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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/

The Hotflash inc podcast Hotflash Inc

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

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/

    Solo episode: BRB

    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. AMx
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    • 6 min
    105: The menopause transition: 'It's a deconditioning'

    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.com
    IG: @sherryjibb_balancedmidlife
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    • 31 min
    104: Journalism, my mom, and the search for health harmony

    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. 
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    • 32 min
    103: Dr Vonda Wright: What to do about your perimenopause body pain (and protect your body as you age)

    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 Health
    01:23 The Impact of Aging and Menopause on Musculoskeletal Health
    03:08 The Misdiagnosis of Perimenopause Pain
    04:57 The Need for Research Funding in Women's Health
    06:33 The Musculoskeletal Syndrome of Menopause
    13:22 The Role of Mobility in Maintaining Health
    15:56 Understanding Bone Mineral Density and Osteoporosis
    23:17 Strategies for Maintaining Bone and Muscle Health
    24:48 Breaking Old Habits and Embracing a Healthy Lifestyle
    25:12 Understanding the Importance of a Balanced Diet
    25:56 The Controversy Surrounding Calcium Intake
    26:36 The Essential Role of Vitamin D
    28:43 The Debate on Hormone Therapy
    29:34 The Impact of Estrogen on Women's Health
    34:22 The Fear and Reality of Frozen Shoulder
    43:04 Exploring Cutting-Edge Treatments
    45:24 Final Words of Hope and Inspiration


    Where to find Dr Vonda Wright
    Web: Drvondawright.com
    IG: @drvondawright
    TikTok: @drvondawright


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    • 48 min
    102: 4 women go through perimenopause and along comes WILE

    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: @WileWomen
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    • 48 min
    101: The most inspiring mid-sex-life story ever

    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.com
    IG: @thepleasurepods
    YOUTUBE: @thepleasurepods
    FACEBOOK: @plantbuttersandoils
    LinkedIn:/@pleasure-products-inc/


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Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

MorganBeveridge ,

A must listen for all women in midlife

If you want to be a exposed to topics that are relevant to women in midlife then you really need to be listening to this one regularly. Ann Marie is a breath of fresh air in the midlife space!

Who dat? Yo! ,

Informative & Enlightening!!!!!

As a woman with Type 1 Diabetes, who has been struggling with Perimenopause symptoms for over 10 years, this has been a super helpful guide to having conversations with all my care providers from my Endocrinologist to my GP and Nurse Practitioners. Going down the rabbit hole of the how’s, what’s, and when (not to mention labs needed) has been so much easier and has helped the dreaded anxiety of not knowing if it’s “all in my head” or not.

This podcast has been a godsend!!!!

theaipchronicles ,

Highly recommend this podcast

Ann Marie brings a refreshing perspective to this topic as a journalist covering the research to find answers without a preconceived notion of what they will be. Her authenticity and sense of humor is an added bonus.

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