Monday, January 22, 2018
4 Ways to Repair the Hormone Imbalance from The Pill
The Pill, a.k.a Hormone Imbalance Tablets
Before my research frenzy that turned into Quit PMS, I struggled for years with really horrific menstrual cycles. In 9th grade, my mom, wholly sympathetic because she experienced the same symptoms when she was younger, took me to the doctor and inquired about putting me on The Pill. Why? Because this was the solution that provided her relief in the past.
This was years before I plowed into the world of alternative medicine, so it was my habit to take any medications the doctors doled out to me – even though the pharmacy-worth of meds for my ulcerative colitis were doing zip-zero-nada for my health. Fortunately, something inside me deeply and violently opposed this suggestion and I staunchly refused the prescription.
Hormonal birth control is often used as a way to dampen painful period symptoms. It’s even given to women as a way to control acne, a skin disorder properly treated by diet and a holistic skin care regimen. Due to the permanent health-robbing effects of The Pill, which is passed on through generations, women must thoroughly educate themselves before using birth control pills as a contraceptive method or a way to reduce period symptoms.
Use the following steps to help recover your health after using any type of hormonal birth control.
The Devastating Damages of The Pill
Birth control pills (BCPs) literally rob the body of nutrients required for vitality:
- BCPs deplete folate and this can cause serious health problems because lack of folate disrupts DNA metabolism
- BCPs deplete vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, which may lead to irritability, depression, insomnia and fatigue.
- BCPs deplete zinc and this in turn lowers the immune system and encourages insulin resistance
- BCPs deplete magnesium, leading to a chain reaction of mineral imbalances in the body (Source)
- BCPs permanently disrupts the balance of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract. This means reduced nutrient assimilation, lowered immunity, and the overgrowth of pathogens like Candida. Since gut flora is passed on from mother to baby, the mother’s imbalanced gut health is passed on to her children, and likely even her grandchildren (Source – Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride).
Those serious deficiencies and imbalances that result from taking birth control pills translate into these more visible symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Water retention
- Hair loss
- Reduced libido
How to fix Hormone Imbalance from The Pill
The following steps are a priority for any woman who has taken birth control pills (or any other form of hormonal birth control). Whether you took The Pill years ago or if you have just decided to transition off it, these steps will support healing and balance after the severe hormonal disruption resulting hormonal birth control.
1. Ditch all sources of excess estrogen
To achieve hormone balance, we must identify and eliminate sources of excess estrogen. The Pill contributes to a condition called Estrogen Dominance, where too much circulating estrogen throws all hormones out of whack and creates a hot mess of symptoms. Even women (and men) who have not taken the pill can suffer from estrogen dominance, due to the high levels of estrogen in our diet and body care products.
Xenoestrogens are chemicals that look like estrogen. They attached to estrogen receptors, overburdening the body with estrogenic effects. Yes, it’s scary but true: the products we use on our body can significantly disrupt our hormones. Common sources of xenoestrogens include:
- Plastics that leach chemicals into food
- Conventional body care products
- Conventional cosmetics
Steps to reduce exposure to xenoestrogens include switching to non-toxic cosmetics, hair care and skincare (click those linked words for my specific recommendations).
Phytoestrogens, found in plant sources, also attach to estrogen receptors. Again, they do not act exactly like our own estrogen. Research is highly variable on the health detriments and benefits of phytoestrogen intake. I do not recommend consuming foods high in phytoestrogens, particularly when struggling with acne. Men, boys, and young girls should use more care to avoid phytoestrogens. Common sources of phytoestrogens include:
- Soy products
- Sesame seeds
2. Support your hormonal negative-feedback loop
Most of the hormones in the body are governed by negative feedback, which works like your household thermostat. Say you set your thermostat to 72 degrees and the room temperature is 69 degrees. The heater kicks in to warm the room up. When the temperature reaches 72 degrees, the heat shuts off until the temperature drops again.
Hormonal birth control wreaks havoc on this system and actually shut off our body’s hormonal negative-feedback loop. It’s like adding a space heater and the furnace shuts off because it isn’t needed. Supporting the negative-feedback loop through supplementation provides support during a period of hormonal catastrophe. Going back to the heating example, the right supplement can help wake the furnace up again so things function as normal.
