Alternative Medicine is Holistic, Western Medicine is Reductionist

Natural Medicine is Holistic, Western Medication is actually Reductionist

The primary variation in between alternative medicine, or even exactly what I’ll name comprehensive wellness, and also Western side medicine, resides in approach.
A Western side medical professional, or even MD, sees his obligation as seeking health condition, detecting this, as well as addressing that. If he carries out that correctly and also successfully, he is actually performed his work. Frequently, this suggests the doctor prescribing a pharmaceutical medication or an operation to correct the condition. The clients is passive in every of this particular.
A holistic health and wellness specialist observes her role as an educator and also a facilitator. She experiences that the body can cure itself, and also this doesn’t automatically need to have outside impacts (drugs, surgical treatment) to heal from a disease or even to stop an ailment. In comprehensive wellness, the patient is an active individual.
This is actually the best and also the most awful aspect of all natural wellness! The client is actively involved in the recuperation procedure. Every thing you find out about your body system states that this is the correct method. It makes a great deal sense. That is actually the excellent part. The unsatisfactory feature of this is that it is actually EFFORT for the patient. Most of the times, the person needs to create modifications to their lifestyle. Improvement your diet regimen, carry out more workout, cease making use of glucose, carry out these extents, stop bad thought and feelings, practice meditation twice a day, and so on
. Making lifestyle modifications is actually profoundly complicated. The only time this is actually easy is when you are actually confronted with a deadly illness. When you discover you have bronchi cancer cells, it’s fairly effortless to quit smoking cigarettes. Having said that, that is actually much too late already. Lifestyle adjustments must arrive before the sickness comes to be reveal.
Allow’s examine some of the big distinctions between all natural wellness as well as Western medication: holism versus reductionism.
Alternative versus Reductionist
This is actually a primary shift in viewpoint. Having a comprehensive point of view indicates that you may certainly not understand a single issue with a singular component of the body without considering the whole person. Our experts make use of the short-hand “thoughts, body, spirit” to refer to the whole individual.
This is not just how a Western side medical professional is shown to observe a patient. He sees the client as the disease. “This is actually an epileptic,” this is certainly not a whole person who has epilepsy. He experiences that he could offer a medication or carry out a surgical procedure that will definitely heal an individual’s liver without making any sort of difference to the rest of the individual. Of course, this is never ever achievable, therefore when the unavoidable “complications” develop, the Western physician manage those one at a time, commonly resulting in extra concerns for the person, whether in physical body, thoughts or even spirit.
Also those 3 aspect of the person are alleviated by different folks in Western community. The body is actually the domain of the health care physician. The thoughts is the domain name from the psychoanalyst. Character is delegated to the clergyman, rabbi or even minister. There is no overlap in parts, other than recommendations from one to the various other. In our physical bodies, naturally, there is tremendous overlap. A loss of connection to The lord or deep space will certainly result in endless psychological as well as bodily concerns. Mental tension induces several physical illness, as our team known. That can coordinate in between these in the Western side system? No one. Complications brokening “via the splits” between thoughts, physical body and character is actually an usual breakdown of Western side medicine.
An alternative specialist recognizes the tie-ins in between mind, body system and character. They deal with the hookups, and also, although the practitioner might certainly not be an expert in every 3, they pay attention to the overlaps as opposed to neglecting all of them.
In my point of view, an all natural technique is better in just about every scenario for nearly every person. Comprehending the linkages in between mind, body system as well as character is vital to comprehending how to keep properly and how to heal. Western side medication may figure in within the range from all natural health by offering emergency services to problems that emerge rapidly as well as must be dealt with right away.

What Does Tech Have To Do With Women’s Rights?

What Does Tech Have To Do With Women’s Rights?

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“Tech” isn’t a four-letter word, but when it comes to “women’s issues” it might as well be. Technology has become a male-dominated big business; profits have become the priority over ethics and/or social implications. Women are missing from the technology design room to the boardroom and this diminishes the value and unique talents women bring to the table. We can no longer accept this as a normal expectation. Marketing tactics by technology manufacturers have only just begun to include women in their advertising.
Today, it is commonly acceptable to send a resume through email, to fill out a graduate school or job application online or to find “Mr. or Mrs. Right” through However, when it comes to women’s issues technology is traditionally not included as a venue to advocate or mobilize around.
Violence against women has appeared as cyber stalking and/or bullying.
The video game “Grand Theft Auto” which gives points for beating a certain class of women to get the user’s money back has been a recent “hot” topic. There are many government agencies working to get the “Grand Theft Auto” game off shelves or properly labeled as adult content but there are not that many encouraging educational reform for girls in science, math, technology or gaming. If there were more girls involved in designing games this product may not have gone to the shelf with violence against women packaged in the scoring system of the game. Women are one of the highest purchasers of video games for their sons but they never check to see if there are games for their daughters. Most are completely unaware that game consoles like the Xbox where designed with no intentions on having options for women or girls.
The gaming industry is not the enemy; games can be excellent tools for learning if used properly. There are increasingly more software games being designed for schools and educational purposes. focuses on games for public policy, health, wellness, business and social issues. Whether there is a game that promotes anti Bush agendas or ethnic cleansing, women must be involved.
Government officials have introduced a bill to address electronic stalking in Washington DC, although it has included stalking by computers, email, telephones and cell phones it does not include video and audio recordings or the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) that have been used by stalkers to track their victims. There have been recent attempts with the Video Voyeurism Act, but there are important women’s issues missing from these valuable attempts at addressing the issue.
Public health and safety has major societal implications. There are E-Government initiatives under the 2002 Act that will impact many women’s’ lives, however the congressional subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census is no longer in existence. “Egov” is the new lingo for initiatives that include the Department of Justice’s plans for information sharing technology that include development and deployment. This is also where jurors are now analyzing and reviewing investigative data through laptops and other technologies. Funding for video devices are used to catch criminals such as speeding and red light violators, or security cameras in stop lights but funding is not available for initiatives that use interactive videoconferencing technology to build and maintain family bonds between incarcerated mothers and their children or to provide other needed family services.
There are several Bills/Acts in congress that are on the books about health care and information technology. Many are designed to improve efficiency and the quality of health care delivery by streamlining medical records, preventing medication errors, giving online access to information about outbreaks of infectious diseases or simply to help single mothers get their children immunized for school like DC’s government did by implementing the internet based immunization registry. Telemedicine has been used to help women by providing prenatal care in rural areas. A recent bill to address digital divide issues in rural areas will affect the continuation of the telemedicine program for those mothers.
The societal impacts of technology are both positive and negative and are traditionally noticeable in areas of non-traditional work, job readiness, and education. Rarely are areas of health, environment, public safety or cyber security considered major concerns for women as it relates to science and technology. Already, the lack of technological skills is one reason why so many low-income women aren’t able to find jobs above entry-level salaries. If this is not addressed, the lack of technological skills will leave a larger underemployed working class since studies have shown that in 2008 there will be over 1.3 million new technology workers and by 2010, 65% of the economy will be based on technology.
Prior to the fourth grade, studies show that girls are as interested in technology more than boys. After that, girls are discouraged by the adults in their lives and are constantly challenged by the boys in their class, which leaves them questioning whether they should even bother with math, science or technology. Adolescent girls are intensely pressured to be “cute” instead of “smart,” which leads to the current conflict for young women interested in math, science or technology. Tech “geeks” are rarely considered cute or attractive. It is also at this time that young girls choose not to go into sports, yet we have the WNBA, women’s football, tennis and golf.
Without better awareness and advocacy, women will also be susceptible to losing the gains that science and technology bring and vulnerable to the dangers of technological ignorance. We’ll continue to be unprepared to advocate for or against the decisions made in business and government laws or regulations. Women and girls must be equally educated, encouraged, and provided opportunities in science and technology. If they aren’t, the women of tomorrow won’t be able to adequately function in our technologically changing society.
We need to challenge all women, especially women lead organizations, women philanthropists and area women funding foundations. Let’s widen the gender lens to include non traditional women’s issues, our futures depend on it.
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Women in Transition From Post Feminism to Past Femininity

