Dr. Lee Treats Fibrocystic Breasts Successfully...
Dr. Lee further writes in his book:
"Many women present themselves to their doctors with breast swelling or tender, painful breasts occurring each month before their menstrual periods. Exam by palpation may find exquisitely tender lumps in the breast. Even though he knows with almost 100-percent certainty that the problem is due to fibrocystic breasts, the doctor is aware of the liability of overlooking any breast lump and therefore often orders a mammogram (especially painful in this condition). Mammogram readings are often couched in terms of caution and the advice to rule out potential underlying cancer. (Cancer lumps in breasts are rarely if ever painful.) A trial of Vitamin E and avoiding caffeine and other methyl xanthines (coffee, tea, colas, chocolate) may have little or no result. Attempts at needle aspiration of the cyst are often bungled, sometimes causing painful bruising, and lead to a referral to a surgeon predisposed to surgery, who brings up the prospect of cancer and advises surgical removal of the offending cyst/tumor. If "merely" a cyst is found (and removed), the patient is supposed to feel grateful. She usually receives no other medical treatment for her cysts other than a suggestion to try warm packs and put up with her painful monthly experiences.
If she makes the rounds of enough doctors, she will come across someone who wants her to take a drug (usually a testosterone analog) to suppress her excess estrogen. Besides being expensive, she finds that a few, mostly masculinizing side effects are part of the bargain: acne, seborrhea, hair growth on the face and body, male pattern baldness, lower pitch to voice, vaginal dryness, and sagging smaller breasts. Most women find the treatment is worse than the disease.
From my women patients, I learned that fibrocystic breasts were most often a sign of estrogen dominance; relatively high estrogen and low progesterone. In my experience, using natural progesterone routinely solves the problem . I also recommend adding vitamin E in dosages of 600 IU at bedtime, supplemental magnesium (300 milligrams a day), and vitamin B6 (50 milligrams per day)*. I cannot recall a case in which the result was not positive. Once the cysts have cleared up, you can reduce the progesterone dose to find the smallest dose that is still effective each month and continue the treatment as needed through menopause. This treatment is simple, safe, inexpensive, successful, and natural."
The effects of adrenal dysfunction can be profound: fatigue and weakness, suppression of the immune system, muscle and bone loss, moodiness or depression, hormonal imbalance, skin problems, autoimmune disorders, and dozens of other symptoms.
The good news is that adrenal fatigue can almost always be relieved.
Let's look at the relationships between stress, high cortisol levels and adrenal fatigue, and then we'll look at how you can give your adrenals more support.
The original, life-saving role of the adrenal glands
To understand how adrenal fatigue develops, it is important to understand the original function of the adrenal glands. The adrenals are walnut-sized glands located on top of each kidney, and are important control centers for many of the body's hormones. The outer layer of the gland, called the adrenal cortex, produces hormones including cortisol, DHEA, estrogen and testosterone. The centers of the glands produce adrenaline, the hormone named after them.
The basic task of your adrenal glands is to rush all your body's resources into "fight or flight" mode by increasing production of adrenaline and other hormones. When healthy, your adrenals can instantly increase your heart rate and blood pressure, release your energy stores for immediate use, slow your digestion and other secondary functions, and sharpen your senses.
Let's emphasize two points about this healthy stress response. First, it takes priority over all other metabolic functions. Second, it wasn't designed to last very long.
Stress and the adrenal glands
Unlike our ancestors, we live with constant stress. Instead of occasional, acute demands followed by rest, we're constantly over-worked, under-nourished, exposed to environmental toxins, worrying about others - with no let-up.
Every challenge to the mind and body creates a demand on the adrenal glands. And the list of challenges is endless: lack of sleep, a demanding boss, the threat of losing your job, financial pressures, personality conflicts, yo-yo dieting, relationship turmoil, death or illness of a loved one, skipping meals, reliance on stimulants like caffeine and carbs, digestive problems, over-exercise, illness or infection, unresolved emotional issues from our past or present and more. The result is adrenal glands that are constantly on high alert.
The destructive effect of high cortisol levels
What is cortisol? In its normal function, cortisol helps us meet these challenges by converting proteins into energy, releasing glycogen and counteracting inflammation. For a short time, that's okay. But at sustained high levels, cortisol gradually tears your body down.
Sustained high cortisol levels destroy healthy muscle and bone, slow down healing and normal cell regeneration, co-opt biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones, impair digestion, metabolism and mental function, interfere with healthy endocrine function, and weaken your immune system.
