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Dairy Month: Danzeisen Dairy

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from, or more specifically, where your milk comes from? We have a lot of family farms around our state, and one of the oldest is Danzeisen Dairy Farm. It's a local and family run dairy farm with over 50 years in the Valley, just 10 miles from downtown Phoenix. It's the first local Phoenix dairy to offer glass bottles to grocers in Arizona and is delivered farm fresh daily. 

  • Danzeisen Dairy is a local, family owned and operated dairy just 10 miles from downtown Phoenix. It has been in the same family for over 50 years. Only Arizona dairy bottling in glass, recyclable bottles 
  • June is National Dairy Month this year is the 81st annual celebration highlighting the hard work of dairy farmers across the US and the health benefits from drinking milk! The goal of highlighting National Dairy Month throughout June is to encourage more people to drink milk - dairy provides 3 of 4 nutrients lacking in American diets: calcium, potassium and vitamin D!
  • Danzeisen Dairy makes getting in your daily servings easy with their delicious flavors besides traditional whites: strawberry, root beer, Arizona orange, cold brew coffee milk and of course chocolate! (That's why we're proud partners with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Rising Football Club!)

Danzeisen Dairy offers Butter Making Classes:
Have you wanted to try your hand at making butter the old-fashioned way using simple, fresh ingredients? Sign up below for a butter making class at our Creamery store. For $12 (1 ticket), you get a mixer station with ingredients (if you're sharing a station with your family, you only need 1 ticket). 

For More information on Danzeisen Dairy or visiting their Creamery Store, visit: and Facebook:  

Danzeisen Dairy Creamery
6024 W. Southern Ave Laveen, AZ 85339
Phone: (623) 478-9494
Store hours are 8am-6pm Mon-Fri & 8am-4pm on Saturday, closed on Sundays

Feel the Heat: Hot Flashes, Summer Heat and Hormones

Hot flashes and night sweats are common in menopausal women, but they can also occur in other groups including some men. When someone experiences hot flashes, a doctor can tell with a simple blood test if the problem is related to menopause or due to some other reason. Menopause usually occurs in the 50s, so when someone much younger has hot flashes, physicians will often look for additional causes. 

Causes of Hot Flashes
Some of the most common ones include:

  • Thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism, which causes an overabundance of thyroid hormone, can increase the body's metabolism and lead to hot flashes and sweating. While hypothyroidism is the usual culprit in these cases, non-menopausal hot flashes can also be due to thyroid cancer.
  • Food and drink: Yes, food, including spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol, can trigger hot flashes. While the symptoms appear after a meal or a few drinks, this type of hot flash can often be stopped by eating lighter and limiting or eliminating caffeine and alcohol.
  • Medication can bring on flushing (also known as flashing) and continue as long as you are taking them.
  • Stress accompanied by a rush of adrenaline can produce a feeling of warmth like a hot flash
  • Hormone-secreting tumors such as pancreatic tumors override the organs' ability to help the body function properly and can lead to hot flashes and sweating.
  • Other conditions such as HIV and tuberculosis can produce symptoms similar to hot flashes and night sweats.
  • Hot flashes are probably triggered in the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. If your body temperature increases too much, your brain can send signals that temporarily make the blood vessels in your skin widen (dilate). This process is called vasodilation. It allows more blood to flow through your skin, so more heat is released, and your body can cool off. This is felt as a hot flash. 
  • Scientists believe that the reduced hormone production in the ovaries during menopause affects the regulation of women's body temperature. But it is not known for sure what causes hot flashes

How to know if you are experiencing a hot flash

  • Also called hot flushes, hot flashes often begin with the sensation of heat in the face, chest, or may start elsewhere and spread. 
  • There are external signs, such as sweating, and the skin feeling warm to the touch and becoming red.
  • While some women in menopause never have hot flashes, in the worst case, they can occur multiple times throughout the day. When it is hot outside, or a room is overheated, these symptoms can become exaggerated. They can also lead to night sweats and insomnia.
  • Hot flushes occur in the winter and the summer but seem to be more common in the summer, although women often find themselves opening windows and doors or putting on the fan in the wintertime because of the hot flushes. 
  • When a hot flash occurs during sleep, a drenching sweat can accompany it. Such night sweats make it difficult to get a good night's rest.
  • Up to 80% of women going through menopause experience hot flashes. 