Women in Transition From Post Feminism to Past Femininity
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"[In]… the brothels off Wenceslas Square, in central Prague, [where] sexual intercourse can be bought for USD 25 – about half the price charged at a German brothel… Slav women have supplanted Filipinos and Thais as the most common foreign offering in [Europe]." (The Economist, August 2000, p.18)
"I’m also wary of the revolutionary ambition of some feminist texts, with their ideas about changing present conditions, having seen enough attempted utopia’s for one lifetime" (Petr Príhoda, The New Presence, 2000, p. 35).
"As probably every country has its Amazons, if we go far back in Czech mythology, to a collection of Old Czech Legends, we come across a very interesting legend about the Dévín castle (which literally means ‘The Girls’ Castle’). It describes a bloody story about a rebellion of women, who started a vengeful war against men. As the story goes, they were not only capable warriors, they had no mercy and would not hesitate to kill their fathers and brothers. Under the leadership of mighty Vlasta, the "girls" lived in their castle, "Dévín", where they underwent a severe military training. They led the war very successfully, and one day Vlasta came up with an shrewd plan, how to take hostage a famous nobleman, Ctirad. She chose the lovely Sárka from the body (sic! ) of her troops and had her tied up to a tree by a road with a horn and a jar of a mead out of her reach, but in her sight. In this state, Sárka was waiting for Ctirad to find her. When he actually really appeared and saw her, she told him a sad story of how the women from Dévín punished her for not following their ideology by tying her to the tree, mockingly putting a jar and a horn (so that she would be always reminded that she is thirsty and helpless) near by. Ctirad, enchanted by the beautiful woman, believed the lure and untied her, and when she handed him the mead, he willingly drunk it. When he was drunk already, she let him blow the horn, which was a signal for the Dévín warriors to capture him. He was then tortured in many horrible ways, at the end of which, his body was woven into a wooden wheel and displayed. This event mobilized the army, which soon afterwards destroyed Dévín. (Very significantly, this legend is the only account of radical feminism in Czech Lands. )" ("The Vissicitudes of Czech Feminism" by Petra Hanáková)
"We myself…and many others are not in search of global sisterhood at all, and it is only when we give up expecting it that we can get anywhere. It is each other’s very ‘otherness ‘ that motivates us, and the things we find in common take on greater meaning within the context of otherness. There is so much to learn by comparing the ways in which we are different, and which the same elements of women’s experience are global, and which aren’t, and wondering why, and what it means" (Jirina Siklová)
"It is difficult to carry three watermelons under one arm." (Proverb attributed to Bulgarian women)
"The high level of unemployment among women, segregation in the labour market, the increasing salary gap between women and men, the lack of women present at the decision making level, increasing violence against women, the high levels of maternal and infant mortality, the total absence of a contraceptive industry in Russia, the insufficiency of child welfare benefits, the lack of adequate resources to fund current state programs – this is only part of the long list of women’s rights violations." (Elena Kotchkina, Moscow Centre for Gender Studies, "Report on the Legal Status of Women in Russia")
Communism was men’s nightmare and women’s dream, or so the left wing version goes. In reality it was a gender-neutral hell. Women under communism were, indeed, encouraged to participate in the labour force. An array of conveniences facilitated their participation: day care centres, kindergarten, daylong schools, abortion clinics. They had their quota in parliament. They climbed to the top of some professions (though there was a list of women-free occupations, more than 90 is Poland). But this – as most other things in communism – was a mere simulacrum.
Reality was much drearier. Women, however mettlesome, groaned under the "triple burden" – work, marital expectations cum childrearing chores and party activism. They succumbed to the lure and demands of the (stressful and boastful) image of the communist "super-woman". This martyrdom – now threatened by the dual Western imports, capitalism and feminism – served as a fountain of self-esteem and a source of self-worth in otherwise gloomy circumstances.
Yet, the communist inspired workplace revolution was not complemented by a domestic one. Women’s traditional roles – so succinctly summarized by Bismarck with Prussian geniality as "kitchen, children, church" – survived the modernizing onslaught of scientific Marxism. It is true that power shifted within the family unit ("The woman is the neck that moves the head, her husband"). But the "underslippers" (as Czech men disparagingly self-labeled) still had the upper hand. In short, women were now subjected to onerous double patriarchy, both private and public (the latter propagated by the party and the state). It is not that they did not value the independence, status, social interaction and support networks that their jobs afforded them. But they resented the lack of choice (employment was obligatory) and the parasitic rule of their often useless husbands. Many of them were an integral and important part of national and social movements throughout the region. Yet, with victory secured and goals achieved, they were invariably shunned and marginalized. As a result, they felt exploited and abused. Small wonder women voted overwhelmingly for right wing parties post communism.
Yet, even after the demise of communism, Western feminism failed to take root in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The East Coast Amazons from America and their British counterparts were too ideological, too Marxist, too radical and too men-hating and family-disparaging to engender much following in the just-liberated victims of leftist ideologies. Hectoring, overly-politicized women were a staple of communism – and so was women’s liberation. Women in CEE vowed: "never again".
Moreover, the evaporation of the iron curtain lifted the triple burden as well. Women finally had a choice whether to develop a career and how to balance it with family life. Granted, economic hardship made this choice highly theoretical. Once again, women had to work to make ends meet. But the stifling ethos was gone.
Communism left behind it a legal infrastructure incompatible with a modern market economy. Maternal leave was anywhere between 18 and 36 (! ) months, for instance. But there were no laws to tackle domestic or spousal violence, women trafficking, organized crime prostitution rings, discrimination, inequality, marital rape, date rape and a host of other issues. There were no women’s media of any kind (TV or print). No university offered a gender studies program or had a women’s studies department. Communism was interested in women (and humans) as means of production. It ignored all other dimensions of their existence. In sputnik-era Russia, there were no factories for tampons or sanitary bandages, for example. Communism believed that the restructuring of class relations will resolve all other social inequities. Feminism properly belonged to the spoiled, brooding women of the West – not to the bluestockings of communism. Ignoring problems was communism’s way of solving them. Thus, there was no official unemployment in the lands of socialism – or drugs, or AIDS, or unhappy women. To borrow from psychodynamic theories, Communism never developed "problem constancy".
To many, women included, communism was about the perversion of the "natural order". Men and women were catapulted out of their pre-ordained social orbits into an experiment in dystopy. When it ended, post communism became a throwback to the 19th century: its values, mores and petite bourgeois aspirations. In the exegesis of transition, communism was interpreted as an aberration, an interruption in an otherwise linear progress. It was cast as a regrettable historical accident or, worse, a criminal endeavour to be vehemently disowned and reversed.
Yet again women proved to be the prime victims of historical processes, this time of transition. They saw their jobs consumed by male-dominated privatization and male-biased technological modernization. Men in the CEE are 3 times more likely to find a job, 60-80% of all women’s jobs were lost (for instance in the textile and clothing industries) and the highest rates of unemployment are among middle aged and older women ("unemployment with a female face" as it is called in Ukraine). Women constitute 50-70% of the unemployed. And women’s unemployment is probably under-reported. Most unrecorded workers (omitted from the official statistics) are women. Where retraining is available (a rarity), women are trained to do computer jobs, mostly clerical and low skilled. Men, on the other hand, are assigned to assimilate new and promising technologies. In many countries, women are asked to waive their rights under the law, or even to produce proof of sterilization before they get a job. The only ray of light is higher education, where women’s participation actually increased in certain countries. But this blessing is confined to "feminine" (low pay and low status) professions. Vocational and technical schools have either closed down entirely or closed their gates to women. Even in feminized professions (such as university teaching), women make less than 20% of the upper rungs (e.g., full professorships). The tidal wave of the rising cost of education threatens to drown this trend of women’s education. Studies have shown that, with rising costs, women’s educational opportunities decline. Families prefer to invest – and rationally so – in their males.
Women witnessed the resurgence of nostalgic nationalism, neo traditionalism and religious revival – social forces which sought to confine them to home, hearth, spouse and children and to "liberate" them from the "forced labour" of communism. Negative demographic trends (declining life expectancy and birth rate, numerous abortions, late marriage, a high divorce rate, increasing suicide rate) conspired to provoke a "we are a dying nation" outcry and the inevitable re-emphasis of the woman’s reproductive functions. Fierce debates about the morality of abortion erupted in bastions of Catholic fundamentalism (such as Poland and, to a lesser degree, Lithuania) as well as in citadels of rational agnosticism, such as the Czech Republic. Curiously, prostitution and women trafficking were accepted as inevitable. Perhaps because they catered to masculine needs.
Indeed, in feminist lore and theory, both nationalism and capitalism are "patriarchal". Nationalism allocates distinct and mutually exclusive roles to men and women. The latter are supposed to act as homemakers and have babies. Capitalism encourages the formation of impregnable male elites, disseminates new technologies mainly to male monopolies, eliminates menial and low skilled (women’s) jobs and puts emphasis on masculine traits such as aggression and competitiveness. No wonder female political representation in parliaments and governments diminished dramatically since 1989. When powerless, under communism, CEE parliaments were stacked with women. Now that they are more potent elected bodies, they are almost nowhere to be seen. The few that infiltrated these august institutions are relegated to "soft" committees (social issues, usually) devoid of budgets and of influence. It is very much like under communism when the decision making party echelons were predominantly male. The only influential women then were dissidents but they seem to have rejected the fruit of their labour, democracy, in favour of tranquility and peace of mind – or to have been usurped by an emerging male establishment. Despite an education in economics, they are under-represented among business executives, the owners of privatized enterprises and the beneficiaries of favourable pay regulations and tax systems.
This erosion of their economic base coupled with the drastic decreases in child benefits, in the length of maternal leave, in the number of public and, thus, affordable child care facilities and in other support networks led to a swift deterioration in the social status and leverage of women. With their only effective contraceptive – abortion – restricted, maternal mortality exploded. So did teenage pregnancy – a result of the curtailing or absence of sex education. The rate of sexually transmitted diseases went through the roof. Violence against women – rape, spousal abuse, date rape – became epidemic. So did skyrocketing street prostitution. Widowed women – an ever more common phenomenon in CEE – are destitute and reduced to begging as the pensions of the lucky ones are ground to nil by a rising cost of living and IMF prodded stinginess. There are also more quotidian problems (often neglected by the media hungry and soundbite craving feminists) like pitiful divorce maintenance payments or decrepit maternity wards in crumbling hospitals.
Yet, women’s reaction to all this was notable in its absence. After decades of forced activism and imposed altruism, the imported Western individualism mutated in CEE to malignant egotism. A sliver of the female population did well in local government and as entrepreneurs. The rest (especially the old, the rural, the less educated) stayed at home and seemed to fancy this novel experience of dependence. A generational divide emerged. Younger women discovered the joys of conspicuous consumption and mind numbing pop "culture". They constituted the masses of career opportunists, the new managerial class, shareholders and professionals – a pale imitation of the yuppies of America. Older women retreated – heaving a sigh of relief – into home and family, seeking refuge from the intrusion of tedious public matters. Economic realities still forced them to seek a job and steady income (often in a family business or in the informal economy, with no job security or regulated labour conditions) but their activism vanished into newfound and demonstrative reclusiveness.
Yet, even the young entrepreneurs often fare badly. They lack the necessary business skills, the knowledge, the supportive infrastructure, or the access to credit. The older women cannot work long hours, lack skills and, when officially employed, are expensive, due to the burden of the still effective social benefits. Thus, women can be mostly found in services, light industry and agriculture – the most non lucrative sectors of the dilapidated economies of CEE. And speaking of the social benefits not yet axed – their quality has deteriorated, access to them has been restricted and supplies are often short. The costs of public goods (mainly health and education) have been transferred from state to households either officially (a result of the commercialization of services) or surreptitiously and insidiously (e.g., patients required to purchase their own food, bed sheets and medication when hospitalized).
To blame it all on a botched transition is now in vogue. Yet, many of the problems facing the wretched women of CEE were evident as early as 30 years ago. The feminization of poverty is not a new phenomenon, nor is the feminization of certain professions and the attendant decline in both their status and their pay. Under communism, women felt as exhausted and as guilt-ridden as they feel today. They were considered unreliable workers (which they were, what with a lifetime average of 10 abortions and 2 children). Their offspring endured an alienated childhood in the brutal and faceless gulag of day care centres maintained by indifferent bureaucrats. Juvenile delinquency, a high divorce rate, single motherhood and parasitic fathers were all swept under the ideological carpet by communism. Even communism’s only achievement – the inclusionary workforce – was an elaborately crafted illusion for consumption by wide-eyed Western intellectuals. In the agrarian societies which preceded communism, women worked no less. And women were not allowed to work night time or shifts or in certain jobs, nor were they paid as much as men in equal functions. Job advertising is sex-specific and sexist to this very day (in stark violation of dead letter Constitutions).
Discarding the baby with the leaking bathtub has been a hallmark of transition. Communism has done a lot for women (one of its very rare achievements). Some of these foundations were sound and durable and should have been preserved to build upon. Yet the apathy of women and the zeal of power hungry men converged to yield an old new world: patriarchal, discriminatory and iniquitous. The day of CEE feminism will come. But first, CEE has to become more Westernized.

