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Jennifer's moving from Leptin Reset, CT, Adrenal RX, Leaky Gut RX AI to Optimal

Discussion in 'My Optimal Journal' started by nosnhojjennifer@yahoo.com, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. chocolate

    chocolate Silver



    A Potent Inflammation Fighter and Rejuvenator

    By Walter Last

    It's a pretty good article. I guess it gets to be tough call because zinc and copper need to be in balance. but you can't tell how much you have.
  2. Thanks Choco!

    Dang I got a lot of grey hair :(

    Here that Soul. Maybe ease up on the Vit C?
  3. Souldanzer

    Souldanzer Banned

    hmmmm I was lowish on that, too..... maybe different time of day
  4. I must say the world does look nicer through orange colored glasses....
  5. crap, time to break up with Brazil Nuts


    Here are the amount of phytic acid found in some popular nuts for comparison purposes, data from phyticacid.org:

    • Cashews: 1,866 mg/100 grams;

    • Hazelnuts: 1,620 mg/100 grams;

    • Almonds: 1,280 mg/100 grams;

    • Walnuts: 760 mg/100 grams;

    • Chestnuts: 47 mg/100 grams;

    Omega-6 Content Various Nuts (1/4 cup)

    Walnuts – 9.5 g

    Almonds – 4.36 g

    Cashews – 2.6 g

    Macadamias – 0.5 g

    Brazil nuts – 7.2 g

    Hazelnuts – 2.7 g

    Pistachio – 4.1 g

    Pine nuts – 11.6 g

    Pecans – 5.8 g

    Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/nuts-omega-6-fats/#ixzz27PlgStxi


    winter is not yet upon me and the raynauds is already started :(
  6. Souldanzer

    Souldanzer Banned

    Nuts aren't AI approved in the first place.......... :(
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  8. What is that??

    Are fake Louis Vuitton purses AI approved? ;)

  9. Lol. The only kind I can afford on an AI food budget :eek:
  10. chocolate

    chocolate Silver

    Jennifer, where are you?
  11. Souldanzer

    Souldanzer Banned

    texting dating texting dating texting dating texting

    Sorry :eek: My iphone says she's pretty well with an occasional dating drama :) xoxo........ S
  12. PaulaRichards

    PaulaRichards New Member

    I'm wondering the same thing. I hope all is well!

    -- Sent from my Palm Pre using Forums
  13. Souldanzer

    Souldanzer Banned

    oh, and boy before I forget, thanky you!!! Loved the note you sent me :) That was very sweet!!
  14. I'm here. My face is BAD. NOTsure wtf to do. New job. Busy. Not really stressful. Yet. Can't tell what I'm gonna do. T is obviously ruling. Prolly E and P I toilet again :(

    Veil is thin. Freaking me out. It's no where near Halloween.

    If I met someone who would give me a kid, I'd be on board stat. Wish I could afford one on my own.

    Hack my face is about it



    I think

  15. Luv u!!!

  16. KiwiLauren

    KiwiLauren Gold

    Jen, I've had acne increase since going on P (not before). It is any particular time of the month, or constant? I'm trying to figure mine out, too. Do you have high T? (I'm sure you've written this info a lot before, but I can't remember.)

  17. I don't have any recent BW for T. I am guessing that T is acting high because E may have dropped. I cannot live this way. It's really bad and painful. As soon as two "heal" (as in go down but now I have a scar on my face), two more come out. I know it is linked with IR and thought it was the fruit (in season but still) but I haven't touched a grape in forever and these ones are the worst yet. They are just getting bigger and more painful.

    Right now I'm day 13, so it can't be my cycle. I get no reprieve.

    But what kind of acne are you getting Lauren? I'm getting the cysts.

    I want to try the Gymnema. ANYONE??

    Cavemam if you are reading check out the blurb on Tribulus. Talks about increasing iron absorption. Chocolate were you looking for that too?

    I was googling around antiandrogens and found some herbs to try. But honestly, I am really close to going back on an oral med. I can't do this.


