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Her Menopause Project is the book women have been waiting for, to help them to develop their own bespoke menopause support program.

Internationally renowned Dr Alyssa Burns-Hill PhD has used her years of clinical experience of working with state-of-the-art hormone testing and more natural, whole-person support to bring you a course and workbook on menopause.

Alyssa’s work has been covered extensively in the media in the UK.

Menopause is a natural stage of a woman’s life that can be made into a positive milestone and transition to be the confident, sexy woman you really are. Filled with recommendations for hot flushes, sweats, weight management, migraines, mood changes, insomnia … as well as anti-ageing tips for your skin, hair and even your mind! You will be able to document and track your symptoms as well as learn to how to create your own bespoke support program for your situation.

Break (back) through to the real you!

Published 5 July 2018.

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In National Stress Awareness Month … feelings of anxiety are hormonal!

 

Stress can often manifest as anxiety. So, what is anxiety all about?

The dictionary definitions are:

1 a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about something with an uncertain outcome; and,

2 a strong desire to do something, or, that something will happen.

… but what’s really going on?

The impact of certain stressors in our lives will increase the amount of stress hormone that we are exposed to in the body. The physiological impact of this creates symptoms such as nervousness, agitation, fast heart rate and a mental process that can often make you ruminate about events from the day, or the stressful event that’s bothering you. You can end up turning things over and over in your mind – often at night when it’s dark and quiet and then this interferes with your sleep so that you start the next day feeling tired and therefore stressed. Feelings of tension and anxiety are building.

Let’s look a what stress hormones will do to you:

Physically:  increase heart rate, constrict your blood vessels (chronically, this can lead to high blood pressure), cause tension in your limbs (fight or flight), direct blood flow away from digestion (which can cause indigestion), mobilise your blood sugar; and eventually, deposit fat around the middle.

Mentally and Emotionally: foggy thinking, memory lapse, low mood, a sense of waiting for the other shoe to drop (anticipating threat) because you feel an increased sense of vulnerability.

This is anxiety.

Because hormones affect us physically, mentally and emotionally you have to realise that not only does cause precede effect, but effect also causes cause. It can be a vicious, self-perpetuating circle as feeling and thought processes become habituated, if you leave them unattended for too long.

The problem with this is that we often to turn to self-medication to help to get ourselves over the uncomfortable feelings: alcohol to relax and unwind in the evening; or, carbs because they will boost your serotonin level (your happy hormone). However, because your sleep is disrupted and you feel so very tired you use caffeine and sugar to get yourself going in the mornings.

Did you know that there are psychiatric studies that show that a cup of coffee can induce a panic attack!

Self-medicating is not going to solve a problem with anxiety. It will only put a “Bandaid” over your feelings.

We tend to bury or ignore a lot of experiences that cause us pain at some level. Sometimes we are unaware of exactly how we’ve been feeling and thinking – a lot of self-talk can get in the way. Starting a journal first thing in the morning and just writing stream of consciousness thinking can really help you to externalise and discover your true feelings about what’s going on in your life. You can have the a-ha moments you’ve been seeking because it helps you to dump and clear your mind and energy for the day ahead. As you do, engage in mindful (being fully present) self-nurturing. Be gentle with yourself and eat and drink (water, herbal tea) well during the day. Rest in the evening, watch an uplifting movie (avoid news and current affairs) – allow yourself to rest and relax.

It’s a start. This process can help you to break the cycle of worry, allow your body to ‘stand down’ so that your energy feels on a more usual level.

If your problem is more chronic than this you may need additional help, but try this as much as possible and check in with yourself to see how you’re doing.

Does this make more sense to you?

Government Supports Advertising Standards’ Declaration that Menopause is ‘a Serious Medical Condition’

Well ladies, it’s finally happened – a woman’s transition through menopause has been defined as ‘a serious medical condition’. This ruling was published by the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) on 18 September 2017.

The Advertising Standards Authority Limited is deemed by the Government to be the ‘Established Means’ – a quasi legal term, not sure what it really means – and it has declared that menopause is a serious medical condition and treatment should only be carried out by a medical doctor. This is all done with the full support of the Government, according to Margot James, MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility. So, no going off to your local health shop or complementary health practitioner to mention the word menopause because they are going to have to tell you that it’s serious and you must go to your GP.

How can a Minister for small business and the Advertising Standards Authority be supporting or making decisions about stages of life and turning them into medical conditions? I though this was the domain of health Authorities – with a capital A!

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is such an authority that I thought provided this type of guidance. Their definition of menopause is as follows:

Menopause A biological stage in a woman’s life that occurs when she stops menstruating and reaches the end of her natural reproductive life. Usually it is defined as having occurred when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months (for women reaching menopause naturally). The changes associated with menopause occur when the ovaries stop maturing eggs and secreting oestrogen and progesterone.

from https:// www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23/chapter/Recommendations#individualised-care

… and I’m not seeing anything about it being a serious medical condition. Perhaps the ASA would also like to rule on Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and puberty? Are they to be considered as serious medical conditions too?

