The Upside of Stress
Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

Stress is bad, right? It damages our body, causes depression, shortens our lives-the list goes on and on. We say things like "All this stress is giving me an ulcer!" or "This stress is killing me!" Your practitioner, if unable to pinpoint the source of your malady, may advise that you reduce your stress level. We have whole industries designed to decrease stress in our lives: yoga classes, meditation courses, massage therapy, breathing exercises, and exercise and life style coaching.

Dr. Kelly McGonigal urges us to rethink the idea that "stress is bad" in her book "The Upside of Stress, Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It." Dr. McGonigal is a health psychologist who teaches at Stanford's School of Medicine Health Improvement Center and the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism.

A Little History

Dr. Hans Selye, an endocrinologist, found that introducing any sort of unpleasant experience produced a loss of muscle tone, ulcers, immune breakdown and ultimately death in his lab rats. Having already seen human patients who experienced similar breakdowns in their health, he drew from his observations and his rat experiments to define stress as any demand made on the body. Further, he felt that just about anything that happened to someone in life (good or bad) was toxic.

Are We Better Off 100 Years Later?
Thyroid Deficiency - A lecture presented to the New York Polyclinic School and Hospital, New York, New York in April 1914 by Dr. Eugene Hertoghe
Written by Carol Petersen, RPh, CNP - Women's International Pharmacy

Dr. Eugene Hertoghe

Dr. Eugene Hertoghe was a Belgium physician who practiced in the early 20th century. He became a renowned thyroid expert in his time and was so noted for his keen observations, one of the signs of hypothyroidism is named after him. To this day, the "Sign of Hertoghe," is used to describe the disappearance of the outer third of the eyebrows. In April of 1914, Dr. Hertoghe was invited to address the International Surgical Congress at what is now Columbia/NY Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Hertoghe's presentation notes read like a story. The narrative reveals his observations, the conclusions he drew and the serendipity of finding a research report describing the symptoms of a patient who had had their thyroid removed just as he encountered an unfortunate patient struggling with these same symptoms. He applied all of these findings in treating this individual and found success "feeding" the patient's thyroid with a thyroid supplement.

Low Thyroid Function in Women

Dr. Hertoghe stated that 9 of 10 people who suffer with hypothyroidism are women. Thyroid sufficiency is needed for menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and even the return of the uterus to its usual size after pregnancy.

What's in a Name? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gets a Makeover 
Written by Kathy Lynch, PharmD - Women's International Pharmacy
Pharmacist Corner

In February of 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) put forth a proposal to change the name and the diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). People who suffer from this condition are often made to feel that their symptoms are psychological or a figment of their imagination. CFS patients may see multiple practitioners in an attempt to find symptom relief.

The name "chronic fatigue syndrome" was coined by the Centers for Disease Control in 1988. The Europeans prefer to call this condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) which focuses on central nervous system (CNS) inflammation with muscle pain. Many experts now call this condition ME/CFS.

Since CNS inflammation and muscle pain are not universal components of ME/CFS, an IOM panel undertook the task of defining the major symptoms suffered by people with CFS. They concluded that the most prominent and universal symptom of CFS is a lingering depletion of energy after minimal physical and/or cognitive exertion. The panel recommended that CFS be renamed systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID) or post-exertional malaise (PEM) for short.



Women's International Pharmacy 


In This Issue
The Upside of Stress
Are We Better Off 100 Years Ago?
What's in a Name? Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gets a Makeover

Upcoming Events
We are exhibiting at the following conferences:

January 28-29
San Diego, CA

February 18-20
Dallas, TX

Visit our website for our full conference schedule