We Don’t Care, We Have HYDR8

Poland Spring bottled water is a product of Nestle. Is it water from an untouched source? Is it 100 percent “Spring Water”? There have been a few lawsuits against the product alleging that it’s not and they’ve been misleading the public for quite some time now. Here at You Me NYC Magazine, our thoughts on this are simple. WE DON’T CARE, WE HAVE HYDR8!!!

No more having to separate plastic bottles that go into the recycling bin or having to wait for the water delivery and the attitude that comes with it. More importantly, no more lugging the 5-gallon 40-pound plastic bottles to the cooler and spilling part of it all over you. HYDR8 is all about space and maximizing its capacity, by offering a streamlined approach, to an endless supply of purified water through your current system. In other words, HYDR8 filters the “Hell” out of your tap water by removing all impurities as well as bacteria found in your tap and then sterilizes, using the latest in advanced filtration technology. To quote Peter from You Me NYC Magazine, “HYDR8 Makes New York’s Water Taste Great Again”.

Ralph Marucci & Business Partner | Eric

We were fortunate to sit down with President, CEO and founder of HYDR8 Ralph Marucci(pictured in image right with business partner Eric) for a few “New York Minutes” to get to know a little more about him and his company’s mission. Saving billions of plastic water bottles from being dumped into our oceans and landfills, combined with little to no plastic usage in their equipment is only part of their vision. Building a strong customer relationship, whether it’s an individual household or fortune 500-company as well as implementing their state of the art purification systems all over the world, to developed and underdeveloped countries is the other.

According to Marucci, over the next 5 to 10 years, HYDR8 will be the household name for water purification as well as the authority in educating the public on the importance of their product to one’s health, vitality and the environment.  Marucci along with his team, has reached out through various “Social Media” outlets, schools throughout the city’s five boroughs, and word of mouth to spread HYDR8’s ideology of keeping up with the latest water quality technology, along with what makes HYDR8’s process so unique.  HYDR8 will be available all over the world, especially to those who don’t have direct access to clean drinking water.

Marucci held a few different sales positions before he decided to go into business for himself, making water his chosen industry. When asked what kind of advice he can offer to the entrepreneurs just starting out, his response was, “Understanding and achieving emotional neutrality during wins and losses is the key to longevity and minimizing stress. It’s easier said than done, but focusing on it can be the key to future success..” HYDR8 is the future of in-house water purification and we at You Me NYC Magazine are enjoying it one glass at a time. It just tastes better.

 

 

 

Goodbye Petroleum Jelly, Hello CoCoMe

Petroleum Jelly | You Me NYCDitch the Petroleum Jelly, an oil-based product that was first discovered on some of the earliest oil rigs, in the mid to late 1800s. Petroleum jelly now uses more friendly names like Mineral oil, Petrolatum, or Paroleine. It is found in over 95% of all makeups, soaps, and hair care products.  We all know of the many products that contain Petroleum Jelly.   People have been applying it on their lips, face, hair and on their cuts for years. Short term relief, is the temporary comfort, however, over time, the effects can be quite damaging. It creates a false facade of hydrated skin and actually suffocates your pores by building a barrier between your skin and the very air you breathe.

CoCoMe is an eco-friendly skincare brand derived from all-natural ingredients wrapped in a package of organic virgin coconut oil and a touch of bees-wax.  It caters to your skin by nourishing each layer with a healthy and refreshing covering, all while protecting your skin from the free radicals that can damage it.  The bees-wax allows the application to glide easily and evenly as the organic virgin coconut oil is absorbed quickly into your skin.  The unique properties of CoCoMe leave your skin soft and hydrated as well as repair and restore exuberance to those tired and dry areas.  Blemishes and scars are less noticeable after incorporating CoCoMe into your skincare regimen.

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The product also has anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-itching, and anti-inflammatory properties and a whole lot more.  No more annoying mosquito bites, Eczema, and athlete’s foot.  After removing makeup, with traditional cleansers, there are still a lot of chemical remnants left on your face from both the makeup and these traditional cleansers, which can cause breakouts and irritation.   Used as a makeup remover, CoCoMe cleanses a majority of those chemical remains away with its all-natural ingredients preventing breakouts and irritation from occurring.

