a Chinese herb or combimation of herbs that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteo-Athritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

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      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      Take Care and God Bless you.

  24. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about herbal sage?
    I need to find all the information I can I Sage for a project. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      it is organic

      The use of herbal remedies, including the herb sage (also known as common sage), classified as Salvia officinalis, are popular as an alternative to standard Western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including memory enhancement, reducing hot flushes in menopause and boosting natural estrogen production, as well as reducing breast milk when weaning a baby.

      Some naturopaths and herbalist prefer to use purple sage (Salvia Purpurascens), as some people consider it more potent.

      Salvia officinalis is an effective remedy for various ailments, and this natural holistic approach to health is becoming more and more popular, but should NOT replace conventional medicine or prescription drugs.

      Herbal remedies using Sage (Salvia officinalis)
      Also known as salie and common sage
      The use of herbal remedies, including the herb sage (also known as common sage), classified as Salvia officinalis, are popular as an alternative to standard Western allopathic medicine for a variety of problems, including memory enhancement, reducing hot flushes in menopause and boosting natural estrogen production, as well as reducing breast milk when weaning a baby.

      Some naturopaths and herbalist prefer to use purple sage (Salvia Purpurascens), as some people consider it more potent.

      Salvia officinalis is an effective remedy for various ailments, and this natural holistic approach to health is becoming more and more popular, but should NOT replace conventional medicine or prescription drugs.

      On this page
      Sage is used for

      Which part of sage is used

      Making herbal tea

      Warnings

      Other infusions and herbal index

      Salvia officinalis
      Sage is also known as Salvia officinalis, and has certain therapeutic properties. The reported benefits of using it internally, in the form of a herbal tea

      (infusion),

      Salvia officinalis benefits:

      enhances memory
      astringent
      hormone stimulant
      natural antibiotic
      reduce hot flushes in menopause and boost natural estrogen production
      improves liver function and digestion
      reduces breast milk when weaning babies
      relieves muscles spasm
      reduces excessive perspiration and salivation
      female sterility
      Which part to use for sage herbal tea
      The leaves are used for making the brew.

      Making herbal tea
      The standard way to make an infusion, unless otherwise specified, is to pour a cup of boiling water over the material to be infused, let it stand for 5 minutes, strain it, and drink it.

      Fresh plant material
      When the recipe refers to fresh plant material to be used, a 1/4 cup fresh material is used, following the method above.
      Dried material
      When the recipe refers to using dried material, use 2 teaspoons of material when making it.
      Bark or seeds
      Should the recipe call for bark or seeds to be used, use 2 teaspoons of seeds or 1 tablespoon of bark.
      Sweetening your infusion
      You could sweeten your health drink with honey, should you so require, and a dash of fresh lemon juice may also enhance the taste.
      General warning when using herbal infusions
      Only use the herbal material if you are 100% sure that it really the herb in question.
      If you are ill or have any health concerns, consult your health practitioner.
      Do not continuously drink the same infusion. At maximum use for 10 days and then skip 5 days.
      Only have one cup of herbal infusion per day, except during acute periods - such as when you have a cold or flu, you can then have it three times a day, but for a maximum of 4 days.
      When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can you get a rash from Menopause?
    I am getting this rash that really itches all over my neck and chest. Can it be related to Menopause? Or maybe and allergic reaction to something?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Stephanie

      Here are a few ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Although most rashes are not symptoms of a serious health problem, they can be signs of allergies, liver and gallbladder problems, lupus, bleeding disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases.

      Rashes can also be due to the elimination of toxic wastes through the skin, or of an active immune reaction to an invading organism. Suppression of such a rash can lead to chronic disease states. Rather than try to suppress the rash, in such cases watchful waiting may be more advisable.

      Caution: If your rash becomes chronic, forms a "butterfly" shape over your cheeks, or is accompanied by high fever and joint pains, seek immediate medical attention to rule out more serious illnesses.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate any foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat an organic, whole foods diet, with plenty of green leafy vegetables and yellow vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid all processed foods and chemical food additives.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically to the affected areas.

      Herbs: The following herbal remedies can speed healing: A tincture of equal parts burdock root and gentian root, the fresh juice of coriander, and/or aloe vera juice or gel.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Sulfur, Graphites, and Calc carb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink fresh squeezed vegetable juices on a daily basis, especially carrot, beet, radish, and garlic juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful to speed healing: vitamin A and vitamin E (both orally and applied topically over the affected areas), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (EFAs), flaxseed oil, and amma linolenic acid (GLA). In addition, add half a teaspoon of baking soda to water and drink every fifteen minutes. Do this three times, and then every two to three hours for two to three days or until the reaction subsides.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating rashes: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Detoxification Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (Hydrogen Peroxide), and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  26. QUESTION:
    What can you do for memory loss during menopause. I loss my keys, my cell phone,?
    and other crap I can't remember off hand. I never used to lose stuff. I even went to the doctor. He said I was fine...but I am NOT. That is what i told him!
    What are good herbal remedies that can help??? or atleast ease my mind.

    • ANSWER:
      We all suffer brain deterioration to various degrees as we age. The best herbal medicine that I know of is--one that may target the cause of brain/age deterioration--chamomile (a kind of daisy). Chamomile tea is great for a sleep aid. Try your own version with one, two, or three bags per 8 oz of water. And go to different doctors. Try a neurologist and see if he'll give you a dementia test. Good luck, dear.

  27. QUESTION:
    what is an herbal alternative to lipodissolve?
    I read some time back about a Chinese herb that many said worked wonders. Please inform if you know the name.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for Shedding Excessive Fat and Weight /Obesity :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim-crud.200X, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali mur.30X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion;easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb.200X or 1M, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200X, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves, Q(Mother Tincture). 4 hourly,10 -20 drops

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200X or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese, chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted; (whether they do anything or not) Lac-def.200 weekly (6)

      To reduce weight (flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca Berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops Now its available in tablets form too very easily available in India and Pakistan manufactured by Dr.Willmar Schwabe Pharmacy, Germany

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon-Carb.200, 6 hourly.

      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Take Care and God Bless !

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone get a fever when they are at home all day?
    I find it strange how when I stay home in the house doing nothing all day my body temp peaks... Not a fever but higher than my average. For example it will go from 36.4C to 37.2C and I feel nauseous with a hot flash.... I'm only 21 years old so no it's not menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      this is not the age of menopause but for hot flash i can give you a suggestion .please read it carefully.

      Herbal Menopause Remedy – The China Herbs That Can Help Control Hot Flashes

      Menopause is a very delicate condition and acknowledging that not just one treatment will fix every woman’s condition is the first step in finding the personalized solution to take care of yours. The symptoms of menopause have many factors to take into consideration. It is important to pin point what your individual symptoms are and to try to find out what triggers your symptoms the most. With the help of Chinese menopause herbal antidotes, you can help your kidneys function properly. It is said that the female’s kidney lends a huge hand in the ability to give birth, have a satisfying sex life, and to help keep your reproductive organs healthy. When you went through puberty, an increase in kidney chi happened by a burst of blood flowing to the uterus. During your child bearing years, your kidneys will help keep the right amount of blood flowing to your reproductive organs, however, the flow of blood will decrease as you grow older. The symptoms from menopause come about when this happens and your kidneys lose the right amount of chi. This causes an imbalance in your inner chi.

      There is also another realization for the menopausal symptoms that you experience. Traditional Chinese Medicine states that women put up with a lot of stress, lack of healthy meals, and not enough physical activity. Due to these items, our chi is thrown off and in turn has a hard time passing through the meridians. When our chi is blocked, the body cannot stabilize itself properly. This is Traditional Chinese Medicine’s explanation as to why female’s must suffer through the symptoms of menopause, such as the horrid night sweats and frustrating hot flashes.

      Luckily, blockages and imbalance of our chi can be fixed by adjusting a few things in our lives, such as, eating better, herbal therapy, acupuncture, and qi gong. Traditional or regular Chinese menopausal herbs were not created to take care of hot flashes. They are created to take care of the whole individual. The prescriptions for Chinese herbal remedies will depend upon the individual symptoms that you have but the Chinese herbs I have listed below are the building blocks of Chinese herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using China Root: This root is filled with knobs and irregular joints and is available in two types of China Root and can be bought at all Chinese Herbalist Shops. The first type of China Root is the best kind and looks paler in color and harder in texture than the other one. It derives from the oriental climber plant; Smilax China Linn. It is grown with red berries and has circular prickly stalks. The second type of China Root derives from the oriental plant; Smilax Pfeudo-China Linn. It has a smoother textured stalk and has black berries. Neither has any specific taste or smell, however, this is a very potent herb to heal night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings. This is usually consumed through chewing or in tea form, but many forms of this remedy is an extract placed into a capsule type pill.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Bupleurum Root: The translation of this root from Chinese dialect is “Kindling of the Barbarians”. This root was first talked about in a 2,000 year old Chinese Medicinal Text and is said to be on the most imperative herbs within Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is a very powerful herb as it is known to remove the stagnate chi within the body. It works even better when used in combination with certain other herbs. It really helps your liver. Most of all menopausal remedies will include this root as without it the anti-microbial activities and harmonizing actions are way too important to leave out.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Licorice Root: This herb is also a very important one and is known as the “grandfather of all herbs”. Its functions include eliminating the body of toxins and poisons as well as helping other herbs consumed to penetrate and cleanse better. This is essential to get your chi on the right flow. Keep in mind that Chinese Licorice Root differs from Western Licorice Root. The Chinese Licorice Root is used to energize and calm the body while the Western Licorice Root can cause nervousness. It is important to check your herbal remedy to make sure you have the Root that is grown within the northern region of China.

      Please keep in mind that although these are herbs, it is still very important to talk to your doctor or acupuncturist regarding the use of these herbs and all other natural forms of relief.

  29. QUESTION:
    Menopause... When should I expect it to start and what will be the symptoms, and for how long?
    When I get it, what are the normal symptoms and what do women do to control it? Thank you to anyone with helpful advice.

    • ANSWER:
      In my mid-30s I went 38 days without a period. I think I was pre-menstrual. A doctor can check you hormone levels and tell you if you are menopausal or not. Symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia...not a whole lot different than PMS. The best thing though, no more PERIOD.

      I went into early menopause as the result of a hysterectomy in 1998. I was in my 40s. My doctor prescribed PremPhase which is a hormone replacement pill. He then switched me to Alora, which is a HRT patch, changed twice weekly. Currently, I use FemRing. It is inserted in the vagina once every 90 days. They all controlled my symptoms, but have not completely eliminated them. There are also herbal remedies such as Black Cohosh. This should not be used if you have high blood pressure.

      Hope this information is helpful

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for the women having bleeding at the age of 56years, after menopause ,?
    My wife is having slight bleeding at the age of 56 years , but after menopause she don't having any bleeding for more than 10 years, is it possible and normal, or any other reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding After Menopause

      Menopause is the transition phase in the life of a woman in which her ovaries stop producing eggs, body produces less progesterone, and estrogen, menstrual cycle becomes less frequent, and her period stopping altogether. Early Menopause symptoms also known as Premature menopause symptoms, may include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and sleep deprivation. There are treatments for Menopause which includes hormone replace therapy, and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies may include natural supplements and foods made from soy.

      If you have bleeding after menopause, make sure to call your Doctor!
      A woman will be fully menopausal if she has gone at least 1 year or 365 days without having her period. If bleeding continues after being fully menopausal, it may be only confined to spotting, this is also known as post menopausal bleeding. It is not considered unusual for this to happen. There are situations when post menopausal bleeding maybe a sign of a more serious condition.
      Spotting may occur if you are undergoing therapy for hormone replacement HRT but it can also occur if you aren’t. Generally, spotting occurs due to the hormonal balances persisting after menopause. Breast tenderness in addition to spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing an actual menstrual period. If this occurs, you will need to wait 1 full year from your last menstrual cycle to be fully menopausal.

      Estrogen levels need to remain stable or it can cause spotting. Having low estrogen levels can cause irregular spotting and high estrogen levels may cause a heavy menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may also rise because the endometrial lining is atrophying.

      There are women who may develop Type II diabetes after experiencing menopause. Women who are insulin resistant have higher estrogen levels than women who aren’t diabetic. A woman who is insulin resistant can experience progesterone converting into estrogen, which can result in post menopausal bleeding that is unusual.

      Rapid weight loss can cause you to spot or bleed after experiencing menopause. Estrogen is stored in fat tissue in a woman’s body so when rapid weight loss occurs, the estrogen goes into her bloodstream, her hormones are disrupted, and she may spot or bleed.

      Although it maybe a benign condition, post menopausal bleeding should not be ignored. Make sure to bring this to your Physician’s attention due to the fact that it maybe a serious health issue. Post menopause bleeding may originate from the vagina which may have dried up and atrophied from lack of estrogen. May also come from lesions and cracks on the vulva, and can also occur from intercourse. Upper reproductive system bleeding can come from endometrial cancer, hormone replacement, cervical cancer or lesions, endometrial polyps, ovarian cancer, uterine tumors or from tumors that secret estrogen. Most common reason for post menopause bleeding is hormone replacement therapy also known as HRT.
      There are good remedies in Homeopathy too.

  31. QUESTION:
    What herbal medcine I can take to help strengthen my uterus to prepare it for a pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      While not used for "strengthening the uterus" per se, natural and holistic treatments have been used to enhance fertility in women by supporting overall reproductive health. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies have a positive effect on the hormonal system, reproductive organs, and sex drive.

      Use herbs such as Vitex agnus-castus (Chasteberry) to help balance hormones by stimulating the pituitary gland, which produces sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

      A traditional Chinese fertility herb known as Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh) may help to improve hormone functioning due to its phyto-estrogens. It is also used in the prevention of miscarriage and in the treatment of menopause.

      In addition, Eleutherococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng) has many medicinal uses and helps to improve overall systemic health. It may also help to correct hormone imbalances, boost libido and sexual pleasure, and support uterine functioning.

      There are also many ways to reduce stress and therefore increase chances of conception. These include therapeutic massage, listening to calming CD’s, yoga or even taking a daily, relaxing walk! Your psychological state also plays a big part in promoting conception.

      Many women struggle to fall pregnant despite a clean bill of health from their doctors. This could be attributed to emotional factors or subconscious fears arising from childhood experiences. Flower essences can be of great assistance in creating an emotional climate conducive to conception.

      If you are a smoker, stop smoking naturally with non-nicotine based herbal and homeopathic remedies and cut down on all alcohol consumption to increase your chances of falling pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why are my armpits sweating more than they usually do?
    I'm a 21 year old college student, I'm living where it is currently cold- why have my armpits been sweating much more than they usually do? I heard that it might be my deodorant, but new deodorant brand makes no difference. WTF?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a condition called Hyperhidrosis.Over sweating is a problem that many people suffer from. It is also known as excessive sweating, as well as extreme sweating and in medical terms is called Hyperhidrosis.

      Over sweating is something that millions of people suffer from daily and sometimes, something as simple as moving from one room to the other room, can cause a person to sweat unduly. For some people who suffer from over sweating, it has become such a problem that they are forced to resort to drastic methods such as surgery or strong medications, to resolve their problems.

      Of course this is not always the case, and not all people who suffer from an over sweating problem need to use these methods. These people can instead use other methods which are also readily available such as herbal treatments and other holistic remedies. These can include such things as homeopathy, acupuncture and ayurveda.

      Not everyone likes to use these types of "exotic" treatments, and for these individuals treatment for their over sweating problem can be found in the arms of more conventional medications and remedies. To find out what these are, you might first want to consult with your physician. You will then be able to get a better picture of what your options are for dealing with the problem of over sweating.

      Of course, although these methods don't always work, especially if over sweating runs in your family, you can try to control, or rather change, your diet. Sometimes dietary habits can have a larger impact on your body functions than you even realize. Another thing that you might want to look into, and which can also sometimes have a good reaction, is changing your lifestyle somewhat.

      More to the point, try to stay as stress free as possible since stress can also bring about over sweating. Just think back to the last stress filled situation that you were in, weren't you sweating profusely, even though you might not have realized it at the time?

      Stress and anxiety-induced over sweating can be controlled more easily than you think, and if you feel that you need help in dealing with this aspect of your life, you can even seek the help of a trained and qualified therapist.

      You can of course use commercially available antiperspirants and things, but with the case of over sweating these might just not be strong enough to deal with your problem.

      Or as mentioned earlier, if your over sweating problems are all genetic and passed down to you through your family tree, then help might still be at hand. Ask other members of your family what they did to control their over sweating problems. You might find that the answer is lying within your reach!
      t is a known fact that overweight and obese people are more prone to excessive sweating as they perspire more. However, excessive perspiration can be also due to several underlying medical conditions such as menopause, psychiatric illnesses and very active thyroid glands. Excessive sweating is also known to occur to people with no known medical condition and thus the cause of heavy sweating for this group of people is unknown.

      It is very distressing to suffer from over sweating and many people with this condition also suffer from low self esteem. This is because excessive sweating may cause them to have undesirable body odor, looking unkempt and dirty.

      It is easier for those who are overweight to reduce excessive perspiration since it is just a matter of reducing their body fat weight. Losing weight is easy with the right combination of exercises and healthy eating habits. Many people who find it hard to lose weight and disagree with me that losing weight is easy is because they are doing it wrongly.

      If excessive sweating is localized on parts of the body such as armpits, palms or the soles of feet, then treatments may be necessary to reduce over perspiration. Sometimes anti-perspirants applied to the affected body part may just stop excessive sweating albeit temporarily.

      Simple and non surgical medical treatments that are known to reduce or even sometimes stop excessive sweating successfully are Iontophoresis where a low electrical current is introduced to the affected parts of the body or getting Botulinum toxin injections commonly known as Botox injections.

      If you are suffering from excessive sweating and over perspiration, and since this condition is most prevalent among people who are overweight, go get a medical check up to see if you are obese. If you are, then embark on a healthy diet and exercise program and your excessive sweating condition may be solved permanently.

      Antiperspirants

      The traditional treatment is through the use of antiperspirants. Special antiperspirants have been created especially for people that suffer from hyperhidrosis. These antiperspirants have a clinical formula that provides better protection.

      Botox Injections

      Botox injections are a fairly new form of treatment for people that suffer from overactive sweat glands. It is also one of the most effective forms of treatment. Not only is it very effective at reducing sweat but it also works very quickly. Patients can feel and see results in less than 2 weeks after a Botox treatment. The downside of botox injections is that it is not a cure for excessive sweating and in order to continue with a reduction in sweat, the patient will be expected to keep up with botox injections.

      Oral Medication

      There are two common drugs used to treat patients; Robinul and Ditropan. These drugs are not really used for patients that only sweat in one body are such as the under arms. They are typically used for patients that sweat all over. They work pretty effectively, however there are quite a few side effects associated with them and some of them seem pretty serious such as loss of taste and some patients have reported more serious side effects such as difficulty breathing and swallowing.

      Surgery

      Surgery for the treatment of over sweating has tremendously improved since 2000 and continues to improve. The surgery is now less invasive. The surgery only requires 3 small incision sites that are typically done below the breast. A tiny scope is inserted and allows the doctor to remove the section of the nerve that is responsible for sweating. The surgery is performed in 30 minutes and the results are nearly instant.
      The surgery costs roughly ,500.00 but it is a final solution to ending the problem once and for all.

      One of the cause of over sweating is weight. If you are over weight or obese, you could be over sweating because of that. The simple solution for this is too lose the weight. Losing the weight might not be over night, but developing a healthy life style will not only possibly cure your sweating but it could also make you healthy.

      a solution to sweating can be simple as avoiding foods. If you are easily sweating, it is adviceable that you stay away from spicy foods. Spicy foods can trigger sweating. Also having high blood sugar can, be a cause of over sweating. Watching your blood sugar and foods that you eat that can contribute to this could be the solution to over sweating.

  33. QUESTION:
    How could a female stop depression having no cure for hair loss? wyl pushin her 2 depart from intimatin others?
    A scientific research or helpful guide need to be introduced enabling such patients to keep their spirit well. Though it may seem so trivial, it really hurt their feminine charm and confidence a lot!!!! thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Heredity, hormones, stress, diet, illness, poor hair care – all are factors in hair loss.

      Stress, diet and illness are more temporary conditions and usually the hair loss is reversed when the anxiety-producing conditions dissipate, when the diet is improved, when hair care improves and when an illness is cured or gotten under control.

      Heredity and hormones are different matters, however. Heredity is an irreversible condition. You are a product of your parents, and hair loss is often inherited. Hormones are tricky, hidden things, however, and they have different effects on an individual basis.

      In a male, testosterone abides abundantly. There are also enzymes working on testosterone which product a substance called DHT. DHT is now known to circulate in the blood and cause other conditions, one of which is the shrinking of hair follicles. When hair follicles shrink enough, they are unable to produce and push a new hair through. As old hair dies, it is then not replaced.

      In women, hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause all cause significant hormonal change and imbalances with both physical and mental effects. These changes can also cause hair loss, both temporary and permanent.

      Hair loss and re-growth products have been around for centuries. In ancient times, a variety of herbal and oil-based remedies were concocted and used by Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and American Indians, all with some degree of effectiveness for some people. Modern medical research has focused on ways to re-open and stimulate “dead” hair follicles, so that hair growth can re-occur naturally, as well as keep the healthy follicles healthy. Thus, a number of products have become available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They are advertised on radio and television and all over the Internet. One need only do a “google” search on hair loss, and there are literally thousands of sites and products for investigation.

      One ingredient in many hair loss products is minoxidil. Research studies have shown that in about 80% of the participants, products containing this ingredient are effective in slowing hair loss and, in some, causing re-growth to occur.

      Probably the most well known is Rogaine, available at any drug store, in varieties for both men and women. Most scientifically-produced products do have separate products for males and females, because, of course, hormones in each are different and of different levels.

      An additional product containing minoxidil is Provillus, and, again, studies have shown it to be effective. The difference between Provillus and other similar products is that the makes have added Azelaic Acid, an additional ingredient which appears to enhance the follicle repair in both men and women. Provillus has been the subject of many studies, just as the other products, and level of effectiveness may be higher.

      Provillus is available for both men and women, and the treatment is a combination of a topical liquid applied to the balding areas, as well as a pill or capsule to be taken in conjunction with the liquid. The critical key to effectiveness, according to its makers, is the addition of the azelaic acid, however, the correct amount of this acid is most important piece of this treatment.

      As with most hair loss products, the makers recommend patience. It may take from 3-6 months for improvement to occur, however, there is a money-back guarantee up to 180 days if one is not satisfied that it is working for him/her.

      Medical research is far from finished in its exploration of products which will stop hair loss and promote re-growth of “permanent” loss. As this research continues, existing producers will undoubtedly alter their products accordingly.

      Fortunately, a lot of money is being poured into the research, so hair loss sufferers, take heart!

  34. QUESTION:
    FEMALES!!! Is there any good herbal remedies that can help terrible hot flushes during the menopause?? ?
    Im 49 and the hot flushes have kicked in big time.how long do these generally last for?someone told me about 10 years ago to try alternative medicine because it really worked for her.please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Soy is the number one ingredient to help prevent menopausal symptoms. Japanese woman rarely suffer from hot flushes due to the high amount of soy in their diet. My mother used a product called phytolife by blackmores (containing soy phytoestrogens) and after a few months of mild symptoms, there was no more symptoms for the next three years until she no longer needed to take it. The vast majority of women will experience menopause from 2 to 10 years. Strongly recommend avoiding HRT replacement therapy due to significant health risks such as breast cancer and blood clots.

      Phytolife >>>
      http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/phytolife

      Good news for menopausal women: You can avoid hot flashes by changing your diet>>>
      http://www.naturalnews.com/019412.html

  35. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you really have a problem with depression?
    It's such a gray area. Everyone gets down from time to time, but I feel like this too much of the time, I'm afraid. I tried paxil...but couldn't tell a definite difference. Any suggestions of a specific anti depressant?

    • ANSWER:
      It would be hard to give a specific antidepressant's name to someone because one thing will work well for one person and another better for another person. There are herbal remedies too, such as St. John's Wort, but they have some side effects and in the case of serious depression don't work as well.

      You should probably start by being certain your diet is healthy. Unhealthy eating patterns can in fact cause depression, and eating properly and getting enough rest, exercise, etc., can help with depression. Next, make an appointment for counseling. They usually start with patients by giving a questionairre to answer that can tell them the extent of your depression, and help them determine if you need medication and how much.

      Have you had any recent life changes such as moves, change in jobs, new school, divorce or breakup, or death of a loved one? Such things can cause a person to get down. Hormonal changes can as well, such as giving birth, menopause, or other factors there.

      Again, you should start by finding a counsellor to help you.

  36. QUESTION:
    what is a home remedy for cold sweats?
    a luke warm bath did not help and neither did baby powder... it turned into paste O.O i think my mom's going through menopause and she feels really hot and really cold at the same time and she needs some home remedies please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen hormone level decreases when a woman begins menopause and this triggers physical changes to occur. There are natural remedies available that can alleviate menopause symptoms including night sweats, vaginal dryness, digestive problem and hot flashes. Herbal remedies such as black cohosh, Dong quai root, licorice root and Maca Root help regulate body temperature and reduce hot flashes and sweating. They are available in a pill form or in the form of a herbal tea. Your mom can try these herbal supplements which contain natural plant estrogen that balances women's menopausal hormones. It is best to consult a doctor first before taking any herbal supplements. There are a lot of available resources online (check source below) related to menopause and how to relieve its symptoms that you can refer to in order to better understand how menopause affects women like your mom. I hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a woman get pregnant at 53?
    I'm 14, and my mom really want's twins. My dad is 55. I overheard them talking about how fun it would be to have another child to play and care for, and they always like playing with little kids. I once found a pregnancy test in my Mom's closet, and it read negative. I also think that 2 other kids would be fun to have around, but is there any natural way of them getting pregnant? any herbal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes if she hasn't gotten menopause.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long after starting to take a hair supplement for hair falling out will it take to see a difference?
    Doctor thinks it might be from lack of biotin and magnesium. (due to food allergy, I can't eat most fruits or veggies, and can't eat meat because of something else).

    • ANSWER:
      Doctors don't know everything!

      They start prescribing you pills, just to get your teeth cleaned.

      People spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements.

      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have to approve supplements — no agency in the United States does. So it’s up to consumers to bring health concerns to light. “It’s important to understand the difference between over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements,” say Pieter Cohen, MD, an internist at Cambridge Health Alliance and instructor at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Mass. The FDA gets involved only after the fact, if the supplement later appears to be causing harm. By that time, the supplement may already have harmed many consumers who used it. “The burden of proof is on the FDA to determine [a supplement] is dangerous and remove it from the market,” Cohen says. Consumer complaints are the primary trigger for investigations. One recent investigation of the dietary weight-loss supplement ephedra resulted in it being banned for sale in the United States.
      China, which has repeatedly been caught exporting contaminated products, is a major supplier of raw supplement ingredients. The FDA has yet to inspect a single factory there.

      We have identified a dozen supplement ingredients that we think consumers should avoid because of health risks, including cardiovascular, liver, and kidney problems. We found products with those ingredients readily available in store.

      Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, he experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off.
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm228052.htm

      So many reasons why you have hair loss:
      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything.

      "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php
      Fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains all supply B-complex vitamins, like biotin, folic acid and vitamin B12, as well as vitamin A, copper and zinc, which are all necessary for remedying dry, brittle hair and nourishing a healthy scalp. Some prime examples of foods that contain these nutrients for healthy hair include:
      ·                     Folic Acid - asparagus, beets, broccoli, avocados, Brussels sprouts, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lentils, oranges, fresh peas, turkey and spinach.
      ·                     Biotin - cauliflower, liver, salmon, carrots, bananas, cereals, yeast, and soy flour. Keep in mind that biotin content is reduced when food is cooked or preserved.

      Sources:
      Everyday Health, Consumer Reports, Slate.com, CNN Health/herbal-supplements, FDA.gov for consumers protect yourself health fraud

  39. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies for hot flashes?
    My daughter is 41 years old and has been suffering with hot flashes for years. She has several other conditions and is on a lot of medications. She needs something that wont impact her current medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats are two symptoms of menopause that can really affect a woman's quality of life as the natural levels of estrogen decline. And, Senay says, there's no question that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to provide relief. The problem is that the symptoms of menopause often recur if the treatment is stopped. More evidence suggests that the commonly-prescribed combination hormone therapy is not a good idea for long periods of time.

      See the resource also

      Of course, as with all therapies, there are some risks involved. The public usually takes herbal therapies in the form of supplement pills, not as a preparation made directly from the herb by a trained herbalist. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription drugs. The amount of herbal product, quality, safety, and purity may vary between brands or even between batches of the same brand.

  40. QUESTION:
    What causes insomnia when one is tired at night?
    I dont drink coffee or eat any caffeine in any form.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes, but they can include:

      1. Emotional Distress
      More particularly when it is from internalized anxiety or anger, emotional problems can easily trigger this sleep disorder.

      2. Substance Abuse
      Drinking too much coffee, colas or other "energy-upper drinks" is known to cause insomnia. Caffeine from these drinks is the main reason. Chain smokers can also be easy victims of insomnia because of the nicotine that cigarettes contain.

      Herbal remedies, alcohol and other medications can also make one prone to becoming an insomniac. Some may think that alcohol, when consumed, can make one feel drowsy. But little did they know that in the long run, when the alcohol gets metabolized, sudden wakefulness will follow.

      3. Biological Clock Disturbance.
      Also known as circadian rhythm, one's body clock, when altered, can damage the amount of sleep one can peacefully enjoy. This body clock disturbance can be caused by an irregular slumber schedule because of too much siesta or partying too late at night.

      It can also be jetlag or body clock disturbance due to traveling by plane to some place where there is a different time zone. Other causes may be the grave yard schedules of workers and cramming review season for students induced by exams.

      4. Environmental Factors
      Extreme temperatures can disrupt one's sleeping patterns. Noise and bright lights can have the same effect too. Homesickness or when one is forced to sleep in an unfamiliar place is also one reason behind getting into the habit of not having enough sleep.

      5. Health Problems
      Health disorders such as diabetes, heart failure, hyperthyroidism, ulcers, and Parkinson's disease can also induce insomnia. Asthma may also be one health problem that makes one prone to insomnia because of an asthmatic's shortness of breath.

      Frequent urination, heartburn, and chronic pain from leg cramps, tooth ache and arthritis can also cause insomnia.

      Psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and depression are also possible culprits for insomnia. Snoring with prolonged pauses in breathing while at sleep, also known as sleep apnea can also cause insomnia.

      Periodic arm and leg movements during sleep causing the muscles to twitch excessively is one underlying cause of this sleep disorder. Another cause is narcolepsy or one's lack of control on whether to stay awake or to fall asleep, is another cause of this sleep disorder.

      6. Pre-bedtime Activities
      Engaging to vigorous activities such as exercise just right before bedtime can deprive one of a good night's sleep. Consuming large meals when one is just about to sleep can also make one experience this sleeping disorder. This is because when metabolism is at its most active thus the body prompts one to stay awake.

      Risk Factors:
      Reports have it that 90% of people can acquire transient insomnia at some point in their lives. While an estimate of 30% suffers from its chronic form.

      a. Women are said to be more at risk in acquiring insomnia because of the following reasons:

      - Pre-menstrual syndrome with symptoms of irritability, depression and anxiety, and bloating due to menstruation disturbs a woman's sleeping pattern.
      - Menopause can also change a woman's sleeping pattern.
      - Pregnancy makes sleeplessness one common thing to happen.

      b. Elderly people are also prone to getting insomnia because ageing alters one's sleeping patterns.

      c. Depressed people have lighter slumbers compared to those who don't feel this psychological condition.

      d. Students or younger ones who are conscious with their grades (because of cramming) can easily become insomniacs too.

      With that vast information on what causes insomnia and who are at risk with this sleeping disorder, one can easily ward off this annoying condition.

      Prevention:

      Balance and perspective:
      At certain times, insomnia may result from stress.
      Massage techniques can ease tense necks, aching shoulders and upright torsos, and face massage can be an instant calmer.

      Some stress is an inevitable part of life, but when you need to achieve a state of inner calm, a range of meditation and visualization techniques can help you work through your insecurities, worries and anxieties.

      With practice, stress can be diminished so that it is no longer a cause of sleepless nights.

      A calm environment:
      Lack of sleep can also be exacerbated by external factors such as noise, a “busy” atmosphere in the bedroom, or simply the wrong type of mattress.

      By making the best of your physical environment, you can reduce or remove many of these detrimental factors.

      Following the principles of feng shui you can arrange your bedroom space to best effect and remove clutter that can clog free-flowing “chi” or energy.

      Choosing a calming room décor and lighting scheme can soothe the senses, while establishing a bed-time ritual can make sleep a pleasant and comforting experience to look forward to.

      Pampering treatments:
      In view of the many demands made by daily life, it is essential to find time to switch off from cares and worries in the evening, and indulge in some personal quality time.

      However busy you are, you should take time to wind down before trying to go to sleep, otherwise your mind will still be buzzing with the concerns of the day.

      Surrounding yourself with gentle candlelight and sinking into a hot bath laced with aromatherapy oils or herbal sachets can go a long way to soothe and prepare your body for sleep.

      Essential oils such as lavender and clary sage added to the water help to diminish tension headaches and muscular aches, while bath bags or bath salts made with chamomile help to ease stress.

      You can also use the natural energies from flowers and herbs as a base for warming foot baths, soporific sleep pillows and effective sleep tinctures.

      Bedtime snacks:
      You ate dinner at 6pm; it’s now 11.30pm and you’re ready to go to bed, but now you’re feeling hungry and thirsty again.

      What do you do? Instead of raiding the refrigerator for a substantial and perhaps indigestible meal, it is better to opt for a light snack, such as toast with a topping and perhaps a hot, comforting beverage.

      Try to avoid tea and coffee as they are stimulants and will tend to keep you awake if you drink them late in the day.

      Instead, herbal teas prepared for their sedative properties may be sipped in the evening, while warm, milky drinks are ideal for consumption before bed – milk contains peptides that calm the system.

      The occasional hot toddy can also provide a delicious way to wind down, and this is particularly good on a cold winter’s evening, especially if you are suffering from a cold.

      Calming the psyche:
      Sometimes it is difficult to sleep due to excessive emotions, such as fear, excitement or anxiety. Crystal therapy can help to calm heartache; choosing the right stones can also calm restlessness and anxiety, and help to regulate sleep patterns.

      Crystals can be helpful when bad dreams and nightmares are keeping you awake, as can techniques such as visualizing a guardian angel or spiritual protector. When you have perplexing or mystifying dreams, it can be very helpful to write down what happened before you forget, so that you can ponder and try to analyze them later on.

      Working towards an understanding of your dreams adds an enjoyable richness to what can be the fascinating pageant of sleep.

      Exercise to relax:
      Keeping the body moving is essential for good sleep – without exercise, you 3will not be physically tired enough to rest at night. Aerobic activities such as walking and cycling exercise the heart and tone the muscles, while some specific yoga techniques provide an excellent way to stretch and relax.

      This free ebook downlod explains Insomnia causes and how to fix it naturally with home remedies and behaviour modification

      http://www.thehealthsuccesssite.com/Sleep-disorders-free-health-book-download.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a non-prescription treatment for hot flashes?
    I had surgery last January in which one of my ovaries was removed and now, at 35 years old, I'm going thru premature menopause. The hot flashes are absolutely driving me insane, but I don't want to be forced into taking another pill because I already take alot of medications and my prescription drug coverage fell off when my husband got laid off. Basically, I'm looking for an inexpensive, over-the-counter or herbal remedy that will, at the very least, take the edge off the hot flashes. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there,

      I did research on this for my mother and found a supplement called Menopause Solutions that really seems to help. It contains all the traditional herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh/ Trastree Berry/ Wild Yam/ Valerian root/ Dong Quai and Licorice Root but it also contains Vitamin B-12 and some calcium Citrate but the ingredient that really makes it unique is 8mg of IGF. (Insulin Like Growth Factors) It balances out the hormonal Levels by addressing the adrenals glands which control hormones. It is available at most health food stores and their website is
      www.menopausesolutions.net
      It is a sub lingual and my mom said she started feeling it almost immediately. She loves it.
      Some added benefits of IGF are added energy/ increased endurance/ raised Libido/ muscle gain and fat loss. It also helps to increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis.

  42. QUESTION:
    In order to determine the effects of a new pill that is supposed to reduce hair loss, a researcher conducts?
    In order to determine the effects of a new pill that is supposed to reduce hair loss, a researcher conducts a study. Five hundred volunteer subjects (300 men and 200 women) all of which suffer some degree of hair loss are selected to participate in the study. The researcher gives the women the real pill and the men a sugar pill, but only the researcher knows this.
    In the experiment, which is the placebo group?

    the 200 women
    the 300 men
    the subjects that responded to the treatment
    There is no placebo group.
    none of these

    • ANSWER:
      Heredity, hormones, stress, diet, illness, poor hair care – all are factors in hair loss.

      Stress, diet and illness are more temporary conditions and usually the hair loss is reversed when the anxiety-producing conditions dissipate, when the diet is improved, when hair care improves and when an illness is cured or gotten under control.

      Heredity and hormones are different matters, however. Heredity is an irreversible condition. You are a product of your parents, and hair loss is often inherited. Hormones are tricky, hidden things, however, and they have different effects on an individual basis.

      In a male, testosterone abides abundantly. There are also enzymes working on testosterone which product a substance called DHT. DHT is now known to circulate in the blood and cause other conditions, one of which is the shrinking of hair follicles. When hair follicles shrink enough, they are unable to produce and push a new hair through. As old hair dies, it is then not replaced.

      In women, hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause all cause significant hormonal change and imbalances with both physical and mental effects. These changes can also cause hair loss, both temporary and permanent.

      Hair loss and re-growth products have been around for centuries. In ancient times, a variety of herbal and oil-based remedies were concocted and used by Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and American Indians, all with some degree of effectiveness for some people. Modern medical research has focused on ways to re-open and stimulate “dead” hair follicles, so that hair growth can re-occur naturally, as well as keep the healthy follicles healthy. Thus, a number of products have become available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They are advertised on radio and television and all over the Internet. One need only do a “google” search on hair loss, and there are literally thousands of sites and products for investigation.

      One ingredient in many hair loss products is minoxidil. Research studies have shown that in about 80% of the participants, products containing this ingredient are effective in slowing hair loss and, in some, causing re-growth to occur.

      Probably the most well known is Rogaine, available at any drug store, in varieties for both men and women. Most scientifically-produced products do have separate products for males and females, because, of course, hormones in each are different and of different levels.

      An additional product containing minoxidil is Provillus, and, again, studies have shown it to be effective. The difference between Provillus and other similar products is that the makes have added Azelaic Acid, an additional ingredient which appears to enhance the follicle repair in both men and women. Provillus has been the subject of many studies, just as the other products, and level of effectiveness may be higher.

      Provillus is available for both men and women, and the treatment is a combination of a topical liquid applied to the balding areas, as well as a pill or capsule to be taken in conjunction with the liquid. The critical key to effectiveness, according to its makers, is the addition of the azelaic acid, however, the correct amount of this acid is most important piece of this treatment.

      As with most hair loss products, the makers recommend patience. It may take from 3-6 months for improvement to occur, however, there is a money-back guarantee up to 180 days if one is not satisfied that it is working for him/her.

      Medical research is far from finished in its exploration of products which will stop hair loss and promote re-growth of “permanent” loss. As this research continues, existing producers will undoubtedly alter their products accordingly.

      Fortunately, a lot of money is being poured into the research, so hair loss sufferers, take heart!

  43. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there tired of these awful menopause symptoms?
    Hate these (blankity-blank) Hot flashes. Feels like my head is on fire. Ugh!!!!

    I hate getting old, but I guess considering the alternative, I guess it's ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Roz. I'm answering from the male perspective (I've had night sweats), and from an empathetic perspective - I have 5 sisters in various stages of menopause and a partner (Sassy) who just came off hormone replacement therapy and into the pit called menopause after a cervical cancer scare. And before going any further - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      Sassy found a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary - or it may not work at all.
      Regardless, Sassy and I put together a web page (below) with comments about diet, herbal remedies, and some other ways to get relief from night sweats, hot flashes, etc. Keep in mind that herbal treatments for night sweats and hot flashes can be broken down into two categories: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs, and each has their proponents. Hope this helps.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does anything help to regrow and maintain hair for a woman?
    both my mom and grandma have thinning hair - they have tried some shampoo's n different oils but so far nothing has helped. My grandma wears a wig and my mom doesn't want to wear one yet - is there anything out there that can help my mom regrow some of her hair w/o surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Heredity, hormones, stress, diet, illness, poor hair care – all are factors in hair loss.

      Stress, diet and illness are more temporary conditions and usually the hair loss is reversed when the anxiety-producing conditions dissipate, when the diet is improved, when hair care improves and when an illness is cured or gotten under control.

      Heredity and hormones are different matters, however. Heredity is an irreversible condition. You are a product of your parents, and hair loss is often inherited. Hormones are tricky, hidden things, however, and they have different effects on an individual basis.

      In a male, testosterone abides abundantly. There are also enzymes working on testosterone which product a substance called DHT. DHT is now known to circulate in the blood and cause other conditions, one of which is the shrinking of hair follicles. When hair follicles shrink enough, they are unable to produce and push a new hair through. As old hair dies, it is then not replaced.

      In women, hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause all cause significant hormonal change and imbalances with both physical and mental effects. These changes can also cause hair loss, both temporary and permanent.

      Hair loss and re-growth products have been around for centuries. In ancient times, a variety of herbal and oil-based remedies were concocted and used by Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and American Indians, all with some degree of effectiveness for some people. Modern medical research has focused on ways to re-open and stimulate “dead” hair follicles, so that hair growth can re-occur naturally, as well as keep the healthy follicles healthy. Thus, a number of products have become available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They are advertised on radio and television and all over the Internet. One need only do a “google” search on hair loss, and there are literally thousands of sites and products for investigation.

      One ingredient in many hair loss products is minoxidil. Research studies have shown that in about 80% of the participants, products containing this ingredient are effective in slowing hair loss and, in some, causing re-growth to occur.

      Probably the most well known is Rogaine, available at any drug store, in varieties for both men and women. Most scientifically-produced products do have separate products for males and females, because, of course, hormones in each are different and of different levels.

      An additional product containing minoxidil is Provillus, and, again, studies have shown it to be effective. The difference between Provillus and other similar products is that the makes have added Azelaic Acid, an additional ingredient which appears to enhance the follicle repair in both men and women. Provillus has been the subject of many studies, just as the other products, and level of effectiveness may be higher.

      Provillus is available for both men and women, and the treatment is a combination of a topical liquid applied to the balding areas, as well as a pill or capsule to be taken in conjunction with the liquid. The critical key to effectiveness, according to its makers, is the addition of the azelaic acid, however, the correct amount of this acid is most important piece of this treatment.

      As with most hair loss products, the makers recommend patience. It may take from 3-6 months for improvement to occur, however, there is a money-back guarantee up to 180 days if one is not satisfied that it is working for him/her.

      Medical research is far from finished in its exploration of products which will stop hair loss and promote re-growth of “permanent” loss. As this research continues, existing producers will undoubtedly alter their products accordingly.

      Fortunately, a lot of money is being poured into the research, so hair loss sufferers, take heart!

  45. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there that can not work, or on disablity, due to anxiety?
    I was just pulled from work for the next week by my dr. for severe anxiety. I am having trouble coping with the stresses of everyday life. I feel as though I can not tread water anymore and I am sinking. I work full time, as a mortgage loan officer, I have 3 boys aunder age of 8. My stress from home and work are piling up so that I can not seem to do anything right! I would love to stop working all together as that seems as though it would help me function much better, however, we just cannot afford it as I carry the health insurance, etc.. for the family. Any suggestions as to how I can somehow remain on disabilty until my life gets back in order?

    • ANSWER:
      My anxiety was so debilitating that i took vacation after vacation leave until i ran out. Then i took sick leave and compensatory leave, man i worked the system until they all ran out. I tried anxiety medication Effexor, after the 4th day of taking it my anxiety attacks got worse, much worse. I immediately refused to take Prescriptions and opted for natural remedies that work. After i tried it i am much better and back out to work, i know i won't have to worry about anxiety again. This is what i did. After reading the book "Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About" by Kevin Trudeau i gained much insight into how to take care of your body and never get sick again. This is what i did to get rid of my anxiety.

      A colon cleanse
      Parasite cleanse (most ppl dont know that worms and parasites causes severe anxiety)
      Candida cleanse
      Liver/gallbladder cleanse
      Kidney cleanse
      P.S. Take the colon and parasite cleanse together so that while flushing the colon worms and parasites will be expelled along with them.

      Now while i took the cleanses one by one i supplemented my body with something that brings the body back into balance. It's called Maca Root. It is anti anxiety as well. Here is a list of what Maca Root is good for. What doctors won't tell you is that if you cleanse your body you will basically get rid of many ailments, like anxiety, depression, constipation, dizziness, insomnia, stomach problems, acne, hair loss etc. If they tell you these things then you won't need them and their pockets will be empty. Cleansing simply gets rid of built up toxins in the body that is making you sick.

      Benefits for Men

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac activity.

      2. Enhances libido.

      3. Increases energy, stamina and endurance.

      4. Improvement of male potency.

      5. Helps overcome depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. DHEA level increases significantly in a majority of the males treated with it.

      8. Helps in stress treatment.

      9. Increases sperm count (oligospermia), count of mobile spermatozoids and mobility, formation of spermatozoids (spermatogenesis)

      10. Athletic Performance.

      11. Hormone Balancing.

      12. Increased Testosterone Levels.

      13. It helps with Erectile Dysfunction.

      14. Fertility Enhancement

      15. Helps fight acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      Benefits for Women

      1. Maca increases Aphrodisiac Activity.

      2. Enhances Libido.

      3. Increases Energy.

      4. It increases Sexual Stimulation

      5. Helps to overcomes depression.

      6. Found to produce a "general sense of well-being".

      7. Helps in Stress Treatment.

      8. Helps fight menopause symptoms.

      9. It reduces Hot Flashes.

      10. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HTR).

      11. Hormone balancing.

      12. Athletic Performance.

      13. PMS Associated Problems.

      14. Maca helps alleviate Menstrual Pain

      15. Corrects Menstrual Irregularity

      16. Helps with acne resulted from hormonal unbalances.

      17. Helps hormonal related skin problems

      18. It decreases stress

      19. Maca Decreases Anxiety

      And last but not least, i took Super Greens. This Greens is full of antioxidants and super powers the body, giving it maximum supplementation. When the body is acidic you develop all sorts of problems like acid reflux, heartburn, constipation, irregular periods, PMS, Insomnia, dizziness, fatigue and extreme fatigue, weakness etc. Super Green turns the body from acidic to alkaline, which is the way it is supposed to be in order to never be sick. You will never suffer from anxiety once your body's PH is Alkaline and your hormones are balance. I know this seems long but the bottom line is...

      Cleanse the body (herbal cleanses)
      Balance the body's hormones with Maca Root
      Supercharge your body with Super Greens which in turn gives you energy like never before. Below is where you can get these things. I am a proud anxiety survivor using natural methods. Smile, you will get better and conquer anxiety.

  46. QUESTION:
    how long will woman's entire menopause be lasted in general?
    the symptoms of menopause, when will these kinds of discomfort be gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there is no one answer to this question. Each woman experiences menopause differently. A few don't even go through these discomforts!
      Anyhow, the discomforts can last anywhere up to 10 years!
      But there are natural herbal remedies or treatments that you can use. They may not stop the discomforts all together, but at least they can be reduced so that your life can be more bearable. Try them out!

  47. QUESTION:
    Why do I get PMS feelings even though I am Menopausal at 55 yrs. old . What to do to stop this?
    Every month I get the PMS headaches and feeling of coming on a period, even though I don't bleed. What is up? Will this ever end. I need to hear from people out there with similar concerns. My head is heavy now.

    • ANSWER:
      It is about your menopause and you low hormones, maybe due to your body going crazy of the decrease of hormones, you have a very low level of prostaglandines, giving you this sympthoms. Prostaglandines are the guilty one for pms and period pains.
      Don´t worry, it is normal and you dont´have to go to your doctor for it.
      -Eat tofu it is has progesterone that can help you.
      -Exercise
      -Try to take few red meat
      -Take flaxx seed everyday it has omegas that help you with postaglandines, it lows the levels.

      Herbs
      There is growing evidence that some herbal remedies may help alleviate menopausal symptoms. The most commonly used herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms are black cohosh, St.-John's-wort, valerian, ginseng, dong quai, and evening primrose oil.

      Reducing your intake of caffeine helps in menopause relief as well. Herbal teas, and using onion, garlic and lemon instead of salt should help as well. One study at UCLA noted that garlic halted the advance of heart disease in post-menopausal women

      Flax Seed's Benefits Contribute to Menopause Symptom Relief
      A flood of recent flax seed research underscores the benefits flax seed has on healthful living. The idea isn't new. Specifically, scientists, nutritionists and physicians studying menopause have determined that the high fiber and lignan content of flax seed products can offer natural menopause treatment. Products supplied by North American Nutrition can have a large impact on menopause, along with a preventative role concerning certain cancers.

      Good luck! ;D

      Good luck! ;D

  48. QUESTION:
    i have not been sleeping well. i get off to sleep ok but sometimes wake up and stay awake.?
    i am a 40 year old woman. when i am awake at night i feel hot and restless and it takes me ages to get back to sleep. i even have palpations.
    i dont drink tea at night and have tried nytol tablets which work but i dont want to get used to them.
    i would like to know if anyone knows of any natural remedies apart from valerian ( which gives me nightmares).
    many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try using lavender oil on your pillow, and then use a mixture Lemon Balm, Lavender, chamomile,Lime blossom, Sage. you can buy some ready made teas with this mixture in some herbal stores. maybe called some thing like "Good Dreams" I know there is a German company has a very good mixture "Teekanne Träum schön" which means exactly that. www.teekanne.de see if they supply to Britain. maybe under another name. I use Valerian along with this but make sure it is a good supplier of Valerian must be fresh and only the root, do not leave in for longer than 10 Min's. 5 is recomended. Chamomile on it's own is the same do not brew for longer than 5 Min's can make you feel sick brings out other oils which can upset the stomach.
      I am surprised Valerian gives you nightmares. I would say there is another reason, you may even get this with other teas but the mixture I just told you. Make sure you don't eat late or drink coffee later than 6pm. Cut down on your coffee drinking if you do drink any, make sure you eat well and lightly cooked vegetables no raw till this is over. steamed or Wok is better. eat rice with vegetables and stay away from heavy meats. and especially pre prepared foods. which can contain additives that do not help this condition. I would recommend a cleansing diet, which many health shops can give leaflets on, but drink warm water first thing in the morning half a litter. then yogurt. plain no fruit or added sugars.Then eat normal drink more water eat with the idea of less but more often.
      You sound a little young yet for Menopause, But your Oestrogen levels may be out which cause headaches, hot flushes, insomnia, nervousness ,night sweats. there other symptoms as well which are a give away. I would talk to your doctor about this if you feel you can trust him or her. Or find a good female doctor. P.S eat more soya in your diet that helps with Oestrogen and take some evening primrose oil capsules talk to a good health store about this. there are a few good ones in the UK. I am lucky the System over here the Doctors know more about natural medication and can prescribe it. My Doctor is always asking me questions on herbal, what he does not know or unsure of. (feel free to contact) I hope this has been a little help, I would need to know more to answer more deeply, some would be to personal to ask here.

