Sometimes you look back and wonder where all the time went.Let’s see - in my twenties, the younger, sexier me had been to University and embarked on a career in medical research, and I’d been very active in my leisure time – including hiking and skiing every year in the Alps. I was too invested in my career and hobbies to have children and wanted to put that off until the right time.In my…

Tags: Menopause, Estrogen, Testosterone, Androgen, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Sleep, Stress


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The Younger, Sexy Me…...nopause!

Ready for HalloweenIt’s that time of year when my favorite sinkhole that is Pinterest overflows with HALLOWEEN EVERYTHING! Lines between reality and mystical foggy autumn things get blurry – spooky treats, homemade costumes, pranks to scare your friends, the perfect eerie soundtracks – all helpful suggestions for your ghastly transition from the normal human self into that monstrous creepy being.…

Tags: ADD and ADHD, Essential Elements, Mental Health


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Haunted by Spooky Things in Your Candy?

Over the past few years, dozens of Moon Milk recipes have appeared on various culinary and wellness blogs. These beautifully colorful and fragrant bedtime drinks are a trendy twist on the traditional Ayurvedic preparation of warm milk with an adaptogenic herb, usually Ashwagandha, given at bedtime to promote restorative sleep. Cow, coconut or nut milk may be used, and recipes often include other…

Tags: Sleep, Herbs, Stress, Anxiety, Neurotransmitters, Weight Management, Adrenal and Cortisol


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Ashwagandha: Ancient Medicine for Modern Adrenals

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have a large variety of choice wild edible mushrooms. Many of these mushrooms cannot be cultivated, making them rare delicacies that are only found if the soil, weather, elevation, trees, temperature, etc. are just right. After the rains fall, I head to the forests in search of delicious and nutritious edible fungi. Mushroom hunting is a hobby shared by…

Tags: Vitamin D, Nutrients, Iodine, Selenium, Essential Elements, Heavy Metals, Elements Testing


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Pacific Northwest Wild Mushrooms – Nutrients from the Forest Floor

ZRT is a company made up mostly of women. It’s not that we don’t have men working here, but 80% of our employees happen to be women. A combination of a company mostly of women, working in the health field, and having gone to medical school which tends to take away that filter that says “perhaps certain topics are off limits,” can lead to hilarious conversations like our one today on the favorite…

Tags: Menstrual Cycle Mapping, Estrogen, Progesterone, Saliva Testing, Blood Spot Testing, Menstruation


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Periods: The Miracle of Bleeding for 7 Days Without Dying

The incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is growing, now affecting 10% of people aged 65 and older. Two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s Disease are women, and African Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be affected than white Americans. Low serum BDNF levels have been observed in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, begging the question: what is the connection between BDNF and Alzheimer’s…

Tags: BDNF, Alzheimer's, Depression, Brain Health, Metabolic Health, Cardiovascular Disease, Hormone Balance, Mental Health


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Exploring the Connection Between BDNF and Alzheimer's Disease

Delivery of the bioidentical hormones estradiol (E2), progesterone (Pg), and testosterone (T) through the skin as a cream or gel (topically) has become a mainstay of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) for women and men. A plethora of FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, compounded, and even over-the-counter topical BHRT products are available. The popularity of these products lies not only…

Tags: Bioidentical Hormones, Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Dried Urine Testing, Blood Spot Testing, Serum Testing, Saliva Testing


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Topical Delivery of Sex Steroid Hormones and Distribution in Different Body Fluids

When I turned 12, all of a sudden all of my friends were getting their periods, and I just couldn’t wait to get mine! I was so ready to join the ranks of glamorous women who had the privilege of being initiated into the menstruating club. I wanted to belong with them - everything about periods was synonymous with femininity for me at the time. I had to endure witnessing so many of my classmates…

Tags: PMS and PMDD, Estrogen, Progesterone, Menstruation, Menstrual Cycle Mapping


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Your Guide to PMDD: Causes and Treatment

In my previous blog I discussed how the psychoactive component of marijuana (cannabis), mainly tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can have a negative impact on your hormones. In this blog, I will delve into the world of cannabidiol (CBD), which has been making quite a buzz lately as a therapeutic panacea.Although they are derived from the same plant and have quite similar molecular structures, CBD is…

Tags: Endocannabinoid System, Immune System, Anxiety, Depression, Alzheimer's, Menopause, BDNF, Estrogen


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The Effects of Cannabis - Part 2: Cannibidiol

Here in the Pacific Northwest we love talking about the sun! We grumble about it being hidden away behind heavy rain clouds for months at a time in the winter; we delight in the first breakthrough rays in the spring, realizing our pagan longing for it, watching, as if for the first time, as everything around us wakes up from a deep slumber; we marvel at its delightful, almost intoxicating warmth…

Tags: Vitamin D, Sleep, Depression, PMS and PMDD, Metabolic Health, Melatonin, Blood Spot Testing


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The Connection Between Low Vitamin D and Sleep Disturbances

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