Female Hormones: Replace or Rebalance?

Modern medicine approaches female hormone care with a pharmaceutically and surgically based point of view that aims to eliminate symptoms. Treatment is considered successful if the symptoms are reduced or eliminated. This is accomplished by stimulating, suppressing or replacing some bodily function or removing the offending organ. The need for at least looking at a different approach is underscored by some alarming statistics regarding the rampant use of prescription drugs. Prescription drugs taken as prescribed in hospitals are now the fourth leading cause of death in Canada, after cancer, heart disease and strokes. Annually, five times more Canadians die from supervised prescription drug use than from automobile accidents. That statistic doubles if you include deaths from unsupervised use of prescription pharmaceuticals and over the counter medications, including Tylenol, Aspirin, and Ibuprofen.* Do our medicine shelves actually hold more potential danger than a gun cabinet? In addition to side effects (some evidence of increased cancer risk), the estrogen and progestin in hormone replacement therapies, as well as contraceptives, deplete key nutrients such as B vitamins and minerals (zinc, magnesium, and selenium), the amino acid tyrosine, and even healthy gut bacteria. Let’s consider the point of view that a woman’s body is designed to be healthy and self-healing.   Given the correct support and supply, it will self-balance. This approach is not new. True traditional medicine has been around for centuries. What can a woman do to support her body so that it produces the hormones she needs internally instead of taking an external source such as with hormone replacement drugs? The female hormone system is designed to balance and sustain itself...

Drugs That Gobble Vitamins

Last month we talked about the fact that so many people are ingesting pills as a daily habit, and we questioned the idea of better living through chemistry. Below is a table showing the nutrient deficiencies that prescription drugs create in our bodies. The question then becomes “Do the ‘benefits’ of such drug ‘therapies’ outweigh the drawbacks to our health?” DRUG NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY Antacids Vitamin B12, Thiamin, Folic Acid, Vit D, Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein Antibiotics “Friendly”/beneficial intestinal bacteria, Vit K, all B Vitamins, all minerals Antidepressants Vitamin B2, Coenzyme Q10, Melatonin Anti-Diabetics Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, CoQ10 Anti Inflammatories Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, Vit D, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Selenium Analgesics Folic Acid, Vit C, Iron, Potassium Antihypertensives Coenzyme Q10, Magnesium, Vit B6, coenzyme Q10 Cholesterol lowering Co Q10, Selenium, Zinc, Copper, VitsA,B12,D,E,K, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Diuretics Vits B1, B6, Magnesium Potassium, Zinc, Folic Acid Calcium Female Hormones Vits B2, B6, B12, C, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc Laxatives Potassium Tranquillizers Vit B2, CoQ10 Anticonvulsants Vits B1,B12,D,K,Biotin, Folic Acid, Calcium Broncho dilators Vit B6 Synthetic Thyroid Calcium   If you factor in side effects and consider that many Canadians are on multiple medications we have some pretty depleted bodies out there. What if we could stop trying to solve a problem by creating another, and go back to the basics? Instead of trying to kill a symptom with a depleting prescription drug, what if we began with nature’s pharmacy (ie. whole foods) to give our bodies the raw materials they need to heal rapidly and completely? Source: Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion...