Dear Femalebrain.com Visitor,
Life can throw rotten curves, which can amazingly work out for the best, in the end. In my late 30s, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) became extremely severe. Being an employee, with the inflexibility and rigidity that salaried work entails, became a hellish ordeal and living nightmare.
To regain quality of life, I decided I needed work with minimal restrictions. I moved to self-employment and invested in real estate. Today, at 61, I have properties & assets worth a fair amount. I am not rich, but definitely would not have amassed my current worth had I been able to comfortably stay in the waged labor force.
By my mid forties I had the affluence, time and educational prerequisite (4 year university degree in nursing) to go to the biomedical research literature and find out about PMS. This flow of events happened at an opportune time, my noticeably severe PMS was getting much worse.
The reason various doctors I consulted were unhelpful is best expressed by Sharon Begley, the science writer for the Wall Street Journal. On September 26, 2003 her column was titled Too Many Patients Never Reap the Benefits of Great Research. Doctors often fail to pass on the fruits of new research discoveries to patients. When asked why this failure frequently occurs, physicians cite lack of time and lack of access to research.
I searched the biomedical science literature (pubmed), the information that doctors (should) use and found a wealth of beneficial new research knowledge on PMS. (PMS is a triplet neuro-hormonal phenomenon, look for postpartum depression and difficult/long perimenopausal transition as well.) I published the new information in two documents available for purchase/downloading from the left-hand side of this page.
Questions to femalebrain.com brought the misery of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) to my attention. A document with great science news about this genetic phenomenon is also available from the left margin.
Bouts of fatness have plagued my adult life. Just as I was finishing my degree in 1976, Harvard University commenced an enormous study of 100,000 nurses, appropriately called the Nursesí Health Study (NHS). Thirty years later and still ongoing, the NHS has recently delivered the best information available on specific foods and lifestyle that correlate with slimness. The beneficial research from the NHS and other anti-obesity discoveries are in my newest publication Fatness in Women: How to get Control & Eliminate this Phenomenon.
If your doctor restricts you to one or two questions per visit you might consider femalebrain.comís Get Answers Service as an ancillary means of information gathering. By searching the medical literature (pubmed) staff and I can augment, or find out first hand, practically anything you want to know and cite the journal source(s). Also, please scroll through the 50+ pages of FAQs , News section, and Links page.