by David Larsen
I am an independent neuroscience post grad educator. I teach health care professionals on topics related to brain health, and natural treatments. Recently I was asked to consult on a case involving an adolescent girls who was "going crazy." We identified that it was associated with her cycle, i.e. the onset of her period. In a panic the family sent her to UCLA medical center who diagnosed her as bi-polar, and put her on Benzo's and other meds.
But she has all the signs of estrogen dominance, and little to no progesterone - hyper anxiety, can't sleep, a seizure disorder developed, depression etc. Yours was one of the only sites to hit the nail on the head. I suggested Progesterone. The mother tried it, but too little. I'm now trying to persuade her to give 200 mg or more. But have learned some brands are better than others.
Meanwhile I realized that may be why my wife (who has a history of PMS, but now post menopausal)can't sleep at night. So we tried some progesterone cream - Kokovo. But again it was too little and made her heart pound. After considerable explanation and showing here your notes on estrogen dominance, I got her to try a couple TSP with another brand and voila no side adverse effects, and she ended up sleeping better.
But no other progesterone company, or even hormone specialists I've referred to are aware of or advocated more than 100 mg to overcome estrogen dominance. You seem to be almost a lone voice of truth crying in the wilderness of ignorance. Other than Dr. Herzog. I was impressed, and have since identified several other misdiagnosed acquaintances as having this problem. So I appreciate your insights and efforts.