Q:As many as 90 percent of the American female population suffers from PMS and/or menopausal symptoms. Is this unique to the U.S. or is it universal?
A:These syndromes are not universal. There are cultures in the world where the words for PMS or hot flash do not even exist. Not all postmenopausal women develop osteoporosis!
Q:Physicians now add progesterone to the estrogen they prescribe for menopausal women. Is this an advantage?
A:There is a great deal of confusion surrounding the proper use of the term progesterone. Progesterone or natural progesterone refers to one specific hormone - the one manufactured by your adrenal glands or ovaries. What you need to know is that most of the so-called "progesterone" added to replacement therapy is usually synthetic, resembling the hormone made in your body, but differing in significant ways. Synthetic progestins (a more accurate term for unnatural progesterone) may have serious side effects. Natural progesterone has none.
Q:Then why don't the drug companies use the natural product?
A:A natural hormone (found in humans or anywhere in nature) cannot be patented by a pharmaceutical company. A slight variation of the hormone, however, can be patented! Does this explain the popularity of synthetic hormones promoted by the drug companies?
Q:Just how do the natural and the synthetic progestins differ?
A:The distinction between progestins and natural progesterone is important. The only thing synthetic progestins and natural progesterone have in common is their ability to sustain human secretary endometrium. Among the side effects of synthetic progestin are weight gain, bloating, and cancer. To add to the problem, synthetic progestogins diminish your supply of natural progesterone!
Q:Is it true that hormone residues fed to animals are found in our foods?
A:A mounting body of evidence suggests that other sources of estrogen are contributing to the back-ground level of carcinogens in our food environment.
Q:What are the sources of natural progesterone?
A:A major source is the Mexican yam. A substance from this vegetable is extracted and then converted to the same chemical structure as natural progesterone. It is then usually mixed in a cream base and applied topically. This transdermal route for replacement therapy does not have the adverse effects of synthetic progestins.
Q:How long has natural progesterone been available this way? Has it been used long enough to verify results?
A:Some physicians have been prescribing transdermal progesterone for as long as twelve years. They report fantastic results, quoted in my new book, Hormone Replacement Therapy: Yes or No / How to Make an Informed Decision - not only for relieving PMS symptoms, but also for menopausal problems.
Q:What prompted you to research natural progesterone?
A:My research actually started with estrogen. The information in the medical journals is alarming. For example, there is a 46 percent increase in ischemic stroke risk among nurses using estrogen replacement therapy, despite the fact that the group studied was comprised of women with less diabetes, less cigarette smoking, and less adiposity than those not using estrogen.(2)And very significant, I learned that lack of estrogen does not cause osteoporosis. Here's one example of how we know this: Tamoxifen is an anti-estrogen drug given to breast-cancer prone women. This drug blocks the uptake of estrogen hormones. Tamoxifen does not such thing!(3)
Q:How serious is the threat of hip fracture for American women?
A:Adult women face at least a 15 percent lifetime risk of a hip fracture. The annual costs of hip fractures alone are estimated at $7.3 billion in the United States.(8)
Q:What advice would you give to women who are facing menopause?
A:The most important suggestion is to learn the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy. Learn, too, about the wonderful track record of natural progesterone. Then discuss what you know with your physician, and together you can make a truly informed decision. Just remember that you do NOT have to suffer - with either PMS or menopausal symptoms. Them are safe ways to adjust your metabolism. They are neither complicated or expensive, nor are they health-impairing. In fact, you may find that some of your other problems will disappear as you attempt to regulate your hormone metabolism with natural substances such as progesterone.
(1)Hormone Replacement Therapy.- Yes or No - How to Make an Informed Decision (Nutrition Encounter, Inc.: Bel Marin Keys, California, 1993).
(2)Nurse's Health Study, 1991
(3)New England Journal of Medicine, 1992, 326:852-6.
(5)Lancet, 1993, 341:72-5.
(6)Bone and Mineral, 1988 Jul, 4(3):265-77.
(7)Clinical Research, 1983, 31:865.
(8)Osteoporosis International, 1992 Jul, 2(4):195-200.
Size: 2 oz. / 57 g. tube of cream of Standardized Wild Yam.
Use: Apply 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon to soft skin regions such as neck, breast, buttocks, inner thighs, inner arms, etc., rotation to different areas for each application. Use one or two times daily.
Benefits: Experience the benefits of a unique moisturizing skin cream.
Wild Yam is a botanical skin product containing the plant, Wild Yam (dioscorea), discovered by Dr. Russell Marker in 1943. Wild Yams contain diosgenin and saponin, important precursors in the synthesis of natural progesterone. The Men's Wild Yam also contains herbs for special support.
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