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The Natural Way

Testosterone

Soy and Menopause

New HRT

Comments from Our Readers

The Natural Way:

What could be better than being natural, At your new time of life there are many new Natural products that can keep us at optimal condition.

Most of us would like to get all of our vitamins from a natural source, But in this time of working and rushing it is very hard to do. Taking a great vitamin supplement can help a great deal.

Vitamin supplements can be divided into two groups. Natural Synthetic

Synthetic Vitamins are usually ones that are made in our labs from isolated chemicals that are close to the real thing.

Natural Vitamins are from a food source. Not all vitamins that are labeled natural are. Some of them are filled with fillers such as sugar and starch, coal tar, coloring and other additives. So be sure and really read your labels.

Vitamins for Menopause:

Lecithin: This is important as an emulsifier for Vitamin E, which can help to reduce hot flashes.

Multienzyme with HCI: To help and aid with our digestion

Primrose Oil: This can act as a calment and as a diuretic, this can be important to help aid in the production of estrogen.

B Complex: The B vitamins have been long known for the aid in our immune system, PMS, deprission, cellular function, and most of all Stress.

Vitamin E: Has been known to help to reduce Hot Flashes,

Calcium: "Most Important during Menopause: You should at least 1200 mg daily. This helps to protect your bones, aids in nervousness, and bone loss.

Baron: This will help to absorb your Calcium

Magnesium: Works together with our calcium

Zinc: Also helps in Bone loss, Check out the new Zinc Lozenge's. Great for you're immune systems

Meno-Fem: This is a natural menopause Supplement that you can take to help control your Menopause symptoms. There are many over the counter Menopause Vitamins that you can try, Read the Labels and check with your Dr, to see if you can take them, This is a good choice for those of you who do not want opt for HRT.

Vitamin C; Also Aids in the help to control hot flashes.

Menopause Herbs:

1) You can make a paste from aloe vera gel and slippery elm powder; Mix together until a substance like mayonnaise and insert in to vaginal. This is suppose to help relive vaginal dryness. Make sure that your are not allergic to any of theses substances

. 2) Green Oats and Damiana and Fo To - Are suppose to help with sexual desire This is something that allot of us women have a problem with if you have had a hysterectomy.

3) Ginseng: Long known for its Greatness in helping depression, energy, immune system and vitality.

4) Dong Guai: A natural Menopause Supplement, to help aid in hot flashes and help to balance out a women's hormones.

5) "MAKE SURE BEFORE YOU TAKE ANY VITAMINS, THAT YOU CHECK WITH YOUR DR. SOME VITIMANS CAN CAUSE A ALLERGIC REACTION TO SOME PEOPLE. As with anything new you should always research it and speak with your physician.

TESTOSTERONE:

Do we still produce testosterone? If you have or are going through menopause Naturally, Dr Morris Notelovitz of Gainsville Florida did a study in 1982 of 145 pre-menopausal women and post menopausal women, supported by a grant from the National institute on aging, demonstrated that the ovaries still produced a (small) amount of estrogen and our ovaries continued to produce substantial amounts of The male hormone testosterone and androstenedione after menopause.

Some of these hormones are converted to estrogen by body fat. In fact, most of the estrogen circulating in our bloodstream after menopause comes from these androgens.

Our adrenal glands also produce a minute amount of androgen.

Many women will and can during and after menopause experience a drop in their sexual desire.

This can be due to a sudden total hysterectomy, especially at an early age. Hot flashes, fatigue and irritably.

According to Dr Notelozit, whom I have met on several occasions, The male sex hormone testosterone is most likely more important in mataining sexual desire after menopause than estrogen.

Testosterone has been linked with a greater feeling of well-being, greater sexual Desire,

Should you take testosterone? "Consult with your Dr. To high of levels can lead to high levels of colosteral, fluid retention, liver problems, increased hair loss or growth. Most of these symptoms can be controlled with an adjustment in the dose.

You need to have your levels of testosterone checked by your Dr. and go from there. The best way to use testosterone is to use them in the form of a testosterone cream or gel, or in the form of sub-cutaniuos pellets. Which a licensed compounding RX can make in any dose your Dr requires.

Soy and Menopause

Soy foods contain several ingredients that may be useful in preventing disease. Isoflavonoids, such as genistein and daidzein are weak estrogens and may lessen the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. Protease inhibitors in soy foods may reduce the risk of cancer.

It is thought to be that twenty grams of soy a day will help to decreased hot flashes. Compared to a placebo (sugar pill) group it also lowered both blood pressure and cholesterol.

What Foods Have Soy In Them?

Soy Milk 1 Cup

ToFu 1 Cup

Soy Nuts

Or you can get a some great soy products from The Life Extension Foundation on Line .We do not sell for them, Just believe in there products. Their address is "http://www.lef.org

New HRT- and Menopause Drugs

1) New Low Dose Estrogen Approved for Osteoporosis Treatment MARIETTA, GA. March 21, 1998 -- Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced today that it received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the lowest oral estrogen dose -- 0.3 mg ESTRATAB (Esterified Estrogens Tablets, USP) -- for the prevention of osteoporosis. In a two-year clinical trial, women on 0.3 mg ESTRATAB Tablets -- esterified estrogens synthesized from soy and yam plant sources -- showed increased bone mineral density over baseline in the spine, hip and whole body. Women taking the low dose also experienced fewer side effects, such as headache, nausea, breast tenderness, and vaginal bleeding, than women on higher doses.

2) EVISTA

Now that you are through with menopause, your body makes 80% less estrogen. Losing estrogen can mean losing bone. Left untreated, that can lead to osteoporosis. But now there is a new way to prevent osteoporosis- Evista.

