Many doctors dabble in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and do not treat the whole person, she said. These “pellet mills,” as Dr. DeRosa calls them, respond to the demand by women who recognize their symptoms after watching a TV show or reading web sites and decide they need treatment.
It’s not uncommon for these doctors to have little to no training in understanding hormones. The bulk of them are naturopathic doctors or ob-gyns giving HRT as a way to make a quick buck. Most don’t even accept insurance; it’s on a cash-only basis. And they don’t properly test, examine and assess patients’ overall health, so they give the wrong dosages and even the wrong hormones.
“Most doctors give a lot of estrogen and a little testosterone, but it should be the other way around,” DeRosa said. Almost all of her patients are shocked to hear a typical healthy woman has 60 percent estrogen and 40 percent testosterone, she said. Women come in to her office bloated, crying and with severe premenstrual syndrome, Dr. DeRosa said, because the doctors treating them have given them improper dosages and don’t understand the nuances of their health needs.
“Unfortunately, there’s no good training for this,” she said.
Dr. DeRosa, who went through menopause in her thirties, has spent years researching and learning the data in order to effectively treat women with biodentical hormone therapy. These hormones are compounded in a lab to have the same chemical and molecular structure as natural human hormones. They are different and safer than synthetic hormones such as Premarin, Prempro or Provera.
Her practice, DeRosa Medical, is an internal medical practice specializing in women’s health and offering a comprehensive, “one-stop shopping” approach to care. That way, there’s no lack of communication or miscommunication between two or more doctors trying to manage the patients’ primary care needs, hormone health and other issues.
Most importantly, DeRosa said, hormone therapy can effectively treat everything from hot flashes, sleep problems and migraines to sugar issues, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Women typically start losing testosterone in their thirties and estrogen in their forties.
“About 40 to 50 percent of the women who come into our office our pre-diabetic,” DeRosa said, “and it’s because they’re testosterone deficient. If you don’t have testosterone, you’re not going to move sugar properly.”
Hormone deficiencies can also rob women of their happiness and fulfillment in life, and Dr. DeRosa is also dedicated to giving this back to women.
Nancy Foote, 52, of Gilbert is a patient at DeRosa Medical who considered quitting her job as an eighth-grade teacher before seeing Dr. DeRosa. She was short-tempered and cranky, and was having trouble dealing with her students. “I had a little black rain cloud over my head all the time,” Foote said.
After HRT, she felt like Dr. De Rosa “gave me a lot of my spirit back” and she had more mental clarity and patience with her students, her nine grandchildren and herself.
“I was amazed at the amount of time she took,” Foote said. “She wasn’t just concerned about my weight gain or my mood swings or my hot flashes. She was as interested in how I felt intellectually and emotionally. I’m more than just a patient; more than just a dollar sign; and it’s been a while I’ve felt like that at a doctor’s office.”
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DeRosa Medical, has offices in Scottsdale and Sedona, and is opening in Chandler in September. On the web: www.derosamedical.com
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Statistics from the 2010 census show there is a big jump in interracial couples. Coco Sanders, hair stylist and owner of Appearances Hair Design in Glendale, AZ says because of the increase in couples having children who are multicultural and more adoptions of children outside of the parent’s race, she is seeing a big demand for assistance in caring for their special hair issues. Many times a child will be frustrated with the coarseness of their hair or challenges to maintain it. Parents are confused because they don’t always have the same experiences with their hair and need help. That is where Coco comes in.
She has been styling hair for almost two decades and loves to help these families feel better about themselves by making their hair beautiful and stylish. Here are a few tips from her on how to deal with multicultural hair:
I also came upon this article while doing research and it includes things Coco has told me, plus more!
Do you or someone you know having struggles with your hair?
Back in the summer of 2005, I made a lot of changes. After enduring micro-managing bosses (twice in 5 years) and not feeling fulfilled or happy with what I was doing, I decided to quit my job at an ad agency and start my own business. Before quitting, I had saved up some money to take a vacation…to Europe. I had never been and thought this would be the best time to do it. It was scary and exciting at the same time to travel alone, which I soon learned was just like starting a business for myself. But I had support for both and I think that is what you definitely need behind you before starting a big endeavor.
