Common Painkillers May Reduce Risk of Some Skin Cancers, Including Melanoma

Can simple over the counter drugs ward off skin cancer?  A new study hints of the possibility that the use of NSAID or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin can actually protect against certain types of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of the disease.

The new study hints at a possible link between NSAID use and skin cancer risk. It does not prove that a link exists or speak to how these medications may stave off skin cancer risk. Other studies have produced conflicting results. The findings appear online in the journal Cancer.

Researchers led by Sigrun Alba Johannesdottir of Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark compared use of prescription NSAIDs among people with and without the three major types of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma.  Those who filled more than two NSAID prescriptions from 1991 through 2009 were 15% less likely to develop squamous cell skin cancer and 13% were found less likely to develop melanoma than those who filled two or fewer NSAID prescriptions during the study period. It should be noted that researchers only looked at prescription NSAIDs, not the over-the-counter forms.

The study, appearing online in the Journal of Cancer, has had conflicting results, and does not definitively prove the link exists, or addresses how these medications may work as a protection against skin cancer.

No Safe Way to Tan

The studies found that the use of NSAIDs did not affect overall risk for developing basal cell skin cancer, but with that said, they did reduce risk of basal cell skin cancer in body parts other than the head and neck that were not regularly exposed to the sun.

“NSAIDs help lower inflammation in the body and reduce expression of COX-2, an enzyme involved in growth of cancers,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, dermatologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City who found that the results of the study did make sense. In fact, a topical NSAID, Solaraze Gel (diclofenac), is approved for pre-cancerous skin damage known as actinic keratoses.

Don’t let these possible findings give the impression that the use of NSAIDs can replace skin cancer prevention measures such as sunscreens and wearing sun-protective clothing, warns Dr. Zeichnew.   “The positive results from this study will hopefully pave the way for future research on NSAIDs and other ways to treat and prevent skin cancer,” he says.

 

Adding that there is no safe way to tan, Dr. Zeichnew says, “The only safe tan is the one you get from bottle of self-tanning cream.”  Best of all, he adds, “Iif you protect yourself from the sun, you won’t need any preventive treatments.”

Julie Russak, MD, a dermatologist in New York City, agrees.  NSAIDs are known to help treat painful sunburns, she says,  but they do confer their share of risks when used for long periods of time, including bleeding and heart risks.  “Sunburns cause inflammation that may lead to the development of skin cancer,” she says. “It is a parallel pathway.”

The best way to reduce skin cancer risk is to use sunscreen and avoid a burn, and schedule regular checkups with your doctor.  “Early detection can also save lives,” Dr. Russak notes, “See a doctor once a year for a skin exam, and if you notice any change in your moles.”

Source: WebMD Health News May 2012

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New Holistic Natural Treatment For Autism by New Jersey New York Naturopath

According to a pilot trial from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, a specific antioxidant supplement may be an effective therapy for some features of autism.  The study, involving 31 children with the disorder, appeared in the June 1 issue of Biological Psychiatry.

Finding new medications to treat autism and its symptoms is a high priority for researchers.  The antioxidant, called N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, lowered irritability in children with autism as well as reducing the children’s repetitive behaviors. Currently, irritability, mood swings and aggression, all of which are considered associated features of autism, are treated with second-generation antipsychotics. But these drugs cause significant side effects, including weight gain, involuntary motor movements and metabolic syndrome, which increases diabetes risk. By contrast, side effects of NAC are generally mild, with gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, nausea, diarrhea and decreased appetite being the most common.

Irritability affects 60 to 70 percent of children with autism. “We’re not talking about mild things: This is throwing, kicking, hitting, the child needing to be restrained,” said Antonio Hardan, MD, the primary author of the new study, and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Standord and director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at Packard Children’s. Says Dr. Hardan, “[Irritabilty ] can affect learning, vocational activities and the child’s ability to participate in autism therapies.”

The state of drug treatments for autism’s core features, such as social deficits, language impairment and repetitive behaviors, is also a major problem. “Today, in 2012, we have no effective medication to treat repetitive behavior such as hand flapping or any other core features of autism,” Hardan said. NAC could be the first medication available to treat repetitive behavior in autism — if the findings hold up when scrutinized further.

