"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~



Thursday, December 31, 2009

Great quote!

Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.
--Earl of Derby

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

PHYSICIAN FOCUS: The power of vitamin D

Another article on Vitamin D ----- I don't know if I am more aware of these articles on cloudy days, or on sunny days (like today in NC----the sky looks so pretty!). Click here to read the complete article...

Study: Ginkgo flunks test as brain booster

I've never taken Ginkgo (my doctor never recommended it, and I only take supplements that he and I have discussed and decided together will benefit me) but a lot of my friends and blog readers have told me they currently are or have taken Ginkgo Biloba thinking it would improve their cognitive function. After a six year study ---- the results are in and it does not help with brain function. Click here to read the full story from Time Magazine.

Eating smart is all in your mind

This article was in yesterday's edition of the Charlotte Observer, and I thought it was a good one to share as we go into the new year. I've taken several classes/seminars on mindful eating, and have learned something from each one. It's one of my "goals" (I hate the word resolution) for 2010, to stop and be aware of why I put something in my mouth----too often it's because I'm stressed or in pain, not because I am physically hungry.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A really interesting excerpt from The Youth Effect

Full disclosure, I maintain the Twitter and Facebook pages for Dr. Ronald Brown in Charlotte, NC. He is what I consider (and not because I am involved in a very small way with his practice) the "go to" doctor in this area for bioidentical hormones, if I were not in a practice in CA for my hormonal care, I would absolutely be seeing Dr. Brown as a patient.

For his Facebook page, I use short excerpts from his book, The Youth Effect, as postings twice a week (Dr. Brown is listed on Facebook under Dr. Ronald L. Brown if you want to "friend" him---it's pretty interesting reading). The excerpt I chose today to post really clarifies how absurd some of the criticism/concern/whining by some in the medical field about bioidentical hormones:
"Insulin is an excellent model of bioidentical hormone replacement. No one thinks twice about giving it to a patient who makes insufficient amounts of that vital hormone, but there is a lot of scuttlebutt about giving some other bioidentical hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone to people whose bodies have become deficient in those hormones." (The Youth Effect, pp41-42)

I've read Dr. Brown's book (more than once, and way before I started doing any of this social media marketing) and yet until today I didn't realize what a profound statement this is, and how well it puts some of the nonsense about BHRT from so called "mainstream" medicine practitioners right back in their court. Just thought it was important to share it with you. By the way, you can get Dr. Brown's book on Amazon.com or through Dr. Brown's office, his office number is 704-333-4817.

Growing Evidence Suggests Progesterone Should Be Considered a Treatment Option for Traumatic Brain Injuries

From ScienceDaily.com-----most of us know at least one family who has been affected by traumatic brain injury, and so many of our soldiers fighting overseas come back with brain injuries. Wouldn't it be great if progesterone (safe, relatively inexpensive and readily available) was of aid to those affected? I can tell you from personal experience that progesterone has had a positive effect on my cognitive function---before I went on BHRT in 2006, I had taken Ritalin/Concerta for over 12 years for ADD, and within three weeks of starting the progesterone cream, I was completely off the Concerta and haven't looked back.

Stack your immune system

Yes, another reminder to get your Vitamin D3 is tucked in this article from the GlobeGazette.com, but it also contains a list of foods to include in your diet --- especially this time of year when so many illnesses are going around.

I just got back from the Y, and our water fitness instructor was so sick she couldn't even talk. I appreciate her dedication, but honestly ----- folks, if you are sick, STAY HOME and don't try to infect the rest of us. Drives me nuts.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

'D' Is for Do It

My weekly reminder about Vitamin D (which, all together now, is a prohormone, not a vitamin)-----click here to read the article. As usual, the caveat is to talk to your doctor/healthcare professional, but I've been taking 5000 IUs Vitamin D3 for over 3 years, and my levels are just fine.

Wow, in many ways this quote sums up the whole bioidentical hormone issue in mainstream medicine:

"In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs."

- William Osler

Friday, December 25, 2009

Low thyroid levels linked to complicated labor: Study | TheMedGuru

Low thyroid levels linked to complicated labor: Study TheMedGuru

You learn something every day-----this article from MedGuru.com is important information if you or someone you love is pregnant or planning to get pregnant at some point.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Menopause Not Life Pause

A light, yet meaningful article today from BellaOnline.com ---- it makes you think about how we as a society and as individuals see menopause.

For those of you who celebrate the holiday season---wishing you a great day tomorrow. For those of you who don't (like me) --- hey, we only have to deal with it for a few more days!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Warning, Osteoporosis is a Threat Affecting Women With Menopause

A quick little read from 2Articles.com overviewing osteoporosis----something that should be of concern to every woman at every age. I think learning I had osteopenia about four years ago spurred me to start taking better care of myself, and I am now pleased to say that with dietary changes, a regular exercise regimen, supplements, and of course, biodientical hormones, not only do I no longer have osteopenia, but my last DEXA scan showed my bone density measurements to be comfortably in the normal range. I am thrilled, of course, as are my doctors. I fell a couple weeks ago --- pretty hard, actually, and didn't get hurt, whew!

Consumer Reports offers ways to reduce winter's health risks

The Washington Post published an article by Consumer Reports on ways to stay healthy this winter----nothing earth shattering, but some good reminders nonetheless. One caveat---check with your doctor about the amount of Vitamin D3 you need to be taking daily----the 800-1000 IUs listed in the article are woefully inadequate for many people. I take 5000 IUs daily, and here in NC, I get more sun exposure year round than my friends up north (I grew up in the Syracuse/Oswego, NY area, and I am here to tell you that the sunshine up there from October to March is minimal).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nutrition Breakthroughs Provides Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress, Sleep Better and Stay Healthy

I found this article on PR.com----some pretty good tips for coping with holiday stress, particularly in regards to eating (I shuddered when I read the part about eating 2 1/2 cups of ice cream in 5 minutes----Oh, God, I would have a headache to beat all headaches!).

Local Woman Invents "DidIt!" To Remind People to Take Medication

I have no problems remembering to take my progesterone three times a day (it took me less than a week to figure it all----probably because it makes me feel so good I'm not likely to forget) but I did have to make a concerted effort to remember a second T3 pill and Diaxinol when my doctor upped my dosage earlier this year. This morning, this article from KESQ.com popped up----I noticed it because it's local to the Palm Springs area, where my doctor practices. It's a device called "DidIt"---uses some sort of tab system on your pill/medication bottle to stay compliant with medicaiton dosing.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Today is-----

the shortest day of the year, which means two things: a) be sure to get sufficient Vitamin D, and b) tomorrow the days start getting longer, the countdown to spring is on!

Have a good week, I do not observe the Christmas season, but for those of you who do celebrate a winter holiday-----wishing you much happiness, health and peace.

Skull Bone May Hold Key To Tackling Osteoporosis

The thought has crossed my mind more than once that the skull bone, even in women/men who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis/osteopenia, is exceptionally strong. This article from RedOrbit.com discusses research being done into the skull bone, and the findings are helping researchers better understand this condition that affects half of women by the time they are in their 50's and about one fifth of men at some point in their lives. By the way, bioidentical hormones can greatly aid bone health, my last DEXA scan showed marked improvement in my levels from thre years earlier (taken just before I went on BHRT).

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Many factors contibute to low vitamin D

Now, you KNEW I would have a Vitamin D article sometime around now----after all, tomorrow is the first day of winter (such as it is here in NC) and also the shortest day of the year (yay----starting Tuesday, the days get longer!). This article from the Missulian.com has some good information about Vitamin D, it's benefits, how to get your levels tested, and more. Good reading.

Leptin May Be the New Key to Effective Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention

This article from Healthnews.com is one of many I have gotten on my newsfeeds this week ----- a potentially important discovery in the relationship between leptin and Alzheimer's Disease. I know it's something most women of peri/menopausal age worry about, either with aging parents, or with themselves, particularly when menopausal symptoms like brain fog become so troublesome.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Health and Well-Being: Stress interrupts a good night's sleep

It's ironic that I am posting this article from Newburyportnews.com today----I have been up since about 5:30 am! I did, however, sleep fairly well up until then (sleep issues are a chronic challenge for me, although with the melatonin I do much better than I did). Sleep is important at every time of the year, but it's especially important to get adequate rest this time of year when so many of us are burning the candle at both ends.

Hope my blog readers on the East Coast stay safe during this weekend's snowstorm---my area of NC only got about 1-2" of snow, but the storm is heading up the coast and sounds like it will be a whopper. Don't get out in it if you don't have to!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Health Tip: These Symptoms May Indicate Uterine Fibroids

I get asked a lot about how I knew I had uterine fibroids (that necessitated a hysterectomy in 2002---I wish I had known then what I know now about BHRT). I ran across this article on Yahoo Health News----thought I would share it with you----it lists a number of the symptoms of uterine fibroids.

