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Eileen Joyce

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Eileen Joyce, MSHN Graduate

Congratulations to Eileen Joyce for receiving the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree with a Summa cum Laude designation. Eileen also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and worked as an avionics system’s engineer with defense contractors and the US Department of Defense.

She decided to pursue a master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University when her family moved, after living for several years in Europe, back to the convenient fast foods in North America. Eileen saw gradual yet devastating changes in her children’s health. Not knowing what to do with these changes, she decided to get back to basics and cook homemade meals like she used to serve her family. She was amazed at the profound effect that food had on her family’s health and happiness.

At the time of choosing a thesis topic, Eileen encountered a number of women with a myriad of health problems while taking hormonal contraception. These women were prescribed antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills to alleviate their symptoms. There seemed to be no understanding between the side effects of hormonal contraception and symptoms women were experiencing. To find out whether or not there were negative health effects for women as a result of taking hormonal contraception she did extensive research and submitted her thesis entitled Hormonal Contraception and Women’s Health. Good work, Eileen!