Friday, June 30, 2017

ADVERSE EFFECTS FROM PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS CLIMB 300% IN 2016

FDA does not regulate cosmetics, personal care products


Reports of side effects caused by cosmetics and personal care products sold in the U.S. more than doubled in 2016, and that’s partly due to complaints about WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing conditioners, according to recent study. [1]
Researchers looked at data on side effects reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2004-2016 for products including makeup, sunscreen, tattoos, hair color, perfume, shaving creams, and baby care items. A total of 5,144 adverse events were reported to the agency during that time, with an average of 396 a year, the team writes in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Side effect reports skyrocketed from 78 to 706 in 2015, and there was a huge 300% spike to 1,591 adverse events in 2016, due in large part to complaints concerning WEN products.
In 2014, the FDA announced it was investigating WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners after receiving reports that the products cause hair loss, hair breakage, balding, itching, and rash. The agency had received 1,386 complaints as of November 2016. [2]
Through that investigation, the health regulator discovered that Chaz Dean Inc. and parent company Guthy Renker LLC had been buried in more than 21,000 complaints. It didn’t matter, though; companies are not currently required by law to report complaints.
The FDA doesn’t regulate cosmetic products, and companies can launch products without the agency’s approval.
In an e-mail, the FDA said:
“The law does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information, including consumer complaints, with the FDA. FDA’s data on cosmetic adverse events are limited because reporting is voluntary. The FDA may take regulatory action against cosmetics on the market that do not comply with the laws we enforce, if we have reliable information indicating that a cosmetic is adulterated or misbranded.”
If you wind up losing clumps of hair after using a particular product, complaining to the manufacturer may or may not get you results.
Dr. Shuai Xu, a dermatology researcher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said:
“Adverse events to cosmetics matter to patients mostly because nearly everyone uses a cosmetic or personal care product every single day – this includes newborns, infants and pregnant women. Unlike drugs and medical devices, cosmetics permeate daily life. We’re exposed to hundreds of chemicals a day from these products.”
And, he said, there are likely far more adverse events caused by cosmetics and personal care products than is represented by the findings.
“These numbers are likely underreported. We need better reporting, from both consumers and clinicians. Broadly, the hope of our paper was to continue this discussion to modernize and expand the collection of data about personal care products. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it, was our key point.”
Xu says most cosmetic and personal care products are safe, but it’s hard proving that the “bad” ones are truly unsafe.
“When it comes to cosmetics on the shelves that are dangerous, it’s very hard to prove. In general, cosmetics are a very safe product class.”
The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) said in a statement that it “believes that mandatory adverse event reporting is critically important, which is why we have long advocated for it on Capitol Hill.”
PCPC adds:
“Nevertheless, despite the recent increase in reporting, the fact remains that only a very small percentage of cosmetics products on the market are associated with adverse events. And of those, a fraction are listed as ‘serious.’
“In other words, even with the increase, adverse reactions associated with cosmetics and personal care products are extremely rare.”
But if the numbers are inaccurate, how can we really know?
This article originally appeared at Natural Society.

Single Payer Socialist HealthCare Slavery, If Health Liberty Rejected



JM Talboo & John Hughes - Baywatch, Seth Rich vs Russian Collusion Conspiracy Theories, Comey the Clown, Death of Neocons/Neolibs, Socialized vs Free Market Medical Care, Kek...


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Debunking the Jesus VS. Trump Meme (Healthcare Related):

http://911debunkers.blogspot.com/2017/05/debunking-jesus-vs-trump-meme.html

$300-400 in healthcare premiums is obviously not almost half of someones monthly income of $1,200. At worst it is a third. I was just rattling of things quickly and not articulating myself very well. The person I was thinking of was older and poor and it's a fact that these people have been paying half their income sometimes.

"And poor, older customers whose insurance costs more than half their income may not really have much of a choice."
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/upshot/no-magic-in-how-gop-plan-lowers-premiums-it-penalizes-older-people.html

And...

