Hormones & Birth Control – with Dr Teitelbaum; plus: SVA Remedies for Depression with Rose Carol – your SV Ayurveda Newsletter April 28, 2022 – #14, Vol 12

A passage from one of Vaidya Mishra’s knoweldge on hormonal health for men and women: “But this tree has to be taken care of… when a seed which will sprout, when a seed becomes a tree, you have to nourish the whole tree on all levels. This means you have to keep your prana vata in balance; keep your sadhak pitta in balance; do not torture your senses – overuse or misuse them; take care of the whole. That’s why the shastras supply information for the whole; ALL ayurveda is to take care of the hormones, physical body, mind and senses. The big whole totality. In addition to having good food, good rest…
Hormones are “apar ojas” in ayurveda. And there are specific recommendation for men and women. For men we have a specific Tribulus, Deer antler, Ashwagandha to support the male stamina, support male ojas. For optimal testosterone levels.
For women: we need to balance estrogen and progesterone. we have Shatavari drops, Zinc/Yasad drops. I also advise to eat more pineapple and papaya, asparagus. And cut out all processed white sugar. 
For men, start with Tribulus. VJK is a great formulation. In addition to Sadhaka Pitta balance drops.
Femi ojas and Devadaru for women, in addition to Shatavari. […] Specific products for progesterone predominant problems, Femi Ojas cream and Femi Ojas drops: when your progesterone is low. For estrogen related dryness Kamini cream on lower spine and topically on the vaginal area.” […]

Birth Control & More
Dr Marianne Teitelbaum

Clinical experience counts for something. When you see over 100,000 patients over a 35-year span of a lifetime, many patterns start to emerge where you can see lots of causes and effects, even before research bares them out.
For example, it became apparent to me early on in my practice that people who cooked with vegetable oils like canola, sunflower oil and others usually developed a fatty liver, even without the use of alcohol. I never saw any research on this, but I saw it over and over in my patients, and when I told them to eliminate the use of these oils and switch over to olive oil and ghee and gave them various herbs to heal their liver, the fatty liver totally reversed.
I saw hundreds and hundreds of children develop food allergies and sensitivities from taking way too many antibiotics for recurring infections, and thankfully watched the allergies go away once we restored the friendly bacteria in the gut and settled down the hot and angry liver. 
I also noticed how my patients who had thyroid problems at the same time had problems with their gall bladder, which I described in great detail in my book Healing the Thyroid With Ayurveda.
When you have a very sick patient staring at you on the treatment table, desperate for help, you don’t have the luxury of waiting for research to discover what you have been seeing clinically for years. You just roll up your sleeves and do what you instinctively know what you have to do, based on the experience you’ve gained from the hundreds of patients who presented before them with the same symptoms.
I remember many years ago I began seeing problems emerge in our menopausal patients who were taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It seemed that many of them were developing breast cancer. It was a very obvious cause and effect that I saw over and over and over again.
I started telling women to avoid it and showed them how nature gave us a bounty of herbs that could help them overcome their menopausal symptoms, without the side effects of the synthetic drugs.

Then, the Women’s Health Initiative study, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute found out what I had been seeing clinically: they tested 161,000 women over a span of several years and discovered that indeed taking HRT did in fact increase the risk for not only breast cancer, but also for heart disease, stroke, blood clots and urinary incontinence. Not by a little, but a lot. So much so that they had to stop the study in its tracks because the women who were in the group who were taking the HRT were dropping like flies, developing high rates of all these problems.
Thankfully, an alarm was sent out and at least 50% of the women in the country stopped taking their HRT. And as predicted, the next year the rate of breast cancer dropped dramatically, lower than it had ever dropped before, despite all the breast cancer research which had been done hoping to find a way to decrease the epidemic.
I remember at the time thinking that if we could only take it one step further — if they could somehow get the young girls off the birth control pill, we would see the rate of breast cancer go down even more dramatically.
And again, I have come to this conclusion by seeing so many patients through the years who have developed breast cancer have one thing in common: a large majority of them have a history of taking birth control pills. The longer they have remained on them the more likely they are to develop it.This includes the patches, the vaginal rings and IUD’s all laced with these chemical hormones.

