What is Hormone Imbalance? Is it Andropause or Menopause?


Hormone imbalance is a medical condition that arises when one or more hormones get out of balance with the rest of the hormones. When this occurs in women it is called
menopause. When it occurs in men, it is known as andropause.

The world we live in today is not the same world we had 100 years ago. Today we see many factories producing man-made chemicals at an alarming rate and discharging the waste products into our environment or putting them in our food and water supply. Once these chemicals are in our environment we are then exposed to them via breathing, drinking contaminated water, or eating foods that contain these chemicals, etc.

Many different chemical products that we come in constant contact with can cause the estrogen to increase in the body. This in turn can result in a compromise of the endocrine system which can lead to a hormonal imbalance. Once these chemicals are in our body, they have the opportunity to do considerable damage to whatever they come into contact with or disrupt.

If we are to understand the origins of hormone imbalance, then we must first examine how age affects the body itself. In a natural progression of aging, normal production of testosterone decreases as we grow older, and the percentage of testosterone vs. estrogen is reduced. Combine that with the exposure to harmful substances in our food and environment, and the estrogen levels begin to increase steadily resulting in a hormonal imbalance in men.

The modern world finds us contsantly exposed to a new type of environmental compound known as xenoestrogens. This particular type of estrogen, generally classified as petrochemicals, posess an extremely powerful estrogen-like effect. These xenoestrogens can be found in the air we breathe, plastic materials, clothing, herbicides and pesticides as well as personal care produtcs. As you can see it is not very difficult in today’s times to be exposed to a number of these chemicals.

Sadly, the modern diet is also polluted with hormones. Synthetic estrogens are now commonly found implemented for the production of larger cattle and other meat-producing animals, as well as to boost egg and milk production. Many of us are eating our way into estrogen dominance as many foods now contain small to large amounts of estrogen. Farmers put estrogens in the foods they feed their livestock. Many birth control pills are not biodegradable and can be found in many of our towns and cities water supply. Synthetic hormones have chemical structures that are not compatible with our bodies and therefore tend to interfere with normal body functions.


So what does all of this mean to men when they have too much estrogen? It means that they are in the male form of menopause, called andropause. Andropause is similar to menopause in women. The difference is that women begin to have a decrease in estrogen and men tend to have an increase in estrogen or a decrease in testosterone. Testosterone does tend to decline
with advancing age which will cause a change in the ratio  of testosterone to estrogen. Andropause finally takes over when the men have a higher level of estrogen than they do

When this condition occurs it can take the form of many different ailments and conditions. It can produce enlarged prostate, low sex drive, impotence, urinary problems, depression, fatigue, foggy thinking, and an unusually rapid increase in weight. Some medical studies have also linked low testosterone to diabetes as well as an increased risk for having a stroke.

What should any man do that is experiencing any of these conditions? The first step is to make an appointment with a doctor to have your hormone levels checked. This is not quite as easy as it sounds because there are many different ways to check hormones; blood is just one of the ways. Other tests appear to be more accurate than blood; however, sometimes a combination of different tests is what is needed to find the imbalance.

Once this imbalance has been identified, you then need to be treated to reduce your estrogen levels and increase your testosterone levels. Do not make the mistake of simply taking more testosterone! Why? Because taking more testosterone and not finding out why your estrogen is elevated is asking for more problems. This is like putting fuel to the fire because your body can convert the increased testosterone into more estrogen.

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Your choice of doctors is certainly your decision, so make a wise choice. At Madison Clinic we work with hormones every day. We have different methods of testing your levels, as well as natural treatments to help reverse the problem.

Inappropriate Teacher-Student Relationships Eroding Parent-Teacher Trust

How does this keep happening? Last Monday (Feb. 5, 2018), ABC’s Good Morning America (along with every media outlet in the US) reported another case of a trusted teacher hitting on a student! This time it’s a male teacher involved in an inappropriate relationship with a female student. What’s happening to the parent/teacher trust factor? Let’s be honest…it’s evaporating faster than you can say, “crazy teachers and sexual misconduct.”

I mean, I know it’s a youth worshiping country, but this is getting ridiculous. According to every TV and radio station in the US, long time track coach Brenton Wuchae first started paying special attention to his then 14 year old student, Windy Hagar, a few years ago. He started giving her special attention and rides home from practice, which progressed into heavy texting, and eventually into full blown “love”. What was a gaw-gaw couple in love to do? Head to the altar and tie the knot, of course!

