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Remedies For Perimenopausal Symptoms

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Relief from perimenopausal symptoms with apple cider vinegar or Black Molasses?
    Have any women experiencing symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes and irritabilty tried any natural remedies like apple cider vinegar? If you can share any postive changes directly linked to the apple cider vinegar, what amount did you use and when did you notice a change in symptoms? Does anyone have a dosage for the vinegar, molasses and I think pure honey?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, there aren't any benefits to using vinegar or molasses for perimenopause. There's a site called Healthboards similar to this one where you can ask questions or get answers and I've read of some women getting relief with Black Cohosh, some with fish oil, and lots of other natural remedies.

      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=85

  2. QUESTION:
    Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to balance hormones?
    Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to get better?

    • ANSWER:
      During the years leading up to menopause, a woman’s hormone levels may fluctuate, resulting in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other common premenopausal discomforts. Symptoms of "estrogen dominance"—a term popularized by the late John R. Lee, M.D., a leading researcher and author on the subject of hormonal fluctuations—may respond well to natural remedies and lifestyle changes.

      Progesterone
      Progesterone, like estrogen, is manufactured in the body and during most of a woman’s reproductive years; her body produces both of these hormones in a balanced ratio. When estrogen levels spike, however, she may benefit from a natural source of progesterone to bring her estrogen levels under control.

      Wild yam cream, available in health food stores, is the main source of natural progesterone, replacing its synthetic counterpart, progestin, which is available only by prescription. By extracting the active ingredient, diosgenin, from wild yams, this plant-based formulation may be more readily accepted by a woman’s body. A dosage of 20 to 30 milligrams (mg) per day applied topically to the skin may offer relief of perimenopausal symptoms due to estrogen dominance. Any woman currently under a doctor’s care for her symptoms should consult her physician about starting a natural progesterone replacement regime. At higher dosages, side effects may include drowsiness, temporary water retention and yeast infection.

      Some natural supplements may assist in reducing the symptoms of estrogen dominance, including a daily dose of up to 1,000 mg of grape seed extract, up to 4 grams of taurine or a daily capsule of fish oil (derived from deep-water fish). Adding a calcium supplement may also help protect a woman’s bones.

      Diet and Lifestyle
      A healthy low-fat diet may minimize symptoms. Choose foods high in natural fiber, such as carrots, celery, and whole grain cereals and breads, while reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol.
      Embark on a regular exercise routine that includes at least 30 minutes of gentle aerobic exercise daily, such as brisk walking, swimming, aerobics or indoor cycling class. Clear any new exercise program with your doctor before beginning.

  3. 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

  4. QUESTION:
    what are pros and cons to hormone therapy?
    I am currently using the Estraderm patch.

    • ANSWER:
      The pros are they relieve many symptoms of menopause: night sweats, hot and cold flashes, mood swings. The cons are: they have been proven to cause breast and other cancers.
      I'm perimenopausal. Still regular, like clockwork in fact, but with all menopausal symptoms I spoke about above. Oh, what fun! Every month I consider hormones! Then when PMS is over, I realize that a few damp sheets and pj's tossed across the room is not worth risking cancer over. I'll ride it out until it is over. Who knows how many more years that will be, but like I said, I'll ride it out.
      Sometimes, in retrospect, the mood swings are funny. Sometimes it is just like standing outside yourself and watching someone else say and do things you'd never have said (out loud anyway.) Once I had a heat flash in the middle of a rant on a public telephone about a parking machine that was malfunctioning and I had an idiot on the line and a plane to catch. I noticed people inching away from me. I paused, and noted the torrential wave of sweat that was coursing down my forehead. I realized how crazy I must have been looking and sounding. I hung up the phone, wispered, "personal summer," to the woman standing closest to me and she laughed like heck when she realized what I was talking about. So did I.
      Try to have a sense of humor. Try some homeopathic remedies, like Black Cohash (works for me when I can remember to take it! LOL!)
      Talk to your doctor before deciding anything. S/he can help you decide what is best.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does any one have a home remedy for Hot Flashes.?
    Dr. has taken me off Prempro since I've been on it for so long. The hot flashes just won't leave me. Am struggling to sleep at nite. Have had this problem for more than 20 yrs. The gyne sez some people never get rid of them and I guess I'm 1 of them. Have tried Soy stuff(which my Male G.P. suggested) and Cohase.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from the webmd site, hope it helps............

      Managing hot flashes

      Most women experience hot flashes at some point before or after menopause, when their estrogen levels are declining. While some women have few to no hot flashes, others have them numerous times per day. If hot flashes are disrupting your sleep or daily life, you are no doubt looking for relief. Fortunately, you have a number of self-care and medical treatment options that can help you manage your symptoms.
      Key points

      * However disruptive and frustrating they may be, hot flashes are not a sign of a medical problem. They are a normal response to natural hormonal changes in your body. Hot flashes usually subside after the first or second year following menopause, when estrogen levels stabilize at a low level.
      * Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and stress tend to worsen hot flashes. By avoiding these risk factors, exercising regularly, and eating well, you can prevent or reduce hot flashes.
      * The body-mind connection is a powerful element of hot flashes and emotional symptoms. Rhythmic breathing exercises (paced respiration), which help you meditate and relax, can effectively reduce your hot flashes.1, 2
      * Treatments that may either reduce or stop moderate to severe hot flashes include short-term, low-dose estrogen (hormone therapy), certain antidepressant and blood pressure medications, and the herb black cohosh.

      How can I manage hot flashes

      You can manage hot flashes by making certain lifestyle choices. You can also take daily medication. Some measures help prevent or reduce hot flashes, and others can make you more comfortable when you're having a hot flash. If you are looking for additional treatment measures, you have a few options to choose from.
      Lifestyle choices for preventing or reducing hot flashes

      Eat and drink well, and avoid smoking.

      * Limit your intake of alcohol.
      * Drink cold beverages rather than hot ones.
      * Eat smaller, more frequent meals to avoid the heat generated by digesting large amounts of food.
      * Eat plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods.
      * Do not smoke or use other forms of tobacco.

      Stay cool.

      * Keep your environment cool, or use a fan.
      * Dress in layers, so you can remove clothes as needed.
      * Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton and silk.
      * Sleep with fewer blankets.

      Reduce stress.

      * Get regular physical exercise.
      * Use relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, or biofeedback. Using a breathing-for-relaxation exercise called paced respiration has been shown to significantly reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms.1, 2

      Medical treatment options for hot flashes

      * Short-term, low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by raising your body's estrogen level. Use the lowest dose needed for the shortest possible time and have checkups every 6 months. This is because HRT causes breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and dementia in a small number of women. These risks may be different for younger menopausal women.3, 4 There are as yet no firm safety guidelines for HRT use by healthy women. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
      * Estrogen-progestin birth control pills (before menopause) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by evening out fluctuating hormones. If you are older than 35 and smoke, have diabetes, or have a personal or family history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
      * Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by improving the brain's use of serotonin, which helps regulate body temperature.5 Side effects are possible. This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes, irritability, or mood swings are your only perimenopausal symptom.
      * Clonidine, a high blood pressure medication, can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by lowering blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure is safe for some women and not for others.6 This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes are your only perimenopausal symptom, especially if you have high blood pressure.
      * Black cohosh may reduce or prevent hot flashes, depression, and anxiety as well as low-dose estrogen does.7, 8 As with HRT, have a checkup every 6 months when taking black cohosh. Research on human cells and on animals suggests that black cohosh doesn't cause the same cancer changes that estrogen does. But it's best to be cautious until long-term studies are done.8
      * Some women eat and drink a lot of soy to even out hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms. However, studies show mixed results about whether soy phytoestrogens are clearly effective, particularly when taken as a pill. This may be because the active ingredients in soy are not well understood.9

      Here is the link in case you want to research more options...............

      http://www.webmd.com/menopause/Managing-hot-flashes

      Here is the link to all articles at webmd on hot flashes.

      http://www.webmd.com/search/search_results/default.aspx?query=hot+flashes&x=20&y=6

  6. QUESTION:
    i am having a menopause.How can I make love without experiencing pain?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the most common menopause symptoms is vaginal dryness. It often occurs quickly and without warning in perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women. It affects more than 80% of women just entering menopause and continues to affect up to 50% of those completing menopause.

      If you haven’t experienced it, menopausal vaginal dryness may seem like a minor annoyance, but in reality it can be quite devastating. Vaginal dryness can ruin sexual intercourse for some menopausal women and leave behind feelings of inadequacy and guilt. Fortunately, effective treatments are now available for menopausal women who experience this symptom.

      Relieving vaginal dryness is possible. There are a variety of treatments are available to women suffering from vaginal dryness. Your doctor will probably recommend that you try to have sex as much as possible. This may seem strange, but sexual intercourse will help stimulate the mucus glands at the base of the uterus, making your vagina moist. Women who refrain from sex often find that their dryness becomes even worse.

      Some tried and tested menopause remedies include using lubricants, which can help sexual intercourse be less painful and more enjoyable. These can be applied up to two hours before sex. Over the counter moisturizers can provide relief from dryness for up to 24 hours.

      For persistent vaginal dryness estrogen therapy may be recommended. Oral, topical, transdermal, and tablet forms are available by prescription from your doctor.

      I would recommend you see your doctor/gynaecologist for further evaluation just to rule out any serious causes.

      Good luck :)

  7. QUESTION:
    Perimenopausal Help? Please?
    I've gone off HRT pill w/dr ok. Now I want to go on a supplement but don't know what to look into. Can someone please give me some ideas? I'd like to not get ripped off in the process. I'm looking for a supplement/natural remedy that is known to help perimenopause and that has high quality ingredients in it. Can anyone lead me in that direction? Thanks..Be Blessed.

    • ANSWER:
      My own periomenopause lasted 7 years, so you have my sympathy.

      Some women find that black cohosh helps perimenopausal symptoms. Remifemin and Estrogen are two over-the-counter supplements that contain black cohosh. Their websites often offer free samples, so you may want to visit those sites.

      Please! Check with your doctor before taking black cohosh. I don't have your health history, illnesses, or medications you may be taking, so I can't tell if there might be interactions.

      I took both of the above supplements and found them slightly helpful, but in the end I opted for HRT. I have been on HRT for 10 months now; I plan to stay on it a year, then stop and re-evaluate my symptoms.

  8. QUESTION:
    what are benefits of taking red clover?

    • ANSWER:
      Red clover is a source of many nutrients including: calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C and isoflavones.

      red clover might help protect against heart disease, but studies in humans have not found strong evidence.

      Red clover isoflavones have been associated with an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol in pre- and postmenopausal women, but other studies show conflicting evidence.

      One study found that menopausal women taking red clover supplements had more flexible and stronger arteries (called arterial compliance), which can help prevent heart disease.

      Red clover may also have blood-thinning properties, which keeps blood clots from forming. It appears to improve blood flow.

      Researchers also think that isoflavones, like those found in red clover, might help reduce symptoms of menopause because of their estrogen-like effects. But so far studies have not been conclusive.
      Several studies of a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones suggest that it may significantly reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. The largest study, however, showed no such effect.

      As estrogen levels drop during menopause, a woman's risk for developing osteoporosis (significant bone loss) goes up. A few studies suggest that a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones may slow bone loss and even boost bone mineral density in pre- and perimenopausal women. But the evidence is preliminary, and more research is needed to say for sure.

      Based on its traditional use for cancer, researchers have begun to study isoflavones from red clover. There is some preliminary evidence that they may stop cancer cells from growing or kill cancer cells in test tubes.
      It's been proposed that red clover may help prevent some forms of cancer, such as prostate and endometrial cancer. But because of the herb's estrogen-like effects, it might also contribute to the growth of some cancers, just as estrogen does.
      Until further research is done, red clover cannot be recommended to prevent cancer. Women with a history of breast cancer should not take red clover.

      Traditionally red clover ointments have been applied to the skin to treat psoriasis, eczema and other rashes.

      Evidence says red clover may have a protective action against brain function disorders.

      Red clover also has a history of use as a cough remedy for children.

      No serious side effects from red clover have been reported in people taking red clover for up to one year.
      General side effects can include headache, nausea, a rash.

      Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take red clover.

      do not take red clover with Estrogens, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, Tamoxifen, blood thinners (anticoagulants, ginkgo, ginger, garlic, vitamin E).

      Red clover has been used to treat: bronchitis, burns, cancers, ulcers, sedation, asthma, syphilis and relax the nervous system.

  9. QUESTION:
    My breast have been sore?
    My breast have been sore for the last few days, does this mean they are growing?

    • ANSWER:
      Sore breasts and sore nipples - post-ovulation, pregnant, perimenopause or menopause?
      Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) - Sore breasts, sore nipples and more
      Remedies for PMS
      Sore nipples and/or sore breasts are something you may experience at various times in your reproductive cycle (don’t be frightened off by the big words!). They can mean various things depending on what’s going on in your body at that time. So let’s talk about what sore nipples and sore breasts may mean for you.

      Causes of sore breasts before menopause
      There are 2 main causes of sore nipples/breasts before menopause:

      Post-ovulation - During your menstrual cycle the 2 main hormones at work are:
      estrogen before ovulation and
      progesterone which starts to act around the time of ovulation
      Progesterone causes water to be retained in the body. The main reason for this is to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy by making the uterus rich in water and food for the anticipated pregnancy. Unfortunately, this same effect is felt throughout the body. Storing of water in the breast tissue causes it to become stretched leading to painful breasts and sore nipples. It is much worse for some women than others. If you’ve had any trouble getting into your skinny jeans in the second half of your cycle, that’s what we’re talking about. If a pregnancy does not occur, progesterone levels start to fall about a week before your next period. Gradually, you pee out the water that your body has accummulated.

      Pregnancy - If the egg that is released from the ovary during ovulation is fertilized and starts to grow in the womb, then progesterone and estrogen levels will continue to increase to sustain the pregnancy. Of course this means that the breast tenderness will get worse. I had a comment in a previous article about menopause symptoms :

      I actually have a question. I’m 44 and ttc. My nipples are sore and I ovulated 2 days ago. Is this a post-ovulation symptom? I really need to know so I don’t get my hopes up. Thank you for your reply.

      If you start experiencing sore breasts and nipples a few days after ovulation, you can’t assume that you’re pregnant. A good sign (if you’re trying to conceive that is!) is if the breast discomfort does not subside and the breasts continue to increase in size and your period is 7-10 days late. You still need to be a bit careful because, although pregnancy is the commonest cause of a missed period, there are other causes including extreme stress and perimenopausal changes.

      Causes of sore nipples and painful breasts - perimenopause and menopause
      Soreness or the breasts and nipples can occur as part of what is known as the climacteric syndrome. Symptoms of the climacteric syndrome include:

      hot flashes,
      sleeplessness,
      weight gain and bloating,
      mood changes,
      irregular menstruation,
      painful breasts
      headaches.
      The climacteric syndrome is caused by wildly fluctuating hormone levels and irregular functioning of the ovaries. It is not caused by an absence of estrogen. That is why hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and oral contraceptives are sometimes prescribed to try and even out the hormone levels.

      Sore nipples and breast cancer
      Sore nipples can be a warning sign for breast cancer. In a condition known as Paget’s disease of the nipple, the nipple becomes irritated with redenning, pain and sometimes itching. It progresses gradually until the nipple is completely worn down. Paget’s disease of the nipple shows that there is an underlying cancer in the breast tissue. Any persistent irritation should be investigated by your doctor.

  10. QUESTION:
    what is red clover help please?

    • ANSWER:
      Red Clover is a herb that has also been used as cattle feed throughout history. AKAA: Purple clover, wild clover, trefoil, cow grass. They use the flowers, leaves and blossoms of the plant.

      Red clover is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is a rich sources of isoflavones (chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).

      Cardiovascular health

      Researchers theorize that red clover might help protect against heart disease, but studies in humans have not found strong evidence. Red clover isoflavones have been associated with an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol in pre- and postmenopausal women, but other studies show conflicting evidence. One study found that menopausal women taking red clover supplements had more flexible and stronger arteries (called arterial compliance), which can help prevent heart disease. Red clover may also have blood-thinning properties, which keeps blood clots from forming. It appears to improve blood flow.

      Menopause

      Researchers also think that isoflavones, like those found in red clover, might help reduce symptoms of menopause because of their estrogen-like effects. But so far studies have not been conclusive. Several studies of a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones suggest that it may significantly reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. The largest study, however, showed no such effect.

      Osteoporosis

      As estrogen levels drop during menopause, a woman's risk for developing osteoporosis (significant bone loss) goes up. A few studies suggest that a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones may slow bone loss and even boost bone mineral density in pre- and perimenopausal women. But the evidence is preliminary, and more research is needed to say for sure.

      Cancer

      Based on its traditional use for cancer, researchers have begun to study isoflavones from red clover. There is some preliminary evidence that they may stop cancer cells from growing or kill cancer cells in test tubes. It's been proposed that red clover may help prevent some forms of cancer, such as prostate and endometrial cancer. But because of the herb's estrogen-like effects, it might also contribute to the growth of some cancers, just as estrogen does. Until further research is done, red clover cannot be recommended to prevent cancer. Women with a history of breast cancer should not take red clover.

      Other uses

      Traditionally, red clover ointments have been applied to the skin to treat psoriasis, eczema, and other rashes. Red clover also has a history of use as a cough remedy for
      children

  11. QUESTION:
    What should post-appendectomy patients not eat long term?
    I have recently learned from my 17 year old son's anatomy teacher via class discussion that folks who have had their appendix removed should permanently remove dairy from their diet. His teacher explained that recent research has uncovered new information about how the appendix aids in digestion and that there is a more defined link in how the appendix affects this system. What else should patients like me permanently remove from their diet as the result of an appendectomy and a gall bladder surgery? I had both procedures within 18 months of each other back in 2001 and 2002 still have problems with digestive issues ie: gas, bloating, cramping etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Check with your own doctor. Get the research from the anatomy teacher and let your doctor evaluate it. Anatomy teachers may have biology degrees, but they aren't doctors and they don't necessarily have the advanced biology and chemistry knowledge to determine when new research is based on good science or junk science.

      If you've had your gall bladder removed, you probably will need to be more cautious about fat in your diet. The gall bladder is a big part of our ability to digest fat and you no longer have that ability.

      If dairy products give you gas and cramping, you're probably lactose intolerant. That has nothing to do with your appendix and everything to do with the lack of an enzyme needed to break down lactose. THIS IS NORMAL and there are inexpensive over-the-counter remedies so that you can continue to get your calcium from dairy.

      By the way, are you possibly getting close to menopause, or entering that "perimenopause" period? Oxytocin, the hormone that causes uterine contractions and menstrual cramps, also causes contractions of all the smooth muscles in your body - like your stomach and intestines. When our bodies start getting flaky in the perimenopausal period because our hormones aren't quite balanced, digestive symptoms go right along with everything else.

      But again, get the research from the anatomy teacher, send the information to your own doctor, and review it with the doctor when you go in next. There are tens of thousands of us out here who had our appendix removed 20, 30, 40, or even 50 or more years ago, and we don't have problems with dairy foods, gas, cramping, or bloating. And I refuse to develop some new syndrome just because a recent study says I'm supposed to. :-)


remedies for perimenopausal symptoms

Hormone Replacement Therapy In Women

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What happens when a woman takes the transvestite therapy?
    What happens when a woman starts hormone replacement therapy like men trying to be women do,wouldn't she just become more womanly and look more feminine?
    and btw i mean transgendered sorry!!
    and yes i know menopausal women take it thank you,but u still did not answer my question.

    • ANSWER:
      You will turn into a freak. Avoid it.

  2. QUESTION:
    How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
    Just how safe is it for a woman over 53 to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, have heard two GP give different opinions on this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure there are a lot of dangers like most drugs.

      a search should turn up these

      here is one article..the institute of health did a study and said the risk of taking it outweigh the benefits as is correlated with increased breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's etc..also can be made of horse urine which also increases the risk

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5467345_dangers-hormonereplacement-therapy.html

      why not try a natural product..

      My sister had a lot of problems with hot flashes and was NOT a believer in natural treatments at all being in the health field but in desperation she tried this cream below I recommend and she told me all of them went away after she began using ti and was very happy and surprised that it worked so well

      It looks like this and may be found at some health food stores or online

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoTCil0RPJnkAfdGJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26ei%3DUTF-8%26fr%3Dytff1-tyc%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.raysahelian.com%2Fimages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raysahelian.com%2Fprogesterone.html&size=21.1+KB&name=Natural+Progesterone+Cream+by+Source+Naturals&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=5ced1e16b6ba7a381811faabf2d007d7&fr2=tab-web&fr=ytff1-tyc&tt=Natural%2BProgesterone%2BCream%2Bby%2BSource%2BNaturals&b=0&ni=32&no=2&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11c5i2fme&sigb=13s3hj9c1&sigi=11bee8lui&.crumb=SjKDKKhlzhI

      another super great product is Dr Schulze's female formulas and his products are I feel are the best on the market

      https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Our-Products?cid=15

      click on product info for each and find the one.s you feel best apply ..be sure to click on each of the tags at the top of the popup..how it works why you need it and so forth to be sure you read all the info on it (you would want either female formula or female shot not female plus which is more for pms than menopause)

      and more info on these are found here

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/female.asp

      I never took anything and other than some hot flashes in peri- menopause that I did not realize what they were as AI was so young I have had no symptom,s at all and never took drugs or natural treatments and have been 12 years since menopause.So putting all these women on this for years and harming them is so not necessary not with these natural treatments.

      why take a risk..if you are the one who winds up with breast cancer which I have had and it is not fun or strokes yikes it will prove to be a costly mistake more than buying these products would be

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women?
    8)Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been shown to be one way to reduce the incidence of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, however recent clinical trials have indicated there are dangerous increased risks of heart disease, stroke and various cancers associated with HRT. What is the single most important factor in reducing the incidence of osteoporosis in older women and when do women need to start being concerned about this?

    • ANSWER:
      I think the best method to help prevent osteoporosis is exercise. Exercise strengthens the bones in men and women.

      Also there are good medications on the market to help prevent this condition:

      If the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis is the only issue under consideration, then bisphosphonates such as alendronate, ibandronate, or risedronate are more effective than menopausal hormone therapy in preventing osteoporotic fractures, and less likely to be associated with substantial adverse effects. So far, bisphosphonates are the most effective category or prescription medications for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis.

      hope this helps..

  4. 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

  5. QUESTION:
    Hormone Replacement Therapy in young woman?
    My best friend is at a loss right now and is looking for support from other women dealing with the same issues she is regarding needing hormone replacement therapy, but she is in her early 30's and is not in or nearing menopause. She is not having much luck with doctors and is starting to get very down. Does anyone have any suggestions of a chat room, message board or online community where she could find other women to connect with, share stories and tips.
    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      One place she may be able to find support is thru the Women's health messageboard at WebMD.com

      Also, check through Yahoo Groups because you can find a group for just about every subject so there may be something there as well to help her find resources.

      A 3rd site that may help you find information for her is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  6. QUESTION:
    Does mtf hormone therapy make you infertile ?
    I want to go on male-to-female hormone replacement therapy (just to soften my face and have more of a feminine shape) - however I didnt go through with it as I heard it makes you infertile - I've come across some transgender woman who, however stop hormones for a short period and then conceive a child normally (without sperm banking) is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Shane with one further caution: Some people don't get any facial change from hormones at all.

      So you want to "soften your face" at the risk of:

      Possibly permanent sterility

      Loss of normal male sexual function

      Shrinkage of your penis and testicles

      Difficulty getting an erection or maybe even loss of the ability to do so.

      Loss of upper body strength

      Increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (which can kill you)

      You must be very desperate to think this is wise.

  7. QUESTION:
    Why do men need need testosterone shots if they lose their testicles?
    Explain something to me.

    When a man loses his testicles, he is given hormone replacement therapy so that he can become aroused.

    But women have no testicles (obviously) and very little testosterone and we still have plenty of sexual urges.

    So is it really necessary for men to receive the hormones? Or can a man still become aroused without them?

    • ANSWER:
      Women have testosterone in their system as well, and it helps with their arousal. The various hormones work differently in male and female systems. A man can become aroused and function sexually even without testosterone. Notice all the hard-ons little boys can get, and all the mischief they sometimes get up to? Testosterone has other functions in the male body besides strengthening sexual arousal. Men get testosterone therapy to allow their body to function correctly.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a good name for this business?
    The business provides hormone replacement therapy for women, but it is all natural, not synthetic. Any suggestions out there? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Since it's natural I'd say go with "Organic". We assimilate organic with natural in today's world.
      2. Since it's therapy I'd leave it at "therapy" so that people know what you actually do.
      3. For women, I think it would be wise to use something like "her" or "for her".
      4. How to explain that it's "hormone replacement" therapy is a good question... But make sure it's in real people language instead of doctor.

      A few suggestions:
      Her Organic Hormone Therapy;
      Organic Menopause Therapy; (If I understand correctly :))
      etc...

  9. QUESTION:
    How to differentiate between a shemale and a true women?
    One of my friends working in Thailand 6 years ago as a manager. While he was working there he meets a girl that is beautiful and meets his requirement. The girl is from Thailand. After 2 years in a relationship they decided to get married. So they took a blood test to test for any diseases such as (STD) sexual transmitted diseases, HIV, or Hepatitis. When the result were out it turn out to be that the women is actually a man that has gone a surgery to hormone replacement therapy and/or through breast augmentation , Sex reassignment surgery male-to-female, Hair removal, Facial Feminization Surgery and other surgical procedure . Have you or your friends ever encountered such crisis

    • ANSWER:
      Ewww god. "Crisis" is the right way to put it. What a bunch of gross shit - and even worse - the former woman didn't say anything about it.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are alternatives to horomone therapy after hystorectomy?
    I just underwent a complete hystorecomy. Due to illness, everything was taken, including my ovaries. I am looking for alternatives to hormone therapy because of the risks involved with this therapy, such as bloodclots and stroke. What are the alternatives available to me, besides hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a Homeopathic Doctor......but I know FOR A FACT that the herbal supplement combo of Soy and Black Cohash works. I work at an OBGYN office and the doc prescribes that all the time. Its why you never see many Asian women with hairy faces or excessive wrinkles after menopause - soy is a heavy part of their diet.
      Plus the progestin in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is know to cause blood clots in some women.

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I take precautions for Breast Cancer?
    My mother has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It is not hereditary & she is healthy. She has in her DNA some predisposition to getting it based on certain environmental factors. I am assuming this is related to hormone replacement therapy drugs she took when she was going through menopause.

    Understandably so, there is a risk factor associated with breast cancer and these drugs that were studied and this conclusions still remains to be proven.

    My question is my choice to get on birth control, as it is one form of hormone replacement. Will this heighten my own risk to get breast cancer down the line? I am early 30s and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      The link between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer has been established. However, birth control does not increase the risk. The amount of hormones used in the pill was decreased in the 1970s and has remained quite low. The only real precaution you can take is to have annual mammograms when it is time. Most of the risk factors are out of our control. 75% of all breast cancers occur in postmenopausal women.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    Do Men Lose Most of Their Strength if The Testicles Are Removed?
    Do men lose the majority of their strength if the testicles are removed?

    I understand 95 percent of testosterone comes from the testicles, thus making men stronger than women.

    After an incident riding horses I am being told I may have my testes removed..

    I have gotten generic information regarding hormone replacement therapy, but wonder what the natural effects of life without testicles will be like.

    Is this an extremely rare event, or is there solid knowledge about this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a common misconception but it does affect one way or the other. Testicles "contain" and produce our male hormones called testosterone. Once removed (depending if one or both are removed), the number of hormones will drop significantly. But it does not make anyone weak. It just means the "drive" lowers. Just as a car with a flat tire, it will still run but it wouldn't be as quick as a car without flat tire. Case also varies from person to person, some people lose the control over their whole package (aka paralyzed from waist down) but they still continue life as is.

  14. QUESTION:
    Are any transgendered people physically born that way?
    This question is about transgendered people. For instance are there people born & grow up looking like a woman, with breasts & stereotypical female shape, but with male genitalia? Or is this phenomenon caused by hormone replacement therapy later in life?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Trinidad.

      Please do not listen to Snotalia as usual he has no clue about what he is talking about.

      Transsexualism is a congenital birth condition. A transsexual woman is born with a brain (gender identity) that reflects they are female and a body (sex) that reflects they are male. This is called a brain body mismatch. A transsexual woman must receive estrogen to grow breasts and for her body to be feminized she is not born that way. However she does have male genitalia between her legs. until she has Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS)

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for an MTF transsexual to enlarge her penis?
    I'm planning on getting hormone replacement therapy and I want a nice big penis to go with my feminine appearance. If it is, how do I do it?
    I want to be a shemale porn actress.

    • ANSWER:
      Not even a funny troll.
      A real MTF transsexual woman does not want, need, desire, or use as pre-op a penis. That is for a transgender shemale type.

  16. QUESTION:
    How did the drug Premarin come about ?
    I am doing a research assignment on Premarin and am struggling to find any information on how it came about .

    I have found that scientists first discovered that they could extract estrogens from the urine of pregnant women back in the 1920's (for therapeutics). They then found that women and horse (mare) urine was very similar so started to extract estrogens from mare urine instead .

    Does anybody have any more information about the origins of this drug or any hormone replacement therapy relating to Premarin ?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the word Premarin comes from "Pregnant mares urine".
      now it is synthetically made.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do hormones have any effect on the skeleton?
    I read somewhere that the index finger tends to be shorter than the ring finger for guys, and vice versa for girls. Should a guy start hormone replacement therapy and start receiving estrogen, would the index finger grow slightly to be just as long (or longer) than the ring finger?

    If not, than what part of the body determines how the bones should be? If a bone is broken, it'll heal. If whatever causes bones to heal were to change, would the skeletal system try to "correct" itself by removing parts of the bones and growing other parts?

    • ANSWER:
      Bones stop extending in your teens or very early twenties. The Epiphyses unite with the bone and the join ossifies. The mechanism of control is still beinf sorted out in detail.
      Once the bones have finished growing they may become denser or less dense - a woman past the menopause tends to lose bone density - hence littlw old ladies being more fragile.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some good hormone replacement therapies/supplements for women?
    I know every woman's pretty much different in their needs but I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations to try. I'm also on a tight budget so I can't try too many at one time.

    I'm particularly looking for supplements for post menopausal women.

    • ANSWER:
      What I found helpful was a cobination of black cohosh, dong quai, and soy. I've heard from other women that it did reduce the hot flashes. I didn't have hot flashes but I suffered headaches to the point of fainting---and it did help. However, if you are on heart medication then you need to talk to your doctor.

      I cannot remember the exact name of the product I took--but you can find them everywhere--including Walmart. Just ask the pharmarcist there and they will find it for you. It's also not very expensive--I paid around 10 dollars for 120 tablets....

  20. QUESTION:
    What do you guys think about taking hormone replacement therapy?
    I am asking this for my mother. Her doctor wants her to stay on hormone pills for the rest of her life, but she is worried about breast cancer, and only wants to take the lowest dose for a short amount of time (couple years). Should she stand up to her doctor? PS She is NOT in a high breast cancer risk group

    • ANSWER:
      If your mother feels uncomfortable with "traditional" hormone replacement therapy, she should ask her doctor about bio identical hormones. They are developed with products from plants. If her doctor is unfamiliar with them, she can call a compounding pharmacy and ask the pharmacist to recommend a doctor in your area. A compounding pharmacy will "tailor" your mother's hormones to suit her needs.

      A couple of words or warning about bio identical hormones. They may not be fully covered by your mother's health insurance and can be expensive. And, since they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, there is no way to know if they are actually "safer" than traditional hormone replacement therapy.

      Hormone replacement therapy is essential for women. As long as your mother has periodic examinations, and since she is not at high-risk for breast cancer, I would suggest she consider hormone replacement therapy.

  21. 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

  22. QUESTION:
    Women only...does anyone know of a homeopathic remedy to ease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes?
    I am not a good candidate for surgery or hormone replacement therapy due to my family history of ovarian cancer. I have tried all the standard herbal cures, Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Wild Yam, etc. Yesterday I did a little research online and tried Motherwort and Basil oil as aromatherapy. I was awake all night and had a hot flash that lasted nearly two hours. This is starting to drive me a little crazy. Any suggestions? How about an online support group?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple cider vinegar cures everything from asthma to hot flashes. Just type in uses for apple cider vinegar...you'll be glad you did.

  23. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you get one of her female friends to intervene on this? Perhaps a woman will listen to another woman on this matter.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to secretly be more feminine?
    As a guy who hopes to go through Hormone Replacement Therapy (MtF),does anyone have tips on how to be more feminine?
    I want to be as feminine as I can without effectively sitting there being an obvious cross-dresser with makeup, because where I come from I'll just get mocked for that.

    So, any tips?
    I already wear shapewear tights to help me feel feminine, and I'd be willing to do anything else related to clothing provided it wasn't shockingly obvious.
    It doesn't have to be clothing related specifically, if anyone has any ideas :)

    • ANSWER:
      day to day when i cant fully dress as karen i wear nice underwear as only i know about it.i mix up my clothes and wear mens skinny jeans with a womans top but one thats not too feminine.my nails are always kept nice and i use a clear nail varnish to give them a shine but not stand out too much.i also have a messenger bag that could be a mans or a womans bag.
      hope some of this helps.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can I lose 40 pounds in 4 months with Insanity?
    I'm 15, 5'6 and around 160-165 pounds. I really want to weigh 120, or at least 130.
    Yeah, 4 months, it's kind of a deadline for an event I'm going to.
    And any tips for not cheating on the diet or procrastinating? :l
    I always stop in the midweek or first week.
    OH AND I'm going on hormone replacement therapy soon (testosterone), (I am a transmen/ftm/transgender). Will the testosterone make me lose weight faster/gain muscle easier too?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes that is a very possible goal, but you will need to eat right and do the workouts. The best way to stay motivated is to surround yourself with positive pictures, quotes and as weird as this may sound; workout gear. If you can print out positive pictures, write quotes on your walls and cute workout clothes that you actually want to wear. Also, to avoid worrying about what to eat and risk getting super hungry and cheating...Plan your meals, every meal for every day, week by week. I would suggest 5 meals. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner and 2 snacks to get your metabolism running and keeping you full throughout the day so you dont run and grab something bad. The first week is the hardest, but after that you will begin to feel results within yourself and after 3 weeks you will see a definite change in your body. Also, I do believe that the test will help you build muscle and shed weight faster because that is what gives men the ability to get into noticeable shape better than women. Good Luck and you will be so glad you did this!!

  26. QUESTION:
    Can hormone replacement therapy help a womans masculine face?
    just say a woman has a masculine or manly face could they perhaps see if they could get some kind of hormone treatment to achieve a n overall feminine face or would she go for surgery or what could she do?

    • ANSWER:
      As others have stated hormones can't change bone structure, but surgery can.

      http://www.drspiegel.com/facial-feminization-ffs/
      .

  27. QUESTION:
    Does Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause restore the normal menstrual cycles in a woman?
    If not why, since HRT replaces the hormones back in the body? Also can a post menopausal woman who underwent HRT become pregnant again?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is no to both questions.

      The hormones in HRT only relieve menopausal symptoms (hot flashes). They do not restore periods. Once you hit menopause (periods stop), they stop for good.
      Women who take HRT cannot become pregnant due to no ovulation due to menopause.

  28. QUESTION:
    Natural Herbal Remedy for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
    My teenage daughter has just been diagnosed with it. I don't want to put her on hormone replacement therapy to bring on her periods (which occur about twice per year). We have extensive breast cancer in the family, and hormone therapy is frightening. Does anyone know of any natural remedies that are safe? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Medicines & Treatment for Ovarian Cysts, Ovary Pain Neuralgia, Ovaritis

      #Apis mellifica. [Apis]
      Few remedies cause as many ovarian symptoms as Apis. It has an active congestion of the right ovary going on to ovaritis, with soreness in the inguinal region, burning, stinging and tumefaction. Ovarian cysts in their incipiency have been arrested by this remedy; here one of the indicating features is numbness down the thigh. It has also proved useful in affections of the left ovary. Tightness of the chest may also be present, with the occurrence of a reflex cough and urging to urinate. Mercurius corrosivus. Hughes prefers this remedy in ovarian neuralgia. Peritoneal complications also indicate it. Bovista has also cured ovarian tumors.

      #Belladonna. [Bell]
      As this remedy is one particularly adapted to glandular growths it is especially useful in acute ovaritis, and more so if the peritoneum be involved. The pains are clutching and throbbing, worse on the right side, the slightest jar is painful, and the patient is extremely sensitive. The symptoms appear suddenly; flushed face and other Belladonna symptoms are present. Platinum. Ovaries sensitive, burning pains in them, bearing down, chronic ovarian irritation with sexual excitement. Much ovarian induration is present. Palladium. Swelling and induration of right ovary. It lacks the mental symptoms of Platinum, such as mental egotism and excitement. Aurum. Ovarian induration. Lilium. Ovarian neuralgias. Burning pains from ovary up into abdomen and down into thighs, shooting pains from left ovary across the pubes, or up to the mammary gland. Staphisagria. Very useful in ovarian irritation in nervous, irritable women. Hypochondriacal moods.

      #Lachesis. [Lach]
      Pain in left ovary relieved by a discharge from the uterus; can bear nothing heavy on region. Hughes and Guernsey seem to think that Lachesis acts even more prominently on the right ovary; others believe the opposite, the tendency of affections being, however, to move from the left toward the right side. Suppuration and chronic enlargements of ovary may call for Lachesis. Zincum. Boring in the left ovary relieved by the flow, somewhat better from pressure; fidgety feet. Graphites. Swelling and induration of the left ovary; also pains in the right ovarian region with delayed scanty menses. Argentum metallicum. Bruised pain in left ovary and sensation as if ovary were growing large. Naja. Violent crampy pain in left ovary. Dr. Hughes valued it in obscure ovarian pains not inflammatory in nature.

      #Arsenicum. [Ars]
      Burning tensive pains in the ovaries, especially in the right. Ovaritis relieved by hot applications. Patient thirsty, irritable and restless. Colocynth. Ovarian colic; griping pains, relieved by bending double; stitching pains deep in right ovarian region. It is also a useful remedy,according to Southwick, in ovaritis of left ovary with colicky pains. A dropsical condition may be present. Hamamelis. Ovaritis and ovarian neuralgia. Ludlam praises this remedy in the sub-acute form of gonorrhoeal ovaritis; it allays the pain and averts the menstrual derangement. Ovaritis after a blow. There is agonizing soreness all over the abdomen. An external application of hot extract of Hamamelis acts marvelously in subduing the distress and pain consequent to ovaritis. Iodine. Congestion or dropsy of the right ovary. Dwindling of the mammae; dull, pressing, wedge-like pain, extending from right ovary to uterus like a plug, worse during menstruation. Thuja. Left-sided ovaritis, with suspicion of veneral taint, calls for Thuja. Grumbling pains in the ovaries all the time, with mental irritability, call for Thuja. Podophyllum has a pain in the right ovary, running down the thigh of that side. Numbness may be an attending symptom.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/ovary-sym...
      _____________________________________

      Homeopathy treats the patient not the disease, complete symptoms of the patient(Mental and Physical) are taken into consideration to find the appropriate remedy which is the most similar to the patients symptoms. When prescribed according to the patients symptoms Homeopathic medicine are known to work very fast and without any side effects or complications of any kind and once cured there are no relapse or comebacks 100% cure. For more either post your complete symptoms or better to consult a reputable Homeopathic Practitioner for the successful treat ment of your ailment. Giving just the name of the disease or disorder is showing someone the tip of the iceberg what lays underneath is what you have to treat and cure. And that is the key to the success of Homeopathic Medicine.

      I hope the provided information proves to be of help. Wishing you the best of health.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  29. QUESTION:
    What kind of hormone replacement therapy works best for you?
    I have been taking Premeran for about two years now, and after many level changes, it has been working. But after talking to a few other women, I was wondering if there are better treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      That stuff promotes breast cancer.

      When the population cut down on using HR a few years ago the incidence of breast cancer dropped dramatically. Its the estrogen that is the problem. (Many breast tumors depend on estrogen to grow is the most likely reason for the drop.)

  30. QUESTION:
    What hormonal birth control does not contain synthetic hormones?
    I'm looking for a birth control bill/patch/shot that does not contain synthetic hormones but actually contains natural hormones. I can find information on non-synthetic hormone replacement but not non-synthetic birth control. What's that about? Menopausal women can have options but sexually active fertile women can't?

    • ANSWER:
      You know, this is a really interesting question, to which I had no idea of the answer. Well done! So I hit up google and this is what I found.

      As far as I can tell, the answer is that there isn't any nonsynthetic hormonal birth control out there. Why? I'm also unsure of the answer to this one but I can make a guess.

      1. Availability: Progesterone and estradiol, the two hormones used in synthetic form, do not occur in nature outside of the human body. The people who pursue natural alternatives would presumably have an ethical problem with the extraction of these from living people:)
      2. Cost: It is cheaper to make a synthetic product than rely on natural sources. As an example, so-called natural progesterone is extracted from yams... but what if one year's bad weather destroys the yam harvest? All your customers are hosed. Or if some yams have much higher hormone levels than others? It'd take a lot more work to get a consistent, high-purity product that would pass the strict FDA regulations, and big pharma companies don't want to spend the money or time.
      3. Demand: If an unregulated natural therapy fails to help your menopausal symptoms, what happens? You have hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, etc. Usually they will go away on their own in a few years, or you can live with them. If a birth control method fails you're stuck with an unwanted pregnancy, leading to an abortion, adoption, or 18+ years of caring for a kid. The consequences are more severe, making people more inclined to try a vasectomy or Copper-T IUD or condoms than purchase a possibly ineffective drug.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why (and specifically how) does taking synthetic estrogen raise one's risk of developing blood clots?
    This is assuming that it is done properly and with medical supervision, of course. (Ie: taking either opposed/unopposed hormone replacement therapy, or the birth control pill.)

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it has to do with raising certain clotting factors in the blood or interferring with the normal regulation of the blood clotting cascade. The article below mentions resistance to activated protien C (a major anticoagulant) which would increase the risk of thrombosis.

      It also mentions that some of the women who experience these serious side effects may have an underlying genetic thrombophilia that is undiagnosed. Adding a medication that could possibly cause the blood the clot more would only make the condition worse, hence the increase risk for clotting.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have breast pain?
    I'm 50 years old. I notice breast pain, but I do not feel any lumps.
    Also I'm on a hormone replacement therapy for menopause. Could this cause some pain in breasts?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are 50 years old, then you should not feel any pain in your breast. If you are a young girl who is still developing breasts OR just developed breasts OR pregnant woman, then I can find reasons to why berates pain can occur.

      But if you are 50 years old, I don't think that you should have breast pain. Please talk to your doctor about this ASAP. He/she will be able to help you out.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to get on Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    I'm a 19 year old transgender woman who wants to get started on her hormones. As a college student, I'm not financially well off nor do I want to tell my parents about this until a later time. So I was wondering how I can start hormone therapy without having to pay for doctor visits.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey! Welcome to my world of a decade ago! ;) I started at 19, too, in college, and likewise too afraid to tell my parents yet.

      My solution at the time? DIY. First, you need information. And these people know bloody everything about doing DIY (including all the latest research; I've had three doctors since I did DIY, and not a one of them knew half what the average person on that list did about how to treat transsexuals).

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TsDoItYourselfHormones

      Want a general guide to get started?

      http://www.tsroadmap.com/early/transsexual-hormones.html

      My recommendations? Get on 200mg/d spironolactone (one pill in the morning, one in the evening), a non-oral estrogen (I currently use climara -- you'd use two patches), and a progestin (such as progesterone) to help with breast duct development. Avoid oral estrogens, as they increase the risk of pulmonary embolism and other clotting disorders (although it's mainly a problem for older TSs). With spiro, the main side effect to be aware of is that you retain potassium and lose sodium, so avoid salt substitutes and potassium supplements (you don't want to OD on potassium... although even on spiro, if you're young and have no kidney disease, that's hard to do)

      The spiro will cost you about 70 cents a day. The cost of the estrogen and progestin depends on what form you choose. If you have to cut one thing out, cut out the progestin. If you have to cut out two things, IMHO, also cut the estrogen. The spiro is the most important thing to stay on, as it blocks all further testosterone damage, buying you time until you can afford the estrogen.

