Women’s Reproductive System
The sexism of doctors is well known-
Women’s hormones regulate much more than reproductive functions. Our ability to bear children requires care beyond the obvious attention to pregnancy and childbirth. The female hormone system is very complex, and in some ways fragile.
Specific Related Health Condition
Diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder of too much glucose (sugar) circulating in the blood, too often and for too long a time. Over one-
Restorative Strategies: Sometimes diet and meticulous attention to nutrition can completely regulate the condition, without the inclusion of drugs. See "Balancing Blood Sugar Levels," "Dietary Support," and "Cleansing."
Hypoglycemia. Pregnancy can also cause hypoglycemia, a condition whereby the pancreas is overactive and sometimes there is not enough glucose circulating in the blood to feed the hungry body (see the entry, "Blood Sugar Disorders"). Hypoglycemia causes psychological as well as physiological problems.
Restorative Strategies: Except in unusual cases, even Western medicine recognizes that diet and good nutrition are the only solutions (see "Dietary Support," "Balancing Blood Sugar Levels," and "Cleansing").
Postpartum Depression. It is not uncommon for women to feel "let down" or even outright suicidal after a baby arrives. This can relate to a lack of feeling nurtured, after expending so much energy for so many months nurturing another. However, there are also many biochemical changes in the body that contribute to this condition. It is not "all in one’s head." The postpartum depression that many women suffer is due to a radical drop in blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, which can cause numerous emotional and psychological symptoms (see the entry, "Blood Sugar Disorders"). Many of the women in the news who have murdered their infants and very young children were probably suffering from a biochemical imbalance in the brain that developed after the baby's birth.
Restorative Strategies: Uninterrupted sleep, massage, fun, psychotherapy. At this time, diet and good nutrition play a crucial role (see "Dietary Support," "Balancing Blood Sugar Levels," and "Cleansing").
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Some women feel moody and depressed, sometimes up to two weeks before their period. This can be accompanied by sore and swollen breasts, fluid retention, and generalized aches and pains. The PMS depression that many women suffer is due to a drop in blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia (see the entry, "Blood Sugar Disorders").
Restorative Strategies: Consult a naturopath or some other practitioner versed in nutrition, as calcium, magnesium and other nutrient intakes may have to be increased. Also see "Balancing Blood Sugar Levels" and "Dietary Support."
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