What also makes me wonder about this declaration is that there are no references. If this were something that we should sit up and take note of surely it would reference NICE or another medical authority? I didn’t think the the ASA employed expertise of this nature or that its remit was to include changing the medical status of natural stages of life to serious medical conditions. Interestingly, Baroness Deech has observed, “The ASA is not a government agency, not elected, and not overseen … It is not accountable to anyone outside the [advertising] industry.” There are also a number of MPs who are on record as being unhappy with activities of the ASA and they include: John Glen (C), Holly Lynch (L) and Jim Shannon (DUP). But, this is an official declaration by the ASA and as Lord Smith, Chair of ASA, has said in the Houses of Parliament, the few challenges to the ASA have been almost entirely unsuccessful. NICE had better adjust its wording regarding menopause and bow to the superior knowledge of the ASA.

What does it mean for ‘women of a certain age’?

Does it mean that you could go to your GP and point out this Ruling, ask to be signed off for the next 5 years and claim appropriate benefits?

Is the Government rolling this out so that it becomes an official medical decision?

Is the Government really stigmatising women of a certain age as living with ‘a serious medical condition’? This could potentially impact a significant percentage of the UK’s workforce.

Something else to ponder is that the ASA has also recently widened its remit to include being a ‘gender monitor’ for advertising and media. What is this declaration saying about its ability to be a gender monitor when it doesn’t mention anything about andropause – the male menopause? (Andropause is when a man reaches middle age and starts to notice the effects of his testosterone levels dropping.) In order to be fair to both sexes I think the ASA should make a ruling about andropause too if it is to be raised to the level of health advisor to NICE and the NHS.

What do you think?

 

Staying Young: hormonally speaking

 

I’m at the Holistic Health Show this weekend at the NEC.

Do you really believe that creams and potions are going to be the only way to maintain youthful skin, glossy hair and strong nails? Did you know that real efforts to maintain these signs of youth and beauty start on the inside?

If you are seriously stressed – and so many of us are nowadays – cortisol, your stress hormone will age you by breaking down tissue, particularly collagen.

If your thyroid hormones aren’t working properly – you’ll struggle with your weight management, have low energy, dry skin and even toxic constipation.

If you’re living a high carb low fat lifestyle you’re depriving your body of essential fats and oils – they don’t have to be fattening!

Staying Young is not just about having a wrinkle-free face it’s about feeling and being vibrant and vital.

I’m going to share some top tips to support your hormone health, which will support a youthful skin, better energy and weight management, glossy hair and how to get the best beauty sleep.

Join me on Sunday 21 May at 2pm at the NEC.

You can register for free entry tickets here – http://www.holistichealthshow.co.uk

I hope to see you there!

Warm wishes

Alyssa

x

Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 – Mufty Day!

Thyroid problems are very common and they can affect you physically with weight management issues and mentally and emotionally with depression and/or anxiety. 

Do you blame it on the thyroid or hadn’t you thought about it? Is it the reason for your low mood and lack of will power or your lack of strength and energy to eat more healthily or to exercise?

Seriously though, if you are trying to make health improvements and failing, the process may be exposing the inadequacies of your thyroid health or treatment.

Support Thyroid UK – I am on their Advisory Panel and our work is about raising awareness and educating people about their thyroid health. It’s such an important little gland … think purple this week and support our work.

This year we have decided to ask people to hold a “Purple Mufty Day” (also known as non-uniform day or dress-down day).

We are asking people to donate £1 to Thyroid UK and wear something purple on Friday 21st October 2016. You can wear purple tops, trousers, dresses, socks or shoes etc. To really stand out you could wear a purple hat or fascinator! Purple nails will really finish the outfit off!

You can take selfies and post them onto your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and then share them with all your friends and family to spread the word! Make sure you mention Thyroid UK and we can then share them too!

If you have any queries, please email volunteers@thyroiduk.org.uk

TUK

Thank you!

Warm wishes

World Mental Health Day! Thinking about your contraception

Today is a day to stop and think about your mental health.  How are you feeling?  Happy, content?  Or, is it more like depressed, anxious and stressed with mood swings?

These problems are all aspects of self that we might think are purely down to our mental state of being, something we can (largely) control or overcome.  Have you stopped to think about how these problems could be as a result of hormone imbalance?

pills

For example, a major new study was published very recently on how the birth control pill is linked with depression.  More than a million Danish women were subjects of this 18 year study and the conclusion was that hormone contraceptives (combined pill) are linked with a first diagnosis of depression and subsequent use of antidepressants – particularly among younger (adolescent) women.

