WHAT IS PSEUDO-MENOPAUSE?
Psuedo-menopause is premature, false, and reversible stoppage of menstruation. Menopause is the permanent cessation of menses when ovaries stop releasing eggs as an aging process. It signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman’s life. The release of eggs triggers the increased production of hormones that prepare the uterine lining for pregnancy as well as shedding when conception does not occur. Menopause usually occurs during a woman’s late 40s or early 50s. It is commonly associated with symptoms of night sweats, hot flushes, mood swings, a sense of ill being, and sometimes significantly disrupts daily life and activities.
In the early 1990s, I introduced the term psuedo-menopause for premature and reversible stoppage of menstruation. It results from the premature failure of ovarian functions. I have observed pseudo-menopause to occur in younger women, sometimes as young as in mid-twenties. It is always accompanied by marled to severe symptoms of hot flushes, mood swings, and a distrubing sense of being hormonally imbalanced. Many of my patients with pseudo-menopause also suffer from fatigue, abdominal bloating, and anxiety.
Pseudo-menopause develops due to hormonal derangements caused by toxicities of foods, environment, and thoughts. Its reversal and restoration of menses calls for a holistic, integrated plan that detects and effectively addresses all toxicities present in a given case. I urge readers to consider my three-DVD video seminar entitled “Hormones” (available at http://www.18006336226.com for detailed information on these subjects.
When Is Early Menopause, in Reality, Pseudo-menopause
The condition of an early menopause is well known to doctors. It is associated with many chronic immune disorders, chemotherapy, radiation, and the surgical removal of both ovaries. It is also related to cigarette smoking, obesity (higher body mass index), and anxiety-depression states. What is not recognized by doctors is that an early menopause under such conditions is often false, premature, and reversible. This is so because they are not aware of the possibility of hormonal and menstrual restoration with robust nutritional and herbal therapies, bowel and liver detox measures, and spiritual work.
Failure to recognize and reverse pseudo-menopause, in my view, is a serious mistake on the part of doctors. Untreated hormonal derangements that cause pseudo-menopause also set the stage of many serious disorders, including memory loss, cardiovascular disorders, and accelerated aging.
Reversal of Pseudo-menopause
The following are internet links for the major components of my guidelines for reversing pseudo-menopause:
Video seminars on all of the above therapies are available at http://www.18006336226.com, as well by phone at 973-586-4111.
The Oxygen Model of Pseudo-menopause
In the 1990s, I also put forth my Oxygen Model of Pseudo-menopause to explain the scientific basis of false and reversible cessation of menstruation. In simple words, this model states that premature and reversible stoppage of menstruation develops due to the failure of any of the following oxygen functions:
☞ Oxygen-driven cellular energetics,
☞ Oxygen-driven cellular development and multiplication,
☞ Oxygen-driven removal of cellular grease (oxygen’s detergent functions),
☞ Oxygen-activation of the enzyme systems of the body,
☞ Oxygen-driven cellular detox mechanisms.
To understand how the impairment of the above oxygen functions set the stage for pseudo-menopause, we need to learn about the structure and function of hormone receptors. Hormone receptors are proteins with complex and malleable structures, some traversing the cell membranes multiple times, and some anchored to cell innards.
The hormone receptors can be viewed as crank-shafts that are turned by hormone molecules working as cranks. The turning of those crank-shafts transmits information to various hormonal pathways which, in turn, activate specific enzymes, hormone response elements (pre-genes), and genes. In this context, I use the term receptor burn-out for a state of receptor unresponsiveness caused by being disfigured, twisted, jammed, clogged, or otherwise rendered dysfunctional. There is an enormous number of environmental pollutants with strong structural homology with natural hormones. Some of those compounds have a greater affinity for hormone receptors than the hormones themselves. Those compounds either jam or disarm hormone receptors. Such endocrine disruptions cause reproductive dysfunctions in humans and animals on an unprecedented scale.
I urge readers to download my article entitled “The Grease and Detergent Model of Disease” for additional information on the subject.