The most frustrating part about not being able to treat menopause is that most doctors say:
“All tests indicate you’re fine.”
“Synthetic hormones are your best option.”
“This is natural, just grin and bear it.”
In The Menopause Cure, Hormonal Health, author Jill D. Davey tackles the menopause bull by the horns and debunks the myths, explains the science, and reveals solutions based on a restorative medicine philosophy. Her co-author Dr. Sergey A. Dzugan is a traditional medical doctor who now practices restorative medicine.
Jill opened up to SheSpark readers (many of us #Over40) about her personal insights…
SheSpark: We all get menopause/perimenopause at some point but aren’t driven to research it, write a book, and launch a website on the topic. Why did you take your curiosity to that level?
Davey: It’s extremely important that women are armed with this groundbreaking information – it can save their lives and make it worth living. Restorative medicine is little known and/or spoken about but has existed for over 30 years in America. I wanted to let women know that there was an alternative – they have a choice. There is a safe and efficient method to redress all menopausal symptoms, which at the same time, slows the aging process and helps us avoid all age-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancers.
SS: Dr. Dzugan inspired you to write your book “The Menopause Cure, Hormonal Health.” What is he saying/doing differently than other doctors in the medical community?
JD: Dr. Dzugan treats the root cause rather than just the symptom. He prevents, heals and corrects illnesses rather than suppresses them. He builds the body up, correcting physiological error that occurs with age, so we can obtain optimal health both physically and mentally, which in the long term, helps us to achieve positive longevity. Restorative medicine is a natural, safe, and efficient hormone restorative therapy.
SS: What are the top three misconceptions about treating menopausal symptoms?
JD: A) “Synthetic HRT works.” Synthetic HRT cannot correct the menopause and its symptoms nor can it stop body breakdown. Synthetic HRT may suppress the symptoms but it cannot resolve them nor can it resolve the long-term consequences of severe hormonal degradation and age-related diseases. The body is not deficient in synthetic hormones. Restorative medicine can correct and resolve by restoring the missing hormones with bioidentical hormones, which are an exact copy of our own hormones.
B) Menopause ends. Menopause never stops, it only gets worse. We start with perimenopause, then move into menopause and then onto post menopause. Each pause is different and needs to be treated. In perimenopause/menopause we get distressing symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, hot flashes, mood swings, high blood pressure, breast cancer, etc,. In post menopause we see more serious issues such as heart disease, cancers, insulin resistance, diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, macular degenerative disease, and many more age-related diseases – all three pauses need to be treated with bioidentical hormones to feel well and to obtain long-term optimal health.
C) “Standardized treatments are for everyone.” There is not a one-size-fits-all woman. Therefore, there cannot be a one-size-fits-all pill. We are all different, we all metabolize hormones differently, and our hormonal decline varies from woman to woman. We therefore need an individualized treatment. HRT is a one-size-fits-all treatment – BHRT is tailored to the patient’s requirements. We are all different – would you go out and buy a size 6 jeans when you are a size 4 just because your friend bought a pair?
SS: Let’s talk weight gain blamed on menopause/perimenopause. Women over 40 (like myself) feel we have to relentlessly control our diets and rigorously exercise just to keep from breaking the scale— let alone lose weight. What are we doing wrong?
JD: One of the reasons we gain weight in perimenopause is because of a hormonal imbalance. The hormonal environment is usually one of high insulin, along with low oestrogen(s) and thyroid function. We cannot lose weight if there is high insulin or if the thyroid is dysfunctional. When we have low thyroid it doesn’t matter how much we diet or exercise, the weight will not come off. The body cannot metabolize the food we eat effectively, turning calories into fat instead of using them for energy.
SS: You love fashion and design your own clothes. How does that fit into the business of helping women get healthy?
JD: Fashion is inspiring and part of a woman’s sensuality and confidence. When you obtain optimal health through restorative medicine, you will feel confident, beautiful, positive, full of energy, good about yourself. You will feel well. You will lose weight, and importantly, you will be able to keep it off. Being able to choose what you want to wear and feel good in it, is an important factor to a positive daily outlook on life. I believe that health, fashion, and positivity go hand in hand.
About the author
Over the past 27 years, Jill D. Davey has lived and worked in Italy. When Jill realized she was in the throes of menopause she set about passionately researching restorative medicine and bioidentical hormone therapy in order to maintain her energetic, vibrant lifestyle. She has attended international conferences and worked with some of the world’s most respected experts in restorative medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), before meeting Dr. Sergey Dzugan who she collaborated with to produce an informative, accessible guide: The Menopause Cure: Hormonal Health. Jill has been published in Ok Magazine, Yours Magazine, The Daily Mirror, The Lady magazine, GransNet and Medium in the last few weeks. Jill’s new book The Menopause Cure: Hormonal Health is available to buy in all good book shops and on Amazon.com.