  49. QUESTION:
    Once you have Osteoarthiritis on your spine, are you always going to have it for life?
    Please help by explaining, thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi GIGI

      Here are many ideas to heal the issue.

      Quick Action Plan for Osteoporosis

      1. One of the most important steps you can take to prevent and reverse osteoporosis is to follow an organic, whole foods diet that emphasizes plenty of fresh, organic leafy green vegetables throughout the day, along with whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and limited amounts of raw dairy and fish rich in essential fatty acids, such as cod, mackerel, salmon, and sardines. Red meats should be limited to no more than three meals per week, and your overall protein intake should not exceed more than 44 grams per day.

      2. Avoid all commercial, processed and refined foods including white flour, salt, soda, and sugar, and limit your intake of alcohol, caffeine, pasteurized dairy products and milk.

      3. Aluminum products such as aluminum cookware, commercial antacids and antiperspirants, should also be avoided.

      4. Supplement with calcium aspartate, citrate or lactate, along with equal amounts of magnesium (800 to 1,500 mg of each mineral). Also supplement with vitamin A, B-complex, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D3, vitamin K, boron, copper, folic acid, manganese, and zinc.

      5. Adequate amounts of essential fatty acids are important. Omega-3 EFAs are found in fish oils and EPA, while omega-6 EFAs can be obtained from black currant, borage, and evening primrose oils.

      6. Natural microcrystalline calcium hydroxyapatite complex (MCHC), which contains calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and natural fluoride in the same proportions as healthy bone tissue, is another excellent nutritional supplement for osteoporosis.

      7. Avoid the use of synthetic hormone therapy, including synthetic estrogen, which can actually worsen osteoporosis symptoms, as well as dramatically increase your risk of serious side effects, including heart disease and cancer.

      8. Natural progresterone cream in a three percent solution can be applied in a dose of 1/4 teaspoon per night for two consecutive weeks every month for women who are pre-menopausal, and for three consecutive weeks for women who have entered menopause.

      9. Useful herbs for preventing and reversing osteoporosis include alfalfa, berry, black cohosh, buckwheat, chastetree, dandelion root, hops, horsetail, sage, sarsaparilla, shepherd`s purse, sweetbriar, and sage.

      10. Bone brew, composed of equal parts horsetail, nettle, and sage, is another excellent herbal remedy for preventing and stopping bone loss.

      11. Be sure to regularly engage in a weight bearing exercise program at least three times a week for 30 minutes. Excellent exercise choices include brisk walks, dancing, rebounding on a mini-trampoline, and weight training.

      12. Another healthy lifestyle choice is to stop smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke.

      13. Hysterectomies should be avoided if at all possible because of how such operations, even if they leave the ovaries intact, can cause rapid bone loss. 90 percent of all hysterectomies in the U.S. are unnecessary.

      14. Finally, seek to avoid or at least reduce your reliance on conventional medications, including antibiotics, anti-seizure medications, blood thinners, and steroids, all of which can cause bone loss and worsen osteoporosis symptoms.

      Herbal Aids
      1.Calcium and Trace Minerals: Currently of intense interest, osteoporosis is supposedly treated by taking extra calcium. When a woman with osteoporosis has a blood test, the calcium level is usually not low. But in order to be assimilated, calcium must be present in the body with the appropriate synergistic minerals, in particular phosphorus, which must be approximately twice the amount of calcium, and also silica. Without these minerals, and probably other trace minerals that haven't been linked to the problem yet, the body cannot absorb calcium; it just flows through the body, sometimes depositing and causing gout, arthritis, etc. The amount of calcium in the body doesn't matter; it's the balance you take in foods that's important.

      For example, when people have broken bones, if their blood calcium is high and their silica low, the bones heal slowly, but if it's the opposite--with low calcium and high silica--the bones heal rapidly.

      2.Dr. Christopher's BF&C and Calc formula: Usually the right foods will provide the correct mineral balance that will naturally avoid osteoporosis. The Calc formula as well as the B.F.&C. formula can provide concentrated sources of minerals for those who are chronically deficient.

      3.Calcium from Vegetables: When my fingernails have become soft in the past, I have taken calcium supplements in order to harden them, without very good results. But when I am eating many raw, leafy greens, the high concentration of proper minerals harden the nails right up.

      4.Dr. Christopher's Hormone Formula:Sometimes the imbalance in the system can be brought on by hormonal imbalances, so the hormone-estrogen formula can effectively balance the hormone system.

      5.Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey: If your diet is adequate and you are still out of balance, it may be that you are not digesting your food properly; this especially occurs later in life, when the body doesn't produce adequate hydrochloric acid for digestion. The apple cider vinegar and honey mixture--a tablespoon of vinegar and a teaspoon of honey mixed well into a cup of distilled water--taken three times a day, can correct a hydrochloric acid deficiency

      Best of health to you

  50. QUESTION:
    Have become very aware of my swallowing, Am in menopause, think it is anxiety symptom. Any self help tips?
    Know there is nothing physical, just need some tips, started St. John's wort 2 wks ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Mary.I cannot offer any self help tips, but if this has only started happening since starting the St John's wort it may be linked to two of the common side effects of this herbal remedy. Firstly dry mouth and secondly feeling sick. Although you may not directly be experiencing either of these, they do have a relationship with the mouth and throat and it is possible this would make you more aware of swallowing.

      An additional point is if you are taking any other medication. Your St John's wort should have been accompanied by a patient leaflet, which hopefully will list all of the medications that may interact with this remedy.

      You could ask a local pharmacist if the St John's wort is a possible suspect, or beyond that you could speak with your GP to establish if a form of menopausal anxiety is playing a part in this. Being "very aware" sounds as though it is troubling you.

      Take care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the side affects from testerone replacement therapy?
    Also will this cause an enlarged prostate?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is that it can and doctors check for this when you're on replacement therapy. Side effects: just like going thru puberty. hair growth is faster, fat is reduced, muscles can become stronger, you can have erections. The usual boy to manhood changes.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to decrease testosterone in women? If yeah, what are the syptoms afterwards?
    I just want to know, is there some kind of injection, or say medication that can be taken to decrease the testerone? And also, is it ok to increase estrogen level after decreasing it? And what are the side effects of increasing estrogen levels?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think you can like actually extract testosterone but i think you could add estrogen, I think it's called estrogen therapy or something. i agree with the other girl who answered, bigger boobs, constant PMS like side effects lol. But really I have no clue, it's worth doing some research on and talking to your doctor about.

  3. QUESTION:
    Harmones seem to play a part in heart disease. Estrogen seems to be good and testerone negative. My question?
    has anyone done a study to determine how hormone therapy has affected transgender people? I would like to know if estrogen shots could benefit people with heart disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Interesting question...
      We do know that estrogen has cardioprotective effects (testosterone does not specifically have negative effects on the heart, it just lacks the protective effects.)

      Among young otherwise healthy women who've had radical hysterectomies ("surgical menopause") the hormone replacement therapy (HRT) still provides the cardioprotective effects. After natural menopause, long term estrogen-only HRT is linked with gynecologic cancers. (Note: Including progesterone in HRT for post-menopausal women helps prevent the increased cancer risk.)

      As I'm sure you're aware, the transgendered population is unfortunately under-represented in scientific studies. But we can extrapolate the data above to very reasonably infer that trasgendered individuals who receive HRT also would benefit from the cardiovascular "protection" of estrogen.

      All of that said, while estrogen has cardioprotective effects it is generally not considered any kind of "treatment" for cardiovascular disease. (Not sure if that was what you were asking?) We don't take hormone treatment lightly, because the interplay/feedback mechanisms among hormones are in delicate balance. So any time you include hormone therapy in a protocol, you have to be aware of (and manage) the trickle-down effects you'll have on the multitude of systems throughout the body.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there a pill that can reduce body hair?
    I have excessive body hair, all over my body. What can I do to fix this besides laser therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      Well there's several things that you can do.

      Firstly you could wax the parts of your body with excess hair. It's cheap and fairly intrusive, however, it's not a permanent fix, but if you feel less confident with this hair, then it has immediate results.

      Or you could try bleaching the hair. It won't get rid of it, but it will make it appear less visible and again it's cheap and intrusive.

      Or the last option which you may be able to do is try hormone tablets. I knew someone who by the sounds of it, sounded like yourself, who had excess body hair. It turned out that she had increased levels of the male hormone testerone, which caused the excessive hair. If you go to the doctors, express your concern and so on, you may be applicable for the treatment, to help control your hormone levels, if it is down to that??!!

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of hormones and testerone blockers do you take when your doing a transgender transition?
    How many mg? What kind of doctor would I see?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different.

      Doctors are different.

      The first step in transition is always seeing a gender therapist, a list of some can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      After and evaluation and diagnosis of being transsexual they will refer you to an endocrinologist for hormone replacement therapy. Don't try skipping the therapist as most endocrinologists will not see you unless you've been referred by a gender therapist.

      Transition is too important to do half-assed, see a gender therapist if you aren't already.
      .

  6. QUESTION:
    What happens when your hormones are balanced again?
    Because I'm a girl & my testerone levels are too high so I'm thinking about doing hormone therapy (the pill' & spironolactone) & I want to know what happens to my excess hair growth. Does it fall out/& or lighten on it's own or do you still have to remove it & then see the change in regrowth?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm also taking spironolactone for hair loss due to high testosterone. I trying to not do the birth control and see if it works that way. I hate birth control once you get off of it all your problems will be 20,000 times worst than what they were in the begining, and they can cause breast cancer if your prone to it.

      I just started taking spirolactone almost 2 wks ago. I see no change in my hair loss its still falling out... I read it takes up to 6 months to see results.

      About your question you can keep nairing/waxing/shaving whatever you do to the facial hair for now. Its supposed to eventually stop growing as much because it lowers your testosterone so once its lowered you wont grow hair where men do.

  7. QUESTION:
    What would you like to ask?has any lady tried testerone inplant for loss of libido im 56?
    im 56 with no libido at all, iv been told testerone inplants can help well my doctor has put me in for it, but will be a few months does anyone know of anything for severe lack of libido for older ladies after menapause,and energy etc

    • ANSWER:
      being that the body produces testosterone in small ammounts and estrogen and progesterone in lagrer ammounts, relative to men, that is, I would think that if you wanted to eleviate thaes things, you would want low levels of all 3 hormones. Probably because of the breast cancer estrogen replacement therapy connection, they simply don't do that. i'd worry that a relatively high dose of testosterone would have potentially unwanted, possibly permanent effects on a memopausal woman. I'd tred lightly and get all the information, ans ask for a lower end of the specrtum dose ans ee how that goes, and have low expectations. Shoot for "I want sex about every 1-2 weeks," rather than going for "I want need sex twice a day, am fanticizing about seducing the kid who mows the lawn." If it imporves your life, then go for it, but understand we all age and aging involves all srts of things that maybe you wish it didn't. It's enevitable.

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a fertility clinic in southern alabama or nearby areas?
    I just found out that my husband is infertile due to going through chemo/radiation therapy as a child. His doctor placed him on hormone replacement treatment to increase his testerone levels but said it will not help his sperm production therefore saying he is infact infertile. I need to know where can I find fertility clinics in my area to check my options such as in vitro or any of the other prodecures. I also want to know how much these services/procedures usually cost.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a link I found for RE's in Alabama (if it doesn't work I just googled reproductive endocronologist alabama)

      http://www.healthgrades.com/local-doctors-directory/by-specialty/reproductive-endocrinology-infertility/alabama-al

      One cycle of IVF (in TX) cost us k total and that worked on 1st try with twins. With the sperm issues it will vary depending on what they have to do: aspirate hubby's sperm or if you need to get donor sperm

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I decrease my sex drive?
    im trying to stop doing anything with anyone including myself untill i get married. I try and i fail, and i try and I fail again. anything would help. medication, a home remedy, prayer, tactics and or ways to keep from it. What Ive been trying to do is stay busy, but that only works for about 2 to 3 weeks at the most because eventually i get bored. this is really important to me, help is needed, and if nothin else works i'll get therapy. thanx in advanced

    • ANSWER:
      Start working out... the more testerone you dump out might help the desire to master ate or have sex. If you don't like exercising then start picking up a hobby for example : gaming, hunting, sports, car mechanics etc. Hope this help... the less you think of women or men.. the less desire your gonna create.

  10. QUESTION:
    How is synthetic testosterone administered to athletes ( ie Floyd Landis) who want to increase stamina?

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone can be taken orally, by injection or by use of a testosterone patch.

      Cyclists don't discuss doping methods openly, but as recently as a month ago, a German doctor involved in cycling discussed the use of testerone patches for recovery: "You put a standard testosterone patch that is used for male hormone replacement therapy on your scrotum and leave it there for about six hours. The small dose is not sufficient to produce a positive urine result in the doping test, but the body actually recovers faster." --Dr. Kurt Moosburger
      http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=n...
      (scroll down for article).

  11. QUESTION:
    I'm 16 years old, and if I take one cycle of pro hormones(3-4 weeks) what will happen?
    i will be taking a anti estrogen pill for post cycle therapy to regulate my testosterone.
    Can i do this?

    • ANSWER:
      i wouldnt touch pro hormone pills...
      it can throw off the balance of your testerone leveals

      just cycle nitric oxide and creatine....atleast its safe...

  12. QUESTION:
    let me try again. we are a 2 women my wife whats to maybe undergo a sex change and take testerone shots.?
    does that make more sence. what would be the side effects of them and what would change in her and all that info.

    • ANSWER:
      I might recommend you and your spouse check out Nick Gorton's "Medical Therapy and Health Maintenance for Transgender Men" at http://www.nickgorton.org/ which covers the basics of testosterone therapy.

      You might also find the small gallery of transsexual men's photos at http://www.ftmaustralia.org/galleries/men/index.html worth a look over to see what the visible effects of long-term testosterone use are. The book "Body Alchemy" by Loren Cameron is another nice place to see photos of long-term T use (though be aware that the book is over a decade old now so the surgery info in it is out of date).

      To see what trans guys look like early in the process, and how changes progress with T, YouTube is fast becoming a valuable resource for observing the early phases of transition in a number of fellows. A search for "FTM" in YouTube should bring up more personal transition vlogs than you could ever watch :-)

      Finally, to touch base with other trans men and their partners, i'd recommend the FTM-Trans yahoogroup. The list is very active and supportive, and has a fairly well stocked resources section. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FtM-trans/

  13. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had experience with BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES?
    I've heard Dr. Phil's wife, Robin rave about the results she's had taking them...leveled off her mood swings, gave her a feeling of 'well being' and lots of energy.

    From what I understand, there's no blood test, just a urine analysis...to check estrogen and testerone hormone levels, then the doc sets up a program to get you in balance

    I'd love to hear from anyone who has actually tried this natural therapy. Have you?

    • ANSWER:
      Patient feedback is varied, as with everything some people swear by them and others fall short. Everyone seems to get some level of benefit. It may not be as much as you were hoping for but better than without. But then again some women are thrilled. The compounding pharmacist does an in depth interview to see how you feel and in what areas are struggling. Then they make recommendations. The actual order still has to come from the doctor so they are kept in the loop. The initial estrogen/progesterone "recipe" will be dispensed in the form of an emollient cream that you apply and rub in on the inner thigh, since it is very vulnerable skin and most receptive. It is applied daily. After a month the pharmacist will touch bases with you and see how you are doing and make adjustments as needed to the prescription until you do. And they will touch bases at intervals from then on. I do not know if there is a point at which they cannot go any higher in dosing. Many pharmacy plans do not cover these. We have had patients that stop because they cannot afford them. Hope this has helped.

  14. QUESTION:
    Husband on medication that makes him want sex a lot, wife does not. How can this be resolved?
    I recently started taking testerone replacement therapy (a weekly shot), as I was diagnosed by a doctor of having unhealthily low testerone levels. As a result my libido has increased dramatically since I began this medication. My wife and I are in our mid 20's, and although have been together for many years, are recently married.

    Now with my increased libido I desire having sex more often. She is aware of this, and has become agitated that "all I ever want to do is have sex." This has turned into an issue for us...me really wanting to be physical, and her being turned off by the fact that I'm always "pawing" at her and asking for sex. Because of this, we are now actually having less sex than we did before I began the medication. When we do have sex she is very apathetic about it (was never like this in the past).

    The whole situation has begun to make me very upset. We have talked about it, but cannot seem to agree. I think she should take care of my needs, she thinks I need to be more sympathetic to her desires to not have sex all the time. Currently, we have sex maybe once a week, and like I said it hasn't been very "good" since this issue has come up. Before, we had a great sex life. We would often have sex at least 2 or 3 times a week and we were both very satisfied. I don't want to make sex a chore for her. I have decided to stop taking the medication until we can resolve this issue. Really curious to hear what other people think about this.
    I am very sweet to her and am very conscious of outwardly not trying so hard for sex. However, she knows me very well and knows that inside I'm yearning for sex. This makes me further get upset, because I feel like I'm doing all I can, and it's not getting my anywhere.

    I just want to know if I'm off base.

    • ANSWER:
      stay off the sauce young man
      learn to love your wife better (and your hand too)

  15. QUESTION:
    what is the normal testerone level for a male age 41?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on your state of health and HIV is not a factor then 500 to 1000 ng./dl is normal for men between 17 to 80 years of age..

      I will assume since you asked that you must have had your testosterone level measured?

      Otherwise I will tell you that "low testosterone" levels in men produce somewhat the same effect as Menopause does in women. It is called Andropause. It can cause both mental and mood sways. Decline in memory, loss of youthful sexual functioning, impotence, erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory problems.

      Sexual performance is effected. But there is hormone therapy and/or replacement to either comfort or resolve some of this.

      41 is still a young and verile man so testosteone levels may NOT be a major concern right now.

      Talk to your doctor..........do some research on this.

  16. QUESTION:
    how do I ask my husband to get medical attention for his lack of libido without hurting his feelings?

    • ANSWER:
      I seriously just went through this with my husband(32yrs.), it took me two years to get him to go..he finally realized that it could be adding to his health issues or be a issue of something more serious. You should tell him that he needs his regular check up,make the appointment for him (men won't do it!) call the nurse ahead of time( if he doesn't want you there) and ask them to do blood work and check his testerone levels, and his thyroid, Not to scare you but when guys have low levels of hormones they can develope a tumor...My husband had to be put on hormone therapy (no tumor, thank god), and there is a difference, not only in the bedroom but he has more energy to do the things he loves..It was worth the fight!

  17. QUESTION:
    Hi. I'm a FTM. I was just wondering how much testerone therapy generally costs?

    I don't have a doctor. No Insurance. Burger King doesn't pay enough lol

    • ANSWER:
      I pay for a jar of the cream that lasts me for 4 months. That breaks down to .75 per month... or 63 cents per day. Although paying for it all at once can seem expensive, if you figure that one less soda or coffee a day will more than cover the cost, it's really not all that bad.

      As far as gel/cream vs injectable.... yes, it takes longer. My doctor put me on the cream because I smoked, and it causes less problems for smokers. But she still insisted I quit anyway because of the raised hematicrit levels. Just some fyi in case you smoke.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do I do when my husband has low testerone and won't make love to his wife?
    I have been married for 5 years now. My husband has low testerone to normal so the doctor has said. He has not touched me in too many years to count. I have stayed loyal but I am about to the end of my rope. I honestly believe he is too lazy to do something. I have never seen anyone like this in my life. Someone tell me what you would do. I cannot stand it too much longer! He could go back to the doctors and get some medicine for this. Oh he has taken Viagra and all the rest of them. He says they bother his stomach. He won't go to the doctors. I guess it is not important enough now am I. I wonder how long he would have stayed true to me if the roles were reversed. I can tell you. Not at all. He wasn't to his first wife. No he is not cheating on me.

    • ANSWER:
      Before we had kids, my wife had a lower appetite than I did. Once a month, or once every other month was fine. We averaged once every 6 weeks. After the kids were born, we went nearly 3 years without any. It's been about once every 6 to 9 months since that. The frustrating part for me is that we went for marriage counseling (she wanted to go), and we addressed all of the issues that she had. We tried to solve them, and some we did, some we didn't, but we looked at them and tried to reach an accommodation. With this, if it was addressed it was because I brought it up (or the therapist did). She was not honest or straight forward in her responses. She pointed out some things she could do to improve the situation, like go to her Doctor. She invited me to go (which I did frequently when she was pregnant). She didn't bring it up, so as the appointment was ending, I asked her if she was going to bring it up. She did, reluctantly. He offered no read advice (sometimes you should just do it, even if you don't feel like it... Uh Thanks). That dropped the subject for a few months, and I brought it up again, and the therapist said we may have better results going to a younger woman ObGyn. She gave us a name and Number... There still has been no call. At one point we went to once every 3 months while we were in therapy, but now that we've stopped... we've stopped. When we went to once every 3 months, the therapist said, "Well, that's progress, isn't it?" I said, "No. When we first talked about this I thought a normal sex life would be more like once or twice a week. Going from once every 4 to 6 months to once every other month is not progress. It is like a student failing every class to getting a fail in every class except P.E. where they get a D-. Sorry, That just won't cut it."

      The problem is that now, I think it is a bit beyond where she thinks it is.. If she doesn't want to... Whatever. in 10 years when the kids are grown, out to college, it will be resolved one way or another. The thing is that I do not want to "Change" her. I want her to want to change herself. She knows what I want, and she knows I am unhappy. I am frustrated, sad, demoralized, and so on. It ahs hurt my self confidence. I see other people and I wonder if they still have a bond to each other. Right now, I would say that I don't. I stay because of the kids. The marriage to tolerated because the damage done by ending it now is greater then I willing to tolerate. Once the kids are grown and gone...

      I saw a documentary the other night. It said that sex developed to build an emotional bond between mates. To keep them together. As it is now, I don't have that bond.

      As for what you should do. You need to make that decision for yourself. Remember, you can not change anyone. You can ask them to change themselves. You can give them logical and emotional reasons to change themselves, but if they refuse, then you have to make the decision of whether or not you need to stay or go based on who they are and who you are.

  19. QUESTION:
    tetesterone levels low?
    i had my annual blood test and my testerone levels we low ,is this why im gaining weight dramatically? also my doctor said i could get a tetesterone shot to put back in order is this true everyone?

    • ANSWER:
      One "shot" won't do it. If your level is low enough to cause symptoms you may need to go on replacement therapy. Ask about Androgel or a patch. You'd probably prefer it to the regualr shots you'd need. Because it's transdermal there are less HIGHs and LOWs . Also talk to your doctor about any other symptoms you may have which you might not have have realized are also associated to low T. ( night sweats, lack of drive ) Perhaps once you get that up to par you'll feel like being more active and it'll help you lose some of that weight. Good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    I'm 13 and a GIRL and I think I have high testerone levels!?
    I'm really hairy. I'm from East Asian decent. I just now found out that I have hair on my chin. I have hair on my legs, arms, stomach, back, chest, and upper lip, forehead, cheeks, eyebrows. I'm really skinny btw. Um my voice is pretty high lol, not deep. I'm not that strong. I have hardly any muscle mass. Basically the only symptom I get is being really hairy. But I'm really scared because I heard high testerone levels cause deep voices, not being able to have kids, and I want kids!! I'm really scared and no guys will ever like me if I'm more masculine than them! I'm scared. My mom won't let me get another blood test b/c I'm really paranoid so she thinks I'm being paranoid again lol. I don't really sweat that much, but sometimes I sweat on my underarms when I'm not doing anything but I'm not sure if it was cuz I was hot idk. But not as much as before. I'm really scared. I don't know what to do. I already think I'm ugly and if I have high testerone, that'll just make it worse. My mom is pretty hairy too so idk if it's a hereditary thing... but I'm just really hairy. Btw I do have my period. I got it 3 years ago. They use to be irregular, but I think they're getting on track now.

    • ANSWER:
      High testosterone levels in girls not as abnormal as you think... if this starts to bother you a lot, there are various forms of hormonal therapy that you can undergo to make it better (but wait for a few years... you're still super young).

      Don't worry about it so much, though. The back/stomach/chest hair is likely temporary (I had that as a kid, but now those parts are as smooth as a baby's butt lmao), but honestly, don't worry about it so much for now... love yourself first, and everything will fall into place. Guys don't notice stuff like that as much as us girls do anyways, but seriously, don't worry about pleasing them at all yet... but if you're really self conscious about that stuff, you can always shave/get whatever areas you need waxed. :-)

  21. QUESTION:
    Auto-injector for penile injection?
    Oral pills didn't really work for me, so I am now thinking of trying the penile injection therapy.
    But I'm sort of bothered at the thought of injecting something into my penis. What is the pain like??
    And if you use an auto-injector, is the pain less?

    • ANSWER:
      What?!?!?!?! Huh!?!?!?!
      Oh my stars! Is it that crucial. Dude, try some L-Argine {to increase blood flow to penile shaft}, Goldenseal {overall health tonic}, Ginseng {overall sexual tonic}, Sasaprilla [to increase testerone], Damania [ to peak sexual desire]. Much cheaper and less pain. Also use a c0ckring leather or silicone but not metal, unless you want to.

  22. QUESTION:
    feminine, masculine bisexuals?
    lesbian women have more testerone than straight women, so many are more masculine, or butch.
    likewise, gay men have more estrogen than straight men so many are more feminine.

    so does this pertain to bisexuals (men and women) too? is there more estrogen for men and testorone for women also if they are bisexual? then, would this cause a bisexual woman to be more masculine or feminine? and vice versa?

    im not stereotyping, i realize that lesbians and gays can be feminine, masculine, adrogynous, watever. however, the stereotype for lesbians and gays are true to some extent (being butch, and flaming gay) otherwise why would the stereotype form?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but I'm going to disagree.

      I believe the butch and feminine gay stand out more in the crowd. Being more obvious creates the stereotype but isn't an accurate reflection.

      Hormone levels have nothing to do with sexual orientation. If it did they would be putting everyone on hormones,

      I'm bi and transgender. When i was first checked before starting estrogen therapy my estrogen levels were at minimal levels even for a genetic male.

  23. QUESTION:
    Thyroid question about fatigue in light of lab results?
    Collected 3/23/11 T4 was {{3.54}} (5.40-12.00), T3 uptake was 41.0% (32-48%), FTI was {{3.62}} (5.20-12.90), TSH was 0.71 (0.34-5.60) . On 6/18/10 a different doc and different lab Thyroxine or T4 was {{2.6}} (4.5-12.0) T3 uptake was 35 (24-39) Free T4 was {{0.9}} (1.2-4.9). TSH was 1.34 (0.45-4.50)

    63 y.o. male. encephalitis 2007 etiology unknown, suspected vector born, Three days on ventilator, no obvious sequalae. Major fatigue last two years. Twenty lb weight gain over last two years despite trying to hold line on weight, BMI now 29. Different specialists diagnosed migraines (turned out to be optic neuritis), low testerone (put on androgel), B12 deficiency (nl), had a cortisol challenge test that was normal, fatigue possibly psychiatric in origin (I know I'm a duffus at times) and had trial of antidepressants but no sale. Family practice doc finally shrugged his shoulders and gave up. I was feeling like others were considering me a hypochondriac at this stage.

    I went to see a neurosurgeon for persistent neck pain to rule out C-spine disease early fall of 2010 and had an MRI. MRI of C-spine showed two and possibly a third intra-canal lesions in white mater, scared as hell at this stage. F/U with a neurologist that specializes in Multiple Sclerosis. MRI's with and without contrast found two brainstem lesions one of which enhanced (active MS) and three C-spine lesions two of which enhanced. MRI results, plus other neurological deficits confirmed MS, despite low odds at my age and being a male. Still have fatigue after two rounds of steroids (200 mg qd times 5 days and tapered, then 1000 mg Solu-medrol IV for 5 days and then tapered. Then two months of an MS drug (immune system suppressant). Routine labs with neuro's office revealed the current thyroid lab results.

    I'm to follow-up with neuro doc in three months and will raise the thyroid issue with him. I have some suspicions but would like to hear from others for their opinions.
    Harley,

    Great response, great-great response. It would seem far to many practitioners are only checking TSH now, even in light of symptoms that indicate thyroid. This was my problem early before I started asking for a thyroid panel of sorts. I had my suspicions about Hashimoto's but I was not aware of the info you gave on thyroid antibodies. I also had concerns about the big "C". 10-4 on the thickened, flaking skin. I plan to move my appointment up to see if we can't get this issue resolved.

    I tried to do a thumbs up but since this is my first post, was not allowed.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like hashimoto's you can always try T4/T3 therapy also get your thyroid antibodies checked it doesn't matter what your lab levels are if the body can't use the thyroxine or convert it to T3 , also an isomer or enantiomer will show normal levels but will be unusable by the body, therapy with synthetic thyroxine and triiodothyronine(T3) will be cheaper and easier and quicker than endless tests, incomplete thyroxine molecules will also show up as normal levels but be useless to the body , low body temperature and deep depression are also symptoms with flaking or thickened/cracking skin due to absence of usable T3 in the capillaries

  24. QUESTION:
    Question about infertility while on testosterone replacement therapy?
    it's been almost 2 months since i've started taking androgel, a testosterone replacement therapy drug. i'm 24 years old. in the past 2 months i've been noticing the many positive effects of it. more strength and gains, better libido, better general mood and energy, confidence, etc...

    my lab result from a couple months ago said my testerone leve was at a level of 290 the avg for my age group is 400 - 600. i knew had low testosterone for a while, had all the symptoms for many years, just never got tested. my family doctor prescribed me androgel and i've been taking 5 grams a day since. i love it most of the time, but in the back of my head is the infertility thing since testosterone replacement therapy can cause infertility.

    i don't want kids for many years, probably until i'm at least 30. Since the 5 grams of androgel that i'm taking is a 'lower' dosage of the drug, would i be ok just to get off of it maybe for a year prior to wanting to have a child also with the help of fertility treatments?

    i hear that hcg is the way to go and talk to a real specialist that deals with this kind of thing. but i'm afraid i wont have the money or insurance for it. i have horrible insurance and am a poor college graduate student living off of grants/loans/scholarships. the androgel is being purchased with left over scholarship and grant money @ 0/month.

    would i just be better off just going back to not taking androgel? i mean the symptoms such as my mood sucked, libido would be weak again, i was weaker and the progress in the gym sucked, i'd go back to a rough avg of a test level of 290, but i'd be fertile, for when want to have a kid 6 years from now at age 30 or older.

    • ANSWER:
      It's difficult to tell how it will affect your fertility. At least your dosage is low so the side effects are likely to be less severe. Testosterone replacement therapy might lead to atrophy of the testicles as they don't have to produce testosterone anymore. I guess you can observe the shape and size of your testicles and if you notice any changes you can consult your doc.

      I presume that using Androgel you have longer and more powerful erections and better libido so this might offset your lower fertility as you'll be more sexually active. The website below has a lot of useful info about the side effects of using Androgel.

  25. QUESTION:
    testerone levels low what really works?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment for low testosterone in men includes testosterone replacement therapy. Currently there is no FDA approved testosterone treatment for women.

      Take care

      Ben Trolled

  26. QUESTION:
    Where I do start with hormone replacement therapy?
    I'm not a transgender or anything, I am a female and I want to know how I would start on this therapy because I think I have too much testerone and a lot of hormonal inbalance. My mother smoked while pregnant with me, so now I tend to have a more masculine voice and a bit more facial hair that a female should have. I think this would be good for me to give me more feminine traits, and also fix my hormonal inbalance...maybe make me less tired and half more energy and things like that. So I want to know if there is stuff I can get over the counter, or if I need to go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to the doctor regardless for a saliva hormone test. Otherwise any problem you think you have is only a guess. If you have a huge problem he'll allow hormone replacement therapy but otherwise it's not worth the side effects (like a big increase to cancer risk) and he'll refuse. For milder herbal solutions:
      saw palmetto *extract*: reduce testosterone, especially DHT leading to facial hair. 320 mg is typical but it's safe so some people try more. More may or may not help, but it doesn't hurt.
      dong quai: raise progesterone / lower estrogen. Up to 2000 mg. Not more.
      Pueraria mirifica: Raise estrogen. Up to 1000 mg only on the first 12 days of your cycle. Ainterol is popular. Quite strong, you may want less if it gives you problems. Or up to 1800 mg hops every day is milder, but still strong.

      Studies show these are fairly safe. Some even reduce cancer risk. Some saw palmetto wouldn't hurt but get a test before you guess with anything else or you may be going in the wrong direction.

      A balanced diet in general especially with whole grains/nuts/beans, eggs and UV sunlight (or else a 2000 IU vitamin D pill if you're afraid of that) is helpful. I'm not sure smoking had any effect on you; never heard of that.

  27. QUESTION:
    what causes low testerone?

    • ANSWER:
      In young men, a testosterone level that is too low can be caused by genetic conditions such as:

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      Klinefelter's syndrome, a condition in which men have an extra X chromosome
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      Hemochromatosis, a disorder in which too much iron is deposited in body tissues, including the pituitary gland
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      Kallmann's syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the X chromosome in men
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      Prader-Willi syndrome, a disorder in which the genitals are underdeveloped; often testes don’t descend
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      Myotonic dystrophy, or adult muscular dystrophy

      Other causes in young men include:

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      Trauma to the testicles
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      Inflammation of the testicles often caused by getting mumps after puberty
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      Radiation treatment or chemotherapy
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      Treatment of tumors of the testicles
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      Castration for cancer of the testicles
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      Tumors of the pituitary gland
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      Medications such as narcotic pain medications, prednisone and anabolic steroids
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      HIV/AIDS
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      Medical conditions such as tuberculosis, fungal infection and autoimmune disease that affects the pituitary gland

      Aging causes a normal decrease in the production of testosterone in men. This is sometimes called “andropause.” Andropause usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 55. Beginning around the age of 40, testosterone production decreases by about 1 percent each year.
      Symptoms of low testosterone

      The normal decline in testosterone because of aging causes some men's hormone levels to go down more than others. Some men have more symptoms than other men. Symptoms of low testosterone in older men can also be symptoms of many other conditions.

      Talk to your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms:

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      Progressive decrease in muscle mass
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      Decrease desire or interest in sex (libido)
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      Erectile dysfunction (ED)
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      Feeling fat/weight gain
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      Problems sleeping
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      Feeling irritable or angry
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      Loss of motivation
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      Loss of drive at work
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      Nervousness
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      Problems with memory and concentration
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      Indecisiveness
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      Lower self-confidence
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      Tiredness
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      Depression
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      Mood swings
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      Loss of energy
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      Bone loss

      Diagnosis of low testosterone

      A simple blood test can determine your testosterone level. The serum total testosterone test is the most common. This test should be done in the morning, when the testicles usually release more testosterone. Normal results usually range from 300 to 1000 ng/dL (or 10 to 38 nmol/L). A total testosterone level that is repeatedly less than 250 ng/dL (8.5 nmol/L) indicates a very low level of testosterone production. Treatment to replace testosterone may be needed. Because a normal level of testosterone is different for each man, however, it may be hard to know if you have low testosterone with just one test; you may need several tests taken over time.

      About 98 percent of the testosterone carried in the blood is bound to two proteins and is not available to the tissues of the body. The remaining 2 percent, which circulates freely, causes the effects on body tissues. As men age, more testosterone is bound by proteins. Too little free testosterone can cause the symptoms listed above.
      Treatment

      For men whose testicles produce too little or no testosterone (a condition called hypogonadism), health care providers may prescribe testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). TRT works to restore sex drive, fertility, muscle strength, and prevent bone loss. But the long-term benefits and risks of TRT in healthy, aging men have not been studied.

      In the majority of short-term studies, TRT decreased a man’s fat mass, increased muscle mass, improved strength and increased bone mineral density. Because ED usually has causes other than low testosterone, TRT does not help in the majority of ED cases.

      High doses of testosterone can cause sleep problems and infertility, and increase the risk for stroke. In addition, high doses of testosterone may cause benign (noncancerous) growth of the prostate gland. This can lead to a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). If an undetected prostate cancer is present, experts worry that TRT could cause rapid growth of the cancer. Enlarged breasts and acne can also be side effects of TRT.

      TRT can be given by injections every two to three weeks; by skin patches; and by implanted pellets that are inserted every four to six months. A recently approved form of testosterone is by tablet and placed under the tongue or beside the gum. Testosterone is not given orally because it can affect the liver, raise total cholesterol levels, and decrease high density lipoprotein (HDL) levels, the “good” cholesterol.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is yasmin a good birth control pill for high testerone levels?
    My doctor prescribed yasmin for my high testosterone levels which is causing me to have horrible acne, hair loss, & hair on my chin, and weight re-distribution to my upper body. I am debating & researching on what I should do. From hearing all the awful death or life situations from previous users has me very nervous. But then I have heard of very positive experiences. My doct seems really confident that yasmin will help with my skin & hair loss & getting my body back to normal because it blocks the male hormones that has caused me all these heartbreaking troubles for the past 2 years. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Yasmin is a synthetic estrogen like compound and does not block testosterone. Estrogen or estrogen like compound compete for the same receptor sites as as the testosterone therefore diminishing it's effects. The higher the estrogen levels the less chance the testosterone will have to find receptor sites.
      There are no life or death consequences but there is no magic bullet that will reverse the effects of viriliziation. Only massive doses of estrogen can even halt the effects of the testosterone so the underlying cause needs to be found.
      In females testosterone usually comes from the adrenal glands and high levels are often caused by tumors to one of these glands. An adrenal tumor that causes a female to grow facial hair and upper body muscles is called a virilizing tumor. In some cases the gland can go into a state of hypertrophy.
      Either way the best therapy could be the removal of one of the adrenal glands. You may be getting bad medical advice and that would require a second opinion. Often however when doctors treat patients with limited medical knowledge they can tend to treat them like children.
      Having more frank discussion of your condition and therapy after getting as much knowledge on your own will be more productive. Not only will you understand what he (or she) is telling you better but he will be more honest and feel free to use more complicated term to describe things.

  29. QUESTION:
    Any women taking testosterone replacement with along with estrogen?
    My wife had a hysterectomy almost 3 years ago. Her personality has changed, short tempered, no paitence and no desire for sex, the top 3. We have 30 years together and not really wanting to toss in the towel but it looks like an option as time goes by. A year ago her doctor recommended low dose testerone & estrogen which she tried for 30 days and quit the testrone, she still takes estrogen.
    For those women who are or have taken testosterone as part of your HRT (harmeone replacement therapy) what side effects if any did you have?
    Good or bad?
    How long did you have to take it tbefore you saw a change?
    Good or bad?
    She had ovaries, uterus, cervix removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Taking low dosage testosterone patches can be useful.

      Getting the whole HRT regime right for her is more important. Try not to see it as throwing 30 years away, there is far more to life than just sexual activity.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why has puberty been so slow with me?
    Im 22, Male and my body has developed fully and my GP said that my testestorone levels are normal. My balls have dropped and my left one hangs lower then the right but my voice is not deep as it should be at my age. I look at other guys including my twin and they have the large adams apple and deep voice and i just think why dont i have that ( i think it makes men look masculine)

    I have tried speech therapy and even 'telling' my brain to increase testerone levels to my vocal chords.

    Why has my voice not broke and is there anything more i can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different, you have not developed into what other guys you are talking about because you are not other guys, you are yourself. Take it from me, I get called ma'am and miss all the time when I answer the phone. The key is to embrace who you have become. There is nothing wrong or unmasculine about being a tenor.

      Oh, and if you are worried about getting ladies, don't worry about that either. (I am guessing this is the root cause for the question in the first place, not your appearance) If a woman wants you only if you have a low voice our an Adams apple then she shallow and is not worth it. Make your personalty worthy of the woman you are seeking.

  31. QUESTION:
    My Son Is Transgendered! Please Help?
    The past couple of weeks my son told me he wanted to tell me something; so we sat down on the sofa while my wife was upstairs doing her "Buisiness". My son told me he wanted to be a girl and has felt like this every since he was 6, he told me he feels miserible about his body and wishes he could be part of female society. He is 15 right now and has gone quite far through testerone already, his voice is quite deep and his shoulders are broader then my other son. I have 2 sons and 1 daughter, my daughter is studying in college and my other son is only 13. I told my son we would seek out a therapist so after about a week i told my wife, and she completly went against it, so we had a massive argument. She told me God made him who he is and he has no right to be turned into a "Failed experiment". It felt likely if i took him (or her) to a therapist she'd go completely nuts and never want to be with me again.

    What should i do? Should i let him wait till he's 18 and do it for himself with the help of my money? Or should we get it done and over with, and risk my relationship with my wife?
    I'm really worried and i really don't want to loose my wife, after all these years. Or does my son's condition matter the most?

    Also another thing, i know the NHS are very untrustworthy with this sort of therapy. Is there a way we can go private? Or contact a GP, etc.

    Thankyou for your time.
    when i said therapy i meant a "Gender Therapist", no need to be rude.
    when i said therapy i meant a "Gender Therapist", no need to be rude.
    of course i not against this, some of you should have bothered to read the full question before you blabbered.

    • ANSWER:
      There are support groups for families (and trans people) which is something you might helpful

      You could try http://www.depend.org.uk/

      There is a complete list of groups here
      http://gires.org.uk/tranzwiki/index.php/Main_Page

      The NHS information for treatment (good even if you go down the private route)
      http://www.gires.org.uk/varyoung.php
      http://www.gires.org.uk/transpeople.php
      Gires is also a very helpful organisation run by some great people.

      There is some good information here & mermaids are to be recommended for younger trans people
      http://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/New%20Mermaids/links.htm

      Your child isn't really your son but a daughter. Though it might take some time for you and your wife to get used to the idea.

      With support from you & your school your child can "Transition" & and start to live as a female.Her name can be changed with a statuatory delcaration / deed poll.

      To access NHS treatment needs a visit to your GP. Expect to be refered to local mental health team (though this isnt a mental health issue !) . Treatment can be provided by Tavistock Clinic but tends till be limited till 18 due to issues with informed consent required. I'd suggest do some research (use the links provided) before approaching you GP as they will probably have little knowledge of the issue or procedures to follow. If they are not helpful ask to see someone else & be persistent.

      There is a private practioner Richards Curtis. Though he will not treat under 16s due to consent issues & has had restrictions placed on his practice by the GMC following complaints from one of the NHS practicioners. His site is www.transhealth.co.uk.

      For counselling support there are many private practioners & many of the support groups can also provide this.

  32. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with my body?
    Over the course of years now ( Im in my early 20s now) I have been experimenting with alot of mind altering chemicals. Sorry for my lack of wording but I mean i tooken medication, marijuana acohol and etc in all hopes of enjoying life more.

    Throughout my teenage years my mom realized I was acting different than normal. Was later suggested a phy appointment and discovered I had mild depression anxiety social phobia and A.D.D. I was given several of medications and therapy sessions to treat these behaviors which I believe caused nothing but permanent side effect to my body( trimmers in my hand, an extreme low amount of energy and lack of motivation to enjoy old passions and talents I once had). The cosistentently swiched me from different medications and had me on a mutiple amount at some times and they didnt even know which was causing which certain effects. now I have quit on my own and with my current new psychiatrists help due to the result of no benifits.

    When I finally made it past my highschool years without getting peered pressured to take drugs or acohol I thought I wouldnt never feel the need for them. As I got older I realized I wasnt changing to the person I wanted to. I was still quiet and shy and wanted to be more outgoing and live. I started making friends and seen how they were completly dif people under the influence of marijuana ad acohol. some were completely wacked and out of it but I wanted to use it a social thing.... I tried, and nothing. All that resulted was the side effects, not even that extreme such as mild dizziness.

    Lastly, Im almost embarrassed to admit this but I also took viagra. i dont know when it became that I needed ed pills cause I remember as an 18 year old with erections that could be confused as bar for removable weights. Now its like that off an 10 year old with A.D.D who cant seem to stand in line without getting tired after 2 minutes. So to make a long story short, it had no effect.

    I just want to know why my body has such extreme tolerance and wont let me enjoy the life being drunk for once or high. or just enjoying sex. can someone please tell me whats wrong with my body. I read something about having low testerone is the reason viagra didnt help but is it true and what about everything else i took.

    • ANSWER:
      to be honest I read this out of pure curiosity... I am not a DR however I would suggest you find a DR and a psychologist who will work together with each other AND you. It sounds like you need to get off of everything and reboot your body so to speak. I don't know how your appointments go, but ALWAYS be honest with your DR. It wont help you to hide things. SO if you want to be able to get drunk then tell your DR exactly that, yes they may not approve, however it is still best to be honest so you can get the help you need.

      I hope somebody more knowledgeable than me can give you even better advice... But either way, Good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    anyone using Tostran?
    anyone had problems using Tostran?
    i have just started & find the gel just does not dry! Ive tried spreading it over a (much) larger area, rubbing it in for longer (like 10 minutes!) but still it feels sticky like it is made with oil?
    I was on testogel which has an alcohol base & dries almost instantly, this stuff is hopeless!
    ive not heard of using my clothes to absorb any excess! surely that defeats the purpose of applying a certain amount!
    I was using Testogel which is alcohol based & dries almost instantly but this stuff seems like its oil based or something?
    I cant understand why drug companies dont ask real patients to try their products before marketing them. this a fundemental problem that should have been dealt with at the first stages!
    Ive tried emailing Prostraken but the ars*holes cant even be bothered to acknowledge it!
    ive not heard of using my clothes to absorb any excess! surely that defeats the purpose of applying a certain amount! The instructions do say to let it dry before dressing, but 20 minutes????
    I was using Testogel which is alcohol based & dries almost instantly but this stuff seems like its oil based or something?
    I cant understand why drug companies dont ask real patients to try their products before marketing them. this a fundemental problem that should have been dealt with at the first stages!
    Ive tried emailing Prostraken but the ars*holes cant even be bothered to acknowledge it!
    what do you mean i am using the wrong product?
    I have been prescribed this testosterone gel to treat my hypogonadism by my consultant edocrinoligist!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      One of my clients uses this product for testerone therapy. I asked him about this after seeing your question. He said that the reason for the product remaining wet after application could be the lack of priming the canister prior to use. He suggested that the cannister should be shaken vigorously before applying this gel to your abdoman and upper thighs. The area of application should be thoroughly clean. You are also supposed to cover this area with a loose item of clothing to absorb the excess. Have you been doing all these things? Perhaps this could be the reason.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is the term anti - feminist designed to?
    promulgate the myth that disagreeing with a feminist makes you an "anti - feminist" therefore since "feminism is only about equality for women" you are "anti - equality for women"?

    If a feminist says "2+2=5" and you say "no, 2+2=4" does that make you an "anti - feminist" and therefore "anti - equality for women" And even if you are an "anti - feminist" and "anti - equality for women, what does that have to do with the fact that 2+2 does not equal 5?

    What if you question or do not agree with the official definition of "feminist"? Does that make you an anti - whatever?

    • ANSWER:
      Feminism is only nominally about equality. Equality is its cover story. Under that cover, feminism has used all kinds of "post"-modernist critiques to undermine phallocentric thinking, without applying those same critiques to its own, uterocentric thinking, with the effect that academic conventional wisdom has been influenced in a uterocentric direction, and the baseline of human behavior and values has been skewed in a direction that makes feminism's distorted criteria for equality seem to make sense. These criteria are focused on material and emotional security. Excluded from the gender discourse are the traditional masculine concerns about emotional manipulation and its being a form of power. Feminism is concerned with those areas when men have had advantages (whether one construes them as inherent or constructed)-- innovation, risk-taking, and the general creative-destruction violence that's involved in material progress.
      ---Men's vulnerabilities tend to reside in the emotional sphere. Testosterone makes the internal experience of emotions explosive and brutal, as women undergoing testerone therapy have attested. (Men who kill spouses tend to do so in crimes of passion, while women who kill spouses use more premeditated means like poison or hired killers.) Patriarchal cultures preach the control of passions, not "going with one's emotions," and emphasize a transcendent intellect as the proper goal for men, not sexual conquest or material acquisition. But feminism alters the baseline to make more feminine traits the basis for the conceptions of human nature, thus bringing women's needs to the political forefront, while setting men up for a higher incidence of life-failure.
      ---With the development of the critical tools that showed how thinking could be gendered at a fundamental level, one might have expected that any feminists authentically concerned with equality would have applied them to their own thinking, and moved beyond the phallocentric-uterocentric tit-for-tat to construct a more transcendent theory of humanity that took for granted the incommunsurability of these two gendered modes of thought and sought a baseline for human nature that was truly inclusive. But feminism excludes consideration of the dark side of the feminine, and insists on highlighting every moral failure of men, while ignoring the more covert, emotionally manipulative moral failures that this feminized society falls prey to, like cyber-bullying and the degradation of public discourse into a manipulative rhetoric-contest instead of a dialectic that refines truths by subjecting them to criticism.
      --- Being anti-feminist CAN be about opposition to equality, but more likely, it's opposition to intellectual corruption.

  35. QUESTION:
    what affects will i get from hrt?
    i'm 15 going on sixteen in aout three weeks or so.. i just started yesterday on Estradiol. i'm just wondering what affect will i get will it be very subtle.. or very dramatic because i am stilll going through puberty, and will if take longer to notice or quicker.. also here are some pictures of me

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.107676135957367.4297.100001449439853&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=252426438149002&set=a.107676135957367.4297.100001449439853&type=3&theater

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.107676135957367.4297.100001449439853&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=379972355394409&set=a.107676135957367.4297.100001449439853&type=3&theater

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.107676135957367.4297.100001449439853&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=392123977512580&set=a.107676135957367.4297.100001449439853&type=3&theater

    • ANSWER:
      Good pictures =D, You won't get subtle effects just as if you weren't going through puberty, except hormones really do take their' time, this is the order in which things happen

      1. Your skin will get softer
      2. Your penis will shrink and stop producing sperm
      3. Your hips will broarden
      4. Your waist will feminise wirh your hips
      5. You will develop breasts
      6. Your face may feminise

      You can then take surgery to do the following, but it's all very expensive.

      1. Electrolysis - facial hair removel
      2. Facial Feminization surgery
      3. SRS - Constructing your penis into a vagina
      4. various other stuff such as voice therapy and testerone bone removel

  36. QUESTION:
    15 and I think I have PCOS?
    I'm 15 and I have most of the symptoms of PCOS, but I'm not exactly sure that I have it. My mom is supposed to take me to the doctor soon, but how do they decide whether you have it or not? I'm overweight. Also, how do they treat it? I want to play basketball and would that interfere?
    I haven't had my period since June of 2007. And, to the people who have PCOS, how does it affect you when you are older? And, just to clarify, what exactly is PCOS? I've read about it, but it goes over my head.

    • ANSWER:
      PCOS, or Ploy-cystic ovarian syndrome is basically when your body does not produce enough estrogen ( in simple terms, estrogen is the female hormone that makes your body do all the girly things it is supposed to, like grow breasts, have high voice, menstruate, not grow facial hair, ect.).

      All average healthy women have lots of estrogen and a little bit of testosterone (in simple terms, the male hormone). Women with PCOS have a little less estrogen that healthy women, and a little bit of testerone, like healthy women.

      Also, when a healthy woman ovulates, an egg matures in her ovaries, then moves down the fallopian tube, to where it can be fertilized (it. make a baby). When that egg is not fertilized, the lining is shed from the woman's ovaries, and she demonstrates (the egg is 'thrown out' by the body, and she gets her period) When a woman with PCOS ovulates, and egg begins to mature, but then becomes a cyst on her ovaries, hence the name Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This is also why the biggest symptom of PCOS is absent periods; if the egg never comes down, there is nothing for the body to shed.

      PCOS can also cause women to have lower voices, acne problems, extremely painful periods when she does ovulate properly, fertility problems, and other adverse affects. (just google PCOS symptoms).

