Magnesium Deficiency - Chocolate Craving
An imbalanced woman will get a chocolate craving right before her period. Estrogen Dominance
(too much estrogen) creates a magnesium deficiency. Chocolate is one of the foods with the highest magnesium
content. Magnesium is needed to keep the muscles relaxed. A magnesium deficiency can cause muscle cramps or tensing.
A magnesium deficiency can cause
constipation (the intestinal muscles tense), chocolate craving, "charlie horse", leg cramps, uterine cramps,
menstrual cramps, and the jumpiness of "restless leg syndrome". It is NOT a loss of will power
that causes women to crave chocolate just before their period. You don't get rid of a magnesium deficiency by willing it.
You cannot will away a chocolate craving. The craving is caused by a hormone imbalance that
causes a magnesium deficiency. The women consume chocolate to try to make up for the magnesium deficiency.
Vitamin B Deficiency - Creepy Crawling feeling
The hormonal imbalance creates a vitamin B deficiency as well. If Estrogen Dominance exists for a long time,
the vitamin B deficiency will cause a neuropathy (nerve disease). In more extreme cases, a restless leg syndrome
may or may not occur with a burning sensation or a creepy crawling feeling over the legs. The vitamin B
deficiency may also lead to cervical dysplasia that untreated may lead to cervical cancer. Vitamin B is water soluble.
So you cannot overdose on vitamin B. Any excess vitamin B is urinated out without any bad side effects. Just make sure to
take a broad spectrum vitamin B, like a vitamin B-100 in the morning, not at night. If you take vitamin B just before
you go to sleep then you will get vivid dreams. So to eliminate the vivid dreams, take the vitamin B-100 in the morning, so any
excess vitamin B is excreted in the urine before sleeping.
Depressed - Biochemical, It is NOT you
The woman usually is depressed, but not always. If the depression goes up and down with the period, then there is a component that
is due to a hormonal imbalance. Estrogen Dominance causes emotional depression. In contrast, progesterone is known
as the "happy hormone". "Pro" means for. "Gesterone" means gestation. Progesterone is in high concentrations during pregnancy.
During the latter half of a normal menstrual cycle, the woman produces 20-40 mg/day of progesterone. During pregnancy, progesterone
levels climb steadily until the woman produces 400 mg/day of progesterone during one day of third trimester pregnancy.
After delivery, progesterone levels approach less than 1% of the levels during regular cycles. This is known as post partum depression. Post partum depression is
easily treated and cured by giving 60 mg/day of topical progesterone. Topical progesterone cream easily cures post partum depression.
Decrease in my Anxiety Level and Weight loss
Sept. 9, 2009
Dear Dr. Eckhert,
Thank you so much for the time you spent with me last Saturday providing me with the information I needed to know due to the fact I could not read the printed word in your pamphlet. What I find most interesting is that my anxiety level has dropped so much since I began taking the progesterone.
The next think that I find remarkable is that the I had been losing detail in my only eye which is a 10 degree field. Within the week I began to see some detail on a landmark that I have. I thought naw this can't be possible but it is. My dry eye appears to be dissipating.
According to my cornea specialist dry eye is suppose to be a fact of life as one gets older.
My intestines seem to be cleaning themselves out since I began this liquid and bloating is going down. I had been given cyclosporine as an experimental drug to protect two human corneas from rejecting and the side effects have been incredible besides both corneas rejected. I have worked hard on my diet to maintain my sight but the weight gain was insane. Within this week my body appears to be deflating and my hair is silkier. that is strange to me.
I have eliminated the herbs and foods that are recommended and changed our laundry detergent.. I hope and pray that this is the answer that I have been seeking since 2004 to bring my body back to where it was going.
Thanks so much for the dialogue. It was very much appreciated.
Nov. 17, 2009
Dear Dr. Eckert,
I have been taking progesterone now for two months. I have noticed a remarkable down in my anxiety level, weight loss and the ability to actually get to the bathroom in time due to less frequent incontinence.
I have also listened to your suggestion of how to handle chocolate cravings and went for half of a banana and noticed that this has done the trick I believe this correction only took place because I abandoned all of the herbs that were suggested not to use which you read to me. Before if I went for the orange or had half a banana it really didn?t make a difference I wanted the chocolate anyway.
