Taking Control of Your Body

Many organizations address the intersection between women’s health and the environment. These resources can help you become more informed, practice prevention and lead a low-impact lifestyle.

Organizations for Empowerment

Learn about reproductive health and safe pregnancy from the Saving Women’s Lives Initiative at www.savingwomenslives.org. To get the straight facts on current health issues, browse through reports and studies released by the Silent Spring Institute (www.silentspring.org), call the National Women’s Health Information Center at (800)994-WOMAN or browse through the National Women’s Health Network at www.nwhn.org. For fact sheets on how to actively prevent breast cancer, visit the Breast Cancer Fund at www.breastcancer fund.org or Breast Cancer Action at www.bcaction.org. Also see the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (www.safecosmetics.org), which identifies harmful chemicals in beauty products. For women of color battling cancer, the National Cancer Institute provides links to resources for Hispanic, African-American, Asian Pacific and Native American women (www.cancercontrol.cancer.gov/womenofcolor).

Oils and Supplements

Safe, all-natural supplements formulated specifically for women can be found in health food supermarkets. Evening primrose oil, a traditional Native American remedy, has been praised for its effectiveness in dealing with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) discomfort, anxiety and mood swings. Lignan flax oil, high in omega-3 fatty acids, is recommended for fatigue, depression or skin disorders, and as prevention against breast cancer. Rainbow Light carries vitamin, mineral and food-based formulas for prenatal support, bone strength and hormonal balance (available at www.rainbowlight.com). Read about traditional healing wisdom in a 300-page guide entitled Herbal Healing for Women: Simple Home Remedies for Women of All Ages by Rosemary Gladstar and Anna Vojtec (Fireside Books, 1993).