Is Your Life in Balance?

What a perplexing spring this has been so far. In Minnesota one is left in a quandry as to whether the air conditioning needs to be on high or turned off. Furnace on; furnace off. Fan on; fan off. Winter coats upstairs; winter coats downstairs. Boots, What? Puleeze no more winter boots. It is the 16th of May for goodness sake.

I wish that Mother Nature would just make up her mind and let us poor northerners enjoy a little of the fabulous season called spring before our hot and humid months begin and we all speak of “dog days” and other such maladies of summer.

(After duly complaining about our non spring I would like to say a small prayer for those southerners who live in the Mississippi River delta regions and ask that Mother Nature be gentle on them. They really have had enough.)

As I write I am left wondering if good ol’ Mother Nature (heretofore being referred to as Mother N) is in a hormone crisis and should be investing her time in studying bio-identical hormones instead of brewing up monster weather patterns that routinely devastate large swaths of our great country. Mother N reminds me of some women I know who have or are soon to enter menopause and they seem to leave a trail of discontent and unhappiness wherever they go, whatever they do.

If you will allow me to stay on this theme of Mother N being a female, and a human one at that, I have a suggestion for her.  Run, don’t walk, to the closest practicing medical person who is knowledgeable on cycling bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT). Ask this medical person to test your sex hormones, test your thyroid hormones and test adrenal hormones. Seriously whether you are Mother N or a human, female or male, and you find yourself consistently blowing up a big storm and devastating the lives or even just the moods of everyone around you it is time to run some blood tests and find the source of your angst. Hormone imbalance is a bitch to suffer with and honestly a bitch to live with.

Before making any appointments perhaps Mother N should read. I have made lots of suggestions in the past about books to read on the subject of BHRT like Suzanne Somer’s books Ageless, The Sexy Years and now I can add T.S. Wiley’s book titled Sex, Lies and Menopause. I have not finished the book but I can report that it is a book filled with interesting facts and reasons why you should at the very least consider BHRT and once you consider replacing your missing hormones then do your studying and perhaps consider doing it following the Wiley Protocol. Mother N would do well to enter her doctor’s office informed and able to discuss pros and cons of BHRT and the Wiley Protocol.

Personally, I find the idea of replacing my hormones based on the cycles of the moon somehow very comforting even if, and this is a huge IF, it brings back monthly periods. I have mulled this over and decided that I could handle it if bringing things in to balance will allow for a normal life span and more freedom from diseases that plague women of today (no one can really guarantee that but I have to tell myself that to get excited about a return of the shedding of endometrial lining every month).

Now the problem I face (and Mother N really doesn’t as she is everywhere at all times) is finding a practitioner who will prescribe the Wiley Protocol hormones. There are none in Minnesota or if there are they aren’t advertising on the Wiley Protocol site. The closest practitioner to me in the Twin Cities is in Des Moines, IA and I cannot justify traveling 245 miles, I just can’t. I am going to contact a physician who is listed on the Wiley Protocol site and see if I could arrange a phone consultation with blood test results sent to them but it seems unlikely that anyone will do it. I even follow a Wiley Protocol practitioner from California on Facebook and perhaps Shira Miller would consider phone consultations. I will keep you up-to-date on that one and if anyone has any experience with a Wiley practitioner please share your information by leaving a comment.

Oh before I close for this week, what should we do about Mother N? Today she is blessing south central Minnesota with sunshine but as if to remind us that she is still the bitch in charge the winds are whipping at gale force 4 and birds are crabbing to stay in the air. Gosh until she sees her doctor I wonder if a bit of chamomile tea would help or a tincture of Vitex or even Rosemary (rosemary tincture is good for everyone, right?). We need good weather restored to the center of the country and the restoration of peace and tranquility, so hurry up Mother N find your doctor and get those hormones in balance.

See you next week,



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on 16:53 at Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    I’ve just started the Wiley Protocol as of this month. I’ve found it to be about the same cost as what my gynecologist “had me on”, (I was on Estrace, w/ no progesterone). BTB I live in CA. I had to go to an Osteopathic doctor to find answers to my “aging female” issues as my doctor was only interested in younger women concerns or pregnancy.
    W/ the new therapy I finally feel some energy. I tried for 10 years to get resolve w/ my doctor and had to go “outside the system.” I have very good insurance, but they never mentioned therapy such as this. I will let anyone interested know how things go for me on this plant based therapy. Thanks for your blog.


  2. Posted by Kris on 10:40 at Sunday, May 22, 2011

    I thought I should update this blog. I got a note from Dr. Miller, who is in California. Shira said she does treat many folks from out of state. She needs to see them once a year and then can effectively treat their hormonal issues by phone and blood tests. If you are interested you can “friend” Shira on Facebook and glean more information or contact her through


  3. Posted by Olivia on 7:34 at Monday, May 16, 2011

    Hi Kris,

    So interesting that you would write about The Wiley Protocol. I have been back on my hormones for a few months and I can say I will not ever go without again, I HAVE my monthly periods again and I LOVE it. I feel like it is the best thing for me so it is my choice. It feels so right.
    I talked to the doctor from the Internet, she returned my call. I’m not going to her as she is in California and very costly. I have several practitioners near by that prescribe Wiley, so I have considered it,it isn’t cheap but then again what is?
    Thanks for your blog, I love reading it.



    • Posted by Kris on 16:24 at Monday, May 16, 2011

      Hi Olivia,
      I am at once happy to hear you are following the Wiley Protocol and sad. I will explain the latter, I seriously was hoping if you got your hormones balanced that heart issue would go away but no such luck. It must really come down to getting the thyroid hormones and adrenal hormones balanced and then you will have a happy heart. How is the T3 only coming along?
      I would love to hear more about your experience with the Wiley Protocol, so we shall keep in touch. If there are practitioners in NE there have to be one or two in MN but Shira Miller will do long distance care so long as you come for an in person appointment once a year, so all is not lost if I can’t find anyone around here. Talk about expense though, phew! And I said I wouldn’t go to Des Moines. Ha!


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