Hot flashes are one of the most common and irritating conditionsexperienced by women.  They are often experienced by women going through menopause and also frequently encountered as an unpleasant side effect of breast cancer therapy.


The ideal treatment for hot flashes would be one that: Was effective at decreasing both the frequency and intensity of the hot flash, Didn’t interfere with other drugs, and Was safe and didn’t cause more problems that it was fixing. Unfortunately, very few effective treatments are available which decrease both the frequency and severity of hot flashes.


Occasionally SSRI drugs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are used to control hot flashes.  However, concerns exist about these medications interfering with the metabolism and effectiveness of anti-estrogen drugs including Tamoxifen.  The SSRI drugs, which are mostly used to treat depression, also come with some less than exciting side effects of their own.  Botanical medicines such as black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa) are frequently used however there are some doctors have voiced concerns about the use of this plant in cancer patients.  While botanical medicines are much less likely to have unpleasant side effect than drug therapy, they do not seem to provide relief from hot flashes reliably in all patients.


A study published recently in Supportive Cancer Care described magnesium oxide as a potentially effective treatment for hot flashes.  Magnesium seems to be an ideal candidate, it’s very safe, doesn’t interfere with anti-estrogen therapies (i.e.. it’s safe for women with a history of breast cancer), and according to the study is relatively effective.  This study used magnesium oxide at either 400mg or 800mg doses per day for 4-weeks in breast cancer patients.  Both the frequency and severity of hot flashes were measured.  Severity was assessed using a “hot flash score,” which was defined as frequency x severity.


The frequency of hot flashes decreased by 41%.  There was also a 50% reduction in the hot flash score compared to baseline.  Study participants reported improvements in sweating, distress, and fatigue.  Two women reported experiencing headaches, and another two reported grade-1 diarrhea (diarrhea is graded 1-4 with 4 being the worst).   Considering the effectiveness and excellent safety profile of magnesium, the authors concluded that this treatment was worthy of additional study.


A magnesium dosage of 800mg is considered to be an optimal intake by many healthcare professionals.  It is also interesting to note that magnesium levels have been found to be decreasing rapidly over the past 100 years.  Inadequate intake of foods containing magnesium is likely to be responsible for this.  It is also important to point out that many drugs can induce a magnesium deficiency including antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, corticosteroids, and laxatives.  Alcohol is another potent promoter of magnesium deficiency.


Magnesium is a very safe mineral, with diarrhea being the most frequently encountered side effect.  Dosages of 800mg may produce loose stool in some people, with others being able to tolerate much higher dosages.  This potential side effect can also make magnesium effective in some cases of constipation.  Starting with a lower dose is generally the best way to start any supplementation.


It is important to remember that when taking magnesium is it important to supplement with calcium as well.  This is especially true for those who are post-menopausal, and those who have previously been treated with chemotherapy or radiation and are thus at increased risk for osteoporosis.


Dr. Jake Psenka and the physicians at Longevity Medical Health Center offer the best in dealing with women’s health as well as a number of other health conditions. To find out more or schedule your appointment visit



Longevity Medical presents educational health events that include lectures, discussions, open houses, and other health presentations.

By providing these events, they are improving health and preventing disease. The frequent free lectures present a variety of topics, from detoxification to cancer prevention. Also occasionally they host lab testing or detox demonstrations.


The next event being hosted by Longevity Medical is a discussion of why we can be so Hot, Cold, Up, Down, Round… AND How to Fix It! The discussion is inspired by amazing results that women are having with natural medicine, Dr. Purcell has put together this talk to bring you the latest information on hormone balance today. The event will help answer women’s health questions. Dr. Purcell will direct the discussion on June 13, 2012.


Dr. Purcell is licensed as a natural medical doctor in both Arizona and California, who specializes in natural integrative medicine. Dr. Purcell has a specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body’s natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are always used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.


Longevity Medical Health Center has been recognized as the leading natural health care center in Arizona since 1984. They are dedicated to improving the lives of patients by providing high quality individualized health care. The staff of nationally recognized physicians and educators understand that in order for true healing to occur patients must be participants in their own health care. Through education, listening, and the understanding skilled physicians empower patients to play an active role in their own health care and wellbeing.

The goal of having the events is to provide excellent alternative health education in a comfortable and relaxed environment. For more information on Longevity Medical Health Clinic and details on their next discussion, lecture, or event visit

Candida, Irritable Bowel, and more!

Join Dr. Andrea Purcell for this informative lecture and learn everything you want to know about regaining and maintaining a healthy digestive system.

You Will Learn How To:

-Beat the yeast
-Prevent another IBS flare-up
-Detect potential food allergens
-Recognize a weakened digestive system
-And how to give your digestive system a rest!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 @ 6pm

WHERE: Naturopathic Family Care – 13832 N. 32nd Street #126, Phoenix, AZ