Help For Your Bones

Approximately 30% of all postmenopausal women in the U.S. have osteoporosis. Conventional medical treatments such as Fosamax, Actonel and Boniva do nothing to address the underlying cause. Identifying the missing nutrients associated with bone deterioration and maintaining a normal blood pH level is the key.

The Western diet (typically red meat, processed foods, carbonated beverages, refined sugar and white flour) is highly acidic. A delicate mechanism taps the calcium and phosphorus in bones in an attempt to keep the blood and tissues at a slightly alkaline pH. It takes years for the consequences of acidity to manifest, but by age 50 the results of this degradation is osteopenia or more severe, osteoporosis. Avoiding these acid-making foods helps to maintain a normal pH.

While calcium can have a protective effect on bone mass and fracture risk, adding vitamin D takes this to the next level. Since 1999, studies identified that inadequate vitamin D3 was partly to blame for postmenopausal hip fractures. A biannual blood test for 25-OH vitamin D is important (ideal range between 70 and 80ng/mL). Vitamin D3 has additional benefits such as overcoming depression, fatigue, and a host of autoimmune disorders. In eggs, fish and cod liver oil, vitamin D3 is one nutrient you really need.

To read the rest of this article check out our The Women’s Journal West edition digital issue.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny’s clinic located in Middleburg Heights, has the reputation of identifying and treating the underlying cause of a health problem, instead of simply suppressing a symptom with a pill. The intent of my column is to sort out when alternative practices are a reasonable course of action, and when conventional care is the most appropriate. Visit our website for more information

What is an Etiquette Breach?

By Colleen Harding ,On behalf of the YWCA, Greater Cleveland

Etiquette refers to rules of acceptable behavior. It is how we make others feel comfortable in our presence. A breach is an infraction or a failure to comply with something. Hence, an etiquette breach is a failure to comply with a particular behavior necessary for a situation or environment.

Now that we have that out of the way, how do we handle a situation when you mess up?

When I started my business, I received a generous number of stories from individuals about associates who had committed breaches in etiquette. Most of the individuals had no idea they were in violation of an unwritten code of behavioral protocol. Everyone seems to have a story, or two, of someone who did something very wrong, according to their definition of proper protocol. It made them think twice about this person. Some infractions were as small as licking the knife in a restaurant. Some were bigger, like taking a cell phone call during an interview to discuss weekend plans. Then there was the story of the bride who drank her finger bowl at her wedding in front of several hundred prestigious guests.

Some were simple, straightforward little mistakes and some were tsunami-sized catastrophes. Regardless of the size, if you are aware that you have broken the rule of making others feel comfortable in your presence, own it, acknowledge it, and apologize for it. Recognize that you have made an error in protocol and apologize. It does not undo what you have done; however, it allows the other person to know that you do know better. Ignoring it makes the person across from you think you did not know any better or even worse that you did not care. Acknowledge that you know what you did was not appropriate. Say what you should have done. Then apologize for the breach. We are human and make mistakes. How you handle the faux pas can sometimes work in your favor!

 About Colleen Harding

Colleen Harding is a protocol coach and the founder of the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol. To engage Colleen’s services, visit www. or call (216) 970-5889.

 The YWCA is offering a Women’s Leadership Initiative Workshop Series. Check out their dates and times in our Cleveland East digital edition!

Keep Your Job… Need a Job? Personal Confidence Will Help

By Cindy Marx, Practice Manager, Raj Plastic Surgery

Jessica Bennett’s article in the July 26, 2010 issue of Newsweek, “The Beauty Advantage,” reveals the significance of one’s confidence and attractiveness in one’s ability to land that sought after job. In today’s competitive job market attention needs to be given to the appearance of not only your resume but also your confidence and appearance. Jessica interviewed over 200 corporate hiring managers for her article revealing:

• 57% said landing a job is harder for an unattractive candidate

• 59% said they’d advise job candidates to spend as much money on looks as on their resume

• 68% said looks affect how job performance is rated and is reflected in salary

Image consumes our culture. Economists recognized for many years that physical beauty affects wages, even where appearance does not seem relevant to the occupation or job performance. Self-confidence, a trait attractive to employers, is strongly associated with good looks recently proven by two economists, Markus Mobius of Harvard and Tanya Rosenblat of Wesleyan University in their paper “Why Beauty Matters.” Employers involved in this study thought beautiful people were more productive even when their only interaction was by telephone. The self-confidence that attractive people have comes across over the phone as well as in person.

Northeast Ohio’s unemployment rate is just below 10%, creating a competitive job market with many men and women over 40 competing with those more technically savvy in their 20’s and 30’s. Most hiring managers receive hundreds of resumes for one job opening, many from those who are, perhaps, over qualified for the positions but eager to be working again. Jessica Bennett’s article also states that when the economy is worse and employers have more choices appearance wins over experience. What might give one the competitive advantage to landing that next job?

To read the rest of this article check out our digital edition


Feeling Off Balance?

By Jeffrey A. Potter, R.Ph.~ Clinical Apothecaries

We all know the signs and symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause, but what can we do to help manage and alleviate them?  What hormones play a role in symptoms and why?  How do I know which hormones are affecting my symptoms? Do anti-depressants truly help?  What is the key difference between natural and synthetic hormone replacement therapy?  These are some of the questions we at Clinical Apothecaries are asked on a daily basis.

We find it is important to first identify the problem area before selecting a treatment plan. This is achieved through saliva testing, which is the most reliable way to measure free, bioavailable hormone activity.  Only hormones in tissue and not in blood have the ability to do “work.” Most blood tests do not test or measure bioavailable hormone levels.  Saliva testing is an excellent way to objectively measure estrone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol.  Add blood spot testing and we can additionally measure your thyroid hormone function by observing TSH, free T4, free T3 (active thyroid) and TPO.  By analyzing this “symphony of hormones” it allows us to see a clear picture of your overall hormone health.

To learn more about the “Symphony of Hormones” and saliva testing, please join us at one of our upcoming seminars.

November 10th


at Clinical Apothecaries

Call today to register!


A $10 registration fee is required and will be

applied to the purchase of a saliva test kit or

completed hormone consultation.

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