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All about Healthy Healing 14th Edition- Now available as an eBook!

Avoid side effects, drug interactions and skyrocketing medical costs! Explore your natural options in my latest book, Healthy Healing 14th Edition, now available as an eBook!. You are the real champion of your health, not your doctor or even your naturopath. Healthy Healing is the only book on the market, which allows you to customize your own personalized natural health program for more than 400 ailments.

Healthy Healing offers step-by-step recommendations on the foods you put on your table, the supplements you purchase, and the stress-relieving therapies and exercises you choose for healing. Natural remedies work—by themselves or with conventional protocols—for many health concerns. For over 25 years, Healthy Healing has proven this philosophy and is America’s Original Guide to Natural Healing.

New & Updated Sections in Healthy Healing 14

  • Using Enzyme Therapy To Speed Illness Recovery

  • Are Alternative Vaccine Schedules a Better Choice?

  • Infertility Solutions & Natural Pregnancy Care

  • Is a Gluten-free Lifestyle Right For You

  • Green Living & The Importance of Following a Plant-based Diet

  • Healthy Diets for Dogs and Cats- Homemade vs. Commercial

  • Genetically Engineered Foods – Are they “superfoods” or a disaster in the making?

  • Organic 101-The most heavily sprayed foods to avoid and much more!

Brief Table of Contents

Customize your own personal healing program using natural therapies for more than 400 ailments through diet, whole herb supplements and exercise.

  1. Your Health Care Choices today

  2. Holistic Recovery from Surgery or Illness

  3. Herbal Healing

  4. Foods for Your Healing Diet

  5. A Special Guide to Detoxification

  6. Lifestyle Healing Programs for People with Special Needs

  7. Ailments and Health Conditions- over 400 healing programs

  8. Look it up in the Alternative Health Care Arsenal

  9. Product Resource Listing--Where to Get What We Recommend

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

November Herb of the Month- Evening Primrose

Evening primrose- Oenothera biennis Today’s common uses: Evening primrose GLA (gamma linolenic acid) positively affects sex hormone response and balance. It should be a key part of any hormone program to control PMS, menopausal problems, infertility, and prostate problems for men. It also prevents hardening of the arteries and lowers cholesterol. A primary herb for skin beauty, hair loss and soothing breast soreness. An excellent preventive remedy for hangovers and cell damage from drugs and alcohol. As an EFA source, evening primrose helps even serious degenerative diseases like M.S. and muscular dystrophy. GLA from evening primrose is important for increasing prostaglandin production to treat many problems caused by low essential fatty acids: eczema, fibocystic breast pain, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage of legs, feet, arms and hands of long-term diabetics). Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: Native Americans used it for digestive problems, coughs and sore throats and wounds, and as a staple food. They made a tea from the roots for obesity and bowel problems.

Common doses: 2 to 3 500mg gelcaps daily for hormone problems; 2 caps daily for EFA related problems.

Key compounds: A GLA (gamma linoleic acid) rich herb to enhance prostaglandin balance which helps regulate blood clotting, decrease inflammation, stimulate hormone production, and regulate PMS-related water retention. The oil has 74 percent linolenic acid (LA) and 8-10 percent gamma linolenic acid (GLA).  High in tryptophan, to promote healthy sleep patterns.

Can be taken during pregnancy precisely because the body requires more essential fatty acids during that time.

Works in synergy with: 1) for PMS and cramping, combine with dong quai and vitex. 2) Or Try Evening Primrose Pearls.

Note: There are a number of GLA rich herbs available - borage seed, black currant, arugula, sea weed, ginger are all worthy sources, but in my experience, Evening Primrose oil, is by far the most effective for hormone related problems for both men and women.

-Sarah

All About BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy)

With celebrity endorsements from Suzanne Somers and Oprah Winfrey, today bioidentical hormones are an incredibly popular approach to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and low libido. One reason is bioidentical hormones avoid high doses of estrogen common to conventional HRT drugs like Prempro. Early research suggests they may even be safer with less breast/uterine cancer risk than traditional drugs. Common side effects like weight gain and mood swings are often dramatically reduced, too. How are bioidentical hormones unique?

Bioidentical hormones are synthesized from plant sources and are chemically identical to what is produced in the body. Estradiol, estrone, estriol, DHEA, progesterone and testosterone are all available. Some bioidenticals are FDA approved and sold in a standardized dosage. However, most are produced on a case-by-case basis. Your physician tests your blood or saliva in order  (sometimes at different times of day) to develop the formula for you to reach a targeted level of hormones. A compounding pharmacist then produces a customized hormone Rx in the exact proportions that your body needs.

Natural physicians recommend a few follow-up hormone panels to make sure you are getting your relief at the lowest, safest possible dosage. Some men are also using bioidentical hormones like DHEA and testosterone for help with andropausal issues like low energy, loss of muscle mass or sexual dysfunction.

The best source for information on bioidentical hormones: I like www.salivatest.com. and www.johnleemd.com

Update: Wyeth pharmaceuticals has petitioned the FDA to ban bioidentical estriol (most think to boost sales of its HRT drug, Prempro). However, no adverse event had ever been associated with its estriol.  As of this writing, the proposed ban is not in effect.

