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The Hotflash inc podcast

I'm Ann Marie McQueen, journalist and founder of Hotflash Inc, a platform to inform, entertain and encourage people going through perimenopause, menopause andropause and midlife around the world. I'm here reminding you that while nothing about this peri/menopause transition is easy, it is going somewhere good. My aim is to give you the best information, in the most objective, balanced manner I can muster. I'll give you access to some remarkable people, cutting-edge information and research, new ideas, viewpoints you may not be used to hearing, a global view, some serious talk, and lots of silliness too. I'll always trust that you can use your own open, inquiring mind, unique experience, education, experience and perspective to decide what's right for you. Make sure to subscribe so you don't miss an episode, and if you like it, maybe leave a rating and a review. More info available at: https://www.hotflashinc.com/

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Solo episode: BRB
I'm taking a short break, and we are going to come back stronger than ever. Here I explain why! I also butcher Joe Pulizzi's name, and for that I am sorry. See you soon. AMxJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
06:14 12/30/23
105: The menopause transition: 'It's a deconditioning'
Today we are doing something a little bit different because let’s be honest, everyone is overwhelmed right now and I’m no different. This summer I was a guest on Sherry Jibb’s Happy & Healthy in Midlife Summit, and had a great conversation with her about so many things we don’t talk about much in the menopause conversation. Sherry is a registered yoga teacher, a movement educator in Pilates mat and reformer, reiki practitioner and personal trainer. She’s also a person who deeply understands the menopause transition exists on so many levels, and gets just what a mind-body-soul transformation it is. In her words, in this interview: “It's a de-conditioning.  It's a letting go of what society tells us is the recipe that we need to finding the recipe for ourselves. And love and compassion is the only way to do that.”I just loved this interview. In it you will learn:More about my journalism career and what drew me to the Middle EastWhat happened to my weight and how I got thereHow I think taking care of our health is actually  simple – but not easyWhy it's time to take radical responsibility for your healthSome details about my stormy “transmenopausal year” The essentials of grieving Some of the things that helped me through perimenopauseWhy we need a toolboxWhere you can find Sherry Jibb: Web: SherryJibb.comIG: @sherryjibb_balancedmidlifeJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
31:32 12/23/23
104: Journalism, my mom, and the search for health harmony
I'm giving a talk at the Organic & Real show in Dubai and this is my test run. I talk about the intersection of my 30-year journalism career, which launched around the same time as my mother's death from pancreatic cancer. And how that set me on a path to finding out whatever I could about health and wellness, all while I struggled with unchecked IBS that resulted in a health explosion in the autumn on 2022. I talk about what I've learned from all the people I've interviewed and all the research I've done, and how combined with my search for answers for myself and my mom, that has informed a lot of my life. How I got to where I was and how I got to where I am. Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
32:06 12/15/23
103: Dr Vonda Wright: What to do about your perimenopause body pain (and protect your body as you age)
Dr Vonda Wright is an American double board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, who has spent a career working with high-level atheletes and immersed in clinical research. She’s also a woman in her mid-50s who experienced terrible body pain and a range of other symptoms. All of that combined is fuelling her mission to educate women everywhere about the importance of taking care of our bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons as we age. We talk about the complexities of perimenopause, menopause, and mobility issues, and the lack of research in the area of Musculoskeletal Syndrome of Menopause, a term she coined. And we talk about all the interventions – diet, supplements, activity and more – to alleviate the symptoms and prevent problems like osteoporosis, muscle loss and fractures. Highlights: 00:33 The Importance of Bone and Muscle Health01:23 The Impact of Aging and Menopause on Musculoskeletal Health03:08 The Misdiagnosis of Perimenopause Pain04:57 The Need for Research Funding in Women's Health06:33 The Musculoskeletal Syndrome of Menopause13:22 The Role of Mobility in Maintaining Health15:56 Understanding Bone Mineral Density and Osteoporosis23:17 Strategies for Maintaining Bone and Muscle Health24:48 Breaking Old Habits and Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle25:12 Understanding the Importance of a Balanced Diet25:56 The Controversy Surrounding Calcium Intake26:36 The Essential Role of Vitamin D28:43 The Debate on Hormone Therapy29:34 The Impact of Estrogen on Women's Health34:22 The Fear and Reality of Frozen Shoulder43:04 Exploring Cutting-Edge Treatments45:24 Final Words of Hope and InspirationWhere to find Dr Vonda WrightWeb: Drvondawright.comIG: @drvondawrightTikTok: @drvondawrightJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
48:06 12/8/23
102: 4 women go through perimenopause and along comes WILE
I have two power players in this perimenopause space: half of the four-person team that founded Wile, “a plant-powered hormonal and emotional wellness brand for women 40+ that reframes midlife as a time of peak power”. (You will hear the word “tincture”) Introductions: Gwendolyn Floyd is a venture-backed serial social entrepreneur – five companies and counting – and Wile’s co-founder and CEO. The title of this podcast is “4 women go through perimenopause” because not only is Gwen a perimenopausal woman, but she watched her mother be buffeted by this transition too. Julie Kucinski is Wile’s co-founder and chief marketing officer, coming from the worlds of beauty and wellness and some of the biggest brands of our time. American actress Judy Greer and former journalist-turned-entrepreneur Corey Schlolibo round out the foursome, and they’ve also got some pretty influential investors along for the ride, including US tennis star Serena Williams. I did this interview back in the summer, but the conversation has legs. We talked about the current reality of this space, what’s happening with women, how the options facing us are complementary, what