Yet another medical procedure that was certainly 'proven safe' that women have had problems, particularly when used for pelvic organ prolapse repair, with for over a decade that - whoops - was really dangerous. I've been warning against these for a long long time....
Medicine is lifesaving at times. It's also filled with these medical whoopsies that cost women their health, peace, and sometimes our lives.
I can't even tell you the number of women who have come to me as patients, written to me on social media, or have stopped me at a conference with a story of a doctor who told her that her symptoms were all in her head, not real, were 'just stress,' depression, anxiety, or being too busy.
Yet on average in the US it takes:
- 4 years and 5 doctors to get a proper autoimmune disease diagnosis
- an average of 9.3 years to get a proper diagnosis of endometriosis in spite of pain and other symptoms...
And women are routinely dismissed for fatigue, pain, weight gain, digestive symptoms, and so much more.
We also be so trained to distrust our bodies and not 'make waves' that we may start to internalize that it's all in our heads. But it isn't. If you feel it, it's real. So please don't stop using your voice until you get heard.
I wrote an article called How Being a Good Girl Can be Hazardous to Your Health if you'd like to read more. Here's the link: https://avivaromm.com/good-girl-health-hazard/
And if you're struggling with fatigue, overwhelm, perfectionism, weight gain, brain fog, anxiety, depression, joint pain, or a known adrenal or thyroid problem, please do yourself the small gift of reading my book The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution. I wrote it for you. It's available on Amazon and at other book sellers. And make sure to go to my website and register your purchase to get all the amazing free bonuses I created as companions to the book. xx you can use this link https://avivaromm.com/book/
As a kid, from as early as I can remember, Sunday evening would bring with it a horrible case anywhere from butterflies to outright anxiety. A lot of it for me started with separation anxiety with an early divorce in my home. I was sure my mom was going to leave, too. Now I love Sunday evening - I look forward to a fresh new week with excitement and happy anticipation.
But for a lot of women - and men- I know, that anxiety still creeps in as the weekend draws to a close. Sometimes there's just no clear reason - it's there - like holiday let down combined with an impending school exam.
If you experience the Sunday evening jitters consider a warm bath with espom salts and lavender, if you drink milk, a cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of ashwagndha powder and a tsp of honey - all of which work together to calm your nervous system with powerful amino acids and adaptogen effects, or a milk alternative with these ingredients, or calming tinctures before bed like passionflower, motherwort, skullcap, or 3-5 drops of kava kava. Journaling, restorative yoga, or even an evening walk if you live somewhere quiet, can bring you peace.
If you have someone you can work with to help unpack possible reasons for your Sunday evening worries, all the better.
The worst thing you can do for it? Alcohol. while that glass of wine may sound welcome, for most women, even the best of red wines, and most alcohol, ultimately disrupt sleep more than it helps.
Wishing you a beautiful Sunday night.
Postpartum depression is a wrenching, heartbreaking experience for new mommas, and one I've helped women with for now over 3 decades of midwifery and medical practice and wrote at length about in my book Natural Health After Birth. Quite a few women have asked me my take on the new postpartum medication that was recently approved by the FDA. I am currently at work on an extensive E-book and blog for you on postpartum depression, and several episodes of Natural MD Radio, my podcast will be dedicated to supporting you on this important topic.
Shelia Kitzinger once said, if we want to know anything about a culture, just look to the way we treat its mothers. Postpartum depression represents a deep crisis in out culture - one in which women experience abuse and trauma during pregnancy and birth, isolation as new moms, unfair and unrealistic expectations of perfection and doing it all , on top of living in a society that is rife with anxiety, opportunities to compare and despair, violence, and insecurity.
We have lost so much of our ancestral women's wisdom, lost touch with trust for our own inner wisdom, haven't been prepared for being moms because we're generally separated from this process as an intrinsic part of life (along with being separated from aging and death), and our medical model seeks to medicate, rather than understand root causes, though there's often lack of evidence and plenty of profit behind the latter.
So what's my take on this medication? It's a drug that was rushed to market, based on slim evidence, separates mom from home, baby, and community, and doesn't attend to a single one of the many recognized causes of postpartum depression from lack of enough support to fatigue to missing nutrients, to birth trauma, to undetected hypothyroidism - all of which I am going to be covering for you over the next 6 weeks.
