Category Archives: Menopause

Early Menopause Increases Risk of Heart Disease

A number of recent studies have identified that early menopause (before age 46) increases risk of heart disease. The most recent study, scheduled for release in next month’s issue of Menopause, found that women who experience early menopause may have double the risk of heart disease and stroke. In June, the journal Menopause published another […]

Depression and Strokes

This new study links depression in middle aged and elderly women to an increase risk of strokes.  It also finds that use of anti-depressant medication is associated with increased stroke risk. Onset of depression increases during the menopausal years and, many times, anti-depressants are not the answer.  Addressing hormones and lifestyle factors can affect the […]

Synthetic Hormone Replacement and Increased Breast Cancer- No New Surprises

Many people have been asking me about the recent report claiming hormone replacement therapy increases breast cancer growth. This report (results from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI)) is not really telling us anything new. We know that premarin (estrogen derived from pregnant horses) and provera (a progestin- or synthetic progesterone) cause increased rates of breast […]

Hello Again…

I have received quite a few emails reminding me that there has been a bit of blog inactivity. This is true. My apologies. I am working on so many wonderful projects at the moment- it seems my blog has been neglected. As for my projects—Akasha’s next Take Charge Group Cleanse starts on July 7th at […]

Heart Disease and Hormone Replacement Therapy

I am 2-days post my delivery due date and, as evident from my recent blogs, have pregnancy on my mind. But, a huge part of my practice is working with Perimenopausal and Menopausal woman and I am always keeping up with the latest research on women, aging and hormones. A lot of fear surrounds hormone […]

Listen to me on Get Smart Radio

I recently spoke on getsmartradio.net about women and their menstrual cycle-from PMS to Menopause. Click on the link to listen to the podcast.

Sex Hormones and Mood

Hormones affect mood. It really is that simple. However, the basic concept that hormones affect mood is not widely appreciated or investigated when a patient presents to the doctor with symptoms of depression or anxiety. Mainstream medicine is quick to “fix” anxiety and depression with prescription medication. Sometimes these medications are absolutely indicated, but not […]

Maca Reduces Symptoms of PMS

A new study published in the current issue of Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society reports that supplementing with Maca (Lepidium meyenii) at a dose of 3.5 grams/day reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with menopause while also increasing libido. These benefits were experienced without causing hormone levels to change. So, […]