My C-Section

I barely slept the night before October 25, 2013. I had so many thoughts going through my head. I was feeling too many emotions. My husband and I stayed up and talk about the coming day well into the morning hours. He joked and played Hair’s “Final Countdown”. We were so excited to meet our baby girl. We checked into the hospital at about 6:00 a.m. We were a half hour earlier than they had…

"My C-Section"

3 Running Mistakes Beginners Make

Running is one of the best fitness activities all around. It is affordable, simple to do, and it’s great to get or stay in shape. There are, however, a few mistakes that most, if not all, new runners make. And sadly, they become the reason most people quit running after a few days or weeks. Running Too Fast, Too Soon Running too fast, too soon is a sure-fire recipe for disaster. And the reason is…

"3 Running Mistakes Beginners Make"

My Two Cents’ Worth of Depression

Why should you have to explain to anybody what it’s like to deal with depression? How do you even begin to describe the anguish and humbling emotions that torment you during an episode? It’s a double-edged sword. On one hand you would like people to know how your feeling during the day, and on the other hand you don’t want to hear their condescending remarks, like, “Everyone goes through the same kind of feelings and…

"My Two Cents’ Worth of Depression"

A Guide to Allergies

What is an Allergy? Allergy, derived from the Greek work ‘allos’, meaning ‘other’ and ‘ergon’ meaning ‘reaction’ or ‘reactivity’, an allergy or Type 1 hypersensitivity is an immune malfunction. The body reacts immunologically to nonimmunogenic substances known as ‘allergens’. Type 1 hypersensitivity is characterized by excessive activation of mast celss by immunoglobulin E resulting in a systemic inflammatory response with common symptoms such as a runny nose to life threatening anaphylactic shock and even death.…

"A Guide to Allergies"

If You Can Read This, You’re Dyslexic

Michael knew he had no chance with Garrison, nor with any boy in his year. Oh, the pitfalls of joining the Hitler Youth! They knew it was a terrible way to begin a story, but they needed the money, and apparently there was a market for homoerotic stories set in WWII Germany. Anyway, they began like that, determined never to erase the contents unless serious grammatical mistakes began to appear. Ben had decided that he…

"If You Can Read This, You’re Dyslexic"

Ectopic Pregnancies: The Pain and Treatment

One of the most tragic events foran expectant mother – aside from miscarriage – is the discovery that hers is an ectopic pregnancy. Although many women don’t know what this means, they soon discover that it is a very serious condition that may threaten her life. There isn’t much that can be done for an ectopic pregnancy, but quick action is necessary to avoid damage to the mother or the inability to have subsequent normal…

"Ectopic Pregnancies: The Pain and Treatment"

The Truth About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a term used to describe a family of more than 100 viruses, some of which cause warts and are physically transmitted. In fact, thirty of the one hundred viruses can be transmitted through person-to-person contact, particularly sexual contact. HPV is not a disease to be taken lightly, as it can be easily spread and can cause long-term damage to its hosts. Some HPVs come and go over the course of several…

"The Truth About Human Papillomavirus (HPV)"

The Facts About Congestive Heart Failure

Contrary to popular belief, congestive heart failure is not the same thing as cardiac arrest or a heart attack. Congestive heart failure, or simply heart failure, is a condition in which the heart loses its ability to pump blood efficiently. In cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating. Congestive heart failure almost always happens over a long period of time, and is a result of chronic heart problems. The condition is often limited to one side…

"The Facts About Congestive Heart Failure"

Identifying and Treating Hives

Hives can be one of the most annoying, embarrassing and uncomfortable conditions, and there are several reasons why hives materialize. Parents with children who develop hives often panic, thinking that there is something more seriously wrong with their child, but hives have very few lasting complications. In fact, they often clear up on their own with little or no treatment. Hives are almost always the result of an allergic reaction, though they can also be…

"Identifying and Treating Hives"

Personal Lubricants: Does Sex Kill?

Is your sex life truly as healthy as the rest of your life? Sex should be live affirming, add a rosy glow, rather than be dangerous to our wellbeing. Are you polluting yourselves with harmful chemicals in your personal lubricants, including in your condoms, that you could easily avoid by chosing natural ones instead? There’s something luxurious about slathering on sexual lubricant. Everything comes alive, feels more pleasurable, and it’s time to have more fun.…

"Personal Lubricants: Does Sex Kill?"