January 2019 Whole Woman Newsletter
Back to work, Whole Woman recap, and
The precarious state of the world
The Holidays are Over
Yes, we have overindulged a bit and focused on preparation for and celebrating the holidays in recent weeks. But now it’s time to get back to work!
How is your posture? Time to get back to your exercises! Time to revisit the dietary changes that may have been nagging at the back of your mind.
And yes it’s time again to get serious about managing your prolapse, incontinence, hip and knee pain. Go back through your video courses and refresh your memory on the principles of pelvic health and remind yourself why you don’t want surgery!
When you’re ready to make the leap to the next level of pelvic health, the Whole Woman Works! Intensive needs to be on your calendar. Two and a half days one-on-one with me at the Whole Woman Center here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, can be a life-changing event.
The Intensive can move you from a place of modest understanding of your pelvic challenges to laser focused and purposeful, intent on controlling your pelvic health for a lifetime. And you can bring a friend to share the experience with at half-price for her. Call Lanny at 505-243-4010 or write email@example.com.
If you just need a tune up or some help with your current situation, a phone consultation with me can work wonders. Here’s the link to order. We’ll get in touch to schedule your call.
A Busy Time
It’s been a very busy time for us here at Whole Woman. I’m trying to finish up First Aid for Knees, as well as the balance of month four Joy of Menopause videos.
The bigger monthly Menopause videos are time consuming, yet deeply satisifying. Part 4 on breast cancer turned out to be a huge research project.
This month, dementia is turning out to be a mind-bending study of the massive research being done at the boundary of the quantum field. It’s taking longer to get these videos completed than I hoped, but we are making great progress and I am confident that those who are taking the Joy of Menopause journey with me will look back at the end of the course amazed at its breadth and depth.
The Year Ahead for Whole Woman
2018 was an important year for Whole Woman, but a challenging one. We have pushed into new areas, menopause and knee health, and have made important infrastructure changes. Those of you who have been receiving duplicate copies of all our emails will be relieved to know that you should no longer be receiving duplicates!
The 2019 Whole Woman Practitioner Training class begins this coming week, and in the next few months we will be completing the Joy of Menopause course, the most ambitious we have ever undertaken, forty-five videos over nine months. We are finishing up the First Aid for Knees course, and a new project has arisen from my research on breast cancer for the course.
Breast Cancer Inc. is the tentative title of a new video, possibly video course I will be developing this year.
When I really dug into the science behind the business of breast cancer treatment, I confess I was flabbergasted. I’m used to the predations of the medical system when it comes to prolapse, incontinence, and hip pain, but the treatment of women with breast cancer can only be characterized as medieval.
And even the horrifying so-called prevention of breast cancer through BRCA gene scare and preemptive mastectomy is both a massively fraudulent and massively profitable enterprise.
It hurts my heart that we do not have loving, caring, trustworthy systems and institutions that are really committed to our health and well-being. I believe many of the people who work in our existing systems are motivated by these qualities, but the systems themselves are deeply corrupt and very dangerous places for women. Nowhere is this more apparent than breast cancer “treatment”.
This year we are also going to be working hard to spread the word about the Whole Woman work, and to reach more women before they get entrapped by the medical system.
Any efforts you have made in the past to share what you have learned here with friends and family are deeply appreciated. Whole Woman is a labor of love, but it is also a business that needs constant support.
Lanny and I are very grateful for yours.
May the new year be a banner time for us all, may the insanity in the world subside so we can all carry on with the business of loving each other and our gorgeous planet upon which our individual and collective survival depends.
The Precarious State of the World
Reading, watching, or listening to the news, the level of insanity in the world is astonishing. Equally striking is how inured we have become to the collective human insanity we see on full display every day.
With my characteristic interest in root causes, I find myself wondering what quirks of the human makeup have brought us this close to the edge of extinction, and if there is anything to be done about it.
It seems there are two fundamental characteristics of the human psyche that drive much if not most of the madness we see in the world.
First is tribalism. This characteristic manifests in literal tribes historically, a reality close to home here in New Mexico, populated as we are with many Native American tribes up and down the state. But we see this in political parties, religions, company cultures, sports teams with their die hard fans, as well as “patriotism” at the national level.
If this tribalism was confined to the good natured competition on the field, tennis, or basketball court and the like, that would be one thing. But our tribalism has lead to millennia of unthinkably horrific bloodshed and suffering as tribal leaders have discovered the power in focusing the collective anger and frustration of daily life on another tribe. It’s a cheap trick, but effective for bolstering political power.
In the US today this drama is playing out in the conservative/liberal wars. I use the term wars deliberately, because the conservative leadership has in recent decades become so ossified in their dogmatic beliefs to the point where they do not hesitate to manipulate the fundamental fairness structured into the democratic process through gerrymandering, voter suppression, and rigging the judiciary.
