September 2017 Whole Woman Newsletter
Updates from the Whole Woman World...
There is a relatively new acronym floating about these days: TL;DR.
It stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read.
This phenomenon is surely a symptom of our overheated pace of life and the degree to which we are bombarded with information minute by minute all day long. Finding my newsletter in your email box may come at a time when the phone is ringing, you’re on a deadline, or have to drive the kids somewhere.
It’s easy to say, “I’ll get to it later…” only to discover that a hundred additional emails have been piled on top of this newsletter and “later” somehow never seems to appear.
I say this just to let you know that for the last few months, Lanny has been posting my newsletters to the Whole Woman website, https://wholewoman.com/newpages/newsletters/. So when you have a chance to catch your breath, why not visit the Whole Woman site and review the newsletter when you have a chance to read it at your leisure? Thanks.
In the US, Labor Day is behind us, so that means Fall is officially in the air. Schools have started again and the race to the year-end holidays has begun.
It’s a busy time for us here at Whole Woman as well. We are getting in the last of our food for the winter, drying and freezing fruit, freezing greens and sweet corn, and stocking up on potatoes and onions from our favorite farm out east of Albuquerque.
Save Your Hips
In 2013 I published my book and companion DVD Save Your Hips. This book grew out of comments on the Whole Woman forum by women who were not only experiencing dramatic prolapse improvement with the Whole Woman work, but their hip pain had disappeared as well!
These comments immediately got my attention and launched a 15 month research marathon, which led to the publication of the book.
In the subsequent four years, I have kept my eye on the flow of research papers coming from the medical system and about a year ago, it became clear that the latest research needed to be integrated into Save Your Hips.
As much as I love and appreciate books, video is much faster to produce and get into the hands of those who need the information. So Lanny and I have been working on the new Save Your Hips online video course for months.
We are almost ready to launch the course and are including some valuable enticements. Whether you are just wanting to prevent a hip problem in the future, are experiencing mild to moderate intermittent or chronic hip pain now, or are experiencing chronic hip pain to the level that you are seriously considering surgery, you will find this video course a life-changing experience.
While at some level, it might be understandable that the practice of gynecology does not understand the workings of the bony pelvis, orthopedics has no excuse! This course offers shocking and never before published information that every woman needs to know.
Over the next few days, you’ll be receiving updates on the release of the course.
I talk a lot about self-care in my work, but what exactly I mean by that may not be immediately obvious.
While I am a serious critic of the medical system itself, I acknowledge that it is populated for the most part with smart, caring, hard-working, and competent individuals. My complaint is with the system itself, primarily in its unwillingness to acknowledge its own limitations.
The things the medical system does well, it does astonishingly well. I know, I worked in the system as an RN for a number of years. If you have suffered trauma or have an acute illness, they are miracle workers. But as you have doubtless heard me say many times, when it comes to chronic conditions like pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and chronic hip pain, the system is not only worthless, it does untold damage to millions of women around the world.
In my study of the research papers currently being produced, I’m seeing a disturbing trend of scientists and doctors in third world countries being coopted by big pharma to produce “research studies” that provide amazingly seamless support for the interests of their patron drug companies.
In every other corner of our lives, we make choices about who we choose to do business with. If we get bad service or shoddy products from a store, we no longer shop there. We are all accustomed to making these kinds of decisions.
But somehow, when it comes to dealing with the medical system, we tend to forget that we’re the customers and that our needs, wants, and expectations matter. Of course, the system has perpetrated the notion of being all knowing, having all the answers, and that mere mortals should never question their decisions.
But the fact remains that our best defense against the predations of the system is a critical mindset, a “show me” attitude, and refusal to be intimidated or browbeaten by anyone who thinks you should just be passive and acquiescent.
Self-care begins where you set the boundaries for the medical system. Once you decide that the surgical route for prolapse, for example, is not for you, you have stepped into the world of self-care.
For some who read my newsletter, Whole Woman is their first foray into self-care. Others have been doing self-care for decades. What is important to recognize is that self-care takes education. Fortunately, never in history has so much information been available to so many people at so little cost.
Yes, education takes time and effort, but it pays big dividends in that it takes you behind the facades that big agriculture, big pharma, and big consumer products companies have erected to beguile you into thinking that the products that drive their profits are good for you and the planet.
Through the lens of self-care, you will discover a whole new world of passionate, dedicated people who are responsive to nature, not ad agencies in their quest for what provides health and happiness. We’ll talk more about this.
Whole Woman Living
This term, which has been creeping into my vocabulary in recent months, is very closely related to self-care.
I take Whole Woman Living to mean looking to Nature rather than Man as the ultimate source of wisdom.
Take food as an example.
Man says, “GMOs are a good thing and will keep people who live in agriculturally challenging areas from starving. After all, humanity has been fiddling with the gene pool since the dawn of agriculture.” Nature says, “You can put a tomato and a tuna together until the end of time and they will never produce an offspring. GMOs are an affront to Nature, particularly since it is impossible to predict the global consequences of releasing these Frankenstein creatures into the ecosystem.”
Man says, “Everyone should have the convenience of going to the store any time of the day or night and finding whatever foods they desire, fresh from wherever they are grown.” Nature says, “All things move in cycles. There is a time to prepare the soil, a time to plant, tend, and harvest, and a time to lie fallow during the cold months of the year. Practically all creatures, except modern man, adapt to these cycles by storing food during the harvest months and living on that stored food during the winter months.”
In manufacturing terms, Lanny tells me, our food follows a “just in time” distribution model. In other words, whatever is desired shows up at the right place at the right time. While this is convenient, it comes at a horrific environmental cost of trucking and air freight as out of season foods are transported thousands of miles to satisfy consumers.
Whole Woman Living means building relationships with local farmers and producers. Many towns have farmers markets during the summer months where you can find fresh, organic produce, trucked from a few minutes away rather than hundreds or thousands of miles.
Our bodies have evolved with the seasons. Eating that which is in season, salads and fruits in the hot months and grains and dried foods in the cold, is how we are genetically wired up. Human ingenuity has disrupted this ancient cycle. These are among the many things we consider in Whole Woman Living.
We’ll talk more about this in future newsletters.
In the meantime, remember your posture as you move through your busy day. Live, love, and express gratitude every day for your blessings, despite whatever challenges may be pressing you.