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In Memory Of: Charlotte Haley, Creator of the First (Peach) Breast Cancer Ribbon

Still less than 5% of The National Cancer Institute’s Budget goes on Breast Cancer Prevention.

Remember Breast Cancer is a Preventable Disease. Stay informed and make the best decision for your Breast Health. Information is key

Charlotte Haley

Charlotte Haley in the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc.

We celebrate the life of Charlotte Haley, creator of the first “breast cancer ribbon,” who died February 2, 2014 at the age of 91 at her home in Simi Valley, CA. She is survived by her three children Leslie, Nancy and Robert, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and her sister Iris.

BCAction members may recognize Charlotte Haley’s story from the documentary film Pink Ribbons, Inc.in which she tells the often-overlooked tale of the first breast cancer awareness ribbon, which was not pink in color but peach.  

In 1991, Charlotte began hand-making peach breast cancer ribbons in her dining room. To each packet of five ribbons she attached a postcard that read: “The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.” Her ribbons were a call to action: a demand for prevention of this disease and greater accountability.

Charlotte Haley Breast Cancer Ribbon

Charlotte’s peach breast cancer ribbons were a call to action: a demand for prevention of this disease and greater accountability.

Haley was strictly grassroots, handing the cards out at the local supermarket and writing to prominent women, everyone from former First Ladies to Dear Abby. Her message spread by word of mouth. By the time Self magazine called asking if they could use her ribbon in their second annual “Breast Cancer Awareness” issue, Haley had distributed thousands of her peach-colored ribbons for breast cancer prevention.

A savvy marketing executive, Alexandra Penney, then the editor-in chief-of Self, and Evelyn Lauder, senior vice president of cosmetics company Estée Lauder saw the potential of a ribbon branded to breast cancer. But Charlotte told Self and Estée Lauder that she wouldn’t work with them – they were too corporate and commercial for her. Legal counsel quickly revealed that by changing the color from peach to pink, permission to use Haley’s idea wasn’t necessary. They chose a new color and the now iconic bubble gum pink we see adorning countless products every October was born.

Though Charlotte Haley’s peach ribbon has been eclipsed by its cheerful pink cousin, her grassroots activism and commitment to breast cancer prevention continue to inspire members of our community. At BCAction, we have always made a point to write Haley back into the history of breast cancer activism. We mourn her death and we applaud her independent grassroots activism and honor her dedication to taking action as a way to address the breast cancer epidemic.  

Thermography May Be The First Signal That New Blood Vessel Formation, Necessary To Grow & Sustain A Tumor Is Happening.

“Little Known” FACTS — For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know…

More than 70,000 breast cancer cases a year—40% of all cases—could be prevented with lifestyle measures. – American Institute for Cancer Research

Food is a powerful, yet largely untapped resource for disease prevention.

Many Diseases Are Preventable

Science shows many foods can prevent, halt or even reverse cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other life-threatening chronic diseases. Over the past decade, the Angiogenesis Foundation has discovered and gathered evidence that fruits, vegetables, herbs, seafood, tea, coffee, and even chocolate contain natural substances — bioactives — that can prevent and intercept disease by influencing angiogenesis and other defense systems in the body. What we eat and drink is enormously impactful when it comes to preventing disease. – The Angiogenesis Foundation

Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?

Dr. William Li’s TED Talk has been seen by more than 9 million people.

The American Institute for Cancer Research funds and analyzes studies that investigate the links between lifestyle and cancer.

One of their research reviews examined lifestyle changes that could prevent breast cancer. The conclusion: More than 70,000 breast cancer cases a year—40% of all cases—could be prevented with lifestyle measures such as maintaining a healthy weight, breast feeding, eating well, exercising, and limiting alcohol consumption. –Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Thermography – It’s Role in Breast Cancer Prevention.

We all see ads promoting early detection as a preventive measure for breast cancer, but is that really prevention? It seems that mainstream medicine focuses on early detection rather than prevention, followed by treatment and ultimately providing palliative care for those patients who are diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer. Working as a Naturopath for more than 20 years, a significant part of my life has been dedicated to various areas of preventive health care. My belief in addressing potential diseases at their inception has led me to the field of thermography, precisely because I’ve found that thermography’s most valuable role centers on the prevention of this potentially deadly disease.

Let’s first look at thermography’s role in early detection and survival.