Biotics Cytozyme PT/HPT is a unique supplement containing lamb pituitary and hypothalamus tissue. Glandular treatment – the ingestion of small amounts of animal glands – is a traditional treatment practiced by ancient healers from across the globe. The pituitary and hypothalamus tissue (from lamb) in this supplement directly affects the performance of your own pituitary and hypothalamus, the key players in the negative feedback loop. Most women benefit by taking 2-5 tablets per day, taken in divided doses with breakfast and lunch, for the duration of 1 – 2 bottles.
2. Use the moon to support your cycles
Women’s menstrual cycles are wired to be in sync with the moon. In all early societies, before industrialism and processed foods disrupted traditional cultures, all women ovulated at the full moon and menstruated at the new moon. This is our default setting, but The Pill (as well as poor diet and stress) disrupt this pattern.
Fortunately, because the female reproductive hormones are so sensitive to light, we can naturally re-train and regulate our menstrual cycle simple night lighting technique that mimics the pattern of the moon. I avidly practice this simple routine, called Lunaception, and I explain how to do it here.
3. Replenish your nutrient deficiencies
Unless you want to read a whole book here, I can’t discuss entire dietary protocol for repairing the nutritional deficiencies caused by hormonal birth control. Replenishing nutrient deficiencies are key to regaining hormone balance. Besides focusing on a real food diet and reading the details in Quit PMS, these three time-honored foods provide potent nutrient-building properties:
- Homemade bone broth, rich in minerals Drink 12-16 oz. per day.
- Himalayan salt helps your body balance hormone production and use the vitamins and minerals from your food. Take as much as is pleasant – salt all your food to taste and add a pinch to your drinking water.
- Liver from pastured animals – although viewed as gross or old-fashioned, properly sourced liver is perhaps the most powerful food for rebuilding nutrient deficiencies. Chicken liver boasts the mildest flavor. Sauté in butter or enjoy in homemade paté and enjoy a 2-3 oz. serving twice per week. Alternatively, you can opt for dessicated liver capsules.
4. Support your gut flora
If you’ve taken The Pill, some permanent damage to healthy gut bacteria has taken place. Fortunately, numerous resources allow you to repair and rebuild some of the flora disruption. A healthy balance of gut flora provides a foundation for hormonal equilibrium.
First, ensure a steady income of probiotics by consuming naturally-fermented foods or beverages daily. Yogurt, pickles, sour cream, and sauerkraut are traditionally made through fermentation, which preserves the food and increases its nutritive value. Now, most commercial versions of the foods are quickly processed or processed with heat, so they don’t provide significant probiotics. You can learn how to make your own fermented veggies and beverages at home, or find brands like Bubbies and Firefly Kitchens that create naturally-fermented, raw veggies.
You’ll also want to take a clinical-strength probiotic supplement to help repair the damage. Good probiotics are few and far between, however! After much research and after talking to my mentors, I recommend this one and this one. Take one capsule, of each or both, in the morning and evening.
Have you used birth control pills or other forms of hormonal birth control? Did you notice the hormone imbalances and are you working to address the problems?
The European Food Safety Authority has more than doubled the “safe level” a toxic chemical that causes infertility
Sunday, January 21, 2018 by: Russel Davis
Tags: badhealth, badmedicine, badscience, EFA, Infertility, ingredients, kidney disease, oil, oil contaminant, palm oil, sperm motility, toxic chemicals, toxic compound, toxins, vegetable oil
Tags: badhealth, badmedicine, badscience, EFA, Infertility, ingredients, kidney disease, oil, oil contaminant, palm oil, sperm motility, toxic chemicals, toxic compound, toxins, vegetable oil
(Natural News) The European Food Safety Authoritys.(EFSA) recently updated its recommendations for the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for 3-MCPD, a contaminant commonly found in refined vegetable oils and fatThe updated guidelines raised the TDI for the oil contaminant from only 0.8 micrograms per kilogram of body weight to 2.0 µg/kg bw. The current TDI is two and a half times higher compared with that published in 2016. The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) limits 3-MCPD intake to 4.0 µg/kg bw, the researchers said.
“EFSA decided to review its assessment after the UN’s [United Nations’] JECFA subsequently established a different safe level (TDI). In the meantime EFSA updated the method we used to calculate our previous TDI — what’s called the benchmark dose (BMD) approach. We checked again the data concerning effects on development and reproduction, particularly on male fertility as these were highlighted by JECFA. We calculated at which possible adverse effects on the kidney and on male fertility could occur. The updated TDI is protective for both types of effects,” Professor Christer Hogstrand, who spearheaded both the 2016 and the current update, told Nutra Ingredients online.
