by mnfadmin on September 25, 2013
Guest Post – by Dr. Sherrill Sellman, MD (excerpt from Dr. Sellman’s newly released book)
You've met Sherrill before – we've chatted many times about breast cancer , hormone health , weight loss , emotional problems , menopause myths and everything in between. Today I'm sharing with you an exerpt from her book – What women must know to protect their daughters from breast cancer. Take a read – it's well worth your time and will save if not your daughters life, those close by to you as you are blown away with what Sherrill shares. And if you want to purchase her book, the link is below for you to do so.
Woman's lifestyles and behaviours directly affect their physical and emotional wellbeing, both for the short and long term. It's no wonder that their hormonal health is under attack. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), painful periods, irregular or absent periods, ovarian cysts, poly cystic ovaries, fibro-cystic breast disease (lumpy painful breasts), endometriosis, hormonal migraines, fibroids, acne, allergies, fatigue and mood swings are occurring in young women at epidemic rates. many girls try to ignore their health problems, hoping they will disappear. Others schedule appointments with their doctors. Odd's on, they will leave the doctors office with either a prescription or some version of the Birth Control Pill.
The erroneous notion that menstruation is rather unpleasant, toxic process has been around for hundreds of years. So has the belief that the source of woman's suffering resides within her ovaries, uterus and menstrual flow.
The Pill has become the most popular method of birth control. But, in recent years oral contraceptives have increasingly been prescribed to young women for non contraceptive purposes. The Pill has become the darling of the medical world for treating just about any hormone problem a girl may have and then some. To date, the Pill is prescribed for acne, to 'regulate' periods, for heavy bleeding and painful periods, to treat PMS, endometriosis, migraines, ovarian cysts and poly cystic ovaries. The Pill is even prescribed for girls as young as 13 for acne.
The Shocking Facts about The Pill.
The Pill is said to be one of the safest drugs around. But is it?
In December 2002, the US government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of “known” human carcinogens. The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: all estrogens used in HRT and oral contraceptives have now been proven, unequivocally, to cause cancer!
To make matters even worse, synthetic progesterone (proteins) such as Provera or Depo-Provera, used in HRT, oral contraceptives, injections and implants are also listed as carcinogens.
There is nothing natural about taking the Pill. As a result of the Pill, a woman’s ovaries may be permanently damaged, resulting in infertility. Fabio Bertarelli, a billionaire manufacturer of fertility drugs told the Wall Street Journal: “Our usual customers are women over 30 who have been taking birth-control pills since they were teenagers or in their early 20’s.”
In addition, the Pill depletes Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Folic Acid, B 12, vitamins C, E, K, zinc, selenium, magnesium and the amino acid tyrosine, essential for proper thyroid function.
In one landmark study, researchers found that women who took the Pill before the age of 20 and were later diagnosed with breast cancer, have tumors with the worse prognoses than do breast cancer patients who started taking the Pill at a later age or had not previously taken it. Another study found this most terrifying result: the younger the women were at the time of diagnosis, the greater the possibility they would die within five years.
Echoing these findings, the U.S. National Cancer Institute published a study in 2003 showing that the risk of breast cancer was significantly increased for women between the ages of 20-34 who had used the Pill for at least six months.
Progestins make their own mischief, raising “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure, altering sugar metabolism, compromising the immune system, and creating undesirable masculinizing effects. One study found that women who used Depo-Provera before the age of 25 increased their relative risk of breast cancer by 50 percent and for women using it for six or more years; their risk was raised significantly to 320 percent.
Of further concern are studies showing that oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera contribute to bone loss in adolescents.
With the arrival of the continuous low dose Pill, normal menstrual cycles are now fair game for the drug companies. This option appeals to many young women who believe that menstrual cycles are, indeed, “a curse” and an unnecessary inconvenience. Nutritionally depleted diets, stress and environmental toxins, the real culprits of menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalances, have been all but ignored by doctors who prefer to opt for a quick drug fix.
Getting healthy is really the challenge before us. Understanding the immense importance of a healthy diet, good nutritional support, exercise, relaxation techniques along with the guidance of competent holistic health practitioners is the only way to truly assist young women to regain their hormonal health and ensure their fertility.
Should menstruation, an intrinsic expression of a woman’s physiological and psychological self, ever be made obsolete? Absolutely not!
For Sherrill's site with radio interviews and so much more, click here . You can get Sherrill's books from here and follow Sherrill's facebook page .