Calling All Women Tired of Choosing Between Femininity and Success: It’s Time to #FlexYourFemale

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Brains over Blonde, the feminist lifestyle platform set to break out in 2018, is on a mission to get all women to dive deep within their identities and break open the biases they hold against themselves. The #FlexYourFemale movement is all about embracing what it means to be a driven and powerful woman and celebrating the timeless qualities of femininity for what they are: strong, beautiful, and proud.

The #FlexYourFemale movement was coined by Brains over Blonde founder, Anna Wood, a California-based content creator, entrepreneur, and coach. After grappling with her own personal body shame and issues with her weight and shape as a young girl and teen, Wood taught herself how to take control over her body and do whatever made the most important person in her life truly feel good — herself. It didn’t take long before she went on to graduate with an MBA from Stanford and get a coveted job as a sales lead at Google working with major brands like Netflix, J. Crew, and Airbnb.

Having written her undergrad honors thesis on diversity in the workplace and facilitated the Unconscious Bias course at Google, Wood realized her penchant for coaching, entrepreneurship, and embodying what it means to be an independent and powerful woman. Still, in the male-centric business world, she felt challenged to choose between femininity and success. Thus, Brains over Blonde was born, as was Wood’s mission to empower other women to embrace their female qualities rather than suppress them, and to celebrate and proudly broadcast their successes and achievements in the wake of adversity.

#FlexYourFemale is meant to call upon women from all walks of life to challenge preconceived gender roles, celebrate womanhood, and create emboldened change in the workplace and society. As Wood puts it, “Women are powerful, and our strengths aren’t seen or celebrated as often. But that doesn’t mean we should suppress those parts of ourselves.” So, in the wake of the #ImWithHer, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements and their political and celebrity endorsements, Wood sees #FlexYourFemale as a more personal way for women to praise their own strengths, embrace femininity, and fall in love with womanhood, as she has.

After a successful business career in Silicon Valley, Wood is now a self-described “Female Empoweress” helping other women carve out amazing careers and cultivate fearless lives. As her platform grows and her message spreads, she’s now on a one-woman mission to become a leading resource for as many young women as possible. She wants all women to believe in the direct correlation between femininity and success and to shout it from the rooftops in order to create change by flexing their female. In the coming year, Wood plans on launching the Brains over Blonde podcast and creating a hands-on course to reach and interact with more women from around the world.

The spirit behind #FlexYourFemale is to keep femininity in line with success, and women can encourage each other in this effort by using the hashtag whenever they embody this message. Wood invites all women to join her on this mission to make #FlexYourFemale a worldwide movement. Women everywhere can participate by standing tall and proud and always encouraging and challenging each other.

Whether at the gym, in the workplace, on social media, or in the world of politics, women should no longer have to work harder to justify their gender. The time for femininity is now, and women need to realize that there is a place for them, wherever their passions lie. In doing so, they forge a path for young, aspiring women around them. Wood encourages all women to step into their roles as coaches and mentors by being part of #FlexYourFemale.

Wood can be reached via hello@brainsoverblonde.com, @brainsoverblonde on social media, or at brainsoverblonde.com, where there are free resources, tools, content, and inspiration to empower you to do it all with sassy, bad-assy career and life advice.

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About Brains over Blonde
Brains over Blonde (brainsoverblonde.com) is a lifestyle platform for women who refuse to choose between femininity and success.
Anna Wood
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Women’s March- Cleveland 2018

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Thousands of people rallied at Cleveland Public Square Saturday to promote women’s rights and a host of political and social causes. Many also demonstrated against President Donald Trump, who was the target of many signs and effigies.
Dubbed the Women’s March Northeast Ohio, the event featured speeches by activists and politicians, including Democrat Betty Sutton, who is gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray’s running mate. The rally was followed by a march from Public Square to Cleveland City Hall and back. The march temporarily tied up traffic near the Cleveland Convention Center, which was hosting Tribe Fest and the Cleveland Tattoo Arts Expo.
Millions of women marched in cities across the country one year ago to protest President Trump’s inauguration. An estimated 15,000 people participated in last year’s march at Public Square. This year, millions of people again turned out around the country but fewer people participated in Cleveland’s event than they did last year, according to an early estimate by Cleveland police.
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 Source: Mark Naymik, Cleveland.com

To learn more about The Women’s March visit www.womensmarch.com.

