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WOMEN’S FITNESS & HEALTH ISSUES
You May Be Suffering From Hormonal Imbalance
It began as some minor bloating the day before my menstrual period started. Then came the headaches. Finally, a few days of minor discomfort turned into something that I had to plan my schedule around because of my symptoms.
I was not alone. Jane* suffered from backaches and headaches so severe that she had to take off from work. Susan developed cravings for sugary and salty foods and began having breakthrough bleeding and bleeding mid-cycle. These symptoms have been classified as PMS - premenstrual syndrome. Frequently dismissed by doctors as “normal” hormonal fluctuations and scoffed at on bumper stickers and advertisements; PMS has become widely accepted.
In an era where woman strive to break through the “glass ceiling” and assert their position alongside their male coworkers, demonstrating a weakness linked to their gender is taboo. So women have suffered in silence when they have been unable to convince anyone that their symptoms may not be “normal”.
I was one of those people. For years, I was dismissed by doctors while my symptoms increased. Unable to find the answers I was seeking, I finally stopped asking and accepted my fate. That was until I started going to Dr. Daniel Bies, a wellness practitioner of chiropractic, acupuncture and nutrition. While treating me for an unrelenting low backache, he asked me if I experienced headaches before the onset of my period.
Understanding the Results of a Hormonal Imbalance
Suspecting estrogen dominance, he suggested I take a diagnostic test to measure my hormone levels throughout my cycle.
An average cycle consists of 28 days, starting with approximately 4 days of menses - blood flow - during which time the hormone estrogen builds up in the woman’s body. It peaks mid-cycle, triggering ovulation, when an egg is released.
Progesterone, another hormone, starts increasing as the uterine lining builds up and the cervix becomes more receptive to fertilization. If the egg is not fertilized, the lining breaks down as estrogen decreases in the body. The delicate coordination of these hormones is controlled by another chemical, DHEA.
All three of these, along with minor doses of testosterone must be in perfect balance. Upsetting that balance can cause numerous symptoms, including bloating and weight gain, headaches, backaches, mild to severe cramping, cravings for salty or sweet foods, sensitivity to temperature, allergy flare-ups and numerous other symptoms. Not all women will experience the full range of symptoms and some may be milder or more severe than others.
Because of the ambiguity of the symptoms, the age in which these symptoms present themselves, and the degree to which they are felt varies widely, it has been difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. But since Bies and his wife, Erin, (also a nutritionist) attended seminars on estrogen dominance and began treating patients for it, the results have been amazing. In my own case, I took a natural vitamin formula made by a medical laboratory and sold only to physicians, to flush out the excess estrogen.
Then in the second half of my cycle, I used a natural progesterone cream made from wild yam extract, which I applied to my skin. This was to supplement the lower than normal levels my own body was making. Finally, I took a DHEA supplement to make up for the shortage of DHEA in my body so my hormones could become regulated again.
Treating Hormonal Imbalance
I was astounded by the difference it made. The headaches, cramping and bloating disappeared my first cycle after using these products. Each month thereafter, the symptoms remained blessedly non-existent. The most convincing evidence for me was when I took a trip to Italy for two weeks. The trip would overlap with the second half of my cycle, so I packed the progesterone cream with me. I left the DHEA home because I was concerned about the effects that temperature changes during travel may have on the fragile capsules.
With the excitement over travel and my time schedule thrown off, I neglected to use the cream until I got home. That month, my symptoms returned. The following month, I was back on the program again - and voila! - my symptoms again disappeared.
My story is far from unique. Dr. John Lee, who has written a score of books including What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Perimenopause, has documented the same results in scores of women.
Oral contraceptives and genetics may play a role as possible causes of hormone imbalance. What really amazed me was that estrogen dominance could also mimic hyperthyroidism, a disease more common in women. For years, I had all the symptoms of this disease - and since thyroid disorder runs in my family - I was extensively tested. Blood work, CAT scans, radioactive isotope testing - you name it - I was tested with it. But all the tests came back negative.
My symptoms were considered classic hypothyroidism - weight gain, constant fatigue, dry skin and eyes and a strong sensitivity to cold. Other diseases that produce some of these symptoms - iron deficiency anemia, Epstein Barr, Lyme disease, etc. were also ruled out. But upon taking the progesterone cream and DHEA, my hypothyroidism-like symptoms also dropped off.
