Below is a question from Debbie M. in Boyertown, PA. Sometimes it is best if I answer a customer’s letter within the letter itself so it makes more sense, and this is what I am doing below...

Dear Dr. Schulze, I’m so glad you finally got your blog up and running. Thank you for your persistence. I have been a fan since I bought the book “Curing with Cayenne” and have been making the women’s formula ever since.

In my forties this formula helped with severe cramping. I just turned 55 and am now perimenopausal. My parents both have reproductive cancer. My mother has since passed from breast cancer. The doctors say it was estrogen driven. Someone in the health field told me I shouldn't take the women’s formulas because some of the herbs may have an estrogenic effect and since my mother had estrogen driven breast cancer, I should stop. Well, that scared me and I stopped about a year ago…

OK, let’s begin…

First, you say that this formula helped you with severe cramping and that you started taking it at age 40 and that you are now 55 and I am assuming that you have been taking the formula for 15 years, either straight or on and off. This all sounds good.

You also state that BOTH of your parents have reproductive cancer and that your Mom has passed away from it, and that the medical doctors said it was estrogen driven.

The first thing I did in my clinic with every patient was take a health history, which would include all of their relatives and going back to grandparents. If both of your parents have reproductive cancer, and you mother has actually died from it, this does in fact put you in a higher risk group for developing reproductive cancer, BUT, it is not a guarantee at all that you will develop cancer at all, and I am sure that you will NOT. So take a breath here, please.

If you live a very different life than your parents, physically, emotionally and spiritually, and have a very different lifestyle, then you can expect to have a very different health outcome. Basically, you can expect to be healthy and cancer-free.

Remember, your level of health is determined by your GENETICS REACTING to your LIFESTYLE, meaning, that you may be genetically predisposed to reproductive cancer, (and there is nothing that you can do about that, that's water under the bridge) but if you create a powerfully healthy lifestyle, again, not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually, well, you simply WILL NOT develop reproductive cancer. On the other hand, if you live in a similar way as your parents did, or even a lower quality or lower health lifestyle, well you can expect a similar outcome, possibly creating Reproductive Cancer.

For all of us, the best way to PREVENT genetic weaknesses (family diseases) from developing in our bodies, and the best way to pass on stronger genetic coding to our children, is to live a healthy life. I don’t want to sound like a German geneticist or Dr. “Adolph” Schulze here, but this is a very basic law of Nature. The weak become diseased and die out and the strong survive, and I want to make sure that you are strong, healthy, live long, and that we will all create stronger and healthier future generations.

OK, so good so far.

Then you say:

“Someone” in the “health field” told me I shouldn’t take the women’s formulas because some of the herbs may have an estrogenic effect and since my mother had estrogen driven cancer, I should stop. Well, that scared me and I stopped about a year ago…

They were wrong!

This is where I have a problem—‘Someone in the health field’. Just like medical doctors, there are so many people in the health field that mean well, but don’t really know what they are talking about and pass on a lot of misinformation, even real stupid suggestions and even more ridiculous treatment ideas. This is the vast MAJORITY of both medical doctors and natural health professionals.

To make things worse, the vast MAJORITY of “health practitioners” and even “natural” doctors, still THINK like medical doctors, using standard medical algorithms or thought patterns with treatments, meaning they think and treat just like medical doctors, and this is where the problem lies. Let me explain…

Herbs are just one of the many tools of Natural Healing. They are to be used along with healthy food programs, flexibility, movement and exercise programs, cleansing and detoxification routines, emotional and spiritual programs and hundreds of other positive lifestyle changes.

Herbal Medicines, when used correctly, are never used like a drug. Herbs do not act like drugs, and should not be prescribed like drugs. Many herbalists around the world, if you have a headache, would prescribe herbs for reducing pain—I definitely would not. Unfortunately most people, who practice natural medicine, do so with an allopathic or standard medical doctor’s mindset.

If you have a headache, I want to know WHY, not, I repeat NOT, just kill the pain. You can have a headache for 1,000 different reasons from tight neck muscles and stress, to constipation, toxicity, eyestrain or even a brain tumor. Pain is the way the body communicates and lets us know that something is out of balance. To tell it to shut up, and use drugs or even herbs, to make it go away without knowing why it exists is a very ignorant form of medicine that is practiced by most doctors, both Orthodox and Alternative.

The herbs in any of my Female Formulas do not contain estrogen, nor would these herbs promote any cancer in your body, nor would they promote your body to develop any cancer, in fact they will do just the opposite.

