Chronic worry: It seems women in the United
States have gone beyond resilience. just like
men, women have accepted a tolerance for stress
that has resulted in them becoming at risk for
diseases, such as, heart disease and lung
cancer. Their rate of hormonally related cancers
(breast) is escalating rapidly.
Below are some alternative recommendations for
these challenging health problems.
This information is for educational purposes and
is not intended to replace conventional medical
South America there is an herb that women have used for thousands of
years to maintain their stamina, prevent fatigue, and reduce the effects
of stress on their body. The herb is called Maca, (Lepidium peruvianum
In Peru, women begin using
Maca at age 3 to maintain fertility and hormonal health. They recognized
long ago that their productive, but stressful lifestyle could be
debilitating unless they used plants as medicine. These South American women
remain fertile and productive well into late life. They are strong and have
immense stamina. They do not experience menopause with all it's
uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and
An herb such as Maca allows a woman to handle more
of life without the same degree of stress taxing her endocrine system.
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However, there remains the
responsibility that she recognize and eliminate unnecessary stressors
in her life. She needs to take responsibility and develop a lifestyle that
will allow her to achieve optimal health. Maca may restore the youthful
shine to her skin, and increase her libido, but a healthy lifestyle will
make that journey even better.
Maca is not a hormone.
Black Cohosh, and other plants do contain very weak hormones (phytoestrogen).
They usually do not make a woman feel better or more energized. Maca
allows a woman to produce her own hormones. Women report feeling the
effect of Maca usually within one week. Maca is ideal for women who have
tried soy products and are not satisfied.
The best source of progesterone and
estrogen is your own body. For the most part, nothing could be more natural,
carry no risk of side effects, and be more user-friendly than your own
hormones. This is one more of the million reasons why you should replenish
yourself, and use safe, truly natural products (like Maca) that will enhance
your own ability to produce natural hormones.
for educational purposes only)
By Maida Taylor,
MD, MPH,FACOG, Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. Reproductive
Sciences, University of California San Francisco.
Given a lack of consensus among health professionals and add a constant
counterculture attack on conventional HRT, it is no wonder that only 10% to
25% of menopausal women take HRT. Of prescriptions written for HRT, only 50%
are filled, and after 1 year, less than 40% of women who started HRT
1. Fear of malignancy: The
most significant obstacle limiting the acceptance of HRT is an almost
universal belief that hormones cause cancer. Starting with Barbara Seaman's
two books, The Doctors' Case Against the Pill, and The
Controversy in Women's Hormones, and persisting now with the publication
Dr. Susan Love's Hormone Book, women have been told that estrogen is
the major reason for the increased incidence and prevalence of breast cancer
in the past 25 years. Read "The Herbal Butterfly Newsletter" for a different
perspective on the incidence and prevalence of breast cancer.
Women ages 40 to 60 years are
far more fearful of disfigurement and disability than death. Breast
cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in this age group, provokes
images of a long, lingering death, full of pain and suffering which is
prolonged by surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. While breast cancer is
viewed with fear, heart disease seems relatively quick and easy.
2. Social Issues: By starting
HRT, a woman commits to the medical management of menopause. Women worry
about being hooked on estrogen and about becoming overly dependent on
doctors. The growth of alternative therapies has become a popular
alternative because women want to retain some control in the face of
the uncontrollable ageing process.
3. Side Effects. Listed on
package inserts should be carefully read to assure there are no harmful side
4. Alternative and
complementary practitioners appear to have a vast tableau of choices:
nutrition, herbs, teas, foods, minerals, body therapy, meditations and more.
Physicians seem to have only one limited offering - hormones.
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