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Q.        I am 52 years old.  I did not have period for about a year.  All of a sudden, I had a good amount of period last month, then it stopped.  I am glad it did.  However, my menopausal symptoms had increased.  They include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, loss of sexual drive, weight gain, depression and extreme fatigue.  How much longer would I suffer from these symptoms?  Can you recommend holistic treatment for them?

A.        The symptoms you described are typical menopausal symptoms.  With proper treatment, these menopausal symptoms can be controlled.  Otherwise, they can linger for the rest of your life.  The following holistic treatment methods are most effective for menopause according to my clinical experience:

1.  Anti-Yeast Nutritional Program:

When you follow my “Eight Commandments:” no sugar, no dairy, no wheat, no yeasts, no caffeine, no alcohol, no nicotine, nor chemicals, your symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings will be under control.

2.  Herbal Therapy:

Take the following formulas that I formulated for you to regain your health. For example: Take the Herbal Detox Package (Yeast-Para Control and Cleansing-Balance Tea) for removing yeasts, parasites, and toxins; and Female Vitality for balancing hormones such as estrogen to regain your sexual libido, increase your energy, and uplift your depression.  I also recommend our Fitness Plus (a fat burner) for weight control.

3.  Stress Management:

Meditate daily to reduce your day-to-day-stress.  Go to my website: www.drjsbest.com  to download a FREE 10-minute meditation guide.  If you practice daily, you will enjoy peace and harmony in your life whether you are in menopause or not.

4. Regular Exercise:

Regular exercise improves blood circulation, and gives you a regular supply of endorphins (a natural chemical that can make you feel calm and happy).  Regular exercise also burns calories and reduces weight.  If you experience extreme fatigue, just start slow walking or in-place jogging for five minutes, and gradually build up.

When you adopt the above holistic approach, you will be able to reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms and enjoy the absence of monthly inconvenience!

For telephone consultation on holistic treatment for various health issues such as yeast-free nutrition, herbal detox, hormonal imbalance, weight control, stress management, and spiritual counseling, please call (800) 715-3053 , or  (818) 472-2213 , or send an e-mail to drj@drjsbest.com.  Consultation sessions over Skype are also available.  Skype name: academyofvibranthealth.  For more information, visit our website: www.drjsbest.com.

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There is no single cause for depression.  Most conventional health professionals, especially psychiatrists, believe that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body, or by hereditary causes.  In these cases, their recommended treatment method focuses on changing the chemical balance in the body by prescribing anti-depressants.

This “band-aid” approach has caused many depressed individuals to become more depressed because the core issues are not dealt with.  As a result, patients may mistakenly ask their psychiatrists to prescribe higher dosages or more varieties of anti-depressants.  Anti-depressants have a wide range of side effects, including dry mouth, sleeping disorders, fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, etc., which can make the sufferers even more depressed.  A vicious circle ensues.

Based on my clinical observation, there are many situational changes in life that can cause depression, such as loss of loved ones, loss of job, relationship break-ups, illness (loss of health), unsuccessful business (loss of income and/or business esteem), loss of self-confidence, etc.   Depression is actually caused by one major reason: feeling of some sort of loss, or feeling of being “stuck” or “trapped.”

Even if the diagnosis of depression is genetic in nature, if the individual can change the life situation, the effect of the so called “genetic factor” or “chemical imbalance” can be minimized or eradicated.

In the next article, I will discuss the holistic, drug-free treatment for depression. 

For consultation on yeast-free nutrition, herbal detox, hormonal imbalance, weight control, depression, stress management, and spiritual counseling, please call us at (800) 715-3053 or send an e-mail to drj@drjsbest.com.  Consultation sessions over Skype or the telephone are also available.  For more information, visit our website: www.drjsbest.com.

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An estimated 33 to 35 million U.S. adults are likely to experience depression at some point during their lifetime.  Depression affects men and women of all ages, races, and socio-economic statuses.  Women are at a significantly greater risk than men to develop major depression. Studies show that episodes of depression occur twice as frequently in women as in men.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (DSM-IV), major depressive disorder (MDD or depression) is diagnosed when five or more of the following symptoms of depression are present for most of the day, nearly every day for at least 2 weeks.

  • Perpetual feelings of sadness
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Low energy
  • Significant weight change
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Loss of libido
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Getting angry easily
  • Panic attacks
  • Acting aggressive
  • Violent

In the next few articles, I will discuss the causes of and holistic, drug-free treatment for depression.  Stay tuned.

For consultation on yeast-free nutrition, herbal detox, hormonal imbalance, weight control, depression, stress management, and spiritual counseling, please call us at (800) 715-3053 or send an e-mail to drj@drjsbest.com.  Consultation sessions over Skype or the telephone are also available.  For more information, visit our website: www.drjsbest.com.

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Menopause is when you have not had a period (or even light spotting) for 12 consecutive months. The menopausal symptoms experienced by most women actually occur during pre- or peri-menopause period.

During the peri-menopause stage, three key hormones such estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone fluctuate, and mostly are on the decline.  Consequently, you may experience various symptoms.  The most common ones are hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, irregular periods, loss of libido, painful intercourse, difficulty concentrating, itchy skin, headaches, bloating, gastro-intestinal disturbances (such as gas), weight gain, hair loss or thinning, light-headedness, depression and anxiety.

As your estrogen levels decline during pre-menopause,your vagina wall will become thinner and weaker. Consequently, it can be easily irritated during intercourse and leave tiny scars or cuts where bacteria and yeasts can flourish.  So, vaginal yeast infections become common symptoms associated with menopause.

Treatment basically consists of regulating the hormonal levels.  Female Vitality is excellent for that purpose.  Female Vitality contains more than 20 ingredients of high quality Chinese herbs such as Ho-Shou-Wu, black cohosh, wild yam, etc. and absorbable vitamins needed for health promotion and maintenance.  The end results:  improved conditions for your hair, nail and skin, increased mental clarity, uplifted mood, productivity and sexual energy.

Based on my more than 30 years of clinical experience, I have found that women who do not have a healthy lifestyle tend to suffer more menopausal symptoms.  For example, when sugar consumption is high, episodes of hot flashes also increase. Therefore, it’s important to follow a yeast-free nutritional program that contains no sugar, dairy, wheat, yeasts, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and chemicals.  It comes to a conscious decision between following the yeast-free nutritional program, or suffering from various menopausal symptoms.  If you would like to find out more about what you should eat (and what to avoid), follow the recipes in my yeast-free cookbook, Healthy and Tasty: Dr. J’s Anti-Yeast Cooking.

If you have excess toxins in your body which acerbate the menopausal symptoms, consider our Herbal Detox program (consisting of Yeast-Para Control and Cleansing-Balance Tea) to remove the toxins. 

Lifestyle changes are also important for promoting a healthy menopausal process. These include regular exercise, becoming a non-smoker, and getting physically and mentally fit.  To promote your mental health, I encourage you to follow the guidelines in my book, Breaking the Yeast Curse: Food and Unconditional Love for Magic Healing

The symptoms of menopause usually last for the whole menopause transition (until the mid 50s), but some women may experience them for the rest of their lives.  Therefore, it’s important to adopt a holistic approach to eradicate or prevent menopausal symptoms.

For consultation on yeast-free nutrition, herbal detox, hormonal imbalance, stress management, and spiritual counseling, please call us at (800) 715-3053, or send an e-mail to drj@drjsbest.com for an appointment.  We offer counseling over Skype and telephone as well as in person.

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