Menopause (memo means month and pause suspension), also called “life change” is a natural progression of ageing rather than being some type of disease or hormonal malfunction. It is the period in which women stop ovulating.
What happens during menopause hormones
Menopause usually occurs between 35 and 58 years of age. It is possible that menses are suddenly stopped, or there may be a decreasing monthly flow until there is a final suspension, or the interval between periods is extended until there is a definitive suspension. It cannot be said that menopause has occurred until there has been a suspension of menstruation for twelve months or more.
Natural menopause will occur in 25% of women by the time they turn 47, 50% by age 50, 75% by 52, and by 95% by age 55.
Symptoms that are associated with menopause can last for months to years ranging from being almost imperceptible to being severe symptoms. With the reduction of oestrogen that occurs due to lack of ovarian function there is a gradual shrinkage of the lining membranes of the vagina, vulva, uterus and Fallopian tubes. There may be a feeling of dryness, hives, and other symptoms. The other symptoms are: vasomotor instability, nervousness, heat, chills excitement, fatigue, apathy, mental depression, easy crying, palpitations, dizziness, headaches, cramps, tinnitus, urinary and stomach disorders.
Hot flashes begin with an aura followed by a feeling of discomfort in the abdomen, maybe chills, followed quickly by a feeling of heat running in the direction of the head, then reddening the face and profuse sweating is followed by exhaustion.
At puberty the female body initiates a cycle of preparation for a possible pregnancy every 28 days. The process is regulated by a complex reciprocal action of oestrogen and progesterone hormones. This process continues for the next 35 to 40 years. At that age the hormones that control the process begin to diminish and the body enters the phase of menopause.
With the reduction of sex hormones the woman’s body begins to change. It is believed that low oestrogen levels cause dysfunctions in the body’s temperature regulating centre (the hypothalamus) resulting in hot flashes. Some women actually have very few problems with menopause. For others the problems are minimal and some suffer serious traumas with menopause. What I have observed over the years is that the stronger and healthier women are (because of a good lifestyle, resulting in a strong immune system), the fewer the problems they will get during the period of the menopause. Vegetarian women definitely have an advantage for the successful management of menopause.
Oestrogen are a complex and strong hormone, and an imbalance of it can cause many problems throughout the body. It is produced primarily in the ovaries in response to the hormonal signals they receive from the pituitary glands. The adrenal glands also produce small amounts of oestrogen.
When the ovaries stop producing estrogens, it is necessary to evaluate two areas: they are the thyroid and the adrenal glands. Like the ovaries, the thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland. During the menopause we want to make sure the ovaries are getting an adequate stimulation of the pituitary. An underactive thyroid can increase the workload of the pituitary to the point of compromising ovary stimulation. To determine if your thyroid is overactive, hypoactive, or normal, see the accompanying chart information.
If your thyroid is hypo active then you need to follow the suggestions mentioned. Often the colours and other menopausal symptoms will be largely eliminated or improved when a hypo active thyroid is normalized.
Then we need to examine the adrenal glands; when they are working properly, they have the ability to produce oestrogen. Even small amounts can produce positive results. Almost all women who suffer from menopause problems will have thyroid and adrenal glands little active causing discomfort. Unresolved stress problems and high intakes of caffeine and sugar are the most common causes of weak adrenal glands.
THE DIET PERFORMS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE MENOPAUSE
A new study has focused on the use of foods containing oestrogen to help regulate menopause. Oestrogen are chemicals found in plants that can balance the body’s natural oestrogen levels. In Australia, researchers fed 23 menopausal women with 10% of their calories in the form of oestrogen contained in foods such as soy flour. The researchers then evaluated the maturation of the women’s vaginal cells in the study (a reliable indication of oestrogen activity). In only two weeks of maturation had increased 40%. Another very rich source of oestrogen is pomegranate seeds. Contain an oestrogen-like compound almost identical to natural oestrogen. Other foods containing phytoestrogens are sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, dried barley seeds, peanuts, soybeans, common bean, seeds beets, okra, strawberries, apple, cherry, olives, carrots, yams, aubergines, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, brown rice, oats, wheat and coconut, with sesame and sunflower being the richest in phytoestrogens in this list.