Study: Some Marketplace Customers Spend 25 Percent Of Income On Health Expenses: http://khn.org/news/study-some-marketplace-customers-spend-25-percent-of-income-on-health-expenses/

Thursday, June 29, 2017

There are other ways to reform the American healthcare system... While No One Was Looking, Trump Just Passed Bill That Will Help Every American Win Big

There are other ways to reform the American healthcare system, that are not directly related to the bill the Senate is currently working on.

If you or a loved one has had any health problems, you know how expensive treatment is, whether it’s fees, medications or just about anything. And, of course, there’s the rising cost of health insurance!

Our representatives in the House are trying to help. One of the reasons, according to California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, that healthcare costs continue to rise so much is that “we spend billions every year on unnecessary procedures, just to shield providers from possible lawsuits[.]”

To fix that, the House just passed the Protecting Access to Care Act. What the legislation does is cap damages such a punitive damages, or those that are for the purpose of punishment, at $250,000. The injured party can still recover measurable damages, such as medical bills or lost wages.

Some doctors won’t like the bill, if they are making big bucks off of unnecessary procedures. They should like the fact, though, that it will make medical malpractice insurance 25-30% cheaper.

Attorneys, on the other hand, will not be pleased, as it limits the fee they can collect from the verdict. Personally, I like the bill, and I’m a lawyer. I like that the House is attacking the rising cost of healthcare in this fashion. I certainly don’t want unnecessary procedures being performed on me, just to cover my doctor’s behind!

The bill still must pass the Senate, then move to Trump for his signature.




https://libertywriters.com/2017/06/no-one-looking-trump-just-passed-bill-will-help-every-american-win-big

