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Update on Dangers of Vapes & E-Cigs

Two people sharing a light for a cigarette
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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the US Food and Drug Administration Act (FDA), has been eyeing a common key chemical in the lung injuries caused by the use of vaping products.

What are Vaping Products?

Vaping apparatus
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Some examples of vaping products and its duplicitous packaging, they look like harmless scented air fresheners.
  • Electronic cigarettes aka e-cigarettes, vapes, e-hookahs, vape pens, tank systems, mods, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).
  • The use of e-cig products is also known as vaping.
  • E-cigs contraptions heat the liquid in the aerosol producing the vapes which are then inhaled into the lungs.
  • The liquid used may contain; nicotine, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD) oils, and other substances and additives. THC is the psychoactive mind-altering compound in marijuana that produces the “high”.

Fluid samples collected from the lungs of some 29 injured persons found vitamin E acetate in all samples.

While vitamin E is often used in the production of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. No one substance has emerged as the causative culprit.

What is Vitamin E Acetate? 

An assortment of edible seeds containing vitamin E
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Vitamin E is of course a vitamin we all eat/use every day. It is a component of many foods such as vegetable oils, cereals, meat, fruits, and vegetables.

  • It is also used as a dietary supplement and for skincare.
  • Does not cause harm when ingested or used topically.
  • Vitamin E inhaled directly into the lungs interferes with its normal functions.
  • Is often substituted for THC.
  • Used as a thickening agent in the liquids used for vaping.

Several other product sources are still being tested.

Per the CDC and FDA, this is the first time that this chemical has been detected and there appears to be much cause for concern.

As always whenever possible the best practice is to stay away from cigarettes or other related inhaled substances.

What the CDC Recommends

CDC continues to caution against the use of e-cigarette and/or vaping products that contain THC, particularly from non-regulated suppliers, such as friends or family and face to face or online dealers. Updated information can be found on their website as it becomes available.

To contact the CDC call 1-800-232-4636. Web: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/

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Life’s Journey

A dear friend sent this to me many months ago. It made a very deep impact on me at the time and I feel obliged to share it with you my dear friends.

The words ring with so much truth for me. I do not know the origins of this piece but I love its life lessons.

I pray that we d not vacate our seats unnoticed but leave the best memories in our wake.

I am thankful for this life’s journey and am especially grateful to be on this train ride with you all.

Please enjoy and do tell what emotions / memories it evokes for you.

God bless you all. Amen!

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Visiting New York During Pandemic

What is it like to travel during COVID?

We left Texas yesterday Thursday, August 06. The children and I are here to visit Gee. We decided to renew his contract for another 13 weeks. We figured New York was a safer option than Texas at this time. We made some goals and were working towards those, but recently we are attacking them with even more urgency than ever.

My Snookums was so excited to visit his dad, he agreed to keep his mask on the whole trip. Usually the kids complain that they cannot breathe with the mask on…I understand completely. But he kept his word and except for munching on some cherries, it stayed in place.

 

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The three musketeers with our masks on

The check-in process went smoothly, we stayed six feet apart and placed my drivers license to be read. I was asked to remove my face mask to confirm identity with my DL. We passed security with the usual checks. There were not that many persons so all in all the process went off without a hitch. We arrived at our gate and waited until it was time to board.

We were notified that persons flying to new York from states of interest i.e., Texas and other high infection areas we would have to fill out a form. The questions on the health information form were:

  • Name, telephone number and address where you were staying
  • Did you have a fever or a cough in the past 24 hours
  • How long were you planning to stay in New York
  • Were you a frontline worker travelling to help with the pandemic
  • Flight number, airlines, where you originated from and final destination

I thought the questions were all reasonable and we were advised (told) that we must have face covering and must keep them on for the duration of the flight.

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The plane was pretty empty and seating was great as we were all seated fairly far away from each other and could even move to other empty rows.

Currently it is hurricane season and the ride had its few bumps along the way but all in all it was actually fairly uneventful all things considered.

When we landed in NY we gave the health form to someone at a desk and we were excited to see the big city. the hurricane had passed through two nights before and it wrought some damage along the way. Lots of trees were lining the roadways. But New Yorkers will always survive. I felt shortness of breath walking up the ramps to our exit, so I am still on the road to rebuilding.

