Dr Amy Chadwick – Hormone Friend or Foe? – Global Gals

July 12, 2017

Attendees: Kristin, Debbie, Jen, Kristin, Alexis, Susan, Beth, Vicki, Sandra, Shea, Kandace, Heather, Janice

Guest Speaker: Dr. Amy Chadwick, Naturopathic

Soaring Crane, Encinitas

Hormones: Friend or Foe?

A chemical or structure in the body that circulates through the blood stream and affects every cell in our body. Hormones work in orchestra or ensemble. Not effective to only look at one gland.  The only thing in the body that are there in every stage of life. Very individual on person’s patterns. Endocrine system manager of physiology.

What is the body trying to do and why is it doing it so intensely?

4 axes: Adrenals, Ovaries (testicles), thyroid, pancreas. Hormones come from Pituitary gland.

Autonomic nervous system: in charge of everything we don’t think about. Three stages: parasympathetic, alpha sympathetic activity (installing tension), movement (adrenaline) releases the tension and brings you back to resting state. ANS regulates the hormones to respond. Hormones will respond in each individual system.

Menopause is a demand on the whole system.

Hormones working in harmony and rhythm with each other. Impossible to give a hormone that matches the body rhythms. Very complex. The job of the axes is to adapt.

Body still making the hormones.

Ovaries are about reproduction. They stop their job at menopause. Hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, still being made in the body from fat. Doesn’t have to come from fat.

Lifestyle patterns: water, sleep, diet(individual physiology), exercise, massage, laughter, crying, full digestion of any emotion (fully feel and digest), meditation, yoga, reading, communicate your needs, socialize, knowing your needs, balance, nature, hobbies, purposeful activity, beach, animals, pets, community, spiritual connection, true nature, minimalist. What moments make us feel we are at complete essence with yourself?

Liver and colon has to be working well together to take stress off the whole system. Diet high in fiber is important. Have to have a lot of fiber. Fiber feeds healthy bacteria in gut. Low refined sugar. Sweetness is essential to life. What is sweet in our natural world? Healing happens from our wholeness and perfection.

Hormone supplementation during peri-menopause or menopause. 2002 Womens Helath Initiative study. Women had been prescribed Premarin. Bioidentical hormones are now considered better. The longer we extend our progesterone, testosterone, estrogen ??????? System management, may be our most effective tool for keeping our daily lives in balance.

Use water based lubricant.

Endocrine recycles in 7 years.

Herbal remedies for peri-menopause or menopause can be effective when precisely used. Most herbal formulas are safe to use, low dose may not be effective. Safe to try.

Vitamin D plays a role in calcium metabolism.

www.soaring craneclinic.com

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Dr. Beth book recommendation: How to Meditate, A Practical Guide to Make Friends with Your Mind by Pema Chodron – Buddhist Monk


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Public Education

Public Education 5/10/2017

8th largest school district in the nation San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Includes Scripps Ranch, down to Hwy 54 over west to the Coast including La Jolla, City Heights, Golden Hill, Clairemont, Del Cerro, College Area.

Independent study: schools available in SDUSD such as Mt. Everest in Clairemont (K-12). 

Can you choose my child’s teacher? Write a letter to the Principal asking for a match based on skill set, child’s needs, teaching styles. You can meet with the Principal. Depends on the administrator.

School choice: Take tours. You know your child, what fits with his/her personality and learning style. Take Kinder tour at your local school.

TK is very similar to Kindergarten. Most TK is a shared class with Kindergarten.

Show appreciation to the teachers.

USDOE – United States Department of Education

CDE – California Department of Education

OCR – Office Civil Rights

IDEA – Individuals Disabilities in Education Act

ADA – Americans with Disability Act

Vouchers, Charter Schools, and School Districts:

Vouchers comes from the State to attend a private school. Not available in California. Vouchers may not cover the whole cost of the private school. Can go to religious schools on federal/state government funds.

Charter Schools are public schools. Many are governed by non-profit entities. Required to comply with federal laws. In California, don’t have to follow state rules such as Unions, not bound by State education code. Have to follow California State curriculum. Provides school choice. Complaints can include “mis-use” of funds; creates competition against public schools; all funding comes from same State pot of money and takes money from District public schools. Charter school can take child from any District. If Charter school is not performing, the District will revoke charter and it will close. But, if a regular public school doesn’t perform, nothing happens.

IEP: Individual Education Plan

 California students who get expelled go to another school.

 Useful Links:

 The United States Department of Education (“USDOE”): https://www.ed.gov/

USDOE Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”): https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html

California Department of Education (“CDE”): http://www.cde.ca.gov/

California Legislative Information: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

San Diego Unified School District’s Policies & Procedures:  https://www.sandiegounified.org/policies-procedures [most districts post this information]

Immunization info for California: http://www.shotsforschool.org/laws/

California Office of Administrative Hearings – Special Education Division:  http://www.dgs.ca.gov/oah/SpecialEducation.aspx

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GGG – November Election Review

Attendees: Janiçe, Megan, Kristen, Debbie, Heather, Suzanne, Susan

Whew. We made it through the State Props and San Diego measures. Use this guide to help you complete the ballot in the voting booth.

