We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
queen latifah october 2013 cover image

YES! Is what I said out loud when I got the October 2013 issue. As much as I love More, I've been waiting to see a woman of color on the cover. And what a perfect choice. Queen Latifah is the epitome of a beautiful, talented and down to earth African American woman and a force to be reckoned with. Kudos More; officially hooked.
--Marian

Incest: The Epilogue by Kathryn Harrison - I became more and more amazed as I read through every single page of this article. I couldn't stop myself from reading it to the end.

Tightly written from an almost oblique point of view, this heartbreaking story is some of the best writing I've ever discovered in More.  And I say "discovered" literally because it was tucked into a generic category called "people/places" in your table of contents. Reading this was like watching a slow-burning fuse come to it's inevitable end. Incredible. 

Sincerely,
--Sue Keller

Thank you MORE for your consistently accurate, reliable reporting on women's health.  Your article on bio-identical hormones was spot-on.  One element omitted:  In 1994, Congress passed a law called DSHEA.  It states that short of claiming illness cure, any supplement may make any claim without any need for supportive evidence.  Supplement manufacturers determine the purity, dose, indications, benefits, and safety of products, and the FDA must prove harm.  "Animal extracts", ie, bio-identical hormones, are considered supplements.  Hence, it is completely legal to inflate the benefits while minimizing or eliminating the harms.  Caveat emptor!
--Laurie Green MD

Dear More Magazine,

Thank you so much for publishing an article about classical music (Marin Alsop - October)!  I teach choir in the public schools in Iowa and it's refreshing to see a magazine write about a topic that not too many people can relate to,but one that is so important.  It's not an unknown fact that throughout the entire nation, music education funding is shrinking more and more each year.  I'm so glad that a magazine is making mention of this art form - the more it's seen in the public eye, the better chance it has of sticking around throughout society.  THANK YOU!
--Kara S.

I have been enjoying your issues of More more and more each month. You truly do present content for women who are looking for substance and style. I just wanted to share that the article on Marin Alsop brought tears to my eyes. I'm in awe of what she has accomplished and applaud her for achieving the success that she has. I just love hearing about women who are a force for good and who are changing the status quo, and who are real (and not fake, botox-filled celebrities). I love classical music and hope that conductors like her will help America learn to appreciate it too.

With so little time to sit and read these days, using the precious little time I do have to read inspiring stories like hers makes my day that much better. Keep doing what you're doing, please!

And p.s., I am an event planner in San Francisco. I've noticed that many of your events are in New York, but if you ever consider a West Coast event please call on me to assist!
--Denise Goldstein

Thanks for including Queen Latifah on the cover. I wanted to purchase the magazine before, but when I only see white women on the cover I feel let down. Oprah proves having a woman of color on the front cover, sales.
--Angela Stewart

Greetings Lesley! I just opened my issue of More and read your letter titled "Why you should mentor".  THANK YOU so much! I believe there are few coincidences in life and this was timely for me. I have just recently volunteered as a mentor for a local Church-based University MBA - Entrepreneur program. I have started or been partners in several start-ups and while none have been wildly successful, I thought maybe I could help someone with my experience and knowledge.  I am also beginning to write my PhD dissertation (HRD/OD) and while my topic doesn't involve mentoring, I am so ready to jump out and make a difference. At the same time, there was a voice that was saying... are you sure this is a good idea?  Your article gives me even more reason to be confident in my decision!!!

Thank you ---and I love MORE!
--Gayle

 Hi Lesley,

I'd like to first commend you on your opportunity to travel to Brazil as a member of the Global Ambassadors Program. I found this article a delight to read and one I could personally relate to having been a former member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America organization.

Women and men both can benefit from career driven and influential women like yourself. I think personally it promotes the idea and belief that anything is attainable in life if you strive towards those goals each day. Mentors echo this notion greatly by helping others. While at the same time they too are rewarded. That reward? Well its the joy and satisfaction one receives from helping someone else, and learning the ideals that they share as well.

