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Women’s Vitality and Holistic Health Care

A growing number of women seek natural remedies to treat health problems, either as an alternative or a complement to conventional health care. At least one-third of Americans use alternative medicines to heal and maintain health--75% of those consumers are women. Today, women are demanding their doctors have a willingness to explore and combine complementary and conventional medical practices in their approach to female health. The result is a bridge between the two schools of thought commonly known as integrated medicine which requires women to become proactive in their role as patient and provides a safe, effective approach to maintaining and healing their bodies.

Women's Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellness

Today many women are looking beyond conventional medicine alone to keep themselves well by optimizing their health, preventing illness and treating acute and chronic conditions naturally. A holistic approach includes diet, exercise, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, stress reduction, self-care and spiritual renewal.

Women are becoming aware that most modern maladies are caused by prolonged exposure to a combination of negative lifestyles and toxic environmental factors, including junk food and malnutrition, pesticides, antibiotics, microwaves and chemical pollution of food, water and air.

Conventional medicine, with its focus on diagnosis and treatment of disease, has the side effect of turning everything into a "condition" that needs treatment. The survival of the pharmaceutical industry is dependent on the elimination by any means of effective natural health therapies. The natural and non-patentable therapies that focuses on optimizing health, preventing illness and promoting wellness have become the treatment of choice for millions of women

Women's Natural Health Care, Alternative medicine Wouldn't it be nice to understand how we really become ill? Or why some ailments seem to crop up time and again? Do you ever experience a cold that comes out of no where and lasts for weeks, and nobody else catches it from you, and it happened about the time you lost your best friend or were really sad? And how can we take the dread out of "that" time of the month for women? Do we have to suffer from migraine headaches, PMS, cramps, depression, or the embarrassment of unexpected panic and anxiety attacks? Could hot flashes really be stopped dead in their tracks?

"To heal ourselves, we must reenter our bodies and honor them. We must resist the temptation to always place the body and its needs last. I want to awaken that still, small, wise intuitive voice in all of us, the voice of our own body which we have been forced to ignore through our culture, illness, misinformation and dysfunction. Trusting the wisdom of the body is a leap of faith for us in this culture.." Christiane Northrup, M.D.

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Mammogram Test The annual medical check-up, enshrined for decades as a cornerstone of preventative care - is a waste of time and money, doctors now admit. Around 44 million adults in America had a routine medical check-up between 2002 and 2004, and a range of unnecessary tests - costing $350m a year - were ordered. These included tests on blood count, serum electrolytes, and urine, plus a check on heart health. But, says Dr. Ateev Mehrotra from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, these tests shouldn't be carried out routinely. Instead, they should be ordered only if the doctor has a good reason to do so. General preventative advice is often given either during other surgery visits or from other sources. The only regular check-ups worth preserving are mammogram and cervical smear tests, he says. (Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2007; 167: 1876-83)

Cystitis - The Natural Solution

Cystitis is an infection of the bladder, urethritis is an infection of the urethra, and pyelonephritis is a kidney infection. Escherichia Coli causes the majority of urinary tract infections, bacteria found in the intestines. Because of the close proximity of the anus to the vagina, women seem to be more susceptible to the spread of this bacterium. Bladder infections are relatively common in women, and for men may be a sign of a more serious condition. Symptoms of cystitis include frequency, dysuria, cloudy or bloody urine, with pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen. Many plants have a local reputation as being effective in the treatment of cystitis. Often their efficacy will vary from fresh to dried samples, time of year they were picked, etc.etc.. In Wales, freshly picked Yarrow, preferable from sea cliffs, had a dramatic effect.

A client with interstitial cystitis, (IC is a rare chronic pelvic pain disorder resulting in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region-there's no known medical cause or cure.), recently e-mailed me: "I have been noticing more and more improvement since taking the Marine Phytoplankton nutrients.