The study tested children with autism ages 3 to 12. They were physically healthy and were not planning any changes in their established autism treatments during the trial. In a double-blind study design, children received NAC or a placebo for 12 weeks. Subjects were evaluated before the trial began and every four weeks during the study using several standardized surveys that measure problem behaviors, social behaviors, autistic preoccupations and drug side effects.

During the 12-week trial, NAC treatment decreased irritability scores from 13.1 to 7.2 on the Aberrant Behavior Checklist, a widely used clinical scale for assessing irritability. The change is not as large as that seen in children taking antipsychotics. “But this is still a potentially valuable tool to have before jumping on these big guns,” Hardan said.

In addition, according to two standardized measures of autism mannerisms and stereotypic behavior, children taking NAC showed a decrease in repetitive and stereotyped behaviors.

Although the study did not test how NAC works, the researchers speculated on two possible mechanisms of action. NAC increases the capacity of the body’s main antioxidant network, which some previous studies have suggested is deficient in autism.  Other research has suggested that autism is related to an imbalance in excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain. NAC can modulate the glutamatergic family of excitatory neurotransmitters which might be useful in autism.

The scientists are now applying for funding to conduct a large, multicenter trial in which they hope to replicate their findings. “This was a pilot study,” Hardan said. “Final conclusions cannot be made before we do a larger trial.”

Stanford is filing a patent for the use of NAC in autism, and one of the study authors has a financial stake in a company that makes and sells the NAC used in the trial.

The research was supported by a grant from the Escher Family Fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Herzenberg and Tirouvanziam are listed as inventors on two patents for NAC used for treating cystic fibrosis that are licensed by Bioadvantex Inc., which supplied NAC for the trial. Herzenberg also has equity in Bioadvantex.

Source: ScienceDaily

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Exercise and a Healthy Diet of Fruits and Vegetables Extends Life Expectancy in Women in Their 70s

According to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, women in their seventies who exercise and eat healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables have a longer life expectancy.

713 women aged 70 to 79 years took part in the Women’s Health and Aging Studies at the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University to evaluate the causes and course of physical disability in older women living in the community.

Lead author, Dr. Emily J. Nicklett, from the University of Michigan School of Social Work, explains, “A number of studies have measured the positive impact of exercise and healthy eating on life expectancy, but what makes this study unique is that we looked at these two factors together.”  The women most physically active and that had the highest fruit and vegetable consumption were eight times more likely to survive the five-year follow-up period than the women with the lowest rates.

In order to record the amount of fruits and vegetables the women ate, the researchers measured blood levels of carotenoids-beneficial plant pigments that the body turns into antioxidants, such as beta-carotene. The more fruits and vegetables consumed, the higher the levels of carotenoids in the bloodstream.

Participants answered a questionnaire that asked the amount of time they spent doing various levels of physical activity, which was then converted to the number of calories expended.

“Given the success in smoking cessation, it is likely that maintenance of a healthy diet and high levels of physical activity will become the strongest predictors of health and longevity. Programs and policies to promote longevity should include interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity in older adults,” says Dr. Nicklett.

Follow-ups were conducted to establish the links between healthy eating, exercise and survival rates.

Here are the key research findings:

  • More than half of the 713 participants (53%) didn’t do any exercise, 21% were moderately active, and the remaining 26% were in the most active group at the study’s outset.
  • During the five-year follow up, 11.5% of the participants died. Serum carotenoid levels were 12% higher in the women who survived and total physical activity was more than twice as high.
  • Women in the most active group at baseline had a 71% lower five-year death rate than the women in the least active group.
  • Women in the highest carotenoid group at baseline had a 46% lower five-year death rate than the women in the lowest carotenoid group.
  • When taken together, physical activity levels and total serum carotenoids predicted better survival.

ScienceDaily (May 30, 2012)

Eat Healthy – Your Kids Are Watching

The results are in.  Mothers who led by example and persuaded, rather than ordered, their kids to eat their vegetables had healthier diets, said Sharon Hoerr, MSU professor of food science and human nutrition.

