Resources

What supports, balances and inspires me...

Rewriting Red Riding Hood: Carol Pearson at TEDxBrighton

Endometriosis UK trustee, Carol Pearson, gave this TED talk to raise awareness of endometriosis, and hopefully ensure that painful sex and periods are talked about more by the next generation of young women.

Taking a spin on a well-known fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, Carol applied to speak at a local TED conference, TEDxBrighton. TED It’s a speaker conference where speakers talk for under 18 minutes to share their idea in an innovative way.

The gist of the tale is that Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood were devoured by that well-known wolf, endometriosis, which could only be tracked down and executed by the huntsman, the experienced endometriosis surgeon.

In a deeply personal talk, Carol explains – with humour and frankness – not only how endometriosis affected her, resulting in the loss of her career and fertility, but also that we all need to speak up about periods – painful sex, periods, and the effect on our bodies of this devious wolf – to ensure that our daughters don’t have to go through the same terrible delays in diagnosis.

Carol’s talk was delivered to an audience of 400 – but the ultimate audience is a global one as TED talks are designed to be watched on the internet and shared widely.

Therefore, please watch and share this talk with as many people as possible – let’s make our legacy knowledge about this disease.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

If you have not already seen this, then prepare to be inspired, you might even feel a few tears flowing… Chances are that you have seen it, because it is one of the most viewed TEDTalks ever. It had been part of my cells, from the moment I saw it first time. And I have watched it over and over many times since.

Brené Brown has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. These are all emotions which are a deep part of being human, and when we talk about menstruation and motherhood these feeling are often through the roof!

Finally someone found the courage to speaking up about these emotions in a knowledgeable and real personal way. And I believe everyone listening to her can relate.

Brené Brown spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

I encourage you to take a moment to think about these questions in relation to your own life?

When I work with women around their menstrual health, or with new mothers, very often deep feelings of unworthiness, a lack of belonging and support are feelings which comes up. Another belief which often comes forward is one of; I can not really do or be who am truly am, what I feel will bring me joy, because my family or community have other expectations of me.

Brené focuses on a deep need in all of us, to reconnect with our inner sense of love, wisdom, belonging and joy. And I feel she is asking us to take our special place in the world with all that we are, and with all that we have to give.

What would it mean for you to live a life which is more wholehearted? And how can you take one small step today in that direction?

An Inspiring Book

From: amazon.com/The-Uterine-Health-Companion-Holistic/dp/1587613514

The uterus is a remarkable organ—it is our first home, contributes to women’s sexual pleasure, houses some of the strongest muscles in the body, and even helps prevent heart disease and high blood pressure. However, in the West, the uterus has generally been viewed as insignificant beyond reproduction and rarely receives our attention except when it becomes problematic or when we focus on getting pregnant or giving birth. Even though health-promoting strategies for organs like the heart and lungs have become common knowledge, preventative measures for lifelong uterine health have been largely absent from Western medical care. Consequently, one-third of all women in the United States will have a hysterectomy–the highest rate in the world.

In The Uterine Health Companion, anthropologist and holistic health expert Eve Agee reveals that women in many non-Western societies do not share our high rates of benign uterine problems or our negative attitudes about the uterus. Drawing on her research with women in the United States and abroad, Agee shows how traditional practices from other cultures can help create lasting health so that issues such as PMS, fibroids, and endometriosis do not have to be our destiny as women. Through poignant narratives as well as global insights, the book inspires us to develop new understandings about health and healing that affirm all women.

The Uterine Health Companion demonstrates why the uterus matters and how we can take care of it, from menarche to menopause—and beyond. A comprehensive holistic plan including nutrition, exercise, and visualization guides us to promote uterine wellness and enhance conventional medical therapies. Chapters dedicated to specific uterine issues illustrate how to support our health through simple daily practices and fundamental attitude shifts in our relationship to our bodies. The book also includes strategies for women who have had hysterectomies. This empowering resource offers a prescriptive, balanced approach to developing and maintaining optimal uterine health, for every woman at any stage of life.

Another wonderful book!

From: amazon.com/Womens-Bodies-Wisdom-Revised-Edition/dp/0553386735

When it was first published in 1994, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom quickly became an international bestseller, and for the past fifteen years it has remained the veritable bible of women’s health. Now, in this revised and updated edition, world-renowned and much-beloved women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup shares with us the latest developments and advances that will maximize our potential for living well in our bodies today. Inside you will discover

• new material on sexuality—and how to have a more fulfilling sex life
• the spiritual and scientific principles behind healing from terminal illnesses, and how you can utilize these principles for your own health and the health of others
• vital information about how to truly dissolve PMS and ease menstrual cramps
• extraordinary facts on Vitamin D—and why it is crucial for breast, cardiovascular, and immune system health
• the importance of the preconception diet and how to greatly decrease your risk of birth defects
• how to birth naturally, despite the current induction and C-section epidemic
• all you need to know about thyroid function, including proper blood tests
• life-saving facts about cellular inflammation—the root cause of all chronic degenerative diseases—and how to prevent this condition
• the essentials on the “fountain of youth molecule”—and how to enhance your levels of it for vibrant health

Living a healthy life in a woman’s body can be downright fun—even ecstatic! And that’s good news for everyone—women, men, and their children.

Family, wild toddlers and breastfeeding friendly cafes around Montreal

From: amazon.com/Womens-Bodies-Wisdom-Revised-Edition/dp/0553386735

When it was first published in 1994, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom quickly became an international bestseller, and for the past fifteen years it has remained the veritable bible of women’s health. Now, in this revised and updated edition, world-renowned and much-beloved women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup shares with us the latest developments and advances that will maximize our potential for living well in our bodies today. Inside you will discover

• new material on sexuality—and how to have a more fulfilling sex life
• the spiritual and scientific principles behind healing from terminal illnesses, and how you can utilize these principles for your own health and the health of others
• vital information about how to truly dissolve PMS and ease menstrual cramps
• extraordinary facts on Vitamin D—and why it is crucial for breast, cardiovascular, and immune system health
• the importance of the preconception diet and how to greatly decrease your risk of birth defects
• how to birth naturally, despite the current induction and C-section epidemic
• all you need to know about thyroid function, including proper blood tests
• life-saving facts about cellular inflammation—the root cause of all chronic degenerative diseases—and how to prevent this condition
• the essentials on the “fountain of youth molecule”—and how to enhance your levels of it for vibrant health

Living a healthy life in a woman’s body can be downright fun—even ecstatic! And that’s good news for everyone—women, men, and their children.