A new look for biotin, or, “Breaking Even”


OK, folks. I’ve got the white powder. I’ve got the lab equipment. I’ve got the “I’m pissed off and I’m not going to take it anymore” attitude.

I got my OWN sack of pure pharmaceutical-grade biotin, and the tools to use it.

So, no longer stuck in this situation. Continue reading A new look for biotin, or, “Breaking Even”


Thrive! I mean it.

Just to say up-front, I don’t know anyone at the Thrive Market (though they seem like very nice, thoughtful people), and I’m not getting anything in return for writing about them. I sure do intend, however, to pay up for a full membership when my trial period ends in three days, (which also happens to be New Year’s Eve). So that’s my disclaimer, which really doesn’t claim or dis anything. Maybe it’s a resolution.

Now begins the blog post:

I get most of my food , vitamins, and supplements delivered. From local stores, from big-name whole food chains, from the almighty Amazon (not going to insult your intelligence by providing a link for that one), from stupendous places such as Swanson‘s. Continue reading Thrive! I mean it.

Biotin, MS, and the “H” factor

blurry picture of a woman with long hair

Biotin, or vitamin B7, is also known as vitamin H, because of its benefits to skin and hair (in German, Haar (hair) and Haut (skin)–biotin was discovered by a German researcher). It is often included in beauty products intended for hair, skin and nails.

A much talked-about recent study, published in early 2015 by a group of French researchers, seems to show that there is some relationship between very high doses of biotin and relief from symptoms among patients with Primary and Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis Continue reading Biotin, MS, and the “H” factor

Gluten-free hair care

This 18th-century porcelain figure of the goddess Ceres Is a real celebration of wheat. This Ceres loves wheat. Consider her hair. It’s an exuberant wheaty, red-carpety ‘do. As much as I appreciate the goddess of agriculture, grain, fertility and motherhood, I avoid some of her bounty, mostly grain. (And turnips.)

I hadn’t given beauty products much thought when I was diagnosed with Celiac, as I used mostly natural and organic lines, but here’s the story of why I changed my mind, and why I now take my own products to the hair salon. Continue reading Gluten-free hair care