The Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference began thirteen years ago as a gathering of women who met to immerse themselves in the study of herbal medicine and the Wise Woman tradition of Earth-based healing. The annual event takes place in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and features classes in herbal medicines, holistic healing, women health and wellness.
Thousands of postmenopausal women stopped taking hormone replacement drugs after a federally sponsored study found they were unsafe. However, epidemiologist Gerardo Heiss and his colleagues found that effects of the drugs were still present in women years later, and there is a lingering risk of breast cancer.
A number of participants in the N.C. Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) do not continue after the first year. Reasons for discontinuing assistance include mothers with low education levels and income, and low birthweight babies.
Dr. Constance Battle is an OB-GYN with a practice in North Raleigh. Battle built her own practice and sees 8,000 patients and delivers up to 30 babies a month. Many women seek Battle out because she is one of a few female OB-GYNs. Oftentimes, many women want female caregivers and Battle is happy to take care of them. Battle’s practice and her patients are described.
Citing a recent report that shows N.C. women to be at greater risk of health problems compared to the national average, Summers calls for greater access to health care, better lifestyle choices, and preventive as well as curative care.