So, who the heck am I to be writing and giving tips on health and wellness?
Short answer: I grew up with my parents being terrified that I could develop cancer because it runs in my family. From an early age, I heard many different things about what is good and bad for your health. (As a teen, I wasn’t allowed to wear antiperspirant.) As I grew older, I made a conscious effort to find out what is actually good and bad for your health (in terms of self-care products, nutrition, and lifestyle habits) and what gets hyped up–by your parents, doctors, or the media. Today, I read, listen, and watch everything with a grain of salt and formulate the simplest, most truthful conclusion I can. Here, I’ll share all that with you. I am your new health and wellness filter.
Long answer: I grew up with my parents being terrified that I could develop cancer because it runs in my family. Throughout my life, I have heard and read many different things about what is good and bad for your health. Because of that, I have always viewed health and wellness through an analytical lens. When I got to college, I decided to study psychology. I wanted to start off by understanding how our minds work. While pursuing my undergraduate degree at the University of Miami, I started working in health research at the Miller School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies. After graduating, I continued working in research at Banyan Health Systems for a few years before deciding to get a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of Florida. There, I was also involved in health research at the College of Medicine and the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Just after graduate school, I landed a job as a consultant in the healthcare sector of a global consulting firm and have continued learning as much in the field as when I was in research, although from a different perspective. I am not a doctor, but all the years I have spent working in research and health systems have made me an educated consumer of health and wellness information (and I have a few doctor friends). The bottom line is that the majority of us are patients or consumers of healthcare and we rely on professionals (and often the news) to tell us what’s going on and what’s good for us. Unfortunately, for many reasons, we can’t always trust that those sources truly know (and do) what’s best for us. Because of that and what I have seen in my studies and career, I have made a habit of questioning the healthcare advice that I am given and always try to verify what’s actually best for me in terms of health and wellness. In doing so, I have learned things that I think could be useful to many and I’m here to share them. I hope I can help you in some way.
Here’s to living well!
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