New Women’s Health Episode of Without a Scalpel Documentary Series Released On Demand!

Looking for something new to watch On Demand? Well look no further… The Interventional Initiative (Oakland, CA) and Evolve Media Production (San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY) announce distribution of Episode 3: HYSTERical of Without a Scalpel on Amazon Video On Demand.

The Documentary series, Without a Scalpel is a fascinating glimpse inside the dramatic journeys of regular people transformed by crisis, but saved by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures deep inside the body, without a scalpel.

Episode 3:  HYSTERical takes place in Chicago, IL where three young women who have never even met have a common story and one that more than 7.5 million women in the US unknowingly share. Each woman has a unique story about how this condition is destroying her quality of life and challenging her trust in the healthcare system, doctors and insurance companies… until they meet a very dedicated doctor who has the skills to treat what no one else could. It seems they have finally found an answer until another obstacle arises.

The first documentary series of its kind, Without a Scalpel offers an inside glimpse into a fascinating and innovative field of medicine where major diseases are tackled through a pinhole in the skin. This must see series follows the dramatic journeys of regular people whose lives are transformed by illness but restored by specialized doctors performing incredible, cutting-edge procedures… without a scalpel.

Without a Scalpel also provides a rare look inside the lives of these dedicated doctors who specialize in a field called Interventional Radiology.  Armed with x-ray vision and their sophisticated tools and fueled by an intense passion to help their patients, these doctors offer powerful alternatives to conventional treatments like surgery. Their minimally invasive techniques allow their patients to return to their lives sooner with simply a Band-Aid®. These cutting-edge treatments, called minimally invasive, image-guided procedures (MIIPs), can treat a wide range of diseases including cancer, stroke, aneurysms, infections, infertility, fibroids, and bleeding.  But, what if you or a family member were ill but did not know about these treatment options? In fact, most people have never heard of MIIPs, even if one could save their life.

For more information on the documentary Without a Scalpel check out their website www.withoutascalpel.com.

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SOURCE The Interventional Initiative

Recover with Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General

Regenerative Medicine at Southwest General can help to enhance the body’s
natural healing process and eliminate the need for surgery.

This sponsored post about regenerative medicine is brought to you by Southwest General Health Center.

The human body is remarkable for its ability to heal itself. However, it’s not perfect—and healing can sometimes take a long time. When it comes to tissue repair, regenerative medicine is a new option that enhances the body’s natural healing process and can eliminate the need for surgery.

wolkoff“Regenerative medicine is a way to get back to normal function and to feel better without going through surgery,” explains Aaron Wolkoff, DO, a board-certified primary care sports medicine physician on the Medical Staff at Southwest General. “The ‘regenerative’ part means it helps the patient’s body to stimulate healing and heal itself with healthy tissue.”

Regenerative medicine works by injecting medicine, sometimes made of the patient’s own cells, into damaged areas to stimulate cell growth to rebuild tissue that has been damaged by injury or conditions such as arthritis.

Compared to anti-inflammatory medicines, which only relieve pain temporarily, regenerative
medicine actually helps to repair and strengthen injured and painful joints and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments. In general, regenerative medicine is less invasive and involves less risk than surgery and is successful for many patients.

“There are a lot of things regenerative medicine can be used for,” says Dr. Wolkoff. “It’s really talked about a lot in the sports world, as it can heal partially torn tendons and muscles and work on healing tendonitis, as well.”

“It’s a great option for non-athletes as well. Arthritis can be greatly improved with regenerative
medicine, too.”

To learn more about the Sports Medicine Program at Southwest General as well as regenerative medicine, call 440-816- 5050, or visit http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine.

