Life's Harmony: Xooma's advanced formula
by Dr. Henriette Alban
For the last 20 years natural progesterone cream has helped women all over the world to balance their hormones and to live healthy, productive lives. Based on the research of Dr. John Lee, MD, this natural bio-identical hormone solved many problems in countless women's lives. In recent years, men have used natural progesterone to effectively promote healthy hormone balance.
Let's take a look at the importance of progesterone in our bodies:
Progesterone is a hormone made by the corpus luteum of the ovary at ovulation, and in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands. This is also where men make theirs. Progesterone is manufactured in the body from the steroid hormone pregnenolone, which is made from cholesterol and is a precursor to most of the other hormones, including the estrogens and testosterone. As such, progesterone plays a vital life long role in the health and balance of our endocrine (hormone) system.
Progesterone is one of the three best known sex hormones; the others are estrogens (estriol, estrodial, estrone) and testosterone. During a woman's life, progesterone regulates the menstrual cycle â€“ it is responsible for the shedding of the uterine lining at menstruation - it plays a key role in a healthy pregnancy - without it a woman's body would reject the embryo - is an important component of healthy weight as it assists in balancing thyroid hormones.
Progesterone is produced by a woman's body generally at 15 to 24 mg per day in the second half of the monthly cycle. During pregnancy more and more progesterone is produced and in the third trimester of pregnancy, this amount increases to about 300 mg daily. Many women have reported a glow during pregnancy and a sense of unsurpassed wellbeing. This has been attributed to healthy progesterone levels.
During their child bearing years, menstruating women often go through excruciating problems every single month due to Premenstrual Syndrome, a name describing symptoms ranging from mild to severe cramping, irritability, blood sugar imbalance, bouts of crying, craving for sweets, sore breasts, tender abdomen, severe moodiness, bloating, often followed by a heavy blood flow. Many women are incapacitated and require bed rest during this time and many more would love to stay home, except they have jobs to keep and families to feed. The stories of these days of the month are legend.
As a woman ages, her flow is less regular, progesterone production decreases and eventually stops at menopause. Menopause is 'official' when there has been no menstruation for one year.
The resulting decrease in estrogen production, about 40 â€“ 60%, is exceeded by the eventual total cessation of progesterone production. Symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness, loss of hair and libido, disinterest in male company, memory loss, night sweats, depression, migraine headaches, a change in bone density, a disconcerting sense of 'I don't recognize myself anymore', matched by a distinct desire for solitude can surface at this time. For women who go through this, such experience is extremely dis-empowering, all the more so if she is used to being in charge and successfully managing her life. In addition, a woman may experience weight gain and an increase in body fat around the middle, caused by the lack of progesterone, which affects thyroid hormones and therefore metabolism.
Hormone Replacement Therapy was sold to women as a measure to promote longer youthfulness and vitality. With studies that showed positive effects of estrogen on bone density, the deal was sealed. It has since become extremely obvious that taking any estrogen without progesterone is a health hazard. For some women taking synthetic estrogen held back hot flashes and nights sweats but these were minor benefits, compared to the thousands of women who experienced breast and uterine cancer, blood clots leading to strokes and heart disease. The road to medical Hormone Replacement Therapy, HRT has caused many families huge pain and loss of life.
Finally, the noise got too loud and a very large published study from the huge Women's Health Initiative (WHI), was forced to end after five years [in 2002] (three years early) as to many of the healthy menopausal subjects clearly showed a greater risk of invasive breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. These women were using synthetic PremPro [Premarin (equine estrogens) plus Provera (a synthetic progestin).
So what's the difference between natural progesterone and synthetic progestin? Both types come from natural sources, either Mexican Wild Yam or Soy.
Mexican Wild Yam or Soy as source materials were chosen because of their high diosgenin content. A simple conversion of the diosgenin, the active plant compound identical to the progesterone made in our bodies, is effected in the laboratory â€“ hence Progesterone USP (US Pharmacopeia) meaning according to pharmaceutical standards. Synthetic progestin has been molecularly altered so it can be patented by the pharmaceutical companies and sold at high profits. This is the cause for its damage to women's endocrine system and overall health.
So there is really only one type of Progesterone you want to use â€“ the natural kind.
Life's Harmony was formulated with people's best health in mind. From the start, we wanted a product that was effective, would bring the results it was intended to produce and did not contain artificial or synthetic ingredients. It contains no animal by-products and is cruelty free. It was also intended to be fairly priced and unique in its composition.
We have succeeded in all these points.
