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title pic “WOMEN’S CHAMPION” – MENTORING THROUGH MENOPAUSE BOOTCAMP

Posted by kathryn on September 20, 2012

Hello Ladies,

I would like to talk to you today about my up and coming Mentoring Through Menopause Boot Camp.  This is the first of its kind in the UK.

 

I am working tirelessly to lift the taboos over discussion of the menopause and have found a new way to empower women to enjoy better health with knowledge she has gathered about approaching this challenging phase in life.

I am launching my Mentoring through Menopause Boot Camps on 16th October, 2012 with the aim of helping participants to recognise and overcome debilitating symptoms of the menopause.

The Boot Camps will be jam-packed with live teleseminars and interviews with medical professionals on such diverse subjects as depression and mental health support, nutrition and diet, incontinence and vaginal atrophy, breast health and cervical health which are all very important issues for women going the peri-menopause and menopause.

Participants will be welcome to listen in to the information shared or play an active part in discussions helping to shed new light on the way women’s lives are affected by the menopause both emotionally and physically, at home and at work.

Since I set up my business SimplyHormones six years ago, after my own fruitless search for information about the menopause, I have interviewed a variety of experts on women’s health and made the results accessible on my website www.simplyhormones.com.

What was missing was a way of enabling women to play an active part in the discovery process and the Boot Camps which are to be held four times a year will plug that gap.

I am so confident thethe teleseminars will be of benefit that I promise participants they will be able to overcome the debilitating symptoms of menopause in 50 days – or have their money back.

At the same time I am continuing to press on with sharing my hard-won knowledge with a wider audience by talking to networking groups of women – and men – in a bid to encourage businesses to introduce programmes to help their female employees as it makes perfect sense for companies to embrace such programmes both as a way of showing they value their staff and because a direct result will be improved productivity.

Research has shown that women reach their full potential in their 40s but at the age of 45 they are walking out of the door seeking “a better work/life balance”.

This is the reason used most often by women quitting their jobs and if we look more deeply into it, we find women themselves aren’t recognising the symptoms of menopause and the effect it is having on their daily lives.

I believe this would change if they were better informed and armed with the right knowledge to move forward. That may involve a change of job but they would be equipped with the tools to proceed with a free and open mind.

Interest is now growing in the workplace programmes that I am developing but the Mentoring through Menopause Boot Camps are ideal for women who want to learn more about the menopause right now and benefit immediately from that knowledge.

This is not a quick fix but if women stick with it and follow the guidelines, they will enjoy a better quality of life.

If you would like to learn more about the Mentoring through Menopause Boot Camps, please sign up for our Boot Camp Teleseminar which is being held on Tuesday 2nd October.  You can sign up here http://mentoringthroughmenopause.com

 

Thank you Ladies and I look forward to meeting you at my Teleseminar on 2nd October.

 

title pic Menopause, Meditation and Massage

Posted by kathryn on August 13, 2012

Our first guest blogger for our new season is Amanda Lund-Batchelor, who runs Ananda Healing (www.ananda-healing.co.uk).

I’ve got to know Amanda through our combined interests in improving womens’ health. I love what she has to say about Menopause, Meditation and Massage.  I learned how to meditate a few years ago and it really helped sort my head out and allow me to sleep better. Read on for Amanda’s thoughts…..

What I have found interesting is the number of women who come through our doors presenting vague symptoms of feeling below par but when you actually start working with them they open up to the distress they are feeling due to menopausal symptoms. It is almost as though women are still worried about talking about menopause. For every woman it is different and every woman will have to find the way that works best for her. Fortunately there are now people out there, like Kathryn, to give guidance and “break the silence

Obviously, the one option most people know of is HRT (hormone replacement therapy) but what if you decide this is not for you, or that you still want to explore alternatives?

Research measure benefits:

At last there is now research to measure results for both massage and meditation and their effectiveness in reducing the effects of menopause symptoms.

