Seaweed Pills and Women’s Health
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Young women have been advised to take pills derived from Scottish seaweed after researchers concluded they can boost the production of vital chemicals in the body in as little as three days.
The 16th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 10, and is celebrated until May 16, 2015.
A hormone imbalance is most common among women because of the way their body is designed to work. In the first part of a woman’s monthly cycle the body produces estrogen, in the middle ovulation results and after ovulation the body produces progesterone in preparation to receive the egg in the event that a pregnancy occurs.
If the woman is not pregnant, she has her period, and the process of hormone fabrication begins all over again. This happens on a monthly basis. Some women do not ovulate which means estrogen is produced, but progesterone is not. The only time progesterone is produced is in preparation to receive the egg after ovulation. The lack of progesterone causes an imbalance to occur.
This is a common occurrence as a woman begins to age. Ovulation slows down and the body fabricates less progesterone which causes the estrogen in the body to rise. This type of problem may begin in very young girls after they have their first period. Other times it is common is after the first child is born or after a tubal ligation. Once this problem begins, other problems begin to multiply.
The brain actually begins to swell when there is too much estrogen in the body. A woman may notice that her hands swell, her breasts are tender, she has headaches and mood swings. The thyroid begins to malfunction which stresses the adrenal glands, which, in turn, causes adrenal fatigue. All of this will create problems such as unexplained weight gain, fatigue, depression, the inability to think clearly, sleep problems and many other health problems.
Anytime there is an imbalance of hormones, the entire immune system is affected. This causes the woman’s fitness level to decrease. She no longer feels like exercising or worrying about her health. She just tries to survive each day. Sometimes it gets so bad she can hardly function.
This is not normally a problem that most women consult their doctors over. They have a tendency to think it is just how women are, and they do not think there is a problem. If they see it as a problem at all, they feel it is caused from them working to meet the needs of their husband, children and home while working a full-time job.
When estrogen is much higher than progesterone, the only way to balance the hormones is for the woman to take natural progesterone. If this is not done, the woman continues to experience the symptoms that lower her fitness level. When the progesterone level becomes equal to that of the estrogen, the woman will begin to get her strength back, and she will feel like a totally different person.
When a woman begins to use the recommended doses of natural progesterone cream, she will not notice a change immediately. It will take anywhere from three to four months for the hormones to become balanced again. She should be able to tell that the hormones are balancing because she will feel better, she will be able to think clearer, the mood swings will go away along with the depression and she will feel like doing things again.
It is important for a woman with these symptoms to visit her doctor. Before she goes, she may want to try the natural progesterone cream. If she doesn’t see a change in her symptoms after several months, she should have a complete checkup to make sure there is not another underlying problem.
In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), which contained several provisions related to abortions. One such provision required that any physician performing an abortion have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion was performed, and another provision required that all abortion clinics comply with standards for ambulatory surgical centers. The petitioners are a group of abortion providers who sued the State of Texas seeking to invalidate those provisions in H.B. 2 as they relate to facilities in McAllen and El Paso. The petitioners argued that H.B. 2 denied equal protection, unlawfully delegated lawmaking authority, and constituted arbitrary and unreasonable state action. The district court dismissed the equal protection, unlawful delegation, and arbitrary and unreasonable state action claims and granted declaratory and injunctive relief against the enforcement of the two contested provisions of H.B. 2. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the the equal protection, unlawful delegation, and arbitrary and unreasonable state action claims and partially reversed the injunctions because the plaintiffs failed to show that they placed a substantial burden in the path of a woman seeking an abortion.
Should a court’s “substantial burden” analysis take into account the extent to which laws that restrict access to abortion services actually serve the government’s stated interest in promoting health?
For more information about this case see: https://www.oyez.org/cases/2015/15-274
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