Eve’s Natural Progesterone Cream FAQ’s

NOTE FROM DONNA: You can go to my website @ http://www.bioHRTcream.com for more information about the natural progesterone cream I use to keep my hormones in balance.  

Here are some common questions and answers regarding natural progesterone cream: 

Natural progesterone, a cholesterol derivative, comes from Mexican wild yams. It matches exactly the chemical formulation of the body’s own progesterone and thus causes no side effects. Manufacturers of synthetic progesterone alter the chemical makeup of progesterone in order to create progestins. Progestins in their altered molecular structure may cause many side effects, such as birth defects or abortion, fluid retention, epilepsy, migraine, asthma, cardiac or kidney dysfunction and depression.


If you have PMS symptoms. PMS symptoms are those symptoms which occur consistently a week or 10 days before the period & stop within a day or shortly thereafter.

If you have Estrogen Dominance symptoms. These symptoms are water retention, breast swelling, fibrocystic breasts, uterine fibroids, loss of libido, mood swings, depression, craving for sweets, weight gain, fat deposited at hips & thighs.

If you have had a hysterectomy, oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) or menopausal symptoms. Many women experience hot flashes following a premenopausal hysterectomy and in the beginning of the natural onset of menopause. Natural progesterone cream is effective for relieving the symptoms of hot flashes. Most women have reported a complete cessation of flushing within 3 to 8 weeks. After menopause, estrogen continues to be produced from the fat cells; however, progesterone production virtually ends.


Natural Progesterone (derived from the Mexican wild yam root) is a moisturizing cream that can be applied to the face, hands, chest, breasts, inner arms or soles of the feet. The cream is readily absorbed & leaves no trace after a few minutes. During absorption the cream bypasses the liver & goes to specific receptor sites where progesterone is needed. A one-inch strip from the pump is equal to ¼ tsp.


Yes. Low estrogen levels can adversely affect the general health of girls between the ages of 9 and 13. For a year or more before the onset of menstruation, blood calcium levels are so low that young girls often develop symptoms associated with menarche, which are usually accepted as normal behavior: emotional outbursts, irritable and temperamental behavior, and compulsive consumption of sweets. During puberty, the maturing ovaries require calcium to produce estrogen, thus diverting calcium from metabolic requirements. Introducing natural progesterone at this time will alleviate most of the symptoms mentioned above. Continued use of natural progesterone through the teenage years will maintain a high level of wellness with few or no PMS complaints.


Purified Water, Stearal, Konium Chloride, D-Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Natural Glycerin, Avocado Oil, Natural Progesterone, Aloe Vera Oil, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin A Palmitate, Carrot Oil, Lemon Grass Oil.


Additional benefits for women include: improved brain function, diminished muscular aches and pains, improvement of skin problems including acne, seborrhea, rosacea, psoriasis and keratoses, and improved sleep pattern.


Yes, breast cancer and endometrial cancer occur in tissues sensitive to gonadal hormones. Unopposed estrogen is the only known cause of endometrial cancer; though other factors may be involved. Estrogen, or at least one or more of the various estrogens, may contribute to breast cancer; Progesterone balances the estrogen level in the body; thus lessening the risk.


Yes, the cream is not only safe for use during pregnancy but is recommended to help maintain pregnancy. From conception use ½ to ¾ tsp. twice a day. Discontinue about two weeks before scheduled delivery time. Apply primarily to abdomen, breast, lower back and upper thighs (where it will tend to prevent the skin from stretching). Resume cream no sooner than one month after delivery if postpartum depression occurs. Use 1/8 tsp. twice per day for three weeks each month as women not menstruating use. Otherwise, you may not need the cream until after you begin to cycle again; use ¼ tsp. of cream days 12 thru 26 as women menstruating.


Yes, use of natural progesterone cream can help vaginal dryness.


Occasionally, upon beginning the use of a natural hormone supplement,a post menopausal woman could experience some breakthrough bleeding or "period". This is a perfectly normal response and is nothing to cause alarm. The progesterone is simply causing the body to rid itself of excess stored estrogen which can sometimes stimulate a uterine shedding – thus breakthrough bleeding. If this continues for longer than several months you should consult a physician.


Birth control pills usually contain synthetic progestins. It is not recommended to take them together. Birth control pills have been known to cause many health problems when taken over a long period of time.

Dr. John Lee states that there is little or no benefit of natural progesterone for women who are on the pill. The synthetic progestins use up the receptor sites hence preventing any benefits from the use of natural progesterone. We strongly suggest that you thoroughly research the pros and cons of synthetic hormones. For some women the consequences of use are serious and in some cases have been fatal.

For more information on this important subject, read Dr. Lee’s book “What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Menopause” page 38-39 and other pages throughout his book.
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PLEASE NOTE: Everyone is different. Some women require more progesterone cream to alleviate symptoms while others can use less. For the first 3 months, use 1/4 tsp. twice per day for your determined number of days. After 3 months, reduce the amount of cream. In most cases, more is not better. If you do not get the desired results, seek consultation.

NOTE FROM DONNA: You can go to my website http://www.bioHRTcream.com for more information. 

Xlear Nasal Wash – Natural Relief for Sinus Infections

Here is my recommendation for keeping your sinuses clear all year long!  This is not just an "ordinary" saline solution.  Xylitol is what makes a huge difference!  Everyone I know who has tried it – loves it – because it works!!  Donna

 

Sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, is caused by inflammation and blockage of the sinus cavities. Sinuses are hollow pockets of air located on either side of the nose, behind and in-between the eyes, and in the forehead. The sinuses produce mucus that cleans and moistens the membranes of the nose and throat. Each sinus has an opening into the nose that allows for free exchange of mucus and air. Sinus infection occurs when these openings get plugged. As mucus and pressure build in the sinuses, a perfect breading ground for bacterial growth is produced.

Sinus infection is very common; 30% of all people suffer from a sinus infection at least once a year. Sinus infection can be acute (lasting about 3 weeks or less), chronic (lasting from 3 to 8 weeks or longer), and recurrent (several acute attacks per year). Most sinus infections are caused by viruses (such as the common cold), asthma, allergens (such as dust, mold, and pollen), nasal polyps, or anything that causes swelling in the nose.

Sinus infection produces headache, pain, upper jaw and tooth ache, tenderness around the nose, forehead and cheeks, swelling around the eyes, ear ache and infection, fever, weakness, cough, and a runny nose or nasal congestion. On rare occasion, acute sinus infection can result in brain infection and other serious problems.

