Marla Ahlgrimm R.Ph.

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

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Marla Ahlgrimm on the New World of Oils

Marla AhlgrimmOlive oil has long been a staple of kitchens around the world, shares pharmacist, Marla Ahlgrimm. In recent years, this longtime pharmacist has witnessed the emergence of a number of oil alternatives for people who are seeking improved health and wellness.

Sesame Oil

Extracted from sesame seeds, this oil has been shown to ward off diabetes, lower cholesterol and help prevent sunburn, reports Marla Ahlgrimm. Drizzling a tablespoon of sesame oil on Asian dishes – pad Thai, for example – can be an excellent way to obtain several antioxidants that might be otherwise missing from one’s daily diet. Continue reading


Marla Ahlgrimm: Omega Overdose – Too Much of a Good Thing?

Marla AhlgrimmAccording to pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, the benefits of essential fatty acids (EFAs) are realized through a diet that includes fish, nuts, seeds, or by dietary supplements that include certain oils, because the body does not manufacture these fatty acids naturally. EFAs are important for the synthesis of prostaglandins that reduce inflammation, contribute to normal brain and reproductive functioning, boost calcium absorption, regulate sleep, and affect pain tolerance, among other important actions in the body.

There are two categories of these important fatty acids, explains Marla Ahlgrimm. The omega-3 fatty acids (linolenic acid) come primarily from cold-water fish and certain nuts and seeds. Sources of omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) include seeds and oils, flax, sunflower, sesame, and saf­flower, as well as the less healthy soybean and com oils.

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Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Hormone Replacement Therapy Discontinuation

Marla AhlgrimmAccording to pharmacist and hormone expert Marla Ahlgrimm, the synthetic hormone replacement (HRT) preparation developed specifically to increase “compliance” has had the reverse effect: women quit taking the estrogen­ progestin combination in huge numbers. In fact, reports Marla Ahlgrimm, half of those who began taking the medication stopped after one year, and after two years 80 percent tossed out their pills, according to one major study. What is behind the high discontinuation rate for certain forms of HRT? A host of causes, says Marla Ahlgrimm, depending on a woman’s age and background. In this brief article, Marla Ahlgrimm cites several experts and points out fear of adverse effects as a primary causal influence.

For younger women who have menstruated within the last two years, fear of breast cancer is the leading reason for discontinuing HRT, according to Philip Sarrel, M.D., a professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. At the time when signs and symptoms of mesothelioma and other types of cancer explained by very unexpected causes, women who are more than two years past menopause or cessation of their periods are more inclined to stop taking HRT because of adverse effects, notably break-through bleeding (read more about bleeding treatment and side effects in the source).

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Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph., Discusses Healthy Menopause Without Estrogen

Marla AhlgrimmAccording to pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, today’s women are concerned about maintaining health and wellness throughout their lives, into their eighties or nineties!  As a result, pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm, co-founder of Madison Pharmacy Associates, is working to help women manage the health consequences that come from a loss in estrogen and other hormones as they age.

Marla Ahlgrimm is a pioneer in women’s health, introducing the nation to the term ‘premenstrual syndrome’ in the late 1970s. Through the pharmacy she co-founded, Madison Pharmacy Associates, as well as Women’s Health America, Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. has helped more than 300,000 women and thousands of physicians to manage hormone related symptoms. Marla Ahlgrimm, a licensed pharmacist, specializes in the use of low-dose, natural hormone therapy to help women maintain their quality of life long after the reproductive years have passed.

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