Power Surge News

Issue 39


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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Thursday, Oct. 10, 9 PM, ET
Hysterectomy! Hormones!
What's Wrong With Today's
"Standard Medical Practices?"

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Elizabeth Plourde, C.L.S., M.A., a licensed Clinical Laboratory
Scientist, with a B.S. in Biological Science, an M.A. in Psychology,
and currently completing her Ph.D., has spent the past 16 years
working in cutting-edge medical research laboratories. Her research
into the "standard medical practices" offered to women today, and
the ability to convey a new level of understanding for women's health
care in the 21st century, plus her own personal experience with

Author of, Hysterectomy, Ovary Reval And Hormone Replacement:
What All Women Need To Know"

While dispelling many myths in her book, she discusses how sexual
hormones influence the entire body and preserve every woman's life-long
vibrant health; how your body has its own built-in anti-oxidants and
anti-depressants; why today's "standard medical practices" of tubal
ligations, hysterectomies, and ovary removal can set women up for future
sexual dysfunction, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, fibromyalgia,
and bowel and bladder dysfunctions; insights into the perplexing decisions
regarding HRT and enjoy smoother sailing in your relationships, as both
women and their loved ones learn that there are answers for the imbalanced
or insufficient hormones, which can alter women's capacity to function in the

Join Elizabeth Plourde
THURSDAY, OCT. 10th,  9 PM, ET
IN THE Power Surge Live! Chat Room
(no password required)

Stop by the Power Surge Hysterectomy Forum

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Stuart Shipko, M.D., Psychiatrist & Neurologist

Ever the outspoken, honest and incredibly informative
professional -- an expert in psychopharmacology, who
specializes in anxiety and panic disorder, returns to
Power Surge October 17th to address all your questions
about panic disorder, anxiety, antidepressants / SSRI's,
especially Paxil and the potential long-term effects
of these medications.

Read Transcripts of Dr. Shipko's Previous Visits

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

* What aging takes from me is replaced by increased
*  Experience and time strengthen me.
* I deserve to surround myself with loving, kind friends
  When life feels overwhelming, I remember that this is
   for now, not forever.
*  My capacity to cope exceeds my perceptions.
*  I cope with difficult situations by remembering that
   balance is the end result.
* I choose friends who bring out the best in me. 

* "Each player must accept the cards life deals her:
but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide
how to play the cards in order to win the game."
                          -- Voltaire
* "Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition
    to produce it."
                         -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

* "Unless you try to do something beyond what you
have already mastered, you will never grow."
                           -- Ronald E. Osborn

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Eating Disorders:  With Dr. Denise Lamothe

Soy Isoflavones & Menopause:
  With Aaron Tabor, M.D.

Naturally Compounded Hormones:
  With Pete Hueseman, R.Ph

Anxiety-Panic Attacks:
  With Bronwyn Fox

Naturally Hormones/Menopause:
  With Erika Schwartz, M.D.

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Elizabeth Plourde's personal experience with her own
hysterectomy was so different from what her doctors and
friends had related, she realized ALL women need answers to
the question: "Are hysterectomies helpful or harmful?" As a
result, the author embarked on a 16 year journey of
exploring the full impact that reproductive organ removal
has on women's bodies. Licensing as a Clinical Laboratory
Scientist, combined with training in the fields of both
medicine and psychology, provided Elizabeth with the perfect
background to research the entire century of medical and
scientific literature encompassing these procedures. Spurred
by the shocking findings of why her body did not function
the same as before her uterus and ovaries were removed, the
author wrote the book she wished had been available before
she said "yes" to these "life-changing" procedures.

Skillfully interweaving women's personal surgical
experiences with data from medical studies, Hysterectomy And
Ovary Removal offers a unique in-depth study of the current
"standard medical practices" of removing women's
reproductive organs. With citations from over 1,000 medical
journal articles, the author utilizes overwhelming
documentation to disprove society's beliefs that: "a
hysterectomy may be the best thing that could ever happen to
a woman" and "a woman's reproductive organs are good for
only one thing --childbearing". Such beliefs have allowed
hysterectomies to flourish as the answer to many female
reproductive problems. So much so, hysterectomies have
become accepted as an almost "rite of passage" in America,
leading to over 600,000 women a year undergoing
hysterectomies, even though only 10% are performed for life-
threatening conditions. Additionally, misconceptions
surrounding the ovaries have also assisted in the acceptance
of prophylactic ovary removal as an appropriate response to
the fear of cancer. As a result, over 400,000 women
sacrifice their ovaries every year.

When these surgical procedures started gaining acceptance,
there were no long-term studies conducted to determine
whether they were helpful or harmful. This book reveals that
the answers are available today --answers which demonstrate
that when women elect hysterectomy or prophylactic ovary
removal they gamble with the quality of their lives. The
simplified explanations of the body's hormonal functions
provide a foundation for understanding the critical
interactions occurring between all the body's systems, and
dramatically illustrate why women's reproductive organs are
not dispensable after the childbearing years. Specific
chapters are devoted to relating the potentially detrimental
short- and long-term consequences that can arise, such as
high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis,
depression, fibromyalgia, sexual dysfunction, and bladder
and bowel problems. Since the long-term surgical
consequences take years to show up, they have not been
associated with hysterectomies or ovary removal, yet women
unknowingly are catapulted into a greater risk of their #1
killer -- heart disease; as well as subjected to the
debilitating and potentially lethal consequences of
osteoporosis. Every year 50,000 women die from broken hips,
alone. Compelling evidence is provided which shows that our
entire society is impacted by these surgeries, from our
basic family units, to our medical, economic, and political
institutions. The evidence also reveals that we, as a
nation, can no longer afford to ignore the harmful effects
and long-term costs associated with elective reproductive
organ removal, and that it may be time to reconsider whether
these "standard medical practices" should be continued.

Written in layman's language, this book is a compelling
"must read" for all women who have either had surgery, or
are facing surgery. It also contains essential information
for menopausal women who are looking for answers to their
questions surrounding hormone replacement therapy. An
invaluable resource book for the modern woman, its knowledge
empowers women to ask the "right questions" of their health
care provider, enabling them to make informed choices --
choices that will help them maintain life-long vibrant

"Hysterectomy, Ovary Reval And Hormone Replacement:
What All Women Need To Know"

Stop by the Power Surge Hysterectomy Forum

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Forbes Magazine's Best of The Web Message Boards

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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  1. You - Off my planet!
  2. Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?
  3. Well, today was a total waste of makeup.
  4. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
  5. And your cry-baby, whiny opinion would be...?
  6. I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.
  7. Allow me to introduce my selves.
  8. Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
  9. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
10. I'm just working here until a good fast-food job opens up.
11. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
12. Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you
      weren't asleep.
13. I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil one.
14. I just want revenge. Is that so wrong?
15. You say I'm a bitch like it's a bad thing.
16. Can I trade this job for what's behind door #2?
17. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
18. Chaos, panic, and disorder - my work here is done.
19. Earth is full. Go home.
20. Is it time for your medication or mine?
21. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
22. I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.

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

Visit the Humor, Trivia and Other Distractions Board

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Informative articles on menopause and midlife-
related issues in Edcuate Your Body

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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 4 1/2 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. It's made from non-genetically engineered
soybeans, as are most of the soy products out there and the
isoflavones are taken from the "heart" of the soybean where
they are most concentrated. Read more

Ask Medical Director, Aaron Tabor, M.D. aything at
Ask The Soy Doctor
View Dr. Tabor's last transcript in the Library 
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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If you're dealing with menopausal issues you can't resolve
with other natural modalities and you may want to try
hormones, BUT, NHRT or HIH, Human Identical Hormones,
plant-derived, naturally compounded hormones.
Pete Hueseman, R.Ph., P.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.

Ask Pete Hueseman anything directly at
Ask The Pharmacist
View Pete's last transcript in the Library 
Click Here

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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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Good Health!


'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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