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  1. The HRT debate. Risks and Benefits.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I was recently invited to a debate with the UK’s leading menopause experts at the Medical Society of London, putting across their views on the risks and benefits of HRT. It was a lively event, with both sides of the argument putting together strong arguments supporting their point of view. Some of the key elements to come out of the debate itself, and the discussion that followed afterwards with questions from the audience  (most of whom were medical professionals) were as follows: The lack of consistency in interpreting the data for studies regarding the risks and benefits of HRT. All parties seemed to agree HRT was appropriate for most women experiencing early menopause. For those women taking HRT the length of time should taking HRT should be looked at closely – those ‘against stressed that...
  2. Video: How do we relieve the symptoms of the menopause? Dr Marilyn Glenville talks about Hot Flushes and Night Sweats

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon With so much misinformation out in the market regarding the menopause, I’m delighted to bring the first in a series of video interviews with the UK’s leading women’s nutritionist , and author of Natural Solutions to Menopause, Marilyn Glenville. In this video Marilyn discusses: How to relieve key symptoms of the menopause What causes hot flushes The triggers for hot flushes and how to avoid them What causes night sweats The effect of hormones on the menopause How to alleviate symptoms of the menopause with herbal supplements and lifestyle changes. Video: How to manage symptoms of the menopause   Transcript: Ceri: Hi. With me today I’ve got Marilyn Glenville with me and Marilyn is the UK’s leading nutritionist in women’s health. So, Marilyn, thank you very much talking to Fabafterfifty today. Marilyn: And nice  to speak to you, Ceri. Ceri:...
  3. Confessions of a menopausal stylist!

    Article by Judith Brady Do you ever have one of those days when you want to pull the duvet over your head and want to tell the world to just leave you alone? Well back in June I was feeling like that most days I was in the middle of the menopause, had some on-going problems with my back which was painful and felt irritable, tired and generally yuck. Plus I was putting on weight and couldn’t seem to do anything about it and had developed this roll of fat around my middle which I’d never had before. Certain items in my wardrobe became ‘off limits’ as I just knew they’d be too tight. I became detached from my own body, not wanting to look at it, just blaming it for letting...
  4. Menopause: Top Ten Tips for Managing symptoms through diet

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville The menopause is a time of change and your female hormones are going to be fluctuating up and down as you go through this stage until you come out the other side and into the postmenopause, when your hormones will stabilise.  The more gradually you go through the menopause, the less hormone fluctuations you experience and the easier the transition. The food you eat should help your body to adjust easily and comfortably to the hormonal changes you are undergoing and help smooth your menopause journey.  Your diet can have a big impact, nourishing your body and helping control and eliminate unwanted menopause symptoms along the way. Here are my top ten tips that you can use easily in your everyday life: 1.  Include hormone-balancing phytoestrogens in your diet...
  5. Menopause is a blessing not a curse says Dr Lynda Shaw

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw Duvet off, duvet on, duvet off, duvet on.  Most women going through the menopause will recognise this night-time ritual as the hot flushes appear out of the darkness in a nano second.  Or how about a bloated tummy or fatigue?  Or an unpredictable menstrual cycle?  All these are discussed at length by women around the age of 50yrs.  But the comments that cause the most concern are when women describe themselves as becoming grey and invisible.  When they believe that they are no longer of use, as if once the baby making years are over we are rendered useless and undesirable (even those who do not have children still seem to feel this way). What a load of nonsense!  The menopause is a signal for...
  6. What causes Female Pattern Hair Loss and can it be treated?

    Article by Sara G. Allison Thinning or loss of hair for women is rarely discussed but can cause distress for those affected. I asked trichologist Sara G. Allison to talk about why it occurs, and what can be done when it happens: Female Pattern Hair loss, otherwise known as Androgenic Alopecia-affects many women when there are times of hormonal change, especially around the menopause. However, treatment can usually prevent further hair loss and often cause hair re-growth. Who gets female pattern hair loss? Hair loss in women affected by androgenic alopecia is likely to be first noticed at times of hormonal change, i.e. approaching the menopause or early stages of starting the menopause when there are changes to the testosterone and oestrogen ratio. This change can also cause increased...
  7. The Menopause is NOT an illness

    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD. The menopause is not an illness. If you subscribe to the standpoint currently held by the conventional medical profession, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was. In conventional terms the menopause and its symptoms are viewed as a disorder caused by falling hormone levels. So, by giving menopausal women hormones in the form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the deficiency can be corrected and we have a ‘cure’. This argument is supported by the supposed similarity between the menopause and diabetes. When insulin levels are insufficient to maintain normal blood glucose levels, then insulin is supplied from outside and the balance is corrected. But diabetes is different from the menopause in one important respect: diabetes is not a natural event. It is not expected that everyone will get diabetes;...
  8. How does the menopause affect women in the workplace?

    Interview with Dr Lynda Shaw With many women over 50 returning  to work or thinking about how best to extend their working lives,  I asked Dr Lynda Shaw how the menopause affects the way we think and are able to function in the workplace.  Do we make better or worse employees? Does the menopause change women’s abilities in the workplace? With the hormonal changes experienced by women going through the menopause and the decrease in oxytocin, a hormone which contributes to maternal behaviour, women who have gone through  the menopause no longer need cuddles, and are no longer drawn into others lives to ‘fix’ them. With their children having flown the nest their brains are no longer in emotional turmoil, and typically they are more...
  9. Spinach might have been great for Popeye but it seems it might not be quite so beneficial for women over 50!

    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville If like me, you were feeling virtuous by eating lots of spinach, it appears that where this particular vegetable is concerned you can have too much of a good thing. One if the biggest risks for women post menopause is osteoporosis. There are a number of risk factors for osteoporosis that apply whatever your age, but the emphasis for preventing and treating osteoporosis is to make your diet more alkaline. Calcium  neutralises acid, so the more acidic your food, the more calcium has to be taken from your bones to make your body  more alkaline. The more fruit and vegetables you eat the more alkaline your body becomes and there will be less loss of calcium from your bones. However, both spinach and rhubarb contain oxalic acid, which reacts with calcium in the digestive system...
  10. Can Homeopathy help women through the menopause?

    Article by Kathy Payne You know what it’s like. It starts with changes to your monthly cycle and then its hot flushes, sweats, disturbed sleep, mood changes, lower libido, dryness and maybe getting a little rounder about the middle. It’s the M word. Menopause. I almost typed “dreaded M word” but you know menopause is a life stage, rites of passage, a new beginning.  Like pregnancy, it’s not an illness: it’s a natural state in women. I’m not being glib. I know menopause symptoms can be unpleasant, debilitating, stressful and worrying for some. I also know that the transition time varies from woman to woman. I regularly meet women with symptoms in my homeopathic practice and hear their particular experiences. Homeopathy is a system of medicine, which treats the...
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