This is actually my first time reading MORE and this is the first article I read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! So please keep them coming.

Regards,
--Camille Pride

I LOVE MORE magazine for a host of reasons and in the words of talk show host Wendy Williams, YOU are one my girlfriends (in my head) - enjoy  your monthly letters.

The article on Queen Latifah was excellent and though I've been a fan for sometime, the writer hooked me up with a few more insights. I'm now going to add the Queen's talk show to my DVR schedule.

My one criticism:  disappointed that you've dropped the age of women profiled in the magazine to something under 40. As someone who has had a love affair with magazines since I was 13 (when I was reading titles far more mature than my age and experiences warranted), I thought it was uber cool when MORE emerged as the magazine for "older" ladies. I'm now 50, been reading MORE since the beginning, and love that there is a book that addresses topics relevant to my life.

Why did you have to deviate from the vision?  There are other options for the 30-something crowd.  I read your reasons why and I'm not with you. I have this eerie feeling that the book is going to start skewing younger. The fact that one of the cover model winners is 33 supports my suspensions.

But hey, if the decision is ultimately for business reasons, I can understand. Time will have to tell if the book continues to appeal to my needs.

In the meantime, I'll just continue to enjoy my monthly issues of MORE.
--Nancy

Hello. I am a fan of More and just have a general comment. I am 47 and do not yet use reading glasses. I find it ironic that the font size is smaller than average in most of the articles, and your magazine is for more mature women.  I'm on the verge of finding it uncomfortable to read compared to my other magazines.
--Debbie Ugarte

Your October 2013 article “The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For” contains some valuable information about how careful women should be with hormones or anything they put into their bodies. But by raising the specter of the New England Compounding Center tragedy so far out of context, you unfairly denigrate the pharmacists who provide vital medicine to countless women suffering from the debilitating symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. Many parts of the article read like marketing material for the Food and Drug Administration and the commercial drug manufacturing industry.

One of your many misleading statements is that the tragedy of the deaths and injuries tied to the outlier NECC revealed “a giant loophole in the regulation of pharmaceutical products: the lack of federal oversight of compounding pharmacies…” Yet, the FDA actually had advance knowledge about problems at NECC as well as the power to take action against the company – but failed to do so. Compounding pharmacists are indeed under “obligation to let FDA inspectors through the door” if they are suspected of dispensing problem products. You actually note, contradicting your premise later in the article, that the FDA “has issued official Warning Letters to seven compounding pharmacies…”

The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, representing over 3,600 compounding pharmacists nationwide, supports law and regulatory changes at the federal level that will advance patient safety and ensure that we never have another NECC. But we firmly believe that state boards of pharmacy are appropriately placed and quite qualified to oversee the pharmacist profession, just as state boards have overseen physicians and hospitals for decades. You cite no evidence at all, nor a source, for the statement that “many state pharmacy boards do little to oversee the activity of compounders.”  In fact, we have never seen more changes to state pharmacy law than have been enacted over the last year.

One of the FDA’s many jobs is regulating the manufacturing of drugs, which is different than compounding. Compounders use FDA-approved drugs and other safe ingredients to meet the unique health needs of patients for whom off-the-shelf medications have failed. So it is a non sequitur to say that compounded drugs are not “subject to the FDA’s strict manufacturing standards.” Of course they are not – compounded drugs are not “manufactured drugs.” Not in ingredients, and not in quantity.

Compounding is a centuries-old practice, well-regulated, and relied upon by millions of patients and medical providers who seek a personalized solution to their health care needs. 

Sincerely,

--David G. Miller, R.Ph, EVP & CEO, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

How very RIDICULOUS is the Cover Picture of Queen Latifah...looks like maybe was taken when she was a teenager...let's get REAL!
--Anonymous

I have been a long time subscriber to More and have always vacillated between whether a read of the mag makes me feel better or worse about myself when it comes to aging. Not having the answer, I just renewed my subscription.