There was only one thing standing in their way – – the law. Without the consent of Windy’s parents, ole Brent would have been committing statutory rape if he had tried to whisk his 16 year old love away and wed secretly. Parents can’t control everything, but until daughters are 18, they hold some pretty potent cards. Being armed with this power, what parent wouldn’t choose to employ this restraint and give their starry eyed teenager a chance to get her head on straight?

The Hagars apparently! For some mysterious reason, Windy’s mom and dad actually signed a parental consent form, and their sweet 16-year-old daughter became the wife of this 40 year old man. Windy’s father, Dennis, said they were exhausted, that they had to “move on” because “it was going to kill us all.”

They obviously had reasons that are very personal. I don’t know all the dynamics involved in this family, but I’ll tell you this…I don’t get it. I admit I am wrong to judge from a distance. Perhaps they were indulging parents who just never learned to dominate their own emotions so they could say, “no”. But let’s put parents aside for a minute.

What concerns me more is that these cases – cases of teachers involved in inappropriate romantic (and let’s be honest – sexual) relationships with their underage students – are not diminishing. What’s being done by state legislatures and school boards to reverse (or at least mitigate) the situation? Why aren’t prospective teachers given a battery of “personality” tests before being offered their first 12 month contract?

Heck, you can’t even get a good sales job without being subjected to the 4-5 hour Myers-Briggs Test. New sales candidates are told to relax, be yourself and answer honestly. After all, “There are no “wrong answers” they say. Yeah…RIGHT! Of course there are wrong answers! If this weren’t so, they’d require you to take the test AFTER they hire you! But I understand – companies are trying to weed out timid, overly sensitive souls from their candidate base. For sales positions, they want driven people with the killer instinct. And why not – they want results!

Don’t you think it’s about time these genius “personality profiling” companies came up with some type of “test” to weed out new teachers who are a little off-balance before they begin their teaching careers?

When Linda Felton Steinbaum approached me about producing her new play, Mustang Sally, I was excited because the subject is so topical. But it’s even more prevalent than I thought. Almost daily another case is in the news. Like dirty laundry, a long list of these cases with details about the age disparities is listed on the play’s website www.mustangsallytheplay.com/Articles; cases such as Lakina Stutts, Deana Bobo, Mary Kay Letourneau, Bethany Sherrill, Kelly Lynn Dalecki, Sherry Brians, Pamela Turner, Susan Eble, Tara Lynn Crisp, Laura Lynn Findlay, Carol Flannigan, Moan Marie Sladky, and let’s not forget infamous Debra LaFave. And these are only a few of the female offenders! I heard a rumor that the schools in Simi Valley California had three cases of female teachers and sexual misconduct with their students (that were successfully swept under the rug) LAST YEAR alone!

See the full ABC Good Morning America story of Mon, June 25, 2007, “Anguished Parents Sign Consent Forms, Saying They Had No Choice” at http://www.sfpartyparty.com.

Is it just me, or does anybody else find this disturbing?

Guidelines To A Better Sleep For You And Your Child

Sleep is the utmost human requirement, but it is often the neglected and least cared about necessity of human life. Not just humans, but animals too require a good sleep to allow their bodies to function properly. But for humans, lack of sleep can lead to quite adverse affects on their health.

We all live a very hectic life in this current high-tech generation, where all our day’s chores are either devoted to work or unhealthy activities. Thus, it is quite obvious that sleep is ignored as we want to do more and more things while we are awake. It is a thoroughly established fact that adults should take at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep, but on the contrary we sleep merely 5 to 6 hours, which causes numerous ill affects on our metabolism, leading to several ailments like; diabetes and heart diseases.

The same goes for children who on average should sleep 9 to 12 hours a day, depending upon age. However, they either sleep more, or quite less then the prescribed. Thus it is important that both you and your children follow a perfect sleeping guide, so that you don’t put yourself and your child under any risk, when it comes to health.

Sleep Regression In Babies

There are certain things to ponder over regarding you children’s sleep, especially if you have just got a new little angel at your home. These things are not just about sleep hours, but about sleep cycle as well. Babies tend to develop certain habits like the well established fact of sleep regression among babies and require appropriate look after.

New born babies are required to sleep at least 18 hours a day; this isn’t a continuous sleep as they have to wake up to for food. But when the new born reaches an age of 4 months, he tends to deviate from his sleeping pattern. As a result the baby starts to wake up more often, and you might thing that he may be asking for food, but in reality he is just trying to adjust his sleep. This is termed as 4 months sleep regression in babies and is one of the toughest tests for parents after the baby is born.

However, when the baby starts to grow right before your eyes and enters his child hood you have to understand his requirements and how can he affectively maintain a good sleep routine, so that it might benefit him when he grows old.

Sleep Apparel For Children

It is essential that you recognize the sleep related requirement of your child. He should be provided a perfect cozy environment so that he could affectively sleep during the night. Hence, you should make sure that you buy comfortable sleepwear for kids like; pajamas and nightshirts. These clothing should be of good and comfortable fabric like cotton.

A part from these necessary things you should provide to you child, it is also necessary to make sure he develops a habit of changing his clothes before sleeping. Also he should brush his teeth and empty his bladder to get a nice and comfy sleep.

But all these efforts that you are making in trying to develop healthy habits among your children should not make you neglect yourself. As if you are healthy, so will be your child; and definitely this health can only come, if you too get a complete sleep. So, here are some quick tips.

Sleeping Tips For Adults – Healthy Diet

Being an adult specially a parent is the most difficult phase of life as a lot of worries surround us through out the day regarding; work, children and the future. However, it is wisely said, “Don’t take your worries to your bed” as all you will get is sleep deprivation, which could lead to all sorts of problems.

Thus, avoid being worried while you are going to sleep, just try to be happy and content in life. However, if you still don’t find yourself sleeping then you can change your eating habits and diet for a good sleep.

A good way to do this is to avoid excessive caffeine products like; tea, coffee, chocolates and fizzy drinks. These are the biggest culprit to sleep deprivation in our lives.

You should try not to over eat during the night as this can give you a bloated feeling when on bed. Keeping this in view, also try not to take useless snacks before sleeping, instead drink a hot cup of milk but make sure you have taken dinner atleast 3 hours before your sleep. This will relax you a bit and induce sleep.

Your Body Has a New Organ

There’s a new family member in the digestive system – the mesentery. Although only just now being classified as an organ, it’s been part of the human body for millennia. It’s taken a long time, but finally the mesentery is taking it’s rightful place among the other digestive organs.

Hard Facts on Salt


Salt. We add it to practically everything we eat and it’s in nearly every processed food out there. A little salt is needed in the body to help maintain the fluid in our cells. Salt actually assists in the absorption of water into our cells; that is why ingesting too much salt can cause oedema, or swelling.

According to the Better Health Channel (www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au) people average more than double their recommended daily intake of salt. It is suggested that you only have up to 4 grams per day, with 6 grams still being acceptable.

Although you may assume cutting back on the amount of salt you put into and onto your food would be the best way to cut back, you actually get 75% of the salt you ingest, from processed foods; white bread being one of the largest contributors.

Also on the list of processed foods to avoid are:

  • Pizza
  • Potato chips
  • Processed meats like sausages, hot dogs and salami
  • Canned veggies
  • Instant soups and pastas
  • Pre-packaged condiments like teriyaki, soy and tomato sauce

I know what you’re thinking; this looks like your grocery list. But it isn’t all bad; in addition to cutting back on the salt you physically add, eating fresh veggies instead of canned, eating whole-wheat or multi-grain bread and limiting how often and how much you use certain condiments, are all ways to take your salt level down to a healthy level.

A common misconception is that the popular sea salt is the safe alternative. The truth is that sea salt actually contains 98% sodium chloride where regular table salt contains 97.5% sodium chloride. The problem lies in the salt refining process. Sea salt and table salt both go through the exact same refining process which removes 82 of the 84 minerals found in sea water.

In fact, refining salt is not done primarily to create salt for commercial use, but rather industrial. According to www.leaflady.org, “only 7% of the salt that is manufactured goes for food”. The rest is used in making everything from fertilizers to plastics and explosives.

A healthy alternative to use is something called Celtic sea salt. Unlike regular salt, this salt is completely unrefined and has all 84 elements still intact due to a process of sun and air drying.

Some of the health conditions related to high salt intake are: heart failure; kidney problems; gastric and stomach cancer; stroke; and osteoporosis.

But probably the most common ailment associated with excessive salt intake is high blood pressure. Normally in your body, any surplus salt is simply passed into the urine. But when there are large amounts, the kidneys can’t keep up and it then gets dumped into our bloodstream. Since salt and water (which is brought into our blood via the salt) are attracted to each other, more and more water is brought into the bloodstream which then results in high blood pressure.

