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- Answers to your questions about PCOS, ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, weight loss, hirsutism, hair loss, infertility, acne, hyperinsulinsm, hormone imbalances, and more.
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Feb 16, 2015
Reduce the Impact of PCOS by Optimizing your Circadian Rhythm
Do you ever wonder why is polycystic ovarian syndrome so stubborn and difficult to treat? Chances are, you've tried nearly everything -- birth control pills, hCG diets, working out at the gym every day, antidepressants, ant oil, meditation, whatever. You may have experienced some improvement -- but yet PCOS just keeps hanging around.
It's so difficult because there are so many factors that contribute to this disorder. If you miss dealing with any important factor, you'll get disappointing results, no matter how hard you try.
The second reason is that it's an oversimplification to view PCOS as a separate disease, something entirely distinct from every other disease. PCOS is not solely a disorder of the ovaries. It's much more systemic than that.
We can't talk here about all the factors you need to be thinking about. But here's one you must not overlook: it's your circadian rhythm. Read our article to learn more!
Feb 03, 2015
'4 Retailers Told to Stop Selling Supplements'
That was the front page headline in today's New York Times (February 3, 2015).
The New York State attorney general's office accused four major retailers of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded they remove the products from their shelves. The retailers are GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens.
According to DNA testing provided to the attorney general, many of the products did not contain what was printed on the label. Instead, they contained other cheaper substances or fillers.
This highlights a problem in the nutritional supplement industry: there are no enforceable requirements regarding product quality. Therefore, you run the risk of not really knowing what is in the product you're buying.
From what I've seen, the problem is especially troublesome regarding all herbal products and fish oil -- but is not restricted to these products.
The root of the problem is economics. It's a fact that consumers prefer to buy the cheapest product. So if a manufacturer can create a really cheap product, they can sell more of it and maximize their profits.
However, high-quality raw materials are not cheap. For example, the very highest quality herbal materials can be multiple times more expensive than the very cheapest. There is no way a supplements manufacturer can buy the very best raw materials and sell the final product at the cheapest price and still make a profit. So manufacturers and marketers will make compromises in product quality in order to gain market share with lower prices.
However, the cheapest raw materials are by far the least effective -- or even totally ineffective. So you the consumer does not benefit by buying the cheapest product on the market. In fact, you could just be wasting your money.
The New York State findings agree with an earlier study from the University of Guelph in Canada the found as many as a third of herbal supplements tested did not contain what was on the label.
All of the herbal products in our online store -- vitex, saw palmetto and berberine -- have been tested by independent laboratory analysis to be completely pure and containing 100% of what is on the label. The same is true for the fish oil.
Please don't be fooled into thinking that all supplements are the same and all you have to do is find the cheapest one. That may be OK for buying a tankful of gas, but not for buying supplements.
Jan 18, 2015
The Darth Vader of Chemicals in Your Food?
To be honest, there's hardly any research that is more concerning and disturbing than how man-made environmental compounds are damaging your health and jeopardizing the health of your future sons and daughters. We have reached a point where inaction is no longer a viable option.
Plastic products, fungicides, pesticides, herbicides and other harmful or toxic chemicals are everywhere in our environment. These nasty substances disrupt hormones, worsen PCOS symptoms, impair cell function, damage the genetic code of cells, and alter fetal programming so that your future children will get diseases when they become adults.
It's really unfortunate, but nearly every person on the planet seems to be carrying some body burden of these man-made chemicals.
Even though the chemical threat is invisible and feels a bit overwhelming, each one of us needs to act to minimize our exposure.
An excellent place to start is with cleaning up your diet. A top priority should be to remove all foods that contain what we call the "Darth Vader" of toxic chemicals, which has been linked with 22 different diseases. Read this article to find out what this chemical is and how to get rid of it.
Jan 09, 2015
This PCOS book works for me
I was diagnosed PCOS 13 years ago, with the elevation of my LH level. I suffered from infertility and through these years. I've tried many treatments,
Dec 26, 2014
Overwhelmed by PCOS - Suggestions Anyone?
