Why A Foundation?

I began my Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation in early 2014. We received accreditation from the IRS in June, 2014. So why start a foundation? Several reasons impacted my decision. First, I wanted to leave a legacy that would carry on long after I’m gone AND that would have the greatest impact on women’s health. Since founding my Happy Hormone Cottage in 2009, I see with great clarity the impact women’s health has on every part of our families and even our communities. Traversing my own health crisis, I found my niche to help women by championing them to live their best lives naturally through educating and encouraging them to own their journey to natural hormone balance. Six years, 5 Happy Hormone Cottages, and 2 books later, women are feeling better and spreading the word! From this endeavor came my desire to begin a foundation that matters to women everywhere. Right away, I recognized the impact that cancer has on us all and decided this would be a wonderful way to support women, their families and our community.
With cancer, where would I put my energies? There were so many directions to choose from. What I knew I didn’t want was anything to do with the standard of care treatment. My HHC philosophy is based on thinking outside the box of standard of care and big pharma, to Functional Medicine and holistic health.  I wanted to go in a similar direction with my foundation, that focused on the prevention of this disease and the holistic treatment of it that provides options outside the horrific ravages of chemotherapy, our only standard of care option, besides radiation and surgery. I knew there had to be other options besides cutting it out, burning it out or chemically destroying it with the awful side effects and destruction of our immune system.
My first step, which was brilliant, was to hire Kelly Brown as my executive director. She had worked in the nonprofit world previously, understood my vision, and brought a wealth of information to the table. From there, we formed a Board of Advisors, spent several months developing a great website (www.womenshealthinitiatives.org) and have worked tirelessly to build awareness of our vision and to raise money for our goal. What are we trying to do? We believe women’s cancers can be prevented, treated or cured by looking at the body as a whole. We believe pharmaceuticals are not the only answer to this disease. We know there are pioneering scientists, physicians and others who are successfully predicting, preventing, treating, and curing cancer through nutrition, supplementation, and other integrative means. We are supporting their endeavors by raising money and growing awareness of their initiatives. We are daring greatly to put prevention ahead of detection and looking beyond the status quo as the only avenue for the treatment of cancer.
What makes my foundation different? We are asking the hard questions:

1)Why does cancer still exist despite the billions of dollars raised by numerous charities to defeat it?

2)Why is it that we dedicate the entire month of October to Breast Cancer, yet the number of new breast cancer cases has remained steady for over 40 years?

3)We want to know how much of the millions of dollars raised by other cancer foundations is actually going toward the research in the treatment, prevention or cure for cancer? *ALL OF THE MONIES RAISED BY MY FOUNDATION-100%- GOES DIRECTLY TO OUR FOUNDATION GOALS. None of the money goes toward administrative costs.

4)We want to know why chemotherapy has only extended survival in some cancers by 2.1%?

5)We question why survivors of late stage lung cancer, breast cancer and colorectal cancer has only been extended by 2 months through standard of care chemotherapy over the past 20 years?

In our search for answers, we found pioneering researchers, scientists and doctors who are not just thinking outside the box, they’ve thrown away the box! We are committed to their research and treatments. Our current initiative supports the Rosenberg Integrative Cancer Treatment and Research Institute, where Dr Mark Rosenberg and his team are treating and defeating cancer. His research is showing great promise in clinical trials but funding is critical. Therefore, my foundation is committed to building awareness and raising money on behalf of his organization. Dr Rosenberg calls this program at his institute, “New Hope for Cancer,” and we are pleased to help support him in every way that we can. Dr Rosenberg has concentrated his efforts on altering the cancer environment, while blocking as many pathways of cancer growth as possible. His goal: to convert an acutely progressive terminal disease into a chronic disease that can be managed indefinitely. Cancer affects us all. Personally, I can think of no greater way to impact women, their families, our communities, our world than to support Dr Rosenberg and his New Hope for Cancer initiative! I hope you share our passion!
For more information, or to donate to this amazing cause, please go to www.womenshealthinitiatives.org and click on “Donate.” Or you can email Kelly@womenshealthinitiatives.com.

