Posted: Mar 29, 2013 11:00 AM
 
In her latest book, Is It Me or My Hormones? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly about PMS, Perimenopause, and All the Crazy Things that Occur with Hormone Imbalance, author Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP reveals how we can become free from the hormonal disruptors that are making us crazy.

Where it all began

Marcelle PickMore than 25 years ago, Marcelle co-founded an all-women's practice Women to Women because of her own struggle with hormonal issues associated with PMS — as well as a desire to give women a voice for their specific health issues. "[This] was unheard of at the time. No one wanted to go to female doctors," she says.

She adds, "I wanted women to be heard, to have guides to help them overcome their obstacles."


She feels that traditional medical appointments are rushed and medications are prescribed versus doctors trying to help patients find a solution to a chronic problem.

Balancing it all

Every mom can relate to the overwhelming feeling of trying to juggle it all — kids, career and their partner — while maintaining some semblance of sanity.

Pick says we are more stressed than ever and that contributes to feeling like we're crazy or that "something has taken over your body." Sound familiar?

Our bodies are interconnected: what goes on physically effects us emotionally. So on every front, people aren't feeling well.

She notes that high levels of stress cause cortisol production to elevate and infuse the body. "If that goes on for too long, you will experience hormones from hell — up one day and down the next," she says.

Other physical implications of stress include the deregulation of the thyroid, disruption of the immune system and overworked adrenals — all which wreak hormonal havoc on a woman's body.

"Our bodies are interconnected: what goes on physically effects us emotionally. So on every front, people aren't feeling well," she says. But she notes it doesn't have to be that way.

Simple solutions

Pick concludes that for most women, a simple detox of their diets can dramatically help balance their hormones.

"Detoxing is not new age medicine. This is all substantially documented," she says.

Simply cleaning up your diet by eliminating gluten and coffee and cutting back on sugar and carbs, taking a multi-vitamin with fish oil and adding exercise to your routine can regulate your hormones.

Pick is not referring to juicing — she believes that simply cleaning up your diet by eliminating gluten and coffee and cutting back on sugar and carbs, taking a multi-vitamin with fish oil and adding exercise to your routine can regulate your hormones.

Can it really be that simple? Yes, according to Pick. She says, "People don't understand that it's really easy. They don't understand that it can have such huge impact."

She feels that medication has overcomplicated the issue when it comes to chronic issues like PMS, perimenopause and menopause.

Don't settle

Pick encourages women dealing with hormonal issues to advocate for themselves to find an individual solution for their specific issues.

IS It me or my hormones?

She says, "You don't have to settle with not feeling well or dealing with depression or anxiety. I want to give women hope that we can get to the root of the problem." She doesn't want women to feel rushed through a doctor's appointment or to be given a pill to take to try to solve the problem, when in many cases that is not the answer.

Is It Me or My Hormones? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly about PMS, Perimenopause, and All the Crazy Things that Occur with Hormone Imbalance is on sale at hayhouse.com for $23. It is also available as an eBook via Amazon Kindle and iTunes for $12 or NOOK for $14.

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