    Primary Herbs

    Paeonia lactiflora (White peony)

    Paeonia lactiflora has been used for gynecological conditions by both Chinese and Western herbalists, and is used by Western herbalists for PCOS, hyperprolactinemia, endometriosis, ovarian failure and androgen excess. Paeonia has been shown to positively influence low progesterone, reduce elevated androgens (testosterone) and acts to modulate estrogen and prolactin. (7) In vitro, the active constituent paeoniflorin has been shown to affect the ovarian follicle by its action on the aromatase enzyme. (8) Aromatase is important for follicle maturation, ovulation and corpus luteum function, steroid hormone synthesis and the regulation of the conversion of androgens to estrogens. The biofeedback in the pituitary and hypothalamus rely on aromatase to regulate prolactin and GnRH. The daily dose for Paeonia is 4.5 to 9 mL of a 1:2 dried plant extract. (9)

    The traditional Chinese/Kanpo formula known as Shakuyaku-Kanzo-To or TJ-68, which is a decoction of Glycyrrhiza glabra and Paeonia lactiflora, has been the subject of a number of clinical trials, all of which demonstrate activity in the hormonal regulation of androgens. In one trial involving eight women with hyperandrogenism and oligomenorrhea, the formula was given for 2 to 8 weeks. This combination regulated the LH to FSH ratio. Over this period of time, serum testosterone levels decreased to less than 50 ng/dL and this resulted in seven of the eight women ovulating regularly. (10)

    Another trial involved 20 women diagnosed with PCOS. The formula was successful in lowering testosterone in 90% of the women, of which 25% went on to conceive. (11) It is suggested that it acts directly on the ovary, increasing the activity of aromatase, which promotes the synthesis of estradiol from testosterone, thus lowering serum testosterone levels. It also seems to regulate the LH to FSH ratio. (12)

    Gymnema sylvestre (Gymnema)

    Gymnema is a traditional Ayurvedic herb used as an antidiabetic, hypoglycemic, lipid lowering agent and to support weight reduction. Gymnema possibly has a trophorestorative action of the beta cells of the pancreas. (13) The plant part used as medicine is the leaf. Gymnema is well indicated for PCOS, due to its insulin modulating activity and the added benefits of reducing the elevated triglycerides associated with PCOS. Key constituents of Gymnema include saponins, especially the gymnemic acids. Gymnemic acid suppresses the sweet taste on the taste buds, so if taken before food masks the sweet sensation. Gymnema has demonstrated hypoglycemic activity in experimental models of diabetes and regulated blood sugar in hyperglycemia. The mechanism of action also includes the inhibition of glucose absorption in the intestine. The daily dose of Gymnema is 3.5 to 11 mL of 1:1 liquid extract. (9,14) Since conventional medical models are focussing on pharmaceutical agents such as metformin to control PCOS, Gymnema may prove to be one of the most significant herbs in the treatment of the underlying factor of insulin resistance.

    Tribulus terrestris (Tribulus)

    Tribulus is an endemic weed to many regions of the world, such as the Mediterranean, India, China, South Africa and Australia and is commonly known as puncture vine. The aerial parts, particularly the leaf, are used for medicinal purposes in the Western tradition. As a result of Bulgarian research, Tribulus has become a popular herb for the treatment of female and male endocrine disorders. (15) It acts as a general tonic, aphrodisiac, estrogen modulator and androgen modulator and is used to restore vitality, libido and reduce the physiological effects of stress. (9,11)

    The Bulgarian research has identified a unique steroidal saponin class known as furostanol saponins, and extracts are standardized to contain at least 45% of these saponins, calculated as protodioscin. The leaf is noted to be higher in these unique saponins rather than the fruit or root. Other active constituents include phytosterols and spirostanol glycosides.

    The tonic activities of Tribulus have been shown to act by intensifying protein synthesis and enhancing the activity of enzymes associated with energy metabolism. It increased iron absorption from the small intestines and inhibited lipid peroxidation during stress. This leads to more muscle strength and improved endurance and stamina. (9)

    To ensure the desired clinical results, it is recommended to use only the Bulgarian grown Tribulus standardized to 40% furostanol saponins. It is not interchangeable with the Chinese or Indian Tribulus. The daily dose of Tribulus corresponds to extracts containing furostanol saponins as protodioscin at 300 mg to 400 mg per day. In PCOS it is best used on days 5 to 14 of the menstrual cycle to restore menstrual regularity. For more information on Tribulus, see the forthcoming review which will be published in next months Townsend Letter.

    Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree)

    Vitex beneficial for ovulatory factors associated with PCOS, in particular it has been shown to downregulate the production of excess prolactin, a condition known as hyperprolactinemia. (16) Vitex is also postulated as having antiandrogenic properties. (16) Hyperprolactinemia is related to adrenal stress and hyperinsulinemia in PCOS.

    Vitex reduced the thyroxin releasing hormone (TRH)-induced prolactin release (essentially a pituitary-thyroid axis problem), normalized shortened luteal phases, corrected luteal phase progesterone deficiencies and reduced PMS symptoms in women with luteal phase defects due to latent hyperprolactinemia. (9)

    Vitex should be considered first line botanical therapy for hyperprolactinemia and given for the duration of at least 3 to 6 months.

    Caulophyllum thalictroides is known by the common name of blue cohosh and is native to North America. Within traditional use among the Native North Americans it was used by women as a remedy for amenorrhea and profuse menstruation, both of which are common features of PCOS. It is particularly useful to being on the menses in PCOS. It has action as a uterine and ovarian tonic and pelvic anti-inflammatory. The known constituents of Caulophyllum root include glycosides, caulosaponin and caulophyllosaponin, which are known to stimulate the uterus. Other identified constituents include N-methylcystine, taspine and thalictroidine. (9) The daily dose is 1.5 to 3 mL of 1:2 dried plant extract. (9)

    Sample PCOS Formula

    Vitex agnus-castus 1:2 12.5 mL

    Glycyrrhiza glabra 1:1 12.5 mL

    Paeonia lactiflora 1:2 25 mL

    Gymnema sylvestre 1:1 25 mL

    Schisandra chinensis 1:2 25 mL

    Dose: 15 mL per day or 5 mL three times daily 100 mL

    In a case of a PCOS patient with amenorrhea, include Caulophyllum thalictroides at a dose of 2 mL per day to help induce the menses.

    When a cycle has been initiated, change to Tribulus concentrated extract, equivalent to furostanol saponins (as protodioscin) 300 to 400 mg per day on days 5 to 14 of the cycle to ensure cyclic regularity.

    Dietary Modification

    A review of the extensive literature specific to lifestyle factors in PCOS demonstrates that an essential treatment strategy for ameliorating the symptoms of PCOS and resolving the underlying metabolic derangements is the implementation of a low carbohydrate diet. This will tightly control blood sugar levels and resultant insulin production. High levels of insulin result in high levels of triglycerides and low levels of high density lipoproteins, which puts these patients into a high cardiovascular disease risk category. Modulating the diet not only helps the female endocrine cycle, but also serves as preventative medicine against these cardiovascular risk factors. As the insulin levels normalize, this will also improve circulating levels of SHBG, therefore limiting the problematic effects of free androgens on the menstrual cycle. (2,6)
  18. KiwiLauren

    KiwiLauren Gold

    I'm trying to rule out PCOS too. Dr K said he doesn't know if I have it (but I could); my new doc says no way do I have it. I don't think acne alone is anywhere close to getting us a PCOS diagnosis. My T was just over the range - new doc isn't concerned. Who knows. I'm getting the cysts, too (painful and larger, not the normal tiny pimples) and only on my chin and upper neck. I asked in Ask Jack (mine seems to be perfectly timed with ovulation) and he said it was hormone surges. Which makes me wonder for those of us on BHRT... since we know it's a hormone chain, when we take one we will naturally effect all the others. So it's really hard to work out what is happening. I also wonder about the liver. But sort of like you, I'm not sure what I can do... been eating keto epi paleo, drinking heaps of green tea and dandelion tea, taking lots of tumeric, AI, circadian, etc. I should probably read the Leptin Part Deux blog again. (I've also noticed my hair has a lot more natural oils lately... so face and hair are very 'teen'. However, wrinkles and energy do not match that picture.)

    I try to remember healing is non-linear. But it's awful bumpy, too :) I do however have a history of zinc deficiency and I've added back in supplementation (and also been dabbing it directly on my face). It seems to have helped. Are you going to be on the Spree Chat today? I know Gretchen is dealing with acne, too... maybe we can have a group think?
  19. Recap.

    Hack my face. E, CT, weights, oxytocin. Soy. All to combat the androgens. Relief for my poor face.

    Hack my thyroid. To raise T3 tanning bed gets an ok. Hear that chocolate? You're onto something.

    As for hacking my dating life. Rewire brain. That one is gonna be a little bit tougher. :(

    Must do what u don't want to do

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