The Pill

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Like so many prescribed drugs from your GP side effects are not discussed, instead a prescription is wrote and your sent on your way. The majority of people take what a doctor tells them as sound medical advice, after all they are the professional. The pharmaceutical world is corrupt, granted we are no where near what America is like, however the UK is not a kick in the arse off it.

There is a influx of women turning to the pill as hormone regulator. This totally baffles me, and how any GP can justify prescribing the pill is beyond me, they are well aware of the huge differences between synthetic hormones and real hormones.

Real endogenous hormones are estradiol and progesterone. Synthetic hormones are ethinylestradiol, levonorgestrel, drospirenone, (there’s shit loads more). Real hormones and synthetic hormones seem to similar molecules, but they’re far from it.  Synthetic hormones have many different effects on the body, some of which scientists are only now beginning to understand.

Estradiol improves insulin sensitivity. Its fake hormone replacement ethinylestradiol impairs insulin sensitivity hence why the pill contributes to weight gain. Progesterone is essential for hair, brain health and bone density, but its fake ass sidekicks,  levonorgestrel, drospirenone and medroxyprogesterone have quite different effects. These bad boys cause hair loss, depression and reduced bone density.  Then drospirenone progestin found in the Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control pills, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke six fold, it also likes to mess with our body’s water system, think swelling and blood pressure.

It’s time to bring back real periods. Let your body make real hormones and enjoy their many benefits.

A regular period is massive sign of a women’s overall general health.  It’s not easy to restore healthy periods, it can be done. With a little perseverance, natural treatments such as diet, supplement, herbs, stress reduction and other alternative treatments it can be done. Below are some links to great women who are helping many embrace aunt flo.

.Lisa ListerAlexandra Pope & Flo Living

Being on any medication long term has serious side effects, I strongly recommend reading The Pill: Are You Sure It’s for You? by Alexandra Pope and Jane Bennett.

 

Chemicals Vs Hormones

Chemicals are everywhere, plastics, pesticides, make-up, household cleaning products, shampoo the list really does drag on. Phthalates and DDE are two which are strongly linked to causing female reproductive problems. Bosphenol-A or BPA has now been linked to obesity, IQ loss and male infertility.

We need to reduce our exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. But how? Simply start making concious changes in your home and surrounding environment. The next time you need washing powder take a look at the ingredients, your shampoo or your deodorant.  Women in particular use more chemicals on their skin then men. Take your morning routine, how many products do you use? Shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, cleanser, toner, moisturiser, make-up, deodorant, perfume and even sanitary products are loaded with endocrine disrupting chemicals.  These are all placed directly on to our skin and absorbed straight into our blood stream.

Infertility is huge problem today for both men and women. Lifestyle is a  huge factor and lots can be done to help restore hormonal balance in our bodies.

Below is a swap list I have tried and tested.

Shower Gel– Don’t be fooled by all natural labelling. Look the ingredients, check out your local health food shop, they will have a huge range even Holland & Barrett. I use Neal’s Yard as its one of the most ethical and organic companies going.

Shampoo – As above check the ingredients, you can even make your own, it does take a good bit of practice to get the mixture right. I also use Neal’s Yard.

Toothpaste – Fluoride does not belong in our body! Always choose fluoride free. I use Forever Living Aloe Vera and for my son I buy Jack N Jill Organic.

Face Products – Again its Neal’s Yard but there are loads of great other options out there.

Deodorant – If you don’t change anything please change this.. I used to have achy breasts during my cycle. Doctors will say this is perfectly normal. NO ITS NOT. Pain anywhere in the body in not normal. The minute I changed I had instant relief. Personally I like Forever Living Aloe Vera roll-on, it gives me the best protection all day. You may have to try a few before you find one that suits your body.

Washing Powder & Fabric Softener – We all have super sensitive skin and if you or anyone in your family suffers from eczema this could well be a serious contender.  I use Soap Nuts 100% natural, biodegradable, can be used up to 6 washes and no need for fabric softener. You will save a small fortune.. For nice smelly clothes add in a few drops of your favourite essential oils.

Bleach – Here is a link to make your own alternative its every bit as effective and can be used as a all round cleaner. I purchased everything off eBay Click Here.

Do your own research, and make informed decisions when it comes to your health and that of your family’s.  It doesn’t have to cost the earth to make small changes. I can promise by swapping one product you will notice huge benefits.

 

 

 

In The Beginning

I guess I should thank my mother for an awesome up brining.  I was so fortunate to be raised outside the box, learning about angels, got reflexology treatments, kinesiology treatments, homoeopathy and list goes on.

Its been a long meandering path for me, always dipping in and out of my inner hippie. The real journey started when I gave birth to the most perfect human being in the world, Darragh, our son, ever so slightly biased. It still amazes me how my body created such perfection.  There can only be one logic answer, I’m a bad ass goddess.

Having this little ball of awesomeness cradled in my arms, kick started my mothering intuition instantly. My job from now on was to protect him and keep him safe while making sure we all lived a better life style too.                         Huge massive thank you to my mother again, I learned how to develop my inner roar, also known as my bullshit radar.

Its not all been fairy dust and unicorns. I developed prenatal depression at 32 weeks pregnant, which turned into pretty dark post natal depression after I gave birth.  You may of read that and though hold on there lady, how the frig can you pin point it. At 32 weeks pregnant I was told Darragh was IGUR, with our family history I thought the worst. It wasn’t until after Darraghs 1st birthday I finally admitted to myself something was wrong and I needed help. Long story short I kung fu kicked its big ugly ass and in true hippie style, au naturel.

In creating this blog I hope to help as many women as possible suffering from any form of depression and to encourage more people to live a gentle natural life, by cutting out the crap.