Resources:  League of Women Voters San Diego, Voice of San Diego, California Voter Information Guide, Sample Ballot & Voter Information

City and County Measures

Measure A – Fairly certain money would go to transportation plan.  Consensus Yes vote.

Measure B – General consensus is No vote.

Measure C – General consensus is No vote.

Measure D – General consensus is No vote.

Measure E – No arguments against E.  Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure F – No arguments against F. City Attorney office remains independent, less influential by politics. Consensus Yes vote.

Measure G – No arguments against. No fiscal impact.  Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure H – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure I – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure J – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure K – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure L – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure M – Consensus is Yes vote.

Measure N – Taxing marijuana businesses. Consensus is Yes vote.


State Propositions

Proposition 51 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 52 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 53 – Consensus No vote.  Heather says to vote Yes.

Proposition 54 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 55 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 56 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 57 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 58 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 59 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 60 – Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 61 – We don’t know. We think it’s a Yes vote.

Proposition 62 – Yes if against death penalty. No if you support death penalty.

Proposition 63 – Yes is you are for a little bit more gun controls. Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 64 – Marijuana legalization. Consensus Yes vote.

Proposition 65 – Consensus No vote.

Proposition 66 – No if against death penalty.  Yes if you support the death penalty.

Proposition 67 – Consensus Yes vote.

U.S. Representative: Susan Davis

U.S. Senator: Kamala Harris

City Attorney: Mara Elliott

State Senator: Toni Atkins

State Assembly 79th District: Shirley Weber

School Board: John Lee Evans, Richard Barrera, ?

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Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings – Global Gals

From our wonderful hostess, Debbie Mulcahey, comes an array of delicious, homemade salad dressing to accompany any fresh salad! Thanks, Deb, for hosting at your home on July 13.

A Few of Deb’s Favorite Salad Dressings

Honey Mustard dressing (from Bon Appetit magazine circa 1980s)

  • 6T oil – (corn, vegetable)
  • 2T cider vinegar
  • 2T honey
  • 2T Dijon mustard
  • 2T toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp pepper

Mix well and let sit for 15 minutes.

Debbie tossed together a spinach salad with hard boiled egg, mushrooms, bacon (baked), vidalia onion, and roasted almonds. 

Fruit Salad Dressing

Mix together equal parts fresh lemon juice, honey, and a fruit liquor.  Add sliced crystallized ginger to the fruit and toss with dressing.

You can use the dressing on any fruit salad, but Debbie put pieces of strawberry, banana, pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe and blueberrys and grapes. Ideal for a summer picnic or potluck. The fruit liqueur can be triple sec, madori, chambourd, gran marnier.

Maple Dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or other white wine vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

Whisk mayonnaise, maple syrup, vinegar, and sugar in medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil until mixture thickens slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Dressing can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-whisk before using.)

This is a perfect winder dressing. Debbie whipped up a winter salad for us with mixed greens, dries cherries, bacon, thinly sliced granny smith apples, and toasted walnuts.

And for even more salad dressing ideas, listen to NPR’s Here and Now episode found here:   http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/07/13/gunst-salad-dressings

Your Gal, Julie


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Staying Healthy at Menopause – Global Gals

Any Global Gals experiencing peri-menopause or menopause symptoms? Any Global Gals have questions about what may be coming in a few years? Dr. Kathryn Macaulay volunteered her time for our Global Gals Gathering on June 8. Keep reading for valuable information and links to learn more of how to stay healthy during menopause.

Attendees: Janice, Leigh, Sharon, Jen, Megan, Andi, Kim, Vicki, Debbie, Alexis, Kristin, Nina, Shea, Suzanne, Sandra, Julie

Menopause is the cessation of menses. If a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months, then she is in menopause. If you have a period after 11 months, you begin the countdown again.

Our discussion covered many areas of peri-menopause and menopause. Dr. Macaulay provided a handout/PowerPoint presentation entitled “Staying Healthy at Menopause: Tips to Preserve Your Good Health During Midlife and Beyond” which can be found here.

Highlights of our discussion:

  • Hormone testing not necessary. Hormone levels vary by day and throughout the day.
  • Mood changes can occur especially in peri-menopause.
  • Estrogen in vagina is safe. Helps with discomfort  during intercourse. Vaginal estrogen tablets, cream, or a estrogen ring can be helpful. Better to get help early on because dry vagina is hard to reverse.
  • Exercise is important to maintain weight.
  • Correct levels of Vitamin D and Calcium vital after menopause. Eat proper foods and balanced diet.
  • Bone density test at age 65. Weight bearing exercise helps keep bones strong such as yoga, running, weights/strength training.
  • Age 50 is the time to get a colonoscopy.
  • Pap smears are okay every 3 years to check for cervical cancer. Unless otherwise instructed by doctor.
  • Pharmica: a natural pharmacy that has naturopaths on staff to answer questions about supplements.

Kathryn Macaulay, MD, is the Director of UCSD’s Menopause Health Program. She does take new patients, so feel free to make an appointment with her! You can view a 2015 presentation on UCSD.tv on Youtube. Play the video below.


