It's My Ovaries, Stupid! Revised Edition


First women's health book to deal with the environmental toxins and lifestyle habits that act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals causing profound damage to ovarian and thyroid hormones, leaving thousands of premenopausal women infertile and suffering from symptoms of hormone dysfunction previously associated with much older women. Devastating symptoms such as premature puberty, endometriosis, headaches, PCOS, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia and more are all on the rise. Despite ...
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First women's health book to deal with the environmental toxins and lifestyle habits that act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals causing profound damage to ovarian and thyroid hormones, leaving thousands of premenopausal women infertile and suffering from symptoms of hormone dysfunction previously associated with much older women. Devastating symptoms such as premature puberty, endometriosis, headaches, PCOS, obesity, diabetes, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia and more are all on the rise. Despite warnings from environmental scientists, healthcare simply isn't addressing these issues. From diet drinks, plastic food wrappers, phytoestrogens in food and supplements to common household pesticides and cleaning products, Dr. Vliet identifies these endocrine disruptors and provides a plan to combat them and lead a healthy life. No woman can afford to ignore these issues. Publishers Weekly states, "women who want to be more knowledgeable and assertive patients will find it indispensable." Patient raves, "After bouncing from doctor to doctor with symptoms of anxiety, insomnia, and heart palpititations, Dr. Vliet correctly diagnosed my hormonal problems. She gave me my life back!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933213033
  • Publisher: Savvy Woman's Guide Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: The Woman's Health Guide series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., a practicing physician and author of six acclaimed women's health books. Widely recognized for her pioneering work in addressing hormone connections in women's health, she has taught several hundred medical education seminars around the country for physicians and consumers, and was a featured speaker at the May 2004 Congressional Briefing on women's healthcare issues.
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Table of Contents

Introduction To Revised Edition     3
Overview of the Problem-How I Came to Write This Book     9
My Medical Journey as a "Hormone Detective"     9
Now, What About You?     11
Dr. Vliet's Guide to the Most Common Reasons for Consults     12
Your Hormone Web: Effects Throughout Your Body     13
How Does This Relate to Me? I Am Too Young for Menopause     13
A Flaw in the Medical Model for Women     15
Taking Care of the Ovaries: Whose Job is It, Really?     17
It IS Possible-and Desirable-to Test Ovarian Hormones     18
Hormones Alone Are Not the Answer     19
Your Road Map to this Book     21
Kristi's Poem     24
When Ovaries Go Awry     29
It's Not All In Your Head-It Can Be Hormones!     30
Women's Lives, Women's Stories     30
The Hidden Epidemic     33
What is Premature Ovarian Decline POD?     33
What is Premature Ovarian Failure POP?     36
The Hidden Epidemic: What's Different Now?     37
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Endocrine Disrupters (chart)     39
Your Ovaries: An Owner's Manual     41
Your Ovary As Hormone Factory     46
How Do Hormones TriggerActions?     48
Dr. Vliet's Guide: Body Changes Affected By The Menstrual Cycle     50
Hormone Power: Incredible Potency from Your Ovaries     53
Progesterone     55
Testosterone     58
The Hormone Cycle of Your Breasts     61
Hormone Cycles and Your Body     62
A Guide to Your Other Hormones     63
Your Ovaries and Their Life Cycle     67
Before Puberty     67
Puberty: The Awakening of Our Ovaries     68
