I’ve had a hormone discussion with several women in the past week or so, so I thought it might warrant revisiting the topic. I frequently hear women complain about menopausal symptoms and/or am asked how I manage those symptoms myself. Chemotherapy ensured I went to directly to menopause. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Femara turbo-charged any menopausal symptoms and completely depleted all of my hormones.
After quitting the Femara, and with the help of my amazing naturalist, I have been able to get my hormones back in check. Currently, I experience none of the usual symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats, and I view my herbal supplements as a God-send.
Below is a list of what I take for hormonal support. All items I take are from Natures Sunshine, except where noted (if you want to sign up for them, let me know; I can share my account number as a referral).
- FlashEase (which is the first one my naturalist recommends, because most women are lowest in estrogen). FlashEase is Dong quai root, black cohosh root, and rhizome extract.
- Wild Yam
- Black Cohosh
- Women’s X-Action (Maca root extract, l-arginine, eleuthero root, oat straw extract, red raspberry leaves, damiana leaves, licorice root and sarsaparilla root.) Maca root is the key ingredient in this one.
- Vitamin D3 (I take an oil based D3; not from NS)
- Xenostat (also not from NS) – This one is to help rid my body of xeno-estrogens (bad estrogens).
- I was taking NF-X (Goldenseal root, capsicum fruit, ginger rhizome, uva ursi leaves, cramp bark, squaw vine whole plant, blessed thistle aerial parts, red raspberry leaves and false unicorn root) but I stopped taking it in the past few weeks as my naturalist didn’t think I needed that one any more.
It might seem like a lot of things, and maybe it is, but it’s worth it not to have to deal with those symptoms. If you don’t want to go full throttle on the list, start with the FlashEase first.
I’ve finally found a few minutes to go back through my notes from my conference in February. I can’t believe it’s been 3 months already. The time is truly flying by. I’m hoping over the next week or two to report out on the majority of my remaining notes.
To that end, I wanted to mention PCRM.org. This organization (PCRM = Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) is another great resource for information, and their session was titled “The Politics of Food: How Conflicts of Interest Sabotage America’s Health”. As indicated on their website, PCRM “advocates for preventive medicine, especially good nutrition, conduct clinical research, and advocate for higher ethical standards in research.” They led the charge in getting the nutritional guidelines changed in 2010 and continue to fight the good fight.
I was not surprised to see that their advisory board included T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., John McDougall, M.D., and Baxter Montgomery, M.D. All four were speakers at the February event.
What was most interesting to me in listening to the speaker from PCRM was the deep conflict of interest that exists at the USDA. While they (the USDA) are, on one hand, responsible for establishing dietary guidelines, they are also, on the other hand, responsible for promoting commodity products. The USDA manages “check off programs” that essentially promote the meat, egg and dairy industries. “Got Milk?” “The Incredible Edible Egg.” “Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner.” “Pork. The Other White Meat.” All of these advertisements (propoganda?) come out of the check off programs and the USDA. How then can they objectively determine what the correct nutritional guidelines are? They can’t. They are never going to tell you straight out not to eat meat, since it’s their job to sell more meat. The conflict of interest just boggled my mind. I had no idea.
The other mind boggling statistic from this speaker: 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are used on animals. Think of that next time you are biting into your burger!
IMDb: Conflict of Interest (1993)