October was the start of the renewed subscription. Big letters on the cover, "Look better with age". I was doing pretty well, pretty happy with my cover-to-cover read - until I got to Ms. Maynard's piece. Huge fan of her writing, let me say. On a long waiting list at my library for "After Her".

But I can't tell you how demoralized I was after reading her piece.

I am 61 and have been told that I have beautiful skin. But my face fell, too, a few years ago. Only the very wealthy like Ms. Maynard, can afford her Restylane in our "eyes, cheeks, forehead and nasolabial folds" so that she can get her face "back", let alone getting it redone every 6 months or so. I don't believe I "earned" my face either, but I have to live with it unlike her.

Perhaps you could have had a companion article, or do one in November, explaining why on earth it costs so much. What are the cosmetic pharmaceutical companies making on these tiny tubes of youth serum? Does it have to be so expensive? Is it so dangerous that their liability insurance requires such high costs? And what does the future hold for the rest of us? Will the costs ever come down? Or will it always only be available to the very rich?

Please do some investigative reporting into this issue. It's cruel to the rest of us.

Meanwhile, I'll lie down tonight to sleep and take a mirror out of my bed stand table to see "sort of" what I used to look like while I'm lying flat and not drooping.

That's my reality, and many others, I'm sure.
--Anonymous

I am a board-certified physician who specializes in integrative metabolic medicine, meaning I take a whole-person wellness approach to treatment. As part of my treatment regimen, I may use bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) to combat the debilitating symptoms of menopause suffered by millions of women. I also provide prescriptions primarily for compounded hormones to deliver only the minimum amount needed to eradicate symptoms and help my patients feel their best. It was therefore frustrating for me to read the article “The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For.” I feel duty bound to tell the other side of the BHT story. Women who need menopause symptom help can trust that BHT will relieve their symptoms without increasing risk of heart attack or breast cancer. The research is there to support this point, and more is in process at this writing. Now, I am the first to admit that there is a need to regulate compounding pharmacies. The ones I use have been accredited by the PCAB, and do frequent quality control testing. I wouldn’t use them if they didn’t. It is my sincerest hope that More’s sensationalistic article doesn’t cause too many women to forego a therapy that could make a dramatic difference in their health and quality of life.

--Paul Savage, MD, CEO and Founder of Ageology

As  physician who has a  burgeoning medical practice devoted entirely to bio identical hormone replacement therapy I find your article in the October 3013 More issue titled "the Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For" completely biased against the use of compoounded bio identical hormones. You have presented only one view of an ongoing scientific/medical debate.  I have treated thousands of women (and men as well) with compounded bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and seen dramatic improvements in their quality of life and health, myself included.   I never tell patients compounded bio-identical hormones are safer than FDA approved bio-identical hormones.  I inform them that it possible to balance the ratio of progesterone and estrogen more accurately when using the customized strengths and formulations that compounded pharmacies are able to produce.  It is possible to minimize side effects when estrogen and progesterone are properly balanced.    Hormone levels need to be measured periodically both to be sure the hormones are in proper range and remain balanced.     It is much harder to get patients symptoms controlled and hormone levels optimally balanced using a  FDA bio identical preparations as thy are dispensed in a few fixed dosages which are difficult to sometimes impossible to adjust to each individual.  As physicians we are obligated to be familiar with the compounding pharmacies where we send patients.  I only write prescriptions for compounding pharmacies that are regulated by the PCAB, do the monthly skip lot testing and repeatedly produce the highest quality hormones. 