I also noticed that there is a reduction in food intake without me forcing the issue or concentrating on not eating. When my stomach says its full it means it and doesn?t want anymore. Because I have been working on correcting and balancing my body all my life and have been giving medication most of my life i.e. steroids it has been a non stop balancing act without real results. The calm that I am now experiencing is enabling me to feel less anxious when I have to meet more challenges which appear to be never ending in my life.. but I do not have the same reactions to stress.
Since I have tried everything in my life to correct my body weight and other problems I am so appreciative especially to have the ability not to be in constant worry.
Thanks so much,
Very truly yours,
Nov. 17, 2009
New York, New York
Mood swings are created by hormone imbalance. Estrogen Dominance causes high copper levels. These high copper levels
make you crazy with mood swings.
Loss of Sex Drive or Loss of Libido
Estrogen Dominant women have a total loss of sex drive. Their husbands are usually very unhappy about that.
When the women eliminate the xenoestrogens in their environment and take progesterone,
their sex drive goes back up to normal. I have had many husbands tell their wives to
get the progesterone oil. Everyone is happier. This Estrogen Dominant "kill the sex
drive effect" is separate from the loss of sex drive due to anti-depressants.
So husbands out there, if you want more sex, buy toiletries, makeup, and laundry
detergent without the xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. Investing in changing
your laundry detergent will get you more sex. Go here to get a list and progesterone
Frequently, an anti-depressant is prescribed for the the depression. This just happens
to be a seratonin reuptake inhibitor such as Prozac, Sarafem, or Zoloft. These
antidepressants will kill the sex drive alone. However, the antidepressants are also
themselves a xenoestrogen. They also act like an estrogen. In fact, they will induce
gynecomastia in young boys (big male breasts). The anti-depressant will destroy your sex drive
and make the Estrogen Dominance worse. See the website made by a plastic surgeon here
that shows drugs that cause male breast enlargement. Guess what? These same drugs
cause Estrogen Dominance. The very drug given by doctors for PMS makes the PMS worse.
Positive Bioidentical Progesterone Effects:
Maintains secretory endometrium
Protects against breast fibrocysts
Helps use fat for energy
Natural anti-depressant & calms anxiety
Prevents cyclical migraines
Promotes normal sleep patterns
Facilitates thyroid hormone function
Helps normalize blood sugar levels
Normalizes blood clotting
Helps restores normal libido
Normalizes zinc and copper levels
Restores proper cell oxygen levels
Prevents endometrial tumors
Helps prevent breast tumors
Decreased risk of prostate tumors
Stimulates new bone formation
Improves vascular tone
Prevents autoimmune diseases
Increases sensitivity of estrogen receptors
Necessary for survival of embryo
Precursor of corticosteroid biosynthesis
Prevents coronary artery spasm and
Most Estrogen Dominance Imbalanced Patients Have a Normal
Hormone Test - Why? - Your Body is Feeling Chemical Environmental Estrogens not Your Own Estrogens
The saliva test and blood test for hormone imbalance is normal for most patients.
Why is that? The tests usually measure hormones in the body that are made in the body.
The test measures estradiol, progesterone, estriol, estrone, testosterone. Thus, most
of the time the lab test is a waste of money, in my humble opinion.
Progesterone falls to less than 1% of women for most of the women most of the time after
the age of 35. This is normal sequence of events.
The Estrogen Dominance creating the hormone imbalance is from too much estrogen relative to
progesterone. However, the estrogen that the body is reacting to chemicals estrogens otherwise
known as foreign estrogens or xenoestrogens or environmental estrogens. These environmental estrogens
mimic estrogen. These xenoestrogens act like estrogen. They are NOT estradiol, estrone or
estriol. These chemicals could be anything that is able to fit into the estrogen receptor.
These environmental estrogens could be lavender, parabens, phenooxyethanol or hops in beer.
The environmental estrogens are NOT estradiol, estrone, or estriol, and therefore will not
show up on the saliva test or the blood test.
I just got the results of the mammogram yesterday and it is normal.
I have some questions regarding the Progestelle.
I started taking the Progestelle in August because I had breast surgery last Feb. to remove some calsifications. They did a followup exam in August stating the ones had not returned but I had new ones in the right breast. I explained I didn't want another surgery because I still have burning and itching from the original surgery scar. The scar is about 6 inches across and is reddish purple and has the waffled skin look to it. The surgeon told me that they would monitor it for six months but if the pain and itching still continued, I might have to go on male hormones, which I refused to do.
