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Menopause

Does it really has to go that way? 

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age being around 51. During menopause, a woman’s body undergoes hormonal changes that lead to the cessation of menstrual cycles and the end of fertility. The body experiences a decline in hormones; the primary hormones involved in the menstrual cycle are estrogen and progesterone, which are produced by the ovaries. As a woman approaches menopause, the ovaries gradually produce fewer of these hormones. This hormonal decline can lead to changes in the menstrual cycle, such as irregular periods.

Before menopause, many women go through a phase called perimenopause, which can start several years before menopause itself. During perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate, leading to irregular menstrual cycles, changes in menstrual flow, and various symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Menopause is officially diagnosed when a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. At this point, the ovaries have significantly reduced their production of estrogen and progesterone. As a result, the symptoms experienced during perimenopause may continue or even intensify.

Common symptoms

Common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood changes, vaginal dryness, decreased libido, urinary changes, and changes in skin and hair texture. Not all women experience these symptoms, and their severity can vary.

Estrogen plays also a role in maintaining bone density. The decline in estrogen levels during menopause can lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones that are more susceptible to fractures. Estrogen also has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system, and its decline during menopause may contribute to an increased risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

The hormonal changes associated with menopause can sometimes contribute to mood swings, irritability, and even depression in some women. It’s important for women to seek support if they are struggling with these emotional aspects.

After menopause, a woman enters the postmenopausal phase. While some symptoms may persist, others may improve over time. The risk of certain health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, may become more prominent during this phase.

It’s worth noting that every woman’s experience with menopause is unique. Some women may have a relatively smooth transition with few symptoms, while others may experience more intense and prolonged effects. If you’re approaching or experiencing menopause, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare provider to manage any symptoms and discuss potential treatment options if necessary.

Menopause

Does it really have to go that way?

This is the common version of the story. You are going through menopause, you will have to suffer all of the above mentioned symptoms plus probably some more (depression, anxiety, and so on). The reality is, even if your ovaries do not perform anymore, you have two backup organs which will help to produce hormones. They are the adrenals glands. The adrenals make ALL of the hormones that the ovaries make: they make estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and other hormones (cortisol, aldosterone, etc). 

During menopause you have a decreased ovarian function and the adrenals should back the ovaries up and start making these hormones. In theory, the widely accepted symptoms of menopause should not be there! (if you adrenal glands were working properly).

Cholesterol

It all boils down to cholesterol. Cholesterol is the required material for your adrenal glands not only to make all of those hormones, but it is the absolute required material also to make essential nutrients like Vitamin D, bile salts, Vitamin A and K and also to supply your brain (25% of your brain is basically cholesterol). Did you ever imagine that the very thing that people are telling you to avoid because it causes heart disease is in reality that important for your body?

You might think – well I do eat lots of healthy fat in my diet: olive oil, canola oil, avocado, coconut…well I have some bad news. There is no cholesterol in plants / plant oils. Unfortunately, cholesterol comes only from animal products. 80% of the cholesterol that feeds the adrenal comes in the form of LDL (the so called bad cholestrol). 

By cutting out cholestrol from our diet, or by taking medications that do not allow absorption of cholesterol, we initiate a series of problems (including the big menopausal symptoms) like depression, anxiety, loss of memory. 

One of the side effects of Statins (a class of drugs used to avoid absorption of cholesterol) is something called Transient Global Amnesia. Moreover, when you take statins, you actually increase risk of cancer (statistically, people with high cholesterol seem to develop some sort of immunity to cancer).

Increasing cholesterol in your diet leads to a reduction and sometimes a disappearance of all the above mentioned menopausal symptoms. 

Watch this VIDEO by Dr. Eric Berg DC explaining this mechanism.

Best food

The n.1 food that can help you is high quality grass fed butter. Or any type of fat cheese (e.g. Brie), creme, egg yolks, sea food. They all support the adrenals and contribute to better function. Obviously, consuming high amount of butter needs to happen in conjunction with other dietary modifications (e.g. reducing carbs).