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

FLASHBACK: Democrat Healthcare Bill Hypocrisy Exposed! | Louder With Crowder

Living Well With Endometriosis: What You Can Do

By Endometriosis Foundation of America
Endometriosis is a reproductive disease affecting approximately 176 million women and girls worldwide – 8.5 million in North America alone. With the potential to cause severe pelvic pain, infertility and a myriad of physical, sexual, emotional, academic, quality of life and career issues, and with associated costs soaring near $22 billion annually, endometriosis has proven it is more than just “killer cramps."
Qualitative studies indicate that a large number of women and girls with endometriosis remain under-diagnosed, ineffectively treated and isolated as a result of the disease. In contrast to this stark picture painted of the disease, however, the profound symptoms caused by endometriosis are actually quite treatable. With early diagnosis and timely intervention, there is help – and hope!
The Basics
What Is Endometriosis?
During the normal menses or period, the female body naturally sheds the endometrium – the clinical term for the lining of the uterus. In women and girls with endometriosis, however, some of this menstrual fluid leaks back into the body and begins to implant in the surrounding areas. This aberrant tissue still responds to hormonal commands and grows, menstruates and sheds. Unlike normal endometrium, however, these implants have no way of exiting the body and subsequently give rise to the disease. 
The process results in internal bleeding, development of debris-filled cysts known as endometriomas, painful inflammation, production of irritating enzymes, and formation of scar tissue and adhesions (fibrous bands of dense tissue). These can lead to the “binding” or twisting of organs. 
Commonly referred to as lesions, nodules or implants, endometriosis typically develops on the pelvic structures including the bladder, bowel, intestines, ovaries, fallopian tubes and elsewhere in the abdominal cavity region.
Though the pelvis is the most common site for endometriosis, the disease has also been diagnosed in other locations such as the diaphragm, lungs and other areas far outside the abdominopelvic region.
What Are Some Signs of Endometriosis?
Hallmark symptoms indicating that endometriosis should be considered as a possible diagnosis include:
  • Painful menstruation; particularly severe cramping that lasts longer than 2 days
  • Intermittent pelvic pain at any time in the cycle
  • Painful intercourse
  • Infertility and pregnancy loss
  • Gastrointestinal and urinary tract difficulties
  • Rectal pain
  • Immune and allergy-related disorders
Unfortunately, due to a widespread lack of awareness, women and girls go an average of nearly a decade before their symptoms are accurately diagnosed. Complaints of “killer cramping," particularly among younger women, are often dismissed as “normal." Endometriosis can also masquerade as other disorders, including fibroids or adenomyosis, and not all women will have all symptoms – as many as one-third of women may not demonstrate any signs of the disease until infertility becomes an issue.
Endometriosis has also been associated with other health concerns, such as certain autoimmune diseases, fibroids, adenomyosis, interstitial cystitis, and even certain malignancies, but this research is still too early to be conclusive. 
A common myth about endometriosis is that the more endometrial cells accumulated in the body outside of the uterine cavity, the more pain it causes for the woman. Any amount of endometriosis can cause pain, and the disease does not need to be advanced to cause significant symptoms. Likewise, a higher stage (3 and 4) disease may cause little to no symptoms in some women. 
Situations vary; moderate growth (stage 1 or 2) can trigger intense pain in some women while advanced growth causes less severe pain in others. Every woman's situation is unique and therefore expert medical evaluation is absolutely essential.
What Causes Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or other infection of any kind, nor is it contagious. Often called a “disease of theories," the definitive cause remains under debate. However, recent studies indicate that genetics, immune dysfunction, cell transformation (called metaplasia) and exposure to environmental toxicants may all be contributing factors. More recently, landmark studies have implicated mesenchymal stem cells in the origins of the disease.
Any girl or woman of any racial, ethnic and socioeconomic background can develop endometriosis, which is neither contagious nor preventable, but some patients may be genetically predisposed. For example, a woman with a mother or sister who has the disease is 6 times more likely to develop endometriosis herself. Those who begin their period at an early age, experience heavy periods, have periods that last more than 7 days, and/or experience short monthly cycles (27 days or less) may also be at an increased risk. Nonetheless, no single theory explains the development of endometriosis in all patients; more likely, a composite of several mechanisms is involved.
How Is Endometriosis Diagnosed?
Despite advances in medical technology, a confirmation of endometriosis still requires surgical biopsy. This is obtained through a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopy, a typically out-patient, minimally-invasive procedure. Performed under general anesthesia, this procedure allows your doctor to view the abdominal and pelvic organs to diagnose and subsequently extract the disease. Though certain diagnostic tests can be used as part of a preliminary work-up, anything less than surgical confirmation of endometriosis is considered uncertain.
Unfortunately, women and girls are often misdiagnosed or directed to "manage" the pain for years with painkillers and other medications, but these only mask symptoms of the disease. Patients are also sometimes misled to believe that the only long-term solution is removal of all female reproductive organs, which is a myth. Endometriosis is not cured by removal of the reproductive organs. This dangerous misconception is responsible for countless, needless hysterectomies performed each year. 