The study conducted by Michigan State University and which appears in a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, focused on the eating habits of low-income families. “Mothers should stop forcing or restricting their kids’ eating,” says Dr. Hoerr. “They’d be better off providing a healthy food environment, adopting balanced eating habits themselves and covertly controlling their children’s diet quality by not bringing less healthy foods into the house.”

If lower-income mothers want kids with healthy diets, it’s best to adopt healthy eating habits themselves and encourage their children to eat good foods rather than use force, rewards or punishments. And what about kids who’d rather play with their food or consume only junk food?  “With picky eaters, it’s best to coax and encourage them to eat rather than yell at them,” Hoerr says. “Other ways to get them interested in having a balanced diet is to take them to the grocery store or garden, and help them select new foods to taste as well as allow them to help cook at home.”

Parents should opt for maintaining regular meal and snack times, offering smaller portions of healthy foods and allowing the children to decide how much they will eat.

In continuing this research, Hoerr hopes to develop home-based and interactive educational materials for parents who want to encourage healthful eating.

Additional MSU researchers contributing to this study include Megumi Murashima, doctoral student, and Stan Kaplowitz, sociologist. Part of Hoerr’s research is funded by MSU’s AgBioResearch.

Source: ScienceDaily

Dark Chocolate Could Prevent Heart Problems in High-Risk People

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. A study published in the British Medical Journal connecting the consumption of dark chocolate and heart disease is creating a lot of excitement.   The researchers concluded that the blood pressure and cholesterol lowering effects of plain dark chocolate “could represent an effective and cost effective strategy for people with metabolic syndrome (and no diabetes).”

A team of researchers from Melbourne, Australia collected 2013 participants who had high blood pressure and who met the criteria for metabolic syndrome, but had no history of heart disease or diabetes and were not on blood pressure lowering therapy.  They used a mathematical model to predict the long-term health effects and cost effectiveness of daily dark chocolate consumption in the at-risk group.

Researchers found that daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in people with metabolic syndrome (a cluster of factors that increases the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes).  Dark chocolate which contains at least 60% cocoa solids, is rich in the heart-protecting flavonoids.  However, this has only been examined in short term studies.

With 100% compliance (best case scenario), the researchers show that daily dark chocolate consumption could potentially avert 70 non-fatal and 15 fatal cardiovascular events per 10,000 people treated over 10 years.

Even when compliance levels were reduced to 80%, the number of non-fatal and fatal events potentially averted was 55 and 10 per 10,000 people treated over 10 years, and could still be considered an effective intervention strategy.

The model also suggested that $40 could be cost effectively spent per person per year on dark chocolate prevention strategies and could be used for advertising, educational campaigns, or subsidizing dark chocolate in this high risk population, they add.

The authors stress that only non-fatal stroke and non-fatal heart attack were assessed in their analysis, and that the potential effects on other cardiovascular events, such as heart failure, are yet to be tested.

These protective effects have only been shown for dark chocolate — at least 60-70% cocoa — rather than for milk or white chocolate, probably due to the higher levels of flavonoids found in dark chocolate.

Source: ScienceDaily (May 31, 2012)

PCOS — Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disease – Diet and Natural Treatment Recommendations

Diet, Nutrition and Natural Remedies/Treatments for
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome/Disease

PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is often referred to a disease which can include many different symptoms. The disease results in the same group of problems like: acne, insulin resistance which can lead to diabetes, obesity, hirsutism (excess hair growth), hormonal imbalances like to much testosterone, high cortisol and low progesterone, acne, fatigue, etc.

Nutrition, including diet and supplements are surefire ways to excellent PCOS reversal. A healthy diet will allow for better hormone, blood sugar control and weight loss that will help to properly control glucose levels, reduce acne outbreaks, weight loss, and improve fatigue. In Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, natural treatments along with a good diet can help do away with the need for medications.

How Changing Your Diet and Nutrition Can Help Reverse and Treat PCOS?

The power of a healthy diet in treating PCOS cannot be undervalued. PCOS has an AMAZING reversal rate, because it responds so well to dietary, supplements, and lifestyle changes.

Fruits and especially vegetables have benefits such as balancing your blood sugar. Black beans, Garbanzo beans and nuts, for example, have a lot of fiber which has been shown to keep blood sugar levels from increasing, making them a great food for PCOS.  Nuts have essential oils which can help balance hormone levels.

