Thermography Promotes Breast Health at Any Age

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Thermography Advantage is educating women on the role thermograms can play in preventative breast health. While mammograms use x-rays to capture images of the structure of the breast, thermography uses infrared sensors to detect changes in the function and physiology of the breast.

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“People who get mammograms often think they don’t need a thermogram, but thermograms can catch functional changes that mammograms cannot detect,” says Thermography Advantage owner and certified Thermographer Carolyn Olson. For example, inflammation, a precursor to cancer, is detectable by thermography and not mammography.

Thermography can also offer a head start on preventative care because it is effective for patients younger than the age recommended for mammograms. “Many women under 45 aren’t thinking about screenings and they’re thinking they’re safe from cancer. But it’s not that they’re safe from cancer, it’s that mammograms don’t work for women in that age group yet, often because their breasts are denser,” Olson explains. Because thermography is not affected by breast density (which can be a trait of older women as well), Olson recommends that everyone older than 20 have an annual thermogram.

Thermography Advantage is based in Mobile with locations across the Gulf Coast. For more information on any location, call 251-623-2225 or visit ThermographyAdvantage.com

Women Gather to Empower Their Authentic Voice

Women of all ages, faiths and spiritual practices will welcome the sacred feminine at the annual Grandmothers Gathering, from March 22 to 25, at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, Alabama. This year’s theme, Be Brave, Be Strong, Be You: Claiming Your Authentic Voice, will explore the authentic woman. “She’s me, she’s you, she’s every woman who desires to enter the realm of reawakening to their greatest truths, embraced by the sacred feminine,” says organizer Carolyn Garbett.

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The gathering offers an opportunity to meet and connect with other women for inspiration and guidance—sharing laughter, tears and more. From the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony, participants will open their hearts and minds, receiving points of light into their lives so they can see themselves and the world differently.

A schedule of workshops, meditation, music and healing arts is organized around meals and free time. Each day, small circle groups are facilitated to foster meaningful discussion in a safe and empowering setting. Other highlights include a giveaway ceremony for the practice of detachment and a Croning ceremony to joyfully honor those who have reached the age of 70.

The Gulf Coast Grandmothers gather yearly to embody unconditional acceptance and fulfill the ancient prophecy: “When the grandmothers speak, the Earth will heal.”

Cost: $340-$415 registration fee includes three nights’ lodging and all meals. For more information, call Carolyn Garbett at 251-945-1295, email MsParis98@gmail.com or visit GulfCoastGrandmothers.com.