Sinus infection is usually treated with an antibiotic, various nasal sprays, or other medication. Because sinus infection is common and chronic for many individuals, preventative measures are often used to avoid the discomfort and pain usually associated with a sinus infection. Simple activities, using a humidifier and regularly cleansing nasal passages, for example, can greatly decrease your chances of getting a sinus infection.

Xlear™ Nasal Wash is a patented, non-addictive nasal spray designed to aid in the relief and management of sinus infection caused by pollutants, allergens and infections of the nasal passages. Unlike other nasal sprays that can actually aggravate a sinus infection if overused, Xlear Nasal Wash contains only natural ingredients and is non-habit forming. It is the ONLY nasal wash that combines the unique properties of the natural substance, Xylitol and the health-promoting practice of a saline nasal spray to help wash, hydrate and moisturize the nasal passages. Xylitol is one of bacteria's natural enemies. When certain harmful bacteria enter the body, they attach to the membranes of the nose and throat. Unlike most antibiotics which kill the majority of bacteria and leave the resistant, super bacteria behind, Xlear Nasal Wash merely flushes harmful bacteria away.  Most health stores carry this!  Give it a try – I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the results!!

 

 

Ear infections: Wait and See or DO SOMETHING ELSE!

When my children were growing up we had our share of ear infections and tubes.
If only I knew then, what I know now!!!  I know mother's who cut out dairy products from their children's diets and their ears never bothered them again!  There are a lot of non-dairy choices out there today.  My favorite "milk" is Almond Milk. Kids love it!   And if the child is old enough chewing gum sweetened with xylitol is another great alternative!  . . .Donna

By Jerry Bozeman L.P.C.,

I was devastated when my infant son battled ear infections when he was less than a year old. The doctors told me that nursing helped prevent them. I NURSED! They said smoking caused them. MY HUSBAND STOPPED SMOKING! They said exposing him to germs by taking him out caused them. I STAYED HOME!

As he grew older, the infections got better, but I was a teacher, and I knew that he was missing things. He didn’t seem to hear things well, and we later found out the ear infections had caused a persistent ringing, called tinnitus, which interferes with hearing. He didn’t learn to read until he was in the fourth grade, and only then because I worked extra hard finding a way to help him learn. The teachers thought he was just slow and pretty much gave up. He’s now a licensed professional engineer, and he’s not slow.

He had a set of problems that often go along with ear infections. They are problems that doctors don’t look at because they only see the medical aspects of ear infections. But every time a child gets an ear infection some fluid from the inflammation gets into the middle ear. This is the place where all of the small bones are that transmit sound from the ear drum to the brain. When fluid is there, sound is not transmitted well, hearing and speech are compromised, and these children often wind up in remedial reading classes or special education.

The early experience of Helen Keller shows how critically important this connection is in early childhood development. Helen herself, as well as those caring for her, described her as an animal prior to her understanding of the symbol for water that was repeatedly written on her hand in between shoving it under an open faucet. That simple connection, which most of us take for granted, made it possible for Helen to think in symbolic terms. It opened her brain and allowed for her to change from an “animal” to the humanitarian leader that she became. While Helen’s case was extreme, it clearly shows the understated importance of a solid foundation of symbols in the foundation of thought. Most of us use the symbolic words in our languages as this foundation, and we don’t even think about it. Persistent fluid in the middle ear of a child decreases his or her ability to discriminate sounds and is a significant roadblock on the path to this understanding.

In the United States, we call the collection of fluid in the middle ear serous otitis media. In England it’s called glue ear, a more descriptive label. In both countries, it’s treated by putting tubes into the ear drums so that the ear drums can move and children hear better. But by then it is often too late.

There is a window of opportunity for learning sounds and the associated languages. It’s a developmental window, which means that it’s related to the growth and development of the brain. If a child is not exposed to the material during the window, then the task becomes much harder later. This was the situation with my son—and with many others too. When I returned to teaching, I worked in special education. When I would ask my students how many of them had tubes put in their ears when they were young, they all raised their hands.

This connection is becoming clearer and more people are recognizing it. Thirty years ago when I spoke with other educators and administrators about the problem, the acknowledgement of the connection was marginal to bad. It is only a little better today, and the problem remains in both the educational and the medical communities where neither sees it clearly. Doctors see ear infections primarily as the greatest reason for giving antibiotics to infants and children; which makes it also one of the greatest reasons for the problem of antibiotic resistant bacteria. This is a problem that doctors do see, especially the ones who are trying to figure out how to cope with these resistant germs. Preventing antibiotic resistance, they find, is best done by not using so many antibiotics.

Several doctors working in the Emergency Room at Yale studied a “wait-and-see” approach to ear infections, comparing it with the usual antibiotic treatment. They found that the children given an antibiotic did not do any better medically than those not given an antibiotic. Their study was reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association on September 13, 2006. That is all well and good as far as medical reasoning goes, but until medicine learns of the link between this problem and delays in language, they only see half the problem.

This was where we were when my son’s infant daughter began having recurrent ear infections. By this time, I had become a school counselor, and I really liked to use principles of reality therapy that point out how we continue using methods that don’t work because we don’t know any better. When my granddaughter had her fourth ear infection in as many months, I told my physician husband, “What you’re doing is not working! DO SOMETHING ELSE!”

The next day, while looking for that something else, he read about a study using xylitol sweetened chewing gum, and how chewing two sticks four times a day cut ear infections by more than 40%. Unfortunately, my granddaughter was too young to chew gum. Since xylitol works on the bacteria that cause the infection and these bacteria live in the nose, my husband decided to put it into a nasal spray.

My granddaughter’s ear infections went away when her parents used the xylitol nasal spray before every diaper change. Ten other children in my husband’s practice, which used the nasal spray in the same way, had their doctor visits for ear aches reduced by more than 90%. In a clinical trial done in the Czech Republic, using the xylitol nasal spray three times a day reduced visits by 80%.

Ear aches are a problem for parents who have to comfort their babies and toddlers suffering from a very painful condition. They are also a problem for doctors who want to prevent antibiotic resistance. It needs to be better understood that ear aches are also a problem for teachers trying to do their jobs with a child whose ability and potential has been needlessly compromised.

If by simply keeping a baby’s nose clean, we can reduce chronic ear infections by 90%, reduce ear-ache-related visits to the doctor and reduce prescriptions for antibiotics, which lead to resistance, then what my husband is doing is working—and WE NEED TO DO MORE OF IT.