Pregnant Women can Read Emotions with more Accuracy

I realize most of the women reading this blog are not pregant (nor do they wish to be at this stage of life) but I was fascinated by this article from Topnews.com (UK site) ----- it says that elevated levels of progesterone cause women to be able to read others facial emotional cues better than women who are not pregant or men (who do not have as much progesterone at any time in their lives). This makes me curious as to whether women who are taking supplemental progesterone (like me) are also better able to read a person's face. I've always had a heightened sense of intuition (even before progesterone supplementation) ----- and trust me when I tell you I tend to be very sensitive (sometimes to the point of being annoying.)

Those of us in the Southeast are bracing for a possible "snowstorm" of 2-4 inches of snow---and around here, that's a big flippin' deal! I'm originally from Upstate NY (Central NY) where we measure snow in feet, so I'm bemused by all the hysteria in the local media about the storm. That being said, if it does snow, I will be staying huddled in the house, as people in this part of the country do not know how to drive in bad weather. No worries for me, I actually enjoy an "in" day every once in a while-----I have plenty of projects to keep me busy, from researching blog articles, to cleaning/organizing the bookcases, to at least three knitting projects in the works! Bored is not a word in my vocabulary. Stay safe everyone, you will know the storm hits either tomorrow or Saturday if you see about a half dozen articles posted on the blog(s).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Menopause increases bad cholesterol levels

Short but informative article from Presstv.com ----- menopause can increase the LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. As always, talk to your health care practitioner about this!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Alternative Medicine Took a Beating in 2009

Oh, boy, when I first came across this article in LiveScience.com I was sure they were going to slam bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (they didn't). I found the article interesting reading, however, so I thought I would share it with you.....click here to read. Leave me a comment if you have found relief utilizing any of the therapies listed!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Exercise can help overcome stress of holidays

I don't think anyone is saying that exercising your way through this season will completely eliminte your holiday stress----but it can help. I don't celebrate the holiday season at all, but since I live in a very conservative, "what do you mean you don't celebrate Christmas, I've never heard of that" part of the country, I get very, very stressed this time of year. I find keeping a regular routine really helps, I workout my normal 6 days a week, even if it means I do a workout at home when the gym isn't open or classes are cancelled (just found out we have not water aerobics classes on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve----damn). Check out this article from the Oregon Statesman-Journal.com on exercise and holiday stress.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Shedding Light on Sunny LA's Vitamin D Deficiency

From HuffingtonPost.com-----even if you live in a sunny part of the country----you need to be aware of Vitamin D levels! Check out this article.

You Need Your SLEEP

Why does this have anything to do with hormones-----read the article from Foryourhealth.com. All the bioidentical replacement in the world will not bring you back to optimal health if you are only getting a few hours of sleep a night. Trust me on this one----

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bright Ideas for Treating the Winter Blues

One of the many reasons I moved from Upstate NY to North Carolina was the severity of the winters in NY---I truly suffered from SAD (seasonal affective disorder). There were times when I wasn't able to get out of the house for 3-5 days a time, and I finally made the decision that I was not going to spend the rest of my life that way. As I write this, my NY friends are suffering the effects of the nasty winter storm hitting the Northeast-----I do not miss it at all. It was serendipidous that this article on seasonal affective disorder and its treatments (I still have my SAD light, but don't use it anymore as we get far more sunlight in NC than in NY in December, January and February) came across my newsfeed this morning----it's from the Wall Street Journal----click here to read it.

Adrenal glands awaken the body to stress

From the National.com-----an overview of adrenal fatigue (which I have a particular interest in because I have it----mostly from chronic pain from a car accident many years ago.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The verdict is----

Some of you who have been reading my blog for a while will remember this story (I posted about it over the summer) ---- this guy in got caught smuggling over the counter progesterone cream (which is apparently illegal in Canada----I need some clarification on prescription progesterone cream----I'm pretty sure it is legal as long as it is by prescription and compounded at a pharmacy). Well, he's been "sentenced"----no jail time, just a fine. Read the story by clicking here!

Two articles from the Charlotte Observer this morning...

The first article caught my eye on the front page----NC has added information to their website about doctors' malpractice judgements. Here's the link to the article---I included it on the blog because I constantly harp to blog readers/email correspondents the importance of checking out any new physician (BHRT doctor or otherwise) with the state medical board!

The next article is a little off topic, but still health related. Most of my blog readers are over 40 (there are exceptions) and as we know, the older we get the more likely we are to experience pain----and chronic pain can be debilitating. I am constantly amazed by the number of people who have significant pain issues (back/neck, etc) that refuse to go see a pain management specialist. You would be amazed at the modalities now available to help. I'm blessed--my own pain management physician is FABULOUS, and I don't even have to travel far to see him. His name is Dr. Mark Hines at Southlake Spine and Sports Center in Huntersville, NC (just north of Charlotte) and his number is 704-894-9800. If you are anywhere in the Piedmont area of NC, or even into the northern part of SC, he is absolutely worth the trip, he has done more to help me than even the doctors at the Mayo Clinic or the Cleveland Clinic. The Observer had an article this morning in their Health/Wellness section about getting help with chronic pain---good reading----check it out by clicking here.

Menopausal Women of the Bay Area Hormone Replacement Therapy Relief Found at Koshland Pharm: Custom Compounding Pharmacy in San Francisco

I'm a fan of Peter Koshland's blog - The Compounder - he has great information on bioidentical hormone therapy. We've corresponded several times. I'm happy to share with you the press release about the opening of his new compounding pharmacy - click here to access the article. Good luck Peter, hope your new venture is a great success!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Don’t Miss Out on 3 Health Benefits of Strength Training

Good article from HealthOutlook.com ------- I get in two weight workouts a week, I really need to bump it up to three!

Huge Loss for Synthetic Hormones in Court Case

Go, Dr. Dach! Click here to read his take on the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals/Premarin court case...

Female Hormones - How are they Affecting Me?

From Empowher.com ----- good article on the effects of estrogens on our bodies throughout our lives. Click here to read the article...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Hidden Dangers Of Pre-Menopausal Mammography

Another perspective on the controversy surrounding mammogram guidelines for women in their 40's ---- check out this article on The Huffington Post.

Popular diet product recalled in US amid bacteria fears

A little off topic, but potentially a safety issue for some of my blog readers. Check out this product recall (Slim Fast) from Yahoo News!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hormone replacement therapy tied to mental benefits

My usual caveat is talk to your doctor----but I absolutely disagree with the part of this article from Reuters that states that women should use the lowest dose of hormone therapy (the dose should be a physiological dose, what works for one woman does not necessarily work for another) and for the shortest possible time (I plan to take bioidentical hormones for the rest of my life---I doubt that as I reach my late 50's and early 60's that I am going to spontaneously start generating hormones again---good grief). The bioidentical hormones do so much more than alleviate menopausal symptoms, as my blood work, DEXA scan results will attest. I know without a doubt the progesterone (bioidentical) that I take has helped with mental clarity.

Menopause & Anorexia: Why Later Life Eating Disorders are on the Rise

I (like most people) didn't realize that anorexia/eating disorders really occured in middle age women----so I found this article on Empowher.com to be quite interesting. Click here to read it...

Knowing What’s Worth Paying for in Vitamins

Ugh. On the one hand, The NY Times is telling us that the chain stores are a good place to purchase vitamins, and on the other hand, most of our doctors are telling us that we need to purchase "pharmaceutical grade" vitamins (at a much higher cost.). I try really hard to find a balance, my vitamin bill is over $250 per month and it is killing my budget. One supplement, Cortisol Manager, is over $40 per month alone.

I'm sharing this article with you to make you think, question your doctor/health care practitioner/pharmacist about what you need to be taking (and don't be afraid to have an honest discussion with your doctor about the costs involved in vitamins---I know sometimes they aren't really aware of how quickly the costs add up!) I do have a personal recommendation---I have had good success with ordering from Total Discount Vitamins (no, they are not paying me to tell you this----I just did my research online)---be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get special monthly discount codes. They have good prices on my Diaxinol (glucose support) and the above mentioned Cortisol Manager. Leave me a comment if you have good online pharmacy recommendations!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cookie recipes!

Off topic today. I do not celebrate/observe the holiday season (thus the very generic blog background this month) but I know that many/most people do observe some sort of holiday at the end of the year. I used to love to bake (broke that habit when I moved south and decided to make at least an attempt to eat healthier). I had several requests from my friends for my cookie recipies, so this afternoon I posted my five favourite recipies on my Needle Notes blog ---- click here if you are in the mood to bake this weekend! I'll be back to blogging about bioidentical hormones and related topics tomorrow (I did not sleep well at all last night so I am not very functional today). Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Discomfort food: How to calm carb cravings

Oh, I need to read (and reread, and reread) this article from NationalPost.com----click here to read!

In Fibroid Surgery Patient's Weight Not Linked To Success

From MedicalNewsToday.com-----I know many of us have/had uterine fibroids, so this article may be of interest to you. Click here to read the entire article....

Menopause-cardiology consensus statement on cardiovascular disease and on HRT

Important reading for those of us "younger" menopausal women---click here to read the article.