we face on the job and in our home lives and what it means to square up with the heroine’s journey of menopause all still stand. You will hear the word tinctures a lot too. There are many highlights in this frank discussion of the business of perimenopause, as well as the realities of what it is to go through perimenopause. They include: Why DON’T companies pay attention to women over 40?There is no ‘natural vs HrT’, only natural and HrTCalling in versus calling out and getting defensive on social media How they came to build their formulation (under the guidance of XXX)The one thing you want to know about most of the products you use Yeah, we get angry. Okay? How pretending that we are perfect emotionally – and in every other way – hurts and harms us. Acknowledging we have a lot going – and a tincture or two – and resilience. Why menopause needs the straw in the turtle’s nose moment to blow the consciousness up Why the workplace isn’t even close to accepting perimenopause (and why it’s, for us, just the latest hurtle)Where to connect with Wile:Web: Wilewomen.com/IG: @WileWomenJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
48:31 12/1/23
101: The most inspiring mid-sex-life story ever
This is a very special podcast, because it’s with a person who is so authentic and honest about what she’s been through – a rare thing indeed. Over in Canada (Peterborough, Ontario, to be specific) Deborah Porteous takes us back eight years to when she was 53, going through menopause – and had never had an orgasm. Through the love of a patient and attentive partner  that soon changed. It was through their search for a workable lubricant that Pleasure Pods, a disruptive company that produces 100 percent plant-based solid product, was born. They are now for sale at Amazon Canada, in more than 50 stores in Ontario, and this autumn became the first such brand to win the CHFA LaunchPad Award at the CHFA LaunchPad and Show in Toronto. Highlights (there are many): • Deborah's history – it’s going to resonate• The shame, abandonment, ADHD piece (try not to cry) • You can rejuvenate your vagina: part 1 • How the pandemic fueled the launch of Pleasure Pods (a moisturizer AND a lube)• Breaking down the ingredients and what they do• Why she thinks a you need to check out a modern adult sex store (she’s toured to more than 50)• The problem with most lubricants (silicon, water-based, hybrid, coconut oil) – in menopause, in particular• You can rejuvenate your vagina: part 2• The power of orgasms• Her message to women: you need to use it• What she has learned about abandonment and it’s impact on relationships, and self-love • Her ADHD journey and diagnosis (get a tissue)• Straight talk about what it’s been like being a GenX women• Why she doesn’t want to get married now• Her menopause experience (what happened and what helped)Names mentioned:Dr. Carolin Klein, registered psychologist and director of the West Coast Centre for Sex Therapy, Becoming Cliterate Why Orgasm Equality Matters--And How to Get It by Nicole Prause Where to find Pleasure Pods: WEB: Thepleasurepods.comIG: @thepleasurepodsYOUTUBE: @thepleasurepodsFACEBOOK: @plantbuttersandoilsLinkedIn:/@pleasure-products-inc/Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
61:34 11/24/23
100: SOLO 10 things I've learned from 100 episodes
I started the Hotflash inc podcast two years ago on a wing and a prayer and a glass desk, and quickly learned that is the worst possible surface for audio. Along the way I have spoken to the top experts in the world, found out an incredible amount of things, and refined and iterated the podcast intensely, getting it to the point that I'm pretty sure it's – and me – are ready for our own slot at SiriusXM, or at least a bunch of other improvements. Take a listen as I break down some of the things that other people aren't talking about. Because asking questions about uncomfortable things? That's what I do. And don't forget to celebrate, because we have launched our first merch. The "you can be in my #perimenoposse" shirt. I think they are pretty darn swell. Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
26:05 11/17/23
99: Dr Junella Chin, CBD and perimenopause pain knows pain
Dr June Chin knows about pain and how to treat it on the deepest levels: from her own experiences that started in her teens years and through to that of patients. She’s an integrative medical cannabis physician and has spent more than20  years working in holistic medicine. She is currently a professor at New York University and Syracuse University teaching Cannabis Health and Science, Vice Chair for the Cannabis Advisory Board for the New York State Office of Cannabis Management and Chair of the Health, Safety and Research Committee for New York State’s Office of Cannabis Management. She is the author of the book Cannabis and CBD for Health and Wellness and founded and operated seven bicoastal integrative cannabis medicine clinics in California, New York, and Connecticut.  Her training includes studying nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, osteopathic medicine at Touro University, medical acupuncture at Harvard University, and research at Columbia University, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Women’s Health. Through her work as a clinician, professor, and author, she has created medical protocols for the industry and internationally accepted methods for cannabinoid formulations, research, education, and training programs. She is also the chief medical officer for NNABI. Highlights: The personal experience that drew her to holistic medicine, and cannabis in particularThe 101 on our endocannabanoid system The different forms of cannabis – and how CBD is different The interplay between CBD and hormone therapyThe intersection between perimenopause and the endocannabanoid system?How specifically can cannabis and CBD help Her work with the startup NNABI, which is providing a CBD solution for perimenopauseHer take on some of the other alternative, plant-based medicines and psychedelics being developed to treat peri/menopauseHer top advice for women in perimenopauseWhere to find Dr Chin:IG: @nnabi.life @drjunechinJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
42:38 11/3/23
98: Perimenopause “down there” 101 with Dr Karyn Eilber