e-Book on Russian Women (Part 1)

e-Book on Russian Women (Part 1)

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It is of course wonderful to be writing this second edition of my first book. The first edition, has many clients will remember, was written when we where a much smaller organisation operating for a small pool of clients in South Africa, Australia, Britain and the North Eastern USA. There have of course been significant changes since then. We are of course, no longer the same agency we were. Annas Agency® is now a thriving commercial enterprise. We are no longer the small agency we once were
In 2003 USB commissioned a case study to understand our success in the market. They identified many reasons why we are so successful, but the main reason is clear – “Superior customer service at all times”. If you visit our Investor relations and look at the section on brand guidelines, it is easy to see that we live by this simple premise. We believe, if it not helping the customer, we will not doing it. The other critical success factors highlighted in the study include:
We are recognised around the world the world as experts in this industry. We the only agency continuously working with elite law enforcement agencies to police this industry and protect consumers
In the case of South Africa, we striving to draft legislation which will protect clients and isolate fraudulent agencies
“Superior customer care at all times” – we are the only agency to operate along a code of conduct and offer full refunds to customers. We received three awards in 2003; the Brent Award for Customer Care, the Ethics in Business Award and the ARMA Agency of the Year award.
Owners of the Miss Russia World® event thereby giving us access to the most beautiful and sought-after Russian women in the world. This international beauty spectacular will be broadcast worldwide from the Lost City at Sun City in South Africa. The winner will go on to represent various charitable causes in the CIS
Investor Relations – We manage our business as a business. Our investor relations’ page gives investors and potential investors access to key performance data. Our annual results are audited.
Brand Equity – The Anna Reddy® brand name is associated with names such as NYC6th, Feminin, McCarthy Group and Trinity Entertainment. Our brand is managed via strict brand guidelines.
Strong customer focused western management team including, a former management consultant from one of the worlds largest consulting firms, a former executive from one of the worlds largest oil companies, a successful entrepreneur in the fields of strategy and energy, and a professional Russian singer and pianist
Co-founders of the Association of Russian Marriage Agencies (ARMA) – a globally recognised authority on regulating the Russian Marriage agency industry. ARMA provides guidelines for all members agencies and is the ONLY such association. All member’s operate along a code of conduct which protects customers. To verify the authenticity of ARMA please feel free to contact South Africa’s Directorate of Public Prosecution on, which has links to Interpol.
Founder of the Anti-Trafficking-Movement – a movement, which educates women about the dangers of dealing with un-ethical agencies and the potential dangers thereof. This movement strives to introduce sought-after women to sincere men from around the world.
Reality TV – In collaboration with Trinity Entertainment®, a new reality will be launched in the summer of 2004 which will follow one man has he tries to find his destiny in Russia. If the man is successful winning the heart of his women, the will receive a designer wedding, house in the state of their choice and a car. The event is fully sponsored. The show will be broadcast live both on satellite and via the web.
Diary of Natalia Smirnova – Natalia is an actual woman in our catalogue. Everyday she sends us a copy of her diary, which we publish on our site. Every week, our resident psychologist provides commentary about the diary. This gives clients an unparalleled understanding to what Russian women need, want and feel during this process.
Marriage Support – We provide marriage support in the form of wedding advice, free recipes for women and wedding planning services.
Media Relations – We are the only agency to have developed a detailed understanding of the Russian Marriage Agency industry via a series of commissioned studies. Our research is used by most major government and media departments
Cleary our organisation has grown very large. However I still manage the most important part of the company – customer care. The other principals manage the other parts of the business, but to me, customer care is our organisation. I learned this from the famous Sam Walton. He believed that no matter how successful one becomes, ONE MUST ALWAYS KEEP THE CLOSEST POSSIBLE CONTACT WITH OUR CLIENTS. Raymond Ackermann also said the same thing in his famous book. It is true. I do not believe in hiring people to answer phones. There is nothing more important than speaking to a customer.
Even though we have grown so large, we do not forget the people who took us to the top – Our customers. It is for you we run this business and for you who we will strive to deliver outstanding service. Even though it is now 2 years since we started, I always like to talk about the beginning and the values we have kept from those early days.
I remember when I first met my husband’s friends. The conversation soon moved to where we had met and how lucky we where. My husband told me the next day the office conversation dealt solely with me and how wonderful I was. Anyway a few of his friends thought it would be a great idea to meet someone kind like me. These were sincere and kind men so we saw no reason in trying to help them. Since we did not know much about Russian Dating agencies we simply provided a few names we knew. This was over two years ago.
The first friend lost almost $200 to an agency, which took his money and never bothered to work with him. The other friend also lost money but went through such a long process he stopped trying for almost a year. The other friend pointed out that all information on the internet was so false that men were being duped into wasting their money. Information sites, which claimed to provide the facts actually provided opinions and subjective “analysis” of what was happening.
The embarrassment of being the sole reason for these aborted attempts was reason enough to try to help them. We first needed to put together a “portrait” of a RW and then find some information which could help his friends. This is where this book started. Without knowing it at the time we started a very exclusive match-making service for just three clients. We are happy to say that we were eventually succeeded in finding partners for each man. We will not lie and say this was an easy process. It was long and difficult. But the news of our success spread and we were soon getting requests from friends of friends. We are happy to say that the first 3 couples are now happily married and 2 have a child.
Before long my personal attempts to find a career were postponed indefinitely as my impromptu agency took off the ground. Anyone who has ever been to South Africa will understand how many close ties the country shares with Britain and Australia. Before long this so-called “friend-of-a-friend” network brought in business from Australia and the UK. Since most of the men were from my husband’s social circle they tended to be executives and we were able to offer them fairly tailored services.
Things really changed for us when a major Western mens sports magazine decided to do a piece on young executives lives out of the office. We were asked to come in and do an interview. The image that always stays in my head is the look of utter surprise when the reporter saw how young we were. He had always had the stereotype that “Older men married young Russian women”. My husband and I young. At this moment we realised the how many lives we could change. It would be fair to say “Annas Agency®” was born on this day.
In our effort to really help as many women and men as possible, we have tried to create a unique agency. Every agency posts subjective “research” which is really an advertisement for their business. Every agency claims to be the best on the internet. Every agency claims to have “5000 of the most beautiful women”. And every agency is not playing according to any industry rules.
In late 2003, due to our strong ethics and business standing, we formed a relationship with an elite law enforcement agency to help them understand the industry and draft guidelines to police the industry. It was a moment of extreme satisfaction when this partnership became ongoing rather than once off. Due to the research we produce on the industry, we now provide information to a variety of government and media departments.
We strive to be different. Yes we do provide our opinions where possible. We are of course dealing with people’s lives and future happiness. There is no right and wrong answer in providing advice. We just use our experience and knowledge of the business to guide our clients to happiness. But we also provide detailed information on the Russian Marriage Agency business. As far as we know we are the only agency to have commissioned a major consulting firm to study the industry. We must thank the able research team – Matthew, Lisa and Clark – for delivering excellent work. Selected parts of their intensive one and a half year study are free to anyone who would like a copy.
The best place to start is from the beginning…
Some men marry a RW because it just so happens they meet due to circumstances. Others decide to marry a RW before even meeting them.
Before any man decides he wants to marry a RW, he probably asks himself, “Why?” Why pick a RW over a Czech, French or even Brazilian woman? This would be a question most men have in their head when they decide to go onto the Internet let alone go all the way to Russia. It is not a question that is easy to answer. In fact I do not think any one can ever give you this answer. Each man will have his unique but equally valid reason.
It is important to remember that RW are like any other women. They have hopes, dreams, desires, fears, wishes, ambitions, imperfections etc, etc, However it would be totally wrong to say you should try to date a Russian women the same way you would date a French women. The environment has turned them into different people. They react to things in different ways. That is the theme of this book. I will take you through the life of typical Russian women. By reading this you will develop an appreciation and deeper understanding of what to expect and what not to expect.
There are many, many types of Russian women, but I think any women you meet will fall into one of the following categories. For each of the pros and cons I write…. their still only one thing to consider. If you both are truly in love…nothing else will ever matter!
“Village girls”: The majority of clients we have are looking for girls with good, wholesome values, not materialistic, looking for love and happiness, not tainted in her thinking, brought up with strict family values where the unit of the family is fundamental to happiness. As far as we know we are the only agency to offer such a type of women. These women tend to be harder to find since they are usually located far away from the offices of the agencies. They tend to have old fashioned values and see the wife as the custodian of the house.
For: These RW tend to have very strong values and if she marries a man, then it is usually for the right reasons. Because family has tended to be such an important part of her life, she will spend much time making sure her own family works. She will usually support her husband in whatever way she can. She will work very hard to make the relationship a success. She will initially try to please you in the only way she can…by being a good wife. This can be particularly frustrating if she can find no Russian recipes to cook. Refer to our section on Post Marriage support for advice.
Against: The first time such a women arrives in the big city can a period of painful adjustment. This can lead to depression, need for her family and a desire to meet other Russian people. She will also find it very difficult to reconcile the idea of a living in a big city where most people can be cruel. If the husband is supportive this period of adjustment can be quickly overcome.
“Social Butterfly”: Russian women with bright prepossessing appearance, considerable mental abilities, with an adequate self-evaluation and a rather high and stable social status. Lately, the women of this type can be encountered in greater numbers in Russia, but they are mostly city-dwellers. Most women of this type live in industrial and commercial centers.
For: You won’t be ashamed of your choice: you will have a right to be proud when taking such a woman out; she will make a good companion for your mind, as well as for your heart, as the Russian saying goes. She is able not only of talking, but of listening as well as giving sound advice. Your self-esteem will be satisfied: if such a woman has chosen you, then you will be a really be the recipient of much envy.