CoCoMe is a universal product for both men and women.  Now we all know that women are more inclined to take care of their skin and men kinda have skincare on the backburner.   However, both men and women can agree on one thing, they are both age-conscious and CoCoMe aids in slowing down your skin’s aging process.  It’s safe to use from head to toe, even safe enough for a newborn baby.  This is just a brief synopsis that I put together about this product, there are many more uses and benefits to take advantage of.  I use CoCoMe every day as a lip balm and a moisturizer and I absolutely love it and you will too.

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A Pretty Face with Nothing to Back it up is Null and Void

Purposefully Pretty You Me NYC“A pretty face with nothing to back it up is null and void”, according to PurposefullyPretty Inc. a nonprofit organization seeking to reach, teach and inspire young women to identify and pursue their purpose in life. Their goal is to teach them about beauty and the importance of having a purpose, by helping them become the inspirational and determined individuals they are destined to be.

Like any other teenager, many deal with insecurities and obstacles in their life.  PurposefullyPretty founder, Diamond Craig and the PP team are women who have struggled with some to many of the same issues that young women face today.  It is their desire to mentor, guide and inspire them to reach their personal and professional goals as well as overcome the various struggles that confront them.

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PurposefullyPretty implements its mission through mentorships, community service, empowerment events, and the #IAmPurposefullyPretty workshop series. Through this workshop series, the PurposefullyPretty team travels to schools, libraries and other organizations that cater to young women; providing all the tools that they need to become the next generation of leaders and dedicated women.  This workshop series gears itself towards young women between the ages of 11-18; to help them achieve their confidence and character necessary to pursue their goals and to acquire the tools needed.  Therefore, by the end of the series, they have a better understanding of what their purpose is.

Conclusion

Some of the workshops apart from this series include ‘Identifying My Purpose’, ‘Radical Self Love’ ‘Social Media’, ‘Conflict Resolution’ and a host of others.  They can also join the PurposefullyPretty organization, by becoming a registered member.  Members benefit by establishing relationships and networking with all of its members.  Purposefully Pretty has such great opportunities from prom makeover contest to summer leadership programs.  They also collaborate with other organizations to focus on what young women are interested in!

Shortstack: Breaking the Rules and Setting New Standards

They go by the slogan “Breaking The Rules and Setting New Standards.”  Starting out as a small fashion show straight to a mission, Shortstack is a nonprofit modeling agency for young teenage girls.  Their objective is to create opportunities for the teens, by encouraging them to embrace their inner and outer selves and helping to achieve their aspirations of becoming a model.  According to program directors, Patricia Budhan and Frannelys Frias “Shortstack is not just a modeling program, it’s also a self-esteem program. We want to help girls overcome their struggles.” This nonprofit program is a space for young girls to blossom into young women. It is also a sisterhood where anyone can reach out for advice or have a shoulder to lean on.

Throughout the program, the agency renders life lessons such as time management, networking, and how to communicate with others. Many have come out of this program finding their lifetime friend. Together the girls go through auditions, workshops, and segments, while simultaneously creating a bond with each other. Hal Eisenberg is the CEO of Windows of Opportunity Inc., which is also the parent umbrella that Shortstack 501©(3) is under.  Eisenberg, the Executive Director of Shortstack, Tracy Mangan Mignone, along with program directors Patricia Maria and Frannelys Frias steady the course of the curriculum.  Considering it takes about nine months to prepare the girls for the runway show, the Shortstack team works very hard to provide the models with their outfits, photo-shoots, sponsors, the production overall and the audience. 
As people hear the word about Shortstack, this leads to a conversation.  According to Tracy Mangan Mignone “We walked through Roosevelt Field mall and sent out packets giving people a chance to see their clothing on our runway.” As the years went by, it was easy for people to reach out and get their clothing line into the fashion show.

Conclusion

Shortstack is the vessel that advises a young girl on how to use the power of confidence to their advantage.  They want the best for these teens by showing them, they can be whatever they want to be in life.  They still continue their mission for many that were in the program.  Once a Shortstack always a Shortstack. We wish much-continued success with their mission in helping young girls build their confidence and self-esteem.