Adrenal fatigue may be a factor in many related conditions, including fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, premature menopause and others. It may also produce a host of other unpleasant symptoms, from acne to hair loss.
The loss of DHEA production
When the adrenals are chronically overworked and straining to maintain high cortisol levels, they lose the capacity to produce DHEA in sufficient amounts. DHEA (the full name is dehydroepiandrosterone) is a precursor hormone to estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, and is necessary to moderate the balance of hormones in your body. Insufficient DHEA contributes to fatigue, bone loss, loss of muscle mass, depression, aching joints, decreased sex drive, and impaired immune function.
Testing for adrenal fatigue
Conventional medicine is truly wonderful at treating disease-state conditions. Unfortunately its focus on drugs also tends to suppress early-stage symptoms rather than treat their underlying causes. This can have the effect of delaying treatment until a disease state has developed. This is true in the case of adrenal fatigue cortisol testing. In the conventional standard of care, any cortisol level within a very broad range is considered normal, and anything outside that range indicates disease.
Should you get an adrenal test?
In general, if you feel happy and well, have steady energy and emotions, sleep soundly seven to nine hours a night, wake up feeling rested, recover well from stress, and maintain a healthy weight without dieting, then your adrenals are probably doing well.
On the other hand, if your energy lags during the day, you feel emotionally unbalanced much of the time, you sleep poorly or less than seven hours a night, can't lose excess weight even while dieting, use caffeine or carbohydrates as "pick-me-ups" — these are all red flags indicating adrenal insufficiency.
Natural adrenal support — how to restore healthy adrenal function
The first step is to have a full physical exam to rule out disease or other factors. In our experience, women with mild to moderate cases of adrenal fatigue can see significant improvement through these steps:
* Dietary changes to enrich your nutrition and reduce carbohydrates and stimulants.
* We also recommend the addition of high-quality nutritional supplements, including essential fatty acids from fish oil.
* Stress reduction, including moderate exercise and taking more time for yourself. It's helpful to make a list of your stressors, especially those that are constant.
* Get more rest. Your body needs time to heal.
Women with more severe symptoms, or those who have reached complete adrenal exhaustion, usually need greater intervention.
It's important to emphasize the role of emotional factors. Guilt, pain from past hurts, self-destructive habits, unresolved relationship problems — your past and present emotional experience may serve as an ever-present stressor. Dealing with these problems directly is much more beneficial than trying to compensate for the stress they create, in the same way that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
In all but the most extreme cases, we expect to see dramatic improvement within about four months. For mild to moderate adrenal fatigue the turnaround can be much faster. Remember, you may feel too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in stages, you'll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do!
Today I am gearing up for tomorrow. I'll be holding my first hormone balance seminar since 2006. I never stopped learning but I did stop speaking about it. During that time I got married, had a baby, and went on two deployments so I was a little distracted. I have missed that path ever since I left it, which is why I searched for a school I could study natural medicine with while still on active duty. I also earned my personal training certification during that time too.
I should talk a little about what influenced me to get into this line of study in the first place. I started off with a company called Neways International. The company itself wasn't really what drew me in though. The team of women who I wound up working with is what really got me. They were teaching natural hormone balance and structured their business in line with those needs. I learned as much as I could from the team until I felt I was in a place where I could speak on the topic myself.
I was introduced to the Metabolic Effect team in NC through a good friend of mine who was preparing for fitness competitions. I researched the team and liked what they had to offer so I've been studying fat loss through hormone balance with them. I have not yet earned my certification for their program but that is a goal of mine. They offer both nutrition and fitness training certifications and this girl wants both.
What has me offering the seminars again after so many years? It Works! Global. I discovered these products and found them to be quality and I trust them. (It took a lot for me to believe in the products. I didn't believe a wrap would really work) I've done well with the business so I use the income earned from the business to fund the seminars and all that goes with it. I am now able to offer the seminars free of charge and do what I am genuinely passionate about.
What do we talk about? Hormones, toxins, fat loss, and everything in between. I tend to gear my topics to my audience. If I am speaking to a younger crowd I will focus more on fertility and birth control. If I know I have people with endometriosis or PCOS I will discuss those topics as well. Nothing is off limits and I love when people ask questions.