Hi, my name is Emily and I am 16 years old, I was diagnosed with PCOS about two/ three months ago and was prescribed metformin and spironolactone. I've
Dec 22, 2014
This Fat Can Sharpen Your Mind
How's your mind and memory? Sharp as a tack? If you're under age 50, your brain function is probably the last thing you're thinking about.
Only as we get older do we forget where we put our car keys, or the name of the person we were introduced to five minutes ago. Eventually, there is a concern about dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
Until you become an "old person", it would appear that you have clear sailing. But here's a question: At what age does a person's memory start to decline? It's not entirely clear, although one's diet seems to be a significant factor. For example, consumption of a high-fat diet among older people is linked to a decline in brain function. Could the same be true for young people?
A study of the memory of younger women with PCOS may provide some insight. This was a part of a larger study of the PCOS population conducted by the University of Roehampton and King's College in London.
They collected 7-day diet diaries from 38 women with PCOS (25-45 years old) and 15 women without PCOS. They also tested them for verbal memory, visuo-spatial learning, and delayed pattern matching. Then they did a statistical analysis to see if there was a connection between the fat in their diet and their brain function.
The study concluded: "In summary, we found evidence that high intake of saturated and trans fats in particular, and possibly monounsaturated fats, may adversely affect memory and learning even in relatively young women. Our results are confined to women, and our sample had a high proportion diagnosed with PCOS."
So if you have PCOS, the type of fats you consume may affect your memory and brain function well before you become "old".
You can find an extensive guide to fats and oils in this e-book, but let's hit a few points here.
1) Saturated fats. Reduce consumption of land animal fats like fatty meats and cheese. Saturated fats from plant sources like coconut oil can be beneficial.
2) Trans fats. Avoid - found mostly in processed foods.
3) Monounsaturated fats. Most common example is olive oil - OK if it is "extra virgin".
4) Unsaturated fats and oils. A very mixed bag. Some good, some not. Oils from mass-produced crops like soybean, corn, cottonseed, etc. are the predominant unsaturated omega-6 fats we consume and are associated with health problems.
Other unsaturated fats would be from "omega-3" sources such as flax, and fish/marine creatures. They are important for your health. (Note: flax is NOT a substitute for fish oil; the omega-3 fats are different). In particular, omega-3 fats from fish are crucial to your health and memory.
A University of Pittsburgh study found that an omega-3 fat called "DHA" (which is in fish oil) was associated with "improved nonverbal reasoning and mental flexibility, working memory, and vocabulary." The DHA in fish oil is important for keeping your brain in good condition.
Dec 11, 2014
Antioxidants, ovarian health and PCOS
Do you use NAC? Or are you even aware of it? It's a very interesting nutritional supplement, with several possible applications to PCOS. It's an amino acid that acts as a strong antioxidant.
Antioxidants are important because it appears the majority of women with PCOS are under some degree of "oxidant stress", which suggests there are insufficient quantities of antioxidants on hand in the body to quench this stress.
Please take a look at our NAC information webpage for details.
As can see, NAC may be helpful for improved fertility, avoidance of pregnancy issues, protection of your liver, and more. The information page doesn't discuss all of the health benefits of NAC, which range from possible relief of bipolar disorder to nail biting.
You can get an excellent quality NAC here.
And speaking of antioxidants, here's a surprising one!
It's the hormone melatonin.
You may know that melatonin is deeply involved in managing your circadian rhythm (your day-night hormonal clock cycle). Besides its indispensable function in your daily rhythm, melatonin is involved in a large number of other important activities, such as protecting ovarian tissues.
Recently, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Yamaguchi University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan sampled the follicular fluid of a small group of women intending to undergo in-vitro fertilization. Some were given melatonin, some were not.
The women taking melatonin had significantly higher levels of progesterone than the women not taking melatonin. It appears that melatonin has an antioxidant protective effect on ovarian cells, allowing them to go ahead and produce progesterone during the middle part of their cycle.
These women didn't have PCOS but they did have fertility issues. It's interesting to note the effect of melatonin on the ovaries. Keep in mind that a lot of women with PCOS are not able to produce enough progesterone and thus can't complete their cycle.