Henri Rieux, president of the trade group FEDIOL, noted that the update has an important implication in risk management discussions. FEDIOL represents the interests of oil and protein meal suppliers and manufacturers across the European Union (EU).
“Mitigation of 3-MCPD esters is particularly complex. It requires an integrated approach including preventive measures in the country of origin and processing changes, whilst at the same time maintaining other safety and quality parameters and meeting customer and consumer demands,” Rieux said.
The EFSA stressed that the update was only for the 3-MCPD and its esters.
EFSA contradicts itself, says 3-MCPD affects kidneys and reproductive health
The EFSA itself confirmed that exposure to the oil contaminant may compromise the kidneys and male reproductive health. According to the update, male rats exposed to more than one milligram of 3-MCPD over a short period showed significantly reduced sperm motility and male fecundity. Data from long-term trial also revealed that rats exposed to higher doses over an extended period exhibited marked declines in sperm count.
Likewise, the researchers observed that long-term exposure to the oil contaminant may lead to histopathological changes in the testes and epididymis. The EFSA confirmed that the harmful oil contaminant may trigger the onset of kidney tubular hyperplasia as well. (Related: Controversial ingredient sparks debate: Could palm oil give you cancer?)
A vast number of studies have also found a link between 3-MCPD and various adverse medical conditions. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health showed that the harmful oil contaminant possesses strong antifertility properties that may inhibit reproduction. The researchers examined a group of male rats that were given up to 5 mg/kg of 3-MCPD for four weeks. The results revealed that the oil contaminant altered the pH levels in the cauda epididymis, which in turn affected sperm maturation and motility.
“The paternal administration of 3-MCPD (5 mg/kg) was found to result in adverse effects on male fertility and pregnancy outcome without inducing remarkable histopathological changes in testes and epididymides…3-MCPD lead to a disruption of sperm maturation and the acquisition of motility…Additionally, 3-MCPD (5 mg/kg) significantly reduced sperm motility, copulation, fertility indices, and the number of live fetuses showed steep dose-response curves,” the study’s abstract read.
Likewise, a study published in the Journal of Toxicological Sciences showed that 3-MCPD exposure may induce apoptosis or cell death in human embryonic kidney cells. Data from a series of MTT assay and high-content screening revealed that the toxic component inhibited cell proliferation and reactive oxygen species generation. Likewise, the researchers found that nine apoptotic genes were up-regulated by more than twofold following 3-MCPD treatment.
Psychiatrists Roadblock Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal Initiatives: Part 2
by Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD
From organised denial to outright resistance: Rejection of a symposium on withdrawal at the psychiatrists’ annual meeting
Can anything be more important for psychiatrists to discuss at their annual meeting than how they may help their patients come off their psychiatric drugs in the safest and best way?
I don’t think so. In Denmark, about 5% of the whole population has become dependent on psychiatric drugs. These drugs are all neurotoxic (1) and particularly harmful when used long term (1-5), which is usually the case. Therefore, by far most patients would do better if they had their drugs slowly withdrawn.
Psychiatrist Jan Vestergaard Christiansen – who has withdrawn many patients from benzodiazepines – submitted a proposal for a two-hour symposium about withdrawing benzodiazepines for the 2018 annual meeting of the Danish Psychiatric Association. He had planned four lectures: one on the pharmacology of benzodiazepines by a neuroscientist, one on a manual for cognitive behavioral therapy in the treatment of benzodiazepine addiction by himself, one on withdrawal of psychiatric drugs by me, and one on the treatment of dual addiction to alcohol and benzodiazepines by a psychiatrist.
The Board of the Association replied: “We have received many proposals, which we unfortunately did not have room for, and your symposium was not accepted. The Board very much encourages you to apply again for the 2019 annual meeting.”
As I was surprised by this prioritization, I looked at the programme for the 2017 meeting, which, like the 2018 meeting, ran over three days. There was a symposium called “Mortality and antipsychotics.” Psychiatrist Jimmi Nielsen announced it by stating that the risks for life-shortening adverse effects of antipsychotics should be weighed against the risk of untreated psychosis where there is an increased risk of suicide and unnatural deaths. He also noted that, “In recent years, large studies have been published that show that the use of antipsychotics is associated with increased average survival. The aim of this symposium is to elucidate the relation between antipsychotics and mortality, including a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the studies.”
