August 2012 
 Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Menopause Issue
 Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
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I hope that you all have been enjoying summer! Luckily it has cooled off a bit with the afternoon rains that we have been having here. But for those who are having a complicated change of life, even the smallest warming can trigger uncomfortable hot flash symptoms. While hot flashes are only one of a myriad of symptoms one may experience during the change of life, it is often the most talked about.

Other women may experience mood swings, weight gain, vaginal dryness, and other aches and pains that go along with the hormonal changes. And often so it goes, that the more complicated your hormonal health history (herstory?) the more complicated your menopause will also be.

This newsletter is dedicated to menopausal strategies from a naturopathic medical perspective. While there is no one size fits all solution for every woman, because we are unique beings, naturopathic medicine takes an individualized approach to help you make the wisest decision for yourself and your individual needs for your menopausal support. Genetic testing is available to assess risk of cancer, osteoporosis, and blood clotting issues which can further aid in your decision making process. Functional hormonal testing is also available to fine tune a protocol that is specific to your body chemistry. The information contained in this newsletter is just the tip of the iceberg and I would love to be able to answer any questions that may come up regarding your personal hormone balancing needs. Enjoy the read and have a great rest of your summer!

 Herbs Rival Hormones as Most Popular Menopause Treatment

Herbal remedies are fast approaching hormone therapy as the most-favored treatment by women suffering from menopause symptoms, researchers here said. From Medpage Today

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 Black Cohosh Safe for Breast Cancer Patients

Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) can help relieve hot flashes and insomnia related to menopause. We once thought the herb had an estrogenic effect, but this question is far from settled and recent evidence suggests that it may not. An article in the July 1, 2003 issue of the American Family Physician reviewed recent studies on black cohosh, noting that little or no estrogenic effect exists and that the herb may even block some of the effects of estrogen. If so, black cohosh must work in some other way to relieve menopausal symptoms but that mode of action is unknown. From Drweil.com

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 What is the Deal with Bioidentical Hormones???

Many women and health experts continue to struggle with the turnaround in attitude toward hormone therapy in the wake of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trial of combined estrogen and progestin (as Prempro) for preventing later-life ills. The trial was stopped early, in 2002, because hormone users had a higher risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke, and blood clots. Though the added risks were small, many women and their clinicians concluded they must discontinue hormone therapy. Many of these women found that hot flashes, sleeplessness, and other menopausal symptoms returned with a vengeance.from Harvard Health Publications

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 Blueberry Recipes

While one can get frozen organic blueberries year round these days, there is nothing like fresh organic blueberries which are now in season. One bite of blueberry cobbler and I am transported back in time to the mid-70's where I attended a girl scout camp in the Poconos where wild blueberry bushes were ubiquitous! We made everything from muffins, cobbler, pie and even homemade ice cream with our cache! And the good news is that blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and natural cancer fighting pigments so that they are good for you! Here are some blueberry recipes for the season. Enjoy!

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