      When you first go to your doctor, they will ask you if you could be pregnant, get a medical history from you, and do a physical exam. You will be sent for blood work to rule out other causes of missed periods, like pregnancy and tumors of the pituitary gland (the part of your body that makes hormones). When all other causes of absent periods are ruled out, and if your other symptoms are consistent, you doctor will then make a diagnosis. If The doctor is unsure, she may send you for an ultrasound to check your ovaries for cysts (but that probably won't be necessary).

      The most common treatment for someone your age is low dose hormone therapy. The most easily accessible form of low dose hormone therapy is birth control. Your doctor will discuss this with you. The birth control pill may also help with acne. An other options is to give high doses of artificial progesterone (female hormone, complicated, don't worry about it, just a pill with lots of girly goodness in it). If this is the case, you would take this one every two to three months, and you get get a withdrawal bleed as a result (also complicated, but you will get a period, essentially).

      PCOS won't interfere with you playing basket ball, don't worry. It's actually the opposite. Women with PCOS are more likely to develop insulin resistance (problems processing sugar in your blood) and are at an increased risk for diabetes. Loosing weight and being active can help reduce that risk.

      You may also have a hard time getting pregnant in the future. Loosing weight will help with this. Also, there are many fertility treatments available once you are ready to take that step.

      Good luck


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there any other options other than taking hormone replacement therapy drugs?
    I have hypothyroidism. And I am now have symptoms of a hormone imbalance. I am only 41 years old. My doctor has not gotten my thyroid regulated. Last month it was too low and I feel I am also having symptoms of hyperthyroidism. I don't want to start on the hrt because of the negative side effects (hair loss and cancer). I have read about the bioidentical hrt drugs, but I am still unsure about these also. I was just wondering if someone knew of other ways to improve the imbalance with natural herbs, or vitamins etc. Thanks.
    By the way, I am a female.
    I have not taken any hormone replacement medicines. I haven't had any hair loss. I am just trying to find a more natural way of dealing with the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I helped my younger sister out with some pretty extensive research a while back. Basically what I came up with is that Elatus Thyroid Formula is a supplement that contains several vitamins, nutrients, and natural herbs that help get your body back on track. She really thought it helped a lot, so maybe it would work for you?

      I wish you luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the side effects of the medications for Parkinson's Disease?
    My doctor recommended using medications that is for Parkinson's Disease, to help relieve my PLMD. Has anyone ever used it, or know someone who used it? What are some of the side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Honey

      Here are some answers for you.

      Cause
      A deficiency of dopamine in the brain can be due to underlying nutritional deficiencies, cerebral vascular disease (blockage of blood vessels in brain), side effects of anti-psychotic drugs, carbon monoxide poisoning, abuse of certain designer drugs, and a rare infection (encephalitis lethargica).

      Parkinson's disease has been associated with toxic buildup of heavy metals in the body, especially mercury from dental amalgams. To slow the progression of Parkinson's amalgam fillings should be replaced, followed by a detoxification program.

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      Natural Cures

      Note: Left untreated, over time (usually years) Parkinson's can lead to severe incapacitation. Treatment with complicated drug combinations and mobility exercises can reduce the progression and severity of the disease.

      Levodopa and Sinemet are the two most commonly used drugs for treating Parkinson's disease, but Levodopa is made ineffective if taken with vitamin B6. (Sinemet does not have this problem.) Using vitamin B6 alone can be just as effective in some individuals in the initial stages of the disease. Levodopa should also be taken away from protein meals, which decrease its effectiveness.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet with raw foods (50% to 75%), emphasizing dark green leafy vegetables, rutabagas, sprouts, sesame seeds, and sesame butter. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water.

      People using the drug levodopa should avoid or minimize their intake of foods that are rich in vitamin B6--whole grains, oats, raw nuts (especially peanuts), bananas, potatoes, liver, and fish.

      Herbs: Passionflower can enhance the positive effects of the drug L-dopa (levodopa), producing a greater reduction in tremor. The Ayurvedic herb Mucuna pruriens, a natural form of levadopa, can also be helpful.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Assessment of individual amino acids is important. Consult an orthomolecular doctor. Other useful nutrients include GABA, calcium, and magnesium, vitamin B complex (taken away from Levodopa), lecithin vitamin C, vitamin E, evening primrose oil, multivitamin/mineral complex, and DHEA (a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands). The coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) (25-50 mg per) day administered intravenously has also been shown to produce a beneficial effect in patients with Parkinson's. Selenium is also recommended for its ability to detoxify mercury poisoning.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating Parkinson's Disease: Cell Therapy (Stem Cell Therapy), Chelation Therapy (extremely important for detoxifying from heavy metal poisoning), Craniosacral Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Holistic Dentistry, Light Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of Testosterone intake on behaviour.?
    Will it make a person more forward and aggressive? For how long are the effects present, are they permananent? Please explain. But im mainly interested in the changes in behaviour.
    Whats the difference between Testosterone and Steroids?

    • ANSWER:
      Good questions. There isn't a simple answer pertaining to behavioral changes.

      First, testosterone is a steroid- it is a hormone derived from a cholesterol molecule. (Cortisol, progesterone, aldosterone, estrogen, DHEA, androstenedione, & pregnenolone are steroids, too). However, testosterone & its molecular cousins that increase muscle size/strength &/or enhance secondary sexual characteristics are collectively called Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids (AAS).

      Testosterone, DHT, Boldenone, Nandrolone, & other AAS occur naturally in the body, but are present in smaller amounts than athletes like bodybuilders take. (Bear with me, as this will help explain the psychological/behavioral effects.) On average, a healthy male produces 7-11 mg of testosterone per day, totaling about 49-75 mg per week. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) generally gives a 100 mg combination of testosterone *plus* a carrier molecule (ester) that dictates how fast it is released. Thus, for a common prescription like 100 mg/wk Testosterone Cypionate (Depo Testosterone), 70 mg are actual testosterone & 30 mg are cypionate ester.

      Back to your question- there are numerous formulations of testosterone/steroids, each with different timelines of activity & different molecular pathways. This can play a role in relative aggression & confidence, though it is highly individual & variable.
      Testosterone based products like cypionate, enanthate, & propionate last for 1 week (cyp & enan) or 2-3 days (prop) & break down into estrogen (estradiol). The amount of conversion into estradiol is dependent upon how large of an injection one takes, amount of bodyfat, & individual factors. Estradiol has been implicated for problems in aggression & irritability, as it does not decrease adrenal activity & can negatively affect neurotransmitters (like dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, etc.) beyond a certain level (above 30-35 pg/mL). (In contrast, testosterone does decrease adrenal activity, a significant point since the adrenal glands produce over 50 hormones &/or neurotransmitters, many of which play a role in behavior.) The
      elevation of estradiol due to TRT/steroid usage is largely temporary & reversible (as are the psychological effects, though certain physical effects like gynecomastia may not be. An occurrence like gynecomastia is quite likely to change a man's behavior in light of his pscyhological discomfort.)

      Hence, the amount of testosterone/AAS administered can contribute to relative aggressiveness & irritability.
      Look on pubmed.gov for articles by Bhasin, Shalender & others- his study cites weekly dosages of up to 600 mg test cyp/enan with no change in aggression; other studies at similar doses find increased aggression in 5% of the individuals in the study. In proper dosage for hypogonadal (low testosterone producing) men, testosterone can alleviate irritability & anxiety.

      Some of the products named above (boldenone, nandrolone) do not convert into estrogen but may convert into progesterone, which can produce behavioral changes. However, aggression is not considered a common side effect of those who have reported usage.

      If significant amounts of TRT/AAS are taken (equivalent to about 5 weeks worth), natural production of testosterone stops/decreases significantly. If men discontinue TRT/AAS at this time, severe depression, aggression, irritability, & anxiety may occur. Depending on individual factors & duration of use, the testes may or may not recover to baseline production of testosterone & its metabolites prior to TRT/AAS. If testosterone & its metabolites do not return to near baseline levels, this can cause permanent behavioral tendencies unless the underlying hormones & neurotransmitters are addressed.

  4. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between anabolic steroids and legal testosterone boosters?
    What's the difference between illegal anabolic steroids and the "natural" legal testosterone boosters I keep seeing at GNC?

    • ANSWER:
      Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone . They are often used to promote growth of muscle and bones because of their ability to increase cell growth and division but can also increase growth in other bodily tissues as well.

      There are many different types of anabolic steroids and they each have a different combination of anabolic and androgenic characteristics. They are sometimes referred to as AAS or Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids.

      First discovered in the 1930's anabolic steroids have many medicinal uses. Bone growth, appetite, puberty and muscle growth can all be stimulated with use of anabolic steroids. They have also been proven successful in treatment for chronic wasting in cancer and AIDS patients. Anabolic steroids work for these purposes because they increase protein synthesis, muscle mass and strength. On the other side of the spectrum, however, are the negative effects that overuse of anabolic steroids can produce. These include increases in LDL cholesterol and decreases in HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and liver damage.

      Even with the great benefits anabolic steroids have for medicinal purposes, they are controversial because athletes have found benefits in using them for training purposes. Thus, anabolic steroids have also had many effects on competitive sports.

      Because of the potential health effects of anabolic steroids, they are a controlled substance in the United States and other countries.

      Medical Uses of Anabolic Steroids

      Anabolic steroids have been researched for medicinal purposes since the middle of the twentieth century. The most popular medical use for steroids is to help counter the effects of chronic wasting by stimulating appetite and increasing muscle mass. However, they have many different and successful uses. These include the following:

      • Bone Marrow Stimulation: Anabolic steroids are now being replaced by synthetic proteins.
      • Growth Stimulation: Since the 1980's use of anabolic steroids has been replaced with growth hormones instead.
      • Hormone Replacement Therapy: This helps men with low levels of natural testosterone.
      • Puberty Induction: While testosterone is most widely used, anabolic steroids have been used to help boys who have extreme delays in the onset of puberty.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can hormone replacement therapy make you gain weight?
    My ovaries were removed in August and my doc prescribed EstraTest, which contains a bit of testosterone (he said it is natural for a 30yr old to have some). In a few weeks I started sprouting hairs on my chin so I asked for something without male hormone. I have been taking straight estrogen since and have been gaining weight like CRAZY! Could it be the hormones, or am I just pulling the wool over my own eyes?

    • ANSWER:
      I've been on premarin for a few years and have no problem with weight gain. I have been on other types of meds that do make me gain weight but not the hormones. You could read your pharmacy packet and see if weight gain is a side effect of your drug or call your pharmacist and ask. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    Will I go through early menopause if I get one ovary removed?
    I recently found out that I have a huge ovarian cyst on my left side and that I am going to need surgery ASAP! My gynecologist wants to remove the whole ovary because there is a very small chance that it could be malignant. Is there any possibility that it would cause me to go into early menopause if I keep the right ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Jesus_is.., So sorry for your Medical condition and hope you will feel better soon. that said as to your question Your doctor may conduct an ovary removal, or oophorectomy, as part of a hysterectomy or if you have an abnormal growth. This surgery is often performed by laparoscopy so you can go home the same day or the following day.An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both your ovaries (female reproductive structure responsible for producing eggs and generating hormones). When one ovary is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral oophorectomy, and when both ovaries...Surgical menopause is the removal of a woman's ovaries during surgery. Only the ovaries may be removed, or the woman may have a partial or total hysterectomy. Removing the uterus and fallopian tubes will not cause surgical menopause, only the...If only one ovary is removed, the woman will not go through surgical menopause because there is still another ovary producing hormones.Know Who Needs Surgical Menopause, Women who have ovarian cancer may have their ovaries removed during surgery. Women who suffer from painful fibroid tumors may also opt to have the ovaries surgically removed. Some women who are genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer opt to have their ovaries removed, especially if their sisters or mother have developed breast or ovarian cancer. Mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. If there is a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get genetic testing to find out if you have the mutation.All surgeries have risks that are serious considerations for you. Excessive blood loss, infection and complications from anesthesia are just some of the risks of all surgery. Other complications for removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) include unintentional injury to other internal organs during surgery and intestinal blockages.Predicting Hot Flashes, Yes! You will have all the symptoms of natural menopause after surgery to remove the ovaries. You may experience one or all of these symptoms immediately after surgery including hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, vaginal dryness, diminished sex drive and fatigue, unless you start on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right away. HRT can be in the form of a pill, gel or a patch prescribed in the lowest possible dosage,Understand Hormone Replacement Therapy ,Estrogen Therapy alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer, so most women are given a combination of estrogen and progestin, called Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Hormone Therapy. If you've had a total hysterectomy and the uterus has been removed, you no longer have to worry about uterine cancer. Progestin protects the uterus from cancer, which is why it's combined with estrogen to provide protection against cancer in HRT. Most doctors agree that women should remain on HRT for no more than 5 years. Side effects of HRT can include headaches and breast pain. Some women temporarily gain water weight. More serious side effects of HRT include bleeding, cancer, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Go for regular check ups while you're on HRT, and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual side effects. I hope all these information helped you with more knowledge which will take you from Zero to hero. Good luck best wishes hope you get better soon. Sorry for your problems but you will get better dear hope for the best.

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  8. QUESTION:
    What effects will I have stopping the birth control pill?
    I just stopped the birth control today after taking them for over a year, the pills got rid of the acne I had, will it come back? Though I noticed on the pill I was kinda moody, so I hope that goes away.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  9. QUESTION:
    Do Testosterone Pills have side effects? Do they really work when it comes to sexual performance/working out?
    Only serious answers please. I am curious as to if they are healthy to take and what the overall results are?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Duh! Any med has side effects!
      I read this:
      Testosterone replacement may be appropriate for those who have very low levels of this hormone, but not for those who have a slightly low level. Before you consider using testosterone injections or gels as testosterone replacement, consider more natural alternatives. Testosterone replacement therapy can have serious short term and long term side effects.

      If you are looking for testosterone for a better sex drive - natural options, such as Passion Rx, are extremely helpful and if you are considering using testosterone for sexual enhancement, consider Passion Rx instead. Those interested in increasing sex drive without the use of testosterone should review this page on sex drive which offers natural alternatives.

      Go Here, it talks about the natural options (better than having side effects): http://www.raysahelian.com/sexdrive.html

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a link between taking mulitple Plan Bs on different occasions and infertility?
    I've taken 2 in my life and I heard from a friend that every one you take decreases your ability to have children by a certain number. Don't judge me on it, I'm on birth control now and I'm now always responsible. I was just wondering if this is true.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's very important for women to know the truth about Plan B, how it works and what it really does, as well as what the long-term consequences are. How this pill ever made it to the shelves is beyond me and always will be. It is the very worst thing a woman could ever put in her body. It is a terrible form of exploitation of women.

      Yes, Plan B contains the hormones found in regular pills, but Plan B is the equivalent of 50 of those pills. If you want to know just how bad 50 of these pills are, you would first have to know how harmful these regular pills are in the first place. It is mind-staggering to think that something this harmful can be given to women with little to no information about the consequences. This page is a mere sampling; there is so much more information out there if women would only look:

      http://www.jeffreywarber.com/hc%20pages/pillsideeffects.html

      This site http://www.morningafterpill.org/is-emergency-contraception-saf.html will tell you exactly how Plan B works and what the possible consequences are, particularly this:

      "The dose of estrogen in the current birth control pill, which is erroneously billed as 'safe', has potency four times greater than that of the estrogen used in hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT has been conclusively shown to increase the risk of stroke (41%), pulmonary embolism (113%), breast cancer (26%), and coronary heart disease (29%)."

      I think that last part is worth reading again and again for any woman who is not aware. It actually makes me mad that women are not given this information. The main reason this information is not given is simple: Plan B costs about and many girls and women use it like candy, so it is big, big money...as is the regular pill.

      All forms of hormonal contraception contain large, destructive amounts of artificial steroidal hormones that seriously interfere with the natural balance of a woman's reproductive system. Yes, infertility is definitely one of the consequences. Women who use the pill long-term are much more likely to be infertile (sometimes for two years or so, sometimes longer) than women who let their bodies be.

      Think of it this way: if any of your hormones are off even slightly, it can cause major problems in your life. For instance, your thyroid: if it is messed with at all, either accidentally through some medications or naturally through some condition, your whole body suffers. You can have weight loss/weight gain, the inability to regulate your temperature, anxiety, dry throat, dizziness, sweats, chills, depression, you name it. A minor change in how your blood sugar is regulated can cause alarming side effects. The very same thing is true of the hormones that regulate your reproductive system. When you mess with these delicate and very sensitive hormones, especially by introducing massive doses of artificial hormones into your system, you are asking for trouble.

      I've answered you this way because you asked. Yes, infertility is a possible side effect. I hope you don't consider it "judging" you if I am trying to share extremely important information with you for your own sake. I am trying to help you. It is always best to leave your body as it was intended to be and let nature take its course. You are hurting yourself by using the pill. There are other ways to view sexuality and childbearing, ways that do not interfere with your body in any way and help you to be happier in the long run: http://www.chastity.com/node/21 http://www.woomb.org/bom/lit/teach/index.html

  11. QUESTION:
    What do you use as a natural hormone replacement therapy and does it cause weight gain?

    • ANSWER:
      My friend uses a natural progesterone cream made from wild yam. It hasn't caused any weight gain. It's not as strong nor quite as effective as the synthetic prescriptions, but it doesn't have the bad side-effects, either.

  12. QUESTION:
    If I start a new pack of birth control pills instead of having my period, am I still protected?
    My period is coming at a terrible time I have taken my pills correctly since I've started them and I just want to delay my period for a little bit. Am i still as protected as the rest of the month?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a couple of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, a condom with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  13. QUESTION:
    What natural ingredients can be taken for a hormal imbalance?

    • ANSWER:
      Endorphins and Exercise
      The endorphine which serve as messengers in the brain and endocrine system have become relatively well known in the past decade. they are the body's own pain relieving and antidepressant compounds. We hear of people being " addicted to jogging" A runner will tell of moments when "the endorphins kick in."

      The changing function of the hypothalamus during menopause provoked a group of Swedish researches to look at the role of endorphins in hot flashes. They knew that exercise can increase endorphin levels. What would happen to hot flashes in women who began exercising? They set up a controlled study to test this."

      The researchers found that just 3.5 hours per week of exercise, led to no hot flashes whatsoever. With less exercise, hot flashes were still likely. The women who exercised were able to go through natural menopause without hormone replacement therapy.

      These result alone suggest that hot flashes are not best treated by estrogen replacement therapy in most cases. Physical activity presents an individual with a wide range of positive side effects. One is it's positive effect on osteoporosis.

      Soy Foods
      In general, the dietary guideline recommended I recommend Barlean's High Lignan Flax Oil and increasing your intake of soy food.
      Soy is particularly rich in active estrogen-like substances known as phytoestrogens. Specifically, the isoflavone and phytosterols of soybeans produce a mild estrogenic effect. In a study of post-menopausal women, those women consuming the equivalent of 2/3 cups of cooked soybean per day demonstrated sign of estrogenic activity when compared to a control group.

      Specifically, the women consuming a variety of soy foods demonstrated an in the number superficial cells that line the vagina. This increase offsets the vaginal drying and irritation common in postmenopausal women.

      One cup of soybeans provides approximately 300 milligrams of isoflavone. This level is equivalent to about 0.45 milligrams of conjugrated estrogens, or one tablet of Premarin. However, while estrogen replacement therapy may increase the risk of cancer, thye consumption of soy foods is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of cancer.

      The high intake of phytoestrogens is thought to explain why hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms rarely occur in cultures consuming a predominantly plant-based diet. The ancient Chinese considered the soybean their most important crop and a necessity for life.

  14. QUESTION:
    IS there any good things about drinking beer?
    i drink beer all the time, there has to be SOMETHING good about it besides having loads of fun.

    • ANSWER:
      Research increasingly indicates health benefits of beer could surpass wine

      Blame it on the French.

      Current research into the health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption is a result of the "French paradox."

      Although the French have a high-fat diet, smoke more than Americans and exercise even less, the rate of heart disease is approximately one-third the U.S. heart attack rate.

      The French tendency to drink red wine with meals has been cited as the possible reason for the medical anomaly.

      The grapes in red wine - and in grape juice - have high concentrations of flavonoids, which have been proven to reduce artery-narrowing blood platelet activity and introduce powerful free radical-fighting anti-oxidant protection into the bloodstream.

      But a flurry of independent research since those initial reports on red wine's health benefits surfaced a dozen years ago finds that alcohol in general provides a number of health benefits when consumed in moderation, and that beer might be the healthiest beverage of them all. As brewer/patriot Thomas Jefferson said a couple hundred years ago, "Beer, if drank in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health."

      "The wine people have made a very impressive marketing ploy. I think it's a snow job," says Dr. Norman Kaplan, a hypertension specialist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "Be that as it may, most people are convinced if you are going to get any benefit, it's going to be from red wine."

      Kaplan says he has been on record for as long as 20 years touting the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption, and mounting evidence through independent research being conducted around the world is showing that moderate beer consumption - one or two beers a day - might be one of the best things you can do for your body and mind.

      "It's sort of like taking an aspirin to prevent strokes and heart disease," he says. "There is a large body of evidence that small quantities of alcohol provide protection against coronary heart attack, but also there is evidence about stroke, heart failure and osteoporosis, and, most recently and most interestingly, dementia."

      "Most everything says that two alcoholic drinks a day is sort of the therapeutic level, and anything above that ... not only doesn't it do any good as far as preventing disease, but it is detrimental because then it starts to cause problems with car accidents and other problems to your health," says Dr. Lowell Peterson, a cardiologist at the Appleton (Wis.) Heart Institute.

      Peterson says he has been following the research on alcohol therapy for more than 10 years.

      "Mostly since the French paradox thing came out," he says.

      Peterson says the darker the drink, the better.

      "Red wine is better than white wine, and dark beer is better than light beer," he says. "There are more flavonoids present."

      Researchers at Oregon State University have published 10 papers on the biological activities of flavonoids unique to hops, the leafy buds used for bittering and spicing beers.

      Dr. Cristobal Miranda, who has co-authored several of those papers, says they have used hops flavonoids to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in test tubes.

      .
      Those studies could one day result in a natural hormone replacement therapy drug for post-menopausal women, without the side effects of currently available HRT drugs.

      A European drug company is supposedly already testing hops on humans for that very purpose and will soon market a hops-powered HRT drug.

      "In Germany, a beer has been out on the market known as High Xanthohumol Beer that is 10 times higher in xanthohumol," Cristobal says.

      The New England Journal of Medicine has published research papers in recent years attributing health benefits to moderate alcohol consumption.

      On Jan. 9, the journal carried a report on a 12-year study of 38,077 health professionals that concluded those in the group who drank moderately (at least four days a week) had about 20 percent less risk of heart attack.

      Researchers found the risk of heart attack among healthy, middle-aged men who did not drink was 420 in 100,000, while the risk among moderate drinkers was 145 in 100,000.

      The study concluded that adults should discuss alcohol consumption with their doctors.

      An accompanying editorial by Dr. Ira Goldberg of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Nutrition at Columbia College reported that the study also found those who abstain from alcohol get the least physical activity, have a greater occurrence of diabetes and higher concentrations of trans- and saturated fats and have the lowest levels of vitamin E in their systems.

      Goldberg suggested a study of alcohol therapy on patients already suffering heart disease in order to "advise patients with cardiovascular disease on the use of alcoholic beverages as medical therapy."

      But, Kaplan says doctors generally are not talking to patients about alcohol because of all the negative societal connotations.

      "I don't think many physicians are telling their patients, 'If you don't drink, you should start,' although, that, I think, is at least a question that should be raised because the benefits are there and I think a lot of people are not aware of those benefits," he says. "Many people are frightened because alcohol is a major drug of abuse and they don't want to expose themselves to that. I understand that."

      "I think that it gets to be a personal decision with the doctors," Peterson says. "There are certain doctors who would never, ever recommend this. I think some people are so anti-alcohol that they would never recommend it."

      But, he adds, if alcohol therapy helps to prolong life, then it should be considered.

      "When you're dealing with a young person with heart disease, you try to pull out all the stops and give them every advantage," he says. "In my estimation, it should include not only the statins (drugs to treat high cholesterol), but also anti-oxidant vitamins, folic acid and red wine."

      While Kaplan is a proponent of alcohol therapy, he advises that people should also eat right and exercise.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I fight weight gain because of hormonal imbalance?
    My right ovary was removed 5 years ago and since then I'm gaining weight. My friends told me it's because I already have hormonal imbalance. Even I go dieting...it's no use! Still I'm gaining more pounds every year. Now my weight has doubled compared to my original weight.What is the best regimen for me? Now I'm suffering from frequent asthma attacks and I do have palpitations because of too much weight gain. Will somebody help me on this. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, hormone replacement therapy is somewhat controversial due to the known carcinogenic and coagulative properties of estrogen; however, many physicians and patients feel the benefits outweigh the risks in women who may face serious health and quality of life issues as a consequence of early surgical menopause. The ovarian hormones of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are involved in the regulation of hundreds of bodily functions; it is believed by some doctors that hormone therapy programs mitigate surgical menopause side effects such as increased risk of cardiovascular disease , and female sexual dysfunction. There are many options for hormone replacement currently available and a considerable controversy exists in regards to synthetic versus natural or bio-identical regimens

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms for deficiency of estrogen?
    What is the best medicine/treat for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sign and Symptoms of Low Estrogen Levels:

      Rapid pulse rate
      Bloating
      Fatigue that worsens during the day
      Constant fatigue, lethargy and fatigue on light exertion.
      Short-term memory failure
      Poor Memory
      Hot flashes
      Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
      Decreased Sex Drive
      Depression
      Headaches
      Osteoarthritis
      Low Back Pain
      Dry skin
      Vaginal Dryness
      Recent unexplained weight gain
      In the past, women looked to synthetic hormones to remedy the symptoms of low estrogen levels. Recent studies showing clear dangers associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy spurred a renewed interest in HRT natural alternatives.

      There are a number of food and herb sources that provide plant-based phytoestrogen for HRT natural alternatives that can combat the cause of symptoms of low estrogen levels by naturally supplying the body with estrogen forms readily processed by the body. By addressing the effects of estrogen deficiency with HRT natural alternatives, women reduce their risks of HRT related side effects, conditions and diseases.

      Although menopause is the time of estrogen deficiency and symptoms of low estrogen levels, premenopausal women can also have estrogen deficiencies and symptoms of low estrogen levels. In either case, HRT natural alternatives are well advised.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting pregnant while taking birth control pill called Diane 35?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  18. QUESTION:
    Does the birth control pill Loestrinfe cause weight gain?
    Anyone with that experience? Please share any thoughts you may have on the pill and whether you have had a negative or positive experience. I received a prescription from my doctor to try it but want to receive more feedback from people that are actually on it or took it before. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  19. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of an over-the-counter product to alleviate hot flashes?
    One that works obviously -- can be pill or a cream. Anyone have any positive/negative experiences with certain products? What are some good ones? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several natural menopause products that will help with hot flashes. Black Cohosh and Dong Quai, both which have been shown to tremendously help reduce the symptoms of menopause. Many women do very well using a natural intervention for menopause treatment. Always start with something that is natural first before you progress to prescription drugs. (antidepressants...which may come with a whole host of side effects) or HRT. The risks and rewards of hormone replacement therapy should be carefully considered before undertaking this protocol.

      Dress in layers, buy a small inexpensive hand held fan and turn down the furnace. Also avoid food s that are known to trigger a flash – like spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol. Add foods that contain “phytoestrogens” — like soy, flax, certain beans, peas and lentils – these may also help to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. It goes without saying that good nutrition and regular physical exercise is a critical component to improved overall health.

  20. QUESTION:
    Any one using progesterone cream , does it make you feel tired and sleepy?
    I started on 2.1.07 and since I have been very tired and sleepy, but not until I use the cream that morning within 2 hours I am exhausted. I have been sleeping very well since the use of the cream , my breast pain is totally gone and my face is even clearing up. 43 old female Don't know if this is a normal side effect until my body adjusts.

    • ANSWER:
      Q: What is progesterone?

      A: Progesterone is a steroid hormone made by the corpus luteum of the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, and is a precursor to most of the other steroid hormones, including cortisol, androstenedione, the estrogens and testosterone.

      In a normally cycling female, the corpus luteum produces 20 to 30 mg of progesterone daily during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle.

      Q: Why do women need progesterone?

      A: Progesterone is needed in hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women for many reasons, but one of its most important roles is to balance or oppose the effects of estrogen. Unopposed estrogen creates a strong risk for breast cancer and reproductive cancers.

      Estrogen levels drop only 40-60% at menopause, which is just enough to stop the menstrual cycle. But progesterone levels may drop to near zero in some women. Because progesterone is the precursor to so many other steroid hormones, its use can greatly enhance overall hormone balance after menopause. Progesterone also stimulates bone-building and thus helps protect against osteoporosis.

      Q: Why not just use the progestin Provera as prescribed by most doctors?

      A: Progesterone is preferable to the synthetic progestins such as Provera, because it is natural to the body and has no undesirable side effects when used as directed.

      If you have any doubts about how different progesterone is from the progestins, remember that the placenta produces 300-400 mg of progesterone daily during the last few months of pregnancy, so we know that such levels are safe for the developing baby. But progestins, even at fractions of this dose, can cause birth defects. The progestins also cause many other side effects, including partial loss of vision, breast cancer in test dogs, an increased risk of strokes, fluid retention, migraine headaches, asthma, cardiac irregularities and depression.

      Q: What is estrogen dominance?

      A: Dr. Lee has coined the term "estrogen dominance," to describe what happens when the normal ratio or balance of estrogen to progesterone is changed by excess estrogen or inadequate progesterone. Estrogen is a potent and potentially dangerous hormone when not balanced by adequate progesterone.

      Both women who have suffered from PMS and women who have suffered from menopausal symptoms, will recognize the hallmark symptoms of estrogen dominance: weight gain, bloating, mood swings, irritability, tender breasts, headaches, fatigue, depression, hypoglycemia, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts. Estrogen dominance is known to cause and/or contribute to cancer of the breast, ovary, endometrium (uterus), and prostate.

      Q: Why would a premenopausal woman need progesterone cream?

      A: In the ten to fifteen years before menopause, many women regularly have anovulatory cycles in which they make enough estrogen to create menstruation, but they don't make any progesterone, thus setting the stage for estrogen dominance. Using progesterone cream during anovulatory months can help prevent the symptoms of PMS.

      We now know that PMS can occur despite normal progesterone levels when stress is present. Stress increases cortisol production; cortisol blockades (or competes for) progesterone receptors. Additional progesterone is required to overcome this blockade, and stress management is important.

      Q: What is progesterone made from?

      A: The USP progesterone used for hormone replacement comes from plant fats and oils, usually a substance called diosgenin which is extracted from a very specific type of wild yam that grows in Mexico, or from soybeans. In the laboratory diosgenin is chemically synthesized into real human progesterone. The other human steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and the cortisones are also nearly always synthesized from diosgenin.

      Some companies are trying to sell diosgenin, which they label "wild yam extract" as a medicine or supplement, claiming that the body will then convert it into hormones as needed. While we know this can be done in the laboratory, there is no evidence that this conversion takes place in the human body.

      Q: Where should I put the progesterone cream?

      A: Because progesterone is very fat-soluble, it is easily absorbed through the skin. From subcutaneous fat, progesterone is absorbed into capillary blood. Thus absorption is best at all the skin sites where people blush: face, neck, chest, breasts, inner arms and palms of the hands.

      Q: What is the recommended dosage of progesterone?

      A: For premenopausal women the usual dose is 15-24 mg/day for 14 days before expected menses, stopping the day or so before menses.

      For postmenopausal women, the dose that often works well is 15 mg/day for 25 days of the calendar month.

      Q: What amount of progesterone do you recommend in a cream?

      A: Dr. Lee recommends the creams that contain 450-500 mg of progesterone per ounce, which is 1.6% by weight or 3% by volume. This means that about ¼ teaspoon daily would provide about 20 mg/day.

      Q: How safe is progesterone cream?

      A: During the third trimester of pregnancy, the placenta produces about 300 mg of progesterone daily, so we know that a one-time overdose of the cream is virtually impossible. If you used a whole jar at once it might make you sleepy. However, Dr. Lee recommends that women avoid using higher than the recommended dosage to avoid hormone imbalances. More is not better when it comes to hormone balance.

      Q: Wouldn't it be easier to just take a progesterone pill?

      A: Dr. Lee recommends the transdermal cream rather than oral progesterone, because some 80% to 90% of the oral dose is lost through the liver. Thus, at least 200 to 400 mg daily is needed orally to achieve a physiologic dose of 15 to 24 mg daily. Such high doses create undesirable metabolites and unnecessarily overload the liver.

      Q: Where can I get more information on progesterone and natural hormone balance?

      A: For a detailed explanation of women's hormone balance issues, a hormone balance program, as well as detailed descriptions of how to use natural progesterone, the following books by John R. Lee, M.D. are recommended:

      What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause

      What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About PREmenopause

      What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer

      Click here for more about these books including sample chapters and purchase information

  21. QUESTION:
    You know people say that brocoli and some other veggies supress thyroid function?
    If someone had a thyroidectomy and now takes thyroxine, is it bad for them to regularly eat lots of raw brocoli and other similar veggies?

    • ANSWER:
      Broccoli and many other veges and foods contain goitrogens, which can lower thyroid hormone. The first website below (double-click on it) is a more complete list of foods to be careful about. Cooking however usually deactivates their lowering affect.

      There are alternative medicine therapies that have less side effects than thyroxine supplementation.
      Some alternative health care practitioners suggest using Armour Thyroid, a natural thyroid replacement made from pig thyroid gland containing all thyroid hormones, and others use thyroid glandular, a natural thyroid supplement found in health food stores. Consult a health care practitioner to help you choose the best medicine for your needs.

      The remaining websites below discuss alternative therapies, that you may want to consider.

      A couple of supplements I would strongly recommend to help aleviate your fatigue is CoQ10, a chemical your body makes, but with a thyroidectomy more would be very beneficial. I would take 100 mg of CoQ10 three times a day. It increases cellular oxygen useage. You can get it at any drug store. Also I would take 2000 mcg of the sublingual version (under the tongue version) of vitamin B-12, along with a complex B vitamin supplement. This will boost your energy levels. All supplements should be taken say four hours apart from the tyroxine so they won't interfere.

      The last website discusses a thyroid tissue graft procedure where they attach a piece of compatible thyroid in your body, that will start functioning correctly. This type of surgery is in the early stages of evaluation, but seems promising. A snippet from a compatible sibblings thyroid gland may be used.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does growthflexv have any side effects?
    Does growthflexv or any other "natural" growth enhancer products have any side effects? So far i have not found any information that says growthflexv has side effects but i have found out that some other growth enhancer pills have side effects like cancer :S. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Pl see the side effects : There is theoretical concern that GH treatment may increase the risks of diabetes, especially in those with other predispositions treated with higher doses. If used for training, growth at a young age (25 or less) can cause severe symptoms. One survey of adults that had been treated with replacement cadaver GH during childhood showed a mildly increased incidence of colon cancer and prostate cancer, but linkage with the GH treatment was not established.
      Regular application of GH may show several negative side-effects such as joint swelling, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and an increased risk of diabetes.

      EXCESS : The most common disease of GH excess is a pituitary tumor composed of somatotroph cells of the anterior pituitary. These somatotroph adenomas are benign and grow slowly, gradually producing more and more GH. For years, the principal clinical problems are those of GH excess. Eventually the adenoma may become large enough to cause headaches, impair vision by pressure on the optic nerves, or cause deficiency of other pituitary hormones by displacement.
      Prolonged GH excess thickens the bones of the jaw, fingers and toes. Resulting heaviness of the jaw and increased thickness of digits is referred to as acromegaly. Accompanying problems can include pressure on nerves (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome), muscle weakness, insulin resistance or even a rare form of type 2 diabetes, and reduced sexual function.
      GH-secreting tumors are typically recognized in the fifth decade of life. It is extremely rare for such a tumor to occur in childhood, but, when it does, the excessive GH can cause excessive growth, traditionally referred to as pituitary gigantism.

      Surgical removal is the usual treatment for GH-producing tumors. In some circumstances, focused radiation or a GH antagonist such as pegvisomant may be employed to shrink the tumor or block function. Other drugs like ocreotide (somatostatin agonist) and bromocriptine (dopamine agonist) can be used to block GH secretion because both somatostatin and dopamine negatively inhibit GHRH-mediated GH release from the anterior pituitary.

      Hormones are central to human health and vitality. Hormonal balance in the body is essential to vibrancy, optimism and, indeed, the quality of life. In the hormonal network, no hormone plays a more critical role than human growth hormone. Growth hormone, as the name suggests, is necessary for human growth in the formative years and also in puberty teen years. After the human body has attained its adult size, its levels begin to dwindle ever so gradually.

      This "stacking" of amino acids has many health benefits for people in all age groups. The importance of growth hormone can hardly be overemphasized. In its commitment to provide high-quality products to its customers. HGH has amino acid cocktail to induce the secretion of growth hormone naturally without the need for pharmacological doses of recombinant growth hormone. Arginine Ornithine is an obvious choice to promote health, growth and wellbeing at all stages of human life.

      Growth hormone (GH) is a peptide hormone. It stimulates growth and cell reproduction in humans and other animals. It is a 191-amino acid, single-chain polypeptide hormone that is synthesized, stored, and secreted by the somatotroph cells within the lateral wings of the anterior pituitary gland. Somatotrophin refers to the growth hormone produced natively in animals, whereas the term somatropin refers to growth hormone produced by recombinant DNA technology, and is abbreviated "rhGH" in humans.

      Growth hormone is used clinically to treat children's growth disorders and adult growth hormone deficiency. In recent years, replacement therapies with human growth hormones (HGH) have become popular in the battle against aging. Reported effects include decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, increased bone density, increased energy levels, improved skin tone and texture, and improved immune system function. At this time HGH is still considered a very complex hormone and many of its functions are still unknown.

      http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?p=51847601

  23. QUESTION:
    I'm interested in Hormone Replacement Therapy, but I'm very cautious as there seem to be many side effects?
    I've visited a few independent sites that seem to have good info http://www.prcpb.com Physicians Rejuvenation Centers but short of spending the money to go for a consultation can anyone recommend a valid objective authority on side effects and what can be expected? Thanks alot!

    • ANSWER:
      yep, go here , check out the information there, thehallcentervenice.com , you need someone who knows what they are doing, and who tests properly. The old fears about side effects have been changed so that now it takes someone who just knows how to test, read them , and get you in the right ranges.

      the site above is the woman, dr hall, who oprah recommends and youcan see she offers many tests also.
      I have heard nothing but good things from people who have it done right. They see effects in as little as 24/48 hours.
      A good doctor sees even children to help them through their teens and menopause, as well as helping men through their version of menopause, andropause.
      I would be very picky too.
      Just call and ask a compounding pharmacy in your area what HRT doctors are in your area, and what ones don't have a problem with ordering natural replacements , like armour for thyroid and the like.
      Just get more information on all your issues, and uderstand it the best you can.
      then ask.
      When you can go natural , instead of synthetic, ask for that.
      Drnorthrup.com also has a lot of infor. search mercola.com , drhyman.com

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the biochemical origin of menopause in women? Can the symptoms be alleviated with drugs?

    • ANSWER:
      Monapause happens because a woman stops producing estrogen. Symptoms are alleviated by taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (a prescription that has MANY side effects, including a high risk for breast cancer) or natural remedies that contain phytoestrogen, soy, vitamin E.
      Talk to a doctor, a phamacist, a health store clerk, other friends going through it.

  25. QUESTION:
    When i have PMS i turn into the incredible hulk?
    Is there anything that worked for PMS for any of you? I tried B.C. pills to help with cramps, but it made me more estrogened out. I want to punch a hole in the wall one second and cry at commercials the next.

    • ANSWER:
      this may not all apply to you, so just take what you need

      first make sure this is not your problem:

      http://www.bikerchick.freehomepage.com/guest_book.html
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      Info on hormones and supplements.

      Women, especially, should become familiar with these things. But, men also have hormonal decline, so some of the info will apply to them. Women were not set up to live much more than 40 years. With menopause, which our ancestors did not even go through, women begin to die, as they are no longer viable for child birth and thus, not needed any longer for the species to continue. So, women must replace hormones eventually or they will get many diseases and feel ill from the lack of hormones. Before the perimenopause phase, and even during it, there are other things you can take to ensure your hormones are functioning properly. Especially if you had a tubal ligation, you need to know this stuff so you can help restore your body after reversal. Of course, those who had a hysterectomy need to take hormone replacement, but not the ones the doctors give you (see below).

      The drugs I get from an overseas company called international anti-aging systems http://www.antiaging-systems.com/ I have used them for over 20 yrs without any problems and it is a good company. Here is the other company I have ordered from for a few years. They are a little less expensive and take half the time as I.A.S. to get http://www.biogenesis.co.za/

      For those of you who had a tubal ligation, reversal is the first thing you need to do before trying to heal yourself with these things.

      And, if you are not in menopause (or if the menopause was caused by the tubal ligation), get off the hormones (estrogen and progesterone) completely, no matter the symptoms, and let your body start making the hormones again or it won't and you will become dependent on them. Yes, ignore the hot flashes, even, I did and they are gone, slowly diminishing over a couple months. It is always best to let your body regulate the hormones for as long as you can before actual menopause starts, at which time you have to start doing it yourself (but only with bioidentical hormones, not horse urine that the doctors give you that causes cancer). It will; Give it a few months, and try the following drugs and/or supplements. Keep in mind, the drugs I take are well-known life extension drugs (smart drugs), which means they extend life and do not harm the body. For more info, you can buy the books, Smart Drugs and Smart Drugs II or Life Extension. These are older books, but you can order them.

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      HRT

      For those of you who are in natural menopause and need estrogen/progesterone replacement, do not take the synthetic hormones prescribed by doctors: Premarin is a very popular synthetic estrogen used in HRT. It is derived from the urine of pregnant mares (horses) and contains seventeen different types of estrogen, most of which are not native to human beings.

      Since the development of estrogens in the 1920s, women have been receiving estrogens derived from horse urine! Unlike now, estrogen was very expensive to synthesize. Whilst the horse estrogens are similar to human estrogens, they are NOT the same. Many of the problems associated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are due to this fact. Research clearly demonstrates, natural human estrogens are much safer and have fewer side effects that the `alien' horse estrogens that are currently being prescribed.
      In addition, detrimental effects result from the unsuitable levels of the 3 estrogens used and the unnatural way in which they are administered.

      The three estrogens are estriol, estradiol and estrone. Most preparations of triple estrogens apply them in the respective percentage ratio of 80:10:10. Some pharmaceutical preparations of estrogen entirely over-look estriol; they claim it is a weak estrogen (despite the fact that woman naturally produce high levels of it). There is now a ground swell of opinion that believes that estriol has anti-cancer properties, in essence it cancels out the carcinogenic properties of the other two estrogens.

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/a2z/estrogennat.htm

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/iasstore/acatalog/estrogenesnatri.html

      Progesterone Natural is a natural supplement used to defend against osteoporosis after HRT treatment

      Progesterone cream is often used by menopausal women to counter the detrimental effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT, estrogen therapy).

      Unfortunately many physicians who prescribe HRT overlook the need for progesterone. When they do prescribe progesterone, it is often the common `alien' progesterone derived from horse urine.

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/a2z/progesterone.htm

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/iasstore/acatalog/progesterone.html

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      Also, I suggest everyone buy the book:
      Ageless: Bioidentical Hormones and Beyond by Suzanne Somers
      every woman needs this book, trust me!

      http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&endeca=1&isbn=0307237249&itm=5

      Following up her previous books on health (e.g., The Sexy Years), Somers discusses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as a tool for arresting the aging process. She recounts her own experiences and interviews others, both patients and doctors, who share her enthusiasm. The book is easy to read and may catch the attention of anyone over 35. On closer examination, however, her claims are not strongly substantiated. The so-called scientific explanations seem quite plausible, but solid research is sparse. Moreover, Somers contradicts herself on more than one occasion and makes several errors in fact, claiming, for example, that men's sexual peak is in middle age. There may well be something to her thesis, but more solid evidence is needed. Recommended only where there is demand. Susan B. Hagloch, formerly with Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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      Bromocriptine (Parlodel)

      Its second major anti-aging use of Bromocriptine is the inhibition of Prolactin. Prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland, and is one of the few hormones that increase with age. It has been described as a fat synthesis hormone because one of its primary functions is to trigger lactation (milk production) and weight gain in pregnancy. In women, Bromocriptine has been used to help restore ovulation, but it also helps to reduce serum Prolactin levels in men, (although the precise role of Prolactin in men is unclear). In addition, some researchers believe Prolactin levels play a significant part in immune system suppression.

      This product is always to be taken at mealtimes. Galactorrhoea and/or prolactin-dependent amenorrhoea, hyperprolactaemic infertility: half a tablet 3 times daily. If this is not sufficient, increase the dosage gradually to 1 tablet, 2-3 times daily with meals. Continue the treatment until the mammary secretion disappears completely, and, should the problem be compounded by amenorrhoea, until the menstrual cycle returns to normal. The treatment may be continued if necessary for several menstrual cycles in order to avoid a relapse. Disorders of the menstrual cycle:- Pre-menstrual syndrome. Begin treatment on the 14th day of the menstrual cycle with a half tablet per day, then gradually increase the dosage by half a tablet until reaching the dosage of 1 tablet twice daily. Continue this treatment until the onset of the menstrual flow.

      Brief luteinic phase. Half a tablet 3 times daily, gradually increasing the dosage to 1 tablet twice daily with meals until the luteinic phase has returned to normal.

      Rejuvenate your body and brain with Bromocriptine

      Bromocriptine enhances dopamine, which declines with age, and restrains prolactin, which increases with age

      Bromocriptine is a semi-synthetic derivative of the ergo group that boosts dopamine (a neurotransmitter and a precursor of other substances including adrenalin) and slows down the production of prolactin (a hormone released from the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates milk production after childbirth).

      Past the age of 40 it is estimated that the healthy person undergoes a dopamine decline of approximately 13% per decade. As dopamine is essential for brain activity, some neurologists have stated that if we increase life expectancy we shall all be senile! Therefore, protection and enhancement of the dopamine producing neurons is a key strategy for anti-aging medicine.

      Bromocriptine, therefore, is not only used in the management of mental degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease, but as a preventative medicine for those wishing to delay age-related mental decline.

      Its second major anti-aging use of Bromocriptine is the inhibition of Prolactin. Prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland, and is one of the few hormones that increase with age. It has been described as a fat synthesis hormone because one of its primary functions is to trigger lactation (milk production) and weight gain in pregnancy. In women, Bromocriptine has been used to help restore ovulation, but it also helps to reduce serum Prolactin levels in men, (although the precise role of Prolactin in men is unclear). In addition, some researchers believe Prolactin levels play a significant part in immune system suppression.

      Bromocriptine also effects the most famous of all pituitary hormones, Growth Hormone (GH). Bromocriptine increases GH secretion in individuals with normal GH concentrations, but paradoxically suppresses GH secretion in patients suffering from acromegaly (a condition of excessive GH production).

      An interesting clinical study administered a component of tobacco called DMBA to rats, at a level where it is known to be very effective in producing breast cancer. However, rats that had been pre-treated with Bromocriptine completely avoided any cancer development. Bromocriptine therefore appears to also offer itself as a very potent free radical quencher.

      One of the most recent studies indicates that Bromocriptine may be a candidate for the treatment of Type-II diabetes. This is because Bromocriptine has been shown to suppress lipogenesis and improve glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.

      One animal study suggested that a further action of Bromocriptine is to alter the CNS (central nervous system) regulating metabolism, which helps to prevent weight gain.

      Dosage:
      Take 1.25mg or 2.5mg daily, unless treating a serious medical disorder where dosage may differ according to your physician's guidance.

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/a2z/bromocriptine.htm

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/scripts/search/search.pl?Terms=bromocriptine

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/iasstore/acatalog/bromocriptine.html

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      Chaste Berry Extract and Tincture

      German researchers suggest the berries increase production of luteinizing hormone and prolactin. Another study adds the increase of the hormone progesterone to the list. The benefits of chaste berry stem from its actions upon the pituitary gland. Chaste berry keeps prolactin secretion in check. The ability to decrease mildly elevated prolactin levels may benefit some women with breast tenderness associated with PMS. Chaste berry may also be helpful in menopause and cyclic mastalgia. New research indicates that certain compounds in chasteberry may have activity similar to the brain chemical dopamine.

      Benefits

      In a normal menstrual cycle, estrogen levels are higher before ovulation and progesterone levels are higher following ovulation. A lack of balance in these two hormones can lead to the entire range of symptoms associated with PMS and menopause! Vitex nourishes and supports the endocrine system, helping it find its own balance.

      Symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle which can be treated with this plant include:

      cramps
      flooding
      headaches
      depression
      water retention
      constipation
      acne
      breast tenderness
      irritability

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      http://www.raysahelian.com/chasteberry.html

      http://www.herbal-powers.com/vichbe.html

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      Ovulex

      Ovulex™ aids in the restoration and balancing of hormonal functions, nutritional deficiencies, and physical problems in a woman's body. Your body will be in the perfect condition for conception when you take Ovulex™.
      Ovulex™ can also:

      aid in naturally regulating your ovulation cycle by boosting your progesterone production.
      help strengthen your immune system and reduce
      your reaction to stress.
      work with your body to regulate your hormones.
      provide you with essential nutrients you body needs to allow conception.
      help decrease mildly elevated prolactin levels
      aid in binding to or activating estrogen receptors in diverse areas of your body
      helps to extend your luteal phase
      aid the fertilized egg connect to your uterine lining
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      http://www.ovulex.com/

      *please note: if you are taking antidepresants (which i do not recommend, except for the life extension drug eldepryl/deprenyl), keep in mind that Ovulex has St. John's Wort in it and it can interfere with antidepressants, even eldepryl (but low doses would be ok). I would avoid any St. John's Wort if you are taking today's common antidepressants like Prozac, etc....

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      Melatonin

      Melatonin delays and reverses menopause in women
      (Abstract from "Experimental Gerontology", 36, 297-310, 2001)
      Night levels of melatonin in mammals and man decline progressively in the course of aging. Also, the function of the thyroid gland and of sex glands (ovaries and testes) decline steadily, while on the contrary in the hypophysis the production of gonadotropins (luteotropic hormone, LH and follicle stimulating hormone, FSH) constantly increase. Those hormones regulate the production of estrogens and progesterone in the ovaries and the menstrual cycle and testosterone in the testes. The increase of LH and FSH is a clear-cut aging signal for sexual and reproductive functions, both in males and in females (i.e. menopause and andropause).

      Previous studies with laboratory animals had shown that evening administration of melatonin in senescent animals, as well as transplantation of a young pineal into old animals produces a true reversal of sexual decay. This has been shown by measuring (in that part of the brain that controls sexual organs and functions- the hippocampus), receptors which regulate the synthesis of LH and FSH (gonadotropins) in the hypophysis (Figure 3). This remarkable evidence induced us to evaluate the effects of melatonin in women from pre-menopausal and peri-menopausal age (from 42 to 52 years of age) until menopause (from 52 to 62 years of age). The question was: is pineal melatonin, whose blood levels decline in the course of aging in the sexual-reproductive tract of women, responsible for, or directly connected with the onset of menopause? Are we able to modify or eventually delay menopase by evening administration of melatonin?

      Measurement of melatonin in saliva before the initiation of the study allowed us to select women with nocturnal low basal levels of melatonin, as well as women with medium night levels of melatonin and finally women with high night levels of melatonin. This served to verify if the possible effects of melatonin administration, depend only on a condition of individual endogenous melatonin deficiency.