The Importance of Questioning What We Read and Believe

Today I overhead a “healthcare expert” state, “There are studies that say supplements aren’t good for you, and in fact, some studies show that supplements can even be harmful.” Seriously? This is such a good example of several things:
> >Don’t believe everything you read
> >Understand the truth about studies
> >A healthy practice is to question what we read, and then to question our beliefs about it
Let’s look at these supplement studies. About 90% of these studies on supplements don’t standardize their supplements and they are using sub therapeutic dosing.  Many of the studies are just surveys that don’t even follow the scientific process with an objective and an endpoint. So to base one’s beliefs on these so-called studies is unfortunate. Believing everything we read without question, and then to pass on these beliefs to others, can continue to perpetuate the myths and false information surrounding some healthy and beneficial practices.
Let’s look at omega 3’s as an example.  A “study” came out about a year ago stating that omega 3’s increase the risk of prostrate cancer. This appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. This “study” correlated higher risk of prostate cancer with higher levels of omega 3’s found in the serum of the men in this “study.” In other words, they tried to correlate cause and effect between 2 random ideas that gave negative “information” about omega 3’s. This “study” didn’t even discuss these men in the study taking omega 3’s. Because of this article, those who believe everything they read could now falsely believe that taking omega 3’s can cause prostate cancer.  This type of false fact article happens often. The TRUTH about omega 3’s is this:
>Taking 2000 mg a day is optimal for pushing thyroid into the cells of the brain for brain clarity
>Omega 3s raise metabolism, and help burn fat.
>Most importantly, omega 3’s help reduce inflammation.
Since most diseases START with inflammation, taking omega 3’s is CRITICAL for preventing inflammation and disease! If I were to believe the article mentioned above, I could potentially be setting myself up for failure. This is a great example of NOT believing everything I read, and continuing to question my beliefs.
I hear this same type of generalization with hormone therapy: “I asked my doctor if I needed hormone therapy and he said no.” Is this the end of the discussion? We aren’t motivated to think for ourselves and possibly take charge of our own health? Really? My suggestion is that when we choose to unequivocally believe what we read and what we are told without question, this makes it too easy. It closes the lid on more discussion that could shed light on important information. I think a BETTER practice might be to ask why. WHY are you saying I don’t need hormone therapy? WHERE are you getting your information? If it is through the media with the same false information that has been recycled over and over again for the past 10 years, and often with the pharmaceutical industry agenda, I encourage you to most definitely QUESTION your beliefs, the beliefs of your healthcare practitioner, and to begin to EDUCATE YOURSELF.
I see the same issues with ads I read for drugs for menopause-relief symptoms. There is a new drug on the market for feminine vaginal dryness that mimics estrogen, but it’s not estrogen. After reading the important safety information and the common side effects, (good grief!) I have no idea who would seriously consider taking this drug. Why not just use estriol? Estriol is E3, our gentle, calming estrogen that babies in the womb swim in. Estriol travels to the breast tissue and uses its protective benefits in helping to prevent breast cancer, and it is great for feminine dryness. It is also found in our bodies, but depletes as we age. So replacing estriol as we age is a strategy we endorse. So why don’t doctors typically prescribe estriol? Because most doctors don’t know a lot about it and it is not FDA-approved. Why not? No drug company has put up the money to fund a clinical study until recently. It is in clinical trials now for use in the treatment of MS. **This is the beauty of educating yourself in this area of women’s health and in connecting yourself to respected hormone facilities like ours, with healthcare practitioners and a medical director who are in the know, have the latest valid information and really understands the latest information out there on hormone balancing therapy.
The bottom line? Don’t believe everything you read and make it a practice to QUESTION YOUR BELIEFS. Your best health naturally may just depend on it!

“My Doctor Told Me I Was Fine”

