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Take the Triple Whammy Quiz

The Triple Whammy is a devilish interaction among three factors: non-stop stress, low levels of stress-buffering serotonin (a brain chemical behind good moods), and imbalances in your female hormones. That’s right. The situation that’s making so many women feel anywhere from the euphemistic “less-than-well” all the way to the “utterly crummy” consists of stress, serotonin, and hormones. Here’s why:

  • Women are poorly protected against the ravages of stress on their bodies because they have less available serotonin, which acts as a buffer to damp down the physical effects of chronic stress.
  • Women are genetically predisposed to low serotonin, one of the feel-good neurotransmitters in our brains. Women actually have more serotonin than men, but it doesn’t work as efficiently.
  • Women have shifting tides of hormones — which themselves control serotonin level and function — monthly and throughout life.

And the result? These three factors conspire to make millions of women feel miserable, living their lives with Triple Whammy symptoms that often progress to one or more Triple Whammy disorders. To find out if you have the Triple Whammy, take the quiz .

1. Do you frequently experience any of the following: excessive fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, brain fog, depression, or anxiety?

yes

no

2. When you told your doctor about these symptoms, did you hear “your tests are normal” or “I can’t find anything wrong with you”?

yes

no

3. Do you feel your overall stress has been higher during the past year than at other times in your life?

yes

no

4. Do you feel your life changed for the worse–emotionally, physically, or both–after an especially traumatic event, such as an illness, injury, surgery, toxic relationship, overwork, or the death of a loved one?

yes

no

5. Do you spend little or no time taking care of yourself (the “I put myself last” syndrome)?

yes

no

6. Have you ever been diagnosed with any of the following: depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, tension or migraine headaches, TMJ?

yes

no

7. Did any of your blood relatives have any of these disorders?

yes

no

8. Do any of the symptoms from Question #1 or the disorders in Question #6 get worse during the days before your period?

yes

no

9. Do you feel the week after your period is your best of the entire month?

yes

no

10. Are you especially sensitive to chemical smells and the side effects of prescription drugs?

yes

no

Score: Each “yes” answer equals one point.

Your Score

6-10: Definite Triple Whammy issues. I suspect you feel crummy much of your day. Follow The Triple Whammy Cure three-week plan and also the specific healing path for any Triple Whammy disorder you have to begin reversing your symptoms.

2-5: The quality of your life is genuinely being affected by Triple Whammy symptoms. Follow the three-week plan in The Triple Whammy Cure to reclaim your energy.

0-1: Unless your single YES answer is to Question #1, feel blessed that you’re likely not affected by the Triple Whammy.


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