Yours in fitness and health,
--Judi Goldstone, MD

Dear Editors,
Your article about the dangers of testosterone pellets(October, 2013) was useful in bringing some concerns associated to the fore; however, perhaps you should have been more careful in your distinctions. Pellets which are compounded by individual pharmacies may not be regulated but many physicians, including our practice, use regulated and government approved pellets which have recently become available. There is no danger of impurity. The other side effects which you listed are potential side effects from any form of testosterone treatment. But if a patient works with a reputable and skilled physician’s office they should be regularly monitored and those side effects are rare. If they occur they are fully reversible.
I have personally seen the tremendous positive impact improved testosterone levels have on women. They feel more alive and their interest in sex improves. They report happier relationships, both with themselves and their partners! Scaring women out of treatments that might greatly improve their quality of life, and whose risks are minimal with proper follow up care, is perhaps not the most responsible of journalism.
--Bat Sheva Marcus, LMSW, MPH, PhD

Lesley,

Just had to comment on 2 articles in More Issue with Queen La on the cover. FYI - My husband, Jerry Kaplan, was President of the Magazine Group of Meredith and retired in 2003 - so I always read it cover to cover perhaps, with a little "personal" eye. I have never responded to an article before but just had to  on the following:

"The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For" is such an important piece I felt it was worthy of a more prominent position.  It was so thorough and so  timely. So many women I know headed or are heading down that road. A physician actually came to talk to our golf community in Florida and tried to encourage us all to take these hormones.  It really does need a higher profile for people to understand the enormous risks. The article on "My bad-hair life" touched on a subject I have struggled with and everything the author said I could relate to. However, she left out the many great solutions that are available nowadays. ie. Clip-on hair pieces (that actually relate to the article "It's time to change your looks"). These clip-on pieces have changed my look, along with many other people I know, who are far away from wearing wigs.  They clip on and blend in with your own hair. There are also places like "Hair Club" that have other viable solutions. This article seemed in direct contrast with "It's time to change your looks" and I think it would be more helpful for your readers to learn about their options.

FYI - At a Ladies' Golf League luncheon, I brought More to pass on to a friend. Some of the Ladies felt that More was now appealing to a younger audience - especially since one of the finalists was 33. I understand why this unique and brave gal was selected but I think the editors have to be more sensitive to their market.

Hope this was helpful.
--Donna Kaplan

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin 's article "The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For" is a Hoax in itself.  She knew nothing what she was talking about and it is obvious to those of us who have been receiving SottoPella pellets for years. It is also obvious she is connected in some way to pharmactical companies and we know they do not have the public's interest at heart. 

I had never heard of this magazine until a friend told me to read this article.  It would be wise if you printed Dr Tuttera's letter in you magazine to let men and women learn of the better side. 
--Sandy Gally

I must say that your article The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For by Catthryn Jakobson Ramin was the WOST AMA/FDA propaganda that I have ever read.  And I have read more than a few.  I don’t know who you think your readers are or what year you think this is but I am not my grandmother and I do not swallow any pill that the AMA is pushing.  You presume we are ignorant and ill informed.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Most people who are rebel enough to choose a nontraditional form  of treatment are very well read and studied.  We have learned a simple truth.  Phd does not equal God and AMA is not the only source of information or truth.   You may note that the USA is not the only place on the planet where modern medicine is practiced.  If you step outside of this country you will find many research institutes and scientist who have actually studied and ran test.  So when you make a statement that researchers have not published a head to head comparison of bioidenticals and conventional HT in terms of risk for stroke, cancer and other illnesses you might do well to mention American research or AMA research.  The fact that the AMA does not recognize such research which disagrees with its opinions on subjects it has NOT studied and researched does not mean the information has not been studied and researched.

The most outrageous claim made in your article was after acknowledging that the FDA had not done studies on the comparison of compounded hormones is different from other hormones you state the conclusion that they are therefore likely to increase risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots and breast cancer!!!  In other words we have no data so we conclude that it is dangerous?  Then later in the article you advise your readers to use bioidentical hormones so long as they are prescribed by a Doctor and produced in a pharmacy.  So you spend the first half of the article describing the dangers and evidence that bioidenticals are a risk then claim outright they cause harm.  But not if a doctor prescribes it?  Please.

