Lifestyle, Environment & Hormones - A Rescue!

Once in a while I feel rescued. For a few years I'd been gathering up symptoms that seemed unrelated, weight gain around my belly, joint pain, memory loss and foggy thinking, lumpy swollen breasts, papering skin, and fatigue. I said things to Mikey like, "I guess this is what getting older feels like." When stress amped up and these symptoms did with it, I searched for answers and found them.

I found the works of John R Lee, M.D and Jesse Hanley, M.D., authors of best selling books about hormones. According to them our environment and lifestyle causes estrogen dominance in men and women. Our water supply and the animal products we consume contain hormones they shouldn't. Our stressful lifestyle and toxins suppress our own production of progesterone that would normally balance out the increased estrogen. Estrogen dominance means rapid cell growth, early aging, higher cancer risks, Lupus, osteoporosis and menopause symptoms ten to twenty years before menopause. It is why young women today are menstruating and developing breasts early and boys are developing androgynous qualities.

The rescue started with information, a book titled What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty, and then a plant based over the counter cream that within a week relieved me of joint pain, memory loss, painful swollen lumpy breasts, papery skin, greying hair, fatigue and 10 pounds of water weight. The cream is applied anywhere on the body and is called Pro-Gest by 
 (be brand careful, not all progesterone creams are "bio identical" to humans and made from plant based wild yams). I also learned about vitamins, minerals, dietary and lifestyle changes that will improve my quality of life and health for the remainder of my days on earth.

Occasionally I learn something that I want to shout from the rooftops. This is one of those occasions. I can not count the people that I know who have symptoms like this and others that I did not have and who have no idea why. Some get surgery. Others go on scary pharmaceuticals with awful side affects.  Doctors won't tell you what this book delivers perfectly clearly because pharmaceutical companies can't patent and profit from natural plant based progesterone.

Cheers to good health friends!
- Wendy


morgaineotm said...

Glad you found your answers. Admit I skipped a lot of that as at the time of perimenopause was a vegetarian who ate a lot of soy products . . .but AFTER, fell apart because all that hormone had been supporting me over a non-functioning thyroid. We each have to find what we need

Nataqua said...

Thank You so much for this post, so timely! I just turned 49, and although I still have regular periods, I'm wondering about other physical effects that are occurring, namely what you mention except I am not keeping weight, which is very unusual for me. I chalked it up to a more physical job and lifestyle, but the other symptoms are disturbing. Also brittle,thinning, graying hair that grows very little. As luck would have it, this book is on my shelf! I bought it some years ago, when I thought it didn't apply to me...thanks for the nudge to absorb it fully!

cmcevans said...

Can you tell me if this is the same formula as the pregnenolone cream, also made from yams for hormone production?

Wendy J. Tremayne said...


the book I link to in the post provides a list of the "real" progesterone creams. not all wild yam based creams are the same. there's also something about how they're processed that also matters.

I did a wiki search on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pregnenolone and it's not the same as progesterone. so I would be cautious about it.

also the book says its important that it be "bio identical" to our own progesterone and not all sources are.

some of the creams the book approves of are: Renewed Balance (note: high levels) Natra Gest, Derma Gest, Gentle Changes, Adam's Equalizer, Serenity for women, Karuna, Kokoro Balance, Progestacare, . . .

I chose Emerita ProGest (the link in my post) because it's been around the longest and the company is founded and run by women. It's also recommended in the book and many women I talked to have used it with wonderful results.

thethreesunflowers.com said...

Thank you, Wendy!

jodi said...

I recently started taking the Ayurvedic herb Shatavari to help with the signs I began seeing of perimenopause. I've really noticed a difference in just a couple of months and feel much more balanced. Sounds like you found something that's working well for you, but if you'd like to check it out here's a link: http://organicindiausa.com/shatavari/.

Also purchased The New Menopausal Years by Susan Weed which many, many women recommended.

Here's to aging with grace!

Wendy J. Tremayne said...

Thanks so much for sharing jodi. ! I"m logging all these possible remedies in for future ref. : )