NOTE: Carmichael Lynch Spong handles public relations for EAS.
I was glad to read something about the hot flashes that have been my companion for the last two years ["Hot Enough for You?" July 27]. When I last visited my OB-GYN, his advice was to "grin and bear it" (He was trying to find a stadium on Mapquest at the same time as prescribing some relief). Here is my input:
• Tried Black Cohosh for eight weeks. It didn't help.
• Tried Vitamin E and soy supplements. It didn't help.
What does help?
• Fans, fans and more fans -- Fans in my study, studio, ceiling fans and a purse fan.
• Low-carb diet and low sugar intake reduced my hot flashes by about 50 percent; they occur every four to six hours instead of every hour on the hour, and for three months they disappeared completely.
• At least four large glasses of water a day
• Exercise and loss of a few pounds made me feel slimmer, trimmer, more energetic and better disposed when hot flashes appear.
• A wonderful husband who encourages me to stay calm and relaxed when the flashes hit.
Ilonka L. Nakhleh
A caption accompanying an illustration for "Hot Enough for You?" misidentified a martini glass as a glass of wine.
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