I’m Flat and I’m Proud

O, the Oprah Magazine

In an age of social media, radical transparency, and embracing difference, more and more women are not only refusing to hide the smooth plane of their chest but also showing it off.

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The Pursuit of Happiness

Experience Life

A skeptical journalist sets out to discover the keys to a happy life and finds herself changed in the process.

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Learning Curve

O, The Oprah Magazine

Read my essay on going flat after breast cancer and how my decision complicated my relationship to fashion in the March 2017 issue of "O, The Oprah Magazine." You can also visit my blog to see a picture of the essay, read my pitch, and check out my THANK YOU to the editors of "O" for honoring diversity in women's magazines.

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I Didn’t Need a Double Mastectomy to Save My Life. Here’s Why I Did It Anyway

Slate

I chose a double mastectomy without reconstruction after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. I was 38. I was a magazine journalist who wrote about women's health. I knew that removing my healthy breast would not enhance my odds of survival. I chose to do it anyway.

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Blueprint for Change

Yoga Journal

When you become aware of unhealthy patterns in the body, you can awaken to the possibility of change. A skillful, conscious yoga practice provides the opportunity for taking an unhealthy habit and creating a new one that better serves you.

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The Rush to Reconstruct

VIV Magazine

Women with breast cancer often feel forced to make treatment and rebuilding choices at the same time, leaving little time for clear analysis of the many options. Our guide will see you through, one big decision at a time.

Is Back Surgery Worth It?

O, The Oprah Magazine

Diskectomies aren’t for everybody

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Hormones: The Big Three

Health

Scientists have found roughly 50 different hormones roaming the bloodstream, but these three sex hormones have always run the show for women.

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Ace Any Health Exam

Family Circle

Knowing what to expect can ease your fears, speed things along and help your doctor detect problems before they progress

How to Train Your Doctor

O, The Oprah Magazine

It may scare you to realize this—but you, and not your doctors, are in charge of your medical care. They're not gods, and you're not a wuss. Got that? O shows how to fight (nicely) for the best possible treatment.

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The Light-Cancer Connection

Prevention

Exposure to light at night appears to raise the risk of several types of cancer. Could watching late-night TV, texting late at night, or even reading in bed be enough to derail the body's cancer-fighting machinery?

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Operating Blind

Prevention

Every year, nearly 2.5 million people go under the knife unnecessarily, often with devastating consequences. Make sure you’re not one of them. A medical investigation

Autoimmune Disorders: When Your Body Turns On You

Experience Life

Your immune system is your security detail. It is hardwired to differentiate between what belongs in your body and what doesn't. So what happens when it malfunctions?

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Befriending the Body: Find Peace and Relief From Autoimmune Disorders Through Yoga

Yoga Journal

Autoimmunity is a complex health issue. Treatment requires a nuanced approach coordinated by health care professionals. Yoga is not a magic bullet but it can address some of the physical and mental aspects of AI diseases.

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What Your Body is Trying to Tell You

Experience Life

Interpreting the body’s quirky Morse code requires a deep level of body awareness that, like any skill, takes time and practice to perfect.

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Breast Cancer Survivors: Time to pump it up

Time.com

Breast cancer surgeons have long wagged their fingers at patients warning them never to lift anything over 15 pounds. New studies call bullshit.

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Joint Support

Yoga Journal

Yoga can ease the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis

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Stay Good to the Bone with Yoga

Yoga Journal

Yoga and a plant-based diet may be the best choices for bone health.

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How Sugar Makes You Sick

Experience Life

You know a sugary treat when you see one – a slice of cake, a wedge of pie, a scoop of double-fudge ice cream – but you may be surprised by how much sugar you don't see.

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Overcoming Constipation

Experience Life

No one wants to talk about constipation. But it's a chronic problem that undermines the health of millions of Americans. Are you one of them?

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How Dangerous Are CT Scans?

TIME.com

Computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans help doctors detect everything from cancer to kidney stones. But some physicians are raising concerns about the safety of such procedures—namely, an increase in cancer risk.

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Invasion of the Superbugs

Experience Life

Bacteria are waging a battle against antibiotics, but we can still win the war.

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Stevia: Too Good to Be True?

Experience Life

At night, when the CEOs of Cargill, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo drift off to sleep, their dreams are sweetened by stevia – the next "natural" ingredient to be co-opted by big business.

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The Truth About Grains: Whole and Refined

Experience Life

When nutrition experts weigh the evidence linking food choices and disease, they see the dusty white fingerprints of flour everywhere.

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Scary Food Science

Experience Life

How advanced food technologies mess with our minds and our metabolisms.

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Food Habits That Age You

Experience Life

These unhealthy eating patterns don't just trigger weight gain and undermine your energy, they age you from the inside out.

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How to Heal a Leaky Gut

Experience Life

Modern life is hard on your gut. Stress, processed foods, alcohol, medications, and bacteria can damage the thin lining of your digestive tract. And a tiny leak can cause surprisingly big problems.

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Role of Overlapping Sexual Partners in the Spread of HIV in Africa

Time.com

A long-held view among HIV researchers is that overlapping multiple sexual partners fuels the spread of HIV in Africa. A new study calls that belief into question.

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Navigating Menopause

Experience Life

A proactive decade-by-decade plan for preparing for perimenopause and menopause that supports a gradual – and even positive – life change.

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Good Bacteria Welcome

Experience Life

Find out why some internal bacteria are our friends – and why providing a happy, well-balanced home for them is essential to our vitality and well-being.

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Little Bugs, Big Trouble

Experience Life

Parasitic infections are on the rise, but there are plenty of ways to keep the beasts from taking over.

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The Secret Lives of Fruits and Veggies

Experience Life

Like all living things, produce has quirks and quibbles. Fruits and veggies are prone to bumps and bruises. They even pant in the heat. Here's how the unique life cycle of your favorite produce affects its flavor and nutrition.

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5 Tips for Losing Weight Without Calorie-Counting

Experience Life

Counting is comforting. Numbers define goals and there are oh-so-many ways to measure the weight-loss potential of food: points, calories, grams, serving sizes. But what if the key to losing weight is to look beyond numbers.

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