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Women and Thyroid Disorder

Ten steps to Total women's HealthThe University of Colorado Health Sciences Center estimates that there are over 13 million more Americans who have undiagnosed thyroid problems that are causing many of their uncomfortable symptoms (fatigue, depression, excess weight, infertility, miscarriage, severe menopause, dry skin, constipation, hair loss). Dr. Richard Shames, a Harvard and University of Pennsylvania graduate who served at the NIH, Dr. R. Shames believes that we are witnessing an autoimmune low-thyroid epidemic. Karilee Shames, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing, points out that a major environmental trigger of low thyroid is likely to be the fluoride added to municipal water supplies. Scientists believe that fluoride can depress thyroid functions with levels as low as 2. 5 mg/ day

Dr. Julian Whitaker M.D. - "By far the most common thyroid disorder is an under-active thyroid, or hypothyroidism, which causes the symptoms above as well as others. Hypothyroidism has numerous effects on a woman's health, it has been linked to osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and even lung cancer. And if a woman with low thyroid function becomes pregnant, the health of her child is affected as well."

Ovarian Cyst Miracle

Women Health and Wellbeing When symptoms of bloating, pressure, cramps or pains occur in the pelvic area, with or without irregular periods or bleeding, periods with blood dots, or clots, or low fever, tiredness, for women, it may due to the growth of cysts or fibroids. About 40% of women between 20 to 50 years of age have experienced cysts/fibroids symptoms in their life time.

The sure diagnosis is to check with a doctor, and the only 100% sure cure for cysts/fibroids problem is a hysterectomy surgery. Medications are also used to relieve symptoms or to shrink these benign tumors, some with side effects not acceptable to many women. However, when no symptoms are present, one could live with cysts/fibroids for life without any problem, because most likely, these tumors are benign and cause no real danger.

Autoimmune disease in Women

The Autoimmune Connection Autoimmune diseases including chronic fatigue syndrome, vasculitis, juvenile diabetes, alopecia, Graves' disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis -- are among the hottest topics in the medical community. Although these diseases express themselves in different ways, in all of them, the body's immune system begins to attack normally functioning, healthy cells. Despite the recent surge in interest and research, these fascinating diseases are highly mysterious, frequently misdiagnosed, and controversial in cause and treatment. They are often interconnected in ways that are both misunderstood and life-threatening. And one of the biggest puzzles is why 80 percent of autoimmune disease sufferers are women.

For reasons we do not understand, about 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years. Hormones are thought to play a role, because some autoimmune illnesses occur more frequently after menopause, others suddenly improve during pregnancy, with flare-ups occurring after delivery, while still others will get worse during pregnancy.

Autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood and poorly recognized of any category of illnesses. Individual diseases range from the benign to the severe. Symptoms vary widely, notably from one illness to another, but even within the same disease. And because the diseases affect multiple body systems, their symptoms are often misleading, which hinders accurate diagnosis. To help women live longer, healthier lives, a better understanding of these diseases is needed, as well as providing early diagnosis and treatment.

The unfolding events surrounding Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, (SARS) is yet another painful reminder that we live in a crowded world where continents are only a plane ride away. The SARS epidemic is only one of an ongoing series of new emerging diseases. Our best global and personal strategy is to do all in our power to ensure and support our unique abilities of disease resistance and immunity.

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Overcoming The Sugar Blues

How to overcome the sugar blues A multitude of common physical and mental ailments are strongly linked to the consuming of 'pure' refined sugar. In addition to throwing off the body's homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. Sugars increase our body's production of adrenaline by four times, which puts the body into a state of 'fight or flight' stress, without anything to fight or flee from , except the consumption of sugar. This stress reaction increases the production of both cholesterol and cortisone. Cortisone inhibits immune function.

Candida Albicans

People may have symptoms that appear totally unrelated to the Candida such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, vaginal yeast infections, headaches with sinus involvement, histamine allergic reactions and thrush white tongue, to name a few. Remember, the mouth is the beginning of the GI tract and culinary sugars begin their work immediately on the teeth, gums and tissues through interaction with fungi that activates candida metabolism and some of its by-products are neurotoxins such as formaldehyde, alcohol and acetlyaldehyde. One's nervous system can become deranged during Candida due to specific neurotoxins. Autism is one example of this.