Piasha Barua College Student Petite Model and Activist

Piasha Barua You Me NYCWake-up, go to school, then to work on certain days, go to the gym, hang out with friends or come home to a cat and watch television, sounds like an ordinary day for a full-time working college student.  Now couple that day with modeling and an “Anti Skin Bleaching” campaign, you have full-time working college student,  petite model, and activist, Piasha Barua.

Piasha is a Queens-born native of Bangladeshi descent and before modeling, she was heavily involved with the “Queens Library Teen Radio Podcast” two days a week.  Working at the podcast taught her valuable skills on how to interview people.  As her skills progressed, she landed a gig to interview the author of “Black Girls Rock”, Beverly Bond.  It was her first interview and although she was extremely nervous Piahsa did an excellent job.  Ever since her first interview, Piasha’s team gave her more people to interview for the popular podcast.  Jaquae from “Love and Hip Hop”, Puma from “Black Ink Crew”, Julito McCullum from “Brotherly Love” and Angela Yee from “The Breakfast Club” are just a few of the celebrities Piasha interviewed.

When asked why she chose to concentrate on modeling and if she received any adversity from her family and friends about her decision, her family was surprised yet embracing regarding her decision.  Piasha’s family is very conservative and no one in her family has ever been able to do this. Piasha chose to pursue modeling because it’s one of the ways she can promote the “Anti Skin Bleaching” campaign.

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Skin bleaching creams are sold all throughout South Asian countries including Bangladesh where her family is from.  According to Piasha, being fair skin is a common beauty trend which displays a “higher class”.  “I want to be a part of that change, where having a dark complexion, is acceptable and beautiful and be a role model for others,” says Piasha.   It’s not just about walking and showing off, it’s about walking with power and purpose.   She wants to set an example to young South Asian girls and all girls of color, that they don’t need to bleach their skin to feel beautiful and to embrace the beauty that comes from within themselves.

When asked what she likes and dislikes about the modeling industry, Piasha loves the diversity amongst the models in the industry.  However, there are certain high-end shows that still portray a certain physical type.  She believes that models should be seen in a different way.  Every model seen has a pretty face, with one unique feature.  According to Piasha, models should be allowed to showcase, their own individual traits so people can start to recognize their own unique features, along with how their traits were made for them.

In addition to modeling, Piasha also works with the non-profit organization “Purposely Pretty” which teaches young girls how to identify their purpose in life.  The objective is not about a pretty face, it’s more than that.  It’s all about self-love, overcoming doubt, conflict resolution, money management, recognizing relationships and the impact of social media.  “Purposely Pretty” provides mentors to young girls to look up to and learn how their mentors have become strong successful women.  Piasha is the social media manager of “Purposely Pretty”, which is one of the most important roles in the organization considering how influential social media is today.  Diamond Craig, the program director of “Purposely Pretty” gave the position to her and she is proud and honored to be working with such an amazing organization.

Conclusion

Piasha Barua You Me NYCWith all that being said, we asked how Piasha balances school, work and her social life.  Her schedule is a balanced one, with work twice a week and school four days a week.  When she actually has a moment, she likes to hang out with her friends, usually over a plate of Chicken Alfredo, that’s her favorite dish.  However, when she has a moment alone, Piasha likes to watch a lot of “Disney-Pixar” movies along with a plethora of cartoons that she can watch all day.  However, right now she is binge-watching “The Real Day Time” show on “YouTube”.  They put a lot of emphasis on “Girl Chats” and the show’s theme is purple which happens to be Piasha’s favorite color.

When asked if there are any other career paths she might be entertaining down the road, Piasha has a genuine interest in companies, brands or organizations that have a purpose and be part of a great movement.  Considering that she is a young adult, she is discovering new things about herself and what she is capable of doing.  She has a passion for television, film, and pop culture as well as an eagerness to learn about marketing and advertising on multi-media platforms.  Either way, whichever direction she chooses, we at You Me NYC are absolutely positive it’s going to be the right choice.