Here's an (unedited) excerpt from my article in process, specifically on Zulresso (Brexanolone).
“Sage Therapeutics Inc’s shares tumbled 23 percent on Tuesday after its drug ( brand name Zulresso,generic name Brexanolone) to treat a life-threatening seizure disorder failed to meet the main goal of a key trial, raising concerns about the future of the study,” so states a Reuter’s article published in September 2017.
While yes, it’s possible that a drug that fails to produce results for one medical condition may be beneficial for another, there’s a long history of ‘creating diagnoses’ and shifting drug applications in order to make use of a drug that cost millions to develop that now needs a market. This has happened with numerous medications, and this phenomenon is especially prevanlent in the psychiatric community.
While PPD is certainly a real phenomenon, it Brexanolone really the way to treat it? I for one find it remarkable that this drug that needed a home went from being a failed antipelipsy drug to an option for new mothers and in record time of under two years - start to finish on research it seems.
Yet by December 2018, Sage, Therapeutics announced FDA acceptance of of priority review for Brexanolone IV in the treatment of postpartum depression, making brexanolone IV the first medication for the treatment of PPD and Sage Therapeutics’ first commercial product.
I’d call this a rush to market – another phenomenon that happens frequently in the slippery world of Big Pharma and the FDA. Indeed, when you look at industry reporting on the drug, a lot of the questions have to do with “will Sage Therapeutics rebound from their loss with the new use for this product.”
How extensive have the studies been on this medication whose side-effects are so significant that it must be administered under hospital observation over 60 hours, costs approximately $34,000 for treatment, and during which a woman can’t serve as the primary care give for her baby because of risk of sudden loss of consciousness?
There have been 3 short-term studies, enrolling a total of 267 women on a drug that has never before been approved or marketed in the US. How well does it work? Fierce Biotech, for example, states: “The data contain a few blemishes that, while unlikely to derail the drug, raise questions about the extent to which it will improve the lives of people with PPD and where its peak sales will top out.”
They note further that the data contain some problems, notably that the difference between the effect of the drug and placebo was smaller than anticipated, and in fact, one study showed that that at 30 days after treatment, Brexanolone results were no better than placebo.
And get this: according to the FDA’s reporting on this drug as part of its review process, Brexanolone has demonstrated actions similar tto Benzodiazepines and abuse potential similar to Benzodiazepines. In other words, it increases potential for using and abusing highly addictive drugs like Ativan . Yet in under 1 year, this drug was approved and rushed to market.
And if that isn’t enough, one of the side effects of this medication? One of the drug warnings is: “Zulresso can cause serious side effects including an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions.” This drug is not on answer - not in the least - to the escalating problem of postpartum depression - and what causes it., which is not a biochemical imbalance in the mom.
Please stay tuned for much much more, check out my now classic book Natural Health After Birth (the original 4th trimester book, published in 2000 - please note the nutrition advice needs an update but the rest on mothering the mother is still absolutely golden!).
Please please share your stories, comments, and questions below, and SHARE this with as many women as possible so that together we can reach a million women who are pregnant, are new moms, or want to be moms someday so we can stop the suffering.
So many women I know don't know how to say no. So they end up overloaded, overwhelmed, and sometimes doing things they actually don't enjoy or feel resentful doing. How often is our body saying, "Say NO," but our mouths say "Yeah, sure, I'll take that on?" It's enculturated good girlness, FOMO, and perfectionism - or sometimes lack of a strong sense of self esteem and the belief that we have the right to prioritize or even consider our own well-being that causes this.
Brene Brown says 'clear is kind.' I couldn't agree more. Being clear on being in a zone in your life where you feel balanced and happy is not selfish, and being chronically stressed and overwhelmed doesn't serve anyone, in fact, it can be very harmful to your health, productivity, and relationships.
Learning how to say no, no thank, or if you're not sure, I'll think about that and get back to you, will transform your entire life. That's a guarantee I can make to you. I teach this to my patients and students all the time - and have seen incredible transformation from overwhelmed to greater inner peace and calm-fidence (add that to your vocabulary and thank you Alex Jamieson for that word!).
We all deserve to be able to say no, without apology, and be respected for it. In every aspect of our lives.
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