Why it’s Time to Sit Like a Man (S.L.A.M.)

If you find yourself rubbing a knee or hip it may not be that you pushed a bit too hard during your last workout or that another birthday is approaching, According to orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Barbara Bergin, it could be the “lady-like” way that you’re sitting.

image from Texas Orthopedics, Sport and Rehabilitation Associates

You likely learned from your mother to sit with your knees and legs together or with your ankles and legs crossed. This isn’t a normal way to sit but rather learned behavior that reportedly appeared as skirt lengths started rising above the ankle and kept going. Not simply an act of modesty, leg-crossing is also a necessity when wearing that special short skirt.

Dr. Bergin experienced her own knee cap discomfort in her early 30s and changed her exercise routine to reduce swelling and strengthen the supporting muscles. Later she counseled other women on healthy body mechanics as she increased her awareness of how men and women move differently, including sitting and standing. Slowly her observations and suggestions to resolve women’s aches and pains evolved into Dr. Bergin’s Sit Like a Man (S.L.A.M.) initiative.

The basics of S.L.A.M. are to imagine that you are surrounded by a clock with 12 directly in front of you and 6 directly behind you. When possible, sit with your left knee so it points at 11 on the clock and your right knee so it points at 1 – and use this orientation when you stand up. Note that this separation of your knees isn’t the same as manspreading where your knees are taking up so much space that no one can sit next to you.

Dr. Bergin’s advice is to S.L.A.M. “when you have pants on, when your legs are under a table or behind a desk, when you’re at home with those who do not care, or might prefer it. I believe you can S.L.A.M. 90% of the time.”

Changes to Period Products Taxes

Women have been paying a “pink tax” for years without seeing it explicitly printed on their sales receipts. Simply put, the pink tax refers to the premium price that women pay for many products that are marketed to women when compared to comparable, generic products.

Women are also impacted by high taxes applied to period products – as if they were some kind of luxury product – but that’s beginning to change, both in the United States and around the World.

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Fast Facts About BIA-ALCL

This article is not intended to offer medical advice but to provide an overview of BIA-ALCL. I urge readers to refer to the FDA BIA-ALCL Q&A website for more detailed information and to seek medical advice if you have received a breast implant and are experiencing the symptoms of BIA-ALCL.

As the name indicates, breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is a kind of cancer that appears to be associated with certain breast implants. Following are some fast facts about BIA-ALCL.

  • BIA-ALCL is a condition that is associated with breast implants, specifically, “near the breast implant, contained within the fibrous scar capsule, and not in the breast tissue itself” (see image below)
  • As of August 2019, FDA had requested that Allergan Voluntarily Recall Natrelle BIOCELL Textured Breast Implants and Tissue Expanders
  • BIA-ACLC is not breast cancer but “a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (cancer of the immune system)”
  • The risk of BIA-ALCL is “considered to be low; however, this cancer is serious and can lead to death, especially if not treated promptly”
  • “The main symptoms of BIA-ALCL are persistent swelling, presence of a mass or pain in the area of the breast implant. These symptoms may occur well after the surgical incision has healed, often years after implant placement.”
  • As of October 2019 FDA was not recommending removal of the implants and tissue expanders, however, you should see your physician if you have received a breast implant and are experiencing any of the symptoms noted above so you can get appropriate and early care as required.

Best wishes for your health and wellness,




Hite Health Solutions is Selected as an NCIdea SEED Grant Finalist

We are pleased to announce that Hite Health Solutions was selected as a top 10 finalist in the NCIdea SEED Grant program. This is the second stage of the Grant process leading to awards of $50,000, the semi-finalist round was announced on 30 September 2019, and the finalists will be presenting to grant judges on 8 November 2019.

An award of a SEED grant will enable Hite Health Solutions to expedite the commercialization of our novel feminine hygiene device, the Duett™ tampon. To follow our progress, sign up on the top right-hand side of our Info page.

Women Advance in Space – and in an Open Space

You’ve no doubt seen the recent news about the first all-female spacewalk. Astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir spent seven hours and 17 minutes outside of the International Space Station tasked with replacing a power controller.

This event was remarkable considering that “women were not admitted into the astronaut program until 1978, and an American woman did not fly into space until Sally Ride did so in 1983”. In the following year astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space. Some see this new milestone as helping to establish a path for the first women to visit the moon and then to travel to Mars.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, another acknowledgement of women’s contribution is on its way in Central Park – a monument commemorating Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth.

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National Period Day, October 19th

The mission of PERIOD.org is to end period poverty and period stigma through service, education and advocacy. Founded in 2014 by two 16-year-old high school students PERIOD has addressed over 700,000 periods through product distribution and registered over 400 campus chapters in all 50 US states and in over 30 countries.

According to PERIOD, October 19th is the world’s first National Period Day and you can be part of this event.

PERIOD is working to hold rallies in all 50 US states on the 19th to raise awareness of their mission. Click on your state at Period.org to learn more, sign up on Period.org for news updates, and explore what else you can do to get involved and make a difference.

The High Cost of Compassion

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), about 62% of the 113,394 veterinarians in the United States are women. About 60% of these women physicians are in private practice, many serving companions such as dogs, cats and other animals in the home environment. The significant impact of these women is a testimonial not only to their medical skills but also their compassion. There is, however, a steep price that’s being paid by this group of dedicated health professionals – high rates of suicide.

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Hite Health Chosen as an NC Idea Grant Semi-Finalist

NC IDEA FOUNDATION has selected Hite Health Solutions as one of 23 statewide semi-finalists – out of 182 competitive applications – for their Fall 2019 SEED Grant Cycle.

NC IDEA is a private foundation committed to supporting entrepreneurial ambition and economic advancement in North Carolina. According to Thom Ruhe, President and CEO of NC IDEA, “We had a difficult task in narrowing down the competitive field of demographically and geographically diverse applicants, but look forward to learning more about the group moving forward in the next phase of the process.”

Click here to see all 23 semi-finalists.

The “Pink Tax”: What You Need to Know

If you’re a woman, then you’ve been paying the pink tax for years without seeing it explicitly printed on your sales receipt. Simply put, the pink tax refers to the premium price that women pay for many products that are marketed to women when compared to comparable, generic products.

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Women Patent Holders on the Rise – But Still a Minority

How many of the following women can you identify?

  • Hannah Wilkinson Slater
  • Hazel Irwin
  • Mary Dixon Kies

According to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), these women were among only seventy-two women who were granted patents between 1790 and 1859 while fellow male inventors racked up over thirty-two thousand patents. The USPTO reports a rise in the number of patents awarded to women but notes that “the percentage of all patent inventors that are women, or the annual ‘women inventor rate,’ reached only 12% in 2016.”

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