Power Surge News

Issue 30


A Free E-Mail Newsletter
of the Power Surge Women's
Midlife and Menopause Community
The Power Surge Web Site
Dearest (Alice Stamm)
Founder and Facilitator

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Many of you have written asking what became of the
newsletter these past five months. For those who don't
participate in the message boards and chats, you wouldn't
have known that I took sick in April and am, believe it or not,
still in the process of recovering from what should have been
simple surgery (gall bladder), but became  complicated by
pancreatitis, jaundice, lupoid-hepatitis and bilirubin levels shooting
through the roof. The doctors were baffled. I wasn't sure I'd be around
to write another newsletter. BUT, the power of prayer is very strong, indeed.
I'm still here. Therefore, the monthly Power Surge Newsletters will return
to your E.mail once again.

Thanks for your patience and your prayers.  And, no matter how awful you
may feel during menopause, it's really good to be alive.  


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Thursday, Aug. 29, 9 PM, ET
"Is There Something Wrong With
Wanting To Be Alone?" 

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During menopause many women find themselves isolating.
Oftentimes, they don't understand what's happening. They
fear they're losing their minds. They're becoming anti-
social. They can't seem to communicate what they're feeling.
What's happening is that while their bodies are in turmoil
during their changes, they need quiet time to sort things
out, to regroup, to deal with the anxiety and depression
often accompanying menopause, to understand and accept
what's happening to their bodies and spirits, to meditate
and find a peaceful place within themselves in order to cope
with the difficult challenges of menopause.

Join Dearest  and Power Surge friends
IN THE Power Surge Live! Chat Room

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Sept 5th, Erika Schwartz, M.D.,  guests in
Power Surge Live! 

The author of The Hormone Solution: Naturally Alleviate Symptoms of
Hormone Imbalance From Adolescence Through Menopause
With a passion and commitment to the empowerment and
education of women of all ages to be the healthiest they can
be is what defines her. Specializing in women's health, she
has been practicing medicine for 20 years. Dr. Schwartz gives
scientifically proven and caring combinations of alternative
and conventional medicine. In her continued search for
women's health issue solutions, Dr. Schwartz addresses
the problems of hormone imbalance. As a result of her
research and the clinical data she has accumulated,
she has become an expert in the treatment of hormone
imbalance with natural hormone supplementation.

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Two excellent transcripts devoted to the recent halting
of the WHI (Women's Health Initiative) HRT Study:

The HRT Controversy With Aaron Tabor, M.D.
The HRT Controversy With Pete Hueseman, R.Ph

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Use quotes / affirmations / positive thoughts
"The vibes you give out come back to you!"

"People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But, people will never forget how you made them feel"
    --- Anonymous

In his book Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life,"
author, Gregg LeVoy says, "The desire to protect ourselves
from change probably does more harm to the flowing of human
life and spirit than almost any other choice, but it is imperative
to understand something about security: It isn’t secure! Everything
about security is contrary to the central fact of existence: Life
changes. By trying to shelter ourselves from change, we isolate
ourselves from living. By avoiding risk we may feel safe and
secure -- or at least experience a tolerable parody thereof -- but
we don’t avoid the harangues of our consciences. It’s almost
axiomatic that the import risks we don’t take now become the
regrets we have later. In fact, I was once told that if I’m not failing
regularly, I’m living so far below my potential that I’m failing anyway."

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One of the most popular areas of the Web site is the
Recommendations area. 

Midlife is generally a time of awakening, but not always a gentle
one! By the time most women are 40-something (give or take a
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In the 8 1/2 I've run Power Surge, I've communicated with
literally hundreds of thousands of women suffering from all
sorts of anxiety issues, and like them, and many of you, I,
too, am all too familiar with the fears, anxiety, depression
and frustrations that occur during this transitional time of
life. Fluctuating hormone levels, coupled with all the
issues associated with menopause and getting older, often
produce anxiety. Here are some common symtoms and basic
guídelínes for ...

Copíng With Stress, Anxíety & Depressíon

Most people with anxiety disorder appear to be ín control on
the outside, but internally they are anticipating the worst.
Many people don’t realize their problems - both physical &
emotional - are anxiety related.

Common symptoms of anxiety would include:

• Nervousness
• rapid heart beat
• dizziness
• panicky feelings
• diarrhea & stomach problems.

Irrational fears about:

• losing control
• dying
• losing your mind
• embarrassing yourself
• having a heart attack.

