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Exploring the Hormone Heresy
An Interview with Women's Health Advocate Sherrill Sellman

by Mary Shomon

Sherrill Sellman is psychotherapist and health researcher and writer. She is author of "The Hormone Heresy: What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones."

Mary Shomon: First, I want to thank you Sherrill, for taking the time to share your knowledge about women's hormonal medicine. Can you tell us a little about your background, and how you've become a women's health advocate and educator in the area of hormonal health?

Sherrill Sellman: Thank you Mary for the chance to share my many years of research with your subscribers. It's through people, like yourself who are totally committed to investigating and sharing the most truthful health information as well as the many safe and effective options, that enables all of us to be truly empowered and informed decision makers.

I have been trained as a psychotherapist specializing in mind-body approaches for the past twenty years. I also had a very successful Human Resource and Development company that facilitated personal development and stress management programs for both the corporate and public sectors. Until a year and a half ago, I was living and working in Melbourne, Australia where I have resided for the last 18 years. I'm now enjoying life as an Oklahoman!!

Around the age of 45, I began to be plagued by a number of rather debilitating symptoms. I would have gripping anxiety attacks every night at about 3 am . As a psychotherapist, I assumed they had some psychological cause, but no amount of therapy resolved them. I also experienced mood swings (what seemed like a lifetime affliction), fatigue, weight gain, low libido and the appearance of those dark little hairs that began peeking out from my chin!!! But it wasn't until the night sweats appeared on the scene that I suddenly had to start thinking "hormones". I would wake up most nights perspiring profusely.

In my need to find solutions to these perimenopausal symptoms, I came across information about natural progesterone, a transdermal cream that has the bio-identical molecular structure as the progesterone made in our bodies. I decided to give it a try. And, lo and behold, after just one month, the night sweats vanished....along with the anxiety attacks, mood swings, excess weight, fatigue, low libido and after about 4 months even those unsightly dark hairs disappeared!!! Well, needless to say, this really got my attention and I began to delve into the world of female physiology, menopause and hormone replacement therapy...subjects that I had been rather ignorant about. After my initial confusion from all the seemingly conflicting information about hormones and menopause, the picture that emerged from my research revealed the dark side of steroid hormone use. What I learned about the many myths, misinformation, and dangers concerning the use of steroid hormone treatments as found in HRT, the Pill and even fertility drugs, so alarmed and outraged me, that I was compelled to share my research with other women. My book "Hormone Heresy: What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones" was borne out of that journey and my passion for empowering women with truthful information was kindled.

Hormone Heresy has now become a best selling book in Australia, Canada and is also presently doing really well in the US. I have returned to the States to live and now travel extensively throughout the US and Canada, presenting lectures and seminars to women of all ages, informing them what they really MUST know about their hormones...which is a very different message from what we're told my our doctors, pharmacists and media!!!

Mary Shomon: It seems that only in the past year or so has there been more attention paid to the thyroid as a critical hormone for women's health. Previously, most of the focus was on estrogen and progesterone. Why do you think the thyroid has been so overlooked, but now seems to be gaining some attention?

Sherrill Sellman: Medicine, like all other facets of our culture, goes through fads at which time one theory has its heyday...only to be replaced by another in vogue hypothesis! It appears that the focus on the thyroid was eclipsed as the spotlight was moved to the new rising steroid hormone stars, estrogen and progestins which appeared on the medical scene in 1960's.

From my years of delving into me realm of hormone imbalances, what has become most evident is that women's hormone imbalances and their health issues, in general, have become big business. With the trend in the past 40 or so years for medicine to specialize and rely almost exclusively on pharmaceutical drugs, the various symptoms that were once easily recognized as classical thyroid imbalances have been assigned as separate conditions. So we now have drugs that treat depression, infertility, high cholesterol, weight gain, migraines, fatigue and menstrual irregularities.

We also know that the traditional blood tests for thyroid are inadequate and inaccurate. With the very recent development of saliva testing for thyroid function, a more comprehensive picture of the rather complicated endocrine system is emerging.

The history of medicine has ignored women's unique physiology. The misogynist bias in medicine had assumed the female functioning was a duplicate of male physiology. Since the female's monthly hormonal cycling made them unfit for controlled experiments, most all of the studies until recently were done on men and then extrapolated for women. Even the early studies exploring estrogen and heart disease (another incorrect hypothesis) were initially done on men! Fortunately this is changing and it is now acknowledged that women's bodies function in some significantly different ways from men. It seems that throughout history, women's hormonal nature has always been somewhat of a mystery to medical science. And I must say, that with most traditional medical doctors, it still is!