I was at a recent networking event signing copies of my new book, “Own Your Journey…..to Optimal Hormone Balance,” and a gal came up to me and said, “Oh, I don’t need hormones.” I asked her how she knew this. Her response, “My doctor ran tests and said so.” Not wanting to be disagreeable, I simply smiled, but the truth is, she is most likely not fine. Just checking the box and listening to her doctor might be enough for her, but it doesn’t work for me and it most certainly doesn’t work for women over 35. Why 35? This is when our aging bodies begin to make less progesterone. Making less progesterone means we become estrogen dominant. The bad news here is that estrogen dominance raises the risk of breast cancer. The importance of progesterone can not be overstated. Progesterone has several major tasks in our bodies:
-helps us sleep
-helps depression
-reduces anxiety
-improves our moodiness and irritability
-alleviates aches and pains
– stops sugar cravings
-balances estrogen to reduce the risk of breast cancer
This gal was about my age or older, so I assume she is post-menopausal, which means she now also doesn’t produce enough estrogen. Estrogen for what? For the 300 jobs it performs in the body, not the least of which is protecting the heart from heart disease and protecting the brain from dementia. So now she doesn’t have the progesterone or the estrogen she needs. So she is ripe for disease. And let’s talk testosterone. Testosterone also depletes with age, so by age 50, we have about half of what we used to. Testosterone helps build new bone by signaling the osteoblasts to build new bone. It also helps energy, memory recall and libido. This is why so many older people develop osteoporosis. Instead of using testosterone supplementation, they are told by their healthcare practitioners to drink milk or take calcium, or even worse, to take one of the big pharma bone drugs on the market. Google any of the side effects of these “bone building” drugs and I hope you decide not to take them. They do have an effect on the body, but building good strong bone is not one of them. We, at our Happy Hormone Cottage, are all about fixing the cause of the problem. Refilling our hormone tanks with customized bioidentical hormone replacement therapy fixes the problem.
Let’s talk about the tests her doctor most likely ran. If s/he is checking hormones in blood, they have already been depleted by the heart and the ranges are so big, one would have to be dead to be out of range. This is why we do not use blood work to check sex hormone levels or cortisol. (Thyroid levels? Yes we use blood work in our 11 point thyroid panel.) There are just so many better ways available to do this. So if he is not running informative lab work, how valuable is his assessment? The bottom line is, this gal is not informed on the importance of refilling her hormone tanks and her doctor also can’t advise her because he hasn’t read the latest studies and information. Why not? It is not part of the big pharmaceutical agenda, which is selling drugs for the masses. Our truth, substantiated by studies (go to www.happyhormonecottage.com/Resources/Reading) is that, as Dr. Prudence Hall says, “Hormones are to women what water is to plants.” We MUST refill our hormone tanks to go the distance and live a high quality of life as we age. This just makes sense!
So what to do to spread the word on this important topic? Continue to walk our walk of women helping women by offering consultations to educate women on the importance of refilling our hormone receptors; continuing to build awareness in natural hormone balance and encouraging women to think for themselves and to become educated and empowered in knowing what is best for their bodies; by giving back to our community through our FoundWHIF-logo-final-webation (the Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation) whose mission is preventing breast cancer; and continuing to positively impact the lives of the women in our community and beyond. Ours is a grassroots movement where real change is occurring. I’m proud of how far we have come!

Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation plans Oct. 3 fundraiser to benefit New Hope for Cancer

Contributed By: Melinda Zemper | Oak Tree Communications, LLC

Nonprofit Seeks to fund research to make cancer a chronic disease, not a fatal one.

The Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation (WHIF), with offices in Mason and Dayton, will host a fundraiser and silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Rec West, 965 Miamisburg- Centerville Road in Dayton.

One hundred percent of proceeds will go to the New Hope for Cancer project at the Rosenberg Integrative Cancer WHIFchoice - 08Treatment and Research Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., said Kelly Brown, WHIF executive director. Cost to attend is $50 per person.

WHIF seeks to help women live longer, healthier lives. Its mission is to prevent, treat or cure cancers in women.

“So many of us have a relative or friend who has had terminal cancer,” said Brown. “We are very excited about supporting New Hope for Cancer because it is on the cutting edge of cancer treatment and prevention.”

Dr. Mark Rosenberg is medical director of the Institute for Healthy Aging and director of the Integrative Cancer Therapies Fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine in Boca Raton.

WHIF funds will provide New Hope for Cancer treatment to those who cannot afford it and to develop a new drug to treat advanced-stage cancer that focuses on altering the cancer environment, blocking as many pathways of cancer growth as possible in order to convert a progressive, terminal cancer into a chronic disease that can be managed indefinitely, according to the New Hope for Cancer center.

“What really excites us about the New Hope for Cancer is that Dr. Rosenberg has identified commonalities in the ways that all cancer cells grow and developed medical strategies that inhibit that growth without chemotherapy,” said Brown. “We want to support his efforts and help him break through faster. We also want to support some of his patients who are literally paying out of pocket to stay alive, as most insurance companies do not yet cover Dr. Rosenberg’s holistic treatment.”

The fundraiser will include healthy food, wine, chocolate, Jazzercise demonstrations and a silent auction. Dress is informal.

Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage, underwrites the foundation’s operating expenses, which allows for all funds raised to be dedicated to New Hope for Cancer.

“Investing in people and the community is so important; it has always been where my heart is,” said Hogrefe. “The greatest cause I know is health, wellness and the prevention of disease. We all know someone affected by cancer, so it is an easy mission to get behind. And it feels really good to be able to make a difference.”

