Cancer Teaches Many Lessons to Those Who are Ready to Learn Them.

Cancer Teaches Many Lessons to Those Who are Ready to Learn Them.

When I was in my 40s, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I healed it in one month without chemo, surgery, or radiation. But that’s because I knew where it had come from, why it was there, and what it was there to teach me. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning.

When I was 10 years old, I was sexually abused by the vice principal in my elementary school. I tried to tell teachers and my parents, but he had told me it was my fault, that I was “bad.” I thought maybe he was right, so my attempts at telling adults what was going on were feeble at best. I was afraid I would get into more trouble. Plus, I didn’t have words like “sexual abuse” or “molestation” in my vocabulary. I just felt unsafe and like I wanted to die. (more…)

How to Prevent Headaches and Migraines

How to Prevent Headaches and Migraines

June is National Headache and Migraine Awareness Month

Headaches and migraines are the cause of the loss of vitality for people around the world in every minute of every day. The sad truth is they are not necessary. There are a number of possible root causes for migraines and headaches and finding your root cause is essential for prevention. Naturally, that’s what we want—prevention, which is much better than stopping a headache once it’s started. However, there are ways to do that too. (more…)

Use Your Past to Propel You Forward!

Use Your Past to Propel You Forward!

I believe we all have special gifts. We are here to fulfill our purpose, and regardless of where we come from,  we can accomplish great things in our lives.

I remember being asked to do a seminar for the Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week many years ago called, “Smart Women Finish Rich.”  When I got up to speak, I looked out at 170 women known as the “Unbanked” (meaning they did not have a bank account), and I  wondered, How in the world will I ever reach these women?

From my introduction, they knew I was a successful financial advisor living on a lake in the suburbs.  How could they relate to me, or me to them?

It was then that I decided to tell my personal story for the first time.  I had never publicly shared this story, because I was embarrassed of it.  I looked around the conference center and saw my co-workers and the prominent attorney who invited me to speak in the back of the room.  I was scared to death, but I stepped through my fear shared this story …

My parents very poor when I was born. My father decided to reenlist in the Army to make ends meet. When I was just 6 years old, my father died in an accident, leaving my mother with three children under six. She was just 32.

Although my mother had used the military insurance to pay cash for a house, plus she received some income from the military and Social Security, she wanted a man to take care of her and her three children.

She found one at our church, but he was a monster. After nine years of living hell, she ended up homeless with breast cancer. You would think that I would have learned from that experience, but we often go back to the familiar. Guess what?  I ended up marrying my own monster.

Thank God, I was very strong, and through a series of synchronistic events, I was able to get out of that marriage within a year. It was a very challenging experience, but a good lesson that would help prepare me for my life’s purpose.

So how did I get from where I was then to where I am today?

At 20 years of age, I found a book called, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. I learned that “thoughts are things, that I could create any life I could imagine if I just had a vision, didn’t lose focus, and did whatever it took to succeed.”

Next, I found a mentor. I took classes, stepped out of my comfort zone again and again. Becoming a Certified Financial Advisor was a game-changer for me. I also met my husband of 30 years, we had children and together and created an amazing life. It wasn’t always easy. We made mistakes, but we learned from those mistakes. They were our greatest teachers.

What I know today is that everything that happened to me was perfect. I have no regrets.

Embrace your roots, your experiences, your lessons, and use them to propel you forward. And most of all, do whatever it takes to get smart about money so you can make a difference and live a life you love.

You may have to get uncomfortable, but with the right information and support, you can do it too! Get that support from our Smart Women Community! Take advantage of our experts interviews at Smart Women Talk Radio, explore our blogs and free resources, and schedule time to take my free course, Unlock Your Financial Power. Behind every successful woman is a tribe of successful women who have her back. That’s Smart Women’s Empowerment. Sign up today!


Katana Abbott, CFP® practitioner, is a Wealth Coach™, host of the Smart Women Talk Radio™, founder of the Smart Women Companies with over 1 million subscribers globally, inspirational speaker and author of several books.