      Women were strictly divided into homogeneous groups (melatonin or placebo) according to age and also to their endogenous levels of nocturnal melatonin in the saliva. Before initiation, blood samples were taken for measurement of hormones and all women answered questions in a questionnaire, concerning mood, sleep, and all psychic problems and neurovegetative symptoms typical of women' climacteric. Half of the selected women started taking 3mg of highly pure melatonin while the other half took placebo, this was conducted with the classic double-blind method (neither the physician nor the patient know if the patient takes the active substance or not). After three and six months from the initiation of the treatment, hormonal measurements were repeated and all women answered again all the questions.

      The results obtained after three and six months, (a period of time ethically acceptable for the administration of placebo), have shown that:

      All women, in particular those who had shown individual low night levels of melatonin in their saliva, had a very remarkable improvement of latent and unsuspected conditions of low thyroid function (hypothyroidism). In-fact, we observed a significant increase of the active thyroid hormone triiodothyronin (T3) in all women independently from their night levels of melatonin and to a minor extent of its precursor thyroxin (T4) only in women with medium and low endogenous levels of melatonin (Table 4). The effect of melatonin does not depend on pituitary TSH (thyrotropin stimulating hormone) but on the direct effect of melatonin on the thyroid gland (conversion of T4 into T3, the active hormone).

      In the course of six months, evening administration of 3mg melatonin produced a clear-cut decrement in blood of the pituitary hormone LH (which increases progressively in the course of aging). This was most noticeable in the younger women (43 to 49 years of age). Therefore, the recovery of pituitary function to a more juvenile pattern of regulation is more pronounced and rapid in younger women (Figure 4a and 4b). This equaled to an arrest and even a reversal of brain aging and restoration of reproductive functions in the women taking evening melatonin.

      As a confirmation of a restoration of thyroid and sexual functions consequent to the evening use of melatonin, seven women, at 2 and more years after onset of menopause (complete interruption of the menstrual cycle), have now reacquired a normal and physiological menstrual cyclicity.

      Finally, 96% of women who had taken melatonin, declared a total disappearance of morning depression, which is typical in perimenopausal and menopausel women.

      Our results demonstrate that a clear-cut, cause-effect relationship exists between the function of the pineal gland and night secretion of melatonin on one side, and aging of sexual functions on the other side. The decline of synthesis and release of pineal melatonin during aging, signals to us a central hypotlamaic alteration of the control of the juvenile hormonal cyclicity and the progressive quenching of fertility in women. Our results show that nocturnal administration of melatonin produces a recovery of thyroid function (synthesis of T3 and T4) and pituitary (hypophysis) sensitivity to ovary regulation (decrease of LH and FSH) in the direction of a remarkable recovery of more juvenile sexual-reproductive functions. The effect of evening administration of melatonin is more pronounced in younger women and in women with lower melatonin levels in saliva (before initiation of oral melatonin treatment).

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/extract/melatonin.htm

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/scripts/search/search.pl?Terms=melatonin+menopause

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/extract/deanrecommends.htm

      [buy the pharmaceutical grade melatonin; it is better]

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/iasstore/acatalog/melatonin.html

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      DHEA

      DHEA (and its related metabolite DHEA-S) is the most abundant hormone in the body and is produced by the adrenal glands. Specifically, DHEA is synthesized and secreted by the zona reticularis of the adrenal cortex. It is the precursor to a number of steroid hormones such as androstenedione, testosterone and estrogen. Women secrete DHEA exclusively from the adrenal cortex, but men secrete a certain amount of DHEA from the testes. Scientists previously thought DHEA was an intermediate metabolite and had no biologic activity of its own. However, further examination of this multi-faceted hormone necessitates the conclusion that DHEA has important roles of its own.
      DHEA SUPPLEMENTION: POSSIBLE CONCERNS

      The biggest concern over DHEA supplementation repeatedly raised in the DHEA scientific literature is the issue of androgen/estrogen production from DHEA. Various tissues can locally convert DHEA to either androgens (testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, androstenedione) or estrogens (estrone, estradiol). Many DHEA studies report significant androgen increases in women, even at the relatively low dose of 50 mg. (1, 8, 18, 19, 21) Increased androgen levels in women may relate not only to the mild effects of excess facial hair and acne, but to the more serious issues of abdominal obesity, hyper-glycemia and insulin resistance. (26) And one report found a decreased testosterone level in men, combined with an increase in estradiol, hardly ideal for a man's health. (21) Fortunately, a natural metabolite of DHEA, normally found in the human body, and which cannot be bio-transformed into androgens or estrogens, (28) is now available. And preliminary evidence indicates this "new" DHEA metabolite may be even more potent than DHEA.

      7-KETO - DHEA TO THE RESCUE!

      7 - keto - DHEA (7KD) (also called "7 -oxo-DHEA,)" is almost identical in structure to DHEA (see Diagram 1). Human skin (and other tissues) contain enzymes that convert DHEA to 7KD in a two-stage process. (27) (Interestingly, many animal experiments with DHEA get best results if the DHEA is given subcutaneously, hinting at skin DHEA bio-processing.) Research into 7KD has been conducted primarily by Dr. Henry Lardy and associates at the University of Wisconsin. (28, 29, 30) Based on his research, Lardy has been granted various patents on the use of 7KD, including immune enhancement/modulation, Alzheimer's treatment and weight loss.

      "7-keto-DHEA has been evaluated in both preclinical studies and human clinical trials for safety. These studies show no mutagenic activity and no adverse effects for 7-keto-DHEA up to doses of 2000 mg /kg in rats and 500 mg /kg in primates. It should be noted that 500 mg /kg is É 3.5 grams in a normal 70 kg human." (30) Zenk notes that a clinical trial conducted to measure the effects of 7KD on several endocrine and safety parameters in healthy adult men found 7KD to be safe and well-tolerated at doses up to 200 mg/day of a 28-day period. (30) Zenk also reports that laboratory safety tests also showed 7KD does not affect haematology, serum chemistry, or urine chemistry differently than healthy subjects taking placebo. (30)
      Lardy has found that 7KD (7-oxo-DHEA) is a potent increaser of liver thermogenic enzymes. He reports that "The 7-oxo-derivatives of both DHEA [i.e. 7KD] and androstenediol are the most active compounds tested. over the range of 0.01 to 0.1% of the diet, 7-oxo-DHEA was 2.5 times as active as DHEA." (28) Research at the University of Wisconsin found 7KD helpful in treating primates infected with Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV). CD-4 (T helper) cell counts, CD-8 cell counts, and total white blood cells increased. The SIV-infected primates also showed improvements in their physical state, increased weight, and overall improvement in behavior and clinical condition. (30)

      7KD was also shown to increase IL-2 production better than DHEA, in human lymphocytes. IL-2 is the key cytokine regulator of T-helper cells, along with interferon-gamma, which activates the immune system to "go into battle" against invading pathogens. (30) Lardy and colleagues also found 7KD to enhance memory in 2-year old mice. "The mice were trained to negotiate a water maze and then were given DHEA or 7-keto DHEA É. They were retested after two weeks. The control mice took 34 seconds [to negotiate the maze]; those on DHEA took 22 seconds; and those on 7-keto-DHEA took only 7.6 seconds.

      Dr. Lardy found similar results in mice using scopolamine to abolish memory. When protected with 7-keto DHEA [and given anti-memory scopolamine] the mice were able to negotiate the water maze in 6.5 seconds, compared to 11.5 with DHEA treatment and 22 seconds with scopolamine treatment only." (30)

      7-KETO DHEA: A PERSONAL COMMENT

      I have been interested in DHEA since 1984. However, my personal experience with DHEA was disappointing. I found DHEA to induce a severe depression after only 1 - 3 doses. I retried DHEA about a dozen times between 1984 to 1996, always getting the same rapid-onset depression. I talked to a doctor colleague, who reported that she had the same response to DHEA, and that some 5-10% of her patients who tried DHEA also experienced a relatively rapid onset of depression (1 - 10 days). I began taking 7KD in the fall of 1998, hoping for a different response. Much to my surprise, I found 7KD experientially very different from DHEA. I have been taking 7KD for about 18 months now, gradually reducing my dose from 25 mg/day to 10-15 mg/day. I have found 7KD to be an energy enhancer, anti-cortisol stress reducer, and general revitalizing agent. I have gradually dropped 20 pounds of weight, have experienced a significant thinning of my face away from the classic cortisol "moon face" I was developing in recent years. I consider 7KD one of my core anti-aging supplements. I have also used 7KD to quickly revive 2 cats traumatized from combined surgical/anaesthesia/vaccine stress. My wife finds 7KD to be the single most energizing supplement she's ever taken.

      DHEA/ 7-KETO DHEA: DOSAGES

      For those wishing to get the potential androgenic benefits of DHEA, extremely low doses are advised. 10-25 mg /day for women, 20-40 mg/day for men. Anyone suffering any serious disease or hormonal condition should only use DHEA under competent medical supervision. 7KD may be effective at doses as low as 5-10 mg/day, with 25-50 mg/day being probably adequate for all but medical use in disease treatment under medical supervision.

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/extract/7ketodhea.htm

      http://www.antiaging-systems.com/iasstore/acatalog/dhea.html

  26. QUESTION:
    Is Hormone Replacement Therapy worthwhile?
    I have just started menopause and am experiencing hot flushes ,night sweats.I also go to tears easy although that may not be related to menopause, it could be just being female.A doctor mentioned Hormone replacement therapy.I know there are various products in chemist shop to relieve the symptoms of menopause(sounds like a disease rather than a natural stage of life)The internet says Hormone replacement stuff comes from the urine of horses, and has more side effects than benefits. Help! What is meant by Mood swings?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, hormone replacement CAN be worthwhile. Some like it, some don't. You won't know if it's right for you until you try it. As for the hormones: ONE type of hormone comes from the urine of pregnant horses. That's the most popular hormonal source simply because it's been around the longest. It's called Premarin (PREgnant MARe's urINe). Generically it's referred to as conjugated equine estrogen, or CEE.There are MANY MANY other types of hormones you can try, all of which are superior to Premarin, none of which involve other animals. Usually nowadays, they synthesize estrogen in a lab using yams. If someone implied to you that the only hormone available to you was from horse urine, then that person is either extremely ignorant, lying to you, or both. Either way, you shouldn't be listening to them. Bottom line: if you feel like your quality of life right now is so negatively affected by the menopausal transition, then you might find that estrogen (and progesterone, you need to take both) will really improve your life and help ease your way through this transition. You wouldn't necessarily be on the hormones for the rest of your life--you could try them for a few months and see how you feel and wean off of them. Menopause may be a natural stage of life, but that doesn't mean that you should do nothing, or that it's not a problem.The weakening of muscles and thinning of bones are also natural stages of life, but that doesn't mean you should do nothing to stop it from happening.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is general dosage of black cohosh, to alleviate flushes and sweats, during menopause ?

    • ANSWER:
      The most effective and safe dosage of black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) for alleviating menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats is 80 mg per day, usually taken as 40 mg in the morning and 40 mg in the evening.

      Black cohosh is a phyto-estrogen (natural plant-like estrogen substance) that is a very effective and side effect-free alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. For the best results, black cohosh should be combined with another phyto-estrogen called red clover (trifolium pratense). Together these phyto-estrogens can:

      - Reduce hot flushes.
      - Stabilize mood.
      - Enhance libido.
      - Reduce anxiety.
      - Reduce problems related to insomnia and quality of sleep.
      - Reduce risk of osteoporosis.

  28. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a thyroid taken out? Does it leave a horrible scar on your neck? Should I go noninvasive?
    They have medicine that can just kill my thyroid. I have to have it taken out or killed. Medicine is not working for me, bad side effects. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I have thyroid disease. It runs in my family and I have several members with thyroid problems, including thyroid cancer and Grave's Disease. Unless you have thyroid cancer or Grave's Disease, usually removing or killing off your thyroid isn't a good idea. It's true that although Grave's Disease can be corrected with medication, sometimes that doesn't work and you do end up having to have your thyroid killed off or removed. If that is what is going on with you, be forewarned, you will need to be on medication for the rest of your life after your thyroid is killed off or removed because your body will no longer be getting the correct thyroid hormones it needs and you will then become what is called Hypothyroid. You will need to be on thyroid hormone replacement such as Armour Thyroid, Synthroid, Levothyroxine, Levoxyl, Levothroid, Unithroid, Cytomel or Thyrolar. Without thyroid hormone replacement you will become very ill and could have some serious, if not life threatening problems.

      When taking thyroid hormone replacement many people need T3, the active form of thyroid hormone, to feel well because their bodies won't convert T4 (the thyroid hormone that is in most thyroid hormone replacement medications) into T3. While controversial, some studies have shown that patients have improvement in overall symptoms when they add T3 to their treatment. Many patients favor T4+T3 therapy, versus T4 alone. If someone is taking Synthroid or another Levothyroxine drug like Levoxyl, Levothroid, or Unithroid (all only have T4), I always recommend they ask their doctor about adding Cytomel (the brand name for synthetic T3) to their treatment if their doctor refuses to prescribe Armour. Or they could have their doctor add compounded, time-released T3, or have their doctor switch them to Thyrolar (a synthetic T4+T3 drug). But the overall best is Armour Thyroid, a natural desiccated thyroid drug. Also there are two other brands of natural thyroid medication called Westhroid and Nature-throid which also have the combination of all the T hormones, including T4 and T3. Armour contains all the hormones your thyroid normally produces such as T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, etc. Natural thyroid medication like Armour, Westhroid and Naturethroid are the only thyroid medications that do have all the naturally occurring hormones. It is always better to try and replicate what your body does naturally and that's why Armour works so well.

      Get a second opinion from a doctor that is not in the same medical group. But, your doctor probably is correct, you probably do need to have your thyroid killed off or removed. I know someone who had her thyroid removed due to cancer. She was left with an ugly scar going across her neck and she is such a beautiful girl that it's a shame she has that ugly scar. I would read up on all the pros and cons of having your thyroid removed vs. having it killed off and see which is a better option for you. Do some online research using Google. Sit down and ask your doctor questions about your treatment options.

      I highly recommend you get the book, "Living Well with Hypothyroidism" by Mary J. Shomon. Its easy reading and you will learn a lot about your disease, as this book covers not just hypothyroidism, but also thyroid cancer, Grave's Disease and other thyroid problems. The woman who wrote it, Mary J. Shomon, had her thyroid removed. This book saved my life because it taught me all about how to manage my thyroid disease so I would feel my best. You can buy this book on Amazon.com for as little as .47 used or you can buy it in a book store. If the book store doesn't have it, have them order it for you.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can OTC estrogen supplements like Estroven damage a persons thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely unlikely that Estroven would damage a woman's thyroid gland. Soy, taken excessively, and all other members of both the legume (pea and bean and pulse) family plus the Cruciferae family (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Turnips, Radishes, Mustards, Brussels Sprouts, et al) can both have a depressant effect on the thyroid gland. I am unclear however, that the amount of soy isoflavones at or in this product's recommended dosage are enough to have that depressant effect on T3, T4 or thyroxin. I would probably be actually more concerned that the soy not be GMO, and would like to see the certification for this on the box, or in the product informational materials.

      This is the language taken from Estroven's own website: "Safety of Estroven's Ingredients
      The two primary ingredients in our products — isoflavones and black cohosh — have long and safe histories of use. A well-known and well-reputed vendor, Archer Daniels Midland Company, supplies the soy isoflavones used in our formula. In addition, there have been a number of clinical studies about the safety of isoflavones, as well as their positive and protective effects on cardiovascular and bone health.

      There has been much safety research done on black cohosh. It is important to note that the kind of black cohosh used in Estroven® products is cimicifuga racemosa, the actual North American herb, rather than the Asian variety, which may not have the same degree of purity. Also, black cohosh does not have the same action in the body as estrogen, which means that it can be used by women who cannot take synthetic estrogens.

      Other ingredients used in Estroven® include vitamins and minerals, all of which fall below the Safe Upper Limits as defined by the federal government, as well as various other herbs, which have a similar safety profile to isoflavones and black cohosh.

      Using Estroven® with Synthetic Hormones
      Estroven® contains phytoestrogens, or isoflavones, natural substances that can be taken safely with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Phytoestrogens work with your body to support hormonal balance naturally, gently, and safely. Please consult your healthcare professional before taking Estroven® products with HRT.

      Using Estroven® with Other Prescription Medicines
      Although there are no known significant side effects associated with the recommended use of Estroven® with prescription medications, your medical history plays an important role in the effect that supplements have on your body. Please contact your healthcare professional before using Estroven® with other prescription medicines.

      Potential Allergens in the Estroven® Formula
      Estroven® does not contain artificial dyes, colors, preservatives, flavors, yeast, wheat, gluten, lactose, or animal products. Estroven® does contain soy, and a small percentage (about 3%) of the population is allergic to soy. Please consult your healthcare professional before taking Estroven® if you have any known allergies.

      As with any nutritional supplement, please consult your healthcare professional before taking Estroven®."

      So the answer to your question is, "I suppose it's possible, but it's EXTREMELY unlikely."

  30. QUESTION:
    Have you ever been on seasonale? If so how did this work for you and what are the pros and cons?
    I am considering using this or a new one called seasonique or something close to that but am a little afraid of the side effects such as spotting or bleeding frequently, because this is the reason I am trying to get on birth control to regulate periods and my pms

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you still get toned when your on Spironolactone?
    Im a 107 pound female and I have been been on 200mg a day spironolactone for a month. I have been working out alittle lately and I feel like i give out way easier than before. Can you still build muscle while your on Spironolactone will it interfere with that at all?(ive already done research and all and there was no accurate information)

    • ANSWER:
      The once daily treatment was effective in keeping me from having moderate acne breakouts while I was taking hormone replacement therapy. I also used testosterone cream (compounded) and my doctor felt that this was the source of the acne and also some water retention.
      I don't believe I experienced any side effects at all and have always been very satisfied with the the medication. I have only recently begun to look at other kinds of hormone replacement therapy that is all compounded and natural based.
      I have taken 1 50mg tablet daily for over 6 years for treatment of acne...caused by hormone replacement medications including testosterone cream. The medication worked very well for me for as long as I was taking it.

  32. QUESTION:
    side effects when stopping hormone therapy?
    What else will I be experiencing besides hot flashes and mood swings. Nothing on the net that seems to help. Will I get more sagging skin - will hair turn grayer -will I love my energy. I am afraid that I will feel like 77 instead of 67 in a matter of months. I am afraid of what will happen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Why arent you talking to your doctor about this? I would think that would be a great consideration in all that.
      Further, you should find an expert, that can help you after you quit taking , i assume , something like HRT......for instance read the book by these hormone experts feelingfff.com the drs shames, a husband and wife team really understand hormones, and use natural means to keep them balanced, also.
      or read some of suzannesomers.com books , she also lists doctors
      or ask at thehallcenter.com
      or drnorthrup.com
      If you look up HRT replacement, i am sure you will get different answers from regular doctors vs. hormone experts..
      but you should still be talking to your doctor about this, at least to see where they are coming from.
      You dont have to suffer, is what i am saying, even if you quit.....you just need the right info and help.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a man to get more testosterone rapidly?

    • ANSWER:
      If your body's production of testosterone has decreased to below normal levels doctors don't seem to have any answers to reverse the decline. There are a couple of hard to get supplements used by Body Builders to revive their natural production. Check out some of the serious Body Builder websites or monthly mags.

      Other wise, go to an oncologist and get your levels tested. If the doctor sees that your levels are low he can give you a prescription for a daily testosterone patch such as AndroGel (1%) 5grams per application. You apply that to your shoulders or chest every day. Using the gel daily keeps the levels in your system well moderated.

      If your levels are below the normal range, you would do better with weekly injections of approx 100mg. Often administered in the doctor's office twice a month at 100-200mg until you learn to self administer. Missing appointments can cause "crashes". Loss of energy, feelings of depression etc.

      The injections last about 15 days. When you stop taking them your body's natural production will often be permanently reduced even more than before. This will surely cause sexual side effect, include loss of libido and ed. Thus, once you start HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy it becomes a life time decision. Shop for doctors and for an insurance policy that will cover the HRT.

      The Androgel costs about 0/month. The injections, which are generics cost me about per month and I inject myself, saving doctor appointment fees.

  34. QUESTION:
    I suspect I have low thyroid, but want to treat it as naturally as possible, not with synthetics drugs. Doctor
    I want natural treatment and natural hormones if necessary. Does anyone have knowledge or experience with this, such as if I can still buy a mercury thermometer to measure basal body temp. in the morning under armpit. Also any experience with natural treatment and doctors? I have read Dr. Broda Barnes' book and I feel that many tests that even an endocrinologist would suggest are not really necessary. If basal temperature is low than it seems safe to assume that so is the thyroid, especially when symptoms are present. I want to find a mercury thermometer, then if low temp. is confirmed I want to take armour thyroid and then monitor temp. and any changes in symptoms. If someone has knowledge of natural medicine and treatment which could support me even better than this idea, without costing a fortune, I would most appreciate the info, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I know how you feel. Being diagnosed or getting on the medicine is scary and overwhelming. I had this and I was just like you. I opposed drugs, medicines, synthetics until I learned that thyroid hormone is an absolute must in our bodies in fact it goes into ALL of our cells to regulate metabolism, temperature, moods, nerves, absorbtion and a whole buntch of many things. Then I had a blood work, and another and saw that not taking the meds making my labwork worse! I recommend you to focus on getting the right diagnosis first instead of trying to find shortcuts or ways that you are not helping your body, yourself and your health. We can not live without thyroid hormone - this is a fact! Also, there are no "natural thyroid hormones" like something that you get from a plant, a tincture, a vitamin, or food. If you are thyroid is not producing enough hormone - you need to supplement it. Think about a diabetic who requires insulin (type 1). Would you think it is smart not to take the synthetic insulin shots to keep your blood sugar in control? Of course not - people dont die of diabetes but its complications like heart disease, organ failure and so many more. Same thing applies to your thyroid - you would be crazy to deny your body of something that it needs! So here is what I recommend. Get a comprehensive thyroid panel blood test and look where you stand. Get checked for: TSH (should be under 2 even though the range lists that up to 5.5 is OK - it is not), T4, T3, FreeT4, FreeT3, T3 Uptake, TPO antibodies. When you get the results in your hand - go to about.thyroid.com and check the ranges again. If you are in range - your symptoms could be due to other factors. If you have an underactive thyroid or possibly an autoimmune underactive thyroid (Hashimotos) you NEED medicine. You can denied this from yourself, but why would you? Without the drug you further deteriorate in your health. An untreated thyroid will leave you miserable along with can lead to coma. You can take synthetic drug called Synthroid (T4 only) - it is ok, but many do better on a combination therapy of synthetic T4 and T3, or take pig thyroid supplement as I do and feel like your old self again. I took synthetics before. Please do not confuse yourself synthetic female hormones (HRT) with thyroid hormones. All the mess you hear on the news about Hormone Replacement are about menapausal women getting synthetic estrogens and progesterones. That is not about thyroid treatments! Thyroid hormone replacement therapy has NO side effects if doses correctly and will help you to live a better and healthier life. It is your work to find out if you do better on the synthetic or animal derived product. I know some people say that eating kelp or doing yoga reversed their underactve thyroid condition which may be true in some cases - if their condition is not severe enough where they can function without symptons. Many of us can do all the yoga we want and we still have to take our meds. I wish you good luck and great health!

  35. QUESTION:
    To know about the side effect of Testisteron Replacement Therpy?
    i am 29 year old male i am taking the HRT of Sustanon 250mg last july2009 under the supervison of a doctor now i think my natural testistrone porduction has been Zero . i want to know that i should continue it or not

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone replacement is contraindicated in men with carcinoma of the breast or known or suspected carcinoma of the prostate, as it may cause rapid growth of these tumors. Hormone therapy is also inappropriate in men with severe benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)-related bladder outlet obstruction. Use of testosterone to improve athletic performance or correct short stature is potentially dangerous and inappropriate. In addition, the hormone does not correct ambiguous genitalia resulting from androgen deficiency during fetal development34,35 and should not be administered at dosages high enough to inhibit spermatogenesis.

  36. QUESTION:
    i want to know tha treatment and precautions for headache and migraine?
    im sufferin in severe migraine. i took many treatements. but ,still im suffering. i want to know the best treatments for migraine i need ur advice. that will help me to cure

    • ANSWER:
      A migraine headache is caused by hormonal fluctuations which
      cause blood vessels in the head and neck to contract and then
      dilate. The first phase, or contraction phase, may last minutes,
      hours, or days. During this phase, symptoms can be spots in
      front of the eyes, difficulty concentrating, and cold fingertips
      and hands. This is called an "aura". Many people recognize this
      phase of their headaches; many others don't notice any symptoms
      at this time. Some people who think they don't have an "aura"
      can learn to recognize it.

      When the blood vessels dilate, the headache pain starts.
      Apparently the hormones over-react. Instead of just going from a
      contracted state back to normal, the blood vessels dilate much
      wider than normal, causing pain. Other things also happen about
      the same time: swelling of the brain, release of certain
      chemicals, and perhaps muscle tension. These things add to the pain.

      The following are natural remedies:

      1) Chiropractic trement
      2) biofeedback
      3) Aupuncture, aromatherapy, and myotherapy
      4) multivitamin treatments.
      5)food sensitivity, increassed blood sugar
      6) nutritional supplements
      7) herbs
      8) sex hormones.

      Most of the treatments in this FAQ are used to prevent migraines
      from happening. This section describes things you can do when
      you're in pain, to reduce the pain.

      -- Have a bath or shower.
      -- Lie down to rest in a dark room.
      -- Avoid bright or flashing light.
      -- Put something cold on the back of your neck, such as
      a cold, wet cloth; or alternate hot and cold cloths
      where the pain is.
      -- Put a cold compress on your forehead and your feet in a
      container of warm water.
      -- Have a drink of water or natural juice, especially tomato juice.
      -- Have some food, or a nutritious drink, if you
      haven't eaten for a while.
      -- Massage your own face, head, neck and shoulders, or get someone
      else to do those and your back. Relax your muscles.
      -- Press on two pressure points at the back of the neck. These
      points are about two inches apart, just below the base of
      the skull. Press for a minute or two. This releases
      endorphins that help against pain.
      -- Massage or press on the fleshy area between thumb and
      forefinger.
      -- Gently lean the head to left or right to stretch the neck muscles.
      Massage and relax any tense muscles.
      -- Avoid sources of stress. Cancel activities so there's less
      to worry about.
      -- Avoid exercise during a headache if it makes throbbing pain
      in the head and neck worse. On
      the other hand, generally exercise improves health, and
      it may help you relax during a headache.
      -- Take some niacin (a form of vitamin B3). Taking enough
      niacin to cause a flush (blood rushing to the skin) can
      provide relief from headache pain, but this much niacin
      can also have side effects (flush, nausea, heartburn,
      liver damage, etc.) Niacinamide doesn't have such bad
      side effects, but isn't as much use against migraines, either.
      Smaller, safer amounts of niacin are also helpful.
      Niacin can trigger a migraine, though.
      -- Take some vitamin C, vitamin B6, choline, tryptophan and niacin
      and/or magnesium.

      .Common migraine triggers include:

      Hormonal changes. Although the exact relationship between hormones and headaches isn't clear, fluctuations in estrogen seem to trigger headaches in many women with known migraines. Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, and this corresponds to a major drop in estrogen. Others have an increased tendency to develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause. Hormonal medications, such as contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, also may worsen migraines.

      Foods. Certain foods appear to trigger headaches in some people. Common offenders include alcohol, especially beer and red wine; nuts, aged cheeses; chocolate; fermented, pickled or marinated foods; aspartame; overuse of caffeine; monosodium glutamate — a key ingredient in some Asian foods; certain seasonings; and many canned and processed foods. Skipping meals or fasting also can trigger migraines.

      Stress. A hard week at work followed by relaxation may cause weekend migraines.

      Sensory Stimuli- bright blights and sunglare can produce head pains. So can unusual smells -including pleasant smells such as flowers and perfumes. and unpleasant odors such as paint thinner and secondhand smoke.

      Changes in wake-sleep pattern- either not enough sleep or too much sleep may trigger migraines in some individuals.

      physical Activity- intense exercise even sex can trigger migraines.

      A change in the environment-- a change of weather, season, altitude levels; barometric pressure or time zone can promote migraine.

      Medications some meds have headaches as side effects.

      High blood pressure can also cause headaches. so will hypoglycemia or hunger

  37. QUESTION:
    I am in my late forties, had a complete hysterectomy, so I need to take HRT...?
    Ofcourse there is so much negative about hormone replacement therapy...I am considering a "natural" HRT. Can you gals out there give me your thoughts on this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a tough call...HRT vs. natural alternatives. There is a lot of controversy surrounding HRT in terms of heart attack, stroke and cancer associated with taking hormones. However women find that it takes care of their symptoms efficiently and quickly rather than the slower route through natural alternatives which, some women have felt little to no noticeable relief. I market natural products to Naturopathic Doctors and have worked with them quite extensively. My suggestion would be to speak with an ND (Naturopthaic Doctor), but at the same time work with your GP as well. The key is to try and find a balance between nutrition and medicine that will work with your body to help get you through this stage of life with as little discomfort as possible, but most importantly, get you through without any serious side effects. I am also in my forties, and still stuck with all the working parts, but am starting to experience the onset of that lovely phase, so I sympathize. Please look at both alternatives and find a balance...protect yourself. Good luck to you.

  38. QUESTION:
    How to relieve breast soreness, and tenderness? Probably relating to hormone therapy.?
    Began using Prempro for menapausal symtoms approximately 3 weeks ago. For the last 2 weeks, have had terrible sorness in the breast and nipples. Very uncomfortable!

    • ANSWER:
      Whoa - STOP THE PREMPRO!!!!

      Premarin (also called conjugated estrogens) is a word composed from Pregnant Mare's Urine. This horse estrogen is the most commonly prescribed estrogen in the world. It is also the form of estrogen most commonly used in research, including taxpayer funded research.

      This means that most of what we think we know about "estrogen replacement" in women is actually about horse estrogen "replacement" in humans. It is as yet unclear why studies aren't being done on the inexpensive and easily available bio-indentical human estrogen.

      The Problems with Premarin:
      heavy menstrual bleeding, cramping
      breast tenderness
      fluid retention, edema, weight gain, increased fat
      headache, migraine
      depression, anxiety
      glucose intolerance, insulin resistance
      estrogen dominance
      stimulates growth of fibroids
      worsens endometriosis
      nausea, vomiting, cramping, bloating
      leg cramps
      eye problems
      high blood pressure
      increased blood clotting
      venous thromboembolism
      increased risk of endometrial and breast cancer
      loss of scalp hair, growth of facial and body hair
      gall bladder disease
      pancreatitis

      The composition of horse estrogen is vastly different from human estrogen.

      The metabolic breakdown products of Premarin are biologically stronger and more active than the original equine estrogens. Various studies have shown that these breakdown products can produce DNA damage that is cancer-causing. So, for example, the incidence of breast cancer increases when women take Premarin.

      Premarin, like all conventional HRT, is prescribed in standard dosages and not tailored to individual requirements. This usually means women are often taking more "estrogen" that they need.

      It takes about eight weeks to clear Premarin out of the body. In contrast, natural hormones are completely metabolized and cleared in 6-12 hours.

      Premarin can easily, and usually does, throw a woman into Estrogen Dominance.

      Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) is the most common progestin. It is also used in PremPro, which is Premarin and Provera in combination.

      Most progestins are made by taking natural progesterone and altering the chemical structure so it can be patented.

      Problems with progestins:
      They suppress production of natural progesterone in the body.

      They disrupt the steroid hormone pathways, which can cause both immediate and/or insidious undermining of both adrenal and gonadal function.

      Since a steroid hormone pathway is fundamental to energy and vitality, these drugs are usually a prescription for chronic fatigue(and probably fibromyalgia). This is not conventionally recognized.

      Side Effects of Progestins:
      depression
      anxiety, nervousness
      fatigue, leading to chronic fatigue over time
      fluid retention and breast tenderness, weight gain
      migraine
      coronary artery spasm
      angina, palpitations
      menstrual irregularities, spotting
      glucose intolerance; promotes insulin resistance
      general edema
      nausea
      insomnia, sleepiness
      skin rashes, acne
      hair loss on scalp, facial hair growth
      Coronary spasm
      Stroke
      Pulmonary embolism
      Implicated in causing breast cancer
      sudden or partial loss of vision.
      Liver disease
      Increases the risk of birth defects(remember, progestins are in all oral contraceptives).
      Gall bladder disease

      Progestin and progesterone are NOT the same thing.
      Natural Progesterone has NO SIDE EFFECTS! And it will get rid of all the symptoms above. :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Do those pills/creams for breast enlargement really work? Which one is best?
    I would never have surgery, but wouldn't mind having slightly larger breasts with a bit more firmness. Has anybody tried anything non-surgical that really worked? DO TELL!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are tempted to try natural breast enhancement pills, you could be jeopardizing your health, not to mention your pocketbook.

      Natural breast enhancement pills are advertised all over the Internet, on television, and in women's magazines. The ads prey on women's insecurities about their breasts, especially after childbirth, weight loss, and removal of breast implants.

      Women in search of an alternative to breast enlargement surgery are trying these herbal pills, without realizing that there is little-to-no evidence and that there are potential side effects (most pill websites deny there are side effects or potential risks).

      Could they work? Natural breast enhancement pills could theoretically increase breast size because some of them contain herbs that have known estrogen-like effects on the body.

      Birth control pills are thought to temporarily increase breast size in the same way--estrogen causes fluid retention in the breasts and may have an effect on breast tissue.

      But if they do work, they may be harmful.

      Estrogen must be combined with progesterone to counter its uterine cancer-causing effect, which is why birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy contain both estrogen and progesterone.

      Natural breast enhancement pills don't necessarily have this protective effect. They can also cause infertility, menstrual problems, or decreased effectiveness of birth control pills.

      So, buyer beware. In the meantime, here is some information about the most common ingredients in natural breast enhancement pills.

      Blessed Thistle
      The herb blessed thistle is used for digestive problems. It was used historically by women to increase the flow of milk after having a baby.

      There have been no published clinical trials on blessed thistle for natural breast enhancement, so we don't know whether it works and whether it's safe.

      Blessed thistle stimulates the production of stomach acid, so it can cause mild irritation of the digestive tract lining. It should not be used by people with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

      Blessed thistle should not be used by pregnant women, as it can increase the risk of birth defects and spontaneous abortion.

      People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, or daisies may be allergic to blessed thistle, because they belong to the same plant family.

      Dong Quai
      Dong quai is a Chinese herb used primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, reduce menstrual cramps, and regulate menstrual cycles.

      The only published study on dong quai and breast enlargement was a case report of a man who took a combination herbal pill and had temporary breast enlargement. The pill was thought to have been contaminated. There are no other published clinical trials on dong quai for breast enhancement.

      One potential risk is that dong quai has been found to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells (estrogen receptor-positive and negative) in test tube studies.

      Dong quai can increase the sensitivity of skin to the sun's rays. Sunscreen should always be used before any exposure to the sun. Dong quai should not be used by pregnant women.

      Dong quai contains chemicals called coumarins, which slow blood clotting, particularly in patients taking the antiplatelet or antocoagulant drugs such as warfarin.

      Fennel Seed
      There are no published studies examining the use of fennel seed for breast enhancement in humans. In the 1930s, there was some interest in fennel in the development of synthetic estrogens, due to compounds called dianethole and photoanethole.

      One study found that after consuming fennel seed for 10 days, the weight of breast tissue in female rats increased. Higher doses increased the weight of the uterus, evidence of fennel's unopposed estrogenic effect.

      Fenugreek
      Although there is an unsubstantiated claim that women in harems were fed fenugreek seeds to increase their breast size, no studies confirm fenugreek can result in breast enlargement.

      Fenugreek contains a compound called diosgenin. In laboratories, it can be converted to estrogen and progesterone but that same conversion doesn't occur naturally in the body.

      People who are allergic to peanuts or soybeans may also be allergic to fenugreek. Side effects from oral fenugreek supplements include diarrhea and gas. Fenugreek may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It should not be combined with hypoglycemic drugs used to treat diabetes.

      Hops
      Used in the brewing of beer, hops contain a potent phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin which has 0.2-20% the potency of estradiol, the main human estrogen.

      Hops are sedating and are used for anxiety and insomnia. They can cause excess drowsiness, so people who are driving or who otherwise need to stay alert should use it with caution. Hops should not be used by people with depression.

      Hops can affect the metabolism of prescription drugs in the liver, such as drugs for allergies, fungal infections, cancer, high cholesterol or oral contraceptives.

      Bottom line? Although it may seem like there is no harm in trying natural breast enhancement pills for one or two months to see if they'll work, we know far to little about how they work. They are potentially unsafe and should be avoided.

  40. QUESTION:
    Best type of birth control for me?
    Im currently on the pill Yasmin, which is working fine for me but Im really worried about the side effects. Breast cancer really runs in my family, and so does strokes and high blood pressure. Also, my mom had a really painful ovarian cyst when she was my age, which is also caused by the pill. What other type of birth control do you suggest I try? Im thinking either the patch or the shot, but how effective are they/is anyone of you on these? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The patch and the shot are also both hormonal methods of birth control, so switching to those from the BC pill would do nothing to alleviate your risk of breast cancer.

      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  41. QUESTION:
    Why are synthetic hormones in the environment good?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are talking about taking synthetic or bio-identical hormones in cases of humans then it is not so good acc. to latest research.

      In today’s common usage, “synthetic” has come to mean “artificial,” but this is not always correct. Synthetic simply means “produced by synthesis”, or “made.” Synthroid and Estrace are “synthetic” in that they have been made in the laboratory rather than within a biological organism, but they are “natural” in that they’re the exact molecules made by the thyroid and ovary, respectively. Other examples of exact copies of our bodies hormones synthesized in the laboratory are Humulin® (insulin) and cortisone (cortisol).

      So “natural” or bioidentical hormones are made in the laboratory, and the process is called “synthesizing.” Usually, the source of these “natural” human forms of ovarian hormones are the building blocks found in wild yams and soybeans. The laboratory converts these plant compounds into chemical molecules identical to those made in the human body for 17-beta estradiol, progesterone, or testosterone, which can then be fashioned into standardized tablets, patches, creams, gels and injectables for our prescriptions. Thus, we’re able to synthesize a natural, bioidentical compound to replace what our body no longer makes.

      The flip side of this coin is that something “natural” may be foreign or “supernatural” for the human body. Consider Premarin: a “natural” mixture of estrogens made by a biological organism, the pregnant mare. But Premarin contains types of estrogen that are never found naturally in the human body. These estrogen types are more potent and more persistent than human 17-beta estradiol. In effect, Premarin is a “supernatural” estrogen for women that has some very undesirable consequences.

      Another example is the “natural” estrogen-type compounds (genistein and others) found in soy and red clover and many other plants. These are “natural” substances, since they come from biological plant sources. These compounds are unnatural for our bodies, however, since we don’t make these same compounds and don’t have the enzymes to change the genistein or clover isoflavones into 17-beta estradiol.

      These molecules act very differently at our body’s estrogen receptors, and don’t have the full protective effects of 17-beta estradiol on the heart, brain and bone. Furthermore, if you try to get enough active hormone from plant/herbal sources alone, it’s hard to determine how much you are taking and whether the amount is right for you, because plant/herbal sources aren’t standardized.

      There have been increasingly frequent complaints of breast tenderness, weight gain, breakthrough bleeding, insomnia, fluid retention, depression, and even more recently, increase in risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and pulmonary embolism.

      Last year the NIH (National Institute of Health) abruptly stopped their major study of synthetic hormone replacement therapy after results showed an increase in the risks listed above.

      Even the FDA sent out a notice (featured in the New York Times on January 9, 2003) ordering warning labels on ALL synthetic estrogens. The warning states that the drugs may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer, strokes, blood clots, and heart attacks. It also stated that they believed the risks did not outweigh the minor benefits of the hormones.

      Most of the side effects result from the fact that synthetic hormones are not chemically identical to the natural hormones in your body. Trust me, your body can tell the difference!

  42. QUESTION:
    my girlfriend went off birth control about a month ago and is now experiencing pains in her lower abdomen?
    she went to the hospital and she isn't prego and other test came back and no problems, is it just her hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats to your girlfriend for taking charge of her health! These symptoms are just another reason why hormonal birth control methods should be stopped.

      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  43. QUESTION:
    i have hypothyroidism is there any alternative or treatments?
    I can use besides are along side thyroxine to help the symtoms I have? i.e trouble loosing weight normally, dry skin etc. The doctors say my th levels are within the normal range but I still am tired etc

    • ANSWER:
      Hypothyroidism
      Alternative Medicine
      The following information is specific for alternative and complementary medicine. For additional evidence-based information on diseases, conditions, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and wellness issues, continue searching the Healthwise Knowledgebase.

      Overview
      What you need to know

      Get a handle on hypothyroidism. When the thyroid gland fails to function adequately the result is reduced hormone levels. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful:

      Find the cause
      See your healthcare provider to consider underlying health issues that may be causing your hypothyroidism
      Check your iodine intake
      Consult with a nutritionist to learn whether you are getting too little or too much iodine from food, medications, and supplements
      These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full hypothyroidism article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.

      About hypothyroidism

      Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to function adequately, resulting in reduced levels of thyroid hormone in the body. Cretinism is a type of hypothyroidism that occurs at birth and results in stunted physical growth and mental development. Severe hypothyroidism is called myxedema.

      There are many causes of hypothyroidism. One common cause is Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland. Another common cause of hypothyroidism is medical treatment, such as surgery or radiation to the thyroid gland, to treat hyperthyroidism (over-activity of the thyroid gland). Some drugs, such as lithium and phenylbutazone, may also induce hypothyroidism. Extreme iodine deficiency, which is rare in the United States, is another possible cause. Failure of the pituitary gland or hypothalamus to stimulate the thyroid gland properly can cause a condition known as secondary hypothyroidism.

      Some people with goiter (an enlargement of the thyroid gland) also have hypothyroidism. Goiter can be caused by an iodine deficiency, by eating foods that contain goitrogens (goiter-causing substances), or by other disorders that interfere with thyroid hormone production. In many cases the cause of goiter cannot be determined. While natural therapies may help to some extent, thyroid hormone replacement is necessary for most people with hypothyroidism.

      Check list
      Product ratings for hypothyroidism

      Rating Nutritional Supplements Herbs
      Iodine
      Selenium (if deficient)
      Thyroid extract
      Vitamin A
      Vitamin B3 (niacin)
      Zinc Bladderwrack
      Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
      Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
      An herb is primarily supported by traditional use, or the herb or supplement has little scientific support and/or minimal health benefit.

      Symptoms
      What are the symptoms?

      The symptoms of hypothyroidism vary from person to person, but commonly include several of the following: fatigue, lethargy, intolerance to cold, constipation, weight gain, depression, excessive menstruation, dry skin, hair loss, and hoarseness. The onset of these symptoms may be so gradual as to evade detection by patient or physician.

      Diet
      Dietary changes that may be helpful

      Some foods, such as rapeseed (used to make canola oil) and Brassica vegetables (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower), contain natural goitrogens, chemicals that cause the thyroid gland to enlarge by interfering with thyroid hormone synthesis.1 Cooking has been reported to inactivate this effect in Brussels sprouts.2 Cassava, a starchy root that is the source of tapioca, has also been identified as a goitrogenic food.3 Other goitrogens include maize, sweet potatoes, lima beans, soy, and pearl millet.4 While some practitioners recommend that people with hypothyroidism avoid these foods, none has been proven to cause hypothyroidism in humans.

      Lifestyle
      Lifestyle changes that may be helpful

      Preliminary studies have found an association between multiple chemical sensitivities and hypothyroidism.5 One study found a correlation between high blood levels of lead, a toxic heavy metal, and low thyroid hormone levels in people working in a brass foundry.6 Many of these people also complained of depression, fatigue, constipation, and poor memory (symptoms of hypothyroidism).

      Occupational exposure to polybrominated biphenyls and carbon disulfide has also been associated with decreased thyroid function.

      Supplements
      Vitamins that may be helpful

      The relationship between iodine and thyroid function is complex. Iodine is required by the body to form thyroid hormone, and iodine deficiency can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism.7 Severe and prolonged iodine deficiency can potentially lead to serious types of hypothyroidism, such as myxedema or cretinism. It is estimated that one and a half billion people living in 118 countries around the world are at risk for developing iodine deficiency.8

      Today, most cases of iodine deficiency occur in developing nations. In industrialized countries where iodized salt is used, iodine deficiency has become extremely rare. On the other hand, iodine toxicity has become a concern in some of these countries.9 Excessive iodine intake can result in either hypothyroidism10 or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).11 Sources of iodine include foods (iodized salt, milk, water, seaweed, ground beef), dietary supplements (multiple vitamin-mineral formulas, seaweed extracts), drugs (potassium iodide, amiodarone, topical antiseptics), and iodine-containing solutions used in certain laboratory tests. Many nutritional supplements contain 150 mcg of iodine. While that amount of iodine should prevent a deficiency, it is not clear whether supplementing with iodine is necessary or desirable for most people. Those wishing to take a nutritional supplement containing iodine should consult a doctor.

      Laboratory animals with severe, experimentally induced zinc deficiency developed hypothyroidism, whereas moderate zinc deficiency did not affect thyroid function.12 In a small study of healthy people, thyroid hormone (thyroxine) levels tended to be lower in those with lower blood levels of zinc. In people with low zinc, supplementing with zinc increased thyroxine levels.13 One case has been reported of a woman with severe zinc deficiency (caused by the combination of alcoholism and malabsorption) who developed hypothyroidism that was corrected by supplementing with zinc.14 Although the typical Western diet is marginally low in zinc,15 additional research is needed to determine whether zinc supplementation would be effective for preventing or correcting hypothyroidism.

      Selenium plays a role in thyroid hormone metabolism. Severe selenium deficiency has been implicated as a possible cause of goiter.16 Two months of selenium supplementation in people who were deficient in both selenium and iodine was shown to induce a dramatic fall of the already impaired thyroid function in clinically hypothyroid subjects.17 Researchers have suggested that people who are deficient in both selenium and iodine should not take selenium supplements without first receiving iodine or thyroid hormone supplementation.18 There is no research demonstrating that selenium supplementation helps people with hypothyroidism who are not selenium-deficient.

      Preliminary data indicate that vitamin B3 (niacin) supplementation may decrease thyroid hormone levels. In one small study, 2.6 grams of niacin per day helped lower blood fat levels.19 After a year or more, thyroid hormone levels had fallen significantly in each person, although none experienced symptoms of hypothyroidism. In another case report, thyroid hormone levels decreased in two people who were taking niacin for high cholesterol and triglycerides; one of these two was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.20 When the niacin was discontinued for one month, thyroid hormone levels returned to normal.

      Desiccated thyroid, also called thyroid extract (e.g., Armour Thyroid), is used by some doctors as an alternative to synthetic thyroid hormones (such as thyroxine [Synthroid® or other brand names]) for people with hypothyroidism. Thyroid extract contains two biologically active hormones (thyroxine and triiodothyronine), whereas the most commonly prescribed thyroid-hormone preparations contain only thyroxine. One study has shown that the combination of the two hormones contained in desiccated thyroid is more effective than thyroxine alone for those with hypothyroidism.21 One doctor reported that thyroid extract worked better than standard thyroid preparations for many of his patients with hypothyroidism.22 Glandular thyroid products, which are available from health food stores, have had most of the thyroid hormone removed and would therefore not be expected to be effective for people with hypothyroidism. Intact desiccated thyroid is available only by prescription. Hypothyroidism sufferers who want to use desiccated thyroid must first consult with a physician.

      People with hypothyroidism have been shown to have an impaired ability to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A.23, 24 For this reason, some doctors suggest taking supplemental vitamin A (approximately 5,000-10,000 IU per day) if they are not consuming adequate amounts in their diet.

      Are there any side effects or interactions?

      Refer to the individual supplement for information about any side effects or interactions.

      Herbs
      Herbs that may be helpful

      Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is a type of brown seaweed that contains variable amounts of iodine.25 Hypothyroidism due to insufficient intake of iodine may possibly improve with bladderwrack supplementation,

  44. QUESTION:
    Natural Hormone Replacement verses Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    I am having difficulty trying to figure our whether or not to use Prempro or the Vivelle dot. Any advice? The Prempro would cost me about a month where as the Vivelle dot (and a progestin) would cost about a month. Supposedly the Vivelle is "natural" but when I read about the Prempro it has the same side effects as the Vivelle.

    • ANSWER:
      My friends mum who went through the change used some natural rub on cream she had gotten through a homiopathic doctor..and it worked wonders, if you can get it through nature you will be much better off...

  45. QUESTION:
    Did you know birth control pills are made from horse urine?
    not lying!
    read this article......and I also know because my uncle raised horses for their urine.....

    http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/96091/birth_control_pill_safe_major_study_assures_women/index.html

    • ANSWER:
      The most harmful components, though, are the hormones.

      No healthy woman in her reproductive years should be taking synthetic chemicals that supress her ovulation month after month. And the side effects! Why do women put themselves through this simply so men can have sex on demand without consequences??

      Everyone seems to think "natural is better," except when it comes to birth control.....

      By the way, the article you posted says it is "hormone replacement therapy" which uses horse urine. The pill use synthetic derivatives.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to live with Hypo-thyroid?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband has this condition and has been taking Synthroid under a doctor's care for several years.

      Since the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone, the hormone must be supplemented or replaced by daily use of synthetic or natural thyroid hormone. Natural thyroid hormone is derived from pig, cow, or sheep thyroid glands, whereas synthetic thyroid hormone is created manually in a laboratory. Synthetic thyroid hormone - mainly a drug called levothyroxine (various brands and generic formulations, e.g., Levo-T, Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid) - is usually the drug of choice for hypothyroidism because it is relatively inexpensive, causes practically no side effects when dosed properly, is chemically stable, and has uniform potency. However, all thyroid hormone replacement therapies - whether natural or synthetic - have the ability to effectively restore thyroid hormone levels and can be used to treat hypothyroidism. Generally, once you start a thyroid hormone replacement therapy, you should stick with it and not change to another thyroid hormone replacement therapy unless under the direction of your doctor.

      Most thyroid hormone replacement therapies come in tablet form, although an injectable form is also available. The best time to take thyroid hormone replacement therapy is in the morning. However, it needs to be taken at least 30 minutes before eating because some fiber and bran products can decrease the amount of thyroid hormone that gets absorbed from the stomach into the bloodstream. Other medications can also affect the amount of thyroid hormone absorbed into the bloodstream. Thyroid hormone replacement therapy should be separated from the following other medications by at least 2 hours: iron, antacids, sucralfate, cholestyramine.

      There is no cure for hypothyroidism. This means that a patient with hypothyroidism will most likely have to take daily thyroid hormone replacement therapy for the rest of his or her life. In patients with hypothyroidism who are taking thyroid hormone replacement therapy, thyroid hormone levels should be measured by a doctor at least every 6 months, with adjustments made to the thyroid hormone replacement therapy as needed. Patients should alert their doctor to any symptoms that may suggest high or low thyroid hormone levels - this may mean the dose of the thyroid hormone replacement therapy needs adjustment. Symptoms that might indicate low levels are listed in the "What are the symptoms?" section. Symptoms of high thyroid hormone levels include nervousness, fast heart rate, shortness of breath, warm and moist skin, and unexplained weight loss.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of an estrogen deficiency in women?

    • ANSWER:
      Copied this from Women's Menopausal Symptoms

      Many of the menopause symptoms women experience can also be attributed to low estrogen levels and estrogen deficiency. Hot flashes are a sign and symptom of low estrogen levels. The most common cause of vaginal dryness is low estrogen levels. Fatigue, along with dry skin, poor memory and many other menopause symptoms, is also a sign and symptom of low estrogen levels.