So should you take supplemental melatonin? If you keep the lights on after dark or go to bed hours after sunset, or if you work a night or swing shift, or don't sleep in a completely dark room, chances are you're not producing an optimal amount of melatonin. In this case, supplemental melatonin is something to consider. 3 milligrams at bedtime is thought to be a safe and low dose. Some individuals take more than that. I suggest you consult with a knowledgeable health professional about whether you should take melatonin, and the dosage.
Nov 25, 2014
Could Vitamin D Relieve Depression?
Depression and vitamin D. Could there be a link?
Depression is a major but under-recognized problem for women with PCOS; as many as 40% of women with PCOS report feeling depressed. That's shocking.
Depression affects 350 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability.
However, the effectiveness of conventional pharmaceutical treatments is open to question. In general, studies of antidepressant drugs suggest they are little better than a placebo pill.
So what can be done? Well, there appears to be an interesting correlation between vitamin D deficiency and depression.
Recently, researchers at a group of American universities reviewed the medical literature about the effect of vitamin D on symptoms of depression. The concluded: "Vitamin D supplementation may be effective for reducing depressive symptoms in patients with clinically significant depression; however, further high-quality research is needed."
The University of South Australia studied the effect of vitamin D supplementation on depression. The study said: "A somewhat favorable outcome was found in the management of depression associated with vitamin D supplementation of at least 800 IU per day or greater…and the effect size was comparable to that of anti-depressant medication."
Low levels of vitamin D are widespread, especially in Western populations. Vitamin D plays a regulatory role in the brain and it's possible that a vitamin D deficiency may impair brain function. Vitamin D also plays a role in maintaining your circadian rhythm and sleep.
An interesting aspect of depression is that has been associated with chronic inflammation. Vitamin D can have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Vitamin D deficiency, chronic inflammation and depression are major problems linked to PCOS. So vitamin D supplementation is a good idea for many of you.
Vitamin D also helps you control insulin resistance and reduce your risk of cancer.
You can get 600 IUs of vitamin D in each capsule of the d-pinitol formula. This formula was designed by a M.D. and a registered pharmacist as an aid in dealing with PCOS.
Nov 21, 2014
5 Ways Biotin Helps You Deal with PCOS
The majority of women with PCOS have a condition called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).
IGT is a pre-diabetic state of disturbed blood sugar that is associated with insulin dysfunction and increased risk of heart disease. IGT may precede full-blown type 2 diabetes. IGT is also a risk factor for mortality (death). Biotin can help with this problem.
Biotin supplementation appears to:
1) Improve glucose tolerance.2) Aid weight loss.3) Reduce triglycerides (a problem for many women with polycystic ovarian syndrome).4) Support hair growth and healthy nails.5) Avoid marginal biotin deficiencies if pregnant or a smoker.
Learn more about the value of biotin.
Oct 11, 2014
PCOS and recurrent miscarriage, finally got my bundle of joy! don't give up :)
Hey ladies this is not going to be a short story by any means;) In Jan 2006 at the age of 16 I was diagnosed with PCOS after unexplained weight gain lack
Sep 25, 2014
Is Rocket Fuel in Your Vitamins?
I'll bet you haven't heard about "perchlorate". It's a chemical in our environment. Most of it is found in rocket fuel, fireworks, natural fertilizers, flares, slurry explosives, and auto airbags.
The trouble with perchlorate is that it interferes with the transport of iodine from the blood into the thyroid gland. You need iodine for the production of thyroid hormone. So if you're continually exposed to perchlorate, your thyroid hormone production could be impaired.
Optimal thyroid function is necessary to ensure a successful pregnancy and avoidance of risk of birth defects, especially for a person with PCOS. It is also necessary for balancing your energy and hormones as well as managing weight.
So perchlorate is not a good thing.
But what's really outrageous is that it has been found in the nutritional supplements that you're probably taking, including prenatal vitamins. So beware and shop carefully!
Sep 07, 2014
PCOS -- Is 'hope' enough?
I'm currently 18 years old and have been diagnosed with PCOS. I have struggled with acne since I was about 13, and I sometimes missed months with my
Sep 02, 2014
One of Every Two Women with PCOS also Have Psychiatric Disorders
One of the most under-recognized manifestations of polycystic ovary syndrome is referred to as "psychiatric disorders". More than one of every two women with PCOS is thought to have at least one psychiatric disorder, according to at least one estimate.
