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Dr. Anna’s 2017 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
17 Nov 2016

Dr. Anna’s 2017 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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Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?
21 Jul 2016

Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?

If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not alone. Symptoms of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. And the signs can be easy to miss. Maybe you notice that you’re just a little grouchier or that your periods aren’t quite as regular. Your PMS symptoms, which were once mildly annoying, are now raging. You...

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9 Ways to Avoid Exposure to Estrogen Impostors
07 Jul 2016

9 Ways to Avoid Exposure to Estrogen Impostors

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women…bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, and crying spells for no reason. Hormone imbalances due to changing levels of estrogen and progesterone are hard enough to deal with. And on top of that we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals that act like estrogen in our bodies. These chemicals are called xenoestrogens and they lurk...

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