Christine Horner, M.D., F.A.C.S., author of "Radiant Health, Ageless Beauty," stopped by with natural treatments for common health issues many women are too embarrassed to talk about.
1) Lupus: Autoimmune disorders top the list of health conditions that affect women more than men. It is a disorder that occurs when the body’s own immune system attacks itself and is the cause of diseases like lupus. In fact, 9 out of 10 people affected by lupus are women. Natural Medicine Game-Changers: Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to curb inflammation and improve symptoms in lupus patients in several studies. Increase omega-3 intake by eating oily fish (i.e.: salmon and sardines) or flaxseeds, or by taking a daily omega-3 supplement.
2) HPV: No one wants to fess up about having a sexually transmitted disease, but HPV is one of the most common STDs with approximately 79 million Americans who have been diagnosed. There is no treatment for the virus itself but if left unchecked can lead to cervical cancer in women. Natural Medicine Game-Changers: AHCC, a natural immune boosting medicinal mushroom, has been shown to clear HPV in females within as little as 6 months in a human clinical pilot study conducted by The University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School.
3) Depression: If you think a physical disease is difficult to talk about, coming clean about a mental illnesses can be even more challenging. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, one in five Americans has a mental disorder — but nearly two-thirds of them live in silence and go without treatment, due to stigma surrounding mental illness. Natural Medicine Game-Changers: Vitamin D has been reported in the scientific and lay press as an important factor that may have significant health benefits in the prevention and the treatment of many chronic illnesses including depression. Effective detection with a vitamin D self-test and treatment of inadequate vitamin D levels in women with depression or other mental disorders may be an easy and cost-effective therapy which could improve long-term health outcomes as well as quality of life.
4) Breast Cancer: A cancer diagnosis can provoke fear, ostracism and shame. It can be an overwhelming death sentence to most women who don’t want their disease to be a burden to friends and family. Natural Medicine Game-Changers: Turmeric has more than a thousand published studies confirming that this Indian spice protects against cancer by stopping cancer cells from growing. Repeats Worth Noting: Omega-3 Fatty Acids can help stop the spread of tumors. Women with the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies have a 500 percent lower incidence of the cancer spreading compared to women with the lowest levels of omega-3s. AHCC is also the leading complementary cancer treatment used in hundreds of clinics throughout Asia to support the immune system in lowering the risk of cancer and improving survival rates.