Power Surge News

Issue 33

POWER SURGE NEWS
FOR AOL AND THE WEB


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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POWER SURGE NEWS
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This month, much to my own amazement, Power Surge celebrates
the beginning of its NINTH year online -- from its humble beginnings
as a small message board on America Online created in February, 1994
to an AOL partnership and "the" Web site featured in a cover article of the
best Web sites in Forbes Magazine, being named one of the 25 best health
sites by Health Magazine, being called an Internet Lifesaver by Prevention
Magazine,  CBS Heath Watch says, "Power Surge has had a powerful
effect on the mental and physical health of women." The list goes on
and on and to be included as a top resource in every menopause book
that's published, plus the only non-government site by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration, by Scientific American Magazine and other
governmental agencies -- well, it's wonderful.

I'm amazed because to me it's just a great community of which I'm very
much a part -- not something run by a large organization with nameless
people and dozens of popup windows with advertisements that drive us
crazy pushing every conceivable product. That it's such a highly praised,
popular and very supportive Web community for women at midlife and in
menopause that has been able to maintain its integrity for the past eight years without "selling out" in order to push products on women that Power Surge felt were and are questionable and might be dangerous to their health.

Power Surge only recommends the most stellar methods of treatment for
menopausal symptoms  -- treatments that are SAFE! Options that won't
compromise the health of the menopausal woman who come to a community they can trust and trust they do and that makes me very proud.

Since the inception of Power Surge, I have always been forthright about synthetic hormone therapy  and my concerns about all the breast cancer among women in our age group and among women who took birth control pills back in the 60's and 70's, or who have been on synethetic estrogen and progesterone. I've stood by the belief that conventional HRT was more than it was cracked up to be and look what's happening now -- articles everywhere about "The Dangers of Synthetic Hormones."

I guess you've figured out by now that I'm very proud of this community and knowing it's helped so many women become more educated about their options in treating menopause. That it's been a conduit -- a lifeline for women who didn't know where else to turn when they were overcome with feelings of diassociation, anxiety, confusion and even fear in thinking, as many of us have at some time or another,  that those palpitations had to be heart disease, it couldn't be due to menopause. That the severe depression meant mental illness, but all the while thousands of other women in menopause were going through the same thing. That the internal shaking inside of them had to be from some grave disease and not simply a
matter of imbalanced hormones.

I am grateful for all the fabulous testimonials I've received from so many of you. I've saved each and every one of them and want you to know that all this work has been very gratifying and knowing that Power Surge has helped even ONE woman get through this oftentimes very difficult passage makes it all worthwhile.

If you haven't already, I invite you to join our wonderfully supportive Web Discussions comprised of the most caring, loving, compassionate women, who are going through the same thing as YOU.

You'll find them here: /php/forums

I've said this before and will say it once again, remember that getting older is natural and no matter what anyone tells you, it's going to happen, although it may be fraught with difficulty. However,  accepting where you are in life, who you've grown to be and how you interact with the world as a more mature, seasoned and wise woman can't help but make you feel better about yourself and the new woman you are evolving to through these transitional years.

We'll grow older and wiser together!  We'll overcome the difficulty of menopause.

And, we shall continue in our ninth year
as we have for the previous eight years! 

Dearest


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POWER SURGE LIVE!
Thursday, Feb. 28, 9 PM, EST
Menopause Ain't For Sissies!

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(Our Guest Chats Resume in March)

It's true. Menopause is not for the meek. We plow along
every day, often pretending everything is alright while we're
falling apart inside. We hear about perimenopause this and
perimenopause that when it feels more like PERIL-menopause!
We search for remedies, herbs, vitamins, soy, hormones,
exercise, anti-depressants, therapy, diet, eating, weight gain.
We ride the emotional roller coaster of perimenopause while
the large corporations get rich from the myriad of drugs they've
devised for their biggest audience to date - the baby boomers
have come of age! They see us as dollar signs when all we
want is understanding, compassion and inner peace.

Join Dearest and friends in an understanding and patient
dialogue about being "stuck" in transition and how we might
transform ourselves during this change from miserable to
manageable.

Join Dearest  and Power Surge friends

THURSDAY, FEB. 28,  9 PM, EST, 6 PM, PST
IN THE
Power Surge Live! Chat Room

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THIS WEEK'S AFFIRMATIONS/QUOTES
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Use quotes / affirmations / positive thoughts
"The vibes you give out come back to you!"


"We create the situations & then we give our power
away by blaming the other person for our frustration.
No person, no place & no thing has any power over us
for "WE" are the only thinkers in our mind."
     -- Louise Hay in You Can Heal Your Life

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter
the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them."
    -- Phyllis Bottome 

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

And my personal favorite - think about it:

"Holding on to anger is like taking poison . . .
and waiting for the other person to die."

