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HEALTH & WELLNESS By Kathy Fennelly, RNP Do you have unexplained irritability or feel “out of control? Is forgetfulness or

lack of concentration impacting your life? Have your energy, sex drive and ability to sleep gone missing? Do you not feel right, but can’t find out what’s wrong? You are not losing your mind, you may simply have a hormone imbalance. Hormonal imbalance is showing up in the young and getting worse as you age.

Puberty now can begin as early as age 10--it used to be 14-15 years old Endometriosis affects at least 10% of all peri-menopausal women and PMS

affects at least 30% of the same population. Infertility and breast cancer are on the rise. The main underlying problem for the symptoms that we mentioned in the be-

ginning and the rise in female medical problems that we listed, is a relative excess of estrogen and a deficiency of progesterone and testosterone. Why does this hap- pen? One big reason is that our bodies are subjected to insults from environmental estrogen-like hormones. These are chemicals that act like estrogen in your body- -we call them xeno-estrogens (false estrogens). This causes a major imbalance in your hormones. Among the False estrogens are:

• Commercially raised cattle that are fed growth hormones. (this also affects the products that come from them such as milk, cheese, etc.)

• Commercially grown fruits and vegetables containing pesticides, which are hormone disruptors.

• Exposure to xenoestrogens in our beauty products, dry cleaning products, solvents, to name a few.

Now, stress is also a cause of a hormonal imbalance: it causes a depletion of

your progesterone. We could go on and on, suffice it to say that we live in a toxic, stressful world

and that our world is the cause of the majority of women (and men) being out of balance hormonally. There are a wide variety of symptoms of hormonal imbalance– and the bottom

line is that this imbalance can drain enjoyment and zest from life. It’s not just women over 50 who suffer. Many men and women in their 20’ss, 30’s and 40’s can have this condition. The imbalance can cause you to feel mentally and physically “off” and it can lead to dementia, osteoporosis, headaches, heart disease, etc. Historically, a prescription for synthetic hormones, or in some cases, antide-

pressants, has been the accepted treatment of choice with the main stream medical practitioners for the majority of the symptoms traced to a hormonal imbalance. In 1991, the “Women’s Health Initiative” began a large study that tested the effects of synthetic hormone therapy on over 160,000 generally healthy post-menopausal women. The study looked at a number of conditions: heart disease, osteoporosis, breast and colon cancers. Shortly after the study began, it was abruptly stopped. The reason: the pa-

tients in the study began to demonstrate an increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. As many of us learned, there was a safe alternative. Bio-identical hormones are hormones that are biologically identical to what our

body normally makes, thus our bodies recognize these hormones as opposed to synthetic hormones that can have unhealthy side effects. Bio-identical hormones can safely reduce or eliminate the life disrupting symptoms. Proactive hormone balancing improves systemic health, energy and vitality so you can fully enjoy your life.

It can also prevent the common diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease,

certain cancers, and dementia. Some patients have been told that once you reach a certain age, hormone im-

balance is a fact of life. That is NOT true. The imbalance can be treated to your satisfaction, safely. If you want to live your life optimally and you feel that you are not, get your hormones checked by a specially trained hormone specialist.

Ladies night out discussion group on bio-identical hormones and other

women's wellness issues (free) Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 5:30 pm, 29995 Technology Drive, Suite 203, Murrieta For more information:

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