Life's Harmony is designed to accompany women through their cycles of life. It will soothe symptoms of PMS, help women who are on birth control to balance the estrogen; it may help women with low progesterone production to conceive and successfully carry a baby to term. For pre-menopausal years, a woman is supported by Life's Harmony through night sweats, hot flashes, sleeplessness, loss of libido, lumpy, fibrous breasts, weight gain, and irritability. It has a calming effect and helps to balances the other hormones, which may assist you in keeping trim and fit. For post-menopausal women, Life's Harmony is insurance against Osteoporosis and continues to help with balance of the Thyroid and any estrogen dominance that may be present.
In our informal field tests, women over two months, reported a high rate of success and experienced a very positive change in their PMS, pre or menopausal symptoms. Additionally, increase of libido and renewed scalp hair growth were welcome results.
Women using Life's Harmony natural progesterone cream may experience relief from:
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome PMS
- Sore and tender breasts
- Breast enlargement
- Abdominal pain
- Migraine Headaches related to PMS
- Mood swings and irritability
- Sugar cravings
- Women on birth control pill reported an increase in wellbeing before their periods
- Irregular periods
Women in pre and during menopause may experience relief from:
- Hot flashes**
- Hormone related migraine headaches
- Renewed libido
- Night sweats
- Irregular spotting turned to a flow or ceased
- Pain relief
- Hair Loss related to hormone imbalance
- Skin rashes
Post-menopausal women, who are frequent users of natural progesterone, have reported positive results in these areas*:
- Spider Veins
- Acute pain on arms and elbows â€“ preventive on knees prior to garden work
- For severe bruising after a fall, Lifeâ€™s Harmony gave pain relief and sped up healing
- Migraine and other headaches â€“ apply a bit of cream on areas where the pain is.
Hot flashes as first experienced in pre menopause may be attributable to a lack of estrogen or to excess estrogen in the body. In the case of hysterectomies and in uterine and breast cancer, it is an excess of estrogen.
You could do a saliva test as a base line before using any kind of hormone therapy. However, how you feel seems to be the best indicator of your success with natural progesterone cream. And since it has no side effects, you can safely try it for as long as your symptoms persist. Betty Kamen offers this advice: 'For hot flashes or night sweats crisis, apply Â¼ teaspoon every 15 minutes until the flashes disappear.' Using more at first and then tapering off to a maintenance dose once symptoms have normalized seems the therapy of choice according to the experts.
Life's Harmony Ingredients:*
600 mg (per ounce) natural progesterone, converted from Mexican Wild Yam.
Aloe Vera forms an effective moisture barrier and promotes supple and clean, healthy skin. Its capacity to transport other ingredients into the skin is matched by its excellent natural protective properties.
Jojoba Oil maintains smooth and supple skin, aids in the reduction of stretch marks, is a high quality emollient and has a well established record of benefits for skin.
Coconut Oil softens the skin, but also protects it against damage, promotes healing and gives it a more youthful, healthy appearance. It prevents and protects against destructive free-radical damage. Coconut oil can help keep the skin from developing liver spots, and other blemishes caused by aging and over exposure to sunlight.
Cocoa Butter forms a highly moisturizing protective layer on the skin. When applied topically, it creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and also helps to retain moisture all over the body. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known and contains high concentrations of the anti-aging polyphenol antioxidants that help to alleviate the signs of aging
Almond Oil is an excellent emollient, softening and soothing. Moisture balancing properties make Almond oil suitable for all sin types. It helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching.
Avocado Oil is a lipid base that penetrates the skin more deeply than other plant oils. Therefore it's an ideal base for trans-dermal treatments and a natural carrier for added supplements to reach the deepest target areas. Avocado Oil has outstanding regenerative properties and restructuring powers to keep skin healthy. Containing high levels of essential fatty acids, which make skin more elastic, its high level of sterolins is reputed to reduce age spots, scars and sun damage.
Vitamin E Oil offers anti-oxidant protection to cell membranes, active enzyme sites and DNA. When applied topically with natural progesterone cream, Vitamin E is helpful in relieving vaginal dryness.
Tocotrienols have the power to inhibit or kill tumors. Tocotrienols can help to prevent skin aging and damage from free radicals generated by UV rays and from environmental pollutants. Melanoma, also on the increase, can be inhibited with the delta fraction of tocotrienols.
Licorice Root Extract is a traditional herb added to promote hormone balance.
Allantoin (comfrey root) is a hugely successful skin healer. Used in burn centers the world over, this humble ingredient is a powerhouse of restorative and regenerative qualities.
Broccoli extract has built in hormone regulating properties in the form of sulphoraphane, promoting additional protection from proliferating cancer cells due to excess estrogen.