Dr Karyn Eilber is board certified in urology and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, as well as an associate professor teaching, training and working in administration at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She’s a mom of three, co-founder of the clean, luxury intimacy company Glissant, founding medical partner at Doctorpedia and co-author on the awesomely title book A Woman’s Guide to Her Pelvic Floor: What the F#*@ is Going On Down There?”Over her years of practice, she’s also become open to alternative approaches to medicine and all the new – and old – things that can help. “No pun intended,” she says. “You gotta think outside the box.” Highlights: Why vibrators are important in perimenopauseHow to choose a vibratorWhy kegal exercises are not one sized fits allThe very important role of a pelvic floor physical therapist The intersection between our urinary tracts, pelvic floors and overall vaginal health Vaginal estrogen is safe! (Even if the packaging makes you think otherwise)Why systemic estrogen may not be enough for your vagina The latest tech: lasers, sound waves and O Shots Bioidentical hormones and testosterone pelletsOur rapidly advancing understanding of the vaginal microbiomeWhat’s going on with all the infections? (Hint: It’s about the lactobacillus)Boric acid for BV: the doctor’s Rx (and what you have to watch out for)Goop, vaginal (vulvar) steaming and jade eggsFalling bladder: what it is and how to treat itGlissant and the importance of using clean lube (and some CBD)What young women are doing differently at the gynecologist Is vaginal estrogen mandatory? Where to find Dr Eilber:Web: Glissantlove.comLinkedIn: @KarynEilberInstagram: @dreilberJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
41:25 10/28/23
97: Dr Vikram Talaulikar: Straight facts about hormone therapy
This week we get down to basics, and basics are exactly what we need in this confusing world right now. This is THE podcast to listen to if you are confused about all things to do with taking hormone therapy.Dr Vikram Sinai Talaulikar is a specialist in reproductive medicine at University College London Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and an associate professor in Women’s Health at the University College London. He graduated in medicine in India in 2003 and completed a postgraduate degree in obstetrics and gynecology in 2007. He is a certified menopause specialist by the British Menopause Society, a menopause trainer and he is constantly educating others on this transition as well, via online webinars, events and through social media. He is also part of the trio who established the Menopause Research Education Fund, alongside medical journalist Fiona Clarke and groundbreaking menopause campaigner Diane Danzebrink.Highlights of our discussion: Hormone therapy (HT) 101WHI: good, bad and what we can learn from it 20 years onEstrogen in the pill vs estrogen in HT All the kinds of estrogen and what they are used for strogen too ethinyl estradiolEstrone, Estriol, Estradiol, and Estetrol.17 beta estradiolGetting to the bottom of body simila, body identical and bioidentical – and why that varies from country to country Pharmaceutical company produced HT vs compounding pharmacy versionsthe big “Catch-22” with compounding pharmacies that keeps their bioidentical hormones out of official recommendationsthe pill, HRT and breast cancer riskwhy problems with the pill don’t get flagged and HRT does Evidence over estrogen and breast cancer risk (and randomized trials versus observational data)What’s what: progesterone, progestin and progestogens (how they work and which one carries a slight risk for breast cancer)how long you really need to take HRT to see if it’s workingwhy HT works for some people and not othersDr Talaulikar’s favourite non-hormonal treatmentsWhere to find Dr Talaulikar:X: @VikramSinai Web: Menopause Clinic LondonMenopause Research and Education FundJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
41:08 10/21/23
96: Hot Flashes & Cool Topics x Hotflash inc
“Just put it out there. No one expects you to be perfect.”When Colleen Rosenblum talks about starting the Hot Flashes & Cool Topics podcast with her partner Bridgett Biagi Garratt in 2019, you kind of want to stand up and cheer. These Nashville-based friends – Colleen is an attorney turned pilates instructor, Brigit is a former elementary school teacher –  are two of the most clear-headed voices in the North American midlife sp, all the things that happen in midlife and how we get through them. They also just had their first IRL Hot Flashes & Cool Topics with Prime Women event this month, where they talked about menopause, midlife and a lot more. Highlights: Navigating politics  in the menopause space Doctors private public Doing scary new things in midlife How backward it was (and still is) that midlife have the purchasing power but are left out of media coverageShining a light on the positives of midlife Growing through the grief and loss in your empty nest Starting over and deciding what you want to do with the rest of your lifeWhat they’ve learned interviewing doctorsThe most controversial topic they’ve come across – testosterone pellets – and Bridget’s own experience with themWhy we don’t want to change doctors – even when ours knows nothing about perimenopause How being scared of menopause can make it harder Colleen and Bridget look back on their own perimenopause experiencesWhy they left their careers behind and how they feel about it now What it felt like when they launched their podcast – and why women need to stop underestimating the experience they have in life NB: For an alternative view about  testosterone, check out episode 58 with Nashville, Tennessee-based nurse practitioner Brooke Faught and for testosterone pellets, listen to episode 79 with Phoenix, Arizona-based integrative physician Dr Angela DeRosa. For more on HFCT:Hot Flashes & Cool TopicsFacebookInstagramTwitterPinterestLinkedInYouTubeJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
57:45 10/14/23
95: Lara Briden explains the stages of perimenopause
The first encore guest on the Hotlflash inc podcast is the women's health ND Lara Briden, who is a calm, cool, collected and highly knowledgeable voice in the women’s health space. She is the author of two books, period repair manual and hormone repair manual, is  a sought after speaker and guest, has her own podcast and helps 171 thousand people on Instagram sort fact from fiction. She’s also a student of the endocrinologist, Dr Jerilynn Prior, who she mentions several times in the podcast, and a passionate advocate for shifting some of the focus during this transition onto progesterone from estrogen, which gets all the attention. We discuss why perimenopause might seem like chaos, but it really isn't, and why. And a portion of the podcast is dedicated to the evolutionary aspect, which Lara is passionate about because she's also an evolutionary biologist!Highlights: Why ‘the four phases of menopause’ is unhelpfulRecap on our menstrual cycle The real four phases – of perimenopauseWhat menopause really means (and why it’s going to be okay there)How the “chaos” is temporary – and what’s causing itWhy there are really just 9 symptoms of perimenopause The one symptom of menopause that does lingerWhy do much of perimenopause is about other things, but is also about perimenopauseWhy everyone gets the history of menopause wrong – and why understanding it (and seeing it reflected in the animal kingdom) tells us so much about what it really isThe one thing that makes it all worseWhere to find Lara: Larabriden.comThe Lara Briden PodcastIG: @larabridenX: @larabridenJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