Cellulite: Natural Solutions

Cellulite is the lumpy substance resembling cottage cheese that is commonly found on the thighs, stomach, and butt. Cellulite is actually a fancy name for collections of fat that push against the connective tissue beneath a person's skin, which causes the surface of the skin to dimple or pucker and look lumpy. You can check to see if you have cellulite by pinching the skin around your upper thigh. If it looks a bit lumpy, you probably have it. And if you do have cellulite, you're definitely not alone: Most girls and women - and some men - have cellulite. Therapeutic clay is being used as a cellulite solution because clay contains many of the trace minerals that your body needs to metabolize nutrients into new tissue.

Drink the Holy Tea and dump the toxins

Dr Bill Miller - "Why have middle aged women’s stroke rate increased three times in recent years? From 1999 to 2004 nearly 2% of women aged 35 to 54 suffered from a stroke compared to the prior Federal health Surveys from 1994 to 1998 in which less that 1% of women had the same condition.. No risk factors such as smoking, heart disease or diabetes had changed between surveys. What has changed is women’s waistlines! They are two inches bigger. Their body mass index (BMI) rose from 27 to 29. Dr Miller says your shoulders should be 10 inches wider than your waistline. Eat raw nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables to prevent stoke. And exercise with good hydration.

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Homeopathy for Women's Health

Homeopathy can offer good health to women in all stages of their lives from infancy through old age. It is beneficial for the full range of emotional, mental and physical problems that a woman is likely to experience, and can help her through the transitional and developmental milestones of her life.

Homeopathy for WomenDuring the teen years homeopathy can help with the hormonal changes of puberty and the acne that often appears at this time, but primarily it can assist with the emotional upheavals, which frequently occur as little girls make the transition to womanhood.

Later in life when a woman gets pregnant, or has a hard time conceiving (homeopathy can help with problems of infertility), it can assist with difficulties frequently encountered, such as morning sickness and depression. By treating the mother during pregnancy and making her as healthy as she can be, we can insure that the baby will be born healthy and free of inherited diseases. By treating throughout pregnancy, we also assist the mother to go through childbirth safely and joyfully.

The homeopathic healing art is beneficial in helping women overcome the effects of hormonal shocks to the system, which can occur after a difficult birth, abortion, hysterectomy, and the use of birth control pills. Sepia, a remedy made from the inky juice of the Cuttlefish is a commonly prescribed remedy for women who have lost their spunk after a hormonal shock. Just as the Cuttlefish spreads an inky cloud around itself, so the woman needing Sepia envelops herself in a cloud of gloom. She feels emotionally flat, and has an inability to express love or display affection to her husband and children. She loses her sex drive and wants to be left alone, feeling too tired to cope with housework, and from weakness resents any demands on her time and energies.

This therapeutic science is extremely beneficial to women during menopause. Remedies such as Lachesis muta are able to help women pass through this transition with relative ease. As the remedies initiate a healing process symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, lack of energy, weepiness, and anxiety begin to gradually disappear in such a subtle fashion that the person is unaware of how they passed.

Homeopathy Treatment
  • When treating a patient for PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), the homeopathic practitioner will select the most appropriate remedy that covers the range of symptoms experienced. These may include fluid retention, breast tenderness, headaches, irritability, weepiness, mood swings.
  • Homeopathic treatment is also effective in treating problems associated with menstruation - heavy bleeding, prolonged periods, painful periods, absent periods, etc. It is quite common for women who have experienced debilitating menstrual cramps for many years to have pain-free menstrual cycles after treatment.
  • Homeopathy is commonly used to treat uterine fibroids, and homeopathic treatment may prevent the need for a hysterectomy.
  • Symptoms of menopause also respond to homeopathy - hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings. See the section on Homeopathy during menopause for more information.
  • Homeopathy can also be used to treat infertility conditions. Homeopathy can also help couples conceive even when there is no known medical reason for the infertility.
  • The range of conditions that may be treated with homeopathy is very wide, and includes cystitis, migraines, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, eczema, hayfever, bladder infections, gallstones or kidney stones, respiratory ailments, etc.
  • In addition, homeopathic treatment is safe and effective during pregnancy. It can help with symptoms of morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, and hemorrhoids.
  • Increasing numbers of women are making use of homeopathy during labour and childbirth, and homeopathic treatment can be very helpful after delivery, or during breast-feeding.
  • Homeopathy is truly a friend to women. It is a comprehensive system of medicine which is able to meet the needs of people in all facets of their lives, and through all of life's transitions. By strengthening the immune system and helping to balance the mind and the emotions, homeopathy can help women achieve the higher purposes of their lives, and feel their very best.
About the Author of this website

