by Dr. Sanjay Moham Ram ND
•Super Hormone Balancer and deeply knowledgeble Naturopath
As women enter their menopausal years, they face a difficult decision. Their bodies’ production of estrogen, progesterone, and other hormones that are needed to maintain youthful vitality rapidly decline.
While individual effects of menopause vary widely, many women suffer because their bodies no longer produce sex hormones at sufficient levels required to optimally sustain critical physiological processes.
Hormone Replacements~Foreign or Identical
Health problems encountered during menopause may adversely affect a woman for the rest of her lifetime in the absence of appropriate hormone replacement. Yet maturing women today are often told by their doctors to limit prolonged use of hormone drugs, taking them only long enough to obtain relief from menopausal symptoms and then no more. Unfortunately, this advice fails to recognize the critical differences between hormone drugs foreign to women’s bodies and hormones identical to those naturally produced by women’s bodies.
The Hormone Replacement Controversy
The understandable, factual concern advocated by many mainstream physicians is that FDA-approved estrogen-progestin hormone drugs have been shown to increase the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. The dilemma facing aging women is that their bodies may still benefit from youthful hormone levels, but many of their physicians say “no.”
There is, in fact, a body of scientific evidence indicating that natural progesterone (as opposed to synthetic progestin drugs) and the natural estriol form of estrogen may help protect against the very diseases caused by synthetic estrogen-progestin drugs that are foreign to the human body.
Mainstream medical practitioners (many of whom prescribed synthetic hormone drugs for decades) and the FDA (which still allows these synthetic hormones to be sold) are now at the forefront urging aging women to avoid their prolonged use.
Overlooked by mainstream medicine is a plethora of research findings indicating that women may more safely benefit from individualized doses of natural estrogens and progesterones over their lifetime.
Lifestyle Boost for Hormones
Almost completely ignored are lifestyle changes (such as assuring optimal vitamin D status and cruciferous vegetable intake) that may prevent and reverse the kind of damage to cell regulatory genes inflicted by some estrogenic compounds.
Three Cheers for A Comprehensive Approach
Overall, there is data showing how women may more safely benefit from comprehensive approaches that naturally restore youthful hormone balance, while protecting aging cells against carcinogenic (cancer causing) and atherogenic (vessel plaque forming) insults.
I will continue this discussion over the next few months. Stay tuned!