POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (or PCOS)
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© January 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
PCOS is unfortunately a common syndrome among young women today, affecting about 1 in 10 to 1 in 20 menstruating women. That is up to 5 million women in America alone. It usually begins when a girl begins to menstruate, as early as age 11.
PCOS consists of a set of symptoms that often include:
1. No menstrual periods, prolonged periods and/or irregular periods.
2. Often hair growth on the face, neck and body.
3. Weight gain, especially in the stomach area.
4. High levels of estrogen and testosterone.
5. Insulin resistance and at times, skin tags or dark colored patches on the skin.
6. Acne and sometimes hair loss on the head (male pattern baldness).
7. Difficulty becoming pregnant.
8. Pelvic pain and depression.
9. The ovaries, when viewed with ultrasound, are usually somewhat enlarged and have cysts on them.
Complications if PCOS is not reversed. These include high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, lipid abnormalities, heart disease, high C-reactive protein, nonalcoholic hepatitis, sleep apnea, abnormal uterine bleeding, problems of pregnancy and cancer.
A complete nutritional balancing program can help this condition, and often reverses it completely.
THE CAUSES OF PCOS
Doctors are not sure of the cause of PCOS. Possible causes in medical terms include high insulin, inflammation, exposure to male hormones during gestation, and genetic factors.
However, mineral analysis research indicates that it is a toxic condition. It may also be related to deficiencies of chromium and zinc. It may also be caused by elevated levels of copper, mercury, and toxic forms of iron and manganese. For more about the toxic oxide forms of some minerals, please read Iron, Manganese and Alumimum on this website.
Those with PCOS may also have estrogen dominance. This is often related to elevated copper and impaired liver detoxification of estrogen.
Modern medicine does not have a cure for PCOS. Their treatment consists of horrible drugs such as birth control pills, metformin for blood sugar, clomiphene or hormones to get pregnant, Aldactone and other horrors to reduce hair growth, and possibly ovarian surgery if all else fails. They may also recommend more exercise and a “balanced” diet that won’t work too well, in my experience.
Nutritional balancing and PCOS. Nutritional balancing programs address many possible causes of PCOS, and generally provide complete relief and often reversal of the entire condition. A properly designed nutritional balancing program does all of the following:
1. Reduces inflammation dramatically, in most cases.
2. Causes weight loss and reduces acne.
3. Reduces insulin resistance and improves sugar-handling ability.
4. Detoxifies the liver, which reduces estrogens and often androgens such as testosterone, as well. This can help get rid of unwanted facial and body hair.
5. Balances and strengthens the entire body chemistry. This helps normalize menstrual periods and definitely improves fertility and pregnancy outcomes. It also helps prevent all the complications of PCOS such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Chromium essential for PCOS. Every nutritional balancing program for PCOS needs to include chromium picolinate 0.2 mg) at a dose of about 1-1-1.
The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as diagnosis, prescription, treatment or cure for any health condition.