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A Midlife Rollercoaster Ride

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  A Midlife Rollercoaster Ride Catherine Stack ND, CNM For a few individuals, menopause (or MANopause) is a fairly uneventful few years occurring somewhere between the years of forty and fifty five.  And then there are the rest of us! It may begin as an unexplainable, low level anxiety that sits just below the surface of our emotions.  Maybe it is just an annoying wake up at 2 am for no reason.  Some women will wonder why they just woke up, only to immediately feel the most intense wave of heat attempt to escape their body in a burst of sweat, heart palpitations, and the overwhelming need to open the window (even if it is only 20 degrees outside).  You are sure that the caloric burn of such an event should be equivalent to a week's worth of food and yet here you are gaining a few more pounds each and every year.  Your husband’s facial hair seems to have become contagious and you are curious as to why everyone thinks that YOU are moody.   Although it does not appear that men experie

TIME to DETOX!

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In these very strange times, it is more important than ever to protect our health and keep our immune systems strong. Sometimes, even those who normally wouldn't consider a vaccine are now facing the possibility of the decision to take one. I am one of them. I usually opt out as I feel I have a very strong immune system with optimal Vitamin D3 levels. I also have tools at my disposal (supplements and foods) that would help me overcome much of what I could come down with. That being said, I will probably get the Covid-19 vaccine. My reason may seem superficial as I do not fear Covid-19, but I do miss my Dad---very much. He is in a local nursing home and I have only seen him briefly since this pandemic began. I miss our visits, I miss his hugs. I want more hugs! He has dementia and has little concept of time for that I am grateful. Traveling is also one of my favorite hobbies and feel it will become a requirement to show proof of vaccination in order to get anywhere. Th

Natural AntiViral Protection

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                                 Natural Immune support against viral infections in response to COVID-19 situation For most of us, it is far from life threatening.  It is the immune compromised or elderly individual who is at high risk for severe or lethal outcome.  I have written this article in the hopes of providing some suggestions to optimize your own immune system as well as remedies you may want to have on hand.  Some of these you will find at your local grocery or Amazon. I will leave a link below, where you can find most of these, and if you have trouble, I may be able to get them dropped shipped to you directly from the warehouse.  (For that, you can email me). As a healthcare provider and naturopath, I have some experience (20+ years) with supporting the immune system and coping with viral illness.  I know we are currently being told there are no vaccines or cures but what we are NOT being told, as it is not FDA approved, is that there are many foods a

Save BUFFALO's BABIES

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I am writing this article after the death of an infant, the second in 5 months, at a local birthing center.  As a midwife, this is hard to write as I feel I am betraying my profession but as an advocate for safe childbirth I feel the overwhelming need to speak out and speak up.  Even if just one mom or baby is saved, it is worth the world.  Even hospital births can have outcomes that are unexpected and unfortunate.  No one is immune to potential complications, however, most would choose the path of safest outcome.   Midwife, by definition, means “with woman”.  A midwife is someone who provides care and guidance to women of all ages but especially before, during and after childbirth.  This can take place in the home, birth center or hospital.   I am a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), who is hospital based for more than 21 years.  I was a labor and delivery nurse in a high risk facility for ten years prior. Even after 31 years, I wish I could say “I’ve seen it all” bu