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« on: September 26, 2012, 02:09:40 PM »
Hi All Ya All
This Topic will be a conglomeration of ideas, tips, articles etc.
Will post a few items not meant to be promoting any certain product or clinic or etc.
This nutritionist, below seems to have a lot of info on her site. Sharing this which was in my News Feed today,
Barb Townsend

"For the girls"
Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.

"Eliminate those cramps.
If menstrual cramps are cramping your style each month, this new research will soothe you. Lignan - loaded flax seeds pull the extra pain triggering estrogen out of your system, keeping your hormones in check which in turn eliminates or reduces your monthly cramping. ¼ cup ground flaxseed daily added to salads, gluten free grains or your morning smoothie should do the trick."


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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2012, 02:53:22 PM »
My daughter always liked Camomile Tea for her cramps or just to help her relax.  Here is a great link that details the many wonderful uses for Camomile.  And it is a wonderful tasting tea, especially with a bit of honey stirred in.


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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013, 01:50:35 PM »
My daughter always liked Camomile Tea for her cramps or just to help her relax.  Here is a great link that details the many wonderful uses for Camomile.  And it is a wonderful tasting tea, especially with a bit of honey stirred in.

Endtimesgal, thanks for the ideas on chamomile tea!
I am not sure why I didn't answer your post...
Here's some info on crampbark I found,
This info on "crampbark" is from Web MD so it will be more conservative. The article is not advocating use of it. A holistic herbal book might have something else to say. - Yowbarb
...   Web MD


Other Names:

Bois à Quenouille, Boule de Neige, Common Guelder-Rose, Crampbark, Cranberry Bush, European Cranberry-Bush, Guelder Rose, Guelder-Rose, High Bush Cranberry, High-bush Cranberry, Obier, Rose de Gueldre, Snowball Bush, Viburno Opulus, Viburnum opulus, Viorne Aquatique, Viorne Aubier, Viorne Obier, Viorne Trilobée   USES

Insufficient Evidence for:

 Muscle spasms.
 Menstrual cramps.
 Cramps during pregnancy.
 Nervous disorders.
 Use as a kidney stimulant in urinary conditions which involve pain or spasms.
 Other conditions.
 "More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of cramp bark for these uses."

Interactions: We currently have no information for CRAMP BARK Interactions

CRAMP BARK Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information to know if cramp bark is safe.

Special Precautions & Warnings:"Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of cramp bark during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use."


The appropriate dose of cramp bark depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for cramp bark. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.


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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013, 01:56:36 PM »

Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps

By Cathy Wong, Guide
Updated September 20, 2012

What are Menstrual Cramps?

Menstrual cramps, also known as dysmenorrhea, typically feel like a dull pain in the lower abdomen before or during menstrual periods. The pain sometimes radiates to the low back or thigh area. Other symptoms may include nausea, loose stools, sweating, and dizziness.

There are two types of menstrual cramps: primary and secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea, which usually starts within several years after your first menstrual period, involves no physical abnormality. Hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which are produced naturally in the body, are thought to cause these menstrual cramps and be responsible for the pain and inflammation.

Secondary dysmenorrhea, on the other hand, has an underlying physical cause, such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, or uterine polyps.

Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
 If you are experiencing symptoms of menstrual cramps, it's important to see your doctor to be properly diagnosed. Although certain natural remedies show some promise, there hasn't been enough research at this point to conclude they're effective. Here are some of the more popular natural remedies for menstrual cramps.

1) Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies. They are also available in fish oil capsules, which may be the preferable form because many brands filter out any pollutants in fish, such as mercury and PCBs.

At least eight studies involving a total of 1,097 women have investigated the relationship between diet and menstrual cramps and have found that fish oil intake seemed to have a positive effect on menstrual cramps.

Animal studies suggest that the two compounds in fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may decrease prostaglandin levels.

In one small study, 21 young women took fish oil (containing 1080 milligrams eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), 720 milligrams docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and 1.5 milligrams vitamin E) daily for two months followed by a placebo pill for two months. Another 21 young women took the placebo for two months followed by fish oil for two months. The results suggested that the women experienced significantly less menstrual cramps when they were taking the fish oil.

