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A Pap Smear Whisperer

Annual Trip to Your Gynocologist For most women, a visit to the gynecologist includes a vulnerable and unpleasant experience and necessity: A Pap smear to scrape cells from the back of the cervix is no picnic.  However, this screening test is a matter of life and death in some instances.  A visit with the OB/GYN is a gateway to prime the much-needed conversation: How is your sex life?  Lack of intimacy in your relationship and issues regarding sexual well-being are challenging to reveal on the examination table while in […]

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Balancing Act: Staying Healthy as an Active Woman

For many women today, it’s hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone take care of your health. Whether you’re working in the office or in the home, raising your children or caring for elderly parents — it’s a balancing act just to get through the day. Yet taking care of yourself and staying in balance mentally and physically is central to meeting all the demands of your family and career. “Women today have so many areas of life to attend to, it’s important that they set aside […]

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Mother-Daughter Conflict

Presumably, the most enduring relationship most women have is with their mothers. Researchers suggest that daughters form an attachment bond with their mothers during infancy and rarely discontinue their relationship irrespective of the bond. Working as a healthcare provider for geriatric clients, specifically aging mothers, I often notice mothers request their daughter over their sons for emotional support. Research conducted on mother-daughter dyads who were chronically subject to conflict revealed that despite experiencing negative emotion and resentment, daughters seldom end their relationship with their mothers. One could be curious […]

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7 Ways to Protect Your Skin from Aging

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on beauty products to prevent their skin from aging. Yet keeping your skin youthful takes much more than applying a moisturizer. Knowing your skin type, eating the right diet, and daily cleansing are essential for fresh and young-looking skin. Protect yourself from the sun In our world of ozone holes and 30+ sunscreens, many people have come to think of the sun as an enemy to the skin. Yet the sun, besides being the source of energy for mind and body, also […]

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Top Tips for Balancing Fiery Emotions An interview with Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D.

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy — except when those fiery Pitta emotions flare up as a result of too much heat. Fortunately, Ayurveda offers easy, natural remedies to keep you cool as a cucumber this summer. In the interview below, we delve into the topic with top integrative physician and Ayurvedic expert, Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D. Dr. Lonsdorf was named “one of the nation’s most prominent Ayurvedic doctors” by The Chicago Tribune. vpk: Could you explain why, from the perspective of Ayurveda, we might tend to feel more irritable or short-tempered […]

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The Imago Center of Washington DC Announces Three New Women’s Groups

Hayley Hoffman; a Counselor Therapist at our partner organization, The Imago Center of Washington DC, will be leading three new Women’s Groups beginning this fall. Women in The Second Chapter of Life Women who identify as any or all of the following may be interested in a psychodynamic group therapy experience: 20-something to 40-something, curious about how you got here and who you are in this moment of your life, willing to explore the emotions, behaviors and patterns that keep you stuck, prepared to peel back “layers of the onion” […]

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