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    Zine Review: Black Women & Self-Care


    Black Women & Self-Care


    Black Women & Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression & Healing
    Perzine, Naomi Moyer, 21 pgs, etsy.com/ca/shop/elastiquedesigns, $5.25

    Mental health in the Black community is not often properly dealt with, especially in regards to women. We are often expected to assume the role of “strong black woman” without allowing ourselves even a moment to be weak. That is why I was so excited to read this zine by Naomi Moyer. Moyer is an artist that I have been following for awhile (she also produces the amazing series Afrocentric Postcards, which you can buy along with this zine in the Etsy shop listed above.) Black Women & Self Care: Thoughts on Mental Health, Oppression and Healing is a self-help guide that tackles four aspects of black women’s mental health (Anger, Depression, P.T.S.D, and Dealing with White Supremacy) and offers a holistic approach on how to address and work through these issues.

    I found that the article on Surviving White Supremacy to be the most interesting. I did not previously think of White Supremacy as a mental health issue, but Moyer explains: “As black women, we experience side effects of white supremacy and patriarchy on a daily basis through racism, discrimination and misogyny. Dealing with folks who are sexist, transphobic, homophobic, racist or folks who benefit from and sustain white supremacy can be draining.” This is a daily reality for myself, and often I struggle to find the words on how to express this or how to effectively deal with it. Moyer suggests we know our space zones, address these issues in the moment, identify the problem, and set daily reminders of positive things in our lives. She’s provided an effective start for the self-care process.

    Moyer opens a space for discussion and healing through her zine. She ends with an amazing section called DIY for the Soul where she leaves practical remedies that you can create and use to help women get through these rough moments. Moyer summons and provides black girl magic throughout these pages in such a radical amazing way. I think the most important message this zine reiterates is be kind, be gentle and take care of yourself. Thank you, Naomi Moyer, for this amazing reminder. (Naomi B.)

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    Women Get Menstrual Relief from Cannabis-Infused Vaginal Suppository Foria Follows Award-Winning Sex-Lube with a Natural Herbal Pain Reliever


    Women Get Menstrual Relief from Cannabis-Infused Vaginal Suppository



    PRICING
    $44 / 4 suppositories (240mg THC + 40mg CBD)
    $22 / 2 suppositories (120mg THC + 20mg CBD)
    Foria Relief is only available to medical marijuana patients throughout
    the state of California; coming soon to Colorado.


    LOS ANGELES, CA: Foria is launching the world’s first Cannabis-infused vaginal suppository, formulated as a natural herbal remedy to soothe monthly menstrual discomfort. “Foria Relief” contains both THC & CBD, but — unlike many other cannabis products — is non-psychoactive because of the delivery-format.

    Foria Relief suppositories are made from organic Cocoa butter blended with C02-extracted Cannabis oil and a CBD isolate. Each suppository delivers approximately 60mg THC and 10mg CBD.

    CBD is a formerly-obscure cannabinoid that has been shown to diminish pain signaling and muscle cramping. CBD is exploding in popular awareness as both medical marijuana patients and Big Pharma companies discover numerous other benefits.

    Foria Relief is the first vaginal suppository designed specifically for menstrual discomfort. Till now, women had few options to address menstrual discomfort, primarily systemic pain-relievers such as Ibuprofen or herbal teas (since the only other vaginal suppository products have been yeast medications or birth control).

    By delivering its formula in suppository form, Foria Relief directly reaches the areas that need it most, AND does it without the psychoactive effects traditionally associated with Cannabis products. “The pelvic region contains more cannabinoid receptors than any other part of the body except for the brain,” notes Foria’s Wellness Director, Mathew Gerson, “so delivering these actives in a suppository format is a natural choice.”

    Foria’s innovation is a potential breakthrough for women — 84% of whom suffer moderate-to-severe menstrual pain every month. Because Ibuprofen and other Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) affect the entire body, side-effects are a common problem (and when it comes to over-the-counter & prescription drugs, women suffer from side effects more often than men because testing & dose-calibration are primarily based on male biology).