How Is Endometriosis Treated?
Though there is currently no absolute cure, laparoscopic excision surgery is an effective, organ-sparing option which is largely considered the gold standard of treatment. Laparoscopic excision removes all forms of the disease from “root to tip," restores normal organ placement and function, treats pain and even in advanced stages, infertility. With laparoscopic excision, patients can expect a great number of their symptoms to disappear or be significantly reduced. Unlike other surgical methods, laparoscopic excision removes all depths of implants – from all areas.
Other laparoscopic techniques include superficial removal such as ablation, cauterization, fulguration or vaporization. These types of surgeries involve the removal of endometriosis on the surface of different tissues and organs in the pelvic region, but do not go as deeply into tissues as laparoscopic excision. Incomplete removal of disease may offer temporary relief of endometriosis, though studies have placed recurrence rates at 40-60% within the very first year following these types of surgery.
Hysterectomy is a highly misunderstood option, often recommended as “a cure” – which it is not. While removal of the uterus has a role in endometriosis, it should never be considered a cure or first line of treatment. Removal of the uterus and in some cases, the tubes and ovaries may be helpful in limited circumstances, such as in those who have largely invasive disease that may have resulted in “frozen pelvis.” Each case for hysterectomy should be very carefully evaluated and should also include meticulous excision of all disease at the time of the procedure.
Hormonal treatments are also very familiar to those struggling with the disease. Popular medical treatments, largely designed to stop menstruation and/or mimic menopause, include:
  • Continuous oral contraceptives: Taking oral contraceptive pills without any breaks may be a good symptomatic treatment for women and girls with the disease who continue to experience painful periods. Taking oral contraceptive pills continuously suppresses menstruation and as a result may relieve many symptoms of endometriosis. Some women find the side effects of oral contraceptives (i.e. weight gain, depression or headaches) to be problematic. Symptoms of endometriosis will recur when women stop taking the pills.
  • Depo-Provera®: This injection can be used to create levels of the hormone progesterone to resemble a woman’s hormones in early pregnancy. This stops ovulation and menstrual periods in most women and may help some women or girls with temporary relief from symptoms. Some women and girls find Depo-Provera’s® side effects to be problematic. Symptoms of endometriosis will recur when the drug therapy is stopped.
  • Mirena®: The Mirena® coil is another progestin therapy. Mirena® is a small, plastic T-shaped intrauterine device (IUD) that can be used for up to 5 years. Little information is available on the use of Mirena for women with endometriosis and its use is largely anecdotal. Mirena® is a relatively new option for women and girls with the disease and only limited studies about effectiveness, potential side effects, and long-term outcomes have been done.
  • GnRH-Agonists: Lupron®, Zoladex®, Synarel® and Suprefact® are common GnRH-A (gonadatropin releasing hormone agonist) drugs. These drugs are designed to cause a patient to stop ovulating or menstruating; inducing a condition similar to that of menopause. GnRH-As are intended to suppress the symptoms of endometriosis temporarily. Rates of recurrence in the first year following therapy may be as high as 74.4%. GnRH-As may also have significantly negative – and long-lasting – side effects for some women, ranging from bone density loss to impaired memory function, among others. GnRH-As are not FDA approved for use more than twice in a lifetime, nor in women under 18.
  • Aromatase Inhibitors: Similar to GnRH-A therapy, Aromatase Inhibitors (such as Letrozole®) are a class of drugs designed to temporarily suppress estrogen levels. They are intended for short-term relief of symptoms only. Side effects are expected to be similar to those experienced with Lupron® and other GnRH-A drugs, and recurrence of endometriosis in the long-term has not been adequately studied.
  • Pain killers like aspirin or ibuprofen as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription narcotics such as Vicodin® may help reduce – but not remove – some of the symptoms associated with the disease as well. Long-term use of painkillers can have many side effects.
Alternative therapies are also an option. Click here to learn about relevant therapies for endometriosis.
Live Well in Spite of Endometriosis
Though considered a “chronic” condition with far-reaching impact, through early intervention, timely diagnosis and application of effective treatments, it is entirely possible to live well in spite of the disease. A multi-faceted approach often encompassing surgical removal of disease accompanied by certain lifestyle or medical therapies may help reduce or manage symptoms and restore quality of life. Support is another of the biggest components for coping. Sharing experiences with others who understand in a compassionate environment can be the key to finding effective ways to deal with the disease.
Pain is never normal, and is the body’s way of sending the message that something is wrong. If you or a loved one suffers from pelvic pain, listen to your body, talk to your gynecologist to find out if endometriosis is the cause of that message. If that doctor won’t take your pain seriously, find one that will partner with you in your care to find the answers.
Remember, you’re never alone, and there is help and hope. For more information and assistance with endometriosis, please visit the Endometriosis Foundation of America at http://www.endofound.org.

