The Hotflash inc podcast

Hotflash Inc

I'm Ann Marie McQueen, journalist and founder of Hotflash Inc, a platform to inform, entertain and encourage people going through perimenopause, menopause andropause and midlife around the world. I'm here reminding you that while nothing about this peri/menopause transition is easy, it is going somewhere good. My aim is to give you the best information, in the most objective, balanced manner I can muster. I'll give you access to some remarkable people, cutting-edge information and research, new ideas, viewpoints you may not be used to hearing, a global view, some serious talk, and lots of silliness too. I'll always trust that you can use your own open, inquiring mind, unique experience, education, experience and perspective to decide what's right for you. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode, and if you like it, maybe leave a rating and a review.
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105: The menopause transition: 'It's a deconditioning'
Dec 23 2023
105: The menopause transition: 'It's a deconditioning'
Today we are doing something a little bit different because let’s be honest, everyone is overwhelmed right now and I’m no different. This summer I was a guest on Sherry Jibb’s Happy & Healthy in Midlife Summit, and had a great conversation with her about so many things we don’t talk about much in the menopause conversation. Sherry is a registered yoga teacher, a movement educator in Pilates mat and reformer, reiki practitioner and personal trainer. She’s also a person who deeply understands the menopause transition exists on so many levels, and gets just what a mind-body-soul transformation it is. In her words, in this interview: “It's a de-conditioning.  It's a letting go of what society tells us is the recipe that we need to finding the recipe for ourselves. And love and compassion is the only way to do that.”I just loved this interview. In it you will learn:More about my journalism career and what drew me to the Middle EastWhat happened to my weight and how I got thereHow I think taking care of our health is actually  simple – but not easyWhy it's time to take radical responsibility for your healthSome details about my stormy “transmenopausal year” The essentials of grieving Some of the things that helped me through perimenopauseWhy we need a toolboxWhere you can find Sherry Jibb: Web: SherryJibb.comIG: @sherryjibb_balancedmidlifeJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
103: Dr Vonda Wright: What to do about your perimenopause body pain (and protect your body as you age)
Dec 8 2023
103: Dr Vonda Wright: What to do about your perimenopause body pain (and protect your body as you age)
Dr Vonda Wright is an American double board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, who has spent a career working with high-level atheletes and immersed in clinical research. She’s also a woman in her mid-50s who experienced terrible body pain and a range of other symptoms. All of that combined is fuelling her mission to educate women everywhere about the importance of taking care of our bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons as we age. We talk about the complexities of perimenopause, menopause, and mobility issues, and the lack of research in the area of Musculoskeletal Syndrome of Menopause, a term she coined. And we talk about all the interventions – diet, supplements, activity and more – to alleviate the symptoms and prevent problems like osteoporosis, muscle loss and fractures. Highlights: 00:33 The Importance of Bone and Muscle Health01:23 The Impact of Aging and Menopause on Musculoskeletal Health03:08 The Misdiagnosis of Perimenopause Pain04:57 The Need for Research Funding in Women's Health06:33 The Musculoskeletal Syndrome of Menopause13:22 The Role of Mobility in Maintaining Health15:56 Understanding Bone Mineral Density and Osteoporosis23:17 Strategies for Maintaining Bone and Muscle Health24:48 Breaking Old Habits and Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle25:12 Understanding the Importance of a Balanced Diet25:56 The Controversy Surrounding Calcium Intake26:36 The Essential Role of Vitamin D28:43 The Debate on Hormone Therapy29:34 The Impact of Estrogen on Women's Health34:22 The Fear and Reality of Frozen Shoulder43:04 Exploring Cutting-Edge Treatments45:24 Final Words of Hope and InspirationWhere to find Dr Vonda WrightWeb: Drvondawright.comIG: @drvondawrightTikTok: @drvondawrightJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
102:  4 women go through perimenopause and along comes WILE
Dec 1 2023
102: 4 women go through perimenopause and along comes WILE
I have two power players in this perimenopause space: half of the four-person team that founded Wile, “a plant-powered hormonal and emotional wellness brand for women 40+ that reframes midlife as a time of peak power”. (You will hear the word “tincture”) Introductions: Gwendolyn Floyd is a venture-backed serial social entrepreneur – five companies and counting – and Wile’s co-founder and CEO. The title of this podcast is “4 women go through perimenopause” because not only is Gwen a perimenopausal woman, but she watched her mother be buffeted by this transition too. Julie Kucinski is Wile’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, coming from the worlds of beauty and wellness and some of the biggest brands of our time. American actress Judy Greer and former journalist-turned-entrepreneur Corey Schlolibo round out the foursome, and they’ve also got some pretty influential investors along for the ride, including US tennis star Serena Williams. I did this interview back in the summer, but the conversation has legs. We talked about the current reality of this space, what’s happening with women, how the options facing us are complementary, what we face on the job and in our home lives and what it means to square up with the heroine’s journey of menopause all still stand. You will hear the word tinctures a lot too. There are many highlights in this frank discussion of the business of perimenopause, as well as the realities of what it is to go through perimenopause. They include: Why DON’T companies pay attention to women over 40?There is no ‘natural vs HrT’, only natural and HrTCalling in versus calling out and getting defensive on social media How they came to build their formulation (under the guidance of XXX)The one thing you want to know about most of the products you use Yeah, we get angry. Okay? How pretending that we are perfect emotionally – and in every other way – hurts and harms us. Acknowledging we have a lot going – and a tincture or two – and resilience. Why menopause needs the straw in the turtle’s nose moment to blow the consciousness up Why the workplace isn’t even close to accepting perimenopause (and why it’s, for us, just the latest hurtle)Where to connect with Wile:Web: Wilewomen.com/IG: @WileWomenJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
101: The most inspiring mid-sex-life story ever
Nov 24 2023
101: The most inspiring mid-sex-life story ever
This is a very special podcast, because it’s with a person who is so authentic and honest about what she’s been through – a rare thing indeed. Over in Canada (Peterborough, Ontario, to be specific) Deborah Porteous takes us back eight years to when she was 53, going through menopause – and had never had an orgasm. Through the love of a patient and attentive partner  that soon changed. It was through their search for a workable lubricant that Pleasure Pods, a disruptive company that produces 100 percent plant-based solid product, was born. They are now for sale at Amazon Canada, in more than 50 stores in Ontario, and this autumn became the first such brand to win the CHFA LaunchPad Award at the CHFA LaunchPad and Show in Toronto. Highlights (there are many): • Deborah's history – it’s going to resonate• The shame, abandonment, ADHD piece (try not to cry) • You can rejuvenate your vagina: part 1 • How the pandemic fueled the launch of Pleasure Pods (a moisturizer AND a lube)• Breaking down the ingredients and what they do• Why she thinks a you need to check out a modern adult sex store (she’s toured to more than 50)• The problem with most lubricants (silicon, water-based, hybrid, coconut oil) – in menopause, in particular• You can rejuvenate your vagina: part 2• The power of orgasms• Her message to women: you need to use it• What she has learned about abandonment and it’s impact on relationships, and self-love • Her ADHD journey and diagnosis (get a tissue)• Straight talk about what it’s been like being a GenX women• Why she doesn’t want to get married now• Her menopause experience (what happened and what helped)Names mentioned:Dr. Carolin Klein, registered psychologist and director of the West Coast Centre for Sex Therapy, Becoming Cliterate Why Orgasm Equality Matters--And How to Get It by Nicole Prause Where to find Pleasure Pods: WEB: Thepleasurepods.comIG: @thepleasurepodsYOUTUBE: @thepleasurepodsFACEBOOK: @plantbuttersandoilsLinkedIn:/@pleasure-products-inc/Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
99: Dr Junella Chin, CBD and perimenopause pain knows pain
Nov 3 2023
99: Dr Junella Chin, CBD and perimenopause pain knows pain
Dr June Chin knows about pain and how to treat it on the deepest levels: from her own experiences that started in her teens years and through to that of patients. She’s an integrative medical cannabis physician and has spent more than20  years working in holistic medicine. She is currently a professor at New York University and Syracuse University teaching Cannabis Health and Science, Vice Chair for the Cannabis Advisory Board for the New York State Office of Cannabis Management and Chair of the Health, Safety and Research Committee for New York State’s Office of Cannabis Management. She is the author of the book Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness and founded and operated seven bicoastal integrative cannabis medicine clinics in California, New York, and Connecticut.  Her training includes studying nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, osteopathic medicine at Touro University, medical acupuncture at Harvard University, and research at Columbia University, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Women’s Health. Through her work as a clinician, professor, and author, she has created medical protocols for the industry and internationally accepted methods for cannabinoid formulations, research, education, and training programs. She is also the chief medical officer for NNABI. Highlights: The personal experience that drew her to holistic medicine, and cannabis in particularThe 101 on our endocannabanoid system The different forms of cannabis – and how CBD is different The interplay between CBD and hormone therapyThe intersection between perimenopause and the endocannabanoid system?How specifically can cannabis and CBD help Her work with the startup NNABI, which is providing a CBD solution for perimenopauseHer take on some of the other alternative, plant-based medicines and psychedelics being developed to treat peri/menopauseHer top advice for women in perimenopauseWhere to find Dr Chin:IG: @nnabi.life @drjunechinJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
98: Perimenopause “down there” 101 with Dr Karyn Eilber
Oct 28 2023
98: Perimenopause “down there” 101 with Dr Karyn Eilber
Dr Karyn Eilber is board certified in urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, as well as an associate professor teaching, training and working in administration at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She’s a mom of three, co-founder of the clean, luxury intimacy company Glissant, founding medical partner at Doctorpedia and co-author on the awesomely title book A Woman’s Guide to Her Pelvic Floor: What the F#*@ is Going On Down There?”Over her years of practice, she’s also become open to alternative approaches to medicine and all the new – and old – things that can help. “No pun intended,” she says. “You gotta think outside the box.” Highlights: Why vibrators are important in perimenopauseHow to choose a vibratorWhy kegal exercises are not one sized fits allThe very important role of a pelvic floor physical therapist The intersection between our urinary tracts, pelvic floors and overall vaginal health Vaginal estrogen is safe! (Even if the packaging makes you think otherwise)Why systemic estrogen may not be enough for your vagina The latest tech: lasers, sound waves and O Shots Bioidentical hormones and testosterone pelletsOur rapidly advancing understanding of the vaginal microbiomeWhat’s going on with all the infections? (Hint: It’s about the lactobacillus)Boric acid for BV: the doctor’s Rx (and what you have to watch out for)Goop, vaginal (vulvar) steaming and jade eggsFalling bladder: what it is and how to treat itGlissant and the importance of using clean lube (and some CBD)What young women are doing differently at the gynecologist Is vaginal estrogen mandatory? Where to find Dr Eilber:Web: Glissantlove.comLinkedIn: @KarynEilberInstagram: @dreilberJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
97: Dr Vikram Talaulikar: Straight facts about hormone therapy
Oct 21 2023
97: Dr Vikram Talaulikar: Straight facts about hormone therapy
This week we get down to basics, and basics are exactly what we need in this confusing world right now. This is THE podcast to listen to if you are confused about all things to do with taking hormone therapy.Dr Vikram Sinai Talaulikar is a specialist in reproductive medicine at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and an associate professor in Women’s Health at the University College London. He graduated in medicine in India in 2003 and completed a postgraduate degree in obstetrics and gynecology in 2007. He is a certified menopause specialist by the British Menopause Society, a menopause trainer and he is constantly educating others on this transition as well, via online webinars, events and through social media. He is also part of the trio who established the Menopause Research Education Fund, alongside medical journalist Fiona Clarke and groundbreaking menopause campaigner Diane Danzebrink.Highlights of our discussion: Hormone therapy (HT) 101WHI: good, bad and what we can learn from it 20 years onEstrogen in the pill vs estrogen in HT All the kinds of estrogen and what they are used for strogen too ethinyl estradiolEstrone, Estriol, Estradiol, and Estetrol.17 beta estradiolGetting to the bottom of body simila, body identical and bioidentical – and why that varies from country to country Pharmaceutical company produced HT