"To Use or Not to Use Medications"; which explores whether by interfering with the body's natural adaptive ability we may run the risk of further complications.
If you have POTS or OI you may be extremely sensitive to caffeine, drugs such as cold medication and even certain substances in make-up and personal care products. In my case, I am also very sensitive to birth control pills to the point where I decided, after 3 months on a "low-dose" variety, to discontinue use.
- If we know that hormone levels can effect our renal-adrenal activity and increase/decrease POTS/OI symptoms,
- If we are concerned that interfering with our body's natural adaptive capability through medical interventions could add further complications, and
- If we know that we are very sensitive to medications (such as birth control pills), then...
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy called "Smart Guide: Hormones in the Food system". The paper describes a number of hormonal contaniments which are now in our food system such as:
- Hormone growth promoters given to food animals
- Hormone-active pesticides sprayed on food crops
- Hormone plastic additives in food packaging
- Hormone disruptors that build up in the food chain - e.g., brominated flame retardants (PBDEs)
Recommendations from the IATP for reducing the amount of artificial hormones that we ingest:
- Eat low fat meats and dairy products.
- Eat certified organic where possible
- Avoid pesticide hormones (peel your fruits)
- Use hormone-free cans and bottles (instead of plastics)
Could be good advice for anyone whose condition may include sensitivity to hormone levels. ;-)