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Menopause is when a woman has gone an entire year without having a period. But that natural process can be associated with unpleasant symptoms and increased health risks. In this episode, find out:

--The average age of menopause is 51, but it can happen anytime from the late 30’s to the early 60’s.

--How "Perimenopause" or "pre-menopause" can last from two years up to eleven years. And how a woman can still get pregnant during this stage.

--The LONG list symptoms of menopause, all associated with the hormone changes that are occurring. And why Dr. Prather says that you can avoid or lessen those symptoms by getting your hormones in proper balance.

--That increased incidence of alcoholism, drug addiction, and divorce are associated with the turmoil women experience with menopause.

--The risks of hormone replacement therapy, such as increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. And how studies on bioidentical hormones had to be STOPPED because women died at such a high rate and are "more dangerous than the pharmaceutical hormone replacement".

--The Structure-Function Health Care approach Dr. Prather uses to help the body to self-regulate. And how the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer DECREASE through this approach.

--Why Dr. Prather's Structure-Function Health Care approach is more dependent upon proper diagnostics and lab tests than the Disease Care approach in order to accurately determine what is going on in the body and track the changes being made.

--How Menopause can age you if things aren't balanced out quickly. This includes bone loss, cartilage loss, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, weight gain, increased toxicity and inflammation levels, and lowered immune system.

--Why Dr. Prather says herbs are "one of the better things" that "very effectively" shift the body's hormones to the correct balance. And how Homeopathics stimulate the body's own production and are "the quickest way to make changes".

--That women who smoke cigarettes have three times the symptoms than non-smokers during Menopause. And how alcohol and caffeine also increase Menopause symptoms.



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