The changes were obvious to those around me as well - I wasn’t wearing layers of clothes in well air-conditioned rooms and I had more energy.
Jane and Susan also reported similar findings. Jane was able to maintain a normal work schedule and even received a promotion because she was more dependable and productive at work. Susan lost weight when her food cravings diminished and she was finally able to stick to a sensible weight loss plan without her efforts being sabotaged by her cycle.
More and more people are discovering - and demanding - natural health treatments. But like their synthetic counterparts - being “natural” does not mean without side effects. Those who have jumped on the health food craze have discovered that any chemicals - manmade or occurring in nature - can alter the delicate chemical balance of our bodies. In some cases, this is beneficial - when an imbalance is corrected or a deficiency is addressed. But one must always proceed with caution - reading labels, becoming informed, and staying under the advice of a medical doctor. Herbs and vitamins can also cause or aggravate existing conditions such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.
The best advocate for your health is you. You know your body better than anyone and when you recognize that you feel different from before - your energy levels have dropped, you have a pain that won’t subside - ask questions. Keep a diary and become observant. Are you working longer or different hours that may be causing the fatigue? Have you recently been sick - or developed a rash, been bit by a tick?
The more knowledgeable you are about your condition - when it started, what makes it worse, what improves it if anything, how long does it last, etc., the better able you will be to provide your doctor with the clues he needs. And if you do not feel your doctor is taking you seriously or listening to your complaints, don’t be afraid to seek a second - or third or fourth - opinion.
You can also investigate your symptoms on the Internet - it can literally put a whole world of research at your fingertips. But again, proceed with caution. Check the references of who is posting the information. Anyone can put up a website and blurt out information. Investigate as many different sites as you can - so you are pulling from a wide source of information and not just a few limited viewpoints.
You may even consider posting your symptoms on an on-line bulletin board. Often you can do this anonymously by creating a sign-in name, and see what responses you get. You may just hear from someone who has experienced similar symptoms and find out what worked and what didn’t.
You may hear from sources from the other side of the world or in your own backyard. My mother went to a new doctor for a second opinion, but the recommended treatment was very different than originally suggested. She felt very confident with the second doctor and what he said, but she had been going to her original doctor for years and hesitated to question his treatment.
So she hopped on the Internet and found a news article on his practice - not a paid advertisement - and one of the women quoted in the article lived nearby. She contacted the woman by phone and she told my mother that she had been very satisfied with his treatment. My mother opted to go with the second doctor and had excellent results.
It’s your body, and ultimately only you can keep it running right. You need to take charge of your symptoms and whether it’s a hormonal imbalance or something else - you have to decide what treatment and methods you are willing to accept or reject.
Fayose’s N2.2bn Fraud Trial Stalled Over Witness Absence
The N2.2bn fraud trial of a former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, and a firm, Spotless Investment Limited, was stalled on Monday over the inability of the prosecution to bring its witness to court, a report by PUNCH said.
The prosecuting counsel for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), told Justice C.J. Aneke of the Federal High Court in Lagos that a relative of the witness scheduled to come had been admitted into a COVID-19 isolation centre.
Jacobs urged the judge to consequently adjourn the case.
The defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), said he had no objection to the request for an adjournment.
Justice Aneke adjourned the matter until October 20, 2020.
In the charges, the EFCC alleged, among other things that Fayose, on June 17, 2014, “Took possession of the sum of N1, 219, 000,000 to fund your 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Ekiti State, which you reasonably ought to have known formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful act, to wit: criminal breach of trust/stealing.”
The ex-governor was also alleged to have on the same day “received a cash payment of $5,000,000 from Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, the then Minister of State for Defence, which sum exceeded the amount authorised by law and you thereby committed an offence contrary to sections 1 and 16(d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 16 (2)(b) of the same Act”.
The EFCC also alleged that Fayose purchased a property known as No.44, Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja, for N200m in the name of “your elder sister, Mrs Moji Oladeji.”