Types of Regenerative Medicine. http://swgoh.org/Regenerative-Medicine

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Safety is Key at Dominion Energy Ohio

Dominion Energy Ohio takes the safety of our customers and the communities we serve very seriously. The company has a few safety reminders:

With the winter heating season approaching, Dominion Energy recommends a professional heating system and gas appliance inspection each year for early detection of leaks, corrosion or other issues, that can lead to hazardous conditions in the home or office. A malfunctioning or poorly vented appliance can generate carbon monoxide, or CO, which is a colorless, odorless gas. Be safe by installing a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector in the hallway of your home near sleeping areas. While a CO detector is no substitute for annual inspections of heating systems, the alarm can alert you to the presence of CO.

If you ever smell natural gas in your home, here’s what you do:
• DO leave the premises immediately.
• DO call our emergency number 1-877-542-2630, from a safe distance.
• DO meet our truck so you can let our representative in to investigate.
• DO NOT remain in the building or attempt to investigate.
• DO NOT turn on or off any appliances, lights, phones, garage door openers, etc.
• Do NOT smoke, use lighters or matches, or operate vehicles, elevators or power equipment.

If none of your gas appliances are working properly, it could mean your natural gas service has been interrupted. Call us at 1-877-542-2630. The company is also reminding customers to call before you dig. State law mandates a call to 8-1-1 for every digging project, no matter how big or small. Installing a mailbox, putting in a fence, building a deck, or planting a tree, are all examples of digging projects that require a call to 8-1-1 before starting. Property owners and contractors should call 8-1-1 – to have underground utility lines marked – at least two business days, but no more than 10 business days, prior to any digging project. Making the call to 8-1-1 connects the general public and contractors to the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS), the local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. This service is free of charge. Visit www.call811.com or www.oups.org for more information about 811, and the call-before-you-dig process.

Finally, when you see Dominion Energy Ohio representatives working in your neighborhood, they always carry a photo identification badge with the company logo on it. If you have doubts about whether someone who claims to be a company representative actually works for us, please ask to see his or her badge. Likewise, if you get a telephone call, an email or other communication from someone who claims to be from Dominion Energy Ohio, and who asks for your account number or any other personal information, do not give it to him or her. We do not call customers, send email messages or come to their homes to get information about their accounts. Rest assured that Dominion Energy Ohio keeps your personal, financial and other information confidential.

For more information, visit www.DominionEnergy.com.

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New Grief Recovery Book, “What I Wish I’d Known,” Helps Readers Overcome Their Grief

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 8.01.11 PMWhat I Wish I’d Known: Finding Your Way Through the Tunnel of Grief by Kristi Hugstad, helps people who are experiencing grief to find joy and peace. It was written primarily to help adults who have experienced a tragic event, such as the loss of a loved one, to properly deal with their grief and find a way to move forward in their lives.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad shares her own personal experiences with grief and explains how she overcame those difficult times in her life. After her husband’s sudden suicide, Kristi Hugstad had to not only deal with her grief in a healthy way, but also find a way to move on and live a happy life once again. She knows firsthand the emotional turmoil that a tragic life event can bring, and desires to help others who are currently experiencing the same thing that she has.

In What I Wish I’d Known, Hugstad also discusses the healthy solutions she has found for dealing with tragic situations. She hopes to inspire others to change their negative way of thinking and experience a permanent restoration of peace. What I Wish I’d Known encourages readers who are going through tragic or life-changing events that this is not the end for them- there is a way out of the “tunnel of grief” and hope for them on the other side.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kristi Hugstad, please call Nickcole Watkins at 516.900.5674.

About the Author:
After her own husband’s suicide, Kristi Hugstad gained a strong desire to help people who are suffering with grief. This led her to become a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and her work has helped countless people through the most difficult times in their lives. Through her work, she hopes to help people who have experienced tragic events to gain a new perspective and renew their lives.
Hugstad is now a speaker and author that shares her personal experience and professional expertise in grief recovery in many ways. Aside from writing books, she also writes blogs for the Huffington Post, and is the host of a radio show and podcast called The Grief Girl. She now lives in Dana Point, California.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

161013-F-TY689-001October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help Americans learn more about this costly disease, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2017 Breast Cancer Facts report, which includes an engaging infographic as well as a Q&A with a panel of leading healthcare experts.