How to manage hot flashes

  • Before considering medication, first try making changes to your lifestyle. Doctors recommend women make changes like these for at least 3 months before starting any medication.
  • If hot flashes are keeping you up at night, keep your bedroom cooler and try drinking small amounts of cold water before bed. 
  • Layer your bedding so it can be adjusted as needed. Some women find a device called a bed fan helpful. Here are some other lifestyle changes you can make:
  • Dress in layers, which can be removed at the start of a hot flash.
  • Carry a portable fan to use when a hot flash strikes.
  • Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and caffeine. These can make menopausal symptoms worse.
  • If you are a smoker, try to stop not only for menopausal symptoms, but also for your overall health.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Women who are overweight or obese may experience more frequent and severe hot flashes.
  • Try mind-body practices like yoga or other self-calming techniques. Early-stage research has shown that this may help improve menopausal symptoms.

Medications for hot flashes

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of paroxetine, a low-dose selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant, to treat hot flashes. 
  • Women who use an antidepressant to help manage hot flashes generally take a lower dose than people who use the medication to treat depression. 

Hormone therapy

  • Hormone therapy steadies the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the body. It is a very effective treatment for hot flashes in women who are able to use it. 
  • There are risks associated with taking hormones, including increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, breast cancer, gallbladder disease, and dementia. The risks vary by a woman's age and whether she has had a hysterectomy.

Buyer Beware: Unproven, Nonscientific "Treatments" for Hot Flashes

  • You may have heard about black cohosh, DHEA, or soy isoflavones from friends who are using them to try to treat their hot flashes. These products are not proven to be effective, and some carry risks like liver damage.
  • Phytoestrogens are estrogen-like substances found in some cereals, vegetables, and legumes (like soy), and herbs. They might work in the body like a weak form of estrogen, but they have not been consistently shown to be effective in research studies, and their long-term safety is unclear.
  • At this time, it is unknown whether herbs or other "natural" products are helpful or safe. 

Other Menopause Symptoms and Treatments

  • For most women, hot flashes and trouble sleeping are the biggest problems associated with menopause. But, some women have other symptoms, such as irritability and mood swings, anxiety and depression, headaches, and even heart palpitations. 
  • Many of these problems, like mood swings and depression, are often improved by getting a better night's sleep. The National Institute of Health has a website dedicated to providing information on hot flashes and its symptoms and treatments at

Central Phoenix Obstetrics and Gynecology 
926 East McDowell Road, #134, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone:(602) 288-0777

Queen of Clean: Cleaning Mistakes

What are the biggest cleaning mistakes that people make - Surfaces that have more germs than the toilet seat, Using a sponge mop on tile floors etc. To learn more read:

For more information visit Linda's website and Facebook page.

Peng Shepherd/ Book of M

Arizona native Peng Shepherd, daughter of former TV Anchor Lin Sue Cooney, launches debut novel in Phoenix. As you may know Peng is a homegrown talent who was born and raised in Phoenix, where she rode horses, and trained in classical ballet, attended high school at North High School and got her BA from Arizona State University. She earned her MFA in creative writing from New York University, and has lived in Beijing; London; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; and New York City. The Book of M is her first novel.

THE BOOK OF M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in a catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world, itself.  Ory and his wife Max hide away hoping to escape the Forgetting but the inevitable hits.  Max runs.  But Ory refuses to let her go and sets out on a quest to find her.  Their separate journeys take unique paths both discovering this unrecognizable new world filled with roaming bandits, war zones and sinister cults.  But the answer to everything may come from a strange new force, one that could hold the cure to save the shadowless.

This haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down.

She will be at Changing Hands-Phoenix location, Tomorrow at 7 pm.

For more information:

Changing Hands Phoenix
300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Phone: (602) 274-0067

Motivational Monday: Flag Football

West Valley Elite Flag Football Club Program, Flag Football, Road to National Championship in Dallas, TX and upcoming fundraising event.

Fundraiser Event

  • June 9th all day Car Wash and Fundraising Drive and UFC Night at Under Review Sports Grill
  • Portion of proceeds donated to West Valley Elite. 

For more information visit: 

Under Review Sports Grill   
13699 N Litchfield Rd, Surprise, AZ 85379 
Phone: (623) 214-6639 

Tom Holland Super Fan

Tom Holland is the new young spider man and Tori Bryanne Bernal copied all his GQ pics and they are really taking off. Time and a few others have done a story on her. 

The Time article: