Menopausal Discomfort? No Sweat! A New Theory on the Cause and Prevention of Hot Flashes

Women in Fiji have it easy, at least when it comes to menopause. We were in Fiji to study bra wearing and breast cancer, but took advantage of the opportunity of being with these non-western people to ask about the way local women experienced menopause. Margaret Mead, the famous cultural anthropologist, discovered that the discomforts young western women often associate with the “coming of age” were mostly absent for Samoan women. As medical anthropologists, we wondered if the coming “out […]

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