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This is the first of 3 blogs addressing Female hormonal issues.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
In 2002, the National Institute of Health was conducting a ten-year clinical trial, involving over 16,000 women, which studied Hormone Replacement Therapy, a program that Doctors had been widely prescribing to women since the 1960's. The study was abruptly discontinued because the level of dangerous side effects and diseases was found to be so great. These diseases all increased:
Pulmonary Embolism risk (blood clots in lungs) increased by 114 per cent!
Strokes by 41 per cent!
Heart attacks and cardiac deaths by 29 per cent!
Breast Cancer by 26 per cent!
There were slight reductions in colon cancer and hip fracture but not significant enough to outweigh the dangers.

puppy loveFor thirty years, the safety of this process was debated in the alternative health world and it has now finally been scientifically proven that Permarin, the drug in the Pempro Estrogen therapy, can cause way more harm than good in the general female population. For forty years, drug companies promoted the myth that Estrogen deficiency was the major factor in menopausal symptoms. What has surprised me is that more women aren't extremely angry that this went on for so long before something was done about it. Natural or Functional Medicine follows the view that these problems are a sign of overall hormone imbalance in both the ovarian hormones and the ones that generate stress response by the adrenal glands.

If anything, it has been shown more and more that women are more Estrogen dominant then deficient. It's all relative. Even if a woman's Estrogen drops, Progesterone, the other female hormone, drops much more dramatically near menopause. Plus, many other factors can increase Estrogen.  

An inactive woman who consumes more calories than she uses, will have elevated Estrogen. Estrogen levels are also increased from Xenostrogens, chemical compounds found in our daily lives that are mostly byproducts of the petroleum industry. These are found in plastics, Styrofoam, many beauty and hair products, meat from any animals given growth hormones and pesticides used on non-organic fruits and vegetables. Birth Control pills have Estrogen also.

Progesterone needs to be in balance with Estrogen. Emotional and physical stress can significantly reduce Progesterone by affecting the levels and ratio of cortisol and DHEA produced by the Adrenal glands. The key to rebalancing the overall female hormone system is to balance the Adrenal system, establish an appropriate diet and specifically balance the Estrogen and Progesterone levels naturally till the Adrenal system takes back over.  

The first step is to take a  saliva test, which shows the specific levels of  female hormones available for  the body and the state of health or exhaustion of the Adrenal glands. The Adrenals are responsible for 33 per cent of the overall hormones in pre-menopausal women and half of them in menopausal women. This is why many female hormone treatment programs are often unsuccessful unless you include the Adrenal system as well.
Please contact me with any questions you may have. 

The next blog will address specific symptoms in peri-menopausal and menopausal women that can directly relate to hormone imbalance.

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      Denise Richardson wrote Jul 30, 2009
    • Hello and thanks Dr. Madden. My past experience with HRT caused me to gain weight from the ones my doctor percsribed for me so I stopped taking them even though I’ve still gained weight tongue out, and I’d like to know what other alternatives can I go with? I’d perfer something all natural if possible.



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      Mary Clark wrote Jul 30, 2009
    • I“m not on anything yet...but when that time comes...my pharmacist who is also a very close friend will be making my hormones up...in her compounding pharmacy.  

      I rather go with natural....



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Jul 30, 2009
    • Dear MC,
      You‘re right, natural is better. But if you don’t have all the symptoms handled by the compounding hormones, check the level of your Adrenal exhaustion. 50 per cent of your hormones are controlled by the Adrenals at menopause. Good luck!



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      Trudy S wrote Jul 30, 2009
    • I have had great success restoring my adrenals through cleansing and proper nutrition.  My health has completely turned around...not just my PMS symptoms, which have practically disappeared..but my weight, skin, hair and energy level.

      Adrenal exhaustion is a REAL problem for women that most doctors know nothing about.



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      Mztracy wrote Jul 30, 2009
    • ty for the info.

      this is part of the reason we only buy free range meats and poultry. We try to buy only organic veges and fruits as well.



