cold vs flu: a special post from Primary Care

Flu and cold are on the rise in New York and in our community, so we’ve invited Dr. Marjorie Seidenfeld, the Primary Care Health Service’s medical director, to share some info about cold and flu, and how to tell the difference: Is this a cold or should I be worried about flu? In winter, viruses…

DIY Body Care

  Happy lunar new year!! About a year ago, I began changing my daily body care routine. There were several reasons – minimize the amount of unknown ingredients I use on my body, it’s good for the environment, – but mostly, I love DIYs and it’s been a surprisingly smooth sailing process! Here is a link to…

Health After Graduation

Fellow soon-to-be-graduates, it’s really happening. We will soon be leaving Barnard and entering the weird, wild world of figuring out healthcare as graduates. To calm my own self down and try to spread some knowledge, I recently met with Barnard’s Executive Director for Student Health and Wellness, MJ Murphy. She outlined four basic areas to be…

Why Therapy isn’t So Scary…as explained through 30 Rock gifs

A few weeks ago I was at a panel on mental health and one of the student panelists had a great line: “At college you get assigned an RA, an academic adviser, and even a personal librarian.  What they really should assign you is a therapist.” My personal librarian was assigned to me, and I…

Fit and Feminist

Trigger Warning: Body image issues, eating disorders                                                                                                …

Second Monday Message Challenge: Get a flu shot!

This week, our Monday Message was all about getting a flu shot. Getting a flu shot is an important thing to do for your health and the health of others around this time of year, and it’s especially important in college communities, where people typically live close together. I got my shot at Primary Care’s…

Third Root Community Health Center

I just heard about Third Root Community Health Center in Brooklyn from one of the recently graduated Peer Eds and figured readers here might be interested. Check out this cooperatively owned center’s inspiring intention: At Third Root Community Health Center, social justice is at the core of healing. Among our goals are to challenge systematic health…

Doctors suggest evidence-based policies for contraception access

Feministing has had a few great pieces lately on the intersection of women’s health and policy, discussing recent debates over how and which kind of contraception should be available. Several groups have recently made announcements relying on science, rather than fear-based rhetoric, to encourage greater access to contraception for women and other uterus-having people of…

“My womb is one million times more private than your bedrooms, gentlemen.”

Check out this amazing, articulate, impassioned appeal to the most recent attacks on women’s health. It is awe-inspiring and captures the issue completely. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/womens-reproductive-rights_b_1345214.html “This is about sex and property, not life and morality. Sex because when women have sex and want to control their reproduction that threatens powerful social structures that rely on patriarchal access to and…

Women aren’t really people, so it’s OK to treat them like animals.

I don’t have the mental space to even write about this right now, but check out the latest in a series of attacks on women’s health care in Kansas: http://www.aclu.org/blog/reproductive-freedom/kansas-pregnant-women-little-lie-your-doctor-wont-hurt-you I don’t care who you are or what you believe. Doctors are obligated ethically, legally, and hippocratically, to tell patients the truth. Always, no exceptions,…