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Staness Jonekos
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Staness Jonekos is an award-winning television writer, producer, and director, as well as an author and writer on women’s health issues.

She was one of the original executive producers who launched the television network Oxygen Media, co-founded by Oprah Winfrey.

Following her commitment to health, Staness co-executive produced the premiere season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club, and post produced Lifetime's Speaking of Women's Health. She is the President and founder of Krystal Productions, a film and video production company based in Los Angeles.

Her first book, The Menopause Makeover, was a pioneering work in the field of menopause, a highly visual and inspiring survival guide that challenged the conventional, old-style approach to managing menopause.

In addition to her extensive work experience behind-the-camera, Staness is a tireless advocate for women’s health, wellness and empowerment.

She has appeared on The Today Show, contributes to The Huffington Post, and has been featured in a variety of publications ranging from The Houston Chronicle to

After college, Staness appeared on The Love Boat, Falcon’s Crest, and The Young & Restless, as well as co-hosting Shop Television Network.

Staness holds a Bachelor's degree in theater from UCLA and is an active member of the Producers Guild of America, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the International Documentary Association, The North American Menopause Society, Academy of Women’s Health, and the International Menopause Society.

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Hormone Therapy, Finally the Experts Agree

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 1:07 PM

It's been 10 years since the Women's Health Initiative hormone trials announced that there was an increase in breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes with the use of hormone therapy. Headlines warned women against taking hormone therapy, without fully disclosing all the facts and issues pertaining...

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Perimenopausal Depression

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 7:03 PM

Are you suffering from hot flashes, night sweats or cranky moods? Feeling hopeless, apprehensive or deep sadness for prolonged periods? If so, you may be suffering from perimenopausal depression.

Depression is more common among women than men. Biological, life cycle, hormonal and psychosocial factors that...

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Can Red Wine Reduce Your Risk for Breast Cancer?

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 5:47 PM

Breast cancer remains the leading cancer in U.S. women. Over the last decade headlines have warned us that alcohol consumption, including wine, can increase the risk of breast cancer.

A study in the Journal of Women's Health found that chemicals in the skins and...

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How to Find Reliable Menopause Information Online

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 5:15 PM

2012-06-30-250question.jpegSeventy-two percent of women have not received any treatment for menopausal symptoms, according to recent study conducted by Lake Research Partners for the Endocrine Society.

Of those polled, 45 percent said they thought current available information was confusing and...

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10 Ways to Lower Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

(26) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 10:05 PM

According to the American Cancer Society, "Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer." About 1 out of every 7 women will get breast cancer over a 90-year life span. All women are at risk for breast cancer.


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Acupuncture: A Drug-Free Option for Chronic Pain

(12) Comments | Posted April 24, 2011 | 5:15 PM

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. I was one of them until acupuncture, and I now live relatively pain free.

Over 30 years ago I injured my left ankle. After a debridement surgery, injections, supplements,...

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How To Feel Sexy During Menopause

(9) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 12:27 AM

The baby boomers may have been the generation of the sexual revolution, but for many slamming into menopause, sex is the last thing on their minds! Both sexes can suffer from a declining libido as we age, but women don't have a little blue pill to pop to get their...

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How to Sleep Through Menopause

(8) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 4:04 PM

We have all had sleepless nights, but according to the National Sleep Foundation 61 percent of post-menopausal women suffer from insomnia, affecting their quality of life and their relationships. I, too, suffered from insomnia, thanks to irritating night sweats provoked by fluctuating hormones. Being sleepless through menopause made...

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How to Rebuild Your Self-Confidence During Menopause

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 5:26 PM

Years ago, I learned a life-changing lesson from Anthony Robbins's book, "Awaken the Giant Within": that transformation begins when you can no longer dwell in a place of pain. I was going through menopause and everything that came with that -- hourly hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, aging skin,...

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10 Hormone Therapy Facts Every Woman Should Know

(24) Comments | Posted June 22, 2010 | 1:46 PM

Some know her as the sexually outspoken Samantha Jones, but today her three closest gal pals from Sex and the City 2 call her, "The hormone whisperer." The oldest of four friends, Samantha, is finally a 50-something woman who is not about to give up her uninhibited lusty...

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Social Networking: How To De-Stress Stone Age Style

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 9:25 AM

It's 7:30 a.m. I roll out of bed, boot up my computer, read 67 emails, 256 tweets, and 374 Facebook comments while guzzling a cup of fully caffeinated coffee to fuel my morning cyber connection with friends, family and professional relationships.

Two hours pass and I am still in...

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Aging: What Are We So Afraid Of?

(42) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 2:25 PM

I live in the land of angels, but in Los Angeles these guardians are nipped and tucked with crooked smiles and lopsided eyes frozen on a static expression.

At 52 I am really pissed off that aging -- a thing that happens as soon as we take our first breath...

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Will Your Marriage Survive Menopause?

(59) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 8:14 AM

Over 60 percent of divorces are initiated by women in their 40s, 50s or 60s -- the menopause years -- according to a recent survey conducted by AARP Magazine. Why are women running away from marriage?

I wasn't even married when I slammed into menopause months before my wedding day...

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