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"Sex, Lies and Hormones" — Why Cleveland? Why Hormones?


ICIM membership meeting 2012
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ICIM will host a membership meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Cleveland Marriott Key Center. Several board members are up for re-election, and we will take a vote at that time. Please feel free to send any comments or concerns if you are not able to attend the meeting.

The board is actively looking for volunteers to help with our committees, and we especially need two more members willing to serve on the program committee for our fall meeting in Columbus, Ohio, on the immune system. Please see the attachment for a complete list of committees.

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Study: Absorption and efficacy of multiple hormones delivered in a single cream applied to the mucous membranes of the labia and vagina
Submitted by speaker Malcolms Sickels, M.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is a lack of evidence in the literature supporting vaginal application of a combination hormone-containing cream for local and systemic symptom relief. This pilot study examined the extent of absorption of a single cream containing estriol, estradiol, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone. More

Hormone therapy regains support, 10 years after study warning of health risks
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Ten years after a massive U.S. study warned women that hormone therapy posed serious health risks, women are again turning toward hormones to help them cope with menopause, Canadian doctors report. The cautious return comes as more than a dozen medical bodies, including the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, say that new data and a second look at the findings from the landmark Women's Health Initiative Trial show that the absolute risks of hormones for the relatively young — women up to age 59 — are low based on what's known so far, while starting hormones in older age is associated with greater harm. More

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Popular antibiotics may carry serious side effects
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Antibiotics are important drugs, often restoring health and even saving lives. But like all drugs, they can have unwanted and serious side effects, some of which may not become apparent until many thousands of patients have been treated. Such is the case with an important class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. The best known are Cipro (ciprofloxacin), Levaquin (levofloxacin) and Avelox (moxifloxacin). In 2010, Levaquin was the best-selling antibiotic in the United States. More

United Nations: Chemicals damaging health and environment
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The potential cost of pesticide-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa between 2005 and 2020 could reach $90 billion, according to a U.N. report highlighting the growing health and environmental hazards from chemicals. The report by the U.N. Environment Program warned that the increasing production of chemicals, especially in emerging economies where there are weaker safeguards, is damaging the environment and increasing health costs. More

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Healing With Language: Point of View
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If you want to be of assistance to others and/or to enjoy your own life, "point of view" may be one of the best tools in your toolkit. It is also known as "perceptual position." Without awareness, most people typically focus only on their own point of view, or first position. In first position, I see a conversation with another from my own perspective only, without consideration for the other person's perceptive.

In second position, I imagine what the conversation looks, sounds and feels like to the other person. Occasionally, a person will lack first position almost entirely and rarely take into consideration his or her own perspective. In third position, you are able to imagine what the conversation looks, sounds and feels like to a neutral observer. Both second and third positions flow from a willingness to "objectify" a conversation by giving up first position. This happens naturally by seeking to see things from another point of view.

Imagine for a minute witnessing from third position a parent scolding a child for writing on a wall with a crayon. What does that conversation look, sound and feel like from the perspective of the parent? What does it look, sound and feel like from the perspective of the child? As the "witness," you probably know that the objective of the conversation should be to persuade the child to find a better writing surface but can become focused on punishing the child for bad behavior. The child feels bad and blames the parent for the bad feelings.

In conversations between adults, we can benefit greatly by stopping to think about what conversations might look, sound and feel like from second or third position. Your ability to consider alternative views is often the key to effective communication about critical issues. You may have performed a procedure or treated a condition hundreds of times, but for your client or patient, it's probably the first time. What does that client or patient need to see, hear and feel to be fully comfortable and cooperative?

As you take the perceptual positions of others into account, you will gain both empathy and effectiveness. This is true when you are communicating with clients and patients, and it is also true when you are communicating with your family and friends.

Send your questions about communication to Joel P. Bowman or Debra Basham, co-developers of SCS Matters, LLC. We will provide answers to those for you. For more information about Healing with Language: Your Key to Effective Mind-Body Communication, neurolinguistic programming, hypnosis or hypnotherapy, or about the imagine healing process, visit or

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Phospholipid therapy
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Toxins such as pesticides, petrochemicals and preservatives in food and skincare products, toxic molds and heavy metals can be stored in fatty tissue in the body for a long time where they interfere with functioning of the cells, often in the nervous, brain and immune systems. The human brain is made up of 60 percent lipids. The main route of detoxification is via the liver into bile and then into the intestines. More

McDonald's menu to post calorie data
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McDonald's said it would begin posting calorie counts on all its menus the week of Sept. 17 — a move that could put pressure on other fast-food restaurants to do the same. The company also unveiled several menu additions aimed at making its offerings more healthful. They include an egg white McMuffin, a grilled chicken option for the Happy Meal, and seasonal fruits and vegetables like blueberries and cucumbers. More

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Protesters set sights on GMOs, close California facility
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Opponents of genetically engineered foods blocked shipments and deliveries at Monsanto Co's vegetable seed company in California that developed a new genetically modified sweet corn that will hit stores this fall. The protesters, who want to remove all so-called genetically modified organisms from the food supply, say their action is a preview of about five dozen other events planned for countries around the world. More

Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain
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Acupuncture gets a thumbs-up for helping relieve pain from chronic headaches, backaches and arthritis in a review of more than two dozen studies — the latest analysis of an often-studied therapy that has as many fans as critics. Some believe its only powers are a psychological, placebo effect. But some doctors believe even if that's the explanation for acupuncture's effectiveness, there's no reason not to offer it if it makes people feel better. More

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