Hi! I’m Stephanie. I’m a naturopathic medical student and seeker of health and wellness information. I love soaking up as much as I can and want to share what I learn! My blogging passions include writing about holistic health, natural body and skin care, and plant-based nutrition – and that is what this blog is for!
One of my hopes for this blog is to spread awareness about toxins in our daily lives and simple steps we can take to reduce them. As I began to learn more about the potential health hazards of all of the toxins in the foods we eat, water we drink and products we use on a daily basis, I cleaned up my own life and want to help others do the same. I ditched the diet soda, oral synthetic hormones, and the multitude of phthalate and paraben-filled personal care products lining my shelves (literally several large grocery bags full of them!) to name a few. With all of those things along with adopting a vegan diet, I noticed some dramatic changes including improving my skin and overall complexion, which had been troubling me.
At that point I began to dig even deeper and discovered the extensive library of research linking a vast array of negative health effects to repeated exposures to low-doses of the chemical toxins that are lurking in our everyday lives. As I learned more, I desperately wanted to share this information with as many people as I could (and would tell anyone who would listen). I had assumed that surely “if it was bad for us, the government would not allow it to be sold,” and that there must be laws regulating what’s in our products to keep us safe, but as I researched this I was again shocked and disappointed to learn that the current laws, at least in the United States, are sadly outdated and ineffective. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 has never been updated even though it’s so weak that it doesn’t require safety-testing of chemicals prior to being put on the market and essentially allows manufacturers and companies to use hazardous chemicals in many household products! And the existing federal cosmetics regulation – the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act of 1938 – cedes decisions about ingredient safety to the cosmetics industry. Under the current law, the FDA doesn’t have the power to require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments, and can’t even require product recalls. (The FDA didn’t even have the authority under the law to issue a mandatory recall of Brazilian blowout hair straightening products after they were found to contain formaldehyde!)
I knew there were many great groups (Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics to name two) and many bloggers who were already sharing this important information, but I wanted to help spread it too – every single person empowered with this knowledge counts!
And as learned more, I also ignited my passion for the field of natural health. In fact, my desire to help others and spread this message was so strong that I made the decision to give up my full-time career as an attorney to go back to school to study naturopathic medicine with the goal of learning all I can to help people based on the principles that guide my own life. So here I am, back in school and soaking up all I can in hopes of sharing what I learn to help people enjoy healthier and happier lives.
By way of background, I graduated from Princeton University in 2005 with a bachelors degree in Anthropology and then from Stanford Law School in 2008. After practicing law full time for five and a half years beginning in 2008, I made the decision to follow my passion in the spring of 2014 and am currently a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University. The naturopathic medical philosophy perfectly suits my desire to help people attain health and prevent disease through lifestyle management and proven natural remedies and treatments (you can read more about naturopathic medicine here).
My goal and dream is to have a naturopathic medical practice where I can implement naturopathic therapies for my patients to help them with a variety of health issues and concerns with a focus on pre-conception preparation and care, natural fertility, detoxification and pediatric care including autism spectrum disorders.
Wishing you the best of health!
Want to learn more about naturopathic medicine? You can go here.