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18Oct

We must treat causes––not symptoms

Wednesday 18th October 2017

THE VERY PARADIGM of our health care system is wrong and needs to change. The conventional medical view, supported by the medical-industrial complex, is that the body comprises isolated parts and that doctors must treat symptoms. But the body is an integrated whole: every part of the body is related to every other part of the body in a constant interplay of functions and processes. We must treat symptoms, yes, but we must treat the causes of those symptoms as well. As it is, people in the West play a lifelong game of Whack-a-Mole with their health. A symptom appears and we go to our doctor address it. If we’re lucky, the symptom disappears. But that’s like taking the batteries out of the smoke alarm instead of putting out the fire. You might not hear the noise any longer but the fire is still there. By focusing on overall wellness throughout our entire body, we could ultimately alleviate many of the symptoms that ail us. Put simply, symptoms will never stop developing if their causes aren’t addressed and in extreme cases, patients can end up taking dozens of pills but never getting better. There are simple ways in which we…

6Oct

When it comes to health advice, it’s a free for all

Friday 6th October 2017

THERE IS SO much health advice for women in the public domain, that it’s hard to blame those who simply choose to ignore it. It seems as if every week, there is a fresh piece of health guidance that contradicts the one that came before it. Sometimes the ‘advice’ is given in an alarmist way, sometimes it’s misleading and sometimes it’s based on poor science. Sometimes it’s simply untrue, but sometimes it’s actually good advice, so how do you know what to follow? I’ve seen websites that offer conflicting pieces of advice on the same page! The result of this is that people become confused! Who wouldn’t? How can you find the truth when there is so much conflicting and confusing advice around? Is a glass of wine good for you or bad for you? Should you eat low-carb or low-fat? How much water should you drink every day? It’s no surprise that many women reach a point where they’re never sure what to believe about how best to take care of their health, or find themselves in a constant cycle of taking pills, following fad diets or trying to treat symptoms rather than causes. I’m all about self-help and…

15Aug

Trump’s Attack on Women’s Health

Tuesday 15th August 2017

ACROSS THE UNITED States last month there was a sigh of relief when a new health care bill repealing Obamacare collapsed. The latest version of their health care bill––the Better Care Reconciliation Act––would have raised family health care costs, lowered funding to Medicaid, and cut funding for Planned Parenthood. Former Vice President Joe Biden said it represented an attempt to “drag us back in time.” The collapse of the bill might have been hailed as a success from some quarters, but forgive me for not being too excited. The President said he would make a renewed effort to revive the bill, and quickly invited all Senate Republicans to the White House to negotiate. Today, President Trump launched an attack on Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to force through the bill. The Senate health care bill had devastating implications for women––especially single women––across the United States. Single women are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the U.S., and yet they are affected disproportionately by unemployment and poverty. Approximately 63% of unmarried women make less than $25,000 a year. The bill could only make matters worse. More than 25 million women rely on Medicaid, which is the single largest provider…

10Aug

The Problem with “Menstrual Leave”

Thursday 10th August 2017

LAST MONTH, TWO firms in India introduced a policy to give female employees a “period day” off each month. Culture Machine and Gozoop, which are both based in Mumbai, launched this “menstrual leave” plan, they say, to fight taboos in the country surrounding menstruation. India isn’t the first country in which this has happened. In March, the Italian parliament considered a proposal for a law that would force all companies to grant three days of paid menstrual leave each month to female employees who experience painful periods. Both stories generated a lot of heated discussion and, in most cases, both sides of the argument tended to miss the point. In the case of the Italian proposal, some cited the statistic that “60 to 90% of women suffer from dysmenorrhea” (pain during menstruation) and praised the measure as a way of ensuring “women no longer have to suffer quietly while at work” while improving productivity. Others said the supposedly progressive bill would harm efforts to “normalize menstruation and to educate others about it”, adding that “such a law will only enforce sexist and damaging stereotypes that women can’t control their ability to combat pain or hormonal changes during their periods.” It’s…

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