Statistics reveal that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.(2) Thermography undoubtedly plays a prominent role in early detection of breast cancer. More than 800 studies in the past 30 years have established that thermography is an approved adjunctive screening procedure.(3,6) The results of a 10-year study found that thermography alone was the first warning in 60 percent of the cases of women eventually diagnosed with breast cancer.(12) Furthermore, an increased survival rate of 61 percent was observed when a thermogram was used in conjunction with a mammogram.(6) These findings support the importance of incorporating thermography as a valuable adjunct to the early detection of breast cancer.

Thermography can also serve to reduce the frequency by which mammograms are administered, thus reducing the possible risk of exposure to cancer. A current large-scale Norwegian study revealed 22 percent more invasive tumors in a group of women receiving mammograms every two years compared to those receiving one mammogram over a six-year period.(13) These findings appear to suggest that some cancers resolve themselves on their own. So why not use thermography, which poses absolutely no health risks to a woman, as a tool to assist her in making diet and lifestyle changes to actually help decrease a women’s risk for ever developing breast cancer in the first place?

To better understand how this may be possible, we need to first look at how thermography works and more specifically, how it differs from other types of imaging. Thermography is a functional test, as compared to mammography, ultrasound, and MRI, which are structural types of imaging. All are important in detecting signs that may be indicative of breast cancer. Because thermography is a functional rather than a structural test, it doesn’t have the ability to see breast tumors. However, thermography interpretation isn’t hindered by breast tissue density, fibrocysts, large breasts, or implants, which often pose reading challenges for structural tests.

Where thermography excels is in its ability to visualize minute blood vessel and temperature variations that are present, even years before the development of a tumor. (1,4,5,6)

Cancer cells need nutrients to facilitate their growth. As a result, some blood vessels remain open, some are activated, and new ones are formed. The process of these new blood vessel formations, known as neoangiogenesis, results in chemicals emitted that increase surface temperature in the affected tissue. Neoangiogenesis is important when detecting and evaluating breast masses because we know that it takes an average of six to 10 years for the average tumor to grow to be the size of a dime. At this point, it typically begins to expand at a much faster rate and is often palpable. The problem is that at this stage, it is likely to have become invasive. This is extremely important for women in the 20-to-59 age range, when breast cancer is the number one cause of death and tumors tend to be more aggressive. (2) Current mammography screening of premenopausal women can be less sensitive because of the density of the breast tissue.

With the addition of thermography, detecting and monitoring these physiological changes through time can play a significant role in helping a woman to lower her risk through time. An abnormal thermogram is the single most important marker of high risk for the future development of breast cancer.(8) In the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal thermogram can be a warning sign to a woman that she should remain vigilant about her breast health. (7,8) This can give women time to make diet and lifestyle changes to help better balance hormones and subsequently improve breast health.

Many women are not aware that thermography has the ability to detect possible hormone imbalances in the breast tissue. Studies have shown that estrogen is a significant known risk factor for the future development of breast cancer. This relates to thermography because current research reveals that a woman can have up to 50 times more estrogen in her breast tissue than her blood levels indicate.(9) This becomes important regarding how estrogen or estrogen-like compounds called zenoestrogens in our environment can contribute to estrogen dominance. I’ve observed numerous women achieve hormone balance and improve findings on their thermograms in relatively short periods.

Thermography is also instrumental in helping to monitor hormone balance in women taking synthetic or bioidentical hormones. This information can then be used by a women’s health-care practitioner to help maintain her optimal hormone balance. Even foods we eat and products we consume can affect estrogen levels. Exercise and stress management are also important. These lifestyle changes can have a big impact on hormone balance and overall health. With the addition of thermography to a woman’s regular breast health checkup, she receives individualized health-risk assessment.

In my experience, thermography has often been the first indicator of a subsequent breast cancer diagnosis, and I have seen many high-risk patients. I’ve also imaged breast cancer survivors and women undergoing adjuvant and neoadjuvant cancer treatment therapies. These experiences have confirmed the importance that thermography serves a variety of roles in the early detection of breast cancer, regardless of age.

We need to be mindful that more than 80 percent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease.(2) In addition, the results of a 10-year study concluded that an abnormal thermogram was 10 times more significant than a first-order family history of breast cancer. (7) The vast majority of my patients are forward thinking in regard to taking care of themselves. They are interested in or may already be taking steps to improve their diet, make lifestyle changes, and balance hormones. It’s validating for a woman to know that she can play a principal role in improving her health and lowering her risk through time. I envision thermography in the future not as an alternative to mainstream medicine, but as an essential tool that empowers women to take a proactive role in their overall health.