   -- Anonymous

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POWER SURGE'S RECOMMENDATIONS
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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
few years), they suddenly find themselves being introduced to an
unfamiliar body, but as their transitional years pass, they will
become more familiar with that body than ever before in their lives.

Enter perimenopause!

Read about your options for treating menopause


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MENOPAUSE SURVIVAL TIPS

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Women "pausing" in Power Surge often ask one another what
remedies they've used to address their menopausal issues.
I had the good fortune to be made aware of nutrition early on in
life by a savvy mother, Anne,  who just turned 90, and, FYI, had
menopause-related high cholesterol of 400, which she lowered
with soy -- 40 years ago!

Realisitcally, like you, I do not live on vitamins alone. I certainly don't
always buy organic foods. I sometimes eat improperly and oftentimes
the joints ache too much to exercise. Do the best you can because
nobody can help YOU through this transition as much as yourself!

Click here to read some menopause survival tips

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HOW TO SELECT A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
AND WHAT DO I ASK ONCE I'VE SELECTED ONE?
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The selection of your health care practitioner is one of the
most important decisions you make when you are dealing
with menopause. Remember, you are a trained consumer;
you comparison shop every time you go to the supermarket.
When you are about to buy a car or an appliance, you've already
done your homework, that is, you have asked many questions
before you made your decision. The process of selecting a health
care practitioner is no different. Health care practitioners provide
a service to you -- you are the consumer. Do not be intimidated
by their credentials. Health care practitioners are only human,
like you and me. 
Read more about selecting and talking to your health care provider


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MIDLIFE SEXUALITY & INTIMACY
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Menopause is nature's original contraceptive. But it is important
to wait a full year after menopause before giving up contraceptives.
During menopause, the thinning of the mucos membrances,
along with a loss of elasticity in the walls of the vagina, causes
an uncomfortable sensation of dryness in many women. The
thinning of the vaginal lining results from the ovaries' decreased
production of estrogen. This thinning does not always cause problems,
but it can be painful if the lining of the vagina becomes inflamed,
dry, and rough. Estrogen creams and pills are the common
allopathic solution for this problem, but these products have
serious risks and should be used with caution and awareness.

Read more about midlife sexuality/intimacy

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A PAUSE FOR HUMOR
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A man meets a gorgeous woman in a bar. They talk, they
connect, they end up leaving together.  

They get back to her place, and as she shows him around her
apartment, he notices that her bedroom is completely packed
with teddy bears. Hundreds of small bears on a shelf all the
way along the floor medium sized ones on a shelf a  little higher,
and huge bears on the top shelf.

The man is kind of surprised that this woman would have a
collection of teddy bears, especially one that's so extensive,
but he decides not to mention this to her. He turns to her, they
kiss and then they make love.

After an intense night of passion, as they are lying together in the
afterglow, the man rolls over and asks, smiling, "Well, how was it?"

The woman says, "You can have any prize from the bottom shelf."

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


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


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OPTIONS FOR THE PAUSE
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See what your options are on the Power Surge
Recommendations Page

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THE MOST SUPPORTIVE, CARING
AND INFORMATIVE DISCUSSIONS

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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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BEING THE BEST YOU!
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Visit Power Surge's new area, 
Being The Best You!

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SAFE AND EFFECTIVE SOY PROTEIN
AND ISOFLAVONES FOR THOSE WHO
CAN'T OR PREFER NOT TO USE HRT

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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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YOUR FEEDBACK
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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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OPTIONS FOR THE PAUSE
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See what your options are on the Power Surge
Recommendations page Click Here

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THE MOST SUPPORTIVE, CARING
AND INFORMATIVE DISCUSSIONS

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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! Click here


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IF YOU CHOOSE HRT, THE OPERATIVE
WORD IS "BIO-IDENTICAL"

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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, R.D., Power Surge's Pharmaceutical Consultant
for over 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
1.800.888.9358, Ext. 116
or 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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HUNDREDS OF GUEST TRANSCRIPTS
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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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EVERYONE IS WELCOME
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Feel free to FORWARD THIS ISSUE of our Newsletter
to a friend who would appreciate what Power Surge
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I hope to see you at the chats and on the boards.

Until then, remember... menopause can 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.




Disclaimer

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.

Sharing is what Power Surge is all about

Dearest

Good Health!

OWN YOUR BODY!


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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,
Dr. Aaron Tabor's transcripts

Ask the Soy Doctor 





'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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