LIMBAUGH: 22 Million People Losing Health Insurance Could Be A 'VERY, VERY UP, POSITIVE'

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FACT: when was signed, CBO estimated that 23M would be covered in 2017. They were off by 100%. Only 10.3M people are covered.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

THE PSYCHIATRIC AGENDA DESTROYS CREATIVE CHILDREN

Children are being diagnosed and dosed with toxic drugs at a staggering rate


“Take a child who wants to invent something out of thin air, and instead of saying no, tell him he has a problem with his brain, and then stand back and watch what happens. In particular, watch what happens when you give him a toxic drug to fix his brain. You have to be a certain kind of person to do that to a child. You have to be, for various reasons, crazy and a career criminal.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
First, here are a few facts that should give you pause:
According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), “More than 25 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year.”
NAMI: “One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have [we claim] a diagnosable mental illness.”
According to healthline.com, 6.4 million American children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. The average age for the child’s diagnosis is 7.
BMJ 2016;352:i1457: “The number of UK children and adolescents treated with antidepressants rose by over 50% from 2005 to 2012, a study of five Western countries published in European Neuropsychopharmacology has found.”
Getting the picture?
Children are being diagnosed and dosed with toxic drugs at a staggering rate.
But, as I have shown in many past articles, NO so-called mental disorder is based on a lab test. No blood, saliva, genetic, brain test. ALL 300 or so official mental disorders are defined by menus of behaviors concocted by committees of psychiatrists.
On that foundation, the diagnoses and the drugs are handed out.
Let’s look at just one of the drugs: Ritalin (or any similar ADHD medicine). After a creative child is seen fidgeting in class, looking bored, studying what he wants to study, ignoring classroom assignments, focusing on what interests him, he is diagnosed with ADHD. Then comes the drug.
In 1986, The International Journal of the Addictions published an important literature review by Richard Scarnati. It was called “An Outline of Hazardous Side Effects of Ritalin (Methylphenidate)” [v.21(7), pp. 837-841].
Scarnati listed a large number of adverse effects of Ritalin and cited published journal articles which reported each of these symptoms.
For every one of the following (selected and quoted verbatim) Ritalin effects, there is at least one confirming source in the medical literature:
* Paranoid delusions
* Paranoid psychosis
* Hypomanic and manic symptoms, amphetamine-like psychosis
* Activation of psychotic symptoms
* Toxic psychosis
* Visual hallucinations
* Auditory hallucinations
* Can surpass LSD in producing bizarre experiences
* Effects pathological thought processes
* Extreme withdrawal
* Terrified affect
* Started screaming
* Aggressiveness
* Insomnia
* Since Ritalin is considered an amphetamine-type drug, expect amphetamine-like effects
* Psychic dependence
* High-abuse potential DEA Schedule II Drug
* Decreased REM sleep
* When used with antidepressants one may see dangerous reactions including hypertension, seizures and hypothermia
* Convulsions
* Brain damage may be seen with amphetamine abuse.
Under this chemical assault on the brain, what are the chances that a creative child will go on in life to become an innovator, rather than a victim of psychiatric drugging?
Make a list of your favorite innovators. Imagine them as bored distracted children sitting in classrooms…and then diagnosed, and then hammered with drugs prescribed by a doctor.
This is happening now.
The institution of psychiatry is making it happen.
What about the consequences of diagnosing clinical depression in larger numbers of young children? What about the antidepressant drugs?
Here is just a sprinkling of information about antidepressants, from a huge body of literature:
Psychiatrist Peter Breggin: February 1990 American Journal of Psychiatry (Teicher et al, v.147:207-210) reports on “six depressed patients, previously free of recent suicidal ideation, who developed `intense, violent suicidal preoccupations after 2-7 weeks of fluoxetine [Prozac] treatment.’ The suicidal preoccupations lasted from three days to three months after termination of the treatment. The report estimates that 3.5 percent of Prozac users were at risk. While denying the validity of the study, Dista Products, a division of Eli Lilly, put out a brochure for doctors dated August 31, 1990, stating that it was adding `suicidal ideation’ to the adverse events section of its Prozac product information.”
