Do Women Care More About Their Health Than Men?

Written by Jasmine…Webmistress of The Majickal Garden

My loved one has left me with the impression that on occasion I might be a minor hypochondriac.  This has been done with a particular “look” with  a flavor of thoughtful doubt and sympathetic dismissal, in silence. Of course, that is after I have presented a “brief” thesis of symptoms , research findings and summation of possibilities!

It got me to wondering why he would come to this conclusion when I am clearly focused on my subject matter. I think foremost on his mind is that he does not want anything to be wrong with me. If he dismisses my health concerns in the moment as being perhaps overly paranoid then I will be alright. I get that. I don’t want that any more than he does honestly! For me it’s more of reading my body and assessing what is going on, why and if I need to take any action, i.e. research, natural medicine sources or a doctor visit.

I took a look at the women in my life and how they are tuned into their bodies. We share information about what we have found to work for this and that; being tuned into the natural side of healing and boosting our health or discovering answers. Then I thought about the men around me and the differences became more apparent to me.

Around this time I came across an article about the differences between men and women regarding their health. It prompted me to dig a bit deeper. According to many sources that learned through research that there are differences between the sexes when it comes to health and seeking medical care.

Men who hold traditional views on masculinity are less likely to get consistent health care. There appears to be a connection between believing that men should be strong and self-reliant (and slow to show emotion) and resisting routine exams.

Fear of diagnosis is another concern for men. Although I might add here that it’s a serious concern of mine as well. It might hold me back from quickly seeking medical help but not finding out what the problem might be. Unfortunately, waiting on symptoms to become acutely painful or otherwise unavoidable is not a good health plan.

Another concern that holds men back is fear of certain personal invasive tests.  It is reported this issue could also be tied into the idea of traditional masculinity views as well. Some intimate exams make us all feel vulnerable. What I can tell you is by the time a woman has birthed a baby, whatever modesty she entered the pregnancy with will pretty much be shattered by the time that happens!

According to the World Health Organization: “Women generally live longer than males – – on average by six to eight years. This difference is partly due to an inherent biological advantage for the female, but it also reflects behavioral differences between men and women.” 

O.K. This is what I think after reading the research results and mulling this subject over.  It’s not that men don’t care as much as women are conditioned by nature to do so.

Both sexes go thru puberty. At that time we didn’t question the changes going on in our body as basically worried how the heck we were going to make it thru it!

Girls start their monthly cycles which will continue on into menopause. Believe me, it’s a big deal to wrap our young heads around the fact that we will have to deal with this monthly thing “forever”! We learned to read our bodies/emotions and be aware of any changes from “normal”.  The week before our bodies are getting ready to shed and “normal” is knowing this as we might begin to become uncomfortable. Then the week of…well…it’s not pleasant and varying degrees of individual discomfort, pain and throw in wonky emotions for fun.

Pregnancy is a true physical, life altering state of being. From the very first symptoms with the discovery of new life all the way to the other side of nursing, our bodies change so much physically, emotionally and mentally. We are caring for another life and are required to keep as healthy as possible. Every change in the body is noted and evaluated. The odd (and some majickal wonderful) sensations, twinges as wells as pains accompany a broadly changing body that at times feels almost alien.

Then baby arrives and we are constantly monitoring their many needs. There is an instinctive awareness of using our bodies sensitivity to the temperature of the babies’ environment to gauge what they might need for adjustments in it.  We are also aware of how tired and run down we are as we heal up and take care of everyone; as our bodies return to a new “normal”. In general, perhaps, it might stem from having a maternal instinct.

The summation of most of my reading seems its best to look after our manly men and with love, compassion and care to make sure they are looking after their health well.

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Herbal Tease – Health in a Cup

Different herbs have an affinity with different systems of the body, and are effective in assisting with health imbalances such as digestive problems, stress, insomnia, fatigue, skin problems, menstrual problems, menopause, toxicity and allergies etc.

Herbs are unique in the sense that they work to support the body and its systems to bring it to a state of optimum health and functioning.

Benefits of herbal tea

No caffeine – does not aggravate palpitations, anxiety, insomnia, stress or high blood pressure.

Safe in pregnancy – raspberry leaf is actually a fantastic women’s tonic. It strengthens and tones uterine muscles, nourishes uterine tissue and assists the flow of breast milk, making it a great tea for pregnancy.

Easy to prepare.

No side effects when consumed correctly.

Enjoyable to drink.

May be custom blended to suit individual needs.

Increases the intake of liquids and prevents dehydration.

5 USEFUL HERB TEAS

CHAMOMILE

Calming – relieves stress, tension, irritability. Gentle sedative, assists insomnia.

Antispasmodic – great for abdominal cramps and digestive upset, especially associated with nervous tension. Assists with menstrual cramps. Excellent for colic in infants.

Anti-inflammatory – use as a gargle for sore throats, eyebath for conjunctivitis, to soothes skin rashes, to relieve allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, rhinitis and sinusitis.

Chamomile tea may be added to bathwater for a relaxing soak. It is great for irritable babies and children. It is also safe for the elderly.

RED CLOVER

Detoxifying – improves lymphatic drainage and cleanses the blood.

Expectorant – useful for coughs and bronchitis, especially whooping cough.

Useful for skin problems – it clears and decongests the complexion due to its effect on the lymphatic system. It is also excellent for childhood eczema.

Studies suggest that it has a possible anti-carcinogenic effect. It has been used in the herbal treatment of cancer, especially of the breast, ovaries and prostate.

PEPPERMINT

Rich in essential oils, peppermint is a decongestant and is good for sinus and respiratory congestion.

