Stay Safe and Calm: Five at Home Tips for the Single Mom

 

Submitted by Annette Hazard

 

Single moms are superwomen, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be cautious. If you don’t have a man in superwomanthe house, it’s extremely important to pay attention to your surroundings. When it comes to staying safe, knowledge is power. While paying attention to your surroundings can help you look for red flags, there are several things you can do in your home that will deter vandals and peeping Toms. Here are 5 tips on how you can keep both yourself and your child safe.

Get a Watch Dog

If you’re a dog person and your child has been begging for a dog for years, now may be the time to give your child what they want. Not only will a dog become your companion, he will also protect you. Animals have inherent instincts to sense bad intent and you’ll feel much safer with a pooch.

Install a Security System

If you’re not a dog person, or you want a well-rounded security system, consider installing a home security system such as Vivint Home Security. Not only will alarms sound when sensors are triggered, new systems also give you the power to watch live feed from your security cameras so you can monitor what is taking place.   Monitored security systems will call your house immediately if an alarm is triggered to confirm that you are safe or if you are in need of emergency assistance from police, fire  or medical personnel.

Get a Door with a Peephole peephole

When you don’t have a peep hole, answering the door can put you at risk. If a home invader has been casing your home, they may have noticed there is no “man of the house”. You always tell your child not to open the door for anyone – you should do the same. By installing a peephole, you can take a peep to see who is knocking before you give a burglar the power to barge in. Peepholes are also great for children who stay home alone.

Keep Your House Well Lit

Burglars target houses that are dark and secluded. If you take the time to light up the pathway and the exterior areas of your home, you can discourage robbers and home invaders from entering your property.

Make Your Own Safe Room

You don’t necessarily need to build a steel room, but designating a safe room where everyone in the house can fit is a good idea. In the room, you should have a spare cell phone and possibly a weapon (if this is something you are comfortable with). Doing this increases your chances of walking away from a home invasion unharmed.

Make sure to build relationships with your neighbors.  Know your neighbors and be friendly enough to watch out for each other.  Be aware of what is happening in your neighborhood.  For instance, if there is a parked car in an odd place with people in it just after dark, they could possibly be waiting for lights to go out at a house that they plan to steal a car from.  Unmarked vans or people moving things out of a home on your street could be negative situations.

It may also be in your best interest to take a self-defense course so that you can protect yourself from attackers.   If you take the time to deter criminals, pay attention and gain knowledge, you’ll have the peace of mind you need.

 

Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a freelance blogger that writes about home and family. Currently she is promoting http://www.vivint.com/en/city/nm/albuquerque

Are You Struggling with Dyslexia? The Healthy Emotions Story Is For You!

 

 

 

 

 

By Susan Jane Smith B.Sc.
In October 2012, Elaine Barnes my business partner, and I were talking about our experiences as therapists (counselors). We realized that for people with dyslexia it was a difficult process when we recommended that they read self-help books to facilitate their changes. Both of us are consummate readers and it was natural for us to suggest books that could help people improve their quality of life. Clients with dyslexia either avoided trying the reading material or were forced to explain their difficulties with reading.dyslexia

Healthy Emotions Ltd. was born that day. We realized that there was a gap in the market for people struggling with emotional issues and dyslexia. Having dyslexia does not stop you from being sad, angry, stressed, depressed, in an unhappy relationship, or bereaved. The new audio website http://www.HealthyEmotions.co.uk currently displays the self-help e-books that I have written, audio books written by other authors on an Amazon widget in the Healthy Emotions Store and aids for dyslexics in another widget. Did you know that a Kindle can read to you?

Famous dyslexics Richard Branson, Henry Winkler, Kara Tointon, and Erin Brockovitch are talking on You Tube and you can find those channels easily through our website. On our You Tube channel you will see a large selection of people talking about dyslexia and all this is audio.

An early decision was that our website is available in audio so just click that button on the Home Page. We are in the process of making audio books ourselves. Our blogs are audio so do check them out weekly.

If you or someone you know are dyslexic come and visit our Forum page and tell us about your experience with dyslexia and share with other people.  There is also a Resources page if you want more information about dyslexia.  You can find out about Elaine and I through the About Us page and do Contact Us with your feedback please.