The herbs do contain nutrients that your body can use to build hormones, but only if you need them. Mostly what these herbs do, is sensitize or assist your body to be more sensitive in detecting the amount of hormones that you have created that are present in your bloodstream and then suppressing or stimulating the manufacture of them, as needed.

For instance, many of the female herbs in my Female Formulas have been found to work by increasing the sensitivity of the hypothalamus organ in your brain. It’s the hypothalamus that constantly checks your blood for hormone levels every minute of every day. If it detects that you are low in any endocrine chemical (like a hormone such as estrogen) it will release chemicals that tell your ovaries to produce more estrogen. If the hypothalamus detects that you have enough estrogen, it will release other chemicals that slow down or even stop your ovaries from producing estrogen. So you can see that these herbs do not contain estrogen, but instead sensitize your own endocrine system to produce exactly the amount of hormones, or estrogen, that your body decides that you need, not what I (or any doctor) thinks you need.

Since I don’t use herbs that actually contain estrogen, you have nothing to worry about.

Now, having said that, all animal foods, because of the huge amount of growth hormones and steroids that are used in all meat, milk and egg production, are loaded with residual growth hormones and steroids. So, when you consume animals and their byproducts, you consume large amounts of these growth hormones and steroids. The residual hormones and steroids in animal food and animal byproducts have been directly linked to the increase in reproductive cancers, including breast, uterine and ovarian in women, and prostate and testicular in men. So if you read my books and follow my work, then you already know that—especially for you with a family history of cancer—that I highly recommend a vegan food program. Even the American Cancer Society says that this will reduce your risk of cancer. So this is the FIRST place this “health practitioner” should have gone, stopping you from consuming any animal food, and left the herbal medicine advice to the herbal doctors.

Now my symptoms are crampiness and spotting almost every day. I tried going back on the formula, but I started to get slight hot flashes, so I stopped again. When I started taking it, was I just not taking enough? Now, I don’t know what to do. I’m thinking I should be taking it to balance my hormones, but don’t want hot flashes. I would love to hear your thoughts.

— Debbie M. in Boyertown, PA

OK, let me give you a few of my thoughts here…

First, relax; this is not such a big deal. I know this is very important to you, and your health, but I do not feel that you are in any serious danger, just a little bit out of balance. So it is important that you keep this in perspective.

#1: At the beginning of your letter you state that you have been ‘making’ my formulas for years—I hope this is a typo and you meant ‘taking’ my formula for years. If it is not, and you are actually ‘making’ my herbal formula, this may be the beginning of your problem. As you know, I do promote people to make their own herbal medicine if they want to. But, my concern here is that any herbal medicine that you make, can only be as powerful as the herbs you begin with. I am a fanatic; in fact, fanatic is not even close to a powerful enough word to describe how insane I am about herbal quality and my manufacturing techniques for my herbal medicine. Please, read the beginning of my catalog under why my herbal formulas are the very best. I am not tooting my own horn here, or pumping up my ego, but it is one thing to make your own herbal medicine for general use, and another thing to make it to save your life. I suggest you start using my Female Formula, at least for a while, as I know exactly how I make it. This is the exact formula that created the extremely positive results with my patients in my clinic.

#2: I definitely suggest getting some of my Female Formula and start using 2 droppersful three times a day. With an additional dose of 2 droppersful anytime you need it. And, if you are having a powerful negative symptom of menopause—like extreme hot flashes, night sweats or any other symptom—I suggest using my Female “SHOT” immediately. Then, after a period of time when you feel that your hormones are back in balance and that you are healthy again, you can feel free to start making your own herbal medicine if that is what you want to do. But at least for now, please, use my herbal medicine, until we get you healthy, strong and out of any danger.

#3: You are not your mother and you are not your father. Sure, you have inherited many of their genetic strengths and weaknesses. But remember, you do not have to live out any of their genetic weaknesses, and the best way to make absolutely sure that you do not manifest any of their, or your, genetic weaknesses is to live a much healthier lifestyle—physically, emotionally and spiritually—then your parents did. I am sure that your parents did a lot of great things; all I’m asking of you is an UPGRADE. I want you to take a good look at what your parents taught you. And then I want you to eliminate the bad, keep the good, and create a new, more healthier lifestyle for yourself then your parents did for themselves.

So stop worrying, get healthier, have fun and let’s get going on Creating Powerful Health.

— Dr. Schulze