Periods, Moods and Menses…and Perimenopause, too!

Today on Couch Talk I have brought back a previous – and popular – guest, Dr. Lara Briden.
She is a naturopathic doctor with some twenty years of experience in women’s health and she runs a hormone clinic in Sydney, Australia.
Lara is here to talk with us about her recently updated book, Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.
With 4 daughters I can tell you that this is an important resource book – and required reading – in my household!
What I love about …

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[Young at age 71] Intimate and in love

I had the great pleasure of talking with one of my community members recently, a woman named Kathy Weibel. I love when I get these opportunities, and meeting Kathy did not disappoint! She is a rockstar in my eyes… so vibrant at the young age of 71… and what a wonderful attitude and perspective.
I wanted to share some of that conversation with you today.
Doesn’t Kathy look terrific? And wait until you hear how she FEELS as well…
She remarried at the age of …

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Resilience and beauty: Alpine Rose stem cells and more youthful skin

“La Vie En Rose. It is the French way of saying, ‘I am looking at the world through rose-coloured glasses.”                          – Audrey Hepburn
Will you look at the world with rose-coloured glasses with me?  It’s the same as looking at the world with the glass half full mentality.  It’s a beautiful way to approach life.  My mother used to say that to me all the time.
Focusing on the positives in life …

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Sexual health is about much more than sex

I have been posting a lot of new information on my blog lately relating to women’s “sexual health”.
I had already suspected that many of the men who follow this blog were likely getting tired of hearing about all of this “lady parts” stuff (unless, of course, they were passing it along to the special women in their lives…which I always hope they do)…oh, and guys…I have an upcoming blog just for you so stay tuned…
But I hadn’t expected a particular message from a …

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Estrogen versus Androgen – Do you know your body’s secrets?

Today I want to talk about something every woman should know about, because all women have it and many women use it…but few really understand it.
I’m talking about estrogen.
Now if you’ve been reading my last several blogs (check them out if you’ve missed them…they focus on hormones and each blog also contains a simple to understand/quick video…I’ve also posted the videos below), you know that our estrogen hormones fluctuate during our cycles and works with and responds to our other hormones as well.

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Female hormone imbalance as we age

There’s a lot of misunderstood ‘hormone-talk’ being thrown around out there…so I want you to have the right information, from a female doctor and women’s sexual health expert who cares!
I hope you had a chance to check out my two earlier introductory blogs on hormones. Each of these contain a short, easy to understand video as well.
The first one provides some info as to, “what the heck is a hormone anyway?” 
The second introductory blog is focused on “how your reproductive hormones change every 30 days“.

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Neurology Meets Gynecology: Hormones and Menopause

Wow! I am super excited to have been interviewed by one of my favorite mentors…
Dr. David Perlmutter!
He interviewed me on his podcast, “The Empowering Neurologist“… about what might surprise you relating to hormones and menopause!
He is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. I have known Dr. Perlmutter for many years and have read many of his books and listened to his lectures.  I have been a fan and he has mentored me as well.
We’ve been on a scientific …

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We may be getting better but we are feeling older

Women, I firmly believe the 1980’s saying, “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better!” This can be the reality for all of us. And it should be!
Yes, our bodies change as time passes…but too many of us are feeling older than our age. Especially pre, during and after menopause.
So how are women really FEELING…? (what the research says!)
There are many researchers out there routinely doing large surveys and studies about how women are aging, both in terms of actual physiology (hormone changes …

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The hormone roller-coaster of perimenopause

 
I had a great interview recently with Lara Briden. She spoke with me from Australia, where she is a naturopathic doctor with twenty years’ experience in women’s health. She is also the author of a truly interesting book, Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.
We had a wide-ranging and candid talk about many important women’s health topics, including the use of hormones during perimenopause. We also discussed how it is so true that women experiencing perimenopause often are doing …

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Essential Nutrients for Glowing Skin Beauty from the Inside Out!

Good skin isn’t just an outside job. As a doctor and expert on anti-aging and regenerative medicine, I’ve seen first-hand that the skin is a mirror for not only the health of your outsides, but also the health of your insides. The right nutrients can make all the difference; especially as we age…they’re essential to glowing, healthy skin.
Here’s a quick nutrient guide to healthy, glowing skin after 40…

Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Life: Use Digestive Enzymes and Betaine HCL to break down …

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