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  • "Who are you and what do you need to be you?"

    "Who are you and what do you need to be you?"IMG_0716-crop-reduce

    That’s the question I’ve asked my patients for thirty years and the puzzle we solve together. It’s all about finding (and using!) the keys that will improve each person’s life. Every pIcon-FAQtoconvertederson, and thus every set of keys, is unique. My job is to help each person find the keys that unlock their hidden potential and ones that help them filter external influences. Sometimes, these keys are hidden deep within, but many are within easy reach—and those are the ones I want to share with you!

    I operate in defiance of our modern, bottom-line driven, assembly line approach to health care. A rarity in medicine these days, I take patients off medicine whenever I can. I bring intimacy and artistry to my work, and the results show in my patients. I’ve served many and I’ve served well.

    Who are you and what do you need to be you?

    In the process of helping my patients, I ask myself this question every day. It’s important to me to be a living example for those who seek my help. I choose not to hide behind a professional mask. My patients may be impressed by my education, my credentials and my intelligence, but I know I contribute on a much deeper level to their healing through my honesty and compassion, and my willingness to step out from behind the mask and share myself with them.

    I learned this not from medical school but from living my life. This strength and wisdom comes from being a woman with life experience. I have it, you have it, and the world needs this from us! I agree with the Dalai Lama that western women can save the world.

    The end of my cycles was a liberation. Finished with child-bearing years ago, I no longer needed my body to devote itself to procreative possibilities. So the common societal notion that I had lost something or that my value had diminished did not resonate with me at all. And all the energy that my body put into those procreative cycles is now mine to focus on a new kind of creativity!

    When my new-found energy started spilling over as hot flashes, I was not willing to be derailed but I wasn't willing to treat my hot flashes as symptoms of a disease either. The medical world offers estrogen hormones as the most effective treatment for hot flashes. Effective yes, but with substantial risk and a postponement of the same problem when hormones are stopped later in life. And for those of us who cannot or choose not to take hormones, Big Pharma is trying to medicalize menopause by getting approval to treat it with psychiatric drugs. I’m frankly tired of the “take a pill” mentality.

    So, one evening last year, when my husband was explaining a technology that could be used to store and release heat in a home heating project, a hot flash distracted me and I blurted out, “Wow, can we get that in clothing? I need it!” And that’s how PrettyCoolWoman began!

    Sure enough, phase change technology works great in fabrics next to the skin. It draws away excess heat and then gives it back when needed! So, together, we developed this totally new paradigm in hot flash management. No risky drugs, no silly fans or sprays, no hassle. Simple, safe, effective and even stylish!

    Now I let my body go through its natural changes while my wardrobe works for me to maintain my temperature in a comfortable zone. No more embarrassing flushing, sweating, or stripping off layers at inopportune times. And no getting chilled either. I literally live in my tanks and tunics with every outfit by day and I sleep in the tunics at night. (And, based on early customer feedback, I have lots of new styles coming!)

    This new concept in temperature management has made such a profound difference in my life that I’ve built a whole company around it so I can share it with you. I really believe that we can change the world together if we can effectively harness our wisdom and our energy.

    If fashionable phase change clothing had existed for me when I needed it, I never would have needed to start this company! Fact is, phase change technology was first adapted by NASA decades ago for use in space suits to protect astronauts from the extreme heat and cold of outer space. Every apparel company in the world had access to this technology ever since, yet none of them adapted it for everyday use for you and me. What does that say about how the world views women our age, and how it expects us to view ourselves?

    I'm not interested in that script and you shouldn’t be either. I'm writing, directing and starring in my own life and I want to help you to take charge of your life too. I’ve always taken good care of myself, but as I age, I’m reminded over and over that being the best I can be always starts with being comfortable in my own skin.

    Even if you never buy a product from me, I want to create a movement with you. If we get comfortable in our skin, acknowledge our wisdom, and harness our energy, maybe we women really can save the world.

    Are you with me?

    Leave a comment, question, or suggestion and please invite your friends to join us!

    With love,

    DebraMD

  • An Explanation of Phase Change Technology

    How Do PrettyCoolWoman's Products Regulate Temperature? (And Why Are They Better for Hot Flashes than Anything Else?)

    Our products use a simple, elegant process to keep you comfortable through temperature changes, no matter where of how they happen.

    icemeltWhen you feel heat or cold, it means energy is moving. Pick up a cold drink, and you feel the glass drawing energy away from your hand. Pick up a hot drink, and the energy is moving from the cup into our hand. If you pick up something that feels neither hot nor cold, then it means no energy is moving in either direction. Continue reading

  • Being Who We Are

    Do you ever think about something, then have it show up everywhere in your awareness?  Today, for me, it’s the concept of BEING WHO WE ARE. Continue reading

  • Figuring Out Beauty and Value - Part 1

    (Note: ThJOG_Orchid_op_reducedis is a follow-on post. See http://prettycoolwoman.com/index.php/blog/?p=65 or full context of this thread.)

    I am always struck at how undervalued flowers seem to be, relative to their beauty. Continue reading

  • Figuring Out Beauty and Value - Intro

    MMask1y first start-up was a market research database of high-end art, antiques and collectibles for major auction houses, dealers, museums, insurance companies and tax authorities. Since this was the first time anyone had made so much detailed market data available, my job was not simply to publish the data, but to help my clients come to rational interpretations of data that would help them predict future prices. The analysis is infinitely more complex Continue reading

  • The Moon's Wisdom

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    Several years ago I sat for two days and two nights, fasting, without water or shelter, in an 8 by 8 square foot space near the mountains.  It’s called vision quest and, in this case, Continue reading

  • The Outsider

    odd1I’m used to being an outsider.  For reasons I now understand, I never Continue reading

  • Why am I doing this when I could be...?

    Do you ever stop and wonder why you’re traindoing what you’re doing?  Maybe you’re not a perennial soul-searcher as I am, but I still think it’s a good idea to regularly check in on what you’re devoting your energy and time to. Continue reading

  • What Do Hot Flashes Really Mean?

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    I believe in the wisdom of the body.  And I believe that listening to our bodies—having  conversations with them—is a crucial component to a healthy life.

    Pain, for example, is Continue reading

  • Habits Die Hard

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    By 55, I’ve developed my daily habits or practices, for better or worse.  For example, on my work days Continue reading

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