Here are some examples of what you’ll find in WalletHub’s report:

  • $19,000+ – Increase in annual health care costs for a woman (age 18 to 44) with breast cancer.
  • $20.5 Bil. – Projected U.S. spending on breast cancer treatment in 2020.
  • Every 2 Min. – The rate at which a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • $100+ Mil. – Annual amount invested in breast cancer research by the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • “Screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer because it allows detection of cancers when they are smaller (not yet felt as a lump) and more curable. … The best way to promote screening is to increase awareness as well as make screening logistically easy and cheap/free.” – Dr. Lajos Pusztai, MD // Director of Breast Cancer Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center
  • “There is pretty good evidence that increasing physical activity and having a lower body mass index (BMI) are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. The clearest evidence for dietary risk factors shows that decreasing alcohol consumption is important for breast cancer risk reduction.” – Dr. Jonathan B. Strauss, MD, MBA // Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

For the complete report, please visit:
http://wallethub.com/blog/breast-cancer-facts/39700/

Source:
Diana Popa
WalletHub Communications Manager
(202) 684-6386

Higher Learning That Meets You Where You Are and Takes You Where You Want To Go

The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Brunswick University Center (BUC) offers a affordable higher education that makes a big impact on its students and the community. Students can complete associate degrees with day and evening classes. Program offerings also include college coursework for high school students through College Credit Plus.

BUC also offers programming for seniors. Encore Campus Fridays for Medina County residents ages 55 and older runs Sept. 22 through Nov. 3. Classes are scheduled Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon. There are a dozen courses, including Healthy Aging, Women in Russian History and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui. Registration opens in early August and can be completed online at www.tri-c.edu/encore or by calling 216-987-3075 and selecting Option 1.

New at BUC this fall are workforce training courses through Tri-C’s Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence, as well as a dozen new career and professional development offerings ranging from soft skills to high-level technical training.

The Right Skills Now machining program will work directly with businesses to meet their needs for computer numerical control (CNC) machinists. e College is also collaborating with the Medina County Economic Development Corporation on a machining apprenticeship program that offers students complete credit classes at BUC followed by an apprenticeship with a Medina County employer.

Partnerships with Franklin University and Tiffin University allow students to move seamlessly from their associate degrees into four-year university coursework while staying close to home. Students can complete bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business and criminal justice on-site at BUC. Representatives from both universities maintain office hours at the center to meet with current and prospective students.

“For the past six years, we have given job seekers an affordable, convenient way to continue their education and make career changes,” said Terri Hradek, director of Brunswick University Center. “We see people restart careers, redefine their purpose and embark on new educational journeys every day.”

Hradek and her team ensure student success at BUC through a full array of support services available on-site, including admissions, testing and enrollment services; counseling; financial aid and scholarships; career services; tutoring; College Credit Plus advising; and veteran services.

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Headaches Are NOT Okay!

Imagine a life free from headaches!

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 1.53.53 PMBy Dr. Brandon Bupp, Nationally Recognized Natural Wellness Expert

All too frequently we talk with patients suffering from headaches that have no answers, no solutions and no place to turn and that is simply not ok.

Let me see into a crystal ball and tell a story similar to yours or someone you know with headaches. The headaches began years ago, multiple tests, scans, blood work, etc. have been completed and there is “no cause” that explains where these headaches are coming from. You take “preventative” medication although it is really not preventing but more like it minimizes the intensity sometimes. e headaches are worse with stress or certain triggers and may be worse during specific times of the month at which you take another medication to minimize the effects. Hopefully, it doesn’t last too long, but pretty much the headaches stop the day in its tracks! Sometimes these headaches last for a few days or even longer. You basically are just hoping and praying that a headache does not happen because when it does, it’s miserable. Oh, and that’s not to mention the regular, throbbing headaches that still happen on a daily basis but you can manage those kinds of headaches!