      Email me if you have any Qs; I'd be glad to help you with whatever I can. :) I've been there. You're about to start an amazing journey, so fasten your seatbelt.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can dizziness be a side effect of hormone replacement therapy?
    I asked this a while back, no-one answered. Maybe this therapy is no longer so common. But if you are a menopausal woman on it and know anything about side effects, I really need to know. Thanks! (I've been on the therapy for 3 months and only had the dizziness for 6 weeks.)
    I take estradiol and medroxyprogesterone, both low dose, both at night. I have dizziness all day long, into the night.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends what you're taking and when. For example, if you take Prometrium, then it will make you dizzy, so that's why you should take it right before bed.

  35. QUESTION:
    Im a 17 year old guy and thinking of Hormone Replacement therapy, or just start taking estrogen, what do i do?
    Ok so I have been thinking about this for a long time now. I really want to have the curves of a woman, and i want to have a believable appearance of a woman. What should I do?? P.S. My parents are to accepting of this kind of stuff... but i have a lot of friends who are

    • ANSWER:
      You want the curves of a woman OR you are a transsexual woman? Assuming the latter:

      If you're in the USA:

      The first step is seeing a GENDER therapist:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      Since you're under 18 your parents have to give consent.

      After and evaluation and being diagnosed as being transsexual they may write you a letter of referral to an endocrinologist.

      After an evaluation of your health the endo will prescribe your hormone replacement therapy and do some lab work. It is important to get regular lab work so your hormone dosage can be adjusted correctly. Don't even think about self-medicating as it is dangerous and can even be fatal.

      My impression is that you have no idea what's involved with transition. Transition is a long, expensive, medically monitored process. There are a million and one details to attend to and NOBODY transitions overnight. For example my transition took 4.5 years and about ,000. You can learn more about transsexualism here:

      http://www.LynnConway.com

      If you are not a transsexual person don't even think about messing with hormones.

  36. QUESTION:
    Difference between hormone blocker and hormone replacement therapy?
    I'm an FTM ( female to male) Transgendered teen. I'm pre everything and need help deciding if a hormone blocker is right for me. What would be the side effects? I've heard that if you dont get any hormones, whether it be testosterone or estrogen, you could go into a menopausal state. Keep in mind, I'm only 16 and need help deciding whats best for me.

    • ANSWER:
      These are questions you should be asking your endocrinologist or prescribing Doctor.

      But, in brief;
      'Hormone blockers' (GnRH inhibitors) prevent your body's endogenous hormones from being produced, or from being used. This stops the feminising or masculinising effects that these hormones would otherwise have on your body. They don't, in themselves, have any active feminising or masculinising effect, and they won't reverse any of the effects that have already occurred.

      Hormone replacement therapy replaces your body's own hormones with either oestrogen (for trans women), or testosterone (for trans men), which will actively feminise or masculinise your body, and reverse (to an extent) some of the changes that your body's hormones have already caused.

      As to side effects; any of these medicines can KILL you, or seriously damage your health. This is why they should never be taken without a legally acquired prescription, and proper medical supervision.
      Please, talk to your doctor.

  37. QUESTION:
    A friend in her late seventies has recently been given a diagnosis of osteoporosis of the lower spine.?
    This is giving her a lot of pain and she has had to give up walking with her local walking group. Needless to say, she is very depressed. Before I retired from nursing I know that some rheumatologists were prescribing hormone replacement therapy which helped to improve bone density and reduce calcium loss. I realise there are other risks associated with this therapy but sometimes the benefits outweigh them. Is this form of treatment still prescribed in much older women for calcium loss?

    • ANSWER:
      I cant comment on the treatment you mention but has your friend considered tai chi? I do this (Im only 30) and love it. It is recommended for older people as it isnt strenuous and can build bone. It is adaptable so if she cant do certain things it doesnt matter - she could even do it sitting down! It will also get her out meeting people. The link below gives more info.

  38. QUESTION:
    Would it be possible to extend the life of the female reproductive system with hormone replacement therapy?
    When a woman enters menopause she no longer has the ability to bear life and she is given synthetic hormones to help her body maintain the levels of the natural hormones she was used to producing. Since these synthetic hormones help to keep her system functioning at the level it had been accustomed to over the years, would it be possible then that we could also use synthetic hormones to extend the life of her reproductive system.

    • ANSWER:
      To be brief, women are born with a set number of eggs in her ovaries at birth and cannot create any additional eggs. As women age, their ovaries become depleted from ovulation through the years and the ovum tend to develop genetic mutations over time that could result in embryos that are not compatible with life or have severe birth defects. Thus, it is not possible to use synthetic hormones to extend life of the reproductive system. Also, even if an ovum was available, the sensitive balance of hormones in pregnancy would be highly difficult if not impossible to reproduce with synthetic hormones. Hope this helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the genetic origin of women in bangkok who have male apparatus?
    I have been very close to "women" in bangkok who have penises. They have deflated scrotums, or lack of any testicles. Their penises seem to be real, they don't look like ad-ons. And I swear these are women, they have hips and smooth skin everywhere.

    Who / what are these people? I can't find any legitimate information on the web, but I have met them and touched them and they are beautiful, somewhat normal people.

    The best I could describe would be they are "women with penises".

    • ANSWER:
      They are pre-op transsexual women.

      A transsexual woman is a woman who was born into a male body, but she was never a man, her brain has always been female.

      They have obviously already started transition and have been on hormone replacement therapy, but haven't had sex reassignment surgery (SRS) yet. And some never get SRS because the money from sex tourists like you is too tempting. Sorry, just being honest.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why does it feel like a lot of women are at war with us GUYs?
    I feel it.

    Would hormone replacement therapy help?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't tell you why but Pat Effin' Benatar sure can!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjY_uSSncQw

  41. QUESTION:
    How common is sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?
    Because, I've always had a lot of (mostly minor) problems that are usually associated with sex hormones, I've been wondering for a long time if I might have a sex hormone imbalance. I won't go into the details because I'm not looking for a sample diagnosis, but I want to know more about this topic, so that I can decide if I should get tested or not. What kind of tests should I get to start off, how expensive are they, and will a doctor agree to do the blood tests based on my request alone? Maybe you could show me some websites to look at. I've googled it, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Women are often mistakenly informed that various health conditions are caused by an imbalance in female hormones. Although a disruption of the natural rhythm and balance of sex hormones can compromise a woman's health, the underlying cause is likely due to stress.

      When a woman experiences prolonged stress, pregnenolone, a hormone essential for both coping with stress and producing female hormones, is diverted from the normal hormone pathway. As a result, the production of female hormones is compromised. This condition can cause a multitude of symptoms including irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeplessness, and weight gain.

      Female hormone imbalances are often treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although HRT can be temporarily effective at eliminating the symptoms of hormone imbalances, it does not address the probable root cause: stress. Before a woman begins hormone therapy, it is necessary to assess whether her hormones are reacting to factors that are internal or external.

      BioHealth Diagnostics offers an easy-to-use saliva test that can determine whether or not stress is the cause of female hormone imbalance.

      BioHealth also offers comprehensive female hormone testing for both pre- and post-menopausal women. Like the stress test, these laboratory assessments utilize saliva samples, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to get hrt out of your system?
    i have been on hormone replacement therapy for over a year. i recently went off, it has been about 2 weeks now. when will it be all gone from my system?

    • ANSWER:
      HA! no....the medicine usually take 2 weeks to one month to get completely out of your system. Thats why women experience withdrawals.

  45. QUESTION:
    Should a woman be on hormone replacement therapy if she's not having menopause symptoms?
    I have a friend who is using a natural patch on her own, without the advice of a doctor. Could she be putting herself at risk?

    • ANSWER:
      no need at all.

  46. QUESTION:
    How many women in the US are in high rist having breast cancer?
    Looking for statistics regarding women who are in high risk to have breast cancer in the US.

    • ANSWER:
      Women at high risk of developing breast cancer are those who carry one of the rare inherited genes known to be responsible for hereditary breast cancer.

      Hereditary breast cancer accounts for 5 - 10% of all breast cancer cases.

      If someone has inherited one of the BRCA genes from one of their parents, each of their children has a 50% chance of inheriting that gene.

      A female inheriting the gene has a 50 - 80% chance of developing breast cancer. A male inheriting the gene has in increased, though still very low, risk of breast cancer.

      Women carrying the BRCA gene are the only ones who can be considered at high risk of breast cancer. For all other women in the US, the chance of developing breast cancer is one in eight if they live into their late 70s/80s ( 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50).

      There are known risk factors for breast cancer; but none of them can be described as making someone 'high risk'; they are just things that increase an individual's risk of breast cancer occuring, and most people who have one, two or even all the risk factors don't get breast cancer.

      The greatest risk factor is being female; over 99% of those diagnosed are women.

      The second greatest is age - 80% of those diagnosed are over 50, only 5% are under 40, fewer than 0.1% are under 30 and it's almost unheard of in under 25s.

      Genetic – but only 5-10% of breast cancers are genetic/hereditary

      Other recognised risk factors are:

      Having children at an older age or not at all. The more children a woman has may also slightly lower her risk. Breast-feeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breastfeeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

      Starting periods at a younger than average age (under 12) or having a late menopause (after 55)
      .
      Taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes a small increase in risk. However, the risk gradually returns to normal after you stop taking them.

      Being overweight (especially after the menopause).

      Regularly drinking more than 1 unit of alcohol per day slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.

      These are only risk factors though; ticking one, some or all these boxes does not mean you will get breast cancer, and many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these risk factors.

  47. QUESTION:
    What can I do to start my period without going on hormone replacement therapy?
    I have been to the doctor to restart my period they only say that i can take drugs to jump start my period again. I have done that but i want to have my period without taking drugs. and hopefully want to get pregnat someday. I feel like it wont happen. I am at a healthy weight 5'6 130. and I am axiously waiting... its been a long time. but my docotrs really not too concerned. but i am.

    • ANSWER:
      Well your current age and the age you started your period at weren't include in the information above. It takes time for a woman's cycle to regulate, for some in a month or so they are every 28 days while others take a few years to be on a monthly bases and have an idea of what week they'll get it. Going on "the pill" can assist in regulateing a woman's cycle and is worth considering. If your doctor isn't too concerned then trust their word and try not to be too worked up. Feel free to ask them questions about the cause of it and what would cause reason for concern or even questions you may have about getting pregnant at a later time in life. Theres nothing you can do to regulate it other than go on a form of medication.

  48. QUESTION:
    When Hormone Replacement Therapy is thought as a treatment to reduce postmenopausal symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is highly recommended since it is effective in proving the quality of life of women who suffers acute symptoms of menopause.

  49. QUESTION:
    Im so scared of the side effects of contraceptives that have hormones?
    I am 5 feet and small frame, a friend of mine has similar dimensions, she took the pills that have the lowest dose of hormones and it affected her emotions so bad her husband eventually asked her to please stop taking them cause she was really irritable and unstandable.
    At age 18 my thyroid hormones became unbalanced and my character changed a lot, I was peaceful, contempt, easy to get along with, and I became irritable, I would get angry over every little thing, I was just another person, it was hell. This is the reason I am sooooooo scared of any type of thing that could alter my hormones, I am terrified.
    My thyroid now is in range, for some reason I just regained my health again, I am not in thyroid replacement therapy anymore cause I dont need it since my thyroid tests are in range.
    But I wont ever ever ever want to experience any type of hormonal hell.
    Are my fears on contraceptives a little exagerated?

    • ANSWER:
      I had very bad mood swings on one type of 'low dose' BC pills and it was terrible...i was near suicidal for one week every month. that was a 'triphasal' type of BC pill, i switched to a 'monophasal' type of BC pill (always be sure to use back up contraception when switching pills) and felt much much better...its not unreasonable to not want to be at the mercy of hormone swings...many women dont. You can always use condoms.

  50. 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."

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do they make hormone pills?
    where do they get the hormones for things like hormone replacement therapy (for menopause) or trans-gender hormones? do they get it from some one else or do they have to make it? and how?

    • ANSWER:
      I think that they have pills but I'm on Vivelle dot patch 0.0375 Mg's. for menopause and they work great.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?
    My mom is 50yrs old and she has been going through menopause since last Jan. She uses progestercare cream from the health food store but she doesnt want to do hormone replacement therapy or premprose because they increase the risk of breast cancer. Her doctor is telling her that she will develop osteoporosis if she doesnt get on some sort of HRT though. Can anyone give her any advice on what to do? Are there any natural ways that anyone has tried that worked? And does anyone know if not going on HRT can really cause osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is on the right track using natural progesterone. It's the ONLY substance that has been shown to REBUILD bone, from the inside out.

      (Natural progesterone does NOT cause cancer like synthetic HRT does. In fact, it helps protect against cancer.)

      Estrogen (in the synthetic HRT) only delays bone breakdown, and it only works for four to five years. The problem is that it actually stops the bone from performing its natural cycle - breaking down old bone and rebuilding new to replace it. If old bone is not being broken down, there is no new bone being rebuilt! After five years on HRT, bone will be brittle.

      Have her read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". He explains it very well!
      He also gives guidelines for finding a quality progesterone cream. She may want to compare the one she's using to his recommendations.

      Your mom's doctor is not fully informed. Dr. Lee says, "You can educate your doctor, or find a new one."

  3. QUESTION:
    when breast cancer has spread to brian liver lungs and bone how much time do you have?
    21/2 years ago my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer from taking hormone replacement therapy for menopause they removed part of the breast in may 2009 they found they cancer returned they did brain surgery to remove the cancer from the brain how ever they told her it has spread to lungs liver and bones. On 9/11/09 they told her she is terminal and to start preparing for hospice. When the doctor tells you to prepare for hospice how long does she have left?

    • ANSWER:
      Very sorry to hear this.
      From experience in working in Palliative Care wards, (and having father who died from Lung Cancer), once it spreads to the brain, then the patient is already stage 4 - thankfully your mother has survived that ordeal, but now she has to battle it in the liver, lungs and bones, unfortunately this is last stage. This is hard.
      Once it is in the liver, there is little time because the liver is responsible for so many things in the body, along with the lungs.
      I cannot give you a time frame, i am not God. But keep her comfortable, alot of pain medication will help her pass without being in pain.
      In training we were taught some signs of approaching death.
      1) Shallow and irregular breathing
      2) Low urine output
      3) Little or no appetite
      and some more that i forgot.

      My dad was diagosed with lung cancer - 4 months later he was dead. It spread to the liver and bones, and brain but my mother didn't even tell me (i was 13).

      May she have a peaceful passing. God bless you and your family

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I take precautions for Breast Cancer?
    My mother has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. It is not hereditary & she is healthy. She has in her DNA some predisposition to getting it based on certain environmental factors. I am assuming this is related to hormone replacement therapy drugs she took when she was going through menopause.

    Understandably so, there is a risk factor associated with breast cancer and these drugs that were studied and this conclusions still remains to be proven.

    My question is my choice to get on birth control, as it is one form of hormone replacement. Will this heighten my own risk to get breast cancer down the line? I am early 30s and healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      The link between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer has been established. However, birth control does not increase the risk. The amount of hormones used in the pill was decreased in the 1970s and has remained quite low. The only real precaution you can take is to have annual mammograms when it is time. Most of the risk factors are out of our control. 75% of all breast cancers occur in postmenopausal women.

  5. QUESTION:
    How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
    Just how safe is it for a woman over 53 to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, have heard two GP give different opinions on this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure there are a lot of dangers like most drugs.

      a search should turn up these

      here is one article..the institute of health did a study and said the risk of taking it outweigh the benefits as is correlated with increased breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's etc..also can be made of horse urine which also increases the risk

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5467345_dangers-hormonereplacement-therapy.html

      why not try a natural product..

      My sister had a lot of problems with hot flashes and was NOT a believer in natural treatments at all being in the health field but in desperation she tried this cream below I recommend and she told me all of them went away after she began using ti and was very happy and surprised that it worked so well

      It looks like this and may be found at some health food stores or online

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoTCil0RPJnkAfdGJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26ei%3DUTF-8%26fr%3Dytff1-tyc%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.raysahelian.com%2Fimages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raysahelian.com%2Fprogesterone.html&size=21.1+KB&name=Natural+Progesterone+Cream+by+Source+Naturals&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=5ced1e16b6ba7a381811faabf2d007d7&fr2=tab-web&fr=ytff1-tyc&tt=Natural%2BProgesterone%2BCream%2Bby%2BSource%2BNaturals&b=0&ni=32&no=2&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11c5i2fme&sigb=13s3hj9c1&sigi=11bee8lui&.crumb=SjKDKKhlzhI

      another super great product is Dr Schulze's female formulas and his products are I feel are the best on the market

      https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Our-Products?cid=15

      click on product info for each and find the one.s you feel best apply ..be sure to click on each of the tags at the top of the popup..how it works why you need it and so forth to be sure you read all the info on it (you would want either female formula or female shot not female plus which is more for pms than menopause)

      and more info on these are found here

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/female.asp

      I never took anything and other than some hot flashes in peri- menopause that I did not realize what they were as AI was so young I have had no symptom,s at all and never took drugs or natural treatments and have been 12 years since menopause.So putting all these women on this for years and harming them is so not necessary not with these natural treatments.

      why take a risk..if you are the one who winds up with breast cancer which I have had and it is not fun or strokes yikes it will prove to be a costly mistake more than buying these products would be

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have breast pain?
    I'm 50 years old. I notice breast pain, but I do not feel any lumps.
    Also I'm on a hormone replacement therapy for menopause. Could this cause some pain in breasts?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are 50 years old, then you should not feel any pain in your breast. If you are a young girl who is still developing breasts OR just developed breasts OR pregnant woman, then I can find reasons to why berates pain can occur.

      But if you are 50 years old, I don't think that you should have breast pain. Please talk to your doctor about this ASAP. He/she will be able to help you out.

  7. QUESTION:
    Hormone Replacement Therapy in young woman?
    My best friend is at a loss right now and is looking for support from other women dealing with the same issues she is regarding needing hormone replacement therapy, but she is in her early 30's and is not in or nearing menopause. She is not having much luck with doctors and is starting to get very down. Does anyone have any suggestions of a chat room, message board or online community where she could find other women to connect with, share stories and tips.
    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      One place she may be able to find support is thru the Women's health messageboard at WebMD.com

      Also, check through Yahoo Groups because you can find a group for just about every subject so there may be something there as well to help her find resources.

      A 3rd site that may help you find information for her is at: http://forums.obgyn.net/womens-health

  8. QUESTION:
    What are alternatives to horomone therapy after hystorectomy?
    I just underwent a complete hystorecomy. Due to illness, everything was taken, including my ovaries. I am looking for alternatives to hormone therapy because of the risks involved with this therapy, such as bloodclots and stroke. What are the alternatives available to me, besides hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a Homeopathic Doctor......but I know FOR A FACT that the herbal supplement combo of Soy and Black Cohash works. I work at an OBGYN office and the doc prescribes that all the time. Its why you never see many Asian women with hairy faces or excessive wrinkles after menopause - soy is a heavy part of their diet.
      Plus the progestin in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is know to cause blood clots in some women.

  9. QUESTION:
    Do hormones have any effect on the skeleton?
    I read somewhere that the index finger tends to be shorter than the ring finger for guys, and vice versa for girls. Should a guy start hormone replacement therapy and start receiving estrogen, would the index finger grow slightly to be just as long (or longer) than the ring finger?

    If not, than what part of the body determines how the bones should be? If a bone is broken, it'll heal. If whatever causes bones to heal were to change, would the skeletal system try to "correct" itself by removing parts of the bones and growing other parts?

    • ANSWER:
      Bones stop extending in your teens or very early twenties. The Epiphyses unite with the bone and the join ossifies. The mechanism of control is still beinf sorted out in detail.
      Once the bones have finished growing they may become denser or less dense - a woman past the menopause tends to lose bone density - hence littlw old ladies being more fragile.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does Hormone Replacement Therapy after menopause restore the normal menstrual cycles in a woman?
    If not why, since HRT replaces the hormones back in the body? Also can a post menopausal woman who underwent HRT become pregnant again?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is no to both questions.

      The hormones in HRT only relieve menopausal symptoms (hot flashes). They do not restore periods. Once you hit menopause (periods stop), they stop for good.
      Women who take HRT cannot become pregnant due to no ovulation due to menopause.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do all cats develop an affinity for masturbation during and after they go through The Change?
    My eldest furbabby, Mumu, is 5 years old. All she wants to do is sit in the hallway and lick herself "there". At first I thought it was funny, but now my kids have started yelling "Kitty PORN!" when they see her doing it and I fear it may be psychologically damaging to them. Do all cats do this? Is there a hormone replacement therapy for dear Mumu?

    • ANSWER:
      They do not do 'the change' if you're meaning menopause.

      A cat who constantly licks down there is doing it because of discharge or an infection. If your cat is not spayed she may be in heat. Get her spayed. If she IS spayed, she's likely got a urinary tract infection. The price to fix it is worth of antibiotics from the vet.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the best time of day to apply bioidentical hormone replacement therapy cream for menopause?
    My mother was prescribed a bioidentical hormone in the form of a cream for her menopause. She is wondering if anyone knew the best time of day to apply the cream of does it not matter? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My mom does this...she was told morning and night.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can you take hormone replacement if you have chronic kidney disease?
    I'm going through menopause and I'm wondering if I will be able to take estrogen replacement therapy with CKD (nephritis - GFR 50%). Is it too dangerous?
    I'm asking because the symptoms include fatigue & muscle pain, not symptoms to be taken lightly. I can deal with hot flashes. Please give me a straight answer or an alternative answer (like an herbal supplement).

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you want to take hormone replacement in the first place. This is a normal part of aging and taking replacement hormones is dangerous and has many side effects. I am going thru it myself and would never take replacement hormones. No one ever died from going thru menopause and besides that once you go off the hormones, you go thru menopause all over again and get hot flashes.......

  14. QUESTION:
    How do i stop hot flushes / sweats ?, i am asking this question on behalf of my mother .?
    I often come out in hot flushes/sweats and no i aint smelly lol , i was recommended black cohosh and red clover supplements by my doctor to alleviate this, i have been taking these religiously at some cost to myself for the last 5 months and to be honest they dont seem to be working , these symptons have been occuring since i have been taken off hormone replacement therapy (HRT) i am 55 years old , any ideas would be greatly appreciated thanks .

    • ANSWER:
      my mom is 51 and going through menopause, she is going through the hot flashes and sweats and mood swings all of that fun stuff. so im not sure if your going through that also as it is not stated above and i dont want to assume anything, but the best thing that worked for her is the estrogen pills. there are like 20 different ones that are for any of the symptoms you may have. the hot flash one is the one she uses most. there is one for sleep, stress, depression, hot flashes and sweats, and many more. you can get them in the vitamin section at any drug store, walmart is where she get hers. i hoped this helped a little. and im not implying you are going through meno... :)

  15. QUESTION:
    What is a good name for this business?
    The business provides hormone replacement therapy for women, but it is all natural, not synthetic. Any suggestions out there? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Since it's natural I'd say go with "Organic". We assimilate organic with natural in today's world.
      2. Since it's therapy I'd leave it at "therapy" so that people know what you actually do.
      3. For women, I think it would be wise to use something like "her" or "for her".
      4. How to explain that it's "hormone replacement" therapy is a good question... But make sure it's in real people language instead of doctor.

      A few suggestions:
      Her Organic Hormone Therapy;
      Organic Menopause Therapy; (If I understand correctly :))
      etc...

  16. 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!

  17. QUESTION:
    Would it be possible to extend the life of the female reproductive system with hormone replacement therapy?
    When a woman enters menopause she no longer has the ability to bear life and she is given synthetic hormones to help her body maintain the levels of the natural hormones she was used to producing. Since these synthetic hormones help to keep her system functioning at the level it had been accustomed to over the years, would it be possible then that we could also use synthetic hormones to extend the life of her reproductive system.

    • ANSWER:
      To be brief, women are born with a set number of eggs in her ovaries at birth and cannot create any additional eggs. As women age, their ovaries become depleted from ovulation through the years and the ovum tend to develop genetic mutations over time that could result in embryos that are not compatible with life or have severe birth defects. Thus, it is not possible to use synthetic hormones to extend life of the reproductive system. Also, even if an ovum was available, the sensitive balance of hormones in pregnancy would be highly difficult if not impossible to reproduce with synthetic hormones. Hope this helps.

  18. QUESTION:
    Should a woman be on hormone replacement therapy if she's not having menopause symptoms?
    I have a friend who is using a natural patch on her own, without the advice of a doctor. Could she be putting herself at risk?

    • ANSWER:
      no need at all.

  19. QUESTION:
    When Hormone Replacement Therapy is thought as a treatment to reduce postmenopausal symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is highly recommended since it is effective in proving the quality of life of women who suffers acute symptoms of menopause.

  20. 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

  21. 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."

  22. QUESTION:
    how to mantain my stomach during menopause?
    I'm 60 years old and I stopped taken my hormone replacement now I have hot flashes during the day and night. I also notice that my waist looks like I'm pregnant and this really depress me. I even eat all the health foods. What can I do to lose that extra weight around my waist?

    • ANSWER:
      Hedy, I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy (also at age 60), and I've wrestled a bit with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      For what it's worth, Sassy did find a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor). 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 (it caused a dry mouth as a side effect for Sassy) - or it may not work at all.
      Herbs are another way to treat sypmtoms, but note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc.
      Sorry I can't help you with the weight issue, but hopefully you'll find relief from the heat!

  23. QUESTION:
    At what age do men start to see the signs of male menopause?
    At what age do the signs of male menopause begin?
    Do all men reach menopause?
    How often do you hear cases of men suffering from male menopause?

    Men do suffer from symptoms similar to menopause.
    That's why it's called male menopause
    I beg to differ J John. infertility is when a man stops producing sperm. Cancer can also be a cause for a mans infertility.

    • ANSWER:
      to answer your question i did a little research and no all men go through menopause! here is what i found:

      Unlike menopause in women which represents a well-defined period in which hormone production stops completely, male hormone (testosterone) decline is a slower process. The testes, unlike the ovary, does not run out of the substance it needs to make testosterone. A healthy male may be able to make sperm well into his eighties or longer.

      However, as a result of disease, subtle changes in the function of the testes may occur as early as 45 to 50 years of age, and more dramatically after the age of 70 in some men.

      If you or a loved one is considering androgen replacement therapy, talk to a doctor to learn more. Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes, such as a new diet or exercise program, or other medications, such as an antidepressant, to help with some of the symptoms of male menopause.

      hope this helps
      good luck and have a good day
      Hiedi

  24. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is a good hormone replacement to help relieve crying spells during menopause?

    Talk talk, I disagree. It is much better to learn from those who have actually taken the medication and find out how it helped or didn't help rather than to pay for a prescription from the dr and go thru a trial period of hell only to find out that the medication is not helpful with this symptom at all.

    • ANSWER:
      I took medoxyprogesterone and estropipate for one year while transitioning from perimenopause to menopause. (Menopause = 1 year without having a period.) They helped greatly with the every-half-hour hot flashes, night sweats and restless legs, insomnia, terrible black depression, and even a little with the "menopot" weight gain.

      However, these hormones aren't without risk and you MUST talk to your physician about whether they're right for you. Some doctors will give you a few months' samples of hormone replacement therapy. I stopped taking them after I began (after one year) to have significant ovarian discomfort. I have a long, long history of ovarian cysts, and I've had them burst, so I transitioned off the hormones.

      Some women find that black cohosh (brand names Estroven and Remifemin) help with perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms. I tried them but they did not seem to help me other than decreasing the insomnia. And the FDA doesn't regulate them, so you're depending on the manufacturer's honesty regarding whether you're getting the amount of medication they claim. Sometimes these two websites offer free samples. Since black cohosh can interfere with other medications and shouldn't be taken with certain health problems, research it first.

      It's hard to believe, but menopause is considered a "well state" and not an illness. I went through over 10 years of perimenopause and now, at 48, have been in menopause for 2 years.

  26. QUESTION:
    What happens if you give females a female hormone?
    They give transexual men who are becomming women the female hormones by pills or injections. They do this to help the man's body become more women like (deposit fat in the hips butt thighs and make breasts) etc, but what if they give this to a female? Would it cause her breasts to become bigger or her hips or butt to become bigger? what would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for transsexual women essentially starts the onset of female puberty.
      At first puberty brings on body changes due to accumulated hormone exposure, but the body only has so much potential for change. If a cissexual (ie. non-transexual) woman has already gone through puberty she might see very slight puberty changes but nothing significant. Transsexual women also don't see more significant changes after the first few years of hormone treatment.

      That said, many cissexual women do take lower dose HRT during menopause.

      It's also worth noting that if one is already producing estrogens, and takes _more_ estrogens, there is an increased risk of certain cancers by having such a high estrogen count.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why do women (under 55) have a lower risk of Coronary Heart Disease? Can men get this..."Immunity"?
    I know it is something to do with oestrogen, but WHAT about it in particular?

    I heard of Hormone Replacement Therapy (for over 75s) has evidence of working (they put oestrogen back into them after menopause). BUT can you use this in men?

    After all, the worst side-effect is...Man-Bewbs. Surely you can use this therapy in men? Right?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. First of all, you're wrong that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) works to lower risk of coronary issues. That was what they thought in the past, but a very wide-scale, definitive study has show that to be completely not true, unfortunately. In fact, risk of stroke and heart issues goes UP when women take HRT--it is believed this is because once menopause occurs, there is damage that occurs as a result. Then, when hormone therapy is taken, the damage is such that the extra strain put on other systems by the hormones cannot be coped with by the damaged blood vessels and weakened organs. However, if women start hormone replacement immediately when menopause occurs, there MAY be some benefits--studies are proceeding. But no, men do not benefit. The main problem men have is the testosterone--that can cause damage. It's a well-proven fact that men who are castrated in young life (by 20s) have noticeably longer life-spans than men who keep their balls. So that's something that can be done, but I don't think any men would be willing to do it.

      Oh, but wait, there is a way to extend lifespan--lower your weight to about 10% below normal, and keep it that way. And do lots of aerobic activity.

  28. QUESTION:
    can the menopause be helped by good living alone?
    I was wondering if eating well and exercise also relaxation can help menopause symptoms. My friend seems to have started the menopause and she is one of those persons who avoid taking anything but she is a little cranky etc and I should like to help her. Can anyone give me some tips via the fruit and veg and exercise route please. I don't think she will even go for supplemented vitamins. Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      hi
      its like with anything good living can help but but from what ive read most woman need some type of hormone replacement therapy, ive enclosed a website to read up on this, nice to know she has a caring friend like you.
      http://www.amarantmenopausetrust.org.uk/faq.php

  29. QUESTION:
    Any doctors out there that can explain what would happen if a woman in menopause was given birth control pills
    Just wondering what would happen if a woman, say in her mid 50's was given birth control pills? Is this the same thing as hormone replacement? Even though the woman would not ovulate naturally, could the pill help with the side affects of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      It can, since it introduces synthetic estrogen into your system. But this shouldn't be given to women past menopause, as the risk of developing cervical cancer is great. It also contains synthetic progesterone. It is supposed to make your body think it is pregnant. Your body stops creating lining to your uterus after menopause, so the synthetic hormones in BCPs can cause uncontrolled bleeding in post-menopausal women.

      If a woman needs hormone replacement therapy due to menopause, she should not use BCPs.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can hot flashes be a common symptom of a condition or disease other than menopause?
    60 years old, have had hot flashes/night sweats hourly for the past 4 years. I keep waiting for it to end. Don't want to go HRT route. Could it be something other than menopause? Doctor thinks not, but I'm thinking of getting a second opinion. Anyone have any experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a thyroid disorder but menopause is more likely. The use of hormones was hopelessly confused by the Women's Health Initiative trial. It only studied Premarin and Prempro - 2 hormones that I would not recommend. The WHI stopped 1 arm of the trial citing an increase in death. They later stopped the 2nd arm of the trial with the same concern. When the trial was published however they reached absolutely no conclusion whatsoever. They did not find that hormone replacement therapy was beneficial nor did they find it harmful. Sub-group analysis suggested that if hormone replacement therapy was started when young - say 60 years of age - was beneficial. Indeed we have 40 years of data that suggest that hormone replacement therapy is beneficial and only 1 study which created a lot of headlines but reached no conclusion. Women should not be afraid of hormone replacement therapy although most physicians are as attorneys have 800 numbers for women who have taken Premarin or Prempro. As I said I have never used these hormones as they are derived from an equine source. We have fairly precise molecular matches to a woman's own hormone production. In theory this should be beneficial and not harmful. As I have stated above with 1 exception we have 40 years of data in support of hormone replacement. Discuss this with your 2nd opinion physician but do not be afraid. The data is on your side. I wish you the very best of health and happiness and in all things may God bless. JR

  32. 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    Just what are the benefits of hormone replacement therapy?
    I was taking hrt but decided to stop because of the possible side effects, which include breast cancer and ovarian cancer. I don't really notice a difference since I have been off and was wondering just what are the benefits.

    • ANSWER:
      HRT is supposed to keep you having the benefits of the hormones (estradiol and progesterone) that your ovaries are not producing anymore after menopause. Those benefits include preventing bone loss, and protection against atherosclerosis, which can lead to cardiovascular problems. It can also alleviate some of the less damaging side-effects of menopause, ie hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bad skin condition, ect.

      It is true however that it can promote breast and ovarian cancers because in most cases, these cancers grow in presence of estrogens and progestagens.

      If your family has a history of BC or OC, it is a very good decision to stop taking hrt.

      However, some alternative, still experimental hrt's are being developped which use a medication called a SERM (Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator) combined to the hormone DHEA, rather than estrogen & progestagen. The SERM (a type of medication that is also used against breast cancer) has a good effect on bone & artheries while having the reverse effect on breast and uterus.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  37. QUESTION:
    menopause question were you prescribed anti depressants during the menopause?
    were you depressed? or was it just a case that depression is a symptom of the menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      There are as many symptoms or ramifications of menopause as there are for periods, none of which are good and of which depression is but one. Others include chronic insomnia, hot flushes, hair loss, vaginal dryness, amorphia (extreme skin itchiness because you feel like you've got ants crawling all over you), memory retention problems, panic attacks, severe mood swings and extreme anger/agression, etc. etc.

      I deeply envy those fortunate women who breeze through menopause without a single problem.

      Many women do suffer from severe depression during menopause and there's certainly nothing wrong with properly prescribed anti-depressants to get you through the worst. The problem with these though is that they can literally become a habit that you simply can't live without, even when menopause if over (they don't call them "happy pills" for nothing!).

      Instead of anti-depressants, HRT (hormone replacement therapy) is worth serious consideration (unless of course you are simply not able to take this because of breast cancer, etc.).

      Is there any reason why you don't take HRT? Have you talked to your doctor about this, and in particular, canvassed with him or her the possible benefits to you of HRT? A lot of doctors (particularly males ... funny thing that!) simply don't believe or really accept that menopause symptoms can be so severe and debilitating that they take over your life and make you crazy (after all, having even only a couple of the symptoms listed above is enough to make you chronically depressed!). Hence, many don't believe in the value of HRT and won't prescribe it. They also tend to give you lots of scary statistics about increased risks of breast/cervical cancer, heart attack, stroke, etc. to put you off wanting it.

      Whilst it's true that taking HRT does VERY SLIGHTLY increase these types of risks, the value you may get from it in terms of getting the quality of your life back can make it very worthwhile despite the risks.

      How do I know all this? Because I've been there and done that (and I mean every single one of those nasty symptoms listed above - yes, I had all of them!). HRT gave me back my life and continues to do so because I'm still on it. I even went off it once last year but within a week, all the symptoms started to return, so I very quickly went back to my doctor and told her I just had to have it back. She agreed - thank God!

      If HRT interests you, do some research before you visit your doctor to discuss it so that you can present a truly informed front to him/her. If you don't get a sympathetic hearing, find yourself another doctor.

      The bottom line here is that for 98% of women, there is absolutely no reason these days why they should have to suffer through menopause when there are therapies out there to help.

      Whatever you do, hope it works well for you.

  38. QUESTION:
    why is menopause considered a highly evolved aspect?
    what is the significance of menopause ? why is it useful?

    • ANSWER:
      - menopause is not totally useful for a woman, but has some beneficial effects in her body systems.
      - menopause is the regression of the functions of ovary, so that the eggs are not produced and also the hormones level also goes down- estrogen
      - when estrogen is getting reduced, it has ill effects on bones producing a condition called osteoporosis and so the bones finally get fractured on its own or with some trivial trauma
      - but estrogen decrease has a protective effect on heart.
      it alters the level of good and bad cholesterol and finally reducing the risk of heart disease.
      - the important use is, she cannot reproduce anymore and controls the family growth.
      but not soon after the menopause, a lady becomes infertile, it takes few months for the ovaries to get completely shut down
      - as estrogen is reduced it no more can maintain the moisture of the female genital outlet, vagina, and this gets dried leading to what is called senile vaginitis
      - but the risk of breast cancer gets reduced with increase in the risk of cervical cancer

      yes, menopause is highly evolved and from various research studies, it now possible to take necessary actions like hormone replacement therapy to avoid the detrimental effects of menopause.

  39. QUESTION:
    Estrogen and progesterone signal cell division. Why do women still get breast cancer after the menopause?
    What I mean is that tamoxifen and drugs try to cancel the effects of estrogen and progesterone. That shouldn't even be applicable to women past menopause!

    • ANSWER:
      Scientists have identified two genes which are more likely to be defective in a breast cancer patient than someone without breast cancer.
      These genes are also blamed for some other cancers.
      However, even the two mutated genes are thought only to be responsible for approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases.
      Hormones seem to have an important role in breast cancer. Research has shown a link between levels of the female sex hormone, oestrogen, and the risk of developing breast cancer.
      Women who take certain types of hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk of breast cancer.
      Women who have their first child later in life also appear to be at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
      Tamoxifen blocks the female sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone influences the growth of cells related to female reproduction, such as those in the breast or the uterus. If there is too much oestrogen in the system, cell growth can accelerate to the point where tumours start to develop. Tamoxifen competes with the sex hormone for the same proteins - called receptors - found on the surface of cancer cells. When the drug locks onto the receptors it blocks the way for oestrogen - which would otherwise activate the cancer cell to divide and make the tumour grow.
      Tamoxifen may cause cancer of the uterus (womb), strokes, and blood clots in the lungs. These conditions may be serious or fatal.

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    how do I deal with the mood swings that menopause is causing?
    I have mood swings and it causing my marriage to suffer, i have stress from another issue that my husband has caused but the menopause is causing me to have more stress, it there something i can take to help with the mood swings?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor if you can get hormone replacement therapy. I'm currently going through menopause and I didn't have the mood swings, but I was getting the hot flashes really frequently until I got the hormones. I feel mostly back to normal now :) Maybe some counselling could help as well, with the stress you're experiencing.

  42. 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    when do you know when it time to start taking hormone pills?
    I am 44 years old and noticing an increase in anxiety. is this a sign of menopause

    • ANSWER:
      Could very well be! Be sure to talk with your doctor about the risks of hormone replacement therapy though they can be severe some times. Good luck Tim

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the pros and cons of taking hormone replacement when menopause begins?

    • ANSWER:
      The use of postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been shown to have some benefits, including decreasing women's risk of developing osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. But the treatment is also known to increase risks for breast and endometrial cancers.

      Now, a new study shows that how long women take hormones may affect their risk levels for these diseases.

      Dr. Francine Grodstein of Brigham and Women's Hospital, and colleagues there and at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, gave questionnaires to women biennially from 1976 to 1992 to track their health while taking hormone replacement therapy.

      The researchers report in the June 19 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine that "current hormone users had a lower risk of death... than subjects who had never taken hormones; however, the apparent benefit decreased with long-term use... because of an increase in mortality from breast cancer among long-term hormone users."

      Women who had the lowest risk for developing coronary disease had the lowest risks associated with taking hormone therapy. But for women who took hormone therapy for more than 10 years, their chance of dying from breast cancer increased 43%.

      Women's individual health backgrounds and family histories play an important role in whether or not women should take hormones and for how long they should take them, say the researchers.

      "Based on these results, and results from other studies which have weighed the risks and benefits or hormone replacement therapy, the benefits may not outweigh the risks for women who are at particularly high risk for breast cancer and particularly low risk of cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Catherine Schairer of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

      Schairer and her colleague, Dr. Louise A. Brinton, wrote an editorial accompanying the hormone therapy article in the journal. They noted that a white woman who dies between the ages of 50 and 94 has a 31% risk of dying from coronary heart disease and a 2.8% risk of dying from breast cancer. This means hormone therapy, which protects against coronary heart disease, may be beneficial for women who are not at high risk for breast cancer.

      But, Schairer and Brinton add, "for many women, the benefits of hormone use may not compensate for the fear of acquiring breast cancer and living with its repercussions."

  45. QUESTION:
    What Are The Risks In Increasing Estrogen Levels In A Woman?
    I'm curious to know the risks of increasing estrogen levels in women (older than 18, but before menopause). Thanks to all who provide an answer.
    My other question about estrogen: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090213210523AA3CsNG&r=w

    • ANSWER:
      Potentially, an increased risk of certain female cancers, and cardiovascular problems (increased blood clots potentially causing strokes or heart attacks). The cardiovascular risk is particularly associated with smoking. The risks are usually more pronounced in those over 35-40, and may be associated either infrequently with hormonal birth control or much more frequently with hormone replacement therapy (peri- and post- menopausal women).

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the menopause and what does it do to you?
    I'm only 14 so do not have the foggiest, but then I'm only 14 so do not really need to know the foggiest but I'm curious.

    Is that when your periods stop? Is it true you don't have to shave your legs anymore because the hair will stop growing? I heard a female commedian say something a bit gross about how her vagina went all weird cos she was old. Is that true? What else happens?
    What are hot flushes?

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the menopause in 6 weeks during chemotherapy and it was bloomin' awful. Hot flushes felt as if I was literally boiling from te inside and sweat used to drip of my ears it was so bad. You stop ovulating in the menopause which is why your periods stop. still have to shave my legs and under my arms, and as for what the female comedienne said well, mine is just the same as it always was! A lot of women need hormone replacement therapy after the menopause as it can affect your bones, and you are more vulnerable to osteoporosis where the bones go thin and are more liable to break. I've put you the best sits I could find for further reference. At your age you ought to forget about it and enjoy yourself...aah to be 14 again!

  47. 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 :)

  48. 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.

  49. 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 : )

  50. QUESTION:
    What happens when someone stops hormone replacement therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a HRT for medical reasons and not for menopause. I was about 26 years old and it relieved me from getting anxious, being angry all the time and it made me kinda sleepy.


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  1. QUESTION:
    When we use high frequency comb on scalp for dandruff treatment, then how does it cure?
    When we use high frequency comb on scalp for dandruff treatment, then how does it cure?Does the dandruff fall off or do they get dissolved?Where does the dandruff go? How does it get cured ?

    • ANSWER:
      That's a myth that dandruff goes away with the HF comb. It only makes it appear as if it's gone but it's superficial relief. The dandruff simply gets charred and flies off in invisibly small dusty conditions, and more of it gets to be continually formed. This is not a cure !

      I would suggest that you go for Segals Solutions if u need a final cure. Their Dandruff Control Program is simply awesome and works like a miracle

  2. QUESTION:
    Hi, is there a genuine tricologist /clinic in chennai withassured results for hair fall and dandruff treatment?
    Hi, is there a genuine tricologist / clinic in chennai with assured results for hair fall and dandruff treatment. My hair is in very worst state, and i lost 70 % of my hair and on the verge of becoming Male pattern baldness. Please provide me the details.