'Sulphoraphane glucosinolate (SGS) plays a role in boosting the body's natural Phase 2 enzyme antioxidant defense systems and functions as a powerful indirect antioxidant detoxifying carcinogens before they can damage cells.'
Pure Natural Essential oil of grapefruit used for fragrance and as preservative.
While you are encouraged to follow the suggested guidelines, your body is unique and your experience of your symptoms when using natural progesterone will also be unique. Please learn what dosage works for you.
Endometriosis, hysterectomy, uterine fibroids, breast fibroids, breast and uterine cancer:
Women who have had surgery for the removal of ovaries, uterus or inflamed tissue can benefit from the use of Life's Harmony. As most often such conditions are caused by an estrogen dominance or lack of natural progesterone production. Natural progesterone cream has been effective to protect the body from estrogen dominance and promotes protection against proliferating cancer cells. (For additional information, please refer to specific chapters in the books cited at the end as resources for this article.)
- Men with prostate problems, breast enlargement, osteoporosis can use Life's Harmony like women do. They would use half the amount of cream than women do. Application is directly onto the testes, between thighs, abdomen as well as face, palms of hands and soles of feet. Rotate where you apply the cream every 3 â€“ 4 days and stop usage for several days every month at the same time.
- Osteoporosis has been successfully addressed with natural progesterone cream resulting in an increase between 7 â€“ 12% % in bone density during a three-year period of regular use, where an average bone loss of 4.5% per year was expected. Such treatment was accompanied by a healthy diet, weight bearing exercise, and supplements.
Estrogen retards osteoclast-mediated bone resorption.
Excess Estrogen slows down the osteoclast cells, responsible for the natural breakdown (resorption) of bone. Under healthy circumstances, the osteoclast cells scour bone to remove old cells thereby creating tiny holes.
Natural progesterone stimulates osteoblast-mediated new bone formation.
To prevent bone density loss and to rebuild bone, natural progesterone cream has shown to affect the osteoblast - the function by which bone grows new healthy cells positively and effectively. Natural progesterone promotes the osteoblast, cells responsible to fill in the tiny holes, to create healthy new bone tissue.
This is vitally important to everyone with this condition, who can expect no help from any of the drugs currently offered. To use natural progesterone cream is safe and has no side effects for women who use the cream as suggested. This is also true for men who have bone density loss.
Men would use half the amount of progesterone women use. See the product brochure for more details.
Excess Estrogens, Xeno estrogens â€“ where do they come from?
- All petro-chemically derived products contribute to xeno estrogens: DDT and other pesticides, herbicides, plastic wraps around food, clothing, plastics on sofas and in sleep wear. Solvents, glues, detergent breakdown products, many cosmetic ingredients, petroleum jelly, gasoline and diesel fuels, and their exhaust, PCBs, dioxin (bleach), formaldehyde and alcohols.
Such industrial practices continue unabated and will create an even greater hazard to human health in the next 25 years as damage only becomes obvious after 20 years of continued exposure. Agricultural practices and the mass management of life stock continue to use growth hormone and other substances that fall into the above category. This system of food production has created this overload of estrogens in our bodies.
Xeno estrogens, as described, act in all our bodies like female hormones. They mimic estrogen cells which contribute to the rampant increase in breast cancer as they proliferate freely, specifically in soft breast tissue. Xeno estrogens are responsible for a decrease in fertility in men and women and in wildlife. Between 1940 and 1999 infertility increased from 10 â€“ 25%. Decline in sperm density and a semen value decrease by 50% in the same years is due to xeno estrogens.
The natural lock and key system that allows specific substances to enter specific cells is mimicked by xeno-estrogens and allows them free access to our receptors. This in turn compromises our immune system by reducing T-cell activity. It appears that organochlorines are the worst offenders as tiny amounts create huge problems. They lead to an increase in reproductive cancer and have been found to inhibit the development of masculine traits in rat embryos. These findings are in keeping with results of studies performed over the last 30 years where male populations along with the human population are directly affected. There are more and more people whose hormone systems are off, who experience thyroid dysfunction, who have trouble conceiving, where one or both partners are not reproductively able.
The use of natural progesterone cream has been shown to balance foreign estrogens and to bring our bodies into harmony. This is one of a several paths, which together with a healthy, organic diet, clean water and trace minerals will promote protection from environmental stress.
It is important to notice that Life's Harmony was designed to allow for a slightly higher application of natural progesterone in view of such circumstances. We have added 600 mg per ounce, rather than the 500 mg standard of 20 years ago with intent of bolstering the body's natural balance. Please keep in mind that no progesterone cream however carefully formulated is single handedly able to counter these effects.
w does progesterone get into the blood stream?
