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Toxins in women over 50

Published on March 17, 2013 By Susan Tolles

What is a Toxin?  Who Is Toxic? We all are toxic….We all live in a toxic world. Even with ongoing care, your body accumulates more toxins than it eliminates. A “toxin” can be anything from pesticides, xenoestrogens, food dyes, synthetic drugs and hormones, plastics, air pollution, water pollution, parasites, and chemicals from foods, medicines, surgery, more »

Menopause and the Double “M”: Mood & Memory

Published on January 23, 2012 By Susan Tolles

Most of us usually think of menopause as hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia fostered by changes in the ovaries and uterus. During perimenopause, a variable time 2 to 10 years or more before the final menstrual period, the ovaries lose their rhythmic pattern of estrogen and progesterone release. It is the time of fluctuating more »

Managing Menopause Naturally

Published on September 28, 2011 By Susan Tolles

I recently had the privilege of previewing the new DVD “Managing Menopause Naturally,” featuring leading women’s health experts from across the United States. Of all the programs and books I have seen, this is one of the most comprehensive educational tools available to women who want to understand more about menopause. The 90-minute documentary takes more »

Menopause and Poetic Justice

Published on September 15, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Menopause is a second coming of age. Extraordinary physical changes (erratic fluctuations of estrogen production) may unnerve the soul in ways not experienced in the preceding three or four decades. We temporarily forget that we are passengers with this physical form and not entirely in control of it.

New Study: Postmenopausal Symptoms Highly Controllable

Published on August 10, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Women today dealing with menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms have a variety of hormone replacement therapies (HRT) available to choose from.   HRT may improve some of the major symptoms for these women but it can also mask a number of underlying issues that, if not addressed, can over time undermine their health:  nutritional stress from a more »

Sex & Intimacy After Menopause

Published on August 4, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Can we just say one thing? This is not your mother’s menopause! These days, life after 50 can be not only just as fulfilling and exciting (if not more so) than the decades that came before, but you may even find that this really is the best time of your life! Can we say one more »

Prolipamaxical: A freakish term describing a Frankinstein-ish cure for menopause symptoms

Published on July 14, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Since the publication of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI, JAMA, 2002) hormone replacement therapy has been considered a dirty word. It’s gotten to the point that women are encouraged to try ANYTHING but estrogen for menopause. Consider the four common problems for women that arise at midlife and the contemporary medical recommendations. Women at menopause more »

Top ten all natural menopause solutions

Published on April 22, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Every day six thousand U.S. women have their final menstrual period. The permanent pausing of menstruation is termed menopause. It signals the end of fertility and the beginning of what we refer to as the UpSide. The average age of natural menopause is 51, plus or minus 10 years. Perimenopausal symptoms may begin ten years more »

Can stress make you stupid?

Published on March 23, 2011 By Susan Tolles

As I’ve said before, the Adrenal Glands release Cortisol during stress. High Cortisol levels cause decreased cognitive function, meaning you can’t concentrate. You have brain “fog”, and you are unable to stay on task. It is important for busy, stressed people to realize that if your stress continues and your adrenal glands continue to produce more »

Beyond hot flashes

Published on February 25, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Menopause is a case of mistaken identity. Almost everyone equates menopause with hot flashes. Particularly common is the notion that a woman may believe menopause is not relevant to her because she has not yet started having hot flashes, or on the other end, a woman may believe that menopause is not relevant to her more »

The truth behind Bioidentical Hormones for women over 50

Published on January 15, 2011 By Susan Tolles

Just the other day, we overheard an earnest conversation between two perfectly normal looking individuals about how the lunar landing was a giant hoax. A hoax? Really? Our experience with people is decidedly different. If fifty people have to keep a secret, the chance of that being kept is about ten to the minus fifty. more »

Your menopause makeover

Published on December 16, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Many women dread menopause. As a symbolic dividing line, the prospect of menopause may unnecessarily conjure visions of decline and demise. Our book, Womenopause: Stop Pausing and Start Living, turns that notion around. There are profound reasons why menopause and beyond should be the best years of a woman’s life. The menopause opinion makeover begins more »

Living a loving lifestyle through perimenopause & menopause

Published on November 30, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Here are some great strategies from Dr. Tara Allmen on dealing with the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. There are many prescription medications that can address the symptoms of menopause.  However, there are simple solutions to try before you initiate treatment or try a supplement.  Living a healthy lifestyle is the first action I suggest more »

Rhubarb pie for menopausal symptom relief?

Published on August 2, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Have your pie and eat it too? Well, not exactly. You can have your rhubarb pie but a better choice might be the purified and standardized extract from the roots of the Siberian rhubarb. This Siberian rhubarb is similar to the well-known garden rhubarb (R. rhabarbarum) commonly prepared as food or in your favorite strawberry more »

New data released on hormone replacement therapy

Published on April 20, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Based on the best available evidence, “Estrogen and progestogen use in postmenopausal women: 2010 position statement of The North American Menopause Society” has just been released. Each section of the previous paper was reviewed by an Advisory Panel of seventeen clinicians and researchers expert in this area of women’s health using new studies and findings. more »

Menopause myth #6: My bones will be brittle

Published on March 19, 2010 By Susan Tolles

Exercise is one of the best ways to improve the bone-strengthening situation after taking a good calcium supplement. Exercise puts stress on your bones, which is good. Stress forces the bone tissue to absorb calcium and promotes remodeling, so it gets stronger. Exercise also stimulates the muscles around the bone so that the muscles get more »

Women over 50 and cortisol

Published on March 15, 2010 By Susan Tolles

What is cortisol anyway? Cortisol is a catabolic hormone, a glucocorticoid, a steroidal hormone that is produced in the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands. The adrenal cortex releases cortisol during stress. This is a good thing in a flight or fight situation, when we are running from a lion or a tiger or hunting more »

There really is a chemistry behind falling in love

Published on March 1, 2010 By Susan Tolles

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances:  If there is any reaction, both are transformed       -C.G. Jung Ever wonder why you are attracted to a certain person and not another? What provokes gut feelings about certain people in your life? Why do you fall in love with one person more »