Susanne Somers may have reason to bring a lawsuit against you for your use of her name in your article and I for one hope that she does.  There is plenty of evidence out there to contradict the information in your article if you had wanted to give an informative piece rather than a hit job.   And all this after using Susanne Somers on your cover of March 24, 2011.

If Ms. Ramin had bothered to look into the reason why there is no information or warning labels on natural product she would have known that the FDA has made it illegal to make health claims by anyone other than themselves.  And many times they have pressed lawmakers to prevent the publication of any information that disagrees with their claims even on subjects they don’t deem worthy of study and or research.   As Ms. Ramin could have found out that the FDA and AMA  don’t bother with research on products that cannot be patented, like natural products.  No paten no $$$ for research.  Then they make the ridiculous assumption put forth in your article that if haven’t proven it to be harmless it is then dangerous.  

What a piece of crap.
--Kay Lynn Zanger  

 Dear MORE,

I rarely take the time to write to a magazine like this, but your article was so shocking that I had to let you know how I feel as a woman regarding the article (The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For) by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin. I actually found her email address and wrote her a letter, as well. I am waiting and hoping for a response.

It seems that your magazine has given her a forum to write a completely one-sided article that totally trashed bio-identical hormones! I just can't believe you would allow this to be your cover story! You must think that women are stupid enough to believe what she wrote. Wouldn't it have been so much better and informative to have also spoken to some of the wonderful doctors we have in this country, who have pioneered  bio-identical hormones for all of us, to give them a chance to weigh in on the subject? Nobody asked them! Why is that?

 Why did Ms Ramin not contact Dr Erika Schwartz in NY, who has written so many books on this very subject? Why did she not consult Dr Carolyn Shaak of Needham MA, who is writing a research paper on this very topic of bio-identical hormones and will be presenting it to NAMS? What about speaking to some of the really wonderful,accredited compounding pharmacies out there!  I can name one that I use and it is Bird's Hill Pharmacy in Needham, MA.  Instead, with some grant money, Ms Ramin seems to want to ruin the reputation of the compounding pharmacies and scare people away with her one sided view! If this continues, we women will all be stuck with uninformed primary care doctors who have only about 4 hours of training in hormone use. I would like to continue to see my board certified Ob/Gyn who is an expert in hormones as this is her life's work, thank you. Please try and see if you can come up with some kind of article that is fair and balanced!

It just appears that Ms Ramin was somehow tied in with Pfizer and wanted to do harm to the compounding pharmacies. It is probably just a coincidence, but it is also curious how your cover article came out just as Suzanne Somers new book did. Almost on the same day! I can understand why the "big pharma" would like to do away with these very popular bio-identical creams! Thousands of women have found that they work and keep them healthy.

Are you trying to take away a woman's right to choose? It sure seems that way.

Sincerely,
--Collette Kellogg

I was very troubled by your article The Hormone Hoax, October 2013 issue. I am disappointed that you did not impart any positive information about pellet therapy.

As a 42 year old woman whose life was changed by Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) using pellets, I feel like I should share some of my story.

Since my early 30’s I have struggled with chronic fatigue, brain fog, body pain and no libido.

I visited numerous doctors over the years only to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia because they had ruled out any other possibility. I was given anti-depressants and pain meds. Not one of the doctors thought to check my hormone levels because I was so young.

After hearing about BioTE Bio-identical HRT using pellets, I found a BioTE  practitioner near me that had extensive training and information about hormones.  After having my blood tested it showed that I had almost no testosterone in my body.

They encouraged me to be pelleted.  I was very skeptical that it would help because I had tried numerous therapies throughout the years.

To my amazement I felt better within days.  To this date I am off all medications including antidepressants.  My libido is back in full force as well as my energy level.  It has truly given me my life back.

I did my homework on the hormones that I was putting into my body.  I know that if one can use a quality product like BioTE, that performs extensive testing on their pellets and maintains proper quality control, many lives can be changed.