Kids work their apps, not abs

The percentage of children who are Vitamin D deficient is staggering, and is likely to have long term consequences on their health. This article from the Myrtle Beach Sun popped up on my newsfeed this morning and I thought it was interesting enough to share with you. Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Check this out!

I know all of us have been touched by breast cancer in some way, this video is really cool. Check it out!

Custom Compound Pharmacy Has Meds for Thyroid Medication During Mfg Backorder

Peter Koshland has a great blog on bioidentical hormones and related matters, and he has recently opened his own pharmacy in San Francisco. If you are one of the patients who is taking Armour (thyroid medication) and having trouble getting it (there's a big shortage), check out this article----it can be compounded.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk of stroke, heart disease and death, finds study

You know it wouldn't be a complete week without a post on Vitamin D (altogether now, it's a prohormone, not a vitamin)----this week's article is from medical-news.net----check it out by clicking here.

Hormone Boosts For Men Get A Test

From PharmaLive.com---read this article to the guy in your life.

Menopause-Cardiology Consensus Statement On Cardiovascular Disease And On HRT

My only comment on this article from RedOrbit.com is that it is absolutely crucial that you not only talk to your doctor about hormonal therapy (assuming your doctor knows what he/she is talking about----and sadly, in some cases that's a huge IF) and that you get a hormone panel done to assess your level of hormone deficiency. Too many women telling me that their doctors are just sticking an estrogen patch on them without doing any blood work (a lot of women are estrogen dominant----I'm one of them---my estrogen levels are still premenopausal), but many are deficient in progesterone. I know the progesterone cream cured my hot flashes in about 3 days. Talk to your doctor, and if you feel your doctor has insufficient knowledge/interest in balancing your hormones bioidentically, then you need to find another doctor. Email me if you want a list of resources to help you find a doctor/compounding pharmacy in your area.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Natural way to combat ovarian cysts

From the NewStraitTimes.com----good overview of polycystic ovary syndrome. Interesting reading---click here!

Volunteers wanted for hot flash study

This might interest you if you are living in the Midwest: from the Springfield, MO Leader newspaper----a chance to participate in a study on hot flashes. Click here to read more.....

Female Sexual Dysfunction: Myth or Malady?

You will never convince me that female dysfunction is not real----I know from personal experience, and that of the many women I have talked to that loss of libido around the time of peri/menopause is one of the most common complaints among women. Bioidentical hormone balance makes a big difference, and a little testosterone cream works wonders. Time Magazine looks at the issue in this article.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Good quote on this weekend of Thanksgiving......

"There are moments on most days when I feel a deep and sincere gratitude, when I sit at the open window, and there is a blue sky or moving clouds."

- Kathe Kollwitz

In Search of Their Own Elixir of Love

I'm a firm believer that bioidentical hormone replacement can restore libido, in fact, with the ladies I correspond with, it is often mentioned as one of the significant benefits of balanced hormones. This article in the NY Times caught my eye, it gives me hope that more doctors/practitioners are at least recognizing that a woman's sex life isn't over at menopause. It makes me so mad that most insurances will cover Viagra for men, but often will not cover female sexual dysfunction in women.

Friday, November 27, 2009

This is a hoot!

If you are not already subscribing to Mary Shomon's About.com Thyroid newsletter----you are missing out on important, educational material about the spectrum of thyroid dysfunction. Her books are on my list of recommended reading, and I am very grateful for her, as I am hypothyroid myself and she has taught me a great deal. When I opened her newsletter this morning, this article popped up, a lighthearted look at thyroid and Thanksgiving (bet you didn't know they went together---see, I am here to educate you!) There's a link at the bottom of the article to write to the author---I did to tell her how much I enjoyed her take on the holiday. Have a great day, everyone, I am off to the gym, then home to watch a Law and Order Marathon (one of my guilty pleasures) while I catch up on stuff around the house-----no shopping for me today (or until the holidays are over!)

Getting more bang for your buck

You are likely asking why I am including an exercise article on the blog----but exercise is an important part of getting healthy (just ask me, I'm not dragging my butt to the gym five-six days a week because I like sniffing the locker rooms!) This article from TheProvince.com has an interesting piece of information about how exercise can affect the cortisol levels (I have a particular interest in this because I have adrenal fatigue). Have a great day everyone, get out there and burn off those Thanksgiving calories---either by exercising or shopping (not this girl, I don't celebrate/observe Christmas so I stay FAR away from the stores until the first of the year!)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Vitamin D Deficiencies Rise as Winter Arrives

I think of this almost every day now when I see the sun go down so early----winter increases the risk of Vitamin D deficiency, not only because the days are shorter, but also because the sun when it is out is not as strong, and we tend to spend more time indoors in the colder weather. Check out this article from the Examiner.com.

Middle Aged Women with a Wider Waist Could Be at Higher Risk for Dementia

This is enough to scare me into not snacking on junk food-----check out this article from betterhealthresearch.com (one of my friend's husband was diagnosed with dementia this spring at the age of 61, so it's always a least a little on my mind.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Would you change your diet for good sex?

(Yep, I was right, that got your attention!) From the TucsonCitizen.com----click here to read about 10 foods that may help your body balance your sex hormones. Good balance means better sex.

Flaxseed and bone health

I take flaxseed oil every day----in capsule form. For those of you who like nuts, try grinding up some flax seed and add it to a protein shake/smoothie (I just don't happen to like nuts!) Flaxssed contains Omega 3 oils, important to bone health ---- click here to read more from DrCutler.com.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Drugmakers Get Double Dose of Bad News Over Hormone-Replacement Therapy Products

Ouch. Click here to read the article.....

Hormone Therapy: Synthetic Progestins Are Not The Same As Progesterone

Important reading for all interested in bioidentical hormone therapy----I can't tell you how many doctors I have heard on TV or in the print media flatly say that progesterone and progestin are the same thing---NO THEY AREN'T! Check out this article by Dr. Northrup from The Huffington Post.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Menopause - No More A Taboo

Heads up, this article is from the Malaysian National News Agency.....but I thought it provided an interesting perspective on how we are seeing menopause and aging issues as a planet, not just how we see them in the US. I think it's kind of neat to know that women in other countries are starting to become more aware of an interested in their health (and that their husbands are willing to join them at menopause seminars!). I enjoyed reading it, it made me feel good, and I hope it has the same effect on you.

Do Statin Drugs Cause Vitamin D Deficiency?

I went to a terrific bioidentical hormone seminar a couple weeks ago, and one of the issues discussed was how the statin drugs for lowering cholesterol should be taken with a CoQ10 supplement---many doctors still don't know this. Now this article from stopagingnow.com (they sell supplements--I'm not endorsing them as I do not know anything about them) asks if the statin drugs are causing a Vitamin D (which is really a prohormone) deficiency, which in turn is causing the muscle aches so commonly associated with the statin drugs. Interesting reading!

Testosterone, Menopause, and Heart Disease

This morning's article is from EmPowHer.com ----- discusses the role of testosterone, menopause and heart disease. An important issue, check it out by clicking here, and be sure to discuss this with your physician.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Peace of Mind or Power of Me

Dr. Oz weighs in on the mammogram controversy----click here to check it out!

Check this out on Facebook!

Good morning, everyone! I know some of you are active on Facebook (including me---as Holy Hormones, of course) and I wanted to let you know----Dr. Ronald L. Brown has a Facebook page that you will want to check out. Dr. Brown is a physician here in Charlotte, and he wrote what I consider to be one of the best books on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy --- The Youth Effect (it's available on Amazon.com). Dr. Brown is considered the "go to" practice here in Charlotte for BHRT. Dr. Brown's page twice weekly posts excerpts from his book---some good, solid information included. If you aren't already on Facebook----click here and get started!

Oh, goodness, I just got FIVE new hormone/health books yesterday in my Amazon.com order---it will keep me busy for the next couple months reading, studying and reviewing for the blog (I don't celebrate the holiday season, so I will have extra time to read and study in December). I will post reviews of the books as I finish them. Hope everyone has a great Saturday planned, I am off to meet a friend at another friend's church bazzar---maintaining friendships and having fun is as important to my overall health as is my hormone and vitamin protocol!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New study questions effectiveness of popular cholesterol drugs

This has gotten a lot of press this week----an article from the WashingtonPost.com. I know it's not exactly hormone related (but as an aside, the bioidentical hormones also got my cholesterol way down) but my guess is at least a few of my blog readers either are taking one of these meds themselves, or know someone who is.

A screening change based on evidence

I know, the news of the last two days has been alarming, confusing, contradictory-----oh, you haven't been listening to the news? Well, new recommendations are out regarding mammograms (the only better timing would have been if they had released this last month durng breast cancer awareness month!). There will likely be a flood of articles out (I'm 51, due for my next mammogram in January 2010----and I'm not even going to pester Dr. Carr with the quesiton until the first of the year---I bet his email is flooded right now with inquiries)--but this one from the NewsandObserver.com caught my eye---it's an opinion piece written by a female Duke University oncologist.