Again, here are the PowerPoints slides Staying Healthy in Menopause FINAL.

Thanks, Kathryn, for your time. We’d like to have you back again soon because we could talk about this topic for hours!

Your gal, Julie

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Feeding America

Volunteer: Shea, Suzanne, Susan, Megan, Heather, Nina, Andrea, Janice and some of our kids

Thanks to Megan Moore for arranging our Global Gals volunteer project at Feeding America  on May 11. Thanks to all the Global Gals and kids that came out to spend 2 hours packing food to be delivered to school children the next day.

The warehouse is located at 9544 Waples just off of Mira Mesa Blvd east of Sorrento Valley. They receive food from grocery stores and food distributors. On Wednesday night, they put together bags of food to deliver to certain schools throughout San Diego County that serve low income children.  We packed oranges, apples, peanut butter, canned chicken, Kashi granola bars, and Nutter Butter cookies in over 400 bags. Some of the volunteers sorted tomatoes to remove the rotten or moldy vegetables. Does anyone remember where the tomatoes were delivered?

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It is very easy to volunteer and is great to do with kids over 6 years old. My kids are ready to go help again!


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Memory Technician – Personal Photo Organizer

Welcome Heather Harris, Memory Technician, to Global Gals this month!

Attendees: Debbie, Megan, Janice, Nina, Erika, Jen, Kristin, Beth, Julie, Heather

Organization: Association of Personal Photo Organizers

I took notes during her presentation which I pasted into the post.  Heather’s Mem Tech Presentation in PowerPoint is available here, too.

Photo slides do deteriorate over time.  Get them scanned.  Try scanmyphotos.com . Specialized scanner for slides, all-in-one scanner, that has a special tray.

Use your big screen TV to show photos. 4k TVs are super hi-res. Most TVs have a USB port so you can save images to USB thumbdrive and show on your TV.

Different size files depending on your ultimate use such as print, web, large prints.

Apple: use image capture with your iphone attached via USB to apple computer.

There is a program for apple iphone to PC.

iPhoto (Photos on new OS): don’t use because it imports by event and attaches date of download.  It’s the default system for Apple products.

My Photo Stream: pushes photos from iCloud to every Apple devices attached to that iCloud.

Heather is not impressed with iCloud.

Backup your computer onto an external harddrive.

Can scan with your phone. One program is called Office Lens.

Dropbox online has an option to sort and view photos called Carousel.

Contact  Heather at www.memorytechnician.com or 619-972-3737


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Planning for 2016

What?  What year is it?  2016?  Wowee, time flies by when you are having fun!  Welcome to year #9 of our Global Gals Gatherings!

Participants: Susan, Megan, Janice, Heather, Kristen.

Thanks to you all for your input to the planning session; whether by email or by coming last Wednesday. I always hear a lot of creative ideas and we started filling the calendar.  Make note that the day and time has changed to the 2nd Wednesday night at 7:00.

Heather will be our first guest speaker in February talking about digital photo and video storage.  In March we’ll be hosting a “Meet and Greet” where everyone is encouraged to bring a new friend and we’ll talk about our group with the hopes of recruiting additional members (good idea, Megan!). Due to dwindling attendance, my goal is to grow the group so that we have 10 women consistently at each gathering. Other upcoming topics will be fire safety, city planning, food bank volunteering, Silpada jewelry, art night, and one of my favorites, election/voting review.

To make each gathering easier to accommodate, please RSVP on the evite so that the hostess can easily see the number of people and I can commit to our speakers.

I did give and get feedback about the Adopt-A-Family program and will be making changes this year to make the process easier for all of those that participate.

I will update the dates and speakers on the blog under the GATHERINGS tab. Put the dates on your calendar now so that you’ll be able to join us each month.

See everyone on Feb 10!



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Global Gals SAY San Diego 2015


Thanks to all the Global Gals for support a SAY San Diego Adopt-A-Family! I believe this was our 8th year in supporting this program! (Maybe our 7th??) Thanks for wrapping gifts on December 9 and sharing holiday cheer with me again this year.  During the holiday season, I feel a strong desire to give to someone who has less than I, and I am grateful that you all help me fulfill that desire every year.

I delivered the gifts to the SAY San Diego office on Saturday with the help of Isabel. It was, and is, always an easy drop-off process. They were all quite impressed with the bikes and number of gifts.

See you all later this month for our planning session.  I started Global Gals after I turn 40 which means that 2016 is year 9. What an accomplishment for all of us!

Your Gal,


For tax purposes, SAY San Diego federal tax ID #23-7107958

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Global Gals Gathering – Sparkling Wine Tasting

At our November Global Gals Gathering, after tasting about 9 different types of bubbly ranging from local rose to French champagne, we narrowed down our favorites to three.  Perhaps you will try a bottle this holiday season?





Piper Sonoma Brut ($13-$18)



Mumm Napa Brut Rose ($15)



And finally, the $5.99 bottle of Barefoot Bubbly.  I don’t know the exact  type.  Please comment below if you remember which one we tasted!




Happy holidays, gals!  Be healthy and be safe!

Your Gal,


November 2015

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