I’ve become very nostalgic this week because the media is hyping up London and the 2012 Olympics and I spent most of my ten days in England (Birmingham and a 2-day trek to London) with my friend Julie who moved there with her UK husband. She let me stay with her family, even though she just had her second daughter just weeks before. Now that I have been through two newborns, I still don’t know how she stayed awake or sane with a house guest who wanted to be a tourist! I also flew to Amsterdam for a few days by myself and other than a little sightseeing and museum tours, I spent a lot of time in my hotel room because I felt really out of my element and was too shy to talk to the locals or make friends. I still regret that, but I also regret some of the things I did while starting my biz, but have learned from them.
When I started my business, I decided to do PR, marketing and event planning. I didn’t really have much of a plan, I just knew I liked these things. My support during the first few months was my former boss, Nancy. When I worked for her in TV when I first moved to Phoenix, she was encouraging, supportive, fun and helped me blossom as a creative writer and producer. She understood her audience, both the viewer and the organizations who worked with us at the station. Ironically, when our paths crossed in 2005, she was leaving her own PR biz to be a PIO for a school district. She still had some clients needing help and she offered to show me the ropes of what she did and bring me on to finish up her projects. Former reporter friends from the station heard I was looking for clients and one got me clients they met while working. This support meant so much to me. I truly believe you can’t burn bridges, and while a select few will not be friends in my past work lives, the majority of the people I worked with are still in my life now…and I think that speaks volumes.
So, what lessons have I learned in those early months of running my own business?
Let’s start with the PROS:
-You can make your own hours! Granted, they sometimes end up being 24/7, but it is nice to know that if I need to get some grocery shopping done or wait for the cable repairman, I don’t have to take time off of work or explain where I am.
–You can find your niche! I started out doing a lot of everything, but soon learned what I really liked to do (PITCH) and decided to just focus on that. As I networked, I found great people in marketing, writing, events, graphics who I could team up with that I liked and could refer to clients who may need that help.
–You are paid what you are worth! I started off charging very low rates, but eventually found my rhythm and began offering competitive rates. And, guess what, the more clients you get, the more money you make! You can only get so many raises or bonuses in a regular job. Plus, my jobs never allowed second jobs, though I never had much time to do anything but work my main gig in the first place.
–You can work with the people/biz YOU want to work with! Yes, in the beginning, I wasn’t picky and there were a few times I wasn’t really excited about who I was pitching, but now that I have a solid business and clients, I can choose who I want to work with. And, because there is a “lid for every pot,” I usually am able to refer anyone who is not right for me to another Indie.
Now for the CONS:
–You can go from rags to riches in a month! I had quite a few months where I would borrow from Peter to pay Paul. I know what it is like to have the credit card company call you…or to send a check to pay the mortgage and hope that a client pays me before the check clears. If there is any lesson I have learned, get a GOOD bookkeeper and CPA and stick to a budget. Put money away in savings for those slow months. But, DON’T GIVE UP when times get rough. Sometimes the lessons we learn during those low times are the ones that make us a success later.
–You will long for the good ol’ days and friends. I admit to still getting a rush every time I walk into a local news station. The people, the energy, the creativity were what drew me to working in the media. Maybe this is why I do PR now…I still gotta keep my fingers in the industry somehow. But, I also remember the depression, the long hours, the low pay and the BS…and I perk up again about working for myself and having control of my destiny.
–You will learn that some people just SUCK! As most any Indie will attest to, you will get screwed over. Clients will refuse to pay you. You will encounter shady people who want to partner with you on a project and they either don’t live up to their hype or they steal your ideas or client. One thing I have been very careful of now is to not become too close of friends with a client. You MUST keep the relationship professional. “Friends” will get upset when you offer criticism or need to make business changes they don’t agree with.