But Fayose and Spotless Investment Limited pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Ekiti APC crisis: I’m not an enemy to anyone – Governor Fayemi
Indications emerged in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, at the weekend that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has commenced moves to end its internal wrangling in the state chapter of the party.
The decision to resolve all grievances was reached at an enlarged stakeholders’ meeting held at the state capital and attended by the Governor Kayode Fayemi, his deputy, all elected party officials as well party representatives from the 16 local government areas of the state.
Governor Fayemi, in his remark at the event, gave the message of hope by reassuring the stakeholders that the crises rocking the party were summountable.
The governor spoke after he got a confidence vote from the stakeholders who expressed satisfaction on the pace of infrastructural development in the State.
Fayemi described the recent political crisis in the party as “family affairs”, stressing that he held no grudge with any party member or caucus.
The governor acknowledged that upheavals are not unexpected in a political setting but expressed confidence that his administration has the capability to manage whatever disagreement that may arise.
“Whatever disagreement we have in Ekiti APC is a family affair. I’m not an enemy to anyone and neither is anyone an enemy to me,” Fayemi maintained.
A communique made available to journalists by the Public Relations of the party, Ade Ajayi, said an adhoc committee would be constituted to address all grievances and make recommendations to the party.
The stakeholders also resolved to abide by the party’s mandate that in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that all matters in court against the party at all levels should be withdrawn with immediate effect.
The Party also resolved as follows: “And the code of conduct for all political appointees and elected officials should be strictly adhered to.
“That forthwith, no negative story should be sponsored against the party in the media. Such action by any member shall be viewed as anti-party.
“A vote of confidence was passed on Governor John Kayode Fayemi after a review of the many projects carried out by his administration, which include many road projects, water project, renovation of primary and secondary schools, sinking of boreholes across the schools, infrastructure development, airport project and other life-touching activities, which include his giant stride in agriculture, health, social investment, attraction of investments, both foreign and national, and making Ekiti proud as the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum as well as playing a leadership role at the national level,” the communique reads in part.
Recall that the Fayemi’s administration came under attack when about 15 chieftains of the Party sought the dissolution of the State Working Committee on the claim that it was not duly constituted.
Senator Femi Ojudu, Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is leading the attack against Fayemi had claimed that the governor underperformed.
The Stakeholders’ Caucus comprises the Governor, Deputy Governor, all the Party Excos, former governors, national and state assembly members (both serving and former), cabinet members, elected party chairmen, party elders’ forum and 10 representatives from each local government.
Ayo Fayose: President Buhari unaware of happenings in Presidency
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, said on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari was unconscious of happenings in his the Presidency, and as such, should be ignored.
Fayose spoke in reaction to recent comments by the President’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, that Buhari would have dealt with Fayose and River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for their anti-Buhari tendency but that the President only chose to tolerate them as a father of the nation.
The former governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, in Ado Ekiti, lampooned Adesina for talking about “a President punishing serving governors or even ordinary Nigerians as if they are his servants”.
In the statement entitled, “Buhari should be ignored, he’s unconscious of happenings in his own Presidency – Fayose”, the former governor stated, “On the comment by my brother and friend, Femi Adesina, about the President not dealing with me and Governor Wike, President Buhari, in my opinion, is an accidental president, who is not only clueless but unconscious of happenings in his own Presidency.
“A man who can’t defend or protect his immediate family is not in any way better than an effigy.
“If not, those around him won’t be talking about a President ‘punishing’ serving governors or even ordinary Nigerians as if they are his servants.
“Femi Adesina, do you realize I have been quiet for a while, having concluded that Buhari’s Presidency is deaf and dumb?
“So don’t wake a sleeping lion so as not to be confronted with consequences you can’t contend with.”
Buhari’s Presidency Is Accidental, Deaf And Dumb, Says Former Ekiti Governor, Fayose
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has described Muhammadu Buhari as an ‘accidental’ President.
Fayose said this while reacting to a piece published by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President on Friday.
Adesina in the piece said Buhari would have dealt with Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and Fayose for their “anti-Buhari tendency” but he chose to tolerate the duo as a father of the nation.
But Fayose in a series of tweets on Sunday said the President cannot even manage the affairs of his immediate family not to talk of his party and the nation.
