WHIM Newsletters

Demystifying Hormone Therapy (HT)

There’s been a lot of concern about hormone therapy (HT); in this newsletter I’ll help you to understand it.

The role of vitamins in women's health

Vitamins are substances found in nature that are essential in small amounts for our bodies and minds to function properly. In this WHIM Newsletter I outline the role of vitamins in women’s health.

How Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Can Serve You in Mid-life

This month’s online WHIM (Women’s Health In Midlife) Network monthly meeting was about “How Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Can Serve You in Mid-life”. My guest speaker, Madelaine Golec, is a physiotherapist with a specialty in pelvic floor health, among other things, and her clinic, EcoPhysiotherapy, www.ecophysio.com, is located in Mississauga.

Herbals – Do they help menopause symptoms?

Many women with menopausal symptoms ask me what they can take that’s natural and can help with some of these changes.

Do you know what vaccines adults need?

Vaccinating babies and children has been very successful at protecting people against many diseases including measles, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis. But vaccination is not only for children. Healthy adults also require regular vaccines. Appropriate immunizations are very important to protect a person’s health throughout their life.

Risk factors and tips on how to prevent breast cancer

Breast cancer is preventable.  Learn about risk factors and how to reduce your risk.

Is it lack of estrogen or dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease?

Many women fear having dementia when they start forgetting words and their kid’s names during the menopause transition. Their fear is understandable, but with some education I hope this fear dissipates.

Sleep better in menopause

We are familiar with the way we feel when we don’t get enough sleep—grouchy, inattentive, short-tempered, snappy, unable to concentrate, emotional, hungry, and angry. We eat more when we sleep less. And when we don’t sleep we are more prone to high blood pressure, infections, colds (sleep strengthens our immune sleep), headaches, digestive issues, and weight gain.

Midlife women struggle with weight

Women experience weight gain in midlife. Even without putting on weight many women go through body shape changes. Why is that? There are several reasons…

WHIM Videos

Supporting menopause safely & effectively through better spinal integrity

Dr. Danielle Gilas, chiropractor and owner of Vivid Health Toronto, discusses how spinal integrity is important to well-being and how it supports women through menopause.

Skin & hair

Learn about the effects of low estrogen on skin and hair after 40.

Midlife does not have to suck! The best has yet to come.

Midlife does not have to suck! The best has yet to come. My guest speaker for the February WHIM (Women’s Health In Midlife) Network ONLINE meeting is Annie Gaudreault, holistic nutritionist, speaker, and wellness coach. All are welcome.

In this interactive workshop, Annie will discuss the essential 6 Pillars of Healthy Aging, promoting a life of vitality, and learning how you can take charge to optimize your health outcome. Business demands that we operate at 100%, yet our energy can often be much less. Learn the foundation and strategies that will have you operate at peak levels.

Vitamins, supplements, and minerals for women 40+

Vitamins, supplements, and minerals are crucial for good health, especially for women 40 and older.  In this workshop you will learn: What vitamins are essential for good health; Vitamins and supplements that are recommended for women 40+; How much you should take – daily recommended dietary intake; The benefits and risks of taking vitamins and supplements.

Improving Sleep for Women, with my guest Sarah Good

Would getting better sleep change your life?   Would it make everything else in your day easier or more satisfying?  Learn about Improving Sleep for Women from my guest speaker Sarah Good.

What should I know about menopause? Everything!

What should I know about menopause? Everything! Are you prepared for perimenopause, the hormone fluctuations of midlife? Do you know what changes your body and mind will go through when estrogen levels decrease?  If you know what to expect from this natural phase of life—about the physical, cognitive, and emotional changes of midlife—it will make the change easier for you. Awareness and education will help you to navigate the change.

What you don't know about vaginal and urinary health can hurt you

Almost 40% of women suffer from vaginal dryness, incontinence, discomfort during sex (and more), but only 4% receive treatment (easily and cheaply available, BTW)! Do you know why? Urinary and vaginal health is a taboo topic, we feel embarrassed, it’s a very personal matter, etc. It is a very personal matter, but if you don’t take care of yourself no one will.

Tips to minimize hot flashes in hot weather

The heat is on!  Are hot flashes bothering you?  Night sweats waking you up at night?  You may find your hot flashes have worsened since the temperature has gone up.  In menopause, slight increases in body temperature can trigger hot flashes. 

Get some tips to minimize hot flashes in hot weather and improve your menopause summer experience!

The good, the bad, and the myths of hormone therapy

Hormone therapy (HT) is the most effective treatment for hot flashes, night sweats and other menopause challenges, and has been shown to prevent bone loss and fracture.  SO WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN ON HT?  Because of fear, misinformation, myths, and lack of good information about the benefits, risks, and contraindications for HT.  In this ONLINE event you’ll learn about the good, the bad, and the myths of hormone therapy.

Herbs for menopause challenges, what you need to know

There are many available herbs for menopause challenges – that is, herbs to treat symptoms of menopause. But the effectiveness and safety of these preparations varies greatly.

Women often ask me what “natural remedies” they should take to help (peri)menopause challenges like hot flashes, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, low libido, and others.

The answer is never straightforward, easy, or fast – it depends.

Bioidentical hormones

If you would like to know the answer to these questions:
>> What do you understand bioidenticals to be?
>> What do you think bioidenticals are made of?
>> Based on your current knowledge of bioidenticals would you be more likely to use them than to use HT? Why?
>> Biodentical Hormone Therapy is natural, therefore it is safe. True or false?
>> What’s the cause for the Australian “grandma cancer”?
then you should watch this video!

Management of induced menopause in breast cancer survivors

Many women with breast cancer suffer induced menopause due to certain treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, and medications used to treat and prevent breast cancer (tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors) that damage the ovaries and decrease estrogen levels at an earlier age. Women who undergo a hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries are put into induced menopause literally overnight. Watch this video to learn about managing induced menopause.

Tips to minimize HF

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