This substantial body of work and its outcome does not surprise me in the least as there are clear hormone links between oestrogen and depression:

– higher oestrogen levels (often caused by hormone birth control) will increase secretion of Thyroid Binding Globulin, which binds up thyroid hormone making it less available to the body, creating a low thyroid situation.

  • low thyroid (not necessarily clinically detectable by your doctor) can be a direct cause of depression.

– higher oestrogen levels will also cause fluid retention (oestrogen encourages retention of fluid) and also weight gain because of a slower metabolism linked with the low thyroid.

  • if you put on weight or have problems with water retention your birth control pill may be affecting your thyroid hormone function.

This may also make you feel quite miserable.

Also, if you are a woman who suffers with PMS and have tried the Pill, it is known that about one fifth of women with PMS will suffer with depression as a result of being on it.  This was concluded in a 1982 survey of PMS sufferers.

The Pill and HRT are the same type of drug given to women at different times of their lives and according to the work of Dr Katharina Dalton, women who had hysterectomies and ovary removal because of PMS are often unable to tolerate the oestrogen replacement therapy prescribed to overcome the sudden drop into menopause; and, even then 98% of these women experience a return of their PMS symptoms within 3 years.

Unless there is a real psychological reason for your depression you may find that it was your hormones all along.  The Pill can cause a problem and it’s worth remembering that there are other alternatives.  After all, it has also been concluded that the Pill can completely squash libido as a side effect, which can result in distance and a loss of intimacy in your relationship that may also be causing feelings of isolation and depression.

Give a thought to your hormones when you think about your mental and emotional wellbeing.

The HRT & Breast Cancer Debate

The news this week that HRT can TRIPLE THE RISK OF BREAST CANCER should NOT come as a surprise, unless you forgot, or were unaware of, the Million Women Studyin 2003, which concluded that use of HRT is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and that HRT-related breast cancer is more likely to be fatal.  The study also noted that the effect, or risk, was higher on combined HRT than oestrogen-only.  These results swiftly followed the Women’s Health Initiative Studies (Risks and Benefits of Oestrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Menopausal Women, 2002) that also concluded increased risks of breast cancer.

Cancer Graphic

Now, let’s pour a little more fuel on the fire.  Another study published in 2002 was ‘Are some progestins genotoxic liver carcinogens?’ and it reviewed synthetic progesterone (in other words progestins that do not include natural progesterone or human progesterone), which are classified as carcinogenic (cancer causing) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.  The study concluded that these progestins could raise the risk of liver cancer and, interestingly, it noted that it was known that oestrogen’s are carcinogenic because they can increase the risk of endometrial cancer and possibly breast cancer, which is not readily acknowledged in this new study.

HRT is a choice medication, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) in the UK may have down-graded the risks to the point of saying it was okay for women to have HRT, but hormones are powerful chemicals and in order for a pharmaceutical company to get a patent on a hormone product it has to have a different chemical structure than its natural cousin, which cannot be patented.

Speaking as a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago (no history of extended Pill use or HRT as I was only 38) it’s not a disease that should be trivialised.  Do we get lulled into a false sense of security because it’s easy to think of it as a localised tumour that can be chopped out?  I don’t know if that’s the case for some people, but what I do know is that cancer is a systemic disease of immune deficiency that also feeds on sugar much more actively than healthy cells.  Breast cancer is not all about oestrogen, even if it is oestrogen receptor positive.

If you would like to read more about cancer and how the propaganda machine works for pharmaceuticals check out an article I wrote for Positive Health in response to severe criticism about an article I worked on for the Daily Express – click here

In the meantime, balancing hormones before, during and after the menopause can do wonders for your health and wellbeing physically, mentally and emotionally.  You don’t have to knowingly increase your risks for cancer. This natural approach works quickly and effectively and will support you from a positive health perspective rather than taking drugs that offer you the opportunity to offset the risks against the proposed benefits they may bring, along with side effects.  My approach to cancer was to work more naturally, to support my body back to wellness.

Wishing you well,

allysig

 

Extract from My New Book!

Hello again!

You may have missed my blog the other day about my new book Health from the Bottom Up, which is currently available for a very short time on Amazon – FREE!  (By Kindle – you can download Kindle from Amazon for your computer, phone or tablet for free, you don’t need a Kindle Reader!)

I wanted to share a small extract with you – you might be amazed at what your gut is harbouring …

A Monster Within?

