Why I lost an additional 10-15 pounds after almost 6... on January 30, 2007 7:52 am
There is so much to tell but I guess because of time constraints, I'll keep this simple which is difficult for me. I had a hysterectomy a couple of years ago and have been attempting to not be crazy. It was becoming harder and harder to maintain goal weight but that was OK because I wasn't going to let the monster win.
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I read about bio-identical hormones and knew that was the answer for me but I let some people talk me out of it. It's a simple SIMPLE idea. When we go through menopause we quit making hormones. In the past doctors did and do give you synthetic hormone replacement. That was the hormone scare a couple of years ago. The reason most doctors give you synthetic hormones is because you cannot patent a natural hormone. You can't go pull grass out of the ground and patent it. Some women take Premarin. It is pregnant mare urine. That's not exactly balanced with what we need. It's long and sort of complicated and there's a book that is very small that you can read in a day. It's called Natural Hormone Replacement by Jonathan Wright. You can find in on amazon. Even new it's only about $9.00. I won't go into the scientific parts, the book explains it all, but I will relate to you what has happened to me. In the back of the book there is information on how to locate the necessary doctors and find the compounding pharmacies.
I was in a fog...so thick that I would walk in a room and forget why I was there. I'd look for a long time and couldn't remember what I needed. I'd give up then later I would remember. I would go back to the room and I'd forget again! I had all kinds of stuff going on. Dry skin, dry everything. No sex drive, one eye would run with tears, eyelashes and hair thinning out. Fatigue, so many many things.
I tried to talk to my OB-GYN and was telling him I didn't feel good. I had read a book about bio-identical hormones and decided with the last sane brain cell I had... that I would do it. You DO go to a doctor. You DO get them from a compounding pharmacy. It's real medicine but cutting edge. Women live longer now and they really don't know what to do with us.
The short story is that I started the therapy. Within a week I was coming out of the fog. Also menopause causes most women to pick up weight right in their stomach. I immediately lost 10-15 pounds. My eyelashes started growing back. They explain that by my replacing my hormones with the EXACT same hormones I lost, that I am throwing my body back into thinking it is in child bearing years. I don't know if it will always be this way but I am still able to eat much more than before. I am actually on the thin side for the first time and I'm taking it easy and I will eat back to where I need to be but I'm taking my time!
It works out well for WLS patients too because part of your medicine is in a cream that is absorbed through the skin. Do not confuse this with hormones that were found to cause cancer. It was actually because of the bio-identical hormones that the study was done and they found out all the bad stuff about the synthetics.
Who knows if this works for everyone but it worked for me. Menopause is starting in women younger and younger every year. It's easy to be tested. Let me add just one more really important thing. My body became even more muscular and lean and I guess I don't need to tell you that the sex drive went back to.....maybe better than ever. Check out the book, there are many books about bio-identical hormones, but this one is short and to the point.
So much to say on January 28, 2007 1:48 pm
I haven't posted in a while because my old profile wouldn't convert so I did it manually. I am actually excited because I can post so much easier as well as upload pictures. I have so much to say. I apparently didn't figure it out until just recently and the passion to do something has taken me over. After attending the seminar in Dallas a week ago, I realize that I can make a bigger difference than I thought. I plan on doing that. First I will post some pictures from Ramon's surgery. More to follow....
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