I’m not free of symptoms and I probably never will be. But the Low FODMAP diet helped me in more ways than decreasing my pain.

FODMAPs: Healthy Foods Were Killing My Digestive System

I tried everything to make my symptoms go away. Eventually, after nearly ten years, I started finding articles about the low FODMAPs diet.

"ACO reviewed 60 years of research and found no compelling evidence that routine exams serves catch cancer or other conditions in asymptomatic patients." Image: Thinkstock

We Probably Don't Need Yearly Pelvic Exams, According To Science

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been getting annual pelvic exams since you were a teenager. You did this because conventional wisdom told you that you needed a Pap smear and a physical exam to keep your vagina and uterus up and running. Also, your doctor probably held your birth control prescription hostage every year until you came in to get checked out.

My pain is vaild.

My Pain Didn't Matter — Because I'm A Woman

There were pills for the pain, but there was nothing that could help me forget that my boyfriend didn’t truly care about me. I couldn’t swallow a drug and turn my partner into someone who not only wanted to take my pain away, but believed that I was in pain at all. There wasn’t a prescription a doctor could write that would make my despair believable. There wasn’t a cure for my boyfriend’s apathy.


Kelly Egan: Lifestyle Blogger

Pediatrician by day, blogger by night.


10 Alternatives Uses For Alternative Medicine

I couldn’t listen to another puerile sales pitch in someone’s living room, promising the moon and then selling you something that “tastes just like sugar.” (It doesn’t. Not even sort of.)

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No One Needs Acid For Their Double Chin—Tell That To The FDA

The FDA has approved a new drug for banishing double chins . . . it's ACID.


On Being "Crazy": A Day In My Life With Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatric illness is still stigmatized. And that’s hard when you have a psychiatric illness.

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The Good And Bad Of My Bipolar II Diagnosis And Demeanor

I’m lucky to be smart, to have an astonishingly good memory. Or maybe I’m lucky to be bipolar.