Our Closest Frenemies: Secrets of our Genital and Bellybutton Biomes

Most bacteria are, like people, “either good or simply present.” — The Belly Button Diversity Project The Human Microbiome Project identified many of the microorganisms found in the human body revealing that, because we each have unique experiences in varied environments, we each have a unique microbiomic fingerprint. It is constantly changing its composition to […]

The Trouble with Trichomonas

Trichomoniasis is the most common non-viral STI in the U.S. An estimated 4 to 8 million people already have it and over 1 million new infections are diagnosed every year. Eighty-five per cent of women found to have trichomoniasis report no symptoms. When I was in college, I had a boyfriend I’ll call Buzz. Fun […]

Women and Weed: Findings from Formerly Forbidden Research, Part 1

Part 1. Differences in Men and Women and Weed  Current legal status U.S. First banned for use in the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act, cannabis remains under the regulation of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) under Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 (with amendments through 2017). Drugs under Schedule I, by definition have […]