Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)? Think Again?

The body is composed of 75 trillion cells in 200 different categories, only a few produce hormones, but virtually all those cells are targets of one or more of the known 50 hormones produced.  Nature has programmed the body to diminish its capacity for activity as we age, yet we continue in our attempt to outsmart our body’s built-in engineering through hormonal manipulative therapies.

Reproductive and growth hormones take quite a hit as we get older, and it is the reproductive hormones and their replacement/ manipulation that is the topic of this article.  Birth control pills, which are composed of estrogen/progesterone or progesterone by itself, manipulate the cycles of menstruation by inhibiting development of the Graafian follicle and subsequent ovulation.  Taken for long term, this can lead to many problems, such as abnormal bleeding, clot emboli, endometrial proliferation (endometriosis), and increased breast cancer risk, suppression of menstruation, weight gain, yeast infections, as well as vaginal discharge.

For women in the perimenopausal and menopausal phases of their lives, symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, and night sweats are common and extremely stressful and uncomfortable. Weight gain, especially around the middle is also troublesome.  Of course, media adds to your distress with information that decreased estrogen levels result in bone loss, and an increase in heart disease.  What they don’t reveal is the increased cancer rate for breast, uterine, and ovarian malignancies, yet they recommend raising estrogen levels in order to be symptom free.  Also, remember that bio-identical hormones are still hormones.  Who can really tell what your body needs once you stop producing?  As Naturopathic doctors, we feel it’s just putting a spin on HRT.

Still considering HRT?  Remember to ask your doctor to keep it at the lowest dose, and for the shortest   time necessary to rebalance hormone levels.  And for those of you on birth control, take a break now and again, in order to let your body cleanse and re-balance itself.

Consider natural approaches (herbal, homeopathic, and dietary changes).  Natural methods do not have any dangerous side effects (cancer), can be used long term, and are cost effective.  However, you must be patient, as these take time to work.

Hormone replacement therapy may be necessary when the body is thrown into shock from surgery or illness, such as hysterectomy or endocrine imbalances.  At these times HRT may become a viable option.

Dietary changes can have a big impact when it comes to hormone health.  Certain foods, such as yams, soy products, flax seeds, chestnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, and hazel nuts are high in phytoestrogens.  The American Indians used yams as a birth control measure, and later in those who were menopausal to prevent hot flashes.  While these foods are healthy choices, women should exercise caution in over indulging in these items, especially in the presence of cancer.

Let us not forget the men.  As men age, testosterone production diminishes, and the conditions associated with this can be daunting.  Erectile dysfunction, decrease in muscle mass, loss of body hair, and bone mineral loss (calcium) go along with andropause (male equivalent to menopause).  This would lead folks to believe that replacing testosterone would solve these problems, but the same risks exist for men as for women.

Testosterone replacement therapy is necessary for Klinefelder’s Syndrome and other acquired conditions that comprise male hormone deficiency, but the risk of cancer remains.  Some foods that naturally support testosterone production are oysters, chicken liver, and pumpkin seeds for their high zinc content; also, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower contain an indole compound that rids the body of excess estrogen, garlic (when coupled with a high protein diet for a month), bananas and pineapple for their bromelain content (boosts libido), Brazil nuts and other foods high in magnesium), and eggs for their vitamin D content.  Vitamin D stops aromatization which converts testosterone to estrogen.

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TSW#1 has been in the development phase for over 6 years.  THIS PRODUCT IS SAFE FOR DIABETICS!  Designed for daily use, TSW#1 will supply most of what you need in the way of nutrition.  The emphasis has been placed in antioxidant power, and this product performs most admirably!  Starting ORAC values exceed 11,000 per serving.  Serving size is 8.3 grams (one tablespoon).  Clumping is not a problem with this product, and the taste is extremely pleasant (cherry-vanilla)!  For those of you who find the taste too strong, you merely need to add more liquid.  I recommend 8-12 ounces of fluid to one tablespoon of concentrated powder.  It is most refreshing and energizing just prior to a treadmill session.


All of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants are completely food-derived.  There are NO artificial colors, flavors, or additives.  Contains NO salt, dairy, sugar, soy or yeast.  This product is GLUTEN FREE!  Each serving contains 4.0 grams of vitamin C in a pH buffered format.  The most potent food-derived antioxidants have been included in this recipe to supply you with those bioflavinoids and olimeric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s) that are so expensive in other products.

Antioxidants scavenge free radicals and essentially neutralizes them from causing oxidative stress on the cellular level.  In metals, oxidation is the corrosive process that causes deterioration (rust).  In the human body, oxidation shortens cell life, and enhances inflammatory processes causing a strain on the immune response.  Inflammation causes redness, swelling, itching, burning, and pain.  There has been some studies in the literature that suggest antioxidants retard the aging process by prolonging cell life.

Although there are no studies that I am aware of, it is my considered opinion that disease is due to an altering effect on DNA and RNA by outside influence, such as virus attack, chemical toxins from air and water pollution, and energy field disruptions by radio, microwave, and other particles bombarding our bodies and changing the manner in which amino acids are sequenced within the bonds on the DNA strands.

Flawed copies of the cells result with inherent weaknesses that allow further mutations during the reproductive phase of the cell that may affect immune response and longevity of the organs and systems that are comprised of these damaged cells.  Added to this mix is the fact that our food supply has been grossly contaminated by opportunists wishing to add to their profits by adulterating plants with animal DNA in order to make them disease resistant.  I maintain that this may be the most egregious of all outside influences on our genetic matter.  In any case, antioxidants intercede on our behalf, to make our cellular environment more stable.