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      Anonymous wrote Jul 30, 2009
    • I had a total hysterectomy 2003, prior i was very sexually active - decided NOT to take any HRT. Hotflashes are bad. I have NOT had sex but ONCE since 2003 it was so painful, I believe I made a mistake having the hysterectomy! Today went to a nurse P she said it was painful because it was extremely dry-need to be on Estratest to get the libido up and premerin for the dryness.  She believes Ill be back to myself. Im scared its scar tissue inside not just the dryness.  I will try the premerin/estrotest for a month then Ill have to take “her” on a test drive! LOL



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      Womensafety wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Thank you so much for making things a little clear to us. While I am done with Menopause I found that I have been so busy I never knew the hot flashes were hot flashes, I thought I ate something that did not agree with me, On that note It worked for our grandmothers if you didn’t complain you could get through it. I am now 50 and not more hot flashes or night sweats. My mood is much better.
      I would love to pass this on to my friends if that is okay with you.
      Looking forward to the next article. Thanks Donna    

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      Michelle V wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Today I turn 43. On Monday evening, I miscarried my first pregnancy. I didn’t know I was pregnant so the emotional impact was less severe. My HCG level was 177 as of Wednesday afternoon. Today is the 2nd blood test to hopefully confirm my status. I have been researching homoeopathic and aromatherapy herbs and fertility supplements for a while now.

      Any opinions?



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Thx Dr M! I am looking forwards to reading the next 2 articles.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Dear Michelle,
      I’m so very sorry for your miscarriage. You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers. From a fertility perspective, some women can have difficulties because they ovulate at an abnormal time in their cycle. Instead of Estrogen peaking at days 13-15, it may be high at day #8. The body is not ready yet at that time so the pregnancy won’t take place. You can sometimes move that cycle to where it’s supposed to be by balancing the hormones.
      Once you become pregnant, you obviously want to positively manage your diet, exercise and stress levels as much as possible. I can’t suggest strongly enough that you eat the best, cleanest, least toxic food, find a regular exercise that’s not jarring to the body and stay positive in your heart and mind about as many things as you can. I had many pregnant patients and I made every effort to ensure that their pelvis was as balanced and as structurally even as possible so that everything inside that pelvis had the best chance to work correctly. Find a Chiropractor that works a lot with women and kids, they typically will have a lot of experience in that area.
      Best of luck to you and Happy Birthday!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Hi Ellen, yes and my doctor had perscribed the Premphase  to me but I stopped taking it, and glad I did. Going through Menopause is more than a notion and who needs any other ailments from those drugs adding to it!



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      Denise Richardson wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • ohhhhWOW!!! thanks Ellen will look into this and congrats on the weight loss, I need so bad to lose some as well.happy



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      Kandykahne 5 wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Great article. I would like to discuss this with my doctor about the hormonal balance. At 45 what exactly should I be asking him to check?happy



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • A blood test isn’t going to check the levels of available hormones as accurately as a saliva test will. That will check your Cortisol levels throughout the day to see what level, if any, of exhaustion your adrenal glands are in. It will also check your DHEA level which is a good barometer for how strong your system is presently. It will also check two Estrogen and one each Progesterone, Testosterone and Melatonin levels. Then you strengthen the adrenals and balance the hormones with naturally based substances specific to your diminished levels. I can start this by having a lab send you a saliva test in the mail that’s specific to your symptoms after we figure out what your hormone profile is. I treat patients from around the country as well as seeing them in my office in San Diego. Wherever you do it is not important. It’s just important that you do it.



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • An interesting post. Millions of women in poorer countries do not even consider hormone replacement (many do not even know it exists), and live healthy, long lives.  

      I’ve thought about it but am sure that I want to go the natural way - just like my old female relatives before me.



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      UK Girl wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Thanks very much for all this advice I’m off to see my Dr. in the UK armed with these facts