Elimination of waste is a fundamental biological need of all living things. Unfortunately, it’s a need that we tend to ignore too often. So why and how do we ignore our colons? If we put our hand on a boiling kettle we would do something to remove it from the pain very swiftly. So, how do we allow our colons to be stretched out of shape and permanently damaged by constipation? Why do we hold ourselves back from eliminating so that our colon can blow up like a balloon and in doing so put ourselves on a track of discomfort, illness and disease?

colon

In his book Cleanse and Purify, Dr Richard Anderson recalls an encounter with a doctor,

‘I have spent twelve years working in the field of post-mortem diagnosis. I have seen many thousands of dissected cadavers. Everybody has it in there. We have a way of attaching a hose to the upper intestines and with the aid of powerful chemicals we literally blow the stuff right out of the intestines. I have seen the heavy ‘beer belly’ and so called fat people, lose all that bulk in five minutes. It wasn’t fat. It was the mucoid layer … and in that filthy substance we see all sorts of worms, bacteria, fungi and many unidentifiable things. It is almost unbelievable that people can live with that filth inside them. All these people were dead of course and it wasn’t hard to see why.’

In Dr Bernard Jenson’s book, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, he explains that in his experience,

‘One autopsy revealed a colon to be 9 inches in diameter with a passage through it no larger than a pencil. The rest was caked up layer upon layer of encrusted faecal material. This accumulation can have the consistency of truck tyre rubber. It’s hard and black.’

He also goes on to talk about another autopsy that revealed a stagnant colon that weighed in at a staggering (and he/she probably was staggering) 40 lbs.

I expect I have your attention by now!

Let’s just think of the implications of carrying around impacted faecal matter.

·  At best it will present extra weight that you just can’t shift.

·  You might suffer from regular constipation and flatulence.

·  Bad breath/halitosis are a periodic or constant problem.

·  Headaches and even depression impair the quality of your life.

·  Abdominal discomfort and swelling legs make you loosen your clothes, put your feet up and ultimately reach for the laxatives.

·  Body odour has you reaching for stronger and more effective anti-perspirants and deodorants.

·  Constant skin break-outs have you covering up with make-up or asking the chemist for the latest acne treatment.

·  Your hair is dull and your eyes are lifeless.

Do you feel like all the sparkle has gone out of your life? Are you suffering with a chronic complaint? Would you like to look better as well as feel better?

 

My little book will tell you more about what the above highlights and, most importantly, what to do about it!  A simple and ancient approach that can work wonders for your health.

Take a look on Amazon for Health from the Bottom Up and download your FREE copy before this one and only promotion expires!

See on Amazon as a Kindle book – downloadable to any device – click here

Be great if you would leave a review on Amazon – I appreciate your feedback.

In good health and have a good weekend,

Alyssa

Health from the Bottom UP!

It’s been a while since I did my last post as there’s been a lot going on, so hello and I hope you are enjoying the Summer now that it may finally have arrived!

I just wanted to let you know that for the next few days my new book Health from the Bottom UP is available on Amazon for FREE!

What’s it all about?

Health from the Bottom Up is a short, practical book that will explain why your gut health is so important and how regular enemas (rather than expensive colonic irrigation) should be part of your life.  Good housekeeping should apply to your body as well as your home.

Yes, I know there are jokes and connotations about enemas and when I was going through the natural cancer therapy, which involved four coffee enemas per day, my daughters took great delight in telling me they’d never go into a Starbuck’s again in case I asked for my coffee black, with a straw!

But seriously.  Did you know that you could be carrying pounds of undigested food and guck around in your belly that you won’t pass.  (One guy I mention actually passed the ‘bluey’ marble he swallowed when he was five years old.)  Did you know that this intestinal muck will be generating toxins that are leaching through your gut and undermining your immune system?  Health from the Bottom Up has information on the whys and wherefores of enemas as well as how to do some simple ones with added ingredients for health benefits; and the preparation method for the famous coffee enemas completes the set.  (The coffee enema was found in the world’s best selling medical text book until the early 1970s.)

I often recommend enemas and shared this book’s previously edition with clients who have problems with constipation.  Enemas can set you free from this uncomfortable problem and I’ve had many an email expressing huge relief. Constipation is a problem for which people usually take a laxative – do you want to know why that’s not a good idea for your body and that it won’t resolve the stuff you carry around inside?  My little book will take you through all that and a whole lot more, with some humour along the way.

After the FREE promotion expires you can get all this for less than the price of a cup of coffee!  Bottoms Up!

See on Amazon as a Kindle book – downloadable to any device – click here

Once you’ve had a read I’d be really pleased if you could post a review.  Thank you .. and do share with friends

Don’t miss out as this one time offer expires shortly.

Wishing you good health, always

allysig

Ever wondered how the menstrual cycle really works?

 

 

Have you ever had some questions about your menstrual cycle? Here are a couple of resources for you:

There’s a video on my website that explains how the month progresses and what happens hormonally and you can view this here – it’s called Your Period

http://dralyssaburns-hill.com/category/video/

and following that if you want a bit more info I did an interesting interview with Harriet Seager of the Wellbeing Examiner and you can see this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yubEn2_M-6o

I hope you find these films useful – let me know if you have any questions …

xx