Friday, July 24, 2009

Hormone Health Tips from last weekend's conference

Las Vegas Health Convention Notes---Alternative Hormone Health

Wow!!! I just read the article below, and I couldn't believe the correlation to what I learned last weekend. I'd never heard some of this stuff before!!!

The session at our AIM Convention was taught by Micheline O-Shaughnessy. Her website is entirely in French, but she recommends in English.

Some things I learned from her about hormones:

• Natural progesterone cream (made from wild yams) can help balance out the estrogen spike in the last half of a woman’s cycle that causes PMS symptoms. If a woman uses less progesterone than recommended (generally ¼ tsp a day), it can actually worsen symptoms by activating estrogen instead of balancing it out.
• Progesterone cream can be rubbed on the belly during menstrual cramping for relief.
• Belly fat is a factory for estrogen in both men and women.
• Progesterone cream has been used topically to help the placenta stay attached to uterine wall during difficult pregnancies (talk with a health practitioner).
• Progesterone cream used within the last two weeks of childbirth can hinder contractions from starting for delivery. A woman who is using these emergency measures must stop using the cream 2 weeks before delivery to allow contractions to begin. It can help prevent premature delivery in certain situations.
• A baby swims in progesterone and estriol in the uterus.
• Progesterone can help with mild endometriosis or fibroids.
• Estrogen taken orally increases blood clotting factors and is difficult for the liver to handle. She recommends transdermal estrogen gel if needed during menopause.
• When a woman stops ovulating, she stops producing progesterone.
• There is accelerated loss of bone mass during menopause. Apparently, progesterone helps build bone mass. Biphosphonates such as Fosamax keep dead bone mass to increase bone density but doesn’t help bone quality. It interferes with the natural protein structure of the bones.
• Men have some estrogen. If they have too much, it can cause heart issues or prostate issues.
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I just got some feedback from a health care professional whose opinion I requested. She cautioned that women whose hormones are already balanced could be thrown off balance by taking progesterone cream. She also reminded us that many of our health issues are due to lifestyle choices such as diet, caffeine, work hours, relationship issues, etc. She also mentioned that progesterone suppositories for pregnant women are often stopped at 12-16 weeks due to too much progesterone after that point causing urinary tract malformation in baby boys.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Healthy Skin

Skin problems can range from a few pimples every now and then to full blown eczema, psoriasis, rosacia, and others. What do you do when the topical treatments from the dermatologist including antibiotics, antifungals, or steriods don't clear things up even with long term use? Here are some simple, natural ways to improve your skin.

1. Drink more water. We all know that the skin is our largest organ and our skin problems can be toxins the body is trying to eliminate. And while you're at it--ditch the soda. Help your skin clear toxins out by hydrating, putting less junk in.

2. Supplement with Omega 3s. These healthy fats lubricate the skin, help the skin cells to function better. The cell membrane is actually made up of lipids (fats) and giving it the right kind can make all the difference. We've seen some remarkable results very quickly with this simple step.
3. Detox with a good herbal cleanser. If you feel like you need a full-body cleanse--digestive problems are a good indicator--check out how good you can feel after cleansing.

4. Try raw apple-cider vinegar for fungus. This takes time and consistency, but it really works. Just apply it topically to the affected area 1-3 times daily.

5. Consider using a topical progesterone cream, if the problem is monthly hormone fluctuations Not only does this have remarkable skin-clearing effects, but it also helps with all the other PMS symptoms. You know--headaches, bloating, tenderness, mood swings, cramps, etc.

You don't have to put up with skin problems. Try one or several of these remedies and see how good you can look and feel.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How to Survive Hot Weather

Health Tips by Cathy

Summer is coming full blast this week here in Idaho, so what can you do to survive going from 50 degree days to 90+? Of course we do all the common sense things, like wearing hats and long sleeves, drinking water, etc., but I want to talk about electrolytes and how important it is to pay attention to them. If you just pour the water down when you are hot but don’t replace your electrolytes, you can cause all kinds of problems.

Twice in the last year Russ and I have experienced this first hand as we watched a long distance race where one of the runners got into electrolyte debt. They begin to weave and stagger, often falling down within a few seconds. This is because even though their brains are willing their muscles to run, their muscles don’t have the minerals they need to fire up. Wikipedia says, “Without sufficient levels of these key electrolytes, muscle weakness or severe muscle contractions may occur.”[i]

This happens to all of us on a less dramatic scale when we are out in the heat, but don’t replace the electrolytes which may be lost through increased respiration and sweating.

What can you do to replace electrolytes? The most common electrolytes we can replace are calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium (salt). You can drink some milk or eat yogurt or cheese for calcium; magnesium is a little trickier coming in spinach, pumpkin seeds, and broccoli; grab a banana or watermelon slice for potassium; and of course ¼ tsp. of salt can be added to any drink to increase the sodium.

Most doctors and trainers warn against using some of the more popular sports energy drinks because of the high levels of sugar. Dentists especially are death on teen athletes’ overuse of these drinks. So skip the Gatorade and Powerade, prepare your own electrolyte drink, or pack some electrolyte rich foods and have fun in the sun!


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