Menopause is the cessation of the menstrual period in women. It occurs when the female hormone levels drop below a critical value needed to produce the normal cycle of ovulation and menstruation.  It is not due to running out of eggs, as some authorities claim.


It occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 in many women. At times, it occurs much earlier.This is a sign of ill health in almost all cases. Occasionally it is due to stress, such as deficient diets, vegetarian diets, or  too much exercise.


Menopause is not a disease and should not cause symptoms. If a woman has symptoms, they can be corrected with a nutritional balancing program in most cases rather easily and quickly.  DO NOT USE hormone replacement therapy or products such as Amberen. These are toxic and somewhat dangerous in all cases.  These remedies are discussed in more detail below.




Menopause should occur without difficulties if the adrenal and thyroid glands function normally.  In fact, it should be a time of great joy, ease and even relief for women who have been concerned with unwanted pregnancy or perhaps plagued by symptoms related to premenstrual tension, heavy menstrual bleeding, or other symptoms. However, if the adrenal and thyroid glands are not functioning well, many women experience hot flashes, fatigue, irritability, depression and perhaps some vaginal dryness at menopause.  Also, their risk for osteoporosis and some cancers increases.


None of these symptoms or diseases are inevitable, and they can all be handled without using toxic or dangerous hormones, drugs.




The hormonal theory. One way to understand menopausal symptoms is that imbalances in the thyroid and adrenal glands interact with lowered hormone levels. This occurs most often when the ovaries cease producing the same amount of ovarian hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.


Normally, the adrenal glands should increase or balance the lower ovarian production and there should be no symptoms. If they do not do this, then symptoms arise. Said differently, the inappropriate responses of the adrenal and thyroid glands to the changes in the ovarian hormones are what cause the vast majority of menopausal symptoms. This means that correcting thyroid and adrenal imbalances can go a long way to preventing and correcting menopausal symptoms.


The stress theory. A second way to look at menopausal symptoms is that a hormonal change causes added stress on the body.  The woman’s glandular system can react by having occasional ‘flashes’ of adrenal activity, which are most annoying, though they are not harmful as far as medical science knows.  This might be called the stress theory of menopause, which is also essentially correct.




The adrenal glands, perched on top the kidneys, produce small quantities of both male and female sex hormones.  At the menopause, the adrenal glands should produce adequate estrogens, progesterone and other needed hormones in the correct balance and amounts to avoid symptoms that can occur when ovarian hormone production of these hormones diminishes.


However, many women today have a condition that is termed adrenal insufficiency.  This is basically underactivity of the adrenal glands.  These women’s adrenals do not respond correctly to the new need for sex hormones in response to diminished ovarian hormone secretion. Click here for an article on Adrenal Burnout Syndrome.


Briefly, the causes of weakened adrenals include stress of any kind, nutritional deficiencies and almost always a buildup of toxic substances.  These include toxic metals and perhaps environmental chemicals in the adrenal glands themselves and/or in the pituitary gland, which regulates the adrenal glands, signaling them when and how much of its hormones to secrete. At times, an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system is at fault as well. This can cause the adrenals to malfunction, secreting either too much or too little or the incorrect balance of hormones.  This brings us to the other vital gland involved in menopause symptoms.




The thyroid gland is the other piece of the puzzle that frequently is involved in menopausal symptoms. This is not to say there are not other causes, which are covered later. However, thyroid imbalances are very common and definitely affect female hormone regulation in the body.


The thyroid produces thyroxine, a powerful hormone that affect the burning of sugar or glucose in the body and in so doing regulates the rate of metabolism, body temperature and much more. It is such as critical hormone that many people are given thyroid hormone replacement when they feel tired, cold, short of breath or have thin, brittle or falling hair.  Low thyroid activity can also cause weight gain, a sallow complexion and many more problems for a person. Click here for an article about Thyroid Disease.


At this time, the problem “catches up” with the woman and she experiences symptoms that are attributed to menopause but are really due to an underlying thyroid imbalance. The thyroid problem may or may not be revealed on standard blood tests. However, it is very apparent on properly interpreted hair mineral analyses and often by symptoms such as a low body temperature, dry hair and very dry skin at times, fatigue, weight gain in some cases and perhaps other related conditions.




Bone health is impacted by menopausal symptoms.  Copper is sometimes involved in this process. Copper helps fix calcium in the bones.  Without adequate bioavailable copper, calcium may go to the bones, but does not remain as well as it should. Click here for an article on Copper Toxicity Syndrome.


Another related syndrome we call slow oxidation involves the bones. Slow oxidizers, as those with sluggish adrenals and thyroid activity are termed, often have biounavailable calcium and magnesium because the body cannot keep these minerals in solution in the blood and they precipitate or collect in the soft tissues instead.  The body then robs the bones of calcium to place more calcium into the blood.  This is also explained more in another article on this website, Osteoporosis.


Lead can also enter the bones and weaken them and this is the case in many, many women.  Like the fatigue and stress feelings, the bone problems often begin to show up at the time of menopause or afterwards.  At this time, the hormone system is under more stress and begins to malfunction more obviously.




The standard medical treatment for menopausal symptoms is estrogen, preferably accompanied by progesterone. A synthetic estrogen is used in some common preparations, although studies show little benefit and much danger in these synthetic or semisynthetic prescriptions. Common products are Premarin and others.  Breast cancer has decreased as less of the synthetics are being used.


Progestins, not natural progesterone, may be given along with the estrogen.  An example of this drug is Provera. This treatment is not too effective and may be quite toxic for some women. It also does not address the causes at all and further disrupts the natural hormone balance.  Therefore I cannot recommend it very much.


An alternative used by many holistic doctors is the use of all natural, bio-identical hormones. This is a little better, but still quite toxic, does not address causes at all, and definitely upsets the natural hormone balance further because it does not address the causes outlined above.


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