The emerging holistic paradigm has a clinical model based on finding the root cause of imbalance which is a much more feminine approach to healing, not just symptom suppression as focused on in allopathic medicine. The holistic model recognizes the existence of the intimate connection of all of the body's processes. This paradigm along with new diagnostic techniques, has developed a more sophisticated understanding of endocrine functioning, in general, and the thyroid, in particular.

Mary Shomon: What importance do you think the thyroid has, in terms of a woman's overall hormonal health?

Sherrill Sellman: The thyroid is a major player when it comes to hormonal health since it stimulates and synchronizes all metabolic cellular functions. All tissues in the body are stimulated by the thyroid.

The thyroid hormone is required to convert cholesterol into the vital anti-aging steroid hormones, pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA. Pregnenolone converts to progesterone and DHEA in the body. Progesterone and DHEA are precursors for more specialized hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol.

As we know, thyroid disorders are more common in women than men. In women, adequate binding of T3 is dependent upon sufficient progesterone. A low level of progesterone is a common experience in both young and older women. According to research by Dr. Jerilynn Prior, an endocrinologist from Vancouver, BC, more than 25% of women in their 20's are not ovulating each month. This anovulatory pattern means they are not producing adequate progesterone each month, leading to progesterone deficiency. This is also a similar condition that occurs for perimenopausal women. The major cause of these anovulatory cycles include an poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, skipping meals, emotional and physical stress, and over-exercising.

Thus, low progesterone levels in young women interferes with thyroid efficiency and is also one of the most frequent causes of infertility. One study showed that 94% of women with PMS were hypothyroid. Progesterone deficiency in perimenopause or menopausal years can predispose a woman to hypothyroidism during this time of her life.

Estrogen dominance -- an excess of estrogen in relation to progesterone-- inhibits thyroid function and can result from taking birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, or exposure to environmental estrogens. Also, a poorly functioning liver, exhausted adrenal glands, insulin resistance, compromised digestion and candida can also contribute to estrogen dominance.

What is often misunderstood when we talk about the hormones estrogen and progesterone is the fact that they aren't just about overseeing reproduction. There are, in fact, receptor sites for both these hormones in every cell throughout the body. Thus the immune system, the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system the vascular system, the respiratory system all are effected my the flow and proper balance between these two hormones.

A healthy thyroid is intimately linked to a balanced endocrine system. The health of the endocrine system will reflect our overall health.

Mary Shomon: The risk of osteoporosis is higher for women who suffered periods of hyperthyroidism. While the research is contradictory as to whether hypothyroid women on thyroid hormone replacement are at greater risk for osteoporosis, it is certainly something that women with thyroid disease need to be more aware of, as do most women in general, of course, given epidemic levels of osteoporosis in the United States. Can you tell us about when women should be tested for osteoporosis, and how, and what types of preventative measures women can take, plus what treatments you feel women should consider?

Sherrill Sellman: Osteoporosis is, indeed. a major health concern for western women. However, it should be noted with interest that women in other cultures around the world either do not suffer from osteoporosis or have lower bone density but with no increased risk of fracture. Such cross-cultural studies are giving us an important clue to the osteoporosis epidemic we're experiencing in the West. Is osteoporosis, perhaps, a degenerative disease caused primarily by our western life style and diet?

Osteoporosis was intentionally exploited by the drug companies in the mid-1970's as compelling reason for women to take HRT. (In 1976 two studies reported that estrogen replacement therapy caused an 800% increase in endometrial cancer in the previous 10 years). To convince women to return to using these steroid hormone treatments an intentional advertising campaign was launched to scare women back to hormones. Up until that time, osteoporosis was a relatively unknown condition by the public. It took a while but the campaign ultimately was successful. Osteoporosis was perceived as primarily a woman's disease. Menopause and estrogen deficiency were seen as the culprits and, Hormone Replacement Therapy was deemed the primary solution. Madison Avenue does it again!! This important but forgotten part of history is explained in more depth in my book and in an indepth article in my Hormone Heresy Supplement.

