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Twiford likes being resource for women on BHRT

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Pharmacist Zacki Twiford says she likes to educate women about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

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BY Anna Goodwin McCarthy
Columnist

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Pharmacist Zacki Twiford strives to help women achieve wellness through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

“I really just want to educate women to live their best life,” said Twiford.

Bioidentical hormones are derived from plant estrogens and are chemically identical to those that the body produces, Twiford said. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is the use of those hormones to increase hormone levels, particularly for treating perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms.

“As you age hormone levels decrease,” Twiford explained.

Twiford said when hormone levels decrease some women can experience symptoms like mood swings, depression and difficulty sleeping.

She noted that although commercial products are available for BHRT, bioidentical hormones can also “be compounded by a pharmacy that specializes in compounded products.”

Twiford said she first became interested in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy after listening to a radio program about BHRT. She began to research BHRT and attended the National Hormone Replacement Therapy Symposium in Charleston, South Carolina in 2014.

Twiford, 49, said she was able to share her own experiences with BHRT with other women, and she determined there was a high level of interest.

Twiford said she is available to offer consultations about BHRT at Todd’s Northside Pharmacy. She also will be a presenter at the Women’s Wellness Retreat on Saturday, July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 51 House restaurant in Edenton.

In addition to Twiford, contributors at the event will include: Wendy Corcoran, the event’s organizer and a licensed massage and bodywork therapist; Jan King Robinson, a teacher of gentle and restorative yoga and a retired hospital administrator; Heidi Prewett, a yoga instructor; Gail Ward, a registered nurse and certified integrated nurse coach; Patti Mordecai, a yoga teacher; Angie Lamberson, a licensed dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified integrative health coach; John Silver, an energy medicine healer and artist; and Susane Krueger, an artist.

At the retreat, Twiford sadi she’ll be covering the following topics: “hormones, stress and its effects, Vitamin D, toxins in our environment and the products we use, grounding as a means of healing and how our beliefs and thoughts affect our health and healing.”

Twiford said she will provide participants with recommendations for online resources, books and products.

Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, Twiford worked in a pharmacy when she was in high school. She earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. She met her husband, Joel, while they were students at UNC, and she moved with him to his hometown of Elizabeth City in 1994. She worked as a pharmacist consultant with Todd’s Pharmacy from 1994 to 2003. Her husband, Joel, is also a pharmacist and one of the owners of Todd’s Pharmacy.

After taking time off to stay at home with her four children, she returned to Todd’s Pharmacy in 2015 to help with Todd’s Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Service, according to the pharmacy’s website.

“My biggest goal is to educate and empower women to have the best well-being they can have,” said Twiford.

Twiford enjoys spending time with Joel, and their children, Cole, Ashlyn, Madeline and Aidan.

“I love art and painting,” said Twiford.

Twiford said in the future she would like to combine wellness information with art.

“I really have a passion for this information and educating other people,” said Twiford.

For information about the Women’s Wellness Retreat visit https://m.facebook.com/events.

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