Some tips in reducing your daily intake of salt are:

  • Choose fresh vegetables over canned
  • Avoid adding salt while cooking or at the table
  • Cut back on processed foods and make a habit of reading labels
  • Cut out fast food which is usually high in salt and processed
  • Use things like fresh garlic, onion and other spices to season instead of salt
  • Choose reduced salt items at the grocery whenever possible

Although virtually impossible to eradicate from your diet, salt, in healthy amounts is actually necessary to our bodies. Putting the shaker down and making healthier, salt-reduced choices can make a dramatic difference to our overall health.

Types Of Growth Media


A growth or culture media is is used for the growth of certain microorganism for their study and research on them. The microorganism need suitable environment for them too flourish.

The different growth medium provide them those conditions but external physical factors should also be right for a microorganisms to grow. The growth medium actually provides the microorganism nutrients so that they can live.

Depending on the type of microorganism, the right type of culture medium has to be chosen, culture medium can be either liquid or solid. Solid culture media is a jelly like substance.

This jelly like substance is called “agar”. Normally such plates on which microorganism are grown are called agar plates. Here are the names of some commonly used laboratory culture medium.

1. The Preservation Culture Media
2. The Enrichment Culture Media
3. Selective Culture Media
4. Differential Culture Media
5. Resuscitation Culture Media
6. General Purpose Media
7. Isolation Culture Media
8. Fermentation Media

Are there limits to what evolution can produce?


Evolution has produced some exquisite examples of biological machinery, from bat echolocation to the human brain. But are there things that cannot ever evolve? And why?

To answer this question, we first need to understand a couple of things. The first is that natural selection is about preserving what works, not what is in principle the best “design” for something. We can envisage more efficient designs than those found in nature, but given that evolution is a population phenomenon that compares how well contemporaries do against one another, it will favour those designs that happen to work best, even if they are shoddy solutions (relative to a universal optima that we can imagine) to a problem.

Secondly (and related to this first point), is that what gets selected has to be built upon what’s already there. This means that selection will result in things that are ad hoc and convoluted. As Richard Dawkins has said about the laryngeal nerve (a nerve that exists in the pharynx or throat region of vertebrates), it is easy to imagine a more efficient, less resource-wasting design that has the nerve pass straight through the pharynx rather than under it and back up again, but the cost in embryological upheaval of such a change would likely be prohibitive because of the negative effects on other morphological arrangements as a side-consequence. The intermediates would never be selected for, and hence the less efficient, sub-optimal version is what gets preserved. Of course, it needn’t have been so if organisms had been designed afresh by a deity or some other intelligent agent. What we actually see, though, are solutions to life’s problems that clearly show the imprint left behind by history, because the solutions are often a patchwork of prior solutions that are “stuck” at local rather than universal (effectively imaginary) optima. Organisms carry, as Charles Darwin said of human beings (the most exalted of all organisms), the indelible stamp of their origins.

There will probably never be cheetahs pursuing gazelles on the African savannah at Mach 2.0. There will probably never be sharks that fire torpedoes at seals. There will probably never be birds with electronic radar. But we can find analogues of these; we find fish that spit water at insects to knock them out, and tarantulas that shoot hairs at adversaries. We find bats that use sound waves to determine the location of prey, and dolphins that use sonar to find food hiding beneath the sea bed. Natural selection is all about the allocation of resources in direct proportion to the suite of demands imposed by the environment that is pertinent to the organism in question – the ease of acquiring nutrients, the ease of finding a mate, the risk of being predated upon, abiotic factors like temperature, and so on. All these factors impose selection pressures of their own – often in opposition to other pressures – and what results will normally be a compromise between them, a design that represents a solution to the average set of pressures in an environment over a period of time. There will be a lot of historical baggage that will be dragged along, and if there are no efficient means of getting rid of it, it must be tolerated, as it were.

Lineages can change in dramatic ways, but there are definite limits on what evolution can do, defined, first of all, by the laws of chemistry and physics, and by the immediate needs of the organisms that comprise populations.

Hormone Replacement Therapy and Menopause

Some women choose to begin hormone replacement therapy after the symptoms of menopause begin. This therapy can reduce the strength and number of hot flashes that occur. Many hormone replacement therapies replace the loss of estrogen. The production of the hormones progesterone and testosterone are also affected by menopause.

While the female ovaries will no longer create progesterone, the adrenal gland will often continue making testosterone though the levels may be lower than before the onset of menopause and thus the change in sexual desire and vaginal moisture. Bone reduction begins soon after menopause begins due to the relationship between the female hormones and bone production.

