Suburban Outlaw: Women’s Health and Well-Being Through Integrative Medicine

Read Full Article in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Getting fit takes a change in mindset.

I’ve got 30 days left in the 90-day Midtown Transformation Challenge, and it has me thinking about changes I’ve made that will stick. Like, I’m not using my health club as a reading room to catch up on my magazines — I’m using it to actually exercise.

…I was interested to learn about an upcoming event presented by Rochester General Hospital and the Monroe County Medical Society. On March 22, they’ll present the 7th annual Jeffrey K. Harris, MD, Memorial Integrative Health Care conference. The conference is not only open to practitioners seeking continuing education but also to the general public. It’s one of the only integrative medicine conferences in the country to be offered by a medical society.

This year, for the first time, the conference will focus on women’s health and well-being. Dr. Lesley James, who practices integrative medicine in Pittsford, is chair of the event and has assembled world-famous practitioners to speak, including holistic gynecologist Dr. Wendy Warner (a favorite of Dr. Oz) and Dr. Aviva Romm, a medical doctor who is also an herbalist.

Dr. James says women have often been the healers in their communities, so it’s no surprise that women have driven the growth of integrative medicine.

And she says, yes, sometimes small changes can make a huge difference in wellness. For example, she says adding a short deep-breathing exercise each day can have a profound effect on blood pressure and anxiety.

The conference also includes many local organizations, including the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and the Weston A. Price Foundation, which focusses on nutrition and our food supply. (Chapter leader Laura Villanti, a friend, has been trying to get me to eat better since I’ve known her.)

Download a brochure and find out more about the Conference.

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