An article I wrote on hormone replacement therapy got some strong responses from women who thought I was wrong in denouncing hormone replacement therapy. However, recent government reports are supporting this view. Here is some of the biochemistry for why I think natural techniques are much better than HRT.
The Body’s Chemical Balance
The body is an amazing machine with thousands of chemical processes happening all the time. There are feedback mechanisms in place to regulate all these reactions to keep the body in a delicate balance. Hormones are one of the biggest contributors to the body’s homeostasis or chemical balance.
Whenever anything not natural is added to the body there is a scramble to rebalance. Likewise, when there is a strong reaction in the body when it releases strong chemicals, there is a scramble to respond both for balance and the needed chemical reactions. This followed by system rebalancing that can take considerable time.
An example of this is when there is an immediate serious threat. The body responds with the fight or flight reaction. The primary hormone released is adrenaline which causes digestion, the immune system, reproduction and more to shut down. Other chemicals are released causing hundreds of reactions. It takes time for these reactions to stop and for balance to return. Sometimes, balance does not return without intervention.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Problems
Another example is when hormones are introduced into the body from an outside source. It doesn’t matter whether the hormones are from natural sources or chemically similar. A strong reaction happens in the body that needs to be brought into balance with the entire system.
Worst of all, with HRT, nothing is done to correct the reasons why the hormones were low or high in the first place. The body’s numerous feedback loops are bypassed which can cause hormone resistance or pituitary suppression.
Menopause symptoms may be common, but they are not normal. They are caused by a huge imbalance in the body that is usually brought on from a life of poor habits and exposure to toxins.
Causes of Menopause Symptoms
The main cause of these hormonal imbalances in most cases is a poor diet. But, plastics and pesticides are a huge toxic contributor. Hormones in meats and milk add to the toxic load. A liver that is congested so that it can not metabolizing toxins and hormones is another huge factor for many. Other factors include fungal infections like Candida, adrenal fatigue, allergies, hormone medications, nutritional imbalances and stress.
Using HRT may be OK as a short term measure if menopause symptoms are severe, however, I can not recommend it long term. A long term holistic approach is ideal. Using supplements, herbs and stress reduction to bring the body back into balance will not only insure relief from menopause symptoms, but will bring long term health benefits as well.
What You can do for Your Symptoms
There are a lot of factors involved in balancing hormones so that menopause symptoms are resolved. The list of supplements and herbs that are indicated for each system is very long. Changing your diet to eliminate all sugars and ground up grains is a great way to start.
Bringing other systems back into functionality and balance takes skill. Of course, you could take a ton of supplements to insure you are getting the few you may need. But, most supplements and herbs are only needed short term. You can insure you are getting what you need by consulting with a professional. I recommend an Applied Kinesiology specialist if you can find a good one. Or, you can contact me for a phone healing session if you like.
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