Lara-BlogDo you know what your period is trying to tell you? If you have a period or a daughter, this show is not to be missed! Dr. Lara Briden has been working in women’s health for almost 20 years. She runs a busy natural hormone clinic in Sydney, Australia –  where she successfully and naturally treats PCOS, PMS, endometriosis and many other period problems.

In her new book, Period Repair Manual, Dr. Briden sheds some light on everything from how birth control pills affect your body and your period to the importance of hormone health. She says that understanding your period means understanding your health and that no matter your age or situation, it’s time to get to know your period.

Find out why so many teenagers are taking the Pill and what Dr. Briden says they should be doing for birth control. Also, can diet fix PMS? You’ll find out that and more on this episode of Through The Eyes of Women.

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To read Dr. Briden’s blog, go to http://www.larabriden.com

Her book is available on Amazon.

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with Dr. Lara Briden click the following link:     3-2-2015 Lynette_Lara Briden

Janet_C._Bell 2010There is no such thing as race. It’s an artificial construct designed to keep the 99% suspicious of each other, leaving the 1% free to plunder Wall Street unfettered. That is the starting point of today’s conversation with Janet Cheatham Bell about American race relations in the twenty-first century and her new book of collected essays, “Not All Poor People Are Black, And Other Things We Need To Think More About.”

Are we celebrating Black History Month? Or are we calling it out as lip service that may even hinder the cause it was created to promote? What are we supposed to do about the blatant racism that still permeates American culture in these supposedly enlightened times?favorite pic of Kamau and me

In her book and in this episode of Through The Eyes Of Women, Bell places the responsibility for finding harmony squarely upon…. all of us. She leaves no room for pity or despair, not even when discussing her son W. Kamau Bell’s very recent encounter with racism within the politically correct bastion of Berkeley, California. Bell holds those who want to see peace accountable for making it themselves.

No big deal, right? Let’s get to work.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Janet Cheatham Bell click the following link:     2-23-2015 Emma_Janet Cheatham Bell

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Catholics for Choice is a pro-choice Catholic organization based in Washington, D.C.  Formed in 1973, CFC states that its mission is “to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health.”

CFC describes its mission “to shape and advance sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women’s well-being and respect and affirm the capacity of women and men to make moral decisions about their lives. CFC works in the United States and internationally to ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable reproductive health-care services and to infuse our core values into public policy, community life and Catholic social teaching and thinking.”

CFC writes that they “are part of the great majority who believes that Catholic teachings on conscience mean that every individual must follow his or her own conscience – and respect others’ right to do the same.”

Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for Choice has said “The Catholic hierarchy’s powerful lobby plays a huge role in influencing public policy and affects everyone, Catholic or not, by limiting the availability of reproductive health-care services worldwide.”  Pope Francis is now urging “responsible parenthood.” But unlike a majority of Catholics, he is against birth control.

So, is it possible to be a faithful Catholic and support women’s health rights, contraception and abortion?  According to Catholics for Choice, and Katie Breslin, staff member of the organization, it is a matter of “conscience.”   According to O’Brien “The majority of Catholics support the rights of conscience, religious liberty and human dignity for all. We strive to create a world where all women and men are trusted to make moral decisions about their lives.”

Catholics for Choice_Conscience MagazineFor more information about this dedicated organization that helps ordinary Catholics challenge the power of the Catholic hierarchy go to http://www.CatholicsForChoice.org.

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Catholics for Choice representative, Katie Breslin, click the following link:     2-16-2015-corinne_catholics-for-choice

 

Angelique Kidjo Eve Angelique Kidjo is known for her dynamic music and powerhouse persona.  She is called the ‘Premier Diva of Africa’.  Though most people know her as a performer, she is also a ceaseless advocate for the empowerment of women and girls in Africa.

Born in Benin, West Africa, Angelique moved to France at age 19 to pursue a musical career.  One of 10 children she grew up in a supportive household and credits both her mother and father for validating and encouraging her passion and talent.  She was raised to value empowerment and to adhere to the principles of compassion for others and giving back to her community.