Proper diet and nutrition can control hormone levels and insulin resistance/blood sugar to better levels which is better health. With better health you can decrease medications, if you so desire.  A therapeutic diet can also prevent symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Disease by helping to lose and maintain your weight.

How Can Diet Help PCOS?

A good diet will keep hormone and blood sugar levels in a therapeutic range, manage weight, and improve your skin. Those with PCOS who don’t eat a good diet are at risk for more symptoms.

What is Good  Diet For PCOS?

A healthy diet that includes proteins, lower and low glycemic carbohydrates, good fats, vitamins, minerals, and water constitutes what professionals determine to be a good diet plan for anyone on PCOS. Each person is unique, so diet plans should be adjusted accordingly to your symptoms and problems of PCOS.

Take the recommendations below into consideration; you should include these options when planning healthy meals, snacks and recipes:

  • Eat more vegetables and low glycemic whole grains
  • Avoid fried or barbequed foods.
  • Eliminate sugar and all sweets
  • Small amounts if any of alcoholic drinks
  • Portion control to limit calorie intake

A healthy diet, whether it’s for weight loss, preventing or improving disease will include many vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds and low fat sources of proteins. Diseases, such as Polycystic Ovarian Disease/Syndrome, are controlled and can be reversed by the diet you eat.

Over The Counter Dietary Supplements are Another Aspect of Diet That Can Help PCOS:

  • Chaste Tree (vitex)
  • Progesterone Cream
  • GLA
  • Chromium
  • Cinnamon
  • Magnesium

Before taking any supplement, you should check with your health care professionals, such as a nutritionist or naturopathic doctor to determine what is best for your diet and health.

Reversing Your PCOS

PCOS is one of the few diseases that can be significantly reversed with a proper therapeutic diet, lifestyle changes, supplements and possible herbs. If you would like to explore your options to reverse your Polycystic Ovarian Disease feel free to call Dr. Robert @ 201.618.3534 or email him at Rob@drrobertg.com

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PCOS – Everything You Need to Know About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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If you have PCOS I can help you, as I have helped many women before suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I am a Naturopathic Doctor, Clinical Nutritionist and Expert in Natural Health Sciences. I  have been successfully treating women with PCOS for many years.

I want you to know you that you can free yourself from most of the ill effects of PCOS with the proper therapeutic diet, supplements and effective stress management.

There are many natural therapies/treatments that can support your body in correcting the imbalances that can lead to PCOS. As a naturopathic doctor and clinical nutritionist who works with many women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, I have experience using natural medicines, diet, supplements, herbs and stress reduction techniques which are very effective for treating PCOS.

If you are not in the area consider having a phone or skype consultation to receive beneficial recommendations regarding natural therapies/treatments, herbs, vitamins, minerals, supplements and diet for PCOS. These recommendations are personalized for your specific issues

Until we get our nationwide poor diets under control and discover more about PCOS we will continue to see more and more young women developing Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. The positive news is that you don’t have to wait to begin feeling better and ridding yourself of the uncomfortable problems associated with PCOS.  You can start today to begin healing your body from the devastating effects of PCOS.

Conventional doctors prescribe diabetes medications usually metformin and birth control pills to treat PCOS. For women struggling with infertility, the conventional medical options include high doses of hormones to induce ovulation, artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization.

My clinical experience providing women with natural options/remedies with PCOS and decades of research shows that diet and proper selected supplements are at least equal to and often better than any prescription drug regime for reversing the effects of PCOS. However, if you do decide to use medication and natural therapies you can experience great success and you can safely combine both methods. But you should be working with a qualified practitioner to get you on the right track.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – Overiew by Holistic Naturopath Diet Doctor

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What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

When a woman’s hormones are out of balance, a disease known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can occur.  It affects her periods, can cause infertility, and can create unpleasant changes in appearance such as increased facial and body hair, and acne.

While the term may be unfamiliar, it affects as many as 1 out of 15 women, with signs of it appearing in the teen years.  There is treatment available to control the symptoms and prevent any long-term health issues, however, if left untreated, serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease can develop.

What are hormones, and what happens in PCOS?