    • ANSWER:
      Chennai, means you are lucky because you get the world's best product called Segals Solutions there. I got their complete 4-Step program from Chennai only & got excellent results. As per your desire, it is Genuine with guaranteed results. It's a no nuisance product

      Tricologist/doctor- please excuse, no need. All would give only Minoxidil/Finasteride, they won't have anything else and won't tell you side-effects of these....

      Segals is safe

  3. QUESTION:
    How common is dandruff as a true condition?
    I suspect that most of the time people just have some residue from hair gels or conditioners that shows up as white flakes and that its advertising that makes people think they need to use dandruff treatment shampoos? Am I wrong and lots of folks really do need this stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      Changing shampoos can help. I switched to one from the health food store.......no more oily scalp and less hair loss as well.

  4. QUESTION:
    How should you properly use Dandruff Shampoo?
    This sounds like an odd question however, I honestly don't think I am doing it right and the bottle doesn't give suggestions on how it correlates with regular shampoo.

    For instance, since I was 12, I have always used dandruff shampoo mostly on my scalp, then washed my very thick, long hair with regular shampoo and then used conditioner as normal. Now after 12 years of doing this process the same way, I STILL have a dandruff issue... I periodically change brands and intensity of the dandruff treatment. I typically use dandruff shampoo twice a week or less depending on how bad it is and at some points I used it at least four times a week. Also: I rinse very well! Am I not supposed to shampoo and condition afterwards? Is there a proper way to use it? Any advice welcome, I know it is an odd question lol

    • ANSWER:
      Your question isn't odd at all! You're only looking for solutions. Well, 1st thing: dandruff shampoo will always call dandruff. It's an industry. U're having dandruff cause ur scalp is dry. Scalp is basically skin, and you have to nourish it the same way you would nourish ur skin after a bath or a shower. Dandruff shampoo will get rid of the dead skin sitting on your scalp, but it will also make ur scalp drier than before. It's a non ending situation. That's why I say dandruff shampoos are a real business out there. Besides, dandruff shampoos are so agressive that they easily fall into the clarifying shampoos category, ie shampoos that u use once a month to deep cleanse ur hair and scalp in order to remove product build up that regular shampoos won't be strong enough to remove. And u said u use that kind of shampoo twice a week. See the damage landscape?

      Solution: use castor oil to nourish your scalp. Scalp is a lipidic area, so it needs oil to replace all the natural sebum that the dandruff shampoo took away. As ur scalp is in crisis due to that cycle of harsh agression, I strongly recommend u to add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to your castor oil, to heal ur scalp and also fight the real dandruff problem if it has to come back. Be careful with the tea tree essential oil. Never use it by itself. It can burn and damage ur scalp if not used properly due to its high concentration. Always make sure u use it with ur carrier oil, ie regular oil (castor oil here). As for the dosage, 15 drops of essential oil into 100ml of castor oil will be fine. Oil ur scalp with this new mixture once every 2-3 days.

      As the dandruff shampoo is very agressive, I recommend u to start using a sulfate free shampoo. That will tremendously decrease the agression of ur scalp and won't leave ur hair stripped. Follow with ur conditioner and when ur washing session is done, oil ur scalp with the mixture. Repeat the oiling phase after each wash.

      That should help u deal with ur forever dandruff issue.
      Keep me posted, I'd like to get ur feedback! Hope this helps.

  5. QUESTION:
    Hi, is there a genuine tricologist / clinic in chennai with assured results for hair fall and dandruff treatme?
    Hi, is there a genuine tricologist / clinic in chennai with assured results for hair fall and dandruff treatment. My hair is in very worst state, and i lost 70 % of my hair and on the verge of becoming Male pattern baldness. Please provide me the details.

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss can be a symptom of underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism.

      You should have the following blood tests done: TSH, FT4, FT3 and most importantly anti-thyroid antibodies.
      Only they can reveal if you have a problem with your thyroid, like Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
      Normal TSH is 0.3-3. (Some doctors still use the out-dated reference range of 0.5-5.5)
      Some doctors are very misinformed and not knowledgeable about thyroid conditions.

      See the symptoms below:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/ds00353/dsection=symptoms
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hashimotos-disease/DS00567/DSECTION=symptoms
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

      Treatment includes thyroid hormone replacement, such as Synthroid or natural Armour.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can I use white distilled vinegar to rinse my hair?
    I've seen apple cider vinegar used as a dandruff treatment, can distilled white vinegar be used for the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      I have used half white vinegar and half water to rinse my hair. I don't know about a dandruff treatment, but I know that people use a vinegar rinse as a preventative for lice.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to mask/ get rid of stinky dandruff shampoo smell?
    I have dandruff so I've been using Head and Shoulders Clinical Strength Shampoo, which I ordered online and I don't care for the scent at all. Even after I put in a conditioner, rinse it out and use hair serum (below the ears cause I don't want my roots to get all oily) it still smells bad and follows me around all day. :( I was wondering how I could mask the smell or do you have recommendations for better smelling dandruff treatment? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Send it back. Call the store. I hope you used your Credit Card. If they won't give you credit, call your CC they will help you with your dispute. They may even give you a refund, if it's less than .
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs, beauty, personal hygiene, or makeup to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Some perfumes may stink on you, due to body chemistry, same reason why your shampoo STINKS ON YOU.

      1. The sun causes skin to get flaky. Same with hair. Massage your scalp when you shampoo.

      2. Using hot water & frequently washing, makes ME have dishpan hands add sun to the formula both damaging, so does the hair. Use warm water and less washing. Rinse well.

      Google: How to Cure Dandruff Using Only Cool Water
      Rinsing Off with Cool Water, Can Cure Dandruff!

  8. QUESTION:
    What do you recommend a natural treatment for Dandruff?
    Any natural remedy or anti-dandruff shampoo/treatment you can suggest for dry and itchy scalp? I have tried a lot of shampoos and conditioner but it turns out nothing improvements, perhaps some i used gets worst the dandruff.

    • ANSWER:
      I find that the best way to tone it down is to just scrub your scalp really well when you shampoo your hair in the shower. This will remove the dry skin from your scalp and it will wash out with the shampoo.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dandruff?
    I would use an anti dandruff shampoo/treatment but my hair is coloured with semi permanent dye and i dont want the harsh treatments to strip it of its colour. Any suggestions as to what i could use?

    • ANSWER:
      im pretty sure head and shoulders
      has one that is safe for color treated hair
      and i think that would be alright
      but maybe someone else can come up with something better
      talk to your stylist, though they might want to trick you into buying there 2oz unnecessary bottle of product that might not even work..just ask for their advice

  10. QUESTION:
    What is a good hair product to use for dandruff treatment?
    I have black hair and I have really bad dandruff, I wash my hair every other day with pantene, but it barely goes away, my hair gets really oily too. so is there a good product I can use to treat it?
    how can you tell if you have lices?

    • ANSWER:
      head and shoulders is what i use and it works really well just dont use it every day or your dandruff will get worse lol i know from experience you can pick it up from basically any drugstore

  11. QUESTION:
    Best product to get rid of dandruff?
    i have dandruff in 2 spots of my scalp. behind and below my ears. i try and pick it off & out of my hair before i shower. I only wash my hair every other day, i hardly use heat tools(once a week) i just tried head and shoulders intense dandruff treatment and it smelled TERRIBLE! help?

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  12. QUESTION:
    What is a good product for dandruff treatment and falling hair?
    I'm a girl 18 years old and I have long curly frizzy hair. My hair started falling since last time I went to a salon to cut my hair.. I don't straighten it (just my bangs). I cannot remember when I started getting dandruff.. It's pretty bad. I used gel a lot but now I just use mousse. What's a good product to stop my dandruff? Help please.. I've used Head and shoulders but It does not work on me..

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best dandruff treatment for hormonally caused dandruff?
    I just had a baby and since then I've had really bad dandruff, I hadn't had it previous to this for a long time. What is the best treatment or shampoo to use?

    • ANSWER:
      i swear by selsen blue. my fiance had really bad dandruff and he was using head and shoulders, that stuff doesnt work. Never wear black without the blue ;)

  14. QUESTION:
    Is there a shampoo for colored treated hair AND dandruff treatment in one??
    You can only find shampoo for colored treated hair, but if you have dandruff its a problem. Because the dandruff shampoo washes the color out. I have never seen the combination dandruff shampoo and colored treated shampoo. Have you?

    • ANSWER:
      head and sholders have new ones out just for colour treated hair, and there whole range is anti-dandruff

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dandruff and all the symptoms?
    I have extremely bad dandruff. I just recently had a baby (could it be hormone changes causing it?) and I find that if I don't wash my hair every day (which is really hard to do with newborn) my head itches like crazy and flakes everywhere.

    What shampoos should I be using? How often should I be washing my hair with ssaid shampoos? Is there a way to relieve the itching between washings? Is there a way to prevent the dandruff from returning?

    Help me, please!

    • ANSWER:
      The source below discusses dandruff causes and dandruff treatment options.

  16. QUESTION:
    I have dandruff problem. What is the best hair products i can use for the dandruff and to grow my hair?
    My hair keeps dropping and the dandruff is terrible. I cannot keep any thing in my hair for more than 7 days cause the dandruff is so terrible.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to find the best products for your hair is to try them all. That would be pretty expensive but go over to a friends house and use some of her stuff. See how it works, and just keep trying new things. Hair may work with products from this company and not that company....it's all trial and error.

      If I can suggest something, I would suggest you try a hot oil treatment....for a cheaper way to have great soft and silky hair with less frizzies, warm up some olive oil (regular cooking stuff) in the microwave and massage it into your hair while it is dry. Wrap it up in a warm towel from the drier and sit for an hour or so. Maybe give yourself a facial at the same time. Then get in the shower, and shampoo out all the oil (because water won't get the oil out--oil and water don't mix) and then condition your hair. Viola! Beautiful silky hair.

      The most key thing to protecting your locks is to stay away from all heat. Yep, that means no hairdrier, no straightner, no curling iron either....It's very hard not to advert to these products but just try it for a week. Don't blow dry your hair for a week....try it. I know it's hard not to but if you stay away from things with heat such as blow driers, curling irons, straightners, etc....you will notice a HUGE change in the feel and look of your hair. It will be so much more healthy.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment or cure for dandruff? Any body has from their experience something that worked?
    I have tried many things to get rid of dandruff but still face the same problem. Does anyone know of any home remedy? Something that's really worked.
    The only one which I heard from one of my friend's is Apple Cider Vinegar.
    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Go get some apple cider vinegar and add 1/4-cup of it to the same amount of warm water and put some of it on your scalp. Cover your head with a towel for half an hour and then get in the shower and rinse it out, thoroughly, to get some much needed relief from the itchiness and scaling of dandruff. You only need to do this once weekly.
      You can get helpful remedies to get rid of acne by checking this link;
      http://www.squidoo.com/dandruff-causes-dandruff-treatment

  18. QUESTION:
    How to completely eliminate the dandruff ?
    I am trying to eradicate my dandruff in many ways, but its still persist in my hair. Do you have any idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff is one of the most common ailments affecting the scalp. Dandruff is nothing but excessive scaling of dead cells of the skin of the scalp. As you are aware, body undergoes constant but gradual renewal every 24 hours. However, when it is much faster renewal of the skin, it becomes visible in the form of scales, which we call dandruff.
      Symptoms of dandruff:
      Dandruff, per se, is not a disease but a symptom. Excessive and obvious scaling of skin which is visible in the form of white (grey), flaky substance is the most common symptom (or sign) of dandruff. It may often be associated with itching, oily skin, irritation or redness of underlying skin. It tends to be chronic (long lasting) as well as recurring.
      Dandruff could be of two major types: a. Dry (flakes appear silvery and white) b. Moist. (where the flakes appear pale yellowish with unpleasant smell.)
      Causes of dandruff:
      Dandruff results from rapid maturing (and hence shedding) of the cells every week, instead of every month. Excessive oil (sebum) production precipitates dandruff in many people. This over activity could result from more than one reason.
      The causes, triggering factors and maintaining factors can be categorized as under:
      Internal causesExternal causes
      Hormonal imbalanceInfection (Pityrosporum Ovale or Malassezia Globosa) (Debatable.)
      Poor HealthExcessive use of hair sprays, gels
      Allergic HypersensitiveImproper use of hair : coloring products, hot iron curls
      Emotional StressCold weather, dry indoor heating
      Excessive consumption of fat, starch, sugarInfrequent shampooing of hair or Inadequate rinsing or shampooing of hair
      Improper Nutrition Poor Hygiene
      Hereditary PredispositionExcessive junk food
      Dandruff is often found to be is mostly seasonal. Some patients find it most severe during winter and mildest during summer.
      Though Dandruff is called as Dry Scalp but the people with oily scalp tend to suffer the most.
      Diagnosis of dandruff:
      While concluding the exact diagnosis of dandruff, your doctor often requires ruling out other underlying diseases, which often resemble present like dandruff: They are
      a. Seborrhoeic dermatitis b. Psoriasis c. Fungal infection
      Your doctor will be able to evaluate your history and the exact diagnosis could be arrived at by a close clinical examination. No biopsy is required.
      Treatment of dandruff:
      The challenge of treating dandruff lies in the successful control of its relapse. It is not very difficult to treat dandruff for once. However, it is not easy to treat dandruff forever!
      The treatment for dandruff should aim at controlling the underlying causing factors as well as the symptoms.
      Conventional treatment:
      The conventional treatment often treats the end result rather than the root cause of dandruff. Most commonly measures are use of
      a. Use of Anti-dandruff shampoo.
      b. Ketoconazole
      c. Antifungal shampoo
      d. Selenium sulphide (available as SELSUN LOTION)
      Homeopathic treatment:
      Homeopathic treatment aims are treating dandruff in totality. In other words, it treats the underlying cause of dandruff (please check the causes as described above) and hence helps preventing recurrence of dandruff.
      The medicines uses for dandruff are geared towards altering the activity of the scalp tissue and therefore slow down the multiplication of the cells of the scalp. Homeopathic medicines possibly depress the abnormal multiplication of cells of the scalp called ‘stratum corneum’. Homeopathic medicines are unique in the respect that they can act as immune-modulators and address underlying immunological parameters while treating dandruff. Homeopathic treatment is safe and very effective for dandruff, which is strongly recommended.

  19. QUESTION:
    Are there any remedies to help with dandruff and oily hair?
    I know that there are shampoos that help with these problems like Heads and Shoulders. I just want to know if there are any home remedies that can treat it.. I know that blowing-drying your hair will give you dandruff, but even if i dont, it'll start appearing after a day or two.

    • ANSWER:
      check the links below for natural homemade beauty tips to:-- Dandruff
      http://geebal.blogspot.com/2006/10/dandruffnatural-homemade-remedy.html

      Dandruff Treatment
      http://homebeautytips.blogspot.com/2007/11/dandruff-treatment.html

  20. QUESTION:
    How to stop dandruff once and for all ?
    This is getting on my nerves, I've been having dandruff problems for two years now. It's so embarrassing because people are starting to think that I have lice ( which I don't). I've tried head and shoulders, apple cider vinegar, and selsun blue. Selsun blue seems to work for awhile because it keeps my scalp moisturized but it stops working when my hair starts going dry and then that's when my dandruff appears. Any tips would be great ?

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff wont go for all at once.
      Tips to control dandruff:
      * Yogurt reduces the intensity of scaling. Mix 2 teaspoon of black pepper powder in a cup of curd and blend it thoroughly. Then rub this mixture into dandruff affected scalp and after an hour, wash it with a mild shampoo.
      * You can get rid of dandruff with the consistence use of olive oil. Olive oil is natural clarifying and moisturizing agent. It is one of the most admired home remedies for dandruff. A lukewarm oil treatment of olive oil can help you to treat your dandruff. Don't make the olive oil too hot. Apply the olive oil to the problem scalp in circular motions before going to bed. Wash out your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning.
      * Blend together 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with 5 tbsp. of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Lemon juice is a natural home remedy for dandruff and will clear away flakes from your scalp. There is a myth that lemon juice can lead to hair graying. However this is not true. Leave this remedy on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash with a shampoo.
      * Beat 2 eggs to apply it on scalp and rinse it off with in one hour to get dandruff free hair. Eggs help in the treatment of dandruff and falling hair. Egg acts as a good conditioner for dry hair giving them glow and shine.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best method to cure my dandruff?
    Dandruff sticks to my hair and scalp and it is so irritating to look at it. Please someone tell me a good remedy. Is there any medicament-home made?

    • ANSWER:
      This safe, quick acting treatment using only natural products permanently and quickly rid me of "dandruff "and has helped many others(Research my Best Answers). Shampoo manufacturers misinform & lead you to think you have dandruff. Look it up and see if you really have. Problem invariably is a severely flaking scalp, sensitive to harsh chemical and other toxic ingredients in many commercial shampoos. Using anti-dandruff shampoos is simply going to make it worse - they often have even harsher ingredients. Use only safe, non-toxic products(find with an online search "non harmful shampoos available in stores" ) Some are available in GNC, Trader Joes, Earth Fare, Wegmans, health food stores, pharmacies and stores like Walmart. And wash less frequently. Hair specialists tell you it harms scalp and and contributes to flaking.
      TREATMENT: Massage scalp with a modest priced olive oil (readily absorbed into scalp) and frequently brush (best use natural soft short bristled hand held brush) - 45 or even more strokes (each day is best) - quite vigorously, so you feel it stimulating scalp - will unplug hair shaft ducts, end flaking and reverse other damage (initially you might see some shedding or breakages but that will quickly stop) See noticeable results in a matter of days. If you leave oil on while you sleep it is more beneficial. Will also revitalize & give hair a healthy sheen.and hair will become stronger, thicker and fast growing. Try it you will be happy that you did. Also be aware that hair dryers, perms, tints, bleaches, straighteners, tanning booths or sunlamps harm scalp and hair and contribute towards flaking.

      SOURCE(S): 20 + years of research into natural treatments and cures of skin, hair and scalp disorders

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best dandruff shampoo for a tween?
    My 10 year old has been complaining of dandruff. I'm headed out to the store in a few. I would like to know what products are effective for dandruff. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Tea tree shampoo*

      If you are looking for a mild, natural option, then it is worth trying tea tree shampoo. Some people swear by tea tree oil, which can be massaged into the scalp. However, varieties of tea tree shampoo is available almost everywhere for a very reasonable price and is worth a try if your dandruff isn't giving you too much of a problem. You can use it as often as you want.

      *Head and Shoulders range*

      Containing zinc pyrithione, the Head and Shoulders range, manufactured by Procter & Gamble and available for purchase in most countries, is a mild, but effective, way of controlling dandruff. There is an intensive treatment for those with a more serious problem, which contains selenium sulphide. The latter should be used in moderation - twice a week for two weeks, then once a week for two further weeks.

      *L'Oreal Elvive anti-dandruff shampoos*

      These products contain selenium disulphide and are targeted towards different hair types. There is also an intensive version for the more serious cases and, if you don't like following up with a conditioner, there is a 2 in 1 variety. The manufacturer suggests that it should be massaged into the scalp for best results (this is the case with all shampoos) and should then be left for a few moments to take effect.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dandruff and puffy hair?
    I have tons! I use dandruff shampoo. I take a shower every night. After when I dry my hair I wear a beanie hat because my hair is puffy. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      There may be many reasons you may have alot of dandruff.. First, what products are you putting in your hair everyday (gel, hair spray, etc.) Those things can contribute to dandruff..

      Usually when someone has dandruff it's because their scalp is dry and irritated... I would suggest stop using the dandruff shampoo and use a regular shampoo followed with very creamy conditioner.. I would use the shampoo [every other day] and the creamy conditioner [everyday].. Pantene has a great line of creamy conditioners..

      I would also use a shower filter, because the chlorine in the water may also affect your scalp making dandruff worse..

      I would also look into oil treatments.. You don't have to go to an expensive salon.. Go to a beauty supply or cvs, target, walmart and get hair oil (whatever one you feel will benefit you)..

      So get a shower filter. Wash your hair with shampoo and the creamy conditioner.. Use the oil about 1-2x's a week before bed and use a silk hair wrap (cover) so it gets into your scalp and not mess up your pillows.. or get hot oil treatments that you can wash out instead.. whatever you think is more convenient for you.

      You can also try not washing you hair everynight.. I know some people don't like doing that, but your scalps PH is off and you may need to allow your natural oil to have a chance to heal your scalp..

      Hope this helps !!

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you know when to stop using a dandruff shampoo?
    Right now I'm using Head & Shoulders shampoo to treat my dandruff. The day after I take a shower, everything's great. My dandruff is gone and my hair is nice. But the next day, a little dandruff shows up. Then, if I don't take a shower then, the dandruff increases until I take a shower again (using the Head & Shoulders). Then, my hair's all nice again.
    It's really annoying because my hair is only dandruff-free for the day after I wash my hair with Head and Shoulders. The next day, it comes back. I don't want to be using Head and Shoulders for the rest of my life! I want to start using shampoo for normal hair, but I don't know if I should. I don't know when it'll be okay to use shampoo for normal hair and not have to worry about the dandruff coming back the day after it. How do I know when it's okay to stop using dandruff shampoo and switch to a shampoo for regular hair? HELP! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      take a shower EVERYDAY using the head and shoulders stuff. do this for about 6 weeks. the dandruff will prolly clear up by then and if it doesnt try deep conditioning treatment (that didnt make a lotta sence did it??? :p) massage the conditioner all over your scalp and wait 3 mins then wash out with cool water and make sure you get ALL of it!! if there is excess conditioner and shampoo its gonna make it WAY worse hope this helps!

  25. QUESTION:
    What's a good way to eliminate dandruff that's not dandruff shampoos?
    My hairdresser used a dandruff control shampoo on me and I've used them before. No matter how well I rinse I still get dandruff. What's a better way to eliminate it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff Causes
      Dandruff Symptoms, Causes, Remedy and Diet
      Impairment of general health, wrong food intake, constipation
      The main causes of dandruff are impairment of general health, development of a toxic condition mainly due to taking of wrong foods, constipation, and a low vitality due to infectious diseases.

      Emotional tension, harsh shampoos, general exhaustion
      Other factors contributing to this disorder are emotional tension, harsh shampoos, exposure to cold, and general exhaustion.

      Home Remedies for Dandruff
      Dandruff home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers

      Dandruff treatment using Fenugreek Seeds
      The use of fenugreek seeds is one of the most important remedies in the treatment of dandruff. Two tablespoons of these seeds should be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for half an hour. The hair should then be washed thoroughly with soap-nut (ritha) solution or shikakai.

      Dandruff treatment using Lime
      The use of a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another useful remedy. This not only leaves the hair glowing but also removes stickiness and prevents dandruff.

      Dandruff treatment using Green Gram Powder
      A valuable prescription for removal of dandruff is the use of green gram powder. The hair should be washed twice a week with two tablespoons of this powder mixed with half a cup of curd.

      Dandruff treatment using Beet
      Beets have been found useful in dandruff. Both tops and roots should be boiled in water and this water should be massaged into the scalp with the finger tips every night. White beet is better for this purpose.

      Dandruff treatment using Snake Gourd
      The juice of snake gourd has been found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of dandruff. The juice should be rubbed over the scalp for this purpose.

      Dandruff treatment using Other Remedies
      Dandruff can be removed by massaging the hair for half an hour with curd which has been kept in the open for three days, or with a few drops of lime juice mixed with amla juice every night, before going to bed. Another measure which helps to counteract dandruff is to dilute cider vinegar with an equal quantity of water and dab this on to the hair with cotton wool inbetween shampooing. Cider vinegar added to the final rinsing water after shampooing also helps to disperse dandruff.

      Dietaries for Dandruff
      Dandruff : Home Remedies suggested by users
      All-fruit diet with three meala a day of juicy fruits
      Diet plays an important role in the treatment of dandruff. To begin with, the patient should resort to an all-fruit diet for about five days and take three meals a day of juicy fruits.

      Avoid citrus fruits, bananas, tinned fruits
      Citrus fruits, bananas, dried, stewed, or tinned fruits should not be taken.

      Well-balanced diet
      After the all-fruit diet, the patient can gradually adopt a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Further short periods of an all-fruit diet for three days or so may be necessary at monthly intervals till the skin's condition improves.

      Avoid strong tea/coffee, pickles, refined and processed foods
      Meats, sugar, white flour, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods should all be avoided.

      Other Dandruff treatments
      Keep hair and scalp clean to avoid accumulation of dead cells
      The foremost consideration in the treatment of this disorder is to keep the hair and scalp clean so as to minimise the accumulation of dead cells.

      Hair should be brushed daily to improve circulation
      The hair should be brushed daily to improve the circulation and remove any flakiness. The most effective way to brush the hair is to bend forward from the waist with the head down towards the ground, and brush from the nape of the neck towards the top of the head. The scalp should also be thoroughly massaged everyday, using one's finger tips and working systematically over the head. This should be done just before or after brushing the hair. Like brushing, this stimulates the circulation, dislodges dirt and dandruff, and encourages hair growth. Exposure of the head to the rays of the sun is also a useful measure in the treatment of dandruff.

      Warm-water enema
      During the first five days of the treatment when the patient takes an all-fruit diet, a warm-water enema should be taken daily to cleanse the bowels. Simultaneously, an attempt should be made to keep the body in good health.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some safe flea treatment products for kittens and asthmatics?
    We have kitttens and unfortunately, also fleas. Also, we have a daughter that is severely allergic to certain chemicals.

    What are some safe treatment options for treating 15-week old kittens without creating a lot of breathing problems for our daughter?

    Also, note that cost is a big consideration. We cannot afford expensive chemicals.

    • ANSWER:
      Head and Shoulders shampoo - soap up the kitty, wait a minute or two - then rinse. The same chemical that prevents dandruff, kills fleas on the kitty.

      Now - as for your house - go to your local home supply store and get a flea trap pad. It plugs in - and usually has a night light with it - and it attracts the fleas to a sticky pad.

      Get flea collars for the cats.

      All of these are slow solutions. It's all I know of without using insecticides.

      Peace.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a dandruff shampoo for chemically straightened hair?
    I have always used dandruff shampoos occasionally (especially in winter) and always had good luck. I recently had my hair straitened chemically and cannot use shampoos with sulfates. Does anyone know of any products safe for my hair? THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      First of all you need to know what causes dandruff and how to fix that.

      1. The sun causes skin to get flaky. Same with hair. Massage your scalp when you shampoo.

      2. Using hot water, makes me have dishpan hands add sun to the formula both damaging, so does the hair. Use warm water.

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/771361/how_to_cure_dandruff_using_only_cool.html?cat=5

      Chemically straightened hair is damaging to hair and they contain formaldehyde causing cancer. Keratin are not approved by the FDA. Visit their website & search for it in their web. If you're thinking about the Brazilian treatment, there's a danger about using formaldehyde, a chemical that causes cancer. The FDA does not restrict the use of that chemical in cosmetics.

      A hairstylist in Portland, Or. is blowing a whistle on the treatment.
      "A big red flag: About a month after she started using Brazilian Blowout on clients, Scrutton had the first nosebleed of her life."
      http://www.oregonlive.com/health/index.ssf/2010/10/
      after_hair_stylist_becomes_sus.html
      (Type it in if they moved the page. "After hairstylist becomes suspicious of Brazilian Blowout, tests find formaldehyde".

      Stylists and clients often wear gas masks or other protective equipment and still may feel the ill effects of this potentially fatal gas.

      Sulfates a new form to trying to get people's attention, "a marketing gimmick." The hair industry is a billion dollar business. . Example: Green tea is the new trend and it is healthier for you, or buying coffee at Starbuck's, they taste sweeter. More profits for them. BK's green tea had been recalled, or the eggs, is that mean people won't be buying green tea or eggs anymore? The hair industry wants your attention, but they don't give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss. Just like eating mushrooms. There are bad and good mushrooms. Sulfates aren't bad.

      It would be boring if they just call it shampoo! Google shampoo, it's meant to clean. They want a variety of product, to attract a variety of hair textures/condition/smell.

      There are sulfates in many of the everyday products we use at home! Sulfates on shampoo doesn't cause cancer. But Google hair dyes & cancer. How about ProActive. ProActiv contains a known carcinogen, at a percentage known to promote skin cancer. Many customers and stylists do not know that Brazilian treatment often contains high concentrations of formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I get dandruff under control?
    I have issues with dandruff and have used head & shoulders and some other dandruff shampoo's and nothing works..does anyone else have any ideas or remedies that help control dandruff?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have the same problem...At least I did. It has been a problem for years. I have used all types of shampoos. Which if used correctly one could work for you, so be sure to try different shampoos and follow directions precisely. However if they are not working, This is what I came across and tried it. It worked for me.

      The use of fenugreek seeds is one of the most important remedies in the treatment of dandruff. Two tablespoons of these seeds should be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for 15-30 minutes. The hair should then be washed thoroughly with soap-nut (ritha) solution or acacia concinna.
      Dietaries for Dandruff

      Also the use of a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another useful remedy. This not only leaves the hair glowing but also removes stickiness and prevents dandruff.

      Next you need to consider what you eat...
      All-fruit diet with three meala a day of juicy fruits

      Diet plays an important role in the treatment of dandruff. To begin with, the patient should resort to an all-fruit diet for about five days and take three meals a day of juicy fruits. Doesn't sound that wonderful but it helps!
      Avoid citrus fruits, bananas, tinned fruits

      Citrus fruits, bananas, dried, stewed, or tinned fruits should not be taken.

      And finally moving onto a well-balanced diet

      After the all-fruit diet, the patient can gradually adopt a well-balanced diet, with emphasis on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables. Further short periods of an all-fruit diet for three days or so may be necessary at monthly intervals till the skin's condition improves.
      Also avoid strong tea/coffee, pickles, refined and processed foods

      Meats, sugar, white flour, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods should all be avoided during this process.

      Also using less or no hair products like gels and sprays helps. Another thing is straightening hair can lead to worse dandruff.. And make sure when you condition your hair you are ONLY conditioning tips/ends, never the scalp. The scalp has natural oils and the conditioner leads to it being oily, causing dandruff.

      I say putting all this together, my dandruff showed signs of going away within two weeks, and within the month it is gone. Hasn't shown any signs of coming back :D Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my hair from getting dandruff?
    I have changed shampoos, washed my hair for longer periods of time and nothing seems to work. I still get really bad dandruff on my scalp. I don't know what to do to get my hair really clean. It wasn't always this way, but now I can't get rid of it.
    I have already tried Head and Shoulders and other dandruff shampoos. They don't really work.

    • ANSWER:
      moisturize your hair with egg whites avocado honey and other natural supplements.
      you can get oil treatment every couple of months to moisturize your hair.
      head and shoulders works reallywell.
      if it's still a problem, maybe you should go to the doctor and he/she can prescribe something special for you

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dandruff in my thick curly hair?
    I have really thick curly hair that frizzes so I have to use a good conditioner and shampoo. But like the next day my dandruff is there right on the top of my scalp starting at the hair line and it clears up a little but on my crown it kinda bad too. What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Tips to control dandruff:
      * Yogurt reduces the intensity of scaling. Mix 2 teaspoon of black pepper powder in a cup of curd and blend it thoroughly. Then rub this mixture into dandruff affected scalp and after an hour, wash it with a mild shampoo.
      * You can get rid of dandruff with the consistence use of olive oil. Olive oil is natural clarifying and moisturizing agent. It is one of the most admired home remedies for dandruff. A lukewarm oil treatment of olive oil can help you to treat your dandruff. Don't make the olive oil too hot. Apply the olive oil to the problem scalp in circular motions before going to bed. Wash out your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning.
      * Blend together 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with 5 tbsp. of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Lemon juice is a natural home remedy for dandruff and will clear away flakes from your scalp. There is a myth that lemon juice can lead to hair graying. However this is not true. Leave this remedy on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash with a shampoo.
      8 Beat 2 eggs to apply it on scalp and rinse it off with in one hour to get dandruff free hair. Eggs help in the treatment of dandruff and falling hair. Egg acts as a good conditioner for dry hair giving them glow and shine.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for my hair?
    I had dandruff, split hair and now my hair colour seem fading and worst of all it began falling everywhere so much! I never colour, perm, bonding my hair. It's just naturally and i just cut hair once every 2 months. Is there any traditional remedies that i can try at home? Thank You..

    • ANSWER:
      Try olive oil,mayonnaise,honey,vinegar,and a mashed avocado. Mix the concoction and apply to untangled, dry hair. Let sit for 1 hr up to 24 hours. With a plastic cap or without. You can also sit under a dryer or blow-dry your hair (not too close) to help penetrate the treatment. You can also buy hot oil treatments from walmart. Also, get your ends trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks. Dye your hair darker. The darker you dye it the healthier. The lighter you dye it the more damaging it is. Blow-dry and flat iron less. Do the treatments at least once a week. GL!

  32. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I use for a mild case of dandruff?
    I know that there are two types of dandruff. One is caused by a scalp which is too dry and the other by an oily scalp. In my case, considering that I have greasy roots, I suppose it's the latter.

    Can you indicate a natural remedy which I can use for getting rid of it and preventing it from reappearing? I don't confide much in cosmetic products.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hot oil treatments. One a week is good. Besides that, I only know of shampoos that have never worked for me.

  33. QUESTION:
    What should I do to get rid of the dandruff in my hair?
    I wash my hair every other day and do use product on it but as little as two hours after washing it I get dandruff. What can I do to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I wont recommend any hair product, I will recommend some home remedies.
      Tips to control dandruff:
      * Yogurt reduces the intensity of scaling. Mix 2 teaspoon of black pepper powder in a cup of curd and blend it thoroughly. Then rub this mixture into dandruff affected scalp and after an hour, wash it with a mild shampoo.
      * You can get rid of dandruff with the consistence use of olive oil. Olive oil is natural clarifying and moisturizing agent. It is one of the most admired home remedies for dandruff. A lukewarm oil treatment of olive oil can help you to treat your dandruff. Don't make the olive oil too hot. Apply the olive oil to the problem scalp in circular motions before going to bed. Wash out your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning.
      * Blend together 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with 5 tbsp. of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Lemon juice is a natural home remedy for dandruff and will clear away flakes from your scalp. There is a myth that lemon juice can lead to hair graying. However this is not true. Leave this remedy on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash with a shampoo.
      8 Beat 2 eggs to apply it on scalp and rinse it off with in one hour to get dandruff free hair. Eggs help in the treatment of dandruff and falling hair. Egg acts as a good conditioner for dry hair giving them glow and shine.

  34. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of dandruff, permanently?
    I have had dandruff for 6 years now and I am sick and tired of it. How can you get rid of it, Permanently?

    • ANSWER:
      You can relieve dandruff but you can't get rid of it.

      Try using a medical shampoo for the treatment of eczema on the scalp. Polytar shampoo and no conditioner twice a week.

      If your dandruff is really bad you could try a steroid scalp application from your Doctor.

      Do not use head and shoulders or those that promsie to treat dandruff as you will aggravate it.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the best hair treatment for naturally oily hair?
    I have naturally oily hair and need some kind of product that cuts down on the amount of oil at my roots, washing my hair everyday has caused my ends to split and dry and no amount of treatment was helping. I just got my hair trimmed today and want to start fresh buy washing my hair less. FYI dry shampoo's do not work for me they only last a few hours and my hair is oily all over again. Any recommendations?

    • ANSWER:
      clear anti-dandruff or Nizoral

  36. QUESTION:
    How to remove dandruff in easy and faster way?
    i have dandruff since, i think 2 years from now. i dont know why. :( is it dangerous? what can i do to remove that easily and faster?

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff is not a life threatening disease.
      There is no easiest or fastest way.
      You just have to do the necessary things properly.

      Dandruff is the rapid skin replenishment on the scalp.
      Just give enough time for your scalp to return to its natural condition and normalize itself.

      You can try Head & Shoulders (newest type) because it contains the
      enhanced ingredients that fights the root cause of dandruff. It is mild
      and can be used regularly.

      But if you want a stronger treatment..
      Use Nizoral 2-3x a week. Wash your hair properly - not just wet,lather and rinse procedure. Follow the instructions.
      Wait for 2-3 weeks for it to take effect on your scalp.

      Patience, avoiding stress, lesser sugar intake and Proper washing plays also a very important role in effective treatment for dandruff.

      You may also try Apple Cider Vinegar if you want a home remedy, it is known to be an effective dandruff cure. But make sure that you don't have lesion or bruise on your scalp.

      Goodluck. :)

      I learned so much about this on:
      http://anti-dandruffshampoo.com/

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of dandruff or flakes?
    So, i use a lot of hair spray because i tease my hair but the thing is i always get flakes and dandruff, i'm not sure which one it is but it's white and shit. It's not lice, i'm not dirty. I swear. But yeah, i have flakes how do you get rid of it? Is there a sort of Shampoo and Conditioner that gets rid of it? Or is there a type of Hair Spray that dosen't make your hair have dandruff or flakes? Please help !

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a great cure for dandruff. I use it, and it works great! It's called an apple cider vinegar rinse or an ACV rinse. Before you buy any shampoos or treatments for dandruff, I would recommend trying this. Go to your local grocery store and buy some apple cider vinegar. mix 1/2 cup of ACV with 1 pint of water. pour it over your head while in the shower (concentrate on scalp) and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. rinse it out then shampoo and condition your hair like you usually do. Not only will it get rid of all your dandruff, but it will leave your hair looking great (it's a natural conditioner as well). Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

      http://www.ehow.com/how_5543532_rid-dandruff-naturally.html

  38. QUESTION:
    What can my boyfriend do to control his Dandruff?
    My boyfriend and I are really into the environmental approach to things so we're looking for an alternative solution to dandruff. We don't use shampoo or condition and we only shower when we need to (once a week or so) in order to conserve water and reduce the amount of things we need to buy and throw out...

    Anyway, we're looking for something he can do without using shampoo or conditioner.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You should look into using Tea Tree Oil. See article below for dandruff causes and ways of treatment. Hope this helps!

  39. QUESTION:
    How do i permanently get rid of dandruff ?
    I have to always use this anti-dandruff shampoo, meaning i can't use any nice smelly ones. I am just so sick of always getting dandruff - Is there something i can do to prevent dandruff from ever returning.

    • ANSWER:
      Anti dandruff shampoos make dandruff worse! They contain countless hair, scalp, face skin and even health harming harsh and toxic ingredients. Confirm with a Google search. Find "Non harmful shampoos, etc" with another search. Some will come up and be expensive or only available on-line so refine search by adding "low cost" & "available in stores". Shop for them GNC, Trader Joes, Some Walmart Stores, Cost Plus, Wegmans, Earth Fare, natural & health foods stores.

      This is a natural, safe, permanent cure that truly ends dandruff almost straight away. Massage scalp thoroughly with olive oil - then brush vigorously using a palm held brush with short natural boar bristles - soft bristled for fine straight hair and stiff bristled for thicker non straight hair- so you really feel it stimulating scalp. Find brushes on Amazon. Best to brush 90 /100 strokes each day. Will heal scalp, stop flaking almost immediately and unplug blocked hair ducts that often result in hair loss - they are the painful small itching spots. It's best not to wash off t and sleep with it that way. Use an old pillow case to protect pillow. Stops any hair loss very quickly. Hair will also grow faster, thicker and develop a healthy shine.
      I have testinonials from happy users of this cure.
      Wish you the best.
      .
      SOURCE(S): 20+ years research, self experimentation using safe natural treatments and cures for hair, scalp and hair disorders,hair loss, regrowth and treatments and cures of skin disorders

  40. QUESTION:
    What shampoo and conditioner brand stops dandruff?
    I have a problem with dandruff and it's getting embarassing. The current brand of shampoo and conditioner I use is Dove. I want to change brands in order to stop this problem what brands are recommended.

    • ANSWER:
      You can also try to talk with other people, if they are applicable to you. Remember, the best way to get a real anti-dandruff will remain a fantastic health. Avoiding the main emphasis became increasingly obvious as it may cause dandruff. Relax; you need to rest eight one day a few hours minimum. Guide the use of curly hair curly hair dryer or blower obvious. If possible, please put aside those people living treatment, mainly because it will only damage your curly hair and scalp, may lead to dandruff.

  41. QUESTION:
    What can I do about rapid hair loss and dandruff?
    I'm only 14, and I used to have shiny, healthy hair. Somewhere along puberty I got severe dandruff which just wouldn't go away regardless of whatever shampoo and medication I tried. With the dandruff came greasy hair and slight hair loss, but it wasn't too bad. Somehow the dandruff and greasiness went away, but the rate of hair loss increased rapidly.

    I still look OK because my hair is quite thick, but the amount of hair on my bedroom floor is really scary. What could have brought on the sudden hair loss? Is there anything I can do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a blog that totally covers everything dealing with dandruff. Read over it cuz everything from treatments to remedies to cures is covered there. Hope it helps:)
      http://getridofdandruff.blogspot.com/

  42. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of dandruff?
    I take a shower every single day and it removes it that day i take a shower ,but the dandruff always comes back the next day.I tried t-gel,head & shoulders,selsen blue,and tea-tree shampoo.I have no clue what else to do. I tried vinegar and other things also. Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff is difficult to eradicate once it occur. There is mentioned some personal care that helps to reduce complications of dandruff.
      The most common causes of dandruff are a dry scalp. Regular shampooing prevents this from happening.
      Try not to scratch because this aggravates the inflammation and can cause a secondary bacterial infection.
      Showering dries skin, therefore take quick showers, avoiding excessively hot water, and apply moisturizing lotion immediately afterwards and throughout the day when you feel itchy.
      However, if the problem aggravates to turn into a serious skin condition like dermatitis, the following preventive measures should be taken: Identify and avoid any allergens that irritate your skin.
      Preparations containing selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione work quickly and slow down the flaking process. Those with salicylic acid and sulfur loosen flakes so they can be washed away more easily.
      Coal-tar shampoos retard cell growth (but see warning, below). Don’t use dandruff-treatment products containing coal tar for prolonged periods without consulting your doctor
      Stress also causes dandruff and should be avoided besides that a proper diet can help avoid dandruff.
      B group of vitamins are the most important for healthy hair, especially biotin. B5 (Pantothenic Acid) gives hair flexibility, strength and shine and helps prevent hair loss and graying.
      B6 helps prevent dandruff and can be found in cereals, egg yolk and liver. Vitamin B12 helps prevent the loss of hair and can be found in fish, eggs, chicken and milk.
      Hopefully these suggestions will help you.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Cat Dandruff? Preferably without giving her a bath?
    I have 4 cats. Only one of them has dandruff, and she has it bad. Her mother had it bad too. I read on google that the cat will need to have a good bath with the animal dandruff shampoo. Well, this cat is impossible to get into the bath. She is very fast, and she can get away. I think it would be impossible to get her in the bath, never mind wash her down.

    Is there anything else I can try?
    She eats Purina Hard and Wet food every day.

    • ANSWER:
      Its not unusual for cats to have some cat dandruff over the course of their lives. Sometimes it is brought on by a food or pollen allergy. Other times it can be a case of poor cat nutrition. However, 9 out of every 10 cats vets see with a case of cat dandruff results from a mite infestation, especially Flotilla mites.
      If you see a piece of cat dandruff 'walking' around your cat's fur he has Flotilla mites. These mites have been called "walking dandruff" and you can see them with if you look closely at your cat's skin. Its fairly easy to treat fur mites, but you have to take a whole-house approach. All pets must be treated, bedding thoroughly washed, rugs and upholstery vacuumed rigorously. Whether you have a dog or a cat, early diagnosis and treatment will help to ensure that the condition does not become more serious. Fur mites are extremely contagious and spread rapidly throughout the household. In more advanced infections your can will scratch himself until he has patches of fur missing. He may even scratch himself until he tears his skin.
      In the past, vets treated fur mites with harsh chemical baths using brethren, but this often which may cause a number of unwanted side effects including burning of the already sore skin. Today, you have natural alternatives to use without the extreme side effects.
      The Flotilla fur mite and other parasites are highly contagious and can be picked up easily at kennels. Get Rid Of Cat Dandruff For Good
      Its important that you have your vet check out your cat's condition. Often skin problems are a symptom of an underlying medical condition like feline diabetes. However, if she confirms your cat has fur mites she will probably recommend a flea and mite program like Revolution or Advantage. These products are great for getting rid of fur mites and fleas, but your cat's skin and immune system will need some help too.

