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Interview with Dr. Mary Jane Minkin

We’d like to introduce you to Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, a pioneer in women’s health.

Dr. Minkin is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and author with an extensive background in women’s health issues. She is a Clinical Professor at Yale University, a noted lecturer and frequently appears on television as an advocate for women’s health and wellbeing. Since 1979, Dr. Minkin has worked tirelessly to teach and lead on concerns important to women, writing numerous articles and being the recipient of many awards for her efforts.

Enzymatic Therapy:  Dr. Minkin, welcome. It’s great to talk with you.

Dr. Minkin: Thank you. It's great to have a moment to connect with women who visit the Remifemin® site. And remember, I'm a woman too, living through all the life stages experiences right along with all of you!

Enzymatic Therapy: What’s changed in the approaches to menopause since you began your career in 1979?

Dr. Minkin: As a clinical professor and doctor, I like to see evidence and sound scientific studies to back up anything I recommend.

At the time, I think many people in the medical field weren’t even considering natural approaches to menopause because we simply didn't know much about them.

However, once I began to investigate, I found out that Remifemin® menopause relief† was developed in accordance with the safety and efficacy standards set forth by the German Commission E, the recognized authority worldwide for effective herbal remedies. That this well-respected commission approved black cohosh for menopause related complaints definitely caught my attention.†

Enzymatic Therapy: It seems that people see the words “black cohosh” on a label and assume that it’s all the same. For our part at Enzymatic Therapy®, it can be a real challenge to remind everyone that only Remifemin® has RemiSure™ Black Cohosh—with the studies and science behind it—that distinguishes it from untested brands.

Dr. Minkin: I can see how that would be a challenge—to remind folks that Remifemin is different. It’s the only black cohosh supplement with almost 50 years of clinical testing behind it, and more topically, it’s a safe alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the treatment of menopausal symptoms.†

Enzymatic Therapy: Speaking of hormone replacement therapy… what are your thoughts?

Dr. Minkin: 
I’ve actually always been quite comfortable with estrogen replacement therapy for the treatment of menopausal symptoms, but I know that many of my patients are not.

Still, the bottom line is that no one welcomes hot flashes. So, for women who would prefer to avoid hormone therapy to relieve them, I recommend Remifemin.† It has an excellent track record, and it’s manufactured by a long-standing pharmaceutical firm in Germany. I know my patients are getting a high-quality product—I know what Remifemin is, and I know what it does.

Enzymatic Therapy: Some women experience hot flashes for a long time after menopause, which probably comes as an unpleasant surprise. Is this typical?

Dr. Minkin: It’s not typical, but not unusual, either.

A few years ago, a study came out looking at women who had been postmenopausal for 10 years. The results found that 3% of these women continued to have severe hot flashes, with another 12% having moderate to severe hot flashes. If you do the math, that means 15% of all women—even 10 years into menopause—will continue to have significant symptoms while 85% will get much better.

In addition to taking Remifemin®, women experiencing hot flashes can do simple things to help them be more comfortable.† They should pay attention to things like wearing layered clothing, so when a hot flash hits, you can start to take off layers! It's also important to avoid triggers like hot beverages and caffeine.

Enzymatic Therapy: Is occasional sleeplessness a topic your patients bring up often?

Dr. Minkin: Yes, this is a huge problem.

Remifemin®, and now Remifemin® Good Night, with a blend of valerian, lemon balm, and hops, also addresses related occasional sleeplessness, and does so in a way that doesn’t make someone feel groggy the next day.†

There are some other ways to address this, too. Watching and limiting caffeine intake—especially in the afternoon—and taking a relaxing bath before bedtime, are two simple ways to prepare for night of restful sleep.

Enzymatic Therapy: What else can women do on a daily basis?

Dr. Minkin: 
I think it’s important to be good to your whole body, including your digestive system. Try eating frequent, small meals. Experiment with 5 or 6 mini-meals instead of the traditional big three. Focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Go ahead and indulge in a bit of healthy fats, but keep fat intake down to about 40 grams a day. And of course, you know I have to mention exercise. You don’ t have to be a track star, but even 10 minutes a day, 3 times a day can make a big difference and help avert midlife weight gain.

Enzymatic Therapy: As you visit with your patients and talk to women across the country, do you find that they wish there was some magic button they could just press to make perimenopause and menopause never exist at all?

Dr. Minkin: Yes… I believe we all secretly wish that! But that points to something bigger—it’s very important for women to realize that menopause is not a disease. There are safe, completely hormone-free ways to walk through menopause.

Remifemin has no estrogenic activity, so it can safely used by women who cannot take estrogen. That’s important, especially in light of the current controversy surrounding soy, which has plant based estrogens. Of course, I would always recommend that a woman check with her oncologist before taking a product.

Enzymatic Therapy: This is probably the perfect time to remind everyone that you have a wealth of information in your books. They’re excellent guides to help with all those questions that come up during perimenopause and menopause.

Dr. Minkin: 
Well, no matter how much you know, or what you've heard, it's always a good idea to educate yourself so you can separate some of the myths from the truth about menopause.

Enzymatic Therapy: Thank you so much for taking to time to talk with us—we truly appreciate it!

To find out more, you can pick up a copy of Dr. Minkin’s book at: Amazon.com

Published September 21, 2011
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