The missing chemical…

No, I have not stolen anything from a science lab.  I am talking about hormones.  Unfortunately, with everything else that is going on in my life, I am experiencing some wonderful side effects of one of my diseases.  I am blaming hereditary hemochromatosis for everything, the way you might blame your sibling.  She started it first, so therefore, it is her fault.  Anyway, I recently saw a Naturopathic Doctor because I felt like I was out of options.  You might laugh at the idea of seeing this type of doctor, but I was getting desperate.  You see, through all of my research, I suspected I was having hormonal side effects, and unfortunately, because of my disease, ha, I can’t take certain pills…involving umm hormones.  Sigh.  So anyway, here is a great link that helped describe what was happening to me.  I liked this line in particular: I often describe estrogen as a wild child running around a woman’s body, stimulating all sorts of activity. Progesterone is more like estrogen’s parent and regulates its activity. It says to estrogen, “I know you have to do what you gotta do, but I’m here to make sure you calm down and do it right.”   Okay, Dr. Mazzei, you keep telling yourself that is like a wild child, but in reality, I know it is more like this:

Any questions?  Yeah, I kinda think I’m going to need some of my progesterone back soon.  Thanks.

“What basically happens is your hormones get out of whack. Because of the stress in your life your body says, ‘I need more hormones.’ So, your hormones are trying to produce and produce and produce, and it’s even more stressful and it is this wicked cycle.”  ~Brought to you by Marie Osmond

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  1. P.S. Here is a link to some research I found. http://www.clinuvel.com/en/skin-science/skin-conditions/rare-skin-conditions/porphyria-cutanea-tarda-pct Since I have two conditions, my theory is that you are more likely to make the PCT come out if you have HH. See this passage: Type I – Sporadic or acquired PCT. It encompasses around 80% of cases. The enzyme deficiency is restricted to the liver with an approximated 50% of UROD levels. Acquired PCT occurs most commonly in patients who also have haemochromatosis or chronic hepatitis C infection. This form most often occurs after use of alcohol, oestrogens, oral contraceptives, other drugs and certain environmental pollutants but sometimes no cause can be found. Most people who consume alcohol and take estrogens do not develop a porphyria; therefore, it is likely that genetic factors are of higher importance even though there is no family history of PCT. Since HH is a gene mutation, that is why my hematologist has told me for years to stay off oral contraceptives. Therefore, hormones seem to be an unsure area.

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