Fish oil capsules are sold in drug stores, health food stores, and online. Look for the active ingredients EPA and DHA on the label.

Fish oil capsules may interact with blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin. Side effects may include indigestion and bleeding. To reduce a fishy aftertaste, it should be taken just before meals.

Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. It is also available as nutritional supplements. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels and is needed for normal muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, immune function, blood pressure, and for bone health.

In 2001, researchers with the Cochrane Collaboration reviewed three small studies that compared magnesium and a placebo for dysmenorrhea. Overall, they found that magnesium was more effective than placebo for pain relief and the need for additional medication was less with magnesium use.

In the studies, there was no significant difference in the number of side effects or adverse effects between the magnesium and the placebo.

High doses of magnesium may cause diarrhea, nausea, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, irregular heart rate, and confusion. It can interact with certain medications, such as those for osteoporosis, high blood pressure (calcium channel blockers), as well as some antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and diuretics.

Acupressure is a traditional healing practice that is based on the same principles as acupuncture. Instead of applying needles to acupuncture points, pressure is applied.

A point that is often recommended by acupuncturists for menstrual cramps is called Spleen 6. Although there are only preliminary studies on acupressure for menstrual cramps, it is a simple home remedy that is often recommended by alternative practitioners.

To find the point, acupuncturists suggest feeling the bony point of the inner ankle. From that point, draw an imaginary line up the lower calf from the inner ankle. The point is approximately four finger widths from the inner ankle. It isn't on the shin bone, but just beside it towards the back of the calf.

With your thumb or middle finger at a 90 degree angle to the skin, apply gradually increasing pressure. Hold for three minutes. The pressure should not be painful or uncomfortable.

Acupressure to the Spleen 6 point should not be done if you are pregnant. It should also not be done over broken or infected skin.

Other Natural Remedies for Menstrual Cramps
 •Low-fat diet
 •Vitamin E
 •Vitamin B1



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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2013, 07:21:23 PM »

Are Feminine Hygiene Products Slowly Harming You? (Plus Safe Alternatives)

By Dr Mercola    Source:   

The issue of safe feminine hygiene product options is rarely discussed, but it’s an important topic for roughly a third of the population.

 Why? Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and also the thinnest. Less than one-tenth of an inch separates your body from potential toxins. Worse yet, your skin is highly permeable — especially the skin in and around the vaginal area.

 Anything coming in constant contact with your skin will land in your bloodstream for distribution throughout your body. This is why I’m so fond of saying:

“Don’t put anything on your body that you wouldn’t eat if you had to.”

Chemicals on your skin may be worse than eating them. At least enzymes in your saliva and stomach help break down and flush chemicals from your body. But when they touch your skin, they’re absorbed straight into your bloodstream, going directly to your delicate organs. Once in your body, they can accumulate because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down.

 In my opinion, feminine hygiene products can be likened to a “ticking time bomb” due to years of exposure. The average  American woman uses 16,800 tampons in her lifetime — or up to 24,360 if she’s on estrogen replacement therapy.

 And that’s just tampons. Many women use different types of sanitary pads, alone or with tampons, and there’s also nursing pads.

What's Really in Those Sanitary Pads and Tampons?

 In the featured article, Andrea Donsky, founder of Naturally Savvy and co-author of Label Lessons: Your Guide to a Healthy Shopping Cart, reveals how little we’re told about the materials in feminine products. In fact, tampon and sanitary pad manufacturers aren’t required to disclose ingredients because feminine hygiene products are considered “medical devices.”

When Andrea called Procter & Gamble directly to discover the contents in their Always Infinity pads, the service reps could only mention two: foam and a patented ingredient called Infinicel — a highly absorbent material able to hold up to 10 times its weight.

 In fact, conventional sanitary pads can contain the equivalent of about four plastic bags! With everything we now know about the hazardous nature of plastic chemicals, this alone is cause for concern.

 For example, plasticizing chemicals like BPA and BPS disrupt embryonic development. They’re linked to heart disease and cancer. Phthalates, which give paper tampon applicators a smooth finish, are known to dysregulate gene expression, and DEHP may lead to multiple organ damage. Synthetics and plastic restrict air flow and trap heat and dampness, potentially promoting yeast and bacteria growth in your vaginal area. Besides crude oil plastics, conventional sanitary pads can also contain other potentially hazardous ingredients, such as odor neutralizers and fragrances.

