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9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor
14 Dec 2016

9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor

Talking about menopause with your doctor can be intimidating for many women. Many of us were brought up to believe that doctors know all and that we should follow instructions and not ask questions (if we even know WHAT questions to ask). And unfortunately, many physicians know little about hormone management beyond birth control pills and traditional synthetic hormone replacement. Fortunately, I believe the tide is...

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Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause
01 Dec 2016

Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause

I’ve had enough. Enough of hearing how my clients are dismissed by their health care providers for being “too young” to be in perimenopause or “too far past menopause” to have hormonal symptoms. I’ve had it with the limited options that are offered to help women reclaim their quality of life. I’ve had it with women meekly accepting the tiny bits of information when there’s...

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Dr. Anna’s 2016 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
17 Nov 2016

Dr. Anna’s 2016 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

If you’re at the point in your life where your hormones are playing tricks on you, the holiday season can spell disaster. Navigating holiday parties or the Christmas cookie dumping ground in the office break room can feel like walking through a minefield for those of us who are trying to manage hormone imbalances with clean eating and good behavior. It doesn’t have to be...

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Need a Bank Loan to Manage Menopause???
03 Nov 2016

Need a Bank Loan to Manage Menopause???

By Shirley Weir Note: This article contains information from the Canadian health care system. However, much of it is reflective of the US experience. Coverage for hormone management is often not provided in health care plans, especially if you are not working with a traditional medical provider. Show me a woman who isn’t starved: starved for time, money, and let’s be honest, a little sanity!...

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The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk
20 Oct 2016

The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

If you’re suffering with symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, you may be considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT or BHRT). But you may have nagging questions in the back of your mind about safety. “Am I increasing my risk of cancer?” “My mother had breast cancer. Should I avoid this?” “My doctor won’t prescribe it for me. He says all hormones cause cancer. Is this true?”...

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3 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
06 Oct 2016

3 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a topic that is very close to my heart as many members of my family have been touched by this disease including my mother and sister. I try really hard not to think about it, but I am acutely aware that my daughter and I are, at this point, are the only female members of my family...

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Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month: Learn to be a Savvy Healthcare Consumer
23 Sep 2016

Celebrate Menopause Awareness Month: Learn to be a Savvy Healthcare Consumer

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Nearly 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called menopause each day. There are at least 34 symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. And many of them can be confused with other hormone imbalances like hypothyroidism or adrenal imbalance. There is an overwhelming amount of conflicting data surrounding the efficacy and safety of treatments for menopause symptoms. In...

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Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix
08 Sep 2016

Why Perimenopause and Wine Don’t Mix

Let’s be honest. Wine is a perimenopausal go-to for many women. It takes the edge off anxiety, overwhelm and much of the hormonal chaos we experience. And while it can seem like a good idea on the surface, there are hidden dangers lurking in this management strategy. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men. We have less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol; fewer...

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The Secret to Graceful Aging: Treat Your Telomeres with Love
25 Aug 2016

The Secret to Graceful Aging: Treat Your Telomeres with Love

I’m sure you’ve noticed. It seems as if there is an entire movement dedicated to the science of anti-aging. Creams, potions and pills galore that are designed to keep us looking good and staying healthy for as long as possible- which means slowing the aging process. In the past few decades, the market for anti-aging products and services has grown into a global industry valued...

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Are Your Hormones Like Unruly Toddlers?
04 Aug 2016

Are Your Hormones Like Unruly Toddlers?

If you’ve been in perimenopause for more than a few minutes, you’re very aware of the delicate balance of hormones in your body. Think of your hormones as a group of toddlers playing in a sandbox in the park. They’re building sandcastles and everyone is getting along fine. But it can all change in a second if one of the little darlings gets mad about...

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