Sarah Abernathy

Herbal Consultant

All about plant hormones

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Plant or phyto-hormones are remarkably similar to human hormones. They can be accepted by hormone receptor sites in our bodies, and, at  only ¹⁄₄₀₀ to ¹⁄₁₀₀₀  the strength of human hormones, they are extremely gentle and safe, exerting a tonic effect rather than drug-like activity. Although used for centuries by both men and women, we are just beginning to understand their power. Studies on soy foods and herbs like ginseng, black cohosh and wild yam clearly show hormone-normalizing effects.Many Women Find That Herbs Are A Better Choice For Hormone Balance

Many of the phytoestrogen containing herbs, like black cohosh for instance, are not just natural (instead of chemical) estrogen balancers. As living medicines, they can work intelligently with your body. In many cases, these herbs don’t compete for receptor sites or have a direct estrogenic activity in the body. In fact, they work mainly as adaptogens which balance glandular activity and normalize body temperature fluctuations. They do what herbs always do best no matter what the problem is—they are body normalizers.

For hot flashes and night sweats: • Crystal Star Est-Aid capsules, 4 to 6 daily; •wild yam cream or Pro-Est balance roll on; • Vitex extract; vitamin E 800IU; • Evening Primrose Oil caps 3000mg daily.

For side effects from synthetic hormones or birth control pills: • Vitamin E 800IU; • B-12, 2500mg and folic acid 800mcg daily; •Ester C 550mg with bioflavonoids, 6 daily; •Maca caps.

To rebalance prostaglandin formation: (Prostaglandin imbalance can lead to breast and uterine fibroids, menstrual difficulties, and a tendency to gain weight.) Avoid saturated fats, especially from red meats and pasteurized, fatty dairy foods. Take • high omega-3 oils from cold water fish or flax seed oil 3x daily. Or use • Evening Primrose 3000mg daily.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath

Hormone Detox Plan for Women

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Try this 3-week detox diet to overcome hormone overload.Week 1: Detoxify your liver first…Gland function (especially adrenals) responds quickly to give you the best results for hormone balance (try Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea and Liver Renew caps for 1 week) Then, cut back on fat. Hormone disrupters accumulate in body fat… the reason a high fat diet is a major risk factor for long term exposure to them, and why it may lead to increased risk for hormone-driven cancers.

Week 2: Lay the foundation for a new way to fuel your body - from energy based on carbs to energy based on burning body fat. This week, add sea veggies like wakame, nori and dulse regularly. Algin, a gel like substance in sea veggies, protects against chemical overload (often involved in breast cancer) by binding to chemical wastes so they can be eliminated safely from the body. Eat cruciferous veggies like broccoli regularly to improve estrogen metabolism. Add fish, nuts and seeds, avocado, and yogurt or kefir and kefir cheese.

Week 3: Have a fresh green leafy salad with extra cabbage and radishes every day. Add more fish and seafood to your diet. Sushi is a delicious way to add more seaweeds. Add small amounts of whole grain breads, pita chips, crackers and pastas. Choose hormone-free chicken and turkey, and hormone-free dairy foods, too.

To Life-long Health,

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath

Why are our hormones so imbalanced?

Estrogen Disrupting Chemicals may be to blame... Environmental hormones are so commonplace in modern society that there is no way to completely avoid them. They come from pollutants, hormone-injected meats and dairy foods, plastics, pesticides, and hormone replacement drugs for both sexes. Only in the last ten years has anyone realized how common environmental estrogens are in today’s world. Nearly 40% of the pesticides used in commercial agriculture are suspected hormone disruptors. All of the Earth’s waterways are connected, so chemical pollutants containing environmental hormones reach your food supply wherever you live.

Hormone disrupters can affect your entire endocrine system, including the system of your glands, hormones and cellular receptors in your body. They alter the production and breakdown of your own hormones, and the function of your hormone receptors — disrupting hormone balance at its developmental core. They can compete for hormone receptor sites in the body and bind to them in place of natural hormones, causing fluctuations in your hormonal levels. They are a serious concern for women in early pregnancy because a developing embryo is highly sensitive to estrogen disruptor toxicity.

Hormone imbalance disorders are epidemic through this country. We see hormone imbalance in women’s disorders like PMS, endometriosis and fibroids. Further, women with hysterectomies are only beginning to see the harm that removing delicate glands, or treating fragile hormones with drugs can do. Bone loss is clearly related to hormone imbalance. ). A poorly functioning liver (the liver metabolizes excess estrogen), and a high fat, processed foods diet (excess fat harbors hormones) are almost always implicated.

Environmental estrogens can wreak havoc on male and female fertility.  Multiple exposures to environmental estrogens disrupt conception efforts for both partners, affecting ovulation, and lowering sperm count and viability.

Other women’s diseases associated with long exposure to estrogen mimics in the environment: 1) reproductive organ cancer; 2) breast and uterine fibroids; 3) polycystic ovarian syndrome; 4) endometriosis; 5) PID (pelvic inflammatory disease); 6) gallbladder disease; 7) blood clots, stroke.

