Dear Red Hot Mamas

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: May 26, 2010

Fortunately, as founder of Red Hot Mamas many women share their concerns with me. Some feel great throughout menopause and are able to weather the storm of its typical symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and mood swings. Others are unfortunate and say, all I think about is whether I will feel normal and well again. These women feel as if they have lost control of their lives and feel helpless as what to do next. Menopause is a wakeup call and makes us realize the paramount importance of our health.

I always advocate that health is our own individual responsibility. This may take doing our homework and putting pressure on our healthcare system. Healthcare providers should work harder to raise the level of health literacy and make education about our health a priority. A great many of us, do not even understand directions for taking medicines, or what’s in a standard consent form we get in our doctors’ offices. There needs to be a priority set in improving our understanding of all matters of our health.

The overall goal would be to help women to learn how to manage their health concerns on their own. Much of our health and well being is really in our control. If we have confidence and knowledge about how to take care of our menopausal health problems, we will feel more empowered to staying focused in achieving good health.

In this issue, articles are dedicated to those who are overly concerned with their health. Our articles are for those people who have a preoccupation with fear of an illness, or a misinterpretation of their symptoms. For people struggling with hypochondria, treatment options are available.

This month, we would like to welcome Provena St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee, IL – a new Red Hot Mamas Program that will be providing monthly menopause education and support in the upcoming months. Please be sure to view the complete online list of our programs to find a location near you.

On a personal note, I traveled once again to Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore. One hundred and forty six women came to our Red Hot Mamas program to hear Dr. Gupta and I speak about The Buzz on Bioidentical Hormones. The women were all dynamic and looking to expand their knowledge about menopause. I was very proud to be part of this program and felt they gained confidence in their ability to make decisions about their health. It was great to see the camaraderie amongst the women in the audience and the fun they had.

I also had the pleasure in June of being on ABC WMAR TV to discuss our new book Eat To Defeat Menopause. This has been followed by me participating in three book signings across the USA!

And, we always like hearing from you, so please don’t forget to:

  1. Tell us if you would like a Red Hot Mamas program in your area
  2. Log onto our Bulletin Board – chat with others experiencing menopause
  3. Ask the experts – get answers to your health related questions

Good Health To You All and Have a Happy 4th of July!

Karen Giblin
Founder and President
Red Hot Mamas