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Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Progesterone and Progestins
08 Mar 2017

Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Progesterone and Progestins

A recent post about progesterone in the Hormone Harmony Club on Facebook sparked a lot of conversation among our members. Here’s the post: My doctor told me to stop my progesterone cream and prescribed Prometrium pills (1 at bed) and an estrogen gel pump (2 pumps at bed). I am SO worried about taking these and don’t know what to do. I’ve always been afraid...

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Is Your Body Dialing 911?
22 Feb 2017

Is Your Body Dialing 911?

It can start as a whisper. That 20 pounds you’ve gained over the last 5 years. You pass it off as part of aging and go grab a donut, vowing to make better choices starting tomorrow. Or, it could be a not-so-gentle tap on your shoulder….chest pain now and then when you go for a walk. Or, your wakeup call may be the 2 x...

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7 Things You Should Know About Vitamin D Supplements
09 Feb 2017

7 Things You Should Know About Vitamin D Supplements

For years, researchers have proven that vitamin D plays a key role in the formation of healthy bodies. Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, maintenance of healthy bones and teeth, and is suggested to provide a protective effect against diseases such as cancer, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis. The best way to get Vitamin D (which is actually...

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Why Free Advice Is Too Expensive
26 Jan 2017

Why Free Advice Is Too Expensive

Facebook is a great place to find support groups related to health-related concerns. They’re everywhere. Menopause, adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, iodine deficiency, magnesium deficiency…there’s something for everyone. While they are good places to share stories and connect, they are lousy places to get medical advice. I’ve noticed 2 particularly disturbing trends. The first is an increase in the number of women in these groups who...

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The Darkest Side of Hormone Imbalance
12 Jan 2017

The Darkest Side of Hormone Imbalance

Janet was in her late 40’s when we first began working together. She had just split up with her husband of one year and was a financially strapped single mom to 2 teenage boys. Janet had a long history of issues with depression, which culminated at age 42 with 2 hospitalizations for suicide attempts. While any suicide attempt is cause for alarm, what is even...

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How to Become a Ninja of NOPE in the New Year
29 Dec 2016

How to Become a Ninja of NOPE in the New Year

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn on my self-care journey is how to say no. I was recently approached by a group of friends and asked to be in charge of a fundraiser at the church my husband and I recently started going to. This request triggered all kinds of thoughts. “How can I say no when our church badly needs some...

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9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor
14 Dec 2016

9 Ways to Build a Great Relationship with Your Doctor

Talking about menopause with your doctor can be intimidating for many women. Many of us were brought up to believe that doctors know all and that we should follow instructions and not ask questions (if we even know WHAT questions to ask). And unfortunately, many physicians know little about hormone management beyond birth control pills and traditional synthetic hormone replacement. Fortunately, I believe the tide is...

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Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause
01 Dec 2016

Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause

I’ve had enough. Enough of hearing how my clients are dismissed by their health care providers for being “too young” to be in perimenopause or “too far past menopause” to have hormonal symptoms. I’ve had it with the limited options that are offered to help women reclaim their quality of life. I’ve had it with women meekly accepting the tiny bits of information when there’s...

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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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