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About Shawna Page

Shawna Page is the founder and CEO of femMED. Following a 20-year career in the investment banking industry, Shawna was ready to settle down and take on a new challenge: early retirement and being a full-time mother to her three children. Little did she realize she would be back in the saddle after only 3 weeks. Living a healthy lifestyle has always been a top priority, and over the years Shawna had gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the natural health world, but more importantly, she became very aware of the consumer pitfalls as well. Searching the store aisles for the right supplement was frustrating and confusing. There was no trusted brand just for women. That, combined with the lack of natural options available to women, gave birth to her desire to simplify things and she created femMED, the first ever consumer friendly all-natural solution to women’s most common health concerns.

femMED Celebrates International Women’s Day

Founder and CEO Shawna Page created femMED when she found that searching the aisles on her own for the right products was frustrating and confusing. Out of that frustration, femMED, the first user-friendly, brand of comprehensive supplements designed specifically for women was born. Today femMED celebrates International Women’s Day and those women who through hard work and tenacity, made it possible to for a woman to follow her dreams.

International Women’s Day (originally called International Working Women’s Day)was first observed on February 28 in 1909.  Its focus varied from a general appreciation and love for womankind (as celebrated on Mothers’ Day or Valentine’s Day) to acknowledging the economic, political and social achievements and milestones of women in society.  Today, 104 years later, International Women’s Day is still celebrated around the world.

In celebration of IWD, we have chosen a few of the top  contributions by women.

  1. Radioactivity
    Marie Curie was a physicist and chemist best known for her work on radioactivity; She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. It appeared that she died for her work. Marie Curie died from aplastic anemia, which is caused from long-term exposure to radiation.
  2. Windshield Wiper
    As Canadians, we appreciate this one a lot, and have Mary Anderson to thank for inventing the windshield wiper in 1903.  Imagine the perils of driving in the rain, sleet or snow without this invention?
  3. Disposable Diaper
    Entrepreneur Marion Donovan created the alternative to cloth diapers with her invention of the disposable diaper in 1946.  Although some moms and dads have reverted to cloth diapers for either environmental or personal preferences, parents the world over owe Marion a debt of gratitude.
  4. Dishwasher
    Josephine Cochrane did more for the hands of women around the world than Vaseline with her invention of the first mechanical dishwasher in 1886.
  5. Barbie doll
    Ruth Handler, in 1959 created the first Barbie.  Handler first suggested the idea  to her husband Elliot, a co-founder of Mattel Toy Company who was unenthusiastic about the idea. Ruth persevered and the first Barbie made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. The doll was named after Handler’s daughter Barbara . It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over 150 countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second.
  6. The brassiere (aka the bra)
    Mary Phelps Jacob forever earned the respect and adoration of women when she invented the bra.  Women of all shapes and sizes have embraced this invention, yet according to research from 2008,  75–85% of women wear a bra of an incorrect size.

These are just a few of the contributions that women have made to the world at large. Women continue to make their mark in the areas of health, business, and industry today.

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Take Control Of Your Breast Health With Breast Thermography

The following post was kindly submitted by Mary Kubisewsky, a breast cancer survivor and Clinic Director ofThermography Clinic Kitchener.

 

Breast Thermography is a well known safe, radiation and compression free method of assessing a woman’s risk for breast cancer offering the earliest possible warning that problems may be developing in her breasts. Thermography using an infrared camera and high tech computer software, takes images of the temperature and vascular supply in the breasts, based on the scientific principle that chemical and blood vessel activity in both pre-cancerous tissue and the area surrounding a developing breast cancer is almost always higher than in a normal breast.

The base-line examination will be rated as low, medium, or high risk. Once that is established, thermography is an objective way to evaluate if therapies or life style changes are working to reduce risk of breast cancer.

It takes 8-9 years of growth on average for a tumour to be detected by a mammogram, so don’t “wait for the lump”. Be proactive and in addition to your regular medical breast examinations, consider regular breast screening with thermography; the results could save your life!

Thermography is not meant to replace standard detection methods, but when used as a multi- model approach (clinical examinations, thermography, mammography), peer reviewed studies have shown that 95% of early stage breast cancers can be detected!

Mary Kubisewsky is a breast cancer survivor and Clinic Director of Thermography Clinic Kitchener at 9 Cameron St. N. In Kitchener Ontario. (website: www.thermographyclinic-kw.com), with mobile clinics in Goderich, Listowel and Milton.

To find a Thermography Clinic in your area visit: www.thermographyclinic.com and click on “Locations”.

