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The Gut-Hormone Connection

How your Gut Issues are Connected to Hormone Imbalance

Maureen, a 46 year old mother of 3, had recurrent digestive problems and IBS along with acne and irregular, painful periods with a hellish case of monthly PMS. It all began around the time her dermatologist prescribed longterm antibiotic therapy for stubborn acne. While her acne only showed modest improvements with this common approach of prescribing antibiotics for years on end, her digestion got worse and worse until she had almost constant loose stools, bloating and cramping no matter what she ate! As time went on she became even more fatigued as her adrenal glands crashed due to chronic stress during her young adulthood during the many life transitions she went through during her 20’s.

As time went on she noticed that she began to gain a significant amount of weight. No matter what she ate or how much she exercised, it did not come off.

Finally, during her initial visit with me, I suspected that her thyroid levels...

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PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a condition that is becoming more and more common. If left untreated, women with PCOS have an increased risk of developing gynecological cancers as well as developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Women with PCOS may present with one or more of the following: irregular periods, abnormal or excessive hair growth on areas of the body other than the head, armpit area or pubic area, history of ovarian cysts, abdominal weight gain, cystic acne, elevated testosterone levels, infertility or difficulty conceiving, abnormal uterine bleeding, heavy periods, male pattern hair loss, and fatigue.   Elevated serum testosterone levels in women are fairly diagnostic for this condition, however I not all PCOS patients will have elevated testosterone levels. Nor will all PCOS patients be overweight. Patients with PCOS exist on a spectrum. Some will exhibit all of the classic symptoms and some will have only a few symptoms. I had a patient once who came in for...

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Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding

Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding is irregular uterine bleeding that occurs in the absence of recognizable pelvic pathology, general medical disease, or pregnancy.   I am seeing more and more of this in my naturopathic medical practice as our environment is becoming more laden with endocrine disruptors such as pesticides, herbicides and other pollutants.

Most commonly I see profuse and overly frequent menstrual bleeding as a woman approaches perimenopause, but dysfunctional uterine bleeding can occur at any point between menarche and menopause.

Traditional western medicine typically treats profuse and frequent menstruation more and more commonly with uterine ablation as well as hysterectomy, when synthetic hormonal treatments fail. While removing the endometrium will certainly permanently stop the bleeding, it is not treating the cause, which in many cases is estrogen dominance. Unaddressed estrogen dominance may lead to more fibroid formation or breast cell proliferation,...

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Breast Health Tips

Here are a few general tips for breast health.

1. Eat and drink organic. Pesticides and herbicides mimic estrogen in the body, thus increasing breast cancer risk. If you live in an agricultural area , it may be a good idea to detoxify every spring.

2. Drink at least 8 -8 oz glasses of purified water every day. Water helps to flush out the lymph system in your body and also helps to flush out the toxins.

3. Practice yoga every day. Postures that work on shoulder girdle and chest flexibility such as downward dog and back bends with the arms over the head will help to flush the lymphatic system and prevent toxins from accumulating in the breast area.

4. Eat plenty of foods from the cabbage and broccoli family which also includes brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens. These contain compounds such as DIM and SGS that help prevent cancer and also help the body to detoxify and break down exogenous estrogens.

5. Get regular screening. Early detection can make a huge...

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Avoid and Prevent Winter Weight Gain!

It is very common in northern latitudes for the average American to gain from 2 – 10 pounds each winter especially during the holidays when there are more parties and gatherings centered around food. Here are a few tips to prevent winter weight gain from compromising your health goals this winter season.

1. Fill your plate 1/2 to 3/4 with salad or braised greens. This is the best way to avoid overeating all of those carbs and fats at parties and potlucks that happen over the holidays.

2. Stay active. It may be time to retreat to a more indoor venue for your exercise, especially if the temperature is, say 5 below! Even though running on a treadmill or a versiclimber is not as much fun as cycling the trails or going on a nice hike, it will stave off depression and help melt away those extra pounds. Or better yet, try a more vigorous yoga class such as ashtanga style. Once the mercury climbs to a more comfortable 20-30 degrees skiing is always an option for those like myself who...

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Estrogen Dominance and PMDD

This one is for the ladies and the men and children who live with them.For many women their monthly cycles are dreaded events with PMDD (Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder), which is like PMS “on steroids”. This syndrome can include severe mood swings, irritability and depressive and suicidal thoughts that reoccur monthly. In severe cases, 2 weeks out of the month are OK and 2 weeks out of the month are pure misery.

In my clinical practice the cause of this is often estrogen dominance. This is becoming even more common as we have more xenoestrogens ( estrogen producing compounds from the environment) that we are exposed to on a daily non stop basis. Xenoestrogens can come from herbicides, pesticides, plastics, pthalates in cosmetics, etc. They are so pervasive that they are very difficult to avoid.

I find that once a woman with PMDD enters treatment with me their symptoms resolve within a month or two with tweaking needed here or there of the protocol over time. One of the...

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Abnormal Pap Results; A Natural Approach to Cervical Dysplasia

women's health Apr 18, 2013

by Tara Skye Goldin,N.D., published in Health Smart Today Fall 2004

It’s been two weeks since your annual health exam, and you haven’t given it a second thought since you left the doctor’s office – that is, until your phone rings. You’re told the results of your routine Pap smear are abnormal. You stop breathing, your heart starts racing, and you can feel your throat tighten. “Do I have cancer?” you wonder.

Thousands of women receive news of abnormal Pap results each year, and most of them fear the worst. Fortunately only a small number of abnormal Pap tests indicate cancer. The great majority are caused by cervical dysplasia, which is the abnormal growth of cells in the cervix. Cases of cervical dysplasia are classified as mild, moderate , or severe. Mild dysplasia is very treatable and can often be resolved non invasively using natural medicine. Many cases of mild dysplasia are simply a result of inflammation or irritation caused by yeast...

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