Why I Am Challenging What The Menopause Industry Tells Us About Our Bodies
By Sally J Duffell, Author of Grow your own HRT
The menopause industry, doctors, most leaflets you get in doctors waiting rooms, books (both conventional and alternative) all give one version of the way we menopause. That menopause happens when the ovaries pack up and are not creating enough hormones. It is therefore logical that you have got to supplement them artificially and aren’t we lucky that HRT exists even though increases your chances of cancer, heart disease and thrombosis. Plus don’t get hooked on it, because you can only be on it for 10 years because that’s when the real risks kick in.
But what happens in women who don’t get hot flushes, and there are millions of them all over the world, particularly in non-industrialised societies that are still living in traditional ways. Plus, there are women in the West who don’t either.
Why aren’t their ovaries packing up? Where are they getting their hormones from? There is an alternative model, but here’s the crucial point it’s not put forward by the menopause industry, but by the fertility industry who are really serious about the way women’s bodies and particularly our ovaries work.
In this model, the healthy woman’s ovaries never pack up, they always give the brain what it ask for. When menopause happens the body handles hormones differently that’s all.
Obviously for some women this doesn’t happen. But this shouldn’t be the norm and if your ovaries do start to falter, we should look at what’s wrong with them and get them working again. Because just replacing the hormones with artificial ones gives rise to so many other problems, not least breast cancer, that it should never be the first port of call.
So, what causes ovaries to fail? Some women might have genetic problems but for the rest of us it’s the changes bought about since industrialisation. Our bodies (and ovaries) are bombarded with chemical and industrial oestrogens. Study after study has proven that they interfere with both our hormonal signals and our ovaries ability to function normally.
Secondly, we don’t eat as many plant hormones as we used to. There are a number of books on how you can change your entire diet in order to get more plant hormones. Many people can’t manage it so instead take expensive plant hormone supplements or pay even more to get “bio identical” HRT. Luckily though there are easier (and indeed cheaper) way to get plant hormones into our bodies.
If you start eating sprouted foods, you will be ingesting one of the richest sources of plant hormones on the planet. Every successful culture has a tradition of them, including our own. You can add them to whatever else you are eating and give yourself a plant hormone boost. Plant hormones then get to work on our hormonal balance, they can either top the body with hormones if we don’t have enough or calm it down if we have too much. If we were in any doubt that we need plant hormones, scientists have recently discovered that we have special plant hormone receptors in our cells just looking for them.
There is also scientific evidence that sprouted foods can help rid our body of polluting chemicals and turn harsher oestrogens into more gentle ones. The biggest bonus is that these foods have such a rich bounty of plant hormones and other nutrients that we only have to eat a small amount to get a big effect.
Much of the research I have done isn’t in the public domain, yet I found over 400 scientific. The reason there is so much research is that scientists are very interested in the potential of sprouted foods, they test them and dissect them, and measure their contents and isolate them so they can be put into supplements and drugs and sold to us as an alterative to HRT. They never say that we can cut out the middle man and grow them ourselves on our windowsills. It just takes a couple of minutes a day to water them. Yet this simple act challenges the menopause industry on many different levels.
I also looked into the way plant hormones react with cancer and cancer treatments. Many women who are at risk of hormone dependent cancer think that plant hormones just add more oestrogen to the body. Yet there is tons of research how, plant hormones eaten as part of a healthy diet, rather than pills, or supplements, are perfect for everyone, even those who have had cancer.
It’s time to challenge the menopause industry and the way we think about menopause that also offers practical solutions for menopausal women everywhere to return to the natural health that should be our birthright.
Grow Your Own HRT by Sally J Duffell (Findhorn Press) Grow Your Own HRT
Sprout hormone-rich greens in only two minutes a day
by Sally J. Duffell
Are you a woman of a certain age and feeling menopausal? Well forget all that expensive hormone replacement therapy and consider growing your own HRT. Sprouted foods are one of the world’s richest sources of plant hormones. They are also the densest form of nutrients on earth and easy to digest. Our bodies thrive on plant based foods and since we evolved eating plants our bodies digest them easily. Our cells have receptors that look for these kinds of nutrients in our bodies. Author Sally J. Duffell writes about the scientific proof that explains why some women menopause without any issues and how you can become one of them by just growing your own hormone replacement.
Grow Your Own HRT is filled with instructions on how to grow hormone-rich plants in just minutes a day. Duffell also explains how to self-diagnose, how much to take and which sprouts to grow for which symptoms. The reader will learn about plant estrogens, progesterone, plant sterols and natural detoxifying nutrients. Plus, the book contains studies on how sprouted foods can help with menopause symptoms, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, dementia, diabetes and autism. Duffell will show readers the true benefits of growing HRT the way nature intended and avoiding expensive supplements and synthetic hormones.
