What a great week-end I had at the 7th annual Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference in Asheville, NC. This year, was the biggest conference ever, almost 900 women gathered to learn, connect, and deepen into theWise Woman Tradition…earth-based healing, local plants, & deep nourishment. Those of you who know me, know I’m not an herbalist but I tend to use herbs and natural products as my first line of defense when I feel something coming on. This conference brought together such an amazing group of healers, and not only did I get to attend this year, but the organizers invited me to monitor the Embodiment track. There were 8 incredible classes ranging from Shadow Work; Making Peace with your Body; Our Predatory Nature; and the Power of the Drum. Let me just say that listening (and dancing) to over 100 women learning to drum was phenomenal, and these women practically brought the tent down.
What I loved most about the class was the teacher, Kristen Arant, who runs a non-profit in Washington, D. C. called the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project which helps promote self-esteem in young women. Now why didn’t anything like that exist when I was growing up?
So, after an inspiring week-end, I was given a ticket to attend Obama’s kick-off speech in Asheville to promote his “Jobs Act” bus tour. What amazed me was that after living in D.C. for 20 years, I could still get excited about seeing the President and shaking his hand. I know North Carolina is a battleground state, but hey, he won it before, and it ain’t over till it’s over.
Annice passed this one onto me, and I wanted to share it with our readers! Check it out!
On Wednesday, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer. It was a very interesting program, and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms. He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays, there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck. Many dentists don’t bother to use it. Also, there is something called a “thyroid guard” for use during a mammogram. When Annice had her yearly mammogram, she asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. She asked why it wasn’t routinely used. Answer: “I don’t know. You have to ask for it.”
If she hadn’t seen the show, how would she have known to ask? Pass this information on to your friends and relatives!
The following cautionary report comes from my good friend Welthy Soni-Myers who lives in semi-retirement in Vermont with her husband and continues to travel the country working and the world visiting. I always pay heed to her advice and wanted to share it with other women.
If you are like me, you have received emails from time to time talking about the symptoms women experience for heart problems as opposed to men. They can be quite different and I am here to give a first hand testimonial as to how different they can be.
About two weeks ago, I was climbing a short but steep hill with a cousin and discovered I was out of breath halfway up the hill. That was a huge surprise because I have climbed the hill often. The next day, with my niece, I went for a walk up a long hill of moderate grade. I found again that I was out of breath when no more than halfway up the hill, and I became aware of a slight discomfort between my shoulder blades. I continued the walk but had to stop fairly often, and every time I felt out of breath, I also experienced this slight feeling of discomfort. On a scale of 1-10, I would put the discomfort somewhere in the 2-3 range. Thinking I was just terribly out of condition, I continued to go for walks every day and continued to have the shortness-of-breath sensation, with increasing discomfort in my back. At no time was the pain sharp or crushing.
Finally, feeling somewhat foolish, I called my GP, described my symptoms and asked if I could come in for an evaluation. The office worked me in right away and did an ECG as well as blood work. The ECG looked normal to my doctor, although he did see what he described as rather routine abnormalities. The blood work was also negative except for a slightly elevated D-dimer marker which could indicate a pulmonary embolism. He sent me to the hospital the next day for a CT Scan of my chest, but that also was negative. That was on a Saturday. Continue reading Cautionary Advice from a Lucky Friend→