Tomatoes, Menopause Symptoms and Weight: The Secret?

By Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP I often share with you my thoughts around the power of healthy food; we know that good food can heal the body and reduce or eliminate symptoms of hormonal imbalance and that poor food choices can have the opposite effect. Today I want to share some interesting news about one […]

Stroke And Heart Attack Symptoms In Women

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP For so many women, it is easy to miss the signs of a heart attack, and that’s because the symptoms that women have are very different from men. They are often misdiagnosed, especially the top four symptoms, such as heartburn and digestive disorders. Understanding that immediate action is needed if […]

Anxiety And Worry In Women – Causes, Symptoms And Natural Relief

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Many women operate in an ever-present state of low anxiety or worry, also called generalized anxiety that may blossom into episodes of full-blown panic attacks, phobia or anxiety disorders during times of psychological stress or biological change — like menopause. A majority of my patients with chronic anxiety are so […]

Hypothyroid Symptoms

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Hypothyroidism is the medical term for a sluggish thyroid. It can lead to a wide range of hypothyroidism symptoms:  Severe fatigue, loss of energy  Weight gain, difficulty losing weight  Depression and depressed mood  Joint and muscle pain, headaches  Dry skin, brittle nails  Brittle hair, itchy scalp, hair loss  Irregular periods, […]

Symptoms And Ovarian Function After A Hysterectomy

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Making the decision can be a difficult – and sometimes scary decision for some women. Many times, hysterectomy is recommended as a solution for a series of symptoms, other times its recommended due to disease. Reports show than more than half of all women who undergo hysterectomy but retain their […]

Easing Symptoms Of PMS

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Your food choices can be one of the most powerful tools you have to eliminate symptoms of PMS. There’s no doubt that the foods you eat have a direct impact on the way you feel. If you find yourself sluggish, irritable, anxious, bloated coping with increased food cravings or unusually […]

Stroke And Heart Attack Symptoms In Women

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP You may be surprised to learn that when it comes to women and heart attacks, it is extremely easy to overlook or miss the signs and symptoms of a heart attack because they show up in different ways in women than they do in men. It is important for women […]

Diagnosing The Symptoms Of Depression

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP What Is depression? As humans, too often we seem to be struggling to maintain our balance. While modern medicine has vanquished most of the acute infectious diseases that were once our greatest threat, depression is still prevalent. I know that many of you may have had bouts of depression in […]

Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Signs and symptoms of adrenal imbalance Every day a variety of stressors signal our adrenal glands to produce stress hormones. A wide range of physical and psychological demands like a stressful job, family responsibilities, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial concerns, dieting and emotional distress trigger our adrenals to provide […]

Relief Tips For The Top Five Menopausal Symptoms

by Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP Fatigue. Weight gain. Hot flashes. Low libido. Hair loss. We hear from dozens of women each day at Women to Women who are experiencing symptoms of menopause. According to these women these symptoms are the most troubling and motivate them to find help. As one friend shared with us on […]

PMS Symptoms And Causes

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP What causes PMS symptoms? Lifestyle factors contribute to PMS Simple changes to feel better No matter if you are suffering from one particularly painful PMS symptom or 100 PMS symptoms, I want you to know that you have the ability to modify how you’re feeling. Over the years we’ve seen […]

Natural Relief For PMS Symptoms

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Natural relief for PMS symptoms: the Women to Women approach Several women tell me that they’ve always assumed that premenstrual syndrome (PMS) was just a part of life they had to live with and they couldn’t do anything about it—and they were never told otherwise. Jenny, one of the women […]

Insulin Resistance – The Signs and Symptoms

By Marcelle Pick, OB-GYN NP You are at the highest risk for developing this condition if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes or if you have suffered from gestational diabetes, hypertension, or are seriously overweight. See our articles on diabetes risk factors for more specifics. Apple-shaped women, or those who tend to […]

Psychological Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP You’re irritable and quick to lose your temper. You’re prone to road rage or become extremely angry over little things. You feel as though you’re constantly on edge, ready to “lose it” at the least little thing. You feel listless, depressed, or emotionally numb. Your sex drive is low. You frequently […]

Signs And Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Introduction: a new diagnosis Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and stressed all the time? Do you need five cups of coffee or a constant infusion of soda just to make it through the day? Do you have trouble waking up, falling asleep, or staying asleep, no matter which herbal supplements you try? […]