PCOS women appear to have an elevated risk for depression, eating and anxiety disorders, and suicide attempts. These symptoms can't necessarily be accounted for by obesity or other distressing PCOS symptoms such as infertility, hirsutism, and acne.
Emerging research is now indicating that insulin resistance and chronic inflammation are two of the primary factors causing these disorders.
For example, it's been reported that a range of factors appear to increase the risk for the development of depression, and seem to be associated with systemic inflammation. They include psychosocial stressors, poor diet, physical inactivity, obesity, smoking, altered gut permeability, allergies, periodontal disease, sleep and vitamin D deficiency, and environmental chemical exposure.
Insulin resistance is a defect in your ability to efficiently utilize the insulin hormone. When insulin resistance occurs in the brain, it strengthens the connection between two regions of the brain, the insula and the anterior midcingulate cortex. This strengthened connection appears to be associated with depressed mood and also possibly addictive behavior.
OK, so what can you do with this information? Read more here.
Aug 27, 2014
My name is Summer and I'm 25, and I have been TTC with PCOS for over a year. Today I stopped BCP and these stories give me hope. The doctor has me
Aug 14, 2014
H. Pylori and PCOS
I'm hoping that you can help me. I was diagnosed with PCOS in August of 2005, and I had my daughter in March of 2008. She is fantastic, but of course
Aug 13, 2014
Green Tea a Starch Blocker?
A starchy, high-carb diet is a major cause of PCOS symptoms because it increases blood sugar too much. The high blood sugar causes increases in insulin, which leads to a condition called "insulin resistance". And insulin resistance is widely believed to be the main cause of PCOS and other chronic health problems.
Obviously the best way to minimize the effects of PCOS is to cut down on the amount of refined carbohydrates in your diet. By far the largest source of refined carbs is processed foods made mostly from grains.
But maybe it's traditional in your culture to eat refined white rice or foods made from refined wheat flour. Or possibly you're simply addicted to bread, donuts, cupcakes, breakfast cereal, or processed convenience foods.
Whether cultural habits or personal preference, you may find yourself eating more refined, processed carbs than you should.
What to do?
Well, according to research from Penn State University, you could consume green tea extract. Or at least drink green tea. The researchers discovered that green tea may inhibit the absorption of carbs.
In other words, if you're going to have a meal of refined carbs, it's wise to also have some green tea or take some green tea extract in capsules or as a powder to mix with water,
Find out more about this important study here. And discover the other multiple health benefits of green tea extract for women with PCOS.
Jul 28, 2014
PCOS Diet: Almond Milk and Bananas?
I am considering starting the diet outlined in the book but was wondering about a few things. I like to start my day with a smoothie as they are quick
May 09, 2014
Changed my PCOS symptoms with diet and exercise
I am a month shy of 42 years old. I started puberty when I was 15 years old. I was finally diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 25. I have always had irregular
May 07, 2014
Does PCOS Go Away As You Get Older?
Question: "Hi, I enjoy reading your newsletter about PCOS, but haven't read anything about how things change or not, during menopause. Can you look at this topic in an upcoming newsletter, please? Thank you." -- Mary S.
Answer: Good question, Mary!
Does PCOS just fade away as you get older? Well, I think it depends to a great extent what you do between now and when you reach menopause. And, it depends on how we define "polycystic ovary syndrome".
It depends on your health practices, such as healthy diet, plentiful exercise and physical activity, restful sleep, management of stress, minimization of exposure to chemical pollution and toxic metals, and abstinence from recreational intoxicants.
These health practices are the key to helping you to keep your hormones in balance, reduce inflammation and maintain optimal function of your cells.
Assuming your health practices are the excellent over time, you could reasonably expect PCOS (as you know it today) to fade away by menopause…but not entirely disappear.
But let's suppose you're undisciplined about your diet over the years. You get heavier every year, so you become more and more sedentary. You're not careful about chemicals in your environment. You can't get a decent night's sleep because you develop sleep apnea or another sleeping disorder. And so on.
This is when deep-seated trouble begins to bubble to the surface.