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Great point Anne. The problem is that we eat, drink, breathe and absorb so many unhealthy things, not to mention putting ourselves into an unending rat-race of stress. If people ate better, got outside and did some physical work/exercise more, let themselves be happier with less possessions and got off so many of the meds they‘re on, most people would be much healthier and live longer. That doesn’t mean they should just stop taking their medications but it means they might look and see if there are other ways to address those problems besides automatically going the pharmaceutical route. If it’s absolutely medically necessary, OK, but most of the time, it’s not.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • With hot flashes occuring like contractions all a person wants is relief and even weighing the adverse side effects of taking something can get put aside. The hot flashes are so uncomfortable and the weight gain is disheartening. I have bio identical hormones but I honestly doubt the quality of the health care on Maui where I live. I will see a Kaiser doctor week after next about my perimenopause but with my prior experiences with Kaiser I don’t have much hope in the matter. I have the bio identical hormones through a naturopath but she doesn’t do the saliva testing that was described so dosing is a guessing game.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • Dear Cynthia,
      You bring up a good point in that when most women take Bioidenticals on their own or use Progesterone Cream, they don’t really know how much to take or know when they can start decreasing what they‘re taking. Progesterone Cream is a godsend to many women who are Estrogen dominant. But it’s easy to get over-saturated with the cream and continue taking more than you need. You can then just find yourself with different menopausal symptoms if you have too much Progesterone. I can have the lab send you the saliva test kit and you can take the results to your Naturopath.



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      Dalene Johnson wrote Jul 31, 2009
    • I am been on hormone therapy since 1994 due to hysteractomy. I suffered hot flashes, Night sweats, short term memory lost and other symptoms. I am only 48 now and I have tried to stop taking the hormones with poor results. I am interested in bio-hormones but I don’t know where to go. I now take estratest HS; whole pill one day and half the next ( I used to take whole daily but my breast were always so tender). I am open for sugestions



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 1, 2009
    • Hot flashes are usually low Estrogen. Heavy periods can mean that your Estrogen and Progesterone aren’t balanced with each other. BC pills put more Estrogen into your body but how much to take? As you already know there are many other symptoms that come along with this; mood swings, maybe headaches, weight gain, insomnia, fatigue etc. These can all be associated with hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue. As I said in the blog, addressing the female hormones alone will often mean that you‘re either on them for a long time and you continue to have symptoms of some kind. The risk of taking too much extra Estrogen can also not be ignored.  If someone has some of these symptoms you should always rule out any possible serious medical condition. But when you‘re told; “You‘re fine, this is normal“, it’s time to look at something else. Here’s the page that explains what the process might be in my program.
      http://drmichaelmadden.net/howitWorks.html



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      Butterfly13 wrote Aug 1, 2009
    • I currently do not have medical insurance, selling Avon and my very low commissions from my sales job- at the moment does not allow me to afford the luxury of insurance.  I went to a county nurse pract. she said they are limited in what they can do- no saliva test-no bio-identicals ONLY solution is premerin.

      I have MAJOR hotflashes, had a complete hysterectomy. Have another issue since hysterectomy the nurse said use replens-that did nothing to help.

      Any thoughts?
      THANKS for answering!!

      Thanks...



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      Marya1961 wrote Aug 1, 2009
    • I completely agree with Dr. Madden..since my complete hysterectomy there were significant changes, but I follow a special regimen which includes: probiotics, organic food, regular fitness routine, and quite honestly to keep my stress level down since I also deal with Fibromyalgia, my doctor has me on 10 mg. of Lexapro which I take for anxiety, so in essence this combination seems to work for me without ANY hormone replacement...I would be interested in the saliva test although I did have blood work and the cortisol test done through an Endocrinologist and that was fine, so they say.

      Maryestatic



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 2, 2009
    • Dr. Madden I’m sad to report that this morning I learned that my naturopath has passed away. I didn’t know she had lung cancer. She hid her condition very well from the outside world. She was the only one here who, that I know of, dealt with natural hormones.

      I have a Dr. appointment on the 13th at Kaiser. I’ll see what they say and if it looks as if I’m not going to have any options there, I’d like to take the saliva test and see where to go from there.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 2, 2009
    • I’m sorry for your loss. Let me know if I can be of any help to you. Good luck and God bless.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 4, 2009
    • Thanks for your comment. Go the home page of my website,

      http://drmichaelmadden.net/

      At the bottom of the page is a sentence,

      “HOW THIS PROGRAM WORKS- What happens-click here”

      Click on that to see what and how things happen before and after the saliva test. Contact me if you have any questions.



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      Ucher wrote Aug 5, 2009
    • i haven’t been on hormones for almost6yrs and found out that I have osto penia so now the doctor has me on something to help me with my brittle bones



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 5, 2009
    • Here is an excerpt from the Podcast I had with Yana on Fab 40 back in June. One of the woman emailed in about Osteopenia and had the same situation. Osteopenia does NOT mean you have to take medication yet. Maybe eventually but only after seeing how fast it’s advancing and how far it actually even is. If your hormones are out of balance, you‘re more likely to have bone issues. Here’s my answer to her question.