      More tips to beautiful cats...

      Gradually add a teaspoon or two of olive oil to his food a couple of times a week to help improve his coat and skin by stimulating natural oils.


      Don't make drastic changes to your cat's diet as this may cause an imbalance of natural oils and consequently a dry, flaky skin.


      Thoroughly dry your cat after bathing, as shampoo residue can dry on his skin and cause flaky skin, itching, and chronic dandruff.


      Brush your pet regularly, but GENTLY, to loosen dry skin cells and dandruff

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of dandruff & make my hair shiney?
    My hair has dandruff & its looking very ugly & i wanna get rid of it . Is there something i can do .I also wanna get rid of it before i go to school on Tuesday .

    • ANSWER:
      There are some home remedies to get rid of the dandruff which are very easy, gives more prolonged result, and also inexpensive....
      - The most effective dandruff control therapy is to apply fenugreek paste. Soak two table spoonful fenugreek in water overnight and blend it on a blender and apply on your hair and scalp. Let it remain for 20 minutes and then wash off with tap water. Do this on alternate days for one to two weeks. You will see the result from the day #1.
      - Black pepper is said to have properties to promote hair growth and destroy the funguses and bacteria in the scalp. Crushed black pepper stems were used to clean the hair in India.
      - Applying lime juice, aloe Vera juice or gel, or goose berry juice also helps ease the condition.
      - Boil neem leaves in water and after the water cools down, use this water to rinse the hair. This acts as an antibacterial and anti fungal treatment and improves the health of the scalp.
      - Fermented curd can be applied to your scalp for 15 to 20 minutes and washed off. This also is very effective treatment for dandruff.
      - Olive oil mixed with almond oil can be applied to the hair for a healthier scalp, which in turn could end the dandruff problem.
      - Essential oil, rose Mary can be added to one or two teaspoon full of olive oil and applying to the scalp also seem to help.
      - Sandal wood paste mixed with lemon juice can be applied to the scalp which will soothe and cool the scalp and brings back the balance of the scalp.
      - Curry leaves grinned and mixed with curd and having it orally is a grandma’s recipe for hair health. This has been found to be a good remedy for dandruff problem.

  45. QUESTION:
    What can I use to remove dandruff for good?
    I am a Black woman that suffers with dandruff. I have had this problem on & off for most of my life. The summers are good & I don't suffer with it then but the winters are horrid & my scalp always flakes! This winter, I have been on a quest to make my scalp dandruff free. I tried Head & Shoulders, Selsun (zinc & menthol), T Gel (coal tar), Clear (zinc, tea tree & ginseng) and it doesnt work. I wash my hair weekly, if I wash it more often, it will break off because Black textured hair cannot be washed daily. My hair doesnt look like I suffer with this problem because I maintenance it well. Yet, I'd like to go flake free for good. I've also tried natural "remedies" such as aloe vera juice, baking soda, vinegar, extra virgin olive oil... It does not work. I don't have money right now for a dermatologist, but when I do, I will go visit one. If you have any suggestions, I would be grateful. I just used Neutrogena TGel a couple of days ago & it seemed to dry my hair. I saw very tiny flakes afterward, nothing serious but of course after washing hair, who wants to see ANY flakes??! SO, I will try it again just to see if it is something I should give more time to see results.. I read mostly great reviews on this product saying that it worked when no other dandruff shampoos did, for ppl. Yet they saw drastic results with the first use.
    Please no rude comments, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Tips to control dandruff:
      * Yogurt reduces the intensity of scaling. Mix 2 teaspoon of black pepper powder in a cup of curd and blend it thoroughly. Then rub this mixture into dandruff affected scalp and after an hour, wash it with a mild shampoo.
      * You can get rid of dandruff with the consistence use of olive oil. Olive oil is natural clarifying and moisturizing agent. It is one of the most admired home remedies for dandruff. A lukewarm oil treatment of olive oil can help you to treat your dandruff. Don't make the olive oil too hot. Apply the olive oil to the problem scalp in circular motions before going to bed. Wash out your hair with a mild shampoo in the morning.
      * Blend together 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with 5 tbsp. of coconut oil. Apply to the scalp to get rid of dandruff. Lemon juice is a natural home remedy for dandruff and will clear away flakes from your scalp. There is a myth that lemon juice can lead to hair graying. However this is not true. Leave this remedy on the scalp for 20 to 30 minutes and then wash with a shampoo.
      8 Beat 2 eggs to apply it on scalp and rinse it off with in one hour to get dandruff free hair. Eggs help in the treatment of dandruff and falling hair. Egg acts as a good conditioner for dry hair giving them glow and shine.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do i get dandruff after straightening my hair?
    I dont know why but everytime i straighten my hair i get dandruff. All over my hair! I shower daily, eat a healthy diet.. I dont know why this happens? How can i stop it? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      The heat from your flat iron or blow dryer may be causing your scalp to dry out. Some heat protectants or styling products can cause your scalp to react and flake up. You can stop this by doing a dandruff treatment using apple cider vinegar and water. If your hair is dry after straightening the moisturize it and your scalp.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dandruff on my cat?
    I noticed recently that my cat has some dandruff on him. Whenever I pet him, it gets over the counter or table. It is really annoying. How can I get rid of it? I don't want to give my cat a bath. My cat also had a problem a while back and now has to eat special cat food. He doesn't eat meat or any other human food, IDK if that is important though. How can I get my cats dandruff to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      I came upon a great product years ago, when my then-fiance wanted to get a cat, but we had my allergy to cat dander to contend with. It's called Dander Seal, and though I'm not sure exactly which outlets might be carrying it now (the allergies have since been neatly handled by Loratadine), I can tell you that it definitely quells the amount of dander/dandruff on a cat, is completely safe for cats and humans, and is a far less-traumatizing experience for both the cat and the human who'd rather not have his/her eyes scratched out in the process. Excess dandruff on a cat can also be caused by allergies from which the cat itself suffers, or from flea bites, so it's also a good idea to switch up the flea medication (spot-treatments are notorious for causing skin problems) with something else (like Capstar) to see if that alleviates any of the problem. Regular combing can prevent dandruff from being as big a problem around the house, keeping the majority of it sequestered in one location. Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my dandruff problem?
    Ever since I moved from Alaska, to Arizona. I've had problems with dandruff. I think it is from the change from sea level to 3700 feet where the air is very dry. The dandruff is very gross and I would like to get rid of it without spending a whole lot of money to buy special hair products. Does anyone know of any home remedies to help get rid of dandruff?
    Thanks!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      get an avacodo and moosh it up and rub it through all your hair and leave it in for about 20 minutes. as funny as it sounds its an awesome conditioning treatment for your scalp

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I get my guinea pig's dandruff to go away?
    She does not have mites but she does have a bad case of dandruff. I don't know a lot about guinea pigs because I just got her. I there something I can buy? I tried brushing it out but every time I try she jumps! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like your guinea has a fungal infection of the skin or lice. Are you sure she hasn't got Mites? they are generally invisible to the human eye and many pet shops sell guineas with all kinds of infections.

      If it is mites, you need to treat with Ivermectin available from your vet. Further info: http://www.guinealynx.info/mites.html

      If it is fungal there are a variety of treatments:
      http://www.guinealynx.info/fungus.html (warning: possibly upsetting images)

      Lice can be treated with Ivermectin and Advantage:
      http://www.guinealynx.info/parasites.html

      Either way a competent exotics vet will be able to assist you in a correct diagnosis, and as a pet owner your responsibility is to take that animal to a vet when it needs one.

  50. QUESTION:
    What are some good shampoos for really bad dandruff?
    I have really bad dandruff and really bad dry scalp . I scratched so bad I have sores on my head. I tried head and shoulders but it made it worse what are some good shampoos to use for dry scalp and dandruff?

    • ANSWER:
      Dude! Me Too!

      I went to the dermatologist for it and got another one like head and shoulders and selson but it was harsher... Basically, none of it worked, it just tried out my hair, made my scalp even more itchy and dry. I guess it's the sulfur in it...

      What did work? Extra conditioning.... If money is not a concern, here's what I did... I went to the hair school where my friend is going and had her give me the "scalp treatment" every two weeks. Scrubbing and rubbing and conditioning about 45 minutes and it went away. I still get the scalp treatment every so often though.. Basically, think of your extreme dandruff as psoriasis, it is not normal dandruff.

      Anyway, so I think that you need to use a neutral shampoo(that's what I use), something like Sebastion or biosilk... Something that isn't like cleanser on your head. Use fingers to lightly massage with shampoo for a few seconds and quick rinse... then get conditioners that are meant to help your scalp too... leave in conditioners may be good too.


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  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.

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      Go to the website below. Look up the following:
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    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

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  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:
    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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 paralysis then avoid taking these substances at night or before you sleep.

      There are two things that will kick the brain out of sleep, light and sound. It is advisable to sleep in a dark room with all the appliances off. Keeping the radio and TV on while you sleep does little to improve the situation. Mantaining a regular sleeping schedule is also recommended.This will make sure the body gets used to waking up and sleeping at certain times only.

      There are many ways in which you can prevent sleep paralysis. The techniques that I’ve talked about here are just some of the things that you can do. You can also get to know how other peoplel have dealt with the condition.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    Natural treatment to unblock fellopian tubes?
    Has anyone had success with natural or herbal remedies to unbloack their fellopian tubes? At this point I am trying everything before IVF and I have heard that there are natural ways to open them.

    • ANSWER:
      http://ayahuasca-wasi.com/urine-therapy/

      its very rare to see something this does not work on.

      Remember after you make it 15 mints has gone by do not drink it forms germs after 15 min.
      before that it seems to be ok. aut theropy.

      their was 100 years of medical research done on this. results are in
      works great! bad for business no $ in it..

      knowing this stuff its way beyond coconut oil.. I would try it.

      http://www.amazon.com/Your-Own-Perfect-Medicine-Incredible/dp/0963209116/

      buy the book if you want to "I did" and she's right!

      remember collect in "glass" jar only safe to drink with in the first 15 min of making it.

  24. QUESTION:
    what are some herbal remedies to help pregnant ppl sleep?
    does anyone know some natural sleep aids or herbal remedies to help me sleep? im pregnant, and by the way my first dr app. is in a week and a half soo cant ask a dr. til then

    • ANSWER:
      There aren't any sleep aids of any kind that my doctor said were alright, and I asked. She said that the only thing you can really do is drink warm milk because it has L-tryptophan. That's the same thing in turkey that makes everyone sleepy. Steer clear of herbal remedies and natural sleep aids. Being labeled as "herbal" or "natural" doesn't make something safe to take, especially during pregnancy.

  25. QUESTION:
    what are some herbal remedies to help pregnant ppl sleep?
    does anyone know some natural sleep aids or herbal remedies to help me sleep? im pregnant, and by the way my first dr app. is in a week and a half soo cant ask a dr. til then

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    what are some herbal remedies to help pregnant ppl sleep?
    does anyone know some natural sleep aids or herbal remedies to help me sleep? im pregnant, and by the way my first dr app. is in a week and a half soo cant ask a dr. til then

    • ANSWER:

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used this herbal remedy for Erectile Dysfunction called Ikawe?
    I was wondering how effective is it? And how long does it take for it to take effect?
    I'm trying to look for natural remedies and not use Cialis or Viagra.
    Anyone know of other natural herbal medication that works well?

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment for erectile dysfunction can depend on its cause - which may even be psychological. Exercise and diet can be very important and watch your alcohol consumption, too. Read more at:
      http://www.helium.com/items/575496-erectile-dysfunction-and-how-to-treat-with-ed-medications

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any remedies for hair loss?
    I suffer from heriditary hair loss. I had been using rogaine which was actually going well but now I am pregnant and can no longer use it. My new hair is almost all gone and I'm getting very anxious. Does anyone know any kind of natural or herbal remedies I can use until after my pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had very good results using Nioxin . Get the shampoo, scalp conditioner, and foam. I use it everyday (for almost 2yrs} and it has helped my hereditary hair thinning. I am no longer trying to cover scalp showing! I have heard you need to continue to use it or the effects won't continue but it is just part of a usual routine so that's not difficult. It is not inexpensive, but not crazy expensive either. It is fairly available at salons or your hairdresser can get it. {I think I even saw it at the Walmart beauty salon in passing} I got mine as a gift and I am grateful everyday. Good Luck with your hair and the pregnancy.

  31. QUESTION:
    natural remedies for ageing skin of the neck?
    i would like to know if there are natural (herbal) remedies for ageing skin of the neck.

    • ANSWER:
      Really just exercises, tense and let go. Also Retin A.

  32. QUESTION:
    Any natural remedies to help with bronchitis?
    I am prone to getting bronchitis which is made worse in the winter.
    What herbal remedies will help it? Possibly cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      My bronchitis improved dramatically just by watching the air quality and the humidity inside. You can improve indoor air quality by moving to natural cleaning products instead of commercial products and being careful about burning candles, spraying fragrances, etc. Commercial products people think of as "clean" usually have warning labels telling you that they can e harmful. Run a humidifier and keep your humidity at 40%.

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm a Angular Cheilitis Sufferer. What are Recommended Natural Treatment Methods for Angular Cheilitis?
    I need to know about some natural herbal methods or alternative remedies for treatment of angular cheilits condition for men.

    My cousin also has this. She has cracked lips corners. Are there any different natural treatment methods for women?

    Let me know, how can i cure myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I had painful cracks on my lip corners about 2 months ago. Applied a cream but i was allergic to it. I tried a natural remedy for angular cheilitis. My condition improved a lot and i stopped using the creams. I was cured in about a week. The natural methods were cheap but worked great for me.

  34. QUESTION:
    how can I keep my son quiet for an important weekend.?
    I will be visiting my inlaws for next weeked with my 6 month old baby boy.They are very strict and old fashoned in their attitudes,but I really want them to think he is a good boy.My problem is that I can't find any over the counter medication to to keep him quiet.I have tried antihistamine but he is still active and demanding even after a double dose. Are their any natural/herbal remedies I could try to Zonk him out for about 48 hours until we get home.
    I dont want to medicate him,just give him a nateral/herbal sedative to keep him quiet for a few days,I am a responsible parent,thats why i want to use a nateral product.

    • ANSWER:
      that's not right. Children are supposed to be active at 6 months. Screw what they think! It's your child not theirs. If you don't want them to complain about your child either don't go or leave him with a babysitter. Don't worry about what others think

  35. QUESTION:
    what would be a good herbal remedy for stress relief or aleviating mild anxiety?
    I get a bit anxious in my work sometimes and would like to know what herbal remedies can help me keep calm. I dont blow up or let off steam but sometimes I find myself rushing to the toilet or sweating a lot. My stomach gets tense and I cant concentrate on simple tasks.
    there are some issues that trouble me but they have nothing to do with work and are health related

    • ANSWER:
      Here is what I like

      Magnesium relaxes you and your muscles. You may want to try it especially if you have other symptoms along with your anxiety like mild constipation, muscle tension or cramping, and difficulty sleeping at night. Best taken at night before bed. This is the best I've found
      http://www.petergillham.com/product-line/peter-gillhams-natural-calm.php

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there anybody that knows any natural remedies for people that r psychotic?Or have a mental illness?
    Any natural remedies to calm someone down?

    • ANSWER:
      There are herbal alternatives to depression which is St. Johns Wort. And herbal alternatives to mood disorders in Sam-e. Some people swear by these alternatives and others do not. My theory is Everyone is different and its more or less a trial and error attempt to get what works best for U. Good luck to U.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have 1 testicle removed. Does the other testicle take care of my needs?
    I had one of my testicles removed. Does that mean that my ability to have sex with a woman is less than it was when I had both of my testicles? How does it affect my sex drive? I don't seem to be as horney as before, is this because I only have 1 testicle now? What can I do to be as horney as before and want sex more often again? Are there any natural herbal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      i came from my daddy's right nut and he is the biggest horn dog in the southern USA

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone take a natural remedy for anxiety that is really effective?
    Want to know of any natural remedies for anxieties that work well. Have tried Vitamin B and Magnesium without much help. Please only people who have had anxiety themselves.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a long term anxiety sufferer. Things that have worked for me :

      Don't smoke
      Don't drink alcohol
      Don't take and illegal drugs
      No Caffeine
      Eat Healthy
      Exercise for 40 minutes daily
      Reduce television and any video games to 1 hour or less daily
      Read up on and start to practice meditation daily

      I love melatonin to help me sleep. I am a "night" worrier as well. You can pick up this supplement from any health food store or local drug store.

      This may not be the answer you were looking for but after years and years I have discovered there is no quick-fix pill, well none that you won't get addicted to.

      And in my opinion most herbal supplements are a waste of money. I promise you , if you really follow the above guidelines you will feel so much better.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any natural remedies for extreme mood swings?
    I just want to be happy. I have gone to psychiatrists and they won't give me medication because I do not STAY depressed for at least two weeks without being happy. My moods right now usually vary from day to day. I am looking for something such as herbal remedies, vitamins, homeopathic remedies, etc. Something I don't need a doctor's prescription for but will help not just level out my moods but help me be relatively or even very happy as well.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      St. John's Wart?
      Are you Bi Polar? Did they not see that?
      If they won't give you medication, tell them to refer you to someone who will.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does natural remedies really help with breast lifting?
    I'm interested in natural ways to lift and firm my very large boobs. Even if I can have the illusion of it. I've be very happy. Anyways I heard that using natural herbal supplements, breast massaging, exercising can all help with this..What are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      Pl. try breast massage.
      Breast massage as a method of natural breast enlargement and breast health has actually been used for years as a means of stimulating healthy breast growth and promoting breast tone, pliability and firmness.

      Breast massage is one of the best ways to help create a more beautiful bustline by helping to shape, tone and promote growth of the breast and the area surrounding the breast.
      By massaging the breasts on a regular basis, many ladies have claimed it has enhanced the shape, size and overall attractiveness of their breast.

      Here are some guidelines for breast massage you may want to follow:

      1.) Use Olive Oil or any other cream of your choice to help prevent friction and increase the enjoyment and relaxation of the massage for a more pleasurable and therapeutic experience. This can be an herbal mixture - there are some good ones out there that really do help to promote firmess and breast tone, while creating a larger and more rounded look.

      2.) Light to moderate massaging using a gentle back and forth gentle “swishing” action is best. This can be in a counterclockwise circle around the breast to help promote maximum lymphatic drainage.

      3.) To gain maximum benefit and therapeutic effects, breast massage should be practiced daily, as part of a routine - perhaps when fresh out of the shower, since the skin is still somewhat moist and the room may still be steamy, for a smoother massage which may be more easily lubricated since there will still be moisture in the air. If you prefer, even several times a day can be a great benefit. It depends on what fits into your schedule. A few minutes at a time should suffice.

  41. QUESTION:
    What natural allergy remedies are there?
    I am looking for some alternative natural remedies for allergies. Lorratadine works for me but I don't want to keep taking tablets. I already do the washing hands, changing clothes and rinsing face things. Are there any foods or supplements that would help?

    • ANSWER:
      we and this "infernal " problem...
      I know it gets on every body's nerves... but unfortunately the only way to get ride off chemical drugs is to get ride of the causes of your kind of allergy itself!

      some points to be cautioned of though are :

      1-Try to expose your bedroom to sun and fresh air.keep your room dry.

      2-do not get any pet with you at home.

      3 - Wear dusts masks.

      4- Do not leave your old books in your bed room.

      5- Sponge pillow is better than cotton,and polestar is better than sponge..

      6- Try breathing steam from hot water.and of courseot water.

      ofcourse there are other alternitive remedies and herbal medicens...but they take long time to show thier action ...+ they need complicated structure...adding one tea spoon of ginger and one spoon of honey into boiled water,could be usfull to reduce the sneezing and calm down the irritation in your nasal passeges.

      -well at the end that seems as a list of punishment though !

  42. 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    what good information is availabe on herbs and herbal remedies?
    I am looking to eventually to grow and use my own herbs. I am also looking for good reliable information on herbal remedies, safe daily doses adn potential side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Tons of good sites. Here are a few I keep bookmarked for such questions. You might also check YA! for more questions like yours, I'm sure not everyone answers the same ones all the time, you might pick up a gem or two looking back at old ones.

      http://www.altnature.com/
      http://www.herbs2000.com/
      http://www.herbaleducator.com/index.html
      http://www.vitaminstuff.com/herbs.html
      http://www.localharvest.org/ (not as much about herbs, but more local network stuff, could be useful to you)

      Something else to consider - you may not have to grow your own so much as locate natural sources. My favorite, and wild growing, http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/m/mulgre63.html
      You just need to find and protect the source and process properly.

      My mother-in-law used to collect and process her own chamomile, and a good friend and herbalist found St. John's Wort growing freely on her property and did that same, making salves and other products with it.

      That should get you started. Best to you in a very healthful, herbal education!

  44. QUESTION:
    fibromyalgia, have you tried any herbal remedies for stamina, stress, pain?
    I have found some ancient herbal remedies for the above conditions. All natural, healing, how cool is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Shea Oil has been showing absolutely astounding results in reducing inflammation of all kinds at our practice. The product FlexNow is advertised for joint pain, but we have seen people suffering from various and extreme amounts of pain benefit from this.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good herbal remedies for hirstuism?
    I have polycystic ovarian syndrome which unfortunately causes excess facial hair growth. I am disgusted and frustrated with this problem. I've tried the pill(side effects didn't agree with me) and I can't affort the pricey hair removal treatments. Can anyone out there offer me any advice for this problem? I wonder if anyone has tried any supplements or herbal remedies that have worked?

    • ANSWER:
      Hirsutism is caused by excess of androgens in the body of the woman. It can be caused by exposure to androgens in diet and environment. It can also be caused by excess stress which really affects the whole body not just your mind. It can also be caused by hypothyroidism which causes a host of other problems in the body. It can be accompanied by tumors or not.

      Hirsutism can cause social anxiety and mental distress because of how women, women's body and "beauty" are viewed in society.

      I have had hirsutism for the last 5-6 years. I am 31 at the moment so it's definitely not a menapause or age related thing. At first it was minimal, and so I attributed it genetics. but about a couple of years ago, my hair started growing so profusely and rapidly that it scared the crap out of me. I did some research and took some herbs that literally slowed down and sometimes even stopped the growth. I also discovered that I had hypothyroidism which is part of the cause of the hirsutism. Also, intense mental stress, which had a lot to with my social and family environment and with traumatic experiences of childhood, caused my body to react the way it did.

      I still take the herbs because it takes time for the herbs to effect the system and heal it. I believe that the right medication, lifestyle, diet, environment, mindset, can all help to heal the disease.

      I use Saw Palmetto quite a bit. A tea or decoction of the following herbs is quite helpful.

      Vitex Chaste Berry
      Saw Palmetto
      Black Cohosh
      Fenugreek
      Goat's Rue
      Stinging Nettle
      Pygeum Africans
      Schizandra Berry

      I also take other herbs that all affect the sexual hormones of the female body. For example, the following herbs really help with my painful menstrual cycle and general overall hormonal health... which in turn helps the issues of hirsutism amd hypothyroidism.

      Dong Quai
      Schizandra Berry
      Shilajit
      Shatavari etc.

      I take things that help with hypothyroidism which can be a cause of hirsutism.

      Seaweed especially Bladderwack
      helps a lot.

      I also take things that help to de-stress the system.

      Kava-kava
      Gotu Kola
      Chamomile
      Lavender
      St. John's Wort
      Valerian
      Flax seeds
      almonds or almond oil etc.

      Raw foods help a lot. I absolutely do not use non-organic dairy. I am even picky with the organic dairy that I buy for not all organic companies allow a healthy diet and lifestyle for the cows. I would recommend, if you can do it, getting off dairy completely for a while. It helps slow down the hair growth. Only do organic foods and cut out sugar. If you want to do sugar than I have found maple syrup, honey, agave to be better substitutes. I also found Rapunzel Rapadura to be an excellent and more nutritious substitute for regular sugar.

      Don't forget exercise especially Yoga helps a lot. And so does meditation. Creating a soothing sacred environment in you home and work place if possible really helps to heal the mind and body. We are really unaware of how our environment and the people we are around affects our bodies and minds.

      I would also recommend staying away from regular cleansers, bleaches, detergents and switching to more natural products that don't hurt the body. We may not realize it but they do end up in our system and affect the organs of hormone secretions. Minimizing use of plastic, styrofoam and other such volatile materials that break down easily and get into our food, water and body directly affect our hormonal health. I no longer use plastic bottles or eat in or with plastic materials. I no longer use the microwave to heat food. I filter my water with a reverse osmosis filter which is very important.

      By the way, a lot of the hormones injected into the cows get defecated and urinated out of the their system and end up in our water supply. It takes months for them to break down and they don't get filtered out before they come through our tap.

      Also, doing liver, kidney and colon cleanses helps quite a bit. Liver health and balance is really important for metabolizing all the hormones and what not in our system.

      These are some ways that have helped and are still helping me to heal from hypothyroidism and hirsutism. It takes time but it works.

  46. QUESTION:
    what are some natural/ herbal remedies for jaw pain?
    my husband recently had his wisdom teeth removed and in doing so they needed to dislocate the right side of his jaw. He is experiencing a lot of pain. I've been on line searching for herbal/natural remedies for his jaw pain but i can't find anything substantial. Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      comin from a redneck from the south - a can of copenhagen.

  47. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies/herbs for a sluggish thyroid?
    I believe I may have a underactive thyroid. I have many of the symptoms, but I don't want to go on a synthetic drug and be stuck on it for the rest of my life. Is there anyone here who has tried any natural or herbal remedies for a sluggish thyroid? Did it help? Thank you for any responses.

    • ANSWER:
      hi there :)

      everyone has given great advice, and the bladderwrack really is the best. i was recently diagnosed with endometriosis, and according to my blood tests, my thyroid level is fine but is on the low end and i have been having hypo symptoms as well. i am genetically wired to have hypothyroid--my mom, grandma and great grandma all have/had it (my ggma died of goiter!), so unless i take some action it will only get worse. yesterday i went to see a naturopath, and she immediately knew i had low thyroid and put me on a bladderwrack/wild lettuce/irish moss tincture, along with some other supplements since the thyroid is involved in hormone production which has been part of my endometriosis problem. they're all connected.

      i would suggest, if you can afford it, to get your thyroid checked with your regular doctor, and then take those results to a naturopath. most insurance does not cover the naturopath, but it cost me less than 0 to see one (not including the supplements). most are willing to work with you, because they are genuinely concerned about your health. by seeing the naturopath you can make sure you're getting exactly the amounts you need so you dont cause other problems! i definitely think it is worth it to have the advice and guidance of someone who understands how our bodies work a little better than we do.

      good luck and best of health to you!
      ~josey~

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for psoriasis?
    Natural remedies for taking the scales and patches away. What

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. If you google "natural remedies for psoriasis" you will see that there are many on the market. Omega-3 supplement (available in Vitamin section) is thought to be beneficial for psoriasis. For my psoriasis I use with great success the herbal ointment and spray from Champori.com Try it: it is fast and the effects last for months.
      Best,
      Bernadette

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any herbal/homeopathic remedies for eye strain and the accompanying headaches?
    Natural remedies only, please.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a headache due to eye strain take the Homeopathic remedy NATRIUM MUR in 30 potency three times a day half an hour before or after meals and keep me posted about your progress after taking it for atleast three days.

      Here are more Homeopathic remedies for headache and migraines due to different reasons and with different symptoms :-

      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT(s) FOR SINUSITIS / HEADACHES / MIGRAINES (Without any side effects or complications) :-

      SINUSITIS :-

      Right sided frontal sinusitis; discharge thick, yellowish; worse by cold,damp and exertion Penicillinum 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Sinusitis after mastoid operation Helka lava 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      In acute or chronic sinusitis; catarrh with stringy discharge Kali Bich 30X 4 hourly

      Tearing pain in head; from root of nose, extending to forehead with nausea; dryness of mucous passages Natrum Mur 30X, 4 hourly

      Pain begins at the back of head and settles over the eyes; worse under a fan Silicea 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic cold with loss of smell and yellow green phlegm; better in cool, open air Pulsatilla 30X or 200X 4 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200X or 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints worse early morning; aversion to take bath Sulphur 200X weekly (3 Doses)

      HEADACHE :-

      With constant nausea; clean tongue Ipecac 30X, 3 hourly

      With severe throbbing and rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30X, 3 hourly

      Due to over eating; stomach disorders; tongue thickly whitish coated; worse bathing specially after river bathing Antim Crud 30X or 200 4 hourly(3 Doses)

      Due to exposure to dry, cold wind; sudden with anxiety Aconite Nap.30X or 200X, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      With watering of eyes and sensitiveness to bright light Euphrasia 30X, 3 hourly

      Headache; better by bending backwards; due to nerve injury Hypericum 30X, 3 hourly

      Headache with humming in ears; due to nervous weakness Kali Phos.6X or 30X, 3 hourly

      Hammering headache; worse during menstrual cycle going in sun; school girls head ache, Natrum Mur.30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      Headache starts from nape of neck and shift over to the head; patient desires to lie down quietly; better passing urine Gelsemium 30X or 200X, 3 hourly

      Violent headache due to working under gas light; sun-stroke Glonoine 6X or 30X, 2 hourly

      Bursting headache; worse by stooping and movements; excessive thirst and constipation Bryonia 30X or 200X, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nervous headache; after grief, disappointment; worse inhaling smoke Ignatia 200X or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Headache; due to sinusitis, pressure and pain at the root of nose Kali Bich 30X, 4 hourly

      Due to eating rich fatty food, loss of thirst, better in open cold air Pulsatilla 30X, 4 hourly

      Due to eye strain; disturbances of accomodation of eye sight Ruta Grav 30X, 4 hourly

      After taking alcoholic drinks; sedentary habits; chilly patient Nux Vomica 30X, 4 hourly

      Sun haedcahe; aggravation from sun rise to sunset; from cardiac origin Kalmia Lat.30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Of school children; crushing headache, pressure on top of head Acid Phos 30, 4 hourly

      Headache localised; at the nape of neck; worse by walking and noise Pneumococcin 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Frontal headache; neuralgic pain above and behind the right eye; heaviness of head. Better by rest, lying down and eating Penicillinum 30X or 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Headache worse early morning;empty gone sensation at 10 -11 A.M. Sulphur 200X or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      MIGRAINES :-

      From mental work; cold, uncovering head, pressure, sitting upright or sun-stroke Glonoinum 30X, 3 hourly

      For nervous, gastric, bilious individuals. Migraine due to mental over exertion in teachers and students. Right sided, specially Sunday migraine, blurred vision, hemiopia; blindness; often burning pain in entire gastro-intestinal tract with violent acid vomiting at the height of attack; worse hot weather; spring and fall; better after vomiting or sufficient night sleep Iris v.200X or above, 10 min (3 Doses)

      For irritable hypochondriacs of bad temper; cholerics, neuropathics; from abuse of alcohol, coffee, spices, tobacco, vexation and worry, mental over exertion, business worries, sexual excesses, sedentary habits, cold dry air and winds Nux Vomica 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

      For pronounced vasomotor individuals (irritable and full of fear) during pre-climacteric and menopausal stage.Tired expression, head congestion, circumscribed red cheeks; pain above right eye, throbbing, stitching, rhythmic pain, often in every 8 days, early morning, beginning in nape, extending upwards, locating in the region of eye, rising and falling with the sun; sensation of heavy congestion Sanguinaria C 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      For weak, fat and irritable patient; often apathetic, changing moods, strange changes of character (egocenteric), memory weak, due to disturbance during climacteric period, results of tobacco abuse. Person with shallow complexion, yellow saddle across the nose; pain located on left temple; throbbing, stitching pains Sepia 200X, 10 min (3 Doses)

      For neuropathic persons, full of fear caused by noises, change of weather or worms; with face pale, located above left eye; specially left pupil (ciliary neuralgia); sharp, shooting, tearing, stitching, periodical pain from occiput to left eye; slowly rising in intensity with sun. Bile vomiting at the height of attack, slowly improving with setting sun. Feeling as if head were open along sagittal suture Spigelia 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Left sided; worse during and after sleep; before menstruation; heat; during menopause Lachesis 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Intercurrent remedy Bacillinum 200X or 1M, fortnightly (3 Doses) .

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      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.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine
      Feel free to email me if you do not understand anything or if you want to discuss anything.

      Take Care and God Bless you !

  50. QUESTION:
    where other then on the internet can you buy kc defense?
    my dog has what i think may be kennal cough and i would really like to know where in this country you can buy the natural herbal remedy for kennal cough kc defense i can only see that you can buy it in america please help.

    • ANSWER:
      your dog should've beent treated for that through vaccinations. go see your vet


all natural herbal remedies

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement For Men

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a feeling of crawling and itching in my arms and legs from menopause?

    Does anyone have a remedy for this menopause snymtom? I can't sleep at night - have tried moisture creams anti itch creams - the only relief I get is during the day when I active and moving around.

    • ANSWER:
      if you had a tubal ligation, go here: http://bikerchick.freehomepage.com.com/guest_book.html

      if not, here is some info:

      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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      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/

      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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      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
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  3. QUESTION:
    Would Alzhimers patients benefit from hormone replacement?
    My doctor...in Augusta, Georgia wrote an article about the benefits of testosterone and estrogen. I have no ovaries because my mother, aunt and grandmother all died from ovarian cancer. I receive replacement hormones usually every 6 months but waited 10 months and unfortunately had every side effect...Heart palpitations, memory loss, sweating, melancholia, dry skin, dry eyes, asthma, lethargy, dizziness and sensitivity to noise, lights as well as a very sensitive parasympathetic system..

    My dad has the onset of alzhimers and thought he could use testosterone replacement.

    My doctor treats men too and there was a guy there yesterday who said his Testosterone level was at 100 when he started. He began being treated 10 years ago and he says he feels 18 again. He looked great...His skin, hair, eyes and I believe he was in his 50's. Women lose estrogen as they age but men also lose testosterone as they age.

    If you want to know more please contact me through my email.

    http://jeffreydach.com/2010/02/19/bioidentical-hormones-relieve-anxiety-by-jeffrey-dach-md.aspx

    This is not my doctor, but the article was easier to read.
    By the way...I have been on this therapy for 12 years.

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly; anxiety and the memory interference affects of anxiety most people know. The article is scientifically sound. While E2 supplementation may alleviate incidences of memory loss or the accompanying mood disorders, nutritional counter measures should not be excluded from treatment to compensate age related digestion and thereby nutritional intake degradation; nutrition transferring epithelial membranes when physically degrading allow to pass 'Beta-amyloid a fragment from a larger protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP), a transmembrane protein that penetrates through the neuron's membrane.' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer%27s_disease#Biochemistry

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amyloid_precursor_protein

      'Amyloid precursor protein (APP) is an integral membrane protein expressed in many tissues and concentrated in the synapses of neurons. Its primary function is not known, though it has been implicated as a regulator of synapse formation[2], neural plasticity[3] and iron export.[4]' 'Iron export' significant for women.

      'In Alzheimer's disease, an unknown process causes APP to be divided into smaller fragments by enzymes through proteolysis.[61]' Enzymes from where? assumption: Not supposed to be there. Elastic membrane break down?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elastin

      PS Mucuna pruriens contains serotonin, the neuro end gain of E2.

  4. QUESTION:
    Wife can no longer achieve orgasm. Going through menopause is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, i don't even want a man around, so you are lucky. here are some hormones she can try:

      http://www.biogenesis-antiaging.com/p37/Estrogen-Natural-(Esnatri)/product_info.html

      http://www.biogenesis-antiaging.com/p68/Progesterone-(Transmist)/product_info.html
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      hormone info:

      if you had a tubal ligation, go here: http://bikerchick.freehomepage.com.com/guest_book.html

      if not, here is some info:

      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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      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/

      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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      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
      http://cgi.ebay.com/Vitex-Chaste-Berry-Tincture-Organic-50ml_W0QQitemZ280032012520QQihZ018QQcategoryZ101965QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

      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
      http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&from=R10&satitle=ovulex&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=92111&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search

      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
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      http://www.amazon.com/Ageless-Naked-Truth-Bioidentical-Hormones/dp/0307237249

      http://tinyurl.com/yo2zfo

  5. QUESTION:
    Antiaging agents,do they really benefit people? For how much period one should take these pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, of course, most products have been only out for a few years, so there aren't any long-range studies to refer to. However, there are enough studies of active seniors to know that the youngest looking and acting and healthiest ones all have one thing in common...levels of human growth hormone (HGH) that are normally associated with younger adults. What is still being learned is the best ways to raise those levels.

      While he strongly advocates exercise to raise hormone levels, when that isn't enough, my friend who is an anti-aging physician prefers to recommend hormone-raising "precursors." Products that give the body the nutrients it needs to raise the hormones on their own. DHEA and stacked amino acids are his first line of recommendations. There are HGH replacement products, but he only recommends those for clients with significantly low levels.

      Another factor that influences HGH are maintaining healthy levels of the sex hormones...male and female. Women should seriously consider bioidentical hormone replacement (over Premarin/Prempro). Men should consider testosterone gels.

      He also encourages his clients to get periodic hormone level tests to make sure they aren't overdoing it. While there are blood tests you can get from a doctor, there are saliva tests that you can get now and mail in to a lab for testing.

      Hope that helps.

  6. QUESTION:
    Weight loss, no appetite, hormone imbalance?
    Ok so not to go into extreme detail but I'm 28, 98lbs and 5"4. This is my normal. I've struggled with weight gain all my life. I just found out I'm happy when I'm on my period and during pregnancy (2kids). So dr says hormone imbalance. Okay well im3 months pp right now. I've lost all my baby weight and extra weight. I'm breastfeeding. But I'm struggling :( I've lost more weight, I have no appetite, by the way I'm not depressed (Im lying either), I'm tired and exhausted (sickness going around)... I honestly think I have a problem. This has been going on for yrs. my body loves when I'm about 105-110 but I can never get there not prego. Any ideas? I do ensures and meals but not big ones. But then sometimes I can't even get myself to eat :( again I'm happy not depressed. (I know what baby blues are, had them with my first) , I really don't wanna give up breastfeeding but I feel like I'm on a path that is leading to it

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  7. QUESTION:
    do both men and women go though menopause? or just women and why? what happens to men when they are old if not?

    • ANSWER:
      Male menopause is called Andropause.

      Women don’t corner the market on hormonal decline. Men have a drop off in their hormone levels as well. It may not be as “in your face” as our lovely menopause, but it is just as important to take it seriously!

      Here are some of the symptoms of andropause: fatigue, low energy, depression and anxiety, irritability, memory loss and low sex drive.

      The best treatment for this is to replace testosterone. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is available for men just as it is available to women to replace their estrogen.

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    What is his problem and what the hell to do?? I feel like giving up!!!?
    I have been with my boyfriend for almost two years now. I don't think we EVER had a honeymoon stage to our relationship. Not having sex has been an issue. I have brought it up several times...He says he IS largely still attracted to me and yet...Sex is severly lacking in our relationship. We don't go out much and he doesn't make out with me. He is very affectionate. He always holds my hand when we're out, touches me when we watch tv together etc. I am very frustrated. Today he asked me what was wrong. I took the time to tell him how I feel. I feel frustrated and hurt, like he doesn't want me. He then went on to tell me that he doesn't want to have to kiss me all the time and try to get me in the mood (he said this is too much work). He also told me that he doesn't stop by my house during the day to spend time with me and have sex because he doesn't want to feel obligated to spend 4 hours with me (this really hurt me!!!). I would hope a man would want to kiss me, romance me, spend time getting me in the mood, and want to spend time with me after making love. I know that men and women are different and my boyfriend isn't the greatest communicator in the world, but I am sitting here feeling awful and not sure that I can continue in this relationship. I feel like I'm not a human being to him with feelings and needs of my own. I feel like my needs and feelings are a chore to him. I need help sorting my feelings out and making a decision here. I cannot be in a sexless relationship. I have never had a problem in any other relationship before...Nothing like this. It seems to me he has problems with intimacy, emotional intimacy and how to treat a woman. He also suffers from low testosterone (probably affecting his libido) and has consistently put off going to the urologist to deal with the low T and enlarged prostate problem that he has. What does it seem like the problem is to you? What would you do if you were me? ...I am at my wits end.

    • ANSWER:
      I was thinking a lot of things and then I read the last bit about his low testosterone level. If it's effecting his libido that might be why it is a big chore for him. If you think about it, sex is not an easy thing, but since it is so exciting/fun the work is more than worth it. But with a lower sex drive it will be a chore for him. How old is your man? Because low testosterone and enlarged prostate occurs in older men.
      You need to get him to see the urologist, because it is not only effecting him but it's affecting you. If he refuses then it is his own fault, and you will have to break up with him. But communicate with him and ask him why he doesn't want to see the urologist.
      Please check the links in the sources.

      "Low libido in men or low sex drive is a common symptom of andropause. Just as low levels of testosterone can inhibit erectile function, testosterone has a strong effect on sex drive in men. In a man's brain there exist testosterone stimulating nerves. Sex drive in men starts with the release of testosterone which stimulates the receptors in the brain to release nitric oxide. Nitric oxide in turn relaxes the muscles of the penis to allow blood flow for an erection. Low testosterone levels common in andropause result in reduced levels of the hormone available to stimulate the nerves in the brain and induce sexual desire and in turn erectile function. Essentially, without adequate testosterone, low sex drive in men is common.
      Other Causes of Low Libido in Men
      A man's lifestyle, particularly nutrition and fitness also has a large impact on sexual desire. Smoking and drinking are infamous for their negative impact on libido in men. A healthy diet and regular exercise not only contribute to better blood flow and hence sexual function, but also supply energy and an overall feeling of wellness that increase sexual desire. High levels of estrogen in men can also have a negative impact on male sexual desire. Additionally, it is important to note that a healthy and happy relationship with your partner is also vital to sexual desire.
      The Solution
      Natural bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy coupled with a customized nutrition and fitness plan is an effective treatment for low sex drive in men. Andropause related testosterone deficiencies are easily replenished with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy offered by BodyLogicMD. Your expert BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone physician will also be able to correct any other hormone deficiencies or excess in your body that may cause other symptoms or contribute to a low sex drive. The first step is to get your hormones tested, you do not have to accept low libido, low energy and muscle loss as inevitable; these signs of aging are also signs of low testosterone.
      Contact the BodyLogicMD bioidentical hormone therapy physician nearest you to schedule an appointment and learn more about male low libido treatment that includes bioidentical hormone replacement with BodyLogicMD can be used to relieve the effects of testosterone and low libido in men."

  10. QUESTION:
    A friend's back, in need of a scratch?
    So, a person I know has major scoliosis, which is causing sciatica, and a quadruple vertebral fusion from being morbidly obese. He is very ambulatory, which is what Doctors believe to be the problem. With his weight (well over 400LBS) he shouldn't be moving like he does without losing weight, but his weight remains fairly static regardless of physical exertions.
    Despite the many biological reasonings for this (his thyroid and hormone panels came back as normal), I want to know if there are any surgical procedures that are being toyed around with that could prevent him from becoming paralyzed from this condition, even if only temporarily. I imagine that if he were to become bound to a chair or bed, he'd almost certainly die, from either his health or his own will...
    I'm not sure if the first poster actually read the question, but thanks for your time...?
    To CC.
    Bariatric surgery isn't plausible for him, you have to drastically reduce caloric intake with those surgeries and the amount of calories needed to keep his body from chewing away skeletal muscle (the first thing to go in times of need, not fat) is well over the amount he can eat in a day after such a surgery.

    His biochemistry is stuck in the stone age, his body thinks if it doesn't perserve all of what he doesn't use then he will die, but it's killing him. He also refuses to do cosmetic surgeries such as liposuction...
    Should've added this, didn't think about it...