      Sign and Symptoms of Low Estrogen Levels:

      * Rapid pulse rate
      * Bloating
      * Fatigue that worsens during the day
      * Constant fatigue, lethargy and fatigue on light exertion.
      * Short-term memory failure
      * Poor Memory
      * Hot flashes
      * Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
      * Decreased Sex Drive
      * Depression
      * Headaches
      * Osteoarthritis
      * Low Back Pain
      * Dry skin
      * Vaginal Dryness
      * Recent unexplained weight gain

      In the past, women looked to synthetic hormones to remedy the symptoms of low estrogen levels. Recent studies showing clear dangers associated with synthetic hormone replacement therapy spurred a renewed interest in HRT natural alternatives.

      There are a number of food and herb sources that provide plant-based phytoestrogen for HRT natural alternatives that can combat the cause of symptoms of low estrogen levels by naturally supplying the body with estrogen forms readily processed by the body. By addressing the effects of estrogen deficiency with HRT natural alternatives, women reduce their risks of HRT related side effects, conditions and diseases.

      Although menopause is the time of estrogen deficiency and symptoms of low estrogen levels, premenopausal women can also have estrogen deficiencies and symptoms of low estrogen levels. In either case, HRT natural alternatives are well advised.

  48. QUESTION:
    What to do if your erection got weaker?
    I'm only 16, but I noticed that I started having weaker erections?
    What could've caused it? How to fix it?
    I'm panicking!! What to do?! Please Help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      May Be That You are Suffering From Erectile Dysfunction.Dont Panic & Worry At All.Please Follow These Steps For A proper Solution To Your Problem.

      For most men having this sexual health problem, just simply by adopting a healthier lifestyle, such as quitting smoking, exercising regularly, quitting alcohol consumption, losing weight if you are obese and reducing stress may be all that is needed to cure their impotency.

      Quitting Smoking can be very difficult for most hardcore smokers and there is no single best way to quit that works for all people. One of the most effective ways to quit smoking is to get nicotine replacement therapies such as with the aid of nicotine gums and patches. Others use quit smoking hypnosis or even acupunture treatment to help them stop smoking.

      Regular exercise not only can improve your physical health, it can improve your mental and sexual health too. Along with improving erectile function, exercise can, strengthen the heart and lungs, improve the flow of oxygen in the blood, build stamina, lower blood pressure, strengthen muscle and bones, help you lose weight and reduce stress plus many other helpful health benefits including being a natural treament for erectile dysfunction as it involves good blood circulation.

      Nest, go get enoungh sleep. Your body rejuvenates itself during deep slumber and you should sleep at least 7 or more hours a day. A night of restful sleep can rejuvenate your mind, body and banish away your stress and anxiety. You will feel great and even sexually healthy.

      Stress is one of the common causes of erectile dysfunction. Our bodies are designed to feel stress and react to it. It keeps us alert and ready to avoid or confront danger. But it is not always possible to avoid or change events that may cause stress and it is easy to feel trapped and depressed.

      When stress accumulates, our body begins to break down and illnesses such as having erectile dysfunction and other disease can occur. The good thing is regular exercises and having enough sleep can reduce stress significantly. You can even try coping with stress through meditation, yoga and even picking up a new hobby.

      In order for your impotency treatment to be even more successful, try natural herbal impotency supplements such as Herbal Viagra. These erectile dysfunction pills are made from natural traditional herb extracts and are used by physicians for centuries from many different cultures. Because of its natural herbal ingredients, you don't need a prescription to get them because there are no known side effects.

      Why not change your lifestyle to correct your impotency problems instead of relying on prescription pills.

      More Effective Treatments Of ED Is Only Possible Through Herbal Medicines Which I Have Listed Below.
      Gingko is known to be one of the most effective remedies in fixing erectile dysfunction. Gingko helps in the improvement of blood flow in the penis, which results to the improvement in erection. Erection problems are commonly caused by limited supply of blood and the narrowing arteries.
      Ginseng is another herbal medicine that can enhance penile erection. Researches show that the use of ginseng results to an improved nitric oxide production, which helps in the enhancement of erection for men.

      Another herbal remedy for erectile dysfunction is Tongkat Ali or Eurycoma longfolia. This herbal medicine is commonly produced in the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia and was proven to be a strong aphrodisiac. Tongkat Ali is also known to enhance the levels of testosterone and increase libido.

      Epimedium or Horny Goat weed is another herbal remedy that has been proven by studies in helping with sexual performance. Horny goat weed works as adaptogen that can increase the level of numerous hormones that includes dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine and serotonin. The use of this herbal medicine results to higher levels of energy as well as the reduction of stress hormones or cortisol, which can greatly affect sex drive.

      Flavonoids are plant compounds, which are usually found in various green plants are present in horny goat weed. One type of flavonoids is icariin, which can directly help in erection problems. Icariin is known as a cGMP-specific PDE5 inhibitor in medical terms that is an active ingredient in prescription medicines such as Cialis, Levitra and Viagra.

  49. QUESTION:
    My husband had some tests taken and his testosterone levels are low?
    He has to start taking testosterone pills. What will this do to him?

    • ANSWER:
      A low testosterone level can cause a lot of problems in men, particularly in terms of sexual performance. Essentially, testosterone is the hormone that helps fuel a man's sex drive. Low levels can affect mood, sexual desire, and physical and sexual performance. It is normal for men testosterone levels to start to decrease slowly overtime after 40 and in some cases testosterone replacement therapy is needed.

      Testosterone pills are used to raise testosterone level in blood. These are the most convenient means of testosterone replacement. They are widely used by old age people to restore their hormone level and also by young people to enhance their muscle development. Testosterone pills are taken one to three times a day to maintain an adequate hormone level.

      Benefits of using testosterone pills include easy administration, quick result, and painlessness. Most pills are made from 100% natural supplement and are safe to use. A lot of pills available now are products containing herbs. Testosterone pills help in rejuvenating your sex life, improve physical performance, strengthen bones and muscles, and help in tackle cardio-vascular disease.

      Disadvantages of testosterone pills include inconsistent testosterone levels and comparatively high cost. They require multiple daily doses and food can interfere with the hormonal absorption. Some pills produce harmful side effects including liver damage, excessive hair growth and elevated cholesterol levels.

      Hope this helps.....

  50. QUESTION:
    what are the side effects for women using testosterone cream for loss of libido?

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone Therapy for Women Printer friendly page

      Women normally have circulating in their blood 3 major sex hormones: oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Each of these is produced by the ovaries. Oestrogen is also made throughout the body but particularly in body fat. Testosterone can also be made in other parts of the body from hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) that are produced by the adrenal glands.

      At the time of natural menopause or surgical removal of the ovaries oestrogen and progesterone levels fall precipitously.

      Testosterone and DHEAS levels however fall more gradually with increasing age such that a woman in her forties has on average only half of the testosterone and DHEAS circulating in her bloodstream as does a woman in her twenties. After a woman has her ovaries removed by surgery testosterone levels can fall by up to fifty percent. However testosterone does not change across menopause, although this varies somewhat between women.

      Testosterone and other related hormones (DHEA and DHEAS) in the body (also known as androgens) have known physiological roles in women. Firstly, oestrogen is actually made from testosterone and DHEA, and without the ability of our bodies to make testosterone we cannot make oestrogen. Testosterone and DHEA appear to have direct independent effects in different parts of the body, and some women may experience a variety of physical symptoms when their blood levels fall. Such symptoms may include:

      impaired sexual interest (loss of libido or sexual desire), and lessened sexual responsiveness

      lessened wellbeing, loss of energy.

      Testosterone therapy may be beneficial for some women who have had their ovaries surgically removed or in some cases who have significant symptoms in the form of loss of libido, fatigue and diminished wellbeing.

      Caution
      Testosterone therapy will not be the answer for someone who has a poor partner relationship, depression or poor wellbeing due to other causes.

      Measuring Testosterone
      All women should have a blood test to measure their testosterone level before starting any testosterone replacement mainly to exclude higher levels of testosterone.

      There is no set level of testosterone below which suggests or guides treatment, but it is essential that women with normal or high levels are not misdiagnosed and treated with androgens.

      Women should also have thyroid disease and iron deficiency excluded as possible causes of their symptoms by having a blood test for these conditions.

      Most methods for measuring testosterone are fairly imprecise and become even more inaccurate when blood levels of testosterone are low. Blood should be taken ideally between 8:00am and 10:00am as testosterone levels vary throughout the day. For women who have regular cycles, blood should not be taken during the menstrual phase as testosterone levels are low at this time in most women and thus the result may be misleading. Thus blood should be drawn at least 8 days after the start of menstruation.

      Recent Jean Hailes research has shown no relationship between testosterone levels and loss of libido and sexual dysfunction. Therefore levels cannot be used to diagnose androgen insufficiency, only to ensure levels are not elevated. Levels of testosterone also cannot guide replacement of testosterone.

      The factors that do influence libido are discussed by psychologist Dr Amanda Deeks PhD, in her "10 tips for understanding and improving your libido".
      [More on the 10 tips is available at Libido]

      10 tips for understanding and improving your libido
      1. What influences your libido? We all have our own individual levels of sexual desire or libido. More...
      2. Assess your own libido How would you describe your level of sexual desire? Do you desire sex frequently, sometimes, every now and then or never? A low libido is only a problem if you perceive it to be a problem. More...
      3. Why do you have sex? There are many reasons for having sex and lust is only one of these. More...
      4. Check your desire switch When we first get together with our partner there is often a lot of sex and a lot of intimacy. You just can’t keep your hands off each other! At the beginning of a relationship we want to impress and make a greater effort to please our partner. Over time this level of desire might drop away. More...
      5. Understand the physical We often jump in to sexual relationships without really understanding or knowing what actually happens to our bodies when we become intimate. More...
      6. Accept your libido may be
      different to that of a man Just as there are individual influences on our sexual libido there may also be some differences between men and women when it comes to desire. More...
      7. Stop comparing We often think that everybody is having more sex than we are, or that young beautiful, thin people have lots of sex. We want to know the average number of times couples have sex so we can compare where we are at. More...
      8. Watch out for depression and
      anxiety 1 in 5 adult Australians will experience an anxiety or depressive disorder. As you can imagine mood disorders impact negatively on libido. More...
      9. It’s okay not to always feel
      desire when you have sex Some women feel that they should desire sex every time they have it. They say they would feel fake if they have sex and they don’t feel desire. So, if they don’t feel desire then they don’t have sex. It’s okay to have sex even though we don’t feel desire. More...
      10. Seek help if you need to If you have thought about your libido and are worried about something or it is causing you problems then it is important to do something about it. More...
      Dr Amanda Deeks PhD, The Jean Hailes Foundation

      For those women with persistent low libido in whom lifestyle and relationship issues have been addressed, testosterone therapy may be appropriate. Therapy may improve libido, especially in oophorectomised women.

      However with libido and testosterone therapy in women, there are areas that need further research, these include:

      defining the clinical features of androgen insufficiency in women

      appropriate testing/investigation

      appropriate testosterone preparation availability for women

      safety data on longer term use.

      If Testosterone Therapy is used
      Testosterone can be taken as tablets, by injection, as an implanted pellet, as a skin patch, gel or spray.

      Currently no form of testosterone therapy is officially approved in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for women. However for many years testosterone has been in used in public hospital specialist clinics, and in private practices for postmenopausal women with low testosterone levels. Decisions on use need to be made in partnership between women and their doctor.

      For many years the most commonly used form of therapy for women has been with a testosterone implant pellet. This is a very small pellet which is implanted in the fat of the front lower abdomen, using a small incision (less than 1cm). The procedure takes approximately ten minutes to perform. The pellet releases testosterone over a period of 3 to 6 months, after which time it needs to be replaced. We most commonly recommend the use of 50 mg of the testosterone implant, although rarely 100 mg is required.

      Testosterone tablets (Andriol®) are available on prescription however they are only available in a dose form developed for men, and much less is known about their action in women or about what is the most suitable and effective dose. The use of testosterone tablets by women can not be recommended.

      Testosterone injections can also be used, however these result in very high levels of testosterone as they were developed for use in men, and little is known about the actual release dynamics of the injections in women. Their use cannot be recommended other than for a very short term trial of administration to guide the likelihood that chronic therapy will be effective.

      Testosterone skin patches have been developed and are now undergoing research trials which are addressing their safety and efficacy. Similarly studies are underway evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a testosterone gel and a skin spray in women.

      A testosterone cream is available in Western Australia that has been approved by Western Australian health authorities for use in women. It is called Androfeme®. This cream has been used in some short term studies, however there is no long term safety information regarding its use.

      Some physicians and pharmacists are promoting the use of testosterone and DHEA (another androgen) in the form of lozenges (also called troches), which are sucked in the mouth or given as creams. These have been labelled as being "bio-identical" however they are no more bio-identical than the other forms of testosterone that are available or undergoing research. The lozenges result in extremely high blood levels of testosterone, well above those appropriate for women. There is no research evidence that they are safe or even effective, and their use cannot be recommended.

      A recent well-designed trial of two years of DHEAS therapy suggests no benefits on well-being, libido, sexual function, cardiovascular risk factors and other ageing related endpoints. More research is needed. DHEAS is currently banned from importation into Australia and is not approved for use.

      Side Effects of Testosterone Treatment
      Short-term side effects of testosterone therapy appear uncommon when testosterone is used in appropriately selected women and given in the appropriate dose. However side effects will occur in any woman if the dose of the testosterone is in excess of her needs. Such side effects include masculinisation with acne and excess body hair, scalp hair loss, fluid retention, deepening of the voice, enlargement of the clitoris and adverse effects on blood cholesterol. It is our experience that these side effects are rarely encountered if the appropriate dose of testosterone is administered and blood levels are regularly monitored.

      Women with severe acne or severe excess body hair, or with thin scalp hair should not use testosterone. Women with very low levels of SHBG may be at increased risk of side effects of testosterone and therapy should be used very cautiously with careful monitoring. Similarly, testosterone should not be used by women who are pregnant or lactating or who have a suspected cancer. Some studies have shown that high levels of testosterone are more common in women who develop breast cancer, however there is no data to indicate any association between testosterone replacement and breast cancer.

      Testosterone levels must be monitored during treatment and blood levels achieved with therapy should be kept within the normal range for women.

      The current settings in which testosterone therapy may be beneficial in women include
      Early ovarian failure.

      Symptoms due to menopause following surgical removal of the ovaries, chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

      Symptoms in women with premature spontaneous menopause

      Warnings
      Any woman using testosterone during child-bearing years must have reliable contraception as testosterone may result in virilization of a female foetus if it is used after conception.

      All women using testosterone cream should have a blood test after 3 weeks use and should be reviewed at 6 to 8 weeks by their doctor.

      No woman should continue treatment beyond 6 months if a clear benefit has not been achieved.

      There is no information regarding the safety of the use of testosterone in women long term.

      Testosterone is not currently approved for use in women by the TGA and FDA pending further research.

      Useful Resources

      Hormones

      Until menopause, a woman produces three different natural female hormones.

      Hormone Therapy Benefits

      Short term use of hormone therapy (HT) may be useful for women experiencing more severe symptoms of menopause.

      Hormone Therapy Side Effects

      Some women may experience nausea, fluid retention, breast enlargement and discomfort, particularly during the first few months of taking HT.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to begin having hot flashes at age 66?
    I had a partial hysterectomy at age 32 due to cancer, then had my ovaries removed at age 57. I just recently began having extremely intense, uncomfortable hot flashes. I am taking numerous medications and wonder if this is a side effect or if I may need hormone replacement treatment. (I thought I was too old to need hormones). I will, of course, ask my Doctor, but wonder if there are any Nurses or Doctors or persons who have had such an experience who can give me any information. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      several of my patients in the nursing homes have hot flashes due to meds. I would consult dr. If you are taking a number of meds your body may just be adjusting to them. Definitely speak with dr. let them know what is going on.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why am I having morning hot flashes at 18 years old?
    I'm an 18 year old female. Every morning, about an hour after I get up, I have massive hot flashes. They are embarrassing as I am generally in class when they settle in. I thought at first it was just sweating after taking the stairs. I began taking the elevator, but they would still occur. I have Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome and am on Ortho-Novum 1/35 as treatment for the symptoms of the PCOS. Does anyone have any idea why these hot flashes occur every single morning?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Chels,

      The best thing you can do is to call your pharmacist and ask them if hot flashes are a side effect of this medication. It is a simple and quick answer on the phone that you can rely on.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I tell if I'm having hot flashes or just hot from the temperature?
    I'm 49 and think I may be having very subtle hot flashes but I also work a very physical job and get hot from the temperature.

    • ANSWER:
      If you get very irritable when you get these hot flashes or are feeling more hot than normal, then it could be hot flashes. You are at that age, so I think it's menopause. Go see your ob/gyn. He/she will be able to tell you if you are experiencing signs of menopause, and will probably prescribe you hormone replacement treatments. They may prescribe something else, but it might not even be menopause. But because of your age, I'm thinking it's more than likely menopause. But I'm no doctor so be sure to go see your ob/gyn.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you know when menopause is over?
    After years of hot flashes, night sweats, hormone replacement treatment, bad nerves, ........ After starting hormones they symptoms slow down almost don't know they are there. How do you know when it is over and you can stop taking the hormones? Or is this a life style for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's the deal, from a guy with 5 sisters (all at various stages of menopause), and a partner who's had to wrestle with hot flashes / night sweats after coming off HRT at 61 -- I'm not sure the symptoms are ever done. All it takes is for your hormone levels to get out of whack, and you're off the the races. OK, maybe you shouldn't call it menopause, but anything from head trauma to bad diet to an overly warm shower can take you past the tipping point and light up a hot flash. So maybe menopause doesn't last forever, but some of the symptoms seem to. So watch your diet, exercise, do all the things you should be doing - but keep a small fan handy, use wicking pajamas, etc. My partner and I actually put together a web page with a number of issues attendant to the symptoms of menopause at the link below.

      Oh - and finally - in addition to the remedies we listed on the web site, her OB/GYN suggested that she try venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - and it stopped her hot flashes and night sweats almost immediately - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms, and there are a lot of doctors who don't know of this benefit. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may stop the hot and cold flashes and night sweats. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary, however - or it may not work at all. If you'd prefer to avoid drugs, visit the web page below for other ways to attack the beast. Hope your symptoms stay at bay!

  5. QUESTION:
    Woman who have experienced hot flashes please answer?
    I started a new medicine today that I was told it will cause hot flashes until my body adjust to it. Even though I went through menopause 5-8 years ago, I have never had a hot flash. I want to know what to do when this happens? I want to know how long does a typical hot flash last? I get panicked over things easily, so I want to know what to expect and what I should do.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are as varied as there are individuals who have them. They can be as mild as facial flushing much like a hot blush to perspiration running down your forehead and dripping from your nose. Some hot flashes are so intense that you might have difficulty thinking.

      The treatment, as with any burning is to cool off. This can be done by moving to a cool environment or using ice bags; the kind you freeze and put in lunch bags are good. I use to put them under my arm until the hot went away.

      They can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Maybe you have nothing to worry about since you were not prone to have them before, you may not have them from this medicine. I wish you well. Hot flashes are the pitts.

  6. QUESTION:
    Hot flashes. How long will they last and are there any natural treatment for them ?
    I hade to go through hysterectomy,my doctor removed my ovaries as well since my mother died of ovarian cancer,its been 3 years now and I am still having the hot flashes and the mood swings, I took HRT for 18 months aprox. and now I am cutting them down till I can do without them, is there any natural treatment for that to replace the HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      http://womenshealth.about.com/cs/menopaus1/a/naturalmenopaus.htm

      http://www.holisticonline.com/remedies/hrt/hrt_herbs_for_menopause.htm

      http://www.homemademedicine.com/home-remedies-for-menopause.html

      Your Dr may also be able to help .....ask about natural treatments and compounding pharmacies in your area

  7. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when you don't have hot flashes just chills during your pregnancy?
    I am about 6-7 weeks pregnant now and for the past week I have had cold chills all hours of the day instead of hot flashes. I have gained 7lbs. and am sicker than with my last pregnancy that I had about 4yrs. ago. I wanted to know if anyone has experienced this same thing and what it meant to them.

    • ANSWER:
      Your body is going through an amaxing amount of hormones right now and is out of balance

      oN THIS SITE YOU SHOW 2 OF THE SIGNS OF A PROBLEM
      I would call your doctor

      http://www.allayurveda.com/pregnancy/pregnancy3.htm

      The vast majority of pregnancies are uncomplicated and end with the birth of a normal, healthy baby. Even when complications do occur, early diagnosis and treatment will often prevent serious problems. Early and regular prenatal care is the best insurance against problems in pregnancy. Regular care enables the doctor to watch for abnormal changes in blood pressure, blood, urine, or weight. Such changes may be warnings of potential problems.

      Regular care also helps you learn to recognize the difference between the normal changes your body is going through and those which may represent early warning signs.

      It is important that you recognize these early warning signs so that you can notify your doctor or someone at the clinic immediately.

      Bleeding, no matter how slight, from the vagina, rectum, nipple, or lungs (coughing blood)

      Swelling or puffiness of the face or hands

      A SUDDEN LARGE WEIGHT GAIN

      Persistent severe swelling of the legs

      Severe or repeated headaches

      Dimness, blurred vision, flashes of light, or spots before your eyes

      Sharp or prolonged pain in your abdomen

      Severe or continued vomiting

      CHILLS/OR FEVER

      Sudden escape of fluid from the vagina

      If you notice any of these signs, do not wait for your next checkup. Contact your doctor immediately, so the cause of the problem can be identified and treatment begun.

      Following are some of the problems that can occur during pregnancy.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of anemia and what are some habitual treatments?
    I'm going to the doctor's next month, but I have constant dizziness, nausea, headaches, weakness/hot flashes/cold flashes/shakiness, occasional diarrhea and lack of appetite (especially when I'm nauseous)
    I'm 15, female and weigh 80 pounds.

    What are the signs of anemia? My mom thinks I may be anemic.
    What are some things I can eat, apply or drink that may help?
    I'm sick of feeling sick.

    • ANSWER:
      see Webmd. on line.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is the Prozestra provides natural and safe treatment without side effect?
    Does it really reduce the problems like Hot flashes, night sweats, Elevated mood, stress and weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, my dear friend prozestra has no side effects. It is always beneficial with hot flashes and night sweats
      weight loss
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      improved sex drive
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  10. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies for hot flashes?
    My daughter is 41 years old and has been suffering with hot flashes for years. She has several other conditions and is on a lot of medications. She needs something that wont impact her current medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats are two symptoms of menopause that can really affect a woman's quality of life as the natural levels of estrogen decline. And, Senay says, there's no question that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to provide relief. The problem is that the symptoms of menopause often recur if the treatment is stopped. More evidence suggests that the commonly-prescribed combination hormone therapy is not a good idea for long periods of time.

      See the resource also

      Of course, as with all therapies, there are some risks involved. The public usually takes herbal therapies in the form of supplement pills, not as a preparation made directly from the herb by a trained herbalist. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription drugs. The amount of herbal product, quality, safety, and purity may vary between brands or even between batches of the same brand.

  11. QUESTION:
    what cause hot flashes and excess sweating in a ninety yr woman?
    my mother is ninety yr older and at times she gets hot flashes and sweating and she gets this two to four times a month. I have taken her to doctors and none of them can seem to tell me whats wrong can you help

    • ANSWER:
      Older Women Still Suffer from Hot Flashes and Night Sweats Years After Menopause, Study Finds

      ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2011) — Women still have hot flushes (hot flashes) and night sweats years after menopause, finds a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

      Hot flushes and night sweats (HF/NS) are the main physical signs of the menopause, however their prevalence, frequency, severity and duration vary considerably.

      The average age of the menopause in US and European women is 50-51 years and it is generally assumed that HF/NS last between 2 to 5 years. This study looked at 10,418 postmenopausal women (defined as more than 12 months amenorrhea or hormone replacement therapy commenced for menopausal symptoms) aged between 54 and 65.

      The average age of the participating women was 59 and the majority were white, living in urban localities and of slightly above average socioeconomic status.

      The study looked at the impact of age, BMI, hysterectomy, hormone therapy use, lifestyle and mood on women's experience of HF/NS.

      The participating women completed a questionnaire, which included sociodemographics, weight and height, and medical history. Three and a half years later, they were sent a follow up questionnaire asking them about lifestyle factors, skirt size at age 20, current skirt size, hot flushes and night sweats and current hormone therapy (HT) use.

      The majority (89.6%) of women had experienced HF/NS at some time, more women having had hot flushes (86%) than night sweats (78%). However, over half (54%) of the women were currently having HF/NS and the prevalence was fairly even across the age range. The frequency of HF/NS was 33.5 per week and this remained broadly at this level across the age range.

      The study also found that factors such as previous hysterectomy, having been a smoker and higher alcohol intake helped predict women who had ever had HF/NS. Moreover, anxiety, hysterectomy, depressed mood, years since last menstrual period and (less) education helped predict current HF/NS prevalence.

      Women who were currently taking HT (12%) were less likely to report current HF/NS, while past users who had discontinued HT were more likely to have HF/NS across the age range.

      Professor Myra Hunter, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and co-author said: "Our study looked at a large number of older postmenopausal women and we were surprised to find that menopausal symptoms persisted in over half of the women. They were still having hot flushes on average ten years after their last period.

      "Age didn't seem to affect the prevalence or frequency of the symptoms. Health professionals need to be aware that women can still have hot flushes and night sweats in their late 50s and 60s. There is a need for effective non-hormonal treatments for women with problematic hot flushes and night sweats, and for women who have a recurrence of hot flushes after they stop taking hormone therapy."

      Professor Philip Steer, BJOG editor-in-chief added: "This paper highlights how many older women continue to experience menopausal symptoms and these may vary in severity and how they affect a woman's quality of life. Interestingly age appears to be less of a significant factor in predicting these symptoms.

      "There needs to be increased awareness of this amongst women and health professionals and more research into future treatments."

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the the best treatment for pre-menapause symptoms apart from hormone replacement therapy?
    I am a lady, 44 years of age and am going through the pre-menapause symptoms especially headaches, hot flashes, irregular periods and digestive disorders. Ive been to my GP and said he can only prescribe HRT if my symptoms get worse and only gave me some pain killers. I understood clearly the reasons why the GP could not prescribe the HRT and i would like to go through the process without them. I have done some browsing on the internet and im trying a few things which are not giving me an immediate relief i need as i have to work almost daily. If there is someone who knows what i am talking about, can they share their experiences so i can learn from them.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.nutrihealth.org/pages/menopause.html

  13. QUESTION:
    What are your experiences with depot lupron?
    I have had horrible side effects from the Depot Lupron shot (3-months doasage), now I am not talking about depot provera, this is a stronger shot to treat endometriosis. It has helped with the pain and lessened the growths, but I have bad hot flashes, weight gain, dryness, the list goes on. Anyone have better experience with it? Can anyone suggest an alternative treatment?? BCPs don't work, i tried them already.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay FAR away from Lupron!!!!!

      Endo is an estrogen dominance disease. You need to replace the progesterone that your body is missing with a NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM! Email me and I can tell you more.

      This is some very nasty stuff. :(
      Here is an article I found....

      Be Careful of Lupron for Endometriosis, It Could Be the Kiss of Death
      By Nicholas Regush

      This particular saga began a decade ago with an injection of a powerful prescription drug called Lupron. Lynne Millican took the shot for endometriosis, a condition in which pieces of the lining of the uterus are found in other parts of the body, especially in the pelvic cavity.

      Ten years later, Millican believes she is still suffering from the effects of that injection. Her many symptoms have included the development of a noncancerous tumor, breast cysts, cardiac arrythmias, dizziness, swelling and fatigue.

      Millican is a registered nurse (and paralegal) living in the Boston area who has become deeply involved in a grass-roots movement to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Members of Congress to take a close look at Lupron.

      The FDA first approved Lupron in 1985 for treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer, and then approved it for treatment of endometriosis in 1990 and uterine fibroids in 1995.

      "There are thousands in the United States who say they have been victimized by this drug," Millican said, emphasizing that symptoms can be severe, such as tremors, seizures and memory loss.

      "Many women I know say their symptoms didn't stop when they stopped taking the drug."

      The FDA has received a wide range of reports of serious side-effects, including death, suspected to be associated with the use of Lupron, but the agency, which holds that the drug's benefits outweigh the risks, does not believe there is sufficient proof to blame Lupron.

      TAP Pharmaceuticals Inc., jointly owned by Abbott Laboratories and Takeda Chemical Industries of Japan, has steadfastly maintained that Lupron is safe.

      Millican, who feels that the FDA has been very slow on the draw with Lupron, is also frustrated by the lack of response from almost all of the many senators and representatives in Congress to whom she has written. She has even submitted written testimony to various committee hearings - but to no avail.

      "It seems that no one but the people who suffer from Lupron are interested in looking into this drug," she said.

      Millican cannot even recall anyone with an MD degree who has voiced strong concern about Lupron.

      At the very least, she feels Lupron's safety should be an issue because doctors use it for purposes that were never approved by the FDA. While legal under federal law - once approved for an indication, a drug can be used for other purposes - unapproved use often occurs without the benefit of appropriate safety and efficacy studies.

      One of Millican's main concerns is Lupron's unapproved use in fertility clinics. The drug is essentially used to suppress female hormones which produce a mature egg. This allows fertility doctors to then induce "controlled" stimulation of multiple eggs.

      "I am concerned that women who undergo these procedures are not being sufficiently informed about Lupron's side-effects," Millican said.

      There is even much more at stake, according to Millican. On September 5, she provided testimony to congressional committee hearings on stem cell research, pointing out that the use of Lupron in the process of creating embryos may cause "the very diseases that are being claimed as those
      diseases necessitating embryonic stem cell research for a cure."

      Millican finds it hard to swallow that the debate over stem cell research has totally ignored Lupron.

      Redflagsweekly January 25, 2002

      Dr. Mercola's Comment:

      Folks, Lupron is a disaster drug that in no way shape or form treats the cause of the problem.

      I have seen it absolutely devastate many women's lives. It is one of the few drugs that I actually cringe when patients tell me that they have taken it.

      It is my experience and belief that this drug causes permanent neurological damage.

      This drug needs to be avoided at all costs.

      It is usually used for endometriosis, which is an estrogen dominance problem and is typically treated quite nicely with natural progesterone, a dietary program, and addressing the emotional stresses which cause the adrenal glands to become impaired

      Since the adrenals is the main biological of estrogen and progesterone, it is important to restore the proper functioning of this gland.

      One could take adrenal glandulars, or DHEA and pregnenolone, but those tend to be natural band-aids that don't address the reasons the adrenal became impaired.

  14. QUESTION:
    Have you had any relief from menopause symptoms WITHOUT any HRT?
    I am interested in learning about treatments without any type of hormones. I do not even want the bioidenticals. Please let me know if you have tried anything else for hot flashes, dry skin, dry mouth, irregular sleep patterns, stiffness, etc. Thank You very much.

    • ANSWER:
      Get enough calcium. A woman going through menopause needs 1000 mg to 1500 mg of calcium a day. Avoid excessive amounts of salt to reduce bloating associated with hormonal changes. More information and remedies at http://useinfo4.blogspot.com/

  15. QUESTION:
    Are there any OTC treatments that help ease the symptoms of menopause?
    hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, you name it... i hate this so much. :( i'm not myself anymore, my husband won't even sleep in the same bed as me because i'm up all night. my kids think i'm going crazy. i've tried several home remedies already. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      have you heard of menoclear? it's the only thing that helped me get through menopause. it's basically an all-natural supplement that does exactly that, eases the symptoms of menopause, and just makes it much easier to handle for both yourself and those around you. menopause was horrible until i discovered it, after that i was back to my old self. :) good luck! menoclear.com

  16. QUESTION:
    Do hot flashes actually raise your body temp?
    I am in my second month of Lupron for treating my endometriosis. It has been a miracle treatment for me - Complete relief of my pain very, very quickly with almost no side effects..... except for hot flashes.

    The hot flashes come and go usually for a week at a time. I've been having them every day for a week or so again and tonight I don't know why but I took my temperature when I felt hot and it read 99.0. I know that's not a big deal but I tend to run low, anywhere between 97.5-98.6. Also, I am a "hypochondriac" or at least I get scared a lot of being sick.

    Is it normal for a hot flash to raise you temp a little? Mine went back to normal already but I am still curious as of what to expect. I won't be stopping this Lupron anytime soon as I feel that I finally have a life back but the hot flashes... man they can be brutal!

    • ANSWER:
      That is absolutely normal.

      Hot flashes can be really uncomfortable, but in the long range they're nothing to worry about.

      Honestly, though, 99.0 is a healthy body temperature - it's actually better than 97.5

      Running slightly on the high end of normal (99) is healthier than running on the low end of normal (97.5), but both are in the range of normal and nothing to worry about.

      Some women's fluctuations in hot flashes are several degrees or more - when you regularly go over 101 that's when to talk to your doctor. If you ever go up to 104, go to the hospital immediately. But 99 is actually a desirable temperature.

      To avoid swings in temperature, avoid alcohol, caffeine, preservatives, and so-called conventional dairy and meat. Choose lots of veggies, plenty of fruit, grassfed beef and lamb, organic and grassfed dairy, and wild caught fish.

      Get plenty of rest, both extra sleep and just plain old down time. Also get plenty of exercise, especially gentle relaxing exercise like yoga, and also regular cardio and strength training.

      A very important mineral to make sure you're getting is magnesium. Eat magnesium-rich foods like lots of leafy green veggies. Soak in epsom salts, rub with magnesium oil, or take magnesium citrate supplements. Some oral magnesium supplements can bring on mild diarrhea if you take too much at once; in fact they're often used to treat mild constipation. I love Natural Calm - it's a powder you dissolve in warm water and drink. It helps normalize sleep, relaxation, menstrual problems, perimenopause symptoms, and fixes constipation gently by the next morning.

      Talk with your doctor before adding any supplements, but magnesium does not have any known negative interactions with Lupron. You may be surprised at how much better it makes you feel.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do Hot Flashes work on a time schedule?
    My mother is going through menopause, and she has hot flashes, almost exactly every 30 minutes. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      How hot is hot?
      Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10–15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention. For women who have had breast cancer, the number who suffer debilitating hot flashes is probably much higher. Randomized studies provide the most objective data: about 50–75% of women taking tamoxifen will report hot flashes, compared to 25–50% taking placebo.

      The faster you go through the transition from regular periods to no periods—the peri-menopause or climacteric—the more significant your hot flashes will be. Hot flashes are severe after surgical menopause, and they can also be quite difficult after a chemotherapy-induced medical menopause. If you haven't been warned about hot flashes, a sudden severe episode can be frightening; you might even confuse the flash with a heart attack.

      The intensity of hot flashes accompanying treatment with tamoxifen eventually improves for many women after the first three to six months. Because of the conversion of androstenedione from the adrenal glands into estrone by fat and muscle cells, heavy or muscular women experience less severe hot flashes than thin women. If you smoke, your blood vessels lose some of their ability to radiate heat, so you may suffer more severe hot flashes.

      Beating the heat naturally
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      Avoiding triggers
      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      alcohol
      caffeine
      diet pills
      spicy food
      hot food
      hot tubs
      saunas
      hot showers
      hot beds
      hot rooms
      hot weather
      smoking
      http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/facing/hot_flashes.jsp

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a good support group for young women going through surgical menopause?
    I am 29 and underwent a complete hysterectomy last december i have no ovaries or anything left. I am truly suffering with extreme severe hot flashes constantly and sweating alot as well. I would like to talk to others like myself who are young and experiencing severe menopause symptoms caused by surgical menopause.
    I live in a very small town. We have no groups like that here. I was wanting to meet other women online to discuss this problem. People who are going through this as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to your situation. I had a complete hysterectomy also when I was 27 and also live in a small town.There is just no support groups out there for young women like us! I can give you some advice on certain things.First of all you need some Hormone Replacement Treatment for those Hot Flashes and Mood Swings,Second you need to give yourself time to heel,it takes usually around a year for your body to get back to normal,so don't rush things.One more thing (Always Remember...Your Still Are and Always will be A Complete Woman) Please feel free to contact me anytime!! I do know what you are going through.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can I still be having hot flashes at 58 that can be cured by hormones?
    Stopped taking hormones after five years and I am really suffering again from all the old symptons of menopause- hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings. Could hormones be a solution?

    • ANSWER:
      Who gets them
      Eighty-five percent of the women in the United States experience hot flashes of some kind as they approach menopause and for the first year or two after their periods stop. Between 20 and 50% of women continue to have them for many more years. As time goes on, the intensity decreases.

      If you have had breast cancer, your hot flashes can follow the same pattern as for women in general, or they can be more intense and last longer, particularly if menopause was premature, or if you are taking tamoxifen and your body hasn't adjusted to it. Rarely, women may not have hot flashes until they stop taking tamoxifen—an unpleasant surprise. In these women, tamoxifen develops an unusual estrogen-like ability to combat hot flashes.

      There is considerable variation in time of onset, duration, frequency, and the nature of hot flashes, whether you've had breast cancer or not. An episode can last a few seconds or a few minutes, occasionally even an hour, but it can take another half hour for you to feel yourself again. The most common time of onset is between six and eight in the morning, and between six to ten at night.

      How hot is hot?
      Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10–15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention. For women who have had breast cancer, the number who suffer debilitating hot flashes is probably much higher. Randomized studies provide the most objective data: about 50–75% of women taking tamoxifen will report hot flashes, compared to 25–50% taking placebo.

      The faster you go through the transition from regular periods to no periods—the peri-menopause or climacteric—the more significant your hot flashes will be. Hot flashes are severe after surgical menopause, and they can also be quite difficult after a chemotherapy-induced medical menopause. If you haven't been warned about hot flashes, a sudden severe episode can be frightening; you might even confuse the flash with a heart attack.

      The intensity of hot flashes accompanying treatment with tamoxifen eventually improves for many women after the first three to six months. Because of the conversion of androstenedione from the adrenal glands into estrone by fat and muscle cells, heavy or muscular women experience less severe hot flashes than thin women. If you smoke, your blood vessels lose some of their ability to radiate heat, so you may suffer more severe hot flashes.

      Beating the heat naturally
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Recent studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      Avoiding triggers
      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      alcohol

      caffeine

      diet pills

      spicy food
      hot food

      hot tubs

      saunas

      hot showers
      hot beds

      hot rooms

      hot weather

      smoking.

      Hot flash survival tips
      Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer.

      Don't wear wool, don't wear synthetics, and be wary of silk. That leaves cotton, linen, rayon, and more cotton. (Look at the bright side: You'll save on cleaning bills, and you can stop worrying about moths.)

      Avoid turtlenecks. Stick to open-neck shirts.

      Keep ice water at hand that you can sip to cool down your insides.

      Where possible, lower the thermostat. Maybe it's time for a decent air conditioner or a ceiling fan. Or maybe you'd prefer one of those little hand-held battery-operated fans or the foldable kind you flutter in front of your face. You can find perfectly adequate paper fans for about a dollar.

      Wear cotton pajamas or a nightgown. If you perspire a lot at night, your nightclothes are easier to change than the sheets.

      Use cotton sheets only, not synthetics.

      Get a bigger bed if you and your partner are on different heat planets but you still want to stay in close orbit.

      Take cool shower before bed.

      Try a mild medication like Tylenol

      Arrive at meetings early so that you can get the coolest seat.

      Use your freezer liberally. A number of women talked about opening the freezer at home (or in the supermarket) and sticking their head in when a hot flash hits.
      Lifestyle changes to alleviate hot flashes
      Exercise: Increasing your level of activity (for example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator) can reduce hot flashes and have a positive impact on just about every other symptom attributed to menopause and growing older, including:

      insomnia

      mood swings

      eroded self-image

      loss of libido
      fatigue

      elevated cholesterol levels

      heart, bone, and muscle health.

      Exercise also increases endorphin levels, increasing your threshold for pain.

      Relaxation and stress reduction: It isn't unusual to have trouble dealing with stress, especially if you've undergone treatment for breast cancer. You may find that one of the following techniques will help you minimize the devastating effects of stress on your body:

      relaxation exercises

      breathing exercises

      meditation

      visualization
      massage

      hypnosis

      yoga

      biofeedback techniques.

      Changing your diet: Over time, a low-fat diet helps some women with hot flashes. Losing excess weight helps, but losing too much weight, or being too thin, can worsen symptoms. As you consider other food changes, keep in mind that natural doesn't mean harmless. Herbal remedies and soy preparations may work because of their plant estrogens, but you can't assume that just because an estrogen comes from a plant it's a safe remedy.

      Chinese medicine: Chinese medicine has a long tradition of treating hot flashes. There are all kinds of hot flashes, and the Chinese have descriptions for all of them. Before treating you, a Chinese doctor takes a full history and performs a complete physical, with particular attention to your tongue and your pulse. He or she then determines whether you're suffering from a "hot" menopause or a "cold" menopause. If you have gone through a surgical or medical menopause, Chinese herbs are usually not considered strong enough to eliminate your menopausal hot flashes, but they can help.

      Chinese medicine usually involves:

      acupuncture, which moves your Xi (your inner wind, energy, or spirit). For every woman who's skeptical about this approach, there's a woman who's found acupuncture helpful for hot flashes.
      herbology, in which many different herbs are cooked together to make a tea customized to your particular symptoms. Common to all Chinese herbal mixes is dong quai, thought to be a plant estrogen. More plant estrogens that women have found effective in treating hot flashes over the centuries can be found in ginseng, evening primrose oil, licorice root, red raspberry leaves, sarsaparilla, spearmint, damiana, motherwort, chasteberry (also known as Vitex), black cohosh, and wild yams. These herbal remedies, Chinese and other, may be effective at reducing hot flashes but, again, their relative safety in women who have had breast cancer is not known. Avoiding, or using plant estrogens with great caution, is best, and never try them without telling your doctor. Even leading Chinese medicine practitioners caution women not to self-treat with Chinese herbs.
      Vitamins: Some women find that taking vitamin E every day (800 I.U., range 400–1000) helps. Actually, a placebo works almost as well. The National Cancer Institute's/National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project's Tamoxifen Breast Cancer Prevention Trial also recommends vitamin E, or one of the following: vitamin B6, 200–250 milligrams daily, and Peridin-C (containing antioxidants), two tablets taken three times daily. If vitamin E helps you, great, but if you have significant hot flashes, you will probably need something more effective.

      Relieving hot flashes with medications
      If you have tried these lifestyle, nutritional, and alternative medicine recommendations, and they have not helped, you may feel compelled to go on to stronger remedies, available only through your physician.

      Blood pressure-lowering medication

      Blood pressure-lowering medications such as clonidine (Catapres-TTS, 0.1–mg patch applied once weekly) and Aldomet (250 mg twice daily) can lessen the severity and frequency of hot flashes. They modify how the blood vessels respond to the brain's command to give off heat quickly. These drugs must be prescribed and adjusted carefully by your doctor.

      Antidepressants

      Low-dose antidepressant medication may help forestall a hot flash by rebalancing or intercepting the chemicals in the brain that transmit the hot flash alarm, epinephrine and serotonin.

      Effexor (venlafaxine) can reduce hot flashes by about 50% in nearly 60% of women with breast cancer according to a study done by Dr. Charles Loprinzi at the Mayo Clinic. Improvement happened relatively quickly: 80% of the eventual decrease in hot flashes occurred within the first week of taking the medication. Side effects, when they were noted, were mild. The dose used was 12.5 milligrams taken twice daily.

      A more recent study showed that some women may need a higher total dose of 75 milligrams daily to get significant relief. Extended-release preparations are available. Paxil (paroxetine) works in a similar way to Effexor and is a good alternative. Some women tolerate Paxil better. Its recommended dose is 10 mg once a day for the first week, then 20 mg once a day thereafter.

      Mild sedatives

      Bellergal-S simmers down overactive chemical activity in the brain. Taken occasionally, once or twice a day, it can be quite safe and effective—but not with alcohol. (It contains belladonna, phenobarbital, and an ergotamine.) Phenobarbital can cause drowsiness and, if you use it regularly, you can develop a dependency for it.

      Progesterone-like products

      Megace (megesterol acetate) can reduce hot flashes in approximately 80% of women who take it, and it is also considered a treatment for breast cancer when taken in high doses continuously. Megace is usually started at 40 milligrams daily, and it may take a few weeks to start to work. After a month the dose is adjusted up or down. The maximum dose is 80 milligrams per day. Those who reap its benefits and can tolerate its side effects (fluid retention and bloating) may do well on this medication.

      Estrogen therapy

      Menopausal hormone therapy, or estrogen therapy, is probably the most effective way to relieve hot flashes, but its use is highly controversial in women who have had breast cancer.

      Most physicians would not recommend estrogen therapy to remedy severe tamoxifen-related hot flashes because estrogen is not known to be safe for women who have had breast cancer, and may reduce tamoxifen's effectiveness. Estrogen therapy may also add to the potential side effects from these combined drugs—such as blood clots forming and traveling to the lung, and increased risk of endometrial cancer.

      However, if your hot flashes are severe and you have not had adequate relief from lifestyle modifications or non-hormonal remedies and medications, your doctor may suggest a limited course of low-dose menopausal hormone therapy to ease your transition into menopause.

      The therapy should last only several months, depending on the degree of your symptoms, tapering off over the last month. Dr. John Eden of the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, Australia, studied simultaneous estrogen replacement and tamoxifen therapies in women beyond menopause. The study showed no short-term problem from combined side effects. The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) is trying to launch a study that combines the two drugs. Share this information with your doctor, and decide together what you want to do.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why is veralipride not commercialized in the united states?
    Veralipride is commercialized all over the globe for the treatment of hot flashes in menopause. In Europe is sold by a major pharmaceutical company.

    • ANSWER:
      The FDA has not approved the medication. Why they have not approved it is a different story, and one I doubt many of us know. Perhaps the drug companies that make it have chosen not spend the money on getting FDA approval. Perhaps the FDA may be concerned with some of the side effects and does not wish to approve it prior to more studies. Drug approval in the States can be complicated sometimes.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is andropause unheard of in teenage boys?
    I'm 17, but I'm having similar symptoms to my 50-year-old dad, who I know has low testosterone at the moment. Can andropause happen in younger people?

    BQ: What are the best treatments? I'm tired of commiserating with my mother about hot flashes.

    • ANSWER:
      It could, but it is very rare. The hot flashes may be due to other things, but let's not guess in the dark, let's go to the doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long do Menopause problem symptoms last for?
    The hot flashes & sweating is awful. How lomg can I expect it to continue?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are the classic sign of menopause, as well as the most common reason for seeking treatment. A hot flash produces a sudden sensation of warmth or even intense heat that spreads over various parts of the body, especially the chest, face, and head. Flushing and sweating usually occur as well, followed by a chill. Some women feel their heart beating very fast or hard and feel anxious.

      These flashes last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. How often they occur varies from woman to woman. Women who have had a hysterectomy are more likely to have hot flashes. Many women experience most of their hot flashes in the first 2 years after menopause, and find that the hot flashes gradually lessen. However, some women have hot flashes for several years before menopause, and some have them for 10, 20, or even 40 years or longer after menopause.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why is it so difficult for people to research better ways to health instead of relying on prescription drugs?
    We live in a sickness society instead of a wellness society for the most part. Deep down people know what is good for them and what isn't. Why is it easier to get prescriptions from the doctor instead of reading and researching other options. For example take Black Cohosh for hot flashes instead of HRT's. When you do your homework you will find that not all Black Cohosh products are alike and when you use a product without active ingredients the product will not do in the body what it was meant to do. Which will then turn one away from alternative treatments and they return to prescription drugs because one did not do the necessary homework. I am at the best health that I've ever been. Instead of going to the doctor's office several times a month I go maybe once or twice a year for a check-up because I've done my homework. Do you want to be free of prescription drugs ruling your life? Do you believe in hope? I know the secret to Health and Wellness. Ask me, I dare you!

    • ANSWER:
      Why? Humans have insurance.

      If there was insurance for farm animals, then farmers and ranchers would not give vitamins and supplements to their livestock. Instead, bulls would have triple bypass surgeries and gall stone surgeries.... Successful ranchers give minerals, vitamins and supplements to their animals. Look on the bag of dog food for goodness sakes.

      We're getting there though. Just like you, I too am a nutritional supplement distributor. We help people with their wellness, both physically and financially.

  24. QUESTION:
    What's the best thing for menopause symptoms, that you can buy over the counter?
    There are so many things on the shelf loaded with vitamins and herbs. What really works? Does anyone have any experience with these. I'm over 40 and had a total hysterectomy at 37. I'm on the patch, but my GYN doesn't want to raise it. I still get hot flashes, and I'd like to go natural. I also take a progesterone pill at night.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to suggest Menozac which is one of the best menopause symptom relief product on the market. Why?

      First, because it is made to meet pharmaceutical standards. Second, it uses only the finest, most bio-available natural nutrients. Third, every production batch is tested in a lab to ensure its purity and potency.

      Even some herbal experts also highly recommend using this type of herbal, safe and natural menopause treatment. By taking this natural alternative you will avoid the side effects and health risks, and help treat your symptoms naturally.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a non-prescription treatment for hot flashes?
    I had surgery last January in which one of my ovaries was removed and now, at 35 years old, I'm going thru premature menopause. The hot flashes are absolutely driving me insane, but I don't want to be forced into taking another pill because I already take alot of medications and my prescription drug coverage fell off when my husband got laid off. Basically, I'm looking for an inexpensive, over-the-counter or herbal remedy that will, at the very least, take the edge off the hot flashes. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there,

      I did research on this for my mother and found a supplement called Menopause Solutions that really seems to help. It contains all the traditional herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh/ Trastree Berry/ Wild Yam/ Valerian root/ Dong Quai and Licorice Root but it also contains Vitamin B-12 and some calcium Citrate but the ingredient that really makes it unique is 8mg of IGF. (Insulin Like Growth Factors) It balances out the hormonal Levels by addressing the adrenals glands which control hormones. It is available at most health food stores and their website is
      www.menopausesolutions.net
      It is a sub lingual and my mom said she started feeling it almost immediately. She loves it.
      Some added benefits of IGF are added energy/ increased endurance/ raised Libido/ muscle gain and fat loss. It also helps to increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis.

  26. QUESTION:
    Whats should happen if someone overdozes on 80 pills of tylenol 500 extra strength?
    I know a girl, who overdozed o 80 of the extra strength tylenol, she was rushed to the E.R then was care flight to another hospital. She had really bad stomach pain and she had many hot flashes, it was too late to pump her stomach, and she came out of the hospital 4 or 5 days later and she has no liver or any problems with her body. Is this a mirical or what? What should of had happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver Damage, they were able to give medication to help reverse "Mucomyst" taste and smells like rotten eggs. If she would have not seeked medical treatment her liver would have suffered, perhaps failed. Some kids do things for attention, not really knowing what they do, may indeed end their lives or cause problems greater than they have for many years to come.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to help ease the symptoms of endometriosis?
    I am 21 years old and I have been dealing with the pain of endometriosis since the age of 10. I wasn't diagnosed until I was 18 and I then had a laparoscopy. After that I was placed on oral contraceptives and I was ok for a few months. About 4 months after my surgery I was right back where I began and things were getting worse. I have been having 2 or 3 periods a month and sometimes I don't have a period for months at a time. I have intense hot flashes about every thirty minutes. About a month ago I actually passed out because I was overheated it almost happened again just last week. My everyday life has been effected in more ways than people know. I've missed classes, I can't keep a job for more than three months because of my absences, my social life has been wrecked. I've been to many specialists and they all say that the only thing left for me is a hysterectomy. I know there's something else out there that I haven't come across yet. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I also have had endometriosis. Please see another gynecologist. Birth control is the treatment of choice but, when it doesn't work, other therapies should be tried. The other therapies are treatment with a gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a), high-dose progestin, a progestin intrauterine device (Mirena), or danazol. Usually, those are tried before a hysterectomy is even suggested in someone as young as you. Please get a second opinion.

