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imagesThis article first appeared in the Townsend Letter: Dr. Todd A. Born is a naturopathic doctor, co-owner and medical director of Born Naturopathic Associates, Inc., in Alameda, California.  Dr. Born is the Product Manager, Head of New Product Development, Scientific Advisor for Allergy Research Group, LLC and is Editor in Chief of their science Focus Newsletter.  He is a Thought Leader for the UK-based Clinical Education, a free peer-to-peer service that offers clinicians a closed forum to ask clinical questions and receive evidence-based responses by experts in their fields.

As healthcare practitioners, we see the following scenario play out in our practice a few times a week: 48 year old female presents with chief concerns of hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, xerosis, dry eyes, vaginal atrophy, dyspareunia, sleep dysfunction, mood swings, an irregular menstrual cycle and memory concerns.

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2015dec_logoAntony Haynes, BA(Hons) Dip ION, mBANT, mCNHC, mIFM. Antony Haynes is co-founder of Nutri-Link Ltd, a subsidiary of Allergy Research Group LLC. He presents 3 compelling cases for your interest.

‘Resilience and fortitude’ are the keywords that come to mind when I think of Garum Armoricum®; one of my favorite supplements for optimizing stress tolerance in patients. I have recommended it to hundreds of patients over the last fifteen years, and find it effective for every form of negative stress: accidents, injury, divorce, emotional trauma, anxiety, fatigue, depression and more. It consistently helps people bounce back from their disturbed state more swiftly than they would on their own. Here are three of my cases that have stood out to me over my career.

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Thinning hair, painful joints,lost libido, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, crushing fatigue, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, itchy skin, incontinence…the list of symptoms during menopause is staggering. Staggering, but not surprising, since our cells are studded with receptors for hormones.

Vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats), vaginal dryness, and dyspareunia (painful intercourse) are the main reason that women seek medical treatment. Over three-quarters of women report hot flashes within the 2 years surrounding menopause. A quarter suffer these symptoms for over five years, while an unfortunate ten percent of women report that they suffer from these symptoms for over ten years.1