PMS was classified in the early ’80s into four types by medical researcher Guy Abraham, MD. Although most women suffer from a mix of these types, it may be helpful, in terms of the most appropriate treatment strategies, to sort out symptoms as follows:

First Trimester Nausea… Yikes! First, a tried and true quotation heard many times during my adolescence from my father… “this too will pass.” You’re thrilled, all your relatives are thrilled, you’re starting to dream about darling infant outfits, researching the best pre-schools, baby-proofing the whole house, and how do you feel? Yuk! Second, full-fledged, woozy, faint, lethargic, stomach-heaving nausea is one of the signs that yes, your hormones are changing, and the pregnancy is “taking.” This is not to say that you should be worried if you DON’T feel like throwing up every few hours for the first few months, just a reassurance that healthy embryos often stir up a lot of change.

Q: I’m 50 and starting the “change of life.” I’m very upset that I can’t make a decision about whether or not to take hormones. If I don’t take hormones maybe my bones will all shatter. But if I do take hormones maybe I’ll get uterine cancer. So maybe I should get a hysterectomy. But I could still get breast cancer. Help!

An important aspect of wellness and radiant health, which of course includes healthy breasts, is POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Some women have said to me, “I don’t want to check my breasts for lumps every month; that seems very negative.” The idea is not to set out to look for lumps, but to check in with your breasts, tenderly and regularly. Maybe after a warm bath, standing naked and admiring yourself in front of a mirror. Gently hold your breasts and start by a greeting, “Hey there, girls; just checking in. Anything you want to tell me?” This ritual is not only sensual and entertaining, but very helpful in giving your body the message that you care about yourself.A diet for healthy breasts includes plenty of water, restful sleep, adequate intake of essential fatty acids, very limited intake of other fats, easy on the chocolate, and plenty of kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, collard greens, squash, organic carrots, seasonal fruit. All that good stuff. For young mothers or mothers to be, please breastfeed, or plan to. There is no better nutrition for your...

This could be a B-vitamin deficiency, an endocrine problem, a stress response or even heavy-metal poisoning. Cindy was starting to think about investing in a wig. At age 45, she was single with a career in research that she enjoyed. Lately, she had taken to not leaving the house without a hat or scarf on her head. Naturally shy, the prospect of dating or socializing was even more agonizing now since over the past 18 months the hair on her head, once quite thick and lustrous, was noticeably thin. She used to enjoy brushing and “fixing” her hair, which she had considered one of her best features. She came to me quite depressed about her on-going hair loss, because the problem was progressing. I confirmed she had not recently had a Hepatitis B shot series. An article appeared last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (278:117-8, 1997) linking the Hep B vaccine to increased incidence of alopecia (balding) in women. No, she hadn’t had the Hep B series. I asked if she had ever had cancer and...

The Spectre of Balding Women – Caroline, a new mother in her mid-twenties, came for help in a state of deep depression. The first words out of her mouth were “I’m turning into my mother…” When I asked her what that meant, she said that both of them were moody, irritable with their loved ones and, the symptom that was upsetting them most of all, going bald. While many women (and men) will exaggerate the extent of their hair loss, there was no doubt that Caroline’s once-lush mane was noticeably thin and dry; her scalp was scaly and visible at the forehead and temples. I asked her if there was a history of thyroid problems in her family. She confirmed that there was not, and that both she and her mother had recently evaluated their thyroid status by blood test, because either over- or under-active thyroid function can cause hair thinning. However, I kept with my hunch that there was a hormonal component to this puzzle.

Joel stood leaning against the bedroom doorway, thinly disguising his disappointment. Jane had a yeast infection. Again. Their relationship was beginning to feel the toll of this microscopic invader: Candida albicans. Struggling not to weep, because of the deep, raw, itching pain inside that felt like her womanhood was on fire, Jane whispered, “Let’s get some help.” Candida albicans is a fungus which naturally inhabits, in a controlled quantity, the human intestinal tract. In infants, an overgrowth produces “diaper rash.” In the throat, an infestation is called “thrush,” seen only in immuno-compromised individuals. Candida albicans does not belong in the vagina. It most certainly does not belong in the blood stream. A predominant cause of Candida albicans overgrowth, sometimes refered to as Candidiasis, but most often simply called a yeast infection, is antibiotic abuse.