    Heart problems run in his family, as well, so should his body start to chew away muscle, he could be speeding along his meeting with the wooden box...
    Problem is that he is not bed ridden, which is why he has the problem in the first place. He shouldn't be moving around, playing sports, and so on at his weight, but he does.

    You'd think that it would make him lose weight, but it does not. Otherwise, however, he is healthy. Cholesterol is great, blood sugar is fine. His body doesn't want to lose the weight, and the more calories he burns, the more of what he eats is converted into fat.
    I'm sorry, I don't mean to shoot everything down, but he's stubborn, very stubborn. We've had all these conversations a million times before.

    I just wanted to know if there was something I was missing...
    Interesting, thank you.

    But, I'm not sure it applies, he's only 19. And it's hard enough to get him to see one doctor, let alone an array of them.

    I kind of need incontrovertible proof that something applies to him. Not something he can shoot down...

    Because if he can, he will.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe he should look into gastric bypass (bariatric) surgery, but tell him to really do his homework on it because that surgery can be very dangerous. He can also go see a natural doctor who specializes in bioidentical hormones. It could be his hormones are messed up, toxins in his body, chemical Imbalances, ect and a natural doctor can run some tests and possibly help him with natural remedies, hormone replacement, cleanses, supplements, ect. Below are some websites I found in a quick search. Good luck.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gastric-bypass/HQ01465

      http://naturalbiohealth.com/

      That one guy...
      He probably couldn't get lipo anyway, it could be very dangerous at his weight. There are people who have been even heavier than your friend, and bed ridden who have lost weight. If he really wants to do it than he has to follow whatever it is he is told to do, only I would not go to a regular doctor. Have him go to a natural doctor who specializes in bioidentical hormones, and weight loss, maybe a nutritionist too. Do a search for someone in his area and ask him to just go and see what they say. I hope he finds help before it's too late.

      EDIT:
      It really does sound like his hormones are messed up, yes, men get hormone deficiency. There are so many different hormones besides testosterone that men have like pregnenlone, DHEA, melatonin, HGH, Thyroid, adrenals, cortisol, insulin, rogestrone & even estrogen. As we age we lose hormones, they continue to decrease and then we suffer from many things, one of them being unexplained weight gain that we cannot control no matter how good we eat and if we exercise or not. Men go through what is called andropause, and it can start in your early thirties now. When you get checked at a mainstream doctor like he did, and they do blood work, they will come back, as they did, saying that your hormone levels are normal. Ok, normal for what? What they mean is normal for his age, so if you are in your thirties, middle aged, or older, then what that really means is that you actually have declined hormones because as we age our hormones decrease, and decreased hormones are normal for men thirties and up. The good news is that we now have doctors out there who know this and can replace these hormone deficiencies back to normal, and we don't have to suffer the problems associated with this decline in hormones anymore. All you have to do is get checked by a good bioidentical ND and find out what hormones are down and get them replaced with bioidentical hormones to bring them to where they should be, where they were in your younger years. Never take the synthetic hormones because they are very bad for you and can cause even more problems. I'm telling you to talk with him about this possibility and ask him to go see an ND who specializes in bioidentical hormones. It could be a combination of hormones, toxicity, chemical imbalance, the correct supplementation for him, and nutrition.

  11. QUESTION:
    Anti Aging?
    What are your three best tips for feeling good and staying young.. foods, supplements etc..

    • ANSWER:
      The most important key to anti-aging revolves around optimizing your body's production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) by staying as close to your ideal weight as possible, exercise, and healthy eating.

      For people 40+ years old, in addition to healthy food, nutrition includes taking HGH precursors to provide the body with the necessary nutrients and supportive hormones to optimize HGH production. This includes DHEA, stacked amino acids, and when need based on blood (or saliva) tests...bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (this includes testosterone for men).

  12. QUESTION:
    what do you older ladies take for bad hotflashes? for menopause? i cant take estrogen,?
    hotflashes
    ohhh im 53 years old & had a hysterectomy a year ago & been going bad threw crying spells, mood swings, & bad hot flashes & night sweats, i do take just soy tablets but doesnt do a whole lot

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that HRT was based upon taken natural estrogens, tinkering with them slightly, in order to produce biologically unprecedented analogues that could be patented and granted exclusive rights, allowing for incredibly high profits. This was an experiment that went awefully wrong. It turned out that it caused greater risk for cancer, stroke and heart attack. The real irony is that the natural estrogens they started from, like the kind in black cohosh or soy leaf, or in flaxmeal are safe and capable of protecting us from cancer....but being that Mother Nature holds no patents, no doctor was interested in recommending these heavily researched phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are relatively weak, but are capable of blocking out the action of synthetic or endogenously produced powerful estrogens, which can cause unregulated cell division, and other side effects like weight gain, stroke, etc. The other side of the coin, though is progesterone, a "master" or "mother" hormone that actually is converted into estrogen in the body, and is itself a good remedy for hot flash, unexplained weight gain, mood imbalance, week bones, etc......it is actually the only safe way to put unopposed estrogen in check. But, make sure you get it either from someone who practices bioidentical hormone testing and replacement, or a health food store where they have mexican yam derived progesterone which is bioidentical to the way you produce it. If you need a good reference check out Christine Northrope's "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom." She covers all the bases quite well, and being that she is a Female, she understands far better than any man.

  13. QUESTION:
    i keep having hot flushes at same time each day 4 past year im 37 and had my hormones checked and there fine s

    • ANSWER:
      if you had a tubal ligation, go here: http://bikerchick.freehomepage.com.com/guest_book.html

      if not, here is some info:

      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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      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/

      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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      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

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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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      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
      http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&from=R10&satitle=ovulex&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=92111&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search

      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....
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      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
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      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
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  14. QUESTION:
    I keep having hot flushes at the same time every day for the past year im 37 and had my hormones checked and?

    • ANSWER:
      if you had a tubal ligation, go here: http://bikerchick.freehomepage.com.com/guest_book.html

      if not, here is some info:

      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.
      ________________________

      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/

      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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      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
      http://cgi.ebay.com/Vitex-Chaste-Berry-Tincture-Organic-50ml_W0QQitemZ280032012520QQihZ018QQcategoryZ101965QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

      http://www.raysahelian.com/chasteberry.html

      http://www.herbal-powers.com/vichbe.html
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      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
      http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&from=R10&satitle=ovulex&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=92111&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search

      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....
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      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
      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      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

  15. QUESTION:
    FSH Level High 100.6 and LH LEVEL 154 2?
    What is making my level so high I am in menopause the results are off the chart
    I am 53, Had 7 miscarriages in my younger years. The misses happened in the 2nd tri. So I did have a lot of problems. I was blessed to have 3 children,all adults now,healthy. So this brings me to NOW. High #'s. What does this mean. Ovarian failure is that dangerous?

    • ANSWER:
      My FSH just tested at 104 last week. It seems my ovaries have shut down and my adrenals are trying their best to get them started which explains that number. I am 47 with thyroid problems and tubal ligation at 18. Dr says these caused premature ovarian failure. I have to have hormones...I feel like crap! If your younger then you should talk to someone and have ALL your hormones tested...Then seek natural hormone replacement. Research these things on the internet don't just put your life into the hands of a man/woman. Be informed or you can spend years never getting better because lets face it...doctors aren't gods. ..They don't know everything and many are trained to dispense a chemical drug that covers your symptoms. My Dr offered me antidepressants...thankfully I researched for 10 days before my appt after getting test results or I Would have just accepted his prescription. I'm going with the bioidenticals. Good luck....hope you get better soon.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does mtf hormone therapy make you infertile ?
    I want to go on male-to-female hormone replacement therapy (just to soften my face and have more of a feminine shape) - however I didnt go through with it as I heard it makes you infertile - I've come across some transgender woman who, however stop hormones for a short period and then conceive a child normally (without sperm banking) is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Shane with one further caution: Some people don't get any facial change from hormones at all.

      So you want to "soften your face" at the risk of:

      Possibly permanent sterility

      Loss of normal male sexual function

      Shrinkage of your penis and testicles

      Difficulty getting an erection or maybe even loss of the ability to do so.

      Loss of upper body strength

      Increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (which can kill you)

      You must be very desperate to think this is wise.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do i begin Hormone Replacement Therapy?
    I've finally decided to begin my transition (male-to-female) and i need to know how to begin, as i understand i need to begin with Hormone Replacement therapy and i wanted to know how i should go about doing that in Idaho (specifically, i live at the university of idaho at moscow). Thank you all in advance ~<3

    • ANSWER:
      Do what Tyler said and also read this guide, It will explain side effects, changes, dosages etc etc

      http://transhealth.vch.ca/resources/library/tcpdocs/consumer/hormones-MTF.pdf

      this Pdf will guide you through the processes of obtaining hormones

      http://transhealth.vch.ca/resources/library/tcpdocs/consumer/getting_hormones.pdf

  3. QUESTION:
    What the first thing you notices when you start hrt?
    When a male to female transsexual start on hrt (Hormone replacement therapy) what is the first thing they notices that happens to their body?
    16 hours ago - 3 days left to answer.

    • ANSWER:
      that feeling of rightness.

      a dramatic improvement in my complexion. nice skin, generally. this was the first thing other people noticed.

      heightened emotions.

      that little pot of fat on my lower abdomen.

      breast tenderness, larger areolae.

  4. QUESTION:
    What the first thing you notices when you start hrt?
    When a male to female transsexual start on hrt (Hormone replacement therapy) what is the first thing they notices that happens to their body?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Kristine. The first thing I felt was being mentally whole. As I wrote my brother at the time: "I think I've found the missing ingredient in my recipe". I felt better from Day 1 and have never looked back. As far as my body goes... I noticed some tingling in the nipples after about 11 or 12 days.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I tell my doctor I want to start HRT?
    I am an 18 year old male who wishes to be a female

    I would like to start hormone replacement therapy as soon as possible.
    I have anxiety about telling my doctor this because I'm not sure what his reaction may be; as everyone has their own qualms about Gender reassignment.

    I really want to start HRT but my own anxiety is keeping me from doing so.
    How can I go about telling my doctor I want to start this process?

    • ANSWER:
      first....see a therapist well versed in gender issues. honey, if you are so afraid of it that you have qualms with talking with your doctor about it, you are not nearly ready.

      transition is about getting out there and living it.....all day, every day...in all circumstances and situations. talking with a professional medical provider is THE safest place on earth to be.....if you are afraid of that, you are way, way too afraid to face hrt and transition.

      you need to do a whole lot of work.....and then you'll not only be up to talking with your doctor about it, you'll be up to telling her with dignity and self confidence....like an adult capable of making such decisions, not like a scared, confused child.

      transition ain't for sissies.

      much love and hope. pj

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have very sensitive breasts if you're transgender?
    I'm a transgender (male-to-female) and have been on hormone replacement therapy for about 8 months now, and my breasts feel very sensitive (it hurts to hug someone too hard, or put much pressure on them). Is this normal? This is all very new to me, and I really want to make sure it's nothing to worry about!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's very normal; your breasts will feel hypersensitive for a while.
      It will settle down, although they will always be more sensitive than they were before.

      I'm surprised that your family doctor or endocrinologist didn't explain this, and the other effects of these medicines, to you before prescribing hormone therapy for you; perhaps you need to discuss this with him or her.

  7. QUESTION:
    Will taking estrogen pills make me look like a female?
    I'm a transgendered male (17 years old) and I'm considering Hormone Replacement Therapy or taking Estrogen pills (which seems like a simpler process than HRT). What's the difference between them, which is better, and will either of them make me look like a female?

    • ANSWER:
      Diane gave a fine answer, but she didn't address one key point:

      If you want to take estrogen you are probably NOT a transgender male. This is a page with some pictures of trans men:

      http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/TSsuccesses/TransMen.html

      If you want to take estrogen, which is hormone replacement therapy, you are a transgender female. because of the many negative side effects you shouldn't take estrogen unless you plan on transitioning. What side effects? Well if you are simply a cross-dresser and not a transsexual woman estrogen can and will do the following:

      Destroys your normal male sexual response.
      Makes erections more difficult or even impossible.
      Shrink your penis and testicles.
      Possibly render you sterile.
      Make you more prone to blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, both of which can kill you.

      If you're fine with that... see a gender therapist and get referred for hormone replacement therapy.
      .

  8. QUESTION:
    How safe is hormone replacement therapy?
    Just how safe is it for a woman over 53 to take Hormone Replacement Therapy, have heard two GP give different opinions on this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sure there are a lot of dangers like most drugs.

      a search should turn up these

      here is one article..the institute of health did a study and said the risk of taking it outweigh the benefits as is correlated with increased breast cancer, strokes, Alzheimer's etc..also can be made of horse urine which also increases the risk

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5467345_dangers-hormonereplacement-therapy.html

      why not try a natural product..

      My sister had a lot of problems with hot flashes and was NOT a believer in natural treatments at all being in the health field but in desperation she tried this cream below I recommend and she told me all of them went away after she began using ti and was very happy and surprised that it worked so well

      It looks like this and may be found at some health food stores or online

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0PDoTCil0RPJnkAfdGJzbkF;_ylu=X3oDMTBlMTQ4cGxyBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDaW1n?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26ei%3DUTF-8%26fr%3Dytff1-tyc%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26tab%3Dorganic%26ri%3D2&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.raysahelian.com%2Fimages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.raysahelian.com%2Fprogesterone.html&size=21.1+KB&name=Natural+Progesterone+Cream+by+Source+Naturals&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=5ced1e16b6ba7a381811faabf2d007d7&fr2=tab-web&fr=ytff1-tyc&tt=Natural%2BProgesterone%2BCream%2Bby%2BSource%2BNaturals&b=0&ni=32&no=2&tab=organic&ts=&sigr=11c5i2fme&sigb=13s3hj9c1&sigi=11bee8lui&.crumb=SjKDKKhlzhI

      another super great product is Dr Schulze's female formulas and his products are I feel are the best on the market

      https://www.herbdoc.com/index.php/Our-Products?cid=15

      click on product info for each and find the one.s you feel best apply ..be sure to click on each of the tags at the top of the popup..how it works why you need it and so forth to be sure you read all the info on it (you would want either female formula or female shot not female plus which is more for pms than menopause)

      and more info on these are found here

      http://curezone.com/schulze/handbook/female.asp

      I never took anything and other than some hot flashes in peri- menopause that I did not realize what they were as AI was so young I have had no symptom,s at all and never took drugs or natural treatments and have been 12 years since menopause.So putting all these women on this for years and harming them is so not necessary not with these natural treatments.

      why take a risk..if you are the one who winds up with breast cancer which I have had and it is not fun or strokes yikes it will prove to be a costly mistake more than buying these products would be

  9. QUESTION:
    Do endocrinologists accept referral letters for HRT from online therapists?
    I am looking for a therapist to provide a referral letter for HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and it seems that the online therapists are less expensive than seeing one in person. My question is will a endocrinologist or PCP accept a referral letter from them? I am starting HRT to transition from male to female. I am transgendered. If anyone has any advice or their own experience to offer I would really appreciate it....Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      All I can say is call and ask. Sorry I just don't know. I've only known a couple people who've used this route and they never really discussed this aspect of it.

  10. QUESTION:
    How hard would it be for a transgendered 16 year old to find a job?
    Im not going to stop being bitched at until I find a job.

    do you have any idea how hard it would be for a 16 year old MtF transsexual to find a job? in a place like tennessee? Im pretty passable, my voice is still a little off tho.
    thank you :)

    I live as a female full time and take hormone replacement therapy, so yeah i cant go as a boy.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll never know until you try.

      There are many jobs where you don't need to talk much. I don't see why your Transsexualism even has to be an issue, but knowing you Denver, you'll find a way to make it one.

  11. QUESTION:
    what is the youngest age you can star ftm hrt (hormone replacement therapy)?
    I'm fifteen years old and would like to start hormone replacement therapy from female to male what is the youngest age you can start?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that would depend on where you live. Some places allow younger ages than others. I have heard of people starting at 12 and 13. Here in the states I believe it used to be 18 but im sure its younger now. If you are seeing a gender therapist and they approve. You should at least be able to start hormone blockers that will prevent any further feminizing from developing. One thing about starting on T it will make you catch up physically male in a hurry so as long as you prevent any estrogen effects in the mean time you will be fine.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to differentiate between a shemale and a true women?
    One of my friends working in Thailand 6 years ago as a manager. While he was working there he meets a girl that is beautiful and meets his requirement. The girl is from Thailand. After 2 years in a relationship they decided to get married. So they took a blood test to test for any diseases such as (STD) sexual transmitted diseases, HIV, or Hepatitis. When the result were out it turn out to be that the women is actually a man that has gone a surgery to hormone replacement therapy and/or through breast augmentation , Sex reassignment surgery male-to-female, Hair removal, Facial Feminization Surgery and other surgical procedure . Have you or your friends ever encountered such crisis

    • ANSWER:
      Ewww god. "Crisis" is the right way to put it. What a bunch of gross shit - and even worse - the former woman didn't say anything about it.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are any transgendered people physically born that way?
    This question is about transgendered people. For instance are there people born & grow up looking like a woman, with breasts & stereotypical female shape, but with male genitalia? Or is this phenomenon caused by hormone replacement therapy later in life?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with Trinidad.

      Please do not listen to Snotalia as usual he has no clue about what he is talking about.

      Transsexualism is a congenital birth condition. A transsexual woman is born with a brain (gender identity) that reflects they are female and a body (sex) that reflects they are male. This is called a brain body mismatch. A transsexual woman must receive estrogen to grow breasts and for her body to be feminized she is not born that way. However she does have male genitalia between her legs. until she has Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS)

  14. QUESTION:
    I don't want to be transgendered. Is there anyway to stop or at least suppress the symptoms?
    I am currently 20 years of age and I have always felt that I was born the wrong sex. My gender identity is clearly female though I was born male. I have tried to repress these feelings for the past 14-15 years, however, it seems as though they continue to intensify and become more difficult to fight back as the years drag on. I feel a grandiose amount of both shame and guilt for harboring these feminine feelings as I know that I am supposed to feel rather opposite according to my assigned sex. I simply cannot deal with the thought that I will be stuck in this, a mans body, which I find repulsive in the extreme. Transitioning is not an option for me because I know that I would still be male. Regardless of surgical success or the success of a hormone replacement therapy, I would still carry the truth of the circumstance of my birth and the intransigent shame that persists to haunt me even now. I don't want this life. I don't want to be disgusted by my appearance. Most of all I don't want to WANT to be female. Is there ANY WAY at all to fix myself? For clarity's sake I am asking if there is anyway I can stop being this, for lack of a more appropriate term, freak? I've heard there has been a modicum of success with Electric Shock Therapy, though I am not well educated on the matter. It sounds rather archaic to me but if anyone can shed some light on that subject as well it would be most appreciated. I look forward to a response and thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      The first place you need to start is with professional counseling. There are websites and places dedicated to helping those in the LGBT community. I think they would be in the best position to listen to you and offer real advice and help without judgement. They've heard and seen it all before. They can help.

  15. QUESTION:
    would a diagnosis of schizotypal personality disorder interfear with my transiton from a male to female ts?
    I think i may have schizotypal personality disorder, maybe not idk, and I'm a male to female transsexual. would diagnosis of that fact interfere with my transition by hindering hormone replacement therapy or surgery in any way??
    w8? so ur saying that it could be my hormones causing the personality disorder? what about Ritalin or Zoloft? could those be affecting it?

    • ANSWER:
      A diagnosis of schizotypal disorder really is just a preliminary diagnosis to schizophrenia. The only difference is duration. Everyone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia was first diagnosed with schizotypal disorder.
      If your primary care physician for your sex change knows this I don't see that there would be any problem.
      I hope you get what you want and need. Good luck. I hope you have a good rest of your life. It shouldn't interfere unless your doctor gets the heeby jeebies because you may have mental problems. I hope not. I am schizophrenic and really one mental illness has nothing to do with feeling all of your life like you are the wrong sex.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why do men need need testosterone shots if they lose their testicles?
    Explain something to me.

    When a man loses his testicles, he is given hormone replacement therapy so that he can become aroused.

    But women have no testicles (obviously) and very little testosterone and we still have plenty of sexual urges.

    So is it really necessary for men to receive the hormones? Or can a man still become aroused without them?

    • ANSWER:
      Women have testosterone in their system as well, and it helps with their arousal. The various hormones work differently in male and female systems. A man can become aroused and function sexually even without testosterone. Notice all the hard-ons little boys can get, and all the mischief they sometimes get up to? Testosterone has other functions in the male body besides strengthening sexual arousal. Men get testosterone therapy to allow their body to function correctly.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can birth control be used for hormone replacement therapy?
    Okay so im a guy and im wanting to be a girl and i was wondering if birth control can do hormone replacement therapy??

    • ANSWER:
      It can have some effect, and so can using lavender soaps, but there are snags you should consider.

      First, it would not make you into a girl, but cause breast development, an awkward condition, as you would still have the broad shoulders of a male, ect.

      The hazard of female sex hormones (estrogens) is that if breast cancer runs in your family, then you have considerably increased your risks.

      Warning: some doctors prescribe spironolactone to promote breast development along with sex change surgery, but spionolactone promotes tumors called lipomas, that can occur anywhere, not just on the breasts, and this to can lead to breast cancer. I saw a man with a lump of fat on his face who was prescribed the drug for high blood pressure.

      http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric_disorders/sexuality_and_sexual_disorders/gender_identity_disorder_and_transsexualism.html

  18. QUESTION:
    How did people survive without hormone therapy?
    i am going through a hell thanks to a low testosterone problem, how did people survive before they created hormone replacement therapy

    I dont understand how some men in the past used to cut their balls off for various reasons

    how did these people survive
    well I know you can survive, but I feel like hell like I have no motivation to do anything, how did people survive and function before hormone replacement

    I imagine there were alot of suicides or people just starved to death

    • ANSWER:
      You can survive with low testosterone. You may not be able to reproduce, and you may take on female characteristics but, you can survive.

  19. QUESTION:
    Would you date a dude that happened to have been born female?
    First of all, ignore the avatar, this is my sisters' account.

    I am 18 years old and am going to college this coming fall. I am what is known as transgender, I was born a biological female, but I present, identify, and live as male. I going into college stealth, which means that nobody will know that I was ever born any differently than I am now. I was wondering how hard it will be to get a girlfriend. Obviously I would disclose this fact to her before pursuing a relationship, I've just never been in an environment before where everyone didn't already know about my situation.

    When people look at me, they have no idea that I wasn't born just a regular guy. I have been on testosterone hormone replacement therapy for over a year, I'm muscular, have a male-range voice, and a male body shape. I have also had chest reconstruction surgery, and so I have a male contoured flat chest with no visible scarring.

    Testosterone when introduced in female bodies lengthens and increases the girth of the clit, creating what appears as a micro-phallus. While it is small, it is possible to penetrate with, and I have strap-ons for those that are interested in sex.

    I was just wondering how many girls out there would be okay with dating a dude that just happens to not have been born with the right parts, and isn't know as anything other than a regular college guy.

    Thanks.
    Also I'm straight, so I like (straight) girls.

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    What happens if you give females a female hormone?
    They give transexual men who are becomming women the female hormones by pills or injections. They do this to help the man's body become more women like (deposit fat in the hips butt thighs and make breasts) etc, but what if they give this to a female? Would it cause her breasts to become bigger or her hips or butt to become bigger? what would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for transsexual women essentially starts the onset of female puberty.
      At first puberty brings on body changes due to accumulated hormone exposure, but the body only has so much potential for change. If a cissexual (ie. non-transexual) woman has already gone through puberty she might see very slight puberty changes but nothing significant. Transsexual women also don't see more significant changes after the first few years of hormone treatment.

      That said, many cissexual women do take lower dose HRT during menopause.

      It's also worth noting that if one is already producing estrogens, and takes _more_ estrogens, there is an increased risk of certain cancers by having such a high estrogen count.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to have breasts and (working) penis?
    I'm doing a little research in this area. The exact question is: How to develop a breast and have working penis without surgical interference?
    For now I don't have the answer to this because the HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is decreasing male potency and make the penis unusable. Resulting in sterility.
    Is there a way to deal with that?

    • ANSWER:
      Why would anyone want that combination?

      It sounds like you are a crossdresser who is caught up in a fantasy about having breasts. As Radgal suggested, there are a lot of problems with dealing with people if you have any significant breast development. A rule of thumb in the trans community is that once you hit an A cup size, it becomes very difficult to hide them. I know, I live part time as a female and have an A cup bust.

      Depending on where you live, you could rapidly become unemployed and unemployable. Many places lack laws to protect someone from discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

      Also, how do you explain this to your friends and family. You could wind up like many transsexual people, unemployed and disowned by your family. Is your fantasy worth that high of a price?

      Transsexuals transition out of necessity, not from chasing a fantasy.

      I would recommend that you stick with breast forms.

  22. QUESTION:
    Could male to female hormone replacement therapy cause breasts to grow in natural women?
    They make breasts grow in males, couldn't they also encourage breast growth in young women with minimal breast tissue? I understand there would be health risks, I'm just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      In theory Yes because it contains the necessary hormones for breast production.

  23. QUESTION:
    My best friend is menopausal and has been attacking me. Please help?
    We are right on the verge of stopping the relationship and I will be devastated if it does. I can't get through to her though.
    I read online that I should be extra caring with her but NOTHING explains how to deal with her making baseless (and vicious) attacks on me.

    I am virtually begging her to get hormone replacement therapy (and/or herbal remedies) but at least now nothing is getting through.

    The situation is REALLY bad right now and I'm feeling very sad and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Can you get one of her female friends to intervene on this? Perhaps a woman will listen to another woman on this matter.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the average cost of hormone replacement therapy with and without insurance?
    I've fianally decided to begin my transition (male-to-female) and i wanted to know what it would cost to begin HRT. I ask for both with and without insurance because i have a college based insurance plan (SHIP) and i am not sure if it will cover HRT (it covers gender identity counseling so IDK) Thank you all in advance ~<3

    P.S. i live in Moscow, Idaho.

    • ANSWER:
      My total cost per year is around 0.00 I inject my estrogen.

  25. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get hormones and witch one has better results in female hormones?
    the the thing is am a transwomen (male to female). i knew i was a a female since i was 3 years old. i been going to a therapist for about 3 months and i would like to know is how long does it take to get hormones ? One last thing witch one will give you better results in female hormones the fastest pills, shots, or the patch?

    • ANSWER:
      Ashley, you've asked versions of this question many times over the last 18 months.

      Depending on your situation, it usually takes 3-6 months to be referred for hormone replacement therapy.

      There is no one best method as everyone reacts to hormones differently. You need to evaluate the pluses and minuses of each and decide which you would like to try. And the endocrinologist is sure to have their own ideas of what they want to prescribe to you.

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As6oMKG17lGbYSR1NlZTumLty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100405102410AATjZ30

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AjRHN0icie.Qjs67K7cZKIbty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100531193614AAZJADb

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsSCBMoIYt60JBcD.o8fU9nty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100610110425AAYE3dm

      Repeating a question over and over will usually yield the same answers. Please talk with your therapist, you seem to be stuck on this issue.

  26. QUESTION:
    Would it be possible to extend the life of the female reproductive system with hormone replacement therapy?
    When a woman enters menopause she no longer has the ability to bear life and she is given synthetic hormones to help her body maintain the levels of the natural hormones she was used to producing. Since these synthetic hormones help to keep her system functioning at the level it had been accustomed to over the years, would it be possible then that we could also use synthetic hormones to extend the life of her reproductive system.

    • ANSWER:
      To be brief, women are born with a set number of eggs in her ovaries at birth and cannot create any additional eggs. As women age, their ovaries become depleted from ovulation through the years and the ovum tend to develop genetic mutations over time that could result in embryos that are not compatible with life or have severe birth defects. Thus, it is not possible to use synthetic hormones to extend life of the reproductive system. Also, even if an ovum was available, the sensitive balance of hormones in pregnancy would be highly difficult if not impossible to reproduce with synthetic hormones. Hope this helps.

  27. QUESTION:
    How much is male to female hormone therapy?
    How much does it usually cost lets say for a full year of hormone therapy? Where can this process be done? What else is required, or is there a page with all this info?

    • ANSWER:
      First, are you seeing a gender therapist? You have to see a gender therapist to be evaluated and diagnosed as being transsexual. If you don't have one a list of some can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      Next, sometime after you are diagnosed you will be referred to an endocrinologist. The endo will evaluate your health, do some lab work, discuss the options with you, prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and do follow-ups to check your progress and hormone levels. It is important to see an endocrinologist because hormones can be dangerous. Seeing a doctor and doing lab work helps minmize the risks of HRT.

      Next, to your original question. This question is much more complicated than you realize. The costs can vary widely depending on:

      Route of administration: Pills, patches, gels, implants or injectables.
      Manufacturer
      Country of origin
      Where you buy it (Retail pharmacy vs. compounding pharmacy)
      Whether insurance is involved
      Dose. Obviously the higher the dose, the more hormones you need.

      In general pills and injectables are the cheapest.
      In general injectables, patches and gels are the safest.
      In general injectables and implants are the most convenient.

      I would suggest you join an online support group to learn more. A couple such forums are:

      http://www.TrueSelves.com

      http://www.Susans.org/forums click "transsexual talk"

      That should get you started.

  28. QUESTION:
    How old do you have to be to get hormone replacement therapy?
    [Female to male]

    Also, where/how do you get it? Is it expensive?

    • ANSWER:
      Sir Alex is wrong. Per the internationally recognized Standards of Care the recommended age is 16:

      http://www.wpath.org/documents/Standards%20of%20Care%20V7%20-%202011%20WPATH.pdf

      In addition several endocrinologists around the country have started treating trans teens as young as 14. All that is needed is parental support/consent and an evaluation and diagnosis of transsexualism by a gender therapist.

      Here's a story on one such doctor:

      http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/03/30/qa_with_norman_spack/
      .

  29. QUESTION:
    What will happen if i take female hormones, for transsexuals?
    Hi all, i think, i could possibly be transsexul and im just posting this to ask what would happen to my body if i took female hormones and does age have any contribution to their effect on the body. I am not sure about dosage either but i am seriousley considering taking hormones so i can be who i want to be. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I am the myth buster.

      HRT (hormone replacement therapy) will not change your skeleton. That is a trans myth. You would have to have started hormones around age 6 or 7 for that to be true. The shape of a genetic male pelvis is set by age 12 and does NOT change. Wider hips are from soft tissue development, not bones. Trust me I take x-rays for a living, I know.

      HRT does NOTHING for your voice. We have to work very hard and practice, practice, practice to re-train our voice to sound more like it should have.

      In general the younger you start HRT the better, but that is not set in stone. I know somebody that started in their 50's and got great results. When it comes to HRT the rule you must always remember is YMMV (your mileage may vary).

      That said what did I experience?

      Softer, drier skin, less acne, finger nails more brittle

      Some weight gain-primariy in the hips, thighs and butt.

      Slight changes in senses of taste, smell, touch.

      Regrew some recently lost hair.

      My eye color changed (brown to hazel)

      Body hair reduction

      Facial grew more slowly (I did about 175hrs of facial electrolysis to get rid of it)

      Loss of male sexual function (yay!)

      Calmer

      Some loss of upper body strength

      Shrank one-half inch

      Loss one-half shoe size

      Breast growth

      As I said YMMV. See a therapist. After an evaluation they may refer you to an endocrinologist for HRT. Please do NOT self-medicate, hormones can be dangerous. You need to be monitored by a doctor and have lab work done to ensure you're at the appropriate dosage and not harming your liver.

      edit: Another HRT YMMV thing. After SRS your body may feminize further (no more testosterone)

  30. QUESTION:
    Gender reassignment,should I quit alcohol completely while on hormone replacement therapy?
    About to start testosterone blockers,and hopefully then female hormones with an aim of gender reassignment. Is any level of alcohol likely to interfere with its effectivness or are small volumes ok and if so how little?have been overdrinking a bit it's actually a good motivation for me to cut back...maybe to 5 drinks or under per week,or go teetotal for a while?...thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      It really not a good idea because the hormones already affect the kidney and liver ..... but all was talk to your doctor visit.... tsroadmap.com it help with hormone info.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does Estrogen Change Your Sexual Orientation?
    While a transgendered person, male-to-female, undergoes hormone replacement therapy, would the estrogen increase their attraction to males? I've been looking for this answer for days.

    • ANSWER:
      That is a myth!

      The object of affection for the vast majority of transsexual people remains unchanged.

      What about the remaining small minority?

      It's not hormones, it's finally coming to grips with your true sexual orientation. As a friend once said to me:

      You managed to deny your try gender for soooo long. What's to say you didn't do the same with your orientation?

      And my observations of the community bear that out. How? Because if it was the estrogen you would expect a big change shortly after starting, but you don't. What do we see? We see many people start experiencing a shift after they accept themselves but BEFORE they start hormones. Then there are some who notice a shift after starting hormones. And finally there are people who only notice a change much later, sometimes even years after SRS.

      Why does this happen? Because we all all different and come to terms with ourselves on our own time-table. For the record I was one of the ones who started noticing a change after I accepted myself and before hormones.

      Do a small number of transexual people experience an apparent shift in sexual orientation?

      YES. However, that change has much more to do with the process of self-acceptance/ coming out of denial than anything else.

      My 2¢

  32. QUESTION:
    Where can I get information on these transgender topics?
    Transwomen
    Hormone replacement therapy(male to female)
    Sex Reassignment Therapy(male to female)
    Sex Reassignment Surgery(male to female)
    Transitioning(male to female)
    Passing(male to female)

    • ANSWER:
      An exhaustive source of information (most from the perspective of transsexual women) is:

      http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/conway.html

      "Passing" is a flawed concept. It infers deception, which is not what transition is about. Transition is about authenticity. "Passing" also perpetuates the cycle of living for the approval of others. When we transition it's to be comfortable with ourselves, not others.
      .

  33. QUESTION:
    Transgenders: What happens when you get hormone replacement therapy?
    I think I am transgender so I want to know what happens in the therapy, and also what does the gender indentity person do to you?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't mention what sex you were assigned at birth (male or female) and what gender you identify as, so I don't know if you are a Male to Female transgender, or a female to male. Hormone replacement therapy helps your body to take on the secondary sexual characteristics of your chosen gender. Female to male transgenders (like myself) that take testosterone find that their voice deepens, facial hair thickens, darkens and grows, body hair starts (back hair was a shock lol), muscles get bigger and thicker. Male to female transgenders that take estrogen will experience breast growth, shrinkage of testicles and penis, sometimes to the point of being unable to gain an erection, and more things that I can't think of at the moment because this is not my area of expertise. In both, the fat in your body is redistributed to give the body and face a more masculine or feminine appearance, depending on which hormones you are taking.

      But if you are asking what happens in gender therapy, that depends largely on your therapist. But typically the therapist will ask you about your feelings of identifying outside of your assigned gender, help you with coming out to family and friends if you have not yet done so, and help you cope with the emotional aspect of transitioning. Because, outside of the physical changes that hormone therapy causes, it also causes you to see the world through the eyes of your chosen gender. Female to male transgenders, like myself, begin to see the world from a masculine perspective and do not experience the range of emotions that they did before hormones. For male to female transgenders on estrogen, they find that they experience a much wider range of emotions than they did previously.

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I safely and naturally produce female hormones?
    I'm scared of purchasing hormones from a pharmacy and I'm wanting to become more feminine because I don't think i was supposed to be male. Is it possible to do this and what can I do???

    • ANSWER:
      You can't naturally produce more estrogen. If you're a transsexual women this is what you need to do:

      1. See a gender therapist to be evaluated and diagnosed. A list of some can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      2. When they feel you are ready they will refer you to an endocrinologist for hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

      3. The endo will evaluate your health, discuss options with you, do some lab work, write the prescription and continue to see you on a regular basis to check your progress and do more lab work.

      This is assuming you are 18 or older. If you are under 18 you would need the support and consent of your parents. I would HIGHLY suggest you join an online support forum where you can learn more. One such place is:

      http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?showforum=12

      Hope this helps.
      .

  35. QUESTION:
    What medications are available for imbalanced female hormones?
    I have a lack of progesterone in my body (PCOS), and im wondering what treatments/medications are available out there to increase my progesterone levels and get my hormones back on balance?
    Im making a trip with the Doc tommorow but im really eager to know what my options are.

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone Therapy should be under strict medical supervision only.Hormones are required only in small quanities.Some of the hormone imbalances can be cured by changing food habits,fruits and active life style.Hormone replacement therapy has many undesirable effects.Do not exceed the dose under any circumstance.

  36. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost and what age do i have to be?
    Im 16, Male, and Transgender, I want to be a girl, but i dont know how much it costs or how old i need to be to start my transition, I want to start hormone therapy as soon as possible, im even eating flaxseed to boost my female hormones! Any advice? help? prices?

    • ANSWER:
      Erik is correct. With parent support and consent you could start TODAY. Are you out to them yet? If they are supportive the first step is seeing a GENDER therapist; a list of some can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      Therapists generally run between 0 and 0/hr. However, if you can't afford that you can always ask if they are willing to work on a sliding scale.

      After and evaluation and diagnosis (and parental support) they will refer you to an endocrinologist for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). I'm not going to lie, seeing an endocrinologist can be expensive. The first visit, complete with various lab tests, can easily run over 0. However, seeing a doctor that specializes in (HRT) is important because hormones can be dangerous and even fatal if used incorrectly. The hormones themselves do NOT have to be expensive; shop around for the best deal. For example estrogen pills are pretty inexpensive at a Walmart or Costco pharmacy.

      Here are some websites you might find useful:

      http://www.antijen.org/letterstss_sent_to_their_parents_and_family.html

      http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/conway/conway.html

      http://www.TSRoadmap.com

      http://www.Susans.org/forums click "transsexual talk"

      http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?showforum=12

      Transition is a long, expensive, medically monitored journey that'll take at least a couple years to complete. But with parental support and a good therapist there is not reason you can't get started right away.

      You are NOT male. You are a girl that was born into the wrong body.

      Good Luck!
      .

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does smoking reduce the effects of hormone replacement therapy?
    I know that because I'm transitioning to female I shouldn't smoke. It greatly increases the chances of me dying from a stroke or worse. I just wanted to know if smoking would tamper with my results from the hormones.

    • ANSWER:
      Smoking is wrong PERIOD.

  39. QUESTION:
    Transgender: How much did your hormone replacement cost in the end?
    yes, so how much did just your hormone therapy cost in total at the end? Preferably male to female lol

    • ANSWER:
      In the end? Hormone replacement therapy is a lifetime commitment, there is no end.

      How much does HRT cost?

      First, are you seeing a gender therapist? You have to see a gender therapist to be evaluated and diagnosed as being transsexual. If you don't have one a list of some can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      Next, sometime after you are diagnosed you will be referred to an endocrinologist. The endo will evaluate your health, do some lab work, discuss the options with you, prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and do follow-ups to check your progress and hormone levels. It is important to see an endocrinologist because hormones can be dangerous. Seeing a doctor and doing lab work helps minimize the risks of HRT.

      Next, to your original question. This question is much more complicated than you realize. The costs can vary widely depending on:

      Route of administration: Pills, patches, gels, implants or injectables.
      Manufacturer
      Country of origin
      Where you buy it (Retail pharmacy vs. compounding pharmacy)
      Whether insurance is involved
      Dose. Obviously the higher the dose, the more hormones you need.

      In general pills and injectables are the cheapest.
      In general injectables, patches and gels are the safest.
      In general injectables and implants are the most convenient.
      In general they put younger people on pills.

      Another factor is whether you are pre-op or post-op. I finished transition several years ago, so my costs are lower because I don't need an anti-androgen and need less estrogen than before. As a result my costs (I use injectables) are only about 5/year.
      .

  40. QUESTION:
    Would hormone replacement therapy harm a trans person's health?
    Would HRT harm a transsexual person's health? If so in what way? Is it different with male and female trans people? How much would it harm a person's health? Say, how much is the harm compared to smoking regularly?

    • ANSWER:
      Short answer is it does more good than harm, because without transitioning medically some trans folk wouldn't make it to their next birthday (read - ending one's own life).

      There's complications that can come from misusing your medication just like any other condition. A diabetic could inject too much insulin and kill themselves. A transman could inject too much testosterone and cause liver damage.

      There's no comparison to be made with smoking. I don't wheeze, smell bad, or get fidgety without my fix (okay, maybe a little if I am a day or two late on a testosterone shot.. but not to the same degree).

  41. QUESTION:
    Would hormone replacement therapy harm a trans person's health?
    Would HRT harm a transsexual person's health? If so in what way? Is it different with male and female trans people? How much would it harm a person's health? Say, how much is the harm compared to smoking regularly?

    • ANSWER:
      M-F HRT is risky. The older the person, the riskier it is, and also the higher the dose. The main risk is dangerous blood clots in the legs. Risk decreases as the drugs are used over time. And some forms of dosage/drugs are riskier than others.

  42. QUESTION:
    Difference between hormone blocker and hormone replacement therapy?
    I'm an FTM ( female to male) Transgendered teen. I'm pre everything and need help deciding if a hormone blocker is right for me. What would be the side effects? I've heard that if you dont get any hormones, whether it be testosterone or estrogen, you could go into a menopausal state. Keep in mind, I'm only 16 and need help deciding whats best for me.

    • ANSWER:
      These are questions you should be asking your endocrinologist or prescribing Doctor.

      But, in brief;
      'Hormone blockers' (GnRH inhibitors) prevent your body's endogenous hormones from being produced, or from being used. This stops the feminising or masculinising effects that these hormones would otherwise have on your body. They don't, in themselves, have any active feminising or masculinising effect, and they won't reverse any of the effects that have already occurred.

      Hormone replacement therapy replaces your body's own hormones with either oestrogen (for trans women), or testosterone (for trans men), which will actively feminise or masculinise your body, and reverse (to an extent) some of the changes that your body's hormones have already caused.

      As to side effects; any of these medicines can KILL you, or seriously damage your health. This is why they should never be taken without a legally acquired prescription, and proper medical supervision.
      Please, talk to your doctor.

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I begin the male to female transformation and how do I pay?
    Well, i've identified myself as a male-to-female transgendered person ever since middle-school, and after a long time of thought, I decided that I wanted to start the male to female transformation and I was wondering where I would start, and also if there were ways to help pay for all the HRT's and appointments it takes to complete the transformation, or if I had to find a way to pay for it on my own

    • ANSWER:
      The first step of transition (not "transformation") is always seeing a gender therapist; a list of some can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      How to pay for transition is a lot more difficult. Most insurance companies won't pay for anything. Some may pay for therapy or some therapy (limited number of sessions). A few may pay for hormone replacement therapy. A tiny fraction pay for surgery. As a result you had better start saving your money because most likely you will have to pay most of the costs out of your own pocket.

      You can also discuss transition and other issues with other trans folks here:

      http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?showforum=12

      Transition is a long, expensive, medically monitored process that takes years to accomplish.
      .

  45. QUESTION:
    How does a Female-to-Male sex change work?
    I know that with a Male-to-Female sex change they just invert the penis into a vagina. But how does a Female-to-Male work? Can they make a penis? And can it work the way a normal penis works?

    • ANSWER:
      Good question did some reserch skip this and see next paragraph for my summary (just talking about a normal penis)

      As a result of SRS, the person will have the external anatomical appearance and function typical of the new sex. They are unable to reproduce due to the lack of sex glands (testes or ovaries), except through prior sperm banking or embryonic freezing, which still require a receptive woman with a uterus to act as the surrogate mother (See Reproductive technology.) If the person has the SRS early before puberty, the person will retain the younger "girlish" voice. [1]

      Additionally, it is usually necessary for transsexual people to continue hormone replacement therapy in order to maintain their secondary sex characteristics and prevent conditions such as osteoporosis.

      Transsexual people who do not undergo SRS/GRS are often called non-op, while "gender refusenik" is a slang term used among transgender people. Possible reasons for forgoing SRS include financial, legal, and medical concerns, among others.