Evista is not a traditional hormone. It is a SERM: Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator and it has been tested in clinical trials with over 12,000 women worldwide. In most women, Evista preserves bones and helps keep them strong. In addition, while it preserves bones, it may help lower cholesterol. Evista can even increase bone mass -though not quite as much as estrogen replacements.

Importantly, women taking Evista had no increased risk of breast or uterine cancer in studies of up to three years. In addition, most women did not get the bleeding, bloating, and breast tenderness often associated with estrogen replacements.

Evista is for the prevention of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. If you are Caucasian or Asian, have a slender build, do Not exercise, or have a family history of osteoporosis, you may be at increased risk. In addition, if you do not get enough calcium in your diet, you should take calcium supplements. Your doctor will tell you that Evista will not help with hot flashes and its effect on fractures is not yet known.

If you are or can still become pregnant, have liver problems, Alternatively, have had blood clots that required a doctor's treatment, Evista is not for you. Similar to estrogen replacements, taking Evista may increase the risk of these clots - being immobile for a long time adds to that risk. The most commonly reported side effects of Evista were hot flashes and leg cramps, although most women did not find them serious enough to stop taking Evista. Ask your doctor about Evista. It is available by prescription only. For more information, call toll-free 1-888-384-7823, visit www.evista.com, Again as with anything we send you, check with your Dr before You try anything new.

3) ESTROVEN

This product is made form Plant Estrogens and other nutrients. That may possibly help to supplement your body's own estrogen without drugs. This is available at your local health food store.

Recipe of the Month

California Pizza Kitchen Chicken Tequila Fettuccine

One pound dry spinach fettuccine (or two pounds fresh) 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (2 tablespoons reserved For garnish/finish) 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper (seeds and veins May be eliminated if Milder flavor is desired) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (reserve tablespoon per Sauté) 1/2 cup chicken stock (preferably homemade) 2 tablespoons gold tequila 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed limejuice 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 1/4 pounds chicken breast, diced 3/4 inch 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced 1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced 1/2 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1. Prepare rapidly boiling, salted water to cook pasta; Cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes for dry pasta, Approximately 3 minutes for fresh. Pasta may be cooked Slightly ahead of time, rinsed and oiled and then "flashed" (Reseated) in boiling water or cooked to coincide with The finishing of the sauce/topping.

2. Cook 1/3-cup cilantro, garlic and jalapeno in 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock, tequila and lime juice. Bring the mixture to a Boil and cook until reduced to a paste like consistency; Set aside.

3. Pour soy sauce over diced chicken; set aside for 5 minutes. Meanwhile cook onion and peppers, stirring occasionally, with remaining butter over medium heat. When the vegetables have wilted (become limp), add Chicken and soy sauce; toss and add reserved Tequila/lime paste and cream.

4. Bring the sauce to a boil; boil gently until chicken is Cooked through and sauce is thick (about 3 minutes). When sauce is done, toss with well-drained spinach Fettuccine and reserved cilantro.

5. Serve family style or transfer to serving dishes, evenly Distributing chicken and vegetables.

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COMMENTS FROM OUR READERS

From: Beaulah (camiam@wcoil.com) Possible Help

I'm also in the beginnings of menopause. My Tripod page is about getting relief from it. I know I am! I'm sure you all have your own beliefs and know your own body better that anyone, so be your own judge about whether you want to use synthetics or natural means. It's worth the read anyway. I'm glad I've found a place that addresses this subject and allows for comments, suggestions and questions.

From: ng cooper (coopers@forterie.com) 50+ & through the worst

I've done it the hard way-all natural. Couldn't even take primrose oil or anything else. Just had to tough it out & it hasn't been the most pleasant experience I've been through. I am willing to answer questions or just have a chat. E-mail me pls. I will be back here often, wonderful idea! I no longer feel alone.

From: Glena (geo4oil@webtv.net) New pages

Just visited new pages. They are great. Well organized and easy to get around in. I shall be back often to finish looking around. You have so much

Thanks Glena By the way: Glena has some great aromatherapy oils for menopause. Look for a link toady on our site to her homepage.

From: Marcel (karhu@worldnet.att.net)

Hi, I'm going through menopause, may be near the end of sporadic periods

Hi! Thanks for having such a great web page! When my periods got closer together, every 3 weeks a new one started, I went to my doctor and got on low dose birth control pills. Used those for about 9 months. Noticed depression most of the cycle. Do not need help in that department. The use vitex for hot flashes. That worked great. In addition, inexpensive. Last year only had seven periods. Now, only two periods since August 97. Going through changes in body and mind, and, especially, spiritually. I feel like I am finally coming into my own. It feels great! My life story is a long and complicated one. If my life story were a small river, it would have several significant waterfalls and stretches of rapids. I feel like I am coming into a more centered, calm part of my life river. I praise the Goddess! Thanks again for having such a great web page.

From: Brenda (Carbide1@prodigy.net) Perimenopause

Hi I'm in perimenopause not menopause that's when you stop completely which I can't, it's been 8 yr. now and it does get easier and to Ginger if your Dr. said nothing he can do for you hog wash there is so please change Drs. you don't have to suffer. It is not easy but it does go away and hotflashes, there is Med. I have some and what a RELIEF BUT NO LIE drink water allot of it and in time you'll see a big difference it helped me not cure it but a big help also dress cool and no electric blanket it provokes it at night while you sleep. Wish I could be more help but try to not fight it and go with it and it does get easier to cope with it. This is my 1'ST time on this topic of tripod good luck and drink your water.bye Brenda.

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