 

susan_smithSusan Jane Smith B.Sc.

Director

 www.HealthyEmotions.co.uk
an audio experience that opens horizons…
Are you dyslexic?  We’d love to hear from you about your experiences. This is an audio website and we will be creating audio material about emotional issues.  In the meantime a Kindle will read my 20 self-help e-books to you!

 

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Get Empowered by Spring Cleaning

 

 

Submitted by Nicole Sanders, Atlanta, USA

 

With the coming of warmer weather, most of us like to throw open our windows and let the fresh air blow through the house, taking away the stale air that has been trapped in our homes all winter long.  It is time to think about spring cleaning as well, a task some people find to be a burden, while others embrace it as an almost meditative act.

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Spring cleaning can be empowering as we clear out the clutter in our homes, rediscover items that have been packed away or shoved in a closest for a long time and brighten our rooms with the scent and look of fresh plants and flowers.  Opening up the blinds and curtains to let the sunshine power into the house can help us with our moods, especially after a cloudy, cold winter spent indoors.

 

People with depression can benefit and feel better just by cleaning out their rooms or their homes since they have to change their posture in order to clean their surroundings properly. Depressed people usually maintain the same posture with their head hung down over their shoulders slightly, their feet plodding along and their eyes downcast.  Cleaning requires them to look up, lift their head and look around them, which can help lift their depression. Having a sparkling clean, fresh room makes them feel better as well..

 

You can also give yourself a boost mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally by using non-toxic cleaning agents in your home.  Many people suffer from sensitivities to chemicals like ammonia and bleach.  Chlorine, which is the key component in the main ingredient in bleach, is not good for the body.

 

When chlorine gets into the body through breathing it in, skin contact, or by ingestion, it reacts with the water in our bodies to produce corrosive acids that can harm our cells. It can cause trouble with breathing, eye and skin irritations, even chest tightness. The less chlorine we use, the better.

 

Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice are some safe, non-toxic substances you can use to clean the kitchen, your bathroom, scour your pots and pans, clean or polish metals, and even for glass cleaning. Not only are they safe, they are much less expensive than chemical commercial products created for cleaning.  Search online for ways to use them to clean your home.plant

 

You can also add plants to your home as well to help create more oxygen and introduce a natural living element to your home’s decor.

 

Ultimately, the goal is to have a clean living space, as cleanliness is linked to lower stress levels and more efficiency around the home. Sometimes we don’t have enough time to clean or might be away from the house for a few days. In that case, a maid cleaning service might be helpful in alleviating any mess or help out with spring cleaning if you don’t have the time to complete a total clean-up of the house or apartment.

 

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Nicole Sanders is a proud mother of two boys who graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Communications.  She currently lives with her husband and boys in the metro Atlanta area.

 

Vitamin D Deficiency: A Silent Epidemic Among African Americans

 

 

 

Submitted by Rita Umile

 

Vitamin D has been big news in Public Health recently, as research indicates that its role in the body extends far greater than simply ensuring bone health through the prevention of such diseases as rickets, osteomalacia and osteoporosis.

Studies also suggest that achieving and maintaining an adequate Vitamin D blood serum level, as determined by a 25(OH)D blood test, is essential to the prevention and treatment of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and type 1 diabetes.  Additionally, Vitamin D appears to play a protective role in cardiovascular health, various types of cancer, autism, depression, schizophrenia, and respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis.afamer

It is no secret that the number of health conditions positively influenced by maintaining adequate levels of Vitamin D seems to increase daily.

What has been kept secret is the magnitude of Vitamin D deficiency within the African American population.

Certainly, because of our indoor lifestyles, Vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic proportions in the United States, actually worldwide, “with recent estimates indicating greater than 50% of the global population is at risk. A high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency has been found across all age groups in all populations studied in countries around the globe.”

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-deficiency/

However, it is far worse among those with darker skin pigmentation, as melanin factors greatly into Vitamin D production.

The sunlight needs for people with darker skin pigmentation, living at higher latitudes, are immense and are not being met. A lighter pigmented person standing in full sun can produce a day’s bodily requirement of Vitamin D in about 15 minutes. In stark contrast, a person with darker skin pigmentation, standing in the same spot, will need approximately 6 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D.

