I am a scientist turned mom and business owner, with a passion for reviewing the scientific research on natural wellness topics.
If you've been looking for objective information about the latest natural health hype, this website is for you.
If you are halfway to hippie like me, you have come to the right place for putting natural wellness into practice.
I received my PhD in Neurobiology from the University of Chicago, a Naturopathy degree, and Certification as a Natural Health Professional. I have published in prestigious biomedical journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, and Biochemical Pharmacology.
20 years ago, I interned at the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (now the NCCIH). There, I saw the funding stream for scientific research on alternative health treatments. I give that experience credit for morphing me into this scientist swimming against the mainstream.
In my former life as a scientist, I spent a lot of my time studying individual vulnerability to drug addiction, and the effects of chronic stress.
I could probably argue that I am still studying the effects of chronic stress…
In a very personal,
not receiving any funding,
sort of way.
I am a card-carrying geek mom, a member of our local Parks and Rec Board, and a governor-appointed member of Indiana's Midwifery Committee to license homebirth midwives.
I'm glad you're here. I hope we can see more of each other. You can find me on Facebook, and Pinterest. I'll even visit you in your email (just use that little box over there on the right).
I also talk more about living halfway to hippie, and minimalist homeschooling at www.ZaraPhD.com.
Let's talk soon!
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