Yes, these types of sexualized yoga selfies can be annoying and ridiculous. But don’t flip to the reverse and start blaming all thin people in response.

A new label has now popped up in online articles and discussions. It’s called “thin privilege” and it’s the weight equivalent of “white privilege.” Essentially, people who are thin are being told they benefit from certain advantages and “rewards” that people who aren’t thin cannot.

I get that we’ve had a problem in modern times with idolizing skinny young women in magazines and fashion shows. I’ve spoken out about this problem many times, particularly in yoga, where the high-profile magazine Yoga Journal has done great damage to the yoga community with their focus on picture-perfect rail-thin yoga models.

Yes, the…

I was never good with money management, but I was finally starting to get my act together by setting up a proper business entity and bank accounts.

I did a little research online to choose a business banking account with low fees. I decided to try both Azlo and BlueVine. Because BlueVine offered a 1% interest rate on their checking account, I chose to funnel my main freelance writing income into BlueVine and use Azlo for my other, less reliable business income.

Right off the bat, I noticed that Azlo offered a lot more features than BlueVine, and I was…

Herbs can be a great way to help heal, especially when it comes to chronic health conditions that may not be helped that much by Western medicine.

Herbs vs. Western Drugs

Herbs shouldn’t be confused with pharmaceutical drugs. They aren’t a simple pill that you pop to try to whisk away a symptom quickly. Yes, certain herbs can act powerfully and quickly, but their overall action (depending on the dose and the herb) tends to be more gentle and subtle than a Western drug.

When you consider that many Western medicines were first herbs that were distilled down to their active ingredients, this makes…

Benign Fasciculation Syndrome (BFS) is a fancy term that refers to neurological twitching that apparently isn’t harmful and has no apparent cause. I run a group on Facebook called “ Benign Fasciculation Syndrome — Holistic Approaches.” We are always trying to figure out why we are twitching!

Many of the people in this group have reported symptoms of Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), which is basically the body overproducing mast cells, which kind of serves to be an ongoing allergic reaction of sorts. An autoimmune disorder is when the body is attacking itself, confusing body cells and tissues as a…

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This year, I hit that dreaded age of 50, where women automatically get their “sexy” card revoked — at least, if you believe in conventional wisdom. (Never mind whether having a sexy card is worth something in the first place!)

Back when I was growing up, which at this point seems like an eon ago, women over 40 and especially over 50 were encouraged to shorten their hair.

There were many reasons for this, from the concept of “dignity” to the opinion that sagging faces simply looked better with a crisper haircut.

OK, enough with the Karen hate.

At first, it was funny.

Now, at best, it’s tired. At its worst, it’s become an epithet against women — a way to dehumanize and a license to abuse.

“Karen,” in case you have been living under a rock in the past year (and who would blame you?) is a combination meme and sarcastic pejorative. It refers typically to an entitled woman, but more specifically to a white suburban woman, typically middle to upper middle class.

“Karen” is a combination of a modern-day busy-body and snob who is constantly returning her food at a…

I’m not trying to be overly alarmist by posting this, but I received an intuitive message from above in beginning of January of 2020 that went somewhat as follows:

There will be medicine shortages in the future, so you should learn how to grow your own herbs.

This was before coronavirus was a blip on the radar. I found out not too long after noting the missive in my journal that some well-known, common drugs such as Zantac and Famotidine (Pepcid) were having supply issues.

I had gotten a prescription of Famotidine as a possible “something to try” for mast…

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Always, purveyor of pantiliners and other “feminine products” — now called “period products,” apparently — is facing a boycott over their decision to remove the female “Venus symbol” from their packaging in order be trans-inclusive. Many women are outraged at the “erasure of women” this symbolizes.

Always isn’t the first company selling pantiliners to do this, actually. Seventh Generation appears to have already gotten on the gender-neutral bandwagon, quietly. Found on a recent box of their eco-friendly pantiliners I recently purchased:

“In the U.S., many people can’t get the period care they need because it isn’t always considered a basic…

What’s going on in America? How could people be so mean to Marianne Williamson, of all people? Even if you disagree with her on issues, you have to admit, she’s generally nice. What gives?

In case you missed it, Williamson, one of the Democratic president candidates, has been under fire for her spiritual beliefs, and in particular, her tweet from September 4, 2019. She wrote:

I was born and raised in Texas so I’ve seen it. Millions of people today are praying that Dorian turn away from land, and treating those people with mockery or condescension because they believe it…

We’re collectively stuck in a vicious circle of fire. (Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay)

I’m about to give you what may be one of the most bizarre analyses of our current political climate based on what some might call New Age nonsense. But I hope you’ll read it through and think about what I’m saying here, because I believe there may be a glimmer of hope at the end of it all.

So bear with me.

The New Age has a philosophy called the “Law of Attraction” that means, in its most simple level, “like attracts like.” …

Stephanie Brail

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