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March 8, 2024
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Strong, Healthy, Empowered: Welcome to SHE MD

In the very first episode of SHE MD, we introduce our passionate hosts, Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi and Mary Alice Haney. Dr. Aliabadi recounts her journey from war-torn Iran to the United States as a teenager, and reflects on the challenges she faced in building her medical practice. Overcoming adversity, she emerged as a globally recognized physician, serving as the official gynecologist for various royal families and numerous celebrities.

Mary Alice shares her multifaceted background as a fashion designer, celebrity stylist, and women's advocate. She discusses her personal journey, highlighting how a commitment to educating and empowering women has become her driving force.

Together, Dr. Aliabadi and Mary Alice delve into the vision behind SHE MD, and break down the essential elements necessary to take charge of your own health. Dr. Aliabadi bravely opens up about her own battle with breast cancer, shedding light on her determination to support and uplift women after facing dismissal and disbelief from her own doctors.

Join us every week for inspiring stories, expert insights, and fascinating discussions. Here's to a future where every woman is strong, healthy, and empowered. Let's make it happen, together.

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Welcome Episode Takeaways

  1. Gender Stereotypes: There has always been a biased belief that women are more emotionally sensitive and have a lower tolerance for pain. This bias affects how some healthcare providers view women's symptoms, often leading doctors not to take women’s symptoms as seriously as they should. This "gender bias" in medicine can cause delays in getting the correct diagnosis and treatment, especially when compared to how men's symptoms are handled. It's essential to be aware of these biases to ensure that everyone, regardless of gender, gets the proper attention and care for their health concerns.
  2. Lack of Research on Women's Health: Historically, medical research has been skewed toward men, resulting in a gap in understanding women's unique health conditions and symptoms.
  3. Communication Challenges: Many times, women face difficulties expressing their symptoms, and not all doctors make listening a top priority. It's important to recognize that women might feel shy about discussing private matters, especially with male doctors. This can result in misunderstandings about what they're going through. Let's tackle these communication challenges together to ensure everyone's concerns are heard and understood in the healthcare journey.
  4. Diagnostic Oversights: Sometimes, medical conditions that primarily impact women or show up differently in women aren't recognized as well as they should be. This can lead to mistakes in diagnosis and even getting dismissed. SHE MD aims to shed light on these conditions, ensuring you have the information you need to navigate your health journey effectively.
  5. Empowerment through Education: Becoming your own health advocate is powerful. That means getting educated about your specific health conditions. When you understand what's going on, you can speak up, ask the right questions, and be an active part of decisions about your health.

Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge to take charge of your well-being so you can confidently navigate the healthcare journey. Let's dive in and make sure your concerns are heard and addressed.

Welcome to the SHE MD Podcast.