Avoid trans Fats. Trans fats are artificially created fats that are often found in processed and fried foods. They can raise LDL cholesterol while lowering high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Avoid or minimize foods containing:

Fried foods (French fries, fried chicken). Commercially baked goods (pastries, doughnuts, cakes) made with partially hydrogenated oils

Avoid highly processed snacks. Many packaged snacks, such as chips, crackers, and some microwave popcorn, often contain high levels of unhealthy fats that can raise LDL cholesterol.

Baked Goods. Commercially produced baked goods like cookies, pastries, and cakes can contain high levels of saturated and trans fats. They are generally speaking really low quality food.

Fast Food and Fried Foods. Fast food items, like hamburgers, fried chicken, and fried potatoes, tend to be high in unhealthy fats that can contribute to elevated LDL cholesterol levels.

Certain Cooking Oils. While olive oil and other healthier oils are beneficial, using excessive amounts of oils high in saturated fats, like palm oil and coconut oil, can raise LDL cholesterol.

Processed and Packaged Foods. Many processed and packaged foods, including some frozen meals, canned soups, and convenience foods, may contain hidden sources of unhealthy fats that can impact LDL cholesterol levels.

LINKS:

Prolonged Stimulation of the Adrenals by Corticotropin Suppresses Hepatic Low-Density Lipoprotein and High-Density Lipoprotein Receptors and Increases Plasma Cholesterol

Dangers of Statin Drugs: What You Haven’t Been Told About Popular Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines

DNA Methylation in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Cytochrome P450 CYP1A1: wider roles in cancer progression and prevention

Associations between Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase (MTHFR) Polymorphisms and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Risk: A Meta-Analysis

Edoardo Elisei DC

Alive Chiropractic LTD
alivechiropractic.co.uk
1C Crown Gate Square
POUNDBURY
01305602314

15/8/2023

Alive Chiropractic Poundbury

1C Crown gate square DT1 3EJ

Poundbury, Dorchester

Phone Number

01305602314

07845096314

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Richard
Richard
12:52 03 May 24
Fantastic informative straightforward information looking forward to working with Edo
Linda Jukes
Linda Jukes
18:07 01 May 24
I have had back pain for many years and tried lots of different ways to ease it, with no success. From my first appointment at Alive Chiropractic Clinic, I could feel an improvement. I am so pleased with the results after a 12 week course. The clinic is superb and Edo is friendly and supportive. I will continue to visit the clinic and recommend to everyone!
Gary Rolls
Gary Rolls
19:48 24 Apr 24
I have been a patient of the Alive Chiropractor clinic for the last six weeks. Following a stroke in March 2022 I had been suffering with a walking imbalance and general lack of mobility. I would say that my improvement stands somewhere between 60-70% already. I would happily recommend the clinic to anyone that is suffering to book themselves an appointment.
Peter Waller
Peter Waller
11:29 15 Apr 24
After visiting Dr. Edoardo at the Alive chiropractic clinic, I booked a block booking of 12 sessions. From start to finish he made me feel very comfortable, and as each session went on i began to feel much better within myself.As well as the work he done with me in the clinic, he has taught me many different exercises to help me with the problems in which i suffer with, as well as explaining to me how my diet can also help me going forward.He has been a great help, and i shall continue to see him in the future so that he can help me maintain ( and improve) my well being.RegardsPeter
leonie macdonald
leonie macdonald
16:15 18 Mar 24
I was greeted by an interested and professional person. I was helped to deal with a recent trauma, not only with deep breathing techniques and compassion but also accurate chiropractic treatment. Every time I left my appointment I felt a profound sense of healing.
Emma Simmons
Emma Simmons
20:34 07 Jan 24
My experience from the very first consultation has been excellent! Edo is extremely knowledgeable and a great professional. His holistic outlook and advice brings benefits beyond his chiropractic adjustments, which is an added bonus! I would highly recommend his practice.
olly morency
olly morency
09:16 21 Nov 23
An excellent service; Edo helped me with corrections for my back, and advice on how to improve my health span with breath work and improved movement. Strong recommend!
Moira Priestley
Moira Priestley
20:18 15 Oct 23
I found the treatment I received very beneficial. My sciatica has eased a lot and I am sleeping much better. I would highly recommend Alive Chiropractic.
Ben Boughton-White
Ben Boughton-White
06:04 15 Oct 23
A fantastic chiropractic experience!Dr Edo provides a whole body approach to resolving chiropractic issues. His care plan to help solve your unique issues is fantastic, short and simple adjustments rather than long sessions of big adjustments has worked brilliantly for me. Communications are easy and booking ahead is brilliant for me and my schedule.I can’t recommend Alive highly enough!
Benny Clifford
Benny Clifford
15:53 25 Sep 23
Dr Edo has been a great help in getting me moving again, and he is a trustworthy pair of hands in his field of work. Top man!The reception is also very welcoming. I very much recommend this place!
Jane Bygraves
Jane Bygraves
12:30 14 Sep 23
I have a better range of movement and am moving more freely after a course of gentle, thorough treatment with Alive Chiropractic. My energy levels have improved.
Sarah Spadon
Sarah Spadon
18:48 10 Sep 23
I’ve been adjusted by Dr Edoardo for a number of years now, since I’ve been under care I’ve never had any problems but most importantly he helps me keep my nervous system healthy through maintenance care which allows me to be more in control in all of my day to day activities and keeps my mind healthy. His adjustments are gentle and precise and he is really kind and makes you feel at ease in any moment. Highly recommend!
Morgex
Morgex
11:05 10 Sep 23
This is my first experience with chiropractic ever, and it has been life changing! I have a slipped lumbar disc and I was in lots of pain and had very limited mobility. I saw Edo for a few appointments and not only did my back get better, it has stayed that way since! I am doing the exercises he prescribed and now I am only seeing him for maintenance and I feel better than ever, more relaxed and aware of my posture overall . He is a good listener, very informative, professional and communicative.
Isabella White
Isabella White
07:15 08 Sep 23
A wonderful experience so far with Dr Edo at his clinic in Poundbury. I have come away from my first six sessions feeling so much more aware and in tune with my body, and I have experienced noticeable changes in my body and mindset also.Dr Edo is professional, knowledge, and believes firmly in his work which he is clearly passionate about. I feel he has an empowering vision, cares deeply, and has a refreshing balance of western and eastern understanding. Because of this, Dr Edo has a deeper, holistic approach by taking into account all aspects of one's lifestyle (diet, exercise, mental/emotional state) in sessions. For someone like myself who values a holistic perspective on health, Dr Edo's approach is invaluable and helped me relax and feel at great ease. Sam in reception is lovely and you instantly feel welcomed when coming in for a session also. Thank you to you both. Highly recommend!
Chris Copeland
Chris Copeland
20:59 16 Aug 23
