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Puberty is arriving years before it should, the birth control pill (BCP) is being given to twelve-year-olds, and many women are infertile by the age of thirty. What are the connections among these facts? And what does a decade or more of using the pill, followed by a few years of taking fertility drugs, do to the delicate balance of female hormones? Millions of women baby boomers are trying to understand where—and if—hormone replacement therapy (HRT) fits into their lives. Today, more and more women are searching for safer ways to balance their hormones.
Hormones are measured in tiny amounts called nanograms and picograms. Depending on the stage in your menstrual cycle, normal levels of estradiol for a woman can fluctuate from 50pg/ml to 300pg/ml. How small are these amounts? Consider the following:
[BL]One milligram = one-thousandth of a gram
[BL]One microgram = one-millionth of a gram
[BL]One nanogram = one-billionth of a gram
[BL]One picogram = one-trillionth of a gram
Once you know that a nanogram is one billionth (1 with 9 zeros) and a picogram is one trillionth of a gram (1 with 12 zeros), you can get an idea of the power of hormones and better understand why our hormones can so easily be thrown out of balance.
HRT has been used since the 1950s. It was in 1966 that Dr. Robert A. Wilson was commissioned by the makers of Premarin to sell a nation of women on the age-defying benefits of an estrogen substitute derived from pregnant mare’s urine. In the forty years since then, we have begun to learn more about the side effects of HRT. Over that same time period, the chemical xenoestrogens in our environment that mimic hormones have been jamming up hormonal receptor sites in a process that Dr. Candace B. Pert (in her book Molecules of Emotion) calls “chemical rape.”
In my book, Hormone Balance, written back in 2005, I describe the incredible orchestration of hormones in the body and the many ways that balance can be disrupted. This loss of balance can lead to symptoms of mood swings, PMS, weight gain—and even seizures. Hormones (or her-moans, as my sister Chris calls them) are definitely something that women moan about, and there are a multitude of reasons why.
I am happy to say that there are wonderfully different ways that you can be involved in taking care of your hormones. These include diet; exercise; herbal, vitamin, and magnesium and mineral supplements; and bioidentical HRT. With the right information and support, you can make your all your years happy and healthy.
Tonight on our internet based radio show, we’ll be talking with Dr. Carolyn Dean about how Hormone Balance along with a wide range of health topics and safe solutions. You will love hearing the beneficial interactions with our callers and hosts alike including the body/mind connection, identifying the ‘conflict’ in the ‘conflict basis’ of disease and much more!!