    For centuries cannabis has been used as an herbal remedy for menstrual discomfort — even Queen Victoria is said to have been prescribed oral cannabis to relieve her menstrual pain. Foria is pleased to offer this ancient remedy to modern users in such a safe, accessible, and effective format.

    Also, because Foria Relief is non-psychoactive, it is part of a new vanguard within the medical marijuana industry that provides the benefits of cannabis without negatively impacting people’s work and daily routines.

    About the Company: FORIA is the sexual health & wellness company famous for releasing Foria Pleasure, the award-winning cannabis-infused sexual lubricant for women — which is widely hailed for enhancing sensation and inducing longer, stronger, and even multiple orgasms. Foria Pleasure has been featured in Cosmo, GQ, Oprah, and Marie Claire, among many others.

    The inspiration for Foria Relief came from the testimonials of Foria Pleasure users, who reported not only heightened sexual pleasure, but significant pain relief from a variety of complaints, including menstrual discomfort.

    Foria Relief will become available for online purchase January 25th at foriapleasure.com as well as through select dispensaries throughout California.

    www.ForiaPleasure.com


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    Bongmi Introduces World’s Most Accurate Smart Fertility Thermometer - Femometer

    Included App Syncs to Smartphone, Tracks/Predicts a Woman’s Menstrual Cycle and Alerts Users to Natural Changes in Their Body

    Indiegogo Campaign Launches with Early Bird Specials of Only $39USD!


    (San Francisco, CA) - December 21, 2015 – For any woman that wants to better understand her body and cycle, there is a now a new way to take control of her reproductive health – Femometer. The world’s most accurate smart fertility thermometer, Femometer is for every woman, whether they are tracking their period, timing their cycle to prevent pregnancy, or getting ready to start a family. Femometer will be available in March 2016, and consumers can pre-order the product (starting prices at only $39USD), on Indiegogo at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/femometer-smart-fertility-tracker#/

    Femometer is small, sleek, lightweight and discreet – making it easy for women to use whenever and wherever. Femometer is an intelligent Basal Body Temperature (BBT) thermometer that syncs to a users’ Smartphone via the Femometer app for both Android and iOS, tracks and predicts their cycle, and alerts them to important natural changes in their body. It is available in purple, pink, white or light blue.

    Developed by a man whose wife personally experienced the challenges of conceiving, Femometer was born out of trying to find a better way to get pregnant, to take the guesswork out of family planning and to monitor pregnancies more closely. Yet through research, the company has found it has also proven to be just as useful to women who want to monitor their body’s monthly cycles for a variety of health reasons. Using sophisticated data technology, Femometer tracks a woman’s cycle, and based on basal temperature readings, predicts ovulation – the “fertile window” - when pregnancy is most likely to occur, something all women want to know whether they are looking to start a family or not.

    The Femometer app displays the users’ personal data clearly with color-coded charts indicating where they are in their cycle. Women can also securely share their information directly with their partner or doctor right from the app. After 30 days of consistent use (1 cycle of data), Femometer will learn about a body’s patterns. If the user forgets to take their temperature one day, the machine learning algorithm can predict their temperature based on previous readings. Femometer’s data tracking algorithms will learn to detect and adjust for even the smallest fluctuations in a woman’s fertility cycle, ensuring more accurate readings.

    By making women aware of changes in their temperature, Femometer helps women know when they can get pregnant, flags temperature spikes when a woman might be pregnant, alerts her to any irregularities during pregnancy and simply helps women – no matter what her situation – keep tabs on her reproductive cycle, arming her with all the information she needs to make smart decisions.