Foundation offices in Mason are at 6860 Tylersville Rd, Suite 10, adjacent to the Happy Hormone Cottage office.

Its Dayton office is located at 5459 Far Hills Ave, Suite 201 in Kettering.

To register to attend, donate, or for more information, go to www.womenshealthinitiatives.org, contact Brown at Kelly@womenshealthinitiatives.org or call (937) 371-4838.

Six Year Reflection

When I began my Happy Hormone Cottage endeavor 6 years ago, I just wanted to help women regain their joy of life. After my own journey into the world of hormone imbalance, when my husband went back to school to become trained as a compounding pharmacist so he could help me, I became aware of the magnitude and the severity of the lack of real information available to women in this arena of natural hormone balance. We go to our trusted doctors for help and for answers and herein lies the disconnect. This is one area where the misinformation and confusion run rampant, and is often perpetuated by the media, with the big pharma agenda. There are tons of studies and books on natural hormone balance and the importance of replenishing our depleting hormone receptors as we age, to not only alleviate our symptoms (sleep issues, anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, low libido, hot flashes, brain fog, sugar cravings, weight gain) of hormone imbalance, but more importantly, to prevent disease (dementia, heart disease, osteoporosis and breast cancer.) Why aren’t these studies being discussed in the media? Why don’t our doctors know and understand the benefits, the necessity, of refilling our hormone receptors? Could it be because ob gyns join a group called ACOG (American college of obstetrics and gynecology) and I suspect ACOG is funded by a pharmaceutical company or two? Dr Prudence Hall is often quoted as saying, “Hormones are to women what water is to plants.” Why isn’t this truth more a part of standard of care? The bottom line is that it isn’t. So my job, my mission, my passion is to educate women on the importance of refilling our hormone tanks as we age. This is functional medicine at its best! Functional medicine is the study of our whole body (holistic health) and how to keep it running as a whole by focusing on preventing disease and finding/ fixing the cause of disease. This is a much different approach than current standard of care that band-aids symptoms and promotes the big pharma agenda of drugging for the masses. So here is where Owning Your Journey (the title of my book) comes into play. I hope the days of taking our doctors’ word as law are over and that we are encouraged to think for ourselves. This alone is reason to visit one of our 5 Happy Hormone Cottages where our biggest mission is offering educational consultations supported by studies and books on the subject, so women can own their journey to their best health naturally. After all, learning is a change in behavior, so educating ourselves on our options is the first step. I have seen a lot of growth in this area. More and more women are dissatisfied with how they are feeling, and with the subsequent lack of information and options offered at their healthcare practitioners’ visits, so more and more women are coming in to see us at our Happy Hormone Cottage. The first step is building the awareness that hormones are more than just a menopause issue. Hormones are everything and play an important role in our overall well-being, health and quality of life. My Happy Hormone Cottage is NOT a menopause facility. We deal with the hormone issues of life: irregular periods, infertility, perimenopause, menopause, and healthy aging.
Over the past 6 years, I have seen our happy clients tell their friends and inner circle, who have told their friends and inner circle so that we have exploded from one tiny cottage in the Heart of Centerville, to 5 different cottages in 5 different cities from north of Dayton to northern Kentucky. We have developed from just an educational facility to currently include a medical facility as well. We now have our own hormone health experts working on 3 of our campuses. I call Angela and Cathy, our nurse practitioners, our hormone whisperers, and we encourage our women to keep their ob gyns for their gyn needs, but to see our nurse practitioners for their hormone needs. After all, we take our pets to veterinary specialists and our broken cars to car experts. Why not take our hormone needs to a hormone specialist? Doesn’t this just make sense?
I have learned that we can’t treat sex hormones in isolation. We have much greater success when we also address our adrenal health and thyroid needs. Why? Because the body doesn’t work alone. So we heal it from the functional medicine holistic perspective. This is why we recently brought onto our HHC campus, the new FDA-approved Thyroflex machine that actually checks the function of the thyroid, as opposed to relying solely on bloodwork. This allows us to accurately evaluate the body’s specific need for type and dosage of thyroid support/medication.
During my tenure as executive director of the Happy Hormone Cottage, I have seen the healing effects of listening to and validating women. Everyone just wants to know they matter. When our women visit us, we listen, we validate, we educate, and empower, but at the end of the day, we make sure they know how much they matter to us.
So where do I see us going over the next 6 years? I have been getting asked this question a lot lately. My answer? I know I’m open to the possibilities! I know I don’t want to live a small life. I want to live my life on purpose and my unique purpose involves serving people. I know I want to continue to think BIG! Over the past 6 years, I have written a book (Own Your Journey, available at our HHC locations, and at happyhormonecottage.com/shop 24/7) and have updated it with a second edition coming out this month. I have developed a consulting business to train nurse practitioners around the country on how to do what we do, so more women can be helped. There is now a facility opening in Miami, Florida, that is based on the specific training we provided. In June of 2014, I sWHIF-logo-final-webtarted a foundation, The Women’s Health Initiatives Foundation (www.womenshealthinitiatives.org) to raise money for the prevention of breast cancer. If we can predict it, we can prevent it. Personally, I can think of no greater cause. Our second annual fundraiser called “New Hope for Cancer” is being held in Centerville on October 3, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Check out our website for details on buying a ticket or how you can help!
I know want to continue to educate and impact more and more women around the country on the importance of optimal hormone balance and refilling our hormone receptors that deplete with the aging process, starting around age 35, and sometimes younger (!) through speaking engagements, my books, my foundation, my consulting business, my website, my blogs… and ultimately encourage them to come and see us at one of our Happy Hormone Cottages. We now have women calling us from all over the country and driving and flying in from as far away as Texas and Florida to visit us and our nurse practitioners. I find this amazing and I’m ever so grateful that our circle of influence is expanding. Our mission has always been, and will continue to be women helping women. It is important. To put it simply, I just want to “Be the Change.” ~ Ghandi

