What is a natural hormone?
A natural, bioidentical hormone is a hormone, generally made from a plant product that has the same structure as the hormones produced in the body. Examples of natural, bioidentical hormones include Natural Progesterone, Natural Testosterone, DHEA, Pregnenolone, Natural Estrogens, Melatonin, and Human Growth Hormone. Because natural, bioidentical hormones have the identical structure of our own endogenously produced hormones, these substances have very few adverse effects associated with them. This is contrasted with the high rate of serious adverse effects of synthetic hormones such as Premarin® and Provera®. I have been using Bioidentical, natural hormones in my practice for over 12 years with wonderful results. In fact, my first book, The Miracle of Natural Hormones, 3rd Edition, was written to describe the positive results I have witnessed with these items. It is my opinion that a synthetic hormone should never be used, for any condition, when there is a natural, bioidentical hormone available.
Why are there so many problems with prescription drugs?
Adverse effects to prescription drugs are increasing and becoming more severe. This is because more people are taking more drugs. As I describe in Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do, prescription drugs are patentable items that are generally foreign substances to the body. Because our body has no receptors for these items, we have developed no methods to detoxify from them. Therefore, drugs stay in the body much longer as compared to natural substances. The most commonly prescribed drugs in use today primarily poison enzymes or block receptors in our body. I do not think you can poison an enzyme or block an important receptor for the long-term and expect a good result.
Don't we get enough iodine in our diet?
No. Not only is there not enough iodine in refined salt for our thyroid to function normally, there is certainly not enough iodine in refined salt to supply the rest of the body’s need for iodine. Iodine has been one of the most important nutrients for helping overcome illness and optimize the immune system. Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 4th Edition, will provide you with the information you need to help optimize your health.
Should I eliminate salt in my diet?
The correct form of salt is an extremely important substance for our body. There is a big difference between refined salt and unrefined salt. As I discuss in Salt: Your Way To Health, refined salt is a toxic substance that needs to be avoided. Refined salt has no minerals and is contaminated with substances such as ferrocyanide. Unrefined salt has over 80 minerals in it. I have found unrefined salt a wonderful addition to a healthy holistic regimen.
Why do so many people have thyroid disorders? How come the blood tests may be inaccurate?
As I discuss in Overcoming Thyroid Disorders, up to 40% of the population may be suffering from a thyroid disorder. How can these numbers be so high? One of the main reasons is that our diet does not supply enough iodine. Furthermore, the toxic exposure to substances that inhibit thyroid function are increasing. The commonly used blood tests may be inaccurate to diagnose a thyroid disorder in a large segment of the population. I describe how to recognize a thyroid problem and how to implement a holistic treatment regimen to help you overcome/prevent a thyroid disorder.
What foods should I eat?
People don’t know what to eat, how to shop and how to prepare food. The Guide to Healthy Eating will provide you with information on how to improve your health and your family’s health by making better food choices. There is a lot of misinformation about food in the media. My experience has clearly shown that the number one way to improve your health is to clean up the diet and make better food choices. This book will supply you with resources show you where to get healthier food and recipes to help you get started.
Are there natural treatments for arthritis?
Yes. Overcoming Arthritis describes a holistic approach to arthritis. The commonly prescribed drug therapies do not treat an underlying cause of arthritis. If you don’t know what the underlying cause of an illness is, then how can you implement a treatment regimen? Many arthritic disorders, especially autoimmune arthritic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, polymyositis, as well as Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome can be caused, in part, by an infection. I describe how to test for and treat the infection while improving the immune system functioning with a holistic approach.