Is My Irregular Period Something to Worry About?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Why did I miss a period? Why was my flow so heavy this month? Is there something wrong with me if my periods don’t have a regular pattern? These are some of the questions and concerns I have heard from patients at my clinic over the years. It can be frightening […]

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How You’re Making Your PMS (Or Menopause) Worse

When we started Women to Women more than thirty years ago, we were so excited to create the first alternative health clinic to offer care for women by women. We knew from the day our doors opened that women were not always listened to in the mainstream health care system. We knew that many practitioners […]

What You Need to Know about Water and Hydration

Summer in Maine is short, but so very sweet: beautiful weather, time for the beach or the lake, and gathering with friends. Because the winters can be long and harsh, we treasure every minute of summer in Maine and try to get outside as much as we can to soak in the sunshine (and the […]

Making Menopause Magical and Meaningful

One of the wonderful things about being a part of Women to Women for over thirty years is that I have seen so many women heal their bodies and their lives. Thousands of women overcome by disruptive symptoms such as joint pain, night sweats, digestive concerns, anxiety, depression, mood swings, or hot flashes, have gone […]

Anxious? Depressed? It’s Not in Your Head: It May Be in Your Stomach!

Over the last thirty years, we’ve seen first-hand that in order to create and sustain wellness, we need to do more than just treat a symptom; we need to find the cause. At Women to Women, we practice functional medicine because we know that everything in our bodies is interconnected. Often, the cause is not […]

The #1 Symptom of Menopause: It’s Not What you Think!

Do you know what the #1 symptom of Menopause is? I bet it’s not what you think! There are many different menopausal symptoms (three dozen or so!) and each woman experiences menopause differently; which symptoms cause the greatest disruption to YOUR life will be unique to YOU. But even so, with my patients at Women […]

What’s The Buzz About Precision Medicine?

At Women to Women, we’ve known about bio-individuality for more than three decades now and have always believed that there is no one size fits all approach to wellness. So it’s exciting for me to see functional medicine actively acknowledge the potential that exists to use our own bodies’ information to prevent, diagnose, and treat […]

Get Your Mojo Back Without “Pink” Viagra

Sexual desire is considered to be a life force in many cultures and feeling sexy and desired is a powerful part of being a woman. Fluctuating hormones during perimenopause and declining estrogen after menopause, however, can leave us wondering why we are feeling less interested in sex than we used to be. I often see […]

Chemicals in Our Cosmetics: It’s Not Pretty

As women, we all want to look and feel our best. We know the confidence that comes from within when we have a great hair day, our skin is clear and bright, and we feel beautiful. I see so many women at Women to Women struggling with hormonal imbalance or adrenal fatigue and my patients […]

The Great Fluoride Myth

One of the great things about being a health practitioner for more than three decades is that I get to see exciting new research and development emerge –- and also witness the medical and scientific communities retract mistakes and give credence to things that were dismissed years ago. (Remember when butter was “bad” and margarine […]

The Hype about Probiotics: Is Yogurt Really the Answer?

One of the things I love about being a health practitioner is that I get to help people make sense of things that are confusing for them. I just love the feeling when that missing puzzle piece is uncovered and it all just clicks for my patients. Often my patients at Women to Women (and […]

Hormone Disrupting Foods In Your Kitchen Now

Whenever I see a patient who is experiencing life-disrupting symptoms, one of the first things we talk about is her diet. At Women to Women, we have learned over the years that the old adage you are what you eat is so very true, especially during the transition before and after menopause. When I ask […]

Why Sleep Matters

Every time I see a patient at Women to Women and ask about what is going on in her life, I always hear a long list of responsibilities and priorities: women today have very full plates! Whenever I ask a patient about her sleep and whether she gets enough, it seems that almost every woman […]

Should I Get My Thyroid Checked?

Almost twenty years ago, the American College of Physicians, a pretty conservative organization, stunned the medical community by issuing a guideline that women over 50 should have their thyroids tested at least once every five years. At that time, most physicians thought that they could diagnose thyroid problems themselves and that testing guidelines were unnecessary. […]

PMS Doesn’t Exist!