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Works Cited

  1. Ahlgren P., MD, et al.” Is it Time to Reassess the Value of Infrared Breast Imaging?” Primary Care & Cancer (NCI)2 (1998).
  2. American Cancer Society – Breast Cancer Guidelines and Statistics, 2016.
  3. Arora N, et al., “Effectiveness of a Noninvasive Digital Infrared Imaging System in the Detection of Breast Cancer.” Am J Surg. 2008 Oct; 196(4):523-6
  4. Belliveau N., M.D., et al. “Infrared Imaging of the Breast: Initial Reappraisal Using High-Resolution Digital Technology in 100 Successive Cases of Stage I and II Breast Cancer.” The Breast Journal 4 (1998).
  5. Gamigami P., M.D. Atlas of Mammography: New Early Signs in Breast Cancer. Blackwell Science, 1996.
  6. Gautherie M., Ph.D. “Thermobiological Assessment of Benign and Malignant Breast Diseases.” J. Obstet. Gynecol. 147.8 (1983): 861-869.
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  9. Jefcoate, C.R., et al: Chapter 5 – Tissue-Specific Synthesis and Oxidative Metabolism of Estrogens. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, No. 27, 95-112, 2000.
  10. Keyserlingk J., M.D. “Time to Reassess the Value of Infrared Breast Imaging?” Oncology News Int. 6.9 (1997).
  11. Nyirjesy I., M.D. et al. “Clinical Evaluation, Mammography and Thermography in the Diagnosis of Breast Carcinoma.” Thermology 1 (1986): 170-173.
  12. Spitalier H. et al., “Does Infrared Thermography Truly have a Role in Present-Day Breast Cancer Management?” in M. Gautherie and E. Albert, eds., Biomedical Thermology: Proceedings of an international Symposium. (New York: A.R. Liss, 1982), 269-78.
  13. Zahl, Per-Henrik, MD, PhD et al., “The Natural History of Invasive Breast Cancers Detected by Screening.” Archives of Internal Medicine. 2008; 168 (21): 2311-2316.

Breast cancer risk from using HRT is ‘twice what was thought’

A woman applies an HRT patch
 The study shows one in 50 women taking the most common HRT for five years will get breast cancer. Photograph: Phanie/Alamy

Study prompts medicines regulator to advise all women using HRT to remain vigilant

The risk of breast cancer from using hormone replacement therapy is double what was previously thought, according to a major piece of research, which confirms that HRT is a direct cause of the cancer.

The findings of the definitive study will cause concern among the 1 million women in the UK and millions more around the world who are using HRT. It finds that the longer women take it, the greater their risk, with the possibility that just one year is risk-free. It also finds that the risk does not go away as soon as women stop taking it, as had been previously assumed.

The UK’s drug licensing body suggested women who have used HRT in the past or use it now should be vigilant for signs of breast cancer in the light of the findings, while the Royal College of GPs urged them not to panic but to consult their doctor if they are concerned.

The research, published in the Lancet medical journal, says one in 50 women of average weight taking the most common form – combined daily oestrogen and progestogen – for five years will get breast cancer as a result.

That risk is twice what was thought, because it continues at some level for 10 or more years after women stop taking HRT. There are about 1 million women in the UK on HRT, 5 million in the rest of Europe and 6 million in the US.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) said women who are taking or have ever taken HRT should be vigilant and may want to talk to their doctor next time they have a routine appointment. They should ensure they go for breast screening.

“Women should be aware of this new information, so that it can be considered with the other risks and benefits of using HRT,” said Sarah Branch, the deputy director of the MHRA’s vigilance and risk management of medicines division.

“The menopause can have unpleasant side-effects and HRT products can be effective in helping to ease the symptoms. No medicine is completely without risk, but it is important for women to be able to make an informed decision about the risks and benefits that are appropriate for them.”

The MHRA recommends women should only take hormone therapy at the lowest dose and for the shortest possible time that works for them. The study shows there may be no increased risk for the first year.

HRT has long been linked to breast cancer, and to a lesser extent to ovarian cancer as well. But the issue has been fraught with controversy, pitching supporters of HRT – including many gynaecologists – against the epidemiologists concerned about cancer risks.

The British Menopause Society and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have strongly defended HRT, which is very effective in alleviating the hot flushes, night sweats and other debilitating symptoms of menopause that can make one in four women’s lives miserable. They have disputed past studies linking HRT to cancer and claimed hormones have other health benefits, including protecting women from heart attacks and strokes, for which the authors of the new study say there is no evidence. HRT does help protect brittle bones, say the authors, but only while women are taking it.