Against: Leadership is in man’s nature. That’s why before you bind yourself to such a woman, think it over whether it will be easy for you to comply with her leadership; won’t her overwhelming positiveness cast a shade upon your own personality and assimilate it: won’t you feel a free supplement to her merits? Also decades of propaganda has led to us believing RW are submissive….Social Butterfly’s are not submissive!
“Angels”: Beautiful and intelligent Russian women of a high social status, but for a number of reasons (upbringing, failures in private life) their self-esteem is short of adequacy.
For: It is much easier to make the relationship take shape with such a woman; she will think of you as of a winning ticket which the wind of fortune has thrown into her humble path; you’ll get hold of a 1st type woman but for awareness of her own attractiveness. It will make you feel a lucky gold-digger who has come upon a nugget.
Against: Women of this type can get scared of the prospect of relations with you, can refuse to believe in your good feelings and intentions because of I-don’t-deserve-him attitude, so that you will be forced into proving the contrary time and again with a risk of getting bored to death; besides. One agency described such women in the following way…”you risk marrying a woman who doesn’t love you for very often women of this type choose a man obviously inferior to them to make their own beauty and intelligence more prominent, emphasized by such a ‘background’, and you will agree that being a ‘background’ is not a most pleasant thing. Therefore, make sure that her feelings are genuine before you marry a woman of this type.”…I think this is so untrue. These women are merely looking for someone to believe in them. Someone to tell them they are special and can really accomplish anything they try to do. If you show someone that you care, they will return your love in more ways then you could possibly hope. And I speak for myself here. I have always had men trying to be with me from a very young age. But due to personal difficulties I always thought I could never achieve anything and I would always be alone. The reason I married my husband is because he proved he loved me not for just for my physical beauty. For a very long time I thought there was no such thing as true love, it was a fabrication of Hollywood. I thought I would never find a young man who shared my interests and goals in life. But I found such a person. When I help my clients this is what I always remember. True love is possible with the right guidance. I love him because he showed me what was and is possible.
“Supermodels”: Beautiful but rather limited Russian women who are usually in love with their own person. As a rule, they prefer to work as models, secretaries and aspire to becoming actresses.
For: Is there a man who, even for a moment, hasn’t dreamt of marrying Claudia Schiffer of Marilyn Monroe? It is great to take such a woman out for she provokes envy almost in everybody.
Against: Such beauty can be compared to a box of chocolates: they are sweet. But it is in human nature that a person can’t survive on chocolates only, in the long run he will long for something more nutritious. It’s the same with women: after all, some day you’ll want to talk with her, to share you joys and sorrows, to get her advice and help. But do not expect this from a “Supermodel”. Women of this type can be placed into the category of women to beware of (see the unit “Russian Women to Beware Of”).
“The Girl Next Door”: Russian women of good appearance and of very high level of intelligence. They are usually engaged in average work.
a) If she is self-confident she will find a partner without much difficulty. They are aware of their winning and losing points and learn, in the long run, to emphasize the first and to smooth over the latter.
For: Such woman will never bore you, since she’ll always find a topic for a conversation. You will never know the throe of jealousy: there are few men who are indifferent to looks craving for exclusively intellectual intercourse; you’ll always remain a superman for her.
Against: Not all of your acquaintances will appreciate your choice: people will judge your choice by its exterior.
b) She may be of average appearance and lacking in beauty
For: Such woman will never bore you, since she’ll always find a topic for a conversation. You will never know the throe of jealousy: there are few men who are indifferent to looks craving for exclusively intellectual intercourse; you’ll always remain a superman for her.
Against: It will take you much time and effort to raise her confidence, to make her feel self-assured; her poor image of herself may affect your personal life: she may shun the society of your friends and making visits: she may give up pretty clothes not to draw attention to herself.
“The extra”: These women of this type can be called neither beautiful nor ugly; they will not set the Mississippi on fire but are far from being stupid, are sure of themselves; in most cases they belong to the middle class; they do not like to take the responsibility in business on themselves.
For: These women represent the stereotypical RW; they are domestic, comforting, not intricate at all. You’ll always feel at ease with them, they value their husband and know how to please him, they make the best mothers and housewives.
Against: If you favor surprises, mysteries, surges of emotion, tension of passions, diversity – this is not your type.
“The wannabe”: Women with poor physical appearance and low level of intelligence, whom you are unlikely to get interested in. Such women
Apart from this classification, the Russian woman can perform several social parts: the Mother, the Mistress, the Wife.
The Mother
In Russian mentality the woman is, above all, identified with a mother. A kind, patient, child-loving, wise, with a maternal instinct of support and protection, strong-willed, strong and just, caring patroness.
The Wife
Tranquil, even tempered, virtuous, rational, modest, caring, practical, neat, prefers to dress well but not provocatively. In her relations with the man she values most of all reliability and stability. She will take care of her man’s looks and his proper diet. Has a tendency to sacrifice her own interests. Her attitudes are conservative.
The Mistress
Emotional, impressionable, unpredictable, playful, flirtatious, capricious, sexual, sensuous, prefers to dress in bright, striking colors. In her relations with men she values most of all the amorous atmosphere, sex. She seldom worries about marriage. Bringing up children is not her idea of life.
Thus, the type a specific woman belongs to is determined by a combination of various factors and by her personality. Your search of a woman with a clear-cut mark of an isolated type from the above mentioned is most likely bound to be a failure because each Russian woman will try on several roles in her life.
Russian Women and the Standard of Living
You must already know that the standard of living in the west differs remarkably from that in the West. A typical RW will get up in the morning, have a shower and prepare breakfast for her family if she has brother or sisters. Since salaries are so low and jobs so unpredictable, it is very common for RW to live at home with their parents until they are very old. She then goes out at about 7am – depending on the time of the year and distance from the office – passing many drab, neglected apartments before waiting at the bus stop for a bus. Cars are a luxury in most families and you will rarely see a twenty-something girl driving her own car – unless she works in a large city for a large company
If she happens to work late she will get a taxi by stopping a car on the side of the road and asking the price. If both woman and driver agree on the price and everything looks safe for her she will use this car or if not, she will stop another car…until she will find a suitable car. Most of the drivers use their own cars to drive different people during the day and night and have no other means of supporting their family.
The women try as often as possible to not use taxis as they are very expensive. More and more former professionals have started offering taxi services as the economy suffers and they lose jobs
She gets to work at about 7:40am and goes about her job. Women usually arrive earlier for fear of losing their jobs. Since very little regulations exist for employees, there is no provision for tea breaks and lunch is usually 30 minutes. At lunch there is usually just enough time to get lunch and then go back to work. She should finish at 5pm and go home. But this is rarely the norm. Lack of regulations mean employees – especially women – are forced to work longer hours then necessary.
Also it is very common for a beautiful woman to be harassed by her male co-workers. The request from a pretty woman’s boss to stay after hours for “work” is usually an indication that work is the last thing on his mind.
The woman then usually stops along the way to buy the necessities for the home before arriving home at about 7pm. Weekends are not any different. The women needs to awake early to help her mother at home and then may spend the rest of the day helping her family or preparing for family friends who may visit.
Here comes the interesting bit. If these are friends of your parents, the conversation will eventually move to the woman’s chances for marriage and they will exert pressure on her to get married. They almost always know of some young man who will make a wonderful husband for her.
And this cycle continues, with very little chance to break away. Russian do not marry Western men for their money or a better life, they marry a western man for a normal life. This something any man must remember when he goes to Russia. Yes there are many women looking at money, but you do not want to marry them. A women must see the side of you she will need when she experiences difficulty in life, the side she will need when she will obviously experience failure.
For her some commodities that are considered natural by an average foreigner are thought of as a luxury. A Russian family income of $500 is viewed as very high and signifies top standard of living. Her income will probably be between $100-150. It is not rare when a woman cannot find a job for many months even with a degree. There have been many cases where a women as struggled to find a job, only to be fired for no apparent reason and denied payment.
This usually happens in businesses where labour is cheap and abundant. For example, in the restaurant and clothing boutique businesses. There are literally thousands of young women waiting to get jobs in these companies. It is an unfortunate but common occurance
Moscow and St. Petersburg are notorious for this. Certain bogus tourist companies exist wh
Household electric appliances have been introduced to Russian homes only recently and only in wealthy families. Today an average Russian family possesses such electric appliances as an electric kettle, a mixer, a tape-recorder and a TV-set. Lately a video cassette recorder has been added to the lot.
An automatic washing machine, a dish-washer, a microwave oven and an automatic kitchen set the complement of a very high income family. Therefore Russian woman has to do much more work by hand or using semi-automatic household appliances and to waste much more time on it than a foreigner. Pre-prepared food is an extreme novelty. The first time I went shopping with my husband to a chain called Woolworths, I was amazed at the level of convenience afforded. All food is pre-cooked the same day and delivered fresh. The concept of my husband deciding to get up at 9am buy food over the internet and have it delivered in 45 minutes will be new to any RW.
A Russian family very often doesn’t own a car, let alone a car for each member of the family, many do not own an apartment, let alone a cottage. A personal computer is not a wide spread phenomenon as well.
Many Russian women cannot afford attending a gym, a beauty salon (CHECK), hairdresser’s and expensive high-quality cosmetics. Therefore she has to be her own style specialist, hairdresser and sport coach. This explains why RW are so easily able to keep themselves well groomed – they have had much practice.
Low level of income prevents Russian women from buying expensive clothes of well-known trademarks. Winter clothes present a special problem: Russian winters are very severe and a fur coat is not a luxury but a necessity. And though her budget is very tight, a Russian woman will emerge with flying colours. It is worth mentioning that foreigners are continually surprised to see so many women in expensive fur coats on the streets of Russian cities
Russian do not marry Western men for their money or a better life, they marry a western man for a normal life. This something any man must remember when he goes to Russia. Yes there are many women looking at money, but you do not want to marry them. A women must see the side of you she will need when she experiences difficulty in life, the side she will need when she will obviously experience failure.
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Literature and Women