      Even today, very large numbers of desperate young transsexuals in India and Bangladesh run away from home to join the "Hijra" caste. To become Hijra, these teens voluntarily undergo fully emasculating surgeries under primitive conditions, just as they would have in ancient times, with only opium as an anesthetic. Most undergo the surgery in their teens shortly after the onset of puberty, with results as seen in photo below. By being castrated just early enough, many avoid the development of male secondary sex characteristics (except for the breaking and lowering of the voice), and their bodies can remain permanently soft, childlike and girly.

      So the penis would be a penis but it would'nt release sperm without a tesicle, and a testicle is hard to come by, They can make a penis but the machincs for a penis is not like a normal penis, you would need hormone therpy, finding a tesicle, and so much more work before you can fully have a functional penis.

      regards:hella

  46. QUESTION:
    If a female get's surgically transformed into a male, will they be able to get an erection?
    Something I've always wondered.
    If a female gets surgically transformed into a male, will they be able to get an erection?

    And how would 'that time of the month' happen?

    • ANSWER:
      most female to male transsexuals do not get any lower genital surgery, im not saying that all of them dont get the surgery, but its very expensive.

      trans men grow a mini penis from their clitoris, the clitoris grows during hormone replacement therapy, and yes clit's are made of the same erectile tissue as penis's so the enlarged clitoris does get hard.

      there are two types of bottom surgery for trans men, phalloplasty and metoidioplasty.

      phalloplasty is where they take skin from another area, like the forearm and sort of roll it up to resemble a penis, and they graft it on and extend the urethra and re route it though the neo penis. then the patient can urinate out of it.

      as far as I know the surgery takes several steps and different surgeries spaced out, and in order to become erect there has to be a pump inserted inside. I am not too educated on this type of surgery because it doesn't appeal to me, sexual sensation can be lost for phalloplasty.

      metoidioplasty is where they take the enlarged clitoris and release it from the clitoral hood, so that it can stick out longer and they take some of the surrounding skin to make it a little larger and they also extend the urethra though it so the patient can urinate from it. With this surgery the patients penis will look more realistic then with a phalloplasty, and there will most likely still be sexual sensation, the penis will just resemble a very small penis.

      and menstruation stops while taking hormone replacement therapy, but I do think that a hysterectomy is required for these 2 surgeries.

  47. QUESTION:
    Are effects of mtf hormone replacement therapy permanent?
    I am considering getting an orchiectomy but it's just that the picture of it really creeps me out even though there is anesthesia....don't get me wrong if I could get rid of my testicles magically I would it's just the whole "cutting" part.

    Also I don't understand how hormone replacement therapy works??? There is so many things about it online.

    First of all I already look very feminine.
    But if I took female hormones for a long time would that eventually create permanent effects on me? I know this sounds weird but I wish I would not be able to get erections and masturbate....

    TO SUMMARIZE is it worth actualy having an orchiectomy or will female hormones eventually create the same effect on me as an orchiectomy would?

    • ANSWER:
      If you want full feminisation you've going to need both. Here's a little booklet which explains what the hormones do and don't do: http://transhealth.vch.ca/resources/library/tcpdocs/consumer/hormones-MTF.pdf

  48. QUESTION:
    How long did it take you to start hrt?
    I am a 24year old male to female and I wold like to know how long does it take to start hrt so i woul like to know When you first start seeing a gender therapist how long did it take you before you could start hormones replacement treatment aka hrt?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to remember that the time varies for everyone. In my case my therapist was pretty conservative, so it took about 6 months before she was willing to write my letter. The WPATH used to mandate a minimum of 3 months of therapy,m but that was removed from the SOC in the past revision, because they acknowledge that everyone's different.

  49. QUESTION:
    How common is sex horomone imbalance in women and what are the symptoms?
    Because, I've always had a lot of (mostly minor) problems that are usually associated with sex hormones, I've been wondering for a long time if I might have a sex hormone imbalance. I won't go into the details because I'm not looking for a sample diagnosis, but I want to know more about this topic, so that I can decide if I should get tested or not. What kind of tests should I get to start off, how expensive are they, and will a doctor agree to do the blood tests based on my request alone? Maybe you could show me some websites to look at. I've googled it, but I don't really know what I'm doing.

    • ANSWER:
      Women are often mistakenly informed that various health conditions are caused by an imbalance in female hormones. Although a disruption of the natural rhythm and balance of sex hormones can compromise a woman's health, the underlying cause is likely due to stress.

      When a woman experiences prolonged stress, pregnenolone, a hormone essential for both coping with stress and producing female hormones, is diverted from the normal hormone pathway. As a result, the production of female hormones is compromised. This condition can cause a multitude of symptoms including irritability, mood swings, headaches, sleeplessness, and weight gain.

      Female hormone imbalances are often treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Although HRT can be temporarily effective at eliminating the symptoms of hormone imbalances, it does not address the probable root cause: stress. Before a woman begins hormone therapy, it is necessary to assess whether her hormones are reacting to factors that are internal or external.

      BioHealth Diagnostics offers an easy-to-use saliva test that can determine whether or not stress is the cause of female hormone imbalance.

      BioHealth also offers comprehensive female hormone testing for both pre- and post-menopausal women. Like the stress test, these laboratory assessments utilize saliva samples, and can be performed in the comfort and privacy of your home.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can a male to female transgender breast feed after two yrs of hormone treatment?
    I have a female friend actually a female friend and we have had long discussions about breast feeding she is pregnant and we have dated off and on and well i told her of my wierd and strange interrest of trying to breast feed and well she likes the idea can a transgender male to female on hormones breast feed i know you laugh and have wierd looks on your faces about this question but i am seriouse and would like to know

    • ANSWER:
      YES, it is possible. But they need help from an endocrinologist because standard hormone replacement therapy does not induce lactation. I have a friend who transitioned and a year after her SRS she and her partner had a baby (they are both the biological parents-IVF). My friend, with the help of her endo, was able to lactate to supplement the breast feeding done by her partner.

      You should do some research about Trevor Macdonald. He was a trans-father and he breastfed his son with his own milk.

      Trevor, despite having had top surgery, has been able to breastfeed his son using his own milk and an at-breast milk supplementation system supplemental nursing system which is basically a thin tube that is connected to a bottle but is attached next to the nipple so that the baby can latch on to the nipple and the tube at once. This promotes the bonding that comes along with breastfeeding, but also allows the parent’s milk supply to be stimulated by the baby sucking, along with additional nutrition from the supplemented milk (Trevor has been getting this milk through donations from other breastfeeding folks).

      Are you the transgender woman?

      Here's something you probably didn't know... Men can breastfeed too. Men can, under the right circumstances, breastfeed. We own the basic hardware: mammary and pituitary glands. We even have breastfeeding ducts and, you’ve noticed, nipples. (Some men, like Mark Wahlberg, even have three nipples. But I digress.)

      What men lack is the catalyst of pregnancy, during which the pituitary gland in women releases a hormone called prolactin that stimulates milk production. Under normal circumstances, the amount of prolactin in men never reaches those levels. But it can. There are century-old stories of men who began producing milk during a wife’s illness or after her death. As recently as 2002, in fact, a Sri Lankan widower is said to have breastfed his two infant daughters after his wife died.

      Some downplay how much milk men can ever reliably produce, limiting the output to a “few drops.” But according to Scientific American, a man can breastfeed at least a little if he holds a suckling newborn to his nipples for a couple of (painful) weeks, or if he starves himself or takes a medication that stimulates the pituitary gland into producing prolactin.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What hormones infuence the shedding of leaves, and how do they work?
    What hormones infuence the shedding of leaves, and how do they work?

    • ANSWER:
      Abscisic acid (ABA), named for its effect on leaf abscission, reverses the effect of growth-stimulating hormones (auxin, gibberellins, cytokinin). In leaf and fruit drop ABA counters the auxin that acts to retain the them during growth and development.

      ABA is involved in dormancy beyond dropping leaves it inhibits shoot growth but does not have as much affect on roots or may even promote growth of roots even in dormancy. It keeps seeds dormant until growth conditions are met.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do hormones affect the overall mood of teenagers?
    Obviously, hormones play a big part in the mood of people and especially teenagers. Puberty brings about drastic changes within an individual's life. What specific hormones influence teenagers' moods? What specific hormones influence guys/girls that are not in the opposite sex?

    Sources would be amazing.

    • ANSWER:
      Although brain chemical imbalances that cause depression are complex, researchers believe that a few main hormones are responsible for promoting feelings of wellbeing. These hormones are norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. Another name for these hormones is monoamine transporters; that is they carry important messages along the neural pathway in the brain. Where an imbalance of these hormones occurs, a mood, energy or cognitive problem results. This is why these hormones are closely associated with depression.

      Norepinephrine

      Norepinephrine is produced by the adrenal glands and nerve cells to help us maintain energy and activity. Norepinephrine is also called noradrenalin and behaves similar to adrenalin, in that it is released in reaction to anger or emergency. As with serotonin related antidepressants, norepinephrine related medications do not increase levels of norepinephrine, but attempt to help the sympathetic nervous system to process it more efficiently.

      Dopamine

      Dopamine is associated with euphoria and our desire or motivation. Dopamine is also connected with the information pathway in the brain. A dopamine disorder or imbalance can cause memory and cognitive loss as well as difficulty with problem solving.

      Serotonin

      Serotonin may help us feel energetic, calm and assured. Most mood problems are associated with serotonin imbalances. Because the vast majority of depression sufferers may have low levels of serotonin, and because most medications seek to increase serotonin levels, serotonin is discussed here in more detail.

      Low levels of serotonin not only affect mood, but the ability to cope with strong emotions. Low serotonin may also inhibit sensitivity to possible consequences, which may explain why aggression, impulsive behavior and suicide are prolific in people with low serotonin levels.

      we are all subject to these hormones regardless of age..^_^

  3. QUESTION:
    How do hormones work in both plants and animals?
    How do hormones work in both plants and animals and what are the differences?

    • ANSWER:
      Both plant and animal growth is controlled by steroid hormones--signaling molecules that tell specific genes in cells to begin the physiological process of increasing cell size. Although these molecular managers operate similarly in plants and animals, the chain of events in regulating cellular functions appears to be very different in the two kingdoms. In animals, hormone reception begins in the nucleus of the cell. In plants, a steroid hormone family called brassinosteroids (BRs) start to work on the surface of the cell. A bucket-brigade of activity then wins its way into the cell's nucleus to activate specific genes that tell the cell to grow.

      hope this helps!

  4. QUESTION:
    How do steroid hormones diffuse through the cell membrane?
    I know that steroid hormones are fat-soluble and the core of the plasma membrane is hydrophobic. But when steroid hormones encounter the cell membrane, it's the hydrophilic "heads" of the bilayer that come into contact with them first. Since non-polar substances do not dissolve well in polar substances, how come steroid hormones are still capable of diffusing through the phospholipid bilayer?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you're a bit confused to what hormones are. Hormones are slow, long-lasting messages induced by the body or a drug. Steroid hormones would attach to a receptor which is complementary to the hormone's shape. When the hormone is attached to the complementary site of the receptor, the receptor gives messages to the cell which change it's environment.

      But when you're talking about things DIFFUSING across a cell membrane, that implies a molecule or an ion traveling across a protein carrier or channel. That type of diffusion is called facilitated diffusion. Whether energy is needed, that would be considered to be active transport.

  5. QUESTION:
    When do hormones start to decrease in intensify?
    I'm 17, I know hormones can be crazy, and can cause things like acme, but at what age do hormones stop being so crazy?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 17 too and i have already experienced a dropoff in hormones. But its different for each person, so best f luck with your body ;)

  6. QUESTION:
    How are hormones distributed to tissues, and what determines which cells a hormone will affect?
    How are hormones distributed to tissues, and what determines which cells a hormone will affect?

    A) They are carried throughout the body in the bloodstream, and each hormone affects the target cells responsive to it.
    B) They are carried to specific organs by lymphatic vessels and affect the cells in those organs.
    C) They are carried to specific organs by ducts and affect the cells in those organs.
    D) They are delivered by neurosecretory cells to specific tissues and cells, which are affected.
    E) They are distributed locally in the interstitial fluid and affect nearby responsive target cells.

    • ANSWER:
      A) They are carried throughout the body in the bloodstream, and each hormone affects the target cells responsive to it.

  7. QUESTION:
    How are steroid hormones able to bind to intracellular receptors?
    Steroid hormones must be bound to protein carries to travel through the blood. If this is so how are they able to bind to intracellular recetors to. Also protein carriers cannot diffuse through the membrane.

    HELP I have no idea where to even start.

    • ANSWER:
      You're right they bind to proteins to travel around the bloodstream. These proteins are called chaperone proteins. Their purpose is to stop the hormone passing through the membrane of any cell. Once the hormone and chaperone protein reach the desired cell, the protein detaches and only the steroid hormone passes through. The chaperone protein, like you said, can't pass through.

  8. QUESTION:
    How fast do hormones carry messages around the body compared to nerve cells?
    I know both neurones and hormones carry messages around the body,but I was wondering which is faster?

    • ANSWER:
      hormones are carried in the blood. It take about 10 minutes for hormones to completely circulate through your body. For instance, this is how a diabetic's insulin injection works [insulin is a hormone]. It take about 10-15 minutes for the injection to "take effect"

      HOWEVER, most neural messages are not "complete". That is, most neural messages DO NOT go through your entire body. It take about 150 milliseconds (0.15 sec) for a neural message to go from the tip of your toe to your brain. It takes some small processing time for you to "think" what to do, and another 150 milliseconds for a message to go from your brain to your toe. So, if you stepped on a hot rock, it would take about 400 - 500 milliseconds for you to responds and pull you foot away from the hot rock . this is called your "Reaction time".

      Depending on the stimulus, a human reaction time is between one-quarter and one-half a second.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are 4 hormones in females that are involved in producing eggs during the menstrual cycle?
    (HINT: you should include two anterior pituitary hormones and two ovarian hormones.) Where does the egg get implanted after it is fertilized?
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    • ANSWER:
      Good question !!

      The four Hormoes that are involved in the Menstural cycle are :-

      1) FSH or Follicle Stimulating Hormone.

      2) LH or Luteinizing Hormone.

      3) Oestrogen.

      4) Progestrone.

      FSH and LH are the hormones sereated by PITUTAR GLAND.

      Oetrogen and Progestrone are sereated by Ovary.

      In mammal reproduction, After fertilization has taken place the zygote travels down the fallopian tube, while dividing to form more cells without the zygote actually gaining in size. This cell division is mitotic, and is known as "cleavage"

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  10. QUESTION:
    How do hormones affect the overall moodof teenagers?
    Obviously, hormones play a big part in the mood of people and especially teenagers. Puberty brings about drastic changes within an individual's life. What specific hormones influence teenagers' moods? What specific hormones influence guys/girls that are not in the opposite sex?

    Sources would be amazing.

    • ANSWER:
      The sex hormones

      - create all the physical and emotional changes during puberty
      - are all found in both males and females
      - are called - testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen

  11. QUESTION:
    What are three different hormones in the human body?
    Which glands secrete these hormones?
    Which organs are the target organs of these hormones?
    What are the purposes served by these hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      1.Erythropoietin EPO secreted by the kidney and stimulate erythrocyte production in bone marrow.

      2. Follicle-stimulating hormone FSH secreted by anterior pituitary and:- In female: stimulates maturation of Graafian follicles in ovary.
      In male: spermatogenesis, enhances production of androgen-binding protein by the Sertoli cells of the testes

      3.Gastrin GRP secreted by stomach,and causes secretion of gastric acid by parietal cells.

  12. QUESTION:
    How are Hormones formed in the human body?
    I know hormones are excreted by endocrine glands but how are they formed? What does the body do to prodeuce these hormones? Where does the body get the raw materials it needs? What are the substances needed by the body to form hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, to put it in a nutshell, the hormones are formed from lipids, proteins,(whisch the cells obtein from the extracelular medium), then thanks to enzimas they are transformed in diferents products like hormones. Is more complesx than that but is just that essetialnly. C U

  13. QUESTION:
    What happens to the growth hormones in animals?
    What happens to the growth hormones in animals? Do they diminish when the animal is culled or are they transfered to into the body when the meat is eaten?

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot say it is fact but have heard that the hormones do not diminish but are passed on to the consumer. They are not easily ingested, nor do they get eliminated but rather remain in the body's liver, kidneys, appendix and pancreas. Unless your body is highly efficient at eliminating toxins you could end up with all sorts of nasty side-effects from consuming too much meat, unless you go the "organic" route. I notice a big difference in my body's ability to digest meat from the supermarkets as opposed to meat off an organic farm.

  14. QUESTION:
    How many pituitary hormones stimulate other endocrine organs to produce their hormones?
    How many pituitary hormones stimulate other endocrine organs to produce their hormones? And what are they?

    • ANSWER:
      Anterior Pituitary
      ACTH - adrenocorticotropin hormone affects the adrenal glands to produce various steroid hormones.
      Growth Hormone - affect liver and adipose tissue.
      Thyroid stimulating hormone - affects the thyroid gland
      Prolactin - affects the mammary glands
      Leutenizing and Follicle stimulating hormone - affect testes and ovaries

      Posterior Pituitary
      Vasopressin - affects kidneys mainly but also affects social behavior
      Oxytocin - affects uterus and mammary glands and participates in social behavior

  15. QUESTION:
    How is solubility of steroid hormones related to their function?
    How is solubility of steroid hormones related to their function? Be specific and relate to the chemistry of the cell membrane.

    • ANSWER:
      Receptors for steroid are located inside target cells, in the cytoplasm or nucleus, and function as ligand-dependent transcription factors.Being lipids, steroid hormones enter the cell by simple diffusion across the plasma membrane.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do plant hormones differ from vitamins and organic nutrients?
    How do plant hormones differ from vitamins and organic nutrients?
    A. Plant hormones are inorganic molecules whereas vitamins and organic nutrients are organic molecules.
    B. Plant hormones are chemical messengers that regulate development whereas organic nutrients supply building blocks and energy for metabolism and vitamins help regulate enzymes.
    C. Plant hormones are required in very large amounts; organic nutrients and vitamins in lesser amounts.
    D. Hormones act where they are produced whereas organic nutrients and vitamins must be transported from the site of production to the site of use.

    • ANSWER:
      B. Plant hormones are chemical messengers that regulate development whereas organic nutrients supply building blocks and energy for metabolism and vitamins help regulate enzymes

  17. QUESTION:
    What hormones in humans affect the cardiovascular system? For example increases or decreases heart rate?
    Apart form adrenaline, what other hormones in humans affect the cardiovascular system?
    I want to study the relationship between addressing one's fears and the effect it has on the cardiovascular system, but I want to make the increased heart rate was due to adrenaline. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hormones have an influence on many tissues and organs, including the cardio-vascular system (CVS). Depending on their activity on CVS, they can be divided into 4 groups: having hypertensive or hypotensive influence and chronotropic positive or negative action. Endocrine regulation in CVS may occur in many ways. Apart from hormones usually connected with CVS regulation, other more recently, discovered ones can act on it. A few of these act directly through specific receptors in heart or vessel wall cells, whereas some act indirectly - stimulating other neuroendocrine factors. Additionally, novel mechanisms of signal transduction have been discovered for steroid and thyroid hormones, which are independent of gene transcription regulation and are - known as "nongenomic". Hormones which increase blood pressure include: urotensin II, endothelins, angiotensin II, catecholamines, aldosterone, antidiuretic hormone, glucocorticosteroids, thyroid hormones, growth hormone and leptin. On the other hand, blood pressure can be decreased by: natriuretic peptides, the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) family, angiotensin 1-7, substance P, neurokinin A, ghrelin, Parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP), oxytocin, and, sex hormones. Hormones which when appearing in excess increase the heart rate are: catecholamines, endothelins, glucocorticosteroids, thyroid hormones, leptin and PTHrP. Those which decrease the heart rate include: natriuretic peptides, substance P, neurokinin A, oxytocin, angiotensin 1-7. This paper describes the contemporary view of the functions of hormones which act on the vessel tree and heart. The particular effect of mediator depends on many circumstances i.e.: hormone concentration, receptor type. It may also undergo contraregulation. The majority of those hormones play an important role in the pathogenesis of CVS diseases', which can result in the development of new medicines

  18. QUESTION:
    How do you take growth hormones, what are the side effects and does it work?
    As I am really small and we have applied for growth hormones. I am trying to research them and I was wondering if anyone is or has taken them. Can anyone give me some advice?

    • ANSWER:
      growth hormones are the hormones which are responsible for your growth in your body like height and mass.it can be administered in your body in 2 ways:
      1.injection
      2.pills-orally
      Its better to try orally as its safe while through injection you may find problems in your life after like ACROMELAGY...some oral medicines for high growth spurt include L-glutamine,L-taurine,L-cystein,etc. And obviously a lot of nutritious foods....Good Luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do artificial hormones in meat affect humans who consume these hormones?
    I've been told that the hormones in meat have been "dumbing us down" and limiting our brain capacity. I do not believe this is entirely true, although I do have my doubts about it. Also, how do the chemicals in meat affect the humans who consume it? All I know is that the artificial hormones cause irregular growth (growth spurts), but what else do they cause? What do the chemicals cause? Also, what about the chemicals and pesticides placed in vegetables and fruits?

    • ANSWER:
      All the artificial hormones and such in the meats and food supply, the pharmaceuticals in our water supply...

      Many strange cancers, Alzheimer's, growth spurts,10 year old girls with 38 inch bust, boys with prostate problems or undeveloped testicles, ADHD, autism, all kinds of weird things that if you took the time to check the history of 100 years ago did not occur or had never been heard of by the medical community.

      We are eating glow in the dark pretend foods, and wonder why there are miscarriages and birth defects? Giving a child sunny delight in their baby bottle made of plastic chemicals or the powdered mystery formula "milk"??

      Why is this child having problems? Give him a happy meal from McD's and more soda pop, energy drinks, twinkies,skittles,and then expect normal brain development???

      And then hook this cross wired brain to video games and what sort of adult do you have? take this idea a thousand fold...our future leaders, oh goody...

  20. QUESTION:
    Can I give hormones to my 14 year old boy without serious problems?
    Can I give girl hormones to my 14 year old boy without problems? If not what are the problems? I'm just worried that since his hormones are already raging as a teenager that it will be bad to give him girl hormones.

    • ANSWER:
      You are essentially practicing medicine without a license here & could be guilty or child endangerment. Hormones are powerful drugs and giving an uncontrolled one to the opposite sex could cause untold problems including enlarged breasts, testicular tissue loss, bleeding, blood clots, feminization -to name a few-worst idea I have seen here in a long time.

  21. QUESTION:
    What would happen if you were to shut off sex hormones in the body?
    Ive heard when there are no sex hormones in the body that the person will be taller, have a higher voice, and very little body hair. Is this true? If you were to shut of all sex hormones in the body?

    • ANSWER:
      I am no doctor, but what I learned as a biology major is that those "sex" hormones (estrogen, testosterone, and progestrine) are not just sex hormones. Those hormones regulate EVERYthing in your body. Not just size and voice, but your metabolism, your brain function, I mean everything. If you were void of all "sex" related hormones you could be alive. Literally could not live without them to regulate every chemical assignment your body has to do to survive.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some inexpensive plant hormones and where can I find information on them?
    I'm doing an experiment in science related to the effect of hormones on plant growth. I need to know some inexpensive hormones and where i can find online information on them. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Do a google search for "auxins". Also, willow twigs produce plant "growth hormones" if placed in a jar of water. The water can then be used to stimulate other plant cuttings to grow roots.

  23. QUESTION:
    How much do hormones to transition cost?
    How much do hormones to transition cost? Mtf?..... I've heard it's a long process to get them which is why people self medicate, do u get the same effects self medicating ?

    • ANSWER:
      How much does HRT cost?

      First, are you seeing a gender therapist? You have to see a gender therapist to be evaluated and diagnosed as being transsexual. If you don't have one a list of some can be found here:

      http://www.DrBecky.com/therapists.html

      Next, sometime after you are diagnosed you will be referred to an endocrinologist. The endo will evaluate your health, do some lab work, discuss the options with you, prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and do follow-ups to check your progress and hormone levels. It is important to see an endocrinologist because hormones can be dangerous. Seeing a doctor and doing lab work helps minimize the risks of HRT. Without a doctor it is impossible to know if you're taking too much or not enough estrogen.

      Next, to your original question. This question is much more complicated than you realize. The costs can vary widely depending on:

      Route of administration: Pills, patches, gels, implants or injectables.
      Manufacturer
      Country of origin
      Where you buy it (Retail pharmacy vs. compounding pharmacy)
      Whether insurance is involved
      Dose. Obviously the higher the dose, the more hormones you need.

      In general pills and injectables are the cheapest.
      In general injectables, patches and gels are the safest.
      In general injectables and implants are the most convenient.
      In general they put younger people on pills.

      I would suggest you join an online support group to learn more. A couple such forums are:

      http://www.TrueSelves.com

      http://www.lauras-playground.com/forums/index.php?showforum=12

      Hope this helps.
      .

  24. QUESTION:
    Which of the following statements regarding the use of hormones by plants and animals is true?
    1)Animals transport hormones through the circulatory system, while plants diffuse hormones through the air.
    2)Animal hormones use membrane receptors, while plant hormones are transmitted through plasmodesmata.
    3)Animals use hormone signaling, but plants do not use hormones for signaling.
    4)Animals use hormones for long-distance signaling, while plants use hormones for local signaling.

    • ANSWER:
      Following statements regarding the use of hormones by plants and animals is true:
      Animals use hormones for long-distance signaling, while plants use hormones for local signaling.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can someone detect hormones that are emitted from a human?
    Hey,

    Is there a technique to detect hormones that are emitted from someone?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you discussing pheromones? There are some research labs looking into that, but nothing is commercially available.

      Hormones that are circulating in the blood can be, and are, measured by routine lab assay.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do exogenous hormones in oral contraceptive pills prevent conception whereas the endogenous ones do not?
    Combined oral pills contain Progesterone and Oestrogen. These two hormones are naturally present in a woman's body. So how come these hormones, when obtained from pills, prevent a woman from becoming pregnant, whereas the same hormones that are naturally present in her body don't do so.

    • ANSWER:
      The progsterone present in the pills cause the cervical mucus to be exceptionally thick and impenetrable. The mechanical block is more efficient that prevention of ovulation.

      The hormones administered in the OCPs are not the same as the body would provide, thus, confuse the reproductive tract. It is not the absolute identity of the hormones, but the ratio/proportion that is important.

  27. QUESTION:
    What hormones in the body are affected by masturbation?
    What hormones in the body are affected by masturbation?
    any increase or decrease in any of them. Serious responders only please, Thanx really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Testosterone & Leutinizing Hormones

  28. QUESTION:
    What hormones are released from the anterior and posterior pituitary glands?
    what hormones go from the hypothalamus to the anterior and posterior pituitary to a targeted organ?

    • ANSWER:
      Several hormones are released by the anterior pituitary:
      gonadotropins (FSH and LH), adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), thyrotropin, and growth hormone (GH) are a few.

      These are released in response to specific "releasing" hormones that come from the hypothalamus.

      The hypothalamus also secretes a couple of hormones directly to the posterior pituitary, which then secretes them into the bloodstream. Thes are oxytocin and antidiuretic hormone (ADH).

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the names of the chemicals and hormones produced to make you cry?
    I want to figure out the names of the chemicals and hormones produced that you get rid of when you cry for research purposes. Hopefully I'll come up with an invention ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Tears produced during emotional crying have a chemical composition which differs from other types of tears. They contain significantly greater quantities of the hormones prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, Leu-enkephalin and the elements potassium and manganese.
      When an animal is threatened by some form of danger, the sympathetic nervous system triggers several processes to allow the animal to fight or flee. This includes shutting down unnecessary body functions, such as digestion, and increasing blood flow and oxygen to necessary muscles.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have GID and are taking MTF hormones, how long till I start to see physical changes?
    I have been on Hormones for close to three months and are seeing changes in my chest but not really anywhere else. Will the hormones affect my hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone is different so for me to tell you that the hormones will do this to you, or they will do that to you, or it should only take this amount of time would not be fair to you. Because your body will react to the hormones in it own time and with it's own results.

      So just enjoy the ride.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can your hormones affect the way your body processes sugar?
    I'm cringing as I ask this question because I feel like it's really stupid, lol. I only ask because my hormones were completely out of whack since I had an ovary removed and I could barely eat anything dessert like without feeling sick. I started taking Progesterone about a month ago to help regulate my hormones, and so far it seems to be working. I've been eating some pudding these past few days and I feel fine. No racing heart, no wooziness, no nausea, nothing. Is this just a coincidence, or is the fact that my hormones are more regulated now helping my body to process sugar better?

    • ANSWER:
      Whether or not your insulin [ a hormone] levels were affected by your health issues I do not know but to answer your question, yes, hormones such as levels of insulin affect the way your body processes sugar.

  32. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between calcitonin and parathyroid hormones?
    i need to know the difference between the hormones... i dont understand it. but all i know is that they regulate calcium levels in the body through the bones or thyroid gland or something... somebody explain please?

    • ANSWER:
      its very simple!!
      First of all u need to know that these two hormones are antagonistic i.e
      they work together but are oppsite like "couple" in physics.

      Calcitonin's function is to reduce blood Ca level.It is secreted when der is excess of Ca level of blood.It deposits Ca from blood to the bone m atrix.

      Parathormone's function role is just opposite to this .It promotes release of Ca ions from the bone to blood.hence helps in increasing blood Ca level

      Hope u got my point clear

  33. QUESTION:
    How do exogenous hormones in oral contraceptive pills prevent conception whereas the endogenous ones do not?
    Combined oral pills contain Progesterone and Oestrogen. These two hormones are naturally present in a woman's body. So how come these hormones, when obtained from pills, prevent a woman from becoming pregnant, whereas the same hormones that are naturally present in her body don't do so.

    • ANSWER:
      it's all in the timing.
      see this for more explanation
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combined_oral_contraceptive_pill#Mechanism_of_action
      and this for even more info
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral_contraceptive
      and this will tell you how the hormones work in a 'normal' setting:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovulation

  34. QUESTION:
    How does taking hormones of any gender change a persons voice?
    Its fascinating that all one has to do is take hormones. But scientifically, how does this work?

    • ANSWER:
      Other studies suggest that hormones play also an important role in vocal fold maturation. Hormones are molecules secreted into the blood stream to be delivered at different targeted sites. They usually promote growth, differentiation and functionality in different organs or tissues. Their effect is due to their ability to bind to intracellular receptors, modulating the gene expression, and subsequently regulating protein synthesis. The interaction between the endocrine system and tissues such as breast, brain, testicles, heart, bones, etc, is being extensively studied. It has clearly been seen that the larynx is somewhat affected by hormonal changes, but surprisingly, very few studies are working on elucidating this relationship. The effect of hormonal changes in voice is clearly seen when hearing male and female voices, or when listening to a teenage voice changing during puberty. Actually, it is believed that the number of hormonal receptors in the pre-pubertal phase is higher than in any other age. Menstruation has also been seen to influence the voice. In fact, singers are encouraged by their instructors not to perform during their pre-menstrual period, because of a drop in their voice quality.

      Vocal fold phonatory functions are known to change from birth to old age. The most significant changes occur in development between birth and puberty, and in old age. Hirano et al. previously described several structural changes associated with aging, in the vocal fold tissue. Some of those changes are: a shortening of the membranous vocal fold in males, a thickening of the vocal fold mucosa and cover in females, and a development of edema in the superficial lamina propria layer in both sexes. Hammond et al. observed that the HA content in the vocal fold lamina propria was significantly higher in males than in females. Although all those studies did show that there are clear structural and functional changes seen in the human VF which are associated with gender and age, none really fully elucidated the underlying cause of those changes. In fact, only a few recent studies started to look at the presence and role of hormone receptors in the VF. Newman et al. found that hormone receptors are indeed present in the VF, and show a statistical distribution difference with respect to age and gender. They have identified the presence of androgen, estrogen, and progesterone receptors in epithelial cells, grandular cells and fibroblasts of VF, suggesting that some of the structural changes seen in the VF could be due to hormonal influences. In this specific study, androgen and progesterone receptors were found more commonly in males than in females. In others studies, it has been suggested that the estrogen/androgen ratio be partly responsible for the voice changes observed at menopause. As previously said, Hammond et al. showed than the HA content was higher in male than in female VF. Bentley et al. demonstrated that sex skin swelling seen in monkey was due to an increase in HA content, which was in fact mediated by estrogen receptors in dermal fibroblasts. An increase in collagen biosynthesis mediated by the estrogen receptors of dermal fibroblasts was also observed. A connection between hormone levels, and ECM distribution in VF depending on age and gender could be made. More particularly a connection between higher hormone levels and higher HA content in males could exist in the human vocal fold tissue. Although a relationship between hormone levels and ECM biosynthesis in vocal fold can be established, the details of this relationship, and the mechanisms of the influence has not been elucidated yet.

  35. QUESTION:
    How does taking hormones of any gender change a persons voice?
    Its fascinating that all one has to do is take hormones. But scientifically, how does this work?

    • ANSWER:
      If a male takes female hormones, the development of the Adam's apple stops, and the male's voice will not break (or stop from breaking further). However, if the man takes hormones after his voice has broken, the hormones will not reverse that change, and surgical intervention is necessary to get a higher voice again (I believe the term "trach shave" is sometimes used).

      If a female takes male hormones, the hormones promote the development of the Adam's apple, causing the voice to break and get deeper.

  36. QUESTION:
    How long after pregnancy does your hormones calm down?
    1st trimester hormones were badddd, 2nd trimester was great, and now 3rd trimester is the worst. How long after pregnancy does it take for your hormones to settle down?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually between 6-8 weeks. Your body will reach some sort of 'normal' after that time. Though if you're breastfeeding it can be quite a bit longer before your cycle is regulated. Since the hormones released during milk production and let-down inhibit ovulation.

      As soon as the placenta detaches after birth,your body stops making pregnancy hormones and starts making milk-producing hormones(Prolactin). So right after birth,your hormones are all over the place. Some going down,some going up. It's normal and expected even to feel like a basket case. Takes time for your body to get use to those changes. Prolactin and Oxytocin are both released during milk production and while your baby nurses. Those don't cause as much issue with negative mood swings however. Oxytocin is actually known as the 'love' hormone.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a male to female transgender on hormones therapy give bone marrow?
    I am writing a book and ran into a problem in my research.
    I am wondering particularly about MtF transgender people (on hormones) giving bone marrow. Would the person have to go off the hormones to be able to donate? If so, how long would they have to forgo treatment. I would prefer an answer from a medical professional, someone with knowledge about GLBT issues, or information with a citation.

    • ANSWER:
      I see no reason why not. You don't actually donate marrow, you donate blood stem cells, which are either extracted surgically from the hip bone, or filtered out of the blood via apheresis. I doubt you'd have to go off hormones, but you may have to stop taking other drugs, such as androgen blockers. This is an interesting question. I'd imagine only a GRS surgeon would be able to answer it definitively.

  38. QUESTION:
    How does taking female growth hormones affect men?
    So I'm a transgendered male, and I'm considering taking female growth hormones for breast enlargement and feminization. What are the effects and time-frame for taking them over the course of several months or years?

    • ANSWER:
      You mean female sex hormones, not growth hormones.

      The effects of estrogen in a person who has already undergone a male puberty are:
      - breast growth (permanent) this is slow over a couple of years
      - fat redistribution, so you have more fat on your hips and behind, less stomach, may kind of reshape your face and all that. This will go away if you stop taking hormones
      - if you don't take testosterone blockers, your body may or may not make less testosterone anyways. If your body makes less testosterone, you're gonna have your balls shrink, have a harder time getting and maintaining erections, etc. You may become permanently infertile. You might lose some or all of your sex drive (although some people actually get more sex drive 'cause they feel more like they are in their own bodies). This can happen within months of going on estrogen.
      -Your skin may soften.
      -If you are still very young, your voice might rise on its own but if you are done with your first puberty, estrogen won't touch it.
      -You might get moody.
      - It MIGHT slow down or lighten your facial and body hair growth, but it's not going to make the beard growth invisible.

      It is a very good idea to do it under doctor supervision because if you take too much estrogen you can give yourself a heart attack and/or a stroke.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do hormones contribute to mood changes?
    Scientifically, how do hormones and endorphins change the mood of a person. Sources will be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Our modern lifestyle with its stressful demands, irregular eating habits, junk food cuisine, frequent use of pharmaceutical drugs, and environmental toxic exposure has shifted the hormonal balance way over to the estrogen excess side. When estrogen is out of balance with progesterone, a condition called estrogen dominance occurs. This imbalance can cause depression, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, anger, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, bloating, mental fogginess, low libido and sore breasts.

      Estrogen excess plays a huge role in creating PMS symptoms. Progesterone is the dominant hormone the two weeks before menstruation. It is produced in amounts 200 times greater than estrogen at that time.The mood changesin this emotional ride, are the result of this topsy-turvy hormone production. Far from deficiency in estrogen, the modern menopausal woman is more likely to experience high levels of estrogen and low levels of progesterone, creating that all too familiar estrogen-dominant profile. Take care always

  40. QUESTION:
    What hormones would be affected by stress in a female. Do hormones like estrogen etc also get affected plz ans?
    Is it possible to know if the body is taking stress and anxiety if the hormones like prolactin, tsh, estrogen, progesterone etc are high?
    If the blood pressure is normal and these hormones are normal does it mean the person is not adversely affected by stress and anxiety.

    • ANSWER:
      This question is a little confusing - I'll try to explain myself best as I can.

      Stress can directly affect your hormone balance. Being heavily stressed can cause an imbalance with your hormones. I don't know what happens specifically, like which hormones are thrown off - it really depends on the degree of stress and how it affects your body. Stress affects everyone differently.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do hormones have anything to do with teenage sex and pregnancy?
    Do hormones have anything to do with teenage sex and pregnancy?
    I have an assignment for health class, but all the stuff I have googled, is from 2008 and I need some help on some of the questions.
    Do hormones have anything to do with teenage sex and pregnancy?
    What are some life consequences in physical, emotional, social, and mental health with teenage pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormones only have to do with sex, wich is normal.

      Teen pregnancy has to do with stupid puritanical views of the parents who do not teach their kids how to use condoms.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are the hormones produced by the human body?
    Can anybody give me a list of the most important hormones produced in the human body and the glands which produce them?

    • ANSWER:
      See the following:
      http://themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/hormone-table.html
      http://www.goodhormonehealth.com/symptoms/gland_hormone_symptom_table.html

  43. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for your hormones to regulate after stopping birth control?
    I was on birth control for ten years. About a month ago I stopped taking it and switched to a non hormone implant. Since then I have been on my period, non stop, and have had continuous chest breakouts. How long is this going to last, and is there anything natural I can do to regulate my hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is a herb called vitex agnus castus which works on the pituatary gland to regulate hormones. I have used it and know loads of people who do/have, and it really works.

      You need a good quality brand - either a tincture, or use Kira brand tablets which are expensive but the best ones out there. Take a tablet with water the second you wake up in the morning. It really should be taken the second you wake up because of how the metabolism is at that time.

      There's loads of info online about that herbs and i highly recommend it.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for water soluble hormones to regulate gene expression?
    It is possible for water soluble hormones to regulate gene expression since only lipid-soluble hormones can penetrate the cell membrane?

    True or False

    If false explain why.

    I believe the answer is false. I am uncertain of the reasoning.

    • ANSWER:
      Not directly but can by using cellular second messengers.
      Many water-soluble hormones induce a modification in the activity of one or more enzymes already present in the target cell. In this case, the effects of the surface-bound hormone usually are nearly immediate, but persist for a short period only. These signals also can give rise to changes in gene expression that may persist for hours or days. In yet other cases water-soluble signals may lead to irreversible changes, such as cellular differentiation.

  45. QUESTION:
    What exactly are the hormones that make men and women so different?
    Sorry if it's a dumb question, just growing up, all through health class, they're as vague as they possibly could be.

    They told us ages ago that men and women are different because we have different hormones that make us different. Well, I'm irritated by the vagueness. What are those hormones that make us different? What specifically is it that influences to act like a woman or a man?
    I realize there are many and many. I just curious for the main ones. Sorry, I'm really dumb on this subject, but I have a really big interest in it
    I already understand the physical aspect of the hormones making us different. I was sorta more looking for the mental factors. But any answers are appreciated :)

    • ANSWER:
      well women have estrogen
      and men have Testosterone

      Estrogen's are the sex hormones produced primarily by a female's ovaries that stimulate the growth of a girl's sex organs, as well as her breasts and pubic hair, known as secondary sex characteristics. Estrogen's also regulate the functioning of the menstrual cycle

      After puberty, androgens, specifically testosterone, play a role in the regulation of the sex drive. Large deficiencies of testosterone may cause a drop in sexual desire, and excessive testosterone may heighten sexual interest in both sexes. However, testosterone levels are poorly correlated with sexual interest and drive when they are within the average range. Sex drive is much more likely to be affected by external stimuli (sights, sound, touch) than by variations in sex hormones, except in extreme cases.

      i kind of didn't read that i just skimmed through it
      && copied and paste. i hope that's not illegal naaa
      i don't think but i hope i helped

  46. QUESTION:
    Why are hormones put into cows and other farm animals that produce food we eat?
    If hormones are put into a pregnant cow will her babies come out faster? Will her babies grow faster once they're born?

    If they put hormones into baby cows, will they be able to reproduce at an earlier age?

    Pls help me out, i'm kinda confused about the whole concept of hormones. Thanks :)
    I mainly want to know if hormones effects the age at which they mature sexually,

    because why is it that people are saying that kids nowadays hit puberty at an earlier age from eating the hormone filled meat?

    • ANSWER:
      hormones make it so that if like the cow has a baby then it will produce more milk... so we can drink it. If you look it up on the internet you'll be sure to find better answers.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I know my gynecomastia is based off of hormones and not a kidney tumor?
    What can I do about my hormones, naturally, or with organic products?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had a MRI or catscan of your kidneys? A dr should be able to run lab tests of all your hormone levels and get a good clue what is going on. If they can't you need a different dr.

      What I know about gynecomastia is this- obseity causes it in men. Soy products will also cause it big time, by increasing a guy's estrogen level. Meat and dairy products also contain estrogen but to a lesser extent than soy. Also a fast thyroid can actually cause it though few drs even know this. You may need to change your diet.

      Hormones available in organic stores are not strong enough to counter this. You may need a prescription hormone replacement. Exercise will increase testosterone so you can try that.

  48. QUESTION:
    What affect do these hormones have on the human body?
    I'm doing the Thyroid gland and parathyroid glands, and the hormones they make are t3, t4, calcitonin, and parathyroid hormone. What affect do these hormones have on the human body? (I've been looking everywhere. Somebody help me. I need some help on all this hard work I'm doing, please.)

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid consists of two lobes located on the ventral surface of the trachea. Produces T3 ( triiodothyrone) and T4 ( thyroxine) derived from the amino acid tyrosine. T3 is usually more reactive than T4. Iodine is the element that is necessary for the production of these hormones. It also produces and secretes the material calcitonin which lowers blood calcium by inhibiting the release from bones. TSH controls the production and release of these thyroid hormones.

      Parathyroid Glands:
      4 small glands embedded in the thyroid gland. Secretes Parathormone which regulated the calcium levels in the body. Vitamin D is needed to function.

  49. QUESTION:
    How large will cats grow when given growth hormones?
    I have bought some bacteria and some restriction enzymes and the DNA sequence of the cat growth hormone. I plan to splice the DNA into the plasmids of the bacteria to make them start synthesizing the protein. I do not plan to actually put the growth hormone into any cats yet without extensive research and planning. I know that to much growth hormones can lead to the desegregation of joints and other bad effects but i was wondering if the cats can be some how prepared for the extensive extra growth.

    • ANSWER:
      Without splicing in new genes, maybe 20% bigger than its siblings.
      Even if you made a 5kg cat a muscular 8kg, still longway from leopold size. Its offspring though would still be normal size as its genetic blueprint was not changed. True the growth hormones could make it sex mad but infertile.

