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We went to see the accupuncturist yesterday. He used an electro-dermal screening machine — a super-high tech thing that tells you everything that is wrong with you. It's like accupunture combined with a computer.
Electrodermal screening works to diagnose disease by measuring the skin's electrical resistance. It detects energy imbalances along acupuncture meridians.
Watching him work with this thing was amazing. He said the following things are showing up in my body:
I was especially interested to learn about the estrogen dominance. I knew I had adrenal exhaustion but I did not know about the estrogen dominance.
Dr. Rind says on his website that estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue to hand in hand:
The Estrogen Dominance / Adrenal Fatigue Connection
Adrenal fatigue and estrogen dominance are very similar in their symptom presentation and share a lot in common. Most women who have one tend to have the other to some degree. They have the following relationship:
- Progesterone goes on to become cortisol as well as other hormones.
- Most estrogen dominance is due to insufficient progesterone and therefore there is a low cortisol production.
- Most adrenal fatigue involves an inability to keep up with cortisol production.
- When the adrenals are stressed, the increased need for cortisol depletes the progesterone levels used in making cortisol. As more progesterone is shunted or sequestered to make cortisol, less is available to balance off the estrogen.
- Another common reason for low progesterone levels is an anovulatory cycle (a menstrual cycle in which there is no ovulation). Without the ovulation there is no corpus luteum to make additional progesterone for the cycle. The lowered progesterone level leaves us with an excessive estrogenic effect due to deficiency of progesterone.
In summary, fixing adrenal function and estrogen dominance go hand-in-hand and it is therefore difficult to fix one while ignoring the other.
He also lists some of the common causes of estrogen dominance on his website:
Common Causes of Estrogen Dominance
- Stress (excessive need for cortisol depletes progesterone as some of it is converted to cortisol to support stressed/tired adrenal glands)
- Xenohormone exposure (non-human hormones, synthetic/non—bio-identical hormones, chemicals and plastics with hormonal properties)
- Use of oral or injected contraceptives
- Conventional HRT (using horse hormones and/or synthetic/non—bio-identical hormones)
- Adrenal fatigue
- Poor diet (usually high in carbohydrates, low fat)
- Consumption of trans-fats (margarine, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils)
- Nutritional deficiencies (especially magnesium, zinc, copper and B complex vitamins)
- Luteal Insufficiency (insufficient ovarian progesterone production, i.e. poor Corpus Luteum making too little progesterone)
- Anovulatory cycles (cycles where menstruation occurs, but no ovulation, and therefore no ovarian
progesterone is produced)
- Obesity (in postmenopausal women, estrogen is made in the fat cells; excess fat cells make excess estrogen.)
Anyhow, the accupuncturist we saw gave me a couple things to take to help fix my estrogen dominance and adrenal fatigue.
One is Biotics Research Cytozyme-PT/HPT. The main ingredient is lamb pituitary/hypothalamus complex. I also got an adrenal complex that includes ginseng, ashwaganda, and licorice, among other things.
He also tested me to see what is causing all my sinus problems. He said it was not fungal and it was not viral. He said it was bacterial. Which falls in line with my theory that I got it from being exposed to the fecal dust coming from the Harris Ranch feedlot.
He gave me a few different things to kill the bacteria, including antibacterial Chinese herbs, homeopathic bacterial stimulator drops, and peppermint oil. I am supposed to take these things for three weeks. If it doesn't work, he said I will need to take a broad-spectrum antibiotic. I really hope I don't have to do that.
I think that the reason he saw issues with my kidney and liver probably has to do with this bacterial infection I am fighting. He also told me that the reason I'm waking every night at 3 am is because of my liver. I bet that will clear up once I kick this infection.
He tested Kate for her nut allergy. She ate a pistachio the other day and broke out in a rash. I also tried to give her peanut butter once — same thing. He told us to get blood tests done to find out exactly what she is allergic to.
After that, he suggested we get her NAET treatments. NAET is a method to treat allergies by removing blockages within the energy pathways of the body. We are going to try it.
He said I have some allergies, too, which can be treated with NAET.
He also told us to get an EpiPen. He said he thinks every family with small children should have an EpiPen because you never know when anaphylaxis could happen.
He said some interesting things about weight gain, too. Now that I know I have estrogen dominance, I'm sure that is where my weight gain is coming from. Fixing the estrogen dominance should help that.
But he did say that the way to lose weight is to eat the right amount of calories. He showed us on the printouts exactly how many calories we should be eating. He told me I should be eating about 2000 calories per day.
He said that in the past month, he lost 8 pounds and gained 2 pounds of muscle. He has not increased his exercise or changed what he was eating. The only thing he changed was the amount he was eating. He increased his calories and started eating 5-6 times a day.