It seemed the perfect
match for us "women of a certain age" an
easy-to-swallow pill that could soothe our
menopausal symptoms, keep our bones strong, protect
us from heart disease, and lower our risk of colon
cancer. But alas, our love affair with menopausal
hormone therapy (HT), which used to be called
hormone replacement therapy, came to an abrupt end
last summer when researchers leading the Women's
Health Initiative (WHI) published their startling
findings about the therapy.
flashes, or more correctly called hot flush, is the most
common complaint of menopausal women. Up to 80 percent
of women experience them to some degree, with up to 40
percent suffering enough to seek medical attention.
While some women never have a hot flash, most are
inconvenienced for a year of two. For some women flashes
may persist up to 5, even 10 years.
More than ever before in the history of
mankind, human beings need to have healthy livers to break down the
chemicals that have crept into our environment. If you talk to
radiologists and gastroenterologists who are looking at people's livers
today they will tell you that the condition "Fatty Liver" affects more
than 50% of people over the age of 50!
A woman’s menopause is defined as the cessation of
menstruation for six to twelve months in older women. In most
industrialized nations it is accompanied by
insomnia, headaches, irritability, fatigue and vaginal dryness, not to mention hot
flashes, which 65-80% of American women will experience.
Menopause - Alternative Therapies During
n 1997, about 42 percent of U.S. adults used some type of alternative
therapy, for a total expenditure of $27 billion. Acupuncture and several
dietary supplements, such as soy, isoflavone,
and black cohosh, have been advocated for treatment of menopausal
symptoms, but the extent of their use in the general population is
unknown. Newton and colleagues surveyed women enrolled in a large
managed-care health plan to assess the prevalence of alternative
treatments for menopausal symptoms and the characteristics of women
who chose such therapies.
SIMPLE WAYS TO A HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER
Everyday, women of all ages, from menarche through the change of life, experience a need for relief from pre-menstrual, menstrual, pre-menopausal and menopausal symptoms. Conditions such as mood swings, cramps, excessive bleeding, irregular cycles, hot flashes, and seemingly
insatiable cravings affect hundreds of thousands of women.