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Dear single-payer activist:Sunday, August 29th at 8pm Eastern Time, join Healthcare-NOW!’s monthly single-payer activist call to discuss moving single-payer healthcare forward.

Please use this Dial-in Number 1-218-862-1300 and Conference Code 441086. To mute and unmute the line, please hit 4*.

Proposed agenda:

  • Update on Hands Off Our Medicare and the deficit commission – Katie Robbins
  • Candidate pledge/Bird dogging
  • March for Jobs October 2nd: Bringing the single-payer message – Donna Smith, National Nurses United
  • Update from Retirees for Single Payer
  • Update from Physicians for a National Health Program
  • Healthcare-NOW! November Strategy Conference
  • Open discussion

Please submit any additional agenda items or questions to

Looking forward to hearing you on the call!

For Improved Medicare for All,
Katie and Jeff
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff


Saturday, May 22, 2010, 10AM-3PM

Come get a mini table massage from me, and check out first edition of my new book, Circle of Healing: Helping Extraordinary Clients with Yoga and Massage, A Practical Guide.

Pechanga Resort & Casino

45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 

Sponsored by Riverside County (CA) Commission for Women

60 vendors and speakers

Admission free with non-perishable canned food item or grocery store gift card for $5.  Refreshments provided with admission.

The County of Riverside Commission for Women seeks to improve the status of all women by ensuring opportunities for each woman to develop to her full potential.  In support of this mission, the Commission for Women identifieis problemsl, defines issues and recommends policies and procedures to the County Board of Supervisors regarding, but not limited to, women and health, the workplace, family, education, violence, law and society.

More information, contact me at 951-677-5962 or Michele Broad, Women’s Health and Wellness, 951-304-3180.

My childhood was healthy, thanks to my mother, and father. My mother gave me nutrilite, vitamins of several colors that came in a green plastic container with several compartments. We almost always had salad with meals, and we often stopped at the orchard market down the road for apples, peaches and pears. She encouraged me to play outside with my dog or my friends, even though due to her heart condition she usually could not join me and supported me in my modern dancing days because she could “vicariously enjoy” the movement.  As she got older she got even more into her garden and made her own sprouts, cooked lentil casseroles and any other vegetarian food she could think of.  What we did not share — yoga and massage — I have successfully shared with my daughter and she is slowly following my footsteps, and carrying on a legacy of healing movement.  She is a peer counselor for college students in santa barbara, where she speaks and gives presentations on self care.  She organizes yoga classes and chair massage for her fellow students, is learning more about yoga and will be teaching aerobics at LA fitness this summer.  She has been receiving massages since her first day and before, and now is reciprocating.
She is also getting me more serious about working out.
My mother’s mother was a friend of Isadora Duncan, the free spirited improvisational dancer who danced as her spirit led her.  My grandmother always asked me to dance for her, and I think she and I shared a connection with Isadora.  My daughter has also been a natural mover and dancer from the get go.
May the power and joy that comes from these healing practices continue on, and on.

Learn yoga poses and self-care techniques for flexibility, to help balance the endocrine system, to create strong muscles and bones, to promote balance and clear thinking.  Learn ways to enhance your midlife and beyond.

Saturday, April 10, 2010 – 10:45-12:45

Korrie’s Pilates Place. Baxter Road off Rte 15 in Wildomar – exit east, make first left at Monte Vista, first right on Fredrick St., up the hill and buildings to the left.  34859 Fredrick St., Suite 108

$25, or $20 to members of Korrie’s Place.

Questions?  Call 951-677-5962.

dripping springsThere are than 50 million menopausal women in the United States.  About 10 million of them are taking Premarin, derived from pregnant mares’ urine, for estrogen replacement.  However, a number of health specialists question whether Premarin should be used.

Michele Broad, a certified OB-GYN adult nurse practiitoner and owner of Women’s Health and Wellness in Murrieta, says:  I have never written a new prescription for Premarin.  Some of my patients on it have experienced severe leg cramps, weight gain and breast tenderness.”

Amy Allina, program director for National Women’s Health Network, a non-profit education and advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., says, “Premarin is not simply a harmless aid for getting through menopause.  It can increase other health problems, and women need to know that.”

Jeff Stone, pharmacist and owner of Innovative Compounding Pharmacy in Murrieta, says studies last year showed the definite connection between breast cancer and equine estrogen.  “Equine estrogen, or Premarin, is positively foreign to the human body, including to perimenopausal or menopausal women.” Other side effects of Premarin include bloating, headaches and depression.  With long term use, some believe, there is the potential for breast cancer, blood clots, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, gall bladder disease, and stroke.

Why not use bio-identical plant-derived hormones instead?

In Europe, pharmaceutical companies began producing natural progesterone derived from plants back in the 1940s.  According to  Jeff Stone, “the trend now is to get women off Premarin and put on bio-identical hormones, such as bi-est, which is a combination of the hormones estrial and estradial.  These are used for maintaining bone density and eliminating hot flalshes and night sweats, among other symptoms.

Author Marcus Laux, physician at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and Christine Conrad, in their book “Natural Woman, Natural Menopause,” state that plant-derived hormones can improve sleep, have a natural calming effect during the day, have a positive effect against hypertension, improve the body’s ability to use and eliminate fats, promote new bone formation, may protect against breast cancer, normalize the libido and regrow scalp hair.

Broad’s Murrieta office provides blood and urine tests to determine what hormones women are lacking, and then based on the results, the pharmacy creates the appropriate bio-identical treatment.  Broad states:  “We can make creams, gels, pills or suppositories.  The ingredients are plant-derived and mimic our body’s chemical structure, thereby lowering the side effects. And most PPOs cover these hormone treatments.  HMOs are coming around slowly, and the usual out-of pocket for the non-insured is about $35 a month.”

Aside from the ill-effects of premarin on a woman’s body is the squalor that pregnant mares live in. They are tied in place and catheterized, and not given enough water so that their urine is more concentrated with hormones. They are also overfed so that when they are all used up and can no longer produce foals, they will be extra fat for slaughter. Most of the foals of the pregnant mares are slaughtered for horse meat.

More about this at, Humane Society of the US, Farm Animal Reform, United Animal Nations and many more advocacy groups.

Stop using premarin and tell everyone you know. Stop killing mares and foals.