Keep your nose Xlear® (pronounced “clear”) with Xlear Nasal Wash. 

Xylitol: Our Sweet Salvation?

(Donna's Note: In this article you will read about all the benefits of a natural sugar alternative called Xylitol.  It is worth a try if you are looking for a natural source of sugar with benefits!  Check your local health food store or see the link at the bottom of this article. There are 1 lb.; 3 lb.; and 5 lb. options available. You might start with a one pound bag to see how you like it!  There is also a great chewing gum by Spry with Xylitol in it. This is a great alternative for your children to regular sugar gum and has added benefits of helping their ears and teeth! Now I think that's pretty awesome! )

by Sherill Sellman

Xylitol is not only a safe, natural sweetener without the bad side-effects of sugar and artificial substitutes, it's also good for your teeth, stabilizes insulin and hormone levels, and promotes good health.

Americans have a mighty hankering for sugar. It seems that we just can't get enough of the stuff. On average, a half a cup of sugar is consumed per person every day. It is estimated that the average American eats, drinks, slurps, stirs, and sprinkles about 150 pounds of it annually. Never in modern history has a culture consumed so much sugar.

Sugar truly does deserve its reputation as a "white poison". Thinking of sugar as a food is really a stretch of the imagination, because it is more a chemical that is difficult for our bodies to utilize and digest.

Humans were really not designed to eat large amounts of sugar in whatever form it may take: white and brown, corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, maltose, barley malt, honey, rice syrup, and maple syrup. Sugar is also highly seductive, acting like an addictive drug that lures even the most well-intentioned person back into its sweet clutches.

According to Chinese wisdom, sweetness is one of the flavors necessary for maintaining balance in the body.

[Editor's note: The concept of sweetness" referred to here likely means alkalinity, as in the acid-alkaline balance within the body that was a major topic of Edgar Cayce's medical discourses while in trance. In that respect, Cayce's wisdom would agree with the ancient Chinese wisdom-but the advice is actually OPPOSITE the implied conclusion. That is, you want to eat ACIDIC things, like citrus, to produce an alkaline REACTION in the body to keep it slightly on the "sweet" side.

This matter has long been a subject of obvious confusion for Cayce readers,who often "get it backwards" until they understand the actual reactions of body chemistry he was talking about. And that same concept is likely what the ancient Chinese medical wisdom meant by "sweetness" within the body.]

But regularly eating large amounts of sugar will cause serious harm. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia and weight gain, leading to diabetes and obesity in both children and adults. It leaches the body of vital minerals and vitamins. It raises blood pressure, triglycerides, and the bad cholesterol (LDL), increasing the risk of heart disease. It causes tooth decay and periodontal disease, which leads to tooth loss and systemic infections. It makes it difficult for a child's brain to learn, resulting in a lack of concentration. Both children and adults exhibit disruptive behavior, learning disorders, and forgetfulness from sugar consumption. It initiates auto-immune and immune deficiency disorders such as arthritis, allergies, and asthma. It also upsets hormonal balance and supports the growth of cancer cells.

So what are we to do? Will our sugar cravings always hold us hostage, or is there really a way to lick the sugar habit successfully?

Xylitol To The Rescue!

During World War II, Finland was suffering from an acute sugar shortage. With no domestic supply of sugar, the Finns searched for an alternative. It was then that the Finnish scientists rediscovered xylitol, a low-calorie sugar made from birch bark. It had, in fact, been known to the world of organic chemistry since it was first manufactured in 1891 by a German chemist.

By 1930, xylitol had been purified, but it wasn't until World War II that the sugar shortages forced researchers to look at alternative sweeteners. It was only when xylitol was stabilized that it became a viable sweetener in foods. It was also during this time that researchers discovered xylitol's insulin-independent nature. (It metabolizes in the body without using insulin.)

By the 1960s, xylitol was being used in Germany, Switzerland, the Soviet Union, and Japan as a preferred sweetener in diabetic diets and as an energy source for infusion therapy in patients with impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance. Since then, many other countries, including Italy and China, have been producing xylitol for use in their domestic markets-and with remarkable health benefits. It has been relatively unknown in the U.S.A. and Australia, primarily because cheap supplies of cane sugar made the more expensive xylitol less economically. viable.

Xylitol is a natural substance found in fibrous vegetables and fruit, as well as in corn cobs and various hardwood trees like birch. It is a natural, intermediate product which regularly occurs in the glucose metabolism of man and other animals, as well as in the metabolism of several plants and micro-organisms. Xylitol is produced naturally in our bodies; in fact, we make up to 15 grams daily during normal metabolism.

Although xylitol tastes and looks exactly like sugar, that is where the similarities end. Xylitol is really sugar's mirror image. While sugar wreaks havoc on the body, xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity, protects against chronic degenerative disease, and has anti-aging benefits. Xylitol is considered a five-carbon sugar, which means it is an antimicrobial, preventing the growth of bacteria. While sugar is acid-forming, xylitol is alkaline enhancing. All other forms of sugar, including sorbitol, another popular alternative sweetener, are six-carbon sugars, which feed dangerous bacteria and fungi.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963, xylitol has no known toxic levels. The only discomfort that some sensitive people may notice initially when. taking large amounts is mild diarrhea or slight cramping.

Since the body makes xylitol daily, as well as the enzymes to break it down, any discomfort usually disappears within a few days as the body's enzymatic activity adjusts to a higher intake.

Xylitol has 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates than sugar and is slowly absorbed and metabolised, resulting in very negligible changes in insulin. About one-third of the xylitol that is consumed is absorbed in the liver. The other two-thirds travels to the intestinal tract, where it is broken down by gut bacteria into short-chain fatty acids.

Xylitol looks, feels, and tastes exactly like sugar, and leaves no unpleasant aftertaste. It is available in many forms. In its crystalline form, it can replace sugar in cooking, baking, or as a sweetener for beverages. It is also included as an ingredient in chewing gum, mints, and nasal spray.

Xylitol And Oral Health

Tooth decay and gum disease are serious problems. According to the American Dental Association, 75% of American adults over the age of 35 suffer from some form of periodontal disease.1 Needless to say, diet plays a major role in dental heath. When there is an excess of sugar in the diet, this weakens the immune system and creates an acidic environment; thus oral health suffers. The mouth is home to over 400 strains of bacteria. Most of these are benign, but when sugar enters the scene, it feeds the destructive strains, allowing them to proliferate.

