This is a long one, and I am being pre-emptive in writing this blog as I am still undergoing treatment. The symptoms are the flu – see tag cloud flu. It came to a head in July and August this year, I got the flu for a week in July and then for a week in August – long discussion here. Suffice it to say I have had flu problems all my life. Recent flu has usually occurred in the rainy season, I developed supersoup if I got wet.
What was particularly irritating was that I am on a healthy diet, and that turns out to have disguised the problem – Dottie’s underlying conditions. In the addendum to the above blog the acupuncturist was talking about balancing the body – I assumed yin and yang, but sometimes acupuncturists don’t always discuss in terms of yin and yang. She might have been talking about hormones – the endocrine system. Whatever, she did say that my problem was caused by andropause – the male menopause.
Now understanding hormones is something I have just passed by in life. There was one circumstance. When I was in an extremely stressful relationship eczema flared up all over the place leading to blood on the sheets as I scratched when sleeping. Begrudgingly the doctor offered cortisone and begrudgingly I accepted. On reflection I am not sure whether I was wrong as the eczema was dreadful, but the after-effects of the cortisone treatment stayed with me a while – maybe even contributing to the current imbalance?
Now I am suffering from hormonal imbalance because of my age. It has given me a cold body that left me vulnerable to flus, can you believe it – a Cold Farang in Thailand? Fortunately this acupuncturist immediately diagnosed the problem as andropause and began treating it. This treatment has greatly helped but in the realisation of the hormonal imbalance it has become a problem that I dont know how to deal with. Fundamentally I don’t know what it is.
Below there are some authoritative quotes about hormone imbalance. They helped me on my way to this current understanding. I freaked at the hormone imbalance, what was I to do? My diet was good, and all that I read said do my diet – well mostly. Why was it happening? It had been a build-up. Coping with GERD and then the gradual renewal of my body with the diet had disguised the hormonal problem.
In a man of my age hormones means testosterone and the droop vis-a-vis the old Farangs in Thailand chasing the suais. So I’m up in the air about my desires and testosterone. But hormones are not just testosterone – see endocrine system, and I began to settle. There is the thyroid, and key in the thyroid was cold intolerance – my cold and damp body. The key is hormonal balance, and this is something I had lost. Perhaps my diet should have given me balance, maybe it would have in time – maybe. But it taught me a big lesson, I don’t feel food is enough hence why I wrote the “Zandtao Cancer Programme?”, significant in this being healing has to include energy (Chi Gung and Acupuncture) and meditation, the 3 tenets of Zandtao:-
Improving the mind
Harmonising our energy
Taking care of our bodies
My last acupuncture programme made me feel uncomfortable, affected my sleep, and I struggled with the teaching. It is school hols so I have gone for 5 more treatments – she had asked me to do that before. In the interim I had settled within my body (a sauna and taking zinc tablets as well) so hormones were not screwing me up, I have had one treatment (of the 2nd five), and balance has gone a bit – less than before. My plan is to finish the 5 treatments, and then do a detox. I remember the Danish ranter talking of the lymphatic system – the endocrine system appears to fit in with that; my usual diet of 3 days fruit and 6 days veg should do the trick. At least I hope so.
This stuff is not good. I have struggled to meditate, the Chi Gung is but a memory, and some of my diet is slipping. All of this is because the hormones have disturbed my meditation. Between the acupuncture courses I gained strength and discipline, but with the second course that has gone a bit again. However I feel confident that once the treatment has finished my discipline will bring me back on song – gradually.
I now realise that routines of old men I have known well (in my family) have been affected by hormones, of course men don’t have hormones they just have the droop and viagra fixes that!! Fascinating stuff – hormones and old men.
Lots of garlic – usually 8 or 10 cloves ground in a mortar then poured in a pan.
Boil and drink
The hormone imbalance starts to occur naturally at 20 “In men, the symptoms of aging are often the result of a growth hormone and testosterone decline. After age 20, a man’s growth hormone falls about 14% for every 10 years. By the time he reaches 40, he’s lost almost half the growth hormones he had at 20-years-old and by the time he reaches 80, men are left with just 5% of their original growth hormones. These imbalances can happen at any age.” from here. Over the last 6 years I have improved my diet with an accompanying improvement in health, but now that I have almost completed the 7 years hormonal imbalance has hit.
In Michael Rossoff’s movie and Dan Reid “A Complete guide to Chi Gung”, it is recommended to decrease the amount of ejaculation. But I am convinced that that is not all of it.
Other non-sex-hormone factors can create imbalances in the sex hormones. An excess or deficiency of the thyroid hormone will change sex hormone levels; replacing the sex hormone in any quantity will not correct the problem until you have compensated for the thyroid function. Changes in liver function can also cause a shift in the relative amounts of various hormones, because the liver processes most sex hormones. Many menopausal-aged people, both men and women, still have normal or even high levels of the circulating sex hormones. Additional mammalian hormones in this instance are inadvisable, because they can create an excess of hormones with the associated problems. Faulty liver function, as evidenced by high cholesterol levels, contributes to inadequate transformation of hormones. Improving liver function is a key step in normalizing hormones and the body’s response to hormones (it is possible to have adequate hormone levels and still have symptoms of deficiency or excess if the liver is not working properly).
Remember that overall good health is critical to the body’s production of hormones. Inadequate nutrients from diet is a major factor in hormonal imbalance. Excess alcohol, refined carbohydrates (sugars), and “trans” fats will all have a negative effect on hormone levels.” from here. Here is a reasonable sales pitch from the same site “From the findings (BZ of a consultation), a unique protocol of natural supplements, herbs, nutrition, acupuncture, and/or allergy elimination can often remedy the condition and create profound improvements in health (refer to Testing and Treatment for more details). Even though most natural hormone balancing supplements are safe, professional guidance and monitoring is suggested in order to make sure the right treatment is being given at the right time in the right dose.” It is this protocol I am seeking.
“The most significant hormone imbalance in aging men is a decrease in free testosterone, while estrogen levels remain the same or increase precipitously. As men grow older, they experience a variety of disorders relating to the dual effects of having too little testosterone and excess estrogen. The result is a testosterone-estrogen imbalance that directly causes many of the debilitating health problems associated with normal aging (1-12, 28).” from here.
Oestrogen increases as testosterone decreases so “Consume 400 mg of indole-3-carbinol to help neutralize dangerous estrogen metabolites. Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, can also stimulate the liver to metabolize and excrete excess estrogen.” My consumption of these veg is good, maybe look at buying indole-3 carbinol temporarily.
And it could be the thyroid:- “Hypothyroidism in Men:
When men possess low thyroid hormone levels, meaning an underactive thyroid gland and low metabolism, men experience such symptoms as:
I definitely have cold intolerance.
• Selenium: The highest concentration of selenium is found in the thyroid gland, and it’s been shown to be a necessary component of enzymes integral to thyroid function.14 Selenium is an essential trace mineral and has been shown to have a profound effect on the immune system, cognitive function, fertility in both men and women, and mortality rate. I have enough selenium. (I was not able to buy idole-3 carbinol or selenium).
Yoga exercises for the thyroid, those that mess around with the neck. Have had stiff neck and shoulder issues before.