Dr. Edo has a very calm temperament and his knowledge aids in your own relaxation, which is a help when your own flexibility, mobility or posture are far from relaxed. Sam, the Chiropractic assistant, is the first person to greet you when you arrive and will explain the fundamentals of the practice. The practice is clean, modern and has ample road side parking. The whole experience has been a success and I am now able to move without pain, the new mobility gained will enable me to get on with life and have new experiences and adventures, for this I thank you.
Sonya Hendry
Sonya Hendry
18:21 16 Aug 23
I have been coming to see Ed at Alive Chiropractic since opening. Visiting regularly is enabling me to have a more comfortable and mobile life. The ambiance and warm welcome, along with total professionalism means so much.
Alison Michele Williams
Alison Michele Williams
20:49 30 Jul 23
A great, professional, friendly service. A whole rounded approach to better well being and healthy body.Thank you!
Tessa Aindow
Tessa Aindow
16:58 13 Jul 23
Brilliant experience. My back has improved so much and I don’t have the same aches and pains. Dr Edo is very professional and gives great advice and exercises to help alongside the adjustments at the clinic.
Malwina T
Malwina T
15:56 19 Jun 23
Great and unique treatment. Eased the lower back pain significantly! Changed my outlook on chiropractic treatments and self care. Highly recommend!!!
jill cheng
jill cheng
09:17 16 Jun 23
I visited the clinic after suffering with low back pain for nearly ten years. The chiropractor helped me regain functionality and quality of life. More importantly, he helped me understand and connect some aspects of my life to my body and how it works, strongly recommended 👍🏻
Chirosofia
Chirosofia
20:41 14 Jun 23
I have known Edoardo since day one at Chiropractic College, and I have witnessed his growing passion for this profession. His long time experience as a Yoga Instructor, combined to his deep knowledge into the Chiropractic art, science and philosophy, will make your journey towards healthy-living a very pleasant experience. Book that appointment and enjoy feeling better!
Paul Ansell
Paul Ansell
12:33 08 Feb 23
All my life I’ve had bad posture and bad back I’ve been to doctors specialists and always same outcome I’ve got to live with it. At the age of 58 I went to this practice and he has done wonders this is the best I have ever been since I can remember. Highly recommend
Zoe Ratcliffe
Zoe Ratcliffe
17:05 30 Jan 23
I attended Alive chiropractor after seeing a special offer they were offering and suffering from a bad back for a long time it felt like a good idea to go see what they said. Since this I have been attending twice a week and the improvements are happening. Edo is very knowledgeable and really wants the best for you he doesn't just care about the back or other pains you may be having but also acknowledges the impact these things can have on you emotionally and personally. I can't recommend this service enough.
Michelle Lambell
Michelle Lambell
21:55 24 Jan 23
Regular sessions with Dr Edo at Alive Chiropractic have made such a big difference to my posture, my way of working at my desk and taught me how to manage my breathing, all of which have led to a big shift in my mindset towards looking after myself and my body.I will happily recommend Alive Chiropractic to my friends.
Paul Nicol
Paul Nicol
08:22 30 Sep 22
I have just finished initial treatment for my back problem. Appointments with the NHS in the past have never resulted in a diagnosis let alone treatment. However at Alive I received a diagnosis and treatment plan on the initial consultation. This set out exactly how I was going to be treated and cost. Following the treatment I could not be healthier or happier. An exceptionally professional service in which Dr Edoardo Elisei seems passionate about what he does. It is more than just a hands on treatment on his 'couch', but a full lifestyle treatment ensuring exercises and diet are in balance to assist recovery and as a preventative for the future. I would be happy to recommend to anyone.
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
claudia marcela lopez gallardo
08:05 30 Jul 22
Edo is a great professional, very friendly and knowledgeable. He corrected my posture in only few months, he said this was going to happen and I couldn't believe it, it was so fast and happened, the changes not only I could feel them but also you can see them. He did the adjustments with a lot of care, with a lot of patience he took the time to give the advices and exercises that I could benefit my posture in the future. I totally recommend him.
TheLizwalker
TheLizwalker
10:18 18 Jul 22
When I first met Dr Ed I had problems bending, and worst of all I could hardly move my neck. I was a total painful wreck.Ed takes a very holistic approach, encouraging me to lose weight and work on different rehab exercises to reinforce the manipulations and adjustments he made.Here I am some three months on, I weigh a lot less, I have incredible flexibility in my lower back and can now touch my toes and, best of all. I have full flexibility of my neck.Eds holistic approach really works, he is very approachable and easy to chat about things with.One caveat, Ed knows when you haven't done your exercises so don't cheat. :)I cannot thank him enough for the massive improvements in my health and his encouraging me to make little changes for a healthier long term lifestyle.
Elaine Daniel
Elaine Daniel
13:05 07 Jul 22
I saw Edo in March and he was so informative regarding my spinal issues. I have had many treatments from him over the past few months and feel so much better and have more movement and less pain. He provides exercises for clients to help with strengthening muscles which is all part and parcel of chiropractic healing. I would recommend going to see him anytime.
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