    “Having a baby and growing your family should be a time of joy and celebration, not one of stress, worry and anxiety. Femometer decodes what your body is doing at any time during your cycle so you are educated about the best time to try to conceive,” said Adam Lou, co-founder & CEO, Bongmi. “For women that aren’t looking to get pregnant, Femometer helps them understand their reproductive health so they can make more informed choices and decisions. Our goal is to empower every woman at every stage of her lifecycle with the knowledge and data she needs to live a healthier, happier life.”

    How it works:

    Femometer captures a woman’s precise basal temperature right after they wake up from deep sleep, when their body temperature is at its lowest.

    Like a traditional thermometer, users leave the Femometer in their mouth under their tongue for one minute while it takes their temperature.

    It automatically transmits the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth, recording and analyzing their information, so they don’t have to worry about tracking their data.

    Using a smart algorithm, the app predicts an ovulation date and tells them the likelihood of getting pregnant on any given day.

    Users do not need to take their temperature at the exact same time every day – Femometer will continue to make accurate predictions by detecting the average temperature at that time based on past readings.

    Whether the users’s app is open or not, every reading is captured and stored securely in the cloud. The app will sync up to 100 days of data when it opens again.

    About Bongmi

    Bongmi is empowering women to understand their bodies better and make more informed decisions. The company is building products that use data and technology to improve women’s health, and let women learn about and understand their bodies better. The company’s first product is Femometer: the world’s first smart fertility thermometer. Used alongside its companion smartphone app, Femometer monitors your temperature, analyzes your data and predicts ovulation cycles. Whether you’re ready to start a family, are tracking your data in order to prevent pregnancy or are currently pregnant and want to monitor your health, Femometer can help you understand your cycle and your body better. Learn more at http://www.Femometer.com/.

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    Faith, Hope And Action — The Mantra Of A Woman Whose Courage Knew No Bounds


    Houston, TX, October 23, 2015 – "You have cancer,” are the three words none of us ever want to hear, but sadly one in eight women in America will hear she has breast cancer in her lifetime. Cindy Welsh Colangelo never thought she would be one of them; after all, she was only 43, led a healthy lifestyle, and had no family history of breast cancer. So when her doctor gave her the news, Cindy used one of her favorite lines to capture the randomness that causes one to pause and really think about certain circumstances and how they shape our life; she said, "Who would have thunk?”

    Candy Coated Chunk of Granite (Inspire on Purpose Publishing), chronicles the many life-affirming lessons Cindy learned about adversity. Like her, it's funny, uplifting and truthful, and is intended to be a source of inspiration to others on this difficult journey. Readers will love Cindy's gift of sharing stories in this simple read that inspires and entertains in a very real and honest way.

    When Cindy Colangelo began her journey, she was encouraged that doctors felt hers was a typical case and was caught early. The plan was: a lumpectomy, six weeks of radiation, and six-monthly check-ups until the highly anticipated 5-year mark when she would be declared "cancer free.” During this time, she gained a new appreciation for life and the gifts that come in simple forms; a change in career, a chance to perform at Carnegie Hall, new friends and an increased excitement for capturing every moment.

    Cindy thought she had dodged the bullet…but eight years later, a routine mammogram showed a suspicious area on her other breast. This time, Cindy learned her case was anything but typical and her particular cancer had "defied statistics;” not wishing to defy statistics again, she cut her hair, lined up some books, and had a double mastectomy.

    The call came a week after surgery that it was not going to be as simple as originally thought. Since her particular cancer was cause for concern, the doctor prescribed chemotherapy and radiation. "Who would have thunk?” said Cindy, taking it in stride.

    Throughout her treatment and down time, Cindy posted on CaringBridge - a website that allows people with a serious illness to create a personal health journal and share updates and photos with family, friends and strangers who can stay in touch and offer support when needed. With over 17,000 visits to her journal, it's evident she touched the hearts of many people — even those she never had the opportunity to meet.