This is when I did my research on the internet about polycystic ovaries and fibrocystic breast disease, of which I have both and have never been able to conceive a child. I am now 41 and time is really running out for me. I was even on Clomid for awhile and all it did was to make my ovaries blow up like Popeye's arms. My OB/GYN wants to refer me to an infertility clinic in Indianapolis but the insurance won't cover any treatment since my husband works for a catholic hospital and our insurance is through his work. It basically covers the diagnosis. Most of these clinics want the money upfront and we just don't have that kind of money for treatment. I am really thinking about changing my OB/GYN to see if they can prescribe another infertility medication that might work for me.
I just had my followup breast exam last week and during the interim, I have removed all caffeine from my diet and no longer use sunflower seeds as well as using the Progestelle oil. My OB/GYN basically told me a couple of weeks ago that this is a complete waste of money and doesn't do anything (this was before I had my mammogram).
I just got the results of the mammogram yesterday and it is normal. I see my surgeon on Tuesday for the followup. He doesn't know I started this treatment last August and I have no idea what his reaction will be to it. The only thing I know is that there were calsifications in there last August requiring extra pictures and now I am clear. The only thing I have done differently is use the Progestelle and cut the caffeine and sunflower seeds. Is this a common result for the Progestelle and does it help with infertility?
I have also lost about 45 pounds since August and am still losing weight. The doctor had prescribed some diet pills for me but I don't like the side effects (they make you mean) and are addictive so I only take them once in a while (one a week at the most). Does the Progestelle cause weight loss of this magnitude as well?
Mary Ann C.
Mar 15, 2008
Editor's note: Yes, progesterone can have dramatic effects on weight loss if xenoestrogens are cut out. Yes, progesterone may be used to promote fertility and prevent miscarriage.
Lavender is not estrogen. Lavender looks like estrogen to the human body. Lavender does NOT look
like estrogen to a lab test. The lab test cannot detect lavender. Using lavender soap
will cause Estrogen Dominance, but NOT show up on the saliva or blood test. Lavender
causes a imbalance, but not appear on the saliva or blood test.
Seldom, I will get a patient that has high levels of estradiol. Most commonly this high estradiol
is due to drinking coffee. According a Bringham Young University study, 2 cups of coffee
causes a 70% increase in estradiol. I usually tell my patients to stop drinking coffee. Then,
the estradiol levels retreat to normal levels.
Continued Additive Hormone Imbalance Patients After the Age of 35
Most women, but not all women, after the age of 35 and most cycles but not all cycles have less than
1% of progesterone compared to a normal cycle. Most women after the age of 35 most of the time are experiencing
anovulatory cycles. So their progesterone levels are low less than 1 % of normal. This is a usual
finding. So I don't need to spend money on a lab test to see something normal.
The typical menstrual cycle for a woman before the age of 35 is that they have an estradiol level go up, and then
during the latter half of the cycle progesterone levels are elevated.
A follicle erupts on the ovary. The follicle produces estradiol. The follicle pops out
an egg just akin to a pimple. The popped follicle becomes the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum
During an anovulatory cycle after the age of 35 for most women usually, the follicle
comes up and tries to pop out an egg. However, the egg does NOT pop out and the follicle just
goes back down. The pimple does NOT erupt. No corpus luteum is made. If there is no
corpus luteum, there is no progesterone made. Thus, there is no progesterone to balance
out the endogenous estradiol.
Thus, after the age of 35, most women have unopposed estrogen (estrogen without progesterone) because they make no progesterone
most of the time.
I had one woman 35 year old taking chaste berry for pms. Chaste berry is look alike leutinizing hormone
(LH) analog. Chaste berry "gooses" the corpus luteum into making more progesterone. It "pushes the accelerator pedal"
on the corpus luteum to make more progesterone.
However, this particular woman would feel "good" one month and then feel "bad" the next month. This
good month and bad month pattern was repeatable like clock work. A woman's ovaries
alternate. One month the right ovary will ovulate. Then, the next month, the left ovary will ovulate.
One month, the right ovary would ovulate and the chaste berry would push
the corpus luteum on the ovary to create more progesterone. Then the next month, the left ovary would have an
anovulatory cycle and NOT ovulate. No corpus luteum would be produced and no progesterone would
be produced. There was nothing for the chaste berry to push. There was no
corpus luteum to make progesterone. So one month the chaste berry would stimulate the ovary
to make progesterone. And the next month, there would be no corpus luteum, and no progesterone period.
One "good" month she would have progesterone. The next month "bad" month she would have no progesterone.
Simply, if you take chaste berry and you are NOT ovulating, the chaste berry cannot do anything.
