In the not too distant past the average age of the first time bride was 22 years old. Generally, her first birth was about age 24.
Today many brides are postponing marriage until after age 35- after her career has been established and her life is under way. Combine that with the fact that many women are also choosing to be married one time; resulting in a wedding later in life, more thoughtful selection of a mate, marriage partners who have settled down, and a more planned engagement and defined marriage. As wedding plans may be delayed for some women, having children has as well. According to Sylvia Ann Hewitt author of “A Lesser Life: The Myth of Women’s Liberation in America” says that 55 percent of 35 year old professional women are childless; between a third and a half of 40 year old professional women are childless; the number of childless women 40 – 44 has doubled in the past 20 years. These numbers can be discouraging if you are one of many women over 40 that desire to have children. Doctors warn that pregnancy and birth to women over 40 can be dangerous both for the mother and child. Children born to older mothers can be subject to birth defects and other issues. Recently a Washington doctor spoke about the ethics involved in “allowing” an older woman to get pregnant. As if it were his decision. Regardless, there IS something that happens in a woman’s body that, the older she gets the more likely her body is to produce an inaccurate blueprint for cellular reproduction. On the other hand, men can father children as long as they can produce sperm. An erection is not even necessary. Where then, is it written that women can no longer produce babies after a certain age? Recently, a team of Research Scientists did some investigation on natural ways to reverse menopause. Here in a nutshell are the findings… To understand what’s happening in our bodies let’s dissect the information we know… What Is Menopause? As defined by the Council for Affiliated Menopause Societies, menopause is: The “permanent cessation of menstruation resulting from the loss of ovarian funicular activity,” a definition based on the function of a woman’s endocrine and reproductive systems. Contrary to popular use, the term menopause does not refer to the process of hormonal change that results in the end of menstruation and fertility. Rather, menopause is the permanent cessation of a woman’s menstrual period. The end result of the entire process. Menopause is the result of a series of complex changes in a woman’s reproductive function. On average, menopause occurs by the age of 51, though this varies widely and can be influenced by several factors. In the vast majority of cases, it occurs naturally, but there are other conditions under which menopause can be induced. Chemotherapy, surgery and radiation to name a few. The normal menstrual cycle depends upon a “conversation” between hormones produced in the brain and hormones produced in the ovaries. The pituitary gland in the brain sends out hormones to the ovaries that cause the release of a new egg from the ovarian follicles each month. The follicles also produce estrogen and progesterone-hormones that thicken the lining of the uterus that nourishes the fertilized egg. When this hormonal “conversation” wanes the result is shorter menstrual cycles, decreased ovulation, and diminished production of estrogen and progesterone, and menstrual irregularities. Eventually, the ovarian follicles fail to respond entirely, estrogen production decreases dramatically, and menopause-the end of fertility-ensues. The occurrence of menopause can be identified either by 12 consecutive months without menstruation or, in some cases, by a blood test for blood levels of follicle stimulating hormone. The “symptoms” for which menopause is known are actually part of peri-menopause, the transitional stage between pre-menopause and menopause. Fuels needed to keep the brain sharp also begin to diminish. A woman may experience more emotion, sadness or less energy because the seratonin levels, hormone levels or amino acid levels in her brain change to adjust to her body’s changing chemistry. As a woman ages, her ovaries also become less responsive to hormones produced in the brain. “But the question begs to be asked…is it her ovaries with the issue or is it her brain and body mineral chemistry?” A main concern in women over 40 becoming pregnant is that on a cellular level, a cell can reproduce it’s RNA and DNA only 500 times before the “blueprint” becomes a little “imperfect”. This blueprint is the “building framework” your body uses to distribute its organic and inorganic matter to become another human. The more the blueprint is reproduced it loses a little more perfection. Until, the “cellular blueprint” the cell uses to replicate becomes damaged and results in birth defects. Another major factor in peri and pre and menopause decline is osteoporosis. The World Health Organization defines osteoporosis in terms of low bone mineral density in relation to the average