Podcast Guest!

I had the pleasure of joining Yinh Kiefer on her podcast Ten with Yinh recently.  What started as a conversation about hormones in perimenopause for both women and men morphed into much more- like politics and stress and how they impact our health.  She and I had a wonderful time, and at the end, I generated 10 tips and reminders to help everyone with health improvement.
If you have any questions on the information in this episode, please send me a message ! Or better yet, download the Symptom Checklist by filling out the form below.

Thanks for having me on, Yinh!  Be sure to “like” this episode as well as her podcast!  

Listen to it on Spotify, Apple, Podbean or her website.

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!

See video here

Want to learn stress relief ? Want to get rid of stuff, and clear your brain for new wonderful things?

There is a known stress reliever which is a technique called Access Bars. Go to the link below or to the tab on the home page to find out more specifics, but know that laying back with someone touching 32 different points on your head for anywhere from 30-60 minutes can give the benefits equivalent to 6 hours of deep meditation, or of several great night’s sleep. You get something called theta waves.

Do you have a best friend, spouse or business partner that would love to learn it with you so you can give each other sessions? Do you see clients with so much unrelieved stress, you would love an easy to do and always helpful tool, a way to help?

I often give classes, for as little as 4 participants, and have taught throughout the states and abroad. You will learn, but also give and receive two sessions, so you will have a life altering day. When you are done, you will be certified as a practitioner, and after some practice be able to see and charge clients if that’s appealing to you.

I also travel to teach. Available distance depends on class size.

See the link for more info.


If interested in joining a class or forming one for your group or association, please use the contact form or email me at deb@debgowen.com

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 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/11/jeanette-winterson-can-you-stop-the-menopause:

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.

Bioidentical Hormones for Breast Cancer Survivors by Jeffrey Dach MD