I remember the uncertain winter of my entrance into perimenopause so well. It began in my late 40s, with hot flashes that came on like heat waves every half hour. In the dead of winter, I found myself flinging open windows to let in the freezing air; I soon found out that having hot flashes in winter was nothing like having them in summer, when the added heat and humidity made them feel more like…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Menopause, BHRT, Patient Education

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Heat Waves & Hot Flashes in Perimenopause

If you haven't thought about the risks of chemicals in herbicides and pesticides to the health of your family and pets, there's no time like the present. Roadside, clear cut and yard spraying is polluting our environment, with the chemicals becoming air-borne and also getting into ground water. People and pets walking outside are absorbing these chemicals through their skin and bringing it inside…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Breast Cancer, Toxins, Patient Education, Xenoestrogens

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Pesticides, Herbicides, Chemicals, Oh My!

Infertility is a heart breaking condition that affects millions of people around the world or approximately 8-12% of couples. When a couple has been trying over a year (under the age of 35) or over 6 months (over the age of 35) screening for hormonal causes is one of the first recommended steps. This is because sometimes simple adjustments to thyroid and/or progesterone can result in…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Fertility, Patient Education

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The Fertility Screening Tool You May Not Know About

As scientific researchers, practitioners and patients bear witness to the increasing evidence of hormone dysfunction in today’s society, Dr. Cobi Slater’s Ultimate Hormone Balancing Guidebook couldn’t come at a better time. Her premise throughout this illuminating book is that the real cause behind the plethora of symptoms plaguing modern adults of all ages can be linked to imbalances within the…

Tags: Weight Management, Patient Education, Hormone Balance, BHRT, Xenoestrogens, Bioidentical Hormones

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The Ultimate Hormone Balancing Guidebook Review

WhoThere are approximately 40-50 million menopausal women in the US today with about 3,500 to 5,000 more entering menopause every day. An estimated two million women in menopause have been seeking more natural treatment solutions after a major study (WHI 2002) found greater risks of heart disease, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer among hormone replacement therapy (HRT) users.…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Menopause, Patient Education

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The 5 W's of Menopause

During the Balance Your Hormones to Balance Your Weight Webinar, many questions were asked that we couldn't get to during the one hour presentation. We followed up with Candace Burch, and she took a few minutes to respond to your questions below. Ever since I went into menopause I feel like I’m living in a different body…and have a much harder time losing weight…is this the new normal? Menopause is…

Tags: Weight Management, Patient Education, Hormone Balance, Menopause, Estrogen, Estrogen Dominance

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Hormones And Weight Gain - Your Questions Answered

Dr. Kim Tippens, ND, MS, MPH is an integrative medicine researcher and professor with the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She is an African American naturopathic doctor, a small minority in a profession dominated by white women. A survey of licensed naturopathic practitioners in two US states reported that 94% of NDs in Washington and 95% in Connecticut identified…

Tags: Patient Education, Research

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Celebrating Black History Month - An Interview with Naturopathic Dr. Kim Tippens

Practical Takeaway: When adrenal glands become fatigued – typically as a result of prolonged, repetitive stress – the output of key regulatory hormones, like 'master stress hormone' cortisol, is diminished. Following my recent re-reading of Dr. James Wilson’s 2001 pioneering book, Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome, I took his advice and for the first time in months slept in on a…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Patient Education, Stress, Adrenal and Cortisol

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Are You Among the 80% of Americans Who Experience Adrenal Fatigue?

If you cannot figure out why you are gaining weight or can no longer shed pounds easily like you used to – despite your best efforts to eat right, exercise, and take your vitamins every morning – you might be walking around with a hormone imbalance that has you hardwired to put on pounds. Even when we think we’re being healthy, hormonal triggers to unwanted weight gain are too often neglected or…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Weight Management, Patient Education, Xenoestrogens, Estrogen Dominance

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Does Hormone Imbalance Contribute to Weight Gain?

The holiday rush is upon us and like everyone else you probably find yourself in a frenzy of shopping, parties, and the round of Christmas craft fairs, concerts, and happy hours with friends. Actually, I’m having far too much fun this season, but on top of work and chores, aging parents, aging dogs (who have lately forgotten they’re house trained), aging knees, and an empty nest (which is about to…

Tags: Hormone Balance, Patient Education, Weight Management, Stress

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