Are Your Hormones Making You Sick?: A Woman's Guide To Better Health Through Hormonal Balance

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The TaylorÕs revolutionary approach to diagnosing womenÕs illnesses will forever change the healthcare of women all over the world. Previous books about women and hormonal problems have made sweeping generalizations concerning treatment (i.e. women should not take estrogen, all women need estrogen to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease or all women need progesterone, or herbs). Unlike other books written on the subject, this book advocates the use of objective and accurate testing through salivary testing before prescribing treatment. This book provides much needed information that allows patients and doctors to understand the value of saliva testing. Salivary testing is a must for every woman concerned about breast cancer, osteoporosis, infertility, menopause, fibroids, and PMS. Salivary testing allows women to take control of their health! HEA000000

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I first became aware of the significance of estrogen and progesterone balance, after the birth of my second child. Now in my late thirties, I began experiencing more severe PMS symptoms. Prior to this time I had typical PMS symptoms, which included bloating, cravings, leg pain, breast tenderness and pain, irritability, mood swings, insomnia and headaches, two weeks prior to my period. Motrin„¥ relieved most of my symptoms and I occasionally took benedryl to help me sleep at night. My symptoms were tolerable and didn¡¦t interfere with my life significantly. However, gradually my symptoms worsened. I began having migraine headaches for 2-3 days each month. My insomnia worsened and now I needed Xanax„¥ at night to sleep. I used St. John¡¦s Wart, Valerian Root and Kava Kava to treat my depression and anxiety. I was on two antihypertensive medications to control my blood pressure. I was tired all the time and frequently experienced crying spells for no apparent reason. As you can imagine this was very distressing for me, a psychiatrist, because it was my occupation to help patients suffering from depression and anxiety. I was depressed and in need of some answers. Initially, I thought my symptoms were due to the stress of being in private practice and having two small children, which demanded a lot of my time. I cut back in my working hours hoping that this would help my stress. My stress was less, but my symptoms were not. My husband, an Ob-Gyn, tried to be supportive. He always knew when my periods were about to come and tried to keep the kids from bothering me. I eventually grew sick of myself. I was impatient with my kids who are very important to me. I oftentimes apologized to my children for my short temper. I was afraid that my children were beginning to think that there was something wrong with them. I tried to avoid my family on really bad days and forced myself to go into the office. I began exercising three times a week, which seemed to help my symptoms. I also began to feel better as I lost weight. One day as my husband and I were driving along, I noticed a tape lying on the dashboard. I inquired about the content of the tape. He informed me that a patient had given it to him, but he had not had time to listen to it. The tape interested me because it was about using natural progesterone to treat hormonal imbalances. My husband¡¦s patient shared with him that a natural progesterone cream had helped alleviate most of her PMS symptoms. My husband didn¡¦t know much about natural progesterone at that time. I decided to listen to the tape as we drove. It was while listening to that tape that I realized that perhaps I was progesterone deficient or may have been experiencing symptoms of estrogen excess. I asked my husband how I could obtain a progesterone cream. Hopeful that it might help me, he agreed to do further research. My husband was surprised to find numerous medical! articles written about progesterone creams. Laboratory testing using saliva revealed that my estrogen level was elevated and my progesterone level was decreased. After determining that it was safe and scientifically sound treatment, my husband started me on a progesterone cream. We also changed our diet to reduce out estrogen exposure. My family and I were now eating primarily vegetables, fruits, whole grain breads and pasta, free-range poultry and fish. We no longer consumed diary products but used soy substitutes. We all felt better. My daughter who had suffered from recurrent conjunctivitis and sinusitis was now well. My son no longer experienced bouts of asthma. I was able to discontinue the two anti-hypertension medications, which I needed to control my blood pressure. My symptoms gradually disappeared and I become my old self again. My energy returned. I was able to sleep at night and my anxiety and depression went away. The bloating, leg pain and headaches! were now gone.

My story is the story of thousands of American women who suffer from symptoms of estrogen excess and/or progesterone deficiency. This book was written to enlighten women who are suffering needlessly. It is our hope that by reading this book, you will gain a better understanding of how diet and lifestyle choices effect your hormonal status.

Hormonal imbalances have created numerous illnesses for women i.e. PMS, fibroids, endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, heart disease, perimenopause and menopause. By making the right choices you can restore your body to the balance and health that God intended you to have.

Ava Bell-Taylor, MD

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