The British Menopause Society rejoiced at the recent guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), which its members helped write. Nice suggested the risks were small – although without quantifying how small. GPs have been urged to prescribe HRT to more women as a result.

“We really are concerned that many GPs have been saying it is not something you really have to worry about,” said Prof Valerie Beral from the University of Oxford, a co-author of the study. The scientists say the Nice guidelines should now be reconsidered.

Nice said it is aware of the new research. “We will be reflecting on this study’s findings and considering it in our final decision as to whether we will update our menopause guidelines, a decision on which we will publish in due course,” said a spokesperson.

Sir Richard Peto, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at the Nuffield department of population health, University of Oxford, said they could now be certain that HRT is a cause of about 5% of breast cancers. The cancer risk increases with the length of time women are on hormones and the cancers tend to be oestrogen receptor-positive, which means they are driven by oestrogen. Women who are given drugs that dry up their oestrogen supply – like tamoxifen – get high protection against the tumours returning.

“These are cause and effect relationships,” said Peto. “It is not just an association that exists, because the menopausal hormone therapy is causing the increase in breast cancer.

“The big problem is how to describe the one in 50 risk,” he said. They did not want to exaggerate it, nor did they want to play it down. “On current websites, [the risks] are misrepresented,” he said.

The paper, by the global Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, pulled together data from 58 studies around the world on more than 108,000 women who had developed breast cancer after taking menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) – they say “replacement” therapy or HRT is a misnomer and a marketing description.

In western countries, 6.3% of women of average weight will develop breast cancer over the 20 years from the age of 50 without any hormone therapy. The study found that rose to 8.3% among women taking the most common hormonal combination – oestrogen plus daily progestogen.

The odds were better (7.7%) for women who took progestogen only intermittently, maybe for 10 to 14 days a month. Those who took oestrogen only, because they did not need progestogen to protect from womb cancer after a hysterectomy, had a risk of 6.8%.

Women who are obese are at increased risk of breast cancer because their adipose (fat) tissue produces extra oestrogen after the menopause. The study found that taking HRT did not further increase their risk.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, the chief executive of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said the longer-term effect of HRT might be an important consideration for women. “Taking HRT is a really personal decision, and it’s vital that everyone fully understands the benefits and risks, discusses them with their GP and is supported to make the decision that’s right for them,” she said. “Rather than causing concern, we hope [the findings] will help anyone considering HRT treatment to make an even more informed decision.”

Other scientists said the study was well conducted. Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics at The Open University, called it “a very careful, thorough, excellent piece of research”. Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, called it “a tour de forcein what has been done and the way it has been done – the findings cannot be dismissed”.

But the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, in a joint statement with the British Menopause Society, said the findings were in line with the Nice guidelines that showed a “small increased risk”.

“Women and doctors should be reassured that the findings of this study do not add anything new in terms of the effects of hormone replacement therapy. Research shows that, for most women, HRT helps to manage menopausal symptoms and is safe,” said gynaecologist Prof Janice Rymer, the vice-president of the college.

“Women must be informed of the small increase in risk of breast cancer so they can weigh this up against the benefits that they may have from taking HRT. Every woman experiences the menopause differently and symptoms vary. These can be extremely debilitating and have a significant impact on a woman’s physical and psychological health, career, social life and relationships. Unfortunately, many women are still suffering in silence and are reluctant to seek advice and support due to concerns around the risks of breast cancer associated with HRT.”

The Royal College of GPs urged patients not to panic and to carry on taking their HRT, and GPs to carry on as normal “until clinical guidelines recommend otherwise. If a patient is concerned about her HRT prescription, she should discuss it with her GP at her next routine appointment.”

ESTROGEN DOMINANCE: THE HORMONAL IMBALANCE THAT CAUSES EDEMA, WEIGHT GAIN, INFERTILITY, LOW THYROID, VARICOSE VEINS AND MORE!

DO YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF ESTROGEN DOMINANCE? SUCH AS…

–Weight gain
-Edema
-Infertility
–Varicose veins
-Mood swings and depression around cycle time
-Breast tenderness
-Variations or skipped cycles
-Vaginal dryness or itchiness
-Excessive or scanty blood flow during periods
-Cyclic insomnia, night sweats and fatigue 
-Breast cancer, benign breast disease, and pre-cancerous conditions

I think this list pretty much describes a nightmarish myriad of symptoms for any woman. According to Dr. Ray Peat, PhD., estrogen dominance is a leading contributor to many women specific cancers, “Benign breast disease, breast cancer and pre-cancerous conditions have been found to be associated with a progesterone deficiency and estrogen excess.” So keep reading and learn the causes, so you can support your body’s detoxification of estrogen for hormonal balance with diet!

