Womens Health

Women by the numbers:

  • There were 161 million females in the U.S. as of December 2013
    • The number of males was 156.1 million
  • At 85 and older, women outnumbered men by 2 to 1, or 3.9 million to 2 million
  • Estimated number of mothers in the U.S. in 2009 was 85.4 million
  • In 2010, the percentage of women between 40 to 44 who had (ever) given birth was 81%
  • There were 5.2 million stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2013.

A woman's body builds up most bone mass by age 30, then after, it’s about maintenance.

Top Health Issues For Women:

Heart Disease

  • The leading killer of both men and women
  • According to the CDC, heart disease is responsible for about 29% of women’s deaths
  • Primarily premature death (60s younger)

Breast Cancer

  • The most common cancer in women
  • Second to lung cancer as the leading cause fo death by cancer for women

 

Osteoporosis

  • Threatens 44 million Americans, of which 68% are women (National Osteoporosis Foundation)
  • It is never too late to keep bones strong and avoid fractures

“Traditionally” believed risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • Being female
  • Increasing age
  • Small, thin-boned frame
  • Ethnicity: White and Asian
  • Family history
  • Hormones
  • Infrequent menstrual cycles and estrogen loss due to menopause may increase risk
  • Anorexia/bolemia
  • Diet low in calcium and vitamin D
  • Medication use, particularly glucocorticoids
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol

pH Check-in

  • Keeps blood balanced
  • The body will seep its calcium stock to alkalize itself when too acidic

Learn more about pH

Depression

  • Affects more women than men
  • The National Institute of Mental Health reports that about 12 million women each year are affected by a depressive disorder, compared to about 6 million men

Hormones

Thyroid support:

  • Iodine
  • St. Johns wort

Reproductive Health

"In the United States alone, women spend well over $2 billion per year on feminine hygiene products, including tampons, pads, feminine washes, sprays, powders, and personal wipes. But until recently, scant research existed on how chemicals in these products may affect women’s health." (Environmental Health Perspectives)

Menstrual Products
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Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) remains one of the best-known health impacts of a feminine hygiene product. Cases of TSS, which can be fatal, spiked around the same time manufacturers began using four synthetic products in high-absorbency tampons. Today, the only synthetic allowed in tampons is viscose rayon, which is often mixed with cotton. “[Viscose rayon] was the best of the bad four ingredients, three of which have been taken off the market,” says Philip Tierno, a clinical microbiology and pathology professor at New York University. A small number of TSS cases are still reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year (reporting is not required in all states)." (Environmental Health Perspectives)

An alternative option to traditional menstrual products: DIVA CUP 

Autoimmune Diseases

  • A group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters the tissues
  • Include lupus, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and more
  • According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), about 75% of autoimmune diseases occur in women
  • As a group, the disorders make up the fourth-largest cause of disability among American women

Conventional “wisdom” holds that it is not known what causes the body to turn on itself, and that genetic, hormonal and environmental factors are suspected.

Holistically, we approach it from lifestyle factors:

Lupus and MS = linked to aspartame (neurotoxin)

Fibromyalgia = “auto-immune” emotionally linked to male-issue, no matter if you are a man or woman

See Also:

Emotions
Advanced Education: Emotions

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