Health Filter
  1. Why I Can’t Write a Good Personal Essay

    At Tenure, She Wrote, a grad student explains her decision no longer to write narratives of inspiration and gumption: “A little smarts and hard work and luck can’t make my chronically ill body ‘productive.’”

    Academia
  2. 1 in 7

    As Movember draws to a close, here’s Ross Murray’s unexpectedly hilarious post recounting his recent prostate-cancer diagnosis. (While you’re there, do check out Ross’s post-surgery update.)

    Health
  3. An Extraordinary Machine

    “Same kid. Different wrapper.” In 2004, the Smartypants family adopted baby Nora. In 2018, they amended Nora’s Certificate of Foreign Birth when Nora transitioned, changing his name Aaron.

    Family
  4. FemInEM

    FemInEM is a vibrant community hub for women who work in emergency medicine — and for anyone else who cares about diversity and equality in the medical professions.

    Data
  5. Food Fidelity

    Marwin Brown, the creator of Food Fidelity, shares modern, health-conscious soul-food recipes inspired by his love of music and informed by African diaspora culinary traditions.

    Cooking
  6. The desert island.

    “…I think about all the photos of fat ladies with bodies like mine that have been used as objects of ridicule on funny cards and websites, because they dared do something as transgressive as wear a bathing suit at the beach, as though they were human or something.”

    Culture
    Illustration by Hana Jang (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
  7. A River Runs North

    A blogger reflects on a series of tragic life events: “We’ll look for artifacts and make up stories and I’ll show them how, defying all logic, the river runs north, but still it flows.”

    Family
  8. My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic depression, and I am not ashamed.

    “At that moment, I realized that I had lived my life in a room that was so loud, all I could do every day was deal with how loud it was. But with the help of my wife, my doctor, and medical science, I found a doorway out of that room.”

    Health
    Image via wilwheaton.net
  9. How Fatphobia Impacted My Gender Identity

    The discrimination and shame that often accompanies being fat can impede medical care, relationships, work — and your understanding of your own gender identity.

    Gender
  10. Get Inspired and Motivated By These Health and Wellness Sites

    Are you in the field of health and wellness? Get inspired by these great websites.

    Business
    Majuta Wellness, the site of yoga instructor Jillian Faulks-Majuta.
  11. Hurry The Food Up

    The Germany-based team of food bloggers behind Hurry The Food Up focuses on vegetarian and vegan food that’s healthy, delicious, and quick to prepare.

    Cooking
  12. Take Up Space

    At Live a Well Life, Rose pens a letter to her former self. “I want you to know, that this body of yours, the one you berate, the one you use to control the chaos that is your life right now, this body is going to do something amazing one day.”

    Health
  13. Coaches and Consultants: Let Clients Book Classes and Sessions on Your Website

    Three websites that promote coaching and consulting services.

    Business
  14. Dear POC: We Get Depressed Too

    Joséphine Mwanvua on the difficulty of asking for help as a person of color: “Here, in the West, black communities and other POC communities still carry a taboo around mental health issues.”

    Culture
  15. Science & Food

    A diverse team of science students and scholars at UCLA writes on the intersection of biology, chemistry, and engineering with the food we eat.

    Cooking