vs compounding pharmacy versionsthe big “Catch-22” with compounding pharmacies that keeps their bioidentical hormones out of official recommendationsthe pill, HRT and breast cancer riskwhy problems with the pill don’t get flagged and HRT does Evidence over estrogen and breast cancer risk (and randomized trials versus observational data)What’s what: progesterone, progestin and progestogens (how they work and which one carries a slight risk for breast cancer)how long you really need to take HRT to see if it’s workingwhy HT works for some people and not othersDr Talaulikar’s favourite non-hormonal treatmentsWhere to find Dr Talaulikar:X: @VikramSinai Web: Menopause Clinic LondonMenopause Research and Education FundJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
96: Hot Flashes & Cool Topics x Hotflash inc
Oct 14 2023
96: Hot Flashes & Cool Topics x Hotflash inc
“Just put it out there. No one expects you to be perfect.”When Colleen Rosenblum talks about starting the Hot Flashes & Cool Topics podcast with her partner Bridgett Biagi Garratt in 2019, you kind of want to stand up and cheer. These Nashville-based friends – Colleen is an attorney turned pilates instructor, Brigit is a former elementary school teacher –  are two of the most clear-headed voices in the North American midlife sp, all the things that happen in midlife and how we get through them. They also just had their first IRL Hot Flashes & Cool Topics with Prime Women event this month, where they talked about menopause, midlife and a lot more. Highlights: Navigating politics  in the menopause space Doctors private public Doing scary new things in midlife How backward it was (and still is) that midlife have the purchasing power but are left out of media coverageShining a light on the positives of midlife Growing through the grief and loss in your empty nest Starting over and deciding what you want to do with the rest of your lifeWhat they’ve learned interviewing doctorsThe most controversial topic they’ve come across – testosterone pellets – and Bridget’s own experience with themWhy we don’t want to change doctors – even when ours knows nothing about perimenopause How being scared of menopause can make it harder Colleen and Bridget look back on their own perimenopause experiencesWhy they left their careers behind and how they feel about it now What it felt like when they launched their podcast – and why women need to stop underestimating the experience they have in life NB: For an alternative view about  testosterone, check out episode 58 with Nashville, Tennessee-based nurse practitioner Brooke Faught and for testosterone pellets, listen to episode 79 with Phoenix, Arizona-based integrative physician Dr Angela DeRosa. For more on HFCT:Hot Flashes & Cool TopicsFacebookInstagramTwitterPinterestLinkedInYouTubeJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
95: Lara Briden explains the stages of perimenopause
Oct 7 2023
95: Lara Briden explains the stages of perimenopause
The first encore guest on the Hotlflash inc podcast is the women's health ND Lara Briden, who is a calm, cool, collected and highly knowledgeable voice in the women’s health space. She is the author of two books, period repair manual and hormone repair manual, is  a sought after speaker and guest, has her own podcast and helps 171 thousand people on Instagram sort fact from fiction. She’s also a student of the endocrinologist, Dr Jerilynn Prior, who she mentions several times in the podcast, and a passionate advocate for shifting some of the focus during this transition onto progesterone from estrogen, which gets all the attention. We discuss why perimenopause might seem like chaos, but it really isn't, and why. And a portion of the podcast is dedicated to the evolutionary aspect, which Lara is passionate about because she's also an evolutionary biologist!Highlights: Why ‘the four phases of menopause’ is unhelpfulRecap on our menstrual cycle The real four phases – of perimenopauseWhat menopause really means (and why it’s going to be okay there)How the “chaos” is temporary – and what’s causing itWhy there are really just 9 symptoms of perimenopause The one symptom of menopause that does lingerWhy do much of perimenopause is about other things, but is also about perimenopauseWhy everyone gets the history of menopause wrong – and why understanding it (and seeing it reflected in the animal kingdom) tells us so much about what it really isThe one thing that makes it all worseWhere to find Lara: Larabriden.comThe Lara Briden PodcastIG: @larabridenX: @larabridenJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
93. Compounding pharmacies are not meth labs
Sep 23 2023
93. Compounding pharmacies are not meth labs
