Olivia Newton-John talks new foundation and shares advice to women fighting breast cancer

Olivia Newton-John continually uses her platform to advocate for cancer research and now she is taking it a step further with the launch of her new foundation.

The four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and actress, who is currently battling breast cancer for the third time, launched the Olivia Newton-John Foundation this month to fund research for treatments and therapies to cure cancer.

The star was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 and again in 2013. She revealed in 2018 that the disease returned and metastasized to her spine.

In a recent interview with “Good Morning America,” the actress, 72, revealed she is “feeling really good” and spoke about what led her to launch this new charity.

“I feel really positive and very excited about bringing this foundation and a lot of knowledge to people, and funding research to find out lots of answers — to find kinder treatments for cancer,” she shared.

“The inspiration has been a long one because I’ve been on this cancer journey for 28 years,” she added. “I’m a thriver of three times going through this process.”

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Having gone through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, she said she now is interested in funding treatments that aren’t as taxing to the body. “I’ve always thought, ‘Gosh, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could create kinder therapies that help boost the body’s immune system instead of knocking us down?'” she said.

PHOTO: Olivia Newton-John is photographed at her California home. (ONJ Foundation)PHOTO: Olivia Newton-John is photographed at her California home. (ONJ Foundation)
PHOTO: Olivia Newton-John is photographed at her California home. (ONJ Foundation)

Newton-John is an outspoken advocate for plant medicine and says that’s largely due to the influence of her husband, John Easterling. She affectionately calls him “Amazon John” because he spent several years in the Amazon rain forest learning about this type of medicine.

“I’m very lucky that I have him in my corner, and teaching me about the plants and the herbs,” she said. “He grows cannabis for me and I take tinctures that have helped me greatly.”

Ongoing efforts are being made to research what role cannabis may play in the future. “While some like Newton-John find relief of cancer-related pain and nausea from cannabis, it has not clinically proven to be the best choice,” according to health expert Dr. Imran Ali, a contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit.

Newton-John says she believes there is a significant lack of progress in research for these treatments.

“There are lots of ideas on how we can help people with cancer and treat cancer, but there’s been no real science behind the studies,” she explained. “So the idea is to raise money to fund the research on the other kinds of things that are kinder, including a lot of plant medicine.”

Newton-John is dedicating the foundation to all forms of cancer treatments — not just breast cancer research — because she dreams of one day “realizing a world beyond cancer.”

“That’s everything that drives me forward,” she said. “To think that we could help people to

Sheryl Sandberg’s advice to ‘lean in’ isn’t helping Australian women

  • “Leaning in,” the message popularized by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg meaning to show confidence at work, doesn’t guarantee a payoff for Australian women, according to labor economist Leonora Risse.
  • Risse used “achievement motivation” — a test that measures hope for success and fear of failure — to examine the relationship between confidence and job promotion.
  • She found that bold, charismatic, and confident men are more likely to be promoted than women who share the same qualities and characteristics.
  • Risse says the “fixation on fixing women” over company culture can be detrimental for effective, anti-discrimination initiatives. 
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“Just be more confident, be more ambitious, be more like a man.”

These are the words of advice given over and over to women in a bid to close the career and earnings gaps between women and men.

From self-help books to confidence coaching, the message to “lean in” and show confidence in the workplace is pervasive, propelled by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg through her worldwide Lean In movement:

Women are hindered by barriers that exist within ourselves. We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.

The efforts are well intended, because women are persistently underrepresented in senior and leadership positions.

But where is the proof they work?

Repeated advice needn’t be right

As a labour economist, and a recipient of such advice throughout my own career, I wanted to find out.

So I used Australian survey data to investigate the link between confidence and job promotion for both men and women. The results have just been published in the Australian Journal of Labour Economics.

The nationally-representative Household, Income, and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey includes a measure of a person’s confidence to take on a challenge.

The measure is called achievement motivation.

