Episode 150: Finding the true truth with Ann Marie McQueen
Celebrating episode 150 of the podcast with a very special guest. Ann Marie McQueen is a journalist on the world stage, focused on menopause and on a mission to cut through misleading narratives and dodgy data. She founded HotFlash Inc in 2020 to cover the latest clinical studies, treatments, products, guidance and more via a weekly research letter, podcast and across social media. She’s also one of the founder members of MenoClarity.
We talk about:
- Why and how menopause became Ann Marie’s focus
- Living in the Middle East as a Canadian expat
- Cultural differences around menopause narratives
- What annoys and concerns her about how menopause is portrayed
- Issues around the impact of social media on menopause narratives
- The oversimplification of menopause messages
- Ann Marie’s struggles with ill health and separating that out from hormonal change
- The impact of belief systems and trauma on menopause
- The impact of early parental bereavement
- How her view of menopause has changed
- Understanding research and what it’s really saying
- Being sceptical about big promises that make people money
- Menopause narratives that don’t empower women
- Menopause as a hero’s journey
Anne Marie’s website: hotflashinc.com
Podcast: The Hotflash inc podcast
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