Periodontal disease is basically caused by bacteria. These deposits permit the growth of bacteria that cause inflammation of the gums. The bacteria also release minute amounts of toxins that break down guru tissue, thereby helping the infection to progress. Plaque is an invisible, sticky film of saliva and food residue that constantly forms on the teeth. Ongoing low-grade bacterial infection also burdens the immune system.

Bacteria help to create plaque and they also thrive within it. Unless removed, plaque formed along the gum-line can lead to gum disease. When left untreated, plaque at or below the gum line hardens into tartar.
Periodontal disease takes two forms: simple gum inflammation, called gingivitis, and a more severe gum infection, called periodontitis, which may lead to tooth loss and receding gums.

Gingivitis results from the build-up of plaque and tartar which irritate the gum or periodontal tissue. The more advanced state of gum disease, periodontitis, occurs when inflammation of the gums is accompanied by bone and ligament destruction. Bleeding gums are usually the first indication that gum disease is developing, but obvious symptoms may not always be present.

Gum infection can also lead to other serious health problems. It doubles the risk of stroke, triples the risk of heart attack, increases the incidence of premature, low-weight babies, and also contributes to bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema. In fact, the same bacteria that cause gum disease end up either directly or indirectly infecting your heart and arteries. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota in 1998 found that rabbits injected with tooth plaque developed blood clots which led to heart disease. 2 It seems that the bacteria first attack the bones and gums in the mouth and then enter the bloodstream through small cracks in the gums.

Eating sugar causes tooth decay by creating a highly acidic condition in the mouth. Acidity strips tooth enamel of minerals, causing it to weaken and making it more vulnerable to attack by bacteria, leading to tooth decay or demineralization. Ordinarily, saliva bathes the mouth with an alkaline solution that neutralizes all acidity and actually remineralizes the teeth. Saliva also washes away leftover bits of food and helps the digestion process. But when saliva turns acidic because of too many sweets, bacteria in the mouth have a feeding frenzy. These nasty bacteria, along with carbohydrate waste, stick to the teeth and tongue and hold the acid close to the teeth where it eats away enamel. Virtually whatever food you ingest, the remaining particles become food for plaque-producing bacteria. Using xylitol helps to raise plaque pH, thereby reducing the time that teeth are exposed to damaging acids, as well as starving harmful bacteria of their food source.

Xylitol is a dentist's dream. It reverses all these destructive effects of sugar on oral health. Xylitol is non-fermentable and therefore cannot be converted to acids by oral bacteria, thus it helps to restore a proper alkaline/acid balance in the mouth. This alkaline environment is inhospitable to all the destructive bacteria, especially the worst variety, Streptococcus mutans. It also inhibits plaque formation.

Using xylitol right before bedtime, after brushing and flossing, protects and heals the teeth and gums. Unlike sugar, it can even be left on the teeth overnight. With proper use, xylitol actually stops the fermentation process leading to tooth decay. Long-term use suppresses the most harmful strains of oral bacteria, making a long-lasting change in those bacterial communities. Xylitol even has the ability to enhance the mineralization of the enamel. It is most effective in treating small decay spots. Although larger cavities won't go away, they can harden and become less sensitive.

Consistently using small amounts of xylitol tends to increase protective factors in saliva. Xylitol stimulates saliva flow and helps keep salivary minerals in a useful form. Prolonged xylitol use increases the buffering capacity and protective factors in saliva. Increased saliva production is especially important for people suffering with a dry mouth due to illness, aging, or drug sideeffects.

Since the oral environment becomes less acidic with continued xylitol use, it is advisable to chew xylitol gum or suck a xylitol mint after every meal or after eating sweet snacks. The best news is that studies have shown that xylitol's effect is long-lasting and possibly even permanent.

Xylitol has recently received positive support in the Journal Of The American Dental Association. "Xylitol is an effective preventive agent against dental caries… Consumption of xylitol containing chewing gum has been demonstrated to reduce caries in Finnish teenagers by 30-60%. Studies conducted in Canada, Thailand, Polynesia, and Belize have shown similar results…. " 3 A study conducted at Harvard School of Dental Medicine concluded that: "Xylitol can significantly decrease the incidence of dental caries." 4

Another unexpected benefit came from a Finnish study which showed that children whose teeth are colonised between 19 and 31 months of age by Streptococcus mutans bacteria are more likely to have a large number of cavities. Most children acquire this bacteria from their mother's saliva through food tasting, sharing cups, and kissing. The study showed a dramatic 70% reduction in tooth decay among children whose mothers chewed xylitol gum.5

Xylitol, however, isn't just for the young. In a paper published in the Journal Of The American Geriatrics Society, researchers tested 111 adults, aged 60 and older, over a 12-month period. All were frail but healthy adults. In the study, one group of volunteers chewed no gum, a second chewed gum containing xylitol, and a third group chewed gum containing both xylitol and an antimicrobial. In the two groups receiving gum, the participants chewed two pieces for 15 minutes, two times per day. At the end of the study, the researchers reported that the group who received xylitol gum had substantially lowered their risk of developing thrush, a fungal or yeast infection that can cause mouth soreness. (The group who received xylitol plus the antimicrobial had equal benefits.) It had also reduced their risk of developing angular cheilitis, a condition in which sores develop in the corners of the mouth. The researchers noted that xylitol gum can provide a "real clinical benefit" to frail, elderly people.6

Xylitol And Ear, Nose & Throat Infections

Recurring middle-ear infections pose a great health threat to children. Tubes are often inserted into the eardrum in children with these recurring infections to reduce the fluid that is attempting to wash out the infection from the middle ear. While this procedure sometimes helps to reduce the frequency of infections, it is also designed to help with hearing.

Language, a critical part of learning, is built by auditory input during the first two years of life-the same period when ear infections are most common. If this input is dampened by infection or fluid in the middle ear during this important period, it can cause learning problems.

One researcher demonstrated that, even when properly treated, recurrent middle ear infections during the first two years result in significant impairment in reading ability up to the age of nine.7 Another study followed children longer and showed significant learning and social problems extending up to age eighteen.8

One of xylitol's versatile benefits is its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause middle-ear infections in young children. In two recent studies involving over 1,000 children, xylitolflavored chewing gum was found to reduce the incidence of middle-ear infections by 40%, significantly decreasing ongoing middle-ear complications and the need for antibiotics.

Regularly washing the nose with a spray containing xylitol decreases the number of harmful bacteria and stimulates normal defensive washing of this area. A clean nose reduces problems with allergies and asthma that originate from nasal irritants and pollutants.

