Hello, I’m Sally. I wrote a book funky, fun, yet revolutionary and completely scientifically referenced book about menopause. Don’t buy expensive supplements. Sprouted foods are the richest source of plant hormones and you can grow them on your windowsill? My book shows how and why, it explains the history and the politics around menopause too, and it has 400 scientific references, but don’t worry I’m an ex stand up comic, which is where the funky fun comes into it

So how did an ex stand up comic come to write a menopause book? Basically my hobby was bean sprouting. I got really excited when sprouting red clover cured my hot flushes. I decided to write a small pamphlet about it. I wanted to prove everything that I said, so I started reading science papers, which were strangely more interesting than I thought! Before I knew it it was three years later, and I had written a 60,000 word book that had 400 scientific references and a proper publisher! The biggest discovery I made was a new model for how we menopause, that is ignored by the pharmaceutical industry even though its well documented in science papers (it’s used by the fertility industry who need to know the truth because they make babies). Its completely revolutionary and I realise now that the book should have been more about that but I was very focused on my bean sprouting and curing hot flushes rather than exploring all the different ways this information could be applied. The people who have read my book really love it, (see reviews) but it’s yet to become a best seller. But I’m still promoting it, I’m still sprouting myself, I’ve still got opinions about it all. I will do a sweep of the latest research every now and then and update you all.
So thank you so much for reading this and for looking for an alternative to synthetically produced hormone replacement therapy. Start growing your own HRT today, it’s really worth a try.

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I promised to update you all on my experiments with fenugreek and luscious libido, but have been reluctant to commit it to print. This is because while I genuinely think it makes a difference - and so do some of my readers - I’m on other sprouts too so how can I be sure it’s just the fenugreek alone giving me that extra zing? Luckily a new study has answered that for me. Published in Climeratic magazine, it looked at all the studies that have ever been on plant hormones and libido. (1)
They found that plant oestrogen isolated from fenugreek, macca, fennel and pine bark significantly improved sexual function which is wonderful. But only one had a positive effects on libido and that was fenugreek!
So it’s not my imagination. I don’t have to come off my other sprouts to find that out.
What makes fenugreek and its sprouts stand out from the crowd, is that it’s jam packed with ALL the different kinds of plant hormones. (2,3) Plus fenugreek also has a host of minerals such as iron and zinc, as well as high amounts of vitamin C and other trace elements. These all nudge us towards health, wellbeing and libidinousness. No wonder it was used in Greek and Roman times, as well as in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac. Right now it’s very popular in Hastings as I am getting all my friends to try it!
Test it for yourself NOW. It’s very easy to sprout some today. Your first batch will be ready in a week. It packs a powerful hormonal punch which means it’s not suitable for pregnant or lactating women. But for the rest of us, we have nothing to lose. It’s natural, it’s safe and it might well save your marriage.

Studies 1] Najaf Najafi M, Ghazanfarpour. Effect of phytoestrogens on sexual function in menopausal women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Climacteric. 2018 Aug [2] Tucci M and Benghuzzi H. Structural changes in the kidney associated with ovariectomy and diosgenin replacement therapy in adult female rats. Biomed Sci Instrum. 2003 [3] Arch Physiol Biochem. 2010 Jul;116(3):146-55. doi: 10.3109/13813455.2010.486405. Potential protective effect on key steroidogenesis and metabolic enzymes and sperm abnormalities by fenugreek steroids in testis and epididymis of surviving diabetic rats. Hamden K1, Jaouadi B, Carreau S, Aouidet A, El-Fazaa S, Gharbi N, Elfeki A.
Grow your own HRT contains scientific databases of all the foods that contain plant estrogen and plant progesterone and although soya is in there, I can tell you now it is not the top one! In terms of estrogenic effect there are at least three different sprouted foods that beat soya too.*

You can't sprout the soya we get in the West either, which is a shame because the sprouting process increases all the nutrients and the digestibility it gets rid of any antinutrients which means we can digest them more easily and their contents are more bioavailable. The fact that this takes place in the first few days of their germination means that you are creating the perfect fast food, you don't need any soil and you can sprout them on your windowsill, just like when you grew mustard and cress as a kid.

The mistake we made about soya is that some databases only look at isoflavones as plant estrogen and indeed soya then comes out on top, but that’s like having a vitamin database than only contains vitamin C! Luckily more sophisticated databases** count other kinds of plant oestrogen such as lignans and coumestans too.  My book will show you how many plant hormones you are getting in your current diet, and which foods to eat to easily boost your plant hormone levels. Plus if you use sprouted foods as a top up they have the bonus that they will also reduce the risk of you getting long term illnesses such as cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease and dementia.

This all happens without any risk of side effects too. When you grow your own HRT you can start small and build up, experiment with amounts, the way we did for thousands of years. The body naturally excretes any plant hormones we don’t use through our urine, so you can’t overdose. You really have nothing to lose. That's good because I never did like soya burgers! Refs:
* Thompson LU, Boucher BA, Liu Z, Cotterchio M, Kreiger N. Phytoestrogen content of foods consumed in Canada, including isoflavones, lignans, and coumestan. Nutr Cancer. 2006.
** Boué SM, Wiese TE, Nehls S, et al. Evaluation of the estrogenic effects of legume extracts containing phytestrogens. J Agric Food Chem. 2003

The interesting thing, for me, about 1821 is that it's 10 years after the industrial revolution started. That's when some women moved away from the countryside and stopped eating our traditional diet that included many plant hormones and interesting antioxidants. Initially, no-one believed them when they got strange flushes that no-one had heard of before, they were seen as weak and flaky city dwellers, making up symptoms and not as tough as their peasant woman sisters. Since then this phenomenem has spread around the world. Where ever women go from a traditional way of living to city life, menopause symptoms arise. It happened in Japan when modern city women started eating a westernized diet. It’s happening right now in China where women on the farms don’t get menopause symptoms but women in cities do. Traditionally, if women did suffer menopause symptoms (or indeed other menstrual problems) they turned to nature in the form of herbal medicine. We need to learn from this, we need to find ways to mimic traditional ways of living with their rich and varied diet, but yet fit them into our modern lives. This is why sprouted foods are perfect. Science has now proven that they are the richest sources of plant hormones. This is why they are used in supplements, but you can sprout these same plants on your windowsill to grow your own HRT. If we can build them into our lives the way they were for so many centuries, we will not only be giving ourselves lots of plant hormones but many other nutrients and trace elements missing from the modern diet. So the reason the word menopause wasn’t invented until 1821 was that we didn’t need it. We aged naturally and without symptoms. Before 1821 we talked of climeractic, which means transition into old age, which equally applied to men and women. How very egalitarian of them

You can grow beans in bags that you hang over your sink, you can grow seeds in trays that you keep on the windowsill or cress on food grade paper that you put on a plate. The best method for you to grow is the one that fits in with your lifestyle. My book Grow your own HRT will show you all the different sprouted foods and the ways you can grow them, the nutrients they contain, and which sprouted food is best for which menopause symptoms. As a bonus they can help prevent long term illnesses such as cancer or osteoporosis.

My book will also show you how to start growing sprouts using various items found in your kitchen.  When you feel ready to invest in some dedicated sprouting equipment have a look in your health food shop. If not, go to my shop page, that sells, food grade paper, cress sprouting packs and flax sprouting bags.

As for seeds, get organic sprouting seeds from your whole food shop. If they don't have what you need, there are many on-line suppliers or organic sprouting seeds.