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-to-get-your-vitamin-d/uvb-exposure-sunlight-and-indoor-tanning/

According to reports by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans suffer greatly from chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, and obesity—all of which may be controlled or prevented with vitamin D supplementation.

Unfortunately, many African Americans do not know about the health enhancing properties of vitamin D, so their health continues to deteriorate.  Despite the alarming health situation for blacks, conventional medical practitioners do not seem to be informing African Americans that they may need to take at least 5,000 IU of vitamin D3, in supplement form, every day; and that African American children should also be given adequate amounts of vitamin D3 on a daily basis, because food and drinks do not supply adequate amounts of vitamin D.

It is truly a silent epidemic within the black community.

Dr. John Cannell, an international leader in the field of Vitamin D research, has been educating the public since 2003 on the importance of Vitamin D.  In his role as founder and Executive Director of the Vitamin D Council, Dr. Cannell has repeatedly highlighted the seriousness of Vitamin D deficiency within the African American community.

As far back as 2005, Dr. Cannell wrote specifically on the racial differences in Vitamin D status. His article is included here, as it significantly exposes the enormity of this issue. It is important to realize that 8 years have passed since Dr. Cannell first addressed this Public Health matter, yet little information on the urgency of Vitamin D deficiency has made its way into the African American population.

How many African Americans have developed preventable health conditions due to the medical community’s lack of interest in this subject? How many more will suffer needlessly?

Again, please remember that Dr. Cannell was writing in 2005; and little attempt has been made in the ensuing years to resolve this Public Health issue. This lack of progress, therefore, presents us with unique opportunity to facilitate change.

Opportunity is knocking.  How we choose to answer the call will make the difference between life and death for us, our family members, our friends and colleagues, and for our future generations.

With our involvement the silent epidemic of Vitamin D Deficiency within the African American population can be ended.

For additional information regarding Vitamin D deficiency, please visit www.vitamindcouncil.org. The Vitamin D Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, working to educate the public on vitamin D, sun exposure and health.”

Racial differences in vitamin D status

February 12, 2005 by John Cannell, MD

Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Politicians in Washington and scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a rare opportunity, one dressed in the overalls of the advocacy group promoting it and requiring real scientific work to prove (or disprove). However, it may be the scientific, medical, and civil rights opportunity of a lifetime.

Most of us know that African Americans die at a younger age than whites due to a bewildering and seemingly disconnected array of diseases. Even ailments with a lower incidence among blacks, such as breast cancer, have a higher mortality in blacks. Why? Is it all socioeconomic factors? Or is there a near universal medical condition in sunbathingthe black community that is associated with virtually all the diseases that disparately and prematurely kill black Americans? Is there a single substance with a plausible mechanism of action that could parsimoniously explain virtually all the reasons African Americans die prematurely?

In the last four years, a number of studies have documented dramatic racial differences in the blood levels of a crucially important prehormone, 25-hydroxy vitamin D. These studies, when read in the context of clinical studies of vitamin D deficiency, offer scientists and physicians a unique opportunity to examine, and perhaps erase, some of the health inequities burdened by African Americans. Opportunities like these are rare in medical science (and in politics), but government officials, private citizens and the press must first be aware of the studies.

What about you, how aware are you? How many of the following thirteen questions can you answer correctly?

1. Blacks are about ten times more likely to be vitamin D deficient than are whites.

A) true
B) false

The answer is true. Of course, it all depends on how you define vitamin D deficiency but the problem is much more severe in the black community. The reason is simple:
humans get most of their vitamin D from the sun and blacks need up to ten times longer in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as whites1, 2.

2. The incidence of vitamin D deficiency among black women of reproductive age is:

A) twice as high for blacks as whites
B) four times as high
C) ten times as high
D) twenty times as high

The answer is d, twenty times as high. Twelve percent of young black women had 25(OH)D levels below 20nm/L (8 ng/ml) while only 0.5% of whites had such levels3.

3. On the average, young white women of childbearing age have twice as much vitamin D in their blood as young black women.

A) true
B) false

The answer is true4.

4. The following diseases are:

A) associated with vitamin D deficiency.
B) more common among African Americans.
C) both.