Personality types most associated with anxiety & depression:

•  extremely analytical
• emotionally sensitive
•  over reacts
•  sensitive to criticism
•  low self-esteem
•  need to appear ín control at all times
•  obsessive thinking
•  inner nervousness
•  high expectations
•  guilt ridden
• easily irritated
•  worrier
•  hypochondriac
•  sensitive to negative stimuli

Episodes of depression are normally marked by persistent (2
or more weeks) sadness & crying, low self-esteem, bleak
world-view, guilt, change ín sleep (insomnia or
oversleeping), change ín appetite (weight loss or gain) & a
general loss of interest & pleasure ín life. Many people who
suffer from anxiety disorders slowly become depressed to
some degree. The kind of depression that most often coexists
with anxiety is DRIVEN by the anxiety. The good news is - íf
you can remember that anxiety preceded the depression, you
have a good idea as to the cause of the depression.

Here are a few guidelines you can use to help alleviate your anxiety.
Recognize and admit that you are feeling stressed & anxious.

• Become aware of your body’s symptoms. Don’t let them scare
you, let them talk to you.

•  Try to pinpoint what ít ís you are anxious about. What
happened yesterday? What were you thinking about before you
went to bed? If you can’t pinpoint ít, don’t worry about ít
and move on.

•  Give yourself permission to feel anxious about whatever
ít ís that ís bothering you. Of course I feel anxious about
this problem, anyone would. But how much anxiety ís too

•  If you do know what ít ís that ís bothering you, what can
you do to eliminate or minimize the situation ín some way so
that ít isn’t so stressful?

•  Most importantly, how can you react differently so you
won’t be so affected by this situation?

•  Listen to the dialogue within yourself. Are you filling
yourself full of negative thoughts about a certain
situation? What could you say to yourself that would feel
more comforting?

•  Listen to the dialogue of those around you. Is someone
around you being negative and dragging you down with them?
If so, how could you change your reaction to their negative
attitude so that you would be less affected by them?

•  Are you overwhelming yourself with shoulds & high
expectations? If so, which ones would you eliminate?

•  Are you blaming someone else for your anxieties,
unhappiness, poor health, lack of success or whatever? How
can you take responsibility for yourself and make some
positive changes?

•  Give yourself positive reinforcement for even the
smallest accomplishments.

• Find a source of relaxation. Whether it be in prayer,
yoga, meditation or guided imagery, the positive affects of
daily relaxation are well documented.

•  Exercise is extremely important for people suffering from
anxiety and depression. Consult your doctor about a
reasonable schedule, pace and type for you.

•  Take a break. Simple changes in routine can help give you
a different perspective.

•  Treat yourself with love & respect. Watch not only your
self-dialogue, but the images you entertain. Are you
needlessly scaring yourself?

•  Practice positive, self-loving imagery. Picture yourself
in places that make you feel good.

•  Get busy. A healthy, fulfilled life is one well balanced
in work and play.

•  Being depressed is NOTHING to be ashamed of. It does not
mean you are weak, mentally ill or doomed to a life of
sadness and despair. In fact, despite severity, depression
CAN be treated. Recovery from anxiety and depression is a
process. Most physical & psychological changes take time and

• Discuss your feelings with an informed supporter. Your
family, friends and physician can provide valuable

•  If your depression is severe and lasting, so that pain
and problems outweigh pleasure most of the time, it is time
to seek professional help.

•  Anger rarely helps in any situation. Think before you
respond -what do you really want to happen in the situation?
Are you being angry over something you have no control over?

• Your best chance for recovery from anxiety & depression
involves a full life-style approach.


A couple of years ago, a woman who frequented Power Surge
and suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks brought
to my attention an Australian woman by the name of Bronwyn
Fox. Bronwyn has accomplished amazing things helping people
with anxiety and panic attacks. She, too, suffered with severe
panic attacks until she cured herself.

I've participated in her very effective and successful six week
and she's excellent. It's more than I've ever gotten from a
therapist over a period of months. 

If you're interested in Bronwyn's counselling programs,
you can E.mail her at aphub@bigpond.com

Be sure to read Bronwyn's visits to Power Surge

Bronwyn will be returning as a guest in Power Surge,
Thursday, Sept. 12th, 9 PM, ET to answer all your
questions about anxiety and panic attacks. You can
read Bronwyn's archived Q's and A's about panic
attacks and anxiety at /asktheexperts/anxiety_archives.shtml

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1) If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it
will always be yours. If it doesn't come back, it was never
yours to begin with. But, if it just sits in your living
room, messes up your stuff, eats your food, uses your
telephone, takes your money, and doesn't appear to realize
that you had set it free, you either married it or gave
birth to it.

2) Reason to smile: Every 7 minutes of every day, someone in
an aerobics class pulls a hamstring.

