2020 February/March (Digital)

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Articles Include

  • An Overlooked Infertility Factor: Hypothyroidism
  • A Trip to the Mountains Connects Adventurers to Nature, Themselves, and Each Other
  • Stress and Chronic Disease
  • Biology Matters: Why Women's Need to Take Stress Seriously
  • Red Light Therapy
  • Women in Ranching
  • How Your Cycle Can Empower Your Life
  • The Impact on Breast Cancer
  • Strengthening the Pelvic Floor

Recipes Include

  • Bacon-Cheddar Waffles
  • Mocha-Banana Muffins
  • Lemon-Dill Wild Salmon Cakes with Horseradish Aioli
  • Pineapple Chicken with Coconut Cauliflower "Rice"
  • Salted-Caramel Pot de Crème
  • Strawberry "Cheesecake" Tart
  • Double Chocolate Sweet-Potato Brownies
  • And much more!

From the Editor

As I was knee-deep in putting this issue together, one of my daughters had a complete and unexpected health meltdown. One day she was fine, the next she could barely function, with chest pains, horrible headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Over a few weeks this progressed to also include an intermittent rash over half her body that stung when it
surfaced. After about six weeks of numerous E.R. visits, multiple trips to a hospital in Portland (3+ hours away), and more doctor visits than I care to count, we are finally starting to get a handle on her health and gradually seeing glimmers of improvement. It’s been an exhausting and scary month and a half—one that had me feeling helpless way more often than I’m comfortable with.

Her condition, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, affects one out of 100 teens and is four times as common in females than in males. While the condition can be triggered by things such as major surgery, trauma, or a viral illness, other possible triggers include environmental toxins, stress (p 50), menstrual cycles, and the rapid growth kids experience during puberty. We’ve been able to identify several of her triggers, and have realized that some definitely are simply due to the fact that she’s a young woman.

The timing of this was interesting to me as I worked on this women’s health issue. While I have always prided myself on being the best dad I can and being active in my girls’ lives (they may say too active!), I found myself a part of more discussions on menstrual cycles, female hormones, and the stresses of a teenage girl’s life than ever before. It became obvious to me that, while there are clear differences between men and women, it’s also true that it really is difficult for one gender to fully understand the life and struggles faced by another.

While I was already looking forward to putting this issue together, these last couple months gave me a much deeper appreciation of how complex women
are—which, let’s be honest, can be easy to forget, even for a guy who lives in a house with three women. The fact is, as a man, while I can be understanding and sympathetic, I don’t fully “get” how difficult things can be for women, and when it comes right down to it, comparatively, I know I have it easy. Thanks to genetics, society, and our environment, women deal with bodily and mental stresses on an almost daily basis that men simply don’t.

It is my sincere hope that this issue provides information that helps our female readers better deal with things like stress, monthly cycles, pregnancy, and thriving in previously male-dominated roles (p 34, p 58) to be the best moms, bosses, employees, and humans they can be (p 68). And, if you are not a woman, I hope it can supply some portion of insight, perspective, and appreciation of women and their health.

EDITOR IN CHIEF - Cain Credicott