The job of our hormone is to signal the release of another hormone; they are chemical messengers that trigger many different processes, including growth and energy production.   When PCOS is present, the hormones get out of balance. For reasons still being researched, hormones become changed, and that change signals another change in the next hormone.

Here are two examples of the effect of PCOS:

Normally, the ovaries make a tiny amount of male sex hormones (androgens), but with PCOS, they start making slightly more androgens. This may cause ovulating to cease, a woman to get acne, and the growth of extra facial and body hair.  In short, the sex hormones are out of whack.

Or the body may have a problem using insulin, called insulin resistance. When the body doesn’t use insulin well, blood sugar levels go up. Over time, this increases your chance of getting diabetes.

Does PCOS have symptoms? 

Yes, but they are mild at first. Women may only have a few symptoms, or quite a few. The most common are these:

  • Acne.
  • Weight gain and trouble losing weight.
  • Extra hair on the face and body.  Often women get thicker and darker facial hair and more hair on the chest, belly, and back.
  • Thinning hair on the scalp.
  •  Irregular periods. Often women with PCOS have fewer than nine periods a year. Some women have no periods. Others have    very heavy bleeding.
  •  Fertility problems. Many women who have PCOS have trouble getting pregnant (infertility).
  •  Depression.

Most women with PCOS grow many small cysts camera on their ovaries. That is why it is called polycystic ovary syndrome. The cysts are not harmful but can lead to hormone imbalances.

What causes PCOS?

The changes in hormone levels can cause PCOS, and there can be a whole host of reasons for that change.

Heredity.  PCOS has been found to run in families, so if another woman in your family has PCOS, or even irregular periods or diabetes, your chances are higher.  It’s not  just the mother’s side that can pass it down, it can also be inherited from the father’s side.

Lifestyle. Poor diets, high stress, little exercise and sedentary living can all contribute or cause PCOS.

How is PCOS diagnosed?

To diagnose PCOS, the doctor will take a full medical history.  He, or she, will want to review any past health issue, any symptoms you are experiences, and your menstrual cycle.

Conduct a physical to look for signs such as extra body hair, and high blood pressure.  Height and weight will also be noted to check the body mass index (BMI.)

Perform lab work to check blood sugar, insulin, and other hormone levels.  These tests can also rule out other factors such as thyroid or other gland problems that could cause similar symptoms.

He or she may also request a pelvic ultrasound to look for cysts on your ovaries, although the diagnosis of PCOS can be secured without one, but this test helps rule out other problems.

How is it treated?

As with many health issues, PCOS does usually respond when a proper lifestyle is put into place.  This includes regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and a diet of Pancrease-healthy foods.  This goes a long way to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Obtaining treatment as soon as possible is key to eliminating unpleasant symptoms and preventing long-term health problems.

Simply fitting in a vigorous walk every day is a great idea.

Eat a diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, and whole grains. Do limit foods that are high in saturated fat such as  fried foods. If you have blood sugar problems, you may want to confer with a nutritionist who can help you create a custom meal plan.

Even just losing 10 pounds (4.5 kg), women with PCOS would find their hormones regain balance, and a regular menstrual cycle can begin again.

If you smoke, consider quitting. Women who smoke have higher androgen levels that may contribute to PCOS symptoms. Smoking also increases the risk for heart disease.

Other treatments your doctor may prescribe include:

  • A diabetes medicine called metformin can help restore regular menstrual cycles and fertility.

Follow ups with your medical doctor and naturopathic doctor are critical ensure treatment is working, and to adjust if needed.  Updated blood work may be ordered to assess for diabetes, hormones, nutritional deficiencies, heavy metals,  high blood pressure, and other possible problems.

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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): Infertility, Excess Hair, Acne And Treatment Options

By John Lee, MD

In the last 30 years, the occurrence of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)   has risen to epidemic proportions. Research has shown that approximately 10 to 20 percent of women have the disease; my guess is that the number is probably higher.

The lifestyle of young women, i.e., lack of exercise, stress, poor diets high in sugar and highly processed carbohydrates work together to create a high incidence of the disease – something that on many levels can be prevented.  Fifty years ago, the average person age one pound of sugar a year. Today, the average teenager today eats one pound a week! Potato chips, corn chips, pasta and white rice are all highly refined carbohydrates that also act on the body much the same as sugars do.

