Hormones in Harmony

Living abundant joy through bio-psycho-spiritual balancing

Location: Ojai, California, United States

Welcome to Hormones in Harmony where I shall share pearls of wisdom gathered over two decades of consulting with the hormonally challenged. As a holistic nurse practitioner specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology, I have merged my western education with eastern philosophies, but the key to being a successful healer is to embody physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. At 54, married for 32 years with two grown children, I strive to keep my Hormones in Harmony with a positive attitude, a loving environment, and faithful consumption of Genesis Gold.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dear friends,

I just received the letter below from the International Association of Compounding Pharmacists.
This is great news for those of us on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
The more positive media attention BHRT gets, the more pressure on the FDA to preserve our right to use compounded hormones.

Thank you for all your support.

May your Hormones be in Harmony,

Deborah Maragopoulos MN FNP
Intuitive Integrative Medicine

"Dr. Phil" TV Show Spotlights BHRT

An entire show dedicated to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) aired Tuesday, April 21 on the “Dr. Phil” TV show. Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin McGraw, is a strong advocate for BHRT and has used compounded hormones for many years. IACP member Jim Hrncir of Las Colinas Pharmacy in Texas has been the McGraws’ personal pharmacist for 20+ years.

To view clips and read more about the show, visit http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/1263.

Show Recap
The show was entirely positive and educational about the subject of compounded hormones. Entitled “What’s Hormones Got to Do With It?”, the show also featured Dr. Prudence Hall and several patients suffering from various menopause symptoms.

Dr. Hall, a gynecologist focusing on functional medicine, gave an insider’s perspective on the diagnostic process for women suffering from menopause. Hall analyzed the hormone levels of a patient who suffered 12 years before seeking relief. Upon being prescribed BHRT, this patient reported her energy level became constant throughout day, her sex drive increased, her moods leveled out and she had uninterrupted sleep for the first time in years. The patient reflected, “I can live my life the way I want to live it. I feel marvelous.”

Dr. Phil interviewed several other patients who were experiencing severe menopausal symptoms, including a 33-year-old patient going through perimenopause and another female patient who also happened to be an emergency room physician. This physician reiterated how medical school training does not adequately prepare doctors to prescribe medications that are not mass produced and commercially available. Although she is a physician herself, she had never heard of pharmacy compounding or compounded medications until she was prescribed BHRT.

The show did an excellent job portraying the patient-physician-pharmacist triad, emphasizing that each patient should work with their prescriber to determine the customized, individualized prescription that is right for them. Hrncir and Dr. Hall both reiterated how bioidentical hormones mimic a woman’s naturally-occurring hormones, something synthetic hormones derived from horses cannot do. “You can’t improve on nature,” concluded Dr. Hall.

IACP works tirelessly to ensure that Big Pharma and the FDA do not take away compounded medications. To ensure that IACP can continue to protect your access to customized medication, please consider making a donation.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Much has happened since the beginning of this year. Business is booming. Began and ended a new adventure. The kids are on their own, almost. Steve and I are closer than ever. Mom has found an old love. The kitchen is being remodeled. All change.

I am undergoing a transformation. I am entering the change…and it is truly changing my life. My relationship with my sisters is improved. And although I rarely write, rarely blog, rarely market, all the old seeds are coming to fruit.

Dreams are lucid, exploring my inner psyche. I am being initiated into the grandmother’s council and I love it.

I type this on a new computer. The old died, like so much passing in my life…Sara, Aunt Patty, Karen …death leads to birth. The winds of change clear the way for the new.

Most profound of all is my ability to instantly manifest. What I think becomes. I f I desire something greatly enough, it manifests. I have had little need to confront my worries as they absolve before me. I am in the state of realization. Becoming the Magdalen, the way to the divine.

The polarity of good and evil does not exist in my world. All is of joy. All is of love. All is well. Lessons cloaked in distasteful garb are often the most profound. Rarely is it difficult now. I move into my sagehood with ease.

Estes relates stories as a means to understand the psyche. I see great connection with LoveDance and her rendition of the archetypal stories. I naturally wrote into the story the maiden, the childself, the queen the king-bride groom, the mage and the gardener. Perhaps this is why the book touches so many on such a deep level. Through story souls heal.

Time to ride, to connect to the earth through Shane. She carries me into the dreamworld.

I am so very well, so very blessed. Gratitude has become a way of life. Love is my essence. The world is opening to receive me and I am prepared to bare all to be Joy.