WHY DOES ESTROGEN DOMINANCE OCCUR?

Estrogen Dominance: The female cycle | Butter Nutrition

“Normally, the liver treats estrogen like a poison, removing it immediately from the body. If the liver gets sluggish from malnutrition or too much estrogen (or other damage), it can allow the hormone to build up to very high levels” -Dr. Ray Peat, PhD

  • Excess estrogen due to a malnourished liver, which reduces estrogen detoxification:The liver needs an abundance of proteins, vitamins and minerals in order to detoxify used hormones out of the system. If estrogen can’t be detoxified, it recirculates in the body causing dysfunction, and this allows estrogen to build up in the body. According to Dr. Ray Peat, PhD, “Protein deficiency has been shown to cause the liver to fail to detoxify estrogen.” If the body’s ability to remove used hormones from the system is impaired, they are allowed to recirculate causing problems such as PMS.
  • Poor hormone production resulting in low progesterone, leaving estrogen unopposed: Estrogen and progesterone are supposed to be in balance with one another, but a poor diet can result in low progesterone.  The body needs some raw materials to make progesterone including: cholesterol, vitamin A, magnesium, B vitamins and thyroid hormone (T3). If you are low in these nutrients or if you have low thyroid function, then low progesterone is a very common cause of estrogen dominance.
  • Chronic stress: stress of any kind decreases progesterone levels to increase production of cortisol. This is because cortisol is a stress hormone needed to help you survive stress.
  • Birth control pills, estrogen replacement therapy: This one is pretty straightforward. Adding synthetic estrogen to your body increases estrogen, and thus the estrogen burden on your body. Synthetic estrogen’s cardiovascular risks have been known since 1940, this includes: an ability to cause blood clots, varicose veins, miscarriage, and PMS. “It is the estrogen in oral contraceptives which correlates with their effects on the clotting system. In the last 20 years there has been a general agreement that increased risk of cardiovascular disease, rather than cancer or immunodeficiency or depression, is the most important concern about the effects of oral contraceptives” RDr. ay Peat, PhD.
  • Aging: Estrogen levels tend to increase with age, as pregnenolone and progesterone levels decline.

CAN YOU STOP THE ESTROGEN DOMINANCE MADNESS?

A MULTIFACETED NUTRITION PLAN THAT SUPPORTS THE METABOLISM, LIVER, HORMONES, AND STRESS LEVELS IS A GREAT APPROACH. ESTABLISHING THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE IMBALANCES AND DYSFUNCTION IN YOUR BODY.

Support the metabolism:
-Stop the low-fat dieting, and calorie counting, and instead eat real nourishing foods. You should especially eat enough protein and carbs to meet your metabolic needs. Your body temperature is a good way to check and see if you’re eating enough.
-Balance blood sugar by eating protein/fats/carbs together during each meal, and eating frequently to help stabilize blood sugar (especially important for those with blood sugar handling issues).
-Listen to your body. It’s ALWAYS talking to you. Are you listening?

Nourish your liver:
-Increase protein to 70-100 grams+ per day based on your weight  (about 20-25% of total calories). Make sure to include eggs, dairy (if tolerated, no allergy), collagen, fish, and shellfish, in order to help balance muscle meats (chicken, lamb, beef, turkey, etc). This will help to create the amino acid (building blocks of protein) balance needed to reflect “eating the whole animal.” By doing this, you empower the liver’s detoxification process to help your body detoxify estrogen properly.
-Eat easy-to-digest foods to reduce endotoxin that can back up the liver (especially important for those with digestive distress).
-Avoid iron overload and vitamin D toxicity that congest the liver.

Support hormone production:
-Address your mineral deficiencies, specifically calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium zinc, and copper (instead of playing the supplement guessing game)! I use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis HTMA, coupled with a specific Blood Test for this very purpose.
-Increase hormone synthesis promoters in the diet using food: Thyroid (T3),  wholefood Vitamin A, Vitamin E, copper etc……
-Decrease hormone synthesis blockers: unsaturated fats  (PUFA), excess estrogen (hormone replacement, birth control, or liver malnutrition to adequately detoxify used estrogen), ultraviolet light, x-rays, and  fortified foods, vitamins.