An earlier study, from the September 1989 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, by Joseph Lipiniski, Jr., indicates that in five examined cases people on Prozac developed what is called akathesia. Symptoms include intense anxiety, inability to sleep, the “jerking of extremities,” and “bicycling in bed or just turning around and around.” Dr. Peter Breggin comments that akathesia “may also contribute to the drug’s tendency to cause self-destructive or violent tendencies … Akathesia can become the equivalent of biochemical torture and could possibly tip someone over the edge into self-destructive or violent behavior … The June 1990 Health Newsletter, produced by the Public Citizen Research Group, reports, ‘Akathesia, or symptoms of restlessness, constant pacing, and purposeless movements of the feet and legs, may occur in 10-25 percent of patients on Prozac.’”
The well-known publication, California Lawyer, in a December 1998 article called “Protecting Prozac,” details some of the suspect maneuvers of Eli Lilly in its handling of suits against Prozac. California Lawyer also mentions other highly qualified critics of the drug: “David Healy, MD, an internationally renowned psychopharmacologist, has stated in sworn deposition that `contrary to Lilly’s view, there is a plausible cause-and-effect relationship between Prozac’ and suicidal-homicidal events. An epidemiological study published in 1995 by the British Medical Journal also links Prozac to increased suicide risk.”
When pressed, proponents of these SSRI antidepressant drugs (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, etc.) sometimes say, “Well, the benefits for the general population far outweigh the risk.” But the issue of benefits will not go away on that basis. A shocking review-study published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases (1996, v.184, no.2), written by Rhoda L. Fisher and Seymour Fisher, called “Antidepressants for Children,” concludes: “Despite unanimous literature of double-blind studies indicating that antidepressants are no more effective than placebos in treating depression in children and adolescents, such medications continue to be in wide use.”
In wide use. This despite such contrary information and the negative, dangerous effects of these drugs.
There are other studies: “Emergence of self-destructive phenomena in children and adolescents during fluoxetine treatment,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1991, vol.30), written by RA King, RA Riddle, et al. It reports self-destructive phenomena in 14% (6/42) of children and adolescents (10-17 years old) who had treatment with fluoxetine (Prozac) for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
July, 1991. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Hisako Koizumi, MD, describes a thirteen-year-old boy who was on Prozac: “full of energy,” “hyperactive,” “clown-like.” All this devolved into sudden violent actions which were “totally unlike him.”
September, 1991. The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Author Laurence Jerome reports the case of a ten-year old who moves with his family to a new location. Becoming depressed, the boy is put on Prozac by a doctor. The boy is then “hyperactive, agitated … irritable.” He makes a “somewhat grandiose assessment of his own abilities.” Then he calls a stranger on the phone and says he is going to kill him. The Prozac is stopped, and the symptoms disappear.
For money, for profit, for status, for control, there exists a professional class called psychiatrists. They approach children—particularly creative children who refuse to fall into lock-step with a regimented program of learning—as outliers, as ill, as strange, as maladjusted, as threats to the system. And this professional class takes action. Diagnose the children, drug them, bring them back into line, make them “normal,” reduce their curiosity and independence and drive and will power.
Instead of using overt physical force, they use relatively invisible chemical force.
Under the banner of caring, they perform, on the young, a scientific ritual of sacrifice, a rite of passage into the dead world where they, the elite rulers, exist.
This article first appeared at NoMoreFakeNews.com.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Elite Want to Transfer Consciousness into a New Body and Live Forever

