Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

Marla Ahlgrimm | Retired Pharmacist | Leading Expert in Women's Health

Marla Ahlgrimm: Summer Health Hazards that Have Nothing to do with the Sun

Marla AhlgrimmSunburn and skin cancer are the primary villains of summer, says Marla Ahlgrimm. But the retired women’s health specialist says UV rays aren’t the only thing you should be on the lookout for.

According to Marla Ahlgrimm, summer is ripe with hidden dangers that make you want to stay indoors. Of course, you should take advantage of the warm weather but with a cautious eye.

Bee stings

Marla Ahlgrimm says bee/wasps stings are usually not harmful but young children who’ve never felt this exclusive-to-summer pain should be watched carefully when outdoors, especially if barefoot. Bee stings may trigger a severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention. Hives, pale skin, and itching may be followed by difficulty breathing; have any symptoms that extend beyond a localized reaction checked out ASAP.


Being outdoors means you’ll need to drink plenty of water and even the occasional sports drink. Your body needs to remain hydrated or you might experience nausea, cramps, fatigue, or loss of consciousness, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Once dehydration sets in, heat exhaustion and heat stroke may not be far behind.


Children should be taught to swim as early as possible and should never be left unsupervised in water of any depth, says Marla Ahlgrimm. The kids aren’t the only ones that need attention around water either as drownings are an all-too-common theme of the nightly news. Avoid drinking alcohol while swimming or boating and always go out with a friend.

Back, knee, and joint pain

When the weather starts to warm, you may be tempted to start taking a nightly jog. This isn’t a bad idea, says Marla Ahlgrimm, but one that should be thought out before grabbing a pair of sneakers and hitting the trail. Avoid musculoskeletal injuries by wearing a well-fitting pair of supportive shoes and working your way up to long runs.


Author: Marla Ahlgrimm

Pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm revolutionized the field of women’s health in the 1970s and continues to do so today. After introducing the term “premenstrual syndrome” to the American public in the late 1970s, Marla Ahlgrimm has continued to focus her pharmacy practice over the years to successfully address hormone concerns that affect women as they age. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, and it was there she fine tuned individualized care protocols and prescription medication to optimize a woman’s hormonal health. One of the first hormone issues that Marla tackled was Premenstrual Syndrome, or PMS. At that time, there were no diagnosis or treatment options to address the severe symptoms that many women were reporting. As a result of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s intense attention to women’s health, Madison Pharmacy Associates gained a national reputation as an innovative practice. Founded in 1982, Madison Pharmacy Associates was the first pharmacy to special in women’s health in the nation. Thanks to the expertise of Marla Ahlgrimm, Madison Pharmacy Associates became known for the management of PMS. Over the years, Madison Pharmacy Associates evolved with Marla Ahlgrimm’s careful guidance, providing the national PMS Access newsletter, as well as a toll-free line where patients could obtain referrals to physicians who had the expertise to help them manage their symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm founded Women’s Health America, Inc. in 1993 to help women by providing individualized hormonal medications to address the complex health issues of women and also to provide practical, helpful women’s health information. Over the years, Marla Ahlgrimm’s vision has grown to include Women’s Health America, Madison Pharmacy Associates, PMS Access and Cyclin Pharmaceuticals. In addition to her accomplishments with these landmark organizations, Marla Ahlgrimm is an author, having published two watershed books, The HRT Solution and Self-Help for Premenstrual Syndrome. Marla Ahlgrimm has also been published in numerous national publications, including serving as a columnist for The American Journal of Natural Medicine. Today, the primary work of Marla Ahlgrimm centers on natural hormone therapy, an important area for the large number of women who are menopausal and postmenopausal. Marla Ahlgrimm ’s work is unique because of her focus on individualized, natural hormone therapy options. According to pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm, many health issues facing women today are related to hormone changes. Using an individualized approach to therapy, she reports that many women feel reenergized for the first time in years. In addition to recognition in publications and journals, Marla Ahlgrimm has been recognized with a number awards over the span of her career. Some of Marla Ahlgrimm ’s most notable awards have been the YWCA’s acknowledgment of Marla Ahlgrimm as one of its Women of Distinction and recognition by her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, as one of its Distinguished Alumni. Above all of the awards and honors, Marla Ahlgrimm finds that helping so many women is the greatest accomplishment of all. In fact, says Marla Ahlgrimm, she still works with some of her very first patients and their doctors. These women once sought the help of Marla Ahlgrimm for PMS, she says, and today she is helping them manage symptoms of menopause and the years that follow.

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