Dermatologist and founder of the health and wellness website Fervent believer in the healing power of nature. Runner. Poetry lover. Reader.

Much more than just a casual beverage, the practice of preparing, brewing and drinking tea is centuries old, ritualistic, and has been used to treat ills of the body, mind and spirit. Tea is used in cultures the world over for its soothing, meditative and healing properties.

Tea: The Healing Super-Food

Much more than a warm drink on a cold day, tea is considered to be a healing superfood. After water, tea is the most widely consumed drink in the entire world. There is documented usage of tea dating back thousands of years, when tea was used for its medicinal properties…

Will eating this really give you pimples?

What Foods Cause Acne?

The Internet is full of misinformation about what foods cause acne. Everyone seems to want to weigh in on the issue, and unfortunately, there is a LOT of misinformation out there. One thing that’s for sure: Medical evidence does show that what you eat can influence your acne.

Some people…

Benzoyl peroxide medications are useful for treating and preventing acne. There are both over the counter and prescription varieties of benzoyl peroxides for acne, and there are many different strengths and formulations. Many people wonder: Which benzoyl peroxide should I use for acne?

What is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl peroxide is a medication that is used to fight mild to moderate acne. It can be very helpful for acne, especially on oily skin. It reduces the number and severity of acne bumps on your skin. But many people wonder: Which benzoyl peroxide should I use for acne?

Benzoyl Peroxide for Acne Helps:

  • Kill…

Skin tags are small, skin colored, painless growths that occur on the skin. They are commonly found around the neck, armpits and eyelids. While skin tags are harmless, they can be unsightly and irritating. Many wonder, why do you get skin tags? And how can you get rid of them?

What Are Skin Tags?

Skin tags are small fleshy growths, usually only a few millimeters big. They are typically connected to your skin by a small thin stalk. Skin tags are more common as you get older, and they can occur in both men and women. …

Antioxidants are one of those things that we hear a lot about. We hear enough to know that antioxidants can be a good thing, but what exactly are antioxidants, and what do they do? Antioxidants are important to the health of your body, and antioxidants are also crucial for healthy skin and hair.

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances that prevent or delay cellular damage. Antioxidants are crucial for improving the appearance of your skin and improving the growth and integrity of your hair.

Free Radicals + Oxidative Stress = Aging

One of the ways your body, skin and hair ages is due to cellular breakdown and damage from something called free radicals

Diabetes. Heart Disease. Stroke. Depression. All of these have been linked to lower levels of physical activity and exercise. Science shows that moving more matters. Walking, running, doing chores, and even just standing can help boost your physical fitness. Dying younger has been linked to lower levels of physical activity. It’s simple: Move to live longer.

Do You Sit Too Much?

We live in a sedentary society. Many of us drive or take a train to work, sometimes commuting for 30 minutes or more. Once at work, we often sit, staring at screens for hours upon hours. Trading our precious time for dollars.

Lunch time, which used to be a true…

Watching Serena Williams play in the US Open this past weekend reminded me of her relatively recent distressing experiences with the health care system and of how important it is for black women — and all women — to advocate for our health.

For Serena, a celebratory post-delivery period turned into a roller coaster of frightening medical events that could have taken her life. She has been open about her experiences, so that all of us can learn from them and be our own best health advocates.

I might be a physician, but I’ve also been a patient. I’ve been hospitalized, sedated and vulnerable — laid out in a hospital gown and bed — while parades of nurses, doctors and other medical providers have prodded me, injected me, given me various pills to swallow and talked over me. It’s both a humbling and frightening experience, and I learned firsthand how difficult — but imperative — it is that we advocate for our own health.

Black Women: Let’s Advocate for Our Health

The health statistics for black women…

-Your afro is a distraction for the classroom.

-You need to wear your hair neat and straightened in the office.

-Braids and natural hairstyles don’t fit our corporate culture.

-Your locs are unsanitary and unprofessional.

-You keep changing your hairstyle. I can’t keep up.

-You’ll need to straighten your hair…

Raechele Cochran Gathers, MD

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