A recent study by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences gave a group of women either a plain oil massage, an essential oil massage (using lavender, rose, rosemary or evening primrose) and measured the results against a control group. The massaged women, especially the group using the essential oils, showed a decline in their menopausal symptoms

To me, as a massage therapist, I do not find this surprising. A regular massage is not only relaxing but also lowers blood pressure, lowers stress levels and increases you sense of wellbeing. All of which is good for anyone but when your menopausal symptoms include irritability, sleep problems and depression, it is not hard to see how a regular massage would help.

Reduction in Distress

What about meditation then? This is beneficial for all ages: young, old, male, female. For me, I would recommend everyone meditate. I would even have it taught in schools along with the maths and English! But what is really interesting is the research from the University of Massachusetts with regard to menopausal symptoms. The research showed a reduction in the distress associated with hot flushes and insomnia. It also showed improved physical, psychosocial and sexual functioning. Impressive, don’t you think?

I have recently canvassed my clients who meditate and the feedback I received is that meditation reduces stress, improves one’s sense of wellbeing and increases the ability to cope with the symptoms. Interestingly, the reduction in stress also appears to reduce other symptoms with fewer hot flushes and improved sleep.

What Works for You?

As with any anything, it is all about finding out what works for you. Trying out what is on offer and accepting if something doesn’t work for you. It’s OK if it doesn’t work, try something else.”

To find out more from Amanda, here are her contact details so we can give you more details on how we can help you with the menopause, on 01342 842098 or 07917 730944 or email us through our website www.ananda-healing.co.uk

Please also take a few minutes, by clicking on this link, to listen to some of Ananda Healings wonderful meditation samples which will give you a taster of what is on offer and how it can help you http://z6.co.uk/amandahealing

This blog has been brought to you by Kathryn Colas of www.simplyhormones.com. The website providing you with all the answers, including Mentoring through Menopause programmes for individuals, Occupational Health providers and Practice Nurses. Email for more information: [email protected]

title pic STRESS TIPS – How could Adrenal Fatigue be affecting your life?

Posted by kathryn on August 2, 2012

Our second guest blogger for this week is Dr. Alison Grimston http://www.dralisongrimston.com/blog/ (please scroll down on this linkto view Alison’s blog).

I have met Alison several times and have learned, over mant coffees together, that she was in the process of creating her transition from Family Doctor to Holistic Medical Practitioner. Our subjects clearly go together as what we both do does cross over boundaries and we are looking at ways of working together.   I am, in fact,  inviting Alison to be part of the my “Mentoring through Menopause” Bootcamp that us being launched on 6th September where Alison will cover several “subjects” of menopause which are deemed to be “taboo”.  Please keep an eye out for further information on my Bootcamp.

Did you know that Adrenal fatigue will effect 80% of people at certain points in their lives. It is deemed to be a 21st Century Stress Syndrome, however, the medical community has been slow to recognise it as a specific problem despite the common nature of the condition.  The symptoms are debilitating and can include any or all of the following:

  •   Excessive fatigue and exhaustion, chronic fatigue
  •   Non-refreshing sleep
  •   Sleep disturbance, insomnia
  •   Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
  •  Craving salty and/or sweet foods
  •  Sensitivity to light
  •  Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
  •  Slow to recover from injury or illness
  • Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • Poor digestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS
  • Low immune function
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menopause symptom
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Fearfulness
  • Allergies
  • Frequent influenza
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Reduced memory
  • Low libido, sexual drive or interest
  • Lack of lust for life and/or food
  • Excess hunger
  • Low appetite
  • Panic/anxiety attacks
  • Irritability, impatience, quick to anger.

I would also like to share with you this interesting article about the 21st Century Stress Syndrome from the Daily Mail  http://z6.co.uk/21stcenturysyndrom.  Do you often feel like this?  If you do, please read this article.