Apr 17, 2014
16 years with PCOS and 3 children, living upbeat everyday!
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 1998 after struggling with getting pregnant for the second time. Sixteen years ago the general knowledge of PCOS was nonexistent,
Apr 09, 2014
If Pregnant, Should You Take a Prenatal Supplement?
It's clear that optimal nutrition for both mother and child is critical for a successful pregnancy -- from prior to conception forward to several years after birth. Optimal nutrition helps to avoid pregnancy complications and reduces the risk that your future child will develop chronic diseases as an adult.
You've probably heard about the need for adequate folate (a B vitamin) to prevent birth defects. Maybe you've heard that iron or B12 deficiencies could impair proper fetal development. Or that certain omega-3 fats are necessary for your baby's brain development.
But have you heard of the possible importance of vitamin D adequacy for creating a healthy child? For example, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California has just reported an association between vitamin D deficiency and autism. They said: "Supplementation with vitamin D and tryptophan is a practical and affordable solution to help prevent autism."
Click here to discover more vital reasons why you may need a comprehensive prenatal supplement.
We would agree with a report from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University that said: "Supplementation with multiple micronutrients during pregnancy may result in improved pregnancy and infant outcomes."
Mar 28, 2014
Berberine Herbal Extract Reduces PCOS Problems in Several Important Ways
Have you heard of berberine?
Herbs containing berberine have been used in Chinese medicine to treat diabetes for thousands of years. Berberine is found in a handful of plants widely used in botanical medical practice including Goldenseal, Oregon grape, Barberry, and Chinese Goldthread.
This substance has value for dealing with a number of chronic disorders, including PCOS.
For example, in a study of 109 women with PCOS, Harbin Medical University in China found that berberine extract was as effective as -- or superior to -- the drug metformin in terms of improving insulin sensitivity, reducing testosterone levels, reducing blood sugar levels, weight and other health indicators.
Plus, berberine extract doesn't have side effects like metformin does.
Go here to read more about berberine and PCOS.
Mar 20, 2014
How physically fit are you?
That's a question especially relevant to PCOS because it's well known that physical activity and fitness is crucial for gaining a good degree of control over this disorder.
The most precise measure of overall cardiovascular fitness is your maximal oxygen uptake, otherwise known as maximum lung capacity or VO2Max. The more air you can breathe in during a specific time span while exercising, the more fit you are.
But most of us don't have easy access to the equipment needed to measure VO2Max.
Fortunately, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology studied the lung capacity and fitness of 4,600 Norwegians. This is one of the best databases anywhere for estimating fitness, based on VO2Max. They came up with a very easy way to estimate your fitness level by answering a few questions.
If you're interested in estimating your current fitness level, go to their site here to get started.
Did you notice that they gave you an estimated VO2Max and "Fitness Age"? Is your fitness age less than your actual age? If so, congratulations and keep up the good work!
If your fitness age is older than your actual age, and if your VO2Max is below the average, you might want to take another look at what you're doing to stay physically active.
Maybe a regular exercise program is too daunting or embarrassing right now. So why not start with something that's really easy…like using gravity to help you become more fit.
For example, if you're sitting in a chair while reading this, stand up. In order to stand up, you had to use your muscles to defy gravity. And while you're standing, do a few gentle squats. Or walk in place. OK, sit back down. You've just taken a small step towards improved fitness!
Do you spend most of your time sitting down, and remain sitting for a long time, like I do? While we're sitting, our muscles are doing nothing. But imagine if we were to stand up every 20 minutes and move our bodies a bit? We would definitely be more physically fit.
The book that inspired me to get off my butt is "Sitting Kills, Moving Heals" by Joan Vernikos, PhD. Her research on astronauts led her to understand the importance of gravity for slowing down the aging process. You may find it a good read.
By the way, I've found it difficult to consistently get out of my chair every 20 minutes. Sometimes I forget, or I tell myself "I'm too busy right now". But I keep at it anyway. I also set an alarm that goes off every 20 minutes, which is annoying but it does help.
So every 20 minutes, I do a few squats, go up a flight of stairs, stretch, or just go outside for a quick breath of fresh air.
I've been doing this for two months and frankly, I do feel significantly better and more energetic. Why not read Dr. Vernikos' book and give it a try?
