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THE RIVER - JANUARY 15, 2016
Options To Relieve
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
flashes of menopause
are often more than
just a mere nuisance,
they can disrupt
your life day and
night. I have been
menopausal for 3
years and luckily have
yet to experience a single hot flash or
any symptom for that matter, but several
friends suffer terribly. They have to
change bed sheets from the sweats, and
often complain they feel like they’re on
fire. Menopause causes changes in mood,
weight gain and insomnia.
The most popular supplements touted
for menopause include black cohosh, flax
seeds, soy-based supplements, alfalfa,
and/or ginseng. Natural progesterone
is often used too and this comes in an
over-the-counter cream as well as several
prescription types. These may help to
some extent but right now I’d like to
share new research.
Scientists have been looking at
serotonin hormone levels. We know
serotonin is an important brain
neurotransmitter, more specifically it’s
one of our “happy” brain chemicals. The
impact serotonin has on other hormone
levels including estrogen can’t be
underestimated. When serotonin is low,
the brain experiences dangerous oxidative
damage and neurons die. This could
precipitate hot flashes, insomnia, and
mood swings catapulting you into a pro-
inflammatory state with a disrupted sleep
cycle and appetite like nobody’s business.
It could be a mean menopause.
Based upon this new information, I
can make natural suggestions for you to
ponder. You should consult a physician
because raising serotonin isn’t always the
answer, and can sometimes backfire. I
don’t know what’s right for each of you.
That said, here are some over-the-counter
5-HTP – This essential amino acid is
formed from “tryptophan” which is found
naturally in turkey, cheese and nuts. It’s
sold as a dietary supplement and it forms
serotonin in your body. Remember,
without adequate serotonin, hot flashes,
irritability and insomnia are more likely to
occur. Please don’t ever combine 5-HTP
with any prescribed antidepressants or
Serotonin Syndrome may result!
Melatonin – When serotonin breaks
down in your body, it forms melatonin
which is one of your natural sleep
hormones. You make this, and it’s
sold as a supplement. Melatonin is
great if you want to sleep a little bit
longer. It’s a strong antioxidant and
helps reduce that oxidative stress (and
resulting inflammation) that I mentioned
earlier. A Polish study published in Prz
Menopauzalny (Menopausal Review)
just evaluated melatonin in menopausal
women. Women who received 5mg
of melatonin each night for 24 weeks
not only slept better but also lost a little
weight. I have to say, 5mg is a rather
Resveratrol – This provides natural
estrogen-like activity (phytoestrogen)
because resveratrol has a similar structure
to 17 beta estradiol (our natural estrogen).
Restoring estrogen levels may relieve hot
flashes and help you sleep. It’s usually
taken at night for that reason.
If you’d like to receive a more
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at suzycohen.com Remember to ask your
physician if these are right for you.
This information is not intended to
treat, cure or diagnose your condition.
Suzy Cohen is the author of The
24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.
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student from achieving the dream of a
college education,” said Michael Durnil,
SYF president and CEO.
The 2016 SYF Community
Scholarship recipients will be selected
by International Scholarship and Tuition
Services, Inc. (ISTS), a third-party admin-
istrator. Students are selected based on
a variety of criteria, including financial
need, academic per formance, leadership
skills and participation in school and com-
munity activities. Those students who are
the first in their family to pursue a post
secondary education will also be given
Scholarship recipients will be notified
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a financial services company. A financial
professional can suggest ways of meeting
these long-term care costs.
• Caregiving – It’s possible, at least
early in your retirement years, that you
could still be a caregiver to aging parents.
If so, you might need to factor in these
costs to your financial strategy. Later on,
you may need some caregiving yourself,
such as that provided by a home health
aide. So you’ll need to consider these
Your retirement years can be filled
with activities and accomplishments. And
you can get even more enjoyment from
this time of life if you stick to an appro-
priate longevity strategy.
Jennifer Basey is a financial advisor
in Fort Myers. She can be reached at
On Saturday, January 16 from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m., the American
Legion Melvin Cowart Post 274
and Estero Island Medical Care are host-
ing their annual Veterans Wellness Fair.
The fair is free for Southwest Florida vet-
erans and first responders.
Screening services are being offered
in multiple fields: internal medicine; eye
care; audiology; der matology; radiol-
ogy; orthopedics; dentistry; ultrasound;
diabetic testing; immunizations; flu shots;
physical therapy and fitness; home health
care and assisted living care; Park Royal
Hospital; mobile mammogram van; Lee
Memorial Health System Bloodmobile;
veterans’ services; VA Clinic diabetes and
smoking cessation counselor; and benefit
counseling, Fort Myers Veterans Center.
The fair is open to all veterans, regard-
less of affiliation or not to any veterans
organization. Notifications and fliers will
be given to the local legions, VFWs and
to the Little Club with enough time to
inform their membership. Verification
of veterans status may be required, i.e.
DD 214, VA ID card, Military ID, or
Florida Drivers license with “V.” All those
who visit will receive a screening, not
a detailed, explicit exam or diagnosis.
Doctors, physicians assistants, technicians
and counselors will be available to coun-
sel and/or make recommendations and
referrals if requested and/or warranted.
All consultations will be in as private an
area as possible.
“We have great support of many of
the local practitioners and other medical/
physical vendors. Each participant has
volunteered their time to evaluate any
veteran or first responder that comes in.
The fair is open to all southwest Florida
veterans and First Responders, regardless
if they are a member of the American
Legion or not,” said Bob Penta, adjutant
and chairman of the Wellness Fair com-
mittee, American Legion Melvin Cowart
Post 274. “This will be the third fair that
we are hosting and we hope to continue
for many more years. Last year, we had
over 150 veterans come through for
Any participants in the bloodmobile
will be eligible for prize drawings at the
end of the fair. The Legion is providing
free donuts and bagels in the morning,
and with a free lunch to all those who
take part in the Wellness Fair.
All providers are volunteering their
time and expertise with no intention to
supplement their business practices. They
are doing this for the veterans and to
help if possible.
The American Legion Melvin Cowart
Post 274 is located at 899 Buttonwood
Drive, Fort Myers Beach. For more infor-
mation, call Bob Penta at 774-275-4060
or Mike Adcock, 2nd vice commander,
at 463-6591 or send an email to legion-
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