Those women who are overweight should eat two meals a day. You should not drink water with food, but daily you should drink plenty of pure, soft water (distilled water or reverse osmosis). How much is enough? It all depends on your weight. To know the approximate amount of water required daily for a sedentary person, divide the person’s weight in two and that is the amount of ounces of water you need. For example a person of 150lbs. Divide your weight into two that is 75, then you need 75 ounces of water, which would be about nine 8-ounce glasses of water daily. If you work in the sun or sweat enough you need more.
Most people do not consume enough raw fresh food; for optimum health one should always ensure that at least half of the food consumed daily by this crude. This is very important since cooked food is dead food, and raw food is live food. If you cook a seed and then the sowing will sprout? NO, life force has been destroyed, plus many vitamins and minerals that have been lost by cooking and all enzymes have been destroyed. What kind of food should we consume? All natural, the more natural the better. Fresh fruit instead of canned fruit, whole wheat bread instead of white bread, brown rice instead of white rice, honey instead of sugar, etc. What should we not eat? Animals and animal products, oils and sugar. Dairy products, sugar, and meat cause most of the heat.
Exercise is also important especially during menopause, outdoor work in the yard or garden, walking, cycling or swimming but no races or jogging.
Sunbathing is another way to help destroy the symptoms of menopause. When the rays of the sun hit the skin, they produce 6 hormones in the skin itself. Sunlight increases human – female hormones.
Avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Stress can be greatly reduced by daily exercise and sunbathing as well as by presenting your problems to God in prayer.
CAN YOU TAKE ESTROGEN?
No, no, no, no, injections or oestrogen tablets are NOT NATURAL. Oestrogen are made with the urine of a pregnant mare. Preparing is an oestrogen tablet commonly taken during menopause. This drug, preparing, is contained in the medical guide and has more than 2 pages of written information about it. These are some of the information. Warning: “It has been reported that oestrogen increase the risk of endometrial carcinoma in postmenopausal women.” Oestrogen should not be used during pregnancy. Oestrogen can cause breast cancer, gallbladder disease, fluid retention, uterine bleeding, uterine fibroid, poor liver function, vaginal candidacies, sagging breasts, enlargement, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, oedema, headaches, mental depression, black spots on the skin, particularly on the face, etc. These are some of the side effects of preparing contained in the medical guide. Of course not all those taking preparing will have all these side effects.
HERBS TO TAKE IN THE MENOPAUSE
Herbs are God’s medicine for diseases. God created mankind and He has given us the grass of the field to make our medicine. See Psalm 104: 14.
The root of wild yam, rosemary and red raspberries, are just three of the many herbs that are good for menopause. My favourite, and the one I consider the best result is the root of the wild yam. The best way to employ any herb is in the form of tea. Capsules and tinctures are not as effective. Use distilled or reverse osmosis water to make tea. With the wild yam root, 1 ½ teaspoon per eight ounces of water would be used. Boil for ten minutes, and then leave on infusion for 20 minutes, strain and drink. Most tests are not boiled, but the exception is valid when the root is being used. The best time to have tea is just before bed with an empty stomach. Take a well daily. You can get any of these herbs at any good naturist store, but I would recommend that you call Frontier Herbs at 18006693275 (U.S.A.). They can be ordered by phone and are of excellent quality and cheaper than buying them at a naturist store.
I would like to share a quote written 98 years ago by my favourite author Ellen G. White “The Lord has given some simple herbs in the field that are sometimes very beneficial; and if each family were educated in how to use these herbs in case of illness, much suffering would be avoided, without the need of recourse to doctors. These old simple herbs used they would have smartly recovered many people who died from the effects of chemical drugs. “Letter 82, 1897.
NOTE: For those women who have had a hysterectomy my advice is to use the wild grass yolk root and follow everything I have said for menopause.
The thyroid is a small gland located on the neck just above the clavicle. It produces hormones that help regulate the rest of the metabolism in every cell of the body.
THYROID TEMPERATURE TEST
Each morning before getting out of bed take your temperature under the armpit for 5 minutes. Stay clear and quiet, any gesture can alter the temperature reading. Keep one record per weekly chart. A normal auxiliaries temperature would be between 97.8º – 98.4º F (36.5º-36.8º C) if you are below 97.8º F (36.5º C) you may have an under active thyroid. If you are above 98.4 ° F (36.8 ° C) you may have an overactive thyroid.