    Cindy's post following the first, and believed to be final, round of chemo exemplifies her spirit, tenacity, and exceptional wit: "There are no guarantees. Statistics don't always hold true. Early diagnosis is important. A simple gesture from a friend can mean so much. A word of encouragement from a stranger is priceless. We don't have to be defined by a disease or limitation. Faith is a gift we give ourselves. Family is to be treasured. Richness is not defined monetarily. And bald can be beautiful! Who would have thunk?”

    After Cindy lost her courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer in late 2013, her husband and sister decided to write Candy Coated Chunk of Granite as a tribute to her, drawing from Cindy's posts on CaringBridge. Her legacy lives on through her inspiring words that continue to bring solace and joy to so many other cancer patients facing their own difficult journey. From her personal experience and the changes she felt and saw in her body, Cindy also came up with the idea for a website, CCs Corner, where cancer patients could "one stop shop” for items such as scarves, lotions, comfortable clothes, etc. Sadly, she died before the site came to fruition, but family and friends are currently working on making this dream a reality.

    Cindy Colangelo graduated the University of Florida with a major in Sociology. A businesswoman, she founded CLC Consulting — a firm that builds strategic partnerships between non-profits and the communities they serve. Within a few years of her breast cancer diagnosis, Cindy left corporate America and entered the non-profit world where she played many major roles. Cindy's community service was far-reaching over the years and her projects benefited many local organizations. She was on the Board of Directors for Metrocrest Social Services, the Advisory Board for Citizens Development Center and is a member of the Speakers Bureau for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Cindy's husband, Joe, still resides in Carrollton, Texas, with her two sons.

    For more information on Cindy or the book, please visit: www.CCsCorner.com.

    Available at all online outlets and author's website
    Candy Coated Chunk of Granite
    Paperback: 144 pages
    Publisher: Inspire on Purpose Publishing (October 5, 2015)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1941782183
    ISBN-13: 978-1941782187

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    A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen, specifically for metastatic breast cancer research.

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    Being healthy is worth it

    With NPR reporting more patients turning to health clinics after all the recent changes in healthcare policy, it’s clear that national interest is focused on health. How can we take better care of ourselves so that we can live longer lives and spend less on medical attention?


    12 Simple Ways to Save Money on Healthcare

    Be Active. National Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

    Health Risk & Fitness Assessments

    Tips For Eating Healthy While Eating Out

    Travel workout: Fitness tips for business travelers


    Putting the Public Back in Public Health
    http://publichealthcorps.org/
    team@publichealthcorps.org
    340 S LEMON AVE #5780, WALNUT, CA 91789

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    BLACK WOMEN EXPRESS MORE INTEREST IN STEM MAJORS THAN WHITE WOMEN, BUT EARN FEWER STEM DEGREES, STUDY FINDS

    Blacks less likely than whites to view STEM fields as masculine, research shows


    WASHINGTON - Black women are more likely than white women to express interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields when they enter college, but they are actually less likely to earn degrees in these fields, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

    " If black women start out in college more interested in STEM than white women, but are less likely to complete college with a STEM degree, this suggests that black women may face unique barriers, such as race-based stereotypes "
    Black men and women are also less likely than whites to subconsciously consider STEM fields more masculine, according to the article, published online in the APA journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

    "Compared to white women, black women are less likely to hold gender-based stereotypes of STEM fields and, therefore, may be more likely to participate in these majors," said the study's lead author, Laurie O'Brien, PhD, of Tulane University.

    The authors analyzed data from 1,772,133 college freshmen (56 percent female) who participated in the Cooperative Institute Freshman Survey between 1990 and 1999. They observed that 23 percent of black women said they planned to major in STEM fields compared to 16 percent of white women. Among men, 37 percent of blacks said they intended to major in STEM, compared to 34 percent of white men.

    The authors noted that this sample was dated and thus conducted three studies surveying a total of 1,108 students at several universities across the United States.

