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The Self-Care Paradox

Ignored by mainstream medicine, women turn to an industry that can help, or hurt, them

Illustration: Hwashin Choi

IIt’s no secret that women can feel disregarded by mainstream medicine. High maternal mortality rates persist, particularly among black women. Ignorance and apathy around reproductive issues like endometriosis is common. Doctors dismiss conditions that afflict women, like chronic

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Dana G Smith

Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental