If you have been a recent victim of a sexual assault, in Charlottesville, and you want to report the crime to the police. You need to go to the University of Virginia Medical Center Emergency Department. DO NOT change your clothes or shower before you go. If it is already past that time, you can still report the crime to the police, but the lack of physical evidence makes prosecution more challenging—but not impossible.
If your assault has been in the past, but you are still being challenged by it you can find help through SARA–the Sexual Assault resource agency. They have support groups, up to date referrals to local therapists and a 24 hour confidential hotline: 434-977-7273.
Sexual Assault Resource Agency
If you are in an unsafe relationship and need help, SHE– Shelter for Help in Emergency can be there for you.
Shelter for Help in Emergency
Provides short term safe housing for women and their children fleeing an abusive partner. Very informative and helpful website.
Websites That May Be of Interest
Dr. Andre Weil.
A leader in Integrative health with an informative website
The Linus Pauling Institute
An excellent site from Oregon State University
Our local herb shop:The Elderberry
Herbal treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Some urinary tract infections can spread rapidly to the kidneys. When they do you generally will have some or all of these symptoms: pain in your back below your ribs, fever, blood in your urine and nausea/vomiting. Some women tend to be prone to rapidly advancing infection. If you have ever had a kidney infection or have any of the above symptoms you should seek prompt medical care.
Other women can get milder UTIs. Nuna Med is an interesting product that is an herbal tea found to be effective in bring the body back to health. It is available on-line and locally at Top Notch and Parkway Pharmacies–follow the instructions on the box. Taken with D-Mannos 1000 mg twice daily will support it’s effectiveness.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). NCCAM, as part of the NIH, maintains a free website that provides health information, research, clinical trials, training opportunities and information about complementary and alternative therapies. You can subscribe on-line for a free “CAM at the NIH” quarterly newsletter.
A wealth of important information from Michael Pollan
Local sliding scale mental healthcare for women:The Woman’s Initiative
Extensive educational site focused on young women’s health:Center for Young Women’s Health
Informational and product based site focusing on issues related to sex in midlife and after breast cancer:Middlesex MD
Dr. Susan Love: Breast cancer and menopause issues