Mar 14, 2014
PCOS patient overcomes five years of infertility
In my late twenties I wanted to start a family; after a year with no success I went to see a reproductive doctor. After many tests I was informed I had
Jan 15, 2014
Diet book for PCOS somewhat inconsistent, but can be helpful
I appreciate and respect the work that went into this book. Well-intentioned, for sure - but I do find a lot of contradicting information in it. Avoid
Jan 07, 2014
Get a Fresh Start on PCOS
Here we are in 2014! 2013 is history. What do you have lined up for this year? What do you have in mind to make 2014 the best year of your life so far? And, will PCOS interfere with any of your dreams or aspirations for this year?
If you think of your life as a party, then PCOS is your rude, misbehaving party crasher. It wrecks your self-esteem, puts on pounds, prevents you from starting a family, makes your hair fall out, puts pimples and whiskers on your face, strains relationships, disturbs your sleep, and in general tries to make your life party a miserable affair. The worst thing of all is that it doesn't just come to the party, make a mess and then leave. It just stays and stays and never really goes completely away. It permeates almost every aspect of your life and deeply affects your enjoyment of life.
So as you start 2014, it's really smart to have a plan for keeping PCOS under control for the rest of this year…and beyond.
Here are some suggestions that may help you be more successful.
Oct 09, 2013
4 Miscarriages but Never Giving Up!
I am 29 years old and i was diagnosed with PCOS after 3 years of trying to conceive and ending with 4 miscarriages. I was devastated that it took so
Oct 01, 2013
PCOS E-book Well-intentioned but overwhelming, contradictory, and guilt-inducing
I appreciate and respect the work that went into this book. Well-intentioned, for sure - but I can't say it improved my outlook. It contains a lot of contradictory
Sep 11, 2013
Exercise = Relief from PCOS
Have you exercised today? Or did you find a "reason" avoid it?
Not a trivial question. After improving your diet, exercise is the second most important thing you must do to control PCOS.
So if exercise is not an integral part of your life, you're really limiting your ability to reduce your suffering and frustration.
Research suggests that women with polycystic ovary syndrome, including adolescents, tend to exercise less than other women do.
Here are two quick tips on how to make exercise a habit that will change your life.
Aug 27, 2013
Can Fructose Alter Developmental Programming and Risk Future PCOS?
Are you feeding apple juice or orange juice to your baby? Ouch! Did your mother give you fruit juices and drinks when you were small? Or fructose-sweetened breakfast cereal? Let you have soft drinks? Unfortunate!
Just recently, the Department of Preventive Medicine and Childhood Obesity Research Centre at the University of Southern California released a study on the effect of fructose consumption during early human development.
They said: "high fructose exposure during critical periods of development of the fetus, neonate and infant can act as an obesogen".
An obesogen is something that makes you a fatter person.
Did this happen to you? Please read this very important article. It may affect your future children, too.
Aug 14, 2013
Will Your Baby Get PCOS?
Does it ever cross your mind that your baby girl could develop PCOS, just like you?
Can you imagine your daughter going through all the difficulties you have been going through? That would be heart-breaking for both of you.
You can reduce the risk by making some changes in your "programming".
There's a concept called "fetal programming" or "developmental programming". It's a physiological process that can create different results from the same genetic background. The purpose of the programming is to help a developing human to adapt to its expected environment.
This programming starts from the moment of conception and continues until you become an adult. The most important phase is during your time in your mother's womb. The effects of this programming are maintained throughout your life.
In other words, what goes on from conception until your child becomes an adult will affect her or him for the rest of her life. Moreover, the children of your children may also be affected.
Unfortunately, your programming can be "hacked" in all kinds of ways.
Here's an example of two mouse fetuses. The mother of the smaller one on the left was fed a high fat diet. The other was not. Can you see how diet composition can affect fetal growth?
So a poor diet is a big problem. Read the article on our web page to find out what the other big problem is.
Aug 02, 2013
Is Your Body Polluted with Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals?
Hormone-disrupting environmental chemicals are suspected to contribute to PCOS.
There are at least 800 or so environmental chemicals that are known to affect hormone function in some way.
Women with PCOS have been found to have higher levels of one such chemical, bisphenol-A, than other women. Bisphenol-A has an estrogenic effect in your body. Experiments have shown that bisphenol-A can lead to infertility and other reproductive problems.
But what about the other 799 chemicals? Do you also have higher levels of these chemicals than other women?
Well, no one knows because no one has conducted any studies on this huge problem in relation to polycystic ovary syndrome.
In one small study of men and women, every single person had at least 26 chemicals or toxic metals and some had as many as 36.
Other studies have suggested that all of us are carrying a significant body burden of toxic or hormone-disrupting man-made chemicals and other substances.
It's to your benefit to become aware of this hidden threat to your health. Read our article for more details.
Jul 30, 2013
The #1 Thing You Can Do to Control PCOS
Are you looking for the single "one thing" you can do to better control your symptoms of PCOS?
Well, here it is. Eat more fresh vegetables. A lot more.
But what kind should you eat? And how much? Find the answers here.
Jul 25, 2013
Is Herbalife Soy Safe if I Have PCOS and High Estrogen?
Hello, my daughter is very new to all of this. She recently went to our obgyn to discuss some issues about her period and he ordered tests on her. Long
Jul 25, 2013
Have PCOS but Lost My Gallbladder
Your newsletter was informative, as usual. I'm wondering if you've done any research on ways to help PCOSers without gallbladders. A girl can only eat
Jul 16, 2013
Is This Why You Have PCOS?
Have you noticed that your PCOS symptoms just seem to hang on and on -- even though you tried everything, including diets, herbs, drugs, exercise, you name it?
Your doctor has no clue what to do except prescribe birth control pills or metformin (Glucophage).
The problem may be that your body was "reprogrammed" while you were still in your mother's womb. The altered programming may have led to the stubborn symptoms you have today. In other words, your PCOS really got started long before you got a diagnosis from your doctor, even before you were born.
But what could have caused this to happen? Was it your mother's fault?
Jul 02, 2013
What Is Gestational Diabetes and Why Is It Important for PCOS?
Why you want to reduce your risk of developing diabetes while you're pregnant,especially if you have PCOS,blood sugar or insulin problems.
Jul 02, 2013
Gestational Diabetes Is a Pregnancy Risk in PCOS
If you have PCOS,you also have an increased risk of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes,pregnancy-related hypertension or a premature birth.
Jun 26, 2013
Could Vinegar Consumption Restore Ovulation in Women with PCOS?
Do you cook with vinegar? Or use it in your salad dressing? If so, you may be relieving your PCOS problems!
Vinegar has been used for more than 2,000 years to season and preserve foods, heal wounds, treat infections, prevent cardiovascular disease, and suppress tumor formation.
There have been a few reports in the medical literature suggesting that intake of vinegar helps to keep your blood sugar from getting too high after eating a meal containing carbohydrates.
As you probably know, consumption of refined starchy carbohydrates can cause your blood sugar to go up. If you continually do this, you could develop a condition called "insulin resistance".
Insulin resistance is widely believed to be the primary cause of PCOS symptoms, including excessive weight.
That is why your doctor may have prescribed metformin (Glucophage) for your condition. But is it possible that vinegar to have an effect similar to metformin and thus reduce insulin resistance in PCOS?
Researchers at Shiga University of Medical Science in Japan looked into this question. The answer may surprise you. Read the article for more information.
Jun 04, 2013
How to Solve a PCOS Problem by Controlling Blood Sludge (Viscosity)
Many women with PCOS have a number of risks for developing cardiovascular disease.
One of the risk factors is poor circulation due to excessively high blood viscosity, also known as "blood sludge".
Blood viscosity is important because thicker, stickier blood is more abrasive and damages arterial walls.
Thus, it not only affects how hard the heart has to work to circulate the blood, but also contributes to inflammation of the lining of the vessels. It contributes to blood vessel dysfunction, growth of atherosclerotic lesions, and plaque rupture.
Impaired blood flow due to highly viscous blood leads to decreased oxygen and nutrients delivered to the tissues, affecting critical areas such as the brain, eyes, and kidneys.
This article gives you 9 ways to combat blood sludge.