However, clinically, if the woman after the age of 35 has eliminated all xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens
even with this unbalanced hormonal system of no progesterone and normal estradiol, she still does NOT have estrogen dominance.
In other words, after the age of 35, the woman can still be OK without progesterone cream supplements
if she is able to avoid xenoestrogens and phytoestrogens. To get rid of Estrogen Dominance just avoid the
Environmental Estrogens. You don't even need the progesterone cream.
The mistake is that women refuse to change the detergents, soaps, cosmetics,and the like
that pretend to be estrogen. Women must realize that they can make intelligent informed independent decisions
about their own health. With a little bit of effort you can cut your intake down and take topical progesterone,
cream, and kiss your imbalance goodbye.
What is a Hormone? - A Chemical Messenger
A hormone is a chemical messenger. Here is a visual picture to help you understand.
Visualize a hormone and a receptor like a ball and a glove. The ball represents the hormone or the chemical
mesenger. The glove represents a hormone receptor.
Think about estradiol, estrone or estriol as a white ball. The white ball floats around in the blood.
The white ball lands in the glove or the estrogen
receptor. When the white ball lands in the glove the glove transmits the message to the body that the estradiol
is resting in the glove. In the case of estrogen, the body may create breast tissue and wider hips and begin to
Now imagine that lavender is a purple ball. You put lavender soap on the body and purple balls enter the blood
stream. The blood test or saliva test does NOT measure purple balls. Lavender will not show up on the blood test or saliva test
because the test does not think lavender is a hormone. There is no way to to lavender blood test levels.
Nevertheless, the lavender purple ball fits into the basball glove. And the baseball glove thinks that
the purple ball is estrogen. But the purple ball may have some funny estrogen effects, and not
exactly estrogen effects.
The bottom line is that the human body believes that lavender is estrogen. And too much lavender
means too much estrogen. Too much lavender causes an imbalance. Lavender is NOT exactly
estradiol, estriol or estrone and does not show up on the blood test or saliva test.
Thus, the lab test is useless; it does not measure lavender.
See the article that shows lavender is an estrogen (phytoestrogen - plant estrogen)
There are many other chemicals that act like estrogen both natural and synthetic. These
chemical estrogens are in your cosmetics and laundry detergents and also do not turn up on
blood or saliva tests. What are they? They are both known and unknown. The EPA was given
a mandate back in 1995 to come up with a test to figure it out. However, I have not heard of
a standardized test yet. It may be because may factors are still unknown. It is known that
several environmental estrogens may act together synergistically to multipy their effect. It is also
known that the original chemical may not be estrogen stimulating. However, after several hours,
on the human skin, after bacteria native on the skin act on the chemical and change it; the changed
chemical IS an estrogen mimic.
chemicals used as a preservatives in cosmetics are parabens and phenoxyethanol mimic estrogen. Parabens and phenoxyethanol
are known chemical estrogens (xenoestrogens). Parabens are not very toxic. Parabens are not
very carcinogenic. However, parabens mimic and pretend to be estrogen, and the
human body believes that they are estrogen. Parabens are NOT detected on the blood or saliva
lab test. These
chemicals make my patients bloat and have breast tenderness.
Hormone Imbalance Treatment
The cure for imbalance is simple, cheap and effective.
- Take topical Progesterone Cream (no prescription necessary). Make sure that your progesterone
cream does not contain chemical estrogens or plant estrogens. Make sure it does not contain chemicals
or herbs that block progesterone. Make sure that you get at least 20-60 mg/day of
progesterone. Make sure the progesterone cream contains enough progesterone per ounce.
- Avoid chemical estrogens (xenoestrogens). You must also avoid herbs that pretend to be estrogen (phytoestrogens).
Many of these herbs are used in common health food store soaps and shampoos.
Get an avoidance list and progesterone cream here.
It takes about 1-3 months for these chemicals to wash out of the human body.
- No blood or saliva lab test is necessary because the lab test cannot detect
chemical estrogens or plant estrogens. Usually, for the vast majority of patients, the blood
or saliva test is normal. Normal means progesterone levels are low after the age
of 35 for most women and most cycles. Normal means 2 cups of coffee will increase estradiol levels
People in third world countries do not have PMS.
Women living in the preindustrial society 100 years ago did not have PMS.
There is no reason why it is normal to have PMS. PMS is NOT normal.
It is NOT your own hormones that are out or whack. It is the stuff you put on the
skin is wacky.
See a new website on Estrogen Dominance and PMS
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