PMS doesn’t exist! That’s what I heard from a speaker recently who was giving a TED-X talk. Describing PMS as a myth, she went as far as to say that the PMS label is an excuse for women to behave in a way that would otherwise not be acceptable. And that for all we know, […]

Surprising Sources of Stress

I remember when Time Magazine called stress the “Epidemic of the 80’s” in its cover story back in 1983. I was so excited to see that Time Magazine, a popular and accepted news source, was talking about something the medical profession rarely recognized back then. With more than 30 years of wisdom since, not much has changed in […]

Will My Hot Flash Lead to a Heart Attack?

Last week I was in Tucson, facilitating workshops at the Institute of Functional Medicine. It is such an honor to be asked to facilitate and assist in training so many brilliant minds and amazing health professionals. I love working with like-minded professionals and I get excited about sharing my knowledge, passion and energy with my […]

FAQ’s

I’ve had a hysterectomy – will the Women to Women Supplements help me with some of the symptoms I am experiencing? Yes, the Women to Women Supplements will benefit your general health and your hormonal balance, even if you’ve had a hysterectomy, and whether or not you also had your ovaries removed. (Over half the women who keep their ovaries […]

The Surprising Truth About Hot Flashes

When I ask my patients which menopausal symptoms drive them the craziest and disrupt their lives the most, they give me a variety of answers: fuzzy thinking, weight gain, anxiety, disrupted sleep, decreased libido or painful sex, and mood swings all come to mind. At our clinic, Women to Women, we have seen first-hand that […]

The Truth About Vitamins

Every so often, a new study about vitamins dominates the headlines announcing that vitamins don’t work, they are a waste of money, or they aren’t what you think they are. I’m always amazed at how they can spin things to make such sensational headlines! After looking at thousands of research studies over my years in […]

Hypothyroidism

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP Sometimes when women experience problems like increased fatigue, loss of concentration and weight gain, the first thing that comes to mind as the cause is “it must be my thyroid.” The thyroid gland regulates your metabolism, which has a huge impact on your weight, your energy levels, and your moods. […]

10 Tips to Prevent Headaches Naturally

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP There are some natural headache remedies or “rescue treatments” available and if you are in pain and need immediate relief, it’s good to know you have options. But as I always tell my patients – headaches, like all symptoms, are a call to pay attention to something else that is […]

Low Sex Drive – Why It Happens and How To Change It

 by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP With so much change occurring in our bodies (and our lives!) during the years of perimenopause and menopause, it’s not hard to imagine that our sexual experiences may be changing as well. Hot flashes and mood swings may impact how we feel about sex, while weight gain may leave us […]

The Truth About Perimenopausal Weight Gain

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP As women, we spend so much of our lives comparing ourselves to other women – whether it’s our friends, our co-workers, our sisters, or the many women who stare back at us from the pages of magazines or TV and film screens. We use them as models of what is […]

Sweet Poison – Kicking Your Sugar Addiction

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP When I started my practice years ago, I truly didn’t understand the power of food, but now I know more than ever that sugar can be a game-changer for people today. The epidemic of obesity is largely driven by the fact that sugar is an additive in many foods today […]

Detox and Women’s Health

by Frank Lipman, MD A note from Marcelle: There’s a lot of buzz about detox right now, and we’re glad of it. Detox should be part of every woman’s effort to take control of her health. To help you learn how, we’ve asked Dr. Frank Lipman to share his perspective. Frank specializes in detoxification; he’s […]

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP It’s amazing how often we see women at our medical clinic with health issues that can be traced back to insulin resistance. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is one such condition that we see with increasing frequency. PCOS affects about 10% of women worldwide and can occur at any age […]

Safe (and Enjoyable) Sex in Your Middle Years

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP If you’ve been waiting in line at the supermarket or browsed a newsstand recently, you cannot help but notice the controversial and attention getting covers of today’s women’s magazines. If they are not sharing “the secret to losing weight overnight,” these magazines are offering up tips on how to have […]

Menopause Myths and The Answers You Need

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Menopause is a time of change and it can be so confusing! There is so much information out there (and so many stories) about what will happen to your body — and your life! Will you gain weight, lose your sex drive, suffer from hot flashes? Will menopause feel as […]