But there is hope, and there are new treatments to consider.

First, what actually happens when PCOS is present?

PCOS is when multiple cysts are present on the ovaries, and there are accompanying effects such as anovulation (lack of ovulation) and menstrual abnormalities, hirsutism (facial hair), male-pattern baldness, acne, and often obesity. Women with PCOS may also experience insulin resistance and an increased incidence of Type II diabetes, unfavorable lipid patterns (usually high triglycerides), and low bone density. Laboratory tests often show higher than normal circulating androgens, especially testosterone.

When a woman doesn’t ovulate, there is a disruption in the normal, cyclical interrelationship among her hormones, brain and ovaries. Normally, the hypothalamus, a regulatory center in the brain, monitors the hormone output of the ovaries and synchronizes the normal menstrual cycle. When monthly bleeding ends, the hypothalamus secretes gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), which stimulates the pituitary gland in the brain to release follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).  These hormones direct an ovary to start making estrogen (mostly estradiol), and stimulate the maturation of eggs in about 120 follicles.

The first follicle that ovulates, releasing its egg into the fallopian tube for a journey to the uterus, quickly changes into the corpus luteum, which is a factory for making progesterone, and raises progesterone’s concentrations to 200 to 300 times higher than that of estradiol. This huge surge of progesterone simultaneously puts the uterine lining in its secretory or ripening phase, and turns off further ovulation by either ovary.

If fertilization does not occur, the ovary stops its elevated production of both estrogen and progesterone. The sudden fall in the concentrations of these hormones causes shedding of the blood-rich uterine lining and bleeding (menstruation). Then, in response to low hormone levels, there is a rise in GnRH and the cycle starts all over again.

But what happens to this cycle if, for some reason, ovulation is unsuccessful? For example, if the follicle migrates to the outside of the ovary, but does not “pop” the egg and release it, the follicle becomes a cyst, and the normal progesterone surge does not occur. The lack of progesterone is detected by the hypothalamus, which continues to try to stimulate the ovary by increasing its production of GnRH, which increases the pituitary production of FSH and LH. This stimulates the ovary to make more estrogen and androgens, which stimulates more follicles toward ovulation. If these additional follicles are also unable to produce a matured ovum or make progesterone, the menstrual cycle is dominated by increased estrogen and androgen production without progesterone. This is the fundamental abnormality that creates PCOS.

Why Eggs Won’t Pop and Progesterone Isn’t Made

But what causes dysfunctional follicles that won’t release eggs?  From wildlife studies and my own observations, this is due to environmental pollutants, known as xenobiotics,  that works like estrogen on the developing baby’s tissues.

When a female embryo develops in the womb, 500 to 800 thousand follicles are created, each enclosing an immature ovum. Studies show that the creation of ovarian follicles during this embryo stage is exquisitely sensitive to the toxicity of xenobiotics. When the mother is exposed to these chemicals, she experiences no apparent damage. But the baby she is carrying is far more susceptible, and these chemicals may damage a female embryo’s ovarian follicles and make them dysfunctional; unable to complete ovulation or manufacture sufficient progesterone. This damage is not apparent until after puberty.

Lifestyle Factors that Cause Dysfunctional Follicles

A lack of exercise, poor nutrition/diet, and stress are the top three factors that contribute to PCOS.  Stress particularly because it can cause anovulatory cycles, and produce high levels of cortisol by the adrenal glands.  Birth control pills, a widely prescribed for young women, shut down normal ovary function, and even if discontinued, the ovaries’ return to proper functioning is not guaranteed.  Our diets are full of petrochemical contaminants — also xenobiotics — that have an adverse effect on  normal metabolism. Other popular drugs like Prozac can impair the functioning of our limbic brain, including the hypothalamus, which may affect the menstrual cycle.

The Diet Connection to PCOS

It cannot be emphasized enough that the biggest contributor to PCOS is poor diet. Young women with PCOS tend to eat food rich in sugar and carbohydrates which can cause an unhealthy rise in insulin levels. According to Jerilyn Prior, M.D., insulin stimulates androgen receptors on the outside of the ovary, causing the typical PCOS symptoms of excess hair (on the face, arms, legs), thin hair (on the head), and acne. Eventually, this type of diet will cause obesity, which will cause insulin resistance (the inability of the cells to take in insulin), which will aggravate the PCOS even more. The androgens also play a role in blocking the release of the egg from the follicle.

