Who Is The “You” That Will Come Out Of Quarantine?

Who Is The “You” That Will Come Out Of Quarantine?

While making the final edits to my Sacred Medicine book, I asked one healer if she had a point of view in response to the question, "Why do horrific things happen to seemingly innocent people?" I explained to her that the question is relevant to the book because those who chronically suffer from physical or mental illness often seek answers to the question, "Why me" or "Why not her?" I told her that every answer I had heard thus far in my research fell flat from a post-2020 lens, and because I had a lot of respect for her, I was curious about her point of view at this point in our understanding (and lack thereof) of human suffering.

Is Long Covid A Trauma Symptom?

Is Long Covid A Trauma Symptom?

According to a recent Lancet study, 1/3 of people who recover from Covid wind up with psychological and/or neurological symptoms. Another study suggests that 7 in 10 people who were hospitalized for Covid have not fully recovered five months later. One in five Covid survivors wind up with a new onset disability, which we're calling "long Covid," and which is likely the same kind of post-viral illness we've seen before as the result of other kinds of viral infections, such as post-Epstein Barr.

Oprah, The Royal Family, Mental Health, Racism & Being Shunned, Oh My!

Oprah, The Royal Family, Mental Health, Racism & Being Shunned, Oh My!

Almost nobody made it through the last year without some mental or physical health impact. Even if you didn't get Covid, it's likely that you found yourself gaining some weight, feeling some anxiety or depression, getting caught up in delusional, paranoid, or conspiratorial thinking, indulging an old addiction or starting a new one, experiencing some physical pain, or winding up with new or worsening physical symptoms, among other potential outcomes.

What If You’re Not Broken? Understanding The Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model

What If You’re Not Broken? Understanding The Internal Family Systems (IFS) Model

Almost nobody made it through the last year without some mental or physical health impact. Even if you didn't get Covid, it's likely that you found yourself gaining some weight, feeling some anxiety or depression, getting caught up in delusional, paranoid, or conspiratorial thinking, indulging an old addiction or starting a new one, experiencing some physical pain, or winding up with new or worsening physical symptoms, among other potential outcomes.

It Is Okay To Not Be Okay

It Is Okay To Not Be Okay

In the Healing With the Muse community, our intention is to alchemize uncertain times into creative gold for the purposes of healing and being “makerly,” leveraging both the joyful and painful experiences of our lives (the last year has been chock full of them!) into opportunities to write and make art straight from the raw, cracked open heart.

It’s Not “Cancel Culture;” It’s “Accountability Culture”

It’s Not “Cancel Culture;” It’s “Accountability Culture”

If you’ve been following what I write, you know I’ve done A LOT of writing about Covid, public health recommendations (including vaccination), and social justice and human rights lately. This is not my typical gig, but given the intersecting disasters we face, it’s felt more important than what I usually write about. That said, what I usually write about (Whole Health) is more relevant now than ever!

Those Who Have Had 2 Covid Vaccines Can Skip Quarantine If Exposed (Plus, Fewer People Are Dying of Covid- YEAH!)

Those Who Have Had 2 Covid Vaccines Can Skip Quarantine If Exposed (Plus, Fewer People Are Dying of Covid- YEAH!)

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the CDC has been recommending that those who wind up exposed to someone known to have Covid quarantine for 10-14 days. Now, the CDC is saying that if you've had two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, if you're asymptomatic, and if it's been at least two weeks since your second injection and within 3 months of your last shot, you can skip the quarantine period.

What Is The Muse – And How Can You Meet Yours?

What Is The Muse – And How Can You Meet Yours?

If you’ve been following what I write, you know I’ve done A LOT of writing about Covid, public health recommendations (including vaccination), and social justice and human rights lately. This is not my typical gig, but given the intersecting disasters we face, it’s felt more important than what I usually write about. That said, what I usually write about (Whole Health) is more relevant now than ever!

Can The Covid Vaccine Change Your DNA? An Expert Virologist Answers Your Questions

Can The Covid Vaccine Change Your DNA? An Expert Virologist Answers Your Questions

With all the rumors floating around about whether mRNA vaccines can alter human DNA, I wanted to address one question several of you have asked in different ways. It's a very detailed and nerdy question and answer, but in case you love nerding out like I do (and need some good scientific reassurance), I wanted to share the question and it's answer from a true expert. I've been posting some of the updates from my friend Rick Loftus, MD, the virologist, epidemiologist, immunologist and front line Covid ICU doctor.

The Health Benefits Of Creativity (& Why We Don’t Need To Choose Between Conventional & Alternative Medicine)

The Health Benefits Of Creativity (& Why We Don’t Need To Choose Between Conventional & Alternative Medicine)

If you’ve been following what I write, you know I’ve done A LOT of writing about Covid, public health recommendations (including vaccination), and social justice and human rights lately. This is not my typical gig, but given the intersecting disasters we face, it’s felt more important than what I usually write about. That said, what I usually write about (Whole Health) is more relevant now than ever!

The Way We Make Health Decisions Need Not Be All Or Nothing

The Way We Make Health Decisions Need Not Be All Or Nothing

I want to respond briefly to all the people who have responded to me lately with criticism, contempt, and sometimes abuse because "I trusted you to promote health sovereignty and now you've sold out." Or "You teach about the dangers of fear, yet you're going to kill me by scaring me every day when you talk about how many people are dying of Covid." Or “I thought you were critical of corruption and capitalism in health care and Big Pharma, yet you’re promoting Big Pharma’s vaccine, so you’ve let me down.”

Is It Safe To Get Vaccinated If You Have Autoimmune Conditions Or Allergies?

Is It Safe To Get Vaccinated If You Have Autoimmune Conditions Or Allergies?

In response to the State of A Pandemic essay I posted from my friend Rick Loftus, MD, a front line COVID ICU doctor, virologist, epidemiologist, immunologist, and researcher who used to be on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic, many of you asked questions about autoimmune conditions, allergies, and anaphylaxis risk with regards to the Covid vaccine.

A Note To The Vaccine Hesitant From A COVID Researcher & Front Line COVID Physician (& My Sister Keli)

A Note To The Vaccine Hesitant From A COVID Researcher & Front Line COVID Physician (& My Sister Keli)

This essay is written by one of my close friends, a doctor I trust who reads my Facebook comments and asked for permission to respond to all those who are vaccine hesitant. This opinion is my friend's opinion, so please don't attack me for sharing what my friend asked me to share as a public health broadcast. Also, please don't ask me questions, as I’m not resourced nor experienced enough to answer them, and neither are my friends on the front lines.

There Is A Stand Off Between White Privilege & Democracy – Which Side Are You On?

There Is A Stand Off Between White Privilege & Democracy – Which Side Are You On?

In a statement by the President of the Ford Foundation For Social Justice, Darren Walker writes, "I have long believed that inequality is the greatest threat to justice—and, the corollary, that white supremacy is the greatest threat to democracy. But what has become clear during recent weeks—and all the more apparent yesterday—is that the converse is also true: Democracy is the greatest threat to white supremacy... Yes, the ideal of democracy is the greatest threat to the ideology of white supremacy; neither can long endure in the presence of the other.