49:37 10/7/23
94. SOLO episode: Don’t get FUDed
FUD = Fear, uncertainty and doubtThis is a special solo episode on the eve of Menoapuse Awareness Month to talk about the current situation that exists where people are trying to scare women into taking hormone therapy, whether they need it or not. I talk about why that doesn’t make any sense, doesn’t align with any of the current advice from the bodies who guide doctors on how to handle all this, where it’s coming from and how you can try and make sense of what’s going on and make an informed decision about what is right for you – hormone therapy or no hormone therapy – by using simple common sense. Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
21:18 9/30/23
93. Compounding pharmacies are not meth labs
We hear this message all the time: compounding pharmacies and the bioidentical hormones they produce are dangerous and unregulated. But, are they? In an encore episode of Hotflash inc, to find out we turned to two people who are inside the industry, which accounts for about 1 to 2 per cent of drugs sold, and getsa very different story. Meet Scott Brunner, CEO of the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding, which represents compounding pharmacists and technicians as well as prescribers, educators, researchers and suppliers in the United States, and Jennifer Burch, a doctor of pharmacy and owner of the independent pharmacy her father started in Durham, North Carolina. Although this episode focuses on the compounding pharmacies industry in the US, there are takeaways that can be applied all over the world. Highlights: • The drug industry began with compounding pharmacies – so why are they still here? (4.45)• The rigorous regulatory framework in place to oversee them (5.50)• How compounding pharmacies help patients traditional pharmaceuticals cannot – including in menopause (7.32)• Examples in peri/menopause where compounded medications help where pharmaceuticals cannot (10.13)• How practioners work collaboratively with compounding pharmacists (12.30) • The one way pharmacists can tell if a medication is working for a patient (13.10)• How compounded menopause hormone therapy works and is overseen by pharmacists, practitioners and patient consulation for peri/menopause symptoms – and how it’s different from how the majority of HRT prescriptions handled (13.30)• The rare cases where compounding has gone wrong (17.30)• The difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones (and how even doctors confuse them) (19.01)• Why you probably want to skip medroxyprogesterone and go for bioidentical progesterone instead (21.00)• The imminent threat facing the compounding industry (26.00)• Why the compounding isn’t even suited to the large-scale clinical trials it’s demonized for not having – and how it’s actually tested (27.23)• The issue of pellets (and why the Alliance wants a more rigorous reporting system for adverse events for all drugs) (37.30)• The case that may have scarred the FDA about compounding pharmacies (42.20)• Are compounded medications really more expensive?(43.30)Find out more:Web: Compounding.comTwitter: A4PC @a4pcrx Jennifer Burch @drjenn93Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
50:13 9/23/23
92: Why Paula Rastrick wants you to go low and slow on HRT
Paula Rastrick is a British psychotherapist who was prescribed too-high levels of hormone therapy at a private clinic in the UK, which ended up causing more physical and emotional problems than she originally sought treatment for. She is also complex trauma survivor and classed as a Highly Sensitive Person and her mission is to raise awareness of both and how they impact menopause transition.Her episode runs in the same week that the British Menopause Society released a warning about reports of high doses of menopause hormone therapy being given in the UK, and the syndrome known as tachyphlaxis. This is what happens when people taking drugs find the drugs to be less effective over time, and in the case of hormone therapy, can mean women with high estradiol levels may believe they need more estrogen, and also that women with higher levels of estrogen can experience adverse mood-related symptoms. Paula has create the brain body method of working with women on post-traumatic growth, resilience and healing.. She works with clients one-on-one and has just begun offering affordable monthly workshops that educate women about their body’s stress and trauma responses and gives them tools to handle and process it which you can access through her website. Highlights of our conversation: Her story of being overprescribed HRTThe vastly understood role of childhood trauma and highly sensitive people in perimenopause Why all mood issues are not simply another perimenopause  “symptom” What happens when too much estrogen hits a highly sensitive brainRemembering HRT is a pharmaceutical drug, not our body’s actual hormones Low and slow as a guiding principle ADHD, neurodiversity and moreWhy menopause needs to connect the dots with other researchWhy menopause is a bio-psycho-social transitioDifferential diagnosis and the danger of counting everything as a perimenopause symptomIs there such a thing as menopause mood disorder? Narrowing the conversation is not helping womenWhy trauma isn’t about the event - it’s about how you process the event Libido loss – and the pain and stress of knowing that our relationships need work – in perimenopause HRT as a baseline to tackle everything else rather than a magic pill What do you do when you listen and think ‘this sounds like me’The book she recommends you start with if you think this might be youWhere to find Paula: IG+TikTok: @mrspaularastrickWeb:Thebrainbodymethod.comJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
65:01 9/16/23
91. SOLO episode: My big big big big news
Hotflash inc is the #1 podcast in Women's Health on Goodpods and in the top 1.5 percent globally according to Listen Notes. A quick update this week on where I am at right now, and how I feel about it, and what I think it means.Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
