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Natural alternatives to major surgery for women
From the Desk of Dr. Alvin Pettle MD, OBS/GYN

     For the past 20 years, I've worked as an obstetrician gynecologist at the Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto. From 1990 to 1994 I was the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1994 I went on a search for self-discovery and took six months off to find my own soul again. During that time I studied natural and preventative medicine. I came to realize that both Eastern and Western medicine must live in harmony and with each other to help prevent disease and not just treat disease once it develops. When I returned to practice gynecology, I opened The Ruth Pettle Wellness Center where health care practitioners are dedicated to practicing preventative medicine. I now tend to be more aggressive in the prevention of surgery and look first for non-invasive ways to deal with the medical condition as well as natural alternatives.

     Today, millions of women are concerned about aging and must decide whether or not to undergo synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Women are no longer willing to accept the risks associated with synthetic hormones and are searching for safer alternatives such as natural hormone replacement. Natural HRT means that the chemical make-up of the replacement hormone is the same as what the human body produces. They are bio-identical plant-derived estrogen and progesterone products that are entirely without side effects. Various dosage forms can be compounded to meet the specific needs of each woman.

     Many people benefit immensely from natural alternatives in all areas of women's health. Apart from natural hormone therapy, traditional acupuncture is often successfully used as an alternative to medications or even surgery.

     At the Ruth Pettle Wellness Center, I have the pleasure of working with Dr. Sandra Testaguzza, doctor of acupuncture who addresses imbalances due to hormonal changes in women's bodies and treats symptoms of PMS peri-menopausal and menopausal imbalances, pain and all stress- related health problems. Chinese medical thought begins with the theory of Yin and Yang. Yin represents the levels of Estrogen and Yang represents the levels of Progesterone. Acupuncture addresses these imbalances caused by hormonal change. For example, hot flashes are a consequence of the inability of Yin to restrain Yang (heat). It is the quality and quantity of energy stored in the adrenals that play an enormous role in balancing (Estrogen & Progesterone) levels, synergistically render emotional balance. That's empowerment! Acupuncture is about balance!

     Consumers must become proactive in their own health care. They should do research to help them understand and deal with their medical issues. They need to be comfortable with the decisions made on their behalf and they must be part of that decision-making process.

     Honor yourself and your intuition. Surgery may be necessary, but in many cases, you should be the judge of when and with whom.

Dr. Alvin Pettle, is a gynecologist with an integrative practice in Toronto. Dr. Pettle lectures to doctors, nurses and the public on the integrative management of PMS and menopause. He is the preeminent specialist in natural hormone therapies for women. Dr. Pettle can be reached at 416-633-4101

Dr. Sandra Testaguzza, is a doctor of acupuncture with 18 years experience, licensed by the Quebec Medical Board. She is the Women's Health Consultant at York University Wellness Center, lectures in association with Dr. Pettle and the Etobicoke General Hospital foundation. Both Doctors Pettle and Testaguzza have been featured on the Erin Davis Television Show on several occasions. For more information on acupuncture Dr. Testaguzza can be reached at 416-236-3488

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