Hurricane Isaias torn up parts of New York.

This is a video my cousin sent me of some of the damage to her block by hurricane Isaias. As we rode along yesterday we saw downed trees everywhere. Huge old trees uprooted by the winds.

Our day one in my old stomping grounds is over. Now that I am here to visit I realize I miss it so much. There will never be another city like NY for me. I did all my growing up there and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

Stay safe and blessed my friends!

 

 

 

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My Current Situation

Copy of Social Distancing (3)

Menopause is an evil most of us could do without. This is my current situation today. As if everything else in the universe and social distancing is not enough!!

This rabid evil has me so hot today I could tear my hair out and dive into a pool. Bear in mind that I CANNOT swim and am deathly afraid of large bodies of water.

It will not let you be, I cannot get my hormone replacement therapy.

Hyperhidrosis and hot flashes are NOT a good combination, coupled with Texas today @

Dallas, TX
Monday 3:00 PM
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny

71
°F | °C
Precipitation: 0%
Humidity: 62%
Wind: 7 mph
That may not be hot to most people but to me ….. RED HOT!!!
Keep me dear Jesus!
Any relief suggestions is eagerly accepted … 🙄
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Cholesterol & Your Eyes: Xanthelasmas

Cholesterol Deposits on Your Eyes: Xanthelasmas

Much of our lives we hear talk about cholesterol and about keeping our cholesterol in check. We are constantly cautioned against eating certain foods and encouraged to consume the foods that will help to lower our cholesterol.

But did you know that high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can make itself known on our faces, around our eyes! They can gradually become larger over time and cause discomfort.

You may have seen these raised “bumps” on and around the eyelids of people and wondered what they were and how they got there.

Yellow raised deposits can form on and around your eyelids as a side effect of having high levels of lipids in your blood. The scientific name for these deposits is xanthelasma.

These yellow spots may not be harmful initially, but they can gradually worsen, cause pain and detract from your good looks!!

They may also signal a more serious underlying health problem.

Xanthelasmas

They are raised yellowish papules caused by the localized accumulation of lipid deposits commonly seen on the eyelids.

They occur in approximately 4% of the population. Xanthelasmas are prevalent in 1.1% in females and 0.3% in males www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.

These eye deposits can begin to make their appearance between the ages of 15 and 73 years, although an increased appearance is usually seen during the fortieth and sixtieth years.

More than 50% of these cases are associated with underlying hyperlipidemia.

If cholesterol deposits present prior to the age of 40 years, it requires a prompt screening by your physician to rule out underlying inherited disorders of lipoprotein metabolism.

The Role of Genetics

Genes are powerful, they play a major role in who, how and why we function the way we do.

Another huge component is the nurturing we receive, we learn to habits that may not always be beneficial.

Familial hypercholesterolemia is an inherited trait characterized by very high levels of cholesterol in the blood.

In the case of hypercholesterolemia, the foods we eat along with our genetic predisposition can wreak havoc on our physical bodies and our mind.

Cholesterol & Our Circulatory System

High cholesterol can predispose us to develop a form of heart disease called Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) at a young age.

Coronary Artery Disease develops when excess cholesterol is in the bloodstream and deposits in the walls of our blood vessels, particularly the arteries that supply blood to the heart (coronary arteries).

This buildup of cholesterol forms clumps (plaques) that narrow and harden the arterial walls. This, of course, presents issues when these vessels need to be pliable and malleable to allow blood and nutrients and the elimination of waste.

If the vessels harden a myriad of health issues will follow.

Causes of Xanthelasmas

Anyone may get cholesterol deposits around their eyes. But this condition is most common in people with a lipid disorder called dyslipidemia.

People with this disorder have too many lipids in their bloodstreams, such as triglycerides and certain forms of cholesterol.

You may have dyslipidemia if you have any of the following conditions:

  • hypercholesterolemia, identified by total cholesterol greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)
  • hypertriglyceridemia, identified by triglycerides above 150 mg/dL
  • high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol, identified by LDL above 100 mg/dL
  • high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as good cholesterol, identified by HDL above 40 mg/dL

There are various other factors that can cause you to have too many lipids in your bloodstream, and in turn, you can develop xanthelasma around your eyes.