06:54 9/9/23
90. Kashif Khan - What’s your DNA got to do with menopause?
There is something that is discussed very little in the current wave of menopause awareness, yet it is, in essence, our very structure.Yet obviously our DNA is a very big piece of this midlife puzzle. And if you, like me, thought that DNA testing was something to avoid, because you don’t want to find out what diseases you are going to die of, then today’s conversation with Kashif Khan, founder of The DNA Company and author of The DNA Way, will be very eye-opening.The DNA Way is all about using your individual DNA to prevent health issues. The DNA Company has amassed years of in-depth genetic analysis on the DNA results of more than 7,000 people, unlocking valuable insights into mood, behaviour and mental health, energy, diet and nutrition, weight management, sleep, and more.This is about using epigenetics to overcome your genetic legacy. Rather than serving as a possible inescapable prophesy, DNA testing provides actionable recommendations for all the most confusing health concerns we have, and can provide guidance on what foods to eat, how to exercise, where and how to work, and more. As Kashif writes in his book and tells me in the podcast, this has helped him prevent or reverse illness, slow down the aging process, and optimize performance. And it can do the same for you.Kashif explains DNA in a way that I never really understood it before, and he provided vital insight – and a much different take – on things like reducing our breast cancer risk, and how we can more safely use menopause hormone therapy. It’s like a human instruction manual – for menopause too. Get ready to have your mind blown. Mine certainly was.If you like what you hear: Hotflash inc has partnered with The DNA Company to provide listeners with an exclusive 10 percent discount on the DNA Company’s DNA 360 Report. Click here and use promo code HOTFLASHINC.Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
44:33 9/4/23
89. Tania Elfersy: What is your body telling you?
Tania Elfersy is a transformative coach, speaker and award-winning author specializing in midlife women's health. Tania has spent years researching perimenopause and menopause: what causes it, what makes it worse and what can relieve the symptoms. She suffered too, and then after a profound emotional shift, became free of her own physical and emotional symptoms naturally and simply, through insight alone.Tania set up The Wiser Woman project in 2015 to help women transform their experience of midlife change. Through her coaching, writing and teaching, Tania focuses on connecting women to the innate brilliance of their bodies, having seen that healing occurs with ease when we relax into the divine intelligence within.Highlights: Recognizing and rejecting the negative narratives surrounding menopause in media and on social mediaHow we “innocently” make our health worse by what’s going on in our mindsThe healing process as a shift in consciousnessHer take on the #menopauserevolution and what is really going on in the UK Do we really need HRT? And could it “desensitize” us to the truth of menopause?How to lean into becoming a Wiser WomanHow to manage – not try to change – our thoughtsWhere to find more of Tania: Web: The Wiser WomanFacebook: @Tania.ElfersyLinkedin: Tania ElfersyJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
49:53 8/24/23
88. Andrea Donsky knows her menopause supplements
The Hotflash inc podcast is the #1 podcast in Women’s Health on Goodpods and in the top 1.5 percent on Listen Notes. Thank you for making that happen! Andrea Donsky is a Canadian nutritionist who turned her own terrible and epic perimenopause into a movement – and a company. Now a Menopause Educator and Researcher with 300,000+ TikTok followers, she is on a mission to change the conversation around perimenopause and menopause. An entrepreneur with more than 23 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Andrea hosts the weekly ‘Menopause Reimagined’ podcast, and appears as a menopause expert on television across North America. To date, Andrea has appeared in over 400 TV segments and has been featured on every major network across the U.S and Canada. Her newest venture, Morphus, (which signifies ‘metamorphosis’ + ‘us’ as a community), empowers women over the age of 35 to “Reimagine Menopause” as a journey of empowerment so they feel heard, supported, and validated. Morphus empowers women to take control of their symptoms and health with nutrition, resources, and science-backed supplements. Andrea and her business partner Randy are also my partners in the Menopause Shift Summit, which is returning next year! Highlights: What launched her into becoming a menopause researcher and entrepreneur (hint: A horrid, epic perimenopause)Why she focused on symptomologyStarting to understand supplements through ingredients The big problem she had with one of the most common menopause ingredients Why you need to know about guar fiber Pycnogenol: What it is, why she loves it and how much you really needThe one thing you need to know before you take a supplement (hint: It’s super-simple but most of us miss it Toco-what? The two things you need to address early in perimenopause Her one golden rule about supplements The scoop on black seed oil – and why it’s magic for menopausersWhat to watch out for when it comes to supplement additives (and why they could be the reason what you tried isn’t working)Why too many ingredients is a big supplement red flag The benefit of new supplements vs older varieties Why perimenopause is like updating your cell phone’s softwareThe goodies of menopause (stay tuned: there are MANY and they are AMAZING)The magnesium-stress loop  Learn more at wearemorphus.comFind Andrea: Podcast: Menopause ReimaginedTikTok: @andreadonskyIG: @andreadonsky @wearemorphusFB: /wearemorphusJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
54:46 8/19/23
87. HRT + heart disease: 'We don't believe it's going to protect you'
