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All Prism Blog Posts, Menopause and Andropause, Self Care for Trans Health

Stop Hair Loss in Its Tracks

Hair loss can have several causes, from stress to genetics to autoimmune disorders. Some of these are easier to solve than others, but treating our hair (and bodies) well can help slow -and in some cases reverse- hair loss no matter what the cause.

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All Prism Blog Posts, Menopause and Andropause, Surgical Recovery & Scars

10 Reasons LGBTQ Seniors Should Get Acupuncture

LGBT older people face significant health disparities, "linked to a lifetime of stigma, discrimination, violence and victimization; higher poverty rates; a lack of access to LGBT-competent providers; and low rates of health insurance coverage” (Out & Visible). Therefore, LGBTQ older adults need even more access to healthcare. Acupuncture helps to protect the immune system and … Continue reading

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Chest Binding Safely: Save Your Back!

Interested in binding, or already binding? Here are some very important health tips that you need to know!: Do NOT use an ace bandage or similar homemade device for binding. Wrapping around your chest several times can result in dangerously tight binding that cuts off circulation, breathing, tissue damage, and skin irritation. If you want … Continue reading

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How Does Saw Palmetto Decrease Baldness?

Normally, hair follicles remain active for up to a decade, producing a long strand of 10 year old hair. In alopecia, however, follicles stop producing hair before the hair is long enough to even emerge from the skin. Male pattern baldness, or Androgenic Alopecia, is both genetically determined and influenced by hormones. Genetics cause some … Continue reading

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14 Foods to Soothe Herpes Outbreaks

Two amino acids have a significant impact on both herpes simplex (mouth or genital herpes) and herpes zoster (shingles). Lysine reduces the strength of a herpes outbreak, while Arginine can actually increase the intensity and duration of the outbreak. You can take lysine as a supplement to prevent outbreak, or eat foods containing lysine and … Continue reading

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How Can Acupuncture Help With Hep C?

There are many acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and its complications, whether or not you are undergoing western treatment. Often western medical practitioners will advise patients with early stage HCV to wait to seek treatment until there are drugs available with less serious side effects, but you may already be … Continue reading

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All Prism Blog Posts, Endometriosis, Menopause and Andropause, Self Care for Trans Health, Sexual Wellness

Ways Your Doctor Lied to you About Weight

What does weight have to do with health? Not much, it turns out. Most people in our society believe they're overweight. And many people are deemed overweight, or even obese, by doctors: did you know the definition of "overweight" for a 5'4" tall woman is 145 pounds, even though the average weight for that height … Continue reading

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Herbs for Transitioning: The Basics

This is a follow-up post to "The Basics." Also see the transmasculine post here, and the feminizing herbs post here. For information on estrogen and progesterone supportive herbs, check out my follow-up article on Feminizing Herbs For gender affirming transition, herbs can be used alone to create very mild 'energetic' effects or to support the body to … Continue reading