Let’s see why taking synthetic hormones might not be the way to go. First of all, the hormones that your body makes are highly intelligent. They are produced by the ovaries, and are targeted to certain areas to exert their influence. They are then removed from the body and then new hormones are made. All this happens through intelligent feedback loops originating in the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. They sense when the hormones are low, signals are sent out to the ovaries to produce them, and they fluctuate up and down during a woman’s monthly cycle depending on this feedback loop.
All of these functions can be altered immensely by synthetic hormones with grave consequences to your health. Why? Because these are not natural hormones but instead the toxic synthetic versions of the hormones your body would produce. And your body has never seen anything like these at any time in the history of mankind. 
While yes, they might be able to do a few of the same things that hormones do, attaching to your body’s receptors like your natural hormones do, kind of like a key fitting into a lock. But they won’t necessarily open the door all the way. You will definitely get a different outcome from these drugs than the intelligent hormones your body produces.

In Ayurveda we stress the importance of taking in truly natural remedies to heal the body. Remedies such as food, herbs, and spices — all are grown outside, absorbing the intelligent rays of the sun and the moon, which we collectively call prana. It’s this vibration of prana that gets into these remedies which in turn impart an intelligent vibration and action in our cells, allowing the cells to perform all their hundreds of complex functions, and also giving the cells the capability of communicating with each other. Every action inside of your cells runs on vibration. Intelligent vibration, the healing vibration of nature.
This is why we try to avoid synthetic vitamins as much as we can. They too are lacking nature’s healing energy, so when we take them into our bodies, yes, we will get an effect, but over time we will start to see side effects develop as their unintelligent or dumb effects begin to surface.
Which is exactly what is wrong with these synthetic hormones, such as birth control pills. Not only are they not intelligent, but they also break a very important law of nature in that they stop the body’s natural processes. This also is a very bad idea. 

For example, they stop the inherent and necessary rhythms of a woman’s hormonal cycle, making her infertile by preventing the release of an egg during the monthly cycle. They do this by suppressing the release of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) from the pituitary gland. FSH and LH stimulate ovulation, which is the release of a mature egg from the female ovary. A woman cannot get pregnant if she doesn’t ovulate because there is no egg to be fertilized. I cringe when I think about someone stopping this basic law of nature inherent in all women and the havoc it must be wreaking on the delicately balanced endocrine system. The pill also thickens the mucus of the cervix. This thicker cervical mucus blocks sperm so they can’t swim to an egg. Yet another cringe-worthy thought. 
I always tell my patients — don’t stop any of the body’s natural cycles so your body can run smoothly and intelligently, with all the hundreds of functions happily taking place within the trillions of cells in your body. It’s almost like you get a slap from Mother Nature when you break these basic laws of nature. This is because every cell is physically and energetically connected to each other. So a breakdown in communication in one area usually will initiate a cascade of events which will eventually affect the entire body. We can’t expect to harm one area and think things will be OK everywhere else.

This is especially true with synthetic hormone use. You don’t want to remove the elegant hormones your body produces and replace them with chemical toxins — if you do then you must accept the reality of what might happen inside. 
They have been known to cause life threatening blood clots, strokes, depression and suicidal thoughts; some women develop high blood pressure, some develop osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hardening of the arteries, heart disease, diabetes and insulin resistance, kidney disease and even dementia.
I make it a point to ask every new patient if they have ever taken birth control pills, or worse, the morning after pill which is even higher doses than the pill and wreaks even more havoc. And if they have taken the birth control pill I ask for how long and how many morning after pills were taken. That way, I know the amount of toxicity I’m dealing with.
Always keep this in mind: estrogen makes things grow. The intelligent estrogen your body produces made your hips and breasts grow at puberty, for example. The unintelligent or dumb estrogen found in HRT and birth control pills creates “dumb” growth — growths such as cancerous breast tumors.
Another pattern I have seen through the years is that the birth control pill destroys the friendly bacteria in the gut, just like antibiotics do. Once these are destroyed you can develop food allergies, yeast infections, irritable bowel and autoimmune diseases. It’s important to understand that the friendly bacteria in the gut prevent infection, they also help the digestion of food and they keep the immune system stable so it doesn’t spiral out of control and start reacting to foods or attacking your body which will wind up in an autoimmune disease as your immune system starts attacking you.
And birth control pills also wipe out the strains of the friendly bacteria in the bladder and vaginal tract, causing recurring bladder infections and/or bacterial vaginosis. These infections don’t occur out of the blue — they happen once the friendly bacteria are depleted. Since these beneficial bacteria prevent infections from growing once they are depleted you become prone to any one of these types of infections.
If you have been on the pill for any length of time you must regrow the friendly bacteria in the gut, the vaginal tract and the bladder using targeted types of probiotics for each specific area. You then have to undergo an intense regimen of cleansing. Cleansing the liver, the fat cells, the bone marrow, and the blood, all the places where these fatty hormones deposit and stay forever. 

