Close to 70% of the US is on Prescription Drugs

This entry was posted on July 21st, 2013

The number one book I always recommend to women with PCOS is, hands down, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science
by Dr. Claudia Welch.

I am excerpting the following couple of paragraphs from Dr. Claudia Welch’s most recent newsletter because wow.

A new study1 followed 98.7 percent of the entire population of Olmsted County, Minnesota. That’s 142,377 people. They’re thinking it is a pretty decent reflection of the state of affairs in the US.

And what is that state of affairs?

Close to 70 percent of US residents are on at least one prescription drug and, most likely, those drugs are antibiotics, antidepressants—the second most common prescription—or addictive painkilling opioids.

More than half of the 142,377 people take two prescription drugs. And twenty (TWENTY) percent are on five or more prescription medications.

 

Chew on that for a minute. Go here to read the rest.

PS: My second favorite book to recommend is a cookbook….this one: Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living

Matcha (Green Tea) and Weight Loss

This entry was posted on June 18th, 2013

Hi all,

I wanted to link to you this article I think is worth reading as it applies to those of us with PCOS.

Integrating tea into my diet was one of the first things I did when I began managing my PCOS. The effects were profound and immediate. I’ll tell you why:

1. First, it got me to chill out. I used loose leaf tea (it doesn’t come in a bag) and I had to measure out the right amount, heat the water, get my things all set up. It became a ritual. To prepare the tea, to let it steep, to pour the cup, to wrap my hands around the warm mug…it very much became a thing. I think many of us, especially those of us that have been recently diagnosed, don’t realize how wound tight we’ve become. This relaxed me and got me to form a new, healthy habit.

2. Second, my digestion improved. When I added tea into my diet, I noticed things like soda and other sugary drinks went out by the wayside pretty quickly. My digestion improved, and we know that when you have PCOS, a low-sugar diet makes you feel good.

3. Third, I started sleeping better and my skin improved. No doubt due to the improvements in diet, but did you know that most of us are dehydrated? Drinking tea (I have 1-2 pots a day) boosted my hydration significantly.

 

I want to excerpt an important part of the article for you:

Traveling through Asian countries, you immediately notice that the population as a whole is slender. In researching matcha, I discovered how the amino acids unique only to green tea profoundly assist in weight loss and management by influencing how fat is processed in the body and how energy is utilized by the cells.

Clinical trials on rats have highlighted that those consuming green tea did not gain weight when fed a high-fat diet in comparison to those not given green tea. This was theorized to be due to the tea catechins inhibiting the breakdown and absorption of fat in the large intestine. A study by Kao et al (2000), published by the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, reported the following:

“… long-term consumption of green tea may decrease the incidence of obesity and, perhaps, green tea components such as EGCG may be useful for treating obesity.”

This highlights how matcha tea works to suppress your appetite through regulating hormones, such as leptin, which tell your brain that you are satisfied and full.

 

Please read the rest of the article here! It’s worth your time. And a reminder that ‘treatment’ for PCOS does not always mean medication and drugs. Lifestyle choices are a huge impact.

Curing vs. Treating vs. Managing

This entry was posted on May 3rd, 2011

Hi gals!

One of the things I most often have to clarify is regarding the words above–’Curing’ PCOS, Treating PCOS and Managing PCOS. Are they the same thing? No, not at all.

Again, just to remind everyone, I’m not a doctor or medical professional. I have PCOS and this is my opinion.

One of the items I am continually removing from Golden Shoes’ Facebook page are spam comments where people post “I found a cure for PCOS here” or “Buy this and cure PCOS.” This frustrates me to no end.

First, PCOS can not be cured. You can treat it. You can manage it. But you can’t cure it.

Why? Ok, hear me out.

‘Curing’ PCOS

PCOS is genetic. It’s a part of you. It’s not like the flu or some bacterial infection. Bacteria and viruses can be treated and eliminated. Your genes? Nope, those can’t. You were born with ‘em and you’re going to die with ‘em.

Treating PCOS

To treat PCOS means something is being done to remedy the symptoms or the root. Treatment can be a noun (for example, you can say that one of your treatment methods is a change in your diet). It is something that you can do. It’s also a verb. “I’m treating my PCOS with metformin, diet and exercise.” Treatment is something you do!

Managing PCOS

So what happens when you are maintaining your treatment program? You are managing your PCOS! Now, let’s remember that each woman will manage her PCOS in a different way. We’re all different. And because management of PCOS comes in many forms, there is no cookie-cutter method. However, management of PCOS definitely means it is ongoing. Not like a ‘only on Fridays’ kind of thing. ;)

 

So, this is my approach to PCOS and how my doctors have approached it as well. I am fortunate to have not only a PCOS specialist GROUP (amazing!) of physicians, but my general practitioner has a PCOS specialty and my gynecologist does too. In fact, my gynecologist also did my ovarian drilling surgery. It’s important that your physicians be on the same page with you on your PCOS. But you knew that. You’re smart. You’re concerned about your health. And you know that your own intuition is your best bet.

Thanks for letting me share. What do you think about this?

-Cole

Yoga + Infertility

This entry was posted on November 29th, 2010

Here’s a great little post with some easy suggestions.

These suggestions cost no money and only take a little time. Research continually shows (referring to yoga therapy studies here) that these methods have boosted the success rate of many infertile couples.

Infertility and Microwave Popcorn

This entry was posted on April 21st, 2010

Well, this excerpt from an article published on Shine caught our attention. As it relates to infertility, which many of us PCOSers deal with, we thought we’d share it.