–You can’t do this alone! Yes, you are working for yourself, but you must have support. I remember sitting on my couch crying my eyes out, with the phone ringing from a bill collector and reading an email from a client saying they were ending their contract. I had a few really depressing months, but luckily, I could reach out to friends to get me out of my funk. I spent my first year networking like crazy. I found a great group of PR Indies to learn and share with. I found organizations I wanted to be a part of and grow myself professionally.
Well, this is turning into a novel…so, I’d just like to end this by thanking my husband, my friends, my family, former and current clients and all my colleagues and friends in the local media and PR. I could of never done this without you all.
North Valley Gymnastics has a great summer camp program. It is an opportunity for any kid to get involved and learn more about gymnastics. Gymnastics is a great foundation for any sport. Gymnastics is a HOT sport right now as we head into the Summer Olympics. Children will get to experience many of the sports they will see on TV this summer at the camp!
North Valley Gymnastics Summer Camp provides children ages 4-12 with gymnastics, games, and weekly special events! Our experienced staff is energetic, CPR certified and committed to providing a fun-filled day for your child. Our flexible schedule lets you plan your child’s summer fun based on your needs. Call 602-404-FLIP(3547) today! www.northvalleygymnastics.com
North Valley Gymnastics provides answers for parents who are looking for the right camp for their children.
Here is some helpful information about what our camps will offer:
North Valley prides itself on building self-esteem and enhancing a child’s gymnastic interests. While gymnastics focuses on building strength, flexibility, and basic motor skills, we provide the skills and knowledge that can build the foundation for any sport.
Session 2 (6/11-6/15): Super Hero
Session 3 (6/18-6/22): Pirate / Disney
Session 4 (6/25-6/29): Hawaiian Beach
Session 5 (7/9-7/13): Crazy Hair
Session 6 (7/16-7/20): Western Rodeo
Session 7 (7/23-7/27): Sports
Session 8 (7/30-8/3): 60’s Theme
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Gym Members: Free
Non Gym Members: $10 per camper
Balance Due for June Camps by May 1, 2012
July camps by June 1, 2012
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Drop In Rate $55/Day
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The remaining balance must be paid by the due date listed above. If fees are not paid by the due date, we reserve the right to drop
your child(ren) from the camp sessions they are registered in. There will be no refund of any deposits paid.
Drop In rate applies to any registrations that occur during the actual week of camp.
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Changes to sessions and/or days will result in a $10.00 change processing fee.
A registration and waiver form must be completed at time of registration.
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COST OF FREON DRAMATICALLY RISES IN PAST WEEK
Local HVAC company offers information and advice to consumers and businesses
(Phoenix, AZ – January 2012) In the past week, the cost of Freon (R22) almost doubled in cost. This is in response to the EPA reducing production and import of the gas used in many air conditioner units according to the guidelines of the Clean Air Act. According to this New York Times article there is a loophole in the legislation which is dividing the HVAC industry. As a result, many major manufacturers have announced significant price increases and are currently limiting shipments. This will effect HVAC (Heating/Venilation/Air Conditioning) companies and their pricing, plus homeowners and businesses with older A/C units that recharge with Freon (R22) each year.
Mike Donley, owner of Donley Service Center in Phoenix advises homeowners to not panic. “Recharging the system is only a problem if there is a leak. There are older units that will last approximately 15 years without being recharged. So, if the system is properly maintained, it reduces the chance that you will need to replace the Freon. But, when your system does go out, it will be more expensive to repair than a newer energy efficient A/C system.”
One of the reasons why the EPA is reducing the R22 Freon is that it is bad for the environment and R22 will be eliminated altogether by 2019. This is why new energy efficient units are being encouraged by the government, utilities and air conditioning companies; to save money, the environment and run more effectively.
“Our number one concern is making sure customers are comfortable in their homes. We are only a couple months away from triple digit temperatures and no one wants to be stuck sweating it waiting for a repairman and then sweating a expensive Freon bill, ” says Donley. “Be diligent about your A/C unit and have it maintained by a reputable company in February or March.”
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