Estrogen hormone replacement therapy is prescribed on an as needed basis. Some women choose to naturally enter into menopause and never supplement with artificial or synthetic hormones. Others, especially those who have surgically induced menopause and osteoporosis or osteopenia, will choose hormone replacement therapy.

Testosterone replacement therapy can also be a part of post menopausal therapy. This replacement is a bit more complicated than estrogen replacement therapy. In order to supplement testosterone, the woman will need to undergo testosterone level tests before therapy and during therapy to ensure the levels are not too high or too low.

As an alternative to estrogen replacement, many women are find relief in the form of an all-natural herbal female libido supplement, which may help to restore hormonal balance and assist in alleviating many of the symptoms they experience.


FDA Approves Cefaly, First Device For Migraine Prevention

So, I did write about this device awhile ago and I wondered how long it would take to be approved by the FDA in the U.S. Well, they just approved it.
The FDA said in a statement:

“The user positions the device in the center of the forehead, just above the eyes, using a self-adhesive electrode,” the agency explained. “The device applies an electric current to the skin and underlying body tissues to stimulate branches of the trigeminal nerve, which has been associated with migraine headaches.”

“This device is a promising step forward in treating migraine headaches, as it addresses an important part of what we believe triggers and maintains a migraine attack,” said Dr. Myrna Cardiel, a clinical associate professor of neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center and NYU School of Medicine in New York City.

Now, I am looking online right now, there are a few places to purchase it,one needed a prescription. The best thing to do would be to talk to your doctor about it. I have no idea, since it is so new, if it will be covered under insurance.

Since it is newly approved in the U.S. I imagine supplies will run low. I plan on getting one, I will be talking to my doctor. These are not cheap, they run from $250-349. Now, there are also Elecotrloads sold in packs of 3 for about $25.00.According to one of the sites that sells them, celafy.us each Electrode lasts 20 times, it adheres the device to your forehead.

Here is the link on the FDA approval.

I am posting two links that sell them, just to give you the information, the first does not require a prescription, the second one does. Keep in mind, I am sure there are more sites.

Gastric Bypass: An Overiew of Bariatric Surgery


Gastric bypass, or bariatric surgery, is quickly becoming the most popular weight loss tool in America. This form of weight loss is very risky.

No one can hide from seeing or hearing about personal accounts of gastric bypass success. For those who have had the surgery and were successful in losing a significant amount of weight, their stories can be a convincing advertisement for the procedure. But there are a lot of risks when a person undergoes gastric bypass surgery, and anyone thinking about getting the procedure should know who qualifies for the surgery and how this can affect the rest of someone’s life.

The first step in learning more about gastric bypass surgery is to contact a doctor that specializes in the procedure. Many people make the mistake of going to a professional who is not qualified or skilled in the procedure, and this could raise the rate of complications. In order to get a safe, reliable surgery with a low risk of complications, research the doctor who will be doing the procedure. Make sure the doctor is skilled in this type of medicine and that he is committed to successful results.

The Effect On Your Life

Before approaching a doctor, one must think about how gastric bypass surgery will change one’s life. Getting gastric bypass surgery is just one step in many in order to change not only the weight of a person, but the lifestyle choices of a person. Gastric bypass surgery requires that a person must meet physical requirements for surgery as well as the determination to change his life.
First, anyone who is thinking about gastric bypass surgery will have to undergo a physical exam. This exam might be a little different for everyone, depending on the risk factors of the person. Heart health, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels will all play a factor in whether someone qualifies to get gastric bypass surgery.

The Necessity of Strict Diet and Exercise

Those who are thinking about getting this procedure will also need to make lifestyle changes that are not just to get the surgery and give the body time to heal, but permanent changes that will affect the rest of their lives. There must be a strict diet and exercise program set up in order to let those who have had gastric bypass surgery live a healthier life. These issues are some of the most important factors in determining whether someone qualifies for gastric bypass surgery. If a person cannot handle changes in diet and exercise, then gastric bypass surgery may not be the right choice.

Those who are thinking about gastric bypass surgery should think carefully about the affects this will have on their life and the lives of those around them. A doctor also needs to be consulted so that the doctor can provide the patient with more information about the benefits, risks, and overall changes that will happen with gastric bypass surgery.
Cost may also be factor when a person determines whether gastric bypass surgery is right for him or not. Many insurance companies will not pay for the surgery unless the doctor can provide proof that this is a necessary procedure in order to reduce medical risk factors.