I do not know how Jimmi Nielsen interpreted the large observational studies of neuroleptics or what he told people at his symposium. But I do know that many leading Danish psychiatrists believe that neuroleptics improve survival and that they usually refer to a deeply flawed Finnish study by Tiihonen et al. in The Lancet (6), which Joanna Moncrieff and I have criticised in our books (2,5). People classified as not taking neuroleptics included those who had recently stopped them, although they are at increased risk of suicide because of withdrawal reactions. In accordance with this, the mortality in patients who were not on drugs was very high and didn’t concur with other Finnish data. There were other fatal flaws in this study, e.g. 64% of the deaths were not accounted for.
The fact is that neuroleptics increase deaths (5), which should surprise no one who is not a psychiatrist. However, it has been abundantly documented that, unfortunately, the psychiatrists prefer to believe in substandard research that supports their false beliefs about neuroleptics as well as other psychiatric drugs (2-5).
Jimmi Nielsen is on the payroll of at least three drug companies, including Lundbeck, which sells neuroleptics and antidepressants (7). He is a great fan of clozapine and believes it can do wonders (7), although a Cochrane review found that it is no better than other neuroleptics (8). As far as I can see, clozapine is worse than other neuroleptics. There were 27 trials with a total of 3099 patients in the Cochrane overview, and clozapine had several dangerous harmful effects. In my opinion, this drug should not be used at all.
Only 12 hours were set aside for symposia in the 2017 programme. It might very well be true that Christiansen’s proposal was turned down because more important issues had been prioritized. I wonder, however, whether it played a role for this decision that I was one of the suggested lecturers. As I have described in my first blog, a professor of psychiatry tried to prevent me from conducting my first course on withdrawal of psychiatric drugs by sending a complaint to the Patient Safety Board.
In his introduction to the proposal, Christiansen mentioned that Professor Emeritus Poul Munk Jørgensen, an honorary member of the Danish Psychiatric Association, held an honorary lecture at the Society’s 2017 annual meeting where he emphasized that psychiatrists, as a professional group, needed to communicate with me. Christiansen also noted that I am one of the founders of the International Institute for Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal, established in 2017 in Göteborg; that we have held the first withdrawal courses, both in Sweden and Denmark; that we have established a major international network; and that we do scientific research on psychiatric drug withdrawal at the Nordic Cochrane Centre and have a PhD student who works on this.
Few psychiatrists know how to withdraw psychiatric drugs safely and effectively. They often do it much too quickly and then conclude that the patients still need the drug because they interpret abstinence symptoms as disease symptoms (2-5). I therefore very much hope that we will be on the programme for the 2019 annual meeting. At any rate, we will continue with our own courses, and psychiatrists are most welcome to turn up.
I have noticed that, as mainstream psychiatry moves from organised denial to outright resistance against any reforms aimed at saving the brains and lives of patients, an increasing number of psychiatrists are questioning their specialty’s many dogmas and falsehoods and are prepared to speak out even though it can endanger their careers. We must support these psychiatrists as much as we can.
1. Breggin P. What Should We Really Call Psychiatric Drugs? Mad in America 2018; 17 Jan.
2. Moncrieff J. The myth of the chemical cure. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; 2008.
3. Breggin PR. Brain-disabling treatments in psychiatry: drugs, electroshock, and the psychopharmaceutical complex. New York: Springer; 2008.
4. Whitaker R. Anatomy of an epidemic. New York: Broadway Books; 2015.
5. Gøtzsche PC. Deadly psychiatry and organised denial. Copenhagen: People’s Press; 2015.
6.Tiihonen J, Lönnqvist J, Wahlbeck K, et al. 11-year follow-up of mortality in patients with schizophrenia: a population-based cohort study (FIN11 study). Lancet 2009;374:620-7.
7. Rebsdorf G. Psykiater får penge fra medicinalindustrien. 2017; 3 Dec. .
8. Asenjo Lobos C, Komossa K, Rummel-Kluge C, Hunger H, Schmid F, Schwarz S, Leucht S. Clozapine versus other atypical antipsychotics for schizophrenia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2010;11:CD006633.