Women and Depression, Part I

It's well known that depression affects more women than men, and it is also well known that hormones play a significant role in depression. Sadly, I am finding out how many women, when they try to talk to their doctors about peri/menopause issues, especially hormone balance, are handed a prescription for an antidepressant as a way to get them out of an office quickly. I saw this article in this morning's Baltimore Sun that I thought was important to share (especially around the holiday time when depression often increases)----click here to read. Have a good day, everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Heart and bone risk from low vitamin D

Another reason to take Vitamin D----check out this article from UPI.com. It's funny how so many of these articles show up on my newsfeed on days that I need to be extra vigilant about taking my Vitamin D ---- no sunshine here in NC, and it's pouring down rain.

Yoga for Hot Flashes

I've heard about this before-----check out this article from EmPowher.com. I have done yoga off and on throughout my life, and I really need to get back to it (with some modifications---bad back). It really helps to center me, if only for the time that I am doing it (I have attention deficit disorder, and although the progesterone creams helps tremendously----enough to get off the Concerta I took for years). This would be the perfect time for me to get back to yoga as I need all the centering I can get-----I don't celebrate or observe the holidays, so the Christmas music in the stores (since Halloween!) drives me straight. up. the. wall. If you use yoga (either for hot flashes, or just your form of exercise, etc.) leave me a comment!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Town Center Pharmacy, Palm Desert, CA

As most of you know, my hormone physician is in Southern CA, and I generally have my hormones compounded at Town Center Pharmacy in Palm Desert, CA. I have generally recommended them to those who have asked-------but I will no longer do so, as they have, for a second time, screwed up my order. I was very specific and clear when I placed a phone order to them last week, the order arrived today and they messed it up-----sent me progesterone cream that I do not need (and this really is a problem since progesterone has a limited shelf life and then starts losing potency). Anyone can make a mistake once, but twice, on something so important-----now I will not recommend them anymore. As I stated in an email to my doctor, I'm glad Suzanne Somer's approves of Town Center Pharmacy (they are now listed in the back of her latest book) because I sure as hell don't!

Meditation Halves Risk of Heart Attack

Good grief-----this article is eye opening! It's from Sciencemag.org, and details a study that shows that for those who have existing coranary disease can cut the risk of another cardiac event in half by incorporating meditation and relaxation techniques into their routine. I do not have any heart problems, but this article is enough to get me back on track meditating consistently. By the way, did you know that you can download a lot of meditation podcasts free on ITunes (I love my IPod and IPhone). Just thought I would share that with you. Have a great, meditative day, everyone!

The other side of the story on bioidenticals

If you do not already subscribe to the Women in Balance newsletter-----I urge you to do so, as you will get some great information presented in a logical, easy to read manner. Check out this article ---- it's a terrific rebuttal to some of the negative press that BHRT has been getting lately in the "mainstream media".

Monday, November 16, 2009

5 things you need to know to put the brakes on aging!

Some pretty good tips in this article from ABC15.com (Arizona ABC affiliate), click here to check it out!

What You Don't Know About Osteoporosis

From the Huffiington Post----good article with lots of information about how bioidentical hormones affect the risk of osteporosis. I was diagnosed with osteopenia three years ago, but my most recent DEXA (bone density scan) showed that not only do I no longer have osteopenia, but that my bone density is comfortably in the normal range now. I was a very happy girl, and my doctors were thrilled too!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hormone replacement not option for woman experiencing hot flashes

It's a good thing I take progesterone (keeps me calm) because reading this article from the Hattiesburgamerican.com website has got to be one of the most factually incorrect, ignorant statements by a doctor regarding bioidentical hormone therapy. It's so stupid it would be funny---except a lot of women may read it and believe it. As soon as I finish this post, I plan to write a comment to the paper. Deep breath, calm down.

Is Drinking Tea or Coffee the Smarter Choice?

I'm not a coffee drinker (my bad habit is still drinking too much diet soda----I'm working on it but I swear the stuff is as addictive as crack) but I thought this article from foodconsumer.org would interest you----and if you are wondering what this has to do with hormones---read the article, especially the part about adrenal fatigue, progesterone and estrogen dominance.

Menopause and the life cycle of your bones

I've been looking for a while for an article that explains (in terms laypeople can understand) the process of osteoporosis (and its precursor osteopenia) in menopausal women. This article from Canada.com does just that----check it out, and have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Two worthy supplements

From the Westlibertyindex.com----an article detailing the benefits of fish oil and Vitamin D3. I take both---ask your doctor about what supplements are right for you!

Desire Drug May Prove Sex Really Is All in Her Head

(sigh) Here's a case where a drug company has spent who knows how many millions of dollars to create a drug for a problem that can be corrected by the correct (bioidentical) hormone therapy replacement. Check out this article from Bloomberg News.

Black men at higher risk of false positives in prostate testing

This is a quick little article from WKOW that may affect someone you love----a University of Wisconson study shows that black men have a higher incidence of false positive PSA blood test levels (an indicator of prostate cancer). Just something to be aware of.....hae a great weekend, everyone!

Friday, November 13, 2009

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Vitamin D may help in the battle with diabetes

This article from the HeraldReview.com comes with the usual caveats-----check with your doctor, as any Vitamin/prohormone (which is what Vitamin D really is -- a prohormone, not a vitamin) can intereact with medications, other supplements, etc.

BioIdentical Hormone Disinformation From AP Medical Writer, Marilynn Marchione

IMPORTANT READING!!!!! Dr. Jeffrey Dach is one of the nation's most outspoken advocates for bioidentical hormone therapy, and in this article from OpEdNews.com, he rips apart an article written recently by an AP medical writer, Marilyn Marchione (you more than likely have read it, it has appeared in newspapers all over the country). If you are looking for some good talking points to fend off your friends, family, colleages and sadly, even a lot of healthcare professionals who disapprove of your decision to take BHRT---take notes while you are reading this article.

How a bar of dark chocolate a day could cut your stress levels

Honestly, this is nothing really new---but since it's Friday, I wanted to start your weekend off right. I am more a fan of milk chocolate (oh, boy, am I a fan of milk chocolate), but I have been making a concerted effort that when I do need a piece of chocolate to eat the dark stuff. I have found Trader Joe's dark chocolate bars to be a very deep, rich chocolate, so a small piece is satisfying. Click here to read the article from the Mailonline.com (based in the UK).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Vitamin D and you

If you were experiencing first hand how rainy and dreary the weather in Charlotte has been this week, you would know why I am so into Vitamin D3 articles this week! This one if from the blog Crazy Sexy Life and is written by Dr. Frank Lipman. Great information about Vitamin D levels, how much to take, how often to test, symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency (I get asked this question a lot!). Click here to check it out-----I'm off to the gym for a workout!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women rises steeply with age

I'm not sharing this article from e!sciencenews.com to scare you----just as a gentle reminder to take care of your bone health so that you minimize your risk of hip fractures as you age (you did take your Vitamin D3 today, right?) Have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Suzanne Somer's Book Knockout

I got a copy of Suzanne Somer's latest book Knockout from the library, and read most of it. I will tell you that some of it is quite honestly, over my head, and I read a lot of health books/articles/websites, mostly as they relate to bioidentical hormone therapy. I watched Ms. Somer's interview on Larry King Live, and thought she got nailed big time by the two "conventional" doctors on the show. I was especially struck by the doctor who asked her what a "43" meant in terms of her immune system, she stumbled over the answer and finally just said "it's means my immune system is strong".

I am also somewhat troubled by the opening chapters in her book where she details her "full body cancer" scare, and her misdiagnosis by six doctors. I guarantee you that if 6 doctors in one hospital misdiagnosed me and I had as high a public profile as Ms. Somer's does----I would be on every talk show in America listing the hospital, the doctors, you name it. Full page ads in a bunch of newspapers-----I would be out for blood. I am all too well aware of what screw ups there are in the medical profession, sadly, I've been to a few (which is why I am so adamant about women checking out any new doctor). I think the public would be educated by Ms. Somers and these six doctors coming together to talk about how her case was handled. I'm not holding my breath that it's going to happen.

If I were to be diagnosed with cancer, I know that I simply could not, on a limited, fixed income, afford the alternative treatments that Ms. Somer's is detailing in this new book. Most people of modest means are struggling to maintain the health care they have, and sadly, too many have no coverage at all ----- I have gotten no less than 50 emails in the last several months from women who are feeling terrible effects of peri/menopause, and yet they feel stuck because they can't afford some of the very high professional fees charged by some of the doctors who are (or claim to be) experts in bioidentical hormones. I have detailed before that most of the doctors who work with bioidentical hormones (including my personal physician) do not take insurance of any kind----because the insurance companies generally will flatly refuse to pay for hormonal balance (unless it's a five minute office appointment to get a prescription for pregnant mare's urine---synthetic hormones). I am furious at how close minded, obstinate, and ignorant the US medical community is about the issue of bioidentical hormone replacement. and I bless my hormone doctor every day for being progressive enough to "think out of the box" and want his patients to feel well without the toxicity of the myriad of prescription drugs that are all too often routinely prescribed. I hope that in time this attitude by the mainstream medical community will change, and I hope I live long enough to see it --- another reason to down that handful of vitamins every day.