I can't remember a time in my life, prior to 1982, when I wasn't struggling with failing health. I was overweight (185 lbs), suffered from chronic fatigue and my health was steadily going down the drain. For years I had been a "junkie"; addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. I used corticosteroids for eczema/psoriasis, antibiotics for recurring throat and breast infections. I also used nasal decongestants for chronic sinus congestion, and other drugs for chronic backaches and other health problems. Unfortunately, instead of generating a cure, the medications (including a course of nine months of antibiotics) merely temporarily suppressed my symptoms, weakened my immune system, and in the long run made me sicker.

In 1982 my doctor told me that I had to have a mastectomy because my body was no longer responding to medication. But I was determined to not let them cut off my breast. I had enough of orthodox medicine; I knew I had to change direction to improve my overall health and vitality. Learn how I overcame a lifetime of chronic diseases and addiction to prescription drugs, and how I lost 60 lbs in 3 months effortlessly. Shirley

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Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine
by Tori Hudson, Christiane Northrup

 At least one-third of Americans use alternative medicines to heal and maintain health--75% of those consumers are women. Today, women are demanding their doctors have a willingness to explore and combine complementary and conventional medical practices in their approach to female health. The result is a bridge between the two schools of thought commonly known as integrated medicine which requires women to become proactive in their role as patient and provides a safe, effective approach to maintaining and healing their bodies.

Women's Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine covers in depth the whole range of women's health concerns including menstrual difficulties, menopause, endometriosis, osteoporosis and others and explains how integrated medicine can be used to treat these conditions.

Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Guide to natural treatments for Fibromyalgia and other immune system disorders
Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder for which mainstream medicine has no solution other than heavy, and often ineffective, use of painkillers. Perhaps you have been told by a well-meaning but uniformed doctor that you will "just have to learn to live with it." Well guess what... you do have options. The good news is, your symptoms can be diminished or reduced by using natural, nutritional, herbal and homeopathic products that address these symptoms.

Endometriosis is a disease affecting women in their reproductive years. The tissue that lines the inside of the uterus and builds up and sheds each month in the menstrual cycle is called Endometrium tissue. In endometriosis, the endometrium tissue is found growing and shedding blood outside the uterus, in other areas of the body. This misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions which respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does.

Stress is a significant component of many recurrent and chronic women's health problems, including fibroids and endometriosis. In her article Stress Reduction for Relief of Fibroids and Endometriosis, Susan Lark, MD explains how in women with fibroids and endometriosis, strss may negatively affect hormonal balance and lead to growth in the size of fibroid tumors. Dr. Lark offers a program of stress reducing techniques for women suffering from these conditions. Page Divider

Weight Loss: Natural and Healthy Solutions

Some causes of obesity and or sudden weight gain may include: disturbance in thyroid function; glandular malfunctions; diabetes; hypoglycemia; hyperinsulinemia; emotional tension or stress; anxiety; depression; allergies. You may have been on many diets and you may have even spent hundreds of dollars trying to lose weight with pills, powders, herbs, high protein diets, low-fat and no-fat diets, packaged foods, weight loss clinics, and the list goes on and on.

Twenty four years ago, when I was 30, I weighted 185 pounds, I suffered from chronic fatigue and I was sick most of the time with one thing or another. I was also a victim of the never-ending flow of propaganda from the medical establishment (which I think of as the "disease" establishment because they focus on disease rather than on prevention and wellness) who wants to maintain a monopoly on the word "cure" and who wants us to believe that we have no control over our own health and that our only hope to get "well" is with drugs, surgery and radiation.