Premature Puberty: When Puberty Comes Too Soon     70
Premature Puberty-A Myriad of Health Issues     71
Physical     71
Psychological     72
Sociological-cultural     73
Theories about Causes of Premature Puberty     73
Environmental Chemicals     73
Dietary Excess     75
Sociological Pressures     75
The Ovary Life Cycle Continues: Our Fertile Years     76
Premenopause: The Waning of Our Ovaries     77
New Insights on Stages of Ovarian Decline     77
Dr. Vliet's Model: Stages of Ovarian Decline     78
Declining Estradiol     78
Beginning of Anovulatory Cycles     79
Dr. Vliet's Model: Stages of Ovarian Decline     80
Perimenopause     81
Menopausal Stage     81
The Sixties and Beyond: Postmenopausal Stage     84
Premature Ovarian Decline     85
Dr. Vliet's Guide: Overlooked Causes Of POD     87
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Clues To Declining Estradiol     88
Ovaries At Risk-Surprising Toxins in Your Diet     91
The Soft Drink-Fast Food Menace     92
What Are Excitotoxins and Where Are They Found     92
Brain Basics: Your Body's CEO and COO     96
The Brain's Communicators     96
Dr. Vliet's Guide: Major Brain Areas And What They Do     98
The Many Triggers Of Mood And Anxiety Problems     101
How Do Excitotoxins Affect the Pituitary and Ovaries?     102
Sensitive Sites, Hardest Hit     102
Dose Effects: Animals and Humans, Infants, and Adults     103
Other Diet Risks for Your Ovaries: Excess Fats and Sugars     105
Excess Fats and Your Ovaries: What's The Connection?     106
Sugars in Soft Drinks and Everywhere Else     106
Vegetarian Diets     107
Dr. Vliet's Guide: Sticker Shock     110
Gender Benders     111
What Are Endocrine Disruptors and What Do They Do?     112
Why Is This Such a Problem Now?     114
Who are the Players in this Hormone-disrupting Drama?     114
Chronology: Development of and Human Exposure to Synthetic Endocrine Disruptors (POPs)     115
Where Are The-Chemical Endocrine Disruptors Found?     116
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Endocrine-disrupting Chemicals     118
What Are Gender-bending Endocrine Disruptors Doing To You?     121
How Do They Work To Disrupt Our Own Hormones?     122
False Reassurances, Hidden Dangers     122
The Emerging Truth     122
Estrogenic Subverters: POPs Wicked Tricks     123
Dr. Vliet's Guide to How Endocrine Disrupters Work     125
Endocrine Disrupters and Breast Cancer     126
Synthetic Estrogenic Substances: What We Learned from DES?     130
Beyond the Ovary: Effects on the Thyroid     133
Heavy Metals and Menstrual Disturbances     134
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Chemical Disruption Of Thyroid Pathways     137
Chronology: The DES Time Line     138
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Consequences of DES Exposure     139
Toxic Effects     141
Cigarette Smoking     141
Dr. Vliet's Guide: Smoking hurts!      145
Alcohol     148
Gender Matters     149
Marijuana     152
CNS stimulants: Cocaine and others     154
Dr. Vliet's Guide Life Style Habits     156
Ovary Shut Down     157
Long Days, Short Nights, Overloaded Lives!     157
Stress and What it Does to Your Health     160
What Exactly is Stress?     161
The Fight-or-Flight Response     162
Stress, Estrogen and Coping     163
Prenatal Stress: Does it Set Up Problems for Life?     165
Dr. Vliet's Guide to How Stress Sabotages Your Health     166
Sleep Deprivation: Toxic to Your Ovaries and Your Health     167
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Adverse Health Effects Of Excess Cortisol     168
Sleep 101     169
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Some Common Causes Of Insomnia     171
Your Hormones and Sleep     172
When Sleep Isn't Normal: Sleep Disorders and Your Health     173
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Normal Sleep Architecture     174
Anger and Our Hormones: Toxic Effects of Negativity     176
Lifestyle Habits and Cultural Issues     181
Lessons from the Track: A Young Woman's Wake Up Call     182
Athletic Training and Your Ovaries      184
