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Premenstral Syndrome
by Dr. Karen Wolfe
  • At least 60% of all women suffer from PMS
  • It is most likely to occur in women in their thirties, but can occur as early as adolescence and as late as premenopause
  • Diagnosis
    • Diagnosis is not on symptoms but on cyclic fashion of symptoms.
    • Over 100 known symptoms.
    • If nothing is done, it often gets worse.
  • Some Of The Symptoms
    • Abdominal pain emotional lability joint pain
    • Acne eye problems migraine
    • Aggression fatigue nausea
    • Anxiety fainting salt craving
    • Alcohol intolerance food binges seizures
    • Asthma headaches sinus
    • Back pain heart palpitations sweet cravings
    • Bruising herpes urinary infection
    • Confusion ` hives sore throat
    • Depression insomnia
  • Top Ten Nutritional And Biochemical Treatment Approaches
    • Dietary changes
    • Eliminate caffeine
    • Stress reduction
    • Reflexology
    • Aerobic exercise
    • Full spectrum light
    • Reduce red meat
    • Vitamins
    • Natural Progesterone cream
    • Prozac - for severe cases and taken in the luteal phase of cycle (just before menses)
    * If using a cream, ensure it contains at least 400 mg of natural progesterone per once. (Synthetic progestin can actually increase PMS symptoms such as bloating, headache and weight gain.) Women who do well on natural progesterone are often the ones who experience a rapid change in mood that begins after ovulation and ends just as the menstral flow starts.

  • Nutritional Treatments
    Top Ten Phyto "new-trients"
    • Flaxseed or Olive Oil
    • Soy or Green peas
    • Wheat Germ or Whole Grains
    • Garlic or Onions
    • Green Tea or Red Wine
    • Broccoli or Spinach
    • Tomatoes or Red Pepper
    • Carrot or Cantaloupe
    • Strawberry or Grape
    • Orange or tangerine
  • Eliminate sources of trans-fatty acids which are found in all foods containing partially hydrogenated oils such as margarine and vegetable shortening.
  • Eliminate refined sugars, refined flour products and trans-fatty acids.
  • Eliminate caffeine
  • Take essential fatty acids – raw nuts and seeds, cold water fish such as salmon and sardines
  • Take 100 mg vitamin B6 per day
  • Take a multivitamin that contains 400 to 800 mg of magnesium (magnesium deficiency is common in PMS) and 50 to 100 mg of most of the B complex. All women should take this all month long.
  • Limit red meat and egg yolks to no more than two servings per week. These are rich in arachidonic acid which can cause cramps in susceptible individuals.
  • Vitamin E has been shown to improve cramping. It should be in the form of d- alpha tocopherol for it to have a biological effect.
  • Water, water, water
Copyright Dr. Karen Wolfe. All Rights Reserved.

Karen Wolfe is a national and international speaker, author and coach. She is the author of:
  • Medicine From the Inside Out - 7 Keys to Unlock Your Natural Healing Wisdom
  • Menopause - Renewal in Midlife,
  • From Stress to Strength
  • Successful Aging
  • A Wise Woman’s Approach to Healing and Cancer
  • Awaken Your Healer Within
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