I have both praised Ms. Somer's for her tireless advocacy in bringing the subject of biodentical hormones to the forefront, and cricitized her sometimes "over the top" attitude that a) makes a lot of women who might want to take BHRT give up before they start because they think this is a therapy only available to women of means, b) antagonizes a lot of doctors into digging in their heels on the issue of bioidentical hormones, and c) sometimes makes her look like she feels superior to those who are not proponents of BHRT. I have said more than once on this blog that I have read Ms. Somer's books on hormone therapy, but that my preference for women who ask me to recommend books is to provide them with book titles that have been written by physicians and other healthcare professionals.

I'm providing you with two links to articles today, both from The Daily Beast. The first link is to an article written by Suzanne Somers, and the second is, shall we say, an opposing viewpoint written by Gerald Posner. Have a great, hormonally balanced day, everyone!

If you are following me on Twitter---

I believe my account has been corrupted, I have gotten four messages from people saying I sent them a direct message (DM) and they don't understand it-----I have not sent anyone a direct message in over 4 months. Sorry for the confusion, apparently it's a Twitterwide problem.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Viagra, Cialis, Levitra Recommended Over Hormones for Impotence

Well, if this physician's group thinks more research needs to be done on hormonal treatments for impotence, why don't they convince their friends at Pfizer, Eli Lily, and Bayer to pony up the funds for the research---then they could PROVE their expensive drugs are more beneficial than bioidentical hormone therapy. Yeah, right, I have a better chance of seeing God on a pony ride down Interstate 77 than that happening (I am so sick of big Pharma and their crap). Click here to read the article on Bloomberg that has me dripping sarcasm.

Durango Herald News, Finding a cause of sleep problems

Durango Herald News, Finding a cause of sleep problems

Low sex drive? Testosterone gel could help -- or not

From the Twin Cities.com website----$45,000,000 will be spent over the next few years to study whether testosterone gel will help men with low energy or low sex drive. Doctors who are experts in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy already know how important adequate testosterone levels are for men AND women---------and compounded testosterone cream is way less expensive than the pharmaceutical products you see in the commercials. You want to start controling health care costs----oh, don't get me started.

Doctors start to include vitamin D in fight against cancer

There is much debate about using Vitamin D as a tool in cancer prevention---this article from the Globe and Mail is just one of many that have crossed my desk the last couple weeks. The usual caution to check with your doctor about the amount of Vitamin D you need to be taking---the recommendations vary wildly (although I must say that the 1000 IU's listed in this article seem low, especially since the study was done in Canada, which is far enough north of the equator that it is widely thought that Vitamin D levels are almost always insufficient because of the lack of sunshine in the winter months). Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any vitamin to your regime (I personally just downed 5000 IU's of Vitamin D3 about five minutes ago with my protein shake).

Age, not menopause, to blame for broken bones

I've had several women who went through early menopause ask if it will lead to increased risk of osteoporosis---I think all of us worry about hip fractures as we age. Click here to check out an article on ABC News on the subject.

5 Ways To Lower Your Medical Bills

With or without insurance---health care bills (particularly for complementary treatments like bioidentical hormones) are a stress on most of us. My policy went up $70 per month in September and it is making me nuts---and worried how much more it's going to go up each year. This article from Healthgrades.com details five ways to lower your medical bills---good reading. Have a great Monday!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Watch for depression during and after menopause

I'm sure none of you will be surprised by the study findings detailed in this article from Reuters---I'm here to tell you that my depression was greatly alleviated by bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. I had been on a succession of antidepressants since the mid 1990's, and after I started the progresterone cream in 2006---within four months I was able to get off (and stay off ) any antidepressant medication. I'm not saying antidepressants are never warranted---but most women in peri/menopause have a hormone deficiency, not a Lexapro/Prozac/Effexor deficiency.

Sunshine vitamin stirs new debate

From the Washington Times----a lengthy, but comprehensive article on Vitamin D (which, by the way, is a prohormone, not a vitamin) and its effects on the body. I for one plan on getting out today and enjoying the sunshine of NC---it's a beautiful day here!

Doctors, Patients Disagree Over Safety of Bioidentical Hormones

This is one of those articles that makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. It's from the Fox News affiliate in Springfield, MA. Per usual, it talks about the controversy over BHRT, and of course, quotes a doctor against it, this time Baystate Medical Center's Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Dr. Cynthia Sites. "I don't think there's any reason to think that any of them are safer. A hormone is a hormone, whether it comes from a plant or it's synthesized in a lab." says Dr. Sites. Despite all of the studies that clearly show bioidentical hormones to be safer and work more effectively (with less risk) than synthetic hormones ---- this doctor still recommends traditional hormone replacement therapy. I wish there was an emoticon that could effectively convey me rolling my eyes.

PS--I swear to you, some day I am just going to snap and bite the next arrogant doctor that tells me a hormone is a hormone. Just thought I would share.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Associated Press declares war on alternative medicine (opinion) by Mike Adams the Health Ranger

Associated Press declares war on alternative medicine (opinion) by Mike Adams the Health Ranger

A dose of vitamin D a day keeps the doctor away

This article from Tulsaworld.com is important reading for everyone---diabetic or not! Remember to get Vitamin D3 (as stated in the article) as it is the most useable form of Vitamin D (how ironic, I just heard that at a BHRT seminar this morning!)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Anothere milestone!

The Holy Hormones blog is now over 15,000 hits ----- as always, you ladies rock, and I have much to be thankful, especially your support. Have a great, healthy weekend!

Scientific evidence found linking second-hand smoke exposure to pre-menopausal breast cancer

Another reason to avoid people who smoke....check out this article from News-Medical.net.

Battling the Winter Blues: dealing with S.A.D

I have a lot of experience with Seasonal Affective Disorder----I used to live in Upstate NY, where seeing the sun between late October and about mid-April is a rare occurence (no, seriously---it's really gloomy up there!) I even used to use a special light every morning to help with it. I'm much better now that I live in NC, and of course, the bioidentical hormones and the handful of supplements (including Vitamin D) I take every day are very helpful. This article is important reading ----- especially for those of you who live in harsher climates in the Northern half of the country.

Obesity linked to specific cancers

From USA Today.com-----it's pretty self explanatory. I've lost a lot of weight, but still have a ways to go----time to go read one of my mindful eating books again! Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

NIH Looking for a Few Good Old Men with Low Testosterone to Join Clinical Trial

From SeniorJournal.com----this may be of interest to your spouse, parent or other loved one. At the bottom of the article are a list of 12 sites where the study is taking place, along with phone numbers for more information.

Get the best menopause advice from your GP

This article orginated in the United Kingdom (England)---but there's some good, sound advice no matter where you live. I have long advocated and encouraged women to do their research on menopause, bioidentical hormones, etc. and write down their questions to take into the doctor. I further encourage women that if their doctor blows them off-----time for a new doctor. I wish I hadn't wasted so much time with a couple of doctors who blew me off, but I am very grateful to now have two doctors who think I am important enough to be taken care of with dignity and respect.

Does Vitamin D Improve Brain Function?

God, I hope it does (being menopausal and ADD in the same lifetime is uh----a challenge!) Scientific American's article on the subject is fascinating reading ------but here's the problem: if you are cognitively impaired, are you going to be able to remember to take the Vitamin D that will improve your cognitive function (I'm playing devil's advocate here---sometimes my sarcastic sense of humour doesn't fully come across in postings----and my stress level is off the charts today----I will post about it after I settle down a little). As always, check with your doctor (and by the way, Medicare will pay for a Vitamin D test for those over you of that age). I take 5000 IU's daily of Vitamin D3, but your optimal dose needs to be decided by you and your health care provider.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Interesting quote!

"It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others."
- Sydney Harris

Vitamin D for back pain relief?

This article from Dr. Cutler.com caught my eye-----I go to a pain management specialist here in Charlotte (he's terrific, Dr. Mark Hines if anyone in this area ever needs that type of doctor) and I was going over my list of vitamins with Dr. Hines one day (I do not put any supplement in my mouth that at least one of my two doctors---Dr. Hines or Dr. Carr in CA approve). We got into a discussion about Vitamin D, and he said that an article he had just read in a physician journal stated that over 70% of chronic pain patients are Vitamin D deficient. I'm not one of them, as I take 5000 IU's daily, and I have been taking that dose for about 3 1/2 years. I do think it has helped with muscle pain, I am not stiff in the morning like I used to be. As always, check with your own health care practitioner.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coffee may lower endometrial cancer risk

From China Daily ----- an article discussing the effect of drinking coffee on the incidence of endometrial cancer. I'm not a coffe drinker (but I know from emails that many of you are!) and I haven't had a uterus since mid-2002, but thought this was an interesting article to share. Are you on your way to Starbucks now for a venti coffee? If you are, have a pumpkin scone for me---they are to die for!