3) My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.

4) The best way to forget all your troubles is to wear tight

5) The nice part about living in a small town: When you
don't know what you're doing, someone else always does.

6) Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came

7) Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain

8) Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while
and it shrinks two sizes!

9) They keep telling us to get in touch with our bodies.
Mine isn't all that   communicative but I heard from it the
other day after I said, "Body, how'd you like to go to the
six o'clock class in vigorous toning?" Clear as a bell my
body said, "Listen fatty .... do it and die."

10) If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing
neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a
noose around your neck?

11) I read this article that said the typical symptoms of
stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too
fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!.

Remember, you don't stop laughing because you
grow old. You grow old because you stopped laughing.

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How are you handling menopause and
how is Power Surge helping?
We'd love your feedback

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See what your options are on the Power Surge
Recommendations Page

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Join other women in menoause and choose from
over 60 menopause and midlife-related message
boards filled with compassion, information, support
and caring. Be prepared for an abundance of support
and love!  The Web Message Boards

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The one thing that eliminated my hot flashes, depression,
fatigue, vaginal dryness, mood swings, lowered my
menopause-related cholesterol by over 100 points and
generally gave me back my life the past three years has
been Revival Soy Protein. I've seen Revival with its 150+
soy isoflavone count help not only me, but thousands of
other women experiencing the typical symptoms of
perimenopause. Soy is SAFE and has been used as a
staple in the diet of Japanese women for thousands of years.
They are considered among the healthiest women in the world.
Soy is effective and reliable, especially for those who can't
or choose not to use hormone replacement therapy. The FDA
approves the use of SOY in lowering cholesterol and providing
general heart health. Click Here

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How are you handling menopause and
how is Power Surge helping?
We'd love your feedback!  Click here

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See what your options are on the Power Surge
Recommendations page Click Here

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If you're dealing with a menopausal issue you can't resolve
with other natural modalities and you want to try hormones,
it's wise to use bio-identical, plant-derived, naturally compounded
hormones. Pete Hueseman, R.Ph, P.D., Power Surge's Pharmaceutical
Consultant for six years will discuss with you and your doctor low-dose
compounded hormones, not the "One size fits all," but tailor made to
suit your individual needs.

You call call Pete directly at
or E.mail Pete Hueseman
View Pete's last transcript in the Library 
Click Here
And there's Pete's new area,
Ask The Pharmacist

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You can read more of what the most prestigious experts
in the area of women's health have said when they've
guested in Power Surge chats in the Library

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I hope to see you at the chats and on the boards.

Until then, remember... menopause may make you
feel like you're going to hell in a handbasket, but,
there are treatments that work for your issues. It isn't
terminal and it does eventually pass.


The Power Surge Newsletter disclaims any representation for the accuracy or completeness of information contained herein. The sharing of information herein is not indicative of Power Surge's personal endorsement of same. It is purely for informational purposes. Health matters should be taken up with one's personal physician. Nothing in the Power Surge Newsletters, chats, message base, bulletin boards is intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Opinions expressed are Dearest's and the authors who contribute to Power Surge and don't reflect the opinions of America Online.

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'Power Surge recommends Revival Soy Protein to replenish estrogen

Doctor-formulated Revival Soy Protein is the #1 doctor-recommended soy protein in the country. Soy isoflavones eliminate menopausal symptoms.

Read one of Medical Director,
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'For natural, bioidentical hormones, Pete Hueseman and Bellevue Pharmacy Solutions

Why put your body through the rigors of adjusting to the "one-size-fits-all" HRT when naturally compounded, bio-identical hormones can be tailor-made to your body's needs?

Read Pete Hueseman's,
most recent transcript about natural, bio identical hormones.

Ask The Pharmacist

Also, read Paul Hueseman, PharmD's transcript
on bio-identical hormones


Visit our recommendations page for tips and advice on multi-vitamins and supplements to help ease menopausal symptoms, and improve your overall health.


If you haven't already done so, why not check out our extensive Educate Your Body area. There you will be able to read articles on midlife issues, as well as answers to commonly asked questions such as:

What Is Menopause?
The 34 Signs of Menopause
What's A Hot Flash?
Thinning or Losing Hair?
Why Bioidentical Hormones?
Have High Cholesterol?
Menopause And Your Sex Life
The Benefits of Soy
Menopause And The Mind
Coping With Hypertension?
Take Off / Keep Off Weight!
Selecting A Practitioner
Adrenal Fatique
Depression Facts And Help
Menopause and Migraines!
Fibroids FAQ
Many More Articles...


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