While TSW#1 is the first in our product line to fill this need, it will not be the last.  I recommend this product be used by from 7 years to 9 years, no matter what their health status may be.  The nutritional boost from daily antioxidant use has not been established, and these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent any disease.  As with any product, if you are pregnant or nursing, please consult a physician or health care provider before using.

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Serving size 1 tablespoon (8.3 grams)  Each bottle contains 12.35 oz.  of supercharged dietary supplement!

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Calcium ascorbate 170.7 mgm 13% dv/ magnesium ascorbate 160 mgm 38% dv/ zinc aspartate proteinate 7.5 mgm 68% dv/ selenium aspartate 50 mcg 91% dv/ copper gluconate 0.7 mgm 78% dv/ manganese aspartate 5 mgm 217% dv/ chromium (as Chrome Mate©50 mcg 143%/ molybdenum (as amino acid chelate) 100mgm 222%/  Potassium (as potassium ascorbate) 100 mg 2%

Probiotic Blend 40mg

Lactobaccilus Acidophilus, Lactobaccilus Caseii, Lactobaccilus Plantarum,  Lactobaccilus Rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium Breve, Bifidobacterium Longum, Maltodextrin.

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Amylase 6.7 mgm/ cellulase 6.7 mgm/ invertase 6.7 mgm/ lipase 6.7 mgm/

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Put Your Pet on The Natural Path

Man’s best friend?  How come we don’t treat him like it?  With so many pet foods available, it can be a real challenge to pick a good one.

Factors that guide your choices in choosing a pet food are:


………..so where do nutrition, palatability, and safe ingredients play a part?  If you don’t consider your pet’s health, you are missing the boat.  By investing in solid nutrition and health food choices, you will save more money in the long run.  Consider a healthy pet versus one that needs multiple trips to the vet for digestive, joint, skin issues, allergies, etc.

Let’s face it, you get what you pay for.  Artificial colors, added sweeteners, salt, unidentified ingredients, gluten, corn, meat or poultry by-products (parts of butchered animals not otherwise marketable).  Check your pet’s food ingredient list!

Chemicals for preserving pet foods, i.e.: BHA, BHT (Butylatedhydroxylanisole/Butylatedhydroxytolulene), and ethoxyquine are dangerous.  On the surface these items are listed as anti-oxidants which prevent the breakdown of fat (rancidification), but their metabolites (oxidants) have the opposite effect, damaging healthy cells.  These chemically derived preservatives are known carcinogens and cause the formation of tumors. ..and if that is not enough, we are drenching our pets in dangerous pesticides in the form of flea collars, treatments,  flea dips, baths, and shampoos, which are toxic to skin and liver and may cause the death of the animal your trying to protect.  If WE are to wear gloves and avoid skin contact, why are we putting this stuff on the skins of our pets?  A five minute Internet search will reveal that there are many natural flea control items available.

Some tips for pet nutrition:

  •  For optimal skin and heart health, add sardines (in water) to the diet two to three times a week.   Start with half a can according to pet size.  This will provide a perfect blend of omega #3’s and #6’s.  Healthy skin gives rise to shiny coats, helps to repel fleas, and fortifies the pet’s natural ability to resist disease.  A healthy heart will result in a longer and more active life.
  • Protein sources should be identifiable.  No mystery meat!  The source should be from meat, and not byproducts (feet, lips, ears, etc.).   A good quality food will list the specific source of protein, as well as state there are no byproducts, wheat, corn, soy, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • Look for organically derived ingredients, which are safer than chemically manufactured.  Also, look for foods preserved with tocopherols (derivative of vitamin E), vitamin C, and rosemary extract.
  • For digestive health consider adding plain yogurt or pet probiotics to the diet on a regular basis.  Please note that, if your pet is placed on antibiotics, probiotics will help to restore normal intestinal balance.
  • During peak flea season, garlic and yeast  supplements are highly recommended,  usually available at pet supply stores.
  • Consider a fish based protein diet (salmon, herring, whitefish) for your pet if it has a skin condition, coat problems, or arthritis.
  • Observe your pet’s behavior and note it in a journal.  Some significant things to watch for are: Licking and/or gnawing of paws, constant scratching or rolling, ear discharge and redness, dry, flaky skin, dull coat, lethargy, bad breath, runny eyes and noses, change in bowel habits and stool consistency.  These could all be signs of allergic reactions to food.  Of course, consult your veterinarian, but a change of diet may just do the trick.
  • Also, beware of pet treats, as they are made from some of the same ingredients as the poor quality foods.   They contain many of the harmful food colorants and preservatives that convey health problems to pets, and may add to obesity, as well.
  • If you have a pet with joint problems, or an older pet, you may wish to consider adding glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, and switch to a lower protein content food.
  • Lastly, be sure to provide plenty of fresh water and exercise for your pet on a daily basis, taking care not to overfeed.

A Word about Homeopathy:

Homeopathy is a great way to manage many conditions without toxic medications or side effects.
There are many sources, i.e.: Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs by Don Hamilton, DVM and Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, to name a couple.

We are what we eat… so are our pets.  I would not consciously eat bad food.  Why then, would I feed it to my pets?….And I would not eat cereal every night for supper.  Variety makes mealtime enjoyable.  A good  quality canned food  together with a good quality dry food would be ideal, creative, and a welcome change for your 4-legged companion!  Sometimes a warm broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable), will lend a new taste to an otherwise mundane, dry meal.

May you enjoy a long and healthy life with your pet(s).  Have a good woof!

Diana Pengitore, ND, with Carl Fusco, ND, NMD