I want you to know that there is another outcome that is possible! The truth is there are many possible causes of migraines, but these causes do not always show up on an MRI or CT scan or other advanced imaging.

It is very important to test things such as food sensitivities, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, in inflammation markers in blood work, and possibly even toxicity testing may be necessary. But one of the most common causes of headaches and migraines is tension and stress on neurologic and soft tissue structures such as ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck caused by poor alignment and function in the spine, called cervicogenic headaches. Loss of optimal position in the spine and vertebral joints can occur due to slips, falls, sports injuries, and car accidents but most commonly loss of normal position and alignment is caused by bad posture because we spend so much time sitting, looking down, or working in a forward flexed position. This loss of position causes tension on the very sensitive, neurologic structures in the spine. That means damage or misalignment of the spine can create tension on these delicate, neurological structures. Irritation to these neurologic structures causes inflammation which creates dysfunction and pain.

We analyze this scenario through examination, digital x-ray, and computerized nerve scans. It is then that we devise a treatment plan that aims to correct the cause of the problem based on what is found through testing. It’s really that simple. Of course, there can be other causes that require advanced testing, but honestly, most of our patients have already had that testing done.

The important idea here is, find the true cause of the problem and then find a care plan that aims to correct the cause rather than simply managing the symptoms of the problem. If this is what you are looking for, please call our office for a free evaluation to determine if we can help.

We have blended the best medical, wellness and fitness services to offer a variety of solutions to enhance your health.

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FDA-Approved Drug Responsible for 100,000 Calls To Poison Control Every Year

A new study examines the dangers posed by acetaminophen

Atlanta — Five hundred people are expected to die this year after taking the over-the-counter (OTC) drug Tylenol™ and other versions of acetaminophen.  According to a new study published in the Journal of Hepatology, this common pain reliever causes 46% of all cases of liver failure in America and 100,000 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers every year. People can find themselves needing a liver transplant within hours of taking too many Tylenols™, and they are less likely to get a transplant because they’re sicker than other liver failure patients, including hepatitis patients.

According to the new study, acetaminophen is responsible for 50,000 emergency room visits and 10,000 hospitalizations every year.  The line between a dose that causes liver failure and a dose that relieves pain is very fine. Even though it causes almost half of all cases of acute liver failure in the U.S., acetaminophen is sold over-the-counter (OTC).  The FDA has approved over 600 acetaminophen products–everything from OTC sleep aids to prescription acetaminophen-opioid drugs.
According to 2015 data from America’s Poison Control Centers, acetaminophen and other analgesics are the number one cause of poisoning overall, and the number one cause of pediatric death. Acetaminophen should “go away”, according to author William M. Lee, and be replaced by a nontoxic alternative.  Even though the FDA has attributed some acetaminophen poisonings to the fact that people aren’t aware the drug is in the products they’re taking, the agency has taken no significant steps to stop the poisonings.
“Every year, FDA-approved drugs kill hundreds of thousands of people,” said Gretchen DuBeau, Executive and Legal Director for the Alliance for Natural Health USA. “The numbers are astounding, yet too often the spotlight is on dietary supplements, products which are overwhelmingly safe and beneficial for the millions of Americans who take them to the stay healthy. This study is a reminder of the real threat to our health and safety.”

About the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA)
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The Alliance for Natural Health USA is part of an international organization dedicated to promoting natural, sustainable healthcare through good science and good law. We protect the right of natural health practitioners to practice, and the right of consumers to choose the healthcare options and treatment modalities they prefer, including complementary and alternative medicine. As a membership-based organization, we unite consumers, practitioners, and industry to speak with a common voice and have worked since 1992 to shift the medical paradigm from an exclusive focus on surgery, drugs and other conventional techniques to an “integrative” approach incorporating food, dietary supplements, and lifestyle changes.
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