It is made up of hope for success which we measure by asking people how much they agree with statements such as

  • When confronted by a difficult problem, I prefer to start on it straight away
  • I like situations where I can find out how capable I am
  • I am attracted to tasks that allow me to test my abilities

And it is made up of fear of failure which is measured by a person’s agreement with statements such as

  • I start feeling anxious if I do not understand a problem immediately
  • In difficult situations where a lot depends on me, I am afraid of failing
  • I feel uneasy about undertaking a task if I am unsure of succeeding

More than 7,500 workers provided answers to these questions in the 2013 HILDA survey.

Confidence matters, with a catch

Using a statistical technique called Oaxaca-Blinder decomposition I investigated the link between their answers and whether or not they experienced a promotion in the following year.

After controlling for a range of factors, including the job opportunities on offer, I discovered higher hope for success was

New Partnership Builds Bridges Between Women And Financial Advice

Finding the right financial advisor can be a difficult task, and for women it may be even more daunting.

A new partnership between HerMoney, a  digital media company focused on improving women’s relationships with money, and Wealthramp, a financial advisor referral service, aims to change that.

Since Sept. 15 when the partnership was launched, Wealthramp has gotten 240 new users, 98% of whom are women, according to Wealthramp’s founder, Pam Krueger, who also co-hosts MoneyTrack on PBS.

Providing sound financial advice to women—especially when they are young—can be an important building block in helping them to create a strong financial future for themselves. The education piece, however, is sorely lacking in many cases and can lead to serious issues later on. HerMoney, which helps women take charge of their financial lives, wanted to offer its readers another way to bring their finances to the next level—through the help of a well-matched, fee-only financial advisor or planner.

“The question I am asked most often by women is: ‘Where can I find the right advisor for me?’ It’s often clear that they want me — like they would want a friend — to give them a personalized recommendation, which of course is not always possible,” Jean Chatzky, chief executive of HerMoney.com, said in a press release announcing the collaboration. “Our partnership with Wealthramp, though, paves the way to give them a recommendation that I feel I can stand behind,” she said.

Finding a suitable financial advisor can indeed be challenging. Although there are plenty of brokers and advisors out there, it can hard for people to vet them. Sure, they can check resources such as BrokerCheck, a free tool offered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., to research the background and experience of financial brokers, advisors, and firms. Or they can look at the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website for information about firms registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

But people may not know about these and other publicly available resources, and they may not know how to find an advisor in the first place or determine how suitable a match the person is. Specifically with respect to women, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recently delved into how women over age 70 are thinking about retirement. In a few focus groups, women pointed out the challenges associated with finding a trustworthy financial advisor or knowing the right questions to ask.

That’s where Wealthramp can help. Users complete a short online questionnaire and receive vetted advisor matches based on their answers. Individuals must then initiate contact with the advisor on their own or through Wealthramp. “We want the ball to be in the user’s court,” Krueger says.

There are about 250 fee-only advisors on the platform, all interviewed and vetted by Krueger, based on strict criteria. The advisors range from small solo practitioners to small family offices, she says. Most firms are RIAs that have a

Dating Advice for Women Over 40

It’s safe to say that when you’re over 40, the dating game changes significantly. You aren’t imagining it. In fact, the challenges of dating for women over 40 are so specific that getting good advice is critical to finding love with less heartache, pain, and confusion. (Fact: over one-third of Americans over 40 are single, and more than 25 million of them are women.)

