I just returned from a night at the Women's Conference in Long Beach, the premier convention for women. Our 1st lady of California, Maria Shriver does a fantastic job and in fact tomorrow First Lady Obama will be speaking. What I love about the conference is that's it's predominantly women attending, (4000 tonight), great women's products, and great speakers. One exception, I saw a lone male strutting around topless. (ok he was part of a dance group) All the women I saw were goo goo eyed over him. Ok he had a great body but posing for pictures with him??…a bit over the top for me. Maybe because he was the only walking testosterone in the building.
What Donna Karan and her Urban Zen organization are doing is quite amazing. I was very impressed to hear about the level of internal healing that is coming from her pursuits at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Urban Zen brings yoga and an entire Complementary Medicine program to hospital patients and personnel. Changing the face of the hospital environment. Kudos to her and her vision.
I spoke with a lot of interesting folks. Someone dared tell me there was no herbal cure for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes. She believes HRT therapy is completely safe, regardless of the studies show cancer rates sky rocketing for women on artificial hormones. Clearly she had not done her homework and knew nothing about Chinese herbs or Chinese herbal medicine. I hope I cleared up some of her misconceptions. Chinese herbal medicine is the oldest documented medicine on the planet and has been used continuously for over 2000 years.
It's easy to understand why Americans don't know this. Our media is dominated with prescription drug commercials and promises of a new pill or vaccine. Herbs cannot be patented so drug companies want to keep us in the dark ages. But the light continues to shine. Alternative medicine messages, including Chinese herbs, naturopathic medicine and yoga booths dominated the Women Conference. Messages like Donna Karan's are meeting a welcome and receptive audience. You can't stop change and you can't hold down women. They want safe answers for menopause symptoms and natural solutions to preventing breast cancer.
Also, an amazing organization called The Breast Cancer Fund, the only organization giving truly preventative advise. That topic is another blog, coming soon.
Thanks for reading.