Current research shows how bacteria attach to cells in the body, causing infection. Some sugars like xylitol are known to be able to interfere with this binding, blocking the attachment of the major infection-causing bacteria that live in the nose. Dr. Lon Jones, a physician in Plainsview, Texas, reported that the use of a xylitol nasal spray in his practice prevented 93% of ear infections and resulted in comparable reductions in sinus infections, allergies, and asthma.9

Xylitol has been shown to be effective in inhibiting Candida Albicans, a serious systemic yeast problem, and other harmful gut bacteria including H. Pylori, implicated in periodontal disease, bad breath, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and even stomach cancer.

Xylitol And Osteoporosis

Another exciting benefit from xylitol is its role in reversing bone loss. Studies in Finland found that xylitol maintained bone density in rats that had their ovaries removed. Without ovaries, estrogen levels plummeted and so did the bone density in rats that were not given xylitol. However, in the rats that had ovaries removed and were given xylitol, bone density actually increased.10 Another study showed that xylitol was effective in decreasing age-related bone loss in older male rats by 10%. 11

In an unprecedented action, the Finnish researchers made bold recommendations for human application of their studies. T

Xylitol And Insulin Resistance, Diabetes Hypertension, And Hormonal Imbalances

Consuming sugar and other refined carbohydrates results in the rapid release of glucose, or blood sugar. In response, the pancreas secretes insulin to usher glucose into the cells, where it is burned for energy. Excess glucose stresses the system, and over time the cells become less responsive to insulin. This condition, known as insulin resistance, is a huge health problem and it is estimated to affect half the American population. Insulin resistance is associated with abnormalities in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, hypertension, increased risk of heart disease, and diabetes.

The dramatic rise in type-2 diabetes since the mid-1900s directly coincides with our increased consumption of sugar. One long-term study of more than 65,000 women demonstrated that a high-sugar, low-fibre diet increased the risk of type-2 diabetes by 250%. Another recent study found that excessive intake of sugar was the single most important dietary risk factor for heart disease in women and for men. It has been estimated that sugar intake may account for more than 150,000 premature deaths from heart disease in the United States each year.12

Xylitol has been demonstrated in repeated clinical studies to be very slowly metabolised. In fact, on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly foods enter the bloodstream, sugar is rated at 100 and xylitol at just seven! Xylitol is a natural insulin stabilizer, therefore it causes none of the abrupt rises and falls that occur with sugar. In fact, it actually helps in stopping sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Foods sweetened with xylitol will not raise insulin levels. This makes it a perfect sweetener for people with diabetes as well as those wanting to lose weight. There is a growing consensus amongst anti-aging researchers that maintaining low insulin levels is a key to a successful anti-aging program.

Insulin resistance also plays a significant role in hormonal imbalances, including those that lead to breast cancer. High insulin levels increase the production of estrogens, leading to an estrogen-dominant condition, and also interfere with healthy ovarian function. Insulin resistance is a major cause of a growing hormonal problem called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes the ovaries to become anovulatory, which means that the normal cyclic production of estrogen followed by progesterone either ceases or becomes dysfunctional. Insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce predominantly male hormones, which, in combination with higher insulin and glucose levels, increase weight gain around the waist-a body type that is a risk factor for breast cancer. Signs that the body is being exposed to higher levels of the male hormones include acne, loss of head hair, and an increase in body hair. Lowering insulin levels is crucial for not only treating PCOS but also resolving most other hormonal imbalances, including those leading to breast cancer.13

Dr. John Lee, author of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer, explains the connection between insulin resistance and breast cancer:

"Overeating junk food makes you fat. Increased body fat and lack of exercise lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance leads to further craving of sugary carbohydrates to generate energy for the body. More insulin is released in response to increased carbohydrate intake, leading to more weight gain. More fat leads to more estrogens, which, in turn, lead to earlier breast development and menstruation. Earlier onset of menstruation leads to more ovulatory cycles and a greater lifetime exposure to estrogens without adequate progesterone. A greater lifetime exposure to estrogens increases breast cancer risk.

"Simultaneously, increased consumption of simple carbohydrates, coupled with insulin resistance, leads to polycystic ovaries and lack of ovulation during menstrual cycles, resulting in excess production of androgens and estrogens, along with inadequate production of progesterone. Excessive estrogen production in the absence of progesterone production leads to estrogen dominance and increased breast cancer risk. Use of contraceptive hormones increases insulin resistance, exacerbating all the above problems."14

Using xylitol instead of sugar, as well as reducing intake of high-glycemic, refined carbohydrate foods, helps to lower the risk not only of PCOS but also of ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, PMS, hot flashes, weight gain, and depression.

The Safer Sweetener

Increased sugar consumption has bedeviled Western cultures with more and more health problems, many of which are putting an enormous strain on healthcare systems. Finally, there is an answer to our collective prayers for something truly healthy that can also satisfy our sweet tooth. Over 1,500 scientific studies have found that the more you use xylitol, the more you can eliminate sugar cravings, reduce insulin levels, and alkalinize your body. It's a great aid on the way to good health and long life.

Imagine never having to feel those twinges of guilt when you bite into a xylitol-sweetened brownie. Or how about increasing your bone density while enjoying your favorite hot drink with two spoonfuls of xylitol crystals, or knowing that xylitol-sweetened chewing gum is preventing cavities and gum disease?

With xylitol, you can now have your sweet tooth and treat it, too!

 

                                 

 

 

References

1. Zeines, Victor, DDS, MS, FAGD. Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body. Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2000, p. 55.

2. ibid., p. 29.

3. Beiswanger, BB, Boneta AE, Mau MS, Katz BP, Proskin HM, Stookey GK. The effect of chewing sugar-free gum after meals on clinical caries incidence. J. Am. Dent. Assoc. 1998;129:1623-6.

4. Hayes, Catherine, DMD; DMSc. The effect of non-cariogenic sweeteners on the prevention of dental caries: A review of evidence. Harvard School Of Dental Medicine. See the http://www.lib.umich.edu/dentlib/nihcdc/abstracts/hayes.html Internet website.

5. How Xylitol-containing Products Affect Cariogenic Bacteria. J. Am. Dent. Assoc., April 2000.

6. J. Am. Geriatrics Soc. 2002;50. See the www.globalaging.org/health/world/medgum.htm Internet website.

7. Luotonen M, Uhari M, Aitola, L et a1. Recurrent otitis media during infancy and linguistic skills at the age of nine years. Pediatr Infect. J. 1996;15:854-8.

