A Debilitating Condition
Researchers at the Center for Research and Reproduction at the University of Virginia are looking into the causes of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that can lead to the growth of facial hair in women. Minor hair growth in women is an inconvenience but heavy growth is an anguishing, debilitating condition. About 20-30 percent of women with PCOS have the more severe form.
There are two leading theories on what causes the syndrome: an abnormality in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus that tells the ovaries to produce too much testosterone, or a problem with the ovaries that makes them produce too much male hormone.
Women with the syndrome produce about twice the amount of testosterone as other women. The fact that the hypothalamus is probably involved provides a clue to the root cause of PCOS–MSG and other excitotoxins in the food supply that disrupt the normal function of the hypothalamus, causing it to send the wrong signals to the ovaries.
Lack of vitamin A is another culprit, as vitamin A is needed for every step in the metabolic pathway from cholesterol to estrogen. Trans fatty acids interfere with appropriate hormone production. The researchers at U VA plan to spend years studying the problem but meanwhile we urge women with this condition to implement the following simple steps: take high doses of cod liver oil and completely avoid processed food.