Literature and Women

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Much has been written about women and women’s issues throughout the ages; by women themselves and about women by men − women’s mastery and mystery, their beauty and perceived lack of it and the overblown significance thereof, the ties that bind them to good men, the lies that bind them to bad men, their tight-knit bonds with other women, the wondrous bliss and fulfillment of being a new mother, and that all encompassing power and elegance that all women throughout the world possess.
Significant works of literature by women like Germaine Greer, who authored a ground-breaking and controversial book called The Female Eunuch in 1970, echo still within the hearts, minds, and sexuality of many women over fifty. This one work was so compelling and controversial that the women of the time were confronted with an ‘in your face’ force that propelled them beyond any place they otherwise would have more comfortably inhabited. Some of them embraced the message and passed the passion down to their daughters. Anti-feminist critics accused Greer of being a bitter man-hater. Some feminists accused her of catering to men and castigating women for the sexual disabilities of society.
Many women did indeed rise to the challenge of that rallying cry way back then to break free, to empower themselves! It was called ‘women’s lib’ in those days. But, here we are on the cusp of 2006 and women have a considerable journey ahead. Still women must persist and strive for that peaceful place where their accomplishments are recognized; ultimately their needs are met…where their souls, spirit, and value as human beings are defined by themselves and no one else.
Today, with the women’s liberation movement almost entirely demobilized, women’s lives are actually getting harder. Social services are de-funded, wages and working conditions are eroded, and women once again are working round the clock, on the job and at home. Ironically, Greer’s most recent book, The Whole Woman, documents this new turn and angrily refutes the claim of some feminists that women have achieved their liberation. She states: “Fake equality is leading women into double jeopardy. The rhetoric of equality is being used in the name of political correctness to mask the hammering that women are taking. When The Female Eunuch was written our daughters were not cutting or starving themselves. On every side speechless women endure endless hardship, grief and pain, in a world system that creates billions of losers for every handful of winners. It’s time to get angry again.” Books such as this, whether you agree with their message or not, will keep track and gauge our progress.
Not surprisingly, given the gravity and depth of our human relationships, and in celebration of that sparkling but scary dance that men and women either wickedly or heartfelt, engage in every day of our lives…literature has quite naturally been men and women’s most poignant outlet to express love, joy, desire, dreams, and disappointments.
Women writers have given us bibles, roadmaps to navigate the passages of time, to turn roadblocks and detours into new roads, told us how to avoid crashing. But, men too, often with great sensitivity and understanding of their subject, write perfectly eloquent treatise ode to women. Thus many poets and authors have played a key role in advancing the society of women; others have, sometimes unwittingly, aided our regression. Others still, have elevated women to goddess and queen who rules all, their mellifluous poems and stories an unabashed celebration of WOMAN. Awestruck by our woman-ness they have created for our hungry hearts and minds, women characters who like birds on the wing, are fluid, magical, flash-dancing bolts of warm liquid lightening…whose very existence makes man’s world go ’round.
Literature is the mirror that reflects our society. It is unforgiving and completely accurate. Poetry, prose, non-fiction, and fiction provide an in-depth exploration of women and their journey, how they fit into the complex tapestry of time…how far they have come and where they yet need to travel. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, life partners − women whose rich contributions to their loved ones, their contributions to the world at large, is indicative of a magnificent power they possess even beyond their own imaginings. Literature consolidates real life with hopes and dreams.
Thousands of women throughout the world overcome adversity every day, rise above their circumstances to create beauty, share their boundless love, and lead the way for others. Literature records it all. The essence of women resonates through the poetry and stories of women themselves and those who love and appreciate them providing ample proof that courage, strength, perseverance, and vision can and do change laws, scare the hell out of the powers that be, give children successful role models, and ultimately make for a better world.
Read the books, welcome poetry into your soul, write your own story! Because sometimes, putting it in writing can be the only voice we have that can really be heard.

