Early Saturday morning at the Expo, I attended another lecture regarding hormone imbalance. Dr. Cal Streeter, an osteopath, that talked about Hormonal Balance and the Problems Women Encounter. As the program describes, his lecture was about how the hormonal dilemma has become a monumental problem and learn how hormones affect the teenage years, child bearing years, and the perimenopausal/premenopausal years.
Unlike the Dr. Chi (from the previous post), he did not sell the Chinese Medicine treatment of Myomin for estrogen dominant conditions. His focus was more on progesterone for treatment.
From the best of my knowledge, progesterone is opposite of estrogen, and they balance the hormones out. If you have more estrogen in your body, then you could buy progesterone to increase those levels to keep estrogen levels down. And I do understand there are different kinds of progesterone out there. There is such thing as synthetic and fake progesterone and the almost-natural type called bio-identical progesterone.
From Dr. Streeter’s lecture, I found out there was such thing as HORSE HORMONES. EWWW! Also, that in medical textbooks, they would define progesterones and PROGESTINS are the same, and they’re not! There are supposedly 3 “sources of progesterone”:
From his studies, high levels of estrogen causes body fat, sweat, fluid retention, interferes with thyroid hormone, causes headaches, increases blood clots, and reduces oxygen. He says progesterone can “damp the side effects of high levels of estrogen.” Side effects of progesterone are:
- Helps and causes pregnancy
- Prevents miscarriages
- Protects breasts
- Like a water pill, a natural antidepressant
- Normalizes blood sugar
- Proper cell oxidation
- 15% new bone growth every year
- Necessary survival of embryos
Streeter has met with parents with young daughters that started their menses. He advised for them to get off:
- meats with hormones
- plastics (which give off harsh xenoestrogens)
- commercial milk
According to Streeter, 9/10 of the young girls’ menses would stop if they changed their diet.
To test for estrogen levels and improve levels, he suggests to get a saliva hormone test, take progesterone for 2-3 months, and test levels again. To request for a bio-identical progesterone, you’d have to request it from your doctor, who will then request it from a formulating or compounding pharmacy to make it for you. Streeter also praises Dr. John Lee, a doctor known for educating others about hormonal imbalances, for pushing forth the benefits of progesterone.
Of what I learned in the past, reading a lot about progesterone.. some claim it works, but the problem I’ve read about progesterone (with the cream form anyway) is that when the skin is “abused” with progesterone, it no longer works. Like, when the body is used to it so much, that it would no longer be effective. Again, there is a lot to question, perhaps it works long-term for some and not for others. Because bio-identical progesterone may be the safest form of progesterone, I’m concerned because I have read that HRTs like this may have side effects. Remember, the body already produces progesterone on its own. But as I mentioned on the previous post, test your levels with a saliva hormone test!
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