Author Archives: Aminah Mae Safi

Narcolepsy & H1N1: How Anti-Vaccine Hysteria Masks Real Risks Of Specific Shots

Narcolepsy & H1N1: How Anti-Vaccine Hysteria Masks Real Risks Of Specific Shots

We have to find ways to de-polarize the discussion around vaccines, a way to understand the overall benefits of immunization while also acknowledging the potential for specific, limited drawbacks to individual vaccines. This was made clear by the mockery one doctor received for suggesting a link between the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine and narcolepsy—a link that’s been validated several times. More »

Sorry, But ‘Natural Beauty’ Is A Fraud

Sorry, But âNatural Beautyâ Is A Fraud

“You have such naturally beautiful skin,” is a compliment I get a lot. I’m always thankful for it, but I’m also quick to correct it. See, I don’t have naturally beautiful skin. I first saw a dermatologist when I was eight years old, when I started getting severe eczema. I have a few scar patches from my early skin problems, mostly in unnoticeable areas. As is common, on top of the eczema I’ve also got super sensitive skin. If I sleep on sheets washed in the wrong detergent, my face will let me know the next morning. More »

How To Cope With Holiday Weight and Eating Stress…Without Triggering An Eating Disorder Relapse

How To Cope With Holiday Weight and Eating Stress...Without Triggering An Eating Disorder Relapse

Twinkle lights, snowmen, menorahs, trimmed trees, presents, and some of the greatest movies ever made–‘tis the season. Unfortunately, the holidays also bring stress and, for many, relapses and triggers for mental health issues, including eating disorders. Even the most balanced of people feel the anxiety of the holidays creeping up on them as they start gearing up for the season. Eating disorders in particular can be triggered, not only by the stress and anxiety of the season, but also by all of the focus on food (and holiday weight gain) at so many holiday events. More »

How I Learned to Stop Hating My Period, And Love The Menstrual Cup

How I Learned to Stop Hating My Period, And Love The Menstrual Cup

You probably know that using a menstrual cup will save anywhere between 10,000-15,000 pads and tampons from ending up in landfills over the course of a woman’s menstruating life. You might also know that if you switched to a menstrual cup, you could save around $4,000 over the course of your own period and pms-filled years. But let’s be honest: You’re a bit grossed out by the idea of a reusable menstrual product, or you’re freaked out by how to use menstrual cups. So I’m here to motivate you to switch over to a cup, and I’m not going to use any of that data to persuade you. More »

How Trapeze School Taught Me To Meditate

How Trapeze School Taught Me To Meditate

Meditating does not come naturally for me. As a kid, I would get moderately depressed over the summer holidays without the constant activity from school. I’m a poster child for the Millennial Generation: When I watch tv, I’ve usually got my computer screen open and my phone out so I can flip through apps. I’ve learned to focus over the years, but I’m naturally active, perhaps a bit over-active, both mentally and physically. So it’s both surprising, and completely predictable, that I found my inner zen at trapeze school, of all places. More »

Not A Pre-Existing Condition: Why Body Types Don’t Make You Athletic (Or Not Athletic)

Not A Pre-Existing Condition: Why Body Types Don't Make You Athletic (Or Not Athletic)

Nearly every fashion magazine features a regular spread offering to help women “Dress for Your Body Type.” They’re about finding the right jeans, or the best pencil skirt, or the optimal top for various body types: apple, rectangle, curvy, wedge, triangle, full figured, boyish, curvy, hourglass, and athletic, to give a sampling. But aside from the obvious problem of reducing women’s bodies to geometrical shapes, fruit metaphors, and thinly veiled insults, there are some deeper issues sparked by this framework. More »

Hiring A Personal Trainer Helped Me Ditch My Eating Disorder

Hiring A Personal Trainer Helped Me Ditch My Eating Disorder

I’ve been a perfectionist since long before I had any other issues, though anxiety, depression and crippling self doubt eventually followed. I had disordered eating patterns well before I had body image issues, though now they have been intertwined for some time. And for me, part of my support network, part of finding my way back out of my impulses to control my food, part of my recovery, involved hiring a trainer. More »