This particular topic is a personal one for me. I have my own story with the nasty side effects of the oh so mighty birth control shot. I believe the shot and implants are the worst forms of birth control that have been offered to women. They are both so terrible bad for our bodies. If you've ever met me, you already know I'm not a fan of any version of synthetic birth control anyway. I'll try my best not to tell you what to do with your own body but I will advise and advise away because I just don't want anyone to experience the pain and anguish I experienced over the years.
A lot of the ailments women experience are treated as separate and individual issues instead of the connection being made to hormone changes and imbalance in the body. Rather than realizing our birth control is the culprit for our depression, we are given anti-depressants. Instead of realizing our sciatic pain is induced by our birth control, we get treatments for that. Weight gain, inflammation, acne, hair loss or hair gain in not so great places, mood swings, depression, constipation, IBS, dry skin or oily skin, chronic vaginitis or yeast infections... the list goes on. All these things are treated separately by doctors and the question never comes up as to what type of birth control you are on.
One of the very first discussions I have with my personal training clients is their hormones. My story with Depo Provera is exactly why I look in that direction. My experiences with Depo began my research and training in the hormone balance world. Want to lear mo
Provera, or medroxyprogesterone, is a synthetic version of progesterone; its actions bear little resemblance to the natural hormone. Most physicians mistakenly call Provera progesterone, so it¹s not surprising that the media doesn't understand, let alone emphasize, the difference either.
Comprehending the available information on HRT requires an extensive understanding of hormone physiology. Unfortunately, very few physicians and even fewer in the media can explain HRT or converse intelligently about the variety of viable and healthy alternatives to HRT already in existence.
Even more disturbing are many of the "solutions" or alternatives to HRT offered in popular magazines. No one has mentioned using the real ones to combat hormone deficiencies. Instead, recommendations include Prozac for depression, Lipitor for cholesterol, high blood pressure drugs to treat hot flashes and, of course, the recently patented (and profitable) designer estrogens and biphosphates to treat osteoporosis. The side effects of these are alarming.
Conventional medical doctors have known for decades that progesterone counters the negative effects that excessive estrogens can cause throughout a woman's system. With consistent use of inappropriate hormones like Provera, however, this knowledge dwindled to the myth that progesterone only protects the uterus and is therefore unnecessary if a woman has had a hysterectomy. The entire foundation of HRT has been faulty from the beginning because of misinformation like this.
It's not the least bit surprising that using mismatched and artificial hormones has delivered less than optimal results. What is surprising is that it has taken medicine this long to figure that out. Almost everyone intuitively understands that using diesel truck parts in a finely tuned sports car would hamper performance, if not stop it altogether. Yet, we're repeatedly given the equivalent of diesel parts for our finely tuned human bodies.
Patent laws in this country favor the creation of synthetic artificial chemicals to the exclusion of anything natural. Since anything that occurs in nature cannot be patented, it will never be astronomically profitable. This simple fact has affected medical education and practice since its inception.
It is in the drug company's interest to convince medical doctors and the public that natural herbal remedies and bioidentical hormones are either useless or extremely dangerous and uncontrolled. Never mind hundreds, and in many cases thousands, of years of safe and effective herbal use by humans. As for the hormones, I¹ll put my money on three million years of human evolution over 50 years of questionable pharmaceutical research.
From "The Dangers of Hormone Replacement" by Todd Mangum.
Posted 11/21/02 at http://www.alternet.org/environment/14598/
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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