density found in young adults. A reduction of one standard deviation is considered ‘low bone mass’ (osteoporosis) and a reduction of 2.5 or more is considered to be ‘severe osteoporosis’. Osteoporosis affects an estimated 20-25 million Americans. This escalating figure supports the conclusion that osteoporosis is rapidly becoming an epidemic. Osteoporosis is defined as the marked loss of normal bone density or “porous bones”. The loss of bone mass is not limited to calcium loss alone but includes the collagen, protein, and mineral matrix. When you lose collagen and protein it shows in your skin with loss of firmness, lack of water retention and wrinkles. Osteoporosis consists of the loss of both organic and inorganic parts of the bone. What complicates this issue is that X-rays do not show any loss until a 20-30% bone loss has occurred. There’s that word again…minerals. Many women are advised to take Hormone Replacement Therapy to prevent post-menopausal bone loss, but this is not without risks. Potential side effects include a four-fold increased risk of breast cancer and triple the risk of cervical cancer. Calcium supplements are another commonly promulgated remedy, but this has been shown in clinical and epidemiological studies to be of very dubious value. Primarily because few if any of the Calcium supplements on the market contain ingredients needed to increase the Calcium absorption. According to Science you can take a cup of calcium and without the proper minerals for the absorption process your body will only retain and use two tablespoons of the cup. Natural ways recommended to deal with menopause include regular exercise, eating lots of grains and vegetables and more recently animal proteins. Although animal proteins are full of hormones themselves, the animals we eat are vegetarians. They eat green grass that grows out of the rocks and soil. There are lots of minerals in grains and vegetables as well! In his book, “Medicinal Herbal Therapy: A Pharmacist’s Viewpoint”, registered pharmacist Steven G. Ottariano says that certain vitamins and minerals can provide particular benefits to menopausal women. These include Vitamin E (400 to 800 IU daily) to help reduce hot flashes and night sweats; Calcium (1500 mg daily)–the best type of calcium is not calcium carbonate which may not be fully absorbed, but microcrystalline calcium hydroxyapatite calcium (MCHC) or calcium citrate; Magnesium (500 mg to 750 mg daily) is essential to help with the absorption of calcium; Vitamin C (1,000 mg to 2,000 mg daily) helps absorption of Vitamin E and decreases capillary fragility. Now, if we look at the mineral content of our bodies in relation to the Earth’s body: Simply stated, when the earth was created it was given a perfect balance of minerals. That balance of the soluble minerals is found in the fluids of the earth or the seas. This is the same basic balance of minerals we find in the fluids of the human body. When we get away from this balance, degenerative disease will begin to set in. Also, basic to the rejuvenating of good health is the restoration of mineral balance. A few interesting facts about seawater: 84 of the earth’s basic elements have been identified in seawater, 44 are considered to be the most common soluble minerals. Man is unable to make seawater from scratch. All the seas of the earth contain basically the same balance of minerals including Utah’s Great Salt Lake. Most of the minerals found in seawater are found in such small quantities that they are called Trace Minerals. In human nutrition some of these Trace Minerals are so important that they are labeled “Necessary for Life.” Others can be found in the human body but science has no yet determined what if anything these minerals do. Parts per million does not mean almost non-existent. For instance there is more gold in a ton of seawater than in a ton of good to average gold ore. The more our soils are tilled and exposes to weather the faster the soluble minerals are leached out and sent on their way to the sea. If the minerals are not available in the soil they will not be found in the plants. The mineral content in plants can vary as much as 200% (1,000% in specific minerals). General functions performed by soluble minerals: Ionized conductors of the body’s electrical current necessary for body functions.
- Catalysts and activators of other nutrients.
- Building blocks of enzymes, hormones and other natural body chemicals used by the body to perform specific functions.
- Equalizing and balancing effects. body fluids, fluid pressures, and PH are balanced with minerals. Also, it is known that in the absence of certain trace minerals, certain heavy metals are more likely to accumulate. Trace minerals are often administered in hospitals as part of the treatment for such disorders as lead poisoning.
- Digestion and assimilation — Minerals are essential — High amounts of chlorides are necessary for the body to make hydrochloric acid. Others are used in the assimilation process.
Natural Menopause Reversal