Indie Soul Book Review: Before It’s Too Late- Shelia Overton,MD with Treacy Colbert
So you have seen the title of the book, Before It’s Too Late and you see that a Doctor is the author, Dr. Sheila Overton and you are wondering, what is this about? Here is your answer: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Pregnancy and STD Prevention. NOW, plenty of you are rolling your eyes and saying to yourself, ‘Well kids should not be having sex’ or ‘God said that no one should be having sex until they are married!’ There is nothing wrong with either of those statements. The truth of the matter is, realistically, Pre-Teens and Teens are having sex. There are many teens who come from homes where the parents just do not discuss sex. Even if you come from a religious background that does not mean that you can’t talk to your children or family members about sex. Think back to when you were young and be honest with yourself, how old were you when you or people you knew, were having sexual intercourse? Do you remember the feelings, desires, and emotions you were going through? How about that person in middle school or high school who had a child? It is no different today than it was for us growing up. The one thing that sets this generation of teens and the generations from the past: INTENSE PEER PRESSURE—NOT just from the people they associate with, but from the entertainment presented by the media.
Let’s take a look at some sample lyrics of songs that kids are listening to:
Kelly Rowland ft Lil Wayne – “Motivation”:
“Oh lover, don’t you dare slow down
Go longer, you can last more rounds
Push harder, your almost there now
So go lover, make my mother proud
And when were done, I don’t wanna feel my legs
And when were done, I just wanna feel youre hands all over my body”
Lil Wayne- “Lollipop”:
I make her feel right when it’s wrong like lying
Man, she ain’t never had a love like mine
And man I ain’t never seen an ass like hers
And that pussy in my mouth had me loss for words
Told her back it up like erp erp
And I made that ass jump like jerk, jerk
And that’s when she lick me like a lollipop (oh yeah I like that)
Nicki Minaj- “Drop It Down Low”:
Something in you makes me wanna drop it down low
I don’t know bout you but I am losing control
As long as you teach me everything you know
I say we give these motherf-ckers a show
This is just a sample, to give you an idea what is being fed to these teens today. Not to mention shows like “Basketball Wives”, countless UNCENSORED videos on YouTube and so forth. Yes, members of the media SHOULD be more responsible BUT at the end of the day, Parents/Family, Mentors, it is on US, to talk them about sex. Just a few years ago parents, teachers, and police officers, were in shock when teenagers were using Jelly Bracelets, (see: www.urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_jelly_bracelets.htm ),to identify the kind of sexual acts that they would participate doing. Not to mention the Internet is used to lure teens to meeting and having sex. So whether you are religious or not; even if you THINK you know it all when it comes to SEX and what is happening in your child’s life, the book Before It’s Too Late, is to be used as an information guide or reference guide with what you as a parent, is or should be, already talking to your children about.
So what is the book about? Dr. Overton offers a fresh perspective and medical expertise in this thoughtful, comprehensive guide. With medically accurate facts, interactive tools, positive tips, and specific advice, Before It’s Too Late teaches parents about:
- Trends in teen sexual behavior
- Teen pregnancy – individual and societal impact, prevention strategies
- STDs among teens – how to stop the epidemic
- Teens and abstinence – key issues
- Birth control and teens – best methods
- Communicating with kids about sex – being approachable
Before It’s Too Late lowers parents’ anxiety and strengthens their confidence in their ability to teach their kids about sex, teen pregnancy and STD prevention, and to guide them toward healthy, responsible, and values-based decision making.
So who are Dr. Shelia Overton and Treacy Colbert? Dr. Shelia Overton is board certified OB/GYN in practice for over 24 years and is a passionate advocate for teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Through seminars and her practice, she has helped hundreds of parents and teens transform the way they think and talk about sex, teen pregnancy and STD prevention. Her message has also reached health care professionals, educators, and students, radio audiences in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as TV viewers in Honolulu. Dr. Shelia Overton received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Creighton University in 1979, her medical degree from UCLA in 1983, and completed her OB/GYN training at George Washington University Hospital in 1987. Dr. Shelia Overton is in private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Treacy Colbert has written about health care for more than two decades. Co-author of The Power of Perimenopause, Treacy Colbert has also contributed chapters to several books, and has written for multiple consumer and technical publications including Health, Los Angeles Times, and Clinical Advisor, as well as health websites. Treacy Colbert is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Wisconsin. Ms. Colbert served as Vice President of California Health Decisions where she oversaw quality improvement initiatives.
For more on the book, Before It’s Too Late, please visit www.droverton.org.