Some causes are genetic, meaning you can’t do much to prevent them. Other causes are the result of lifestyle choices or the side effects of some medications.

Genetic causes may include:

  • deficiency of familial lipoprotein lipase, the enzyme that breaks down lipids
  • familial hypertriglyceridemia, a genetic condition that causes people to have higher amounts of triglycerides in their blood
  • familial dyslipoproteinemia, a genetic condition that causes people to have higher amounts of lipids in their blood

Foods to Eat in Moderation

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is produced in the body and obtained from foods that come from animals (particularly egg yolks, meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products). The body needs this substance to build cell membranes, make certain hormones, and produce compounds that aid in fat digestion. In people with familial hypercholesterolemia, the body is unable to get rid of extra cholesterol, and it builds up in the blood. Too much cholesterol increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease.

Lifestyle factors may include:

  • diets high in saturated fats and low in unsaturated fats
  • excess alcohol consumption
  • lack of cardiovascular exercise
  • weight gain
  • a diet low in fibre
  • smoking

Medications that may increase your risk for developing cholesterol deposits around your eye include:

  • beta-blockers
  • oral contraceptives
  • estrogen-containing medications
  • corticosteroids
  • retinoids
  • thiazide diuretics
  • protease inhibitors
  • anabolic steroids
  • antiepileptic drugs

Some conditions such as kidney disease, hypothyroidism, and diabetes mellitus can also contribute to the development of cholesterol deposits. That’s because these conditions can increase lipid concentration in your blood. Sometimes the cause of dyslipidemia is unknown.

How is it Diagnosed

Your doctor will ask you when you first noticed the yellow spots and whether they’ve changed since you noticed them. They may be able to make a diagnosis from a visual exam because xanthelasma has a distinctive appearance.

Your doctor may also want to know if you have a medical history for dyslipidemia. They may look for risk factors of the condition such as diet and genetics. They may also do a blood panel test to determine your lipid levels.

Treatment for cholesterol deposits around your eyes

Your doctor may be able to remove the cholesterol deposits. There are a few different methods they may use:

  • Surgical excision using a very small blade is typically the first option to remove one of these growths. Recovery is at least four weeks.
  • Chemical cauterization uses chlorinated acetic acids and can remove the deposits without leaving much scarring.
  • Cryotherapy used repeatedly can destroy xanthelasma. This carries the risk of scarring and changes to the pigment of your skin.
  • Carbon dioxide and argon laser ablation is less invasive than surgery and has a reasonable success rate. It carries the risk of pigmentation changes.
  • Electrodessication can be used with cryotherapy.

For any procedure, it’s important to monitor your recovery. Note any side effects you experience, and let your doctor know about them at your next appointment.

Xanthelasma has a high recurrence rate, especially in cases of surgical excision or severe hyperlipidemia. So watch that cholesterol!

The underlying cause of xanthelasma may be dyslipidemia, so your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes to help manage lipids in your bloodstream. That’s because the underlying cause of xanthelasma may be dyslipidemia. Controlling the number of lipids in your blood may help reduce your risk for developing future deposits.

  • Work with a dietitian to evaluate your diet and come up with a plan for any changes you may need to make.
  • Limit the number of saturated fats you eat to fewer than 9 per cent of your daily calorie intake.
  • Increase your intake of fibre.
  • Eat more protein, especially plant protein that contains fewer calories, lower fat, and more fibre. Some types of plant-based protein include tofu or beans.
  • Reduce alcohol intake. Women should have no more than one drink per day, and men should have no more than two. A drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine or 12 ounces of beer.
  • If you smoke or chew tobacco, quit. Talk to your doctor about programs for quitting smoking if you need help breaking the habit.
  • Eat a moderate number of calories from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
  • Participate in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercises three times per week.
  • Do resistance exercises twice per week.

Your doctor may also prescribe medication that manages triglycerides or cholesterol.

Outlook

Xanthelasma result from fatty deposits that build up around your eye. It can occur in people of all ages, but most often occurs in middle-aged and older adults. Xanthelasma are generally not painful, but they can gradually build up and cause more discomfort if left untreated.

