Power Surge News

Issue 60


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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This month Power Surge has the honor of being acknowledged in two publications, the April issue of MORE Magazine and the April 7th issue of  FIRST For Women Magazine.

I'm proud of the accolades Power Surge has received over the years.  We all need a pat on the back for our hard work!


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Thursday, April 3rd, 9 PM, ET

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Women's Physician, Menopause Specialist

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.

The author of The Hormone Solution: Naturally Alleviate Symptoms of
Hormone Imbalance From Adolescence Through Menopause

Read the transcript of Dr. Erika's previous visit to Power Surge.

Join Erika Schwartz, M.D.

Power Surge Live! Chat Room

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

*  There is nowhere for me to look.
    All the strength I need is already inside me
*  I choose not to turn my power and strength over to others.
   I own it, and guard it
*  I am always strong enough
*  There is strength in my laughter
*  Acting or not acting both require my strength
*  No matter what happens in the course of my day,
   I possess the strength to get back up on my feet
*  I believe I have the strength to face the challenges before me.

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If you've never read it on the Web site, you'll garner a lot of helpful information in treating menopause and related symptoms in our Menopause Survival Tips

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If you're more confused than ever since the abrupt halting of the WHI (Women's Health Initiative) Study on women and hormones, I've put together a compilation of guest expert's opinions and articles.

You'll find them at:  The HRT Controversy

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As I've said so many times, every woman reacts differently to
menopause. There are so many factors involved - most importantly
including the state of a woman's personal life at the time she enters
perimenopause. Don't think for one moment that everything isn't
connected. Most of us don't lead perfect lives - lives without all
sorts of emotional difficulties -- some physical issues that existed
before menopause. Everything in our lives is exacerbated by menopause.

It's like when people post about their marital or partner relationship
suddenly going sour. I hate to make blanket statements, but I
seriously doubt a good relationship with a solid foundation that has
been good for years will suddenly find a menopausal woman suing for
divorce. I've had men write to me about it all the time -- as though,
"Wow, what's with my wife? Suddenly, our ideal marriage is ending
because she's going through her changes." Sorry, my friend, but there
are problems in your marriage that existed before menopause started.

The anger we experience has so many possible causes, the most
significant one being the constant ebbing and flowing of hormone
levels, which could drive anyone crazy. It's like having PMS  24 hours
a day, 365 days a year. Nobody can deal with that without feeling some

The thing that frightened me was experiencing a rage I had never even
known I was capable of before perimenopause. I have written about it
before -- that for about a year (and it's not easy now either), I was
unable to be in the same room with my father without feeling all the
pent up anger come to the fore because of some unresolved issues
I've had with him since childhood. There was so much I sequestered
away for so many years and once in menopause, *everything* comes to
the fore - it's like the floodgates open and all our emotional demons
face us head on.

This isn't an unusual situation - not the exception,
but most often the rule. Maybe that accounts for all the dreams and
nightmares women complain about as well -- many of the suppressed
feelings coming to the surface in our dreams. Everyone deals with her
emotional issues differently, but anger and rage are very common
during menopause and the best way to deal with it is to accept it,
address it, find ways of coping with the anger. It can manifest itself
in so many ways including gaining weight -- using comfort food to deal
with issues we find overwhelming. I mean, let's face it, menopause
presents so many challenging physical issues, alone, to cope with --
couple with that the mood swings, anger, anxiety and depression and it
could send the most stable person into an emotional rage.

This is simply not an easy time of life!

Bette Davis once said, "Old age ain't for sissies." Wellll, go through
about 10-15 years of menopause and most of us will be more than glad
to get to old age because if anything ain't for sissies,  it's menopause.  

I have no tolerance for doctors who keep telling us about how natural
this process is. Whoppie do. Natural, my foot. Nothing feels natural
about this process. It can be the most gut-wrenching experience on a
daily basis for years and years and I've never stood for anyone minimizing menopause. Sure, we look for ways to resolve our problems, but don't even present me with the idea that it's all in my mind, or I'm making more of it than it is because for too many women I have seen what a life-altering event menopause can be. Sure, we want to come out of this feeling better, stronger, empowered and more zestful (I'm still waiting for that Margaret Mead prophecy), but until we DO get there, many of feel like we're going to hell in a handbasket.

Don't ever allow anyone to make you feel as though you should be doing better than you are. We're all doing the best we can -- one of the
most important things being "talking" about it.

As for those older women who say they went through an easy menopause, I'm very happy for them. Would it were so that we could all go through an easier menopause and would it were so that there were some magical relief to all these issues, but there isn't. It takes work, patience, self-love, understanding and learning to be a little selfish and put yourself first. Hard after years of putting everyone else first? Sure,
but something you must do in order to get through this transition.

There IS light at the end of the menpausal tunnel, but it doesn't
happen overnight. Just be kind to yourselves -- learn to rest -- give
yourself a break. Don't expect to be the superwoman you've been
for so many years.

Learn to be your own best friend.

                 -- Dearest

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One day in the Garden of Eden, Eve calls out to God.

"Lord, I have a problem!"

"What's the problem Eve?"

"Lord, I know you created me and provided this beautiful garden
and all of these wonderful animals and that hilarious, comedic
snake, but I'm just not happy."

"Why is that, Eve?" came the reply from above.

"Lord, I am lonely, and I'm sick to death of apples."

"Well, Eve, in that case, I have a solution.  I shall create
a man for you."

"What's a man, Lord?"

"This man will be a flawed creature, with many bad traits.  He'll lie,
cheat, and be vain; all in all he'll give you  a hard time.  But he'll
be bigger, faster, and will like to hunt and kill things.  He will
look silly when he's aroused, but since you've been complaining, I'll
create him in such a way that he will satisfy your physical needs. He
will be witless and revel in childish things, like fighting and kicking
a ball about.  He won't be too smart, so he'll also need your advice to
think properly."

"Sounds great," says Eve, with an ironically raised eyebrow."What's the
catch, Lord?"

"Well... you can have him on one condition."

"What's that, Lord?"

"As I said, he'll be proud, arrogant, and self-admiring,  so you'll have to
let him believe that I made him first.  Just remember, it's our little secret...

You know . . . woman to woman."

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

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"Each year, 600,000 women in the U.S. have hysterectomies,
but more than 400,000 of them probably didn't have to...However,
three years after the February 2000 report, some doctors lament
that practices aren't changing, and too many women still have
the procedure."...Obstetrics & Gynecology medical journal.

Read some excellent transcripts about unnecessary hysterectomies:
Lise Cloutier-Steele and Mary Ann Wyatt
and: Elizabeth Plourde

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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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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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Unnecessary Hysterectomies: With Lise Cloutier-Steele and Mary Ann Wyatt
How To Calm Down: With Fred L. Miller
Menopause: With Marcie Richardson, M.D.
Vulvovaginal Health:  With Elizabeth Stewart, M.D.
Weight Loss: With Dr. Howard Shapiro
Anti-Depressants & Panic Attacks: With Stuart Shipko, M.D.
Eating Disorders:  With Dr. Denise Lamothe
Body Blues:  With Dr. Marie-Annette Brown

See other recent transcripts and upcoming guests: Schedule

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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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The Most Caring & Supportive
Award-Winning Message 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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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
natural, bio-identical hormones.  

Read: Natural, Bio-Identical Hormones:
What Are They and How Do They Apply To Me?

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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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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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