We hear this message all the time: compounding pharmacies and the bioidentical hormones they produce are dangerous and unregulated. But, are they? In an encore episode of Hotflash inc, to find out we turned to two people who are inside the industry, which accounts for about 1 to 2 per cent of drugs sold, and getsa very different story. Meet Scott Brunner, CEO of the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, which represents compounding pharmacists and technicians as well as prescribers, educators, researchers and suppliers in the United States, and Jennifer Burch, a doctor of pharmacy and owner of the independent pharmacy her father started in Durham, North Carolina. Although this episode focuses on the compounding pharmacies industry in the US, there are takeaways that can be applied all over the world. Highlights: • The drug industry began with compounding pharmacies – so why are they still here? (4.45)• The rigorous regulatory framework in place to oversee them (5.50)• How compounding pharmacies help patients traditional pharmaceuticals cannot – including in menopause (7.32)• Examples in peri/menopause where compounded medications help where pharmaceuticals cannot (10.13)• How practioners work collaboratively with compounding pharmacists (12.30) • The one way pharmacists can tell if a medication is working for a patient (13.10)• How compounded menopause hormone therapy works and is overseen by pharmacists, practitioners and patient consulation for peri/menopause symptoms – and how it’s different from how the majority of HRT prescriptions handled (13.30)• The rare cases where compounding has gone wrong (17.30)• The difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones (and how even doctors confuse them) (19.01)• Why you probably want to skip medroxyprogesterone and go for bioidentical progesterone instead (21.00)• The imminent threat facing the compounding industry (26.00)• Why the compounding isn’t even suited to the large-scale clinical trials it’s demonized for not having – and how it’s actually tested (27.23)• The issue of pellets (and why the Alliance wants a more rigorous reporting system for adverse events for all drugs) (37.30)• The case that may have scarred the FDA about compounding pharmacies (42.20)• Are compounded medications really more expensive?(43.30)Find out more:Web: Compounding.comTwitter: A4PC @a4pcrx Jennifer Burch @drjenn93Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
92: Why Paula Rastrick wants you to go low and slow on HRT
Sep 16 2023
92: Why Paula Rastrick wants you to go low and slow on HRT
Paula Rastrick is a British psychotherapist who was prescribed too-high levels of hormone therapy at a private clinic in the UK, which ended up causing more physical and emotional problems than she originally sought treatment for. She is also complex trauma survivor and classed as a Highly Sensitive Person and her mission is to raise awareness of both and how they impact menopause transition.Her episode runs in the same week that the British Menopause Society released a warning about reports of high doses of menopause hormone therapy being given in the UK, and the syndrome known as tachyphlaxis. This is what happens when people taking drugs find the drugs to be less effective over time, and in the case of hormone therapy, can mean women with high estradiol levels may believe they need more estrogen, and also that women with higher levels of estrogen can experience adverse mood-related symptoms. Paula has create the brain body method of working with women on post-traumatic growth, resilience and healing.. She works with clients one-on-one and has just begun offering affordable monthly workshops that educate women about their body’s stress and trauma responses and gives them tools to handle and process it which you can access through her website. Highlights of our conversation: Her story of being overprescribed HRTThe vastly understood role of childhood trauma and highly sensitive people in perimenopause Why all mood issues are not simply another perimenopause  “symptom” What happens when too much estrogen hits a highly sensitive brainRemembering HRT is a pharmaceutical drug, not our body’s actual hormones Low and slow as a guiding principle ADHD, neurodiversity and moreWhy menopause needs to connect the dots with other researchWhy menopause is a bio-psycho-social transitioDifferential diagnosis and the danger of counting everything as a perimenopause symptomIs there such a thing as menopause mood disorder? Narrowing the conversation is not helping womenWhy trauma isn’t about the event - it’s about how you process the event Libido loss – and the pain and stress of knowing that our relationships need work – in perimenopause HRT as a baseline to tackle everything else rather than a magic pill What do you do when you listen and think ‘this sounds like me’The book she recommends you start with if you think this might be youWhere to find Paula: IG+TikTok: @mrspaularastrickWeb:Thebrainbodymethod.comJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