What You Do Every Day Matters

This month marks my 60th birthday AND the 6 year anniversary of my Happy Hormone Cottage, where our goal is to replenish hormone receptors that deplete with age in all women. I’m happy to say we have evolved into a wellnessPortland facility with a focus on prevention of disease. Our expertise is not only restoring hormone balance in sex hormones, but also adrenal and thyroid health. And now, with the opening of our new BioMale Health Center for men, we have access to cutting edge technology and labs that can assess cardiac risk and over-all health assessment for our women, as well. Our clients can now come in and go full circle from the initial consultation, to convenient testing, to meeting with one of our nurse practitioners- all with the intention to, not only validate and educate women and meet them right where they are, but to get them feeling better and to ultimately prevent disease.
The fact is that what we do every single day matters. Jeff says to think about it as a 401K or an IRA for your health. Smart money advice is to set aside X amount of dollars per month with the goal of having a nice pool of money to retire in 10-20 years. Meeting this financial goal involves discipline every day. So why not have a 401K for our health? Staying committed to a healthy life style every day will improve your overall health in 5, 10 and 20 years so you can go the distance. Whether this means skipping that office donut, avoiding a fast food lunch, or blowing off a work-out…these things matter. When you look at people in their 70s with chronic disease such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimers, etc., it isn’t that these people had a horrible life style, it is that they made the same choices we do every day. This is scary! Rather than give in to these daily temptations, telling yourself they don’t really matter, I would propose that we become more disciplined and proactive in regards to making good health choices every day. As noted brain specialist Dr Daniel Amen says so eloquently, “We must become warriors for our health.” I’m going to pass on spitting out the normal advice of ‘eat right, get plenty of sleep, avoid smoking and limit alcohol,’ and instead provide specific strategies for fine-tuning that warrior in you:
-There are certain foods you should avoid: wheat, including whole wheat, processed foods (foods in a box or bag), trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup.
-Limit sugar to 25 grams a day and total carbs to 80 grams a day.
-Take at least 2 grams of omega 3 DHA a day,
-30 minutes of moderate exercise (weight training, cross fit or yoga– NOT running) 3-4 times a week,
– eat lots of good fats: avocados, macadamia nuts, olive oil;
-fill your plate with 2/3 vegetables and 1/3 protein
-drink 64 ounces of water a day.
-Of course, adding optimal hormone balance to refill our hormone receptors is key.
Investing in specific health strategies like these today, proactively promotes a healthy quality of life tomorrow.
I began my hormone balance journey 10 years ago, when I was 49 and had to have a radical hysterectomy. I knew next to nothing about hormones then. Luckily, my husband, Jeff, RPh, did
and used his knowledge to guide me. Fast forward 4 years later to the opening of my Happy Hormone Cottage, where I just wanted to talk to women and share with them what I knew about the necessity of hormone balance. During the last 6 years, Jeff has gone back to school to get an Advanced Fellowship in Functional Medicine, and has spent countless hours mentoring my staff on our holistic health approach to finding and fixing the cause of issues. What I now know to be true is that hormone balance (sex hormones, adrenal glands and thyroid) isn’t only about eradicating symptoms for today, but more importantly, for the prevention of disease tomorrow. The choices we make for our health today do matter for our tomorrows. Knowing that I CAN decrease my risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and insulin resistance, etc. by my choices I make now, motivates me to make the best, healthiest choices I can. I want to be a warrior for my own health! I’m worth it!

