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10 Shocking Reasons Why We Need Women’s Wellness Now

“What is good for women is good for everyone.” –Yogi Bhajan

Growing up there was little to no education of my body and the cycles it would go through as I stepped into puberty, womanhood, and beyond. I was raised in a home and culture where the main topics discussed were dieting, butts, and boob jobs.  

After 10 years of research and raising three daughters, I realize that a woman’s body and spirit need a lot of specific attention and care to function in harmony. I have applied this wellness research to my own life and can honestly testify that this is why I am still living today. This research and awareness is the foundation of the Women’s Wellness Movement.

Women’s Wellness is a fusion of HEALTH, WISDOM, and EMPOWERMENT!

I see many women’s empowerment teachers, women’s health professionals, and natural healing services in the field offering very valuable information. We need all of these aspects of wellness fused together to create optimal living and make a profound impact on our lives and future generations. It is time to create harmony and true wellness within and without!

Below you will find 10 shocking reasons and facts why this form of empowerment and healing is necessary at this time.

Some of the topics below may be sensitive to some so please read with this awareness. These topics may seem like individual struggles but I believe them to be a part of a greater disorder happening for and against women. My intention to share these tender subjects is to bring awareness to the realities of these difficult topics in order to truly understand, prevent, and heal.  These topics will be addressed in greater detail in blog posts and interviews with research to support healing and wellness.

Why Women’s Wellness

1. Women are depressed and anxious.
– One out of four women are on pharmaceutical medication for mental health disorders.[1]

2. There is a bullying crisis among adolescent girls.
– One of every four girls in middle school and high school are bullied.[2]

3. There is an obesity + eating disorder crisis.
– 60% of women are obese or overweight.[3]
– Four out of five African American women are obese or overweight.[4]
– One in five women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating.[5]
– 90% of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25.[6]

4. There is a distressing birth and postpartum epidemic.
– Between 25 and 34 percent of women report that their births were traumatic.[7]
– Traumatic birth is related to increased likelihood of childhood learning disorders.[8]
– According to the CDC there is a 32.2% cesarean birth rate[9] compared to the 10-15% of what the WHO says is ideal and medically necessary.[10]
– Baby blues affects up to 80 percent of mothers while severe postpartum depression occurs in 15 percent of births.[11]
– The United States has one of the highest infant mortality rates for a developed nation.[12], [13]

5. Women have hardly any good resources for miscarriage recovery and support.
– 10%-15% of all clinically confirmed pregnancies result in a spontaneous abortion or early miscarriage.[14]
– Women often do not announce their pregnancy until 12 weeks to be sure the pregnancy is viable. While this is understandable women often are alone in their grieving process of miscarriage. “This sense of loss plus the societal taboos surrounding death and the non status of either an unborn or a dead infant results in a couple mourning the loss of their pregnancy in silence and isolation”[15]

6. Women have been oppressed + violated.
– There has been a war on women. It has been expressed through sexual abuse, domestic violence, wage gap and much, much more.
– In the United States, an estimated 19.3% of women (or >23 million women) have been raped during their lifetimes[16]
– An estimated 43.9% of women have experienced other forms of sexual violence during their lifetimes[17]
– 1 in 5 women (22.3%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime[18]
– Women’s median earnings are $10,800 less per year than men’s.[19]

7. Women and children of certain races are not given adequate care and are violently mistreated and abused.
– US Black infant mortality continues to be twice that of Whites, and the excess may partially result from racism.[20]
– In a recent study black females were four times more likely than white females to be murdered by a boy- friend or girlfriend.[21]

8. Breast Cancer is Widespread.
– 12.4 percent of women born in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.[22] This number varies by race and class.

9. Current birth control options are toxic for the body.
– Studies are now linking negative effects of birth control on women’s bodies. Oral contraceptives have been classified as carcinogenic.[23]
– Just look on the back of the package or the Planned Parenthood website. Blood clots, heart attack, liver disease, breast cancer, high blood pressure[24] … NO THANKS!

10. There are preventative measures for many of the dis-eases that affect reproductive health.
Sadly, the current diet and lifestyle of a majority of American women is the cause of many physical and mental health issues. “About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity.”[25]

All of these health and wellness crisis presented above are an indicator that something has been very out of balance.

So why do I share all of this with you??

Women can heal the world.

In the words of the Dalai Lama himself, “The world will be saved by the western woman.” Women are the child bearers with a deep understanding of life and respect for it. We are the tenders and nurturers by nature. Because of this, we need our women healthy! It is time for women to be leaders and come together for the benefit of the earth and all of her inhabitants. We can reclaim our power!!

Women need to know how to care for our bodies, our daughters, our friends, and our grandmothers to ensure optimal living and health. We need to understand our phases and cycles and how to nurture each other and ourselves through them all. Women in situations of violence and oppression need support and safety.  We need the wisdom of our ancestors and the support of our sisters.  We need to understand our POWER and our innate feminine wisdom and remind our young girls of it. More than ever we need it NOW. We need women to know health and be in their power. We need to live fully while we are alive. As women are restored in their HEALTH, WISDOM, and EMPOWERMENT the world will know peace.

Join me in this restoration of Women’s Wellness to create a beautiful harmonious collective of women of all stages and faces in their lives.

Let us come together and consciously heal and reawaken in our empowerment. Through the Women’s Wellness Movement you will learn the most valuable, researched, and time tested wisdom tools to apply to your life for preventative healing, vitality, and empowerment. Thank you for staying tuned. We are honored to share with you and serve you for the betterment of all humanity.

Where women’s health, wisdom, and empowerment merge. Women’s Wellness Movement is an online community and sanctuary featuring articles and leading-edge content by various authors, doctors, and specialists in the field of women's health, spirituality, and empowerment.

As Love,

Allie Ma
Founder of Women’s Wellness Movement

Allie Ma (Allison Marie Lomax) is a mentor and scholar in the field of women’s health and empowerment. She has studied women’s wellness for over a decade and works with top professionals in the field, bringing together modern research and time tested wisdom. She is passionate about women living healthfully and empowered for the benefit of all of creation.

* Medical Disclaimer The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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[2] “Bullying.” Bullying. GirlsHealth.Gov, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017. <https://www.girlshealth.gov/bullying/>.

[3] “EPublications.” Overweight, Obesity, and Weight Loss Fact Sheet. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017. <https://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/overweight-weight-loss.html>.

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[5] The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness. “Eating Disorders Statistics.” 1 in 5 Women Struggle with an Eating Disorder or Disordered Eating. (n.d.): n. pag. Ndsu.edu. Web. <https://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/counseling/Eating_Disorder_Statistics.pdf>.

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