Thermography is not currently covered by OHIP. The cost is $250 plus HST which includes two appointments: one for imaging and the second for a consultation to discuss your report with you.

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POP Goes Your Health!

I was enlightened on the horrific stats regarding soda pop consumption by a very trusted source, Dr. Joseph Mercola.  I’m not a pop drinker, so I breathed a sigh of relief…if only for a moment, and then realized how many people in my life are hooked on the sugary beverage.  And what’s worse?  The diet version!  Every pop drinker should read this… Even my teenagers thought it was “disgusting”. And with nearly obesity levels soaring amongst Canadians, anything you can do to stop weight gain is critical.

 

How Soda Affects Your Body

Did you know that just one can of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar?!

This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake (which is more than double my recommended daily allowance to begin with). Within 20 minutes of drinking that soda, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, your blood pressure rises due to your body having absorbed all the caffeine, and then your liver dumps even more sugar into your bloodstream.

After about one hour, you’ll start to have a sugar crash, which oftentimes leads you into a vicious cycle of consuming more sugar – and caffeine-laden stimulants, followed by crashes, throughout your day.

It is a proven fact that sugar increases your insulin levels, which can lead to not only weight gain, but also high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, premature aging and many more negative side effects.

In fact, sugar is so bad for your health in so many ways, I’ve created an entire list outlining the ways sugar can damage your health.

How Soda Damages Your Health and Cuts Years off Your Life

One of the more troubling health risks soda drinkers face (as if obesity isn’t bad enough) is a higher cancer risk. Numerous studies have pointed out the link between sugar and increased rates of cancer, suggesting that regulating sugar intake is key to slowing tumor growth.

Studies have linked sugar intake with different types of cancer, such as:

Soda has even been shown to cause DNA damage, courtesy of sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, which has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA. This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s.

Gout is another common health challenge that disproportionally affects soda drinkers, and this is directly related to the fructose content of soda. In fact, studies have shown that other beverages with high fructose content, such as fruit juices, and even consuming large quantities of fresh fruits can raise your risk of gout.

How is this possible?

Well, first of all, please understand that it’s not the fructose in and of itself that is bad. Whole fruits for example are a nutritious part of your diet when consumed in moderation.

It’s the MASSIVE DOSES of fructose you’re exposed to that spell trouble.

Fructose, as opposed to glucose, is particularly damaging to your body due to the way it’s metabolized. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver, which creates a number of waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout.

Likewise, it’s the difference in how your body responds to fructose that also makes it the leading cause of obesity.

Whereas glucose suppresses the hunger hormone ghrelin and stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite, fructose has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain’s communication with leptin. The result is overeating, weight gain and ultimately obesity.

Last but certainly not least, fructose clearly raises your insulin levels, which is at the heart of nearly every disease known to man – not just diabetes. In fact, controlling your insulin levels is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your overall health, and avoiding sugar, and most definitely fructose, is essential to do this. If you want to stop weight gain, read about the other 4 foods that can sabotage your weight loss efforts here.

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The Role of Supplements for Breast Health

Breast Health Supplements

At the turn of the century, 1 in 90 women had breast cancer.   Today it’s 1 in 8.   Despite advances in research and treatment, breast cancer continues to take a significant toll on women in our country.   Many risk factors for breast cancer can’t be changed: family history, the age at which you get your first period, and the age at which you go through menopause.

However, risk can be increased or decreased based on the lifestyle choices you make.  Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your risk that are entirely in your control.

Consider Breast Health Supplements

femMED Breast Health is a clinically proven, specially formulated solution with seven proven ingredients which regulate hormones, inhibit abnormal cell growth and support detoxification. They work together to protect breast tissue, promote a healthy estrogen balance and even reduce menstrual cycle breast pain and tenderness.

Included in the ingredients is Indole-3-carbinol, a nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli. It aids in the detoxification of estrogen, has anti-cancer properties and fights free radical damage. Milk thistle supports liver function and aids in detoxification. Calcium-D-glucarate helps the liver detoxify and eliminate estrogen. Studies have shown that Vitamin D3 may help reduce breast cancer development and growth.

Other Ways that May Prevent Breast Cancer

Maintain a Healthy Weight

The amount of weight a woman gains after age 18 is a strong indicator of breast cancer risk, especially after menopause. Older women who gained 20-30 pounds after high school had 40% increased risk compared to those women who kept their weight down. Another report stated that the risk doubled if a woman gained over 70 pounds. This is in part due to the fact that many breast tumors thrive on estrogen and body fat stores estrogen. Don’t give cancer a good place to hide.

