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the belly area, and belly fat produces more estrogen. It’s a vicious cycle.” Lucille considers perimenopause the opposite of puberty and counsels, “While we are dealing with these changes, bringing some hormones on board for a short time can be a valuable tool.” However, she cautions, replac- ing anything isn’t the issue. “You have to look at the big picture,” she avers. “Putting hormones into a toxic body is like putting gas into a dirty gas tank. We have to restore function first.” Bioidentical hormone replacement


therapy (BHRT) has been a boon for millions. Results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a national study of women’s health between 1991 and 2002, involv- ing more than 160,000 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79, sparked more widespread use early in the 21st century,


To find a local compounding pharmacy for customized, bioidentical hormone blends, as prescribed by a medical practitioner, visit iacprx.org.


when research began to show the dire consequences of synthetic hormone re- placement. The Million Woman Study of British women also found that taking syn- thetic hormones at menopause doubled the risk of breast cancer for women. Northrup calls bioidenticals


“nature’s ideal design,” due to the


prescription of individually tailored doses, custom-made by compounding pharmacies. Although these are rarely covered by insurance, estradiol-only patches may be; however, additional progesterone and testosterone may still be necessary, depending on test results, according to Northrup.


Menopause If a woman has had no menstrual pe- riods for 12 months, she is considered to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Northrup touts menopause as the most creative and precious time of a wom- an’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” ad- vises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct cur- rent; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s


that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estro- gen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects,” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different struc- tures than mammalian hormones and cannot act as growth hormones. If you have too much estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.”


How to Access Bioidentical Hormones


Bioidentical hormone replacement requires a prescription hormone blend prepared specifically for each individu- al by a compounding pharmacy. It may include the three primary aspects of natural estrogen: estradiol, estrone and estriol, and will usually include proges- terone and testosterone, if needed. “An almost limitless flexibility of


doses is available in capsule or cream form,” says Steve Metcalf, a registered pharmacist and owner of Metcalf


Pharmacy, a compounding pharmacy in Brevard, North Carolina. “Unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, where the mentality of the pharmaceutical companies is ‘one size fits all,’ we can make the specific strength you need.”


To find a local compounding phar- macy, visit the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists website, iacprx.org.


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Her favorite is pueraria mirifica,


which has helped relieve perimeno- pausal and menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand Phyto- Gen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these


years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.”


Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replace- ment is among her many books. Visit KathleenBarnes.com.


How beautiful it is to excel, and the goodness of giving from your heart.


~Robert Mondavi


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