• coronary heart disease
• hypertension
• type two diabetes
• colorectal cancer
• prostate cancer
• cervical cancer
• end stage renal disease
• metabolic syndrome
• multiple sclerosis
• rheumatoid conditions
• obesity
• periodontal disease
• rickets
• osteomalacia

The answer is both. With the exception of osteoporosis, the list of diseases associated with vitamin D deficiency and the list of diseases more common among African Americans are virtually identical. Osteoporosis, the exception that proves the rule, is a multifactorial disease whose main determinate is peak bone mass during puberty.

The law of parsimony (one explanation for multiple findings is better than multiple explanations for multiple findings) suggests the high rate of vitamin D deficiency among African Americans explains at least part of excessive disease and mortality among African Americans5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.
Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, American Public Health Association, Second Edition, 1998

5. Vitamin D deficiency in African American mothers may explain the fact that black babies are more than twice as likely as whites to have low-birth-weights.

A) true
B) false

Dr. Kathleen Fuller, of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine was the first to point out this possibility14.

6. Eighty-three percent of American children diagnosed with vitamin D deficient rickets in the last 17 years were African Americans.

A) true
B) false

Again, true15.

7. Professor John McGrath recently documented that vitamin D is crucial for brain development.

A) true
B) false

Again, the answer is true. Low maternal vitamin D caused altered brain shape, reduced expression of nerve growth factors and increased cellular proliferation in the rat fetal brain. We don’t know what role it plays in humans. African Americans are certainly as intelligent as whites but that doesn’t mean all blacks fetuses (or all white fetuses) are in optimal intrauterine environments. However, another way of asking the question is: “Does it seem reasonable that the most potent steroid hormone in the human body may be important for optimal human brain development?”16

8. Breast milk of black women often has undetectable levels of vitamin D. With adequate supplementation, breast milk can easily be transformed into a rich source of vitamin D.

A) true
B) false

True. It is now clear that the reason most breast milk is such a poor source of vitamin D is because most mothers do not have enough vitamin D in their own blood to excrete it in their breast milk. Dr. Bruce Hollis and Dr. Carol breastfeedingWagner recently solved an old and vexing medical question: Why is nature’s perfect food devoid of vitamin D? Answer: Because virtually all modern mothers are vitamin D deficient.

Hollis and Wagner found 4,000 units of cholecalciferol a day transformed vitamin D deficient lactating mothers into vitamin D replete lactating mothers whose breast milk transformed vitamin D deficient infants into vitamin D replete infants. The mothers needed 4,000 units a day, about as much vitamin D as whites get after about 5 minutes of full body summer sun exposure. Black women are much more likely to have undetectable levels of vitamin D in their breast milk than white mothers17, 18.

9. Blacks consume much less fresh milk than do whites

A) true
B) false

True, see below for discussion.

10. Under current FDA regulations, the only foods mandated to contain vitamin D are milk products.

A) true
B) false

The answer is true. Virtually all physicians know that blacks consume much less milk than whites; the most common reason given is that many blacks are lactose intolerant. The FDA delivers most of the vitamin D in supplemented food in the form of milk. I’m not saying, nor do I think, the FDA under the Bush administration continues to purposefully mandate only milk products be supplemented with vitamin D in order to hurt African Americans. I don’t know what Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or the NAACP would think.

However, the facts are upsetting and the facts are these:

  • African Americans are much more likely to be vitamin D deficient than whites
  • The only two foods the FDA mandates to contain vitamin D are milk products, (fortified nonfat dry milk and evaporated milk),
  • Virtually all the vitamin D in fortified food is delivered via milk,
  • African Americans consume little milk.

Foods which African Americans do consume in equal quantities, such as juice and cereals, may be supplemented with vitamin D but such fortification is not mandatory or widespread. Virtually all the vitamin D delivered to Americans via fortified food is delivered in fresh milk, a product that manufactures choose to fortify with vitamin D – a practice the FDA allows, but does not mandate unless the milk is advertised as vitamin D fortified milk. A recent study sponsored by the National Medical Association indicated blacks could consume more milk but choose not to do so for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, there is usually no vitamin D in yogurt or cheese, foods African Americans do consume19, 20.

11. The FDA knows that vitamin D deficiency may explain a significant part of the excesses mortality in the black community.

A) true
B) false

True. In 2003, Dr. Mona Calvo, an FDA employee, wrote, “In sharp contrast to their white counterparts, blacks have a much higher incidence and mortality of certain types of aggressive cancers and autoimmune diseases, including diabetes that cannot be attributed entirely to socioeconomic differences or disparities in health care. The strong association between vitamin D insufficiency and risk of chronic diseases should raise concern about the current mechanisms in place to prevent [vitamin D deficiency].”21

12. The FDA also knows blacks do not drink much milk and are not getting as much supplemental vitamin D as whites.

A) true
B) false

True. In 2004, Dr. Calvo warned them again, “The racial/ethnicity groups at greatest risk of vitamin D insufficiency consume less milk . . . than do their white counterparts.” Dr. Calvo went on to say, “African Americans, with the greatest physiological need for dietary sources of vitamin D, have the lowest intake from food alone and food plus supplements.”22

13. When did we discover that vitamin D deficiency is much worse among African Americans and that the FDA’s food fortification program is shortchanging African Americans?

A) over the last twenty years
B) during the last four years.

The answer is b. Virtually all the studies were published in the last four years. That leaves the NIH, the IOM, the FDA, and the Bush Administration with a unique opportunity to right a wrong and, perhaps, do some real good. Opportunities like these are rare in medicine and rarer yet in politics. It may not look like an opportunity to many. After all, isn’t theory too simple and the solution too inexpensive to possibly be true? Mason Cooley once said, “Opportunity knocks, but doesn’t always answer to its name.”

(February 12, 2005 by John Cannell, MD, www.vitamindcouncil.org)

 

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  Author Rita Umile

Mom’s Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake

 

 

Submitted by Eva Oliver, Texas USA

 

1 Box Betty Crocker chocolate mix

1 tsp vanilla flavor

1 tsp butter flavor

1/4 cup crisco oil

1 stick of butter, softened at room temperature

1 8oz pack of cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup sifted all purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

granulated 1/2 cup milk, your choice excluding buttermilk or condensed can milk

 

Mix cake mix, flour, sugar.

Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until when you stick a tooth pick in the center it comes out clean, it’s done then.

Melts in your mouth, you don’t have to chew it if you don’t want to!!

Vitamin D- Nutrition Series by Caroline Devine

 
Submitted by Carolyn Devin of Serenity of Body and Mind, CT, USA
The fourth in a series of talks about the importance of vitamins.

 

Hello everyone! This is the fourth part of my vitamin blog series and today I will be talking about Vitamin D.  Vitamin D is also called the sunshine vitamin but it isn’t actually a “vitamin” at all.  It is actually more accurately described as hormone-like.  When the skin is exposed to adequate UV light it can synthesize vitamin D from a type of cholesterol in the skin.  Many, many people in the United States, especially in the northern states, are deficient in this vitamin.

The best natural food sources of vitamin D are fatty fish such as sardines and salmon.  Cod liver oil was very popular in the 1930s as a supplement because of its high vitamin D content.  Two tablespoons of cod liver oil provide 680% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin D.  Three ounces of tuna provides about 50% and three ounces of salmon is about 150%.  Milk provides the bulk of the United States recommended amount as it is heavily fortified with vitamin D which helps with the processing of calcium.

For Connecticut people to get vitamin D from the sun we would need to be in the sun, unprotected (meaning without any sunblock), for 20 minutes, 4-5 times per week, and it would have to be between the months of March and October.  The rest of the year the sun is not strong enough to produce the vitamin D in the skin so we should be supplementing.  The problem is that many people don’t go in the sun in the summer or are entirely covered in sunblock.  Now I don’t recommend that people should be out in the sun for hours at a time with no sun protection but for a little while every other day will definitely be a health benefit.  And get tested for deficiency by your doctor so you’ll know what your vitamin D status is.

The function of vitamin D in the body is very similar to hormonal regulation.  Vitamin D regulates the body’s concentration of calcium and phosphorus which is extremely important for bone health and maintaining the pH of the blood.  In this society there is a lot of emphasis on calcium and bones but without vitamin D, calcium doesn’t really work as it should.  Calcium and vitamin D go hand in hand which is why milk is a good food for vitamin D fortification.

