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Women, Stress, and The Triple Whammy

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Q. What exactly is the Triple Whammy?
A.
It’s the cause of chronic ill health for tens of millions of women and involves the interaction of three factors:

Whammy #1 is stress. Women experience far more of it than men. Worldwide, women are overworked, underpaid, and responsible for their families, their parents, and even their husband’s parents.

• Women’s bodies are ill-equipped to deal with all this stress, due to a shortage of Whammy #2, the feel-good brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin acts as a stress buffer, but women have only about a quarter the amount that men have. This leaves them biochemically four times more vulnerable to stress than men.

Whammy #3 is the effect of hormones in this equation, especially estrogen. Women’s estrogen levels parallel their feel-good serotonin like a two-car roller coaster: when your estrogen’s high, it pulls up serotonin, and with it your mood. But when estrogen falls during PMS days (and perimenopause/menopause), it takes serotonin with it, causing such symptoms as anger, irritability, or weeping unexpectedly at a Hallmark commercial.

The most basic Triple Whammy Cure nutriceuticals include fish oil and B complex, both of which boost serotonin. But so do laughter, walking, and sunshine. Read more about how to increase your protective serotonin in The Triple Whammy Cure.


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Far and away, the commonest phone call/e mail I receive asks about COVID-19 diagnosis.
Just print this out, tape it on your refrigerator door, and stay calm.

ALLERGIES

• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Red, swollen eyes
• Itchy eyes and nose
• Tickly throat
• No fever

COLD
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Sore throat
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild dry cough
• Rarely a low fever

STREP THROAT
• Painful sore throat
• Hurts to swallow
• Swollen glands in neck
• Fever

FLU (Standard seasonal flu)
• Fever
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Sudden onset over few hours
• Headache
• Sore throat
• Fatigue, sometimes quite severe
• Muscle aches, sometimes quite severe
• Rarely, diarrhea

CORONAVIRUS-COVID 19
• Shortness of breath
• Fever (usually above 100 degrees)
• Dry cough (no mucus)
• Slow onset (2-14 days)
• Mild muscle aches
• Mild fatigue
• Mild sneezing

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