If you were unable to watch Dr. Andrew Cook’s free webinar from October 25, 2016, it’s now online! A HUGE thank you to Dr. Andrew Cook, the Vital Health Institute, and the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation for doing this!!!!
The presentation begins at around the 4:55 minute mark. 🙂
It’s about an hour long…and had me in tears on several occasions. ❤
Melinda lives in Guyana in South America and was 35-years-old when she was diagnosed with Endometriosis. Now 40, she has started an Endometriosis Support Group in her country. May she bring the government, the women, and the medical professionals together to raise Endo awareness and improve healthcare for the Guyanese citizens!
Let me begin by thanking Lisa Drayton from Bloomin’ Uterus for giving me that little nudge I needed to start this Endo conversation in Guyana. My journey with Endometriosis has been a long and very painful one.
During the latter half of my teens I started having severe pains, heavy bleeding, bloating, lower back pain and constipation during my menstrual cycle. The pain was so intense I would sometimes faint.
Recently I wrote about Guyana’s treatment of Endometriosis. I didn’t learn a whole lot about the care offered in their country, but did learn that their healthcare system is in need of repair, and the government and international aid organizations are striving to offer better care for the citizens of the country.
Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in consumer products.
Why are they Bad for Us?
If you happen to suffer from Endometriosis, or any other estrogen-driven condition (like breast cancer), please be aware that parabens mimic estrogen. Just like soy. Just like flax. Parabens are an “endocrine disruptor,” which alters our body’s hormone levels. They’ve been found to play a role in breast cancer cell growth, too.
**Updated 10/29/16: If you live in Guyana and have (or think you have) Endometriosis, there IS an online support group created by a woman living in Georgetown: **
Guyana is a small English-speaking country located on the northeastern coast of South America, next to Venezuela and Brazil. For a size-comparison, it’s slightly smaller than the state of Idaho. It’s estimated that 736,000 people live in Guyana, most of whom reside in or near the capital, Georgetown, . The majority of the country is covered in dense tropical forests. The rest is grasslands, marshes, and cultivated urban areas. Guyana has an 11% unemployment rate, and 35% of the population lives below the poverty line. Unfortunately, nearly 155,000 residents live without electricity.
Some of you may have read my blog entry about tampons and dioxins which struck up a conversation with one of my friends : what about rayon in clothes?
So, while I began my research I decided to do something different. Rather than write a blog about rayon and the possible exposure to chemicals and dioxin, I decided to just share the links with you. There are many!
Today is October 21, 2016 – the day for the “Be Bold, Be Bald” cancer awareness and fundraiser campaign. So, while I wear my fancy bald cap in solidarity of my friends and loved ones who are either still fighting cancer, have survived, or have passed on – I’m using today’s festivities as inspiration for today’s quote:
“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.” ~Audre Lorde (who passed in 1992 from liver cancer)
Audre’s words ring true for SO many issues in life. Talk about things: with your friends, your family, your physicians, strangers – bridge those gaps. You have no idea what similarities you share or what insights you may provide.
To any of my EndoWarriors, or friends/family who want to learn about Endometriosis, please sign up for this FREE webinar hosted by the Endometriosis Family Support Group via RMC Charitable Foundation. It will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time. Dr. Andrew Cook is considered one of the few “excision experts” in California, his office staff are absolutely incredible to talk to, and the Vital Health Institute has been so supportive for our blog’s library.