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 through whole food nutrition.
Start with eating organic. The biggest objection to buying organic is its expense. If you factor in the costs of being sick, such as medicines, extra supplements, hospital stays, and lost work days from illness, buying organic actually becomes far more cost effective than consuming less expensive poor quality foods. More than ever before, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically modified seeds are being used in our food production and hormones and antibiotics are being fed to animals. Buying the highest quality, least adulterated, freshest, whole food is crucial to our health and to the health of future generations. What could be more important than safeguarding the health of our mothers and mothers to be?
*Statistics derived from Drug Safety Canada.
Cathy Lidster, Health Educator/Nutrition/Allergy Practitioner, offers free seminars monthly (See Important Dates.)
She can be reached at Centennial Building Wellness Centre, 250-819-9041, or firstname.lastname@example.org