Hormone Replacement Therapy Decreases Mortality In Younger Postmenopausal Woman According To Study

From Medical News Today-----findings that HRT (since the article does not indicate whether the HRT involved is synthetic or bioidentical, I will assume it's synthetic) decreases overall mortality in younger postmenopausal women. Add to that the fact that balanced bioidentical hormone replacement therapy has been shown in numerous studies in Europe and elsewhere to be safer than synthetic HRT for the risk of breast cancer ----- those of us on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy have increased their chances of living a long, healthy life!

Fight the flu with vitamin D supplements

From the Chicago Daily Herald Online-----further evidence that Vitamin D boosts your immune system! Again, be sure to check with your doctor before starting/increasing a supplement (just because something is over the counter doesn't mean there is no risk---vitamins and supplements can interact with medications). I take 5000 IU's daily (per my doctor) and in the last three years, I have had two very light colds (about 24 hours in duration) and no flu illnesses.

Woman's Doc: Endometrial Cancer & Obesity

There have been a whole slew of articles in the last week or so on the connection between endometrial cancer and obesity----this report from WBAL in Baltimore is short and to the point. One concern, however, is that the author of the article is suggesting progestin as a way to thin the uterine lining, progestin is a synthetic hormone----not the same as progesterone. As always, if this is a concern to you, talk to your doctor.

Seasonal Vitamin D supplement launched by USANA Health Sciences

Oh, for God's sake-----here's a great example of marketing! We need a "seasonal" supplement?!?! Good grief, go to your local pharmacy/doctor's office/online and get Vitamin D3 in 2000 IU dosing (mine is a little gel pill----it's round and looks like a fish oil's little brother) and take that. As always, check with your doctor/health care practitioner before starting any new supplement, but most doctors will enthusiastically endorse patients getting a Vitamin D boost. A great, sunny day here in Charlotte, get out and enjoy your day!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Posting will be late today----

I'm on my way to a fun adventure---a tour of the cooking school at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte (and if you knew how dismal my cooking skills are--you would know what an adventure this is!). I will post later on in the day.....happy Monday (I know a contradiction in terms)!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Good sound health advice to start the month

"A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles."

- Mignon McLaughlin

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Breaking news: New independent study by EPA refutes BPA risk

Talk about fast and furious---earlier this week I posted an article on a study being conducted related to the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA) --- a plastic thought to contain an estrogen like chemical that could be dangerous to the public. This article from Stats.org now says that a new independent study by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) refutes earlier studies that say the chemical is dangerous in low doses. Here's a case where I am truly presenting both sides of the issue (on separate days). Right now my best advice is if anyone gives you a plastic bottle as a Halloween treat---don't eat it. Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Tip

I heard this today on the news (tip from the Red Cross):

To diminish the risk of spreading H1N1 (or any other disease) tomorrow night when the kids are out trick or treating, if you are handing out candy, you put it into their pumkins/bags/candy containers instead of allowing them to take the candy out of the bowl. I wouldn't have thought of this (doesn't apply to me anyway, I don't have kids here in my subdivision).

Also, extra hour of sleep tomorrow night--------turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Alternatives to Premarin for Hormone Replacement Therapy

A lot of people do not fully understand the word Premarin - which is a synthetic hormone. Premarin is short for pregnant mare's urine ---- and besides all of the health risks associated with synthetic/fake hormones, the way the drug is made has raised all sorts of concerns for animal lovers. This article from AssociatedContent.com explains how animals are treated during this process. It'll make you angry.

U.S. government plans major study of the safety of BPA

There is a lot of controversy about the safety of bisphenol A (BPA) ---- you have likely heard a lot about plastic baby bottles and microwaving in plastic on the news. This article from USA Today discusses a study planned by the US government to ascertain the safety of BPA in plastics. BPA is an estrogen like chemical and there is concern about its effects on the population.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Women’s Stockings Used to Measure Whales’ Sex Drive

It's been a long week-----just every little thing that could go wrong, has-----so now I am feeling silly. This article from DiscoverMagazine.com cracked me up! Enjoy the rest of your day.

Portage pharmacist touts 'bioidentical' hormones

This article came across my newsfeed from the Kalamazoo, MI newspaper. It's interesting reading from several aspects:

  • The woman patient featured in the story---her doctor is upfront in admitting he doesn't know much about BHRT and is wary of prescribing them
  • This is a case where a pharmacist is making "recommendations" to a woman's prescribing physician----I'm not too sure how I feel about this.
  • "It's impossible to say if these hormones are helping or hurting premenopausal or menopausal women". Oh, come on, there a ton of research studies out there that support the safely and efficacy of BHRT.
  • "They can be quite expensive and not covered by insurance". Depends on the hormone/dosage/pharmacy. My insurance company does cover part of the cost (after a protracted fight) --- and they are a hell of a lot cheaper than the $750 my insurance company was paying MONTHLY for the 7 medications I am no longer on.

Vitamin D Supplements Improve Risk Factors for Diabetes

One more reason to love Vitamin D3 --- check out this article from EmaxHealth.com.

Desk jobs could raise the risk of prostate cancer

Read this article from The MailOnline.com to the guy you love----exercise apparently has an effect on testosterone levels, thus affecting a man's risk of prostate cancer.

Impact of Pregnancy and Menopause on Asthma

I'm including this article from TestCountry.com to alert my blog readers to the fact that hormones can absolutely affect asthma and allergies. I have personally spoken to several women who were able to dramatically reduce or altogether eliminate thier asthma medications after they got their hormones (bioidentically) balanced. I do not have asthma, but I have had lifelong seasonal allergies that got worse when I moved from NY to NC in 2004 (Charlotte is in the top 5 cities in the US for severity of allergy symptoms). I started bioidentical hormones in September 2006---right about the time I would have gone back on Allegra (or whatever I was taking at the time), and the progesterone so quickly cured my allergies I haven't taken any medication since.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Judge seals damage award against Wyeth

A lot of women are still----even in the face of overwhelming evidence of the risks----taking Premarin and Prempro. Sometimes I suspect it's because their doctors are against BHRT (because they don't know anything about it and are too stubborn/ignorant/closeminded to learn anything new) and they pressure their patients into these drugs just to shut them up and get them out of their offices (yes, I just reread this and understand how harsh it is----but I have heard too many horror stories from women abou their interactions with physicians). Here is an update on Wyeth's latest court battle.

10 Reasons Not to Skimp on Sleep

I cannot overemphasize the importance of a good night's sleep-----and believe me, I know nighttime can be (no pun intended) a nightmare for menopausal women. It's a vicious cycle, you don't sleep well at night, so you are dragging during the day, and you are so tired you are miserable and depressed, and you are having hot flashes/night sweats that interupt your sleep---sound familiar? I've been there, and I still do not sleep as well as I would like to, although the hormones do help tremendously. Melatonin helps too (and it is a powerful antioxidant), it's worked for me better than all the sleepig medications I took back in the day. This article from US News and World Report details 10 important health benefits of getting a good night's sleep. Sweet dreams tonight, and if you have any tips that help you sleep better, leave a comment and let us all know how you cope!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Breast Changes Normal and Abnormal

Yes, I am well aware there are a lot of posts this month about breast health----it's breast cancer awareness month and my news feeds have been full of articles on all aspects of the breasts. I thought this one from Bella Online was pretty informative---it discusses which breast changes at various stages of our lives are normal, and which aren't and need to be checked out. One note of interest: My breasts were always very lumpy/cystic, and were made even worse because I have not had children. Mammograms were painful, to put it mildly! Within three months of going on the progesterone cream, all of the lumpiness went away, it was amazing to feel the difference when I was doing monthly self exams (you are doing those, right?????) One more benefit of BHRT!

Good thing I took my Vitamin D3 today, as I sure am not going to get my daily dose from the sun----I have a lunch date at noon, and this afternoon will be perfect for curling up with a good book and/or my knitting (any of my blog readers knitters?) Remember, Dr. Khalsa says anyone living above the southern 1/3 of the nation (and the cutoff point for those of you on the East Coast is Charlotte) will never be able to get adequate Vitamin D from the sun from October though March----and Vitamin D does help with seasonal affective disorder (God, I wish I had known that when I lived in Upstate NY!)

Weighty woes

I like this article from The Hindu because it talks about the differences between abdominal fat (visceral fat----something I still struggle with) and fat around the hips and butt. Click here to read it!

Balancing your hormones

I ran across this article in the Vernon Morning Star, written by Dr. Denise DeMont, a naturopathic physician. Absolutely nothing earth shattering in here, but a very good overview of synthetic vs. natural/bioidentical hormones. Good reading!

High testosterone linked to miserly behaviour

Click here to access this article from the New Scientist-----the effect of testosterone on men's generousity ---- I thought it was kind of interesting (I also enjoyed running down the list of comments at the end of the article----and I am now curious about the ones that were deleted!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Healthcare system wastes up to $800 billion a year

Click here to read the article from Yahoo News. I don't doubt the amount of waste in the healthcare system for one minute---and we cannot keep going the way we are. Can you imagine how much money we would also save if hormonal care for men and women was taken seriously---just the savings in drugs alone, never mind how much healthier it would make us, is staggering. Keep fighting, everyone!

