Is Menopause a Disease?

Is Menopause a Disease?

In a word, the answer is “hardly!”  Women have been going through menopause as a natural part of life for eons.  In many cultures, for instance, post-menopausal women are looked upon as women who have attained a status of wisdom and respect within the community.  In our modern, Western culture however, we’re unduly influenced by commercial images and hype from media who have contracted with drug firms to sell their products.

Only a small percentage of women actually experience difficulties with menopause and this small percentage includes women who’d experienced surgeries and had other difficulties with their reproductive systems.  Doctors don’t have as much occasion to see healthy women going through menopause because these women have no reason to seek care.  Therefore the medical profession makes most of its conclusions based on clinical experience with those women who are problematic already.

Unfortunately, in medical circles, menopause is viewed as an inevitable estrogen deficiency “disease” that all women will contract and that the “disease” needs to be “treated” with the estrogen.  The research, however, shows a different picture.  With menopause, a woman’s estrogen production decreases to about 40 percent of previous levels.  That’s still enough estrogen to provide adequate amounts for normal female body functions.  Just to make sure, nature provides a back-up plan.  Ovaries aren’t the only producers of estrogen.  Fat cells produce it as well.  This is one reason why women reaching middle age naturally tend to put on a little extra body fat.  Statistically, slightly heavier women past menopause actually produce more estrogen than slender women during normal child-bearing years!  So estrogen deficiency is not the real problem.

Estrogen in the absence of progesterone, however, is a BIG problem.  For instance, Dr. John R. Lee, a medical doctor with a women’s practice in Mill Valley, California for 30 years, says in his book, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause,” that estrogen in the absence of adequate amounts of balancing progesterone is responsible for 100% of uterine cancers.

What a woman’s body actually stops producing in adequate amounts at menopause is progesterone.  Progesterone is the hormone that helps a woman carry a baby to term, so doctors disregard it after menopause.  HOWEVER!  Progesterone is also the precursor – the vital building block – for all three of the estrogens, the thyroid hormones, your neurotransmitters (the chemicals your nerves use to communicate with each other [and your brain is primarily nerve cells]) and the most effective stimulator in existence, for creating and maintaining optimal bone density!

Want to find out more?  I think every woman should!  There is an excellent book on the subject, the one mentioned above by Dr. John R. Lee.  It’s the most complete and the easiest to understand text on the subject I’ve ever seen, including the required medical reading in my educational studies.  This one’s written for the public, however, so you don’t need a medical dictionary to follow it.  It’s available on Amazon .com.  Do yourself a favor and read it.  You’ll discover in no uncertain terms that menopause is NOT a disease!


Dr. Rick Boatright, D.C.

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