      In the meantime, at home, use ibuprofen, motrin or advil for the pain (NSAIDs) due to their anti-inflammatory effect. Take them on a regular schedule as prescribed on the bottle. Apply heat to your lower abdomen in the form of a hot water bottle, hot bath or heating pad. Lie down! If on your back, put a pillow under your knees. If on your side, curl your knees up to your chest. Get regular exercise.

      If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. Just click on my avatar.

  28. QUESTION:
    Could Hashimoto Thyroiditis cause similar symptoms to premenopause?
    I'm 21 years old, and I am going to be tested in the next week or so for Hashimoto's.

    Because I am showing all symptoms of this disease, I also got thinking if one of my other problems could be connected to this: hot flashes, and no periods.

    For about three years, I had my period without a break in between cycles (yes, three years of constant bleeding) and doctors were unable to figure out why. For about two years now, I have been suffering from very long breaks during my periods along with very intense hot flashes. My mother, who is going to menopause, has similar symptoms.

    Has anyone with Hashimoto's ever had menopause-like hot flashes?

    In case this helps, I am adopted but do know that my biological mother had ovarian cancer in her late 20's. Could this be a sign of that?

    • ANSWER:
      It is odd for someone to skip over HypOthyroidism & go straight to Hashi's. It is, however, the main cause of HypO. Yes, there can be hot flashes. Likely to be cancer? NO!

      Thyroid disease is missed more than found. Three reasons: 1) not checking for antibodies; 2) going by wrong TSH 'normal' range; and, 3) not listening to symptoms.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2, like maybe ONE) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning [different antibodies]).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb for Hashi’s] They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless you

  29. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if side effects of Arimidex subside after a period of time?
    My mother has been on it after stage IV breast cancer for almost 2 years now and the side effects keep getting worse. Any help for sleeplessness, hot flashes or depression?

    • ANSWER:
      Arimidex suppresses the production of estrogens. It is quite normal that it causes severe menopause symptoms. Even menopaused women normally retain half their production of estrogen; on that medication, it is almost all suppressed.

      There are other options for cancer hormonal treatment, which could be less debilitating for your mother. She could be treated using a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) such as Raloxifen. I suggest you talk about it to her doctor.

      Normally, breast cancer hormonal treatment should be discontinued after 5 years.

      Anyway, whatever you do, DO NOT encourage your mother to take phytoestrogen supplements, as those will stimulate tumor growth.

  30. QUESTION:
    Ladies I have a Q on menopause symptoms and how to dodge them?
    what have you experienced besides the (in)famous hot flashes and what did you do about it? (Apart from SHT hormone therapy which I can't do) Txs!

    • ANSWER:
      I went through menopause without really knowing too much that I was,as I was still on the pill. I still had the hot flushes tho. Many of my friends go to health food stores there are many alternative treatments there, most work really well Good Luck

  31. QUESTION:
    Do hot flashes ever cease with age?
    Once a woman hits menopause, hot flashes are often a problem. Most of the treatments for hot flashes are temporary. Do hot flashes ever just go away with age? Or are they a problem for some women throughout old age.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a few years past menopause and every so often I still get a hot flash. An older woman told me they never ever quite leave you.

  32. QUESTION:
    How long does clomid take to be out of your system?
    I still have Hot flashes How long does it take to get out of your system

    • ANSWER:
      ok..i might be wrong here but i think youre talking about chlamydia...and it's a week..depending on what method of treatment you're on.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to relax before a presentation?
    I get so nervous everytime I have to talk in front of people. Just talking in front of someone makes me get hot flashes and racing heart. How can I relax before? I've tried the breathing technique, everything and it doesn't work.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have read that fear of public speaking is the most common fear/phobia; just knowing that should help one realize that almost everyone in the audience is sympathetic to the speaker. And this should help one to be able to relax somewhat in that everyone knows how difficult it is, so if one makes an error it is not really important and they should just take a deep breath and move on. I understand that newscasters are taught to just keep going even if they know they have made a mistake, it will make the mistake less noticeable and be less of an interruption for the speaker.

      Some advice I have heard is to imagine everyone in the audience is in their underwear, therefore they are very uncomfortable and not really judging the speaker. Another tip is to look at the back wall at the back of the room rather than looking directly at the audience.

      Guided imagery is a common technique in improving athletic performance and in cancer treatment, among other things. It involves mentally picturing a specific image or goal and imagining oneself achieving that goal. Those with cancer are taught to imagine their bodies fighting cancer cells and athletes are taught to see themselves executing their sport with proper form. In this case, one could imagine the creation of new neural connections and weakening of old neural connections (or both). Guided imagery: http://www.healthjourneys.com/free_audio.asp

      Research indicates that listing ones fears prior to an examination helps to minimize those fears, as indicated by higher test scores by those that did so. Perhaps that would work in this situation.

      Before going on, you will probably experience the fight/flight/freeze syndrome caused by or accompanied by an increase in adrenaline. Police officers are taught to use autonomic breathing to control their adrenaline induced desire to physically assault a criminal they have chased down. This consists of taking a few slow deep breaths in and out to help counteract the adrenaline rush. Even if you have tried it before, it can work.

  34. QUESTION:
    How will I know if prostate cancer treatment has helped?
    I have had 41 external beam radiation treatments, 25 full pelvic treatments and 16 "Boost" treatments aimed at the prostate only. I am receiving hormone therapy also that requires one shot every three months. So far I have had two treatments.

    When I was first diagnosed, my Urologist said three hormone treatments was all I could have as more would cause brittle bones. Now, this same doctor says I may have to take these shots for the rest of my life. When I asked how I would know if treatments have helped, he replied six months after I'm off the hormones a PSA test would tell. Now that's really a Catch 22.

    Has anyone experianced these same treatments and what are your results?
    My Gleason score from my biopsy was 9, so removal was out of the question. My bone scan did not show any cancer there. I am told the full pelvic treatments were for cancer cells that may have been in the lymph nodes.
    My Gleason score from my biopsy was 9, so removal was out of the question. My bone scan did not show any cancer there. I am told the full pelvic treatments were for cancer cells that may have been in the lymph nodes.
    Several good answers, to the answerers who wanted me to go to link, I've tried and didn't get anywhere.

    To the researcher, read the post, PSA levels are no good as long as you're on hormone therapy and I was told, I might be on hormone for the rest of my life.

    No removal is what I was told as soon as I met with the Urologist who did the biopsy. I could overhear him talking with his assistant about what the tumor looked like with the sonogram while doing the biopsy. I can only speculate that the cancer had left the prostate. A bone scan showed that it had not got into the bones.

    It could also be that the insurance company would only pay for one procedure and radiation was chosen.
    There are some good answers here, there are a couple that refer me to a link that doesn't work and one that sounds good except it doesn't answer the question. I have provided all the details.

    I guess I'll just let this go to vote.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me see if I can help you a bit. After your third hormone treatment, you will go off for 6 months, retest the PSA, & then if your PSA is low enough, you can stay off the hormone therapy & just get the PSA rechecked in 3-6 month intervals for life. When the PSA levels rise again, then the Dr. will discuss the possibility of going back on the hormone shots. An eventual tolerance to the hormone therapy will develop down the road, that is why you are on for a certain amount of months & then off.

      This hormone therapy does cause Osteoporosis. I would highly suggest adding a good Calcium supplement along with Vitamin D to combat this inevitable side effect. My father was on this therapy on & off for 8 years & suffered from this along with hot flashes & uncontrollable sweating, weight gain, bone pain,& a host of other things. He chose to eventually go off because of the side effects. The decision comes down to an individual choice of what you wish your quality of life to be & how controllable your case may be.

      If I were you, I would suggest getting a 2nd opinion on your treatment plan. Looking back on my Father's care, that is something we didn't do, that I wish we had done!. We followed his Urologist's hormone therapy plan & didn't try any alternative therapies. I am unsure with your Gleason numbers why they didn't decide on surgery after your radiation. If you have a Cancer Institue in your state, I would start there to get an appointment with a specialist in Prostate Cancer. If you don't have one, ask your Radiologist who he would recommend. I would also suggest seeing if you qualify for any investigational drug studies being conducted with Prostate Cancer specialists in your area.

      The hormone therapy companies got in trouble a few years back for bribing Dr's with kickbacks to keep patients on these shots & they settled it for a record 875 million $$$$$!!! So, I am always suspect of motives.

      Anyway, as far as helpful sites, I suggest www.mdanderson.org & then just type in prostate cancer. I think that is a great resource & they have an 800 number you can call for advice.

      My prayers are with you & I hope that I have been of some help! Be strong in your fight ! God Bless!

      ADDITIONAL QUESTION: My husband just brought up this morning, if surgery isn't an option what about Radioactive Implant(seeding).?

      In our past research we found that a diet with limited dairy is best.. If you have milk make sure it is hormone free. Also, if you can buy hormone free meat & eggs that is key. The more you limit your outside hormone influences the morre control you will have in your cancer. I know I mentioned Vit. D & calcium earlier, but no matter what increase your intake of those. If you can get at least an hour a day of sunshine along with taking Vitamin D3 (3 Capsules a day, for a total intake of 15,000 IU) that is as important in treating the cancer as much as helping in the bone loss. I would get the D3 from a health food store in your area. Thorne makes a good brand called D-5000. In addition, take 3000 mg of Calcium Citrate daily.( capsules are easiest to take) If you have any bone pain, take MSM capsules 3000 mg twice daily. You can get this anywhere & any brand is fine (inexpensive) New studies have found Lycopene 10 mg. twice a day is extremely beneficial in fighting the cancer cells. EGCG (Green tea extract....decaffinated) 200 mg. twice a day. Try & not drink soda pop as it will pull calcium from your system. Also the aspartame in diet drinks can create toxicity enhancing cancer cell growth. If you have any more questions please email me, my husband is a Dr. & I spent the last 12 years researching everything I could to help my Dad during his fight.

      NOTE: DO NOT TAKE MUTIPLE VITAMINS containing SELENIUM or CADMIUM because a new study in Britain shows these may ne linked to Prostate Cancer.

      INSURANCE: Your insurance will pay for whatever treatment your Dr. deems necessary to eradicate the cancer. If you have problems or questions with insurance coverage contact your treatment hospital & ask for the Patient Advocate for assistance & advice.

  35. QUESTION:
    What could/can't you do on antibiotic treatments?
    I'm on z-pak, and my infection isn't bad at all, I don't even really feel sick, I just have a slight balance problem and had hot flashes, doc says it's probably sinus infection, but I hardly feel it.

    1) Is it okay to drink milk products, have yogurt on this med, and eat basically anything, or should you stick to non-milk and non-acidic products?

    2) Is it okay to exercize and exert onesself, as long as they feel okay and are taking in enough fluids?

    3) Is sexual intercourse okay? (my theory is if god forbid you get anything else, you're already on the antibiotics so it won't stand a chance)

    4)Can you go about your life without making any modifications, and slowing yourself down?

    • ANSWER:
      What should I avoid while taking Zithromax Z-Pak (azithromycin)?
      Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.

      Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Azithromycin can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.

      Zithromax Z-Pak (azithromycin) side effects
      Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using azithromycin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
      diarrhea that is watery or bloody;

      chest pain, uneven heartbeats; or

      nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

      Continue using azithromycin and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

      mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or stomach pain;

      dizziness, tired feeling, or headache;

      vaginal itching or discharge; or

      mild itching or skin rash.

      Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

      What other drugs will affect Zithromax Z-Pak (azithromycin)?
      Do not take antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium within 2 hours of taking azithromycin.
      Before taking azithromycin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

      nelfinavir (Viracept);

      digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);

      ergot medicine such as methysergide (Sansert), ergotamine (Ergostat, Medihaler, Cafergot, Ercaf, Wigraine), dihydroergotamine mesylate (D.H.E., Migranal Nasal Spray);

      triazolam (Halcion);

      carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol);

      cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune);

      phenytoin (Dilantin);

      cholesterol-lowering medicines such as lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), or cerivastatin (Baycol);

      a calcium channel blocker such as diltiazem (Cartia XT, Diltiazem, Tiazac), felodipine (Plendil), nicardipine (Cardene), nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), nimodipine (Nimotop), verapamil (Calan, Covera-HS);

      HIV medicines such as indinavir (Crixivan), ritonavir (Norvir), saquinavir (Invirase);

      alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), midazolam (Versed), triazolam (Halcion);

      theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theolair, Theochron);

      warfarin (Coumadin);

      pimozide (Orap); or

      another antibiotic, especially clarithromycin (Biaxin) or erythromycin (E-Mycin, E.E.S, Ery-Tab).

      If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use azithromycin, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

      There are many other medicines that can interact with azithromycin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list with you of all the medicines you use and show this list to any doctor or other healthcare provider who treats you.

      Where can I get more information?
      Your pharmacist has additional information about azithromycin written for health professionals that you may read.
      What does my medication look like?
      Azithromycin is available with a prescription under the brand name Zithromax. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.

      Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
      Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides.

  36. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there tired of these awful menopause symptoms?
    Hate these (blankity-blank) Hot flashes. Feels like my head is on fire. Ugh!!!!

    I hate getting old, but I guess considering the alternative, I guess it's ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Roz. I'm answering from the male perspective (I've had night sweats), and from an empathetic perspective - I have 5 sisters in various stages of menopause and a partner (Sassy) who just came off hormone replacement therapy and into the pit called menopause after a cervical cancer scare. And before going any further - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      Sassy found a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary - or it may not work at all.
      Regardless, Sassy and I put together a web page (below) with comments about diet, herbal remedies, and some other ways to get relief from night sweats, hot flashes, etc. Keep in mind that herbal treatments for night sweats and hot flashes can be broken down into two categories: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs, and each has their proponents. Hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone get a fever when they are at home all day?
    I find it strange how when I stay home in the house doing nothing all day my body temp peaks... Not a fever but higher than my average. For example it will go from 36.4C to 37.2C and I feel nauseous with a hot flash.... I'm only 21 years old so no it's not menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      this is not the age of menopause but for hot flash i can give you a suggestion .please read it carefully.

      Herbal Menopause Remedy – The China Herbs That Can Help Control Hot Flashes

      Menopause is a very delicate condition and acknowledging that not just one treatment will fix every woman’s condition is the first step in finding the personalized solution to take care of yours. The symptoms of menopause have many factors to take into consideration. It is important to pin point what your individual symptoms are and to try to find out what triggers your symptoms the most. With the help of Chinese menopause herbal antidotes, you can help your kidneys function properly. It is said that the female’s kidney lends a huge hand in the ability to give birth, have a satisfying sex life, and to help keep your reproductive organs healthy. When you went through puberty, an increase in kidney chi happened by a burst of blood flowing to the uterus. During your child bearing years, your kidneys will help keep the right amount of blood flowing to your reproductive organs, however, the flow of blood will decrease as you grow older. The symptoms from menopause come about when this happens and your kidneys lose the right amount of chi. This causes an imbalance in your inner chi.

      There is also another realization for the menopausal symptoms that you experience. Traditional Chinese Medicine states that women put up with a lot of stress, lack of healthy meals, and not enough physical activity. Due to these items, our chi is thrown off and in turn has a hard time passing through the meridians. When our chi is blocked, the body cannot stabilize itself properly. This is Traditional Chinese Medicine’s explanation as to why female’s must suffer through the symptoms of menopause, such as the horrid night sweats and frustrating hot flashes.

      Luckily, blockages and imbalance of our chi can be fixed by adjusting a few things in our lives, such as, eating better, herbal therapy, acupuncture, and qi gong. Traditional or regular Chinese menopausal herbs were not created to take care of hot flashes. They are created to take care of the whole individual. The prescriptions for Chinese herbal remedies will depend upon the individual symptoms that you have but the Chinese herbs I have listed below are the building blocks of Chinese herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using China Root: This root is filled with knobs and irregular joints and is available in two types of China Root and can be bought at all Chinese Herbalist Shops. The first type of China Root is the best kind and looks paler in color and harder in texture than the other one. It derives from the oriental climber plant; Smilax China Linn. It is grown with red berries and has circular prickly stalks. The second type of China Root derives from the oriental plant; Smilax Pfeudo-China Linn. It has a smoother textured stalk and has black berries. Neither has any specific taste or smell, however, this is a very potent herb to heal night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings. This is usually consumed through chewing or in tea form, but many forms of this remedy is an extract placed into a capsule type pill.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Bupleurum Root: The translation of this root from Chinese dialect is “Kindling of the Barbarians”. This root was first talked about in a 2,000 year old Chinese Medicinal Text and is said to be on the most imperative herbs within Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is a very powerful herb as it is known to remove the stagnate chi within the body. It works even better when used in combination with certain other herbs. It really helps your liver. Most of all menopausal remedies will include this root as without it the anti-microbial activities and harmonizing actions are way too important to leave out.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Licorice Root: This herb is also a very important one and is known as the “grandfather of all herbs”. Its functions include eliminating the body of toxins and poisons as well as helping other herbs consumed to penetrate and cleanse better. This is essential to get your chi on the right flow. Keep in mind that Chinese Licorice Root differs from Western Licorice Root. The Chinese Licorice Root is used to energize and calm the body while the Western Licorice Root can cause nervousness. It is important to check your herbal remedy to make sure you have the Root that is grown within the northern region of China.

      Please keep in mind that although these are herbs, it is still very important to talk to your doctor or acupuncturist regarding the use of these herbs and all other natural forms of relief.

  38. QUESTION:
    what are some of the side effects other people have had on clomid?
    since i have been on it. i have had hot flashes, sleeplessness at night, but exhausted during the day, mood swings, sharp pains on either side of my lower abdomen, and sore breasts. are these normal? what else should i be looking for?

    • ANSWER:
      Stomach upset, bloating, abdominal/pelvic fullness, flushing ("hot flashes"), breast tenderness, headache, or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

      Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

      Vision changes (e.g., blurred vision, seeing spots or flashes) may sometimes occur during clomiphene treatment, especially if you are exposed to bright light. These side effects usually go away a few days or weeks after treatment is stopped. However, in rare cases, vision changes may be permanent. Tell your doctor immediately if any of the following occur: vision problems/changes, eye pain.

      Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: abnormal vaginal bleeding, mental/mood changes.

      This medication may cause a condition known as ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). Rarely, serious OHSS causes fluid to suddenly build up in the stomach, chest, and heart area. This may occur during therapy or after treatment has been stopped. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the following side effects: severe pain/swelling in the lower abdomen (pelvic) area, sudden/rapid weight gain, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, change in the amount of urine, pain/redness/swelling of the legs, chest pain, fast/irregular heartbeat.

      A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

      If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
      http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-11204-Clomid.aspx?drugid=11204&drugname=Clomid

  39. QUESTION:
    What are you perimenopause symptoms and treatments?
    I'm 43 years old and seem to be starting into perimenopause. Tonight I have tingling in my cheeks and a hot feeling, although I'm not hot to touch. I don't know if it's symptoms of perimenopause or to do with my thyroid. The thyroid is gone and today they said my thyroid is low so they are increasing the dose. I hope that helps. Has anyone else experienced that with perimenopause? The hot flushing has gone on all evening. I'm tremendously tired lately during the daytime. I don't have health insurance so my doctor is treating me conservativly.

    • ANSWER:
      You periods will change, heavier or lighter or longer or more irregular. Every person's hot flashes may be different. Insomnia is a big part of menopause, even above and not associated with the hot flashes. It seems that I don't need as much sleep as I used to.

      I was always against taking exogenous estrogen, until the hot flashes hit with a vengence. First I tried all the over the counter stuff, which, by the way, does not work in the least. Now that is what I get a "jones" for-my estrogen patches. I always keep an extra estrogen patch in my purse, just in case I need extra.

      I understand that the estrogen pills are not very expensive, as they are not under patent, and they can prescribe the generic ones for you. WalMart sells all generic drugs for four dollars a prescription.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it safe now to use HRT for menopause?
    Being pre-menopausal i just dont want to go through hot flashes and mood swings without some treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO consensus on HRT. Almost all agree that there are risks, but there are some very real pay backs. This is something that you need to discuss with a physician and take in to consideration your current health and your goals.

      Again, there is no simple answer.

  41. QUESTION:
    Which of the following is NOT true concerning infertility and its treatment?
    a. A cause of infertility frequently treated by pharmaceutical means is anovulation.

    b. Medications for infertility promote the maturation of the follicle and ovulation.

    c. Some side effects of medications for anovulation include hot flashes, abdominal discomfort, spotting, weakness, and photophobia.

    d. Medications for infertility must be matched to the cause of infertility, so accurate medical histories are important.

    e. All of the above statements are true

    • ANSWER:
      And we would be willing to do your homework because...?

      You are probably studying this stuff for a reason. And I know I for one would really prefer my fertility specialist to have made it through school without getting strangers to do his homework.

  42. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever taken lupron shots for Adenomyosis did it help?
    I was diagnosed with Adenomyosis the other day. I took my first lupron shot Wednesday. My uterus is very large and it looks like I am pregnant.
    I would like to become pregnant one day if this tumor shrinks. My question is how long will this treatment shrink my condition? Will it grow back as soon as I am done with my shots? I'm not married and I want to have a child before I am 40 but am not currently seeing anyone. Are the hot flashes and side effects of lupron really bad? Help please

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure about Adenomyosis, but I was put on lupron once for my ovarian cysts and endometriosis. The side effects were very annoying for me. Hot flashes, mood swings. But everyone is different, so they might not be so bad for you. I hope they aren't.

  43. QUESTION:
    How far is Domperidone used in the treatment of nausea associated with cancer treatment?
    Can i have details of articles journals or ANY info on use of Domperidone in the treatment of nausea associated with cancer treatment.
    Thanks a ton,norton-g,but what i wanted to know was that domperidone has shown to cause side effects.how much safe is it to use on cancer patients?

    • ANSWER:
      Sunny N cool - Nausea and vomiting (emesis) (N&V) are common symptoms in patients with advanced cancer. Domperidone is a first choice antiemetic in many countries. Headache, dizziness, dry mouth, nervousness, flushing, or irritability may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. Trouble sleeping, stomach cramps, hot flashes and leg cramps have also been reported. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: chest pain, slow/fast/irregular heartbeat, swelling of the feet or ankles, difficulty urinating, swelling of the breasts or discharge from the nipple in men or women, menstrual changes, sexual difficulties. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

      PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: history of breast cancer, allergies. Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Domperidone passes into breast milk. Due to the potential risks to a nursing infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding (see also Uses section).

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you give me advice about these problems with menopause?
    I am 45 years old and I'm already having severe hot flashes, I haven't had a period in 6 months (I've had a test by the doctor and I'm not pregnant), and there is emotional anxiety, etc. The doctor said I was in pre menopause, but 6 months with no period sounds like full blown menopause, doesn't it?

    Also, what treatments has anyone tried?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats can begin 4 -5 years before you period completely ends.

      Consider taking the herb Black Cohosh for the hot flashes. You can later add Damiana and Don Quai. Some companies make a combo pill to take, check with your local Health Food Store.

      Most of my friends have hot flashes. I've been drinking non-gmo Soy Milk - at least a glass a week and don't have hot flashes like my friends.

  45. QUESTION:
    Which natural product is working for hot flashes?
    I lost my left ovary to cancer couple of years ago. I wake up so often during the night and it's hard to go back to sleep again. I am against prescription drug which doctor would give me.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      There is two ways to go in the treatment of hot flushes. Allopathic or Naturopathic.

      As hot flashes are the main symptom of menopause, the favorite treatment by your treating doctor will be the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). On the other hand, the use of herbs for hot flashes is more of alternative way. The basic are herbs such as the Licorice root, Panax ginseng, Black Cohosh and Wild yams. In lite cases, one can experiment with the combination of those.

      If the case of your problem is more deeply seated, then the use of special mixes is the right way to go.

      Out of those, the best ones (in my opinion) are: Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longifolia), Kacip Fatimah (Labisia Pothoina) and Akar Serapat (Paramignya Polyne) mix.

      Or...
      Shu Di Huang, the steamed and dried form of Sheng Di Huang which does tonify the blood with hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, pale complexion, palpitations, nocturnal emissions, insomnia, irregular menses, uterine bleeding and post partum bleeding. It also does foster Yin – kidney Yin deficiency with constant thirst, steaming bone disorder, tinnitus, premature graying.

      Or...
      Sheng Di Huang as one of herbs for hot flashes, Sheng Di Huang is mainly used to clear the heat, cool the blood and foster Yin for production of body fluid.
      Sheng Di Huang is used for high fever, constant thirst, red tongue, bleeding due to excessive heat in the blood and promote body fluids. Sheng Di Huang is used for Yin deficiency with damage of body fluids by excessive heat, symptoms such as mouth dryness, low fever, constipation, throat pain.
      Also is used for sores in mouth and tongue, irritability, insomnia and malar flush.

      One supporting factor is also the Wu Wei Zi which is mainly used as an astringent preparation to decrease perspiration, benefit kidney to calm heart and benefit Qi to produce fluid.

      Now you have the information but the footwork must be done by you.
      As each of us is an individual, we do respond differently to even the best medication in the world.

      The only way now is the trial and error. To be under the supervision of experienced Naturopath wouldn't hurt you either.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the safety aspects involved in a nuclear powerplant?
    Can someone enlighten me upon the different parts located within a nuclear reactor along with details concerning the removal and treatment of wastes? One might possibly as well include the aspects involved in collecting energy.
    I need to do a research project on this; any books or sites recommended would be of great help as well and even preferable.
    I appreciate any guidance given to me, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      That is a lot of ground you want to cover. Just addressing the safety aspects takes a book. Waste (spent fuel as well as lesser wastes such as derived from other materials and their irradiation) management would and does take up additional books.

      Much of what you need to know about nuclear plant safety starts with the safety culture, which is addressed in some detail at my web site at http://technidigm.org/technuke/nuclear.htm .It will be a bit over your head, most likely, as it covers the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program nuclear safety culture more than the less focused culture found at most commercial nuclear plants.

      There are also many websites to go to, such as that for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the one for the Nuclear Energy Institute, a nuclear utility sponsored organization that promotes the industry and also coordinates industry communications to a large degree. You can Google those sites yourself.

      Overall, besides the culture and regulations, the safety of each nuclear plant depends on "inherent" safety features such as natural circulation of water through the reactor core to keep removing heat even when the reactor coolant water pumps lose electric power. Safety is also ensured by dedicated safety systems designed to automatically react to any conceivable malfunction that might cause the reactor core to overheat. There are many sensors, power supplies, pumps, and valves of various kinds that are installed in the nuclear power plant just to ensure safety. The systems are tested and inspected a lot to make sure that they work or would work under certain conditions.

      Then we even assume that all that design effort, culture, and safety systems fail and put the reactor and the high pressure systems inside a containment building capable of preventing the release of radiation, something that the Chernobyl Reactor in the Soviet Union did not have. They also did not have an adequate safety culture, and their basic reactor design was even unstable in ways that require a degree in nuclear engineering to understand.

      As to how the reactor works, it simply generates heat in a pressurized water environment so that the water does not turn into steam while it is in the reactor core area. That helps remove the heat from the reactor core's heat transfer surfaces, a complex honeycomb of fuel tubes banded together to create a critical mass of fissile material but also a large heat transfer surface to allow easy removal of the fissile heat that comes out as heat to heat the reactor coolant water.

      That pressurized hot water can be flashed into steam to drive a turbine generator to get a lot of electric power. That is called a boiling water reactor (BWR). Most nuclear power plants keep the water pressurized and pump it through a heat exchanger called a steam generator, which has thousands of heat transfer tubes that conduct the primary coolant water heat to the secondary system called the steam system. That steam then goes through the turbines to generate power.

      All the turbine steam loses its energy passing through the turbines and has to be condensed using another tube and shell heat transfer component simply called the condenser. This exhaust steam is condensed to water so that it can be pumped back into the steam generator or reactor at high pressure for transferring heat again..

      The condenser transfer the remaining heat to the environment such as a lake, river, bay, ocean, or one of those hyperbolic cooling towers that seem to be a nuclear plant icon these days. Coal fired plants use them too, sometimes, but no one pays much attention to coal fired plants, even though they released their waste directly into the air we breathe.

      Nuclear plant waste is essentially metallic and can be recycled to recover extra uranium and the rest buried safely forever, as needed. Nuclear plant waste is only a problem in the minds of people who don't understand it or simply don't want to due to their need to grasp at anything to get the public's attention and try to sway opinions against nuclear power, for no apparent reason as far as nuclear engineers can tell.

      I have yet to meet an anti-nuke who understands the subject adequately to have an intelligent conversation on the subject, but that does not help you much with your research.

  47. QUESTION:
    My wife will be going through menopause soon what should I expect?
    Because of Cancer treatment and a hysterectomy after that my wife will be going through menopause, pretty soon. The cancer treatment gave me a preview but the hysterectomy will be the full on thing. What should I expect? How can I be supportive?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause typically occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 year old. Symptoms include irregular periods, heavy bleeding, hot flashes, disrupted sleep, headaches, dry eyes, vaginal changes (dryness), hair loss, weight gain and a loss of interest in sex. Someone women may also experience extreme emotional distress. Some women also have short term memory loss, lack of focus and irritability. Some women describe feelings of “fuzzy thinking” and the inability to multi-task. Some also experience increased feelings of anxiety, fatigue and depression. Also, women should be cautious of extreme or drastic mood swings.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with women going thru menopause?
    I'm pretty sure my mom is going through menopause right now because she is really irritable and moody and she's giving my dad the silent treatment because he got mad at her. Today was her birthday but she didn't even want to eat the cake we got her. I'm really pis$ed off about this and I want my family back. Anything I can do or do I just have to wait it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the period marked by the natural and permanent cessation of menstruation. A woman begins to see changes in her menstrual cycles usually between the ages of 45 and 55. It's the time in a woman's life that the function of her ovaries begins to cease. Most people recognize this as the "turning point".

      Some women may have few or no first signs of menopause, while others experience multiple psychological and physical symptoms. The symptoms and severity of them varies significantly from woman to woman.

      Every woman's experience will be different but some of the common first signs of menopause are:

      -Irregular Periods -Hot Flashes -Problems with the Vagina and Bladder -Loss of Sex Drive -Fatigue -Mood Changes -Headaches -Sleep Problems -Water Retention

      Can you imagine having to deal with all that and nobody understands what you’re going through?

      Spend some time and talk to her about your concerns (Your Mom’s Health and Well Being). Show empathy for her. The more you can learn on your own about this change, the more your mom will open up to you about it.

      This could help tremendously.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of menopausal hot flashes without using hormone therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Treatment for Menopause Symptoms :-

      Aversion to bathing; tiresome, loosing weight; hot and itchy feeling Sulphur 200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Melancholic, irritable and talkative patient. Burning sensation all over the body. Cannot bear touch even of clothes. Dark coloured haemorrhage. Distressing headache, palpitaion and haemorrhoids. Worse after sleep Lachesis 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Weeping disposition; changeable temper; hot perspiration in close and warm room; loss of thirst; desire for open,cold air Pulsatilla 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Tired feeling due to over work; pale, flabby, relaxed and chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Tall, thin, easily depressed patient; dislikes sympathy. Bearing down pains, haemorrhage with prolapsus of uterus; leucorrhoea with dyspepsia or constipation. Hot flushes; tendency to faint Sepia 200 or 1M weekly (3 Doses)

      Small bones is painful in morning with acidity; dirty coated tongue; filthy taste and bad breath; pallore and chilliness; worse in cold weather. Facial neuralgia due to suppression of leucorrhoea; better sea side Medorrhinum 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of muscles of the back and soreness of neck.Violent headache; patient feels as if top of the head is torn off Actaea Racemosa 30, 4 hourly

      Physical symptoms disappear as mental symptoms develop. Arrogant and proud patient; contempt for others. Excessive bleeding of dark clotted blood with pain in ovaries. Nymphomania Platina 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses) .

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  50. QUESTION:
    Can you tell me all about social anxiety?
    I need to know the definitions, the treatment, and the signs and symptoms of social anxiety for my school project. Thanks a bunch!

    • ANSWER:
      Social anxiety is basically the fear of socialization . I used to have it and fer me it was like , fear of rejection .

      Symptoms :
      Pounding heart or tight chest
      Shaky voice
      Rapid breathing
      Sweating or hot flashes
      Upset stomach, nausea
      Dry mouth
      Trembling or shaking
      Muscle tension
      Blushing
      Dizziness, feeling faint
      Clammy hands
      Twitching

      Treatments :
      Avoid or limit caffeine. Coffee, tea, caffeinated soda, energy drinks, and chocolate act as stimulants that increase anxiety symptoms.
      Drink only in moderation. You may be tempted to drink before a party or other social situation in order to calm your nerves, but alcohol increases your risk of having an anxiety attack.
      Quit smoking. Nicotine is a powerful stimulant. Smoking leads to higher, not lower, levels of anxiety.
      Get adequate sleep. When you’re sleep deprived, you’re more vulnerable to anxiety. Being well rested will help you stay calm in social situations.
      Beta blockers – Beta blockers are used for relieving performance anxiety. They work by blocking the flow of adrenaline that occurs when you’re anxious. While beta blockers don’t affect the emotional symptoms of anxiety, they can control physical symptoms such as shaking hands or voice, sweating, and rapid heartbeat.
      Antidepressants – Antidepressants can be helpful when social anxiety disorder is severe and debilitating. Three specific antidepressants—Paxil, Effexor, and Zoloft—have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of social phobia.
      Benzodiazepines – Benzodiazepines are fast-acting anti-anxiety medications. However, they are sedating and addictive, so they are typically prescribed only when other medications for social phobia have not worked.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the pricing for therapy at HRC Medical centers?
    I've heard a lot about their services and am thinking of getting hormone replacement therapy, but am wondering what the cost would be. I am very interested because a lot of the reviews I have read are from people who have had success with similar symptoms to mine but I need to find out if this is something I could pay for. Does anyone have pricing information or know if they have billing plans that I could work with? Thanks a lot in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      They offer different pricing options based on their different types of treatment. Treatment depends on the types of symptoms you may be experiencing. There is plenty of information on their website.

      http://stories.hrcmedical.com/hormone-replacement

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any reputable journal articles concerning a vegan diet?
    Peer reviewed, written by doctors, etc...something that concerns a vegan diet. It can be both positive or negative, it is fine. All information is welcomed, just anything you have found interesting.

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to take a look at the EPIC study where they recruited a large number of vegetarians and vegans.

      http://www.epic-oxford.org/publications/?c=EPIC-Oxford

      Here's a few published articles from EPIC-Oxford you might be interested in:

      Cancer incidence in vegetarians
      Mortality in vegetarians
      Vegetarian diet and risk of breast cancer
      Fracture risk in vegetarians and nonvegetarians
      Health effects of vegetarian diets

      Here's the bad news:

      The EPIC study, as well as The China Study are all observational studies. Since observational studies can only show correlation, not causation, they can not be used to prove anything. The only useful item an observational study can yield is a hypothesis that can be tested in a clinical trial. Only a clinical trial can prove causation.

      Let me give you an example. There were a lot of observational studies that indicated women taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had lower incidents of heart disease. This led people to think HRT lowered the chance of heart heart disease. Based on this hypothesis, a clinical trial with placebo's was conducted.

      In the clinical trial, it was discovered that HRT actually increased heart disease, stroke, and breast cancer.

      Why?

      It turns out that women who took HRT tended to be from a higher socio-economic class and better educated. In other words, the women that went to their doctors for HRT tended to be healthier than average, thereby distorting the results.

      Unfortunately, many books and websites use observational studies as proof that a certain dietary ideology is "correct". That's something we all have to watch out for.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you get severe fatigue or breathlessness during the onset of the menopause?
    I had a hysterectomy in December. I still have my ovaries,but lately, my hair seems drier and thinner. I also have this overwhelming tiredness during the day, and breathlessness.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      I hope you'll check with your health care provider about these symptoms. While they may be related to a surgically induced menopause, they may also be a symptom of another condition or conditions. As women enter menopause, they may begin to experience several symptoms typically associated with the changes that are taking place in their bodies. These symptoms include:

      Hot flashes. This is a feeling of warmth in the face, neck or chest that ranges from mild to severe. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 85 percent of women approaching or going through menopause have hot flashes.

      Night sweats (evening versions of “hot flashes”) and difficulty sleeping. Lack of sleep can contribute to women feeling tired, stressed or tense.

      Changes in vaginal tissue, including thinning, dryness, itchiness or burning. In some cases, sex may become painful (dyspareunia) due to decreased vaginal secretions.

      Thinning of bones. Known as osteoporosis, this condition can lead to a reduction of bone mass that reaches 20 percent in some women. As a result, menopausal and postmenopausal women are susceptible to fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and other bones. In some cases, osteoporosis can lead to loss of height.

      Abnormal vaginal bleeding or “spotting.” This is a common sign of menopause. However, women who have not had a period for 12 consecutive months should see a physician if they experience spotting, as this can sometimes be a sign of other conditions, such as:

      Cancer

      Side effects of using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy

      Hormonal imbalance

      Noncancerous growths in the lining of the uterus, such as fibroids

      Mood changes. These changes can include mood swings, depression and irritability. Some researchers believe these emotions are a result of changes in the brain caused by a decrease in estrogen. Others think menopausal symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes and fatigue cause the feelings. Still others maintain that a combination of these factors is probably responsible.

      Urinary problems. These may include leaking, burning or pain when urinating (dysuria) or urgency. Leakages may also occur during sneezing, coughing or laughing. An increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) is also associated with menopause as a result of a thinning of the urethra that happens at this time.

      Other symptoms may occur, also. You can read more about them at this medically-reviewed site - an excellent one!

      http://obgyn.health.ivillage.com/menopausehrt/menopause.cfm

      Feel better : )

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you cope with a wife who is going through all the phases of menopause?
    This question is mainly for husbands.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a woman who put my poor husband and kids through Hell. Make sure she does not go on Hormone replacement therapy very controversial and studies have shown it causes cancer.
      My husband went to The Vitamin Shop and got me natural progesterone by source Naturals. It is a cream that she applies on her wrist or chest twice a day 1/2 teaspoon. I put it on that night when he came home and the next morning I was smiling again. Believe me I was suicidal, crying all of the time and very very angry.
      Here is the link..read the reviews first. See if there is The Vitamin Shoppe where you live.

      http://www.vitacost.com/Source-Naturals-Natural-Progesterone-Cream/pd_section-pr#ProductReviews

  5. QUESTION:
    Do Testosterone Pills have side effects? Do they really work when it comes to sexual performance/working out?
    Only serious answers please. I am curious as to if they are healthy to take and what the overall results are?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Duh! Any med has side effects!
      I read this:
      Testosterone replacement may be appropriate for those who have very low levels of this hormone, but not for those who have a slightly low level. Before you consider using testosterone injections or gels as testosterone replacement, consider more natural alternatives. Testosterone replacement therapy can have serious short term and long term side effects.

      If you are looking for testosterone for a better sex drive - natural options, such as Passion Rx, are extremely helpful and if you are considering using testosterone for sexual enhancement, consider Passion Rx instead. Those interested in increasing sex drive without the use of testosterone should review this page on sex drive which offers natural alternatives.

      Go Here, it talks about the natural options (better than having side effects): http://www.raysahelian.com/sexdrive.html

  6. QUESTION:
    I have sore breasts this is abnormal for me before my period?
    its the week before my period and my breasts are very sore and heavy...this is abnormal for me. is it likely that i could be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      You get breast tenderness before your period is due it is called premenstrual syndrome

      http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/breast-tenderness-during-menstruation-period.htm

      Symptom Relief

      There are a few things you can do to relive the discomfort of tenderness and swelling of the breasts.
      Wear good breast support. Make sure to wear a good bra with support. Not wearing a bra can make breast tenderness worse, regardless of breast size. This is especially important during exercise. Bras/support will help to make breasts feel contained, helping to minimize soreness.
      Exercise. Sometimes just getting outside and moving around can help to relieve breast pain. Making exercise a regular part of your daily regimen, can help to relieve many symptoms of PMS.
      Hot or cold treatments. Some women feel better icing their breasts to relieve the pain. Others say heat and hot pads make a difference. Try them out and see which is best for you.
      Ibuprofen. Taking a pain reliever right before your period can make a difference in relieving cramps, breast pain and swelling. However, it is not recommended to take a pain reliever regularly, so limit it to key times of the month. Note, that ibuprofen should not be taken if you are pregnant.
      Change hormones.Check with your doctor about changing your birth control pill or your hormone replacement therapy if this applies to your situation.
      Visualization and breath-work. Imagining your breasts in a weightless state, in warm gentle heat or something like that helps many women minimize the breast pain. Deep breath work can help too.

      Diet and breast tenderness

      There is no doubt that diet makes a difference for breast pain. Some foods are known to trigger pain for some women and not others. Review this list of key suspects, and try eliminating one at a time to see if your symptoms improve.
      Salt. Too much salt and sodium is known to make breast tenderness worse. This leads to additional water-retention and swelling which then leads to additional breast pain. Try to eliminate high sodium foods from your diet at least a week before your cycle begins.
      Fat. Studies have shown that women who limit high fat foods in their diet have a serious decrease in breast pain. Eliminating heavy fats and animal products can lend to greater overall health which should help to minimize all PMS symptoms.
      Sugar. For many people sugar contributes to breast tenderness and to the 'ropey' feel that breasts often get the week before menstruation begins.
      Caffeine. Many women complain that caffeine can make breast tenderness worse. In fact, caffeine generally contributes to breast lumpiness at any time of the month. It is especially recommended to avoid caffeine all month round if you have lumpy breasts, and for the week leading up to your period if you only have breast pain.
      Move excess fluid from the body. It is important to drink lots of water to help remove the excess fluid from your body. And it is also helpful to take an natural diuretic to help the body flush excess water out.
      Add B, E and A vitamins. Studies suggest that taking a multi can help with PMS symptoms and thus breast tenderness. There is a likely a link between the intake of the B-6 vitamin and body's ability to metabolize estrogen.

  7. QUESTION:
    What nutrition and medicines derive from seaweed?

    • ANSWER:
      Seaweed draws an extraordinary wealth of mineral elements from the sea that can account for up to 36% of its dry mass. The mineral macronutrients include sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, chlorine, sulfur and phosphorus; the micronutrients include iodine, iron, zinc, copper, selenium, molybdenum, fluoride, manganese, boron, nickel and cobalt.

      Seaweed has such a large proportion of iodine compared to dietary minimum requirements, that it is primarily known as a source of this nutrient. The highest iodine content is found in brown algae, with dry kelp ranging from 1500-8000 ppm (parts per million) and dry rockweed (Fucus) from 500-1000 ppm. The amounts of seaweed ingested as food in Japan, or in supplements, is often considerably more than 1 gram a day. Studies show that the human body adapts readily to higher iodine intake, where the thyroid gland is the main tissue involved in use of iodine (it is a component of thyroid hormones). Huge portions of the world population get insufficient iodine. CHINA HAS THE LARGEST POPULATION WITH A HISTORY OF LOW IODINE INTAKE, FOLLOWED BY INDIA. (interesting)

      The calcium content of seaweeds is typically about 4-7% of dry matter. At 7% calcium, one gram of dried seaweed provides 70 mg of calcium, compared to a daily dietary requirement of about 1,000 mg. Still, this is higher than a serving of most non-milk based foods.

      Protein content in seaweed varies somewhat. Green algae, which are still not harvested much have a significant protein content, i.e., up to 20% of dry matter. Spirulina, a micro-alga, is well known for its very high content, i.e., 70% of dry matter.

      Seaweed contains several vitamins. Red and brown algae are rich in carotenes (provitamin A) and are used, in fact, as a source of natural mixed carotenes for dietary supplements. The vitamin C in red and brown algae is also notable. Other vitamins are also present, including B12, which is not found in most land plants.

      Seaweed has very little fat, but has a high fiber content, making up 32% to 50% of dry matter. The soluble fiber fraction accounts for 51-56% of total fibers in green (ulvans) and red algae (agars, carrageenans and xylans) and for 67-87% in brown algae (laminaria, fucus, and others). Soluble fibers are generally associated with having cholesterol-lowering and hypoglycemic effects.
      http://www.itmonline.org/arts/seaweed.htm

      MEDICINAL USES
      Seaweed has traditionally been used to cure a variety of maladies in Ireland and Scotland, and Japan's low rate of breast cancer may be traced to the fact that the Japanese eat a great deal of seaweed. In fact, seaweed has killed cancer cells in lab experiments, though research is still ongoing.
      http://www.naturalnews.com/006586.html

      In Europe and North America, many claims have been made for the effectiveness of seaweeds on human health. It has been suggested, amongst other things, that seaweeds have curative powers for tuberculosis, arthritis, colds and influenza, worm infestations, and may even improve one's attractiveness to the opposite sex. Digenea (Ceramiales; Rhodophycota) produces an effective vermifugal agent (kainic acid). Recently, aqueous extracts from two red algae belonging to the family Dumontiaceae have been found to inhibit the herpes simplex virus but no tests have been carried out on humans. Carrageenans have been patented as anti-viral agents. Many of the reported medicinal effects of marine algae have not been substantiated. Corallina is being used used in bone-replacement therapy. Stein & Borden (1984) provide a more extensive review. Some kelps may have polysaccharides that apparently reduce the incidence of breast cancer.
      http://www.seaweed.ie/uses_general/MedicinalUses.html

  8. QUESTION:
    What causes feet to swell and what can be done about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Swelling is caused by fluid buildup in the tissues. Gravity pulls the fluids to your feet and ankles, causing them to swell.

      Swelling can be caused by a serious condition of the kidney, heart, liver or blood vessels. Some other causes of swelling are:

      Eating a poor diet high in salt and carbohydrates
      Taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy pills
      Pregnancy
      PMS
      Sodium retention
      Muscle injury
      Varicose veins
      History of phlebitis
      Allergic reactions
      Preeclampsia
      Neuromuscular disorders
      Trauma
      Laxative abuse
      Diuretics abuse
      Drug abuse
      Treatment will depend on the cause of the swelling. One of the first treatment options is to elevate the legs above the level of the heart. Anti-inflammatory medicine can also help reduce swelling.

      Other treatment options are

      Leg wedges to elevate the feet while sleeping.
      Support socks and stocking
      Support socks and stockings come in various gradients depending on the pressure needed, and various lengths depending on the level of the edema.
      Proper fitting shoes and socks.
      Tips to Reduce Swelling
      Cut back on salt
      Salt contributes to fluid retention.
      Drink plenty of water.
      Put your feet up
      Lying on your back, rest your feet at least 12 inches above the level of your heart for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
      Do not abuse laxatives
      Use support stockings
      Roll these on in the morning to promote circulation and limit gravitation movement of fluids. Most medical supply or drug stores carry these.
      Exercise regularly
      Regular exercise improves circulation.
      Avoid standing in place for long period of time.
      Lose excess weight
      Excess weight slows circulation of body fluids and puts extra pressure on your veins.
      Increase muscle activity with walking.
      Avoid long periods of sitting
      Every one or two hours, get up and walk.
      Review your medication with your doctors
      Certain drugs, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and calcium channel blockers, can contribute to swelling.
      Complications of Swelling?
      Excess swelling can cause skin ulcerations.

  9. QUESTION:
    How much hormones do they put in meats and dairys? I heard of women getting fibroids from hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      "According to one 2000-2003 survey by the Food Marketing Institute, hormonal additives are entirely illegal in the European Union (EU), as well as in Canada, simply based on the biologic plausibility of health implications, alongside some scant laboratory and animal research. The EU has gone so far as to ban the import of US beef and dairy from treated animals, spurring a small tariff war between them and the US."

      However if you are still worried because you eat american beef, here is a lot of info:

      Hormones Used in Livestock

      Six steroid hormones are currently approved for use in US livestock to speed lean muscle growth. Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and a joint committee of the Food and Agricultural Organization and World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) deemed residues of these additives in meat safe for consumption in 1988. Three of the approved additives are synthetic versions of steroid hormones that occur naturally in both cows and humans: estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone; the other three are synthetic variations that closely mimic these. More than 90% of US livestock are currently injected with these hormones, which can increase production of veal and beef by up to 15%.

      Hormones Used in Dairy Cattle

      In 1993, the FDA and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) panel of experts approved the use of recombinant (i.e., genetically engineered) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This protein hormone promotes increased milk production as opposed to muscle growth. Its approval came only after extensive review of available data by said organizations that showed the milk of treated dairy cattle to be safe.

      Today, somewhere from 5% to 30% of dairy cattle receive rbGH, and those that do produce at least 10% more milk than other cows. As opposed to cattle raised as livestock, no steroid hormones are approved for use in dairy cattle.

      Suspected Health Concerns

      Too much or little of any hormone can be harmful to the body, and in severe cases can result in an endocrine disorder such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. Additionally, certain cancers are known to be responsive to some hormones in the steroid class. Estrogen is listed as a known carcinogen (most associated with uterine cancer, followed by breast cancer), and progesterone as reasonably anticipated to be a carcinogen, in an updated report by the National Toxicology Program at the Department of Health and Human Services.

      Concerns Over Additives in Beef

      While taking steroid hormones at high doses, such as in hormonal replacement therapy, has been shown to increase risk for some cancers, the amount present in meat products is comparably miniscule. Indeed, the FDA argues that residues of additives in beef are negligible in comparison to levels that occur naturally both in cows and humans.

      Authorities also point out that steroid hormone levels in beef, whether from treated animals or not, are far lower than those found in eggs or milk. Additionally, these levels are dwarfed by high levels of plant estrogens or phytoestrogens present in soybeans, wheat germ, cabbage, broccoli, and many other vegetables. Phytoestrogens have also been shown to be hormonally active in people.

      One lesson from history may largely explain the continued wariness toward hormonal additives even at reportedly negligible doses. The synthetic estrogen hormone, diethylstilbestrol (DES), that was used beginning in the 1950s to fatten cattle and chickens, as well as to prevent miscarriages in women, was found to increase cancer risk in humans. Its use in food production was phased out by 1979, several years after it was pronounced to be a known carcinogen. Receiving ample media coverage, the DES misfortune peaked awareness of the potential dangers of chemical additives in both food and drugs.

      Besides cancer risk, a few other unsubstantiated claims against steroid additives have been made. For example, they have been blamed at least partially for earlier puberty onset in some female populations (also a risk factor for breast cancer), but no epidemiological studies have ever been done on this.

      Concerns Over Additives in Dairy

      As for dairy hormones, critics of rgBH, such as the Consumer Union and the Cancer Prevention Coalition, argue that milk from treated cows contains higher levels of this hormone than milk from non-treated cows. However, rgBH is not recognized as a hormone in the human body, and even if it were, as a protein hormone it is broken down into metabolites in the stomach (unlike steroid hormones, which do pass into the bloodstream when ingested orally), so any health risk is biologically unlikely.

      But, more importantly, critics contend that the milk also contains higher levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), a protein hormone that is identical in cows and humans. IGF-1 plays an important role in milk production, bone growth, and cell division. Indeed, Eli Lilly & Co., a manufacturer of rbGH, reported a ten-fold increase in IGF-1 levels in milk of cows receiving the hormone. And while IGF-1 is naturally present in humans, new research does suggest that elevated levels are associated with breast, colon, and prostate cancers. The Harvard-based Nurses Health Study found higher blood levels of IGF-1 in women with breast cancer than in those without. Still, no research has been done to show if drinking milk with higher levels of IGF-1 translates to higher blood levels of IGF-1.