Since these hormones are made out of cholesterol, there is a very good chance you need to thin out the bile in the gall bladder, as the gall bladder has to process these fatty hormones out and continually dumping this much fat and cholesterol into your bile can overwhelm it, causing a condition known as bile sludge. Normally the bile is thin and flows like a liquid. But when too much fat is introduced into it, it becomes thick, like a toothpaste. You need to thin out the bile using various herbs, foods and teas before it becomes too thick and begins congealing into gall stones. This is why so many women on the pill develop gall bladder disease. Nip it in the bud before it’s too late. Thin out the sludge before stones begin to form, and get off the pill as quickly as you can.
And finally, another pattern you’ll see develop is that many women who have been on the birth control pill will develop problems with their thyroid gland. This can happen for several reasons. First, the birth control pill depletes both selenium and zinc, two nutrients that your thyroid needs to both make the hormones and convert them to their active form. 
The pill also depletes the B vitamins. I remember very early on in my practice taking the pulse of women who were on the pill — I felt so sorry for them because I could feel their hand trembling and shaking as I took their pulse, a result of low B vitamins. And without B vitamins you cannot synthesize thyroid hormones. 
And another huge reason the birth control pill upsets the thyroid function is because it increases thyroid binding globulin or TBG. TBG, as it name implies, binds the thyroid hormone, making it unavailable to your cells, which isn’t a great thing since your thyroid hormones affect every single cell in your body. 
Here’s the way it works: you make the thyroid hormone, but it just circulates around in your body, kind of like it’s sitting in a taxicab just cruising around your body until it’s needed. The taxicab is the thyroid binding globulin. When the body sends signals that it needs more thyroid hormone, the thyroid hormone has to get out of the taxicab and go into the cells where it’s needed. This means it has to become unbound to the TBG so it is free to go into the cell. When there’s too much TBG it’s kind of like the thyroid hormone can’t get out of the cab, causing your body to suffer from lack of thyroid hormone.

Don’t pollute your body like this for just a few days out of the month that you are fertile. Use barrier methods of contraception such as condoms (both internal and external), diaphragms, cervical caps, and sponges. Or you can learn when you are ovulating and refrain from sexual activity a few days before and a few days after ovulation, since the sperm can live a few days.
Many women are put on the birth control pill not to prevent a pregnancy but to treat acne or irregular menstrual cycles. Let me warn you about this as well. The only reason the birth control pill helps acne is because it stops the natural detox process of the skin. This is also not a very good idea. Your skin is the largest organ in the body whose primary function is to let toxins out through the pores all day every day. If you block this very important detox process the toxins turn around and go deeper into the physiology, causing worse problems in the future.
And if your menstrual cycles are irregular, if you skip them or they come too frequently, then you should fix all the reasons that this is happening. Just taking the birth control pill gives you a false sense of security because now your period is coming on time every month. But the real truth is that none of the underlying causes for the irregular cycles were addressed. The only reason you appear to be having a regular cycle is because you get breakthrough bleeding every month when you stop the pill for that week. If you don’t address all the underlying reasons for the irregular cycles then these imbalances continue to fester within the body causing a bigger problem in the future, especially when you decide to start a family of your own.
So, I hope you will think twice before you decide to go on the birth control pill. Yes, it may be easy to just pop a pill each day to prevent a pregnancy, but the amount of toxicity it creates and the health problems associated with it aren’t worth it. And if you are using it to prevent acne or balance out your irregular cycle keep in mind that they are actually doing nothing to fix the underlying imbalances — all you’re doing is sweeping the problem under the rug, creating much bigger health problems in the not too distant future.
I hope this information keeps you away from the pill. I’ve seen way too many victims of the birth control pill through the years. Please. Your health is the most important thing in your life. Don’t throw it away so easily.
Thank you,
Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

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