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Susun S. Weed

Herbal Adventures with Susun S Weed

Herbal Adventures with Susun S Weed

It’s the first day of my week-long horseback trip in Provence, the South of France. Beneath my feet (and my horse’s hooves) aromatic and beautiful plants that I know as cultivated, sometimes pot-bound, specimens are growing wild: grey bitter wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), heavy-headed fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), ground-hugging thyme (Thymus vulgaris), spicy lavender (Lavendula dentata), and heart-warming rosemary (Rosmarinus off.). Each step we take releases sharp, heady fragrances.

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The Yoga of Menopause: Part Two

The Yoga of Menopause: Part Two

THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF ESTROGEN
Women make estrogens.
Plants make estrogens and estrogen-like compounds.
Chemicals, especially organochlorines, act like estrogens (xenoestrogens).

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The Yoga of Menopause: Part One

The Yoga of Menopause: Part One

It’s big news when a favored medical treatment – HRT for menopausal women – is found to be harmful. But it’s no news to readers of Susun Weed. She’s been blowing the whistle on both scientific and alternative treatments of menopause for nearly two decades. As recently quoted in Newsweek Magazine, Susun maintains: “Menopause is not a ‘pathology’, but a passage to power. Like puberty, menopause is a natural – and healthy – change. Wise women the world over herald menopause as a health-promoting event. They see hot flashes as ‘power surges’ and menopause as an intense spiritual journey. Most treatments – including ERT, HRT, isoflavone, and progesterone creams – disrupt this process and can do severe damage to a woman’s health.”

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Grandmother Speaks… The Cervix, Part 2

Grandmother Speaks… The Cervix, Part 2

Cervical Eversion/Erosion: Not the same thing, but frequently confused, even by doctors. When columnar cells grow too quickly, they push aside the squamous cells, causing eversion and erosion. In an eversion, there is generally a clear dividing line between the cells. In an erosion, there is no definite border.

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Grandmother Speaks… The Cervix: Part One

Grandmother Speaks… The Cervix: Part One

I am the gateway; I am the door. I connect the inside to the outside. I decide which outside comes in. I control the flux and the flow. I hold the wise blood, or let it go. I protect the growing babe, or thrust it unformed into a world unsuitable. None leave, none enter, except by my grace, my decision. I am the passage of birth. I am the mark of the sun.

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