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4 Herbs to Help Menopause

Spirituality is all well and good, but as soon as physical symptoms come into play, “enlightenment” often seems just a tad less important. Here are four natural herbs that can help make day-to-day lif…

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The Side Effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy

By Hanny Roskamp Bioidentical hormones are hot. Oprah Winfrey is already taking them to beat menopause. Suzanne Somers wrote a book about them—Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones—i…

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A New Perspective on Menopause

Karen Giblin, president and founder of Red Hot Mamas, on new approaches to menopause. Has the menopausal experience changed through the years? “Absolutely. I came from a generation that witness…

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Best & Worst Foods for Menopause Symptoms

Source: Red Hot Mamas via Ode Magazine INSOMNIA AND HEADACHES Studies suggest that eating carbs can increase the release of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the brain manufacture serotonin, …

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4 Real-Life Menopause Experiences

**** Laarni San Juan, 42 Registered nurse, San Francisco, CA “After delivering my first and only child at age 34, I was diagnosed with premature ovarian failure. I haven’t had a period since, s…

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Menopause is a Wake-Up Call

By Babette Dunkelgrun Interview with Christiane Northrup (above), author of The Wisdom of Menopause, on the psychological meaning of menopause How do you define menopause? “It’s a rebirth of …

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The Emotional Challenges of Menopause

By Lisette Thooft She woke up one morning and her libido was gone, Hanny Roskamp writes in her uplifting account of menopause (See: The Meaning of Menopause). To her surprise, she discovered she di…

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The Meaning of Menopause

By Hanny Roskamp I’m 48 now. A year and half ago, I could still say I was “approaching menopause.” But a year ago, the first hot flashes presented themselves, in series of 20 or 30 a day. Menopause…

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about The Intelligent Optimist

Ode, the magazine for Intelligent Optimists, is an international independent journal that publishes positive news, about the people and ideas that are changing our world for the better.

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Laura is a Care2 Causes Senior Editor. She graduated from Pitzer College with Honors in English and World Literature and a minor in Music. She’s... more

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