menopause

  1. Lack of sleep can increase heart risk

    Poor sleep raises inflammation in women

    Ladies, if you're battling heart disease, make sure you're not battling your pillow at the same time -- because lack of sleep can speed the progression of the disease, worsen the condition, and even put your life on the line.

    The key here is inflammation; The higher your inflammation, the higher your heart risk (and other risks), especially if you already have heart disease. And if you already have the disease yourself, lack of sleep habits can send your inflammation levels soaring, according to a new study of more than 700 older men and women with heart disease.

    The study didn't find the same effect on men, and the reason may be due to hormonal differences.

    Older women see their estrogen levels plunge after menopause. Men, on the other hand, see a much more gradual decline in testosterone -- and while those testosterone levels aren't what they used to be, it could be just enough to help provide some protection here.

    But whether you're a man or woman, young or old, facing disease or just hoping to avoid it, don't let lack of sleep habits linger -- because insomnia and other sleep disorders are a major risk factor for everything from cancer to dementia.

    The answer here isn't a sleep drug. These meds do nothing about the actual cause of poor sleep -- and most don't increase the amount of quality sleep each night.

    They also come with plenty of risks of their own -- including a risk of death, even with occasional use.

    (Did you know than many over-the-counter drugs that are used for sleep, like Tylenol PM and Benadryl, could boost your risk for cognitive decline or dementia in as little as two months? If you've ever popped one of these pills you NEED to read this.)

    Instead, work with your doctor to find and correct the true cause of your sleep problems.

    In older patients, it's often those very same hormonal imbalances I just mentioned -- and those can be corrected with natural hormone supplementation. In other cases, however, lack of sleep can be caused by any combination of other conditions, including nutrition, lifestyle, stress, caffeine, and more.

    A holistic doctor can run some tests that should uncover the answer and help you solve your sleep problems for good.

  2. Early menopause, early death

    No woman likes reaching menopause -- and not just because of the physical problems that come along with it.

    It's a reminder that you're aging... and who wants to be reminded of that?

    So naturally, menopause isn't exactly welcome news at any age. But when women reach "the change" early, they face even more problems -- and not just the emotional toll of a premature aging milestone.

    I saw a 48-year-old patient recently who went into menopause early, at 42. Sure enough, she had all sorts of health problems -- including fatigue, poor memory, and even the beginnings of bone loss.

    I explained to her that a doctor should have had her on natural hormones years ago. Needless to say, we got to work on replenishing her body's vital hormones.

    It's not just her.

    A new study of 390 Swedish women confirms the risks of early menopause, including double the risk of osteoporosis, a 70 percent increase in the risk of bone breaks, and a 60 percent higher risk of an early death when compared to women who reached the change after they turned 47.

    Early menopause can be triggered by any number of factors. Some, like genetics, aren't entirely within your control. But others are -- and if you're a smoker, quit now. The habit can boost your risk of early menopause by up to 60 percent.

    Exposure to toxic chemicals can also up your odds, and you don't have to work with hazardous waste to have high levels of dangerous toxins.

    Some of them are in your home right now.

    One study last year found that high levels of the perfluorocarbons used in many household products can increase the risk of early menopause by up to 40 percent. These PFCs are often used to make products waterproof, wrinkle-free, stain resistant, and non-stick.

    In other words, they're all around you. That's why I write to you so often about how to avoid these chemicals and how to detoxify when you have been exposed.

    Whatever the cause of your change -- whether it's early or right on time -- and you need more than just nutritional support, you can get over the worst of it with the help of hormones.

    And by that, I don't mean the drug industry's dangerous artificial hormones.

    Turn to bioidentical hormones instead. Bioidentical hormones are custom-made to match your body's needs -- and are exactly the same as what your body produces.

    I have an in-depth article on testing and treating menopausal women with bioidentical hormones in an upcoming issue of my Health Revelations newsletter. Sign up here, and you'll be among the first to get it.

    For more help in identifying and treating hormone imbalances, visit a holistic doctor or schedule a visit with me at my clinic.

  3. Turn down the heat with therapy

    It's one of the Holy Grails of the drug industry: A pill to end hot flashes. Think that's a big market? You bet it is! Up to 80 percent of all women battle hot flashes during menopause, making a would-be treatment a billion-dollar dream for the drug industry.
  4. Simple solution for post-menopausal sleep disorders

    If you tell your doctor you're having trouble sleeping, the first thing he'll do is reach for his prescription pad -- especially if you're a woman going through menopause.
  5. Household chemicals linked to early menopause

    BPA isn't the only common chemical that could be ruining your health - the very ingredients that add so much convenience to modern life could also cause early menopause.
  6. Non-bioidentical hormone unleashes cancer on study group

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    I've always worried about the dangers of non-bioidentical hormones. And after you read this, you'll be worried too.
  7. Non-bioidentical hormone unleashes cancer on study group

    I've always worried about the dangers of non-bioidentical hormones. And after you read this, you'll be worried too.

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