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Birth Control Pills – The Dangers of Hormone-Based Contraception

Kathleen’s article on the dangers of birth control pills was originally published in Natural Awakenings Magazine. For more than 50 years, women have loved the freedom that birth control pills offer. What’s not to love? Take a little pill every day and (pretty much) rest assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t happen. Well, it turns … Read moreBirth Control Pills – The Dangers of Hormone-Based Contraception

Hormones: What Every Woman Needs to Know The Teens and the Childbearing Years

Hormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and … Read moreHormones: What Every Woman Needs to Know The Teens and the Childbearing Years

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“The Change”—Naturally

Our mothers and grandmothers whispered the words, “The Change.” We could hear the capital letters. We could hear the dread in their voices. If we watched carefully, we could see the older women exchange knowing nods of sympathy and then quickly change the subject. “The Change” was a deep dark mystery to these women, largely … Read more“The Change”—Naturally

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Iodine and Breast Health

Right now, I have five friends with breast cancer in varying stages. One, happily, is emerging from her second round and two have rapidly growing invasive breast cancers. There are many reasons behind the breast cancer epidemic, and I’m going to throw out a major one that few of us know: Iodine shortfalls. Iodine is … Read moreIodine and Breast Health


Perimenopause – The Change Before The Change

Well, sisters, this probably means you are perimenopausal. That’s just a fancy word that means you are approaching menopause. It can begin anytime after age 35 or so, but most frequently occurs when a women is in her 40s, leading up to menopause (the complete lack of menstrual periods for 13 months) at age 50 … Read morePerimenopause – The Change Before The Change

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Bypassing bypass surgery, naturally

It’s a story we hear nearly every day: a man in his mid-fifties develops chest pain and shortness of breath. A visit to his doctor leads to an electrocardiogram (EKG), then an exercise stress test, perhaps later a visit to a cardiologist, more tests, and finally a diagnosis: blocked coronary arteries that require arterial stents … Read moreBypassing bypass surgery, naturally


Solve the Energy Crisis by Addressing Hormone Imbalances

By Dr. Hyla Cass and Kathleen Barnes, authors of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Take Charge Plan for Women Are hormone swings making your life, and your family’s, a living hell? PMS is a real medical condition, as are perimenopause and menopause, low thyroid function and adrenal fatigue. These conditions can sap your energy and … Read moreSolve the Energy Crisis by Addressing Hormone Imbalances