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Do you take the contraceptive pill or receive HRT treatment?

If you do, you may be deficient in ZINC, MAGNESIUM and VITAMIN B6.  

You may also have increased levels of COPPER

In 1993, the Lancet medical journal reported that the remains of an 18th century woman were found beneath a church. Studies showed that these bones were stronger and more dense than the bones of any modern women, either pre-menopausal or post-menopausal. Something in our modern lifestyle is clearly affecting the density and strength of our bones, and only now are we beginning to understand what that might be.

For more than 50 years medicine has believed that lack of estrogen was the primary cause of osteoporosis. Even today, medical students are taught that the proper treatment is estrogen replacement therapy. Estrogen does, in fact inhibit the osteoclast cells that function to resorb bone and as a result can slow the rate of bone loss. But estrogen cannot rebuild bone. Progesterone rebuilds bone by stimulating the osteoblast cells that re-mineralize and restore bone mass. Transdermal progesterone does this with virtually no side effects.

Use of estrogen without the balance of progesterone is fraught with side effects: hypertension is one example. Also, salt and water retention, increase in blood clotting, promotion of fat synthesis, hypothyroidism, painful breasts, fibrocystic breast disease, increased risk of gallbladder disease and gallstones, liver dysfunction, increased risk of endometrial cancer of the uterus, pituitary prolactinoma tumor and probably breast cancer are additional undesirable effects (Genant et al., Medical Times, Sept. 1989)

Progesterone in appropriate doses to balance estrogen effects, prevents proliferative endometrium from becoming hyperplastic or developing carcinoma (Padwick et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 1986). Progesterone also acts with estrogen on breast tissue. Breast cancer may arise if normal or high amounts of estrogen are present without cyclic progesterone a situation that occurs with chronic anovulation in women with regular cycles. It has been suggested that progesterone treatment can prevent breast malignancy in estrogen-treated women (Cowan et al., American Journal of Epidemia, 1981; Gambrell et al., Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1983).


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