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An Almost Magical ChangeFREE Estimates$100 off with project of $1,000 or$200 off with project of $2,000+• Interior & Exterior Painting • Fence & Deck Staining• Cabinets- Refinish• And more!VETERAN OWNEDCall Chris and Crystal today!(210) 446-5795magnapainting-Helotes.comBy Dr. Donna Becker“ M y husband and even my co-workers have noticed! I am not so irritable. I feel more in control of my moods. I can sleep again!” She was no longer too tired for sex. No longer felt like weepinguncontrollably. She had lost weight.With the sharp decline of hormones which occurs around 50-51, some women suffer much more than others, but I believe without hormones, all women decline. The brain especially may be affected with thedreaded symptoms of “brain fog”. “Hormone therapy is the most effectivetreatment for VSM [vasomotor symptoms] andothermenopausesymptoms. Estrogens are known potent neuromodulators of numerous neuronal circuits throughout the central nervous system.” Arch Women’s Ment Health, 2007,10(6):247-57 EPUB 2007 Dec 12.Hot flashes and night sweats, followed by cold chills characterize vasomotor symptoms. Vasomotor symptoms contribute to sleeplessness which inevitably leads to daytime exhaustion. Progesterone and estradiol in balanced proportions truly solve this temperature dysregulation leading to insomnia which is the root cause of the fatigue of menopause.Change can be a good thing with balanced hormones. No, you don’t needan antidepressant, sleeping pill, or other calming, addictive drugs to transition. I believe the worst thing you can do is buy into the mental illness label.As should be done in every medical office, I discuss the risks and side effects of both taking-and not taking-hormone replacement therapy. No, not every woman or man needs hormones. Think of hormone replacement as a quality of life issue.Dr. Donna Becker, in practice for over 30 years focused on hormone replacement for the past 15 years. Affiliations include and Certification in hormone replacement therapy with World Link Medical (not recognized by the Tx board of Specialties). Call for a free 15 min. consult.Dr Donna BeckerSpecializes in anti-aging & health maintenance medicine.(210) 545-5224 www.antiagingsa.comGet Your Vitality Back!Focus of Treatments:• Hormone restoration to healthy young adults levels• New Weightloss Medications • Thyroid issues• Hot Flashes/ Night Sweats• Moodiness, “Emotionality” • Loss of Libido• Brain Fog• Insomnia• Vitamin Deficiencies• Blood levels guide treatmentMen’s issues:Erectile, Dysfunction, Fatigue and Weight GainDr. Donna BeckerThe Enhancementof Life CenterCall to schedule your FREE consultation (210) 545-522414603 Huebner Rd,. Suite 2601 (Huebner & NW Military)www.antiagingsa.comHIs Soup The Ultimate Cold Medicine?aving a cold is not fun. A stuffy nose, sniffles, sore throat, and other symptoms make having acold a generally unpleasant experience. According to data collected by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the average consumer shops for over-the counter medicine 26 times a year, with peak visits occurring in the wintertime, when colds and flu infections are more prominent. To make cold-related matters worse, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel concluded in September 2023 that the popular decongestant phenylephrine, which is found in many over-the-counter cold remedies, is ineffective when taken orally. Phenylephrine became the standard decongestant in formulations when pseudoephedrine, another decongestant, became more closely regulated due to its usage in the production of illegal drugs like methamphetamine. Phenylephrine products the became the go-to, as they did not need to be stored behind pharmacy counters and “signed out” like products thatincluded pseudoephedrine.Rather than accepting their coldsymptoms this season, individuals may want to turn to something much more natural that also has great promise: soup. It is no old wive’s tale that soup can be helpful for colds and other illnesses. In fact, Egyptian Jewish physician Moshe benFebruary 2024Maimonides prescribed chicken soup as a treatment for respiratory tract illnesses as early as the 12th century. Penn Medicine advises that soup can be a go-to food to combat illness because it is light, easy-to- digest, nourishing, and even restorative. Here’s a look at some of the ways soup can help when people are feeling under the weather.• Hydrating broth: Staying hydrated is one of the ways the body can more effectively fight off illness. Broth-based soups are hydrating and tasty. They may be tolerated more readily than sports drinks or water for a person who needs fluids.• Soothing: The warmth of soup can soothe an irritated throat. Furthermore, soups usually have softened ingredients in them, making it much less likely that sharp or tough ingredients will scrape an inflamedSoup - continued on page 9Now OfferingEPOXYFlooring!

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