Estrogen and progesterone share the same receptors. We have estrogen receptors all over the body in the fatty tissue under the skin. Since our bodies continue to produce estrogen but not progesterone, and receptor sites do not differentiate between natural and xeno estrogens, many receptor sites are full, having allowed the xeno estrogens entrance. Applying Life's Harmony, progesterone cream is an easy and highly effective way to balance the hormones at the receptor site.
When progesterone takes its place on the sites, excess estrogen is returned to the blood stream, which may be responsible for additional menopausal symptoms. Dr Lee suggests that such removal and balancing may take 1 â€“ 3 months. For women thought to be estrogen dominant, Life's Harmony is helpful in removing excess estrogen from the receptor sites and supplanting them with the balancing and beneficial progesterone. Dr. Lee says: 'In pre-menopausal women who have been progesterone deficient for years, it's common that the initial application of progesterone may cause water retention, headaches and swollen breasts â€“ symptoms of estrogen dominance. This happens because the estrogen receptors shut down by progesterone deficiency are 'waking up'. It's important to remember that these symptoms will disappear in two weeks to two to three months.' A similar effect happens to menopausal women with hot flashes and night sweats.
A few testimonials for Life's Harmony Balancing & Moisturizing Cream
Before I began using Life's Harmony, I was experiencing a receding hairline at the temples or part and it was at an alarming pace. I had gotten to the point that I have having to pull a strand over that area to cover the skin where I part my hair. Since I've been using the cream, I seem to have new hair growth in that area, about 1/2 inch long. Just so you know, I have NOT been applying the cream to my head. LOL It just seems to be a benefit of the hormones coming more into balance.
When I began to use Vital Harmony 'correctly' skipping a week and then going back on it, the first night I was back on it, I slept better than I had in years. It was so unusual that I didn't get up at night, even to go to the bathroom one time! I really do believe that to combine the X2O minerals and Life's Harmony to be the perfect products for women with PMS, going through pre-menopause, menopause, and those who are post-menopausal.
The Life's Harmony cream has virtually eliminated the uncomfortable Menopause symptoms. I have had a moustache all of my adult life. It is GONE!!! It is completely GONE....I am SO HAPPY! Rena gave a testimony on how it helped her spider veins, so I started applying it that night to mine. There are 2 that are gone and ALL of them are shrinking and becoming lighter along the way. I am thankful.
I just finished my period Saturday-and wait till you hear this. I had not taken the cream for the past two weeks and I had NO cramps!! NONE---slight twinge, but NO CRAMPS!!! Donna K.
'I noticed a beneficial change in my sleeping pattern within a few days of using the cream. During the day I felt calmer. I love how this cream moisturizes my skin, makes it feel soft and smooth. My mother had osteoporosis, and I will keep using Life's Harmony for the rest of my life, as compelling research has proved that natural progesterone is highly effective against Bone Loss.' Henriette A.
'Something different happened, since using the cream. Softer skin of the ENTIRE body, no premenstrual signs, (such as tender breasts, cramping, etc). easy blood flow (no blood clotting), healthy looking blood. Now this is very unusual and an extremely nice change. Thanks for including me in your test. I love it.' Lynn P.
'A few months ago, I fell and bruised myself very badly and I remembered that the progesterone cream would help with pain. So I applied it to the bruises on my legs and arm and not only did the pain go away, but within a few days there was no bruising at all. None!
Then very recently, I broke my wrist. It was a pretty bad break and needed surgery and a metal plate. When I came back from the hospital I applied Life's Harmony again and found that it helped with the pain a lot. I used it every day on the whole arm and I also drank lots of X2O water to speed up the healing.
When it was time to see my doctor again, he was amazed at how well I healed and how completely my bones had knitted back together. He said that he'd never seen a woman of 'my age' have such incredible results and that my body acted like that of a women in her 20's. I feel really happy about having such great products to support me at all times in my life.'
Frequent comments: Collective responses, etc.
'The improvement in my PMS is amazing, less soreness in my breasts, fewer cramps, I'm not in pain, and my flow is more regulated. I feel better, I function better and I can't wait to use this product for several cycles in a row to watch the symptoms disappear.'
'I can't believe this cream restored my libido!'
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to replace the services of a qualified health professional, nor are they intended to prevent, cure or treat any illness or disease.
Sources used for this article:
John R. Lee, MD,
- Natural Progesterone
- What your Doctor may Not Tell you About Premenopause
- What Your Doctor may Not Tell you About Breast Cancer
Betty Kamen, Ph.D.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy Yes or No?
Theo Colborn, et al
Our Stolen Future
Johnâ€™s Hopkins University research as reported by Nutra Ingredients USA 7.15.2004