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Thankful for Balanced Hormones!

BALANCED HORMONES…
Something you (and those around you)
can be truly thankful for!
With Marcia Scoville, MS CNM APRN

Wednesday, November 8th: 6:30—8:00 pm

Temple Har Shalom
3700 N Brookside Ct, Park City, 84098

Being thankful is appropriate during this season, and appreciating the complex relationship between our hormones and stress response can make it all the more joyous! Marcia will provide a comprehensive overview of how intertwined our adrenal health is with our hormonal health, and what we can do to keep both systems operating optimally. Join us for a lively discussion of issues important to females of all ages!
Light, healthful snacks will be provided.
Please help us spread the word!
Cost: No Charge
RSVP appreciated! 435-615-0070 or info@alpineapothecary.com

Moods All Over the Map? Your hormones may be leading you astray…

Learn how to get back on track

with Marcia Scoville, MS CNM APRN

Wednesday, May 4th:    6:30—8:00 pm

Come learn about how our hormones impact our brain and create many varied effects on mood.  This information can be key to help us identify why we feel the way we do and teach us what we can do to help our

bodies work through them.

Join us for a lively discussion with Marcia Scoville of issues important to females of all ages.

Light, healthful snacks will be provided.

Please help us spread the word!

Cost: No Charge

RSVP appreciated!  By phone: 435-615-0070 or  Email: info@alpineapothecary.com

 

Libido = Lust…but many are Lacking

Images of Cupid and hearts all around us, reminders of Valentine’s Day and romance abound this time of year. Celebrating love and those we care about is fun, and it’s also a good time to point out that for MANY adults, amorous thoughts are not always accompanied by strong sex drive! It is important for those experiencing low libido to understand that they are NOT a small minority, that it is a very COMMON occurrence among women and men. So often people drop by the store seeking a remedy. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet – many factors may be at play. I hope to emphasize how common an issue this is and not one people should feel alone with.

What are some of the factors, for both males and females? To name a few:

-Stress / Overall Health – from both a physiological and mental standpoint

-Medications – potentially by blocking hormones, affecting brain chemicals and thereby mood, and by lowering energy

-Non-optimal Testosterone – women naturally produce much lower levels than men, but in both a drop in levels (and sometimes inordinately high ones) can produce a marked loss of drive

-Trauma – more a factor for women following childbirth, however in both sexes abdominal surgery or physical damage can affect nerve response involved in orgasm

So what can be done?

For women, a good place to start is by reading this article to gain some persepectives which may prove interesting: http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/07/how-strong-is-the-female-sex-drive-after-all/277429 . Be sure to read it to the end as it offers the theories of several psychology researchers which may offer insight in individual situations.

Then contemplate the four factors listed above, and see your physician to discuss and potentially test whether low (or high) testosterone may be contributing. Evaluate your lifestyle and overall energy. Is stress a factor for you? Keep in mind that the very same glands which produce cortisol, the stress hormone, are also responsible (especially in peri- to post-menopausal women) for making at least some of your testosterone. If you are forcing those little glands to make too much cortisol they will not be able to produce optimal levels of testosterone! Think about your sleep – if it is not restful, it presents an additional stress to your system which can prevent hormone pathways from functioning properly.

If you are on medications, check with your pharmacist as to whether any of them may be contributing to low testosterone or affecting libido by some other mechanism. Another practitioner to consult may be a pelvic floor physical therapist, who can evaluate the nerve function of the pelvic area and determine whether a prior trauma may be impacting your sex drive. Oftentimes, they can also help to correct or at least lessen the impact with treatments and exercises.

There are just no quick and easy answers to this issue.  Perhaps just knowing how widespread it is serves at least as some reassurance to some.  If we can be of any assistance in examining whether medications may be involved, don’t hesitate to call and speak to our pharmacist!

Stress and Hormones – What’s the Connection?

        Stress & Hormones—

        What’s the Connection?

                                                   ….an evening of women’s
                                                      wellness & wisdom!

