Let me tell you a tale of Sally. Sally is a typical lady raised in a first world country. Before Sally was born she was predisposed to hormonal imbalance due to the fact that her mother had experienced hormonal symptoms during her life and had taken synthetic hormones for contraception for many years.

As Sally grew up she was exposed to a wide range of chemicals in her diet which influenced her glandular system even before she hit puberty. Sally ate a typical diet consisting of meat and chicken products, fruits, vegetables and grains. She was exposed to a range of growth promoters from the animal products which influenced her glandular system and growth rate. She ate a wide range of refined sugar products which influenced her pancreatic function and she was exposed to a wide range of herbicides, pesticides and chemicals which all attached to her hormone receptor sites.

When Sally reached puberty – which was several years earlier than her mother – she experienced painful periods and later acne, along with the ‘normal’ mood swings of a teenager. Making matters worse she studied in a school system that placed a huge amount of stress on her developing nervous system through an exam-based schooling system and societal expectations. She noticed that she performed very well just after her period for a few weeks and then found it hard to concentrate leading up to her period.

As Sally started to take notice of the girl’s magazines and the pressure to have a lithe body shape she started to avoid any fat in foods and then found herself always hungry so would snack regularly on sweet sugary foods and drinks. Despite eating a low fat diet she found that she was still putting on weight and her skin was getting worse. Her parents noticed that she was getting increasingly moody and stopped her regular sports because there was too much school work to do. Sally began to get depressed as she put on weight, her skin kept breaking out and she was very irritable and moody. Her parents sent her to the doctor who was very nice and understood her situation. The doctor prescribed the oral contraceptive pill to help with her acne.

Sally made it into uni, moved out of home and started becoming more social with her friends at uni. She would often go and binge drink with her friends and would occasionally smoke as well. Even sometimes she experimented with party drugs when she went out. She got through uni on energy drinks despite the late nights partying, studying and not eating well.

Over the next ten years Sally continued to slowly put on weight as she continued on her low fat, high refined diet. She got married and had two healthy children. Unfortunately she suffered from post natal depression and the doctor was very nice and understood her situation so prescribed her antidepressants to get through the situation. Because Sally felt better on the antidepressants she decided to stay on them.

Sally always had bad premenstrual syndrome which seemed to be getting worse with every passing year. The telltale emotional symptoms started to progress through the entire month until she was at the point where she was constantly moody, tired, depressed and irritable. But she just blamed her husband and the kids, having a full time job and trying to run a house.

Sally continued to put on weight despite a range of diets she tried, nothing seemed to work. When Sally turned 43 she started to notice some changes in her cycle. Her period started to come less frequently and she noticed that her skin was starting to break out again. Some months where ok and others where not so good. She went to see her doctor who was very nice and ran some tests but said her hormones where normal. Upon hearing the news that everything was normal her husband announced that he was leaving her.

At 50 Sally started to get hot flushes gradually and her period started to not come at all. She could not sleep and felt that she was constantly on fire. She would have uncontrollable flushes just when she did not want them in an important business meeting. The only thing that seemed to help was her nightly bottle of chardonnay to help her forget how she was feeling. She went to see the doctor who was very nice and said she was menopausal and prescribed hormone replacement therapy. This helped a little but she still felt very emotional and was prone to angry outbursts at work colleagues.

On Sally’s 57th birthday she was greeted with the news from her doctor that she had breast cancer and would need a double mastectomy and 6 months radiation and chemotherapy. By this stage Sally was a mess. Her friends and family helped her through the process along with the antidepressants she had been taking for the past 25 years. At 60 she was finally through the menopausal symptoms and life started to feel like everything was going to be ok. As she reflected back on her life she couldn’t help but think how things may have been different if she had not had hormones. What to do she thought, it is part of being a women. But at least she had the experience to help her daughter as she was suffering from the same hormonal problems she had experienced her whole life.

Sally’s story is not real, but typical of a large percentage of women. Please share and spread the awareness so that women can understand and treat the imbalances effectively and naturally. Only nature can correct what man unwittingly creates.

About Jeff Butterworth:

Jeff Butterworth B.App. Sc, N.D is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience specialising in treating hormonal disorders. Jeff developed the Happy Hormones program after discovering a unique way of treating hormonal disorders - by focusing on endocrine balance rather than hormonal levels - which gives long-lasting and dramatic results.