Want me to speak in your area? I will travel to hold seminars for people. Contact me if this is something you are interested in. I've done seminars in malls and salons so
The article below talks about aspartame, which is the fake sugar used in most diet anything. It is the big reason I say if you are going to drink soda, you should just go for the real thing instead of the diet version and if you plan to quit drinking soda to just quit instead of using the diet version to wean yourself off. The diet version is worse than the original. Usually, anything that says reduced fat or less sugar or sugar free needs to be closely inspected for nasty ingredients.
I accidentally grabbed the wrong oatmeal while grocery shopping a while back. I didn't pay attention to the box saying it was less sugar. I knew it with the first bite. YUCK! Aspartame gives me a permanent sweet aftertaste in my mouth that lasts all day. I can brush my teeth and tongue until it is raw and that taste sticks. I was doomed with that one bite. I wound up with a migraine headache and just feeling awful for that whole day. If you ingest this regularly your body becomes use to it so you probably don't have adverse reactions like this. At least, not that you notice. Your body is reacting but you probably don't associate it with the nasty fake sugar you are always taking in.
ASPARTAME DISEASE: A POSSIBLE CAUSE FOR CONCOMITANT GRAVES' DISEASE AND PULMONARY HYPERTENSION
By H. J. Roberts, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.C.C.P.
(c)2004 by H. J. Roberts, M.D.
Posted: 21 March 2004
"Correspondence", Texas Heart Institute Journal, Volume 31, Number 1, 2004
Aspartame Disease: A Possible Cause for Concomitant Graves ‘disease And Pulmonary Hypertension
To the Editor:
In a recent issue of the Texas Heart Institute Journal, Virani and co-authors' (1) reported the cases of 2 women ages 38 and 40, with concomitant Graves' disease and pulmonary hypertension. They also cited 5 reports in the literature since 1999 concerning this combination of conditions.
I have written about aspartame disease for more than 2 decades, because of the profound adverse neurologic, cardiopulmonary, endocrine, and allergic effects of aspartame products. (2), (3) These "diet" sodas, along with thousands of other products containing aspartame, are currently being consumed by an estimated 70% of the population. My own database exceeds 1,300 victims of aspartame-related illnesses, with a 3:1 preponderance of women - a difference that is germane to the disorders under consideration.
My first report on aspartame-related Graves' disease (4) described 4 weight-conscious women with hyperthyroidism who experienced dramatic remissions within several weeks to 3 months of avoiding aspartame. Four other women who had been treated previously for Graves' disease developed symptoms suggestive of this condition within a few weeks to 6 months after beginning aspartame consumption; symptoms subsided after cessation. These symptoms promptly recurred (generally within 2 days) on multiple re-challenges. The number of patients in this series has doubled since the initial report.
The problem of aspartame-induced pulmonary hypertension was raised by a 27-year-old woman with severe dyspnea and other features attributable to aspartame disease who was found to have primary pulmonary hypertension at autopsy. (5) This association assumed increased relevance because of my database, which revealed that dyspnea was a major symptom in 110 of 1,200 persons (9%) who reacted to aspartame products. In no case could the dyspnea be attributed to a known heart or lung disorder. Most of the patients were weight-conscious women in their 20s to 40s, who experienced marked improvement after avoiding aspartame. Their dyspnea promptly recurred after rechallenge, both upon self-challenge and upon inadvertent exposure.
Aspartame consists of the amino acids phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%), and a methyl ester (10%) that promptly becomes free methanol after entering the stomach. (3) The breakdown of phenylalanine to highly vasoactive substances -- such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine -- is clearly relevant to pulmonary hypertension, systemic hypertension, and the frequent cardiac arrhythmias experienced by persons with aspartame disease. In my opinion, potent new drugs aimed at reducing pulmonary hypertension should be administered only after a trial of aspartame abstinence.
Virani SS, Mendoza CE, Ferreira AC, de Marchena E. Graves' disease and pulmonary hypertensioin: report of 2 cases. Tex Heart Inst. J 2003:30:314-5
Roberts HJ Aspartame (NutraSweet (r)): is it safe? Philadelphia: The Charles Press; 1989
Roberts HJ. Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic. West Palm Beach: Sunshine Sentinel Press; 2001
Roberts HJ. Aspartame and hyperthyroidism: a presidential affliction reconsidered. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 1997; May:86-8
Roberts HJ. Aspartame-induced dyspnea and pulmonary hypertension. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients 2003; January:64-5
H. J. Roberts, MD, FACP, FCCP
Palm Beach Institute for Medical Research
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cynthia is a certified personal trainer and women's health advocate. She has studied Natural Medicine at Everglades University and has been researching hormone health since 2006.
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