This guest blog has been brought to you by Kathryn Colas of www.simplyhormones.com. The website providing you with all the answers, including Mentoring through Menopause programmes for individuals, Occupational Health providers and Practice Nurses. Email for more information: [email protected]

 

title pic CERVICAL CANCER TESTING HAS FALLEN TO A TEN YEAR LOW

Posted by kathryn on June 26, 2012

We all remember the death of Jade Goody back in 2009 and the lasting affect it has had on women and their concerns about this deadly disease.

Well, despite cervical screening saving approximately 5,000 lives per year in the U.K. alone, there is still a large number (20 pct) of women who are not being tested. 

Every day, eight women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and three lives are lost to the disease.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2157463/The-end-Jade-Goody-effect-Cervical-cancer-screening-rates-hit-10-year-low.html

“Cervical Screening can help to reduce the number of women diagnosed” said Robert Music, the Director of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, the UK’s only dedicated Cervical Cancer Charity.  “The screening programme saves 5,000 lives each year in the U.K. and yet 20 pct of women are not attending their cerfical screening test and the more that we can do to stress the importance of this life-saving test, the better” he says.

I hope you agree that it is so very important to have a cervical smear to detect any changes in cells caused by the human papilloma virus which can be contracted during sexual intercourse.

A friend of mine lost her sister to cervical cancer and she has told me how painful it was to see her sister go from a successful 32 year old fashion designer to losing her life to this dreadful disease within 18 months of diagnosis.  The affects on family members is devastating and she now urges all her friends to make sure that they attend for their smear test at regular intervals.

I will be writing more about this disease and would urge you to look out for my future posts on the subject.

Keep Healthy,

Kathryn

Kathryn Colas created www.simplyhormones.com to answer all your menopause questions. There is plenty of free information on this site as well as a membership area where you canaccess over 200 pages of information.  Email: [email protected]

 

 


 

 

 

 

title pic THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE?

Posted by kathryn on June 13, 2012

After experiencing years of debilitating menopausaul symptoms, Kathryn Colas offers a new solution to this age old problem. Menopause has been described as a passing phase, a natural symptom of ageing and, not least, biological sabotage, lasting from 5 – 8 years.  At no other time do women experience such physiological and psychological changes.  Some fifteen million women are trying to work out what is going on in their lives with over 50% experiencing severe symptoms.  The road to redemption is rocky but with guidance, this metamorphosis can and should result in the emergence of a healthy confident woman eager to enjoy her new found liberation.  It is the start of the next chapter of a woman’s life; a new beginning where she should have new found confidence and a feeling of inner peace.

Menopausal symptoms coincide with the natural symptoms of ageing and for convenience most are listed here:

  • Missed periods
  • Hot flushes
  • Sweating
  • Eye dryness
  • Deterioration in skin elasticity (collagen)
  • Joint pains and stiffness
  • Muscle spasm and tone
  • Raised cholesterol levels
  • Incontinence
  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular/heart disease

 

Some symptoms can mirror Under Active Thyroid which is a breakdown in the immune system to repair itself. These are:

  • Weight gain
  • Reduced energy
  • Reduced libido
  • Less effective memory

Your GP can arrange a blood test to highlight any abnormalities as well as confirming your hormonal status.  Testosterone levels should also be checked as they provide balance and support to the other hormones.

Divorce can be a symptom!  Divorce rates soar at this time by disillusioned women.  1 in 7 will go into retirement as a divorcee. Dishearteningly, a GP recently said that if he had only understood more about his wife’s symptoms, they would still be married.  Divorce statistics could be drastically reduced if therapy or marriage guidance help were sought.

If you’ve had babies you could experience incontinence; temporary and not life threatening, but embarrassing and confidence draining all the same. These are generally cured by exercising pelvic floor muscles.  Ask your GP for a referral.

Osteoporosis, the silent disease, is not detected until a bone is broken, or family history exists and will benefit from diet and exercise in your 40’s as a preventative measure.

Treatment Options

  • HRT is not the only answer but a more personalised regime undoubtedly restores balance.
  • Healthy diet and exercise should not be ignored. Declining hormone levels initiate an open-season for raised cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.  Breast cancer is not a young woman’s disease.