He said, “On the comment by my brother and friend, @FemAdesina, on the President not dealing with myself and Governor Wike, President Buhari, in my opinion is an accidental President, who is not only clueless but unconscious of happenings in his own Presidency.
“A man who can’t defend or protect his immediate family is not in anyway better than an effigy. If not, those around him won't be talking about a President punishing serving governors or even ordinary Nigerians as if they are his servants.
“Femi Adesina, do you realise I have been quiet for a while, having concluded that Buhari’s Presidency is deaf and dumb? So don’t wake a sleeping lion so as not to be confronted with consequences you can't contend with.”
APC crisis: Senator Ojudu’s road to Golgotha signed, sealed – Ekiti Assembly
The Ekiti State House of Assembly has described the alleged war of attrition waged on governor Kayode Fayemi and All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti by Senator Babafemi Ojudu, as one capable of sinking his (Ojudu’s) political career.
The lawmakers also expressed dismay over attempt by the President’s aide to upset the cordial working relationship between the executive and legislative arm of government in Ekiti, urging Ojudu “to look elsewhere for his co- conspirators “as the legislators cannot fall for his tricks .
Ojudu, the Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been critical of Fayemis style of governance in Ekiti in recent time is also challenging the legal validity of the Paul Omotosho led executives of the APC in Ekiti.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Yemisi Ayokunle in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, said the assembly was not unaware of the ex Senator’s move to cause bad blood among members through his recent outburst .
The President’s aide while featuring on a Radio Personality Programme in Ekiti had insinuated that a sizeable numbers of Assembly members were harbouring ill- feelings against Fayemi’s style of governance. Ojudu further alleged that certain unnamed aggrieved lawmakers were also sending him indicting officials to back their claims of Fayemi’s alleged excesses.
“The attention of the Honourable Members of Ekiti State House of Assembly has been drawn to a statement made by former Senator Babafemi Ojudu on a programme of New Cruse F.M 92.7, Ikere Ekiti on June 27, 2020. The former Senator claimed that some unnamed members of Ekiti State House of Assembly are sending to him, ‘documents of wrongdoings by the Ekiti State government under Governor John Kayode Fayemi’.
“Ordinarily, we would not have dignified the erstwhile Senator with a response, but because of the evil machinations of human minds and the possibility of some gullible minds believing his lies, he should not be allowed to go away with his blue murder and barefaced lies”, the statement reads in part
Adding “There’s no doubt, this is a red herring from a persona that has been variously described as ‘anger and conspiracy’ in motion; whose trademark is blackmail and unquenchable knack and ability to trade anything for pecuniary benefits.”
“We, as a House and with all emphasis at our disposal categorically state that there’s no member of our respected Assembly that has any relationship with the ex-Senator.”
“We are men of integrity. We’re a set of focused representatives of our people, who cannot be swayed by a character like Ojudu who prefers to rule in hell than serve in paradise.”
“We give the Senator blank cheque to come out with his facts and the personalities involved in his concoction and tissue of lies.”
“With our knowledge of the performance and relevance of the former Senator in Ekiti politics, the regular question our people have always asked him is: Senator Ojudu where are your masses?”
“The 6th Assembly is too focused in making laws for the good of our people. We are doing this in active collaboration with the other arms of government especially the Executive arm. The Five Pillars Agenda of the government of Dr. Kayode Fayemi is too sacred that we cannot be distracted by a incurable cynic like Senator Ojudu.”
“We’re indeed glad that all the efforts of good governance have been made possible by the enabling laws emanating from the House. They are yielding positive results, despite the general dwindling financial resources. Everybody can see these except the ostrich among us, like the Senator.”
“The roads infrastructure are there for everyone to see: Oye-Otun; Aramoko-Erijiyan; New Ado-Iyin Road; Airport project; Agbado-Omuo; Ilupeju-Igbemo etc. Only in the week the contract for the dualisation of Ado-Akure road, influenced by the Governor was awarded by the Federal Executive Council.”
“We therefore advise Senator Ojudu to look elsewhere for his co travellers in his trademark game of divide and rule. Everyone is too aware of his character to take him serious. We can only wish him goodluck on his road to Golgotha, which is already signed, sealed and delivered”‘ the assembly maintained.