CHANGE OF LIFE CONCERNS
What IS a woman to do?
Dr. Eileen Silva is a doctor of Natural Health & Naturopathy, in Southlake, Texas. Along with a practice in metabolic health, weight, and body balancing, Eileen has been treating teaching workshops on integrative medicine for over 18 years. Eileen has appeared on TV and radio talk shows coast-to-coast, lectured extensively, and developed a breakthrough-technology, computerized body-analysis program. As CEO of Hegan Center, Eileen has trained and certified medical doctors and chiropractors for almost a decade. Her innovative wellness techniques help thousands of individuals achieve weight loss and better fitness. Eileen's programs have also brought enhanced energy, weight balance, and longevity to professionals in corporate wellness programs. Her newly released book, A Healthier You, joins her best-selling, Fat Chance at Last! ---How to go Beyond Willpower, in offering lifestyle changes for better health results. Eileen is an active member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association, the American Holistic Health Association, and the Health Sciences Institute. You can experience Dr. Silva's customized health consultation by visiting www.dreileensilva.com.
Up until recently, the decision for most woman was relatively easy---at the first sign of perimenopause (pre-menopause), the doctor would prescribe Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
This "magical" solution supposedly alleviated symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, bone density deterioration and vaginal dryness. It also supposedly offered heart protection.
You can imagine the shock that rippled across communities recently when the traditional medical community suddenly reversed their HRT endorsement and admitted that HRT actually makes women more susceptible to heart disease, strokes, blood clots and breast cancer. Talk about alarming!
The results of the studies done by the Women's Health Initiative, which evaluated the long-term pros and cons of HRT were so alarming that the study was halted!
And this unexpected announcement came on the heels of a July 03, 2002 Journal of American Medical Association report which confirms that women on HRT have no better statistics on heart attacks than those on placebo.
The good news is that the risk of breast cancer is apparently minimized if HRT is only used briefly.
So….what IS a woman to do? Well, it now seems sensible to do the obvious, the affordable and the safe approach:
While it is true that doctors and researchers have not discovered a specific lab test that can identify PMS, this disorder is definitely not "imaginary" nor is it " invented," as scoffers claim. Serious medical research has been going on for years to identify the definitions, diagnosis, causes, and cures for this disorder. Here are two of the resulting definitions:
1. Dr. Ellen Freeman of University of Pennsylvania Health System describes PMS as, "a cluster of emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms that have a cyclic pattern related to the menstrual cycle, becoming severe in the week or two preceding menses and abating with menstruation."
2. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines PMS as, "the cyclic occurrence of symptoms that are sufficiently severe to interfere with some aspects of life, and that appear with consistent and predictable relationship to the menses."
You should know that doctors have identified two serious forms of PMS that have effects far beyond those of normal PMS symptoms:
1. "Postpartum Depression" is a severe depression that some women experience after giving birth. Women with this disorder suffer a severe let-down form the high hormone levels from pregnancy, and, because of the disruptions to their nervous systems, may actually harm themselves or their babies.
2. "Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder" (PMDD) causes serious and disabling depressions, anxiety, tension, angry irritability, and intense mood changes in the week or two before the onset of menses. In addition, women suffering from this disorder exhibit at least five of PMS's physical symptoms. As with regular PMS symptoms, women's PMDD symptoms disappear with menses.
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