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,




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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Women’s Equality Day & Best Friends

As Summer comes to a close and we look forward to the Fall, two notable events share the same celebratory day, August 26th.

Women’s Equality Day

According to the National Women’s History Alliance (NWHA), “At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973,  the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as ‘Women’s Equality Day.’ The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote… The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.”

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