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A forum, Bioidentical Hormone Therapy: Are You Feeling Out of Balance?, will be held on Monday, October 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Grangeville’s Super 8 Meeting Room. It will be hosted by Groaners Fitness, University of Idaho/Idaho County Extension and Irwin Drug. Bioidentical hormones are custom-compounded through a pharmacy following a primary care provider’s order for a specific patient. They are chemical duplicates of hormones produced by the human body.
The presenter, Charmaine Allen-Johnson, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, specializes in using both traditional and nontraditional medicine. She is a graduate of WSU and has 37 years of experience in health related fields including, but not limited to midwifery, Chinese, Environmental, and Nutritional Medicine. Her nursing experience encompassed rural, public, maternal-child, psychiatric and chemical dependency specialties. Allen-Johnson practiced at allergy, dermatology, endocrinology, internal, family and integrated medicine clinics. This diverse background enables her to assess the benefit or detriment of nutritional, herbal, hormone, chelation, medication and naturopathic treatments.
“I will include information in the presentation that is pertinent to both males and females,” said Allen-Johnson. “I’ll talk about bioidentical hormone therapy for symptoms related to menopause, PMS, osteoporosis, as well as hormone related sleep problems, libido, lack of energy and depression. When indicated, bioidentical hormone therapy can have a positive effect.”
Tony Ellis, compounding technician with Irwin Drug, Grangeville, recently attended a Houston conference that included information on custom mixed bioidentical hormones. Irwin Drug can work with a person’s care provider to tailor-make the appropriate hormones. The custom mixed bioidentical hormones provide another alternative for interested males or females, said Ellis.
The class is part of the Our Health Our Community series of health related forums. Past forum topics have included depression, stress reduction, venous insufficiency and acupuncture. OHOC also sponsors an annual fitness challenge. The October 18thclass is free and no preregistration is necessary. For further information call Groaner’s Fitness, 983-7070 or Kirstin Jensen, U of I Idaho County Extension office, 983-2667.