When I turned to holistic health therapy, I lost 60 pounds in 3 months effortlessly. (and never had to struggle again to keep my weight down) and my energy level and stamina improved dramatically. I was able to function better overall. I became calmer, centered and focused, and generally I felt happier and became much healthier.

Dr. Young PhD, maintain that the primary culprit behind excessive weight gain, as well as many other health problems, is a chronic state of acidity in the body (a pH value below 7.1). Shifting the body’s chemistry to a more alkaline pH, they maintain, will quickly and easily result in the loss of excess weight and the buildup of more lean muscle tissue.

The acid-alkaline balance of the body has an enormous impact on a person’s health. The pH level (acid - alkaline measurement) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. Chronic acidity will interrupt all cellular activities and functions - it interferes with life itself. When the pH of the body gets out of balance (too acidic), we may experience low energy, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains, and even more serious disorders. When the body is excessively acidic, vital organs and individual cells are subject to damage or destruction. This condition, known as acidosis, can be a cause, an effect, or even a symptom of almost any health condition. By balancing the body's acidity levels, this simple plan can help toward curing various medical conditions, including arthritis, hepatitis, insomnia, alcoholism, and kidney disease

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  • Myths of Osteoporosis ? Estrogen's Deadly Truth "...a story of deception, betrayal, hidden agendas, propaganda and misinformation. " Learn about the link between estrogen replacement therapy, osteoporosis and me
  • Estrogen dominance, women's problems and menopause Excessive estrogens and stagnation of blood circulation are the major cause of most women's problems including breast, uterine and ovarian cancers by Julia Chang, M.Sc
  • Before The Change: complete do-it-yourself program for managing PERIMENOPAUSE - Herbal Combinations for Menopause
  • Natural progesterone v/s synthetic progesterone Synthetic progestins, because they are not exact replicas of the body's natural progesterone, unfortunately create a long list of side effects, some of which are quite severe.
  • Osteoporosis and Arthritis linked to fluoride Fluoride is the most bone seeking element known to mankind. The US Public Health Service has stated that fluoride makes the bones more brittle and dental enamel more porous.
Breast Cancer

"Misconceptions and illusions prevail in the management of breast cancer. Despite evidence that mastectomy, radiation following lumpectomy, axillary node dissection, or intensive follow-up surveillance have little impact on survival, these practices are adhered to tenaciously. The extent to which current treatment for breast cancer succeeds in prolonging life remains open to question. The imperative for doctors to do something sometimes contradicts their pledge to do no harm."

"Mammograms increase the risk for developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth," says Dr. Charles B. Simone, a former clinical associate in immunology and pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute.

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The Ugly Side of Cosmetics

Toxic Cosmetics Make-up and body care products have been linked to allergic reactions, birth defects, and even cancer. It is a medically recognized fact that our body absorbs significant amounts of what we put on our skin. With Certified Organic food rapidly becoming the nutrition of choice by the health conscious amongst us, why would you accept any less for your skin?

Make-up and body care products contain ingredients suspected of causing cancer; potential neuro-, liver-, and immunotoxins; and suspected hormone disruptors that could cause birth defects in any children she might bear in the future. Many consumers may be surprised to learn that the US federal government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing on personal care products. Manufacturers are free to put just about anything they want into cosmetics—a far-reaching category used by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to include everything from make-up and deodorant to lotions and mouthwashes.

Hair Loss / Baldness /Alopecia

From the American Institute of Preventive Medicine:
"Most men and women experience hair loss as they get older; indeed, most men have some degree of baldness by age 60. This is quite normal and affects some persons more than others, especially if baldness runs in the family. Sudden or abnormal hair loss could, however, result from:

  • Taking certain medications (like some used in treating cancer, circulatory disorders, ulcers or arthritis)
  • Following a crash diet
  • Hormonal changes such as with menopause
  • A prolonged or serious illness
  • Some medical conditions lead to hair loss such as Hypothyroidism and ringworm (the latter is a fungal infection that affects the scalp and/or the hairs themselves)

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