From my years of research, I have uncovered many myths about osteoporosis:

  • Myth #1 Osteoporosis is caused by menopause
  • Myth #2 Osteoporosis is caused by an estrogen deficiency
  • Myth #3 Osteoporosis is caused by a calcium deficiency
It used to be thought that all women have a considerable decrease in bone at menopause from lower estrogen levels - thus estrogen deficiency was said to be the cause of osteoporosis. Continuing research has disproved this idea. Studies following individual women's bone density over time have shown that although some women lose a lot of bone with menopause, other lose comparatively little, Also, for some women, bone loss starts before menopause. One study using urine tests to measure calcium loss found that some women are "fast losers" and others are naturally "normal losers."

Dr. Jerilynn Prior, researcher and professor of endocrinology at the University of British Columbia has conducted research that seriously challenges estrogen's key role in preventing bone loss. Her research confirmed that estrogen's role in combating osteoporosis is only a minor one. In her study of female athletes, she found that osteoporosis occurs to the degree that the athlete's became progesterone deficient, even though their estrogen levels remained normal.

Dr. Prior continued her research with non-athletic women. They showed the same results. While both these groups of women were menstruating, they had anovulatory cycles (not ovulating) and were, therefore, deficient in progesterone. As a result of her extensive research, she confirmed that it is not estrogen but progesterone which is the key bone building hormone. Such studies seriously challenge the estrogen deficiency- osteoporosis link.

When it comes to good bone health, there are many different nutritional requirements in addition to calcium which include magnesium, protein, essential fatty acids, boron, silica, copper, zinc, manganese, strontium, phosphorus, folic acid, Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, and K.

Good bone health comes down to eating a nutrient rich diet (it has now proven that organic foods have a higher nutritional content), including regular weight-bearing exercise, reducing the toxic and heavy metal load, reducing stress ( adrenal exhaustion leads to bone loss), having strong digestion in order to properly digest and assimilate nutrients and hormonal balance.

The real "Bone Thieves" are the following:
  • Acid/alkaline imbalance
  • Alcohol
  • Aluminium-Containing Antacids
  • Anorexia
  • Antibiotics
  • Caffeine
  • Diuretics
  • Endocrine imbalance - parathyroid, thyroid, adrenal, ovaries, kidneys
  • Excessive animal protein /dairy products
  • High hydrogenated fat consumption
  • High salt intake
  • History of Dieting
  • Hysterectomy/removal of ovaries
  • Indoor existence/lack of Vitamin D
  • Oral Contraceptive Pill and Depo-Provera
  • Pharmaceutical drugs & medications - i.e. anti-convulsants, chemo-therapeutic agents, psychotropic drugs i.e. Valium and Librium
  • Poor digestion
  • Sedentary life style
  • Stress/adrenal exhaustion
  • Sugar
  • Tobacco
  • Toxic metals - lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum and tin
Since junk foods, stress and environmental toxicity have become a way of life in this country, it's no wonder that osteoporosis is a such huge problem. We're even seeing it in teenagers who drink lots of sodas. The sugar, caffeine and high phosphorus content all cause loss of vital bone-building nutrients (not to mention PMS, acne, erratic moods, lack of concentration and fatigue).

Given what is now known about early bone loss, I would recommend getting a bone density test done in one's forties. However, with such poor dietary habits and high stress levels, it may be advisable to start earlier in life, perhaps starting in one's twenties to use as a baseline throughout life. Ultrasound tests and urinary secretion tests are available. DEXA ( dual X-ray absorbtiometry) is the most accurate but uses radiation. I personally try to minimize radiation exposure of any kind to its cumulative carcinogenic effects. You can also get inexpensive pH strips from a pharmacy which you can test your acid/alkaline balance on a daily basis. A continual acid condition indicates mineral and nutrient depletion. It's an inexpensive way to monitor oneself daily and adjust the pH with diet.

The drug companies boast one other medication that promises to halt bone loss. This popular drug, Fosamax, is the only non-hormonal drug approved by the FDA to treat osteoporosis. Studies of this drug were cleverly stopped after four to six years. This is just the point at which the fracture rate for women taking similar drugs began to rise.

So, although Fosamax will superficially appear to increase bone density, in reality it decreases bone strength leading to a greater risk of fracture. Fosamax is a metabolic poison and will actually kill osteoclasts cells which are required to maintain dynamic bone equilibrium.

In addition, Fosamax can cause severe and permanent damage to the esophagus and stomach. It is also hard on the kidneys, can cause diarrhea, flatulence, rashes, headaches and muscular pain. Rats given high doses developed thyroid and adrenal tumors. Fosamax also causes deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D - all essential bone building the process.