Women, who have a high number of dysfunctional follicles,to begin with, due to xenobiotic exposure in the womb, will have worse problems if their diets are high in sugary foods and low in nutrition. Since this is exactly the type of diet favored by teens and young women, it’s easy to understand why there is so much PCOS in that age group.

Treatments Widely Used, and Treatments that Work

There are two treatments for the disease that most physicians routinely prescribe, both of which treat the symptoms, and both of which are not particularly successful.

  • Treatment one is a chemical castration, using birth control pills, androgens (male hormones), androgen blockers, synthetic estrogens, Lupron or similar drugs that block hormone production.
  • Treatment two is prescribing the new oral drugs for Type II diabetes, which reduce insulin resistance.

A third approach is one that I have found to be safer, simpler, more effective, AND less expensive; an approach that treats the cause and not just the symptoms of PCOS.  By using a health therapeutic diet, supplements being vitamins, minerals, herbs, nutraceuticals, digestive support and stress reduction can go far for improving PCOS with natural treatments.

The John R. Lee, M.D. Medical Letter July 1999

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Natural Treataments & Diet For Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) by Naturopath

Providing your body with the right combinations of supplements, herbs, vitamins along with a therapeutic diet, regular exercise, and a reduced stress lifestyle will go a long way to reversing the effects of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  Natural treatments for PCOS is one of the best options, and by working with a Naturopath will find the correct mix and the result will be an actual improvement in your overall health.

Western medicine sometimes takes the misguided approach of treating the symptom rather than the illness, and the answer is not optimum health.  For example, a typical visit to the doctor about irregular menstrual periods would usually find the patient exiting with a prescription for birth control pills.  But, a natural herb like Chaste Tree for example, will normalize the release of the luteinizing hormone, which is responsible for a regular menstrual cycle.

The following 3 plans should be considered for those suffering from PCOS.  They will create a balanced, and a long lasting wellness.

Natural Treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome #1 – A Good Diet

By changing your eating habits and by that we mean eat a diet of low glycemic fruits, vegetables, lean protein and limited carbohydrates.  It’s a very simple diet approach, and just incorporating each of these into your life little by little will go a long way.  Adopt a PCOS-friendly diet is not a fad diet, but a lifestyle diet.  If you do not make changes you will and can stick with; you won’t see any lasting changes or improvements.

Natural Treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome #2 – Vitamins, Supplements and Herbs

A good quality multi-vitamin is a good start, and essential for supplementing the needs of your body.  You will need to incorporate specific supplements as time goes on, and remember that certain therapeutic herbs can be an essential part in helping to restore hormonal balance to your body.  Overall, herbs help heal and repair systems in the body, and are worth a look.

Start slow, incorporating Treatment #1, then adding the tips found in Treatment #2.  It is worth knowing that the longer you’ve been suffering from PCOS, the more time and nutrients your body will need to heal. And be patient and you should always consult with a proper trained Naturopath like Dr. Robert.

Natural Treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome #3 – Stress Management

It has been widely reported than PCOS  can be related to stress. Stress reduction for  woman suffering with PCOS is important, this is crucial area that needs to be addressed. Whatever works for you just make sure you do it, whatever you decide just make sure it’s effective.

Make this commitment to yourself, you deserve it.

Once, you’ve started a better diet and eating healthier you’ll have more energy. So, begin to exercise regularly even if it is just walking in the beginning. Keep making changes until you’ve developed a healthy lifestyle, which consists of a healthy diet, daily exercise, effective stress management along with the right supplements and natural therapies.

Try each of these treatments, incorporating them slowly into your life.  Keep a journal to chronicle your feelings and improvements.  You CAN put an end to your Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome symptoms.

Do it today, no more excuses.

Always consult a Naturopath for the most effective natural treatments to help PCOS. Contact Dr. Robert today who has worked successfully with many people who are sufferring from PCOS. Call 201.618.3534 or click here to contact him.

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