The Price You Pay For 'Clean' White Tampons And Pads

 How do tampons and pads get that ultra-white “clean” look? Usually chlorine bleach, which can create toxic dioxin and other disinfection-by-products (DBPs) such as trihalomethane. Studies show dioxin collects in your fatty tissues. According to an EPA draft report, dioxin is a serious public health threat that has no “safe” level of exposure! Published reports show that even trace dioxin levels may be linked to:
•Abnormal tissue growth in the abdomen and reproductive organs
•Abnormal cell growth throughout the body
•Immune system suppression
•Hormonal and endocrine system disruption
Meanwhile, the FDA’s official stance is that no expected health risks are associated with trace amounts of dioxins in tampons.

 Naturally Savvy notes that 10 years ago, House Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced legislation requiring research into the potential health risks of feminine hygiene product use, including cervical, ovary and breast cancers and endometriosis.  Unfortunately, the legislation failed to pass, and it doesn’t appear there’s been any research.

Could You Be Absorbing GMOs Via Your Tampons?

 Numerous alarm bells went off for Andrea as she researched potential hazards of feminine products for her book, Label Lessons, such as:

 Conventional tampons contain pesticides: A whopping $2 billion is spent annually on pesticides to spray cotton crops.

 Conventional tampons probably contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). According the USDA, 94 percent of all U.S. cotton is genetically engineered.

 Tampons and pads with odor neutralizers and artificial fragrances are virtually a chemical soup, laced with artificial colors, polyester, adhesives, polyethylene (PET), polypropylene and propylene glycol (PEG), contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, dryness and infertility.

 Andrea wondered whether if using a GMO tampon several times every month was any different than ingesting GMO food. But it may even be worse, considering the vaginal wall is highly permeable, allowing toxins like pesticide residue and GMO proteins direct access into the bloodstream.

Beware Of Toxic Shock Syndrome

Remember: Tampons create a favorable environment for bacteria growth. Micro-tears in the vaginal wall from tampons allow bacteria to accumulate. One infamous risk is Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), caused either by poisonous toxins from Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or group A streptococcus (strep) bacteria. TSS is a life-threatening condition, so symptom recognition is crucial. Should any of the following symptoms occur during your tampon use, seek medical help immediately:
•Sudden high fever
•Low blood pressure
•Rash on palms or soles of feet
•Muscle aches
•Redness of your eyes, mouth and/or throat

To Minimize Your Risk Of This Potentially Life-Threatening Condition:
 •Avoid super absorbent tampons – choose the lowest absorbency rate to handle your flow
•Never leave a tampon inserted overnight; use overnight pads instead
•When inserting a tampon, be extremely careful not to scratch your vaginal lining (avoid plastic applicators)
•Alternate the use of tampons with sanitary napkins or mini-pads during your period
•Change tampons at least every 4-6 hours
•Do not use a tampon between periods
•Safer Alternatives
Many of today’s feminine hygiene products contain rayon, vicose, and cellulose wood fluff pulp… not cotton, let alone organic cotton. Rayon and viscose present a potential danger because of their highly absorbent fibers, which can stick to your vaginal wall. Upon removal, the loosened fibers stay behind, raising your TSS risk.

 Fortunately, there are safer alternatives. Since the FDA regulates tampon absorbency, all tampons on the market must meet absorption guidelines. According to Dr. Philip Tierno, a Clinical Professor of Microbiology and Pathology at NYU Medical Centre, 100% cotton tampons must “consistently test under detectable levels for TSS toxins.”

Did you know these ingredients were in your feminine hygiene products? Would you switch to natural alternatives?



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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2013, 01:22:39 PM »
Hello Ladies and Guardians of preteen/teen daughters!

Im glad that this is a topic,

I wanted to post this link to a site that offers reusable sanitary napkins and some useful tips on how to use them:

Several years ago I looked into purchasing some but then got sidetracked after learning I was going to have my third child ;D

They offer books, menstruation cups, and some starter kits as well!

Hope this Hepls!


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