She began her financial planning career in 1987 and became a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner. In 2003, Katana created Smart Women’s Coaching® to offer financial coaching and educational workshops for women in transition who are dealing with caregiving, death of a loved one, divorce, retirement or looking to create or grow a business.  She founded Smart Women’s Empowerment in 2008 to bring free financial empowerment resources and programs to women around the world through her team of Contributing Experts. To learn more about Katana Abbott visit

‘Disobedience’ dares to challenge taboos

‘Disobedience’ dares to challenge taboos

“Disobedience” (2018). Cast: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Bernice Stegers, Allan Corduner, Nicholas Woodeson, Liza Sadovy. Director: Sebastián Lelio. Screenplay: Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Book: Naomi Alderman, Disobedience. Web site. Trailer.

Getting what we want from life, especially in an area as critical as romance, may push us to our limits. We may find ourselves saddled with constraints that push back against us, thwarting our efforts and keeping us from fulfilling our objectives. But these conditions are often wholly arbitrary, capable of being overcome with the right degrees of determination and self-reliance, themes explored in the new romantic drama, “Disobedience.” (more…)

Healthy Nutrition for Hormones and the Brain

Healthy Nutrition for Hormones and the Brain

What does your nutrition have to do with your hormones and brains?  The answer is “A LOT.”  Here is a three step plan which will make a huge change in your hormone and brain function. 

First of all, eat fats—lots of them. We have been sold a low-fat diet for health for the past 40 years but this is not healthy for your hormones or your brain.  Two-thirds of the weight of your brain is fats. You need plenty of fats in your diet to keep your brain working well. You also need plenty of fats to keep your hormones working well.  You only need to look at long distance runners and ballerinas who suffer from lack of menstrual periods to know that body fat and dietary fat are connected to healthy hormone function.

We have especially been told that saturated fats are dangerous and the cause of cardiac disease. This has been proven to be false, but there still is resistance to eating fat. We have also been told that eating cholesterol is bad for your health. Guess what? Cholesterol is the starter chemical for all of your steroid hormones. See the chart below:

Cholesterol is the start of all of your important steroid hormones—pregnenolone, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and estradiol (the most important estrogen). If you skimp on the eggs and grass fed beef because you’re afraid of saturated fats, you will not be able to make adequate amounts of hormones.

Other important saturated fats are coconut oil and MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil which are both great for brain function. Avocados, olive oil, and fatty fish like wild salmon should be staples in your diet.

The second step is to increase vegetables to 6-9 servings per day. The fiber in these vegetables feed your healthy microbiome (healthy bacteria in your intestine). This is essential for the healthy production and safe metabolism of hormones.

The third step is to ditch the sugar and refined carbs like bread and pasta made from wheat, and even gluten free products which are made of highly refined non-wheat flour. These products cause inflammation and adversely affect brain and hormone health. Sugar and refined carbs interfere with human growth hormone through the release of high amounts of insulin which interferes with growth hormone’s healing actions. High amounts of sugar also cause cortisol levels to increase which diverts from pregnenolone, estrogen, testosterone and progesterone production.

Diet is key to healthy hormone and brain function. It is also key to Alzheimer’s prevention. Click the title link to obtain a copy of my book, Boost Your Hormones, Boost Your Brain: Five Key Steps to Improve Your Memory and Prevent Alzheimer’s.


Dr. Susan Sklar is a nationally recognized Harvard trained physician and a fierce health detective who believes that you can age gracefully and feel great while doing so. She believes that that hormonal and other biochemical deficiencies cause humans to age and decline in ways that are not necessary or inevitable. She utilizes the cutting edge science of functional medicine to support the body to heal itself through the restoration of hormones, proper nutrition, lifestyle and appropriate supplementation.

After more than 25 years of experience as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist Dr. Sklar started the Sklar Center in 2007 as a response to the unmet needs of men and women who are looking for answers to the questions of how to feel good in midlife and maintain optimum health long term.

She is certified in the Bredesen Protocol for slowing and reversing cognitive decline.  Dr. Bredesen’s protocol is the most well known approach for successfully tackling the problem of dementia.

She sees private patients at her center in Long Beach, California. To learn more about Dr. Sklar, visit

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