Lee Vandegrift

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I’ve had enough of white people who try to deny my experience

On a TV panel show I was forced, yet again, to explain the reality of racism to those who believe they are colour-blind. It’s exhausting<p>The world is wrong,” wrote the American poet Claudia Rankine. “You can’t put the past behind you. It’s buried in you; it’s turned your flesh into its own …

Racism

When do boys stop growing: Height, genitals, and what to expect

• When does puberty end?<br>• Genetics<br>• Average height<br>• Q&A<br>• Tips<p>Growth during puberty happens over an extended period, so it can be difficult to know when it has …

Puberty

The elephant in the delivery room: How doctor bias hurts black and brown mothers

Why do so many minority women report poor treatment due to ethnicity, cultural background, or language?<p>Dec.26.2017 / 4:26 PM ET<p>A friend of mine, who is Mexican-American, had a joyful and uneventful first pregnancy. Until her day of delivery.<p>The process began routinely enough. When she began …

Prenatal Development

Consent: 7 reasons why guys don’t understand it

In this fantastic post from Cracked.com, David Wong describes how he, like all young men, was subtly trained to view sexual consent as irrelevant. …

We Are All Implicated in the Post-Weinstein Reckoning

The anger window is open. For decades, centuries, it was closed: Something bad happened to you, you shoved it down, you maybe told someone but …

Feminism

Sex change regret: Gender reversal surgery is on the rise, so why aren't we talking about it?

Around five years ago, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, the world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon, received a visit at his Belgrade clinic: a transgender person who had undergone surgery at different clinic to remove male genitalia - and since changed their mind.<p>That was the first time Prof …

Physiology

How should we protest neo-Nazis? Lessons from German history

After the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, many people are asking themselves what they should do if Nazis rally in their city. Should they …

Rights & Freedoms

Can America Heal After Ferguson? We Asked Desmond Tutu and His Daughter

South Africans surprised everyone by transitioning to a relatively peaceful post-apartheid society. Here’s what Americans can learn.

South Africa

I had a shit birth. Here’s six reasons why I really want others to know.

I had an awful birth experience. But I didn’t die. My baby didn’t die. In fact, she is thriving – the brightest, happiest little ray of sunshine you …

This Essential Oil Cures Migraines, Depression, Anxiety, and Kills Cancer Cells

Frankincense oil is known as the King of Oils – and it truly deserves this title. I use it daily to promote my health and if I ever had to choose …

Alternative Medicine

A Doctor's Plan to End Patriarchy

Advocating for access to safe abortions, Willie Parker decided to attack the root of the problem.<p>Willie Parker became a Christian at age 15. Well into his career as an obstetrician-gynecologist, he refused, on religious grounds, to perform abortions.<p>Over the years, he saw more and more patients who …

Feminism

Three Thoughts on Emotional Labour

Recently a guy I went on a few dates with was going through a rough time. We were texting about it and I said “If there’s anything I can do to be …

Johns Hopkins researchers say they've unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading.<p>She wasn't sure what to make of it, until she attended an academic conference and heard a …

A neuroscientist explains how being bilingual makes your brain more robust

Marian Sigman, a neuroscientist and author of "The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides," explains how babies that grow up bilingual will have brain functions that might be superior to those children that only speak one language. Following is a transcript of the</i> …

The Brain

New neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

A Traumatic Experience Can Reshape Your Microbiome

I’m not disputing the scientific soundness of the whole brain-gut connection, but it really does sound a little bit like something out of a …

Microbiology

How to Raise a Feminist Son

We’re now more likely to tell our daughters they can be anything they want to be — an astronaut and a mother, a tomboy and a girlie girl. But we don’t do the same for our sons.<p>Even as we’ve given girls more choices for the roles they play, boys’ worlds are still confined, social scientists say. …

Something's Missing In Early Intervention For Deaf Children

During a <i>Language Readiness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children</i> forum hosted by the Pennsylvania Society for Advancement of the Deaf, it was agreed that early, unrestricted access to language is critical for cognitive and linguistic development.<p>The attendees at the PSAD forum represented varying …

Language

Immunotherapy offers hope to certain cancer patients not responding to chemo

The oncologist was blunt: Stefanie Joho's colon cancer was raging out of control and there was nothing more she could do. Flanked by her parents and sister, the 23-year-old felt something wet on her shoulder. She looked up to see her father weeping.<p>"I felt dead inside, utterly demoralized, ready to …

The Loneliness of Donald Trump

Once upon a time, a child was born into wealth and wanted for nothing, but he was possessed by bottomless, endless, grating, grasping wanting, and …

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.<p>A study …

The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black

The last story you will ever need to read about Rachel Dolezal. by Ijeoma OluoI'm sitting across from Rachel Dolezal, and she looks... white. Not a …

Seattle

Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body

Talking with Dr. Ted Schettler is probably unlike any conversation you have had with your physician. Raise the topic of breast cancer or diabetes or …

Activism
Income Inequality

Caesarean Births Could Be Having an Effect on Human Evolution

This life-saving procedure could be changing us.<p>Caesarean section (or C-section) deliveries can save lives when babies are too large to be born …

Pregnancy

Time Magazine calls for Electoral College to Act

Petition update<p>Time Magazine calls for Electoral College to Act<p>Nov 18, 2016 — Thank you to Michael Signer, writer for Time Magazine, for highlighting …

Electoral College