8. Bennett KE, Haggard MP, Silva PA, Stewart IA. Behavior and development effects of otitis media with effusion into the teens. Arch. Dis. Child 2601 Aug;85(2):91-5.

9. See www.nasal-xylitol.com Internet website.

10. Svanberg M; Mattila P, Knuttila M. Dietary xylitol retards the ovariectomyinduced increase of bone turnover in rats. Calcif. Tissue Int. 60:462-466.

11. Mattila P, Svanberg, M, Knuttila, M. Increased bone volume and bone mineral content in xylitol-fed aged rats. Gerontology 2001;47:300-305.

12. Carbohydrates: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Dr. James Whittaker Newsletter, vol. 13, no. 4, April 2000.

13. John, Lee MD. What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Breast Cancer. Warner Books, 2002, p. 61.

14. ibid, p. 62.

About The Author

Sherrill Sellman is the author of the bestselling book Hormone Heresy. What Women Must Know About Their Hormones.

Is There a Wrong Way to Wash Your Hair?

Just for grins I thought I would add this warning before you read the article below:

Shampoo Warning:    

I don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!

I shampoo in the shower – When i wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and

printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning, "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY."  No wonder I have been gaining weight!

Well! I have gotten rid of that shampoo and I am going to start showering with Dawn dish soap instead.

Its label reads, "DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE."  There. Problem solved!

If I don't answer the phone……….I'll be in the shower!   Donna

Ok,,,,now here's the serious stuff!!!

By: Nicole Elizabeth Smith

It's not as simple as it sounds. There is a difference!

When washing your hair, it is best if you get in the shower. You may give yourself a back-ache and won’t be able to rinse properly if you wash your hair in the sink. Start by rinsing your hair to remove any leave-in conditioner or styling aids. Use a quarter sized dollop of shampoo and rub your hands together to distribute it. Put the shampoo on your scalp, not the ends of your hair. Work up a lather by massaging your scalp with your fingers and scalp brush. Don’t mix your hair all over your head; the more you do, the more tangled it will become.

You may notice that during the first shampoo, you won’t have much lather. That is because your hair is still dirty! Rinse well and then repeat, but this time, let the shampoo sit for a minute (especially if you are using a protein shampoo). Rinse, then press the water out of your hair. Never squeeze or pull your hair when it’s wet. Instead, smooth your hands down from the top of your head down to remove excess water, and important step before adding any conditioner.

Hot or Cold Water?

Honestly, it doesn’t matter because the effects are barely noticeable. However, experts say to wash hair in hot or warm water to help remove dirt and build-up and to rinse hair in cool water to close the cuticle and add shine.

Deep Conditioning

Conditioners penetrate better on towel dried hair so remove excess water first. Be gentle! To protect your hair, smooth your hands down your head from the top of your head down to remove excess water. As your hair grows longer, gather your hair at the base of your neck with one hand, and once anchored, use the other hand to gently press the water out of the ends of your hair. Then, use a generous amount (half-dollar size dollop or more for longer hair) to make sure your hair is completely covered. Concentrate on your hairline, nape and the ends of your hair, where it’s needed most. Massage well, but DO NOT COMB THROUGH; it’s too damaging to your hair. Snap on a plastic cap and sit under a warm dryer for 10 minutes. Rinse well and follow with an instant conditioner.

About the Author

Nicole Elizabeth Smith, the author of "Healthy Black Hair" (2003), is a freelance health and beauty writer and a graduate of Michigan State University. She and her son Zack live in Michigan. Currently, she is beauty editor for www.myhairbook.com.

Article Source: EzineArticles.com

Stress may Induce Early Miscarriages

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — A new study reveals women who exhibit signs of stress are three-times more likely to miscarry during the first three weeks of pregnancy.

For the study, University of Michigan researchers measured the stress-induced hormone cortisol in urine samples taken from 61 women three times a week for a year. Previous studies show between 31 percent and 89 percent of all conceptions result in miscarriage. Although most miscarriages happen during the first three weeks of pregnancy, a majority of the studies begin about six weeks after conception when women first notice they are pregnant.

"The only way to capture the first three weeks of pregnancy is to begin collecting their urine from before they become pregnant. That is extremely labor-intensive and expensive," says Pablo Nepomnaschy, researcher and doctoral student at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

During the study, 22 pregnancies occurred in 16 women, and each woman's cortisol levels were measured against her own baseline levels. Researchers found 90 percent of women with elevated levels of cortisol miscarried during the first three weeks of pregnancy compared to 33 percent of those with normal levels.

Researchers say it is unclear whether cortisol is directly involved with the miscarriages or not. Nepomnaschy says: "Maybe increased cortisol is understood by the body as a cue that the context is uncertain, changing, or the quality of the environment is deteriorating. The body's response is to stop any extra activity and go back to its most basic functions."

The study involved a small population of women, and Nepomnaschy says the next step is to attempt to replicate these results in a larger population.

This article was reported by Ivanhoe.com, SOURCE: University of Michigan, published online Feb. 20, 2006.

Skip Fad Dieting

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — "Low-carb," "low-fat" and "geared to your body type" are catch phrases University of South Florida researcher Barbara Hansen, Ph.D., says don't need to be part of your weight-loss regimen.

Hansen's latest studies in rhesus monkeys reveal lifetime calorie restraint to prevent obesity is the most effective way to lower your risk of age-related health problems like high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels. Hansen says, "Our studies have unequivocally demonstrated that if you prevent excess fat deposits in the body through excess calorie restraint, you'll improve health and postpone death."

Hansen and colleagues are working to understand the underlying mechanisms of obesity that may lead to new drugs that more specifically target centers in the body that regulate weight. Scientists are continuing to learn about how different factors interact to predispose someone to obesity. Previous studies support the notion that each person has an age-related "set" point for weight somehow regulated by physiology and genetics. This helps explain why most people gain back the weight after losing a lot. Hansen says, "Basically, while your weight may fluctuate throughout life, your body's natural tendency is to return to its individually programmed body composition."

Hansen's advice for weight monitoring? Using the "bathroom scale model of weight loss." She explains: "If you see your weight creeping up, then cut back on your portions. A 10-percent daily reduction in the total calories you consume may produce a small, but at least sustainable, weight loss."

This article was reported by Ivanhoe.com,

SOURCE: The American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Feb. 16-20, 2006

The Yeast Connection & Women’s Health

By Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.

Pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS can make life miserable, momentarily or monthly, for 90 percent of American women. It's a mishmash of symptoms–bloating, cramping, tender breasts, irritability, food cravings and a dozen other symptoms–that can occur in the luteal phase of a woman's menstrual cycle (right after ovulation until the menstrual flow begins).

To the eternal aggravation of countless women through time, PMS can last as long as 14 days until menstruation begins.

PMS can be aggravated by:

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Age
  • The number of children a woman has had
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Sugar and caffeine intake
  • Progesterone deficiency

Other dietary factors, lack of exercise, hypothyroidism and depression can also contribute to PMS symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with daily life for up to 40 percent of all women.

Listed below are some of the many symptoms of PMS:

  • Abdominal bloating
  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Backache
  • Breast swelling and tenderness
  • Cramps
  • Depression
  • Food cravings
  • Fainting spells
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Altered sex drive
  • Swelling of fingers and ankles
  • Personality changes, including mood swings and outbursts of anger

Of course, these symptoms can be caused by many conditions, but when they are consistently linked to this specific time in a woman's menstrual cycle, they are usually grouped under the PMS label.

Scientific evidence now suggests that women who exercise regularly are less affected than sedentary women by the mood swings and depression often associated with PMS.

A Closer Look

Many doctors are now beginning to take a deeper look at PMS. Recurring and life-altering PMS warrants an investigation of the following:

  • Thyroid function to determine if hyper or hypothyroid symptoms are interfering with hormone balance
  • Insulin metabolism to determine if blood sugar fluctuations are triggering food cravings, fatigue, headaches and irritability
  • Diet to determine if the patient is eating a diet high in sugar and refined and processed foods

The late Dr. William Crook, author of The Yeast Connection and Women's Health, suggested a connection between the systemic overgrowth of candida albicans yeast and PMS. He believed PMS develops as the result of a number of causes, among them yeast overgrowth.

Some researchers suggest systemic candida overgrowth may trigger PMS symptoms by activating an autoimmune response to sex hormones such as estrogen.

The normal rise and decline of estrogen in a monthly cycle could help explain the periodic flare-ups and subsequent quieting of candida symptoms, which can be remarkably similar to those of PMS mentioned above.

For women experiencing PMS discomfort who also had a high score on the yeast questionnaire, Dr. Crook suggested his special sugar-free anti-candida diet, oral antifungal medications and nutritional supplements could be life changing. A growing number of his colleagues are now beginning to agree with the connection between yeast and PMS.

As can be seen from the yeast questionnaire, women who have taken repeated courses of antibiotics, suffered recurrent vaginal yeast infections, taken birth control and/or had a diet high in sugar and processed and refined foods are at particularly high risk for candida yeast overgrowth.

Learning to Eat Healthier

Research shows that women most likely to suffer from PMS had some remarkable dietary parallels. They consumed more carbohydrates (62 percent), refined sugar (75 percent), dairy products (79 percent) and more sodium (78 percent) than women eating the standard American diet.

We suggest that women suffering from the symptoms of PMS consider the following anti-candida diet for one cycle and see if there is a difference in PMS symptoms. It is best to begin the diet at the end of the luteal phase, the day your period begins.

The first phase of the anti-candida diet involves eliminating all:

  • Sugar
  • Sweeteners
  • Corn syrup (most fruit drinks are sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup)
  • White bread and other white flour products
  • Soft drinks
  • Most ready-to-eat cereals
  • All sweet, fat-laden snack foods

Foods containing these nutritionally deficient simple carbohydrates promote yeast overgrowth and literally feed the yeast organisms.

Replace all processed and refined foods with more vegetables of all kinds, including those you might normally eat. Avoid all fermented or mold and fungus-based foods, including soy sauce, vinegar, blue cheese and all types of mushrooms.

Avoid and Replace

Get rid of all hydrogenated fats and foods containing food coloring and additives. Add modest amounts of olive, walnut, flaxseed, sesame and other healthy unprocessed, unrefined oils for cooking and salad dressings.

Round out the diet with lean cuts of beef and pork, chicken, turkey, seafood, wild game, nuts and seeds. Modest amounts of high-carbohydrate vegetables, including potatoes (white and sweet), avocado, beans and other legumes, are permissible. Yogurt, hard cheeses and cream cheese can be eaten too.

For this experimental phase, avoid all fruit, which is high in the fruit sugar called fructose. It can be added back cautiously after the first month. Also avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and other caffeinated drinks.

Charting symptoms, moods and general feelings of well-being over this month-long period can provide some powerful insights. Review our symptom chart. By the end of this phase, there should be a clear picture of the connection between diet and PMS symptoms.

For the next phase, certain foods can be gradually re-introduced. Experiment with fruit, brewers yeast and vinegar one at a time to determine how they affect symptoms. More explicit instructions about the challenge phase can be found here.

Probiotics (live "friendly" bacteria) are an essential part of the anti-candida program because they help restore the natural balance of intestinal flora, including yeast. Nutritional supplements like olive leaf extract and caprylic acid may also be helpful. See descriptions for these nutrients at our Web site.

In extreme cases, prescription antifungal medications may be necessary while keeping on a candida-free diet and taking probiotics.

Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., is medical advisor to Woman's Health Connection at www.yeastconnection.com and is featured on the website's "Ask A Pro" page. Her latest books are The Miracle of Magnesium and Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments.

The Four Most Common Hormone Disorders in Women

Reprinted with Permission from the SixWise.com Security & Wellness e-Newsletter

by www.SixWise.com

Hormones play a major role in how well your body functions and how you feel from day to day. If your hormones are in balance, you likely sleep well and have lots of energy, a strong sex drive, and well-functioning immune and digestive systems.

"The healthy body is equipped to produce all the hormones a woman needs throughout her life," said Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause. But those hormones can easily become pushed off kilter — even with too much stress or an unhealthy diet — leaving room for a wide array of hormonal disorders to surface.

Hormones are proteins or steroids that are secreted directly into your bloodstream. They are responsible for the body's metabolism of minerals, regulation of fluids, reproduction, sexual function, and responses to stress.

The endocrine system, which includes glands such as the pituitary, hypothalamus, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, adrenal cortex and medulla, and ovaries, produce hormones in women.

Common Hormone Disorders: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

The most common hormonal disorder among women is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects an estimated 7 percent of women. However, many cases may go undiagnosed, so as many as one in 10 women may be affected.