PMS Health Quiz

Take the PMS Health Quiz and learn how you can help ease your symptoms! These symptoms can come from 2 weeks prior to menses, to 1 week prior to menses. Generally they abate with the beginning of the menstrual cycle. Scoring will be moderate and severe. The great news is that when the hormonal balance […]

Adrenal Health Assessment Results

After working with women for over thirty years, our tried and true systems have helped thousands of women just like you regain their vitality, sleep through the night and lose those unwanted pounds. The Women to Women approach to restoring adrenal balance: Diet – The first and most important step to restore adrenal balance is […]

Adrenal Stress And Weight Gain – Are They Related?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP The stress response and how it causes us gain weight Belly fat, one of the first symptoms of adrenal dysfunction Changing your diet, the key ingredient for adrenal balance Balancing your life, where to start? The most important question so many of my patients ask me is “Why am I […]

Stress And Happiness

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Stress seems to be so prevalent in everyone’s life today – how many times do you hear it from your friends? How many times do you say it yourself? We’ve learned that stress is a highly significant contributor to disease. The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, […]

Bone Health – Prevent Osteoporosis By Easing Inflammation

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP One factor that’s often overlooked in the prevention of osteoporosis is reducing chronic inflammation. It’s important to take a look at this, because inflammation can interfere with your own body’s natural ability to repair bone mass. Over time, this leads to brittle bones that are common in osteoporosis. You have […]

How Does Healing Your Past Help Your Present Health?

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP “As humans, it’s our great fortune that any negative patterns we are capable of learning, once we become aware of them, we are also capable of unlearning” – The Hoffman Process The issues for women are quite clear cut when it comes to emotional needs. By nature, women tend to […]

Natural Treatments For Adrenal Dysfunction

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Restoring The Energy You Thought Was Lost In this article: Phytotherapy for adrenal health — the role that plant medicine plays within our body Medicinal herbs for adrenal imbalance — our suggestions Real support, not just a one-size-fits-all solution  Now let me ask you, does any of this sound familiar?  Do […]

The Master Hormone – Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

by Marcelle Pick OB-GYN, NP The thyroid gland has long been considered the master gland and is well known for its ability to affect metabolism. When a TSH test is ordered, I am trying to determine exactly how much of this hormone TSH is circulating in the blood. This provides me with information about how the […]

Digestive System Problems – Causes And Diagnostics

by Marcelle Pick OB-GYN, NP Many of my patients make the needed dietary and lifestyle changes and find they continue to have digestive symptoms that simply do not go away. Our bodies are fascinating and understanding the digestive system is important to obtaining optimal health. We know that your bodies need food to provide it with […]

Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome – Open The Door To Good Health

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP It is not uncommon in my practice to have women come in with new physical complaints after major life events like having a baby. Ellen is a perfect example of one of these cases. She was diagnosed at a young age with lactose intolerance, and managed her symptoms quite well. […]

Dry Eyes and Hormone Imbalance

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP They say that your eyes are said to be the window to your soul and if you look deep within you can see the person’s genuineness and truth! But what happens when your eyes aren’t seeing clearly they are irritated, dry, red, and itchy? If you have symptoms of dry […]

The Effects Of Adrenal Imbalance – Stress Does Count

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP One of my patients recently said to me “I’m so tired of being tired!” and “I’m so tired of talking about being tired!” and “I’m tired of saying I wish I had the energy to…”  Then through teary eyes she asked “What’s wrong with me?”. This patient is like so […]

Emotional Eating

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP In all my years as a health provider for women, I think I can count on one hand the number of women for whom emotions played absolutely no part in their relationship with food. Our emotions and how we eat (and when and what) are so intertwined that I think […]

The Gluten Spectrum – From Sensitivities to Celiac Disease

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP There is tremendous confusion around the term gluten sensitivities vs. actual celiac disease, and generally, conventional medicine continues to ignore the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity. In the standard community, the advice given to patients with celiac disease is to be strictly gluten-free for life, while those with a sensitivity may […]

How Can You Feel Good With Early Menopause

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Menopause is a time of life that many women dread. They hear horror stories about it’s symptoms, including weight gain, insomnia, mood swings, and vaginal dryness, all that can be quite bothersome. This is especially true for women experiencing early menopause. If you are between 40 and 45 and are […]