Chronic Dieting, Anorexia, and Bulimia-Risks to Your Ovaries     186
Another Diet Pitfall: The Low-Fat Diet and Your Ovaries     189
Occupational Hazards-Forewarned is Forearmed     191
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Flight Attendants Risks     192
Negative Self-talk, Self-image     192
Unusual Effects     195
Toxins from Ticks, Spiders and Viruses     195
Chlamydia and Other Sexually transmitted Diseases     198
Thyroid Disorders and Your Ovaries     200
A Guide to Your Thyroid Hormones     201
The Role of Iodine and Iodine Deficiency     204
Hypothyroidism     205
Hypothyroidism before Puberty     206
Hypothyroidism occurring in adolescence     207
Hypothyroidism occurring in adult women or during pregnancy     208
Dr. Vliet's Comparison Guide     209
Dr. Vliet's Summary: Effects Of Thyroid Hormones On Your Ovaries And Ovarian Hormones     210
Hyperthyroidism     211
Hyperthyroidism before puberty     211
Hyperthyroidism occurring in adolescents and adult women     212
Hyperthyroidism in pregnancy     212
Post-partum Thyroid Disorders: Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and Autoimmune Thyroiditis      213
Dr. Vliet's Summary: Effects Of Thyroid Hormones     218
Oophoritis and Adrenalitis: Autoimmune Disorders Affecting The Ovaries and Adrenal Glands     218
Overactive or Underactive Adrenals: Impact on Your Ovaries     220
When Cortisol is Too High: Cushing's Syndrome     221
When Cortisol is Too Low: Addison's or Adrenal Insufficiency (AI)     222
Summary     223
Ovaries at Risk: Unrecognized Problems     225
Hysterectomy-Another Cause of Premature Hormone Loss     228
Common Medications     231
The 21st Century "Tonic": Serotonin Boosters, Mood-Managers     231
Heart Side Effects of Common Medicines     235
Other Common Medication Pitfalls for Women     236
Antibiotics     236
Beta-blockers     236
High progestin birth control pills     236
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Causes of LQTS     237
Soy, Supplements, Herbs and OTC Hormones: Pitfalls for Your Ovaries     238
Plant Estrogens (Phytoestrogens)     239
Lessons from Women's Experiences     242
Additional Herb and Supplement Cautions     244
Ovaries Out of Balance: PMS, Endometriosis, Bladder and Vulva Pain     247
Premenstrual Syndrome ("PMS")      249
What Are Some of the Causes of PMS?     251
Hormonal Fluctuations: A Key Factor     251
Dr. Vliet's Guide to PMS: Another Vicious Cycle     255
Endometriosis     256
What is Endometriosis and Why is It a Problem?     257
How Do I Know Whether I Might Have Endometriosis?     259
Red Flags: Clues to Endometriosis or Adenonyosis     259
What causes it?     260
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Risk Factors For Endometriosis     262
Ovary Hormones and Your Bladder     262
Early Estrogen Decline and Vulvodynia     264
Non-hormonal Causes of Bladder or Vulvar Pain     265
Bladder And Vaginal Effects Of Estradiol Decline     266
Chronic Bladder"Infections:"Is It Really an Infection or My Hormones?     267
"Leaky Bladders"-Young Women Can Be Affected Too     269
Ovarian Hormones and the Brain     273
Ovarian Hormones and the Brain     275
Summary: Estradiol And Your Brain     275
Estrogen Effects     276
Testosterone Effects     278
Progesterone Effects     278
Post-partum Anxiety, Depression, Memory and Sleep Problems     279
Where Are We Now?     282
Hormone Crashes and Withdrawal     282
Other Brain Effects: Hormone Triggers of Anxiety Racing heart, flutters, and palpitations     286
Understanding Hormonally-triggered Migraines     287
Hormone Effects on Migraine Mechanisms     288
Estrogen and Progesterone Effects on Headache     288
The Role of Progesterone and Progestins     289
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Mechanisms of Estrogen Effects on Headaches     290
Pregnancy Effects on Migraine     291
How Do Oral Contraceptives Affect Migraine?     291
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Potential BCP Effects On Migraines     293
Hormones and Seizures     294
Hormones and Memory: "Now What Was It I Was Going to Do?"     295