I say this not as a political statement. It is just a factual observation.
Donald Trump has shown remarkable skill at leveraging fear and tribalism during his rise to power.
But the result of this tribalism is that the era when reasonable people acknowledged their differences, yet sat down together to work out compromises that gave everyone something to work with in the political process, appears to be gone for the foreseeable future.
This is a serious loss and does not bode well for our ability to deal with the life and death challenges facing all humanity right now.
The second characteristic of the human psyche that appears to be at the root of the madness gripping so much of the world is what a psychologist would call cognitive dissonance.
We all have experienced this. We have some understanding of what we believe to be reality. Then data show up that raise questions about what we believed to be true. Because we are invested in our initial reality, instead to coming to terms with the fact that what we thought was real isn’t, we simply find a way to manipulate our sense of what’s real in a way that integrates this new data without doing too much damage to our current comfort.
I know that sounds very abstract, so let’s look at a tangible example.
A hundred years ago at the dawn of the fossil fuel age, it was predicted that increased use of oil and gas would raise the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and warm the planet. The oil companies have known for decades that this was a serious, possibly catastrophic risk.
Surely, the people in charge of the fossil fuel companies are smart, capable people. Why is it that when the hard data started coming in about the dangers of climate change, these people didn’t immediately start shifting their strategic focus to alternative energy sources?
There was a famous article in the business press from back in the 50s about the railroads in the US. They were all-powerful. They had virtually unlimited capital, and basically owned Congress. Despite these advantages, they completely missed the emerging reality of trucking and airplanes. They had the resources and power to dominate these emerging industries but they were “railroad men” a reality construct that would not let them internalize and respond to this new data.
So we wonder about the fossil fuel company leaders. Do they simply not care about the future (or lack thereof) they are creating for their own children and grandchildren? Tribalism and cognitive dissonance appears to be making them incapable of taking intelligent action on which the future of all our families depends.
There is serious scientific evidence that homo sapiens is standing at the edge of a cliff and that human extinction in the next very few years (in other words, in our lifetimes) is a very real possibility.
One could make the case that human beings just aren’t very good at change, which has some obvious truth. Poor skill at change I believe to be a symptom.
The root cause is our astonishing capacity to gerrymander our assessment of what is real to avoid the painful and difficult work of assimilating that data, thoughtfully assessing what the data is suggesting on how we must change, and revising our lives, businesses, institutions, and expectations based on that data. This would be a rational approach to change, and it is clear that homo sapiens is not a particularly rational species.
Yes, the data may mean that everything I have learned and whatever success I’ve achieved are becoming irrelevant. One option is just to hunker down and fight to sustain the status quo. For example, I read recently there is a group of large pickup truck owners who have taken to parking their trucks in electric car charging spaces to prevent the electric cars from topping off their batteries while shopping or at work. Not a very rational response to climate change.
The other is to plan and transition with some foresight and care to minimize the disruption of change. Yes, change means loss but also opens the door to many new opportunities for those with the willingness to adapt.
Part of what is bringing all this into my thoughts is the consistent theme I find myself constantly running into in my research, which is the central importance of diet to our overall health and prevention of so many of the health challenges that we seem to take for granted as just “part of life”.
There is little in the roots of culture and lifestyle that runs deeper than food. Thanksgiving dinners, birthday parties, Christmas dinners, these events punctuate our lives with warm feelings of love and family.
However, we are inseparable from our microbiome. Our health requires that we be thoughtful, intentional, and careful about what we introduce into our body.
Animal products (meat, fowl, and fish) introduce bacteria into our microbiome that are deleterious to our health. The data are clear.
Unless you have already transformed your diet and that of your family to vegetarian (so-called ovo/lacto - including eggs and dairy - or vegan, strict vegetarian), you are confronted with conflicting realities. One one side, the history and deeply ingrained habits of the traditional western diet, and on the other the hard science about diet and health. Changing our diet is today's equivalent of quitting smoking once the data were clear that tobacco was lethal.
There is only one reason there are seven billion plus human beings running around the planet. Homo sapiens has an ability highly unusual if not unique in nature, our ability to adapt. We have adapted to the arctic, the deep deserts and every clime in between.
Yet we seem to have this flaw that once we get established in a location, culture, career, or belief system, we get frozen in that system until revolution of some kind shatters our reality and forces us to adapt.
I raise these two issues, tribalism and our seemingly infinite capacity for rationalization, because awareness is the starting point for evolution. At least once a seed is planted in the mind, there exists the possibility that it may germinate, blossom, and yield the fruit of wisdom and change.
No human is immune to these two characteristics. The question is only what we do with them, how we utilize our self-awareness to help ourselves navigate through this difficult and complex experience called life.
At the end of our time here, will we be able to look back and see that despite our failures and limitations, we have grown, evolved, and are leaving the world better because of our personal work and growth?
The answer to this question matters.