    In one of these studies, the researchers surveyed 838 college students (212 black) between the ages of 18 and 56 at four universities -- one private, primarily white university in the South; one public, primarily white university in the Midwest; one private, historically black university in the South; and an ethnically diverse public university in the West. In this sample, 38 percent of black women had declared a major in a STEM field, whereas only 19 percent of white women had. Black women at the historically black university were more likely to participate in STEM majors than those at the other institutions. There were no significant differences between black and white men's enrollment in STEM majors.

    In addition to asking about the students' majors, the researchers conducted tests to examine participants' subconscious beliefs about STEM fields being associated mostly with men. For example, the participants saw STEM-related words (e.g., astronomy, biology, math) or liberal arts-related words (e.g., arts, English, literature) flash on a computer screen and had to quickly categorize them with words related to men (e.g., boy, father, man) or women (e.g., girl, mother, woman). By examining participants' response times, these procedures measure a person's implicit, or subconscious, beliefs. Results indicated that regardless of their major or the type of university they attended, black women and men were less likely than white women and men to associate STEM fields with more masculine words.

    However, among women who earned undergraduate degrees in 2010, only 8 percent of black women earned degrees in a STEM field, compared to 10 percent of white women, according to the National Science Foundation.

    "If black women start out in college more interested in STEM than white women, but are less likely to complete college with a STEM degree, this suggests that black women may face unique barriers, such as race-based stereotypes," said O'Brien. "These stereotypes may have more of a negative effect on black women than gender-based stereotype and should be studied further."

    The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

    Article: "Ethnic Variation in Gender-STEM Stereotypes and STEM Participation: An Intersectional Approach," Laurie O'Brien, PhD, Tulane University; Alison Blodorn, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara; Glenn Adams, PhD, University of Kansas; Donna Garcia, PhD, California State University, San Bernardino; Elliott Hammer, PhD, Xavier University of Louisiana, online Sept. 22, 2014, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

    http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/cdp-a0037944.pdf


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    Statement from Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, on The Supreme Court Decision On Hobby Lobby

    “Today, The Supreme Court gutted women’s right to birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. This is devastating news for the 51% of Black women ages 18-35 for whom high cost has made it difficult to maintain consistent access to birth control. Now health decisions, for women who work at certain private corporations, are left to their bosses.

    This unacceptable reality can only be changed if, this November, we show Congress and politicians that we won't stand for this — and that if they don't drop the attacks on our health care, we'll drop them. In 2013, Black women made the difference in the Virginia Governor's race, blocking Tea Party darling Ken Cuccinelli and his extreme attacks on women's health.As politicians decide how to respond to this decision, they need to know Black women support affordable access to birth control.

    This case is part of a nationwide assault on Obamacare. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Republican Governors and legislatures across the country have blocked Medicaid expansion denying millions of low-income people access to affordable, quality healthcare. ”

    With over 900,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.

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    REAL WATER

    - REAL WATER PARTNERS WITH GLOBAL POP-SUPERSTAR AND AMERICA’S GOT TALENT JUDGE MEL B TO LAUNCH A LIMITED EDITION PINK BOTTLE THAT WILL BENEFIT SUSAN G. KOMEN®

    “Get Real…Get Pink” with Real Water’s limited edition pink bottle on store shelves in October! -


    Real Water
    Las Vegas, NV – Real Water is pleased to announce a major venture with one of its brand ambassadors and partners, America’s Got Talent (AGT) Judge and global pop-superstar, Mel B. Mel B has partnered with Real Water to benefit Susan G. Komen®. Together they have designed a limited edition pink bottle in support of Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

    Mel B., who released a new single, “For Once In My Life” on September 19, may be best known in the music world as “Scary Spice” of the Spice Girls. She is also an author, fashion leader, television personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur and mom to four daughters. Her TV work includes “Dancing With the Stars” (2007), and currently the hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent,” joining fellow judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and host Nick Cannon. She will return in 2014 for another AGT season. Additionally, for the last two years she has been a judge on “The X Factor,” (Australia).

    “I am so excited to be working with Real Water– a brand I adore- to support the work of Susan G. Komen – a cause I am truly passionate about. The limited edition pink bottle is eye-catching and its tie to this important work is one more reason to buy Real Water. Every case purchased from now through 2014 will help support Komen’s mission. Many families and their loved ones are affected by breast cancer and it’s a cause that I am committed to,” says Mel B.

    Real Water’s blue bottle will “Go Pink” with the limited edition pink bottle and cap featuring Mel B on the front label and personal message to consumers explaining her passion for Real Water and desire to support Komen’s mission. From October 1, 2013 – December 31, 2014, Real Water will donate to Komen $.60 for each specially marked case of Real Water sold.

    Mel B.
    Real Water’s President Brent Jones tells us “Real Water is thrilled to work with Mel B to support Komen on their mission to end breast cancer. We strive to provide the healthiest water available and promote good health so this is a perfect fit. We can’t think of a better cause.”

    Real Water’s corporate office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada with an additional bottling plant in Tennessee. Real Water is beyond alkalinity, it’s infused with negative ions using their proprietary E² Technology. E² stands for Electron Energized and that is what the E² Technology does, it adds electrons to the water through electrical restructuring creating alkaline, stable negative ionized water that acts as an antioxidant and hydrates the body very well on a cellular level. No other bottled water has stable negative ionization. This sets Real Water apart from other alkaline bottled waters. The company distributes nationwide and is well established on the West Coast and sold in many chains including Whole Foods, Basha’s, Smiths, and Publix. Real Water is also available online www.DrinkRealWater.com

    “We are so excited to have Real Water and Mel B bring attention to this important work,” said Dorothy Jones, vice president of marketing at Komen. “Funds raised through these limited edition Real Water pink bottles will make a real difference in the lives of women and men facing breast cancer.”

    About Susan G. Komen®
    Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Suzy, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen® works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world by investing more than $790 million in breast cancer research and $1.5 billion in community outreach programs over the past 30 years; providing funding to help low-income and uninsured women get screened and get treatment; advocating for cancer research and outreach programs; and working globally in more than 30 countries. Visit komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. *While the health benefits of hydration are well-documented, Susan G. Komen has not verified the specific benefits of alkaline water in breast cancer risk reduction.


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    Treatment for Fibroids - Uterine Fibroid Embolization - Fibroid Treatment Collective

    Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Bruce McLucas, whose goal is to inform women everywhere that in most cases, those affected by fibroids do not need a hysterectomy, there are options. 80% of African American women are at some point suffer by fibroids and Dr. McLucas is the country’s leading expert who founded The Los Angeles Fibroid Treatment Collective, a unique medical group devoted solely to treating women who suffer from uterine fibroids with an emphasis on fibroid embolization, a non-surgical technique that Dr. McLucas pioneered and introduced over a decade ago.

    Dr. McLucas is responsible for thousands of successful treatments, and he actively trains other physicians across the country to perform this safe, minimally invasive procedure designed to allow many women to avoid surgery and find permanent relief from uterine fibroids. Dr. McLucas gives an engaging interview and has been featured on “The Doctors,” the FOX11 Morning Show in LA and NBC News.

    Treatment for Fibroids
    The big hook is that in the U.S., it's estimated that up to 80% of African Americans will develop fibroids at some point by age 50. I’ve included 3 story ideas below that Dr. Bruce McLucas can discuss:

    1.) FERTILITY: Dr. Bruce McLucas’ goal is to inform women that fibroid embolization is the best option to treat fibroids while protecting a women’s fertility, since so many women needlessly undergo hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures. Dr. McLucas can discuss a case study following a patient who is deeply concerned about her fertility when dealing with her fibroids and can address how embolization protects fertility while following the patient throughout the consultation and procedure. Also available for a phone interview is a patient who had undergone the procedure and had a baby following the procedure.