Why Moms Should Start a Home Based Business Today

Why Moms Should Start a Home Based Business Today

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Most Moms think about starting a home based business at one time or another.
Maybe the youngest has started school, and Mom suddenly has a lot of free time. Or perhaps Mom was successful in her career before having her first child, and wished to put her skills to good use in a home based business. Another reason may be that a couple is accustomed to the lifestyle they can afford with two incomes, and when Mom suddenly decides to quit her job to stay home and raise the children, the loss of income is uncomfortable…or even intolerable if the income is sorely needed to pay bills.
My purpose in writing this article is to give you some compelling reasons why you SHOULD start a home based business, and do so TODAY.
1) Having a Home Based Business provides you with a safety net if your husband loses his job.
We don’t live in the days of our Grandparents, where the advice was: Get a good education, get a good job, work hard for 40 years and let the company take care of you. Retirement is almost a joke. There is no such thing as job security anymore. Layoffs and downsizing are commonplace today. Social Security and Medicaid may not even be around when some of us reach retirement age.
For many families, the loss of the primary earner’s income is devastating. Most families simply do not have the 6-12 months of living expenses set aside in savings that financial advisors recommend. Oftentimes it takes a person weeks or even months to find employment that matches the salary they are used to. Unemployment benefit checks are not enough to cover even the bare necessities of life.
Having a Home Based Business provides the family with a second income. During the period of unemployment, Mom can step up her efforts to build her business and make more money. Dad might be in a position to help out more, giving her the ability to do this with more focus. Who knows… Dad might even decide to join Mom in her “little business”…especially when she starts earning more than he does. Stranger things have happened!
2) Having a Home Based Business provides extra income to help the family meet certain goals.
For instance… getting out of debt. An extra few hundred dollars a month added to the credit card debt load could make a huge difference in how quickly the debts get paid off.
After this is accomplished, the money that was going to credit cards could be applied towards private education for children, savings for college, that special vacation the family has always wanted to take, a newer model car, renovations on the house so siblings can have more space (or Mom her own office! ).
Another awesome goal is that of paying off the mortage early. By making an additional mortage payment periodically most couples can shave YEARS off of the life of their mortage. Few people own their homes outright, but what a freeing feeling that would be!
3) Having a Home Based Business models entrepreneurship to children
In today’s world, it’s more important than ever for our kids to learn how to “mind their own business”. Children who grow up watching Mom work her business learn how to manage time wisely, they learn how to take responsibility for themselves financially (instead of relying on an employer), and they may learn practical skills especially if Mom lets them help out or even pays them to help. Current tax laws even allow young children to be paid (and this is a tax deductible expense) for their services…check with your accountant.
Young girls will also learn that it IS possible to have the best of both worlds…a woman can stay home to raise her children and still earn income.
4) Having a Home Based Business improves relationships
Most women I have spoken with about the subject agree that it isn’t good for their self esteem to have to ask their husbands for money. What’s bad for a woman’s self esteem is bad for the marriage! Women feel better about themselves when they are at least somewhat independent financially. They also have something besides “what little Johnny did today” to talk about at the dinner table. It keeps the relationship fresh and lively when a couple can discuss their challenges and triumphs in their business and work lives. Anytime you see someone do something they’re good at, it causes you to see them in a new light and have newfound appreciation for them. This is always a good thing in marriage!
Work from home Moms also tend to stay more connected with their peers, via networking with other business moms, prospecting for new customers and business partners, and the like. There is a tendency for new Moms to stay in the nest a little too much at first, and this can lead to depression. A business Mom, on the other hand, is almost forced to talk to people! She has a reason to get up, get dressed in something other than sweats, and go out and meet people. Little Johnny doesn’t care if you put on shoes and makeup, but doing so does wonders for your energy and mood.
5) Having a Home Based Business gives a Mom “something else”
While most women adore being Mothers and wouldn’t trade their husbands in anytime soon either, we all want “something more”. Something for ourselves, something to call our own, that isn’t a title or duty like Wife, Mother…something that isn’t undone 5 minutes after we do it. Something we can put our name on and be proud of.
Mothering is the most honorable profession in the world, but it isn’t always recognized as such…and it’s nice to be recognized once in a while.
My Mother once told me that the main reason she always had such success in Direct Sales was because she loved the recognition…and the women on her team would often work like madwomen to get some little trinket. Sometimes it wasn’t the cash…it was the pat on the back, the feeling of accomplishment that comes from meeting a goal.
That “something else” also makes the transition to empty-nest hood easier. So many women fall into deep depression when their youngest child leaves home. If more Moms had a Home Based Business, instead of having their self worth completely tied to Motherhood, maybe this wouldn’t happen so much.
There are more reasons to start a Home Based Business, (such as the tax advantages) but I hope I’ve given you some food for thought.
I wish you the best in your journey towards the ideal Home Business for you.
Carrie Lauth

Women and Personal Transformations

Ladies and Personal Improvements


Women’s health could be a difficult task to preserve if the female is actually certainly not handling herself correctly. However, ladies’s health and wellness is a wide circuit that consists of bad actions, like residential physical violence. Domestic violence is a prevalent issue that ladies from any ages, nationalities, as well as academic backgrounds experience daily. One more of the leading troubles that women deal with is actually breast cancer cells as well as depression. Bust cancer has actually declared the lives of more than 1000s of lives every year. To stay away from breast cancer, or to find out if you are actually a prey of breast cancer, women must have normal breast takes a look at, and also sample of swellings weekly. If you feel that, you might be a possible applicant for bust cancer it is suggested to seek advice from an expert to fix the issue promptly.

Examinations commonly are used to get eliminate cancer prior to it disperses, and also stopping cancer coming from recurring. Clinical depression is actually one more issue that is a problem with females’s health and wellness. A lot of ladies daily experience clinical depression. Depression is not a problem one would like to disregard. Individuals have virtually perished due to anxiety, merely considering that they dedicated self-destruction as opposed to discovering a service. Regardless of you gender, ethnicity, grow older, and so on, depression could strike. After the September 11, spell numerous women as well as guys worldwide dealt with anxiety. If you experience you or a relatived is actually enduring depression, perform certainly not wait till this is actually far too late reach a qualified immediately for procedure.

The girls’s health and wellness National Cervical Cancer cells Coalition has actually issued cautioning to the “11% from girls” worldwide that have stated that they carry out certainly not comply with cervical testings. As a resort this neglect over “3900 girls die in the USA yearly …” The National Cervical Cancer Union points out, “cervical cancer cells is actually the # 1 fantastic from girls. ” Exactly what a scary concept. Women’s wellness is necessary, because unlike guys, that additionally go to threat from their own conditions, girls have a higher risk factor.

Help and other sex-related carried health conditions are likewise on the top of the list for stating countless lives each year. Girls, if you value your health that is time to secure your own self. It is crucial to quit staying away from women’s wellness problems as well as face all of them directly. Head to your physician for consistently exams and satisfy the medical doctor’s tips. Also, make use of protection if you are intimately energetic. To find out more on females’s health concerns go online and also surf the Net or seek advice from a specialist.

For this reason, ladies are actually urged to create individual changes that could minimize the threats from illness and also other dangerous actions that burglarize all of them of their life. Ladies may create favorable makeovers through retraining their thoughts to ensure it satisfies the new age world that our company remain in today.

With workout and also mind-calming exercise, you may strengthen your physical, mental and also mental lifestyle. By doing this you are going to prevent deciding that may put you in the upper arms of danger. In addition, you may begin making makeovers that lessen the risks of cancer cells, clinical depression as well as various other ailments that affect your lifestyle in a damaging means.

Given that ladies are obliged to handle much larger problems through operating, caring for the home, kids, and do various other roles, it is actually inconceivable for an operating female to locate time for herself. Our team need to make positive improvements by locating the moment to spend with the personal. Through doing this our experts could re-train the mind to ensure our experts offer it opportunity to expand and know. Girls are actually smart to study, come to be well versed, and also act that minimize their ever-increasing risks.

