Sunday, February 04, 2007

'Project PCOS' Offers Free Health Resources

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Project PCOS providing top-notch resources and health support

I'd like to tell you about a brand new resource for women who suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, commonly referred to as PCOS. It's called Project PCOS and I am excited to make you aware of the fantastic work they are doing to educate, encourage, and support anyone who has been impacted by this condition--whether they know it yet or not!

Launched on February 1, 2007, the Project PCOS web site set out as its goal to bring greater awareness to this sometimes misunderstood ailment by promoting it to the public, medical professionals, and even health and government leaders (they are encouraging people who support their cause to even e-mail, call or meet with their legislators) through a progressive online petition drive for 1 million signatures. Also, for a nominal donation of $1, you can leave your comments for others to see in the One Million For PCOS campaign.

For those 10 percent of women and girls who suffer from PCOS worldwide, Project PCOS wants to be there for them giving comfort, support, and dependable information to help them deal with it through the use of creative online chats, forums, educational programs, newsletters, directories, links, podcasts, downloadable files, and so much more. Best of all--IT'S FREE!

Ashley Tabeling is extending her PCOS Pals Yahoo! community

The vision for Project PCOS came from the passionate desire by a woman named Ashley Tabeling a few months ago to give people a one-stop shop on the Internet for finding anything and everything they were looking for about PCOS. She went out and found some of the biggest leaders in the PCOS community to help her with this ambitious plan, including Linda Harvey from PCOS Today Magazine, Tarra Hartl, a long time PCOS advocate and co-founder of PCOS Living, Tammy Dolak, a PCOS community advocate, and Branden Simbeck, an IT specialist and PCOS advocate.

With modern advances in communications technology, Tabeling and her team believe this new venture will revolutionize how people learn about, treat, and care for people suffering from PCOS. Since about half of all women who have this condition are never officially diagnosed, Project PCOS is hoping to reach many of those women to help them understand what is happening to them and doing something about it before the symptoms get even worse.

Specifically, PCOS is a rather complex hormonal disorder that does not have a cure as of yet (although, I highlighted this study at my blog last year that found a low-carb diet can lower insulin levels and improve the metabolic and reproductive outcomes in women with PCOS). If PCOS is left untreated, then it can lead to other more debilitating conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, endometrial cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and kidney problems. Click here to read more about what PCOS is and the most common symptoms.

The medical advisor for Project PCOS is Dr. Dennis Gage, who reveals the unfortunate fact that PCOS is often mislabeled which also can lead to terrible medical issues such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. This is why having all the information about PCOS in one place, just as Project PCOS was set up to do, is going to be crucial as more and more are afflicted with it in the coming years.

Interestingly, PCOS patients will be able to go to the Project PCOS "Ask The Expert" page and get trusted answers to any question about PCOS from medical professionals who specialize in treating PCOS. Some of the experts who have signed on to help with this include Dr. Charles Glueck, the Director of the Jewish Cholesterol Center, Dr. Dennis Gage, author of The Thinderella Syndrome, Julie Lenz, a PCOS coach, Dr. Katherine Sherif, co-director of the PCOS Center at Drexel, Martha McKittrick, a nutritionist, Monika Woolsey from After the Diet, Kelly Bliss from, Drs. Deborah and Spencer Ward, Hansi Halloway, Ms. Plus Sized NC 2004, Tulin Reid, founder, PCOS Living and plus-size model, Dr. Shahab Minassian, Director of Drexel Fertility, Dr. Samuel Thatcher, author of PCOS The Hidden Epidemic and Claire, the great-granddaughter of Dr. Irving Stein from the Stein-Leventhal Syndrome. An truly impressive list of the best of the best indeed!

If you are a medical professional or want to volunteer your services to help with Project PCOS, then please send an e-mail to Or, you can also e-mail Ashley Tabeling directly at for more information about this exciting new health resource.

Learn more about Project PCOS by reading their Q&A page and keep checking back for more updates in the coming weeks and months as the site grows. Sign the petition (IT'S FREE!) and get involved if you care about giving more attention to this awful condition. THANKS for your support of this worthy cause!

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Blogger Calianna said...

I was going to send the link for the PCOS Project to a friend who has PCOS (and is incidentally also suffering from mobid obesity), but so far is very resistant to a low carb lifestyle to reduce both her PCOS symptoms and/or her weight...

...But I looked around on the site, clicked on a few links, followed the one about nutrition, and found that what they were promoting was essentially a high carb, low fat, diet.

I'm hoping the link was mis-directed, because when you click on the sample menu, the word document that loads in is titled "Easy Menu to optimize omega-6: omega-3 ratio and decrease risks for heart disease and diabetes" These are problems related to PCOS, but this was hardly what I would call more than an ever so slightly lowered carb diet, with the following stats proudly listed:

Calories: 1900
Protein: 86 grams (17%)
Carbohydrates: 244 grams (48%)
Fiber: 48 grams
Fat: 66 grams (29%)
Sat Fat: 8 grams (4%)
Trans fats: 0 grams

Oh, and it was pretty clear that whoever made up that menu has a real problem with animal sources of protein, since the only non-vegan source of protein for the entire day was salmon for dinner.

2/05/2007 5:02 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for sharing your concerns, Calianna. But I know the organizers of this site are certainly open to ALL points of view on treating PCOS. THANK YOU for pointing this out, but I would simply say keep checking back as they update it with more info. Maybe you could ask about it to the experts to see what response you will get.

2/05/2007 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The link and menu you are referencing, is actually from the website After The Diet, which is one of of our expert's websites.

On this site, they have information pertaining to different dieting techniques and menus, which are not specifically designed for a patient with PCOS but, may be useful in helping with some of the conditions relating to PCOS such as heart disease and as such may differ from the traditional views of dieting for the PCOS patient.

We will be adding some additional perspectives and other menus and eating habits from other experts including Dr. Dennis Gage, author of The Thinderella Syndrome and have some of the leading PCOS Nutritionists out there, contirbuting their thoughts, as well.

I would recommend directing your friend to some of the leading nutritionist's sites that directly refer to treatments for PCOS

such as the following two nutrionists who are very well known for their work with PCOS Patients.

Angela Grassi -

Martha McKittrick -

I think you will find this sites more in line with what you were lookng for.

All the best,

2/06/2007 3:33 PM  
Blogger Kelly Bliss said...

Oh, Ashley your site is an answer to a prayer. Several members of my family have PCOS and as a "lifestyle coach" I often work with clients who cope with PCOS. It s WONDERFUL to be able to direct them to

With your helpful resource available, I can send my clients to your site, and focus my phone coaching sessions on the HOW to implement the information you provide.

Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this resource!

2/11/2007 9:32 AM  

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