Carminative – use for abdominal bloating, excess flatulence and burping. Excellent after meals, especially after fatty and greasy food – it helps cut through fat. Useful for nausea and vomiting, it may be used for vomiting in pregnancy.

Antispasmodic – assists with stomach cramps, headaches and migraines.

Cooling, it relieves fever and can be combined with elderflower and yarrow for colds and mild cases of influenza.

NETTLE

Nutritive – contains large amounts of minerals and vitamins such as B, C, K, formic acid, silica and tannins. The high iron content makes it useful for anemia and fatigue.

Blood cleanser it is rich in chlorophyll and assists detoxification.

Diuretic – relieves fluid retention and edema. Clears uric acid buildup – drink on a regular basis to alleviate gout, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and pains. Use for chronic skin problems such as eczema, hives and acne. Combine with burdock root for skin problems.

Anti-allergic – useful in allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and asthma.

LEMON BALM

Calming – an effective relaxant and mild sedative for the nervous system. Useful for nervous tension, anxiety and insomnia. Excellent for palpitations, or irregular heart beat and anxiety attacks. Drink at the end of a busy day.

Use for indigestion, calming to stomach. Combine with peppermint.

Uplifting – may be used in mild cases of depression and low vitality.

Choose quality teas

To really benefit from the healing effects of herbs, ensure that you use good quality tea leaves. Colour, aroma and taste will give you a clue to the tea’s quality and freshness. The strong aroma of organic loose leaf teas indicate the high concentration of essential oils, which are responsible for many of a herb’s healing properties.

The average teabag contains less than 2g of herb, which is not sufficient for therapeutic activity. A teaspoon, or around 5g of dried herb is recommended for one cup. Allow the herbs to infuse for 10-15 minutes before drinking. Choose organic or wild-crafted teas to avoid chemicals and pesticides. These tend to weaken the flavour and therapeutic value of the herb.

If using herbal teas for therapeutic purposes, you need to drink 3 to 4 cups throughout the day.

Take time to prepare and enjoy your infusion. Tea preparation is an art and a ritual, a sacred tradition in many cultures. Make brewing your infusion a daily ritual and meditate on your healing while sipping your tea. Feast your senses on the colours, the flavours and aromas. Explore the endless combinations and blends. Most importantly, enjoy your adventure!

Written by LucaB

New American Meditation Institute Study Reports Wide-Ranging Health Benefits from Meditation and Yoga


Averill Park, NY (PRWEB) December 1, 2009 ??

A new retrospective, interview-based, case study found that meditation and yoga practices learned by students who attended The American Meditation Institute?s Heart and Science of Yoga course led to the following reproducible, long-term, health-promoting benefits: lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, reduced cholesterol levels, decreased chest pain, diminished or extinguished acute and chronic pain, weight loss, increased breathing capacity, increased exercise capacity, improved quality and quantity of sleep, improved energy levels, increased creative capacity, diminishment of migraines, significant reductions in stress and fear, elimination of irritable bowel syndrome and a general sense of happiness and optimism in all facets of life for every participant.

 

The course curriculum, which was the basis of the study, was developed and taught by Leonard Perlmutter, founder and director of the American Meditation Institute and award-winning author of ?The Heart and Science of Yoga: A Blueprint for Peace, Happiness and Freedom from Fear?. Noted physicians Mehmet Oz, Dean Ornish and Larry Dossey have endorsed Mr. Perlmutter?s book, which serves as the curriculum for his annual mind-body medicine CME course for physicians.

 

The AMI study was developed as part of the accreditation process for physicians? continuing medical education through the Albany Medical College. The study was conducted by Beth Netter, MD, an holistic physician practicing mind-body medicine in Delmar, New York and chair of AMI?s Continuing Medical Education Committee.

 

The following are a few statements obtained from the AMI health study:

 

Participant #2: ?Before the course I was out of shape physically and mentally. Physically I had high cholesterol around 230, was out of shape and had poor eating habits. I had been an athlete. I went to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack but it was indigestion. It was the wake-up call that helped me start the meditation course. I was resisting the cholesterol-lowering medication my doctor wanted me to take. Mentally I was mildly depressed. After the course my cholesterol went from 230 to 160s, my heart rate went down from 80s to 50s, and my blood pressure went from 140/90 to 110/70.?

 

Participant # 13: ?My symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and panic attacks decreased after the course. I went through menopause without any issues.?

 

Participant #14: ?My migraines diminished, my cholesterol went down, and I significantly reduced my blood pressure medication.?

 

The next six-week Heart and Science of Yoga course, which formed the basis of the American Meditation Institute health study, will begin on Tuesday evening, December 8 in Averill Park, New York. The class, conducted by AMI founder Leonard Perlmutter, will present a comprehensive training in Yoga Science as holistic mind-body medicine.

 

For more information, call 800.234.5115 or subscribe to ?Transformation,? our FREE journal of Yoga Science as holistic mind-body medicine.

 

About the American Meditation Institute

The American Meditation Institute for Yoga Science & Philosophy is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of meditation and its allied disciplines. In its holistic approach to wellness, the Institute combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. AMI offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs.

 

AMI Meditation teaches people of all levels of experience to control, conserve and transform their greatest natural resource — the power of the mind — into thoughts, words and actions, which can enhance their physical, mental and emotional well being

 

In contemporary terms, AMI Meditation provides the technology for creating new mental software that empowers each individual to make conscious, discriminating and reliable choices—choices that translate into peace of mind, physical balance and emotional healing.

 

Media Contact:

Mary Helen Holloway

60 Garner Road, Averill Park, NY 12018

Tel: 800-234-5115

Fax: 518-674-8714

 

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