 

 

 

Shit, if You Can Make it Here, You Can Make it Anywhere!

If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. People have always used this as a coping mechanism when the city overwhelms you. But what about the people who have been here their whole lives? What are our mechanisms? The ones that survived what people couldn’t do for six months. What are our words of encouragement to keep going? 

New York is advertised as the fun, loud, entertaining city that never sleeps, filled with assholes too caught up in the hustle and bustle to say hello. When that’s not taking place, it becomes an episode of “Law and Order.” But when you take away all of that bullshit, what’s left to entertain you? If those things didn’t exist, would you guys continue to come here? Would you continue to see this as a stepping stone if it didn’t come with those things? When people come here they think we’re just used to it. People have been known to enjoy cold weather, but no one likes being cold. No one gets used to the wear and tear this city can have on your physical and mental well-being. 

Conclusion

What helps is the perspective of this place. The city is so unique people forget it’s a whole state. It’s not even the capital but it plays such a major part on how New York is viewed as a whole. It’s easy to get caught up and one of the ways to get out is to take in some nature. Trees literally help you breathe. If I were surrounded by skyscrapers and trains and “New York” life all day long, I’d have a panic attack all to myself…: which has literally happened to me. Being native to this surrounding, I’ve learned to drown out certain things and internalize others. It’s one of those things I’m still working on myself. Just don’t forget to breathe. Shit… this society; in this day and age, if you choose to keep going in this life, choose to wake up this morning without complaints. You already made it! You already won. For my native New Yorkers, just keep doing what we do best, keep moving and grooving!  

5 Ways To Prioritize During The Holidays

Tis the Season to be Jolly…. Bah Humbug! Are you looking forward to this holiday season? I know I am not…I used to love holidays, now I dislike them mainly because of the commercial aspect of it. I do love the spiritual side of it and what it means to be of service in the age of giving. There are so many people who are homeless this year. It hurts my heart that they don’t have a place to live and be free to celebrate in their own way. Do your best to give back to someone less fortunate than you. You will be surprised at how blessed you are.

Many of us are overwhelmed with trying to please family, friends and more. Now with so much going on in our daily lives, how do we have balance and not go into debt during this holiday season? Our rents and mortgages are extremely high, food prices have gone up and the kids are growing faster than a speeding bullet.

So, what can we do? I want to share with you five ways to prioritize during the holiday season! Here are few methods to get you through those holiday blues:

Step 1 – Pay all household bills first like Rent/Mortgage, telephone, utilities, and car & life insurance. Look for sales and start your shopping early like in July, (Back to School sales) August, and September (Labor Day sales).

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Step 2 – Create a holiday budget. If you spent over $1500.00 last year, cut that in half and pick two items per child or person (get something they really want or need). Don’t spend excessively when you know you have bills to pay first. Bring in the New Year with a few dollars. Cha-ching $$$

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Step 3 – Create a food budget, find fun new items to make with the family. Try baking holiday cookies or cupcakes. Do your home & holiday grocery shopping all in one. There are always plenty of sales on food during Thanksgiving week. Have your menu handy and focus on buying everything you need all at once. Tell your family and friends to bring a dish. Why should you be the only one cooking? Share the love.

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Step 4 – Learn to shop at discount and department stores that have creative ideas for holiday decorations, games, toys and fun products. The following stores like Five Below, Marshalls, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar and Dollar General are shops that have 25% to 75% sale offers. They usually start before the holidays, like Christmas in July. Don’t forget the stuff you bought last year that’s up in the closet. Get the family to design their own Christmas stockings and buy stocking stuffers. You can spend less than $10.00 per stocking. You can find quality items for as low as a $1.00 to fill those stockings like nail polish, cute combs, candy bars, “Hot Wheels” cars, gloves, hats, and gift cards.

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Step 5 – Organize a few weeks before. Set up your holiday table. Have fun with the family, play Christmas movies or music. Get creative, let the kids make holiday decorations. This is a fun way to keep the family together. Remember do not go broke trying to impress people in order to show them you love them by spending excessively.

