Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes

What if everything your doctor told you about osteoporosis and osteopenia was wrong?

Until recently, most of the medical fraternity believed that the reason older people fell was because their bones had become brittle and fractured more readily. An article in the Journal of Internal Medicine titled, “Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes,” confirms that the primary cause of what are normally labeled “osteoporotic fractures” are falls due more to lifestyle factors and not osteoporosis, i.e. abnormally “porous” or low-density bones.

The new study pointed out three false notions that can be disputed:

  1. Mistaken diagnoses:  Most fracture patients have fallen, but actually do not have osteoporosis. A high likelihood of falling is an age-related decline in physical health.
  2. Ineffective screening: Current fracture risk predictions including bone densitometry and other prediction tools can’t identify a large proportion of patients who will sustain a fracture, whereas many of those with a high fracture risk score will not sustain one.
  3. Unproven and unsafe treatment: The evidence for the success of prescribing drugs to prevent hip and other fractures is mainly limited to women aged 65–80 years with osteoporosis, whereas the proof of hip fracture-prevention in women over 80 and in men at all ages is virtually non-existent. Plus many drugs for the treatment of osteoporosis have also been associated with increased risks and serious side effects.

“While bone drugs like Fosamax  (a bisphosphonate) may contribute to increased bone mineral density, they do not necessarily improve bone quality and strength. Very dense bone created by destroying osteoclasts (bone-degrading cells) may be far more brittle than less dense bone where there is healthy turnover of the osteoclasts and osteoblasts (bone-building cells). In fact, drugs like Fosamax are notorious for contributing to bone degeneration in the jawbone. Plus an extensive body of research indicates higher-than-normal bone density greatly increases the risk of breast cancer.”


The authors conclude: “Given all this, should ‘osteoporosis’ be added to a long list of diagnoses for which doing less, or even nothing, is better than our contemporary practice?”

Fortunately, there are natural alternatives!

Eating a balanced diet of organic, unprocessed foods, using a natural bio-identical form of the hormone *Progesterone, doing regular weight-bearing exercises plus practices like yoga, Pilates, tai chi, walking etc., can help reduce the risk of fracture, and increase bone mineral density and strength.

*At ‘Your Natural Menopause’ we recommend a natural, organic progesterone cream called Naturone, available from their  website  www.naturone.com

Menopause at Work and 9 Practical Steps You Can Take to Help Yourself

How to manage menopause at work

Managing menopause at work

Did you know there are over 3.5 million women aged over 50 in the workplace – and that’s just in Britain. The average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51 and in the United Kingdom we retire at 68. This means there are 17 years on average that women are menopausal and post menopausal at work. In fact one third of a woman’s working life.

 

The emotional and physical changes you experience during and after menopause may impact various aspects of your work. For example just like all other relationships,  the relationships you have with co-workers and bosses can change and maybe feel awkward. Your productivity may decrease as you experience the physical and psychological  symptoms and take time to adjust. In a recent survey, a quarter of women questioned said they had considered leaving working due to menopause symptoms, so it is a very real issue for women at work.

 

In previous years women have felt embarrassed about being menopausal and largely kept their symptoms and feelings private. Fortunately menopause is increasingly being recognised as a valid occupational health issue which is a great help to women where awareness exists. However there is still some way to go.  You need to take charge and make sure your working environment is one where you feel you want to stay.

How to manage your menopause at work

In addition to the lifestyle changes you can make to help with menopause symptoms, there are a few options open to you at work:

 

  1. Discuss your symptoms with your line manager or other sympathetic management and see if adjustments can be made to your working environment. It may help you to have a fan for hot flushes or flexibility in working hours.
  2. If your company is large enough, you may have an occupational health department who have already thought about how menopausal symptoms can be accommodated within the work place.
  3. Brain fog may affect your cognitive abilities at work (and home). Use technology to give you reminders and assistance where possible.
  4. Avoid hot flush triggers at important times e.g. before an important meeting by reducing caffeine and spicy food intake.
  5. Manage your diary around your symptoms where possible. For example if you can set the clock by your hot flushes avoid meetings and presentations at these times.
  6. Get help from your colleagues, especially the ones in the same boat as you. It really helps to have some friendly and upbeat mutual support around you.
  7. Lifestyle changes such as reducing your weight or giving up smoking will really help not just your menopause symptoms but health in general.
  8. Manage anxiety and mood swings using meditation and mindfulness. The 4-7-8 breathing technique will also help if you are feeling stressed and panicky. Breathe in through nose for 4, hold for 7, breathe out through mouth for 8. Repeat 4 times.
  9. If you feel your confidence waning due to menopause remember positive affirmations can be a great help. These are positive statements to get your mindset in the right direction. You need to repeat them regularly and out loud to yourself. We frequently  publish affirmations on our Instagram and Facebook profiles or you can make up your own.