      It didn't get any exact levels but you might be able to find it on the FDA website.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why do I flush in the face at the moment something even minutely stressful happens??

    • ANSWER:
      You were around 12, daydreaming through Latin class, happily doodling the name of that special someone on the back of your notebook. Then you looked up—to find the object of your affections reading over your shoulder.

      Remember that sensation? Your cheeks flammed and your best friend loudly informed you that you were red as a beet.

      Well, some of the same feelings that made you blush at 12 can produce a flush in adulthood. STRESS, embarrassment or anxiety can produce a SUDDEN RISE in temperature that your body tries to lower by DILATING ( autonomic nervous system) all the blood vessels near the surface of the skin. The result: that ROSY flush. This is the simplest explanation. in a nutshell.

      It's also perfectly normal to look and feel flushed after exercise or sex, doctors say. Ditto, after too many alcoholic drinks or a meal that's highly spiced or seasoned with monosodium glutamate (MSG).

      If you're a woman, you may have special reasons for flushing. During pregnancy, your body's changing hormones and increased blood volume may cause occasional flushing. Later in life, during menopause, dwindling estrogen may announce itself with hot flashes that involve severe bouts of flushing.

      The most common triggers of facial flushing in order are:

      Sun Exposure
      Emotional Stress
      Hot Weather
      Alcohol
      Spicy Foods
      Exercise
      Wind
      Hot Baths
      Cold Weather
      Hot Drinks
      Skin-Care Products

      Any cause of high temperature can produce flushing. Fever from an infection, heat exposure, sunburn or dehydration can all cause your internal thermostat to produce a flush.

      In addition, any chronic condition that affects circulation—from diabetes to heart problems—can produce flushing, doctors say. An overactive thyroid can also produce a flush.

      Certain medications, particularly some that are taken to reduce high blood pressure or cholesterol levels may cause flushing as a side effect. And flushing is a common reaction to safe but high doses of the B vitamin niacin, taken in the form of nicotinic acid.

      Symptom Relief

      Whether you're prone to a rose-petal blush or to flushing that looks more like a ripe tomato, here's help.

      Watch what you eat and drink. Alcohol, strong spices and MSG are the prime dietary causes of flushing, Skip cocktails, weed the curry and ginger out of your spice cabinet and read labels to detect MSG in prepared foods..

      Evaluate your estrogen. If you're nearing the age of menopause, ask your doctor to test your estrogen levels. Ask whether you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, which can help halt hormonal swings and stop flushing.

      Handle the heat. If you've been overdoing everything under the sun, here's how to handle heat under the sun. Get in the shade and cool off with a fan or cool water. Drinking cold beverages won't hurt, but take it slowly. Too much may make you vomit.

      Review your medications. It would be wise to review with your doctor any medications—prescription or over-the-counter—you may be taking. You may be experiencing flushing as a side effect.

      If you take Niacin to control high blood cholesterol or for any other reason, your doctor may suggest that you take an aspirin up to an hour before taking the supplement. ASPIRIN will block the production of PROSTAGLANDINS, hormones that contribute to the flushing response.

      Get help from your doctor. There are many causes for repeated episodes of flushing. Your doctor should prescribe appropriate medical treatment. If you have an overactive thyroid, for example, your doctor can prescribe medications to cut back its production of hormones

  11. QUESTION:
    Does taking chlorophyll help reverse gray hair back to it's natural color?

    • ANSWER:
      Description
      Gray hair involves a change in hair color from its normal color to gray. Hair is regarded as prematurely gray when 50% of scalp’s hair has changed its color to gray by the age of 40.

      Biology of gray hair
      Gray hair occurs when the melanocytes in the scalp die, causing the manufacture of melanin (the chemical that is responsible for normal hair color) to cease:

      - Gray hair contains very few melanocytes in the hair bulb, leading to the production of fewer melanosomes and those melanosomes that are produced contain less melanin than non-gray hair.

      These substances retard the onset of or reverse gray hair:
      Auxins
      Dihydroxyl-5,6-indole (applied topically) reverses gray Hair. This occurs via dihydroxyl-5,6-indole functioning as a precursor molecule for the production of melanin via a slow oxidation process. This compound is not yet commercially-available.

      Hormones
      There are many (reliable) anecdotal reports claiming that human growth hormone (hGH) replacement therapy has restored normal hair color to gray hair.

      Minerals
      Gray hair can occur as a result of calcium deficiency.
      Copper supplementation sometimes delays the onset of gray hair (due to its role in the production of melanin). research
      Zinc deficiency may cause premature gray hair:
      Some contradictory reports state that zinc has no effect on the onset of gray hair.

      Pharmaceutical drugs
      Imatinib Mesylate reverses gray hair (however this use of Imatinib Mesylate is impractical as this drug causes many toxic side effects). peer-reviewed research

      Pigments
      Melanin can be encapsulated within liposomes and applied topically to the scalp in order to deliver melanin to the cells of hair follicles where it is then utilized endogenously to "pump" melanin which is responsible for hair color back into otherwise gray hair.

      Vitamins
      Biotin delays the onset of gray hair and may retard the further progression of gray hair. research
      Folic acid helps to prevent gray hair.
      Inositol has a protective effect on Hair Follicles and via this protection of hair follicles it sometimes prevents or halts the progression of gray hair. research

      Occasionally, (in approximately 10-25% of cases) para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) use causes gray or white Hair to darken toward its original color (very large dosages of 6-24 GRAMS per day of PABA are required to achieve this effect): research

      - A trial undertaken in 1941 concluded that 200 mg of PABA per day for two months resulted in marked darkening of the hair in 30 patients afflicted with gray Hair.
      - A trial undertaken in 1944 concluded that 200 mg of PABA combined with 100 mg of calcium pantothenate and 50 mg of Brewer’s yeast per day for eight months caused significant hair color change in only two patients out of 33 afflicted with gray Hair.
      - A trial undertaken in 1964 concluded that administration of 6-24 grams of PABA per day for six weeks caused dramatic hair color change and hair regrowth in 5 patients out of 20 (i.e. 25%) with markedly gray hair (hair color returned to gray within three to four weeks of ceasing PABA treatment).

      Gray hair is a symptom of vitamin B5 deficiency in rats (this finding does not necessarily extrapolate to humans, although there is scientific speculation that vitamin B5 may also prevent human graying of the hair - unfortunately no studies have yet been performed to refute nor confirm this claim). research

      Synthetic substances in synergy

      A blend of Retin-A combined with an (unspecified) alpha-hydroxy acid (applied topically to the scalp) is under investigation as a means of returning gray hair to its original color:

      - This claim is made on the basis of reports from a New York dermatologist (Jim Baral) who claims to have restored his hair color to normal after accidentally smearing the mixture onto his scalp. His hair color remained normal one year after the incident.

      Volatile oils
      Eugenol (the principal active ingredient in cloves and clove Oil) (applied topically to the scalp) has been demonstrated to restore hair color (and may therefore be useful for the treatment of gray hair).

      These herbs prevent, disguise or (possibly) reverse gray hair
      Ashwagandha helps to prevent and treat gray hair (by increasing the melanin content of the hair). research
      Eugenol (the principal active ingredient in cloves) (applied topically to the scalp) has been demonstrated to restore hair color (and may therefore be useful for the treatment of gray hair).
      Fo-Ti (consumed orally) may reverse gray hair and restore hair color to its natural color. research
      Ligustrum is used in China to prevent gray hair (its usefulness is based on folklore).
      Sage (strong infusion of 100 grams in 500 ml of water) cosmetically disguises gray air.

      These substances increase the risk of gray hair
      Recreational Drugs
      Tobacco smokers have a four times greater likelihood of gray hair compared to people who do not smoke tobacco. research

      Gray hair may increase the risk of these ailments

      Cardiovascular system
      People with gray hair have been found to have an increased risk of heart attack compared to people without gray hair. research

      Musculoskeletal system
      Prematurely gray hair may be a warning signal for osteoporosis:

      - Epidemiological studies link prematurely gray hair to increased risk of osteoporosis - researchers believe that the same genes that control early graying are the same as those that control bone density.

      Over 74% of our society are said to be zinc deficient.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can someone who has Addisons Disease (or knows someone who has it) please tell me what it's like?
    My friend has recently been diagnosed with it and I want to know the ins and outs of it. Will it affect her day to day routine in any way? Will she be int he hospital much? Will she go through pain? I ask this with all due respect to anyone who has to go through it. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.
      Addison's disease

      Adrenocortical hypofunction; Chronic adrenocortical insufficiency; Primary adrenal insufficiency
      Last reviewed: December 11, 2011.
      Addison's disease is a disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of their hormones.
      Causes, incidence, and risk factors
      The adrenal glands are small hormone-releasing organs located on top of each kidney. They are made up of the outer portion (called the cortex) and the inner portion (called the medulla).
      The cortex produces three types of hormones:
      The glucocorticoid hormones (such as cortisol) maintain sugar (glucose) control, decrease (suppress) immune response, and help the body respond to stress.
      The mineralocorticoid hormones (such as aldosterone) regulate sodium and potassium balance.
      The sex hormones, androgens (male) and estrogens (female), affect sexual development and sex drive.
      Addison's disease results from damage to the adrenal cortex. The damage causes the cortex to produce less of its hormones.
      This damage may be caused by the following:
      The immune system mistakenly attacking the gland (autoimmune disease)
      Infections such as tuberculosis, HIV, or fungal infections
      Hemorrhage, blood loss
      Tumors
      Use of blood-thinning drugs (anticoagulants)
      Risk factors for the autoimmune type of Addison's disease include other autoimmune diseases:
      Chronic thyroiditis

      Dermatis herpetiformis

      Graves' disease

      Hypoparathyroidism

      Hypopituitarism

      Myasthenia gravis

      Pernicious anemia

      Testicular dysfunction
      Type I diabetes

      Vitiligo

      Certain genetic defects may cause these conditions.
      Symptoms
      Changes in blood pressure or heart rate
      Chronic diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, or loss of appetite resulting in weight loss
      Darkening of the skin in some places, causing the skin to look patchy
      Paleness
      Extreme weakness, fatigue, and slow, sluggish movement
      Mouth lesions on the inside of a cheek (buccal mucosa)
      Salt craving
      Signs and tests
      Tests may show:
      Increased potassium
      Low blood pressure
      Low cortisol level
      Low serum sodium
      Normal sex hormone levels
      Other tests may include:
      Abdominal x-ray

      Abdominal CT scan

      This disease may also change the results of the following tests:
      17-hydroxycorticosteroids

      17-ketosteroids

      24-hour urinary aldosterone excretion rate
      ACTH

      Aldosterone

      Blood eosinophil count
      CO2

      Cortrosyn stimulation test

      Potassium test

      Renin

      Urine cortisol

      Treatment
      Treatment with replacement corticosteroids will control the symptoms of this disease. However, you will usually need to take these drugs for life. People often receive a combination of glucocorticoids (cortisone or hydrocortisone) and mineralocorticoids (fludrocortisone).
      Never skip doses of your medication for this condition, because life-threatening reactions may occur.
      The health care provider may increase the medication dose because of:
      Infection
      Injury
      Stress
      Surgery
      During an extreme form of adrenal insufficiency, called adrenal crisis, you must inject hydrocortisone immediately. Supportive treatment for low blood pressure is usually needed as well.
      Some people with Addison's disease are taught to give themselves an emergency injection of hydrocortisone during stressful situations. It is important for you to always carry a medical identification card that states the type of medication and the proper dose you need in case of an emergency. Your health care provider may also tell you to always wear a Medic-Alert tag (such as a bracelet) alerting health care professionals that you have this condition in case of emergency.
      Expectations (prognosis)
      With hormone replacement therapy, most people with Addison's disease are able to lead normal lives.
      Complications
      Complications can occur if you take too little or too much adrenal hormone supplement.
      Complications also may result from the following related illnesses:
      Diabetes

      Hashimoto's thyroiditis (chronic thyroiditis)
      Hypoparathyroidism
      Ovarian hypofunction or testicular failure
      Pernicious anemia
      Thyrotoxicosis

      Calling your health care provider
      Call your health care provider if:
      You are unable to keep your medication down due to vomiting.
      You have been diagnosed with Addison's disease, and you have stress such as infection, injury, trauma, or dehydration. You may need to have your medication adjusted.
      Your weight increases over time.
      Your ankles begin to swell.
      You develop other new symptoms.
      If you have symptoms of adrenal crisis, give yourself an emergency injection of your prescribed medication. If it is not available, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
      Symptoms of adrenal crisis include:
      Abdominal pain
      Difficulty breathing
      Dizziness or light-headedness
      Low blood pressure

      Reduced consciousness
      References
      Stewart PM, Krone NP. The adrenal cortex. In: Kronenberg H, Melmed S, Polonsky K, Larsen PR, eds. Williams Textbook of

  13. QUESTION:
    Hormone therapy options for women with history of blood clots.?
    I'm told that women who have had blood clots or strokes should not take hormone replacement therapy because estrogen makes the blood more likely to clot. Are there any ways around this? I'm in dealing with menopause in my twenties, and I can't deal with the hot flashes, skin problems, and weight gain any more. I'm also very concerned about the long-term health risks associated with low estrogen. It's very frustrating knowing that there's something out there that could help me, but that I can't use it.

    A related question: Why aren't women with normal ovarian function at greater risk for stroke? The pill takes over ovarian function, but gives less estrogen than the ovaries normally make; wouldn't that make women who use the pill *less* likely to have these problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. It's not estrogen that makes the blood clot, it's oral estrogen and the estrogen in birth control. See, oral estrogen goes through the digestive tract and is processed by the liver. When the liver processes it, it produces things that make your blood clot more easily. Likewise, the specific chemical type of estrogen used in virtually all hormonal birth controls, ethinyl estradiol, can cause clotting problems. So even Ortho-Evra, the patch form of birth control, causes clotting, despite it not passing through the liver, because it contains ethinyl estradiol.

      The good news is that it has been shown via research that estrogen processed by the body in other ways does not have this clotting problem, as long as it's not ethinyl estradiol. Thus, if you were to try estrogen patches or creams (which typically contain estradiol, NOT ethinyl estradiol), you would be less likely to have this problem. There have been a lot of articles published in respectable, peer-reviewed medical journals showing that post-menopausal estrogen patches such as Vivelle Dot and Climara, do not increase clotting in normal women. However, since you have had clotting problems, you should try these only under close supervision of a doctor, and you should probably take an aspirin every day just to decrease clotting risk. The research I've mentioned is on women without clotting problems. So I don't know if it holds true for women who have a history of clotting problems.

      And to answer your final question: like I said, it's not estrogen that causes the problems, it's the exogenous (not produced by the body) estrogens that do it. Back in the days when all estrogen was delivered orally, it was accurate to say that estrogen caused clots, because the only estrogen a doc could give you did cause clots. But the saying is now outdated. Yet because estrogen is not seen as *necessary*, word has not really been getting out there.

  14. QUESTION:
    can i get pregnant during hormone therapy?
    it was described to me for three month, but my doctor said its not a birth Control pill, its called cyclo progynova, any one had it girls????? help please

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry I haven't had it I wish I could help.

      But I found this Info for you:

      How does it work?
      Cyclo-Progynova is a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) preparation. Each pack contains two types of tablets. The white tablets contain estradiol valerate and the pale brown tablets contain estradiol valerate in combination with norgestrel. Estradiol valerate (previously spelt oestradiol valerate in the UK) and norgestrel are forms of the main female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Estradiol valerate is a naturally occuring form of oestrogen and norgestrel is a synthetic form of progesterone.

      Womens’ ovaries gradually produce less and less oestrogen in the period up to the menopause, and oestrogen blood levels decline as a result. The declining levels of oestrogen can cause distressing symptoms, such as irregular periods, hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness or itching.

      Oestrogen (in this case in the form of estradiol valerate) can be given as a supplement to replace the falling levels in the body and help reduce these distressing symptoms of the menopause. This is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT is usually only required for short-term relief from menopausal symptoms and its use should be reviewed at least once a year with your doctor.

      A progestogen (in this case in the form of norgestrel) is needed as part of HRT for women who have not had a hysterectomy. This is because in women with an intact womb, oestrogen stimulates the growth of the womb lining (endometrium), which can lead to endometrial cancer if the growth is unopposed. A progestogen is given to oppose oestrogen's effect on the womb lining and reduce the risk of endometrial cancer, though it does not eliminate this risk entirely. This is known as combined HRT.

      Cyclo-Progynova is a sequential form of combined HRT. This means that oestrogen is taken on a continuous basis and progesterone is added for a portion of each month. The white tablets taken in the first 11 days of each Cyclo-Progynova cycle contain only estradiol. The brown tablets taken in the next 10 days of each cycle contain both estradiol and norgestrel. After these 21 days you then have a seven day tablet-free break before the next cycle is started, rather like the combined contraceptive pill. This type of HRT is more suitable for women who are still having irregular periods, because it usually results in a monthly withdrawal bleed in the pill-free week.

      HRT is also sometimes used to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The declining level of oestrogen at menopause can affect the bones, causing them to become thinner and more prone to breaking. Oestrogen supplements help prevent bone loss and fractures that may occur in women in the years after menopause.

      However, in December 2003, a review of the available evidence on the risks and benefits of HRT by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) in the UK, concluded that the risks of using HRT long-term to prevent osteoporosis in women aged over 50 years exceed the benefits. As a result, this medicine should not be used as a first-line option for preventing postmenopausal osteoporosis in women over 50. However, it may be used as a second-line option for women at high risk of fractures who cannot take other medicines that are licensed for preventing osteoporosis.

      Women considered to be at high risk of developing fractures following the menopause include those who have had an early menopause, those with a family history of osteoporosis, those who have had recent prolonged corticosteroid therapy (eg prednisolone), those with a small thin frame, and smokers.

      You can read more about the risks and benefits of HRT and other medicines for preventing osteoporosis in the factsheets about menopause and osteoporosis linked below.

      What is it used for?
      Hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of the menopause.
      Second-line option for preventing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at high risk of fractures and cannot take other medicines licensed for preventing osteoporosis.

      Warning!
      Women taking any form of HRT should have regular medical and gynaecological check-ups. Your need for continued HRT should be reviewed with your doctor at least once a year.
      It is important to be aware that all women using HRT have an increased risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared with women who don't use HRT. This risk needs to be weighed against the personal benefits to you of taking HRT. There is more detailed information about the risks and benefits associated with HRT in the factsheet about the menopause linked above. You should discuss these with your doctor before starting HRT. Women on HRT should have regular breast examinations and mammograms and should examine their own breasts regularly. Report any changes in your breasts to your doctor or nurse.
      It is important to be a

  15. QUESTION:
    Looking for an attorney that handles the class-action suit against drug "premarin" in CTthat causes cancer.
    There is a class-action suit going on against several drugs that people were taking for hormone replacement therapy. They found many cases that these people taking these drugs came down with certain kinds of cancer - mainly "breast cancer". I went on the internet and found an attorney but he is from New York and suggested I find one in CT. He reviewed the answers to the questions that they ask to see if you would have a suit and said that there is definitely an action suit to be taken. How do I find one in either- New London, Middlesex or Hartford County in Connecticut?
    In reference to Corky- for your information there is known cures for cancer that the pharmacuetical companies don't want your to know about because they would be out of business. But you don't know the details. My mother who was 80 yrs old came down with breast cancer after having a hysterectomy back in 87 because they put her on hormones. Which in turn caused the cancer. Back then they didn't know or so they say! With all the new technology today they can learn alot of things that we never had a clue about before. You know when you get to that age (80) you would think you wouldn't have to worry about getting cancer and such. But do you realize that something like this can eat up your life savings because medicare sucks. The problem with our country is that we don't take care of our elders!!! All other countries do!! They made this country what it is. If it wasn't for them we wouldn't have what we have!
    You ought to look in the mirror before you start calling people morons. You are one of the reasons why this country is so messed up. You sound like one of these psycho's that would go "postal " on people if he didn't get his way!!

    • ANSWER:
      The reason it costs so much and takes so long to get medical care in this country is doctors have to order every test in the book and spend all their time on paperwork to protect themselves from morons with a sense of entitlement looking for a check. Pharmaceutical companies spend billions getting peckers up, but their executive boards won't allow work toward curing tuberculosis because it might give some lawsuit-happy Connecticut housemarm heartburn.

      If you got breast cancer that sucks, but not every bad thing that happens to us in life is somebody else's fault. Unfortunately, there are plenty of sleazebag back-of-the-phonebook, bottom-of-their-class attorneys willing to sign you up for the suit and take their 40% cut, and you'll eventually find one. I just hope that when you bend down to sign that contract for services you at least realize you've become part of the problem and have the decency to be ashamed of yourself.

  16. QUESTION:
    My feet swell up and i am not pregnant?
    My feet tend to swell up out of the blue or when i wear heels i have flat feet and in the summer time i hate to wear sandals cause they would swell up. i am also a dance.. usually after im done dancing they swell i have no idea what is going on can someone please let me know thank you

    • ANSWER:
      What Causes Feet to Swell?
      Swelling is caused by fluid buildup in the tissues. Gravity pulls the fluids to your feet and ankles, causing them to swell.

      Swelling can be caused by a serious condition of the kidney, heart, liver or blood vessels. Some other causes of swelling are:

      •Eating a poor diet high in salt and carbohydrates
      •Taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy pills
      •Pregnancy
      •PMS
      •Sodium retention
      •Muscle injury
      •Varicose veins
      •History of phlebitis
      •Allergic reactions
      •Preeclampsia
      •Neuromuscular disorders
      •Trauma
      •Laxative abuse
      •Diuretics abuse
      •Drug abuse

      Tips to Reduce Swelling
      •Cut back on salt
      ◦Salt contributes to fluid retention.
      •Drink plenty of water.
      •Put your feet up
      ◦Lying on your back, rest your feet at least 12 inches above the level of your heart for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
      •Do not abuse laxatives
      •Use support stockings
      ◦Roll these on in the morning to promote circulation and limit gravitation movement of fluids. Most medical supply or drug stores carry these.
      •Exercise regularly
      ◦Regular exercise improves circulation.
      •Avoid standing in place for long period of time.
      •Lose excess weight
      ◦Excess weight slows circulation of body fluids and puts extra pressure on your veins.
      •Increase muscle activity with walking.
      •Avoid long periods of sitting
      ◦Every one or two hours, get up and walk.
      •Review your medication with your doctors
      ◦Certain drugs, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and calcium channel blockers, can contribute to swelling

  17. QUESTION:
    (First Post) Do you think they can sue me, and also, do you think they will?
    I wrote a review about this cummunty centre and this is what i wrote "I do not support (CTYS) Central Toronto Youth Services. I would never suggest that someone seek services from this agency.IN 2008 i received services from this agency. I went to "Central Toronto Youth Services". I went to CTYS seeking counselling. I needed a safe place to talk about my gender identity and my difficulties related to gender identity. David Yehs actions had a negative impact on my mental health. I met with a so-called counsellor. The so-called counsellor's name was David Yeh. He was very unprofessional and abusive. He told me i would never find a doctor that would prescribe me (HRT) hormone replacement therapy. I was talking about my experience of transphobia. He told me i had it worse than ANY other transsexual person in Toronto.I actually believed him. I walked out of the centre feeling depressed and believing that I'd never find a doctor to prescribe me Hormonal Replacement Therapy. I actually even thought of suicide. I even started cutting myself. I was very upset at David Yeh. I made a complaint to Executive Director.. (Heather Sproule) but she disregarded my complaints. I got to be honest.....when David Yeh told me these negative messages...it really had a negative impact on my mental health at the time...but now...i just think it's kind of funny. How can i have it worse than any other transsexual person if I have a supportive family? I know transsexual people and they are abused from their parents because they are transsexual. I know transsexuals and they WISH they were on hormones. It's been about two years later, and I'm doing much better. On November 26, 2009 I got my first prescription for hormonal replacement therapy. My mental health has greatly changes as a result of the hormones. I've stopped thinking of suicide. I've even stopped cutting myself (Thanks god!) and I even have a supportive family. On December 6, 2009 I got my legal name changed. I was so happy when I got my name changed. LOL Life is great!".

    Then they responded to my email and sent me a email saying "I guess someone was not happpy about my post on June 12, 2010. On July 8, 2010: I received this email from Central Toronto Youth Services..... "Dear Jessica: your “ review “ of Central Toronto Youth Services posted both on Facebook and Google has come to our attention. Please be advised that we consider your comments irresponsible and take particular exception to what you have said about David Yeh. Accordingly we would ask that you remove these postings immediately and, failing that, we will consult with legal counsel regarding an alternative course of action. Heather Sproule Executive Director". Do you think they are going to sue me? lol

    • ANSWER:
      No. I think they're trying to intimidate you. Unless you're lying about what that person said to you (the only stated facts), any attorney will simply tell them that you're entitled to your opinion.

  18. QUESTION:
    What do you think about thier actions or responds? Also, do you think they will sue me?
    I wrote this email about the agancy...I do not support (CTYS) Central Toronto Youth Services. I would never suggest that someone seek services from this agency.IN 2008 i received services from this agency. I went to "Central Toronto Youth Services". I went to CTYS seeking counselling. I needed a safe place to talk about my gender identity and my difficulties related to gender identity. David Yehs actions had a negative impact on my mental health. I met with a so-called counsellor. The so-called counsellor's name was David Yeh. He was very unprofessional and abusive. He told me i would never find a doctor that would prescribe me (HRT) hormone replacement therapy. I was talking about my experience of transphobia. He told me i had it worse than ANY other transsexual person in Toronto.I actually believed him. I walked out of the centre feeling depressed and believing that I'd never find a doctor to prescribe me Hormonal Replacement Therapy. I actually even thought of suicide. I even started cutting myself. I was very upset at David Yeh. I made a complaint to Executive Director.. (Heather Sproule) but she disregarded my complaints. I got to be honest.....when David Yeh told me these negative messages...it really had a negative impact on my mental health at the time...but now...i just think it's kind of funny. How can i have it worse than any other transsexual person if I have a supportive family? I know transsexual people and they are abused from their parents because they are transsexual. I know transsexuals and they WISH they were on hormones. It's been about two years later, and I'm doing much better. On November 26, 2009 I got my first prescription for hormonal replacement therapy. My mental health has greatly changes as a result of the hormones. I've stopped thinking of suicide. I've even stopped cutting myself (Thanks god!) and I even have a supportive family. On December 6, 2009 I got my legal name changed. I was so happy when I got my name changed. LOL Life is great! :)

    I then recieved this email from them......I guess someone was not happpy about my post on June 12, 2010. On July 8, 2010: I received this email from Central Toronto Youth Services..... "Dear Jessica: your “ review “ of Central Toronto Youth Services posted both on Facebook and Google has come to our attention. Please be advised that we consider your comments irresponsible and take particular exception to what you have said about David Yeh. Accordingly we would ask that you remove these postings immediately and, failing that, we will consult with legal counsel regarding an alternative course of action. Heather Sproule Executive Director".

    • ANSWER:
      well they do have point

      i would say remove them and avoid problems you don't need !!!

      tho you still have the right to say your opinion after all

      my advice: remove them and live happily instead of bringing problems to your self

  19. QUESTION:
    Would Like 2 Know, Is It Common For Women 2 Loose There Sex Drive After Marriage, & How Can I Fix It ?

    WE HAD A BABY +- 2 YEARS AGO, C-SECTION, AND AFTER THAT HER SHE DRIVE ALL BUT DISAAPEARED ....., ANY SUGGESTIONS, SHE HAS GONE FOR HORMONE TREATMENT, BUT THAT DIDN'T HELP.....

    • ANSWER:
      I think in this case it's nothing to do with the marriage, a lot to do with the baby, and mostly to do with stress.

      There is no major biological change that happens after marriage, but after a woman gives birth, her prolactin levels skyrocket, which enables her to breastfeed but does a number on sex drive. Guys have prolactin, too, but dopamine inhibits it. People taking anti-dopamine drugs (neuroleptics) have increased prolactin. Anyway her prolactin levels should be much lower within a couple of months of not breastfeeding, so unless she's still nursing your kid... stress is the biggie.

      I don't know anything about your wife's situation, but if she is like many mothers, she is raising the children, managing the household, and working a full time job outside the home. Doesn't leave much time for sleeping, relaxing, or personal time. It's also likely that she has insomnia. If she is taking any drugs, neuroleptics (used for schizophrenia, nausea) as I mentioned before, SSRIs, MAOIs, Tricyclic antidepressants, beta-blockers or other antiadrenergics, tranquilizers/benzodiazepines, antihistamines or other insomnia drugs...... those are all likely to cause decreased sex drive either directly or indirectly and she should talk to her doctor about reducing/eliminating the dose or switching to a different medication. Actually review any and all medications she is currently taking, because this is not an exhaustive list.

      During times of stress, organs above the kidneys called the adrenal glands release a lot of cortisol. The body pretty much always interprets this as a famine, because when humans were evolving that was the usual form of stress. So, the body stores more glucose, slows down the metabolism, and reduces energy output. So your wife has no energy for sex, and she may also be getting fat. The easiest fix for this is for you to take on a little more of the housework/childrearing to take some of the pressure off her. Even better, you and she should take a vacation while the grandparents take the kids for a bit. Give her a break. Also, make sure she eats a healthy diet (fruit and lean meats/fish) so she has plenty of energy. It's too easy for sleep-deprived moms to chow down on candy and potato chips... they're quick and they dump a ton of glucose into the blood, but they are no good long term.

      I also highly recommend doing some physical activities together. Playing 1 on 1 basketball, throwing a frisbee around, going for romantic walks, etc will get your blood circulating which is necessary for sexual arousal. Don't wear yourselves out with the frisbee though, save some for the bedroom. And some especially good news: it is well-documented that having sex more often increases ones sex drive overall. So if you can get her out of the rut, you're pretty much golden.

      As for hormone replacement therapy, Estrogens won't work. Surprisingly, low doses of Testosterone MIGHT, and she should discuss this with her doctor. Was she doing hormone replacement because of her sexual dysfunction? Or something else, like menopause? I'm guessing she's too young for menopause, but if that's an issue, get in touch with me and I'll see if I can get you an answer on that, too.

  20. QUESTION:
    hi has anyone here used pregnenolone?
    ive read online that its supposed to balance all hormones but on other sites ive read it can do things like cause hair loss facial hair heart problems.......does anyone know which is true and has anyone here used it and with what results>?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a big fan of that particular hormone because there is no proven results of balancing. Now if you are intending a NHRT for Estrogen dominance than Progesterone cream would be more beneficial and a bit safer. Pregnenolone tends to mess with Testosterone when women don't really need that extra factor period. For menopausal symptoms Soy Isoflavones are very beneficial without any (hair) side effects. They are know to have estrogen like results safety and relieve the symptoms. All in all more and more physicians and Naturopaths are using the two because they have had phenomenal results. There is a website you may want to consider looking at. www.johnleemd.com/ it explains both sides of the coin and will guide you to the right products. Pregnenolone doesn't usually get great reviews when it comes to natural hormone replacement therapy.

  21. QUESTION:
    what is the safest & most effective replacement for ERT?

    • ANSWER:
      None. There is no "safe" ERT (estrogen replacement therapy). Unopposed estrogen has long been known to cause endometrial carcinoma and other cancers (i.e. ovarian). If you must be on HRT at all, consider only a combined therapy (estrogen and progestins), rather than unopposed estrogen or progestin therapy alone.

      From the Data:

      "Two studies reported in the June 25, 2003 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association held more bad news for women getting hormone replacement therapy. One study of women who took a combination of estrogen and progestin, a synthetic form of progesterone, showed they were at risk of getting a more aggressive form of breast cancer than women who didn't get HRT.

      Not only were women more likely to develop breast cancer if they took the hormones, researchers wrote, but their tumors tended to be larger and more advanced than breast cancers that developed in women who took a placebo. Women on combination hormone therapy were also more likely to have abnormal mammograms -- even in the first year of treatment -- than women taking a placebo, according to the same study.

      Another study of 975 women conducted by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and reported in the same issue of JAMA found that the increased risk of breast cancer from the combination hormone therapy remained the same, whether the two hormones were taken at the same time or one after the other in the course of a month.

      The news was one in a series of setbacks in less than a year for combination HRT. In July 2002, researchers called a halt to a government-run study of a hormone therapy used by millions of older women after they found that long-term use of estrogen and progestin raised the risk of heart disease, stroke and blood clots, and invasive breast cancer. And in May 2003 a study reported that combination HRT appeared to increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

      The bad news continued in 2004, with a study in the February 23, 2004 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Reviewing data collected over eight years from over 120,000 women, researchers found that those who used HRT after menopause were more than twice as likely to develop asthma as women who didn't take hormones. The increased risk of asthma was about the same whether women took estrogen only, or took a combination of estrogen and progestin.

      Some women may be able to take hormone replacement therapy to treat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms in the short term without any ill effects. However, the latest news about associated health risks has led doctors to believe that the risks are serious enough to outweigh the benefits of the therapy for many women. After five years of taking a combination of estrogen and synthetic progesterone, women in a national clinical trial known as the Women's Health Initiative were found to be at such high risk for life-threatening diseases that their portion of the trial was halted three years early in May 2002. "We conclude that estrogen plus progestin does not prevent heart disease and is not beneficial overall," the researchers wrote.

      Estrogen taken without progestin can cause uterine cancer. Therefore, for some years doctors have recommended that the only women who should take estrogen without progestin on a continuous basis are women who have had a hysterectomy. For women without a hysterectomy, the only recommended hormone replacement therapy is the combination of estrogen and progestin, which does not cause an increased risk of uterine cancer.

      But a study reported in the July 17, 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association links the use of estrogen alone as a hormone replacement therapy to a possible increase in the risk of ovarian cancer. Researchers studied medical records dating as far back as 1973 of 44,421 women on ERT and found they had at least a 60 percent higher risk of ovarian cancer than women who had never used hormone replacement therapy. In view of this latest news, some doctors are reevaluating the safety of estrogen replacement therapy for everyone except women who have had a hysterectomy and who have had both ovaries removed.

      The Woman's Health Initiative Study is the largest and most definitive study to date on hormone replacement therapy. In a study of more than 16,000 women, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the test group was given a pill containing a combination of estrogen and progestin. A control group was given a placebo, or dummy pill.

      Compared with the women who took placebos, the rate of coronary heart disease among women in the test group was 29 percent higher. The same group had a 41 percent increase in the rate of strokes, twice the number of blood clots, and a 26 percent increase in invasive breast cancer rates. The rate of cardiovascular disease increased by 22 percent.

      That's not all. In a sub-study of 4,500 women aged 65 and older in the Women's Health Initiative, those on the HRT regimen were found to be twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia within five years compared with women who took a placebo. This part of the study, reported in the May 28, 2003 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), also found that the estrogen/progestin therapy was ineffective in preventing mild cognitive impairment, a dimming of cognitive function that is less severe than dementia and which sometimes occurs as we age.

      HRT has often been prescribed for the treatment of urinary incontinence. A recent analysis by Women's Health Initiative investigators found that HRT caused or worsened urinary incontinence in participants in the trial. Researchers found that women taking estrogen combined with progesterone had a 39 percent greater risk of urinary incontinence than participants taking a placebo. Women taking only estrogen had a 52 percent greater risk than women not taking the hormone, according to the study in the February 23, 2005 JAMA.

      The Women's Health Initiative study did find a few benefits from the HRT regimen, including a 37 percent reduction in the rate of colorectal cancer, one-third fewer hip fractures, and a 24 percent reduction in total fractures. The authors of an article on the trial's results, published in the July 17, 2002 issue of JAMA, stress that even though the percentage of risk was high compared to women who didn't take hormones, the actual number of women getting these illnesses was small.

      This means that out of 10,000 women taking HRT, seven more would be expected to have coronary heart disease events, eight more would have breast cancer, eight more would have strokes, and eight more would have blood clots. And 22 more women over 65 would develop Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

      On the plus side, six fewer women would have colorectal cancer and five fewer women would have hip fractures. But the difference between the women taking HRT and those on placebo was alarming enough to halt at five years a portion of the study that was supposed last more than eight years.

      In another study of over 1,800 women conducted by the Duke Clinical Research Institute, women who began hormone replacement therapy after having a heart attack were more likely to die or have other heart attacks than women who had never been on HRT, or who began the therapy before developing heart problems. Up until recently, many women without prior heart problems had been prescribed HRT to help prevent heart disease. But doctors now know that it may raise the risk."

  22. QUESTION:
    I have a question for feminists?
    Why is it okay for a male to get a sex change and then use that benefit to wrestle women? (story---> failed mma male fighter gets sex change to fight women who are much weaker)

    • ANSWER:
      I have been against gender testing for sport performance for years. Only women must undergo gender testing to prove their biological sex to participate in Olympic sporting contests. This brings people like Caster Semenya into humiliating and public review because she is not sufficiently ‘feminine’. Testosterone tests on individuals deemed questionably 'female' are wrong; interssexuals and those post transgender surgery women should be allowed to compete.
      http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2012/june/olympics.html

      Stanford bioethicist Katrina Karkazis argues that athletic performance cannot be simply reduced to testosterone levels, citing that performance is much more complicated than that. There are many athletes with genetic variations that happen to combine to produce a biomechanical or biochemical optimal performance. Several runners and cyclists are now known to have rare mitochondrial variations that give them extraordinary aerobic capacity for vastly improved rates of cellular respiration, or basketball players who have acromegaly, a hormonal condition that results in exceptionally large hands and feet that assist in dexterous handling of the ball and in traction for foot work.
      http://io9.com/5918366/testing-female-athletes-to-make-sure-theyre-feminine-enough-is-not-cool-scientists-say
      Further if this Ms Fox went through the counseling & surgery to become female she is on hormone replacement therapy to develop the secondary sexual characteristics including taking antiandrogens to reduce testosterone levels. If she has elevated testosterone, for a female, to remain competitive then she is in a similar class with other intersexuals like Caster Semenya who competes as a woman. Women do have a normal range that can go up to 100ng/dl from as low as 15ng/dl.
      http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/757128_3
      http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/03/with-transgender-fighter-fallon-fox-unchartered-territory-comes-with-complicate

  23. QUESTION:
    Is a hormone replacement therapy pill the same as a birth control pill?
    I went to an OBGYN a few weeks ago for birth control. I said that I was looking for birth control to regulate my period and to help maybe clear up my acne. I also made it pretty clear that sometime in the near future I might become sexually active which the birth control would also benefit me obviously. She said that Yaz would be my best bet with wanting to clear up my skin. She told me all about it and gave me papers for Yaz and everything. Turns out my insurance would only cover a generic version. So she called and said she is going to put me on Angeliq. I've never heard of it before but it was much cheaper and she said it was just as effective for my skin and to help regulate my periods. I've been on it for ... well today will be my 5th day (Got my period Friday and started taking it that day.) I decided to google the pill and read some reviews on it. I went to their website and turns out it's a menopause pill? I'm only 18. Also on the website it states "Do not use if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment." Looking farther into it, turns out it's considered a HRT pill. Is a HRT and BCP the same thing. So say after taking the pill for a month (the doctor said to wait a month while on the pill before coming active just to be safe.) I have sex, will it still prevent pregnancy or no? I'm so confused.

    • ANSWER:
      I googled Angeliq as well - as I was not familiar with it - and it does NOT seem to be a BC pill --
      I think you are having a communication problem with your Dr. --
      Take this med - for acne only -- and use condoms if you become sexually active - -or at least wait until you are off this pill and get on a true BC Pill -- when starting a BC pill - you should use condoms for the first 2 months anyway -- to make sure they are strong enough to control ovulation --
      I think is was irresponsible for a Dr. to give you a pill that you may think is a BC pill - but that does not stop ovulation - putting you at risk of pregnancy -- it is a good think that you researched it --
      At this time -- these pills will NOT prevent pregnancy --

  24. QUESTION:
    lets say a guy gets testicular cancer in BOTH testicles and needs them both removed. how will this effect him?
    if both are removed will it effect him greatly? or ot at all?

    what about hormone or sexual problems?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not an expert on these things, but I am a biologist. Removal of the testicles (castration) results in drastically lowering the level of Testosterone (male hormone) produced by the body. A small amount is produced by the pituitary gland – I think, which is why women also have a small amount of testosterone. After puberty when the secondary sexual characteristics have developed (hair, deeper voice etc) there will not necessarily be change to these things. Although some castrates can have finer hair, limited beard growth etc because these things are what testosterone keeps going. General energy levels decrease, as more muscle is converted to fat. Generally the more muscle you have before being castrated the more fat that will be converted (think of bulls and steers).
      Generally after castration there will be a gradual lessening of libido and sexual function and this may end up being zero. Conversely a eunuch can also orgasm and achieve erections, although reportedly this takes longer to achieve. There is an interesting review by Tauber (1940) who has reviewed literature (which there is very limited scientific data even today) and he classifies different causes of men having lost testicles into four groups (Religious, socialogical, tramatic group and medical group) and theories that this affects peoples sexual response. He also distinguishes between potency and libido. Those that lack potency but have libido have the most problems after castration. He also came up with a term - Intrapsychic equilibrium, which is the mental projection of sorts that seems to effect if a eunuch will still be able to perform sexually. The fundamental part of this seems to be tied up with security and self assurance. That is the more that one feels of this – the more chance of sexual activity and potency/labido. He even reported of a man who had no sexual interest after 8 years of being castrated – but feel in love with a woman and was able to have erections and orgasm. The orgasm is without sperm obviously – but still has the fluid produced by the prostrate.
      Most men that are castrated have testosterone replacement therapy, which is not as good as that produced by the testis but does help retain a normal male state. Some people have reported depression after castration, whilst others have reported a serene and docile view on the world. Ultimately the result of being castrated varies greatly.

  25. QUESTION:
    question on the politics of early transtion?
    do people who are in favor of very young children gender transitioning at least understand the concerns that many queer and feminist people have about potential medical/psychiatric abuse of gender variant and gender queer children who are not transsexual,

    these are children with ages in the single digits we're talking about they can't articulate themselves or see things in the long term on the same level with an adult and the people guiding them though things often have a very binary view of gender issues

    • ANSWER:
      Do you understand the medical process involved? The process is long and quite regimented and the child will be thoroughly evaluated before any medical intervention begins. Such intervention (hormone blockers) doesn't begin until at least age 11 or 12. These blockers do not cause any change, they merely pause the body's physical development. Only later, between 14 and 16 would hormone replacement therapy being. After years of therapy the child's gender identity would be quite clear by age 14. If there was any doubt hormones would not be started.

      I hope you see that your concerns, although important, are misplaced.

      edit: You can get a taste about how regimented the process is by reviewing the internationally recognized Standards of Care here:

      http://www.wpath.org/documents/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf
      .

  26. QUESTION:
    a question about gender reassignment surgery?
    ok i will try this one again. i am a 32 yearl old genetic male well on my way to being fully transgendered to female. i naturally have quite femminine features such as my hands, feet, facial features as well as the fact that i lack an adams apple. i have been on hormoan replacement therapy since augst 21st 07 and things are progressing quite nicely. i have a letter of refferal from my gender therapist as well as my endochronoligist and i am schedueling my compleate gender reassignment surgery for this july. i will be having my surgery in bangkock thailand and would like to know if anyone else has had surgery there and how you were treated. how was the pain after surgery? were you asked to bring a photo of how you like to appear asthetically? how did you handle hair removal? what size did breasts naturally develop with hormoans alone? just some things i would love to know from another girl that has been in this situation.
    dear delyghtf... if i wanted to hear from an a$$hole i would have farted
    ohhh and one other thing delyghtf... how exactly would you know what the genetails of a transgendered girl look like? have you been online looking or is this from personal experience and if it is the latter then wouldent this make you a lesbien? if it is that you have been looking at pictures online i guess this would make you what? really curious about the appearance of female genatalia? you need help delyghtf... i would seek the immediate attention of a qualified gender therapist or maybe with your opinions a minister that can drive the evil spirit out of you causing you to want to look at the genetails of trans-girls.
    WOW david and bi_tgrl thank you so kindly for your answers. i do have a bit of knowledge regarding the procedure, post op pain and followup but what i really wanted you just gave me. guess i am looking for some personal experiences to ease my mind as the day is quickly approaching. by the way i would say i am quite lucky that i met a wonderfull man that is fully hetrosexual and has accepted me for me and is willing to go through all of this with me, we are engaged and will be married later this year after my surgery of cource. also one more question to add to this, how hard was it to compleat changing your sex on legal records? i will be doing a legal name change in 2 weeks then a sex change in a few months and another name change after i am married LOL guess i have a lot of paperwork to go. regarding breast development i would say i am medium framed and a 36B would be terrific for me, i would say that after 6 months of HRT my breast size is comming along better than expected. thanks !
    WOW david and bi_tgrl thank you so kindly for your answers. i do have a bit of knowledge regarding the procedure, post op pain and followup but what i really wanted you just gave me. guess i am looking for some personal experiences to ease my mind as the day is quickly approaching. by the way i would say i am quite lucky that i met a wonderfull man that is fully hetrosexual and has accepted me for me and is willing to go through all of this with me, we are engaged and will be married later this year after my surgery of cource. also one more question to add to this, how hard was it to compleat changing your sex on legal records? i will be doing a legal name change in 2 weeks then a sex change in a few months and another name change after i am married LOL guess i have a lot of paperwork to go. regarding breast development i would say i am medium framed and a 36B would be terrific for me, i would say that after 6 months of HRT my breast size is comming along better than expected. thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      Some I can answer personally and some I can secondhand. I did not go to Thailand for my surgery but did go with a very close friend for hers to see Dr. Pichet Rodchareon (Sp?) in Bangkok because I did not want her to go through this alone. The guy gets bagged by a few people in online reviews- somewhat unfairly from my impression and further research but that's irrelevant here. The way Jamie was treated was extraordinary! The entire staff treated her like gold and by extension me as well. We both stayed in the hospital ( a private room in which a fold out bed was provided to me at no extra charge for a total of 8 days. For another 7 we stayed in a nearby hotel and EVERYDAY either Dr. Pichet himself or one of his nurses came by to check on Jamie. While in the hospital he often arranged for meals to be brought in for us from outside- and never accepted payment for doing so. When in the hotel and feeling Jamie could handle some light activity he arranged for us a car and driver to give us a little tour, and make a few stops to shop. This man accompanied us everywehre that day, negotiated prices for us, translated when needed. Simply awesome. he took us out again 1 more time for about three hours before we left. They catered to her every need medically and were never negligent in any manner I could see. The procedure went smoothly and successfully. At this time jamie is healed, assimilated to her new body, orgasmic, and has had zero postop complications. One thing I will suggest is that flying there coach is fine- but if possible upgrade for the flight back. Just trust me on this. You will appreciate the extra room and comfort.
      Now for questions I can answer firsthand, pain after surgery for me was not really an issue. I have a high threshold anyway and the worst thing was the catheter being removed but that was only a few seconds of ouch time! I just did what I was told, took what I was given for the first 3 days and had no issues. As far as hair removal goes my way was wrong. I tried some crud products that were "internet specials" for fast painless permanent hair removal....all garbage. If it doesn't hurt at least a little it isn't working. I tried laser to mixed results. I tried a home electrolysis kit that did work but was way to slow to be cost effetive and a bad insertion winded up leaving me a nasty scar I still have to this day in the bikini zone. Eventually I bit the bullet and paid for electrolysis and while expensive as I took a boat load of hours it was effective and I only needed about 3 hours of total time in the year following my last scheduled session for minor touchups here and there. As for breast development through hormones I reached 36b but do admit I used the pump in conjunction with this. maybe that did or didn't help but I set a regimen and stuck to it. The pump only cost about bucks so it wasn't a bank breaker. I did eventually get breast augmentation and went up to a C cup but only for purposes of symmetry to better fit my frame. For my age I did quite well I think naturally after only 2 years of use.

      It sounds like you have everything under control and have been doing things the right way. I wish you luck, happiness and success as you embark on your new life. I hope anything I've shared has helped a little.

  27. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried Lybrel yet?
    I'm on Depo shots rignt now and having a hard time losing weight, so I'm wondering if Lybrel would be a good alternative. Any side effects (good and bad) you've experienced would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      You can read about the side effects here:
      Lybrel: Why Doesn't Wyeth Like Women?
      On Tuesday, the FDA approved Wyeth's oral contraceptive Lybrel, which is designed to eliminate monthly periods. As long as a woman is taking the pill, her regular monthly cycle will be stopped. However, they are warning that breakthrough bleeding and spotting is still possible. Lybrel does contain a lower daily dose of synthetic hormones than traditional oral contraceptives now on the market.

      To date, known side effects of Lybrel are similar to other low-dose oral contraceptives. They include risk of blood clots, stroke and heart attacks, particularly in women over 35 and women who smoke. The drug is receiving mixed reviews both from women and health experts. In a survey Wyeth conducted nearly two-thirds of women expressed an interest in eliminating their menstrual periods. However, nearly 50% welcomed their period as a sign that they were not pregnant and 25% said their periods were just a natural part of being a woman. Like that word natural.

      Every time you challenge the natural workings of Mother Nature you are going to attract controversy and also risk the chance of compromising your health. Just look what going on with hormone replacement therapy. What's best the synthetics, the bioidenticals or taking nothing at all? Nobody knows for sure. That's why you should never decide what's best for you without consulting with at least 2 doctors. Each one of us is different and have different inherent risk factors.

      Experts are questioning whether there has been enough research conducted on Lybrel's long term effects. Amy Alina of the National Women's Health Network said "although Lybrel could be a good alternative for some women, she is concerned that Wyeth is downplaying the number of women who experienced bleeding and spotting while taking the drug." Christine Hitchcock, an endocrinology researcher at the University of British Columbia said, "there might be important health consequences we don't know about".

      Wyeth is the company that brought menopausal women Prempro and Premarin, synthetic hormone replacement made from pregnant mare's urine. We all know that didn't work out to well for us. Will history repeat itself with Lybrel? In 10 or 20 years will we be hearing about all the negative side effects from this drug? I sure hope not.

      Ladies, don't be so ready to be human guinea pigs. Our bodies are wonderfully efficient machines, that if treated well, will serve us well. Let's stop being human guinea pigs and stay as natural as possible. All these new drugs that are supposed to help us, may do just the opposite. Gardasil for the HPV virus, Seasonale, the drug that offers women the opportunity of having only 4 period a year, and now this.

      I will close with this thought. I can't help but wonder, if there was a drug that stopped a man's natural production of sperm, would the guys be chomping at the bit to take it. I don't think so.

      http://www.boomersmakingadifference.com/2007/05/lybrel_wyeth_wh.html

      and more

      http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/lybrel_ad.htm
      http://www.mihow.com/articles/2007/5/23/lybrel-liable-to-have-side-effects
      http://health.myfoxmaine.com/DrugFactsheet.aspx?id=5028

  28. QUESTION:
    why are my feet swollen?
    My ankles have been swollen for about a week now. today my right foot swelled up too. I took a pregnancy test and it was negative plus im on 5 yr birth control. I looked online at what it could be but i have none of the things it listed. should i go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Swelling is caused by fluid buildup in the tissues. Gravity pulls the fluids to your feet and ankles, causing them to swell.

      Swelling can be caused by a serious condition of the kidney, heart, liver or blood vessels. Some other causes of swelling are:
      •Eating a poor diet high in salt and carbohydrates
      •Taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy pills
      •Pregnancy
      •PMS
      •Sodium retention
      •Muscle injury
      •Varicose veins
      •History of phlebitis
      •Allergic reactions
      •Preeclampsia
      •Neuromuscular disorders
      •Trauma
      •Laxative abuse
      •Diuretics abuse
      •Drug abuse

      Treatment will depend on the cause of the swelling. One of the first treatment options is to elevate the legs above the level of the heart. Anti-inflammatory medicine can also help reduce swelling.

