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Medicine and Plants—A Story (Natural)

Medicine and Plants—A Story (Natural)

Lots of our modern medicines come from plants. Before proper clinical studies were a thing, humans (us) used common knowledge given over to us from our ancestors about plants we'd learned worked to treat our problems. When the science became a thing, it became possible to figure out which exact plant and which part of the plant worked as the treatment. Then, we started to synthesize and lower the amount of side effects that once happened as a result of people eating plants whole as medicine.  Digoxin is a cool example. Originally, people would eat the foxglove plant to treat...

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Early Balding: the Good and the Bad

Early Balding: the Good and the Bad

Balding, hair loss, male pattern baldness: these words strike fear in the minds of those who hear them. Losing your hair is confusing. On one hand you're told "Bald is beautiful!" and at the same time, studies show that hair loss increases anxiety and depression.  All the fear is hella overhype tho: you're a human, and humans look good. If you want to change something about your appearance, do it out of PRIDE and not out of shame.  Hair loss can indicate good things and bad things. We gathered them to help you better understand the great debate.  The Good From a medical health perspective: hair loss...

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Why You Should (and Shouldn't) Shave Your Head

Why You Should (and Shouldn't) Shave Your Head

Shaving your head is the ultimate take control move. You know the classic scene when it happens—a guy goes through a difficult break up, stares at himself in the mirror and impulsively shaves the whole thing off. Hair clippers, a mirror, and angst: done! You've taken control of your life.  The feeling that comes after shaving your head is unreal. It's oddly similar to getting a tattoo, or an earring. Even though hair grows back (usually), it feels so permanent because of how long it can take to grow all that hair back. Buzzing your head is a declaration, a...

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Bald Shaming Sucks.

Bald Shaming Sucks.

Male body shaming—super real. And it super sucks.  It's a strange double standard to say "bald is beautiful" while in the same breath shaming men for thinning hair or bald spots. Shouldn't beauty be a full choice? You're beautiful, period. You choose to disguise hair loss with fibers? BEAUTIFUL. Shave your head? BEAUTIFUL. Seemingly, men's beauty is treading dangerously close to where the female beauty market hangs out: Hey, you're gorgeous the way you are; also buy this coverup along with a moisturizer.  It's more empowering, more honest, to clearly state that people have beauty. Give them that feeling. To...

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Why the Hell Is My Hair Falling Out?

Why the Hell Is My Hair Falling Out?

You're here because you are freaking out. You're finding hair on your pillow, and when you run your hands through your hair you've got a fresh wig on your hands. We'll get into hair loss and why it happens, but before that, let's discuss how hair growth works.  There are three stages of hair growth: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.  Let's do English. Anagen is the phase where each hair follicle grows out. the Anagen phase can last several years for each hair strand. This is followed by the Catagen phase which is when the hair takes a little break for...

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