LifeClimax Team

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Zora DeGrandpre, MS, ND

Dr. DeGrandpre is a licensed naturopathic physician with a background in clinical and basic science research. Her original training was as an organic chemist, specializing in drug design. Her BS, from SUNY at Buffalo, is in Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. DeGrandpre received her Master`s degree from Roswell Park Cancer Institute where her research focused on cancer immunology. Later, as a PhD candidate, she examined the idiotypic relationships involved in the regulation of T-suppressor cells, a type of regulatory immune cell.

After a number of years teaching AP and Regents chemistry, biology and physics in Buffalo area schools, Dr. DeGrandpre moved to the West Coast and obtained a doctorate in natural medicine, awarded by the National College of Natural Medicine in 2007. She has served as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH/NCCAM). As a survivor of emotional, sexual, physical and domestic abuse, Dr. DeGranpdre has focused on the clinical interactions of these and other experiences and the development of PTSD, depression, anxiety and mood disorders. As a result of a recent emergency illness, Dr. DeGrandpre has also become active as a medical advocate and is preparing a book on how to deal with concerns about the quality of health care received and billing inequities.

She has worked with patients to minimize their use of pharmacologic medicines while maximizing their health and wellness using a number of natural alternatives to various prescription medications. In addition, her expertise in natural medicine has been called upon in litigation matters, specifically on the properties of various herbal medicines and their interactions with pharmacologic agents. She has published textbooks in botanical medicine, drug-herb interactions, the treatment of alcoholism and addiction, homeopathy and other topics. Dr. DeGrandpre is also a writer and editor for academia, writing scientific grants and curricula for Integrative Medicine programs. She also writes for industry and the public, writing articles and monographs on various supplements, providing well-researched and documented information for both professionals and non-professionals on various medical conditions, herbal medicines and supplements. She also writes and lectures on various topics, including diets to treat and prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes; the use of bio-identical hormones; women’s health; mind-body medicine and naturopathic approaches to the treatment of addictions.

Loren Miller

Menopause was the last thing on my mind when I hit my 40’s. My husband and I were already planning our next venture in Europe and we were equally enthusiastic as we always were. Our plans took a sudden halt however when I was afflicted with menopause. Somehow I had skipped the perimenopause stage completely (or it hadn’t been that bad) and when I finally reached the big M, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew that every women’s experience was difference, but it didn’t help when all of my friends proclaimed that their menopause experience was a breeze. I dealt with it for three years, yet it felt like I had it forever.

I became irritable and completely negative during this time. I remember my first hot flash almost scared me to death. I was laying calmly in bed and felt this sensation overwhelm me that I attributed to a heart attack. This experience was the same for the next three years and as time progressed it never really got any better or manageable. The sweet natured and enthusiastic individual I once was completely disappeared and I was a raging machine of anger who couldn’t be bother and was dreadfully unhappy. It was an extremely difficult time for me and menopause began to affect my life negatively both socially and financially.

Standard treatment options weren’t aplenty in my situation. I wasn’t a candidate for hormone treatment because my mother had died of breast cancer. Additionally, since she was unfortunately taken away from me so early, I couldn’t remember how her own menopause affected her and thus had no reference or support for my experience. Lack of information and treatment led me to start looking for my own solutions.

My time with menopause allowed me to do some self-reflection and realize that we do not always have access to the answers we seek. In an effort to inform other women of this pivotal time in their life I decided to begin chronicling my own experience so that I could shed some light on what is otherwise a rather overshadowed subject. Menopause doesn’t have to completely inhibit your lifestyle and it most certainly shouldn’t change you. I hope to spread this message and my knowledge with other women so that they can continue to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Katherine Sallas

As a mother of three I thought I had lived through the worst of it. Messy rooms, whining, the constant worry and stressing out over everyone’s schedule – all of that I considered to be the most challenging of my adult life. That’s why when I was nearing my mid 40’s and my little ones were finally heading off to college or starting their career I was relieved. Certainly if I had accomplished the art of raising three children I could tackle anything in life. Not only that, but I was excited to finally be relinquished of the mental and physical strain that lifestyle put upon me. Little did I know that womanhood had a little something else in mind.

Menopause was not entirely debilitating for me, but it was certainly akin to that itch that you just couldn’t relieve. My hot flashes were atrocious for the first couple of years and gradually subsided with time and as I grew out of menopause. I suppose the worst of it for me was the constant sleep disturbances that no amount of melatonin could rid of.

The intimate life that my husband and I were looking forward to was suddenly slashed off our list as I became completely disinterested in the entire fiasco. Couple that with mood swings and occasionally have some downright crazy thoughts, I was sure that I was revisiting my days a full-time mother.

I tried the hormone replacement therapy route, but after a few sessions some complications arose and it was no longer an option. At that point I was left to figure things out on my own and let the entire thing ride on by. Of course, I was afraid that I would live the rest of my life like this and since I was so amped up to live it to the fullest I made it a priority to figure out how to dampen these symptoms. I tried every crazy suggestion and treatment found in books and on the web so I’d like to think I’m a little knowledgeable in what works and what doesn’t. I hope you find our content helpful and that you regain the desire to keep living life to the fullest.

Dr. Ryan Shelton ND

Dr. Shelton is a dedicated physician solidly rooted in the principles of comprehensive medicine. For the past decade he has focused strongly on investigative and clinical research to educate physicians and patients across the country on the safest and most efficacious diagnostic and treatment methodologies in medicine. He was the creator and developer of Whole Body Health, a multi-disciplinary family practice in Kansas City for many years and left in 2009 to become the co-founder and Chef Medical Advisor of DietDoc.com. During that time Dr. Shelton was hired by The University Compounding Pharmacy in San Diego California as the head Physician and Pharmacist Consultant. Dr. Shelton is currently continuing his telemedical career again as the co-founder and Chef Medical Advisor of OnlineUsaDoctors.com and OnlineUKDoctors.com.

Dr. Shelton has enhanced clinical experience with anti-aging medicine and extensive clinical experience in cancer treatments, holistic medicine, hormone replacement therapy, and pain management.  He is a diligent researcher and cogent author driven by the desire of propagating dialogues of health and scientific discovery. Dr. Shelton is committed to the wellness of individuals within clinical practice and community wellness through frequent outreach efforts including radio interviews, lectures, and contributing to various publications.

Education
Doctorate Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University – Seattle, Washington
Master of Arts, Philosophy from University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas
Rush Medical College – Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry from University of Kansas – Lawrence, Kansas

I specialize in private one-on-one consultation with physicians, pharmacists, and patients across the country who are in search of prescription recommendations from compounding pharmacies as well as natural health solutions and advice on all types of complementary and alternative medicines.

Lianne Tang

I have a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biospcyhology from University of British Columbia. The topic of menopause is an interest of mine as every woman has to go through this stage in life without knowing much about what actually happens in their bodies to cause all that unbearable symptoms. I truly wish that I can share my knowledge with other women so that they can better care for themselves during this changing phase in their lives.