Six years ago my daughter and I became vegans. Even with all the food sensitivities she had at that time because of the chronic illnesses she was suffering from she had thrived on the diet and, as animal lovers, we were both relieved to not eat any animals or animal products anymore and wished that … More Why Not Vegetables Instead of Turkey?
I’m glad to say that my daughter has experienced some progress in her condition this fall so she hasn’t needed my help quite as much as usual. Instead, beginning on September 4th, much of my time was involved with small, striped, non-stop eating machines: Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Years ago I collected milkweed seeds from the … More Once a Caregiver, Always a Caregiver
“Women’s health became synonymous with reproduction: breasts, ovaries, uterus, pregnancy. It’s this term we now refer to as “bikini medicine.” And this stayed this way until about the 1980s, when this concept was challenged by the medical community and by the public health policymakers when they realized that by excluding women from all medical research … More Why medicine often has dangerous side effects for women
I’ve written before that I started writing my book as an outlet for my frustrations after dealing with doctors’ hurtful attitudes for too many years. On the drive home following yet one more upsetting appointment I remember telling my daughter that we needed to find a doctor who had experienced chronic illness firsthand, because then … More Empathy