Alternatively, there are many complementary therapies and homeopathic solutions which can be tried. Seek out a holistic medical practitioner as he/she will take time to listen and discuss symptoms, medical history and lifestyle in order to get the medication right.

Treatment may include HRT, or homeopathic remedies, together with nutrition and exercise advice and psychological guidance. The risks of HRT are all relative and should be fully discussed.

Sympathetic GP’s are in the minority. As menopause is not a life-threatening disease you may pass through the surgery unnoticed.  Apart from HRT, anti-depressants are often prescribed; these mind numbing drugs are not the answer.  Phyto-oestrogen (plant source that mirrors oestrogen) based HRT remedies are now available but you do need to ask.

Mind over Matter?

Five psychological symptoms repeatedly occur at menopause:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss/concentration
  • Tension/irritability
  • Loss of confidence

The psychological aspect represents nearly 60% of all symptoms experienced and yet are rarely acknowledged.  The existence of high divorce rates  is an unnecessary tragedy that can be avoided.

Conclusion

Women must actively participate in their own well being at menopause and take time to rediscover themselves. Menopause does NOT qualify as a medical condition.

Kathryn Colas created www.simplyhormones.com to answer all your questions. Plenty of FREE information as well as a membership area where you can access over 200 pages of information.

Email: [email protected]

 

 

title pic #18: Bio-identical hormones from your GP?

Posted by kathryn on May 1, 2012

You heard right! Listen or read on to identify what to ask for. SH interviews Prof John Studd who continues to care about improving hormonal health in women.

SimplyHormones Presents: Professor Studd on Bio-identical Hormones

KC:      I’d like to talk if I may about bio identical hormones. A lot of women are very interested in this because they are told it’s a more natural way to go because the hormones are absorbed in a more natural way than the equine oestrogen that’s mostly prescribed. Do you have an opinion on that?

Bio-identical hormones have been available in the UK for 20/30 years!

PS:      Sure, I mean I’ve used nothing else but bio identical hormones for the last 20, 30 years. It’s been very common in Europe and what’s happened now is the Americans, now that they’ve overcome their love affair of horse urine and horse oestrones, they’ve just discovered it, they’ve just discovered the importance of using oestradiol, oestrone, testosterone and they’ve labelled this bio identical hormones and gullible people all around the world are thinking of this new American discovery which is a re-awakening on their part, a discovery of what we’ve been doing for 20 or 30 years and it’s quite true. If I hadn’t used Premerin for 20 years I think there’s no place for it whatsoever. We’re not horses, we’re not plants either, we should use natural human hormones, and that is oestradiol, oestrone and testosterone EHEA, which is the precursor to testerone perhaps, and natural progesterone if you can, and that’s all possible except the progesterone; we by and large use progestogen because it works. Progesterone cream doesn’t work, it’s not even absorbed, we’ve just spent, or I’ve just spent £100,000 studying this preparation and it’s not even absorbed, it has no effect with the bones, the mood, the flushes, the sweats.

KC:      It’s not metabolised.

Want effective Progesterone cream? Ask your GP for Utrogestan

PS:      It’s still a racket that you go on the internet for £35 a pot per month and it’s a waste of your money. I wish it did work, it would be very, very useful and convincing logically and so we really, although we use the bio-identical oestrogen and testosterone we are by and large stuck with sythentic norethisterone or Provera, although there is a more natural progresterone called Utrogestan, which is effective, and so the compromise is that I use this almost natural progesterone Utrogestan.

KC:      So are the bio-identical hormones that you ‘re identifying with, where are they derived from, are they?

Hormones naturally sourced from Vegetables

PS:      They all come from a laboratory. They don’t dig them out of the ground or dig them from trees, they are all made in a laboratory, by vegetable precursors and they’re pure and they are the same as the natural hormones in your body and my body.

