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Name: brenda

Dear Dr Holt, I have been going through the menopause for many years, approx 8 years most of these taking HRT. I have not felt well for most of time and although seen consultants no real results. My problems are weight gain, nervousness, loss of confidence, mood swings, loss of libido and depression. Lately I am suffering from aches and pains. I have got to the point where I have no confidence in a diagnosis never mind treatment. Despite this I know I am not really ill. I am writing to you because I am convince that I have a hormonal imbalance. For example, there are days when I feel a real torment over food; I fell that I can eat all day but find no satisfaction. After a few days, this subsides and I could follow and diet. I am taking primrose oil, soya and ginseng. Brenda

Dear Brenda,

Thank you for your questions. You are describing a complex series of problems and it is difficult to make a diagnosis by virtual means. I am sorry that you have not had any real results from consultants. I am very used to dealing with complex cases and I shall try on the limited information to give you some starting advice. I believe that you will benefit from self education and you may have Syndrome X and I recommend that you read one or more of my books on this subject. You can call Andrea toll free at 877-765-1099 and she will present to you the three books I have written "Combat Syndrome X, Y, Z...", "Nutritional Factors for Syndrome X" and "Enhancing Low Carb Diets."

You may be an ideal candidate for nutritional support for the post-menopause. Please call Andrea toll free at 877-765-1099 and get a brochure on MenoPlan and visit www.sleepnaturally.com or www.naturesbenefit.com .

Your comments that you are "not really ill" bother me, because you have some significant symptoms and you need to be kind to yourself. There are highly effective medications for depression and I do not believe that you should remain depressed. In the presence of significant depression I do believe in short term medicine treatment and, of course, expert evaluation. I have limited most of my advice in this column to nutrition and I can tell you that fish oil has a very good anti-depressant effect when taken in significant doses.

Education will definitely help you and you must read some of the articles on power-surge.net . If you are looking for natural alternatives then please take a close look at www.naturesbenefit.com and please look at some of my books on www.wellnesspublishing.com .

You are taking some but not all supplements that are found in MenoPlan, which you can talk to Andrea about. You do not have a structured diet and I would think that you might benefit from a modified low carb diet approach. You may want to consider a copy of the book "Enhancing Low Carb Diets."

I can explain some of your symptoms by depression but not all of them. And I am wondering whether or not you may have fibromyalgia. These are real conditions, but they're just not recognized. Please consider whether or not you have Syndrome X and, again, this is covered in my writings for patient education.

There is always a danger in giving advice without completely knowing a patient's history and having the benefit of a physical examination or testing. Therefore, in any case of doubt please consult with your physical and feel free to share my advice. I hope that I have helped you.

Thank you for your question.

Stephen Holt, M.D.
Gastroenterologist, Internist,
Scientist, Nutritionist, Pharmacologist.

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