To counter the well-deserved bad press about steroid hormones for the treatment of osteoporosis. a new class of drug have been developed. They are call Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM) It is touted by the drug companies that they will protect bone without the risk of breast cancer. The most well know of these drugs is called Evista (raloxifene). However, it's effect on bone is not very strong. Animal studies have shown that it increased the incidence of ovarian cancer.

Since bone is made of dynamic tissue, it is possible not only to maintain healthy bones but also to increase bone density. However, good bone health requires a commitment to good eating and life style habits. Some products that support bone health include natural progesterone, maca (a South American medicinal plant), hydroxyapetitie (a form of calcium) with boron, magnesium, adequate essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes, a good multi-vitamin/mineral formula and Chinese herbs.

Mary Shomon: You are a firm believer that when women are suffering from perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, the problem is far more often a deficiency of progesterone and excessive estrogen. Can you explain this?

Sherrill Sellman: For the past 40 years, women have been told that menopause is a time when the ovaries fail and cease to produce estrogen, thus creating the myth of the estrogen deficient woman. Is also justifies the rationale for a multi-billion dollar industry that is supplying estrogen (along with progestins such as Provera ) to women not only for the relief of hot flashes and vaginal dryness but also as an anti-aging drug that will supposedly prevent skin from wrinkling, bones from disintegrating and hearts from failing, etc. It has also found its way as treatment for the myriad of symptoms plaguing perimenopausal women to help boost their supposedly flagging estrogen levels. The Pill has also become a popular treatment for the perimenopausal woman.

So, first of all to make sense of what's really happening with women's cycles and their hormones, a few very powerful myths needs to be dispelled.

1. Hormone Replacement Therapy, i.e., estrogen and synthetic progestins, have a combined 120 possible risks and side-effects. They are not natural hormones replacing our own hormones but rather powerful drug therapies. Estrogen and progestins are carcinogenic substances initiating and promoting breast, ovarian and uterine cancer. They also cause blood clots, strokes and high blood pressure and much more.

The Pill is made up of the same steroid hormones as HRT but up to 4 times the strength. The Pill can not only predispose a woman to a life time of hormonal imbalances but also breast cancer, strokes, miscarriages, infertility and nutritional deficiencies. Women have paid a huge price for the Pill.

Why are healthy women going through a natural life transition prescribed powerful, carcinogenic drugs? At whatever stage of life a woman may be experiencing hormonal imbalance, there are literally dozens of safe, effective and natural solutions.

2. Nature did not make a design fault in women's bodies causing their health to deteriorate when then arrive at menopause. Menopause is not a downhill slide nor an "estrogen deficiency disease" as the medical world likes to call it. At menopause there is an adjustment in estrogen levels reducing the output by the ovaries by about 40-60 percent. Just low enough so that the menopausal woman won't be maturing eggs (the post-menopausal journey is a time to nurture our passion and creativity not to bear children). Nature has also provided a back-up system in the estrogen department..both the fat cells and the adrenals produce estrogen . If we have any "meat on our bones," menopausal women are generally making plenty of estrogen, even if they have had a full hysterectomy!

However, with menopause there is a cessation of ovulation. When we ovulate, the site, known as a follicle, from which an eggs bursts forth turns into an endocrine gland that makes progesterone. When there's no ovulation, the primary supply of progesterone is not available. Thus, there is a precipitous fall in progesterone levels at menopause. However, once again, nature's back system makes progesterone from the adrenals. When this essential and delicate balance between estrogen and progesterone is altered, causing low progesterone levels and high estrogen levels - the resulting imbalance is called estrogen dominance. When estrogen is in excess, it is toxic to the body.

3 The World Health Organization has found that an overweight post menopausal woman has more estrogen circulating in her body than a skinny pre-menopausal woman!! Western women now have some of the highest estrogen levels ever recorded in history. In fact, we are literally swimming in a sea of estrogen exposure due medication such as the Pill and HRT, the estrogen mimics found in pesticides, herbicides, and plastics, as well as the hormones injected into feed lot cattle and farmed fish (estrogen accelerates grow and increases weight gain in animals.... and in women, too!).

4. As a result of saliva testing, we now know that perimenopause is not a time of declining estrogen levels at all. But rather a time when the body is doing it's final hurrah trying to stir those ovaries into action thus making some of the highest levels of estrogen ever made by the body. Perimenopause is really a time of high but fluctuating estrogen levels along with low progesterone (perimenopausal women are irregular in their ovulation). High estrogen levels and low progesterone production causes an estrogen dominant condition. Thus, it is totally inappropriate and dangerous to give the Pill or HRT to perimenopausal women since they already have high estrogen levels circulating through their body. Adding even more estrogen can cause many uncomfortable side-effects as well as serious health risks.