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Mythical Dances of the Shakti Wellness Workshop

Event Description

Celebrate the power of your Divine Feminine Shakti energy in a 2-hour workshop that is dedicated to guide you to realize and actualize your dreams through Sacred Movement, Cosmic Sound and Universal Breath. Together we will create and cultivate a loving space to embody self-awareness and creativity.Mythical Dances of the Shakti Wellness Workshop You Me NYC

Date & Time

Sat, October 13, 2018
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

Location

Mark Morris Dance Group
3 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Register

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Organizers Arianna Al Tiye & Dianne Scott

Arianna is an International Ethnic Folkloric Dancer of East Afrikan descent who has taught, studied and performed here and abroad for over 20 years. She specializes in the sacred art form of belly dance as a healing modality to empower women of all ages. Her teachings of pelvic spirals, ribcage lifts, hip shimmies and undulations help to strengthen the natural feminine essence.

Dianne Scott is an African Dancer and Certified Yoga Teacher for over 20 years who has taught, studied and performed dance throughout the African Diaspora. She specializes in embodying movement, Reiki and sound vibration with gentle yoga practices to develop body-awareness, build self-esteem and improve overall heath and wellbeing.

The Busy Person’s Guide to Getting Back on Track

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with work, school, your relationships, family, friends, and business? Are you busy with helping your sister or girlfriend with her problems? Are you busy with driving around your best guy friend? Are you busy just doing nothing with your life? You never find time for yourself. Well join the club. As individuals, we tend to put everything and everyone before us. We put our families, the job, and our mates before us and we tend to leave ourselves last. As if we don’t matter, I am hear to tell you that you do matter!The Busy Person's Guide to Getting back on Track You Me NYCThere are so many painful experiences that can lead to a severe breakdown.  When you constantly focus on all the things that don’t make you feel whole. When you don’t focus on your true inner self. You will begin to feel it physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I have a few friends who always put every single person they know ahead of them. They never focus on their career, their goals, their health or any type of aspiration. I tell them all the time, you have to focus on “YOU.” They all say the same thing, I know, I know. If you know, then why won’t you. They say everybody needs them. I told them NO everybody is taking advantage of you, even their families, coworkers, bosses and even our own children from teenagers through young adults. They walk all over them. When my friends and Associates tell me that they are exhausted. I tell them that they need a wake up call or a reality check.The Busy Person's Guide to Getting Back on Track You Me NYCOne of my Associates had a stroke, one had a mental breakdown, the other was in a abusive relationship and another tried to commit suicide. Many people are in estranged marriages that developed some unworthy feelings of low self-esteem, self pity, self doubt and no self love. I was astonished of what was happening to my friends. They felt as if they never  had a voice in this world except for over the phone. They realized that they needed to make some  major changes in their life. Trust me it was coming sooner than they anticipated. When it finally happened, they had no recollection that it would come to this point and it was affecting their health. Now my friends don’t know what else to do with their life.

Let me tell you, when you start to feel unworthy, depressed, suicidal, negative thoughts can creep in. You have to take control and learn how to contribute to pain and frustration. You as an individual have to get up, stand up, grow up and open up your soul. You have to take responsibility for your own actions. And when you don’t, It causes major health and mental issues. We have to learn how to get back on track and find out what fuels our fire.The Busy Person's Guide to Getting back on Track You Me NYCHere are few things that can help you get back on track with your life. When you are feeling down and out, depressed and stressed, unloved and unworthy. Take some time out to get to know YOU and harness your own personal power!!!

  • Listening to music is soothing, I love jazz, neo-soul and old school R & B
  • Go fishing, I heard fishing is one of the most relaxing hobbies
  • Yoga and meditation are soulful ways to open up your spirit
  • Dancing, is also a fun way to unwind and loosen up those muscles
  • Journaling is a poetic way to explore your creativity through writing
  • Exercising is a good way to relieve stress
  • Take a class you’ve been meaning to explore in your career field
  • Are you a sports lover? Get some tickets to your all time favorite ball game
  • Last but not least travel to an exotic place you never been to before

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“Remember in order to change your thoughts, you can learn to change the world.”

