04 Jul 2013

Climbing on My Soap Box: Is the FDA’s Brisdelle® Decision Progress or a Cash Grab???

Last Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first nonhormonal drug designed to treat hot flashes. And while this may sound like progress, hang on before you start celebrating. The drug, which will be sold with the brand name Brisdelle®, is a low-dose form of the antidepressant paroxetine, commonly known as Paxil®. The decision is a surprise after an FDA advisory panel voted in...

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27 Jun 2013

A Horse is a Horse that You Can’t Force

As I’m going through the experience (AKA stress) of building my business, one of the things I’m really trying to notice is the shifts in my energy, what causes them and how quickly I can get myself back to a place of feeling in alignment again. This is important to me because when I get out of sorts and am feeling splattered, my default setting...

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20 Jun 2013

Sleep, Creep, Leap: Using “The Work” to Rip the Weeds from Our Lives

My client, Becky, walked into my office last week glowing!  She was clearly NOT the same person I had seen two weeks ago. And the first thing said was: “All that stuff my ex-husband told me wasn’t true!” Mmmmmhmmmm….do tell… When Becky was in high school, she was captain of the basketball team.  Her boyfriend (and later, husband) made it his job to let her...

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13 Jun 2013

The Heat is On! 7 Ways to Chill Summer Hot Flashes

Summer in the Carolinas is a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. And that’s not a great combo when hot flashes are already have your body on simmer! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down.  And that downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s a girl to do when hot weather combines with...

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06 Jun 2013

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Could it be My Thyroid?

When I talk with women who are experiencing unexpected weight gain, often one of the first questions I am asked is “Could it be my thyroid?” Sometimes, my answer is “yes”. Our thyroid hormones play a huge role in regulating our metabolism and how our body uses nutrients. And as we age, our thyroid may get more sluggish. Cortisol (which you can read about here...

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30 May 2013

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? 5 Ways to Keep Insulin in Check and Blood Sugar Balanced

In last week’s tip, I covered the importance of managing cortisol when it comes to weight loss in (peri)menopause. This week, we’ll take a look at another hormone that’s also major player when it comes to menopausal weight gain. Insulin. Biochem 101 Insulin is a hormone that’s produced by your pancreas when you eat. It helps break down carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose is used by...

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23 May 2013

Why Can’t I Lose Weight??? Conquer Cortisol with 3 Simple (But Powerful) Lifestyle Practices

There you are, day after day, barely eating enough to keep a bird alive and exercising like a crazy woman. And yet, the needle on the scale continues to creep up. You wonder what you’re doing wrong. You feel like a stuffed sausage. Your muffin top keeps growing. The good news is that you may be doing nothing “wrong”. The bad news is that your...

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16 May 2013

OMG!!! Does Menopause Hell EVER End???

So. Your official menopause date has passed. (That’s a year after your last period, in case you’re unsure). But Hilda Hot Flash and her evil stepsisters haven’t gotten the message. The fun rages on long after that date has come and gone. What’s up with that?? The ability to cruise through menopause with nary a hot flash or mood swing relates to your balance of...

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02 May 2013

XenoWHAT? 8 Simple Steps to Avoid X-cess Estrogen in Your Environment

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women….bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia and crying spells for no reason. Estrogen is balanced by progesterone, but in perimenopause, progesterone production slows and estradiol production increases as ovaries age. The hormone symphony gets way off key. Other less commonly thought of sources of estrogen are found in our environment. Xenoestrogens (substances that act...

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25 Apr 2013

10 Health Habits They Don’t Teach In Medical School

As a health-conscious person, you’re already in the loop about the importance of eating your veggies, skipping the booze, cigarettes, and fake foods, daily exercise, plenty of zzzzz’s, and regular check-ups. But as a physician fascinated by why some health nuts still suffer from chronic illness, I dug deep into the medical literature to study what else really makes us healthy – and what predisposes...

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