5. Unfortunately what the medical experts believed were symptoms of estrogen deficiency are really estrogen excess symptoms. Estrogen dominant symptoms include: weight gain, migraines, fluid retention, high blood pressure, fatigue, aging skin, thinning hair, fluid retention, PMS, low libido, muscle aches and pains, memory fogginess, fibroids, endometriosis, depression, fibrocystic breasts and miscarriage. The more serious, life-threatening conditions of estrogen excess are: reproductive cancers, strokes, blood clots, compromised immune system, toxic livers, gall bladder disease, auto-immune diseases (lupus, MS, rheumatoid arthritis), glucose intolerance, pancreatitis, and interfering with the uptake of thyroid hormones.

Estrogen excess, progesterone deficiency and thyroid imbalance have a very intimate relationship. Correcting hormonal imbalance naturally can effectively assist the recovery of thyroid function.

Most women who have menopausal complaints are perimenopausal women in their 40's or early 50's who are still menstruating. Prescribing the Pill or HRT to these women is a disaster in the making since the vast majority really have progesterone deficiency and estrogen excess.

Mary Shomon: Some practitioners believe that women with hypothyroidism can benefit from natural progesterone treatment, that it helps improve thyroid function. Can you explain this further?

Sherrill Sellman: Due to the increasing sophistication of saliva testing, what is becoming apparent is that estrogen excess, not deficiency is the real cause of the vast majority of women's hormonal complaints. Also, a sluggish thyroid will worsen estrogen dominant symptoms and vice versa.

The use of natural progesterone has been shown to be most helpful to women with mild symptoms of clinical hypothyroidism.

Women who are estrogen dominant have poor thyroid efficiency. Without getting too technical, it is known that estrogen increases thyroxine-binding globulin - the transport system for both T3 and T4. Globulin-bound thyroid is inactive. The more thyroid hormones are globulin-bound, the less of the active form is available. Adequate amounts of natural progesterone reduce estrogen dominance and consequently, increase the biologically active form of thyroid hormones. For many women, using natural progesterone along with committing to a healthy diet, using nutritional support, reducing stress and adding exercise is most effective.

It is also most helpful to include a cleansing program to detoxify the tissues thus diminishing resistance to whatever circulating thyroid hormone is present.

Mary Shomon: What do you think the best way is to get progesterone? What about the over-the-counter progesterone treatments, such as the creams? Are they as effective as compounded natural progesterone by prescription?

Sherrill Sellman: A good quality natural progesterone cream is as effective as a compounded one. I, personally, like to use a natural progesterone cream that has organic ingredients. It is recommended to use a cream that has about 480 mg per ounce. When it is applied twice daily, morning and night, it is the appropriate physiological dose.

Mary Shomon: Should a woman be tested for progesterone levels before starting any form of supplementation? Basically, what I'm asking is, is there any danger to a woman who self-prescribes and takes progesterone, i.e., using the over- the-counter cream, without confirming that she has a verifiable progesterone deficiency?

Sherrill Sellman: The symptoms of estrogen excess are quite identifiable. A saliva test is not always necessary. Progesterone cream is quite safe. While it is recommended to use 1/8 -1/4 tsp. twice daily, each women must really adjust the dose to her body's needs and sensitivity. Some women only need a very small amount while other may initially start off with a little higher dose.

However, a saliva test is most helpful to get an overview of the entire steroid hormone profile. Many steroid hormones can be measured besides progesterone such as estradiol, estrone and estriol, DHEA, cortisol, melatonin and testosterone. Saliva tests are now most effective for measuring thyroid hormone levels. It would certainly be helpful to measure these hormones yearly as well as establishing a baseline. In the case of severe hormonal imbalance, it may also be prudent to measure hormones several times a year to asses your treatments effectiveness. It is most important that all the steroid hormones are in balance.

Mary Shomon: You typically don't recommend estrogen supplementation for most women, unless they have a demonstrated deficiency in estrogen. Can you talk a bit about why you think women should avoid conjugated estrogens, like Premarin, and instead ask for estriol?

