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Menopause

Menopause is intended by nature to be a gradual reduction of a women’s ovarian reproductive hormones until she is no longer able to conceive and bear children. Normally this phase of a woman’s life begins somewhere in her mid-forties and ends in her mid-fifties. In a well-nourished, healthy woman, the adrenal and other glands and…

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Muscle Aches/Spasms/Cramps

When muscles feel pain, soreness, or stiffness, it’s usually due to one of two reasons: overexertion or a cramp. Overexertion, or overdoing some physical activity, can bring on what doctors call delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS. A cramp (involuntary spasm) comes on suddenly and unexpectedly. Unable to relax, it causes severe pain that usually…

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Peri-Menopause

Menopause is that phase of a woman’s life when her ovaries are no longer releasing eggs for fertilization or producing the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. During peri-menopause, she still releases eggs, or ovulates, during some cycles. But during others, she may not ovulate at all and therefore may not produce as much progesterone. This…

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Premenstrual Syndrome/PMS

Premenstrual Syndrome* The often distressing symptoms of PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, are familiar to many women. A week or two before their menstrual period, three out of four women experience some combination of bloating, breast pain, fatigue, headaches, depression, crying, angry outbursts, or any of 200 other symptoms associated with PMS. PMS may stem from…

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Prostate Problems

The prostate is a walnut-size gland, unique to men, located just beneath the bladder. As a man ages, his prostate enlarges, and experts estimate that more than half of all men over age 50 have an enlarged gland. This disorder, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is by far the most common prostate problem. Because the…

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