      Other treatment options are
      •Leg wedges to elevate the feet while sleeping.
      •Support socks and stocking ◦Support socks and stockings come in various gradients depending on the pressure needed, and various lengths depending on the level of the edema.

      •Proper fitting shoes and socks.

      Tips to Reduce Swelling
      •Cut back on salt ◦ Salt contributes to fluid retention.

      •Drink plenty of water.
      •Put your feet up ◦ Lying on your back, rest your feet at least 12 inches above the level of your heart for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.

      •Do not abuse laxatives
      •Use support stockings ◦ Roll these on in the morning to promote circulation and limit gravitation movement of fluids. Most medical supply or drug stores carry these.

      •Exercise regularly ◦ Regular exercise improves circulation.

      •Avoid standing in place for long period of time.
      •Lose excess weight ◦ Excess weight slows circulation of body fluids and puts extra pressure on your veins.

      •Increase muscle activity with walking.
      •Avoid long periods of sitting ◦ Every one or two hours, get up and walk.

      •Review your medication with your doctors ◦ Certain drugs, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and calcium channel blockers, can contribute to swelling.

      Hope I helped!!

  29. QUESTION:
    what is premarin vaginal cream?
    is this cream safe or am I taking a lot of risks

    • ANSWER:
      Premarin vaginal cream

      How does it work?

      Premarin vaginal cream contains conjugated oestrogens as the active ingredient. These are naturally occuring forms of the main female sex hormone, oestrogen.
      Womens’ ovaries gradually produce less and less oestrogen in the period up to the menopause, and oestrogen blood levels decline as a result. The declining levels of oestrogen can cause distressing symptoms, and often affect the delicate lining of the vagina. Oestrogen deficiency can cause vaginal dryness, inflammation or itching, or shrinking and wasting of the vulval tissues. This in turn can lead to sex being uncomfortable or painful, and to an increased susceptibility to vaginal or urinary infections.

      Oestrogen can be given as a supplement to replace the falling levels in the body and help reduce the distressing symptoms of the menopause. This is known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Oestrogen (in this case in the form of conjugated oestrogens) can also be applied to the vagina or inserted directly into the vagina in the form of vaginal cream, in order to directly supplement the vaginal tissues with oestrogen. This is known as topical HRT and is useful for relieving just the vaginal symptoms of the menopause.

      Premarin vaginal cream supplies oestrogen directly into the vaginal tissues and is used short-term to provide relief from the vaginal symptoms of the menopause, such as dryness, itching and irritation. The cream is designed to be used on a cyclical basis. This means it should be used every day for three weeks, followed by a week off.

      The oestrogen from Premarin vaginal cream is absorbed from the vagina into the bloodstream. This means it may potentially be associated with the same risks as other forms of HRT and so carries the same warnings. These warnings are most relevent to repeated or long-term use of the cream. You can read more about the risks and benefits of HRT in the factsheet about the menopause linked below. To minimise the absorption of this medicine, the lowest dose to control symptoms should be used. Treatment should be reviewed at least once a year with your doctor.

      What is it used

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have low testosterone?
    How do you deal, I always had a high testosterone and thanks to some problem about 5 months ago, I am not hypogonadl and feel like hell, how does one deal, I am scared to take the testosterone treatment for side effects and I probably cant afford it anyway

    what a nightmare, I never could imagine a guy could feel this lousy, what a nightmare

    • ANSWER:
      Male hypogonadism (< 300 ng/dL total testosterone) can really wipe a person out. Your feeling echoes the cognitive effects of low testosterone, including depression, anxiety, lack of motivation, impaired memory, & many other problems in mental function. & those are simply some problems in the realm of mental function, excluding the physical problems.

      There are other men to talk to who have this condition. One excellent source of encouragement & information is http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/hypogonadism2/
      Here, one can find men who are dealing with this condition, as well as their strategies for handling it. They share natural & pharmaceutical ways to increase testosterone, manage estradiol (an estrogen), & deal with related problems in order to feel "whole".

      Know that many of the side effects of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) have been exaggerated, misrepresented, & simply fabricated. Here's a bit of clarification regarding the most commonly referenced risks:

      1) Prostate cancer is one of the biggest fears in the minds of men considering TRT (& in the minds of their doctors). In addition to others, Dr. Abraham Morgentaler, Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, demonstrates the flawed conclusions made in studies that are cited as strong confirmation that TRT is like "adding fuel to a fire" for prostate cancer. He reviews the studies of Dr. Huggins & Drs Fowler & Whitmore, commenting that such studies show that testosterone does not have a clear cut role in promoting prostate cancer. Other hormones (like estradiol) & factors may play an equal or greater role in prostate cancer.

      Both of these urls direct to his chapter about prostate cancer risk from "Testosterone for Life"
      http://tinyurl.com/5rwo9m
      http://search.lef.org/cgi-src-bin/MsmGo.exe?grab_id=0&page_id=464&query=Abraham%20Morgentaler&hiword=ABRAHAMS%20ABRAHAMSON%20Abraham%20Morgentaler

      2) Polycythemia, or an abundance of red blood cells which can make the blood "thick". This can be addressed by keeping TRT dosage small & frequent (as opposed to huge injections once every 2 or 4 weeks). Moreover, phlebotomy works well at correcting the problem if it arises.

      3) Gynecomastia can be prevented by managing estradiol early on. Aromatase inhibitors, though not approved specifically for estradiol management (they are approved for preventing breast cancer recurrence), can prevent gynecomastia. Another way to minimize conversion of testosterone to estradiol is to dose with small amounts frequently.

      Note: I have mentioned injections because they are the cheapest & one of the best forms of TRT. Testosterone pellets are even better (last for 3-4 months & have a low conversion rate from testosterone to estradiol), but they are expensive & require surgery to implant [& remove if they cause problems]).

      Hence, two of the major concerns can be prevented by proper dosing schedules. There are risks with TRT, just as with everything else, but the risks are smaller & less severe than other types of hormone medications (such as corticosteroids, which can actually cause psychosis). The risks of untreated hypogonadism are more numerous & severe, with osteoperosis, diabetes, & depression-related problems, among others.

      It's good that you're researching your condition & treatment options. If you need more information, feel free to email me or visit our group.

  31. QUESTION:
    I think I have lupus?
    I have t1 diabetes fro 3 years and ever since my hair started falling out. It actually started falling about 6 months before. I told my nurse she said i was the uncontrolled diabetes. My diabetes i now under very tight control but hair loss is nly getting worse or staying the same at least. I also get small painful like patches which are similar to ant bites with no pus. Lately these have got very painful and more of them and my hair seems to be falling out a lot as well now making me think they are linked. I also have a canker sore which isn't nice.. A week ago I realised i have started to bruise really easilly... and after the shower my legs turn purplish then back again. I am also getting sudden bouts of body itching with no obvious cause. I went to my doctor because about 3 weeks ago I got terrible joint pain, my right hand fingers were very sore, and mainly joint on my right which was weird! he ran regular blood tests (not antibody tests) and all was normal apart from slightly raised liver enzyme and Albumin was high.

    The mouth ulcer, random body itching, overall head hair loss which as been happening for 3 years now! and bruising is worrying me and making me think LUPUS. I am now getting noticeable sparse areas n my head, and my hair is thinning. I am 17 white female. I do not have any rashes that i have noticed. The hair loss could be hormones..but for 3 years? And the scalp sores? My doctor has basically said everything is in my head and won't help. I don't know what to do, does this sound like lupus? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      One of the first questions a newly diagnosed lupus patient often has centers around what may have caused them to get the disease. Like may people who receive such news, there is an underlying belief that a single moment may have triggered the onset of lupus. Maybe they even picked it up from a stranger in a crowded bus or busy city street.

      First of all, lupus isn't contagious. Second, even doctors and researchers are not sure what exactly causes lupus. What they do know is that it is an autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system malfunctions, and causes the body to attack its own tissues.

      Genetics:

      Most researchers agree that genetics or heredity is at least one factor in determining a person propensity for developing lupus. To see if you fall in this category, review your family's medical history. Is there incidence of lupus in your immediate family? If so, you may be predisposed to lupus.

      Remember, though, a family history of lupus does not mean an individual will get lupus, only that he or she is more susceptible. It is also important to understand that, presently, there is no scientific proof that genetics plays a key role, though researchers believe it is probable.

      Environment:

      Another path researchers are walking down is environmental factors as a lupus trigger. Those environmental factors might include exposure to ultraviolet light (photosensitivity), smoking and exposure to smoking, stress, and exposure to toxins such as trichloroethylene in well water and silica dust. Certain hair products and topicals were once believed to be lupus triggers, but that is no longer the case.

      Hormones and Illness:

      Pregnant? The increase in hormones in your body could be a lupus trigger.

      Research suggests that hormonal factors are linked to autoimmune disease, though research is still in its infancy and the link between the two is still nebulous. For example, some studies find a correlation between increased risk of lupus and high levels of estrogen, but another study, which focused on hormone replacement therapy, did not show a link. Still, abnormal estrogen metabolism is considered a risk factor.

      So are viruses and bacteria. Those with viruses like cytomegalovirus, parvovirus and hepatitis C may eventually develop lupus, but a direct causal link has not been established. And the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in children is linked to childhood lupus. Most people become infected with EBV, which is often asymptomatic (without symptoms) but commonly causes infectious mononucleosis.

  32. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for a place to do hormone therapy. Does anybody have any reviews on clinics or experience.?
    I live in Lincoln Ne and I'm having trouble getting good help with my hormone imbalance. Nobody seems to know anything about Andropause. I ask questions about testosterone replacement, estrogen and hcg and its like I'm talking to a wall. There are multiple websites for HRT but I can't find any reviews. Wondering if anybody has been involved with someplace and can verify that they are legit.

    • ANSWER:
      Sure do, here you go, they are for men, also

  33. QUESTION:
    Is this a normal testosterone level for my age?
    I am in my late 20s.
    I just had my testosterone level (RIA AcM) measured and the result was 5.18 ng/dl.
    The doctor at the laboratory said that it was normal, yet I am not convinced.
    I have reviewed Testosterone Levels by Age in Men, from http://www.mens-hormonal-health.com/normal-testosterone-levels.html
    which are given in tabular format.
    and my result appears to be similar to that of a 80 year old man.
    This is very demoralizing for me as I am having physical symptoms which resemble those of low testosterone and I want to know the truth.

    Perhaps even more ridiculous was the fact that the laboratory listed only the range for people > 18 years old : 2.3 - 15.6 ng/ml

    Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Curious,

      Seems like you have done good research already, and that you already know your answer.
      In your late 20' you are on the down hill slide, but shouldn't be that far down yet.
      Look at the article below for more information.

      That said, T-levels aren't just one measure but a balance of all four measures. T1, T3, T4, and free testosterone all work together for androgenic health.
      Are you lie about all day? Do you exercise regularly? Are you over weight? Is you diet very poor, and full of junk food?
      All of these factors work together to suppress T-levels and increase your estrogen levels.
      Lose the fat, eat right, exercise vigorously, take ginseng, a very good men's multi, and a small dose of dhea. See if this helps. Use hormone replacement therapy as a LAST RESORT!.

  34. QUESTION:
    what could happen if you have?????
    endometrial thickness?

    Can you still have babies?
    what does it do?
    i dont have cancer...
    My mom says it runs in the family. I just want to know whats going on bc everytime i look it up online it says somthing about cancer but my doc said i dont have it.

    BTW IM ONLY 18

    • ANSWER:
      INTRODUCTION — Endometrial cancer is a type of uterine cancer that involves the lining of the uterus (the endometrium). In the United States, it is the most common cancer of the female reproductive system. Fortunately, most women are diagnosed at an early stage (before the has spread beyond the uterus) and the disease can be cured with surgery alone. The five-year survival rate among women with for early stage endometrial cancer is over 90 percent.

      This topic review discusses the risk factors, symptoms, and diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the most common type of endometrial cancer, called endometrioid endometrial cancer. A separate topic is available that discusses the treatment of this disease. (See "Patient information: Endometrial cancer treatment").

      THE UTERUS — To understand how endometrial cancer develops, it is helpful to understand the structure of the uterus. The uterus is a pear-shaped organ located between the bladder and the rectum. The inside of the uterus has two layers. The thin inner layer is called the endometrium. The thick outer layer is composed of muscle and is called the myometrium (myo = muscle) (show figure 1).

      In women who menstruate, the endometrium thickens every month in preparation for pregnancy. If the woman does not become pregnant, the endometrial lining is shed during the menstrual period. After menopause, when menstrual periods stop, the lining normally stops growing and shedding. In women who have endometrial cancer, the uterine lining is abnormal and may grow into the myometrium and adjacent organs (show picture 1).

      RISK FACTORS — There are two main types of endometrial cancer: type I (also called endometrioid endometrial cancer) and type II (called papillary or serous endometrial cancer). Type I endometrial cancers occur 80 percent of the time while type II cancers occur in the remaining 20 percent of patients. Type II cancers tend to be more aggressive.

      The risk factors for type I are well known while type II risk factors are less clear. The risk factors for type I include the following:

      * Older age — Endometrial cancer is most common in postmenopausal women, with the mean age of diagnosis in the early 60s. However, it can develop in premenopausal women as well, particularly in women who are obese or have polycystic ovary syndrome. (See "Patient information: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)").

      * Obesity — Obesity is a major risk factor for endometrial cancer. Obese women have higher levels of estrogen in their body, which stimulates the growth of the uterine lining (the endometrium). Women who are morbidly obese are at a significantly increased lifetime risk of developing endometrial cancer.

      * Long-term estrogen exposure — Women who still have a uterus and who take estrogen replacement therapy alone (without a progestin) have a significant risk of endometrial cancer. Women who have a uterus and want to take hormone replacement therapy are advised to take estrogen plus progestin to reduce this risk. (See "Patient information: Menopausal hormone therapy").

      Other settings in which there might be long-term exposure to estrogen include:

      - Young age at the time of the first menstrual period
      - Older age at the time of the last menstrual period (menopause)
      - Never having given birth to a child

      * Tamoxifen use — Women who take tamoxifen to prevent or treat breast cancer have an increased risk of endometrial cancer. In most cases, the risks of taking tamoxifen to treat breast cancer are outweighed by the benefits. There is controversy about the risks and benefits of taking tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer. (See "Patient information: Tamoxifen and raloxifene for the prevention of breast cancer").

      * Family predisposition and genetics — Women with a strong family history of colon cancer are at increased risk of developing endometrial cancer if they have the gene for an inherited condition known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC, also known as Lynch syndrome).

      SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS — The most common sign of endometrial cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding.

      * In a woman who is still having menstrual periods, abnormal bleeding is defined as bleeding between menstrual periods or excessive menstrual bleeding. (See "Patient information: Abnormal uterine bleeding").

      * In a postmenopausal woman, any vaginal bleeding is considered abnormal, even if it is only one drop of blood, and especially if the woman is not taking hormone replacement therapy. Women who take hormone replacement therapy may experience bleeding in the first few months of treatment, although any vaginal bleeding should be reported to a healthcare provider.

      DIAGNOSIS AND STAGING — Endometrial cancer is diagnosed by using a microscope to examine a sample of endometrial tissue. The tissue can be obtained with an office test (endometrial biopsy) or a day surgery procedure (hysteroscopy with dilation and curettage).

  35. QUESTION:
    Disqualifying Condition?
    Hello everyone

    I am 23 years old and am pursuing a career in federal law enforcement. I recently learned that I may have a medical condition that I am worried could disqualify me from some jobs.

    I had a blood test and found that I may have some form of hypogonadism, whereby the body does not produce enough testosterone. Although my levels within the so-called "normal range" they are still lower than what I likely need at my age. The biggest concern with this has been a loss of libido for the last 16 months.

    If I end up having to go on some kind of hormone treatment, most likely a trial of clomiphene to increase my hormone levels, is it still possible that I could be a federal agent?
    Let me clarify... I am MALE..... I am NOT female... I am NOT transgender

    If you do not know what hypogonadism is, it is when a man's body underproduces testosterone. There can be a number of causes to this and as I said while I am in the normal range, my levels probably are not optimal for somebody my age.

    • ANSWER:
      Going to assume you are female since clomiphene is not a testosterone but a estrogen substitute to stimulate ovulation. But you also said trial so who knows.
      So as a female the normal treatment will not be any big deal to a medical review board. You will have to get a letter from your doc and supply complete med records.

      If you are a male and this is an experimental treatment, well forget it. People approving hiring are afraid of experimental treatment, especially ones unproven to increase size/output of testes.
      Ask about going on a normal testosterone replacement therapy, like androgel or any of the topical treatment. Perfectly acceptable to any med review board.

      Hope you do not expect to write reports as confused and with pertinent Information missing. That will get you booted right out of the academy, if you make it that far.

  36. QUESTION:
    so what i call full time and what others call full time?....?
    I'm living full time as a girl. I haven't started hormones yet. I'm waitng for my real hair to grow in. I haven't spent any time as a male in a long time. do some only consider this semi-full time? does living full time only count if i pass? although it doesn't bother me that i don't pass, it does.
    I will live the rest of my life as the female I am, whether I get treated or not.

    also it would be very helpful if anybody knows of doctors/endocrinologists where I can get hormones easilly that would be wonderful, the closer to allentown pa the better, but i'm willing to travel far if i have to. therapy is expensive, i'd like to get hormones before i even consider therapy,i'd really like to be under a drs care but will take them regardless.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you done a legal name change yet? That's pretty much the most important thing that marks going full-time. This is what the Standards of Care say:

      Parameters of the Real-Life Experience. When clinicians assess the quality of a person's real- life experience in the desired gender, the following abilities are reviewed:

      1. To maintain full or part-time employment.

      2. To function as a student.

      3. To function in community-based volunteer activity.

      4. To undertake some combination of items 1-3.

      5. To acquire a (legal) gender-identity-appropriate first name.

      6. To provide documentation that persons other than the therapist know that the patient functions in the desired gender role.

      What does your therapist have to say?

      And you're doing this without the benefit of hormone replacement therapy? Why? You can't just walk in and ask for hormones. You get a referral to an endocrinologist from a gender therapist after they evaluate you and diagnose you as being transsexual. Most endocrinologists won't take you on as a patient without a letter of referral. If I were you I would contact these folks:

      http://drchristinemcginn.com/

      They can do therapy, hormones, electro and surgery all under one roof. And they're only an hour away.

  37. QUESTION:
    How should transgender individuals be treated in terms of male/female separated sports?
    How should transgender individuals be treated in terms of male/female separated sports? I feel like recent cases have brought to light how certain definitions need to be reviewed, especially what it means to be "male" or "female."Is the classically held view of human sexual dichotomy no longer valid? Is forcing transgenders to undergo "proper hormone" treatment meant to ensure physically fairness or a subtle requirement that all "people" can be neatly labeled under "male" or "female"?

    I was just wondering what the LBGT community feels about the issue? Specifically how do transgender individuals feel about it?
    (Always excited for a chance for personal growth). I definitely meant transsexuals and not transgender*. Is "intersexual" appropriate? Hermaphrodite is an archaic term, correct? Or are they teach separate and distinct in their own right?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on their transitional status.

      If they have not recieved any treatment for their transsexualism (assuming you're talking about transsexual people) they can compete as their biological gender. For example there is a trans man at a university playing on the women's basketball team:

      http://outsports.com/jocktalkblog/2010/11/01/kye-allums-is-first-ncaa-division-1-transgender-basketball-player/

      He's able to do this because he has not started any treatment yet. He intends to start his medical transition after graduation.

      People who are in the middle of transition are the ones caught in a bind. They can't play on the team of the gender they identify as because they haven't finished transition and yet it would be very awkward for them to compete as their biological sex. The best solution is for them to not compete and most accept that as the price to pay during transition.

      After transition the International Olympic Committee has set the guidelines that most other atletic organization are starting to follow. After extensive investigation the IOC determined that fully transitioned transsexual women do NOT have an advantage over other women. A transsexual woman can compete under the following conditions:

      1. Be at least 2 years post-op from sex reassignment surgery.

      2. Be on continuous hormone (estrogen) replacement therapy.

      3. Be legally recognized as their identified gender in their home country.

      Hope this helps.

  38. QUESTION:
    i need info on thighroid cancer. My sister has this cancer and is getting the runaround from the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer. Thyroid cancer is a cancerous tumor or growth located within the thyroid gland.
      Thyroid cancer is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence rates over the past several years. Its incidence has increased by about 3% per 100,000 people per year.
      The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 25,690 new cases of thyroid cancer in the U.S. in 2005. Of these new cases, about 19,190 will occur in women and about 6,500 will occur in men. About 1,490 people (860 women and 630 men) will die of thyroid cancer in 2005.
      Many patients, especially in the early stages of thyroid cancer, do not experience symptoms. However, as the cancer develops, symptoms can include a lump or nodule in the front of the neck, hoarseness or difficulty speaking, swollen lymph nodes, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and pain in the throat or neck.
      There are several types of thyroid cancer: papillary, follicular, medullary, anaplastic, and variants.
      Papillary and follicular thyroid carcinomas are referred to as well-differentiated thyroid cancer and account for 80–90% of all thyroid cancers. Variants include tall cell, insular, columnar, and Hurthle cell. Their treatment and management are similar. If detected early, most papillary and follicular thyroid cancer can be treated successfully.

      Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) accounts for 5-10% of all thyroid cancers.

      Medullary cancer is easier to treat and control if found before it spreads to other parts of the body. There are two types of medullary thyroid cancer: sporadic and familial. Genetic testing (of the RET proto-oncogene should be performed in all patients with MTC to determine whether there are genetic changes that predict the development of MTC. In individuals with these genetic changes, removal of the thyroid during childhood has a high probability of being curative.

      Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma is the least common and accounts for only 1–2% of all thyroid cancer. This type is difficult to control and treat because it is a very aggressive type of thyroid cancer.

      Treatments for thyroid cancer include surgery, radioactive iodine treatment, external beam radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. In most cases, patients undergo surgery to remove most of the thyroid gland, and are treated with thyroid hormone replacement therapy. For those with papillary and follicular thyroid cancer, the dose of thyroid hormone replacement is usually high enough to suppress thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) well below the range that is normal for someone not diagnosed with thyroid cancer, to help prevent the growth of cancer cells while providing essential thyroid hormone to the body.
      Factors associated with thyroid cancer include a family history of thyroid cancer, gender (women have a higher incidence of thyroid cancer), age (the majority of cases occur in people over 40, although thyroid cancer affects all age groups from children through seniors), and prior exposure of the thyroid gland to radiation.
      While the prognosis for most thyroid cancer patients is very good, the rate of recurrence can be up to 30%, and recurrences can occur even decades after the initial diagnosis. Therefore, it is important that patients get regular follow-up examinations to detect whether the cancer has re-emerged. Monitoring should continue throughout the patient’s lifetime.
      Periodic follow-up examinations can include a review of the medical history together with selected blood tests appropriate for the type of cancer and stage of treatment (TSH, thyroglobulin, CEA, and calcitonin levels), physical examination, and imaging techniques (ultrasound, radioiodine whole body scan, chest X-ray, CT, MRI, PET, and other tests).

  39. QUESTION:
    Graves Disease?
    Any one out here have Graves Disease? I do, mildly, and I struggle with it. I've been to all the Dr.'s and basically there is nothing that can be done. I'm ok in the mornings but as the day progresses it gets worse, but not too bad. I have to tilt my head to the right to see clearly, watch tv, etc. If you have it too, how do you deal with it?

    • ANSWER:
      I know people with this disease. For those who dont know what it is. Graves' Disease is a type of autoimmune disease that causes over-activity of the thyroid gland, causing hyperthyroidism. This over-activity is also sometimes called "toxic diffuse goiter." The thyroid gland helps set the rate of metabolism, which is the rate at which the body uses energy. When the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. High levels of thyroid hormones can cause side effects such as weight loss, rapid heart rate and nervousness. This is an uncommon disease that affects 2 percent of all women at some time in their lives. Graves’ Disease also tends to affect women between the ages of 20 and 40, although it occurs in infants, children, and the elderly.

      Dealing with this takes a lot of effort and continued visits to the doctors, medication, treatments and even surgury. The extreme cases may require removal of the thyroidn gland and hormone replacement therapy for the rest of your life. My suggestion is to eat diets rich in calcium, milk, cheese, yogurt, as well as reviewing natural cures for diseases.

  40. QUESTION:
    Question for MTF's about wigs and hair?
    Ok so I'm a trans-woman and I'm wondering what your opinion is about wigs? I don't want one, I never want to use one because I think their unnatural and I just don't like them. That being said i'm not trying to hate on woman who do wear wigs. I would prefer natural hair but I have no idea about how long it takes to properly grow it out long. My hair can grow to about my shoulders but then it seems to just stop? I have cut it for work and it always grows back to that same place but then stops.

    • ANSWER:
      My hair is all natural and I never used wigs.

      If you intend to transition you will have to grow your hair out.

      Also realize the nature of your hair will change when you're on hormone replacement therapy.

      Did you find a new therapist yet?

      After reviewing your question history I'm not sure if you're for real or not.
      .

  41. QUESTION:
    What pain relief options are there for very sore breasts?
    I started on the Estelle pill (generic version of the Diane pill) 3 months ago, prescribed it to help with my hormonal acne (I am 27). It has worked wonders and my skin is great, no more break outs, which is a relief. It's also regulated my cycle and made my period super light - all great side effects.

    However, it has some bad side effects too. My breasts are really painful starting 10 days before my period is due, until I get it. Before I was on the pill, I only had sore breasts every couple of cycles and it wasn't that painful and only lasted 2 - 3 days max. I am a B cup and the pill swells them to a C cup for these 10 days. It also makes me more emotional and bitchy (as in very very little tolerance for anything remotely annoying). Because breast pain has never been a concern in the past, I have no idea what to do to help with it.

    What things will relieve the pain? I'm seeing my Dermatologist next week and my GP a couple of days after that, so I will discuss swapping to a different pill or coming off it with them, but in the mean time I am in a lot of pain and will be for 7 more days. Anti inflammatory pain med are not helping.

    I am also on Dilantin for epilepsy (diagnosed in January this year), and was prescribed Minomycin and Aldactone by my Dermatologist for the acne.

    • ANSWER:
      Side Effects

      Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Estelle-35 ED.

      All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

      Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

      Rarely, serious side effects may occur. If any of the symptoms listed in the section "While you are using Estelle -35 ED'' develop, stop taking Estelle -35 ED and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Casualty Department at your nearest hospital.

      Also, tell your doctor if you notice any skin rash or itchiness. Other side effects listed below may also occur in some patients. Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you notice any of these effects.

      Tender and/or painful breasts with or without secretion
      Gastric upsets
      Headache
      Feeling depressed
      Libido changes
      Reduced tolerance to contact lenses
      Feeling or being sick
      Any change in normal secretion from the vagina including change in menstrual flow
      Rash, allergy, sensitivity to sunlight, itchiness
      Appetite and/or body weight changes including fluid retention
      Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. They do not occur often and you are unlikely to experience any of them.

      Symptom Relief
      There are a few things you can do to relive the discomfort of tenderness and swelling of the breasts.

      Wear good breast support. Make sure to wear a good bra with support. Not wearing a bra can make breast tenderness worse, regardless of breast size. This is especially important during exercise. Bras/support will help to make breasts feel contained, helping to minimize soreness.
      Exercise. Sometimes just getting outside and moving around can help to relieve breast pain. Making exercise a regular part of your daily regimen, can help to relieve many symptoms of PMS.
      Hot or cold treatments. Some women feel better icing their breasts to relieve the pain. Others say heat and hot pads make a difference. Try them out and see which is best for you.
      Ibuprofen. Taking a pain reliever right before your period can make a difference in relieving cramps, breast pain and swelling. However, it is not recommended to take a pain reliever regularly, so limit it to key times of the month. Note, that ibuprofen should not be taken if you are pregnant.
      Change hormones.Check with your doctor about changing your birth control pill or your hormone replacement therapy if this applies to your situation.
      Visualization and breath-work. Imagining your breasts in a weightless state, in warm gentle heat or something like that helps many women minimize the breast pain. Deep breath work can help too.
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      Diet and breast tenderness
      There is no doubt that diet makes a difference for breast pain. Some foods are known to trigger pain for some women and not others. Review this list of key suspects, and try eliminating one at a time to see if your symptoms improve.

      Salt. Too much salt and sodium is known to make breast tenderness worse. This leads to additional water-retention and swelling which then leads to additional breast pain. Try to eliminate high sodium foods from your diet at least a week before your cycle begins.
      Fat. Studies have shown that women who limit high fat foods in their diet have a serious decrease in breast pain. Eliminating heavy fats and animal products can lend to greater overall health which should help to minimize all PMS symptoms.
      Sugar. For many people sugar contributes to breast tenderness and to the 'ropey' feel that breasts often get the week before menstruation begins.
      Caffeine. Many women complain that caffeine can make breast tenderness worse. In fact, caffeine generally contributes to breast lumpiness at any time of the month. It is especially recommended to avoid caffeine all month round if you have lumpy breasts, and for the week leading up to your period if you only have breast pain.
      Move excess fluid from the body. It is important to drink lots of water to help remove the excess fluid from your body. And it is also helpful to take an natural diuretic to help the body flush excess water out.
      Add B, E and A vitamins. Studies suggest that taking a multi can help with PMS symptoms and thus breast tenderness. There is a likely a link between the intake of the B-6 vitamin and body's ability to metabolize estrogen.
      Hope this helps... Best wishes to feeling better.

  42. QUESTION:
    Bone in bottom of foot per dr is swollen,says thought it would be fractured.should i get second opinion?
    Person came down on back of ankle as i was coming down from jumping hurting the achilles area of my foot and as my foot got twisted my pinky toe got bent pretty bad and i thought i may have actually broken it.The bone or area on bottom of my foot where the pinky toe and foot are connected feels like i have a bone sticking out the bottom of my foot.The doctor initially said that when he examined it he thought that i had a fracture but the xrays which i didn't get to see says that there was no fracture and that my bone was swollen.I have never heard of bone swelling and it hurts.He gave me antiinflammatories and told me to ice it every night.Does this sound feasible or should i get a second opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      Swollen feet is a condition where the muscles in the feet have an excessive buildup of fluid. This buildup can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time.

      Slight swelling of the lower legs commonly occurs in warm summer months. Slight swelling is more likely to occur if a person has been standing or walking a lot.

      See a doctor if you have persistent swelling, swelling accompanied by shortness of breath and weight gain, or swelling that damages the skin or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns.

      Swelling is also called edema.

      What Causes Feet to Swell?

      Swelling is caused by fluid buildup in the tissues. Gravity pulls the fluids to your feet and ankles, causing them to swell.

      Swelling can be caused by a serious condition of the kidney, heart, liver or blood vessels. Some other causes of swelling are:

      Eating a poor diet high in salt and carbohydrates
      Taking birth control or hormone replacement therapy pills
      Pregnancy
      PMS
      Sodium retention
      Muscle injury
      Varicose veins
      History of phlebitis
      Allergic reactions
      Preeclampsia
      Neuromuscular disorders
      Trauma
      Laxative abuse
      Diuretics abuse
      Drug abuse
      Can Swollen Feet be Treated?

      Yes. Treatment will depend on the cause of the swelling. One of the first treatment options is to elevate the legs above the level of the heart. Anti-inflammatory medicine can also help reduce swelling.

      Other treatment options are

      Leg wedges to elevate the feet while sleeping.
      Support socks and stocking
      Support socks and stockings come in various gradients depending on the pressure needed, and various lengths depending on the level of the edema.
      Proper fitting shoes and socks.
      Tips to Reduce Swelling

      Cut back on salt
      Salt contributes to fluid retention.
      Drink plenty of water.
      Put your feet up
      Lying on your back, rest your feet at least 12 inches above the level of your heart for 10 to 15 minutes, three or four times a day.
      Do not abuse laxatives
      Use support stockings
      Roll these on in the morning to promote circulation and limit gravitation movement of fluids. Most medical supply or drug stores carry these.
      Exercise regularly
      Regular exercise improves circulation.
      Avoid standing in place for long period of time.
      Lose excess weight
      Excess weight slows circulation of body fluids and puts extra pressure on your veins.
      Increase muscle activity with walking.
      Avoid long periods of sitting
      Every one or two hours, get up and walk.
      Review your medication with your doctors
      Certain drugs, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and calcium channel blockers, can contribute to swelling.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What kind of natural/herbal remedies are there for Asthmatics?
    I am currently looking into natural/herbal remedies to help my gf reduce her asthma attacks. Problem is she hates teas and coffee. Is there anything else out there that might work? She also has several different allergies and a heart condition. So I'm a little hesitant to try any of this stuff on her.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the website below. Look up the following:
      Formulas 1,2, Cell Activator/Niteworks/Herbalifeline/Schizandra/Rose Ox/NRG/21 Day Cleanse/Mega Garlic/Herbal Aloe Drink. All natural and safe for asthmatics and heart conditions. As long as she does not have any dietary restrictions, all of these would be fine. Good Luck

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know a natural herbal remedy to reduce the scars I have after a bout of chicken pox?
    I had chicken pox in Feb of this year, and have a few scars left. One of them is bothering me abit at times as it tends to be painful sometimes. I would like a natural herbal remedy that would get rid of them. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      ...it will go away on its own...over time...

  3. QUESTION:
    I suffer from Angular Cheilitis. Any Recommended natural herbal remedies for Treatment of Angular Cheilitis?
    I am suffering from angular cheilitis for some time. I have cracked lips corners and the skin near the lips looks weird. I do have pain too. Any natural herbal remedies for treatment of angular cheilitis condition? I have heard there are some home remedies to cure this condition. Plz anyone help..

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I know how it feels to have cracked lips. Not only i found it embarrassing but a lot painful as well.
      I had it 2 months back but i got fully cured in a week's time. I used some natural herbal remedies for that. These natural treatments worked good for curing my condition..

      I was looking for a solution then & i got to know about a site that i immediately bookmarked in my firefox. So i have it now too. It helped me..

      Hope I Helped You!

  4. QUESTION:
    What is a natural/herbal remedy for allergies?
    I suffer from ragweed pollen allergies, and between mid-Aug thru mid-Nov I'm pretty miserable. i do not want to take pharmaceuticals like Claritin... what natural/herbal remedies can help me? Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Stinging nettle or bayberry is for allergies. If you want a natural cure, I suggest that you get allergy desensitization shots. These are a tiny extract of the pollen and they slowly build up the dosage over several years.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are the best natural remedies to cure asthma?
    Please list out the best of the natural, herbal remedies for asthma.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy for Asthma :-

      Dyspnoea aggravates during winter, worse from exposure to dust, change of weather, cold drinks, exertion, inhaling smoke and in the morning.Hoarseness of voice. Cough with pain in the chest Cassia Sophera Q(Mother Tincture) or 30, 4 hourly

      Dry cough; worse rest; dyspnoea at 4 P.M Penicillinum 200, 4 hourly

      During acute attack; when there is anxiety, fear and dyspnoea Aconite.Q and Ipecac.Q 1/2 hourly, 5 -10 drops alternatively

      In children with spasm, secretion of mucous and infection (as an intercurrent remedy) Bacillinum 1M fortnightly (6 Doses)

      In adults with spasm, secretion of mucous and infection (as an intercurrent remedy) Tub-koch.1M fortnightly (6 Doses)

      In sycotic patients; worse during daytime; better knee-chest position and sea side Medorrhinum 200 or 1M, fortnightly (3 Doses)

      For patients coming for homoeopathic treatment after taking steroids etc, bad affects of chilly patient Thuja 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      For chilly patient; worse after taking cold drinks or being angry; anxiety, restlessness and unquenchable thirst Arsenic Album 30, 2 hourly

      In children with history of worms Cina 10M or 50M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Bronchial asthma with high eosinophil count; thyroid disturbance Thyroidin.1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Better while lying on the back with arms and legs spread apart Psorinum 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Worse on falling asleep and after sleep, worse after taking sour food or vinegar etc Lachesis 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Excessive dyspnoea, cough and much mucous secretion, emphysema Antim Ars 6X or 30X, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Dyspnoea in the middle of night and early morning; wants windows open Sulphur 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Respiratory trouble due to foundry or traffic pollution Acid Sulphurosum 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Patient cannot breath properly only while standing Cannabis Sativa 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Asthma of stone cutters, silk/cotton mill workers (should be used with great care) Silicea 30 or 200, 4 hourly(S.O.S)

      Smell of flowers causes asthma Ailanthus-G 30, 4 hourly

      Desires fanning during acute attack though body may be cold Carbo Veg 30, 1/2 hourly

      Difficult and hurried breathing; feels as if every breath is last; loss of thirst Apis Mel 30, 4 hourly

      Attacks during rainy season and dampness with loosening of bowels at each attack Natrum sulph 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Due to nervousness; spasm and constriction of chest; better drinking water Cuprum met.30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Due to anger; suffocative tightness of chest Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Worse in dry, cold weather and better in damp weather Hepar Sulph 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Patient cannot breath properly while lying in bed Grindelia.Q and Blatta Or Q, 2 hourly, 5-10 drops alternatively

      Asthma worse at night, when well selected remedies fail Syphilinum 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Due to suppressed emotions; grief (psychosomatic); little expectoration; worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 1M or 10M, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Amelioration while passing stools; worse inhaling dust Pothos Foe 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Difficulty in getting air into the lungs, better at sea; worse after coming on land; asthma of seafaring man Bromimum 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Want of breath on least motion; to stimulate respiratory centers to increase oxygen on the blood Aspidosperma Q 2 hourly, 5 -1 10 drops

      Due to strong odours; of gastric origin; dyspnoea and constriction of chest Sanguinaria 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Collapse due to acute attack; paralysis of lungs; cyanosis Acid-Hydro.30 or 200, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Catarrhal asthma; desire for open air; uterine disorders Sabina 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Dry, splenic asthma; dyspnoea and stiches in chest Scilla Mar 30, 4 hourly

      Hysterical asthma; cough;worse warmth of bed Nux Moch 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Nervous, spasmodic asthma; chocking on falling asleep Valeriana Q or 30, 4 hourly

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is the best and more effective chinese/herbal remedy to get rid of gallbladder stone?
    I need info alos on how to detox the gallbladder using proven natural herbal remedies?
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      8 oz of apple juice night and morning only. Malic acid will help soften the gall stones and prevent them from getting stuck. Do this for 30-90 days.

      Ingredients needed. MUST BE EXACT, NO “CLOSE” OR ‘IT IS THE SAME AND WILL WORK” STUFF

      - 1 can (not bottle, glass, etc) Coca Cola Classic (not new taste, not diet, not anything else.)
      - 1 lemon (not imitation juice, not anything else)
      - 6 oz of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (
      - 10 oz of Citrate of Magnesia – (kruse’s fluid magnesia in Australia) (again, no milk of magnesia, no substitutions, must be citrate of magnesia) – you can get at places like Walgreen’s near the other laxatives and it usually comes in a glass bottle on the top or bottom shelf, and may come in cherry flavor, lime or original. As long as it is citrate of magnesia.

      You will need one day when you can hang around at home in the bathroom to do this.

      Put 5 oz of the coke in a glass with 6 oz of Olive oil and take half the lemon and squeeze it into the glass. Then go to sleep (wait for 8 hours) and in the morning drink 10 oz of Citrate of Magnesia. Then be very near a bathroom for another 8 hours at least.

      The citrate of magnesia is a laxative and you will have lots of diarrhea. You will pass little green pea type things which are the gall stones.

      Remember, you must get rid of the cause of your gallstones otherwise you will just be treating the symptoms.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some good websites with information on herbal healing?
    I am really interested in natural, herbal remedies and herbal healing. Can you suggest any good websites where I can start to learn about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few that i know of :-
      http://www.hpathy.com/
      http://www.alternativemeasures.net/
      http://www.bachfloweressences.co.uk/
      http://www.moonslipper.com/HealingwithBachFlowerRemedies.html
      http://www.botanical.com/
      http://www.aarogya.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=117&Itemid=121
      http://www.sandmountainherbs.com/

      I hope it helps you in your search.
      Take care and God Bless

  8. QUESTION:
    Natural Herbal or acupuncture treatment to unblock Fallopian tubes?
    Has anyone had success with natural or herbal remedies to unblock their Fallopian tubes? Even Acupuncture? At this point I am trying everything before IVF and I have heard that there are natural ways to open them.

    • ANSWER:
      The most important thing to do is a fallopian tube massage technique taught in Chinese Fertility Massage. It's extremely gentle and painless, because you practice it on yourself while watching a DVD of a Massage Therapist demonstrating the techniques.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there an herbal remedy for breast cysts that won't decrease my milk production?
    I have several cysts in my left breast. They were recently diagnosed by ultrasound. I'd like to avoid needle aspiration if possible and really like the idea of a natural or herbal remedy. I'm still breastfeeding my almost 5 month old daughter and don't want to jeopardize my milk supply though. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, but you must see an acupuncturist for an accurate pattern diagnosis
      something to read: Dan Zhi Xiao Yao San (Moutan & Gardenia Rambling Powder)
      in this link. http://74.6.116.140/search/srpcache?ei=UTF-8&p=kun+bu+and+breast+feeding&fr=fp-yie8&u=http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=kun+bu+and+breast+feeding&d=5020700923859373&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=e4663cb4,ee12df9a&icp=1&.intl=us&sig=JZA.zazM8_vwGxAoJ5VCyQ--

      kelp, or seaweed is fairly easy to obtain

  10. QUESTION:
    Good websites that have SAFE natural herbal remedies?
    Just looking for websites with safe and natural herbal remedies that I can make at home? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Swansons vitamins.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any herbal remedies for tobacco withdrawls?
    I am a smoker, and i really want to quit. I smoke about a half a pack a day, and i have tried a few times to quit cold turkey and it has never worked for me. Do any of you know any natural or herbal remedies to help me quit? I would really appriciate it.
    fieldhouse- Do you know where I could buy the licorice sticks? Would it be at a natural food store?
    You guys all had really great answers. I may try all of them. The licorice sticks sound like a great idea, i am going to try to go buy some tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      My sister taught quit smoking classes for years and I've heard this remedy for so long I can repeat it in my sleep.
      Natural Licorice sticks. No, not the candy, the herbs from the health food store. My mother, used them to quit smoking and she's been smoke free for over ten years, I have to think hard about the last time I remember her smoking. But, I do remember that summer when she carried a box of licorice sticks in her pockets, she would chew on them whenever she wanted to smoke. My sister said that the licorice sticks had a little nicotine substance in them, but you'd really have to plow through one of those sticks to fully satisfy your need, if you are trying to quit, its enough to get you over the rough spots. If you hang in there I know you can quit smoking.
      My sister received big notice and accolades for her success in helping so many people quit smoking with this natural remedy.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have Asthma, Rhinitis and Sinusitis; are there any herbal remedies to unblock my sinuses?
    Having asthma is a pain in the butt enough, but I also have sinusitis and rhinitis; my sinuses are clogged all the time and I can barely breathe through my nose. It really sucks having to breathe loudly through one nostril or to mouth-breathe and I really hate side effects of my medications, does anyone happen to know any natural or herbal remedies for rhinitis and sinusitis?

    • ANSWER:
      My brother used to have the same problems as you!

      Anyway, if you have asthma, you don't want to use herbal remedies, because you could be allergic to the herbs and cause yourself even worse problems.

      Try salt water rinsing (sniffing up luke warm salt water through your nose and letting it drain through your sinuses). This is a natural way to clear them out with no side effects. My brother got addicted to it! You can also take steamy showers and drink warm liquids. Spicey food will help too. If you have a lot of thick mucus, try taking Mucinex. There are NO side effects, and it will thin your secretions so that they will drain more easily.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can one deal with baaaaad mood swings?
    What are your tips?

    And also, is there any kinda natural herbal remedy for this sorta problem?
    @ dancer ~ lol no

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good thing to do. Get out and do some physical activity. You can work out your frustration and get some benefits. Drink some herbal tea. Celestial Seasonings has one called Tension Tamer, Wal Mart and Kroger carry it. It helps me. Chamomile tea is good too.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I remove hair cheaply and painlessly from my genital region?
    Sure I could get it professionally waxed but that costs - and it hurts. Suggestions for natural/herbal remedies would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      razor or nair

  15. QUESTION:
    Do you know of any creams for psoarisis, which actually do work?
    I have psoarisis on my face, i always seem to get them at this time of year. Do any fellow suffferer's of this condition know of any good products on the market which heal the scabs quickly? I'm mainly interested in hearing about natural, herbal remedies. I willl not use any creams containing steroids.
    Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      I have psoriasis and unfortunately there is no quick remedy to clear you up.

      I use a cream called Cerve which is 100% perfume free. It helps with my stubborn spots to heal fast and not cause any permanent marks. You may want to check with the doctor who is treating you for this condition.

      There are so many new products on the market today that don't have any steroids in them. Good luck!!!

  16. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used herbs to aid in getting pregnant?
    I'm looking into some natural herbal remedies to help us get pregnant. We've been trying for a year now with no luck. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. I would recommend taking Dong Quai and/or red rasberry leaf to help regulate your hormones and keep your cycle on track. This will make it easier for you to know exactly when you are ovulating and better enable you to conceive at the right time. Good Luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    Having terrible nights sleep, please advise some good (realistic) herbal remedies?
    Please advise me some good/effective natural herbal remedies please, thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I went to a store in my area and I got Natural Factors samples. I'd been having a bad nights sleep the last few nights before that and I got some peace and rest 30 minutes after taking something called Tranquil Sleep (melatonin, 5HTP, and one other thing). Look it up.

  18. QUESTION:
    Ways to get rid of psoriasis/seborrhea on the scalp?
    I've had this before and used coal tar shampoo to get rid of it. I'm trying that again (2-3 times a week), but it doesn't seem to be working this time. Other than going to a dermatologist, is there any other way to get rid of it or at least lessen it? My next step is to try the salicylic acid shampoo, but I would like to hear about some natural, herbal remedies also.

    • ANSWER:
      I cleared my psoriasis with SerenaSkin herbal remedies. I used ointment and spray on the scalp, and took anti-psoriasis extract internally. This treatment cleared my scalp just in a couple of weeks. A year later it is still clear. It is the best natural treatment I've ever tried.

  19. QUESTION:
    Will undereye circles/bags every go away or are they permanent? And what kind of potato do I use for them?
    I've read that putting slices of raw potato underneath the eyes are effective in treating undereye circles/bags, but I can't find out which kind of potato!

    I also developed allergies to my cat which I think caused the circles; is there a natural herbal remedy or natural product to get rid of this? I already have a hepa allergen filter.

    I've had these undereye circles for more than 6 months; with proper care is it reversible or am I stuck with them forever?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      get rid of the cat & get more sleep

  20. QUESTION:
    Does a nutritionist count as a family doctor/health care provider?
    I don't agree with some (not all) MDs pushing meds or pills and would prefer the idea of having someone for my family and future kids who will use alternative approaches first. Also, someone I can ask questions to regarding natural herbal remedies and proper diet and nutrition needs. Are there some family practitioners (mds) who do this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you can find health care providers that use alternative medicine. a nutritionist is not a doctor.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural way to cure Chrons disease?
    Pardon my misspelling if I did. My mom has Chrons, (Probably had it about 16 years or so, after she had her 2nd child it appeared)

    She has been on medicine since. But she still has horrible stomach/back pain, painful bowl movements and inconsistent ones. I dont see her getting any help with the medicine.

    I keep telling her to watch her diet, eat vegetarian or raw foods (I'm health concious and a vegetarian) but I think she sees no point. Now she wants to stop her medicine which I at this point this is best, it's not helping and probably makes her worse.

    Is there any sort of natural or herbal remedies she can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Chrons is one type of inflammatory bowel disease.

      Doctors give antibiotics, flammazine, and steroids.
      I havent heard any case that patient get well with herbal remedies.

      The medical treatment of chrons takes a long while; but sometimes comes to worsts surgical intervention is the last resort.

      It takes time and patience before you can see improvement on medical treatment.

      Wish all the best to your mom.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there any insurance company in canada that does not cover acupuncture and natural medicine?
    i am specifically looking for insurance companies that service in canada that DO NOT cover acupuncture, natural medicine, herbal remedies, and/ or other alternative medicine.

    thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      You posted to the USA board, but generally, "alternative medicine" of any kind is not covered by insurance.

  23. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural, herbal remedies for depression?
    I realize I do need medication, but I am very hesitant about putting all those chemicals in my body, and I despise the pharmaceutical industry. I know there are lots of herbal remedies out there for helping with other ailments, but those are more physical then mental. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      The only natural things I can suggest are: meditating, music, weed, friends, and nature. Other than that, there's not many natural ailments to be found. Good luck with your depression, and the answer usually can always be found within our selves, really.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of acne scars quickly?
    I'm 18 and I had some acne and they left some scars. They are not too dark but they are visible on my complexion. I'm thinking about some natural or herbal remedy to fix them asap. I can wait a month to get results but I want a safe method. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Applying lemon on the scar before you go to sleep helps. Also try some alpha arbutin. U can get it for a reasonable price on himistry.com and it helps in lightening scars

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural herbal remedy that increases male libido?
    Awhile back I heard of a natural supplement that can increase the male libido (sex drive) and would like to find it again. PLEASE don't send me advertisements for expensive pills designed for this (gimmicks, usually!!). I just would like to know which natural herbal supplements are able to increase sex drive in men.
    Also, have you used it and did it work for you or your partner??? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there are several things you can take to help "ignite your passions". The most popular natural passion products are Tribulus, Maca, Horny Goat Weed, Yohimbe, Avena Sativa, Tongkat Ali (or LongJax), L-Arginine, and L-Citrulline. Each of those help a different aspect of sexual health, so you might need to try a few

  26. QUESTION:
    what is the best natural remedy for sinus congestion?
    what is the best natural, herbal,homeopathic remedy for sinus congestion?

    • ANSWER:
      STEAM INHALATION
      If you can get your self a humidifyer or steamer from a chemist youll never look back. You can leave it on all night and youll sleep like a log. You know how much good a hot shower does you when you wake up sick? Well imagine that all night. It also prevents anything settling in the mucous over night - a perfect breeding ground for pathogens. Most steamers have a section where you can add a little eucalyptus oil or any essential oils that will vaporise with the steam and can help with colds or sleeping.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are some natural or herbal remedies for sleep paralysis?
    I have terrible sleep paralysis and im a naturalist so what are some herbal or natural remedies?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you are looking for ways of dealing with your sleep paralysis then you will find this article very relevant. Go through it as it looks at the causes and offers solutions.

      Sleep paralysis does not harm the body in any way but it can leave you feeling very tired and weak after a sleepless night. If you are experiencing frequent episodes then you might want to know if there is anything you can do to prevent sleep paralysis. You need to appreciate that this condition is a function of the mind and can be brought about by many things.

      Some places that offer extensive, detailed information and remedies include any one of the following: how do you Stop Sleep Paralysis, Stop Sleep Paralysis, remedies to sleep paralysis

      If you want to know how to prevent it then you must know how it is caused and what triggers. In all the cases anything that will disrupt your normal sleep cycle will trigger sleep paralysis. People who are under a lot of stress and tension are also likely to experience sleep paralysis.

      Try to be in a relaxed mood when you go to sleep. You could try and channel out your stress and frustrations through exercise. The idea is to go to sleep with a stress free mind. There are also stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and tobacco that are capable of disrupting your sleep. If you want to prevent sleep pa