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The Integrative Approach to Understanding Hormonal Balance

Hello everyone, I recently spoke informally to a lovely group at BlueFusionFitness in Waltham, and the owner, Grace, was kind enough to record it.

In it, I describe the interdependency of the Neuro-Immune-Hormone systems and their role in your health. I cover the role of cortisol and stress, and go over common health issues that are often misdiagnosed or under-appreciated and therefore treated with ineffective approaches. Examples are fatigue, sleep disturbances, anxiety symptoms, trouble concentrating, and joint pain. Also covered are testing methods, why to do it, and how natural hormones may benefit your overall health. Although the emphasis is on the peri- and post-menopausal periods in a woman’s life, this talk will be pertinent to all ages and genders, as it helps you understand the importance of and the misunderstood ideas of risks as well as the benefits of hormonal balance. It’s 42 minutes long, so hopefully you will end armed with a more thorough understanding for yourself or your friends and family! Enjoy!

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A Woman’s Journey with Hormones

I love Jeanette Winterson as a novelist, but in this piece for the Guardian, she is simply yet one more woman who suffered stress, which resulted in her body-mind distress, and then was on an all too familiar medical road with professionals saying she was fine, that “her tests were fine”. It’s a good though infuriating read for me. We can support women better. Natural hormones, nutritional support geared for post stress, or midlife, or peri and menopause, as well as integrative sessions of Access Bars,  can all help to get out of the rut we find ourselves in, and back on the path to wellness.

Read the article

Pregnancy Foods

Heres a quick  online article that I was consulted in. Enjoy!

Hormones and breast cancer risk: a link to a review.

When I am seeing someone who has menopausal symptoms, bad enough to seek relief, I am asked almost 100% of the time if the bio-identicals I am suggesting will increase the risk of cancer. I explain the differences between progestin, a synthetic chemical implicated in cancer, and progesterone, a naturally occurring hormone. I explain why estrogen supplementation, in addition to progesterone, is so useful, and as far as I can see from the literature, not implicated in increased breast cancer risks,except for a subset of cancer patients who had estrogen dependent tumors. There aren’t random controlled studies of any importance yet,though, so a woman should be collaborating with her provider to be involved in her own care decisions.
This article by Jeffrey Dach gives a good overview, with cited references.