BIG NEWS: Hotflash inc is the #1 Women's Health Podcast on Goodpods, and in the top 1.5 percent of podcasts according to Listen Notes. Thanks so much for making that happen! While Hotflash inc takes a break, we are replaying a popular and confounding episode here: With so much hype surrounding menopause hormone therapy today, it’s very hard to know what or who to believe. There is a big push to portray HRT not only as helpful for menopause symptoms, but also as a preventative for cardiovascular disease. But does this bear out in the research we have so far, most of which lumps bioidenticals and synthetic hormones into one basket? That was the question of the latest literature review published  American Heart Association’ journal Circulation this past Valentine’s Day – Rethinking Menopausal Hormone Therapy: For Whom, What, When, and How Long? – that looked at 96 papers, articles and studies. The authors included gynecologists, women’s health internists, endocrinologists, as well as Stephanie Faubion, medical director for the North American Menopause Society, all members of the American College of Cardiology Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee. Kathryn Lindley, an MD and clinical investigator in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and one of the authors of the paper is my guest on the podcast this week to break down these findings.This episode was originally #63 and published on February 18, 2023.Highlights: • why cardiologists have shied away from the topic of HRT• why HRT isn't recommended for prevention of cardiovascular disease (even if it seems like it should be)• the case for HRT to help symptoms• calculating the of using HRT for symptoms ("it's not zero but...")• why other health conditions matter• when it comes to vaginal estrogen...• respecting the HRT "the window of opportunity" • so, what can you do to prevent heart disease and stroke?• the case for assessing reproductive risk factors (and what you need to tell your doctors about your previous reproductive life – even if she doesn't ask)• the importance of taking in medical news in the media with "skepticism"• the case for keeping top of your health during perimenopause and taking action early for your future healthJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
23:19 8/13/23
86. SOLO episode: 'I belong in this room'
BIG NEWS: Hotflash inc is the #1 Women's Health Podcast on Goodpods, and in the top 1.5 percent of podcasts according to Listen Notes. Thanks so much for making that happen! In today's episode, I talk about traveling to New York for my first big event on behalf of Hotflash inc. And how I finally realized that I belong in the room. The broad themes are connection, confidence and purpose.But the main point, as it always seems to be, is loving and accepting yourself. And how to get there, even if it seems like it takes a lifetime. I talk about the long, hard road to building the confidence to feel worthy of being there, and to keep confident while there, about the essential-ness of connecting with other people, and of the beauty in finding and having a sense of purpose – all essentials, and all things that it can feel like midlife and peri/menopause threatens. But if you let them, they can be just the opposite. I talk about the feeling of ALMOST entering menopause, meeting heroes, becoming your own hero, and what it feels like to start to see yourself, accept yourself, and BECOME yourself, after all this time. Also discussed in this episode:Not wearing heels when everyone else is + the beauty of proper hair and makeupHow I got involved with Perry, the sisterhood for perimenopausePerry panel members: State of Menopause’s Stacy London, Menopocalypse author and Nyah Health cofounder Amanda Thebe, Behavioural Sleep Doc Dr. Shelby Harris,  The Menopause mogul Dr. Joy’El Ballard, Endocrinologist Dr. Disha Narang, journalist and midlife influencer Tamsen Fadel, ob-gyn and menopause expert Dr Sharon Malone and most inspirational-in-midlife maven Rachel HughesYvonne, Hotflash inc perimenoposse member extraordinaireCoffee in Bryant Park with pro-aging advocate Skylar Liberty Rose (apologies, I say ROSS)Menopause Multiverse Cocktail Hour in Harlem: Hosted by Omisade Burney-Scott (Black Girl's Guide to Menopause) and featuring many amazing women including Karen Arthur (Menopause Whilst Black); Jessica Jolie (Age Lust) and and the fearless, wonderfully profane and inspiring Mona Eltahawy, who has such astonishing courage that I switched my own nickname for summoning courage from LADY BALLS MONASThe hero’s journey of menopause and midlife Showing up for yourselfThank you so much to Perry and Omi and sparks & honey and everyone else who helped me be a part of this.Join the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
30:16 8/4/23
85. REPLAY Dr Maria Luque: "Muscle is life"
BIG NEWS: Hotflash inc is the #1 Women's Health Podcast on Goodpods, and in the top 1.5 percent of podcasts according to Listen Notes. Thanks so much for making that happen! While Hotflash inc takes a break, we are replaying a popular episode:Dr Maria Luque is an Austin, Texas-based, United States Air Force veteran (she was a fitness program manager) and health science professor who studied fitness in menopause for her doctorate. She is bothered by the reams of health, fitness and nutrition information on social media, never mind when it comes to what we are supposed to be doing in peri/menopause.  Her approach is careful, measured, and science-based, and at 47, she's really frank about her own challenges at this stage of life with brain fog, body image and more. She's also a huge fan of putting on muscle and all that can do for us, both now and down the road.This episode was #66, originally published on March 18, 2023. Highlights: • Why it's better to add things that take things away (3.45)• Losing weight doesn't address a poor body image (4.07)• Why we are all tired of fitness (5.41)• How the diet and fitness world is designed to bamboozle you (7.26)• Diet and exercise can never fix everything – and it never did  (10.12)• How perimenopause is opening up a Pandora's box (12.42)• We have the wisdom to figure this out, we just need to listen (18.34)• Why the HRT conversation needs a little more moderation (21.50)• Navigating the tricky world of interpreting research (25.41)• Other problems in menopause reporting + research (29:16)Where to find Maria: Web: Fitnessinmenopause.comIG: @drmarialuqueTwitter: @DoctorLuqueIdeafit: Dr LuqueJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
50:56 7/30/23
84. Part 2: More menopause vagina stuff with Dr. Burt Webb