90. Kashif Khan - What’s your DNA got to do with menopause?
Sep 4 2023
90. Kashif Khan - What’s your DNA got to do with menopause?
There is something that is discussed very little in the current wave of menopause awareness, yet it is, in essence, our very structure.Yet obviously our DNA is a very big piece of this midlife puzzle. And if you, like me, thought that DNA testing was something to avoid, because you don’t want to find out what diseases you are going to die of, then today’s conversation with Kashif Khan, founder of The DNA Company and author of The DNA Way, will be very eye-opening.The DNA Way is all about using your individual DNA to prevent health issues. The DNA Company has amassed years of in-depth genetic analysis on the DNA results of more than 7,000 people, unlocking valuable insights into mood, behaviour and mental health, energy, diet and nutrition, weight management, sleep, and more.This is about using epigenetics to overcome your genetic legacy. Rather than serving as a possible inescapable prophesy, DNA testing provides actionable recommendations for all the most confusing health concerns we have, and can provide guidance on what foods to eat, how to exercise, where and how to work, and more. As Kashif writes in his book and tells me in the podcast, this has helped him prevent or reverse illness, slow down the aging process, and optimize performance. And it can do the same for you.Kashif explains DNA in a way that I never really understood it before, and he provided vital insight – and a much different take – on things like reducing our breast cancer risk, and how we can more safely use menopause hormone therapy. It’s like a human instruction manual – for menopause too. Get ready to have your mind blown. Mine certainly was.If you like what you hear: Hotflash inc has partnered with The DNA Company to provide listeners with an exclusive 10 percent discount on the DNA Company’s DNA 360 Report. Click here and use promo code HOTFLASHINC.Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
89. Tania Elfersy: What is your body telling you?
Aug 24 2023
89. Tania Elfersy: What is your body telling you?
Tania Elfersy is a transformative coach, speaker and award-winning author specializing in midlife women's health. Tania has spent years researching perimenopause and menopause: what causes it, what makes it worse and what can relieve the symptoms. She suffered too, and then after a profound emotional shift, became free of her own physical and emotional symptoms naturally and simply, through insight alone.Tania set up The Wiser Woman project in 2015 to help women transform their experience of midlife change. Through her coaching, writing and teaching, Tania focuses on connecting women to the innate brilliance of their bodies, having seen that healing occurs with ease when we relax into the divine intelligence within.Highlights: Recognizing and rejecting the negative narratives surrounding menopause in media and on social mediaHow we “innocently” make our health worse by what’s going on in our mindsThe healing process as a shift in consciousnessHer take on the #menopauserevolution and what is really going on in the UK Do we really need HRT? And could it “desensitize” us to the truth of menopause?How to lean into becoming a Wiser WomanHow to manage – not try to change – our thoughtsWhere to find more of Tania: Web: The Wiser WomanFacebook: @Tania.ElfersyLinkedin: Tania ElfersyJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
88. Andrea Donsky knows her menopause supplements
Aug 19 2023
88. Andrea Donsky knows her menopause supplements
The Hotflash inc podcast is the #1 podcast in Women’s Health on Goodpods and in the top 1.5 percent on Listen Notes. Thank you for making that happen! Andrea Donsky is a Canadian nutritionist who turned her own terrible and epic perimenopause into a movement – and a company. Now a Menopause Educator and Researcher with 300,000+ TikTok followers, she is on a mission to change the conversation around perimenopause and menopause. An entrepreneur with more than 23 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Andrea hosts the weekly ‘Menopause Reimagined’ podcast, and appears as a menopause expert on television across North America. To