  50. QUESTION:
    What hormone stimulates the adrenal cortex to produce several of its hormones?
    Which hormone stimulates the adrenal cortex to produce several of its hormones?
    a) TSH
    b) releasing hormone from the hypothalamus
    c) adrenocorticotropic hormone
    d) ADH

    • ANSWER:
      c) adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)


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  1. QUESTION:
    How do I find a natural remedy doctor for bipolar disorder?
    My best friend in college has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the medicine he is on has totally destroyed his personality. He is like a zombie when he is on the medicine, and he is totally depressed when he is not. I want to help him, by helping him find a specialist that will help him get treatment that won't destroy his personality but will help him stay emotionally stable. I have researched online and have not found actual contact information for any natural remedy doctors. Please help me find one.

    • ANSWER:
      omega 3 (flax seeds, fish oil is the best remedy for this. in fact its stated that lack of healthy food is the cause of bipolar, depression and ADD. look at this:
      http://www.naturalnews.com/021978.html

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for eye allergic?
    I want to know what is the best natural remedy for eye allergic?.I went doctor for several times but all my efforts were vain.thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Please post your details as to what you are feeling because of that Eye Allergy and I can help you get rid of it using Homeopathic Remedies No Harmful Effects and No Side Effects :-)
      Feel free to send me you details and you can be cured !
      Take care And God Bless You !

  3. QUESTION:
    Should u use natural remedies over doctors prescription?
    I have acne scars on forehead so doctor received me with a cream to use ince a day in the evening. However I looked up on Internet and found some natural remedies such as lemon and cucumber to cure them. An I allowed to put the cream on then lemon juice after 1 hour? Or even 2 hours?

    • ANSWER:
      google honey and cinnamon for acne scarring.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for teenage anxiety?
    I want to try a natural remedy for teenage anxiety before seeing a doctor. It's the usual stress, school work falling behind, chores, social life. Everything is piling up and falling out of control.

    • ANSWER:
      sex,

  5. QUESTION:
    What is a natural remedy for atheletes foot?
    I have tried the medicines at Wal-mart and they don't work. I would like to try a natural remedy (last resource) before I go to the doctor about it. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Lamisil works but you have to apply the cream every day for something like 4 weeks.

  6. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies work to reverse baldness?
    What natural remedies work to reverse and prevent baldness? My doctor says I have the early symptoms of a classic case of female pattern baldness. What do you think I should do?

    • ANSWER:
      Male or female pattern baldness are from the sae problem. Hair loss is often linked to poor diet, especially consumption of fried foods, hydrogenated oils and INFECTION (including bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic) that may be in the scalp itself (often causing dandruff) or it may be a systemic infection. It's also linked to mineral deficiencies, intestinal infections (where waste products backup into the liver, that can affect the head and scalp. Mineral deficiencies can be caused by infections ANYWHERE in the body and a deficiency in co-factors that allow the body to even absorb what is consumed. Lack of sunlight, heavy metal exposure (especially due to bad dentistry that is rampant in the U.S. now due to the materials, chemicals, and procedures being followed as a "standard of care" dentistry), etc.

      If your hair is coming out in clumps, that is typically a parasite. Since it is "female" pattern baldness, that is typically due to dihydrotestosterone (a derivative of testosterone) "DHT" that hardens the galea (skin on top of the head) and chokes the hair follicle to death, resulting in hair loss.

      This type of hair loss can be slowed and even reversed by eating a high quality Oat Grass because the Oat Grass prevents the formation of the DHT.

      There is some genetic issues, but contrary to popular belief, it is very small. Most are due to the above factors.

      I found a great source for the Oat Grass in capsules that contain no excipients and works for most of my clients. Go to: (800) 370 - 3447 and order the Oat Grass and take lots of it. I think you will see a big difference. I would also get two other nutrients they sell. The Oat grass comes in a product they call "Greens Mix" and I get it in capsule for (they also sell it in powder, but most prefer the capsules). It is part of a 3 nutrient combination they call, "super food trio." I would get all three because this will give you most everything your body needs as a supplement each day and will only make you healthier.

      Also, if you are experiencing excess testosterone or a low estrogen issue, you may want to consider an endocrine issue that could be contributing to this problem. Sometimes, PCOS happens because the ovaries are enlarging due to deficiencies in fat. If you are on a LOW FAT diet, or LOW SALT diet, you need to free yourself from the lies you have been told about fat and salt that is rampant misinformation being spread by people, doctors, etc. that have no clue what they are talking about when it comes to nutrition.

      I strongly urge you to seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist (not just a nutritionist) and have them test you for deficiencies. They can test you and tell you exactly what nutrients your body is lacking and help you with the correct supplements and quantities of that specific to you deficiency and also recommend diets that will make you healthy instead of that "make believe health" you get from drugs that ALWAYS damage your body in some way.

      good luck to you

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy to prevent deep vein thrombosis in the legs?
    My friend (she is just 27 years old) recently had a deep vein thrombosis. The doctors suspected that the anti baby pill may have caused it. I'm wondering if there are natural remedies/cures how to prevent something like this. Right now she has to take very strong medications (blood thinners), but she doesn't want to take them for a prolonged period of time.

    Are there natural cures? Is there a good website or book about this?

    • ANSWER:
      Fish, Fruit and Vegetables Protective against Deep Vein Thrombosis
      http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=95

      Soybeans and Vitamin E
      http://www.nutralegacy.com/blog/general-healthcare/deep-vein-thrombosis-natural-treatment/

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy for cats eye irritation?
    I'm wondering if theres a natural remedy for cronic eye problems. My cat's eye are always irritated. Hes persian so its normal for drainage, but hes rubbing them thus making them irritated.

    Besides getting a perscription, what other natural remedys can be done?
    We always use steriods by perscription, however because hes rubbing them constantly its not working correctly.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not use human eye drops or natural remedies in his eyes unless approved by your veterinarian. They change their formulations frequently, and many can be harmful to a cat's eyes. He only has 2 of them. You don't want to blind him. The only thing you can safely use without a doctor's exam is a sterile, buffered eye wash to gently cleanse the drainage as it occurs.

      Btw....it's not "normal" for Persian's to have eye drainage, but due to breeder selectivity, it is common. (There's a difference.)

      He may need to have his nasolacrimal ducts flushed. It's a simple procedure, but requires anesthesia. (Don't let that scare you...it's very safe.) Sometimes, that will open them up so they can drain properly if they've been blocked by 'crud' <---(that's a highly scientific medical term.) ;-) Often, however, the problem is not an actual blockage, but a functional blockage due to the 'smushed' face (another medical term, lol.) <---imagine a kink in a garden hose, where the water can't get through. If the tears can't get through, they overflow from the lids. That causes irritation to the skin underneath the eye, which can lead to actual infection.

      A fluoroscein dye test (painless, and done awake, right in the exam room) can *help* determine if tears are able to flow properly down the duct, as well as rule out chronic ulcerative keratitis, sometimes caused by ocular herpesvirus (more frequently seen in these breeds, in my experience.) There can also be eyelid/eyelash problems, which won't resolve no matter what you put into the eyes, unless you correct the underlying problem with surgery. (Not as common as it is in dogs, but entropion, etc. does sometimes occur in cats, too.) I would recommend consulting a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, and following his/her specific recommendations for your particular cat.

      Good luck. :-) (I have a Persian angel named Francesca who went through veterinary school with me before she had to leave prematurely to wait for me at the Rainbow Bridge.)

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do natural remedies infuriate my doctor?
    My doctor gets very pestered when i ask about natural remedies...why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      First, he probably doesn't know the answer. Most doctors are woefully ignorant of alternative therapies.

      Also, you have to understand that they actually put themselves at risk if they even appear to recommend a therapy. The American Medical Association has sanctioned...even pulled the licenses of doctors in the past.

      Finally, there is a concerted effort going on, especially from the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA, to give alternative therapies a bad name. They do everything they can to stigmatize the whole industry.

      I'd bet your doctor's response is a result of some combination of the above reasons.

  10. QUESTION:
    has anyone used the natural remedy to get rid of large gallstone the size of a quarter?
    A few years ago I had an ultrasound and unexpectedly the result found that I had a gallstone the size of a quarter. The doctor advised not to do anything as long as it does not bother me. My question is will it be safe for me to do the natural remedy of apple juice and olive oil technique to get rid of a gallstone this that is this large in size?

    • ANSWER:
      you can try. it probably won,t work.

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of sore throat fast without a doctor?
    I have got a sore throat and I am looking for ways to get rid of it naturally and quickly. I always prefer to use natural remedies over a doctor or medicine but I am open to anything.
    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll need a lot of vitamin c, drink tea all day long and taking hot showers is also great. You will also need to sweat so wear sweatshirts pants and socks. Remember to rest a lot.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is trush and natural remedies for it?
    Hi im only 13 and think I might have thrush. But I want to know exactly what it is and its causes. And I don't have insurance so I cant see a doctor any natural remedies for it? Please help?!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to talk to your parents about this. Thrush is a yeast infection of the mouth and tongue. Sometimes you can get it as a reaction to taking antibiotics for an infection. If it is mild you can sometimes treat it by eating yogurt with active culture. Read about it here.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001650/

  13. QUESTION:
    What are natural remedies(home remedies) to treat an abscess?
    I am having an abscess under the skin. I have been taking anti-biotics for it as recommended by the doctor but there is no relief.
    I need to know any natural remedies to treat an abscess which is under the skin
    I had heard that dipping a washcloth in a hot infusion of chamomile tea does some work. But the abscess just became red and softer. Is it bad or good?

    • ANSWER:
      Add 1 cup vinegar to your baths(which you should take every night)
      Put a small amount of anti biotic up your nose. I know it sounds gross, but that's what my doctor said to do
      If the abscess is not responding to your prescription, then it might be MRSA, an anti biotic resistant strain of abscess. Discuss with your doctor about the possibility of MRSA testing. If it turns out to be MRSA, then they will probably change your prescription. Hopefully that will work.
      Also, I know it hurts, but clean it every night. Also, if you're brave enough, STERILIZE your hands and just kinda take the scab off the top of the abscess. This should cause the pus to come out. Clean it up thoroughly, then throw away whatever you used to clean up the pus. This should relieve it a lot.
      However, if the abscess does not go away after this, go to your doctor and they will lance it. It hurts, but it makes the abscess go away, and if none of the above stuff works, then your abscess will do nothing but get worse.
      And make sure to keep the house clean, especially if you are living with other people.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can someone advise best natural remedy for high blood pressure?
    My mom has essential high blood pressure sometimes reaching over the 200/160 mark. As her blood pressure has been high for a while she has an enlarged right ventricle which will and is leading to CHF. Her breathing is already heavy. Her doctor has given her Betaloc, Plendil, Inhibace, Dosan, Cartia a blood thinner, Lipex for high cholesterol and Quinine for night cramps. She's in her early 70's and she complains of head aches, extreme fatigue and loss of energy. She has increasing dark circles around her eyes as if she hasn't slept in months with shortness of breath like she's gasping for air. I would like her to try natural remedies because these synthetic drugs don't appear to be doing much for her overall health. Can anyone advise some really good and effective natural remedies to treat both high blood pressure and CHF? I know Celery is good for lowering blood pressure.

    • ANSWER:
      It's great that you are concerned for your mother. She has a lot of stuff to be concerned about, and I hope you can take the time to learn about all of the issues.

      I feel for you and your mother. It's hard to believe that they can't get her BP under control. I'll give you my best answer on natural means for reducing BP, but I strongly recommend you find a hypertension specialist. The bloodpressureline Yahoo! group is a great resource, as well. It is run by a hypertension specialist who can help you to find someone in your local area.

      On the CHF side, you should find a heart failure specialist, as well. (Not just a regular cardiologist!)

      Now, as to how to treat it:
      1. Do *all* of the obvious things:
      a. No smoking
      b. Cut out caffeine and alcohol
      c. If her BMI isn't < 25, help her figure out how to get it down there. Obesity, more than anything else, is a huge issue. Check out the DASH diet and the rice diet.
      d. Reduce sodium intake and increase potassium intake (fresh fruits such as oranges and bananas can help here). -- This is actually a very easy thing to do and might bear fruit, so to speak.
      e. Make sure she doesn't have sleep apnea. It can cause high BP.
      f. Get her regular exercise, even if it is just walking around a few times a day or doing water aerobics. Build up her stamina. Create a log for this, if necessary, so that she can visually see her own progress.
      2. Take her BP regularly. If she doesn't have a digital BP cuff, get her one and make sure she knows when and how to use it. (They're remarkably inexpensive... around for a good one at your local pharmacy.) Have her log BP as well as exercise.
      3. Work with the hypertension and heart failure specialists to determine if her medications and their dosages are appropriate. Is Betaloc the right beta blocker? Is a calcium channel blocker such as Plendil indicated? Is her ACE inhibitor (Inhibace) at the right dosage, and does she understand the best times of day to take it? Cartia is a calcium channel blocker. Why is she on two different CCBs? Quinine is not FDA-approved for the treatment of leg cramps. There should be a better way for that, IMO. And if she has shortness of breath at night, why in the world isn't she on a diuretic to get the fluids out of her lungs?!
      4. Check out chfpatients.com for more information on CHF treatment. Start by reading "the manual". You might also be interested in the "nutrient stew" section.
      5. Ask your mother if you can sit in on her doctor appointments. Write out as many questions in advance as possible and send them to the doctor beforehand. You'll get much more thoughtful responses this way.

      Please feel free to contact me if you want to chat about any of this...

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Any remedy for a small pimples that was getting bigger near the eyelids please.?
    My son had a small pimples near his eyelids. I consulted this to the doctor and he was given an antibiotics. But yesterday when he attended a parade and was expose to the sun it grows a bit in his eyelids. Any natural remedies please. The doctor told me that it will just heal itself because theres no medicinal drops for that, but I was worried for it might hamper the vision of my son. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      doctor

  16. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for warts on a two year old?
    I have taken her to the doctor but decided not to burn them off, because of the pain involved. Anyone had any luck with natural remedies? She has them on her legs and hands, poor baby girl.

    • ANSWER:
      Warts are Very contagious. I know its hard to see our little ones in pain. It spreads FAST. I had to assist in surgery of several children, because they had so many all over. So sad.I would bite the bullet and get it Frozen off. Its not worth the agony later!! I tell everyone I know who have children to try not to go to water parks, seems like that's where all the little ones pick them up at.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are natural remedies for acid reflux and heartburn?
    I've been told to take ranitidine by my doctor, but I would prefer not to have to take another drug for the rest of my life. What are some effective natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      I have treated acid reflux, GERD, and heartburn by homeopathy and acupressure.
      You can see if it works for you.

      Homeopathy:
      Try a combination of Acid Sulphuricum 30 + Carbo Veg 30 + Nux Vomica 30 - 4 pills ever 2 hours for one day, then every 4 hours next day, and 4 times daily for 4 days.

      There are no side effects in homeopathy.

      There are some home remedies too:

      ·Drinking milk or eating milk products are helpful in relieving symptoms of acidity.
      ·Foods such as pickles, vinegar, fried foods, hot spicy foods, chocolate, pastries, and raw salad vegetables like onion, radish, cabbage, and peppers should be avoided.
      ·Clove also helps to relieve the symptoms of acidity. Suck one piece of clove slowly to relieve the symptoms. It also helps to reduce the onset of disease that arises due to acidity.
      ·A cup of vanilla ice cream or a glass of cold milk also helps to get relieve heartburn and acidity within minutes.
      ·Almonds are also a good source for relieving the heartburn and acidity. Eat several almonds when heartburn symptoms persist.
      ·Lemons also help to prevent heartburn. Cut a lemon into thin strips and dip in salt. Eat before meals to prevent heartburn.
      ·Take some mint leaves and chop these and then boil in a cup of water and sip slowly after meals. If a person drinks Fresh mint juice every day he will never experience acidity.
      ·Jaggery or gur taken after every meal also helps to reduce the acidity. Keep a piece of gur in the mouth and slowly suck it till acidity decreases.
      ·Eating bananas is also helpful in preventing the symptoms of acidity and heartburn. To prevent acidity it is advised to eat a banana daily.
      ·A mixture of 2 tsp of natural apple cider vinegar and 2 tsp raw honey in a glass of water before meals fights with acidity.
      ·Basil (tulsi) leaves helps to get relief from burning, nausea and gas. Chew some leaves of tulsi to decrease the acidity.
      ·Coconut water 4-5 times a day decreases the symptoms of the acidity and the heartburn.
      ·Harad (Terminalia chebula) if taken after every meal prevents the symptoms of the acidity.
      ·1 tsp juice of chebulic myroblan mixed with 1 tsp of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice helps to prevent acidity and heartburn.
      ·Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.
      ·To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Take this liquid 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days. It will decrease the acidity.
      ·Take a glass of water, add a pinch of baking soda and drink it. It gives immediate relief from acidity.
      ·Take a glass of warm water, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida) and have it every morning to prevent acidity.
      ·Eat a serving of cucumber or watermelon 4-5 times in a day to fight against acidity.
      ·Fennel helps to relieve abdominal pain, colon disorders, gas, and gastrointestinal tract spasms. It is an effective remedy for acidic stomach conditions (heartburn).
      ·Ginger is very useful for digestive disorders. It help to relieve indigestion from rich foods.
      ·Make a fine powder by adding equal amounts of ginger powder, black pepper, dried mint leaves, asafetida (hing), anise seeds, coriander seeds, cumin, fennel and common salt. Dosage: Take about 1 teaspoon of this powder with water, twice a day after meals.
      ·It is advised to eat 8-10 glass to water daily. Drinking water gives immediate relief to symptoms like wind, distended stomach and acidity.
      ·Chewing bubble-gum also disappears the acidity. This is an easy and best way to get rid of Acidity.
      ·For heartburn drink a teaspoon of vinegar. It is because there is not sufficient acid in our stomach to digest food properly, thus gasses come back up and burn our stomach.
      ·Calcium also helps to fight with the heartburn and acidity. Yoghurt or ice-cream gives immediate relief from acidity and heartburn.
      ·1 tsp juice of chebulic myroblan mixed with 1 tsp of amla (Indian gooseberry) juice daily relieves acidity.
      ·Powder one clove and one cardamom; use the powder as a mouth freshener after every meal. No more acidity and no more bad breathe.
      ·After food maintain an upright posture to prevent the reflex and to prevent the symptoms of acidity.
      ·Sleep with your head and shoulder on a high pillow for elevation.
      ·Do not skip meals. Do not keep large gap between meals. This produces gas / wind.
      ·Eat dinner 2-3 hours before going to bed.
      ·Last but not the least stop smoking and cut down on alcohol.
      ·After all three meals, take a small piece of jaggery and keep it in your mouth and suck. Voilá no more acidity.
      ·Boil one cup of water. To this add 1 tsp of Aniseed (Saunf). Cover and leave overnight. Strain the water in the morning, add 1 tsp of honey. When this is taken 3 times a day it prevents acidity.
      ·To 1 ½ liters of water add 1 tsp Caraway seeds (shah jeera). Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Sip while warm. Have the concoction 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days.
      ·Powder one clove and one cardamom; use the powder as a mouth freshener after every meal. No more acidity and no more bad breath.

  18. QUESTION:
    can i switch from using an acne medication to using natural remedies?
    I use Dermatopix to wash my skin at night and I also use Ziana. Doctors say it's good to use this stuff, but I feel like it's unhealthy. It has helped my acne a little, but in its place I have dry, discolored skin. Is there a way I can simply drop the medications and use natural remedies? Or will it only make my skin worse?
    Thanks so much for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      i dont know what your situation is, but the only things that helped me was the birth control pill that reduced testosterone which caused the acne. topical "natural stuff didnt do a thing. also proactive has helped, neutrogena acne treatment gel and oil of olay regenerist heat peel, origins mud mask. exercising, drinking water and eating fruits and veggies and staying clean will help. natural products will help too. but in my experience, they only supplement the more conventional treatment to control acne. good luck acne is a b!tka to alleviate.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can an Osteopathic doctor use herbs and natural remedies more than pills to treat patients?.?
    I am torn between Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine because I love both of their holistic approach. I love how herbs and other natural remedies can be used to treat a patient rather and jumping to pills. I've been researching alot about Osteopathic medicine, and I would love to know if natural remedies besides the OMT is practiced: how big is nutrition and natural remedies to an osteopath?

    • ANSWER:
      This question is only relevant to US trained Osteopaths. Outside the USA osteopaths do osteopathy and not Alopathic medicine so do not prescribe pills at all.

      Some practice using herbs and natural remedies but I recommend if you do see an Osteopath expecting herbs and supplements US or elsewhere you find one that has additional training in these fields. it isn't part of the core curriculum to any great depth in any training program.

  20. QUESTION:
    Who knows of a natural remedy to help hair grow longer and thicker?
    Does anybody know of a natural remedy to help hair grow faster and also thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      Healthy hair growth starts with good nutrition. Your hair needs certain nutrients to grow properly. This can be achieved by getting enough of the right fats, vitamins, and minerals from your diet, or from dietary supplements. There are also some other supplements that may also be able to help, like saw palmetto, Pygeum Africanum, MSM, and grape seed extract. I like Caribbean Hair Grow. You should talk to your doctor before you do, or take anything, and also do your own research (wikipedia, pubmed, etc.) as well. Check out the article link below for some useful information. Hope this helps...

  21. QUESTION:
    Can cancer sickness have a natural remedy instead of chemotherapy?
    Do natural remedies like Ganodama & Spirulina ttreat cancer compleately?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a number of good answers above - especially the answer from "lo_mcg."

      Many chemotherapy drugs are "natural" remedies obtained from plants.

      Examples of plant alkaloids used in chemotherapy are actinomycin D, doxorubicin, and mitomycin.

      One of our best relatively new agents - Taxol - comes from the bark of the Pacific Yew tree.

      Vinblastine and Vincristine are commonly used chemotherapy agents obtained from Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar periwinkle).

      Camptothecin and Irinotecan come from Camptotheca acuminata.

      We in oncology have no bias against using natural remedies. We have been using them for over 40 years. But they have to be proven effective in controlled clinical trails - not just touted based on unscientific anecdotal evidence.

      In the long history of medical concoctions used throughout the European "Dark Ages and into the 1900's in America, people have used medicines that were not proven effective and in many cases did more harm than good. Calomel (mercury) is a good example. Even today there are naive people wasting money on useless medicines, and there are many sellers looking to make money from the unfortunate people who want to try anything in desperate situations. I spent a great deal of time in my oncology practice trying to talk people out of trying chemotherapy when I thought the odds of harm exceeded the chances for a real benefit. But many people will not accept the no treatment option and look elsewhere for a miraculous cure.

      Cytotoxic chemotherapy is rough. I have always said that we have to "half kill" someone to cure a cancer with chemotherapy, but there are types of cancer that respond well and can be very effectively treated with these medicines - many of which were found in nature's plants.

      Our hope is that non-specific cytotoxic chemotherapy agents will be replaced some day with more specific treatments such as the monoclonal antibody preparations now coming into clinical use. I predict that in the future we will look back at this time as barbaric for the use of present toxic, non-specific chemotherapy agents. Until that day comes, we use the best we have - the treatment that have been proven effective scientifically. Otherwise we are back to shamans and witch doctors chanting or mixing up "Theriac" with owl's toe and eye of newt.

  22. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to help regulate menstrual cycle?
    I haven't gotten a natural period since May. My doctor perscribed me progesterone to induce a period which hopefully would induce ovulation, but it did not. I am looking for some natural remedies for this and have come across vitex and acupuncture. What do you know about these two options? Or do you know of others that i should look into?

    • ANSWER:
      Vitex is excellent! I personally recommend FertilAid. Yes, it might be a little pricey to some, but it works wonders, it's gentle, natural, and contains all kinds of stuff to help you ovulate regularly and support healthy blood flow to your reproductive organs, as well as having all the vitamins a prenatal has so you don't have to take more pills just to get ready for pregnancy. Check out the website mentioned by a previous answerer ( http://www.fertilaid.com/ ). You get free shipping, and if you "like" them on Facebook and become a fan you get a further 10% discount off the price in addition to free shipping. I'm one of their success stories.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is your best natural remedy and for what condition?
    I've had a lot of success with natural remedies. You?

    • ANSWER:
      I am somewhat an expert in this area and especially in aromatherapy. I am a certified aromatherapist and using pure essential oils of different aeromatic plants can be very therapeutic. First, an essential oil is the purest essence of any plant. This liquid part of the plant can be extracted from stems, roots, leaves, bark and mostly from flowers. Essential oils can be used by various methods, such as inhaling via steam or fan diffusion, used "neat" directly rubbed on the skin, diluted in waters such as soaking in a bath tub, etc. One thing you need to know first about using essential oils is that you should test them first on a small part of your skin to make sure you are not allergic and those suffering from chronic lung problems will need to ask their doctor is it's ok to use, because some oils can be very strong and caustic.

      So with that said, here are a few natural remedies:

      Lavender can be used to help with skin conditions and to help calm and sleep.
      Orange and most Citrus can be used for chronic fatigue to help wake in the morning and to help with focus and concentration.
      Tea Tree is a great anti-viral and anti-fungal and can be used to diffuse when you have an upper respiratory cough or cold, it can be used directly on the skin for insect bites or put directly on a cold sore to help it heal quickly.
      Peppermint is great for general joint aches and pains as well as headaches. I put it directly on my joints or on the temples of my head when I have a headache.

      There are many more....just check the information part of my website to get much more information on using essential oils in aromatherapy.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can an Osteopathic doctor use herbs and natural remedies more than pills to treat patients?
    I am torn between Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine because I love both of their holistic approach. I love how herbs and other natural remedies can be used to treat a patient rather and jumping to pills. I've been researching alot about Osteopathic medicine, and I would love to know if natural remedies besides the OMT is practiced: how big is nutrition and natural remedies to an osteopath?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    What acne wash or natural remedy worked for you?
    I've been suffering with light to moderate acne since I was 10. Now it's gotten better but I still get giant breakouts before my time of month. Is there anything that you use to help clear your acne? I am currently using proactiv, but it doesn't help get rid of underground acne. And does your acne wash or natural remedy get rid of acne scars too?

    Thanks to all who answer.

    • ANSWER:
      That sucks, it sounds like it's hormones. If you always get really bad breakouts around your period or you always get them in your chin and jaw area, you might want to ask your doctor about Spironolactone; it's a hormone blocker that blocks the overproduction of testosterone, which is the zit-producing hormone and often responsible for evil "time of the month" breakouts...

      I am on it right now and it works for me, but then again, my doctor only prescribed it to me in a last-ditch effort before accutane (this is also "off label" use, so some doctors don't even know about it). I have also read of spiro being prescribed one week before the period and one week during to treat premenstrual acne. A natural alternative to spiro would be Saw Palmetto, which you can find in the vitamin section of most stores--but keep in mind, just because it's a vitamin and "natural" doesn't mean it's good for you to mess with---so do lots of research and maybe talk to your doctor about it. You can always try birth control too...

      For natural remedies for scars and acne, I got you covered: Apple Cider Vinegar. Make a toner compromised of a 1:3 ratio; so like 1 tablespoon ACV mixed with 3 tablespoons water. You can throw in some tea tree oil for extra acne prevention (look up some recipes; there are tons), but honestly, topical acne treatments might not work for your hormonal acne (not even accutane can "cure" hormonal acne--only regulating your hormones can). As for face washes, I wouldn't even bother if I were you; none of these can touch hormonal cystic acne either, and they often just aggravate.

  26. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies or oils to heal anal fissures?
    I just had my second baby 4 weeks ago and had an episotomy. This caused hemis and now an anal fissure. My doctor would only give me hydrocortisone cream but this is not working for the pain. Since my pregnancy I have been taking Ducosate pills (oil) to soften my stools but that also hasn't helped. Any suggestions on natural remedies or oils I could take to relieve symptoms and heal the fissure? I am nursing as well so it has to be baby friendly. Thanks for the advice!

    • ANSWER:
      I've been right were you are! It's not a great feeling at all. Read this article at http://www.worst-pregnancy-symptoms.com/Hemorrhoids-during-pregnancy.html and maybe it will be useful in some way. I hope that this will go away soon for you.

  27. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I use for skin irritations or inflammations?
    Hi,

    Since my return from Jamaica I have this really annoying burning sensation, redness and my skin is really dry all the time.

    I only use natural remedies............... Do you guys know a good natural remedy I could use for this??

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Well first I would go to the doctor as it could be something nasty that natural rems will not cure. I suffer with hives and i use oatmeal as a paste and put that on. But If I was you I Would go to the doctor.

  28. QUESTION:
    Anybody know any natural remedies for psoriasis?
    I am nursing my baby so i can not take any medications from the doctor.I just wanted to know if anyone had any home or natural remedies for it, I have it on my knee's .Thank you :)
    I live in Oregon so i cant sit out in the sun.It is always raining .

    • ANSWER:
      Our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins through the skin, the urinary tract and through the bowels. In the case of psoriasis we need to focus on eliminating the toxins through the latter two avenues rather than through the skin. Also certain nutritional supplements will help support the skin in the areas of inflammation and to help with detoxification.

      * Drink a glass of water every waking hour or two
      * Eat plenty of fiber
      * Whole foods diet
      * Consume essential fatty acids through fish and flaxseeds or its oils.
      * Zinc
      * Vitamin A
      * Probiotics
      * Hydrocloric acid for digestion
      * Digestive enzymes for digestion

      Certain foods may need to be avoided in helping to prevent flare ups. These foods are: Proteins found in red meat, poultry and dairy products. Since people with psoriasis have difficulty digesting protein these are the types of foods that may need to be avoided. The red meat and dairy also contain an acid which may aggravate inflammation.

      Processed, refined, sugary foods. These foods are all difficult to digest. Remember we want to help the body to release toxins, not overload it with more toxins!

      Alcohol and caffeine can trigger psoriasis so limiting the intake or avoiding these are necessary.

      Food allergies also have a part to play in psoriasis. Common foods are sugar, citrus fruits, gluten, and dairy.

      Good herbs for psoriasis...

      Milk Thistle is helpful for supporting the liver with detoxification. Take this internally.

      Burdock, licorice, sarsparilla, calendula, and chamomile are all therapeutic herbs for psoriasis.

      Soak a small muslin bag of any of these herbs and apply topically to the psoriasis areas.

      Aloe vera gel can also be used topically as it has anti inflammatory effects.

      Hope you find something that works for you!

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    I have horrible anxiety attacks is there any natural remedies for it?
    I am extremely stressed by pill and other types of traditional medicine. My doctor told me that giving me anything for my attacks would only make it worse. He told me to go on the web for some natural remedies. I want to find something that I can take when I feel one coming on and is portable. (Ex ample of somethings I don't want : Baths, Exercise, Massage.) Thank you : )

    • ANSWER:
      Effective natural remedies for anxiety include herbal, homeopathic and Ayurvedic remedies. Some of the best herbal supplements for anxiety include valerian, passionflower, lemon balm and skullcap, which have a calming effect on the brain. Click here for more detailed information on the best herbal supplements for anxiety.

      Commonly used homeopathic remedies for anxiety include Kali phosphoricum, Arsenicum album and Ferrum phosphoricum. These remedies can help bring your body and mind back into balance.

      One of the most promising Ayurvedic remedies for anxiety is tulsi (or holy basil). Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb that increases the body’s resistance to physical, biological, emotional and environmental stress. Tulsi is known to lower levels of cortisol, one of the body’s stress hormones, so it has a calming and balancing effect on the nervous system.

      Some of the best natural remedies for anxiety use a combination of herbs, homeopathic remedies and nutritional supplements.

      A better way of dealing with anxiety attacks long term is to learn how to eliminate them altogether. It IS possible! There are some good online anxiety self help programs that will teach you how to do this. See the second link for some suggestions.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for dandruff? I have tried nearly everything on the market!?
    I have used tea tree products, head and shoulders, t-gel, shops own brands, expensive brands, internet wonders (well so they say on the tin) - even shower gel. Nothing is shifting it. Are there any natural remedies out there that I could try? I have quite a sensitive skin so it would need to be something that isn't too strong. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I wash my hair every day.

    • ANSWER:
      Listerine! Don't spray it all through your hair, just on your scalp. Leave it in for 15 minutes and wash it out. Do this every day or every other day (it's bad to wash your hair every day) for one or two weeks.

      To apply either use a cotton swab or a spritz bottle. I prefer the spritz bottle.

      This should work if you have minor dandruff.. but if it's really bad you should get a prescription from your doctor for the heavy duty stuff.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies without medicatons for sleeping at night?
    I'm prescribed lunesta, but i don't take it because it leaves a terrible taste in my mouth all day the next day. What are some better ways to help me sleep at night? I usually just end up staying up for 2 or three nights straight and then i sleep really good that next night. but i wish i could actually sleep good every night. I hate taking medicine though. so anybody know any natural remedies. I do drink coffee but only in the morning. You don't think i should give up coffee do you?

    • ANSWER:
      I tried lunesta too. It did not work very well as a sleep aid, and I agree about the terrible taste. Many people should not drink coffee after 3 PM. It's unlikely you should give up your morning coffee unless you are hypersensitive to caffeine.

      Below is a long list I once wrote about ways to fall asleep. The list is so long that reading it might put you to sleep :-) This list is the one that Tony I copied and pasted from me without my permission.

      If nothing below works, email me and I can give you some suggestions about over the counter and prescription meds, if necessary. However, the natural remedies below are safer and free of side effects.

      What helped me a lot to fall asleep, especially when my mind was racing, was to lie in bed and listen to relaxation CDs, especially those that contain someone speaking with relaxing music in the background. The combination of voice and music is very soothing. Many of these CDs are available on eBay for very low prices.

      A warm bath is a great way to help you to sleep (depending on the season). If you can’t take a bath, you can give yourself a foot massage with slightly warm massage oil, sesame oil, or castor oil from a health food store.

      A helpful technique is to relax your body one part at a time. So you could relax your feet, your lower legs, upper legs, moving up from your lower belly up to your chest, etc., until your whole body is relaxed.

      Of course, guided relaxation methods can help. As vividly as possible, imagine yourself at the beach, in the mountains or country, or whatever is most soothing to you.

      If you have annoying thoughts that run through your mind when you are trying to sleep, you might have to talk to a counselor or therapist about that. I suggest avoiding prescription sleeping pills unless nothing else helps.

      There are herbs that might help you to sleep, eg, valerian root, kava kava, chamomile, hops, passion flower, skullcap. Probably, valerian root and kava kava are the best. However, what most people don’t realize is that it can take at least a few weeks for some herbs to build up in your system before they start to work.

      The minerals calcium and magnesium might be helpful for sleep. You can also try 5-HTP or melatonin. I would not take melatonin for over a month unless your doctor says it is ok.

  33. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies can I take for Depression?
    I am a 40 yr old male with clinical depression and anxiety. Currently, I am under a physicians care and on prescription medication.However, I heard certain foods and natural remedies can help with emotions and endorphins. I want to eat healthier and live fairly close by to Whole Foods Supermarket?Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      I drink St. John's Wort tea. It's one of the more traditional herbs used to treat depression and anxiety. If you can, go for Traditional Medicinals brand. They're the only tea brand I've ever heard of to use medicine-grade herbs in their teas.

      I brought the tea to my doctor, and she told me it wouldn't react adversely with my prescriptions, but it's always good to check depending on what you are on. Particularly with mood-altering meds.

      Endorphins are also good, and you can get them by exercising. For an extra boost, try some positively-reinforcing yoga. Yoga is great because not only does it work out your whole body and stretch your muscles, but it's a way to work out that's also soothing to your mind. Regulating your breathing and meditating can also add to your overall mental health.

      I've included some of my favorites below. :) Good luck! Depression is a heck of a journey, and we all need what help we can get.

  34. QUESTION:
    what are the natural remedies to detoxify mercury/led from the body?
    what are the natural remedies to detoxify mercury/led from the body? Since DMSA pulls it out too fast and while you are on SSRI, its not a good feeling. Garlic is thought to speed up the natural detoxification process

    Cilantro? Chlorella? Do they even work?
    Also, which one would not interact with Celexa SSRI?

    • ANSWER:
      There is nothing in alternative medicine that will 'detox' mercury or lead. 'Detox' in this respect is a scam. You don't have mercury or lead poisoning anyway. Garlic will have no 'speed up' effect on liver or kidney function.

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      EDIT: I should have mentioned to beware of detox scams, the internet is abound with them. First they alarm you that you are full of accumulated 'toxins', they they will try to sell you some quack remedy with no proper science to support it. Stay skeptical.

      From Wiki:
      "Body cleansing and detoxification have been referred to as an elaborate hoax used by con artists to cure nonexistent illnesses. Most doctors contend that the 'toxins' in question do not even exist.[16][17] In response, alternative medicine proponents frequently cite heavy metals or pesticides as the source of toxification, however no evidence exists that detoxification approaches have a measurable effect on these or any other chemical levels. Medical experts state that body cleansing is unnecessary as the human body is naturally capable of maintaining itself, with several organs dedicated to cleansing the blood and gut."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_cleansing

      If you had mercury or lead poisoning, you would be extremely sick.

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      EDIT: These things have been mentioned below:

      Ionic Detox Footbath = SCAM! Read: http://www.chem1.com/CQ/FootBathBunk.html

      Bentonite clay for detox = SCAM! Read: http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4083

      @Janie - you don't need to be an expert in alt med to identify scams and lack of evidence!

  35. QUESTION:
    What is a genuine natural remedy to heal the stomach of peptic ulcers etc?
    I recently had triple therapy for h pylori, my gp suspects I have a peptic ulcer and dyspepsia, but I still have a flame like burning in my abdomen does anybody know if there are any natural remedies to heal my stomach? I've been eating live culture yogurts daily since the therapy but they are not really helping what else can I do.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you under the care of a gastric doctor or a GP?
      To neutralize the acid, put 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 8 oz of water and drink. This will help alleviate any stomach pain.
      Omega 3 Oil or 2 Tbs, of Extra Virgin Oil (not both) can help to protect the stomach and intestinal tract from ulcers.
      You can also try using Acidophilus, 5-billion & milk free, from a good natural supplier--this keeps good flora & fona with-in the intestines.
      GL.

  36. QUESTION:
    Are there natural remedies for infected insect bites?
    My three year old daughter is still in diapers and either a flea or spider got in there and got really hungry. She has four bites, two of them are swollen to over an inch in diameter, red, and filled with pus. They both erupted today after a week of growth. She is in some discomfort, but isn't crying, but does complain a lot. Is there some natural remedy to help it along or should we just take her to the doctor to be on the safe side?

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for a sinus infection? I'm currently on antibiotics.?
    I have seen my doctor and was prescribed antibiotics. It has been almost two weeks no relief. Does anyone have any "home remedies" or natural remedies? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Potassium iodide is supposed to help as in http://au.search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22sinus+infection%22+%2B+%22potassium+iodide%22&fr=ush-ans

  38. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for excessive stomach acid?
    I had a colonoscopy and EDG today and it turned out fine, except I had too much acid in my stomach which my doctor thinks is causing some digestive problems that I've been having. So I was wondering if there are any natural remedies for this. My doctor told me to take Prilosec, but I'm not really into prescriptions. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      1) Seek a reputable TCM Dr. (acupuncturist) for needles and herbs. Can totally restore your body's natural balance.

      2) Natural remedies to buy:
      --DGL licorice tablets (don't overdo licorice, Google this product for info) but indispensible to your condition
      --Slippery elm root (very soothing, awesome for your condition
      --LOTS of Ginger in everything: tea, food, juice, raw, can't over-do the ginger
      --Chamomile and it's non-relative "Roman Chamomile" as tea, very good for your stomach

      3) Foods to avoid:
      Peppers, spicy foods, red meat, mint (depends may be ok for you), try going without wheat it may help you or not, coffee, black tea, onions, (do research for TCM heating foods to avoid)

      4)Foods to eat regularly:
      -- leak/potato soup
      --replace onions with leaks in everything
      -- root veggies (carrots, turnips, radish, potato, yam, lotus root...)
      --Cucumber is very cooling
      --melon, may be too cooling
      --RICE should be a staple for you, very good for your belly
      --meats: fish, duck, and chicken (a little warming, but better than beef) no red meat.

      5) PLEASE DON'T TAKE PRILOSEC:
      My bf was on it for years to control his acid reflux. We believe it made him considerably more susceptible to infections and viruses. Ending in a horrid bout of campylobacter bacteria which had him in the hospital for days pucking and s***ing his guts out. So not fun. You don't digest food properly while you are on it, and Dr.'s just give it away. It's disgusting. Totally throws your body off balance. Seek Traditional Chinese Medicine help. He is totally off Prilosec now thanks to regular acupuncture and herbs.

  39. QUESTION:
    Any natural remedies for high testosterone levels in females?
    I am a teenage girl(15 to be exact) and have been experiencing some problems with my body recently. I've always had some hair on my legs which I shave regularly, the hair on my arms are fine and barely visible, but recently they've been becoming darker and seem to be growing thicker. I also find that hair is growing on my upper lip and the sides of cheeks. I think I might be imagining this but my mom says my voice is getting deeper as well. It's like I'm becoming more manly or something. I haven't had my period for two months(my periods have always been a bit irregular though) I did some research on this and have concluded that I may have an excessive amount of testosterone, possibly polycystic ovaries. My family think it's all very normal and have refused me a visit to the doctor, we are also in quite a bit of financial crisis right now (this is why I want natural remedies instead of medical treatment)

    Are there any natural remedies for high testosterone levels or just hormonal imbalance?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a Naturopath who can do some proper hormone testing and come up with a solution. This isn't a self-treatable issue. Without testing you're just guessing.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know natural home remedies for asthma?
    My husband has asthma and uses inhalers and the breathing machine everyday, but we are wanting to find natural remedies that we can do at home. We would really like to not have to go to the doctor and use medicines. So if there is anyone out there who knows any remedies that really work that you or someone you know has tried please let us know. We would appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Asthma is not something that can be treated with remedies, as it is not a temporary but a permanent condition. You can take an aspirin as a remedy for a headache, because most headaches are only temporary, so you can dull the pain until the headache goes away on its own. Asthma is not like that.

      The best advice is to consult a naturopath, who can find out what is irritating your husband's lungs and making them spasm. This can be something as simple as house-dust mite or a food intolerance, or it could be more complex, involving poor digestion and an imbalance of gut flora which needs quite intensive investigation and treatment that is not provided by conventional doctors.

      Magnesium deficiency is also common in asthmatics.

      Wishing you success with improving your husband's health.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do natural remedies for scabies really work?
    I have scabies still after 3 treatements of premethrin 5%. I read on the internet where it is really hard to get rid of scabies and that the prescription meds usually do not work. Would it be a waste of time and money to try one of the natural remedies I see advertised. Also, what can I spray on my mattress and furniture that will kill the scabies? Please help, I'm going bananas over this!

    • ANSWER:
      the medication should have worked if you did it properly. go back to your doctor and tell them it isn't working.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest me some natural remedies for swallowing problem?
    I've been feeling uncomfortable while swallowing.... I dont know the reason... I guess its because of gastric problem i have or anxiety problem i have but whatever the reason i feel like the food is going into my lungs rather than stomach and get chest pain and feel like something got stuck at pit of my throat...When doctor checked my breathing he said my lungs are good and he said that i may be having too much anxiety about swallowing and thats true i constantly worry while swallowing feeling that what happens if food goes into my lungs by mistake... The problem is i dont get any cough too(Which is the case in silent aspiration).... I have developed gas also.... So whatever the reason i'm feeling very uncomfortable while eating and now i started to feel like i'm not able to swallow properly... Anyway can someone suggest me some natural remedies which improves swallowing and makes swallowing smooth..