      LL wants to know about Osteopenia-Osteoporosis
      Osteopenia is a pre-osteoporosis condition according to drug company research. But many experts argue that osteopenia doesn't need treating and that blanket prescribing of bone-building drugs alleviates more anxiety than actually preventing fractures, especially when you consider the drug costs and potential side effects from the drugs. For example, Aloxifene dramatically increases the risks for blood clots in women.
      In an article from the British Medical Journal in 2008, one drug company-funded study claimed that their drug reduced the risk for osteoporosis by 75%. But when researchers reanalyzed the figures, they found the drug reduced the risk by .9%, that's less than 1%. What you must realize in this study and many, many more like them, the studies are often funded by the manufacturers of the drugs and the trials usually features the research team funded by the company.
      Talk to your doctor about ways to slow down or halt the progress of it without medications. You can stop smoking, limit alcohol and caffeine intake, increase Calcium and Vitamin D and get plenty of weight bearing exercise. Try that for 6 months and retake the test to see your levels. If your bones are not advancing quickly towards osteoporosis, there are not a lot of reasons to immediately go on the meds.



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      Arbonnemillions wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • I highly recommend Arbonne’s Phytoprolief NATURAL progesterone cream for menopause and per-menopause symptoms (contains black cohosh, evening primrose oil, etc) It really lessened the symptoms of my severe PMS. My OB/GYN started using it in her practice. You can order it at a discount, or pay retail at www.hwb.myarbonne.com. Please email me at [Link Removed] if you have questions, and I can email you more information.


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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • The problem with the creams is that the skin can easily become over-saturated and you begin having symptoms of too much Progesterone. Without a saliva test you don’t have a baseline of how much to take and for how long to take it.



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      Jenz ~ wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • I have so many questions re hormones..

      Does anyone know if unexplained anxiety (for no apparent reason) is part of the start of our change of life? I’m 42 and this has been happening a bit recently.

      Migraine too? I made an appt for a complete checkup and pap etc for Sep 4 at 8 30...  

      Any calming advice in the meantime would be awesome.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • The anxiety could be from a raised Adrenal Cortisol level, hypoglycemia or other issues and the migraines could also be from a variety of things. Do you have the headaches near your ovulation? If so, they‘re possibly from unbalanced female hormones. Headaches near mid-cycle are often related to Estrogen, headaches near the end of the cycle to Progesterone. It’s always good to rule out any serious medical problems first. But most likely, they will do a blood test, tell you your hormones are fine and give you a prescription for an anti-depressant or some anti-anxiety medication.
      If nothing medically serious is present, I suggest doing a saliva test to see where the levels of your adrenals and hormones are. That will give you a specific information as whether or not those are the causes of your problems. If they are, it’s not that difficult usually to fix. I will be happy to assist you in that.
      Don’t worry Jenz, many symptoms begin to come along when things get out of balance. Anxiety if scary because it affects so many of other aspects of your life. Try to take deep breaths, meditate, exercise, eat very well, get good sleep and talk about what’s bothering you to loved ones or professionals. We all need help. When you‘re anxious, all problems big and even small will appear to be exaggerated. Keep reminding yourself that it’s most probably the physical issue not the emotional one.
      You‘re not alone. I see this all the time with women your age. Get the medical tests done and till then, maximize your diet by eliminating as much sugar, cow dairy and even gluten as you can. Once you get your results back we can figure out what to do if the problems are addressed specifically. Let me know if you have any questions.



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      UK Girl wrote Aug 13, 2009
    • Dr Madden – my doctor loves you honey ....... after reading all your informative posts I went to see them on Tuesday night and had cut and pasted it on a word document and then we sat and discussed this ... she has now kept this and said how much she knows after reading this and she is sending me off for some tests .....etc;
      I said when she is 40 she can join the wonderful world of Fab40 and flush and flash with us and be fabulous ......



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      Petula Wright wrote Jul 20, 2010
    • I’m just now getting around to reading this and will definitely look for the next installment. I really need to get the state of my adrenal glands. I’ve already made a note to remind myself. Thanks.



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