• Switching to Natural Toothpaste
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    Switching to Natural Toothpaste

    For most of my life, I never thought about my toothpaste. I brushed my teeth, spit it out, and assumed it would work. Even when I started switching to natural products, toothpaste wasn’t on my shortlist. A strict dental hygienist had instilled a deep fear of cavities in me as a child, and I was afraid that natural toothpaste might…

  • Health Update - Chronic Fatigue Treatment
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    A Health Update —with good news!

    About three years ago, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome took over my life. I probably had the disease to some degree before then, but my health suddenly affected my ability to work, parent, and exist outside of bed in October 2015. After limping along with work for several years, I finally quit my job in France in May 2017. I moved back…

  • Switching to Natural Skincare
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    Switching to Natural Skincare

    If you’re like me, finding a good skincare product is like discovering the holy grail. I have sensitive skin, and I’m at that troublesome age where I have to deal with acne and wrinkles. It’s hard enough to find a product that works, let alone worry about ingredients. But when I started switching to natural products to heal my Chronic…

  • Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux
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    Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain and Acid Reflux

    When I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it was never just fatigue. In the early months of my illness, I had bouts of nausea and acid reflux. This developed into long-term gastritis, stomach pain, and a slew of other digestive issues.  Initially, I went the standard medical route for treatment. I saw countless doctors, tried pharmaceutical drugs, and had tests done…

  • Switching to Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
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    Switching to Natural Shampoo

    If you want to switch to more natural products, hair care is an easy place to start. Natural shampoos and conditioners often act like their synthetic counterparts—without the added chemicals. They’re also gentler on your scalp and hair follicles, which will result in healthier hair over time.   What’s in Your Shampoo? Brands like to put fruit and flowers on…

  • how to find a therapist who's right for your needs and budget
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    How to Find the Right Therapist for You

    I’ve seen a few therapists in my lifetime. Okay, more than a few. My childhood was peppered with traumatic events, so I was the kid who went to divorce camps and grief counselors instead of summer camps with fun counselors. As an adult, I’ve continued to see therapists for anxiety and trauma-related illness. Some of them have been good, a…

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    Switching to Natural Deodorant

    For 27 years, I didn’t give much thought to my deodorant. I slapped it on in the morning and never bothered to read the ingredients. Then, I got really sick. Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome made me rethink everything I was putting IN and ON my body. Things that once seemed harmless now made me react with pain, swelling, and fatigue.…