 

Above all do not suffer in silence. There are plenty of things you can do to make your working and home life easier.

 

 

 

Learn how to love yourself in menopause

It's vital to love yourself, especially during menopause. Her's how to recognise you need more loving and what to do about it

As it’s almost Valentine’s Day and the world and his wife are thinking about love, it seemed an appropriate time to talk about loving yourself.  In the words of Whitney Houston ‘the greatest love is learning to love yourself.’ But how much do you love yourself? And how do you get to that blissful state.

Around menopause and peri-menopause it is more important than ever to love yourself. Your hormone levels are fluctuating and taking your moods with them. Feelings of self worth often get lost. It is easy to be hard on yourself when you are feeling angry and frustrated. The closest person to take your feelings out on is you, and we have seen lots of women do just that.  You need to find ways of increasing your love for yourself, and here we outline a few.

Learning to love yourself has great consequences and not just for you. You will feel amazing. Your relationships will improve and your life will start filling up with more of the things you want than the things you don’t.

 

How to love yourself more

The first step is to recognise that you need to practise how to love yourself more. You may be feeling put out and notice that others don’t treat you as well as you deserve. They will treat you with the respect you demand and if you don’t love yourself enough you won’t be demanding enough. Write down your feelings about yourself and the ways you are treated by others who are important to you. See if you notice any patterns. Are the thoughts you have predominantly negative, or the sort of thing you would never say about a friend?  You need to be your own best friend. Just as you would with any other friends you have, kindness and respect are vital.

positive affirmation I love and approve of myselfChange your thinking. Let go of negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. Positive affirmations are a great way of doing that. An affirmation is a way of changing your thinking. The mind believes what it hears most. If you tell yourself out loud and regularly that you are worth it, you’ll notice that you start thinking that way.  An affirmation is a positive statement you repeat to yourself. You can make up your own or use the ones we post regularly on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram.

Make yourself and your wellbeing a priority. If you are constantly at the beck and call of others you will feel devalued. Additionally, you will not be able to help out for long, as you can only help others by looking after yourself first.

Do things you enjoy. Think proactively about the things you enjoy and plan them into your life. It’s easy to get into a rut of work, food, television and sleep. If you never feel you get time to read a book or do an activity you enjoy, plan it in advance. Write it in your diary if necessary. You are much more likely to do things you have planned for.

Reflect on the good things about yourself regularly. Try writing a few accomplishments and good statements about yourself every day. You will be amazed how many there are, and when you are feeling down you can read back and reinforce your positive self worth.

Which of these will you try first? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

Why you don’t need to be scared of menopause

Many women are scared of menopause. Here we discuss why it's perfectly normal and allay your fears

Menopause has been a time which women have feared for many years. Unlike men, women have a clear indicator that they are getting older. The menopause has traditionally been a taboo subject, often referred to as ‘the change’.

Women are worried and frightened by menopause as it represents a time of loss: loss of fertility, youth, bone density and full functioning. Not only that, it brings with it an array of seemingly unconnected symptoms; hot flushes, memory loss, decreased libido, sleep problems and mood swings to name but a few. Small wonder then that one of the major symptoms: anxiety, has women beating a path to the surgery door in search of a cure for these ills.

There is no doubting that menopause with all its symptoms can be uncomfortable and frightening for some women. Just as a girl getting  her first period  can be confused and overwhelmed by all the changes occurring, a perimenopausal woman is equally unsure what is going to happen next for her. However menopause is a completely natural and expected stage of life. What woman would really want to be able to bear children into her eighties? (Urghh No Thanks!)  It makes biological sense that women shouldn’t be able to reproduce until the end of her life as human children require a very long period of care before they can fend for themselves (it seems to be getting longer all the time).

Now that  the average life expectancy of a woman is in the mid 80s and beyond, and the average age they go through menopause is 51, women can be reasonably sure they have 30+ years of life post menopause. When you consider that, it makes complete sense to embrace the menopause as not just marking the end of your reproductive years but the threshold to a previously unexperienced freedom. It’s a time to make plans for the future, learn new skills and determine how you are going to enjoy the rest of your life unfettered by previous responsibilities (and worry-free in white trousers!) if that’s what you want to do.

Yes, some of the symptoms are uncomfortable but that doesn’t mean they should be medicalised. There are many ways to treat the effects of the menopause without resorting to the dreaded HRT with all its associated risks.

A positive outlook will help you enormously.  You should also pay attention to what goes into your body as food and drink and on it as powders, creams, detergents and the like. Avoidance of toxic substances and a healthy organic diet will also make a big difference.