Alternative Methods in Mental Health Care

Different Methods in Mental Health Care

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Exactly what are actually alternative techniques to psychological medical care? An alternate method to mental medical care is actually one that focuses on the connection in between thoughts, physical body, as well as spirit. Although some alternative approaches have a long background, several remain disputable. The National Center for Complementary as well as Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Wellness was made in 1992 to aid review different methods of treatment and also to include those that work in to traditional medical strategy. That is actually critical, having said that, to consult with your healthcare service providers concerning the techniques you are making use of to obtain psychological well-being.
Diet plan as well as Nutrition – Adjusting both diet regimen and also nutrition could help some people along with mental diseases manage their symptoms as well as promote rehabilitation. For instance, research advises that removing milk and wheat items could reduce the severeness of indicators for some individuals that possess mental illness and also some youngsters with autism. Similarly, some holistic/natural medical professionals utilize organic therapies, B-complex vitamins, riboflavin, magnesium, and also thiamine to address anxiety, autism, clinical depression, drug-induced craziness, as well as attention deficit disorder.
Pastoral Therapy – Some folks prefer to look for help for mental health condition from their minister, rabbi, or even priest, rather than off therapists which are actually certainly not affiliated along with a spiritual area. Therapists working within traditional faith neighborhoods progressively are actually recognizing the should include psychiatric therapy and/or medicine, in addition to prayer as well as devoutness, to properly aid some individuals along with mental illness.
Creature Assisted Therapies – Collaborating with a creature (or even creatures) under the advice from a medical professional could benefit some people along with mental illness through facilitating beneficial changes, including boosted compassion as well as enhanced socializing skills. Creatures could be made use of as aspect of team treatment courses to promote interaction and improve the capability to focus. Cultivating self-worth and also lowering being alone and also stress are actually just some possible perks of individual-animal therapy (Delta Culture, 2002).

The Many Dimensions Of Depression In Women

The Many Dimensions Of Depression In Women

Life is full of emotional difficulties. However, when the “down” times are long lasting or interfere with your ability to function, you may be suffering from a common, serious illness—depression. Clinical depression affects mood, mind, body, and behavior. Research has shown that in the United States about 19 million people—one in ten adults—experience depression each year, and nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need.2Treatment can alleviate the symptoms in over 80 percent of the cases.
Yet, because it often goes unrecognized, depression continues to cause unnecessary suffering.Depression is a pervasive and impairing illness that affects both women and men, but women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men. Researchers continue to explore how special issues unique to women—biological, life cycle, and psycho-social-may be associated with women’s higher rate of depression.
No two people become depressed in exactly the same way. Many people have only some of the symptoms, varying in severity and duration. For some, symptoms occur in time-limited episodes; for others, symptoms can be present for long periods if no treatment is sought. Having some depressive symptoms does not mean a person is clinically depressed. For example, it is not unusual for those who have lost a loved one to feel sad, helpless, and disinterested in regular activities. Only when these symptoms persist for an unusually long time is there reason to suspect that grief has become depressive illness. Similarly, living with the stress of potential layoffs, heavy workloads, or financial or family problems may cause irritability and “the blues. ” Up to a point, such feelings are simply a part of human experience. However, when these feelings increase in duration and intensity and an individual is unable to function as usual, what seemed a temporary mood may have become a clinical illness.
1. In major depression, sometimes-referred to as unipolar or clinical depression, people have some or all of the symptoms listed below for at least 2 weeks but frequently for several months or longer. Episodes of the illness can occur once, twice, or several times in a lifetime.
2. In dysthymia, the same symptoms are present though milder and last at least 2 years. People with dysthymia are frequently lacking in zest and enthusiasm for life, living a joyless and fatigued existence that seems almost a natural outgrowth of their personalities. They also can experience major depressive episodes.
3.Bipolar disorder, or manic-depression, is not nearly as common as other forms of depressive illness and involves disruptive cycles of depressive symptoms that alternate with mania. During manic episodes, people may become overly active, talkative, euphoric, and irritable, spend money irresponsibly, and get involved in sexual misadventures. In some people, a milder form of mania, called hypomania, alternates with depressive episodes. Unlike other mood disorders, women and men are equally vulnerable to bipolar disorder; however, women with bipolar disorder tend to have more episodes of depression and fewer episodes of mania or hypomania.
A thorough diagnostic evaluation is needed if three to five or more of the following symptoms persist for more than 2 weeks (1 week in the case of mania), or if they interfere with work or family life. An evaluation involves a complete physical checkup and information gathering on family health history. Not everyone with depression experiences each of these symptoms. The severity of the symptoms also varies from person to person.
• Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
• Loss of interest or pleasure in activities, including sex
• Restlessness, irritability, or excessive crying
• Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, pessimism
• Sleeping too much or too little, early-morning awakening
• Appetite and/or weight loss or overeating and weight gain
• Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
• Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
• Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
• Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain
• Abnormally elevated mood
• Irritability
• Decreased need for sleep
• Grandiose notions
• Increased talking
• Racing thoughts
• Increased activity, including sexual activity
• Markedly increased energy
• Poor judgment that leads to risk-taking behavior
• Inappropriate social behavior
Genetic Factors
There is a risk for developing depression when there is a family history of the illness, indicating that a biological vulnerability may be inherited. The risk is somewhat higher for those with bipolar disorder. However, not everybody with a family history develops the illness. In addition, major depression can occur in people who have had no family members with the illness. This suggests that additional factors, possibly biochemistry, environmental stressors, and other psychosocial factors, are involved in the onset of depression.
Biochemical Factors
Evidence indicates that brain biochemistry is a significant factor in depressive disorders. It is known, for example, that individuals with major depressive illness typically have deregulations of certain brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters. Additionally, sleep patterns, which are biochemical influenced, are typically different in people with depressive disorders. Depression can be induced or alleviated with certain medications, and some hormones have mood-altering properties. What is not yet known is whether the “biochemical disturbances” of depression are of genetic origin, or are secondary to stress, trauma, physical illness, or some other environmental condition.
Environmental and Other Stressors
Significant loss, a difficult relationship, financial problems, or a major change in life pattern have all been cited as contributors to depressive illness. Sometimes the onset of depression is associated with acute or chronic physical illness. In addition, some form of substance abuse disorder occurs in about one-third of people with any type of depressive disorder.
Other Psychological and Social Factors
Persons with certain characteristics—pessimistic thinking, low self-esteem, a sense of having little control over life events, and a tendency to worry excessively—are more likely to develop depression. These attributes may heighten the effect of stressful events or interfere with taking action to cope with them or with getting well. Upbringing or sex role expectations may contribute to the development of these traits. Patterns typically develop that negative thinking in childhood or adolescence. Some experts have suggested that the traditional upbringing of girls might foster these traits and may be a factor in women’s higher rate of depression.
Major depression and dysthymia affect twice as many women as men. This two-to-one ratio exists regardless of racial and ethnic background or economic status. The same ratio has been reported in ten other countries all over the world. Men and women have about the same rate of bipolar disorder (manic-depression), though its course in women typically has more depressive and fewer manic episodes. Also, a greater number of women have the rapid cycling form of bipolar disorder, which may be more resistant to standard treatments.
Varieties of factors unique to women’s lives are suspected to play a role in developing depression. Research is focused on understanding these, including: reproductive, hormonal, genetic or other biological factors; abuse and oppression; interpersonal factors; and certain psychological and personality characteristics. Yet, the specific causes of depression in women remain unclear; many women exposed to these factors do not develop depression. What is clear is that regardless of the contributing factors, depression is a highly treatable illness.
Investigators are focusing on the following areas in their study of depression in women:
The Issues of Adolescence
Before adolescence, there is little difference in the rate of depression in boys and girls. But between the ages of 11 and 13 there is a precipitous rise in depression rates for girls. By the age of 15, females are twice as likely to have experienced a major depressive episode as males. This comes at a time in adolescence when roles and expectations change dramatically. The stresses of adolescence include forming an identity, emerging sexuality, separating from parents, and making decisions for the first time, along with other physical, intellectual, and hormonal changes. These stresses are generally different for boys and girls, and may be associated more often with depression in females. Studies show that female high school students have significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and adjustment disorders than male students, who have higher rates of disruptive behavior disorders.
Adulthood: Relationships and Work Roles
Stress in general can contribute to depression in persons biologically vulnerable to the illness. Some have theorized that higher incidence of depression in women is not due to greater vulnerability, but to the particular stresses that many women face. These stresses include major responsibilities at home and work, single parenthood, and caring for children and aging parents.
How these factors may uniquely affect women is not yet fully understood.For both women and men, rates of major depression are highest among the separated and divorced, and lowest among the married, while remaining always higher for women than for men.
The quality of a marriage, however, may contribute significantly to depression. Lack of an intimate, confiding relationship, as well as overt marital disputes, have been shown to be related to depression in women. In fact, rates of depression were shown to be highest among unhappily married women.
Reproductive Events
Women’s reproductive events include the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the post pregnancy period, infertility, menopause, and sometimes, the decision not to have children. These events bring fluctuations in mood that for some women include depression. Researchers have confirmed that hormones have an effect on the brain chemistry that controls emotions and mood; a specific biological mechanism explaining hormonal involvement is not known, however.
Many women experience certain behavioral and physical changes associated with phases of their menstrual cycles. In some women, these changes are severe, occur regularly, and include depressed feelings, irritability, and other emotional and physical changes. Called premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), the changes typically begin after ovulation and become gradually worse until menstruation starts. Scientists are exploring how the cyclical rise and fall of estrogen and other hormones may affect the brain chemistry that is associated with depressive illness.
Postpartum mood changes can range from transient “blues” immediately following childbirth to an episode of major depression to severe, incapacitating, psychotic depression. Studies suggest that women who experience major depression after childbirth very often have had prior depressive episodes even though they may not have been diagnosed and treated.
Pregnancy (if it is desired) seldom contributes to depression, and having an abortion does not appear to lead to a higher incidence of depression. Women with infertility problems may be subject to extreme anxiety or sadness, though it is unclear if this contributes to a higher rate of depressive illness. In addition, motherhood may be a time of heightened risk for depression because of the stress and demands it imposes.
Menopause, in general, is not associated with an increased risk of depression. In fact, while once considered a unique disorder, research has shown that depressive illness at menopause is no different from at other ages. The women more vulnerable to change-of-life depression are those with a history of past depressive episodes.
Specific Cultural Considerations
As for depression in general, the prevalence rate of depression in African American and Hispanic women remains about twice that of men. There is some indication, however, that major depression and dysthymia may be diagnosed less frequently in African American and slightly more frequently in Hispanic than in Caucasian women. Prevalence information for other racial and ethnic groups is not definitive.
Possible differences in symptom presentation may affect the way depression is recognized and diagnosed among minorities. For example, African Americans are more likely to report somatic symptoms, such as appetite change and body aches and pains. In addition, people from various cultural backgrounds may view depressive symptoms in different ways. Such factors should be considered when working with women from special populations.
Studies show that women molested as children are more likely to have clinical depression at some time in their lives than those with no such history. In addition, several studies show a higher incidence of depression among women who have been raped as adolescents or adults. Since far more women than men were sexually abused as children, these findings are relevant. Women who experience other commonly occurring forms of abuse, such as physical abuse and sexual harassment on the job, also may experience higher rates of depression. Abuse may lead to depression by fostering low self-esteem, a sense of helplessness, self-blame, and social isolation. There may be biological and environmental risk factors for depression resulting from growing up in a dysfunctional family. At present, more research is needed to understand whether victimization is connected specifically to depression.
Women and children represent seventy-five percent of the U.S. population considered poor. Low economic status brings with it many stresses, including isolation, uncertainty, frequent negative events, and poor access to helpful resources. Sadness and low morale are more common among persons with low incomes and those lacking social supports. However, research has not yet established whether depressive illnesses are more prevalent among those facing environmental stressors such as these.
Depression in Later Adulthood
At one time, it was commonly thought that women were particularly vulnerable to depression when their children left home and they were confronted with “empty nest syndrome” and experienced a profound loss of purpose and identity. However, studies show no increase in depressive illness among women at this stage of life.
As with younger age groups, more elderly women than men suffer from depressive illness. Similarly, for all age groups, being unmarried (which includes widowhood) is also a risk factor for depression. Most important, depression should not be dismissed as a normal consequence of the physical, social, and economic problems of later life. In fact, studies show that most older people feel satisfied with their lives.
About 800,000 persons are widowed each year. Most of them are older, female, and experience varying degrees of depressive symptomatology. Most do not need formal treatment, but those who are moderately or severely sad appear to benefit from self-help groups or various psychosocial treatments. However, a third of widows/widowers do meet criteria for major depressive episode in the first month after the death, and half of these remain clinically depressed 1 year later. These depressions respond to standard antidepressant treatments, although research on when to start treatment or how medications should be combined with psychosocial treatments is still in its early stages.
Even severe depression can be highly responsive to treatment. Indeed, believing one’s condition is “incurable” is often part of the hopelessness that accompanies serious depression. Such individuals should be provided with the information about the effectiveness of modern treatments for depression in a way that acknowledges their likely skepticism about whether treatment will work for them. As with many illnesses, the earlier treatment begins, the more effective and the greater the likelihood of preventing serious recurrences. Of course, treatment will not eliminate life’s inevitable stresses and ups and downs. But it can greatly enhance the ability to manage such challenges and lead to greater enjoyment of life.
The first step in treatment for depression should be a thorough examination to rule out any physical illnesses that may cause depressive symptoms. Since certain medications can cause the same symptoms as depression, the examining physician should be made aware of any medications being used. If a physical cause for the depression is not found, a psychological evaluation should be conducted by the physician or a referral made to a mental health professional.