Reduce stress and environmental toxins:
-Identify and reduce stressors in your life. This could be a variety of things; lack of sleep, insufficient fuel, or food allergies (since they activate the  stress response.
-Detox your home by ditching the chemicals in your cleaning and beauty routine.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Safe for You?

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Safe for You?

Perhaps there’s no topic of greater confusion to women than the highly publicised introduction of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause. In a nutshell, the purpose of HRT is to replace hormones that decline from perimenopause onwards. There are various combinations of oestrogen and progesterone (EPT) or oestrogen (ET) only therapies. Delivery systems include patches, creams, tablets or intrauterine devices (IUDs).

HRT is prescribed for symptomatic relief of menopause (hot flushes, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, and insomnia, among others). It may also be prescribed as protection against colorectal cancer and to reduce the risk of diseases associated with oestrogen deficiency such as osteoporosis(prophylactic therapy). Although many women praise the benefits of HRT, it has its negative side which women need to understand in order to make an educated choice. With so many side effects and complications, a woman must think very carefully about the decision to use HRT. Unfortunately, most doctors will tell her that there’s no alternative.

Side effects of HRT

  • Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
  • Liver disease
  • Coronary artery disease and thrombosis
  • Hormone-dependent neoplasms
  • Increased risk of breast cancer and endometrial cancer
  • Increased body fat and impaired blood sugar control (hypoglycaemia)
  • Salt and fluid retention
  • Depression and headaches
  • Loss of zinc and retention of copper
  • Reduced oxygen levels in all cells
  • Thickened bile and increased risk of gall bladder disease
  • Increased likelihood of fibrocystic breasts and uterine fibroids
  • Interference with thyroid activity
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Excessive blood clotting
  • Reduced vascular tone
  • Endometriosis, uterine cramping and infertility
  • Restraint of osteoclast activity

In order to understand the HRT debate, it is important first to know the female cyclic nature. Traditionally, it has been thought that menopause occurs when the eggs in the ovaries are all used up. However, recent work has shown that menopause is probably not triggered by the ovaries but by the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis in the brain. It seems that both puberty and menopause are actually brain-driven events.

According to Leslie Kenton, author of Passage to Power, “Everybody who is anybody will tell you that menopause is an oestrogen-deficiency disease and that you will need to take more oestrogen as you approach mid-life. What may surprise you is this: not only is most of such commonly given advice on menopause wrong; a great deal of it can be dangerous”. Fortunately, there is another side to the hormone story that can help women of all ages not only attain greater health, but also reclaim a greater sense of power, responsibility and dignity in their lives.

What is the ROOT CAUSE of hormonal imbalances?

For women who already have an issue with hormone metabolism, synthetic or natural hormone replacement is literally poison to the body. The same is true in most cases of chronic hormonal imbalance. If your hormones are out of balance, adding in all of the separate hormones you are deficient in makes zero sense to me. Besides the fact that this is not how we’re meant to keep our hormones balanced, this can be extremely hard on the body, especially the liver and adrenals. Hormonal imbalances have many facets: a sluggish liver, stressed adrenals, blood sugar problems, gut issues, thyroid health and a copper<>iron dysregulation (and these are all connected too!).

How is  copper<>iron  imbalance related to hormonal health?

In the mineral balancing world, we know that estrogen and copper go hand in hand, just like zinc goes along with testosterone and progesterone. Women are copper dominant and men are zinc dominant. When the liver and adrenals are stressed, they have a VERY hard time keeping copper and zinc balanced.

How to truly fix a hormonal balance

1) Heal your Liver and get that bile flowing!

2) Heal your Adrenals. Copper<>iron dysregulation

3Reducing environmental toxins is also an essential step to healing your liver and hormones.  

4) SLEEP!!!! Sleep is perhaps the number 1 most critical thing needed to heal from every illness. 

5) Balance your minerals. As mentioned above, copper<>iron dysregulation is involved in hormonal issues. Get an HTMA and a blood panel details of recommended blood test are available from  Thermography Clinic Ireland. HTMA also can give us insight on how well your adrenals, thyroid, blood sugar handling, gut and liver are working all of these components need to be addressed when dealing with Hormone Imbalance.

“You cannot pour from an empty cup.”  If you are healing from any illness, you have to focus on yourself as much as you can in order to truly heal.  This may be hard for a lot of people but it is crucial!

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