KC:      So it’s just a case if women really want to go down the road of  bio-identical hormones it’s really only available from a private practice isn’t it?

Get your bio-identical hormones from your GP!

PS:      No that’s not true. There’s no reason why a general practitioner should not give you oestradiol either by tablets or preferably transdermally, that’s by patch or by gel, that would be my ideal way of giving hormones, through the skin, just rubbing the oestrogen gel or testosterone gel, or a patch, but the patch caused rings, black rings where they use it very much or with an implant of course, which is very effective, a very convenient way of giving natural oestradiol and natural testosterone.

KC:      That’s very interesting that you’ve explained that more fully, women can now go to their GP and say that I heard that you can prescribe me XYZ and they are then getting a la carte prescription aren’t they?

PS:      They may choose not to, and this happens more and more these days, and so many GPs have just shut up shop for HRT and the menopause and there’s no justification for it and it’s wrong.

GP’s could offer effective, cheap treatment

KC:      ‘Cos there are about 7/10 women that experience debilitating symptoms, so it’s not good on their part that they are not getting the advice they need.

PS:      They are not getting very simple, very safe, very beneficial treatment. It’s also very cheap treatment.

KC:      Yes, OK, we’ll have to stir up the GPs then to get their act together. I know the British menopause society is trying to push for GPs to be more informed.

PS:      We’ve been trying that for now for 20 or 30 years!

KC:      Yes, trying to get everybody singing from the same songsheet it’s a difficult one to achieve isn’t it?

Thank you very much for that. Interview ends.

If you’d like to know more about Professor John Studd: www.studd.co.uk

Professor John Studd DSc, MD, FRCOG was consultant gynaecologist at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London and also professor of gynaecology at Imperial College.

He is now in fulltime private practice and runs the London PMS & Menopause Clinic at 46 Wimpole Street London W1G8SD. At the same address he has The Osteoporosis Screening Centre for the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis.

He is Vice-President of the National Osteoporosis Society and Chairman of the British Menopause Society.

In 2008 he was awarded the Blair Bell Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine which is given every five years for the obstetrician/gynaecologist who has made the greatest lifetime contribution to the specialty.

www.studd.co.uk

For information on Menopause in a non-medical setting, there are over 200 pages waiting for you  at www.simplyhormones.com

 

 

title pic #17: Osteoporosis – the brittle bone disease you can prevent

Posted by kathryn on April 24, 2012

SimplyHormones presents: An Interview with Prof John Studd, Vice President National Osteoporosis Society and Chairman of the British Menopause Society.  Osteoporosis is a natural disease of aging but one we can ALL do something about – this brittle bone disease most often eats away at bones  after degeneration of hormones at menopause. (more…)

title pic #16: Testosterone puts your lights back on!

Posted by kathryn on April 18, 2012

Testosterone for libido, oestrogen for depression – when the imbalance of hormones with monthly PMT and later on menopause are the cause depression, why are women referred to psychiatrists and prescribed mind-numbing anti-psychotic drugs? You may well ask! Prof. John Studd, specialist  obstetrician and gynaecologist tells us here, in the first of three interviews, about his quest to break down barriers in the medical profession to correctly treat women when hormone imbalance is not obvious. (more…)

title pic #10: Cervical Cancer is a known STI

Posted by kathryn on April 10, 2012

My interview with Gill Burgess tells you everything you ever wanted to know about this silent killer; cervical smears – why they’re important and much much more.  Gill Burgess is the Cancer Screening Co-ordinator for Croydon PCT, specialising in Breast, Bowel and Cervical Cancers. (more…)

title pic Men should know about the side effects of menopause on their ladies

Posted by kathryn on March 9, 2012

  side effects of menopause

Hi there, another thought provoking article for you wonderful guys giving you information on how your lovely ladies are feeling when they are going through menopause. This will help you to spot side effects of menopause so that you can understand their symptoms and be supportive.  Happy Reading. If you need any help, please contact me for a chat.  I would be very happy to help.