The History Of Spirituality’s Role In Health Care

The History Of Spirituality’s Role In Health Care

Medicine and health care in most traditions started out with healers who used spirituality as the way of curing medical conditions. These traditions, however, were taken into the backseat during the era of scientific medical revolution. In the next years following the revolution of science and medicine and with the newest innovations and scientific researches in medical technology, there is little view of how spirituality can play a great role in health care.
In the early 1400s, Greek philosophers and healers had a holistic view of medicine. This meant that a person can only be cured of his illness if his mind, body and spirit are all in good health. This kind of belief was widespread throughout the 15th century. The same belief was prevalent all over Europe and Christianity at that period also employed the idea of spirituality as a part of the healing process. However, between the 1400s and the start of the 1600, the establishment of the Catholic Church became more strengthened. During this period, medical discoveries were also beginning to resurface. But since the Church had opposing views with the sciences, the medical world was split into two beliefs and thus, science and spirituality were never combined in early medicine. Because it was believed that spirituality can never become a part of healing and health care, it was also during this period when witch trials became more pervasive, and even midwives who assisted women during their childbirth were accused of witchcraft and burned at the stakes.
During the 17th century, another concept was introduced to the world- dualism. Thus, spirituality was recognized as a tool for healing. However, the boundaries of spirituality as a medium of healing was only limited and focused towards the restoration of the mind and the spirit. Physical health care and treatment were still under the monopoly of science and medicine. It continued within the end of the 19th century when Churches still consider autopsy as blasphemy and at the same time, medical innovations and discoveries were all concentrated towards the scientific aspect of health care, leaving spirituality as a subject that should be tackled by the Church alone.
It was only during the 1950s when Albert Einstein, along with other great minds, formulated the theory of relativity and the concept that all matters and space actually possess an interrelation with each other. With these ideas, noetic science was born. In this area of medicine, it is suggested that a person’s spiritual and religious beliefs as well as his spiritual history can influence and affect the physical aspects of his life. Because of the introduction of this new area of medical science which explores the inner experiences of a person rather than merely his physical attributes, it paved way to medical researches which showed how spirituality can pose a great effect in a person’s health.
Today, the reunion of spirituality and health care is still under constant tension and discussions. It cannot, however, disprove the fact that spirituality plays a crucial role in improving a person’s well-being, not only in the emotional and mental facets, but in the physical aspects as well.
Spirituality in health care today is considered as one of the most traditional and ancient practices, although employing spirituality in medicine has faded during the boom of scientific innovations. Because of its efficacy in improving some health conditions, spirituality in health care is now being introduced yet again in the medical practice.
Spirituality in Mental Health Care
Spirituality and faith can play a crucial role when it comes to dealing with a person’s emotional and mental health. When a person is under a mental or emotional struggle, the only area that he can find solace in is his faith. When it comes to dealing with mental health, medical research has found that spirituality can affect a person in coping with his illness. Another study showed that patients who have stronger connection in their religious beliefs have higher possibility to recover from their disorders. Additionally, keeping a strong spirituality can instill optimism and positive energy even when a person is being treated with health complication. These two effects of spirituality serve as key factors in reducing the depression that a person can experience when he is ill.
Spirituality in Physical Health Care
Traditional Western medicine often deems spirituality and physical health as two aspects that might not complement each other. However, there are certain studies that also showed how faith can actually help while a patient is being treated from a certain disease. One study which was conducted among elderly and more mature patients showed that patients who exhibit stronger connections with their spiritual and religious life are less prone to experience depression and they have a lower rate of deterioration in their physical health. Additionally, they have healthier immune systems and lower blood pressure.
A supplemental research also showed that religious and spiritual patients who underwent open-heart surgeries had higher chance of survival than patients who had no connections with spiritual groups. Patients with strong spiritual lives who are diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases also cope better and have higher chances of recuperation. In programs for alcoholic rehabilitations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, experts observed that spirituality can play a huge part in educating the patients that they can avoid substance and alcohol abuse if they turn to prayer and meditation instead.
The reason for these might be that spirituality teaches how to maintain strong faith, nurture relationships and help patients in focusing their energy to more worthwhile activities such as meditation, prayer, conversing with positive people and doing volunteer work. These activities prevent them from focusing on their health problems and eliminate looming possibilities of anxiety and depression