Menopause Awareness Month & Hispanic Heritage Month

Since my website’s original focus was meant for older women who are about to or have experienced menopause, I wanted to acknowledge that it is Menopause Awareness Month. I wrote a rhyme several years ago that I never planned to post because there are what we used to call “dirty” words, but I think I will post it with * for some of the letters. I wrote this while going through divorce and menopause at the same time, a double whammy! (It was also the time of AIDS, not COVID.)


I wonder if they are laughing about hot flashes, or as my daughter called them, Power Surges!



(Penned at the first signs of menopause)

First I’m hot; then I’m cold.
Just a hot flash, or so I’m told.
My energy’s peaking; I’m exhausted & half-dead;
forget the f***ing; I’m tired, let’s go to bed.
I should be erotically grateful, I suppose;
without the condoms, sex won’t feel like a rubber hose.

Free at last to screw at will…..
or maybe I might try Bernie or Bill.
Oh, s**t! I forgot all about AIDS;
Just my luck; now no one gets laid!
Thirty-six years I’ve been on the rag;
my menses is going, but now my breasts sag.

I’ve lost the cramps, the headaches and the rest.
Is menopause my trade-off for PMS?
Not fair, I say, it’s a lousy trade!
If I were in charge, here’s what I’d have made:
Adam the woman and me the man.
The hell with penis envy;
it’s my hormones I can’t stand!

Oh me, Oh my, is there an end in sight?
If I meditate all day, will I ever be right?
The saga continues, day in & day out;
someday I’ll be free, of this I have no doubt.
Just a phase in my life…not a war or a cause.
Nothing is forever, not even menopause!



P.S. Sept 15-Oct. 15 is also Hispanic Heritage Month. My son-in-law is from El Salvador, so my grandson is half-Jewish and half Hispanic and he is gorgeous! (Of course I am biased.) I think mixing and matching heritages produces very interesting gene combinations! Let’s celebrate our diversity every day! Here’s a link for more info:

Healthy Bytes from Well-Being Journal #1

This is an excerpt on “Dental Health, Nutrition and Phytic Acid” from the March/April 2015 issue of Well-Being Journal, one of my favorite health magazines and also info from the Internet. I chose this “byte” because of the relationship between phytic acid and sprouted grains, beans, etc. (Pages 13-14) and the relationship between phytic acid and osteoporosis, especially after menopause.  And September is Menopause Awareness Month, so everything is connected!


As the piece explains, there are four main items that contribute to tooth decay, taken from the insights of Mellanby and Weston Price, DDS.

  1. Lack of minerals in the diet, especially calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
  2. Lack of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K with an emphasis on D.)
  3. Too much consumption of phytic acid-rich foods.*
  4. Too much consumption of processed sugar.* Phytic acid is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in (unsprouted) grains, beans, and seeds. Sprouting or grain fermentation nullifies the phytic acid.Additionally, the article in Well Being Journal states even more strongly: According to research published in The Lancet, a diet high in phytic acid will create mineral deficiencies and cause osteoporosis.Now, consider the fact that we are told to eat more whole grains and beans, without realizing  the phytic acid coating these “health foods” blocks the absorption of the minerals found in  all   these foods.So sprouting, which I have been writing about since I started blogging in 2003, is  an important step to consider before stocking up on grains and beans.Incidentally, I have found sprouted red rice, sprouted quinoa, sprouted oats,  and sprouted almond butter at the health food store, a rather recent phenomenon and not available when I co-owned a sprouting operation.

    From another source: September is Menopause Awareness Month  ( and on the website for healthy women is very important information, including this:”It’s during this time, and continuing on to and beyond menopause, that our health changes, and many of these changes are silent ones. Declining estrogen levels cause a loss of bone, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. These declining levels may also lead to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.”




I have many postings on sprouting (Put sprouting in the Search box or click on this link, “Sprout Heaven!” (  I also wrote a book called The Johnny Alfalfa Handbook, available from me. You can  order it through my email:  The price is about $10.00.

More importantly, look for sprouted grains and beans in your health food store and also consider buying dry beans, sprouting them and then putting them in the freezer until you need a handful. (Tru Roots is one of the brands I buy.)

A few days ago, I posted a dish that my grandson Max created, called Beanoa (rhymes with quinoa, pronounced keen-wha.) He made sprouted pinto beans with quinoa and here is the link:

So, what started as a dental tip ends up being information on the link between menopause,  osteoporosis, and phytic acid, nullified by sprouting. More “bytes” coming while I am away in Nova Scotia.

Happy Sprouting!





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