Soon People Will Line Up Like Lemmings to Get Their Brains Hacked - Two Key Things That Got Overlooked About Project MK Ultra


Oopsies: Gene Editing Now Admittedly Causes Hundreds of Mutations

The Top Ten Menopause Myths

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP
womentowomen.com
Menopause often starts with hot flashes. Or does it? When you reach menopause, you’ll gain weight, won’t you? A lot of people agree that menopause changes a woman’s life in some rather unwanted ways. But menopause doesn’t have to be a time of confusion and anxiety. It may be a time in your life to experience fantastic wellness and a great deal of happiness. You don’t have to believe the un-truths that have circulated for years.
Are menopause myths affecting your health? With so many negative stories being told, it isn’t surprising that women begin to feel anxious about menopause, sometimes even before they’ve had any symptoms. We also see women make choices based on their belief in these un-truths, which often oversimplify symptoms and treatment options.
The truth is that menopause does have challenges. But these challenges are not insurmountable, when women understand their body and the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. Distressing symptoms don’t have to be the norm; you can feel your best!
At Women to Women, we’ve helped thousands of women make choices that complement their individual health. We want to help you understand the truth about menopause with our informative articles.

Myth #1:  Menopause begins at 50

Menopause begins at 50…or at 42…or 36…or 61. The average woman begins menopause at 52, but you may start your transition anywhere from your 30’s to your 60’s. Menopause is technically defined as the absence of a menstruation for a period of one year. Women sometimes say they didn’t know they could start having symptoms many months before the onset of menopause. You may even still be having periods when you start to experience unusual fatigue, hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, and weight gain. If you are having these symptoms, you might be in perimenopause, the shift leading up to menopause. Perimenopause can last from a few months to up to 13 years prior to menopause. Some women experience more symptoms during perimenopause than during menopause itself. This is because your sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone naturally fluctuate more during this time. And these hormones are very sensitive to abnormal adrenal function which occurs with ongoing stress. You can learn more by looking at our articles on perimenopause.

Myth #2:  Weight gain is inevitable in menopause

Weight-gain is an absolute in menopause but you don’t have to allow it! After gaining over 100 pounds in perimenopause, Jenny started a program and lost 20 pounds. Weight-gain becomes more complex during menopause, that may be true and is no longer simply “calories in, calories out.” As you transition into perimenopause and menopause, your ovaries make fewer sex hormones, and you might experience hormonal imbalance. Your body may respond by trying to protect itself. Its preferred method of protection is to store fat, especially around the waist, hips, and thighs. Fat stored in these areas also produces more estrogen, which in turn, leads to more fat production. The more estrogen deficient you are the more it seems that the fat continues to accumulate around the hips and thighs.
However, despite these changes taking place in your body, you can still achieve a healthy weight. One of the best things you can do to help yourself is eat! We’ve seen many times how excellent nutrition and lowered carbohydrates helps women balance their hormones and heal naturally. Jenny told us, “I no longer feel hungry all the time, I’m almost down 20 pounds from my all-time high! I have more energy, can exercise more and the weight is coming off faster. I feel better than I have in 15 years!” What can you do to achieve or to maintain your healthy weight in menopause? Learn more in our articles about perimenopause and weight gain.

Myth #3: There’s no difference between natural menopause and “surgical” menopause

It’s critical for women to know that natural menopause and surgical menopause are indeed very different. When a woman undergoes a total surgical hysterectomy, she experiences an immediate and significant change in hormonal balance, literally overnight instead of the slower transition of natural menopause. Removing the uterus and cervix, along with the ovaries and fallopian tubes, significantly alters blood flow and hormonal production. For example, women who have had their ovaries removed have twice the risk of low testosterone, which affects their sexual desire and enjoyment. With a partial hysterectomy, when only the uterus is removed, changes may be less severe, but are unpredictable. It is not at all unusual for a women to just have her uterus removed to find herself very quickly beginning menopausal symptoms, even though the ovaries remain, some women experience extreme menopausal symptoms right away, some notice only a few minor symptoms, while other women feel much improvement.. We know women have many questions about surgical menopause, both before and after surgery. You can find answers to many of them with frequently asked questions on hysterectomy and hormonal balance in women.

Myth #4:  Sex drive will decrease with menopause

Sex can be enjoyable and healthy at any age! But we hear from women that they’ve been instructed, even by their doctors, that a decrease in libido is a “normal” part of aging. In my practice it is a major concern for many women. As women in our 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s — that doesn’t sound normal to us! Decreased interest in sexual activity is often a sign of hormonal imbalance, which can cause both physical and emotional symptoms that have an effect on your sex life. This does not have to happen as it can greatly affects the intimacy of the relationship.
For example, approximately 50% of post-menopausal women will experience vaginal dryness which can make sex painful. Then of course many women are no longer interested in sex. And if intercourse hurts, you’ll likely see a drop in your sexual desire, too. But this doesn’t have to happen! Changes in your hormonal health can be difficult to discuss. The information in our articles about hormonal imbalance and low libido can help you get started.