A UNICEF goodwill ambassador to Africa since 2002 she regularly travels from her home in New York City to various African nations promoting UNICEF programs for the education and well-being of women and girls in Africa.  In 2007 she founded the Batonga Foundation providing secondary and higher education to disadvantaged girls, many orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Africa.  She speaks honestly from her heart about the degradation and suffering of African women, about the causes and reinforcement of their subservient status and what the world can, and should, do to help.

She just received her second Grammy Award for her latest album, EVE, which celebrates the resilience of women around the world.  EVE is the result of the Eve Project in which Angelique collaborated with numerous choirs in her native Benin.

To learn more about Angelique Kidjo, her music, her autobiography ‘Spirit Rising’, her humanitarian work and her world tour visit her website www.kidjo.com.

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Angelique Kidjo click the following link:     2-9-2015 Kathleen Angelique Kidjo

 

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Marianne Cooper, is a sociologist at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and also contributes to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. Dr. Cooper received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and two young children.

Her recent book “Cut Adrift: Families In Insecure Times” provides very important and original insights to the national conversation about the growing income disparities and economic risks that Americans face daily.  Many economists and social scientists are exploring this vital topic but Dr. Cooper’s approach analyzes “what keeps Americans up at night.”  She spent time with families of various economic classes, from unemployed, almost homeless to the very affluent and describes individual families coping styles. Accompanying moms to their children’s soccer matches, sitting in their living rooms, eating meals with them, Dr. Cooper explored the different coping strategies of the affluent, middle-class and poor families in Silicon Valley that reflect huge inequalities and even cause greater income disparities.  Invariably, regardless of income, poor to fabulously wealthy, everyone is anxious.

In an article about her book, Marianne Cooper writes “In talking with families from rich to poor for my new book, Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure times, I learned that the rich don’t think they have enough and strive to attain more, while middle and working-class families realize they can’t do much to improve their situations so they lower their expectations and try to get used to less. These different approaches to managing insecurity don’t just reflect inequality, they actually fuel it…This is the emotional story behind the statistics documenting the fact that we live in precarious times.”

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Marianne Cooper click the following link:     2-2-2015 Corinne_Marian Cooper

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | January 25, 2015

January 26, 2015 Host Emma Breacain Talks With Rookie Politico Natalie Arroyo

 

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In a story arc reminiscent of Dorothy Gale’s journey from Kansas to Oz, Natalie Arroyo was chased to Humboldt County by a terrible storm, and soon found herself swept up in local politics.

The shiny young Millennial currently splits her time several ways, between a day job as senior planner with natural resources at the Redwood Community Action Agency, serving on the U.S. Coast Guard as a marine science technician, playing in the local indie band Blood Gnome, presiding over Humboldt’s Kinetic Grand Championship as 2011’s Rutabaga Queen, and in November, Arroyo was elected to Eureka California’s City Council, representing the fifth ward and becoming an asterisk to history as part of Eureka’s first all-female city council.

On this episode of Through the eyes of Women, the decidedly progressive Arroyo talks about her very service-minded upbringing and childhood as a “diplomat brat,” the experience of running a first-time political campaign, and her hopes for the future of Eureka and Humboldt County.

To listen to and/or download Emma’s conversation with Natalie Arroyo click the following link:     1-26-2015 Emma_Natalie Arroyo

Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015 Kathleen Marshall Speaks with the Women of Agape House

Victorian HouseA couple of years ago Ligia (pronounced Lihia) Giovannoni fell through a hole in her personal life.  She coped as her relationship crumbled, left her bereft and on the verge of losing her home.  As she thought about how to save her two-story, modest Victorian home in Eureka, California, a friend suggested she could use her home to help other women in recovery; women recovering from emotional despair, from drug and alcohol addictions, from domestic violence.  And Ligia just knew that was the right thing to do.

And so began Agape House, a safe and sober house for women in recovery.  Agape House officially opened its doors in March of 2014 with four available beds.  In walked Mary Garcia who was thrilled to have found a place that felt peaceful to continue on her own recovery path.  Several months later in May 2014, Agape House added 4 more beds and along came Raeann Leedum.  These three women felt such a kinship that Mary and Raeann soon became house managers.  Mary suggested the name Agape House, and the three planned an expansion to 15 beds.  After a short 6 months since its doors opened, in September 2014, all beds were full, and there is now a waiting list.