Xanthelasma can be treated through a variety of techniques. Your doctor may also recommend creating a plan that addresses the underlying cause of it, which is often dyslipidemia.

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Spider Web: Used to Heal Wounds in My Childhood.

Intricate and amazing work

Spider webs a life-saver of my childhood.

As a child, we ran and played all day long during the summers and holidays. Life was good and life was fun. We grew up in a real village community with the knowledge that we were all responsible for each other.

And we lived life with the abandon only kids know.

With that abandon came many many wounds. So off we would go to find one adult or another, every female was addressed as aunty and every male as an uncle.

So a bleeding child presents for help usually accompanied by a lot of wailing and a trail of the other kids following in the wake, lol.

The ‘aunt’ would clean the wound grab some spiderweb aka cobweb to contain the bleeding, wrap it up, and in little time, the sound of childhood peals of laughter and delight would be the music of the day.

How & Why Spiders Make Webs

Spider’s’ web is made of silk. They have seven pairs of silk-spinning organs or glands called “spinnerets” located either in the middle or at the end of their abdomen. 

A spider’s silk is produced as a liquid but emerges from the glands as solid silk fibres when the spider moves away from the attachment point. 

The spider’s silk line is only .001-.004 mm thick.  Amino acids and protein crystals help the silk maintain its stretchy quality, stiffness and strength.  

Spider’s web is created in a zigzag pattern that gives it tensile strength.

The web is used for catching prey, storing food, escaping from danger, making egg sacs, sending and receiving vibrating signals.

Medical uses for Spiderweb

It was common for the adults to use spiderweb to staunch the flow of blood, but then I became “an American” and put such unsophisticated behaviours behind me, after all, I was a student of the sciences…

Well, I am older and wiser now with a desire to understand how this knowledge came about. So I did some research.

Spider web or cobweb had been used to heal wounds since ancient days.

Cobwebs have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that keep bacteria away from the open wound and minimizes the chances of an infection.

It is very high in vitamin K, an important catalyst in blood clotting!

As long as the cobweb is harvested from a clean area, it will not cause any secondary infection or aggravate the wound at all. Try to get a piece free of any dead insects or other critters.

Place spider web over the wound gently pressing some into the wound if possible ensuring the wound is completely covered.

Place clean cloth or dressing over the wound.

If the spider web has hardened on the wound and is hard to remove, dampen it with or pour come clean warmed water over it. This will loosen it right up and makes removing it easier.

I wanted to share a few tidbits from life in other spaces and how people got by, survive and even thrive.

So tell me, is the use of spider webs or cobwebs in wound care familiar to you?

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The Way We Write

Somedays I get many writing ideas, other times not one!

Often in dreams and sometimes while awake. Upon awakening, if I do not write the ideas down quickly I forget.

Other days I must get up to go to work or begin my day and really have no time for the idea at all, so the thought is simply left in yesterday, forgotten.

If time and space permits, I am obedient and answer the call.

When I operate in obedience the post almost writes itself. I do it fluidly, quickly and efficiently.

Sometimes, when I do not take heed to the prompting, it will not leave me alone. It will stay and whisper in my ear until from sheer aggravation, I acquiesce.

So my friends, my question to you is…how do your ideas come?

And what steps do you take if you are not in a position to record it?

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Introducing: Gee’s Cooking Corner – Oven Roasted Chicken Wings

Oven Roasted Chicken Wings

So my Gabe aka Gee is a man who LOVES to cook!

I was a lot smaller and younger when we met, but between growing older, life-changes and his excellent food. I have blossomed … some may say into the woman I am today.

I will be featuring mostly his recipes on my blog.

I want him to feel little included in my blogging thing… plus his food is so good.

So here goes… a recipe for oven-roasted chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken wings (approx 6-8 wings depending on size)
  • 1 TBSP seasoning salt
  • 1 TSP onion powder (not onion salt)
  • 1 TSP garlic powder (use 1/2 TSP if you don’t like much garlic)
  • 1/4 TSP cumin
  • 1/2 TSP oregano
  • 1 TBSP Maggi Seasoning Sauce
  • 2 TBSP White Cooking Wine
  • 1/2 TBSP Soy Sauce (substitute Lite if you need to)
  • 1/2 TSP toasted Sesame Seed Oil
  • 1/4 TSP fresh cracked black pepper (fresh is best for potency)
  • Marine for 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Bake for 1 hour turning wings after 30 mins so that both sides crisp.
  • Cool on a baking rack and serve.

