Estrogen and Breast Cancer – A Bad Rap That’s Time to Get Right

estrogen-windowThe safety of estrogen therapy is a hot topic that many women have a lot of questions and concerns about. Dr. Machelle (Mache) Seibel, who is a global leader in women’s wellness and menopause, wants to clear the confusion and set the record straight about the benefits of estrogen for women’s health.

We were fortunate to have Dr. Seibel on our Essentials of Healthy Living radio show last year, and are very excited to have him on the show again in May. He will be discussing his new bestselling book, The Estrogen Window: The Breakthrough Guide to Being Healthy, Energized, and Hormonally Balanced – Through Perimenopause, Menopause, and Beyond.

Below, Dr. Seibel presents a great overview of the latest research on menopausal hormone therapy.

In early 2002, estrogen was the most prescribed medication in the United States. It treated the symptoms of menopause and appeared to have benefit for heart health. Then in July of that year, the large government funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study reported that taking a pill that contained estrogen plus a synthetic progesterone called Provera caused an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Women and many of their doctors grew understandably fearful and estrogen got a bad rap.
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4 Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk…Naturally

women-exerciseOne in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over their lifetime, and of those, less than 15% are due to family history. Most breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and lifestyle.

There isn’t much that can be done about family history or aging, but there are ways you can reduce breast cancer risk. Here are four ways you can help protect yourself, your friends, and your family members.

1. Reduce your estrogen load: The Women’s Health Initiative Study published in 2002 confirmed that taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases our risk of developing invasive breast cancer by 26%. There are supplements that can help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. Natural, or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is another option that helps some safely women address hot flashes, night sweats, and the other symptoms of menopause. Continue reading “4 Ways to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk…Naturally”

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NEW: Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer

womens-hormone-balancerBloating, cramping, and irritable? These may be signs of estrogen imbalance. Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer is an herbal and nutritional product designed to promote hormonal balance, optimization of estrogen fractions, and proper elimination of excess hormones while supplying antioxidant protection. Women’s Hormone Balancer is formulated to protect women from health problems related to excess estrogen in the body, and may help reduce PMS or perimenopausal symptoms. B-vitamins, including NatureFolate, a proprietary blend of active, naturally-occurring isomers, are included to promote proper cell differentiation and help reduce the potential of cervical dysplasia.

The ingredients In Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer were carefully selected based on their synergy and effectiveness. Here are some of the ingredients and how they can help. Continue reading “NEW: Pathway Women’s Hormone Balancer”

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Women’s Health Series: Menopause

menopauseMenopause refers to the time when women end their reproductive cycle – ending menstruation. The ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, and the adrenal glands and fat cells take over sex hormone production. The body is designed to accommodate this natural process, but can only do so if the body is in a healthy state. For many women, menopause can be a time of tremendous physical, emotional and social change and support is needed to help them through the hormonal transition. Continue reading “Women’s Health Series: Menopause”

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Women’s Health Series: Hormone Imbalance

thoughtful-womanFrom puberty to menopause, symptoms such as mood swings, bloating, headaches, hot flashes, and insomnia are indicators of hormone imbalance. Stress, poor nutrition, lifestyle changes, toxins, and other factors can exacerbate symptoms. At Village Green Apothecary, we see symptoms as a sign of disharmony within the body that needs to be addressed. Finding and resolving the root cause of your symptoms will almost always lead to feeling better and living a healthier lifestyle.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

Hot flashes and night sweats
Insomnia
Fatigue
Weight gain
Vaginal dryness
PMS
Low libido
Mood swings
Depression
Foggy memory
Endometriosis
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