Depression: a future pharmacist’s thoughts on treatment

As a concurrent pharmacy student and supporter of holistic healthcare (the two don’t go together very well if it surprises you!), I find myself stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to talking about diagnosing and treating depression. One in six Americans are currently taking an antidepressant, and over 40% have taken one in their lifetime. Some say this is a clinical miracle because it’s a result of a decrease in the stigma surrounding mental illness so more people are willing to be seen for their symptoms. Breaking down stigma is great, of course, but in a country with so much opportunity and abundance, why are we so unhappy? And how effective are our current treatment options? Continue reading

Debunking myths that made me go vegan

You’ve probably heard plenty in the last two years, particularly, about veganism and its benefits for health, animals, and the environment. A significant portion of the U.S. population – over 7 million people according to recent estimates – identifies as vegetarian or vegan. The arguments are damning, I know. I started learning about vegetarianism in summer of 2016 and quickly switched over to ~99% plant-based for about 9 months. I first made the change for my health and the environment after being swayed by Netflix documentaries like Cowspiracy and Forks Over Knives. They were certainly eye-opening, but since then, I’ve found more research and theories about why veganism isn’t the best choice for protesting animal cruelty and global warming. The opposite of factory farming isn’t opting out completely, but supporting its counterpart. I preface this article by making it clear I respect all choices, and understand that veganism is tied into some religions, even. I’m setting out to debunk the myths that influenced my decision to eat plant-based in case anyone else out there is conflicted for the same reasons I was. Continue reading

Autoimmune Disease

Health agencies and doctors have done their jobs as far as making us aware of the biggest killers in America like smoking, cancer, and heart disease, but most people know next to nothing about another condition that at least 50 million Americans struggle with. Any guesses? Continue reading

The Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D is one of the few nutrients that has gotten its deserved attention in mainstream health media and conventional medicine. What we commonly call the “sunshine vitamin” is so crucial to your health that it’s added into foods that don’t normally contain it to prevent deficiencies, anywhere from dairy AND almond milk to breakfast cereals, margarine, and orange juice. People don’t generally get rickets anymore from D-deficiency, but it’s estimated that ¾ of American adults and adolescents aren’t getting the amount needed to support immune function, utilize calcium, or control inflammation. What are we missing? Continue reading

New Year, Same Me, Same You

Turning over into the New Year can be a tricky time for those of us working on our health and happiness. Most people drop their resolutions within the first month, so the whole idea of setting goals can be intimidating. What’s the best way to think about new year resolutions? Should you even bother? Continue reading

Intuitive Eating: Intro + 7 Steps

A relatively new term for a millennia-spanning concept, intuitive eating can be described as a philosophy regarding nutrition that uses the body’s natural hunger and fullness cues and cravings to guide a person’s food choices. If you’re thinking Ha! If I did that I’d eat nothing but pasta and cake all day… I encourage you to read on and keep an open mind while I tell you a bit about the thing that has made me the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been. Continue reading

Toxicity + Personal Care Products

I had already taken several steps in changing the way I treated my body by the time I stumbled across the importance of what we put on the outside of our bodies. As it turns out, it should have been much higher on my priority list. If you’re concerned about preservatives, dyes, and chemicals in the food you put in your body, you must be concerned about what you put on your skin. Here’s why.

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Vanilla Coconut Bites

Energy bites are probably my favorite trendy health/fitness foodie item. I make them differently every week so I have something nutritious, filling, and delicious to pack for long days on campus. These ones are mildly sweet and filled with tons of healthy fats and protein. In addition, they don’t require any super weird or hard-to-find ingredients! Most people can probably find most of them in their pantry already.

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Oh, So Organic

Organic is a term that is often misunderstood, or arguably, not understood at all by most people. There was a point in time when I didn’t know what the word meant beyond my assumption that if it was organic, it was healthy. But I had no idea why. Are you equally confused as I once was? This post will break it down for you; what does “organic” mean, and how does the wording imply the differences in products?

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