The Value of Taking Care of Ourselves Today Equals Prevention of Disease Tomorrow

I’ve spent quite a lot of time with my dad in his Florida retirement community over the past few years and, in fact, IMG_0760recently celebrated his 88th birthday with 140 friends and family, as he sang 4 songs with a band he hired and danced the night away. The next night I photographed him taking line dancing lessons to prepare for a part in an upcoming performance of a small theater troupe he performs, sings and now dances for. In between these activities, he spent an hour on the treadmill walking 3 miles and another 30 minutes on the weight machines. This was after he had spent 2 hours in “brain gym” where memory skills are heightened. Lest you think I am making any of this up, I have pictures to prove it. And this is his slow season! Needless to say, my amazing dad is not the norm! He watches his weight, takes a supplement strategy, works out, stays active and engaged, walks his 2 dogs through-out the day every day and most of all, he has a positive, upbeat attitude except when he has watches too much CNN! Yes, he has hearing aids (which he even wears sometimes!) and has a partial bridge of teeth in his mouth, but he is going strong.
Today, we walked over to the longterm care facility on campus to visit a friend who had been recently admitted. AsIMG_0761 we walked through the hallways, I saw first-hand the ravages of old age and the pay-off for, in many cases, people whom I suspect didn’t take care of themselves when they were younger, and are paying the price now. I’m not being critical or judgmental. All I felt was deep compassion for them, gratitude for the health of my dad, and the reinforcement of my commitment to continue to take care of myself NOW so I hopefully won’t end up here in a few years. My truth is that every choice I make for myself today WILL IMPACT my health for tomorrow and the key to my quality of life tomorrow is all about PREVENTION.
This is where the departure from current standard of care comes in. Current standard of care is all about treating DIS-EASE. I am all about WELLNESS. This is why I began my Happy Hormone Cottage, and why I continue to fight for women’s rights to their best health every day. Many, many studies show the value of not only eating right, watching our weight, and exercising, but also REFILLING OUR HORMONE TANKS AS WE AGE TO MAINTAIN A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE. You can go to my website at www.happyhormonecottage.com to read any number of studies by leading experts Dr Jeffrey Dach, Dr Kent Holtorf, Dr Erica Schwartz, Dr Jennifer Landa and more on the necessity of optimal hormone balance as a means to PREVENT DISEASE as we age. Which diseases? Heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer and dementia. Nothing is more true than the adage, “Hormones are to women, what water is to plants.” My goal is to educate the masses so this information becomes common knowledge. If we aren’t getting this information from our doctors, we have to get it from somewhere. Getting this information out should no longer be an uphill battle. It should be common knowledge being spread through the masses by empowered women!
What I know from my experience in working with women, and also being one, is that women are smart! When they find something that works, they want to share. Our tiny little cottage has grown from one location to five locations and now women are demanding a place for their husbands and partners to go where they can also be validated and educated for their best health naturally. And they also want their partners to take a proactive approach to their health like they are. Welcome to our new healthcare facility for men…..”Bio-Male: Preventative Healthcare for the 21st Century Man!”
The idea behind Bio-Male is the approach of treatment strategies that mimic human male biology. Our bodies are complex and dynamic systems. Drug therapy tends to disrupt normal functions to treat symptoms. Symptoms develop LONG AFTER disease is present. Fifty percent of men that have fatal heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This is not acceptable. Our clients will be tested on over 60 meaningful parameters that can identify cardiovascular risks at an early stage. Our goal is to identify risks and develop lifestyle and nutritional strategies to modify these risks. We will take a proactive approach to the 3 main hormones: cortisol, insulin and thyroid, and do comprehensive testing on these hormones with the goal to prevent disease. Bio-Male’s goal is to offer the best and most affordable options in preventative healthcare. I’m so excited that now our men in the Cincinnati-Dayton area finally have a place to go for a proactive approach to their health and aging, like our women do. For more information, contact us at www.biomalecenter.com or call us at 888-418-2037. Women can visit www.happyhormonecottage.com or call 513-444-6343 to make an appointment or for more information.