These three women dream big.  They’re hoping to expand to a second house, and have dreams of a country retreat for recovery as well; all for women, more particularly, for poor women in need of support and structure during recovery.

To listen to Kathleen’s conversation with Ligia, Mary and Raeann of Agape House click the following link:     1-19-2015 Kathleen_Agape House

GodsHotel_CVF-200x300In God’s Hotel: a Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Victoria Sweet raises fundamental questions about the current practice of medicine based on her observations and work for twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, the last almshouse in this country. Her book has wonderful portraits of individual patients, whom Sweet came to care about deeply.  The time spent with them along with her scholarly research on Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th century nun and healer gradually allowed Victoria to understand the body as a garden to be tended, not just a machine to be fixed.

She believes that modern medicine has superb scientific tools to treat diseases but time constraints and efficiency have piggybacked onto technological progress. Patients may be cured of their diseases, but they are on their own to find their way back to feeling better and balanced. Dr. Sweet maintains that medicine works best when the doctor has enough time to sit, listen and examine.  With time, a physician can treat a disease and hopefully contribute towards healing the patient. Dr. Sweet calls this approach “Slow Medicine” and she believes that if this approach became more standard, it would be more satisfying for both patient and doctor as well as less expensive.

She has said that “in the last 20 years, in the interest of efficiency, the time doctors spend with patients has been cut down to the bone. On average they have 10 minutes to spend with a patient, of which three minutes go to the electronic health records. So we basically have seven minutes to spend with a patient. We doctors really want to connect, but by the time the patient gets him or herself on the examining table, we’re down to four minutes. So if I had to summarize in one sentence, I’d say that slow medicine is about having a personal relationship between doctor and patient. I get as much out of it as the patient does. It’s a healing relationship that goes both ways.”

The New York Times calls her ideas “hard-core subversion,” Vanity Fair writes a “radical and compassionate alternative to modern medicine,” and Health Affairs describes Dr. Sweet as a “visionary.”

To listen to and/or download Corinne’s conversation with Dr. Victoria Sweet click the following link:     1-12-2015 Corinne_Victoria Sweet 

 

 

 

 

Johanna SkidsrubJohanna Skibsrud was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto and her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Montreal.  In 2010 she was the youngest recipient ever to be awarded Canada’s most prestigious literary prize, the Scotiabank-Giller.  She currently lives in Tuscon,  Arizona, and teaches literature at the University of Arizona in Tuscon.

Her new book, Quartet for the End of Time, is a novel of history, more specifically of the time between 1932 and the end of World War II.  In writing the novel she found inspiration in the musical work of Oscar Messiaen, particularly in his piece, also entitled Quartet for the End of Time, which was written whileQuartet for the End of Time Messiaen was a prisoner in a German war camp.  Like Messiaen’s Quartet,  Johanna’s has four main instruments or characters.  They each are composed of eight chapters, including an interlude which for Johanna is visual rather than a musical interlude.  Messiaen also appears as a character.

The novel begins with the 1932 Bonus Army march on Washington in which veteran’s of World War I demand payment of the bonus promised them in 1918.  As the novel progresses we follow her main characters through their struggles with a sense of responsibility for the disappearance of one of their own.

To learn more about Johanna Skibsrud go to her website www.johannaskibsrud.com

To listen to and/or download Kathleen’s conversation with Johanna Sikbsrud click the following link:     1-5-2015 Kathleen_Johanna Skibsrud

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Do you ever wonder why you are having trouble loosing weight or feel tired more often than not? Nutritionist and Author, Kelly Doorman says it could have more to do with what you’re eating than anything else.

In her book, Cure Your Child With Food, Dorfman explains the hidden connection between nutrition and childhood ailments – ailments that can stay with you as an adult. If your child is a picky eater, has a hard time falling to sleep or has ADHD – it may be food related.

Dorfman says that all nutritional problems fall into one of two categories: Either something is bothering the body or something is missing. Find out how to be a food detective in your own life and solve some of the health issues that you or your family members face.

To find out more about Kelly Dorfman, go to her web-site: http://www.kellydorfman.com

To learn more about her book, either click on the picture above or go to: http://cureyourchildwithfood.com

To listen to and/or download Lynette’s conversation with Kelly Dorfman click the following link:     12-29-2014 Lynette_Kelly Dorfman

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