"This is a syndrome, which means it is a collection of features," said Dr. Ricardo Azziz, chair of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's department of obstetrics and gynecology.

Two-thirds of women with PCOS are overweight and most are insulin resistant. Symptoms include:

·         Irregular or absent periods

·         Unusual body hair growth

·         Unusually severe acne

·         Darkened skin patches

·         Rapid weight gain

Although the cause of PCOS remains unknown, researchers are looking into its connection to obesity, genetics and insulin production.

Lifestyle changes, including eating a healthy diet and exercising, are often "prescribed" for patients with PCOS. This is because weight loss has been found to cause an improvement, or even a remission, of symptoms. Sometimes medications, including birth control pills and fertility drugs, are prescribed to help with symptoms.

Thyroid Dysfunction

Over 20 percent of menopausal women in the United States are diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, according to Marcy Holmes, NP, Certified Menopause Clinician, and Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN N.P. However, studies suggest that millions more may be suffering from subclinical problems, but remain undiagnosed.

Most women are affected by hypothyroidism, a sluggish or "underactive" thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

·         Fatigue

·         Weight gain

·         Depression

·         High cholesterol

Other women may be affected by the opposite, hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid. A person with hyperthyroidism may:

·         Have trouble sleeping

·         Feel anxious

·         Be irritable

·         Feel overheated

·         Experience weight loss (with an increased appetite)

Hormonal imbalances, which could be caused by stress and nutritional deficiencies, trigger thyroid disease. Hypothydroidism may also occur at other times your body may be more prone to hormonal imbalance, such as during perimenopause, menopause and pregnancy.

Adrenal Fatigue

Your adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) act as control centers for many hormones. One of their most important tasks is to get your body ready for the "fight or flight" stress response, which means increasing adrenaline and other hormones.

This response increases your heart rate and blood pressure, slows your digestion and basically gets your body ready to face a potential threat or challenge.

While this response is good when it's needed, many of us are constantly faced with stressors (work, environmental toxins, not enough sleep, worry, etc.) and are in this "fight or flight" mode for far too long — much longer than was ever intended from an evolutionary standpoint.

The result? The adrenals become overworked and fatigued. Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction are varied, but include:

·         Fatigue and weakness

·         A suppressed immune system

·         Muscle and bone loss

·         Depression

·         Hormonal imbalance

·         Skin problems

·         Autoimmune disorders

You can support healthy adrenal function by:

·         Resting more

·         Reducing stress in your life

·         Eating a nutrient-dense diet

There are many other hormonal disorders among women as well, including menstrual and fertility problems. A lot is still being discovered, such as why some women appear to be more vulnerable to hormone problems than others. If you suspect you may have a hormone disorder, you should seek help from a health care practitioner. Holistic practitioners, in particular, may be able to help you get relief from your symptoms using herbal supplements and lifestyle modifications, rather than prescription drugs.

NOTE FROM DONNA:  I highly recommend the book by Dr. John R Lee "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". Check out my website at http://www.bioHRTcream.com for more information!

 

It’s All About Balancing

By Yew-Por Ng, M.D.

Our hormones are the most delicately balanced system of our bodies. The same hormones that keep us healthy and happy can cause emotional and physical distress if they are not in equilibrium. Women with a healthy hormone balance tend to enjoy long, healthy and productive lives. However, long-term hormonal imbalance can make life pretty miserable for women and their loved ones.

The common problems that are associated with hormonal imbalance are premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, breast cancer, tender or lumpy breasts, osteoporosis, heart disease, fibroids, endometriosis, mood disorders, fatigue, irritability and depression, foggy thinking, memory loss, bleeding between periods, ovarian cysts and hot flashes.

Hormonal treatment of all kinds is growing steadily more popular. The most common hormonal replacement treatment (HRT) is the use of Premarin,Provera, or Prempro. Premarin is an animal-derived form of estrogen. It contains equilin, or a conjugated estrogen derived from the urine of horses and is not human bio-identical. Provera is a synthetic progesterone called progestin or medroxyprogesterone. A large Women’s Health Initiative which studied the risks and benefits of the use of Prempro was closed recently because of the increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease, strokes and blood clots.

Why does it matter whether replacement hormones are an identical match (bio-identical) or just similar to your body’s hormones? It matters most when a hormone binds with its receptor.

Hormones are meant to fit perfectly with their receptors just like a “ lock and key.” When a molecule of bio-identical progesterone travels through your bloodstream and binds with a progesterone receptor, the fit is same as if the progesterone had been created in your own body.

On the contrary, a molecule of synthetic progestin such as Provera, which has a chemical structure only slightly different from that of progesterone, is in actuality a completely different molecule. The receptor can be fooled by it, but it does not fit quite right resulting in many side effects such as weight gain, swollen, tender breast, bloating, increased blood pressure, and feelings of anger and irritability, or depression.

After the hormone has completed its job at the receptor, it will be metabolized (broken down). The enzymes that metabolized hormones are very specific and discerning. This can create problems and manifest many adverse effects because the synthetic hormone sits on the receptor site longer than it should. The enzymes bypass the hormone without “recognizing” it .

Similar problems can occur with conjugated estrogen and Premarin. Because the hormones are not bio-identical to human hormones, they will exert an influence on the receptors and eventually on you.

For most women suffering from hormone imbalances, bio-identical progesterone and estrogen are far better choice than synthetic estrogens or progestins to establish the right biochemical communication between various organs.

The only way we can know for sure whether we need replacement hormones or not is to test our hormone levels.

Physicians who do hormone testing have traditionally used blood tests to determine hormone levels. But blood tests measure the total hormone content of our blood. That means they measure both the protein bound and bioavailable, or free, hormones. Bound hormones are ones that are a kind of circulating reservoir, being held in reserve. They are not biologically active. So a blood test that cannot differentiate between bound and free hormones gives us information that is not that useful.

Fortunately, there is a new method of hormone testing by measuring the free hormone levels in saliva. This is because bio-available hormone molecules easily enter the saliva through the cells of the salivary glands, whereas the bound hormones do not. When we test for hormones in saliva, we get a precise level of the free hormones that are circulating through our bodies and interacting with the hormone receptors.

NOTE FROM DONNA: This is how I found out my hormones were out of balance. All I had to do was take a quick and easy saliva sample and drop it in the mail.  After I was on the progesterone cream for a few months I took another saliva test and it showed my hormones were IN BALANCE – oh happy day!!!  Check out my website at http://www.bioHRTcream.com for more info.