About the author: Sally J. Duffell has been growing, teaching and writing about bean sprouting for many years. She extensively researched the scientific proof behind their rich bounty of plant hormones, their effects on menopause symptoms and the diseases of ageing. She lives in Hastings, UK. http://www.sallyholloway.com
About the Book: Grow Your Own HRT: Sprout hormone-rich greens in only twominutes a day
Author: Sally J. Duffell
ISBN: 9781844097371 Findhorn Press: November 2017
Price US$16.99, CA$22.99
Menopause: How to get the Japanese diet effect without going on the Japanese diet
All we hear about these days is how healthy the Japanese are and how they live longer than anyone else in the world. The women don’t get menopause symptoms, and had never even heard of hot flushes until western researchers turned up and asked about them. They have less cancer, osteoporosis, dementia and heart disease.
So you look at the Japanese diet and find out it’s raw fish and lots of veg and don’t forget the seaweed, the rice and the soya. No spuds, nothing processed. Feel miserable already? Rather have hot flushes followed by osteoporosis and an early death perhaps?
Or is there a way we could literally have our (Japanese) cake and eat it.
Because here’s the big thing, here in the West, we never used to get hot flushes before the industrial revolution either. The word menopause was invented in 1821. So what were we doing before then that was helping us? It was certainly not eating soya. Although if you look at some marketing, you would think that it was. They tell us that soya contains plant hormones and make it seem that there’s no other way you can get them. In reality over 300 foods contain plant hormones and most beans, peas and legumes contain high amounts.
Once you know that, it’s easy to see that we had our own cultural traditions that gave us lots of plant hormones. So pease pudding anyone? Lentils and hock? Mushy peas with your fish and chips? These are all old-fashioned dishes that are rich in plant oestrogen. Apart from baked beans on toast they have been largely forgotten. Yet it’s easy to start adding portions of beans and peas to whatever else you are eating. Plus, there are lots of modern ways to get plant hormones into your diet. You might be eating them already from supplements that you buy in the chemist to help menopause symptoms or osteoporosis. If you look closely at them, many of them contain red clover. This has been used for generations for menopause symptoms, long before there were drugs and supplements. And here’s the exciting thing, you can sprout it on your windowsill in just a week without soil. All you have to do is water the seeds and they will grow into a little double leaf plants, that you can harvest.
Red clover is not the only thing you can have sprouting away on your windowsill. Mung beans are also packed with plant hormones and are even easier to grow, as you only get them to the root stage, which takes two to three days. You might think sprouting is the preserve of beardy weirdys and Birkenstock wearers. But not so, we have been sprouting in Europe for thousands of years. The moment records began, it is there. You probably grew good old-fashioned mustard and cress when you were a kid. We have been sprouting it for centuries and it’s always been known as a health food, curing everything from arthritis to scurvy. The Victorians called it their “Gensing”. What they didn’t know was that it was full of both vitamin C (more than lemons even), plant hormones and cancer fighting chemicals known as glucosonolates. Modern science is now showing us this, but sadly barely anyone is growing it anymore and the stuff sold in most supermarkets as “salad cress” is mainly rape seed with a small amount of cress in order that they can legally call it that.
Another reason the Japanese diet is so good is that on top of the fish, seaweed, and vegetables, they are into sprouting too. They love sprinkling alfalafa sprouts on many of their dishes, mung beans are a staple and they put sweet red aduki beans in their cakes. This will give them a plant hormone top up. Not just that, sprouted foods are packed with other nutrients and interesting plant compounds, sometimes containing 90% more than the full-grown plant. This means you can eat small amounts to get big benefits and it’s a great way to get the Japanese diet effect without going on the Japanese diet. Of course, I want you to eat as healthy as possible but on days that it’s difficult, sprouting can take up the slack.
If you’re wondering why people haven’t thought of this before? Perhaps it’s because having a tray of beans and greens growing on the windowsill doesn’t fit into our fast paced, ready made world. However, it only takes a couple of minutes a day to water your sprouts, it’s easier than starting a vegetable garden or deciding to bake your own bread and it can be a little corner of your life that is all natural, all home grown, something you are doing for yourself and your own health.
So, you don’t have to go on the Japanese diet to have a healthy menopause. And by the way the Japanese diet increases the risk of strokes which is another reason to do things our own way. We can look to our traditional diet plus turn to modern ways of sprouting ancient foods, and grow our own plant hormones the way nature intended.