                                with Marcia Scoville, MS CNM APRN

                                 Thursday, March 13th

                         6:30—8 pm

Hosted by Alpine Apothecary

 Jess Reid Real Estate Conference Room

 The Reid Building

 750 Kearns Blvd

      Stress is not just a buzzword to help us write off the long list of symptoms many encounter, from exhaustion to anxiety, with many in between! Marcia Scoville will be providing a comprehensive overview of how intertwined our adrenal (stress response) health is with our hormonal balance.

 Come join us for a lively discussion!

 Light, healthful snacks will be provided. 

Please help us spread the word!

Cost: No Charge

 RSVP appreciated!  By phone: 435-615-0070 or

 Email: info@alpineapothecary.com

 Marcia Scoville MS CNM APRN has been providing women’s health care for 24 years.  She taught Women’s Health and Nurse-midwifery classes as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Utah for 13 years while practicing in the Faculty Practice of Birth Care Health Care.  In 2002, she started All for Women Health Care in order to devote more time to treat and educate women about their hormonal issues. Visit her website here. 

 

 

Winter Wellness – Vitamin C

Ask just about anyone to name one vitamin that is helpful for colds and Vitamin C is bound to be the one named.  Dr. Linus Pauling is credited with sparking interest in Vitamin C, not only for immune function but beneficial effects on heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  He personally used high doses of Vitamin C and felt it greatly reduced the number of colds he experienced.  His claims received much attention beginning in the 1970’s, so that numerous studies were conducted in the next 3 decades.  Analysis of these studies by Dr. Harri Hemila found an overall benefit in regards to prevention and duration.  Results were more favorable in groups of participants more prone to stress, whether through sports or jobs (e.g. soldiers).

These findings are well supported by work done by Dr. James Wilson, who has analyzed the role of Vitamin C in our stress response, including the proper production and use of cortisol, the stress hormone.  Perhaps the need for Vitamin C to prevent colds is even greater now than in the previous decades, owing to the fact that our lifestyles as a whole have become much more stressful?

Would taking Vitamin C be helpful for you?  To answer this you might look at benefit versus risk.  What are the risks of vitamin C supplementation?  It is a water-soluble vitamin and has shown remarkably low toxicity.  Because it enhances iron absorption, it is possible that it could lead to high levels of iron, so intake of iron should be assessed before taking mega-doses on a consistent basis.  The only other side effect which occurs regularly is diarrhea, which is actually used by many practitioners to serve as a guide to knowing what the correct dosage is for a patient.  It is commonly recommended that patients take 500 mg every hour until their stools are loose and watery, at which point they should stop and maintain a dosage 500 mg less than that which induced the effect.

Because it is water soluble and readily excreted, taking Vitamin C in smaller quantities throughout the day, and/or using a supplement which is sustained-release will increase its effects.

On a final note, Vitamin C absorption and usage has been shown to be enhanced in the presence of bioflavonoids, a large group of antioxidants from fruits and vegetables.  Using a Vitamin C supplement which contains a 2:1 ratio of Vitamin C: Bioflavonoids is the optimal  form for immune and stress-response support.  Since the basis for such a supplement is to mimic how Vitamin C is found in nature, it makes sense that incorporating plenty of raw vegetables and fruits which are high in Vitamin C would be the ideal form for overall health.  Produce with highest amounts of Vitamin C include oranges, grapefruits, sweet red pepper, broccoli, potatoes, and strawberries.  A daily diet including 2.5 cups of a variety of fruits and vegetables is estimated to contain roughly 200 mg of Vitamin C, which may be adequate for some, but may well create a need to supplement for individuals under various forms of stress.

Vitamin C may seem like an “old housewife” remedy, but its safety and usage are well documented and its availability is widespread and economical, making it a perfect tool in helping to fight the viruses to which we are continually exposed.

References
Linus Pauling Institute Newsletter, January 2006; Jane Higdon, Ph.D.Updated in November 2009 by: Victoria J. Drake, Ph.D.
Reviewed in November 2009 by: Balz Frei, Ph.D.
Director and Endowed Chair, Linus Pauling Institute
Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Oregon State University; Copyright 2000-2010  Linus Pauling Institute