Are Hormone Disruptors Impacting You? Signs that you may have estrogen disruption:

  • Breast inflammation and pain that worsens before menstrual periods, usually followed by heavy, painful periods.
  • Weight gain: especially in the hips. Bloating, mood swings, low sex drive or vaginal dryness.
  • Head hair loss/facial hair growth. Dry skin or premature wrinkling.
  • Hot flashes: or early perimenopause.
  • Endometriosis: now linked to dioxin, an airborne hormone disrupter.
  • Breast and uterine fibroid development, ovarian cysts, and pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Breast, uterine and reproductive organ cancer: up to 60% more DDE, DDT and PCB’s, known estrogen disruptors, in women with breast cancer.
  • Early puberty: nearly half of African-American girls and 15% of Caucasian girls now begin to develop sexually by age 8, a clear indicator of estrogen disruption.

 

Are You At Risk Of Exposure To Estrogen Disruptors? You may be especially exposed if: 1)  you live in a high agricultural area; you eat a high fat diet (fatty areas of your body store pesticides and other agricultural chemicals); 2) you eat hormone-injected dairy foods or meats regularly; 3) you’re on prescription HRT drugs or birth control pills.

To Life-long Health,

Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath

About Linda Page, Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath

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Dr. Page's career as a leader in natural health and healing spans over three decades. She is a prolific author and educator. Her best-selling book, Healthy Healing, is used as a textbook at many higher educational institutions teaching natural health courses. She has also written other books including: Diets for Healthy Healing, Healthy Healing’s Detoxification and a popular series of library books which address specific healing therapies for topics like menopause, weight loss, sexuality, colds and flu and cancer. A master classical herbalist, she founded the herbal nutrition company Crystal Star in 1978 and she has formulated over 250 whole herb combinations. She received some of the first United States patents for herbal formulations for her women’s hormone-balancing formulas.

Linda is in demand by the media and she has appeared weekly on CBS television with a report on natural healing; she is a principle speaker at national health symposiums and conventions; she is featured regularly in national magazines and newspapers; she appears on hundreds of radio and television programs and she regularly contributes to WebMD and other health websites. She is considered the herbal authority on anti-aging, women’s health and beauty.

Today, Linda delights in having come full circle. “I am so grateful that knowledge of healing through herbal formulas and good foods is becoming so widespread. I see it as an opportunity for people to seize the power to heal themselves. Knowledge is power. Whether one chooses conventional medicine, alternative healing avenues, or combines them both in a complementary process, the real prescription for healing is knowledge.”

A Natural Menopause Requires Adrenal Support

Focus on adrenal health to sail through menopause naturally. Your adrenal gland health is the key to an easy menopause. Adrenal stress symptoms are similar to menopausal symptoms—nervous tension, mild to severe depression, irritability, fatigue, and unpredictable mood swings. Stressful living and poor eating habits mean many women reach their menopausal years with prematurely worn out adrenals. Depleted adrenals cannot help a woman achieve her new hormone balance after menopause.

Excessive hot flashes, and extreme fatigue at the onset of menopause can means a woman has swollen, exhausted adrenals. Adrenal support can produce quick results for many women. Changing your habits to support long term adrenal health will almost certainly result in eliminating unpleasant menopausal symptoms.

Are your adrenals exhausted? Three or more yes answers should alert you.

  • Lack of energy or alertness? Unexplained moodiness, unusual crying spells, unfounded guilt?
  • Severely cracked, painful heels? Nervous moistness of hands and soles of feet?
  • Brittle, peeling nails or extremely dry skin?
  • Frequent heart palpitations or panic attacks?
  • Chronic heartburn and poor digestion?
  • Chronic lower back pain (adrenal swelling)?
  • Hypoglycemia and cravings for salt or sweets?
  • High incidence of yeast or fungal infections? Severe reactions to odors, or to certain foods

Natural Adrenal Fatigue Treatment

  1. Stress is toxic to the adrenal glands. Adrenal exhaustion can keep you locked in a low-energy/high-stress loop. Herbs are some of the best therapy I know for revitalizing swollen, exhausted adrenal glands. • Stress reactions: try herbal nervines like scullcap, St. John’s wort, kava, passionflower, valerian, chamomile. • Chronic stress: try herbs like black cohosh, ashwagandha, Siberian eluthero, sarsaparilla and gotu kola. • For adrenal integrity, try Vitamin C 5000 mg daily to help convert cholesterol to adrenal hormones.
  2. Revitalize longterm adrenal health with seaweeds. • Sea vegetables act as total body tonics to restore female vitality during menopause. Add sea greens to your diet like nori, wakame, dulse, arame and kelp (2 tbsp. daily, chopped into salads and soups). Sea vegetables are a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins like D, K which assist with production of steroidal hormones like estrogen, and DHEA that support the female body during menopause. New studies indicate that up to 40% of the U.S. population is deficient in Vitamin D. Eating sea veggies is a great way to shore up a Vitamin D deficiency.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page