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Oona Women's Health

Valerie Otto

APRIL 2004
Happy almost spring. We hope this finds you well and ready for WARMTH! Although I understand some of you in parts of the country are getting unseasonable warmth. I'm going to get right down to business this month as the pressure is on to get a lot done around here. In addition I've moved after 14 years in the same apt. - so no rest for the weary! This month we've got a great new product deal for you, the latest news on HRT that came out this past month, an explanation of what a "net carb" actually is and finally a look at how to keep that long ago cited New Years resolution? oh yea, that.

HRT AND COLORECTAL CANCER
In the summer of 2002 when researchers stopped the estrogen-progestin arm of the Women's Health Initiative study, one of the benefits they reported to HRT was that women had a lower overall risk for developing colon tumors. The latest study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March makes this benefit a little less clear. This study reports that women on HRT were diagnosed at a later and more deadly stage of the disease. HRT users are less likely to catch it early. Researchers aren't exactly sure why the cancer had advanced further but they suspect that symptoms associated with the disease were wrongly attributed to less serious causes. The recommendation is for women on HRT get routine bowel screenings but many ignore this advice because it is so unpleasant. For more on this see http://www.drkoop.com/template.asp?ap=93&page=newsdetail&id=517741
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/350/10/991

DEFINING A NET CARB

Just FYI, the FDA does not recognize the difference in carbs, and requires manufactures to list the total carbohydrates on food packages. They are receiving a lot of pressure from food companies and consumers so they are considering redefining carbohydrates.
Basically the formula is this:
Net Carbs = Total carbohydrates - Grams of Fiber
(sometimes certain sweetners get deducted)
The idea behind it is similar to "good fats" and "bad fats". There are "bad" carbohydrates like white flour and those high in sugar that digest quickly and spike our blood sugar. Then there's "good" carbohydrates like whole grains and vegetables that burn slow and smooth out digestion time. What net carb essentially means is that only the refined carbohydrates show up as "carbs". Be aware that many manufactures define all this a little differently. It sounds like a stretch to me, but I'm not a big Atkins fan?

KEEPING A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION

I hope you haven't forgotten about your New Years Resolution. Apparently fewer than 20% of New Years Resolutions are realized and most are broken within 2 weeks. Yikes! I have to admit, most of what I've seen written on this subject I found stale, like "make a record and examine it" - yea right. Then there's the Five Stages of Change" a theory by a bunch of doctors that I thought was as insightful as "watch your step" after you've already tripped. But I did come across this one article that I feel has some teeth and I hope you find the advice as grounded as I do. I've linked it below but here's some highlights:

1. Know what you want by being clear and positive - instead of saying "I want to lose weight" say "I want more energy" or "I want to be able to wear that dress".

2. Recognize that good things require that we pay a price. That will make you more conscious when you are making every day choices - remembering that it is a price you are willing to pay to achieve your goal. The key is to focus on the outcome in ways that are achievable for you - in small steps.

3. Train don't try. If you put yourself on some kind of schedule and keep to it, chances are that you will have a success sooner and it encourages your to continue. The idea here is not to put yourself in a situation where you "think too much" and begin to fall off achieving your goal.

4. Be prepared for setbacks. It's okay to eat through your entire birthday week or miss the gym a couple of days. Think of it as normal part of making progress and have a plan of how you will handle this to get back on track.

5. Find support. And recognize those that don't support you. When you battle alone, it's easy to give up.
Here's the url - this writer had plenty of examples and great insight. I love when I feel encouraged.
http://www.alivepublishing.com/home/index.php?page_type=article&
topic_id=144871&article_id=6949&site_id=27&go_id=2&take_id=6

That's it for this month! As always, check out our websites for lots more
information, www.oonahealth.com.
And our staff is available to answer any questions you may have at
1-888-596-5154. That's right-real people, not some electronic menu-happy to
answer questions, give opinions, take orders, or just listen. (Business
hours are 9:30a.m - 6 p.m. E.S.T.)
Questions or comments? Write valerie@oonahealth.com

In Good Health,
The O?na Team

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