Good quote to start the week!

"Use the talents you possess -- for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best."
- Unknown

'Bioidenticals' not FDA-approved, contain estrogen

This article has been ALL over the Internet since yesterday----I'm posting it from the Physorg. site.

I've learned to pick my battles and for those who are dead set against any form of bioidentical hormone therapy---that's fine for them, I've done research and for me it's the best option to improve my health. To each his own. Just a couple comments on the article:

Paragraph 4: Not all bioidentical hormones contain estrogen.

Paragraph 7: I'm going to bite the next arrogant doctor who tells me bioidentical hormone is just a marketing term with no medical meaning (and boy, try telling that to my own hormone physician or any other who is proficient in bioidentical hormones).

Paragraph 13: There is rigorous evidence of the efficacy of bioidentical hormones---studies done in Europe. There are likely not going to be any large scale studies done in the US anytime soon because the big pharmaceutical companies won't pay for studies for something that occurs in nature---they can't patent it and make huge profits.

Paragraph 17: Suzanne Somers takes 60 supplements a day. Good for her. I would barf if I tried to take that many supplements each day, never mind the fact that I can't afford it.

Have a happy, hormonally balanced day (as she heads off to the kitchen to mix up a protein shake).

1 in 5 kids get little vitamin D, study says

This article from this morning's Charlotte Observer states that 20% or more children under age 11 do not get adequate amounts of Vitamin D. Actually, I would be surprised if its ONLY 1 in 5 children-----Vitamin D deficiency is rampant in our society. I think right now one of the biggest problems (for both big and little people) is that there is absolutely no concensus about how much Vitamin D is needed. It is becoming clear that the old recommendations of 400-600 IU's is woefully inadequate, but I've heard recommendations ranging anywhere from 1000-5000 IU's daily (I take 5000 IU's under a doctors supervision-----always check with your own practitioner.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pfizer Unit Must Pay Prempro Damages, Jury Concludes

I don't even need to comment----read the article here.

Fight Off Back Aches & Pains This Winter With Extra Vitamin D

Good morning, everyone! Today even if I wasn't taking my daily supplements (and I will be as soon as I finish blogging) I would probably get an adequate dose of Vitamin D - it's bright and sunny here in NC, a beautiful Fall day. However, we are coming up on the part of the year where if you live much above the bottom third of the country, you cannot get enough Vitamin D from the sun (November through March the sun isn't strong enough) ---- so it's important to start supplementing your Vitamin D in pill form (always get Vitamin D3, absorbs better). I take 5000 IU's a day (under doctor's supervision, of course)----and I know I have mentioned this before, but I am a big fan of Dr. Soram Khalsa's book The Vitamin D Revolution (get it on Amazon.com---best price).

This morning an article popped up on Medical News Today on Vitamin D---it's a good one, click here to read it. Enjoy your Sunday----I'm off to the movies (Amelia) and lunch with a friend today!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Men who voted McCain saw testosterone drop

Somehow, I just know this all ties in with the current healthcare debate----I just need to think about it and figure out how! Just teasing, I'm a Democrat. Click here to read the story!

Don't forget-----

Suzanne Somer's is on Larry King Live tonight at 9 pm Eastern (I don't know the West Coast schedule).

Reasons For Low Levels Of Progesterone Hormone In Women

I often get asked about WHY women have low levels of progesterone as they age, and what are the symptoms of low progesterone. This article on the TestCountry.com website is a good explanation of both ------- click here to check it out!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Steps Every Woman Must Take to Prevent Breast Cancer from the Natural Hormone Institute

I know, I've had a lot of articles on the blog this month relating to breast cancer----they pop up on my newsfeeds because October is breast cancer awareness month. I like this one from PR Web/Yahoo news.....click here..... and be sure to check out the first recommendation (you know, the one that says take progesterone cream!) It's a gorgeous day here in NC---I'm heading out the door for a walk as soon as I finish lunch and throw in another load of laundry (how can one person generate so much laundry!) Have a great day, everyone!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Knockout

Imagine my surprise today when I picked up my library books, and a copy of Suzanne Somer's new alternative cancer treatment book "Knockout" was waiting for me! I just put myself on the list Sunday, so I was surprised to receive it so quickly. I'm about 50 pages in----interesting reading. This will take me a while to get through, as I have a tough time with books written in interview style (that's not a criticism of the book----it's a brain quirk for me.)

I was browsing through the back of the book (resource section) and was pleasantly surprised to see Town Center Drugs in Palm Desert, CA listed as one of the recommended pharmacies! It's the pharmacy my own hormone physician, Dr. John Carr recommends. Cool.

10 things you need to know about breast cancer

This article was in yesterday's edition of the Charlotte Observer, and I am sure has been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers all over the country since it's breast cancer awareness month. Pay particular attention to number 9----it's a good explanation and gives more realistic numbers about what your chances are of getting breast cancer. I am all for early detection, treatment and research, but the 1 in 8 statistic is just too easily used and often misinterpreted. Have a great day!

Breast Cancer, Integrative Medicine----

and Vitamin D. I'm a big fan of Dr. Soram Khalsa, and have read (and thoroughly enjoyed) his book The Vitamin D Revolution. In this article from The Huffington Post, Dr. Khalsa talks about several ways that integrative medicine can helps prevent breast cancer. I love his line in the article on how some day hopefully we will refer to October as Breast Cancer Prevention Month---wouldn't that be great (I've lost a cousin, aunt, and several other people I know to breast cancer.) Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CBS Early Show---Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Absolute full disclosure----I have not yet read Suzanne Somer's book "Knockout" ---- it just came out today, and I am on the list at my local library for a copy, but it will likely be a couple months down the road before I get to it. I am neither advocating nor criticizing her latest book----after I read it (and discuss it with my own physician), I may have more to say about it.

I have said numerous times here on the blog-----I admire Ms. Somer's advocacy for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy----she is passionate and has made countless numbers of women aware that there are alternatives out there for managing hormonal deficiencies. I don't agree with everything in her books----I probably don't agree with everything in any one of the hormone books out there, even the ones I recommend to women to learn more about BHRT. I'm posting this clip from the CBS Early Show for your enjoyment/education.


Update on Suzanne Somer's Appearance on Larry King Live

I was out of town yesterday, got home late and was surprised that when I flipped on Larry King Live at 9 pm, neither Larry King nor Suzanne Somers was on the show. Wolf Blitzer announced at the top of the show that the interview with Ms. Somers would appear on Friday, October 23, at 9 pm Eastern (last night's show devoted at least several segments to that jackass family in CO that pulled the balloon boy hoax----------sorry, not as important in my book as talking about hormones). The complete schedule of Ms. Somer's appearances can be found at her website by clicking here-----now I am off to see if I can find her appearances from NBC this morning online. I'll be back with another post later today----had a fun day yesterday at the NC State Fair, but oh, boy, my back is really out today. Off to lay down with an ice pack!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

TV ALERT!!!!

Suzanne Somers is coming out with a new book this week ----- called "Knockout" and it's about alternative cancer treatments. She is going to be on The Today Show Tuesday, October 20 and the Larry King Live (CNN) Show on Monday, October 19 at 9 pm. Get your recording devices ready!

(Have a good Monday, I will not be posting tomorrow as I will be out of town for the day. See you Tuesday!)

Smoking and Bioidentical Hormones

Since I don't smoke (never have, I have a coughing fit if I even get near anyone who has been smoking) this never occured to me, but if you do smoke and decide to go on bioidentical hormones, your dosages will need to be adjusted to compensate for your smoking. Another reason to quit (in NY, where I used to live---I understand with taxes cigarettes are now over $9 a pack--------holy crap, do you know how much chocolate or yarn I could buy with that money). Check out the article on smoking and BHRT by clicking here.....

Hit the 40s? Watch out for peri menopause symptoms

I like this article because besides giving you good, solid information about peri-menopause, it details a bulleted list of peri-menopausal symptoms to watch out for----and as we all know, some of the cognitive impairments at the onset of peri-menopause cause us to NEED a bulleted list (boy, when I am unfocused, See Spot Run is a hard concept for me!) The article is from the Morning Sun, and you can access it here.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Do you Twitter?

If so, be sure to check out Mary Shomon's Twitter page at https://twitter.com/ThyroidMary. Great information!

Midlife with a vengence

Thought I would pass this link along, I am signed up for a webinar/telephone conference (we'll see how this goes, I am not particularly an auditory learner) on Wednesday, October 21 on thyroid disease. I am a huge fan of Mary Shomon, and her new book Menopause, The Thyroid Solution just arrived last week from Amazon.com (I'm going to start it as soon as I finish the book I am reading on adrenal fatigue). Enjoy your day!

Pfizer Bigger and More Profitable--Victims Wait for Justice

An update of the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals lawsuits ---- women developing breast cancer after taking Premarin and Prempro. Click here for the article...