Please share this information with your readers or follow up with a positive article because people need to know that there is a healthy option that TRULY works.

Thanks so much,
--Shay G

As journalists, your job is to do research and write about what you find.  Your article on pellet hormone therapy could have used some information about the benefits of hormone therapy done with pellets in a safe and controlled way.  There is a company that takes the time and trouble to train doctors the correct way to dose and controls the quality of the pellets.  Ask a few patients how it has given them their life back.  A 96% return rate for more pellet therapy is a good indicator that it is working when done right.

--Cheryl Carter

I have been using pellets for over two years now and so has my wife who is a breast cancer survivor. She only gets testosterone pellets as I do, however, it has completely given her, her life back and given me my wife back. Pellets have reversed her osteopenia, gotten rid of her joint pain, she has been able to come off of her anti-depressants, she is happy again. I think before you write an article bashing something you should do more research. My wife and I studied pellets for a long time before we decided that it was the best choice for her being a cancer survivor. Granted there are a lot of doctors and pharmacies out there that don’t know what they are doing and they attempt pellet therapy, like Hormone Replacement Centers that you guys mentioned in the article. Our doctor has been doing pellet therapy over 5 years with a huge success rate and repeat business. We always get consistent results and we pay nowhere near $3000 or more a year that you mention in your article. It’s about $100 a month a piece for each of us, I would beg, borrow or steal the money to make sure my wife has her pellets and so would she. When we were doing our research on pellets we literally found over 100 studies on pellet therapy and none of them were negative. Try going to pubmed.org and look for yourself. This has been a life saver for us and it’s sad that more people aren’t’ aware of pellets and now the people that read your magazine could be scared away from a very safe and affordable method of hormone replacement therapy, all because someone didn’t actually verify what they were told. As a journalist you should hold yourself to a higher standard and not report something that you don’t know all the facts about, I understand if it’s not sensational it doesn’t sell but sometimes good stuff sells too. You should be ashamed of writing such a misleading article, you can find any expert you want to say whatever you want if it fits their needs, however, double blind controlled studies do not lie, unlike your article.
--Christopher D. Ried

Ms. Ramin,

Your recent article in MORE Magazine brings up some interesting and relevant points about the regulation of compounding pharmacies however, the article really falls short on delivering the truth about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy done safely and effectively through the use of correct hormones, correct dosage and correct modality.

Unfortunately there are doctors are out there writing prescriptions for HRT that really don’t understand how to correctly treat hormone deficient patients, let alone read the labs or even bother to get labs because they are treating symptoms and not the root cause. Adding insult to injury they send these same patients out to compound pharmacies that don’t understand or care about the quality or dosage the patient gets.  That IS a problem and gives the good guys like BioTE Medical a bad name.

Maybe you should take your blinders off and dig a little deeper to research BHRT done right. BioTE  takes quality control and training their practitioners using the BioTE Method very seriously . Physicians are required to attend a 2 days of training to get certified by BioTE’s medical team and are encourage to return for refresher training anytime during one of the certification sessions held monthly. The pellets are tested by a third party compounding lab regularly testing for potency/sterility, rigidity, friability, weight variation, disintegration, dissolution and temperature tolerance.   In addition, each practice is assigned a physician liaison for continued support to bring the highest quality of treatment to the patient.

Ms. Ramin I encourage you to take a unbiased look at the “good guys” that are doing it right! BioTE and their partnering physicians are helping so many men and women return to health & wellness through safe and effective delivery of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.

Lastly, this is cutting edge medicine and (I hope) will soon be known as “preventive medicine”! American men and women are sick (literally) of bad medicine with sometime devastating side effects. Our health care system is so broken and it’s time to take the “band aid” off and go to the root of the problem. Insurance cost go up because people are getting sicker……..why??? Because our doctors have become a society of prescription writing practitioners only addressing symptoms instead of looking at the  root causes of illness.