Some Basics About How Memory Works     296
Advances in Neuroscience: Estrogen Effects on Memory     297
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Estrogen Effects On Memory     299
Multiple Sclerosis: New Insights on Hormone Connections     300
Hormonal Decline: An Unrecognized Cause of Fatigue     302
Summary     308
The Perils of PCOS, Obesity, Syndrome X, and Diabetes     309
PCOS: Hormonal Havoc That Devastates Health     310
What are the symptoms of PCOS?     311
Marked weight gain      311
Excess facial and body hair     312
Thinning scalp hair, or hair loss     312
Severe acne     312
Irregular menstrual cycles     313
Difficulty getting pregnant, or frequent miscarriages     313
Hormone Havoc: Serious Imbalances     313
Master of Disguise     314
Why PCOS Is Often Missed     315
Causes of PCOS     316
Do I have PCOS? Getting Tested     317
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Laboratory Studies To Check for PCOS     317
Taking a Look at Some Examples     318
Hormone Levels of 16 year-old PCOS patient     318
Getting Help for PCOS: What Are Some Treatments?     319
Medication Approaches     320
Oral Contraceptives, or birth control pills (BCP)     320
Ovarian Hormone Replacement Therapy     320
Insulin-sensitizing Medication     320
Androgen-blocking Medications     321
Mood-managing Medicines     321
Non-medication Approaches     322
The Poignancy of PCOS: Women's Stories     323
Body Fat Promoters     327
How Glucose is Regulated: The See-Saw of Insulin and Glucagon     327
Hypoglycemia and Glucose Intolerance     328
Insulin Resistance, or Syndrome X     329
Diabetes Mellitus     332
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Causes of Excess Insulin     334
The Many Faces of Infertility: Overlooked Factors     335
Subclinical Thyroid Fertility Saboteurs     336
Undiagnosed Thyroiditis     336
Suboptimal Thyroid Hormone Replacement     337
Foods and Medicines that Diminish Thyroid Function     337
Dieting Disruptors of Your Thyroid     338
Ovarian Hormone Imbalances     339
Premature decline in estradiol     339
Overlooking PCOS and Excess Androgens     340
Progesterone excess, use of OTC progesterone creams     340
Endocrine Disruptors in Your Lifestyle and Habits     341
Dieting, especially extremely low fat diets, high soy diets     341
Excessive Thinness     341
Obesity     342
Too much exercise     342
Excess stress, and sleep deprivation     342
Herbs That Sabotage Your Fertility     342
Excitotoxins in soft drinks, snacks, and convenience foods     343
Cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, excess caffeine and stimulant use     344
Chemical exposure at home or work      344
Your Ovaries-Effects on All Your Body Systems     347
Your Ovaries Are Connected to Your Eyes, Skin, Hair, Eyes, Voice     347
Estrogen and Your Eyes     347
Estrogen and Your Skin     349
Hormones and Your Hair     350
Estrogen and Your Sinuses     350
Hormones and Your Voice     351
Ovaries and Your Gut: A Panoply of Problems     353
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)     353
Chronic Constipation     355
Ovaries and Your Heart     356
Cardiovascular Symptoms or Disease? Tell The Difference     361
Dr. Vliet's Guide: Key Estradiol Benefits On Our Heart, Blood Vessels     361
Ovaries and Your Lungs: Asthma and Your Menstrual Cycle     362
Asthma Triggers in Your Medicines and Foods     365
Immune System Goes Awry: Allergies, Food, Chemical Sensitivities     365
Ovaries and Your Bones: Osteoporosis Isn't Just for Older Women     366
Fredricka's Story     366
Other Risk Factors for Bone Loss in Young Women     368
Techniques For Measuring Bone Density     369
Testing for Bone Loss     370
Oh My Aching Muscles: Hormone Connections in Aches and Pains     370
Mechanisms of Hormone Effects on Muscles and Joints     371
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Common Hormone Shifts Causing Muscle And Joint Pain Problems In Women     371
Balancing Ovarian Hormones for Optimal Health     375
Finding Your Hormone Balance     375