Multiple Sclerosis Researchers To Meet In Boston To Design Largest-Ever Vitamin D Study

This article might interest some of you who have a loved one who is dealing with MS---and don't forget, Vitamin D is actually a prohormone.

Cold/Flu Products: What Works, What Doesn't

I will swear on a stack that bioidentical hormone therapy, along with supplements (Vitamin D is my favourite) will boost your immune system, and I am living proof----in the three years I have been on the protocol, I've had two very light colds, no other illnesses. I am out in the public every day (if I can survive 5 days a week at the YMCA without getting sick, it has to say something!) I ran across this article on the newsfeed that discusses what cold/flu products work, and also what doesn't work-----but the part of the article I want you to pay particular attention to is the "common sense" tips near the end of the article. I have hand sanitizer in my car, my purse, at the gym, and I now make sure I wash my hands when I walk in the house before I do anything else. Have a great weekend, everyone!

HealthWatch: Treating Male Menopause

Absolutely nothing earth shattering here ---- but for some of my newer blog readers, a good overview of andropause (male menopause). Click here for the article---

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Natural hormones help to prevent breast cancer

Quick little post today since I am flying out the door on my way for a whole list of errands! I ran across this article from the North Augusta Today paper website-----gives a good explanation of how NATURAL hormones can help protect you from beast cancer----it seems like all we hear is how HRT increases the risk of breast cancer. Most HRT is composed of synthetic hormones, and as my blog readers know, there is a huge difference between synthetic (ick) hormones and bioidentical hormones. Have a great, balanced day!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Good Quote!

"Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond."

- Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein

(you know, like when your doctor tells you that there is nothing wrong with you, that menopause is a natural condition and you need to suck it up and deal with the hot flashes, memory loss, etc., and then he offers you and anti-depressant!)

Study Looks At Clinical Trial That Tested Estrogen-Plus-Progestin Combination

I debated about including this article on the blog because I didn't want to cause unnecessary concern-----but I chose to include it as an exercise in careful reading. Please note that the article clearly states that women who are on an HRT protocol of estrogen and PROGESTIN (which is NOT the same as bioidentical progesterone----even though a lot of so called medical professionals use the terms interchangeably) who develop sudden breast tenderness are at a higher risk for breast cancer. As always, talk over any concerns about breast tenderness or any other symptom with your health care provider, and do regular self exams and get a regular mamogram. Have a healthy day!

Fast cars boost men's testosterone levels: research

Yeah, it figures, it's a man's world----check out this article----next thing you know a Porsche will be a medical expense! (I get silly on rainy cold days!)

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Hormone Replacement for Men?

This is a small study-----but a study nonetheless. I think we are going to start hearing more about andropause (male menopause) and my hope is that it will spur researchers into action to conduct studies on BHRT for both men and women. Check out the article from the Morning Call.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A Growing Array of Options for Fibroids

Ran across this article this morning on my newsfeed---from the NY Times. A number of us have dealt with, or are currently dealing with uterine fibroids (I had a hysterectomy in 2002 because of them----boy, I wish I had known about BHRT back then!) Interesting reading. Have a great, healthy day-----I am off to get my hair cut and highlighted today---taking care of the outside as well as the inside!

Study Uncovers Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risk Factors

I had noticed that a lot of women around my age had developed carpal tunnel syndrome, but I always attributed it to advancing age and too many years on the computer. This study, detailed in this article from EHSToday.com, outlines some of the risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome, and one seems to be menopause. It would be interesting to study this further and see if there is a hormonal connection to carpal tunnel syndrome. As a side note, I have noticed that the function in my wrists is much better since I have been on BHRT (probably a reduction of the inflammation in my wrists). My right arm was crushed in a car accident years ago, and for many years I walked (all the time) with a cane in my left hand. Both left my wrists painful. I have little problems with my wrists now-----and trust me, I use my hands a lot, I am a voracious knitter and do a lot fussy craft work like jewelry making. Something I need to ask my doctor about next time I talk to him!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Women with breast cancer have low vitamin D levels

Lots of articles about breast cancer popping up on my newsfeeds (I think it's because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month)-----this article from Physorg.com discusses the high probability of women with breast cancer having low levels of Vitamin D (I just heard on Dr. Oz last week that almost 70% of the US population in general is Vitamin D deficient-----that's scary!)

If you live in the Southeast, you certainly are not going to get your Vitamin D from the sun today----here in NC, it's rainy, gray and icky (I do not believe that's a meteorological term, but it's a good description of the atmosphere). I have already been to the gym today, and now I am settling in at home to read, knit and work on a couple other projects (this weather makes my back crazy). Hope whatever the weather, you are having a good start to the week!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tip: Get out for a high-quality dose of vitamin D

From Newsday.com----a very quick little article----pay attention to the bottom paragraph, one of the better explanations I've seen of why just healthy eating will likely not give you adequate Vitamin D dosages. Enjoy, and if the weather permits it where you are, get out there today and soak up a few minutes of sun (it doesn't take that much!).

Exercise for Your Immune System's Health!

Ran across this article from HealthNewsDigest.com ---- and ironically, Sunday is usually the one day of the week I don't exercise-----hmmmm, perhaps with all the talk about H1N1 and seasonal flu---I need to up the exercise program a bit. I think I will make a deal with myself---I can go out to the movies and lunch this afternoon, if when I get home I take a long walk. Sounds like a plan, I am off to greet the day! Go Panthers (sorry, I live in Charlotte, and this town is SO upset that the football season has started 0-3. ) The only thing I know about football is that Jake Delhomme has a nice butt (and if you are wondering how that relates to hormones---a little testosterone cream is great for the libido!)

Recent, Vigorous Exercise Linked With Reduced Breast Cancer Risk

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Post-menopausal women who engage in moderate to vigorous exercise have a reduced risk of breast cancer. Click here for the rest of the article--- (then head to the gym or outside for a walk---don't forget, this is breast cancer awareness month!)

Friday, October 9, 2009

Is it menopause or is it your thyroid?

From Examiner.com-----an article on Mary Shomon's new book "The Menopause Thyroid Solution". I have this book on its way from Amazon.com (got tired of waiting for it through the library system!) and I will let you know how it is as soon as I read it---but I already know it will be a winner as I get Mary Shomon's thyroid newsletters and they are full of information.

TV Alert (Charlotte, NC area only!)

For those of you who live in the Charlotte, NC area --- PBS station WTVI is rebroadcasting a one hour show on bioidentical hormones on Saturday, October 10 at 9 am. The show originally broadcast on Sunday evening, and of course, I missed it! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Menopause, the Late Years

Ran across this article on the More Magazine website---if you are having memory/cognition problems, reading this will comfort you to know you are not alone.

Vitamin D For Swine Flu Prevention

I'm a big fan of Dr. Sorham Khalsa's book on Vitamin D called The Vitamin D Revolution----I've recommended it to a lot of people and I have given it as a gift. Dr. Khalsa has an article in this week's Huffington Post, it's worth checking out. Although I have already taken my Vitamin D today, it's sunny and beautiful here in Charlotte, so I may head out for a walk in a bit. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

HRT Might Up Incontinence Risk In Postmenopausal Women

Most of you know I am not a fan of Premarin (or any synthetic hormone for that matter) and this article in Medical News Today gives me one more reason to advocate for bioidentical hormones. As a side note, bioidentical testosterone cream, used vaginally along with Kegel exercises, can really alleviate urinary incontinence in women.

Does Estrogen Help Women Survive Colon Cancer?

I ran across this article on ABC News (and have since seen it on several news services) about a study that shows estrogen does help women survive colon cancer. And oh, by the way, if you are over 50 and have not gotten an initial colonoscopy------why not???? (My father had colon cancer and it runs in families so I am a pain in the butt about this---so to speak!)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Red Clover, Soy and Other Phytoestrogens Pose No Heart or Cancer Risk

I get a lot of questions about this---whether phytoestrogens act as synthetic hormones do and raise a woman's risk of heart problems or cancer. This article will likely put some of those fears to rest.

Studies Show Vitamin D May Help Prevent Flu by Strengthening Immune System

OK, if you like mushrooms, great------but actually the purpose of this article is my semi regular reminder to get adequate Vitamin D! I need it today, it is gray, rainy and icky here in the Southeast----I was planning an outing to the rose garden but we had to go to plan B (lunch and movies with some ladies from one of my groups). If you are not taking Vitamin D, please talk to your doctor about it at your next visit!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises Can Help Manage Urinary Incontinence In Older Women

A lot of you have likely heard of Kegel exercises, but probably few of you practice them on a regular basis. This article from Medical News Today might change your mind! I learned about them years ago, after a car crash in 1992 crushed my pelvis. I had an amazing physical therapy team (good thing, too, because the doctors involved were morons!) who taught me the Kegel exercises. Urinary incontinence is an issue with some menopausal women, particularly those who have had a number of children. Enjoy the article, practice your exercises, and have a great day (it is rainy and gloomy here in Charlotte, perfect day to curl up with a book when I get back from doing errands!)