It’s time to allow our doctors to return their focus to the health and wellness of their patients without worrying about insurance issues and big Pharma putting their corrupt 2 cents in!

Respectfully yours,
--Dawn Messina

Hello,
I have been a subscriber of More Magazine for perhaps 5 years or more. I have contacted the magazine one other time, but never received a response. I will try again, in hopes of receiving a response. While I do enjoy your magazine, and renew each year, my one complaint is the segment on: clothing that is promoted for people at different ages. The cost of the clothing is prohibitive for most people, me included! Why does each issue have such expensive clothing? Perhaps, show another side, and more affordable clothing, accessories, etc. I look forward to a response.

Thank you,
--L.Mantell

Hello,
Last month I subscribed to the trial of More and then the eventual year long subscription. I discovered the magazine a few years ago and enjoyed it, but hadn't read it in recent years. The editorial focus and content seems to have changed considerably in
the meantime. I've been dismayed and disappointed by the number of articles in two months' editions alone that focus on plastic surgery and/or Botox, fillers and injectables.  It struck me that the magazine serves as a veiled advertorial for the cosmetic surgery industry.  The content appears to reinforce women's insecurity about the aging process rather than celebrating the changes the women encounter throughout the course of their lives. Although I suspect it is too late to cancel my subscription, I did want to ensure that it would not be renewed when the year is up. Could you tell me with whom I might speak about either cancelling this current subscription or ensuring it is not renewed? Thank you for any help you can provide.

Sincerely,
--Nicole

Please have more articles for we women 60 and over.  What to wear, makeup
etc.  This picture of me was taken (just for fun) about 2 years ago.  I am
now 75.
Even if you try to stay in shape, your skin gets thinner and you look better
with a 3/4 or full sleeve.  Also, I believe that a lot of women now have the
money to spend and did not when they were younger.
I have been a subscriber for years and may be "outgrowing " it.
Thank you,
--Lois Stern

Dear Editor,
After reading your article on hormone pellet therapy I was quite dismayed at the narrow minded approach that was taken by your journalist, Cathryn Jakobson Ramin.  She obviously did not take the time to interview anyone who has been a recipient of the correct method of hormone pellet therapy nor did she spend time thoroughly  doing her due diligence to present a balanced view from both sides.   I personally have been a hormone pellet patient whose life has literally been changed for the better because of the proper method of hormone pellet therapy administered by a certified BioTE® physician.  I personally know at least 100 people in my circle of friends who are currently benefiting as well.
For years I suffered with the debilitating symptoms of surgically induced menopause.  Being told over and over again by physicians I was fine, when in fact I knew how I felt and I knew I was NOT fine.  Being 30 years old and going through menopause was NO fun.  Finally,  I was introduced to hormone pellet therapy by Dr. Gary Donovitz, and as I said before, it profoundly changed my life.    Women and men who suffer from all of the symptoms I suffered from can be helped safely and naturally through hormone pellet therapy and it is disconcerting at best to hear the same old rhetoric in your article I heard for years from physicians who were uninformed.    As a patient, all I know is that for the last 5 years I have been healthier and happier than ever before and have had significant relief from all of my symptoms.  I know I am protecting my heart, my bones, my brain and my breasts along with a vigor and zest for life I haven’t experienced in years.
My hope in writing to you is that you will challenge your journalist to do some real journalistic research.  She has actually done women in the More age range a real disservice by her biased and unsubstantiated article.
Thank you for taking the time to consider what this More reader has to say.
--Diane Ramsey

Hi,

I just wanted to comment in the article about Peru in your October 2013 issue.  You need to be very careful what you tell people to do when they are traveling.  I know Peru well and you NEVER take the planes in or over machu pichu. They have a very high accident ratio.  Also you never travel to and from places in Peru by bus or train at night (Americans).  Too many express kidnappings.  If you check our U.S. government page on travel outside the us that will give you all current info for Americans traveling over there.  

--Amanda

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