date, Andrea has appeared in over 400 TV segments and has been featured on every major network across the U.S and Canada. Her newest venture, Morphus, (which signifies ‘metamorphosis’ + ‘us’ as a community), empowers women over the age of 35 to “Reimagine Menopause” as a journey of empowerment so they feel heard, supported, and validated. Morphus empowers women to take control of their symptoms and health with nutrition, resources, and science-backed supplements. Andrea and her business partner Randy are also my partners in the Menopause Shift Summit, which is returning next year! Highlights: What launched her into becoming a menopause researcher and entrepreneur (hint: A horrid, epic perimenopause)Why she focused on symptomologyStarting to understand supplements through ingredients The big problem she had with one of the most common menopause ingredients Why you need to know about guar fiber Pycnogenol: What it is, why she loves it and how much you really needThe one thing you need to know before you take a supplement (hint: It’s super-simple but most of us miss it Toco-what? The two things you need to address early in perimenopause Her one golden rule about supplements The scoop on black seed oil – and why it’s magic for menopausersWhat to watch out for when it comes to supplement additives (and why they could be the reason what you tried isn’t working)Why too many ingredients is a big supplement red flag The benefit of new supplements vs older varieties Why perimenopause is like updating your cell phone’s softwareThe goodies of menopause (stay tuned: there are MANY and they are AMAZING)The magnesium-stress loop  Learn more at wearemorphus.comFind Andrea: Podcast: Menopause ReimaginedTikTok: @andreadonskyIG: @andreadonsky @wearemorphusFB: /wearemorphusJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
87. HRT + heart disease: 'We don't believe it's going to protect you'
Aug 13 2023
87. HRT + heart disease: 'We don't believe it's going to protect you'
BIG NEWS: Hotflash inc is the #1 Women's Health Podcast on Goodpods, and in the top 1.5 percent of podcasts according to Listen Notes. Thanks so much for making that happen! While Hotflash inc takes a break, we are replaying a popular and confounding episode here: With so much hype surrounding menopause hormone therapy today, it’s very hard to know what or who to believe. There is a big push to portray HRT not only as helpful for menopause symptoms, but also as a preventative for cardiovascular disease. But does this bear out in the research we have so far, most of which lumps bioidenticals and synthetic hormones into one basket? That was the question of the latest literature review published  American Heart Association’ journal Circulation this past Valentine’s Day – Rethinking Menopausal Hormone Therapy: For Whom, What, When, and How Long? – that looked at 96 papers, articles and studies. The authors included gynecologists, women’s health internists, endocrinologists, as well as Stephanie Faubion, medical director for the North American Menopause Society, all members of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee. Kathryn Lindley, an MD and clinical investigator in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and one of the authors of the paper is my guest on the podcast this week to break down these findings.This episode was originally #63 and published on February 18, 2023.Highlights: • why cardiologists have shied away from the topic of HRT• why HRT isn't recommended for prevention of cardiovascular disease (even if it seems like it should be)• the case for HRT to help symptoms• calculating the of using HRT for symptoms ("it's not zero but...")• why other health conditions matter• when it comes to vaginal estrogen...• respecting the HRT "the window of opportunity" • so, what can you do to prevent heart disease and stroke?• the case for assessing reproductive risk factors (and what you need to tell your doctors about your previous reproductive life – even if she doesn't ask)• the importance of taking in medical news in the media with "skepticism"• the case for keeping top of your health during perimenopause and taking action early for your future healthJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information