Please remember recipes are always a dynamic process and can be tweaked according to your tastes. You may also add 2 cloves of fresh garlic crushed or chopped and 1 TBSP of fresh chopped ginger to the marinade if you appreciate these tastes.

He cooks his wings with the tips on because those are his favourite parts of the chicken wings…but feel free to cut them off.

I think this recipe is great as it uses no added fats and is cooked in the oven and you can add seasonings to suit your taste or health status.

So if you decide to give it a try, please give feedback and feel free to post your recipe.

As always, stay well and be blessed!

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Progesterone: The Other Female Hormone!

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Progesterone: the other main hormone responsible for fertility and menstruation. Progesterone is a steroid hormone belonging to a class of hormones called progestogens.

It is secreted by the corpus luteum, a temporary endocrine gland that the female body produces after ovulation during the second half of the menstrual cycle.

Synthetic steroid hormones with progesterone-like properties are called progestins. 

What Does Progesterone Do?

Progesterone hormone prepares the uterus lining for the potential of pregnancy after ovulation. It triggers the lining to thicken to accept a fertilized egg.

It also prohibits the muscle contractions in the uterus that would cause the body to reject an egg. While the body is producing high levels of progesterone, the body will not ovulate.

If the woman does not become pregnant, the corpus luteum breaks down, lowering the progesterone levels in the body. This change sparks menstruation.

If the body does conceive, progesterone continues to stimulate the body to provide the blood vessels in the endometrium that will feed the growing fetus. The hormone also prepares the lining of the uterus further so it can accept the fertilized egg.

Once the placenta develops, it also begins to secrete progesterone, supporting the corpus luteum. This causes the levels to remain elevated throughout the pregnancy, so the body does not produce more eggs. It also helps prepare the breasts for milk production.

Progestin What Can It Do?

Progestin (a synthetic version of the progesterone hormones) can also be used to treat menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

Estrogen is often combined with progestin and together they serve to inhibit the maturation of the egg follicle more effectively — as well as discourage ovulation. So they are used as contraception (prevent pregnancy).

For women who are peri-menopausal or newly menopausal, healthcare providers may suggest an oral micronized progesterone treatment.

Progestin can also be prescribed to treat amenorrhea (absence of your menstrual cycle), endometriosis (growth of uterine-like tissue outside of the uterus), and irregular periods. (A little interesting side note).

Progesterone Levels

Progesterone levels are measured by blood tests. Please keep in mind that the levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle, so the levels will vary.

Progesterone levels are measured in nanograms per millilitre (ng/mL). Please see the below chart for reference levels of progesterone for an adult female during different points of the menstrual cycle and pregnancy.

StageProgesterone level (ng/mL)
pre-ovulation< 0.89
ovulation≤ 12
post-ovulation1.8–24
first trimester11–44
second trimester25–83
third trimester58–214
Chart from Healthline.com

Progesterone & Men

Progesterone is also produced in the adrenal glands of males. The known function is associated with sperm development.

High Progesterone

High progesterone in a non-pregnant female could be a sign of a diagnosed health issue. This could include:

  • ovarian cysts
  • congenital adrenal hyperplasia (an inherited condition with your adrenal glands)
  • ovarian cancer
  • adrenal cancer

Low Progesterone

Low levels of progesterone will cause a woman to have abnormal menstrual cycles and she may struggle to conceive as low levels of progesterone will not trigger the proper environment for a conceived egg to grow.

Symptoms of low progesterone are:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Irregular or missed periods
  • Spotting and abdominal pain during pregnancy
  • Frequent miscarriages
  • Problems with fertility
  • Decreased libido
  • Weight Gain

Women whose levels are low do succeed in getting pregnant are at higher risk for miscarriage or preterm delivery, due to a lack in the amount of hormone requires to maintain a pregnancy.

If you take progestin to treat menopausal symptoms, for birth control, or to treat other conditions side effects may occur. Some of these side effects are dosage dependent, and how your body processes the synthetic hormone.