Myth #5: The first sign of menopause is hot flashes

Hot flashes are an inevitable part of menopause. Correct? Sometimes. Despite the fact that menopause and hot flashes are almost synonymous in the media, your first sign of menopause could be any of these symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular periods
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Cravings
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Low libido
  • Forgetfulness
  • Heavy menses
  • Loss of sexuality
With such a wide variety of symptoms, it’s no wonder women may not connect them to perimenopausal hormonal imbalance. We see people in our office and hear from them online desperate to find answers to their symptoms. It takes searching the internet for “anything that was a clue” to help them find some answers. You can find relief too, starting with Menopause symptoms?  Get relief — naturally.

Myth #7:  After menopause, your body doesn’t produce hormones

No matter how far past menopause you are, know that you still have hormones! Most of the production is from the adrenal glands. In fact, in menopause 50% of the estrogen and progesterone are produced by the adrenals. Some reproductive hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, do decrease once your reproductive cycle ends because they’re needed less. But that doesn’t mean they’re not needed at all! Your body still produces them, but in smaller amounts. For some women, the symptoms of hormonal imbalance disappear or decrease post-menopause. For others, symptoms continue and include vaginal dryness, hot flashes, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections and weight gain. All women can benefit from knowing that the risks for osteoporosis and heart disease increase greatly after menopause. However, by taking care of yourself, you can enjoy a long and healthy life. Learn more about your hormones and what changes occur throughout your lifetime with our informational articles on perimenopause, menopause, and menopausal symptoms.

Myth #8:  The older you are when you get your period, the older you’ll be when you go through menopause

For many women, just the opposite is true. If you started menstruating later than usual, you may begin menopause earlier. Predicting the age you’ll begin menopause is very difficult , but here are some questions for you to think about:
  • What was your mother’s age at menopause? When she began the changes is a good indicator of when you’ll stop too.
  • Do you smoke? Smoking may mean earlier menopause.
  • Do you drink daily. Drinking alcohol may mean later menopause.
  • Have you been pregnant? More pregnancies suggest later menopause.
Whether you are weeks, months or several years away from the changes, there are things that you can do that will help greatly with the transition. Find out what support you need with our free Hormonal Health Assessment.

Myth #9:  Menopause only causes physical symptoms

Have you been feeling down or blue? Could you describe yourself as a “raving maniac” at times? Are you more irritable and anxious? You’re not alone. Many women experience unnerving changes in their emotions, memory, and concentration during perimenopause and menopause due to sudden shifts in hormones. Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels may cause mood swings. Drops in progesterone may cause increased irritability and moodiness.
Also, be mindful that menopause is a developmental milestone in women’s life.. It’s sometimes referred to as adolescence in reverse. Many women begin to reflect on who they are and what they want to do with the rest of their life. Learn more about how to cope effectively with physical and emotional symptoms of hormonal imbalance with what’s hormonal imbalance got to do with it?

Myth #10: The best way to get through menopause is to take hormones

It’s important to remember that you always have choices when it comes to your body and to your health. Being aware of your options is especially crucial when considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) because of the potential risks and side effects. Consider starting with the natural approach. Our experience shows the most effective and lasting way to manage the symptoms of hormonal imbalance is to listen to your body and begin to make dietary and lifestyle changes to build a strong foundation. You may also benefit from pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements and phytotherapy. For most women, optimal nutrition and herbal remedies area all they need to feel fabulous again. Others may benefit by adding bioidentical hormones under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.We want to inspire you and also encourage you to explore your options!
We’re available to help you make the best choice for your individual health. You now know more of the truth about menopause, as well as some natural options for feeling better. Want more information about menopause or other health issues that are important to women? Our website gives you free access hundreds of articles. You’ve seen how your symptoms – if listened to – are your bodies way of getting your attention and asking for help — and we’re here to support you with our information and guidance that has worked for thousands of women just like you. See what some of these women have to say. Want to get started now? To assess your symptoms, take our on-line Hormonal Health Assessment.

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