Time-Starved Women In High-Powered Careers – Footnote No. 1 In Gary S. Smolker’s Mentor’s Journal

Updated, May 4, 2014

Dear Friend,

Anxiety is the most common mental disorder in America.

Anxiety affects approximately forty million adults.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

The World Health Organization has estimated that by the year 2020, depression will become the second largest cause of suffering in the world – next only to heart disease.

In the United Kingdom stress has emerged in recent years as the top cause of illness across the nation; prescriptions for antidepressants have gone up 495 percent since 1991.

In Europe from 1995 to 2009, the use of antidepressants went up nearly 20 percent per year.

In the United States more than 22 million people are using illegal drugs, more that twelve million are using prescription painkillers without a medical reason, and almost nine million need prescription sleep aids to go to sleep.

Thank you for forwarding “health alert” memos and articles on how to live a healthy life to me.

Providing information on how to live a healthier/healthy life is a GIANT business

No-one, myself included, can keep up with all the medical information spewing forth.

In “The Cleveland Clinic Way”, Toby Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, reports, “Medical knowledge today is vast – approximately 1,500 medical articles appear EACH DAY in about 4,000 journals.  Individual physicians can master only a small portion of a patient’s care.”

Several “time starved” women have recently complained to me that they have literally been driven to drink, sleep deprivation and depression by the highly stressful pressure imposed on them by one or more men they are “forced” to deal with in their “business lives.”

In one case unhealthful stress producing pressures came from a male ‘business colleague’ forcing a woman he works with to mix social activities with business activities.

In that case  (a) a male business colleague insisted that a woman he works with go out and have a drink with him; (b) he insisted that this woman ‘business colleague’ have breakfast “meetings” with champagne at breakfast with him; (c) he also insisted that she have lunch with him with a martini at lunch and (d) that she go out to dinner with him and have wine with him at dinner.

In that particular case the woman did not want to go out to eat with this male and/or to drink alcohol and believes that such “meetings” were a waste of her time.

She finally refused to have any further meetings with that man.

I want my daughters, my women friends and the world at large to know they are paying costs to their physical and mental well-being when they experience emotional stressors that make them unable to sleep and/or which cause them to become depressed and that those health costs are unsustainable.

In “Strive” (published in 2014), Arianna Huffington tells us:

  • Women in highly stressful jobs have a nearly 40 percent increased risk of heart disease and heart attacks compared with their less-stressed colleagues, and a 60 percent greater risk for type 2 diabetes (a link that does not exist for men, by the way).
  • Women who have heart attacks are always twice as likely as men to die within a year of the attack, and women in high-stress jobs are more likely to become alcoholics than women in low-stress jobs.
  • Stress and pressure from high-powered careers can also be a factor in the resurgence of eating disorders in women ages thirty-five to sixty.
  • Stress leads to higher instances of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. 
  • Sixty to ninety percent of doctor visits in the United States are to treat stress-related conditions.

In “Wheat Belly” William Davis, M.D. advises us:

  • The personal and societal costs of developing diabetes are substantial.
  • On average, one person with diabetes incurs $180,000 to $250,000 in direct and indirect health carte costs if diagnosed at age fifty and dies eight years earlier than someone without diabetes.

In “The Cleveland Clinic Way”  Toby Cosgrove, M.D. observes that:

  • “Almost a hundred years ago, the founders of group practices were struck by the complexity of modern medicine and the consequent need for collaboration across specialties.  
  • “Cleveland Clinic founder Dr, George Crile observed that a modern-day doctor is no more able to undertake intricate patient problems alone than to build a car alone.
  • “When patients get sick, they typically have to visit numerous specialists to get proper treatment.
  • “One study found that between 2000 and 2002, the typical Medicare beneficiary with a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease saw up to 16 physicians in the course of a year, not to mention pharmacists, imaging technicians, and other specialists.”
I am sharing this note about the costs of stressful business activities reported by Arianna Huffington in her newest book (Thrive”), reported by Toby Cosgrove M.D. in his book “The Cleaver Clinic Way”  and reported by William Davis M.D. in his book “Wheat Belly” with women I am closest to in my life.
By the way, in (“Grain Brain”) David Perlmutter, M.D. reports:

  • Anxiety is the most common mental disorder in America.  Anxiety affects approximately forty million adults.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • The World Health Organization has estimated that by the year 2020, depression will become the second largest cause of suffering in the world – next only to heart disease.

It is common sense that one must get enough sleep and manage emotional stress, anxiety, and worry in their lives, i.e. by expelling nerve-racking [literally] ingredients from their lives.

But, that is easier said than done.

Thank you again for sending me a copy of an article on how doing the right type of yoga is good for your health.


About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com. I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail GSmolker@aol.com.

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