Progestin for menopause

Side effects may include;

  1. Mood changes
  2. Bloating
  3. Headaches
  4. Breast tenderness
  5. For newly menopausal women, breakthrough bleeding.

To feel at our optimum, the delicate hormone homeostasis must be achieved as hormones are the brains behind all the processes of the body.

If you have any medical concerns, please be sure to discuss this with your care provider.

You can click this link to read about estrogen, https://justpene.com/estrogen-the-mostly-female-hormone/

And black cohosh and its role in a woman’s life at; https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/justpene.com/2782

Rites of passage, a menopause story at; https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/justpene.com/795

Sources Cited:

Mayo clinic

http://online.lexi.com/lco/action/home

https://www.healthline.com/

https://www.hormone.org/diseases-and-conditions/puberty

Hormone Health Network.”Progesterone | Endocrine Society.” Hormone.org, Endocrine Society, 10 February 2020, https://www.hormone.org/your-health-and-hormones/glands-and-hormones-a-to-z/hormones/Progesterone

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Black Cohosh & Menopause

Black Cohosh Plant

Black cohosh aka Cimicifuga racemosa is a herbal supplement taken by some women to help in dealing with some of the symptoms of menopause, namely hot flashes and to improve our quality of life.

It is a perennial flowering plant that grows in open woods and at the edges of dense forests in Canada, United States and in many many other parts of the world.

The word “black” refers to the dark colour of the rhizome (mass of roots). The name “cohosh” means “rough,” referring to the surface of the rhizome.

This herb is associated with a low incidence of adverse reactions.

The plant primarily got its name from its black roots. The roots are believed to have healing properties.

Black Cohosh Named for its’ black roots

Black cohosh root has a long and illustrious history of being used for medicinal purposes.

Uses of Black Cohosh

  • kidney issues
  • malaria
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • joint inflammation
  • sore throat
  • helping with labour
  • menstrual cramps
  • menopause
  • PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome)

PCOS and black cohosh

In polycystic ovarian syndrome, the ovaries do not work normally and produce too much testosterone. Testosterone is referred to as the “male hormone.” Normally the ovaries produce very small amounts of testosterone, but in women with PCOS, they make greater amounts of the hormone.

Normally once a month, the ovaries make a structure called a “follicle”. As the follicle grows, it makes hormones. When mature this follicle releases an egg. This is “ovulation.”

In women with PCOS, the ovary makes many small follicles instead of one big one. More hormone is then made by all the small follicles creating higher than normal levels. Ovulation doesn’t happen every month the way it is supposed

Studies have investigated black cohosh for improvement in fertilization and pregnancy rates of women with PCOS with some success.

The Native Americans how to use black cohosh to treat snake bites, uterine issues, nervous disorders, and so much more.

From the early 1900s to present black cohosh has been used in medicine.

Today, black cohosh is mainly used to help treat symptoms associated with female issues and menopause.

How is black cohosh used?

The roots are dried and made into teas, liquid extracts, and put into capsule form. Sometimes, black cohosh is used as one ingredient in a herbal mixture.

Always Consult With Your Doctor Before Starting New Medicines, Vitamins or Herbs:

  • Always check with your doctor before you use any new products as some products may interact with other drugs or natural products.
  • Black cohosh may interfere with the results of your lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all the drugs you are taking.
  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.
  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use this product if you are taking drugs for heart failure. These are drugs like captopril (Capoten), metoprolol (Lopressor), amiodarone (Cordarone), or losartan (Cozaar).
  • Exercise caution if you are allergic to aspirin.
  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:
    • Cancer
    • Liver problems
    • Heart problems

Don’t use black cohosh if you have a history of liver disorders. Also avoid it if you’re experiencing symptoms that can signal liver trouble, like abdominal pain, jaundice, or dark-coloured urine.

Side Effects of Black Cohosh:

  • stomach issues/pain
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • low blood pressure
  • changes in heart rhythm

Since black cohosh is in the same family as the buttercup plant, people who have allergies to buttercups should not try black cohosh.

Other Considerations When Using Black Cohosh

Herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other plant extracts are considered a dietary supplement and do not require regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

If you’re considering trying the herb, first talk to your doctor. Taking black cohosh might help, but it’s not a substitute for tested medical treatments.

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