As proponents of a natural menopause we recommend applying a natural source of progesterone which will reduce all the symptoms. but there are many natural ways you can treat your symptoms.

Horror stories from women who have already been through it don’t help. Just like childbirth, every woman’s experience is slightly different. Many women hardly notice when they are menopausal and you may be one of them. Above all, whatever your experience of menopause, you can rest assured that you don’t have to suffer in silence. Remember this is your time to be awesome!!

Related posts
P.S. Feeling hormonal? Why not download my free guide to hormone imbalances. Click Here
 
P.P.S. Any queries, ideas or if you would just like to say Hi, email me at  info@menopausematters.guru

How to look good and feel great during menopause

LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD

IT’S TIME to re-think how you feel about yourself. Don’t assume because ‘you’re a woman of a certain age’ you have to conform to the norm. If you want to grow your hair long, wear shocking pink and get a tattoo, do it! Go through your wardrobe, and apart from discarding anything you haven’t worn for a year, or anything that makes you look like everyones’ favourite maiden aunt, ask yourself if you love it? If not, it’s off to the charity shop! My yard stick is the Absolutely Fabulous actress Joanna Lumley, who’s the same age as I am. If I think it would look good on her, it’s good for me!
Also follow the incredible Marie Kondo who is a Japanese organising consultant and author. She has written four books on organising, which have collectively sold millions of copies. “If you haven’t communed with your socks lately, thanked your shoes for their hard work or bowed (at least mentally) to your home in appreciation, maybe it’s time to consider doing so.“It is very natural for me to say thank you to the goods that support us,” says Marie Kondo, whose method of lovingly connecting with belongings that “spark joy” and bidding a fond but firm farewell to the rest is popular in Japan and is now catching on elsewhere. Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organising, is an international bestseller.
So take a look at your home and  declutter, re-decorate, move furniture, paint walls, renovate,downsize.Now is also the time to take up new hobbies, learn a language, do a Cordon Bleu cookery course, take up sky diving! The sky’s the limit! It’s all about you, what you want and haven’t been able to do before.

P.S. Any queries, ideas or if you would just like to say Hi, email me at info@menopausematters.guru

What is the NUMBER 1 secret to a health happy menopause?

The number one secret to a healthy, happy menopause is hormonal balance. 

The best way to achieve this is bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, BHRT, which has been the biggest breakthrough in recent years. Shun synthetic hormone replacement therapy, HRT, like the plague! Many doctors treat menopause as a disease, prescribing synthetic hormones which make millions for  the drug companies. Instead, using only natural, bio-identical hormones, helps to relieve these distressing symptoms. Let me explain that more fully. Bio-identical means that it is identical to the same hormone that your body produces, and will fit exactly with the receptors in your body and comes from a natural source.
When doctors prescribe HRT, they are referring to synthetic hormones, such as oestrogen, estradiol, synthetic progesterone, progestin etc. in the form of tablets, injections, capsules, implants or creams.  These don’t fit your bodies receptors properly and cause confusion and disruption, not to mention ill health.
In 2002, researchers called a halt to a huge government- run study of hormone replacement therapy, used by millions of women under the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Researchers discovered that the long-term use of synthetic oestrogen and progestin significantly increased women’s danger of stroke, blood clots, heart disease and invasive breast cancer.
Bio-identical hormones, however,  can help protect your body from cancer, stroke, and heart disease as well as other diseases related to inflammation and early ageing. The best form of BHRT is the natural hormone, progesterone, also known as the mother hormone. This is because it is the precursor to all the other hormones, including testosterone, and is vital in their manufacture.
If you are between the ages of 35 and 55, there are important truths you need to know. Symptoms can start  as long as 10 years before. Most doctors’ advice is hopelessly out of date. Many of them  know little or nothing about the benefits of bio-identical hormone therapy, although there are some enlightened ones out there. This is often not their fault as they were never taught about it in medical school, in the same way that learning about nutrition probably took up less then a day! What they were taught consists primarily of information from drug companies whose purpose is to sell the synthetic hormones of HRT, for obvious reasons. As I said before, this is a major break through in treating hormonal imbalances and inflammation, especially if combined with organic, healthy, unprocessed foods, good nutritional supplements, enough sleep and regular exercise. This can benefit your overall health and wellbeing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I will go into this in more detail in my next post.
As a world expert on bio-identical hormone replacement says, “We age because our hormones decline… our hormones don’t decline because we age.”

A woman’s hormonal system, with all its ebbs and flows, like those of the earth’s tides and the moon, acts as an link between your emotional life and your body. Mess with your hormones and you may  undermine your ability to grow spiritually.’