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By: Dr. Elle Guastella (2004)

It was the summer of 1969. As we barreled down the highway in my little, green Volkswagen Beetle, the hot August breeze blew our long hair back. We drove from Detroit, Michigan all the way to upstate New York and the Woodstock Music Festival. We were in the middle of ‘The Revolution’…the movements that were more important to the 20th century than any others. The Sexual Revolution, Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Movement -- they were all ours. As the Moody Blues sang “Tuesday Afternoon” on the radio, we didn’t have a care in the world. It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius and we were right in the center of the sunrise.

Meanwhile, as we reveled in our youth, our mothers were getting older and becoming obstinate and obsolete – a condition called aging. Their hormones were depleted and they were getting heart disease, cancer and dementia. They developed arthritis, gained weight, lost their hair and grew moustaches. But, we never thought it would happen to us. As we held on for dear life, the roller coaster of time took us tumbling, turning, soaring, fast-forward forty years into the future and in the blink of an eye, we young women of the 1960’s were now mature women of the new millennium and we hit a brick wall head-on -- menopause.

It is estimated that in 2006 sixty million women will go from the Age of Aquarius to the Age of Menopause. Many of us will experience its deleterious effects such as hot flashes (talk about global warming!), depression, anxiety, heart disease, weight gain, and the dreaded plague of modern times – cancer. We will face the hormone replacement question.

A gynecologist once told me something I will never forget. She said, “As we get older, our bodies betray us”. She gave me a feeling as if there was no hope and I was doomed, like the women of the generations before me. She continued to give her patients the usual conventional prescriptions such as, Premarin and Prozac.

I contacted a naturopathic associate of mine who had also been a physician’s assistant prior and had become an expert in hormone replacement. She was very positive and encouraging. She recommended books on menopause by such renowned authors as Christiane Northrup, M.D., Gary Null, PhD., and Elizabeth Vliet, M.D. She was having great success with bio-identical hormone replacement creams and suggested I try them myself and recommend them to my clients. These are plant derived, real hormones in their pure form…not synthetic chemicals made from horse urine or hormone-like drugs altered in the lab to create the unnatural HRT drugs.

It finally hit me…menopause is not a disease! It’s a right of passage. We need not be afraid of our hormones, but afraid of being without them. Young women, producing very large amounts of hormones don’t get osteoporosis, heart disease, dementia and cancer. Post-menopausal women do. Young women are protected by their sex hormones, not endangered by them.

There is an HRT deception fed to the public by pharmaceutical companies. They can’t patent natural hormones, can’t make money selling them, therefore, don’t want us to know about them. If we do happen to find out about them, then they want to frighten us into not using them. Don’t be deceived!

By the way, men can experience hormone depletion as well which can compromise their health and well-being. It is known as "Andropause". Often less sudden in onset than menopause, it can be more severe in its long-term consequences. Depression, irritability, reduced libido and potency (ED), and loss of drive in professional or business life are some common symptoms. This change is surprisingly often overlooked or ignored as a man assumes it is an inevitable part of growing older. Replenishing testosterone and other hormones can help alleviate these symptoms.

For the past several years, I’ve been recommending an anti-aging program for both male and female clients. It consists of good nutrient-dense organic food, exercise, stress-reduction, Reiki and Yoga Therapy, and a very important component, bioidentical hormone replacement.

I don’t paint flowers on my face anymore, and can no longer fit into those hip-hugger, bell-bottom jeans from 1969. But, I can close my eyes and once again feel that burning hot August breeze warming my face…and thank goodness this time it’s not a hot flash!!

Dr. Elle Guastella, BScHN, ND
Naturopathic Doctor and Holistic Nutritionist
Lifelong Health & Wellness Center, Inc.
Phone: 586-739-0531

I am not a medical doctor and nothing that you read here should be regarded as medical advice. The statements contained herein and on my web site are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any particular disease or health-related condition and are for educational/informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you require medical assistance, you should consult your physician.

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