Get Tested     375
What is the best method of testing hormones?     376
What serum blood tests should I request?     377
What tests are important in a comprehensive hormone evaluation?     379
Step 2 Evaluating your risks and identifying your needs     380
Setting the record straight on hormones     381
What about the studies that show taking estrogen after menopause increases your risk of breast cancer?     381
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Tests For An Overall Health Assessment     382
Are all estrogens the same?     383
Are all birth control pills the same?     383
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Tests For An Overall Health Assessment     383
Do estrogen and/or progestin in BCP cause blood clots?     384
Does taking hormones make you fat?     384
I am concerned about taking birth control pills because of previous bad experiences. Have they changed?     384
My doctor prescribed PremPro     385
A recent study showed HRT doesn't prevent heart disease      385
Choosing a hormone approach     386
Natural vs. Synthetic     387
"Natural," bioidentical human estrogens     388
Synthetic Estrogens: not native to the human body     389
Phytoestrogens     389
At the Fork in the Road: Deciding What to Take     390
Using Birth Control Pills As "Hormone Stabilizers"     390
So how do you choose a birth control pill?     392
Common Side Effects with BCP     393
Transitioning: BCP to Menopause HRT Options     394
Beneficial Effects Of Oral Contraceptives     395
The Other Fork in the Road     396
Forms of Estradiol     396
FDA-approved Estradiol Options     396
Patch or Pill?     397
Dr. Vliet's Guide: Advantages of Transdermal Estradiol Over Oral     398
Migraines and Estradiol and Patches     398
Progesterone     399
Testosterone or DHEA     401
Monitor Effectiveness and Adjust as Needed     403
If You Are Sensitive to Progestins-What Else is Available?     404
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Testosterone And DHEA Effects     406
Test and Treat Strategies for Optimal
Thyroid, Adrenal, and Glucose-Insulin Balance     407
Thyroid Tests: What to Have Checked, How To Interpret Your Results     407
Go for What's Optimal, Not Just What's "Normal"     408
The Dangers of 'Wilson's Syndrome "Protocols and Relying on Basal Body Temperature Tests     410
When To Consider Starting Thyroid Medication     411
Thyroid Medication Options     412
To Be Safe: Start Low, Go Slow     414
Cortisol: What to Have Checked, How To Interpret Your Results     416
Getting Tested for Insulin and Glucose     417
Fasting Tests     417
Post-prandial (after meals) Tests     418
Other Tests     418
Insulin Resistance: More Complete Sensitive Tests     419
Effective Treatment Strategies, Get Your Glucose, Insulin in Balance     420
Starting Your "Clean-Up Campaign"     423
Eliminating Hormone-disrupting Habits     423
Cigarette Smoking     423
Alcohol     424
Excess Caffeine     424
Stimulant "Diet" Pills     425
Cocaine     426
Cleaning Up Your Diet, Getting Rid of Excitotoxins     426
Hidden Sources of MSG and Excitotoxins     427
Cleaning Up the PVCs     428
Cleaning Up Your Bedroom Habits      428
Cleaning Up Your Workaholism     429
Clean Up Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Around You     430
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Sleep-improving Strategies     431
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Ways To Minimize Your Body Exposure To Endocrine Disrupters     435
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Ways To Minimize Toxic Chemicals At Home     436
Dr. Vliet's Guide to Ways To Minimize Toxic Chemicals At Home     437
Create Your Path to Optimal Energy and Health     439
Kate's Successful Journey     440
Going forward on your journey     443
Dr. Vliet's Tips: Your Path to Health     446
Glossary Of Medical Terms     447
List of Medical Acronyms Used in This Book     447
References     449
Dr. Vliet's Programs and How to Contact Us     470
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