Please Leave Your Vagina Alone

Usually I can easily ignore the rambling of “Nature’s Children” like Shailene Woodley, Gwyneth Paltrow and the like. But after GOOP/Paltrow’s tip about steaming your vagina, well, I steamed all right. From my ears.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

In which fashion is tone deaf not once, but twice. Read More Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Feline Kidney Disease

Feline kidney disease is common in elderly cats, yet I’d never heard of it until I had elderly cats (elderly is often defined as 10  to 12 years and older). In January 2014, my beloved Alegria died of kidney disease at age 18. And now my sweet Sarafina has just been diagnosed. She’s ten.

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The Five Stages of a Hot Yoga Class

I’ve started attending a yoga studio not too far from my house, and I kind of love it for several reasons. The first and biggest reason is the fact that all their classes are $5. All of them. Since it’s so cheap to take a class, the studio tends to draw a wide array of people from experienced yogis to newbies like me. That’s the second reason I love it. The studio has a greater diversity than most yoga studios I’ve gone to, and though the class types are limited, I have declared undying loyalty to this place. Read More The Five Stages of a Hot Yoga Class

Pros and Cons of a Stomach Flu

Stomach viruses are tricky. 1. They’re gross and no one wants the details. People give you sympathetic looks but really they’re just thinking, “oh god, that’s disgusting and I don’t want this to happen to me.” 2. They always sound like a convenient excuse to get out of something. Birthday party for your cousin? Can’t go, I have food poisoning because I don’t want to hear about how great she is because she’s in law school. Read More Pros and Cons of a Stomach Flu

Lunchtime Poll: Breakfast Anyone?

There are many, many people in my life that have taken up the same cause when it comes to my health: getting me to eat breakfast. I’m the type of person who gives myself 15 minutes to get ready for work, and breakfast doesn’t quite fit in that time frame. Occasionally I’ll grab some fruit, or a yogurt, or something quick and simple. An omelet never fits into the equation. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Breakfast Anyone?

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: May Is the Cruelest Month

It turns out that “¦ danger and noise ““ the perception of danger ““ causes these animals’ heart rates to plummet ““ particularly the juveniles ““ and that really super-slow heart rate keeps them still, and that’s probably protective. It’s an anti-predation response. “¦ It turns out that animals and humans are equipped not with two, but three responses . . . fight, flee, faint.

– from What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, on National Public Radio, April 22, 2013. Read More Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: May Is the Cruelest Month

Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More

The World Health Organization approved a nonsurgical circumcision device for adult males, which involves a rubber band. The New York Times explains that “For a heterosexual man in countries where AIDS is common, being circumcised lowers the chance of getting infected by about 60 percent.” For more about circumcision and HIV risk, click here. Read More Good News: Circumcision, Cease-Fires, City Transit, and More