Power Surge News

Issue 45


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

To All Power Surge's Friends ...
Happy and Healthy Holidays!

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Thursday, Dec. 5, 9 PM, ET

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Another Season,
Another Reason
For Overeating

The Taming Of The Chew
Getting A Handle On Overeating
and Eating Disorders

Our first chat with Dr. Denise Lamothe was such a success,
we've brought her back!

Many of us have a devious, destructive part of ourselves that
urges us to cram food into our mouths long after we have had
enough to eat. This part of ourselves is powerful and tries to
sabotage our own most sincere and ambitious attempts to
stop eating compulsively. This ravenous, despicable monster
is known as our “Chew.”

In The Taming Of The Chew: A Holistic Guide To Overeating,
Dr. Denise Lamothe, a New Hampshire Licensed Psychologist
and Doctor of Holistic Health, skillfully combines her personal
experiences with those of the many clients she has served for
over twenty years to create a unique plan for regaining control
over food and overcoming overeating. According to Lamothe,
the only way to “Tame Your Chew” and stop eating compulsively
is to first understand the causes of compulsive eating holistically.
That is, you need to understand how physically, emotionally,
socially and spiritually you are affected by the “Chew” before you
can make personal changes on each of these levels.

This is NOT a diet book!  It is a book for those who have tried
dieting and discovered that diets lead to failure. This unique
book helps the reader to make changes physically, emotionally,
socially and spiritually, to come to a healthy weight and to develop
a loving and healthy respect for themselves and their bodies."

Dr. Lamothe will discuss the holidays, the partying, the stressors
that often lead to overeating and offer strategies on how to avoid binge
eating and weight gain during the holidays.

Read Dr. Denise Lamothe's Previous Transcript

Denise was interviewed on New Hampshire Public Radio's, "The
Front Porch" by host, John Walters.
Listen to the Interview with Dr. Denise Lamothe

Join Dr. Denise Lamothe
Power Surge Live! Chat Room

Read the transcript here 

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If you're confused since the halting of the WHI (Women's Health Initiative)
HRT Study, a compilation of experts discuss what to do now!

* The HRT Controversy With Phytoestrogen Expert, Aaron Tabor, M.D. 
* The HRT Controversy With Pharmacist, Pete Hueseman
* The HRT Controversy With Research Scientist, Elizabeth Plourde
* The HRT Controversy with Women's physician, Erika Schwartz, M.D.

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

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go Some people move our souls to dance They awaken us to new understanding with the passing
whisper of their wisdom Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon They stay in our lives for a while Leave footprints in our hearts, and we are never the same."
                                            - Anonymous

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"Don't walk in front of me, for I will not follow;
Don't walk behind me, for I will not lead;
Just walk beside me and be my friend." 

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"To the world you may be one person
but to one person you may be the world."

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A study presented at the annual meeting of the North
American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) in
Long Beach, California, suggests that patients continue to
set weight loss goals that are unattainable, even when
counseled, resulting in disappointment and perceptions of
failure. The finding demonstrates the need for increased
education among patients and physicians about how to
redefine success by setting expectations focused on health
benefits rather than appearance.

"This study underscores patients' continued desire to lose
much more weight than can be achieved by the best behavioral
and pharmacological treatments available today. It is
important for physicians to emphasize and reiterate to
patients that a 10% weight loss is a treatment success,"
said Leslie Womble, PhD, lead investigator and instructor in
the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"Practitioners should work with patients to readjust
expectations with a focus on health to avoid what patients
label as 'another failed weight loss attempt.' "

The study was designed to determine whether patients' weight
loss expectations changed when they were informed about how
much they could expect to lose in 1 year of lifestyle
modification combined with medication (sibutramine). The 53
women included in the study completed a questionnaire asking
them how much weight they expected to lose after 4, 12, 26,
and 52 weeks of treatment. In a meeting with an
investigator, women were told they could expect to lose 5%
to 15% of their initial weight during treatment. This fact
was repeated in 2 separate sections of the consent form.
After signing the consent form, the women completed a second
questionnaire on their weight loss expectations. Patients'
weight loss expectations essentially remained unchanged,
with patients expecting to lose weight at a faster rate than
is realistic. The only reduction in weight loss expectations
before and after counseling was seen after 52 weeks, with
patients predicting that they would lose 25% vs 28% of their
starting weight.

"Obesity is a serious disease in the US that carries severe
health risks," said Arthur Campfield, PhD, vice president of
NAASO and department head and professor of Food Science and
Human Nutrition at the College of Applied Human Sciences at
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. "There
is clear clinical evidence that a modest weight loss of 5%
to 10% can improve risk factors for diabetes and heart
disease, including high blood pressure, and high
cholesterol. People whose weight puts their health at risk
should seek help from their physician to set realistic
expectations for weight loss that will reduce their future
health risks."  MedscapeWire

Chat with other women on the
Power Surge Weight, Diet & Fitness Board

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With Marcie Richardson, M.D.
Vulvovaginal Health:
  With Elizabeth Stewart, M.D.
Anti-Depressants & Panic Attacks: With Stuart Shipko, M.D.
Eating Disorders: 
With Dr. Denise Lamothe
Overcoming Anxiety & Panic Attacks:  With Bronwyn Fox

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If you've never participated in or read the transcripts
of this series, you really shouldn't miss it.
Reclaiming Ourselves At Midlife

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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.

Read about your options for treating menopause

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The Most Caring & Supportive
Award-Winning Mesage Boards
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Forbes Magazine Selects Power Surge a "Best of The Web"
Web site and "Best of the Web" Health / Menopause Boards

Join other women in menopause 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,
information and love!  The Web Message Boards

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The Atheist

A young lady came home from a date rather sad.
She told her mother, "Jeff proposed to me an hour ago."

"Then why on earth are you so sad?" her mother asked.

"Well, because he also told me he was an atheist, Mom.
He doesn't even believe there's a hell!"

Her mother replied, "Oh, marry him anyway. Between the
two of us, we'll show him how wrong he is."

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 Educate 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 doctor-formulated Revival Soy Protein. I've seen Revival
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 with all the controversy
surrounding conventional / synethetic hormone therapy, you
if you want to switch or start using hormones, make sure they're
NHRT (natural hormone replacement therapy) or HIH, Human
Identical, naturally compounded, plant-derived hormones.
Pete Hueseman, R.Ph., P.D., Power Surge's
Pharmaceutical Consultant
for seven years will discuss
with you and your doctor low-dose natural hormones to suit
your body's needs, not the typical "One size fits all."

Ask Pete Hueseman 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 have you
feeling 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,
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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