Against All Odds: Black Women in Medicine

Crystal Emery's newest project showcases Black women doctors and shines a light on the need for more of us in that field. Read more about why I loved being in the room for this book signing in this sponsored post. Photo credit: Meredith Hurston, 2015 ...more

Are You Considering Taking Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella-The Black Boxed Pills? Think Again!

Yaz and Yasmin, as well as their generic version Ocella are amongst the most widely used brands of oral contraceptives in the country. They consist of two types of hormones; a synthetic estrogen called ethinyl estradiol and a progestin called drospirenone. However, the use of these birth control pills has been linked with serious side effects including DVT, PE, Blood Clots, Heart Attack, Stroke, Pulmonary Embolism, and Deep Vein Thrombosis....more

Natural Remedies for Common Ailments

Increasingly, people have been choosing to merge both Eastern and Western medicine practices in order to best treat their chronic ailments.  With the pharmaceutical industry bigger than ever--they raked in a whopping $711.4 billion in 2012--people are becoming more dependent on treating their medical conditions with prescription drugs....more

Gluten Free Medications, What is Really Safe?

It started this past Sunday night, I was so incredibly thirsty that it could only mean one thing - I was coming down with a cold. Sure enough, I woke up Monday morning very congested and with a slight sore throat. Luckily this cold hasn't progressed to be too unbearable, but I would love to be able to smell and taste again real soon. I decided to run to the store during my lunch break to find something to alleviate some of my symptoms and grabbed a box of Alka Seltzer Plus, since I've heard it works well. I got back to my computer and decided to look it up online to make sure it was really gluten-free, despite the ingredients not listing anything sketchy. Boy am I glad I did, the company states on its website (mind you nowhere on its packaging):"We do not add any gluten to our products. However, we cannot guarantee that they are 100% gluten free as this product is produced in a facility that manufactures or packages other items which may contain gluten"...more
lazyglutenfree I agree re: "one stop shop" and GFRD. They are a great group all around! And ...more