    2.) COST OF PROCEDURE: With the affordable healthcare act dominating the news, Dr. McLucas can discuss how fibroid embolization can save literally billions of dollars. When hospital costs and time off work (typically 6 weeks) are added up following hysterectomy and myomectomy operations, the cost adds up to 40 billion dollars every year. Embolization is the safe, non-surgical alternative that requires no hospital stay and the patient can return to work the next day which will lower healthcare costs considerably.

    3.) FAILURE RATE: A segment can delve in deeper to a recent Yahoo Health article that reports the failure rate between embolization and myomectomy procedures. The study cites that 23% of women who had a myomectomy needed a repeat procedure, while only 6% of Dr. McLucas embolization patients had a recurrence. Dr. McLucas can explain the difference between the 3 options to treat fibroids (embolization, myomectomy and hysterectomy) and the advantages of embolization.

    Additional information on fibroids can be found on Dr. McLucas’ website, http://www.fibroids.com/

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    5 Things Young African American Women Can Do To Cope with Breast Cancer Author: Zekita

    Learning that you have breast cancer can be one of the most shocking and life altering moments of your entire life. The initial diagnosis can bring on feelings of not only worry, but life’s fragility. The idea of time being precious no longer seems like something that you just say in passing when talking to friends. Your time really does become precious and your sense of purpose kicks into over drive. Breast cancer is affecting more young African American women each year and the ages continue to get younger and younger. But the diagnosis, the treatment, and the recovery do not have to be a grim experience.

    Yes, it’s extremely hard and will probably be the hardest thing you will ever have to go through in your life. Questions may arise such as: how did this happen to me? Why me? And what am I going to do now? I had all of these same questions after all, I was only 31 years old, African American, and in good health. These are all common concerns among women who have been diagnosed with this disease, but more important than the initial shock and the treatment and even surgery is the mental state of the woman after she learns that she has the disease. For every woman who has just learned that she has breast cancer and for every woman who knows another who has been diagnosed there are five rules that we must all follow in order to ensure that our lives and the lives of our loved ones will be fulfilled while we take this journey.

    (1) Focus on getting better. Spend very little time thinking about the disease itself, rather, spend time thinking about your life after you get better. I had a nurse to admit to me that people get sicker when they spend too much time in the hospital worrying about their illness.

    (2) Avoid morbid, pessimistic people. Even people that you love and who love you can become a drain on your spirit when they spend too much time treating you like your diagnosis is an automatic death sentence. Many people recover from cancer and go on to lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

    (3) Change your diet. Don’t accept any of the soda, sweets, and other junk foods offered to you at your cancer treatment center or anywhere else. A low/no dairy, low/no sugar, no alcohol, and junk free diet helps your body to fight against the tumor while you are going through conventional treatments. Drink plenty of water, eat extra servings of fresh vegetables, and add extra fiber to your diet to cleanse your body.

     
Coping with Breast Cancer
    (4) Keep doing what you. The initial diagnosis will be a serious blow and the chemotherapy treatments and surgery will knock you off your feet for a while, but keep your eyes on the prize. Staying focused on your family life (esp. your children) helps you to maintain a positive and healthy mental state. A positive and healthy mental state also helps your body to fight against the cancer and to recuperate from the toxicity of chemotherapy. The entire time that I have been going through treatments, I have been a single mother, a sociology student, a freelance writer and author, and a small business owner. I never missed a beat (except the days when I was ill from the chemo) because I chose to continue living and thriving.

    (5) Pray, meditate, chant, or whatever it is that you do. Your mind needs to be cleansed when going through a battle with breast cancer. Your spirit should always be nurtured so that you may receive divine guidance. Spend little time sobbing in prayer and more time focused on what you want your outcome to be. Love yourself, visualize your body healing, and trust that things will work out as they should.

