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At the rose cafe. We are gathered here tonight to talk about blood thirsty women and their cycles. A lot of times when our bodies are doing things we don't understand. We want to know what's going on and then we want, we want to fix it. So we tend to go to doctors and doctors are overwhelmed with information that they're getting from their industries and they look at you and they analyze you and they give you treatments and I think part of their challenge is to keep it their minds open as well and develop a dialogue with you and say, what have you learned about it? Because they're just as humbled by the movement of Sciences. You are. So part of our work tonight is to find out what's going on in this world of women and menstruation and menopause. Take the knowledge and bring it back to our doctor's offices when they tell us one thing or another about how to treat ourselves.

Tonight we're going to talk about some of the myths and misconceptions that are around this issue of hormone replacement therapy and what that means, but we're going to look at the whole ecology of our bodies from the time that we were having regular cycles were just bleeding once a month and we're moody and we want to know why we're moody and then we're saying, God, how will I be in menopause? What does that imply? If I'm having a miserable period of 25 when I'm 55 will I be having a miserable menopause? Those are the questions that kind of pop into our minds. What's the correlation between our health as a young person and our health as an older person? Now, none of us who are older people, by the way, that was a really bad phrase or young people all the time and only we only have old attitudes to help us look at this issue from very interesting perspectives. I'm invited to wonderful contributors to our community who are doctors and and um, women. And uh, the first is someone who is the Co director of the women's clinic at the Akasha Center and she brings expertise in natropathic medicine and its approached to the root causes of pms and the complexities of menopause. Please welcome to get smart radio doctor Maggie Ney.

Or a long are you, by the way, just so I know. I'll be nine months next week. She's pregnant. Beautiful. She planned it around the show. Then our next guest is runs an acupuncture clinic : east west medical clinic and she focuses on balancing hormones to naturally support the preservation of blood and energy and women. Well what does that mean? We're going to find that out. Please welcome Dr. Grace Lee.

So excited to have you both here. They're both very beautiful. The way those who are sitting in New York City in your pajamas know that we are with two beautiful doctors. Yes. Um, also joining us tonight. Wow. Wow. Tonight, we have five authors / artists who have contributed to a book called the curse. And the curse is a compilation of readings and poems and stories about women and their periods. We're gonna have a lot of different words for the cycle. So tonight I'm using the word period right now. I'm not sure I understand why that word came from, but it's, I think it's a little dots you put in your calendar, the little periods. Um, I want to bring to the stage right now the editor and creator of this, of this publication or name is Deana Cohen

So the way this evening is going to go, it was, we're going to have two readers at the top of the evening and there were going to go jump into the interview with our, with our guests and then we'll have another reader and then we'll have the audience questions. And then we'll hold hands and sing and then we'll have the quiz show. So Deanna, thank you for being here.

Thank you for having me and thank you for doing this book. Why did you do it? Uh, it actually stemmed from a conversation with one of the contributors who is a writer and singer, songwriter performer who's here this evening. She'll be reading her story, Judy Hensky. Yeah.


It stemmed from a conversation I had with Judy one day. I don't remember exactly the context of our conversation, but other than we were talking about a funny stories about bleeding and menstruation. And she told me literally one of the most hysterical gastly stories I'd ever heard, which then I asked her if she would write for me and called her about a week later and said, I have this idea that we should ask a bunch of friends to contribute stories to a book on this subject. And she said, well, I don't want to have anything to do with that. So I just kept thinking about it and I mentioned it to some other girlfriends and they said, Oh, let me tell you my story. And I started saying, no, stop telling me your stories, write them down and email them to me. So over the process of about two years, starting in 2001 uh, no, maybe starting earlier than that. It might've started in 2000. I began inviting friends and collecting stories and uh, by about 2002, 2003 I had collected a number of stories and had the intention to just make one bound book and present it in a gallery because I'm a visual artist and

She's an amazing visual artists - go to is that right? Beautiful. Beautiful.

Thank you. And so I immediately had the idea to make one singular book that was very beautiful and hand abound. And as I began to find out how much it would cost to do something like that, I actually made a decision that for not that much more money, I could self publish a paperback copy of the book and make 500 copies. And I decided to do it as an art piece. I signed the back of each book. They were numbered one through 500. I'm actually down to my last 25 30 books and I brought 15 of them tonight in case anyone wants to buy one, but I'm hoping that they'll have another life and go into a second addition at some point because there are a couple typos that are bothering me and I really liked the opportunity to just to correct those. They actually happened to be in the two things that I wrote. So twice a year I get an email from a nurse practitioner somewhere in the United States who's heard about the book and would like to buy a copy.

There's a difference right there. Thank you for taking the time to do what you thought you were. Yeah.

Did you guys know that it is September is national menopause month. Did you know that? And I found this out. No, no, I found this out today because KPCC did a show on it and it's the, um, what are they called?

They're called the national American Menopause Society of which I'm not a card carrying member, but maybe after this I will be and they said that they set, September is national menopause awareness month and it's organized to increase awareness about the importance of having accurate information to enhance women's health, about menopause and beyond. So it gets more radio is actually, um, in step with a larger trend to make sure we, we get down and talk about this. So I thought it was so serendipitous. I can't even believe it. I want to say that our guests, I would love to interview them in terms of who they are and how they came to be doctors and their passion around their practice. But I want to say that for what's on the website that I've connected on, get smart so you can click on their names and you can learn more about that.

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