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Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
I have had three non pregnant patients recently with rather profuse vaginal
bleeding not responsive to hormonal therapy, all of whom had elevated bleeding
times with normal PT, PTT, and platelet count. One patient was using "Herbalife"
which is a combination of various herbs sold as a weight loss regimen,
one was taking ginseng regularly, and one consumed "green tea" daily. None
had von Willibrandt's and all bleeding times normalized after discontinuing
herbal preparations. Anyone else seen anything like this? Any words of
wisdom in Kelly's herb book?
I have never 'seen' it, but I've read of quite a few herbs and what not that can act as phytoestrogens. Some articles on this phenomenon are,
Hopkins, M.P..; et al. 1988. "Ginseng Face Cream and Unexplained Vaginal Bleeding." Am J Obstet Gynecol 159:1121-2.
Pearce, P.T..; et al. 1982. "Panex Ginseng and Eleuthrococcus Senticosus Extracts - In Vitro Studies on Binding to Steroid Receptors." Endocrinol. Japon 29(5):567-73.
Also vitamin C, or ascorbic acid up to 1 g/d can significantly increase the efficacy of exogenous estrogens.
Soy protein, has also been known to have a 'moderate' or 'slight' estrogenic properties, which are 'thought' to help with osteopenia/osteoporosis.
A small list of phytoestrogens are:
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