High Blood Pressure: A Symptom, Not a Disease
As of 2013, approximately 30%
of Americans over the age of 20,
and over 50% of those age 55
and older, have elevated blood
pressure or hypertension. While
not a disease in and of itself,
high blood pressure is strongly
associated with conditions affecting
the heart and vascular
system health. Because hypertension
no telltale symptoms, many
people do not realize they
have it. When people are
diagnosed, in all but a
small percentage of
cases, the underlying
cause is unknown.
It seems incredible
that a condition with
no known cause and
no overt symptoms
attention. Yet hypertension
so predictive of heart
attack and stroke that
when diet and exercise
changes do not work,
one or more medications
despite the potential
Instead of a single-minded focus
on lowering blood pressure,
Cass Ingram, DO, says medicine
must take a broader approach
to improving the entire vascular
system’s health. “There are no
drugs which heal or
cleanse the heart and
arteries,” he writes.
“Only a natural
approach can heal.”
Treatment Options for Cervical Dysplasia
Hearing the words “abnormal Pap smear” can trigger a gut-wrenching fear—and for good reason. Cervical cancer was the leading cause of death among women for many years. Today, it ranks only 13th among women in the US, yet many women continue to have “abnormal” Pap test results. What’s going on?
“Abnormal” Pap test results are now fairly common, and almost always due to the widespread human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many types of this virus, and it is so common that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that “most women will be infected with it at some point during their lifetime,” and they may not even know it because there are typically no symptoms.
HPV is the leading cause of cervical dysplasia, a catch-all term for abnormal cells in the cervix. Cervical dysplasia is a primary risk factor for cervical cancer, but it does not mean that cancer will develop. Fortunately, cervical cancer is slow-growing, usually taking years to develop, and its precursor, cervical dysplasia, is easily detected as part of routine Pap tests.
Foot Fat Pad Atrophy
Written by Carol Petersen, RPH, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy
Here’s another one to add to the number of signs and symptoms of declining hormones.
Is the heel or bottom of your foot causing you pain? Are you finding yourself seeking
relief in the Dr. Scholl’s section of the pharmacy? It could be due to foot fat pad atrophy.
The foot fat pads are the tissue that protects your foot on the ball of the foot and at the
bottom of the heel. Atrophy means shrinking or disappearing. The foot pad tissue under
the foot does decline with age. Menopause and surgical menopause increase the rate of
decline. Obvious mechanical issues, such as being overweight, can also have a negative
impact and hasten the loss of the plumpness of this tissue.
If plantar fasciitis (painful inflammation of the bottom of the foot) has been an issue, your
practitioner may have used one or more injections of “cortisone” to relieve pain.
Unfortunately, this “cortisone” is not the same as the cortisone hormone the body
produces; it is actually a synthetic analog that can lead to even more atrophy of the foot
In addition, as Dr Dzugan points out in The Magic of Cholesterol Numbers, cholesterol
levels elevate when the body senses a deficiency of the sex and adrenal hormones, which
are normally produced from cholesterol. So statin users beware! When taking statins, not
only do cholesterol levels fall, but the ability to make hormones drops even further. Statin
drug use may be a source of foot pain from accelerated foot fat pad atrophy.
If you are experiencing foot pain, have your practitioner check for hormone deficiencies,
including vitamin D (which is also made from cholesterol). These deficiencies may be the
underlying cause of your foot pain.