Dr. Burt Webb is an Arizona-based ob-gyn and intimate wellness specialist who takes a holistic, functional, integrative approach to women’s health. (He also represents the non-invasive soundwave treatment Cliovana, which we discuss in part 2 of this podcast.)This week he gets into all the different treatments, hormone therapy and otherwise – that he uses for the entire pelvic region. With almost 30 years in practice treating women, he is one of the most switched-on mainstream practitioners to appear on the podcast. This is a fascinating conversation and the second in our first-ever two-part episode. Don’t forget to listen back to last week, on episode 83, when we talked all about why he believes a dry vagina isn’t always just a dry vagina due to menopause. And gives us major guidance on how to tackle the issue systemically. Highlights: Vaginal estrogen and breast cancer, including specifics on how to use it differently “They aren’t as familiar with the vagina” (who he’s talking about)That time he coached a young woman on a plane about vaginal health (she asked) How he uses vaginal DHEA? Additional ingredients in vaginal estrogen and why they may not work for youWhy your clitoris is a lot bigger than you think – and any treatment needs to focus on all of it Why women need to educate themselves – and men – about their bodies  How the body’s own healing factors can be harnessed to help your vaginaCliovana, radio frequency, laser treatments and the O-shot – and what’s best for what issueWhy mixing and matching – and tissue health – are key to treating each women individuallyWhat to look for in an intimate wellness specialist How the placebo effect plays a part in treatment Web: cliovana.comJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
26:40 7/20/23
83. Part 1: Menopause vagina stuff with Dr. Burt Webb
Dr. Burt Webb is an Arizona-based ob-gyn and intimate wellness specialist with a holistic approach to women’s health. (He also represents the non-invasive soundwave treatment Cliovana, which we discuss in part 2 of this podcast.)He joins the Hotflash inc podcast to talk about how our entire body plays a role in our vaginal health – and genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). With almost 30 years in practice treating women, he is one of the most switched-on mainstream practitioners to appear on the podcast. Contrary to the prevailing narrative – oh how we love that here – he believes a dry vagina isn’t always just a dry vagina due to menopause. And he explains all the different factors that may be going into this. This is a fascinating conversation and the first-ever two-part episode. Stay tuned to next week when he gets into all the different treatments, hormone therapy and otherwise – that he uses to treat the entire pelvic region. This is very different to what you are hearing elsewhere. Highlights: The role of blood flow and nutrients in menopause – and in particular, vagina stuff How and why the vagina gets lubricated (hint: it’s like a cheesecloth)How your gut microbiome impacts you mind, body and vaginaThe role of food insensitivities – and chemicals in processed food – in GSM Why a probiotic isn’t enough Vaginal hormone therapy in treating GSM Why you need pharmaceutical-grade supplements (it’s about the absorption) Why he looks at the tissues – and the four areas where symptoms of dryness and pain in the vagina appearHow inflammation contributes to poor sexual health and ultimately heart disease Vaginal estrogen and breast cancer - the consensus opinion Why he believes most vaginal estrogen is not used correctly – and how it should beJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
35:17 7/13/23
82. Michelle Aspinwall is a Body Whisperer
Michelle Aspinwall is a Medical Intuitive, Body Whisperer, and transformative healer whose mission is to shift women’s health specifically beyond 40. Michelle works with women worldwide using both science and spirit channeling leading them through specific and transformative health challenges. She teaches women that how they think, believe, support, and nourish themselves creates the foundation for her to become her most magnetic and vibrant being for the entirety of her life.She also believes that we are humans and spiritual beings, and because of that, we can take part in the entire smorgasbord of the earth’s experience: East, West, and everything in between. (As in: she uses testosterone and acupuncture for her perimenopausal symptoms)Highlights: How are various systems work togetherThe vital years from 37-50Perimenopause and our crown chakraDeveloping our intuitive musclesWhy and how it hurts not to tell your truth during this transition – and why it has everything and nothing to do timeOur experience, our perception of the experience, and the stories about the experience Using hormones for the human parts of us to augment and assist our spiritual selvesUnderstanding the magnitude of source and how it’s reflected in us Why we need to tend to our heart more than ever now – and how to begin to do that How she manages her thyroid and Hashimoto’s with Western and Eastern medicine, food and living in truth How the stress of the world heightens our symptoms and disorders – and how to navigate the turmoil and tumult energetically Where to find Michelle: Web: michelleaspinwall.comTikTok: @BodyWhispererIG: @MichellepaspinwallFB: Body Whisperer LoungeFree MeditationJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
59:57 7/8/23
81. Elisa Kurylowicz wants you to think about what you believe
This conversation was life-shifting for me and I hope it will be for you too. Elisa Kurylowicz is a Canadian former World Cup freestyle mogul skier turned coach and wellness mentor and host of the highly rated Elisa Unfiltered Podcast. Elisa teaches the practice of intuitive awareness, helping women to love themselves in body, business and life. She joins the Hotflash inc podcast for an epic (but so worth it) episode about the hard process of waking up to your conditioned mind so you can heal yourself.  Highlights: What happens when you face an Olympic-level Cigarettes, booze, Ramen noodles and angerWaking up – and then going back to sleepHow to start asking yourself big questionsSeeing the world for what it isMen is a midlife crisis, women it’s menopauseWhat’s going on with our urge to belong?Recognizing the teachers who help lift us upKeys to practicing intuitive awarenessThe big scary wall of what real change might meanPsilocybin therapy + microdosingRecognizing narratives around alcohol – and breaking out Navigating the early stages of perimenopause while trying to get pregnantWhere to find Elisa:Web: elisaunfiltered.comIG: @ElisaKurylowiczAdele Stratton (Elisa’s coach) IG @phoenixrisinghcJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