Vitamin D has also been found to be important in immune functions and cellular metabolism.  Adequate levels of vitamin D can help prevent infection and there are studies that show vitamin D can actually decrease the likelihood of certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis, hypertension, and possibly certain cancers.

Severe vitamin D deficiency in children causes rickets.  When children are growing and developing, calcium and phosphorus are very important to the mineralization of the bones.  When vitamin D levels are low the body cannot regulate the calcium and phosphorus which causes the bones to be weak and brittle.  A common trait of children with rickets is bowed legs, deformed pelvises, and enlarged heads.  Vitamin D deficiency in adults is called osteomalacia and is translated to “soft bones”.  This results in fractures of the hips, spine, and other bones.  This is not the same as osteoporosis as it has more to do with mal-absorption of vitamin D and calcium whereas osteoporosis is actual loss of bone mass.

Vitamin D toxicity can occur with too much supplementation.  It cannot occur with too much sun exposure as the body will self-regulate the amount of vitamin D it will produce.  Excess vitamin D can cause increased calcium in the blood which leads to calcium deposits in the kidneys, heart, and lungs.  Other symptoms are nausea, weakness, joint pain, and disorientation.  In early stages this can be treatable but continued excess supplementation can be fatal.

Thank you for reading my blog and stay tuned for next week’s information on Vitamin E.  Have a great week!

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The Latina’s Bible by Sandra Guzman

 

We’re just sharing a wonderful book by Ms. Sandra Guzmán.  – Tomaca

 

My name is Sandra Guzmán, and I am an EMMY award winning journalist and author, former newspaper editor new_latinas_bible_bookand editor in chief of Latina magazine. I am also a proud first generation Latina trying to use my access to the publishing world to write works that inspire and lift Latina sisters and women of color.

 

The original critically acclaimed self-help book, The Latina’s Bible, was published in 2002 by Random House and it touched the lives of thousands of women across the nation.  It has been described as a gem. A reviewer said of the original, that “this is a book for all Latinas living in the U.S. Guzmán writes with much sisterly love and respect, pointing out ways Hispanic women can meld the best of Latin culture with feminist-based U.S. values. She fosters a self-reliant, take-charge attitude in her readers, while encouraging healthy relationships and communication with family.”

 

It’s a book geared toward US Hispanic women. Think Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Dolores Huerta, Eva Mendes, America Ferrara, your tías, hermanas and primas.  You. Me.

 

We speak English, and sometimes, dream in Español. We are a combination of two worlds that sometimes don’t coexist so easily. Sometimes we can’t be Mexican, Dominican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Colombian, Ecuadorian, {insert Latin American national origin here} enough. Other times, we are too gringa! Only a Latina who has to balance the tradition of her Latino family while trying to be a modern woman in the gringo world can truly appreciate these lives.

 

My book has become a staple for young Latinas and is one of those rare books that combine good advice, hard-earned wisdom, and valuable mirroring. There are too few solid resources for Latinas that reflect our own experiences and that give voice to our challenges.

 

The New Latina’s Bible will be published by Seal Press, a boutique publishing house on the West Coast that publishes books by and for women. The new version has fourteen chapters that cover the gamut in our lives — from health, to sexuality, from love to family, from spirituality to career. The truth  is that Latinas view the world through a unique cultural prism and heal from a unique cultural perspective. Yet very little is published for the millions of American women who identify as Latinas. This book is one small attempt to have a conversation with them, and with each other.

 

In general, books for women of color are sparse. Women in their teens and twenties face that critical time in their lives when deep impacts can be made–both positive and negative.

 

It’s my hope that The New Latina’s Bible will continue to find it’s way into the hands of Latinas, those who are proud of their heritage and those who feel like they’ve been living relatively invisible lives; those who know about their tradition and customs and those for whom these birthrights have been nearly erased.
Sandra Guzman
Sandra Guzman

 

My new publisher has described this book as a treasure. We are hoping you will help to increase its visibility and recognition by spreading the word, buying it for yourself, a friend, and a cousin…

 

The truth is that few books in the market target the millions of US Latinas, women like you.  And the other truth is we heal differently.  We are new women, a rare beautiful breed who deserve self-help books that understand our uniqueness.

 

 

Want more info ladies and to buy the book?  Visit http://www.sandraguzman.com/