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October 13, 2013

Arrival of cool, autumn air no match for hot flashes

(Continued)

SO NOW I’M SEEING, more like feeling, hot flashes. As most people know, hot flashes are a cardinal sign and symptom of menopause.

According to womenshealth.gov, women can experience perimenopausal symptoms some two years to eight years before their last period. So a woman in her early 40s is a prime candidate.

Wait, there’s more! Here’s what else we’re likely to enjoy in perimenopause: irregular periods, trouble sleeping, vaginal and/or urinary problems, mood changes, decreased libido, increased risk of osteoporosis and forgetfulness (womenshealth.gov).

Most issues tie back to those volatile chemical-like messengers — our hormones — and their constant ebb and flow. I’m convinced, sometimes, hormones really do rule the world.

But let us not despair. If menopause and her assistant, peri-, are just part of life, we have what we need to manage her. Here’s some advice culled from authorities like the American College of Nurse Midwives, the U.S. Office of Women’s Health and the North American Menopause Society:

1. Eat well. That means lots of fresh fruits and vegetables for sure, taking it easy or eliminating altogether sugar and bad fats and getting extra B vitamins, calcium and Vitamin D, usually in the form of supplements.

2. Regular moderate exercise. Of course it always comes down to this duo — diet and exercise — doesn’t it? Think of some 2-plus hours of gets-your-heart-pumping exercise a week plus exercise that focuses on muscle strength.

3. Reduce stress. I think we can consider these three the “optimal health trifecta” — diet, exercise and stress reduction. Remember moodiness? Forgetfulness? Plus the fact that menopause means a highly significant life change, the end of the childbearing years altogether? Right. Reducing stress, keeping family and friendship relationships healthy — important.

4. Stop doing stuff that’s bad for you. That would be smoking, for sure. Eliminating soda pop — sugared or diet, they’re both bad for you — is a good idea.

5. Check in about your gynecology. You can see a nurse practitioner, gynecologist or midwife — whomever knows about this stuff — and have regular screenings. Remains important even after menopause.

6. Consider other options. Most notably, hormone replacement therapy. Some care providers prescribe hormones that help alleviate some symptoms. Read up on the benefits and risks before choosing any treatment for anything, this one included. HRT has been associated with increased risk for blood clots, strokes, heart attacks and breast cancer, but, like any intervention, it can be an effective strategy for managing troublesome symptoms.

7. Have some kind of “bodywork” done regularly. This is straight from me, my opinion. Visit a chiropractor; get massage treatments. From a reputable provider, get hands on you that know how to get you and help you stay “aligned.” It’s not just about spines or cracky necks, either. It’s about innervation — your nerves — and helping things work without interference.

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  • THE PLAIN SIDE:Government reflects us

    Driver Ken said it game him goose bumps. I can see why. We are standing in Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This is the room where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the aged Benjamin Franklin, and all those other founding fathers stood. All at once.

    August 23, 2014

  • RELIGION BRIEFS: Aug. 23, 2014 Gordon Jensen, international evangelist, gospel singer and songwriter, will be at Northwood Chapel Aug. 24. He will sing and preach at the 11 a.m. worship service and again at the 6 p.m. evening service. Jensen has written songs such as “Redemption Draweth Nigh,” “He’s as Close as The Mention Of His Name” and “Written In Red.” The church is located at 28220 C.R. 52, Nappanee, one mile north of Nappanee on Ind. 19 and 1/4 mile west on C.R. 52. Those with questions may call 773-3509 or 773-7895.

    August 23, 2014

  • GLOBAL FAITHS: Syria tops list of Christian martyrdom in Pew study Last week’s Global Faiths column discussed the world’s most “church destroying” countries. It invites a look at those countries of the world where it’s hardest to be a Christian. The countries on these two lists are not the same, though the lists may overlap. “The top 10 nations ‘where Christians faced the most pressure and violence [in 2013] were North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen’” (www.Christianity today.com/gleanings). North Korea has the dubious distinction of remaining at the top of this list for 10 years now.

    August 23, 2014

  • PASTOR'S PEN: How was the soul of America's funny man? Goodbye Robin Williams. Are you kiddin’ me!? I grew up on Mork and Mindy! I had never laughed before at the things Robin Williams made me laugh about. That’s because there had never been one like him before. As the old Rod Stewart song goes, his “ad-lib lines were well rehearsed.”

    August 23, 2014

  • CLUB NEWS Goshen Noon Kiwanis Meeting date: Aug. 19 Awards/recognition: Ron Altenhof and Hugh Reinhold, greeters; John Huber, song leader; Ron Schultz, pledge; Bryan Mierau, invocation; Angela Black, guest. Perfect attendance award winners were Tim Doyle, 25 y

    August 22, 2014

  • NWS 0824 Bryant 99 BD photo Briefly GOSHEN 99th birthday open house today Ruby Evelyn (Deafenbaugh) Bryant of Goshen will celebrate her 99th birthday at an open house today at the Bryant homestead from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend. She was born in Claypool, A

    August 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • PUBLIC RECORD Marriage license The following marriage licenses were filed in Elkhart County: Trevor J. Milliken, 22, and Emily A. Wagoner, 22, both of 71074 Conrad Road, Niles, Mich. Zachary M. Cox, 25, and Mashala K. Short, 21, both of 487 Brookside Manor, Goshen

    August 22, 2014

  • Lifelong Learning fall courses announced GOSHEN — The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is offering fall courses. These short courses are designed to provide stimulating and affordable classes in many fields for active seniors. There are no tests or grades, and no previous studies or degrees are required.

    August 22, 2014

  • 2014 Junior Lawn and Garden.jpg LaGrange County youth finish well at tractor contest LAGRANGE — With all of its four contestants delivering competitive performances, the LaGrange County 4-H Tractor program continued its tradition of achievement in the annual Purdue Area XI 4-H Tractor Contest July 26 at the LaGrange County 4-H Fairgrounds.

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • CORRECTION: Outdoor worship, barbecue at Goshen Christian Reformed Church not happening It was incorrectly reported in Wednesday's edition — the Briefly column on A3 — that Goshen Christian Reformed Church was to have an outdoor worship service and barbecue Thursday through Saturday. The event was submitted by a church with the same nam

    August 21, 2014

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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