Love & Light

MAE

Keeping Your Hormones in Balance

Keeping hormones in balance, when being a woman, is a sticky activity.  Throughout the female lifespan, many women endure symptoms related to excessive estrogen, especially PMS.  Hormone adjustments around pregnancy and menopause can also create comfort challenges as well.  There are a few key approaches and supplements that can help women reach the ultimate goal of hormonal-balance.Keeping Your Hormones in Balance You Me NYCAccording to Dr. Lauire Steelsmith, ND, LAc, and author of “Growing Younger Everyday”, too much estrogen at the wrong time can cause hormonal disruption.  A good workout and diet, can also help the liver detox your body, including estrogen.

Vegetables related to cabbage help the liver break down estrogen.  Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, contain compounds like indole-3-carbinol that convert unfriendly forms of estrogen to friendly.  Beets and dandelion tea are also good to increase your liver function.  Dandelion is an herb known to assist your liver to produce bile, according to Dr. Steelsmith.Keeping Your Hormones in Balance You Me NYCAs far as supplements go, Dr. Steelsmith likes like vitamin B6.  It helps the liver breakdown estrogen and also acts like a natural diuretic.  Therefore B6, can aid in enhancing mood, by activating serotonin which is one of our brain’s “feel good” chemicals.

According to Dr. Steelsmith, increasing the body’s ability to produce progesterone is another good way to keep hormonal balance.  Chasteberry is an herb that can increase progesterone and relieve PMS Symptoms.

New mothers are at the mercy of hormonal inequality, after they deliver.  It could take several months for balance to be restored.  Mood swings and headaches are symptoms a new mother experiences, during this imbalance.  Skin conditions such as acne also can develop.

Increasing your fiber intake helps rebuild hormonal balance by enhancing estrogen excretion.  Furthermore most women don’t eat the necessary amount of 25 grams a day.  You should increase your fiber over a couple of weeks.  Any sudden surge of fiber intake, can consequently lead to gas and bloating.

Since the liver processes hormones, we need to keep it in top shape.  Milk thistle is a good herb for a well running liver.  The compound slymarin is also  considered responsible for the herb’s detox power.

PMS, mood swings and headaches are all common symptoms due to hormonal imbalances.  Menopause brings an end to the PMS symptoms and a host of new discomforts.  Hot flashes, headaches, muscle aches, and weight gain are just a few of the troubling symptoms associated with menopause.Keeping Your Hormones in Balance You Me NYCHot flashes create a lot of displeasure for women around menopause.  There is an herb from Peru called Maca.  This herb offers promise for the hot flash sufferer.  Maca has also been linked to female hormone balance in the Andes region for centuries.  A scientific review concluded that this herb showed favorable treatment for reducing hot flashes.

Pycnogenol, is an extract from the bark of French maritime pine trees, rich in antioxidants.  This extract may also help with symptoms associated with perimenopause.   A study of 170 women taking 30 mg of Pycnogenol twice a day for three months, experienced fewer hot flashes and better sleep.  Other research on postmenopausal women, experienced a reduction in hot flashes, irritability, vaginal dryness and their sleep also improved.

Perimenopausal women who intake a good amount of omega-3 fattay acid DHA, appear to be at lower risk of receiving hot flashes or less severe.  These results are scene after using omega-3s for four months or longer.Keeping Your Hormones in Balance You Me NYC

Sources

“Effect of Low-Dose French Maritime Pine Bark Extract on Climacteric Syndrome in 170 Perimenopausal Women: A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial” by T. Kohama and M. Negami, J Reprod Med, 2013
“Herbal Preparations for the Menopause: Beyond Isoflavones and Black Cohosh” by H.T. Depypere and F.H. Com-haire, Maturitas, 2/14
“Omega 3 Versus Isofavones in the Control of Vasomotor Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women” by S. Palacios et al., Gynecol Endocrinal. 2017
Personal communication: Laurie Steelsmith Interviewer: Victoria Dolby Towes, 3/18
“Supplementation with Pycnogenol Improves Signs and Symptoms of Menopausal Transition” by S. Errichi et al., Panminerva Med, 2011