What It’s Like to Get an IUD

Two years ago, I got an IUD and it was the best thing I ever did. Ever since, I’ve become one of those proselytizing women who want to talk to you about Diva Cups in line at Whole Foods, except in favor of a small t-shaped baby-prevention device. Have you accepted IUD into your uterus as your personal peace of mind?

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Takedown: Sue Your Doctor!

I get really upset when people don’t vaccinate their children. I get upset because there are people who can’t get vaccinated, and they are at a higher risk for horrible diseases because people make choices based on rumors and fearmongering. I get upset because my own child is at a higher risk of getting these diseases, even though she is fully vaccinated, because there are more viruses running through society. I get upset because it wasn’t terribly long ago that people were dying of polio and smallpox, and I’m afraid that our control over these things is tenuous. Read More Takedown: Sue Your Doctor!

Book Review: “How to Be Sick” by Toni Bernhard (and My Story of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

During a trip to Disney World in April 2009, I suffered a massive cold. Almost all of us did – my husband, my daughter (then five years old), my mom and myself. Only my 18-month-old son escaped with just a runny nose, but then he had his own porta-crib away from the rest of our germs. All that recirculated air, we said, before downing more Disney-priced Sudafed. Still, it was a vacation, and the adrenaline helped us power through. Soon after we were home, everyone recovered”¦

Except me.

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New Study Looks at Variation in Medicaid Spending Across States

In recent years, the narrative surrounding all manner of policy issues in American political debate has often boiled down to how much money the government is (or should) be spending on social or other programs. Nowhere has this been truer than when it comes to health care. Read More New Study Looks at Variation in Medicaid Spending Across States

What a Batch of Kombucha Can Do For You (and How to “Start” Your Own)

When I was younger, I would often hang out with some kids from the nature center where I volunteered. Being around a family of ethically sensitive hippie types in Southeastern Oklahoma was a bit like heaven for me, but I never did understand the stinky and frankly startling brew the family drank everyday. Until now! Read More What a Batch of Kombucha Can Do For You (and How to “Start” Your Own)

Badass Ladies: Louise Macintosh Slaughter

When we commemorate Women’s History Month, we often remember the famous ladies throughout history whose actions and efforts happened long before a lot of us were born. But, as Sally J. mentioned the other day, there are still a surprising amount of “firsts” left to be had, and there are a lot of women out there kicking ass and taking names, paving the way for the rest of us. Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of the best of them, Louise Macintosh Slaughter. Read More Badass Ladies: Louise Macintosh Slaughter

What’s the Deal with Health Care Repeal?

Yesterday, the House voted along party lines to repeal the Affordable Care Act (which, incidentally, is a much more informative name than “Obamacare,” whatever that is). What does that mean for the future of health care in the US? Well, not much. Read More What’s the Deal with Health Care Repeal?

Political Roundup: Broken Promises Make Me Smile

Just to be upfront about how much of a hole I’ve been living in the last two weeks or so–I was cocooned in this wonderful vacation haze where I lay in bed and literally ate truffles, venturing out only to break in my bowling arm and watch some high school basketball–in short, I did not expose myself one bit to political blogs and newspapers that would awaken Angry Meghan (SMASH!!!) and ruin an otherwise lovely break from brain-exercise. Read More Political Roundup: Broken Promises Make Me Smile