One of the most common complaints from people about trying botanical medicines is that synthetic meds are stronger. People looking for relief are afraid they’ll take an herb or supplement and not immediately feel something, to be able to know that the medicine is working. Internet “skeptics” and medical providers alike say that pharmaceutical medications…… Continue reading

Sometimes it seems like depression is everywhere. But for how common it is, it’s still not all that well-understood. Maybe it’s because different people can experience it in vastly different ways, making there no one stereotype that fits everyone. What we do know is that our friends, family members, and maybe even ourselves experience mood…… Continue reading

Menstrual cups like the Diva Cup and Moon cup are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to pads and tampons during the menstrual cycle. At this point, I’m too far on the inside to barely even remember that some people think this is gross. (You’re gross.) I vaguely remember once upon a time when the topic kind…… Continue reading

You won’t get far into any conversation on women’s health without getting into hormonal birth control. That’s because it has become the most popular form of birth control, with 11 million US women on the pill as of 2012. We’re told that birth control is a hard-won prize of the early feminists, and really, how…… Continue reading

Why, since I spend so much of my time talking about emotional well-being, do I inwardly cringe at the approach of things like “Mental Illness Awareness Week” and “World Mental Health Day”? Because I’m mentally preparing myself for the onslaught of societally-approved messages about human suffering, messages ranging from the ill-informed to the downright dangerous.…… Continue reading

With Memorial day weekend upon us, we’re entering into the season of cookouts. From hot dogs to macaroni salad to that weird Jell-o salad of Grandma Mary’s with who-knows-what in it, these summertime gatherings can make us feel like we’ve been teleported straight back to the days when we habitually ate macaroni out of a…… Continue reading

Social media can be great, but who couldn’t have imagined some downsides to being in constant communication with our friends and those random people who somehow ended up on our friends lists? The internet debate, for instance. Sometimes it feels like every comments section is a ticking time bomb just waiting for its chance to…… Continue reading

Note: With the exception of therapy, traditional psychiatric care isn’t typically my top recommendation for someone struggling with mental health issues. That said, I know quite a bit about various mental health professionals and their educations. Since there’s so much confusion about this, I decided to create a handy guide for anyone trying to figure…… Continue reading

There’s no denying that those of us who prefer a holistic perspective of healthcare tend to be all up into herbs. And there are all kinds of outside opinions about just why that is. Those damn hippies and their herbs, eh? But the truth is there’s more to the love of herbs than some dogmatic…… Continue reading