75:52 6/29/23
80. KC Councilor can talk about menopause now
KC Councilor is an assistant professor in Communication, Media, and Screen Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. He is also a cartoonist who draws about the experiences of being a trans and transitioning person in the world.His graphic memoir, Between You and Me: Transitional Comics, came out in 2019.He has also published comics in numerous academic journals, including the Annals of Internal Medicine, Literature and Medicine, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Women's Studies in Communication. His comic Cycles was published in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Menopause: A Comic Treatment. HighlightsWhy he’s ready to talk about feminityThe comic that brought him on the podcastWhat it’s like going through puberty and menopause at the same timeAt 41, how he feels about the possibility of perimenopauseBeing a trans person in the US right nowFeelings in fatherhoodThe loud and angry state of trans in the USThe issue of trans violence What medical care has been likeFind out more about KC and his work:Web: www.kccouncilor.comInstagram: @betweenyouandmetranscomicsJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
47:54 6/27/23
79. Dr Angela DeRosa wants you to think about testosterone
Dr Angela DeRosa is a doctor of osteopathy, integrative physician and hormone specialist in Arizona. She has a unique take on the current peri/menopause landscape as a doctor of osteopathy who also worked as senior medical director for Procter & Gamble, helping them launch osteoporosis treatments and try – and fail – to get a testosterone patch for women approved for use in 2004.During her years with the pharmaceutical division, she saw firsthand how women’s ability to get proper medical care and treatment is thwarted due to politics, gender bias and poorly trained physicians. Her mission is to teach women about what’s happening to them physically, how they can obtain proper treatment, and how to change the paradigm of medicine so women everywhere can live healthier and happier lives.Dr DeRosa discusses her view and experience of testosterone, which she says few doctors understand. This includes her endorsement of and cautions about the controversial use of pellets, as well as the important role of the thyroid, the vital interplay with blood sugar and the road to insulin resistance, and much more.Highlights:  What it’s like working for Big Pharma  Her view on Intrinsa, the Proctor & Gamble testosterone patch the FDA did not approve almost 20 years ago We are more than estrogen – and why testosterone is pivotal The vital interplay between falling testosterone and insulin resistance The crucial thyroid piece – and why thyroid health must come first Why so many people don’t understand how to properly administer testosterone Why pellets are like colour TV (and what people get wrong about them How to avoid unsafe doses  What is "fulminant fear", why it's rare and how to avoid it Her take on “menopause is natural”  Her take on fezolinetant, aka Veozah, the non-hormonal drug for hot flashes  Why you want your hormone therapy to be “biomemetic” aka bioidentical What you think you know about compounding pharmacies is wrong (including that they are always “expensive”)  Why we need to look at the “whole universe” of what’s available Where to find Dr DeRosa: drhotflash.comhormonalhealthinstitute.comJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
48:40 6/23/23
78. Karen Newby is all about increasing your nutrients
Karen Newby is a UK-based nutritional therapist and author of The Natural Menopause Method - a nutritional guide to perimenopause and beyond. She runs a specialist menopause clinic and hosts regular retreats, corporate talks and workshops, helping women toward greater midlife vitality. A complementary practitioner, she often works with GP menopause specialists and women on hormone therapy. Her approach is highly practical, realistic and achievable as we deal with very low bandwidth in amongst our turbo charged, modern day world.Highlights: • therapeutic foods explained, including phytoestrogens • the power of changing the first hour of your day • her take on ultraprocessed foods + menopause • her gentle method of cleansing to get on with feeling better • how being "hurried women" is hurting us• why we need to nurture our thyroid, liver and adrenals so they can do their work• ditching years of diet industry nonsense• what she learned about perimenopause from living in China • sugar and hot flashes• the role of stress Web: www.karennewby.comIG: @karen.newby.nutritionistJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse:Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincTwitter: @hotflashincEpisode website: HotflashincSee hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy informationJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
35:34 6/16/23
77. Holly Grigg-Spall is still talking about the pill
In a week where we had the release of the new Davina McCall documentary Pill Revolution, Holly Grigg-Spall joins the Hotflash inc podcast to talk all about hormonal birth control. Holly is the author of the 2013 book Sweetening The Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, and a writer on 2021's The Business of Birth Control documentary. Hotflash inc founder Ann Marie McQueen asks Holly all about what happened after her book was published, reaction to it and the documentary, and some of the top lines about what she found out during her years of research, all based on her own experience. And they talk about how the conversation around menopause hormone therapy relates to the conversation around the pill, and how previous pill use could be informing perimenopause and menopause. Sit back and dive in as we address one of the controversial subjects of our time.Resources:Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth ControlSweeteningThePill.comTheBusinessofBirthControl.comJoin the Hotflash Inc perimenoposse: Web: hotflashinc.comTikTok: @hotflashincInstagram: @hotflashincX: @hotflashinc Episode website: Hotflashinc See hotflashinc.com/privacy-policy for privacy information
57:42 6/9/23

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