Sherrill Sellman: We often hear the term "natural estrogens" when it comes to supplementation and think that they are a better choice than the synthetic ones, such as Premarin. What is really necessary to understand is that if a woman is truly estrogen dominant, any form of estrogen, whether from conjugated horse urine or plant sources, is inappropriate and will only increase the toxic and potentially harmful effects of estrogen dominance. I always emphasis the importance of getting a saliva test to check if estrogen/progesterone ratio is truly out of balance before ever considering the use of any estrogen. Unfortunately, blood serum testing, the gold standard of the medical profession, is notoriously inaccurate, leading to false readings of estrogen deficiency. The WHO now recognizes saliva tests as the most valid form of hormone testing.

There are several issues that surround the use of Premarin. First of all, Premarin is made from PREgnant MARres UrINe. There are approximately 45,000 mares in Canada and the US who spend 7 months out of their 11 month pregnancy in confined stalls with catheters attached for collecting their urine. They generally are dehydrated (for a more concentrated urine) and under great stress and duress. Premarin mare foals are sold when just a couple of months old to slaughterhouses. There is quite a big business in Premarin foals. That is the moral issue.

The other issue involves the ingredients of Premarin. There are 10 kinds of estrogens found in Premarin. Only two are identical to human female estrogen. The other 8 are horse estrogens, obviously, not natural to a woman's body. Premarin's carcinogenicity is stated in the package insert. Horse estrogens put the liver at risk of developing cancer. There is no reason to ever take Premarin.

If a woman is truly estrogen deficient, then estriol may be appropriate. Estriol is considered the safest of all the estrogens. It is the dominant form of estrogen made during pregnancy. It is often recommended for vaginal dryness and urinary problems. Estriol, in fact, governs the harmonious workings and the suppleness of the lower third of the urethra, located in the vagina. However, even then, women have a variety of vitamins and herbs to choose from to eliminate that problem. Some of the most effective alternatives include natural progesterone topically and intervaginally, the herb maca, vitamin E capsules, vitamin E suppositories (made by Carlson Laboratories), royal jelly, folic acid (10 mg) with a B-Complex, female tonic herbs and Chinese herbal medicine.

Mary Shomon: What are your thoughts regarding soy foods and soy isoflavone powders and supplements for menopausal symptoms? Do you have any thoughts regarding the effects of soy on people with thyroid disease? Are there food, supplements or natural options to deal with menopausal symptoms for women with thyroid disease who don't want to use soy products?

Sherrill Sellman: I used to be quite a big soy fan until I began to do more research into this subject. Now I err on the side of caution and actually advise women to cut way down on their soy intake. The most preferred kind of soy would be the fermented versions such as tempeh and mise because that is the most digestible form of soy. The fermentation process destroys the harmful toxins found in soy. Unfermented forms have potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.

Soy blocks the uptake of the essential minerals - calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc - in the intestinal tract.

It is now known that soy, in it's unfermented forms, does have an inhibiting effect on the thyroid. It is also a very allergic food and hard to digest. Contrary to the popular myth, Asians do not eat soy as a staple food but rather only as a condiment. I have lived for several years in Southeast Asian and know this to be a fact.

From my 8 years of research into women's hormonal health issues, I have learned that all hormonal problems is do to a body that is out of balance.. The greatest hormone wreckers, as I like to call them, are sugar, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated oils, fatty foods, margarine, aspartame ( diet drinks), pharmaceutical drugs, dehydration, lack of sleep, skipping meals. junk food, dieting, eating pesticide-sprayed foods and hormone laden meat. Long periods of emotional and physical stress are a sure recipe for hormonal imbalance.

To regain hormonal balance and support thyroid function, we really need to a commit to a healthy diet filled with adequate protein, essential fatty acids and good quality carbohydrates (mostly from fruits and vegetables).

It is also important to embrace a healthy life style filled with physical exercise, stress reduction, and a loving and supportive community of friends.

I strongly recommend that women find a competent holistic practitioner who can be a compassionate and qualified ally on in her quest for regaining hormonal health and well-being. Healing the thyroid, as with any health problem, is an holistic journey.

Mary Shomon: How can people find out more about your work?

Sherrill Sellman: My book "Hormone Heresy: What Women MUST Know About Their Hormones" is available from bookstores, or from my web site or by calling toll-free number 877-215-1721. I can be contacted via e-mail at

I have also developed a personal one-on-one hormone coaching program through phone consultations called The HormoneWise Program. It is a unique program, designed to offer ongoing education, support, personal strategies, resources, referrals and counseling to women seeking hormonal balance and personal empowerment. For further information contact or (918)437-1058.

Warmest regards,

Sherrill Sellman
P.O. Box 690416
Tulsa, OK USA 74169-0416
Ph: 918-437-1058
Fx: 918-437-1258

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