    As a breast cancer patient and self proclaimed ‘survivor’ of the disease, I know all too well what a woman goes through after she gets that call from the doctor’s office. Some women choose to immediately join support groups and notify their family members. There are other women who decide that the best way to deal with the disease and the forthcoming recovery, is to cope in solitude and in silence. I was one of those women. As a breast cancer patient enduring the most toxic of chemotherapy treatments in conjunction with a few naturopathic treatments, I have learned that my immediate state of mind and well being contribute greatly to the way that my body has responded to the treatments and how well I am doing physically while on the road to recovery. Throughout this transition I came up with five ways to cope with the disease so that may have the best outcome while on the road to recovery.

    Zekita is freelance writer and the author of ‘YourStory Book One’. Her articles have been published by many national and international publications and she has been featured by ABC World News and the Roland S. Martin radio show. To learn more please visit http://www.zeniampublications.com.
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BLACK / AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S  HEALTH
   

  1. Alcohol and Drug Rehab for Women...
    Website provides information, resources and next-steps for women who are trying to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

  2. A National African-American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization...
    A National African-American Breast Cancer Survivorship Organization website.

  3. Black Womens Health ...
    Dedicated, health and wellness, African American woman.

  4. Black Women Mental-Health Needs Not Met...
    Sixty percent of African American women suffer depression, but few seek professional help because of the communal stigma and because there are few providers specializing in African American issues. Now, new mental health initiatives are reaching out.

  5. Booty Nomics...
    A fitness site for women to embrace their curves and not lose them, while obtaining optimum health benefits.

  6. California Black Women's Health Project...
    (CABWHP) focuses on empowering Black women to take personal responsibility for our own health and to advocate for changes in policies that adversely affect Black women's health status.

  7. Celebrating Life...
    African American women speak out about breast cancer.

  8. Divas For a Cure...
    Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Fundraising Campaign.

  9. Drug Dangers ...
    Providing information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications. Our organization aims to spread information on medications and devices that cause damage the general public and contact those who take interest.

  10. Fibroid Relief ...
    A women’s health organization that educates women about uterine fibroid treatment options. As you may know, black women are affected disproportionately by fibroids.

  11. Global Wellness Project ...
    We produce educational and engaging films, television programming, and new media designed to promote preventive healthcare and wellness in the minority community.

  12. Improving the African American Woman's Health and Wellness...
    Blackwomenshealth.com is a site dedicated to improving the African American Woman's physical mental, and spirtual health and wellness.

  13. Jeanne Elizabeth Blum...
    Author of "Woman Heal Thyself" A book based on ancient Chinese acupressure techniques. Also information for men with prostate cancer.

  14. JourneyForControl.com...
    What is type 2 diabetes? Find the answer and more at the Journey for Control Web site.

  15. MedlinePlus: African-American Health...
    African-American health information.

  16. MiracleCord Inc. ...
    MiracleCord leads the industry with the most advanced and comprehensive Cord blood banking services.

  17. Stress and Other Workplace Afflictions...
    Increase awareness that ALL people have the inherent right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect in the workplace.

  18. The Healthy Diva ...
    A place where novices and seasoned individuals can find reliable information in how to implement green living, vegan or vegetarian habits in to their lives without complications.

  19. The Health Of Minority Women...
    The Health of Minority Women information.

  20. The Menopause and Black Cohosh Center...
    At the Menopause and Black Cohosh center, you can get up-to-date information on menopause and black cohosh, hormone replacement therapy and the latest menopause research.

  21. Viennas Herbal Compounds...
    Vienna's Herbal Compounds sinse 1991, Our mission is to provide all natural, superior quality health products for the mind and body, with love, from Harlem to you.

  22. WeSpeakLoudly...
    This site provide health, nutrition, wellness, and self-care resources especially for Black women.

  23. Yaz Lawsuits...
    The focus of DrugAlert is to keep consumers informed about their prescription drugs and the devastating side effects which may occur.









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