    • ANSWER:
      Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person's ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.Anxiety disorders can be classified into several more specific types. The most common are briefly described below.
      http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/anxiety/
      Here are 12 tips for overcoming anxiety, or at least alleviating it:
      1. Lack of control over your thoughts, strengthens your anxiety. As negative thoughts get stronger, your anxiety gets stronger too. You need to learn to control your thoughts.
      2. Feelings and emotions fuel and strengthen anxiety. You need to develop some self discipline, and learn to have control over your feelings. You also need to develop some degree of emotional detachment.
      3.When you go to bed at night, and first thing when you wake up in the morning, think about the good things that are happening to you. There are always some good things happening, even if small and insignificant.
      4. Start the day with several minutes of positive affirmations. Tell yourself how would like your day to be. Use positive, cheering and motivating words.
      5. Be busy and do something, since activity keeps your mind off your anxiety. When you wake up in the morning, start doing something right away, and keep busy all day. Cleaning the house, washing the dishes or working in your garden, reading, studying, meditating, or exercising your body can help you keep your mind away from anxiety. Staying idle, and thinking about your problems and worries won't make them go away.
      6. Set a goal and work everyday to achieve it. This action will direct your thoughts and feelings away from worries and anxieties, toward something more positive and constructive.
      7. Talk about your anxieties to someone you trust. Talking about your anxieties and feelings can alleviate them, and put them in the right proportions, provided you talk objectively, and with a real desire to get rid of your anxiety, or at least reduce its intensity.
      8. Exercising your body and staying fit, is a good way to keep fears and anxieties away. You can walk, swim, do yoga, aerobics, or any other sport.
      9. Find reasons to laugh. This will bring light and happiness into your life, and drive anxiety away. Watch comedies on TV, be with happy and amusing friends, or read something that makes you laugh.
      10. Use positive words in your conversation and in your inner talk.
      11. Affirm and visualize positive situations and events. Visualize a happy and positive solution to your problems.
      12. If watching the news fills you with anxiety - turn off the TV! Limit the time you watch the news, and don't watch anything that might upset you, before you go to bed.
      Often when we loose all hope and think this is the end, God smiles from above and says ‘relax dear its just a bend. Not the end. Have Faith and have a successful life.
      Do some prayer daily.
      Read religious book daily (even one verse/sentence can make the change)
      Do some charity (give something in charity-even one rupee will/or an old cloth to poor will be good)
      Give some food to stray dog/birds
      Don’t hate anybody. Love all and see the change. Evenif somebody scolding you don’t scold in reply. God is great and will listen you and solve your problem.
      Good luck and God bless you

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy for overactive bladder ?
    Is there a natural remedy for Nocturia and overactive bladder? I am waking up more then 10 times during the night. My doc has me on vessicare for a month now but does not seem to be helping.

    • ANSWER:
      The ubiquitous Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) for nocturia. Another one is the Indian herb Crateva for improved bladder tone. Horsetail itself is full of the mineral silica that helps strengthen the bladder wall.

      It may be best to find a supplement in which both of these are found in combination as herbs often work better in combination. Such as this one:
      http://www.worldwidehealthcenter.net/category.php?prod=957

      Further reading
      www.toddcaldecott.com/horsetail.html

      You would need to talk to your doctor first though as it might not be wise to take one of these supplements in combination with what you are currently taking. Talk to your doctor about trying the herbal alternative if the prescription drug is not working. You can take your health into your own hands but it is best done in consultation with your doctor.

      Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, cola) at night as caffeine is diuretic and would only add to the problem.

      Cranberry extract (or in the form of a drink) is another herb that is reputed to help with nocturia. Try to supplement on this as it is also known to keep the urinary tract healthy and free from infection.

      Best wishes.

  44. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of any natural remedies for high blood pressure?
    I have been walking everyday for over a year and follow a healthy diet. Have lost 70 lbs. I know I look better and feel better, but my blood pressure is very high. It just won't come down. I really would like to try a natural remedy. If anyone can help, I appreciate it. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You ask the question , Anyone know of any natural remedies for high blood pressure are you taking any think now from the Doctor ?
      and my answer is yes

  45. QUESTION:
    How to reduce-stop underarm sweating with natural remedies?
    I have a show coming up and when I lift up my arms to dance, I don't want massive sweat patches there! How can i reduce or stop it with natural remedies?

    (Ive used every antipersparant going, even the strong ones from the chemist, they don't work.)

    • ANSWER:
      If the strong anti-persparants from the chemist are not working you may have a sweat gland problem, go see the doctor he may have a treatment.

  46. QUESTION:
    How to treat a kideny infection naturally without going to the doctor?
    I have a kidney infection in my right kidney. The pain is pretty severe; it feels sort of like I sprained my back. I am a soda addict so I typically drink a lot of soda and little water. I know this is the cause, but now I am drinking water and I was wondering if there is a natural remedy to speed up the healing process, as the pain is pretty severe. I don't have insurance so going to the doctor is out of the question unless it is life or death. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to tell you this, but it may well become a matter of life and death. Kidney infections are much more serious and severe than bladder infections.

      You would do best to go to an emergency room, because kidney infections are almost always treated with antibiotics. In Australia we will often treat them with intravenous antibiotics.

      The home remedies you can try are no substitute for definitive treatment.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the best natural anti-inflamatory remedies?
    The doctor says my tailbone is inflamed and has hurt more and more for the past six months. I want to try some herbal/natural remedies before I get injections in my spine. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Tumeric and Bromelain are excellent anti-inflammatories. If you take Bromelain, it must be taken on an empty stomach to work.

  48. QUESTION:
    Any advice on how to cure a persistent (non-painful) anal abscess with natural home remedies?
    I am seeking advice on how to get rid of this persistent anal abscess that I have. I am looking for natural home remedies. I am in no pain from the abscess, yet I've had it for months and it won't go away. When I put tissue down there it discharges a yellowish pus and/or blood in small amounts, and this happens daily. Again I am in no pain. I don't need anyone telling me to go to a doctor to get it drained in surgery (and chance getting an anal fistula!) because it is always draining. Please, advice for natural remedies only. Is there certain vitamins or minerals I should be taking? I heard oil of oregano is good to put on the abscess to draw out the infection, has anyone tried this and also recommend it? Thank you for any advice

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural remedies for female AND male menopause.?
    I am beginning menopause and dont really want to do the hormone replacement thing. Are there any good otc natural remedies to help with the many symptoms? also, lucky us, my husband, I believe is going through male menopause, are there any mens' otc help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women get relief from Remifemin which continas black cohosh.

      Can't help your husband. Are you sure he's going through menopause? Could he be going out in sympathy? A friend's husband would feel things on her behalf (no joke) and the doctor told her that it was so bad that he would likely feel the labour pains when she gave birth.

  50. QUESTION:
    Best cream or natural remedy to decrease the look of cellulite?
    I know you can never get rid of cellulite but I at least want to make mine less noticeable. What are some good creams I can buy at a drugstore or natural home remedies I can use. I am not going to get surgery or see a doctor about it because I am not overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      yep, there is heaps you can do. I found some natural remedies you can work with here- http://cellulitebattle.com (they don't sell anything but will let you know what works). One things I love is the coffee wraps. I used those for about a month and I swear my legs shredded from excess fat and cellulite. Love it, I love this site it has heaps of good tips and tricks. Essential oils were effective too.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    who has a good home remedy for sore throat and coughing?
    i have heard lemon juice and honey.
    or salt and water and gargle. do those really work?
    any other home remedies for sore throat and coughing

    • ANSWER:
      I always use a cup of hot herbal tea with honey. That always seems to work for me. Also, warm salt water gargles can help to relieve the sore throat. Do it hourly for about a day or so and you should receive some relief. Hope this helps! :)

  2. QUESTION:
    I feel like I want to cut my throat off. Any home remedies for a sore throat?
    Its killing me and I can't get out to a store right now for medicine. Any home remedies for a sore throat?
    Or any medicines that work really well that I might can pick up later?

    • ANSWER:
      Easing the pain of a sore throat

      * Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
      * Gargle with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of water).
      * Suck on throat lozenges or hard candy.
      * Suck on flavored frozen desserts (such as Popsicles).
      * Use a humidifier in your bedroom or other rooms you spend lots of time in.
      * Drink lots of liquids.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any home remedies for sore throat?
    I have a really sore throat and wondered if anybody knew any home remedies to ease the pain?
    My boyfriend last week was told he had tonsillitis so would it be best to go to the doctors and get myself checked out?

    Obviously i can't go today as it's the weekend, so i just need something to help just now.

    • ANSWER:
      Gargling with salt water is the best way to kill bacteria and viruses in the throat. You can also put it up your nose allowing it to run down the throat.
      Apple cider vinergar also kills bacteria, but is harder to gargle with. Just swallow it.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for sore throat?
    I'm starting to get quite the sore throat, and I was wondering if there were any good home remedies for curing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Zinc lozenges
      Herbal Tea with honey
      Warm tap water + salt + gargle
      Steam (take a hot shower, use a vaporizer) sometimes your throat is sore because it's dry
      Ice chips

      Regardless: Stay WELL hydrated, drink lots of water.

      Stay away from smoke (smoking), dryness, OTC throat sprays, milk, caffeine, soda

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know the best home remedies for sore throats?
    Hi!!

    Just looking for the best home remedies for sore throats--tried salt down the throat--didn't work.

    Any ideas on this would be great!!

    Thanks!

    K
    Homeopathic remedies are welcome also!!

    :)

    • ANSWER:
      cough drops,
      lollipops,
      tea with honey
      lemon water [warm] and honey
      a hot shower.

      they can all help a bit with your throat :)

  6. QUESTION:
    home remedies on how to soothe a sore throat?
    out of no where i have a sore throat. it hurts to swallow so i didnt really drink or eat anything today. and i have no medicine for it so what are some home remedies to treat a sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Gargling with warm, salty water
      2. Chamomile tea can also help you in treating sore throat
      3. Crush onion and sugar, extract the juice and consume like syrup. Let it go over your throat very slowly. This will also help you cure your cough if you have any.
      4. Of course, avoid consuming cold stuff.

      Hope you feel better soon.

  7. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to cure sore throat when it starts?
    This morning ive felt a small sore-ness in my throat, now 12 hours past its a sore throat.

    Are there any home remedies I can use and do before it blows out to a full cold?

    I know the Gargle with salt water already, anything besides warm salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's tip i found and tested, and it worked!
      Warm water with some lemon juice, and two spoons of honey.
      It will really do it some good.

  8. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a very sore throat?
    I've already tried gargling with warm salt water and drinking tea with honey and lemon, but my throat is still killing me! I can't take any medicine as I am pregnant. Does anyone else have any other home remedies for a sore throat? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy does not preclude the use of all medications though of course as a mother we do everything we can to protect our unborn child. Having had four children, I tried to bear in mind that being ill also affected the child I was carrying.
      Most sore throats are viral but there is a lot of Strep circulating right now. There are many antibiotics that can be taken safely while pregnant, others which cannot. Your doctor can choose the correct medication and dosage for you if you have a bacterial throat infection. You can also take acetaminophen safely during pregnancy; it can be used for both pain and/or fever without fear of harm to the baby.
      I recommend you speak with your OB/GYN regarding your concerns. They will be able to guide you, reassure you and if not evaluate and prescribe for you, they will work with your primary care provider in choosing the right plan of treatment.
      I do hope you feel better soon, wish you an easy pregnancy and a strong, healthy baby!

  9. QUESTION:
    How to treat a sore throat with home remedies?
    I just woke up with a sore throat today, and don't really have the money to go to a doctor just for it. Is there any home remedies out there to treat my sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      ricola herbal throat drops

      make some tea and use honey to sweeten it.
      Use lemon for added flavor plus its good for your throat

      the honey and the lemon are both soothing to the throat.
      drink plenty of fluids

      also gargling helps.
      gargle with salt water every morning evening and night.

  10. QUESTION:
    any home remedies for sore throat and swollen gland?
    my 50 year old dad is sick with a sore throat and swollen glands.
    he went to the dr. ANd is in medication but is there any home remedies i kAn prepare for my daddy?
    thanks for your answer.

    • ANSWER:
      there is an Indian remedy which suggests ginger slices with honey, second one says normal tea with/without sugar but with a pinch of salt. I dont know actual condition of your father so better if you please check that would ginger is good for his glands or not. Honey is always useful .

  11. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for sore throat, cough and sinus congestion?
    Note: I am a diabetic. A trip to the doc is not exactly an option. Have been fighting the sinus and chest congestion since October. Lots of sinus drainage. Which in turn is what I think is making the cough and sore throat.

    ANy home remedy ideas that can get rid of this?

    • ANSWER:
      After 4 months I think I'd be heading for the doctor too, but if you really don't want to then for the cough and sore throat I would try hot lemon drink (make it yourself - just boil a pan of water with a lemon sliced up in it). As you are diabetic I won't suggest adding sugar or honey but I think there are sugar-free sweetener granules you could add just to take away the tartness of the lemon. A shot of whisky or brandy in it always helps me but I'm not sure if you can have that as a diabetic.
      For the sinus congestion, steaming is always good. Get a large bowl, fill with boiling water, add peppermint or eucalyptus essential oils (or Olbas Oil), stick a towel over the back of your head and lean forward over the bowl (enclosing the bowl within the towel), and breathe deeply for as long as you can. Warning - the oils may make your eyes water so keep them shut while you do this.
      As far as diet is concerned, dairy is considered a common factor in sinus problems and mucus production. Try cutting dairy out of your diet for a month (and yes, I mean all of it, no milk, butter, cheese, nothing with lactose, whey powder etc etc), have a really healthy diet full of vegetables and fruit (more than the rather low recommended 5 a day if possible).
      Get some exercise - get out in the fresh air and walk. Breathe deeply.

  12. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies for a sore throat?
    i have a sore throat right now and it hurts to cough, swallow, and sometimes it hurts to inhale. does anybody have WORKING home remedies out there?

    • ANSWER:
      the best home remedy is homey and lime. put some honey in a bowl and squeeze enough lime in it so that the mixture is a bit sour. the lime will cut the cold and the honey will soothe the throat. take about a tablespoon every hour. this ALWAYS works for me plus it is quite yummy. hp u feel better =)

  13. QUESTION:
    Any good home remedies to help a sore throat fell and get better quickly?!?
    I got a cold on Thursday and I have a sore throat and my voice is fading in and out. I DO NOT have strep throat. Are there any home remedies that can help soothe my throat, and make it better quickly???
    Any inappriate, rude, and or gross, mean things said will get a thumbs down and you will be reported. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Three things always work for me when I get a sore throat...

      Run hot water in a sink and almost fill it up then put a towel over your head to breathe the steam in. This will open up your sinuses really good. Then gargle with warm salt water.

      I also drink a tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar in water or apple juice for a few days straight, combined with the gargling and steam it usually kicks my sore throat pretty quick.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for a really bad sore throat?
    I'm just starting to get a cold and the sore throat is killing me! Lozenges don't often soothe enough for me, are there any home remedies which will reduce the symptoms of my cold and possibly eliminate or reduce my sore sore throat?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the honey and lemon teas which need to be slowly sipped.

      Another old remedy is to dissolve an asprin or disprin and gargle for a few minutes. I have tried a few things in desperation and I personally believe this is the best remedy for me when my throat get that sore.

      Depending on your symptions you could also try so aromatherapy blends to assits with the cold.

      Eucalyptus oil is excellent for colds and can assist greatly with breathing. This can be placed on a tissue and inhalded or in a aromatherapy burner or diffuser.

      Another excellent form of natural therapy is Reiki, if you know someone who coulc send you some it would be most beneficial.

      Its your decision on how to relieve your sore throat but if it hangs around for two long you may need to see the doctor.

      Cheers to improved health

      Take care!

  15. QUESTION:
    Best home remedy for congestion and sore throat?
    I have tried a few things for my sore throat, congestion, headache and for the pain in my ears. I was wondering if any one had some home remedies that work best to fix such ailments.

    Halls, TheraFlu and Advil don't seem to help.

    • ANSWER:
      Boil water with fresh ginger like tea .Put some honey in it .
      It is very good for throat.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any home remedies for throat pain?
    Today I woke up and felt pain in my throat. It hurts so much i can barely swallow it hurts so much. I've been taking dayquil and it doesn't do anything. Can anyone give me any home remedies for a sore throat or whatever i have? It's not strep throat and thats the only thing i have no cough, runny nose, or anything just a HUGE pain in my throat Help Me Please

    • ANSWER:
      I have always heard gargle salt water. Dont swallow it though. Also try to get some of that numbing throat spray that helps.

      I looked up some stuff for you too.

      http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/sore_throat.html#PENNY

      http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/homeremedies_sorethroat.htm

      http://www.iloveindia.com/home-remedies/sore-throat.html#

  17. QUESTION:
    Help! I have a terrible sore throat. What are some home remedies that work?
    I have had a sore throat all day. I cant afford any medicine right now. I need some home remedies that work. Does gargling with warm salted water help? In need of some suggestions. I cant waste time being sick. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes gargling with warm water and salt really helps. Not talking, no dairy, and maybe hot water and lemon does too. Ice-cream soothes, doesn't make better... Good luck :)

  18. QUESTION:
    Very sore throat, any home remedies to relieve the pain?
    Iv been sick for about 3 days now, and my sore throat is getting worse. I don't feel like driveing anywhere so does anyone know any home remedies to relieve the pain?

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      mix malt vinegar into a glass with a little warm water and gargle twice a day.Also gargle with a tsp of salt in warm water three times a day in between using the vinegar. the treatment will kill the bacteria causing the infection and pain. salt is very soothing usually one day of this treatment is sufficient. vinegar is very cleansing and will strip away the bacteria gently.

  19. QUESTION:
    any home remedies to prevent a sore throat?
    I have a concert coming up in a few weeks and i'm scared my voice is going to go, i keep waking up with a bit of a sore throat but then it goes away later on in the day.
    Does anybody know any home remedies please?!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargling with salt water is very effective for sore throats . you can also try sipping honey in warm water.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to stop sore throat home remedies!?
    How do i stop my sore throat with home remedies? Suggestions wanted ty

    • ANSWER:
      i use warm water with honey and lemon juice. gargle and because i hate wastage i swallow.

      if it hurts to eat just have soups.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a sore throat fast?
    Any home remedies to get rid of a sore throat quickly.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some remedies on http://www.TryAyurveda.com

      NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR SORE THROAT
      After first confirming that strep bacteria are not involved, one may choose to treat the pain of a sore throat with any of the following natural remedies:

      1. A mixture of honey and ground lotus seeds taken periodically throughout the day
      2. Sucking on acidic fruits like oranges, grapefruit, or lemons
      3. A combination of a half teaspoon of table salt with a quarter teaspoon of honey and ground turmeric
      4. Gargling with a mixture containing equal parts of peroxide and water
      5. Taking a tablespoon of vinegar with a tablespoon of honey when symptoms first appear

      Get well soon.

  22. QUESTION:
    Any remedies out there for a sore throat?
    I lost my voice over this weekend (I was shouting too much at the Cavs v.s. Magics games), anywho, I have an audition for my school's musical tomorrow and my voice is almost completely lost. Does anyone have any at-home remedies for a sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      Stage-Door Remedies

      Actors can't afford to be upstaged by sore throats. So we asked some professionals how they perform comebacks when their throats are acting up.

      * Several mentioned the time-honored salvo of lemon juice and honey in hot tea or water, sipped throughout the day.
      * All had their favorite lozenges. Actor, director, and writer George Wolf Reily likes Ricola herbal mints from Switzerland. "They're great when you have to do two shows a day and your throat is hurting."
      * Singer Geoffrey Moore prefers Halls Mentho-Lyptus drops. "They don't contain any anesthetics to dull the feeling in my throat."
      * Actor Norman Marshall favors sucking on lozenges for immediate relief.
      * Another of Marshall's favorite remedies is a tablespoon of baking soda in a large glass of water. "I sip this throughout the day whenever my throat's irritated or I feel a cold coming on."
      * Actress Elf Fairservis humidifies her sore throat with a facial sauna. "I just inhale the steam for about 10 minutes. If I can spare the time, I do it three times a day until I feel better."
      * From a preventive standpoint, actor and singer William Perley protects his throat by "staying as healthy as I can and eating lots of carrots for their vitamin A. Also, I've been told by vocal teachers not to irritate my throat by clearing it too much."

  23. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a really sore throat?
    What is best to drink with a really sore throat? I've had hamumelia (greek tea) which has dissolved honey and something else in it, but what else can I use? Other than things from the drugstore like throat losanges or anything. I've already gone through almost 2 packs of the Vicks ones, and I just wanna try out home remedies. Please and thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I drink green tea w/ honey and lemon.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of sore throat fast?
    Is there any quick home remedies for sore throat?

    • ANSWER:
      Cinnamon - This is an effective remedy for the inflammation of the throat, especially if you catch a cold. You will need a cup of hot water mixed with 1 teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon plus adding a pinch of pepper and a couple of teaspoons of natural honey. A piece of ginger can also be mixed with the cinnamon together with a cup of hot water. This is a good home made herbal medicine and can be used to treat the sore throat. If you have cinnamon oil, you can also use a few drops of that mixed a teaspoon of honey and take that as syrup. Either of the two methods is very effective and will provide a huge relief from the discomfort of the throat.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best over the counter remedy for sore throat?
    Im away from home, out of state until Sunday and I can't visit a doctor because I don't have a copy of my insurance card with me. I have a really bad sore throat, only on one side though. Its hard to swallow and my lymph nodes around my neck are swollen. I know I need to be seen but what are some over the counter drugs or home remedies that might help until I can be seen? Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle with salt or baking soda and warm water, it will help neutralize any acidic secretions running down the back of your throat. Buy fresh garlic and chop & saute it and add to food or garlic toast, garlic is a natural antibiotic, make sure you have plenty of it. Lemon juice and water (I know it's acidic but follow with a salt water gargle) will up your vitamin C and help to balance your body's Ph level to normal. Stay away from sweets with the exception of using a bit of real honey to soothe your throat, you can add it to hot tea. With swollen lymph nodes there is a good chance of bacterial infection such as strep or sinus drainage from a sinus infection. Take care. If there is a health food store nearby check to see if they have Andrographis, not expensive, very bitter like Bactrim anti-biotic and it will work against viruses, fungi, and bacteria. I buy a bottle of Full Spectrum, 120 tablets for about , you only should take it 10 days at a time though.

  26. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and stuffy nose - home remedies?
    I had a sore throat from last night, until now.. I recently got a stuffy nose as well, and I am suppose to go on vacation on Friday morning...

    Will I get better by then? What are some home remedies for it to go away as soon as possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Colds and sore throats are common right now (you might scroll through the question and find lots of answers to help you).

      There are many things which will help you relieve symptoms and which may help the cold run its course faster, but it will still have to run its course and it is unlikely that you will be completely well by Friday. Here are some remedies that may help you:

      An almost sure fire way to ward off and beat a cold, congestion and sore throat before they can get a grip is to take lots of colloidal silver, echinacea, and vitamin C along with some olive oil extract capsules. Gargle with the colloidal silver before swallowing - and it is best to have the echinacea in extract form so you can gargle with it too, but capsules will do (if you use capsules take 3 capsules 3 times a day at the first signs of a cold).

      If there is any congestion or cough, also nebulize with colloidal silver and lobelia (five parts colloidal silver to one part lobelia) and take a Chinese herbal formula called ClearLungs.

      The above combo is what I personally used and have used the past week with great succes every time. It will usually help you whip a cold in only a few days - the sooner you get started the quicker the cold will be gone.

      Here are some other remedies collected from around the world which should be helpful:

      Congestion:

      • For dry and stuffy nose, try normal saline or salt water nasal drops made by adding 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 4 ml lukewarm water. Make a fresh solution every few days keeping it in refrigerator. Use a clean dropper to instill one to two drops in each nostril about three to four times daily for common cold .
      • Do not use medicated nasal drops without physician's consent as excessive use will cause chemical rhinitis with rebound block
      • 5 black pepper seeds
      5 cardamoms
      5 cloves
      5 leaves of basil
      5 small pieces of cinnamon
      Half inch piece of fresh ginger
      Half spoon of caraway seeds
      Two tablespoons of honey
      5 cups of water
      Instructions: Boil all the ingredients in the 5 cups of water till it turns brown and have a hot cup of this mixture every hour to relieve congestion. (From India)

      Cold:

      • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
      • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
      • One tablespoon apple cider vinegar
      • One tablespoon honey (or to taste)
      • Two tablespoons water

      Instructions: Mix together and store in small bottle. Take three teaspoons whenever needed.

      • A Mexican-Apache Cold Cure:

      "My father, Crisosto Pena, a Mexican Apache, believed that chili could cure anything. He said that it was packed full of vitamins and therefore a cure-all, especially for colds.

      One day he returned from work and found his wife and five children in bed with the flu. He felt so bad for them that he took out the bag of hot chili pods and soaked them in hot water for 15 minutes. Then he put them into a grinder and ground them with the water they were soaked in. He gave each one of his family members a spoonful with a piece of tortilla. About an hour later the family was moving about. The children were out playing around, and his wife was cooking dinner.

      From that day on, I too believe that chili is a cure-all, especially for colds. As a preventive medicine, you can mix the chili with garlic and onions. It not only tastes good, but also keeps colds away.”

      Told by I.M. Crisosto Pena, daughter of Crisosto Pena, and the great great granddaughter of Geronimo.

      • GARLIC! GARLIC! GARLIC! Eat about 5 cloves a day when sick and one a day when healthy.......should clear up a chest cold fast, also good for sinuses....friends may not want to be around you for those days, but "hey!...you can get some peace a quiet too! Garlic is a natural antibiotic with none of the side effects.
      • Garlic juice made by adding few drops of garlic oil to a teaspoonful of onion juice and diluting it in a cup of water is helpful for common cold
      • Another garlic remedy is made by taking 24 peeled cloves garlic and placing them in a medium-sized jar; and then adding raw honey a little at a time over a couple of days until the jar is full. Once full, set the jar set it in a sunlit window until the garlic has turned somewhat opaque and the honey tastes strongly of garlic. Take a teaspoon every few hours or whenever necessary.
      • A cup of strong elderberry tea at the onset of upper and/or lower respiratory virus seems to help thwart the virus. Some report that this is more effective for than echinacea.
      • Vitamin C, Zinc and Chicken Soup – three old standbys that work wonders! Like many home remedies that get pooh-poohed here by mainstreamers, science has found that chicken noodle soup actually is beneficial for the common cold.
      • Ginger tea or a teaspoonful of ginger juice taken with equal quantity of honey brings relief from common cold

  27. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies you use to soothe a sore throat?
    like at home things, hot and cold drinks?, etc.

    or if you don't have any at home remedies what are the best medicines for a sore throat.
    I am waiting for my allergy medicine to come in and it hasn't yet so I need something to help with my irritated throat until then.

    • ANSWER:
      I always drink a ton of diet or regular soda. Soda is really bubbly, so it feels so good on your throat. Also, if your throat hurts and makes you not want to eat, eating a baked potato really feels good. Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to get ride of sore throat, dry cough, stuffy nose?
    Past 3-4 weeks, I have been suffering sore throat, dry cough and stuffy nose in every morning when I wake up; some times it is clearing the day after taking some warm water, it may cause due to allergies, please provide me some home remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      NASAL WASH WITH SALT WATER
      DRINK CAMOMILE TEA
      VIT C TABS
      AVOID MILK EN MILK PRODUCTS ( ADDS ON MUCUS), MEAT EN FISH
      GO FOR MORE STEAM COOKED VEG.
      TAKE A WARM WATER FOOTBATH BEFORE GOING TO BED

  29. QUESTION:
    What can i do about my sore throat?
    Does anyone know of any home remedies for getting rid of a sore throat? I could use any help, because it really hurts to swallow so i can't eat, and i have medication but that doesnt always help the pain. I'm open to any suggestions, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      add 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp lemon juice to 1 cup warm water, sip gently. Any cough drops with zinc and vitamin c in them will take down the inflammation, ease the discomfort and keep your throat moist.
      If you have Listerine, it is the best for killing the bacteria and got it's fame in early 1900's as a medicine for tonsillitis.
      Also, Vick's vapor rub keep the membranes moist when you breath it, thus relieving the stress and strain on the throat and helps keep the mucus expelled and reduces inflammation. Although people commonly only use it for colds, it does help as a decongestant. Just make sure to wash it off in the morning before going out because it will open you up to much since it is also absorbed through the skin.

  30. QUESTION:
    Any natural home remedies for getting rid of a cold?
    I have a runny nose and sore throat with some sneezing. Is this a cold or alergies maybe. I'm not sure if i'm alergic to anything. Is there any good home remedies that can help?

    • ANSWER:
      HOME REMEDIES FOR COMMON COLD
      * Vitamins are most helpful in fighting against the cold as well as other diseases. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is helpful in preventing the colds and it can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, some vegetables.
      * Zinc is also helpful for cold that can cut colds short. When you first feel that you may be getting a cold, start taking zinc
      * Garlic, as well as onion, is sometimes taken for the relief of congestion and minor infections.
      * Horseradish is another herb that has an excellent property to treat sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections, reduces fever, and expels concentrations of mucus.
      * Another effective remedy for sore throat is to gargle with a strong solution of table salt and warm water. Gargle several times a day.
      * Echinacea is an herb that acts as nature's antibiotic. It helps to increase the body's immunity and thus helps in fighting against the infection and illness.
      * Goldenseal is another herb that acts as a natural antibiotic, and can be taken to help fight against the cold.
      * Add 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 5 ml lukewarm water. Use this solution as a nasal drop. Use 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily.
      * A ginger tea can be prepared by boiling ginger in normal tea. It gives relief to congested nose.
      * Drink a teaspoonful of ginger juice mixed with equal quantity of honey.
      * Take hot water in a bowl and put some Thyme leaves. Inhale vapors by covering head with a towel.
      * Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 shot of lemon juice, 1 shot of whiskey to a coffee cup. Fill the remainder of the coffee cup with steaming hot water, stir, and sip until cold is relieved.
      * Make hot chicken soup with lots of garlic. Have when hot. It will help unclog nasal passage.
      * Warm ¼ katori mustard; add 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic. Apply this on nose, chest and back. Cover up and sleep.
      * Boil half a bowl of water, add few drops of eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam.
      * Sage is used to cure sore throat, stuffed nose, gingivitis and coughs, is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Use as a gargle.
      * Warm up coconut oil. Gently massage the coconut oil over the child’s chest for about 5 minutes. Repeat the same on the upper portion of the back. The massage should be given just before child goes to sleep.
      * Avoid sugar (even natural sources) as it can impair immune function. Orange juice contains a much higher level of sugar than vitamin C. Therefore consuming lots of orange juice during a cold may do more harm than good.
      * Chilies, especially Jalapeno, are the best, most available and most effective antiviral.
      * Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat colds and flu. Recent research indicates that elderberry fruit extract may de-activate cold and flu viruses by preventing them from replicating.
      * A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, low saturated fats and whole cereals will provide protection against infective organism. Raw fruits and vegetables are better than the cooked one.
      * Take 1 tbsp of fresh gooseberry juice with 1/2 tsp ginger. It is a very effective remedy. This can be taken regularly to prevent recurrence of cold.
      * A tablespoon of ajwain crushed in the palms and tied up in a thin kerchief can be used for inhalation to relieve nasal block.
      * Boil 1 tbsp of pepper powder in a cup of milk along with a pinch of turmeric. Add some sugar for taste. Drink this once a day for three days.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have a sore throat and mucus all in my throat any way to get it to go away?
    I have a sore throat and mucus all in my throat, does anyone any way to make the mucus go away? like any home remedies? and sore throat to?

    • ANSWER:
      you need to thin your secretions (mucous), you can take Mucinex and drink lots of water.

  32. QUESTION:
    Any remedies to heal a sore throat quickly ?
    I hate getting sore throats and it's bothering me. Are there any simple home remedies that I can drink or eat or whatever to speed up the healing process?

    • ANSWER:
      Warm tea with honey and lemon always soothes my throat.

  33. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a sore throat?
    I have a horrible sore throat, anybody know some home remedies to cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      my mom always tells me to add 1 spoonful of salt into a glass and add warm water. (remember that you can resist the warmness of the water)*NOT HOT, JUST WARM. don't drink it. all you have to do is a deep gargle until reaching the throat. do this 3 times a day. and eat lots of vitamin C fruits. A warm lemonade. Oranges. etc. you should not drink anything cold, or anything sweet. and you should take anti biotic cuz sore throats are infections.

  34. QUESTION:
    Any good remedies for a sore throat and a high temperature?
    I'm off to uni in a couple of days but I'm not looking forward to it as much as I was because I'm worried I'm going to be too ill to enjoy freshers week. I don't feel too bad but I have a sore throat, a slightly high temperature and my ears are feeling a little blocked. Do u recommend any home remedies or medicines that I can take so I don't feel too grotty next week?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend taking some meds for the pain and getting a ton of rest while you still can, drink a lot of fluids.
      Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    What gets rid if a sore throat and mild nasal congestion?
    I'm looking for the best over the counter stuff to help me or any proven home remedies you know of. I have a sore throat and slight nasal congestion and drip. I already tried tea... Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle with warm salt water and get some kind of decongestant medicine with a pain reliever in it (Tylenol Cold multi-symptom comes to mind), some throat lozenges or hard candy will help keep your throat moist and help with the pain a little.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to help a sore throat?
    I have a really big singing audition in a week for my high school's show choir. It's really competitive and my choir director said I have a great shot at getting in, but I caught a cold. I can barely sing. This can potentially ruin my chances of getting into show choir. Any good, at home remedies for a sore throat and cold, or any good throat coats for singers? I'm desperate and willing to try anything (within SOME reason).
    btw - no honey. I'm allergic.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried a sore throat shake at caribou coffee? That really helped me.

      Try cold things such as popsicles and juice, but NO ice cream.
      Gargle some warm water and salt maybe?
      Sore throat spray should numb the pain. Mints, hard candy, sucrets and other cough drops will help as well.
      Is your sore throat associated with a fever or a cold?

      I had a fever and sore throat recently and nothing really made the pain go away, it was mostly time and my fever going away.
      I'm a singer and the best thing to is to let your voice rest. Your sore throat will most likely fade within a week so you shouldn't be too worried.

      Good luck at the audition :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Need to get of this sore throat by tonight, any home remedies?
    Im off to see Foo Fighters tonight (standing!!), but have a sore throat and I really want to sing along!!

    Any home remedies? Im not fond of lemsip, sore throat sweets and stuff like that. ^^;

    • ANSWER:
      gargal warm salt water. has to be warm and hot plain tea helps too

  38. QUESTION:
    What's the best medicine or remedy for severe sore throat?
    I don't have health insurance and my sore throat is killing me! It hurts to swallow. My ears hurt a little too. What is the best over the counter medicine for this, or home remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the best home remedy that I know:cayenne treatment for colds and sore throats:
      mix 1teaspoon cayenne pepper with 1 cup boiling water if you want a little honey in it it makes it go down a little sweeter and drink 3 times daily. you may also try red pepper made the same way. I have to tell you that this remedy is a hot drink but it will work...

  39. QUESTION:
    home remedies to cure sore throat?
    I've got a really sore throat, and it hurts when I swallow. I don't have a fever or a cough, and I feel perfectly normal other than the very sore throat. I've taken cough medicine and throat sweets but they're making no difference - does anyone have any home remedies to ease the throat pain?

    Please don't just advise me to go to the doctor because I don't feel sick. I'm sure the throat pain will go away by itself in a few days but I'd like to relieve the pain if I can!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargle with hot salt water. Tea with honey and lemon is good too. I's not going to cure the root cause, but it will relieve it until it goes away on it's own. Only go to a doctor if you have a high fever.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some good home remedies to get over a sinus infection?
    To be more specific, I have an earache in each ear, head ache, runny stuffed up nose, fever, sore throat, and sneezing.
    I don't have a chance to go to the doctors and get medication yet, so are there any home remedies that can maybe speed up the process of getting better?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, when we were children and had those problems, mom would boil water, put some Vick's vapor rub in the water and had us put out face over the steam with a towel on our head to help relieve the stuffiness. It really does work and boy, is this old. Earache,, what she did is not good for anyone's ear so I won't even bother, but because with an earache, the inside may be swollen, take some Motrin to relieve the swelling and fever. The remedy will also be good for the sneezing. She would also rub out chests with the Vick's. Try them, you can't go wrong, Oh, for the sore throat, she made a mixture of lemon juice and honey, That too really works. I have been a nurse for 30 yrs and I still like using these. Good luck, hope you feel better soon.

  41. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a sore throat fast?
    I need to get rid of a sore throat fast. Home remedies please.

    • ANSWER:
      Dissolve a teaspoon of salt and a sprinkle of baking soda in a pint of warm water and gargle for a minimum of 30 seconds. If you do this every hour or so you'll find it soothing. Well, all but the salty flavour, as I tend to go a little overboard with the salt myself, but a teaspoon per pint of water is just enough salt to mimic the body's own natural saline content. And if you're concerned about your sodium intake, don't swallow, just spit it out. I prefer to make up a jar and pour from it only what you need each time.

      A spoonful to bourbon or whiskey to a glass of warm water to gargle will help numb a sore throat.

      Honey or lemon juice in a hot tea or hot water sipped throughout the day is soothing as well.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this sore throat fast?
    It's 4 days until Christmas and I woke up this morning and my throat was a little sore. We always go up to my Grandmas on Christmas and spend the night there. My mom probably wont let me if I am sick. Plus, I don't want to be sick on Christmas so i decided to heal my sore throat before it even started so does anyone have any home remedies and recipes to get rid of this sore throat? Help me out please.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I know how miserable it is to have a sore throat! Here are some home remedies I found over the internet:
      This link http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/sore_throat.html has a TON of things you can do. The Lemon and Honey this one REALLY works. I had a sore throat this morning after I drank it my throat is just fine. I felt better as soon as I had one sip!
      All so what my mom says to do is get a cup of hot water (As hot as you can handle) Poor in as much salt as you can endure, And gargle, do this several times a day.
      I hope you have a good Christmas, And that I helped.
      Bye! :P
      P.S. Please give me feed back if I am chosen best answer!

  43. QUESTION:
    How to cure a persistent sore throat that does not include a cough or stuffed nose?
    For the past week and a half, I have been battling a sore throat. At first it was painful constantly so I took Nyquil and used Vicks on my throat-the works. Well now, the sore throat is more of a constant reminder every time I swallow than painful. I do not want to visit a doctor because lately I have been there for other reasons and I'm tired of going there.

    Do you know of any home remedies to cure this or foods that seem to zap away soreness or anything, really?

    I would be forever grateful, thanks! Have a good weekend!

    • ANSWER:
      Gargling with warm water with 1tsp of regular salt will help soothe your throat. do this 2-3 times a day. Honey, and ground black pepper is also good for sore throat.
      drink warm beverages like herbal teas, that will also help sooth a sore throat.
      you can also try steam inhalation 1-3 times a day to loosen up any mucus in your throat which can also be present.
      hope you feel better soon

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i cure a sore throat fast?
    I am having a very bad sore throat and need to cure it fast.Any home remedies or stuff that can cure me quick and is free? Why do i feel like I am going to vomit every now and then but there is no vomit at all?

    • ANSWER:
      Honey!! you need to eat some honey; lemon juice too if you have it. First the lemon juice then follow it up by a spoonful of honey

  45. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of a sore throat super duper FAST?!?
    Please help me!
    I have had a sore throat/cold for a few days but the sore throat has gotten worse.
    I can not be absent from school tomorrow because i have a lot of important inclass things to do. Can anyone recommend any home remedies or medication i can take?
    THANK YOU in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      •Tonsillitis*:

      The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
      • Fever
      • Bad breath
      • Nasal congestion and runny nose
      • Swollen lymph nodes
      • Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
      • Difficulty swallowing
      • Headache, ear infections.
      • Abdominal (belly) pain
      • Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
      When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.
      TONSILS:
      Tonsils are like street dogs in Ur vicinity. They are just like security guards for Ur entire body-house.
      When a thief/stranger enters Ur locality to observe the surroundings to commit a crime/theft; the street dog[s] starts barking continuously cautioning U against the dangers ahead.
      Similarly, much before the entry of a serious virus/bacteria into Ur body, the first organs to be affected are tonsils-which are nothing but lymph glands.
      As u r aware that lymphatic system is nothing but a drainage system. If tonsils are removed surgically, it is as good as killing Ur security guards given by the God.
      It is prudent and safe to see a local homoeopath for total cure.

      •OR
      Tonsilitis— Inflammation of the tonsil-a gland at the root of the tongue—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x failing which give mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and S 12x.
      It is often caused by taking too much of ice-solid ice and too much of iced water should be avoided by every body. If it is chronic MP 3x. If tonsils are painful NP 3x. If frothy transparent mucous NM 3x. If the discharge is golden yellow NP 3x.
      About 16 years ago, Sri Pooranchand Sood, Advocate, Agra, was going to get his son's tonsils removed surgically, when the author induced him to defer the operation. In about 3 weeks time this medicine cured the patient: since then he and his son have been recommending this medicine to a number of patients, all of whom have sent very favourable reports.
      Sri H.C. Mukerji, Advocate, Lukerganj Allahabad, gives an
      excellent report about its efficacy in several cases in his family.
      •454. Tonsilitis— (Septic)—Try both the above formulae, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.

      •Dosage: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      PS:If satisfied, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      •Source: 'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  46. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a sore throat?
    Are there any home remedies for a sore throat, caused by allergies?
    Anything other than gargling with salt water, and drinking shots of liquor with lemon and honey and hot water? I'm of drinking age, but I don't drink.
    I'm eating a piece of cinnamon candy, it's helping to soothe my throat.

    • ANSWER:
      The traditional honey and lemon in tea really does wonders, I prefer a green tea or i make my own tea from strained ginger. At nght, I will gargle with warm salt water, which soothes the throat as well as helps to clear the sinuses. Sometimes I'll have a hot toddie, which is tea with some liquor (I use honey tequila from mexico), to kill any bacteria that may have accumulated, but I usually only do that if I actually have a cold. A humidifier can also help at night time if you are getting a dry throat then. Running hot water in the sink, putting your head over the sink, and placing a towel over your head to hold in the steam works well for a temporary humidifying effect.

  47. QUESTION:
    How long should a sore throat last?
    How long should a sore throat last and are there any home remedies that I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a sore throat for 3 days, you need to see a doctor. When you get a sore throat, you can try drinking tea with honey and/or lemon, and gargle with warm salt water.

  48. QUESTION:
    Fastest way to cure a sore throat?
    I just recently got a sore throat well at least thats what i think it is. It kinda hurts when i swallow and my voice has very noticeably changed. My birthday is tomorrow so this sore throat couldn't have come at a worser time. Please what are some home remedies that cure sore throats really fast? that isn't traditional medicine. I'm not asking for a miracle i know it takes time to cure but i at least wanna get my normal voice back already.

    • ANSWER:
      You answered you own question. "It takes time to cure." Time is the only thing that will cure a sore throat, assuming it's just a cold.

      Drink as much milk as you want. It doesn't increase mucous production(myth).

      To alleviate symptoms, warm liquids and hard candies/lozenges can help. Take some acetaminophen, if you're not opposed to it and get some rest.

      Gargling with salt water may help, but not for the reasons he suggests.

  49. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and loss of voice remedies?
    Does anybody have any home remedies on how to cure a sore throat and loss of voice? I had a fever on Friday and had cold-like symptoms. I went to the doctor the next day and he said it was nothing and that I should rest my voice and drink Tylenol and stuff. Now that the fever is gone, I just need to stop my sore throat and get my voice back. Does anybody have any remedies you can make at home?

    • ANSWER:
      tea with honey

  50. QUESTION:
    I have a sore throat and cold and need relief fast?
    I have a horrible sore throat and cold, and I need to sing in a winter concert tomorrow. I have tried gargling salt water, drinking tea, inhaling vapors, eating raw garlic, drinking orange juice and eating oranges for vitamin C, and drinking warm water. I NEED help! Any tips, or home remedies, or even preferred brands of cough drops or pain relievers will be extremely helpful.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ludens throat drops help a lot so does the new mucinex drops that can be found at Kroger Ludens can be found at Walmart


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