On any given day, you're picking up your favorite drink, putting gas in your car, grabbing some cash from the ATM, shopping for a new pair of shoes or sitting down for a nice lunch at your favorite restaurant.
What do all these have in common?
They all end with sales receipt....
So, where's the danger in that?
It's actually on your fingertips!
What consumers don't know is that those receipts contain a heavy dose of BPA (Bisphenol - A) that can affect hormonal health.
Dr B. loved the 3rd Thursday of the month.
In fact, we all loved our 3rd Thursdays.
It was Shawna's day.
Shawna was our impeccably dressed pharma rep who walked in smiling, with her pearly whites, perfect hair, designer heels and gourmet lunch.
She was a badass, boss babe.
Yup, every third Thursday we knew we'd eat a yummy free gourmet lunch and take home 'goodie' bags filled with the latest pastel colored birth control pills samples, pens, notepads and hair scrunchies!
Who doesn't love a goodie bag, right?
So, happily ..... I got my monthly birth control and an endless amount of scrunchies that I can never keep track of anyway.
I was set...... But, more so, I was sold.
I thought Shawna was brilliant!
Too many women are affected by menstrual pain and estrogen dominant gynecological problems such as uterine fibroids, cysts and endometriosis.
As a matter of fact, hundreds of thousands of women seek treatment for uterine fibroids each year. One study found that between 80-90% of African American women and 70% of White women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50.
That's almost all of us!
The Endometriosis Organization estimates that 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years may be affected by endometriosis, globally that's 176 million women!
Do you find yourself watching the clock around 2pm thinking about your next boost of coffee to get through the rest of the day?
And, while your in line, is that artisan cupcake calling your name?
All the goodies you need are now in your hands!
SO, now that you've made it home, kicked off your heels, all you can think of is streaming Netflix and passing out in that comfy bed of yours…...
I just returned from my annual visit to Lima, Peru, and although every trip fills my heart with love from family, this year I've returned sad, broken hearted and filled with ever more purpose.
I visited grandma who has Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve avoided it for a while and I now understood why. I wasn’t prepared to see a woman who I only remember as a sassy, spunky independent pistol, who use to get on the Metro line and disappear for hours in Downtown LA, one who use to rock out in the park with her tai chi girlfriends, and one who use to hike faster than me, reduced to having the verbal and cognitive skills of a nine year old. It was devastating, watching her happiness in seeing me, only to be followed by confusion as to who I was.
I kid about my memory slips, and my 'moments' when I scramble, looking for my keys, only to find that i'm holding them, but imagine being stuck in that situation every minute of your remaining life!
Hitting that extra strength Costco sized bottle of Advil sure may seem like a magic rescue when your period starts, especially at work, I get it, you have to get through the day.
But….What have these pills really done to help you relieve next month’s cramps, your heavy period, your fibroids, cysts or endometriosis?
Women with on going pelvic pain, painful, heavy periods produce high levels of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are hormones that cause pain, inflammation and blood clots at sites of injury, so that the body can spark the chemical reactions needed to heal itself. Yes, it’s really their job to cause those cramps and clots!
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs, (Advil, Tylenol, Aspirin, etc.) work to relieve pain by decreasing prostaglandin levels.
BUT, because they are synthetic, long term use can lead to serious side effects like liver and kidney failure and intestinal damage (aka leaky gut).
Also, they don’t address why you have so much pain every month, or why your fibroids continue to grow.
Healing Before Synthetics
Did you know that Aspirin and other common pain relievers have their origins in herbal medicine?
Heavy periods are not only painful and debilitating, but they certainly can be unpredictable too.
I remember my first day of acupuncture school. I was so excited, and attempting to be eco-friendly, I tried walking to campus.
But, if you know anything about LA blocks, they’re miles long. So, running late, I hopped on a bus and was on my way.
It was day three of my period, and they were usually heavy, but it was day three so I thought I was all good.
the moment I stood up to get off at my stop, I felt the that gushing spill. I was so embarrassed, it went right through my pants.
I turned red and I was visibly panicked because a sweet women stood up and gave me her sweater to wrap around my waist. While the driver was annoyingly telling me to make up my mind either to stay or get off, I was asking her for her address so I could mail it back to her.
You’ve been on a roll.
Monday through Friday pilates class. You splurge on the weekend and take booty barre, intensive cardio, or a good old fashioned nature hike. You’re amped, seeing some tone and definition.
Thrilled with your accomplishment you treat yourself to those skinny jeans that frame your legs and backside. Flush with anticipation to strut your stuff, you suddenly realize that the button is a little stretched and there’s a flap of flub bulging over your pants!
How could this be?
You’ve been devoutly crunching those abs weekly. You’ve even noticed your clothes fit a size smaller. You’ve put in your time, and you actually like your routine now! How is that protruding focal point still rearing its ugly head, crushing your dreams of those infamous Janet Jackson abs?
Here’s the skinny on Belly FAT