As a part of the over 40 category of daters, the same dating advice that works for 20 somethings is not always the same advice that you’re seeking. Here’s why:

  • As a woman over 40, your main focus is not necessarily getting married and having babies. You may have already been married, you may already have babies, or perhaps neither is true; but either one could be a non-issue.
  • The dating game has changed significantly since you dated in your twenties. Sexting. Texting. Internet dating. Speed dating. Even matchmaking. All are viable alternatives in the 21st century. If you don’t know how to use these tools or have a belief that only “losers” would use them, you may be sabotaging your success dramatically.
  • You aren’t sure who to date when you’re in your 40s. Is it appropriate to date men in their 30s? What about feeling like you aren’t attracted to men in their sixties, the exact men who may be pursuing you the most online? Is it a must to find someone who’s your age exactly and can recite lines from Gilligan’s Island right alongside you?
  • What are your relationship goals? Are you looking to get married? Do you want to have kids? Are you simply looking for a serious relationship with Mr. Boyfriend Material?

Whatever your concerns, here are the keys to our advice for women over 40 in three short but sweet tips!

1. Use your dating experience in an appropriate way.

Whether you recently went through a messy divorce or have had several long-term relationships and are ready for a relationship, you probably have some (if not a great deal) of dating experience. As a dater who is over 40, you want to make sure you don’t “leak” any of this energy or knowledge, negative or otherwise, into new relationships you find yourself in.

It’s fine to remember things you’ve learned in past relationships, but it might be a good idea to check with a dating coach to ensure you’re taking the right stuff with you! Avoiding making assumptions like “It happened before and therefore must happen again” can impact all your dating if you aren’t armed with a clean slate before you jump into the dating pool.

2. Get yourself out there.

Have your friends been encouraging you to join that online dating site? Well, guess what? One out of every four people who are in a committed relationship or married met their significant others on an online dating site.

Remember that there are tons of good relationship-ready men who’re going to be interested in you, but you need to meet …

Fashion Tips & Advice to Improve Your Lifestyle

It will typically describe our attitudes, interests and is a big part of our personal identities. In the media the term lifestyle is used a huge number of ways. From health to financial it has a varied meaning throughout many areas of our lives.

In the media the term was actually introduced in the 1950's and at the time it was used to describe a certain style or art. Since its introduction we now all use the word to determine where we are in society and the lifestyle we choose to follow will ultimately lead us on our own separate and varied paths.

We are all looking for ways to improve our lives and we are constantly given tips and advice on how we may get healthier or how we can improve our fashion or style. With all of the different places offering advice, it can be confusing and conflicting. Some people may turn to magazines or friends and others will look for online information via blogs.

Looking to improve your lifestyle in any form can be a big decision and for a lot of people it will come down to wanting to change they way they look or eat. Choosing a healthier way of life has become a top priority for most people as we all seek out the best place for advice and to teach ourselves the skills we need to achieve our health goals.

Looking online at blogs for fashion advice and tips is often a great starting place, we have the chance to find out about a range of different subjects, often covered by extremely passionate people. For example if you decide you want to get fitter, you will be able to go online and find out about the best exercise plan for you, all of which will eventually help you improve your health and fitness levels.

Fashion is another place we often look to when we want to enhance our lifestyle. Clothes have the innate ability to make us feel special, confident and unique or individual. Many of us do not take the time to think about buying clothes that suit our personalities and finding inspiration and advice from an expert can be a liberating experience.

When you are able to walk down the street and feel confident and happy in what you are wearing, it can have a hugely positive effect and essentially has the power to enhance your lifestyle. Confidence will allow you to make other decisions in your life that may have seemed unachievable before. Even something as simple as treating yourself to that new jumper can make you feel better and happier within yourself.

The expression 'fashion is passion' is very true for so many people and we are all spoilt for choice in finding clothes and shoes we want to wear. Fashion has the power to connect friends, join communities together and make us all feel happier and comfortable about who we are and how we express ourselves.

Fashion really …

Wedding Planning Advice

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Short attire often have mini trains or tiny elaborations at the back to take the place of a traditional wedding gown train. The music is about two folks from fully opposite backgrounds finding love in essentially the most unexpected of circumstances. Focusing on how you want the wedding to feel for you, your partner, and your friends.

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The weddings ends with particular ending track and furrows and tears on the bride’s and her household’s faces. It ought to go …