Foods that Fight Breast Cancer

Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) is a naturally occurring phyto-nutrient (plant based) found in vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower. I3C helps protect breast tissue by stimulating your body’s natural detoxifying enzymes. This aids the body in releasing excess estrogen safely.

Rethink Hormone Replacement Therapy

Current and long-term users of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. HRT was found to raise the number of breast cancers that are ductal and lobular.

Stop Smoking

Tobacco smoke carries carcinogens, which can accumulate in fluid around the breasts. Active smoking can significantly increase your risk of breast and lung cancers, and passive smoking may also raise your risk. Get help to kick the habit and improve your long-term health. The evidence is piling up supporting  a link between smoking and breast cancer. It’s another good reason to stop smoking.

Watch the Alcohol

Regular and modest amounts of alcohol can raise your estrogen levels. Even one drink a day can expose breast tissue to higher hormone levels. Since some breast tumors are estrogen-sensitive, alcohol can increase the risk that the cells in that tissue will become cancerous. Limit your intake to lower your risk.

Get Regular Excercise

Exercise helps manage weight and decrease the risk of several cancers, including breast cancer.

Breast Self Exam (BSE)

Self examination on a routine basis allows you to become familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel. This can help you become aware of any changes that may occur.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)

A clinical breast exam is an examination by a healthcare professional; who uses his/her hands to feel for lumps or other changes. Many women have a CBE as part of their regular health check-up. If you are between 40-49 years of age it is recommended that you have a CBE at least every two years.

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Natural Sleep Aid for Insomnia

Insomnia is a common concern among pre-menopause and menopausal women, affecting up to 56 percent of women. Difficulty falling asleep, waking up too early, awakening during the night, or waking feeling tired are the characteristic features of insomnia. For some women, the hot flashes caused by hormonal changes in menopause can disrupt sleep. For others, insomnia may be triggered by stress, diet, medications or poor sleep habits. Regardless of the cause, a lack of sleep can take a toll on your health.

The exact amount of sleep required is thought to be between seven and nine hours nightly. Getting less than six hours is associated with health problems, such as memory loss, poor concentration, depression, headache, irritability, increased response to stress, high blood pressure, depressed immune function, low libido and weight gain.

There are a few dietary strategies that can improve sleep. Try a light snack before bed of a food that contains tryptophan. This amino acid stimulates the release of serotonin and makes you feel sleepy. Examples include: turkey, chicken, soy foods or whole grain crackers or cereal. A warm glass of milk is an old-time remedy for sleep and there is actually some basis to this. Milk contains certain proteins that aid sleep and the calcium in milk helps promote muscle relaxation. Caffeine (coffee, tea, pop, and chocolate) can affect sleep quality, and should be avoided 8 hours before bed time.  While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it causes nighttime wakening and reduces sleep quality, so minimize or avoid it completely. Go easy on sugary foods (cookies, candy) especially in the evening as these foods can cause a sugar-rush and affect your ability to fall asleep.

Developing good sleep habits is essential. Consider the following:

  • Set aside at least 7 to 8 hours for sleep. Leaving only 5 or 6 hours may make you feel stressed and impact your ability to fall asleep.
  • Establish a regular bed and wake time and try to follow this routine even on the weekends.
  • Do relaxing activities before bedtime – read a book, listen to relaxing music or have a warm bath.
  • Reserve your bedroom for intimacy and sleep only; don’t work in your bedroom.
  • Make your bedroom dark, quiet and comfortable.
  • Exercise regularly early in the day. Vigorous activity in the evening can be stimulating and impair sleep.
  • Don’t smoke – nicotine is a stimulant and impairs your ability to fall asleep and have a restful sleep.
  • Consider acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation to promote relaxation

Prescription sedatives should only be used when all else fails as they are addictive and cause numerous side effects, including impairment in short term memory.

A natural sleeping aid can help without the side effects that prescription sleeping pills can. Look for a product with the following ingredients:

  • 5-HTP: 5-hydroxytryptophan increases serotonin and melatonin levels which promotes relaxation and better sleep
  • L-theanine: an amino acid found in green tea which reduces stress, promotes relaxation and improves sleep
  • Melatonin: a hormone naturally secreted by the brain that regulates our sleep/wake cycles.

A natural sleep aid can help reduce the time needed to fall asleep, reduce nighttime wakening and improve sleep quality.

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