The Happy Hormone Cottage- A Lifetime Wellness Facility

I received another email yesterday from a 25 year old:
“Hi Lyn,
I am interested in getting my hormone levels tested. I am 25 but exhibit a lot of symptoms that indicate my hormones are not balanced: excessive sweating, hair growth, night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, depression, anxiety, etc. I never had any of these issues until after I gave birth and I’ve been suffering ever since. I want to make an appointment to come in. Can you help me? Thank you for the information.”
The good news is “Yes, we can!” Here’s the FUN FACT about our 5 Happy Hormone Cottage locations in the Dayton/Cincinnati area. We are an educational AND a medical facility for optimal hormone balance in sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone), Cortisol and Thyroid AND WE TREAT WOMEN AGES 18-80 and sometimes even younger….and older! In essence, we are a facility for life. If I could have one wish, it would be to encourage women of all ages to question their beliefs they have been taught about their hormones and to embrace the wellness approach to optimal hormone balance, which is, “Hormones are to Women, What Water is to Plants.” In other words, when we understand and accept the fact that our hormones DO deplete with age beginning right around age 35, and sometimes younger, and they need to be replenished with hormones that are bioidentical to what our body makes, we can prevent a lot of suffering and ultimately disease. Hormones are not something we deal with just through menopause; and my Happy Hormone Cottage is NOT a menopause facility. We are a hormone facility that deals with ALL stages of life in this realm:
-irregular periods
-infertility
-perimenopause
-menopause
-healthy aging
By examining our beliefs and gathering information on the truth about hormone health, my hope is you will listen to your body and do what it takes to proactively refill your hormone receptors BEFORE issues arise. This is called prevention. Understanding that hormones play a significantly huge role in the health of our bodies through-out life, will hopefully translate to taking action as needed to stay hormonally balanced. And we have to look at the full spectrum of not only sex hormones, but cortisol-upon which stress plays a huge role and does impact sex hormones, and thyroid. Our HHC looks at the full spectrum. In fact, we are specialists. We also understand the role having the right supplement strategy plays in our health, as well as eating healthfully and exercising.
All of this good news is complicated by the fact that in this arena of hormone health, confusion reigns, and our trusted healthcare practitioners often aren’t well-versed in hormone health. I have had doctors tell me they received 4 hours of hormone education in medical school. So my recommendation is that you visit a hormone specialist like the Happy Hormone Cottage, where optimal hormone balance is what we do, what we know and what we practice.
I have seen the tide turn in my last 6 years since opening my cottage in the Heart of Centerville.
Today women want natural. They want organic. I am so happy to report that now the first question we get asked isn’t “What will my doctor say?” but “Is it natural?” Yes, it is! Optimal hormone balance is all about health, prevention of disease, and feeling our best. It is taking charge of our journey from our mid-20’s and through-out life to our best health naturally. I call this empowerment! www.happyhormonecottage.com

Happy Hormone Cottage Testimony

Good afternoon,

My name is Jana Antil and I am a patient of the Happy Hormone Cottage in Kettering, OH. I am 26 years old and began the testing and prescriptions last fall in hopes of gaining more energy, regulating my cycles, and eventually getting pregnant. I came with irregular cycles ranging from 40-60 days apart, and I had never had a a positive while taking ovulation indicator tests in my life. I had been trying for pregnancy for awhile and Clomid was the next option.

In just two full months of following the HHC prescription, I became pregnant with my first baby who is due this September.

I am a blogger and I decided to share my testimony on the blog after I had many emails, Facebook messages and blog comments from women in their 20’s who were also struggling with infertility and wanted to know more about my story and what I did to become pregnant. Two of them are even local and I directed them to HHC and they made their consultation appointments!

I wanted to share with you the blog post I wrote that shines HHC in a new light, outside of the expected post-menopausal age and directly into the hearts and minds of 20 somethings wanting to know more about natural options of fertility before taking the route of IUI’s, IVF, etc.

If you want to read more about my story, here is the link to my blog post:

http://www.happywifehealthylife.com/2015/04/10/the-rocky-road-to-pregnancy/

Thank you so much and have a great day!

Jana Antil

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For Men Only: Bio-Male Preventative Healthcare Center to Open in West Chester

Bio-Male to Offer Preventative Healthcare for the 21st Century Man

Bio-Male Center, the first preventative healthcare center “for men only” in central and southwest Ohio, will open in West Chester on Tuesday, March 17.
Working out, vitamin and mineral supplementation and testing and treatment to optimize male hormones will be the focus of long term health strategies at Bio-Male.

Bio-Male-Logo-300x162“We want to treat the whole person biologically, helping men manage insulin, cortisol and thyroid levels,” said Bio-Male owner Jeff Hogrefe. Hogrefe is a pharmacist with an advanced degree in functional medicine. He also owns the Piqua Compounding Pharmacy in Piqua, Ohio. Jeff Hogrefe, founder of this first preventative health center for men in our region, is the husband of Lyn Hogrefe, founder of the Happy Hormone Cottage.

 

“Our bodies are complex and dynamic systems,” he said. “Drug therapy tends to disrupt normal functions to treat symptoms of disease, and symptoms develop long after disease is present. Fifty percent of men who have fatal heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This is not acceptable. Our men will be tested on more than 60 meaningful parameters that can identify cardiovascular risks at early stages. Our goal is to identify risks and develop lifestyle and nutritional strategies to modify these risks.”

 

Cardiovascular labs will also be conducted to identify a man’s risk for stroke or heart attack based on extensive bloodwork because standard lipid profiles fail to adequately identify cardiac risk, said Hogrefe. A male nurse practitioner will perform testing and personal training services will be available. Hogrefe said three often overlooked hormones in the body are cortisol, insulin, and thyroid. Most men do not usually have these hormones tested and addressed, yet they have a great impact on men’s overall health, he added.

“We will do comprehensive testing on these hormones,” said Hogrefe, “because there is a significant link between low thyroid and heart disease, depression, and metabolic syndrome. Identifying and managing high insulin levels and insulin resistance is critical for the prevention of diabetes and all the long-term, damaging effects to the body that occur. Cortisol is the hormone of stress and has dramatic effects on testosterone levels, body fat composition, sex drive, energy, and sleep patterns.” Other hormones Bio-Male will address are testosterone and DHEA. DHEA levels decline in men as they age, leading to decreases in mood, energy and memory.

Falling testosterone levels lead to declines in mood, sex drive, muscle size and strength, and bone development. “In keeping with our core values of mimicking normal human biology, dosing of hormones will be based on physiological dosing– exactly the amount each body needs based on lab testing and symptoms,” said Hogrefe. “If you are coming to us for a testosterone fix, we are not the place for you.”

If low testosterone is treated in a vacuum, without addressing the whole body, and supra-physiological dosing, or more than the body needs, is used, men suffer more negative health consequences, said Hogrefe. “We know this from treating hormone imbalances in women for the past 12 years,” he said. “You have to address the major hormones in the body—not just one– to have success with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.”Bio-Male-group-300x199

Supplements and other prescriptions at Bio-Male will be additional charges, but Hogrefe said his goal is to offer the best and most affordable options. “Healthcare should be consumer driven,” said Hogrefe. “I want our members to feel like this is a great value and a great service. We do expect our guys to have health insurance, as the labs that we use will want to bill for services.”

Hogrefe said he has negotiated with labs to keep billing costs low so there are no out-of-pocket charges to members. “Philosophically, I think that this is important,” he said. “Healthcare costs have gotten extremely expensive and we should all be doing our part to reign costs in.”

A Bio-Male initiation fee will cost $350, plus a monthly fee for as long as a man stays in the program. Fees cover extensive lab testing worth several thousand dollars two to three times per year; an initial, hour-long consultation and two, follow-up, 30-minute consults; direct email access to staff for questions; and a comprehensive, individualized healthcare strategy.

“We hope to include testosterone therapy as part of the package eventually,” said Hogrefe, “but there are conflicting laws that need to be ironed out by state and federal regulators before we can fully commit to that.”

Hogrefe is married to Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage (HHC), which has offices in Mason, Crestview Hills, Ky., Kettering, Vandalia and Piqua. HHC tests and treats women for hormone imbalances with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and strategies that include exercise, diet and supplementation.

The Hogrefes are advocates of functional, or preventative medicine, which focuses on testing to determine the cause of disease, then working with clients to prevent it.

Bio-Male is located at 7908 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite J, in the West Chester Professional Office Complex near Cincinnati Dayton and Tylersville roads. Men are free to stop in any time to sign up, ask questions and meet the staff. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is planned for April.

For more information or to make an appointment, go to www.cincinnatiwellnesscenter.com or call 888-418-2037.