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Why Netflix's The Goop Lab is the Intro to Modern Medicine Everyone Needs to See.

I am no foreigner to “modern medicine,” my mom is a Reiki healer, I’m a breathwork teacher and for as long as I can remember my family has always adopted the method of try everything before you take the medication.

 

(I won’t pretend to be an expert here on either side. I can only share my experiences and what I’ve learned.)

 

When you think of the word Goop you probably think of a weird, holistic, extreme version of health or yoni balls. At least that’s what I used to think until I watched the Goop Lab. In the series’ six episodes, we go behind the scenes of many once laughed at practices, such as cold therapy, psychedelics, energy healing, mediums, dietary plans and facial practices as well as one of the perhaps most talked about episodes where Dr. Dodson teaches the topic of women’s pleasure.

 

Looking back at the history of these topics, most people would have been ridiculed for even discussing them. Dare I say burned at the stake and forced to hide what they believed to be true and real. I come from a place of being one of those people who thought meditation was impossible, that energy healing was weird and don’t even get me started on mediums. However, when you learn to let go of the pre-established skepticism that has been forced upon us through societal realms, you can experience something far beyond science-based facts.

 

The beauty of living in the 21st century is that these glorious methods of healing are now coming out of hiding and being talked about. They are being shown on your television screen! I know I live in Los Angeles, a rather forward-thinking city where you go to parties and have discussions about the best meditation studios or what astrology sign the other person is. But if you look at the studies being done all around the world to show that these methods have worked on people, I feel that soon everyone will get on board.

 

So, let’s break down the Goop Lab, for those of you that still are skeptics. As people we like to see results. Show me the studies, show me the facts, I need the proof that this works, before I do it. Well for all of the science-based lovers out there, take a chance on the Goop Lab, it might surprise you. Each episode explains in detail the practice then shows studies and real human being case subjects. People who have been cured from diseases, sleeping disorders, stress and anxiety.

 

A familiar Wim Hof comes on board to share his practice of Cold Therapy, a method that involves actively breathing and then a cold bath/shower. The process resets the system and is shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

 

The energy experience displays John Amaral conducting energy healings on a group of Goop employees. While they look to be having exorcisms, Amaral is actually within their field of energy and releasing different areas of stuck energy. There are people crying, laughing, coughing. It is quite the episode.

 

Then finally the most shock-worthy episode, where Betty Dodson discusses the female orgasm in all its depth. We see one goop employee’s story with her sexuality, they discuss shame and finally in the end show the practice of one woman orgasming through the Dodson method.

 

These methods of wellness that are shared in each episode can seem radical; they can seem a little far-fetched. However maybe they aren’t? Today the human race is more addicted to technology than ever before, people are over-worked, over-stressed and as a result being diagnosed with terrible diseases that are untreatable. In my opinion, we can take the medication, but why not try something else as well? What if the panic disorder you’ve been living with could go away through cold therapy? What if your sex life could improve by the legendary Betty Dodson? These methods that are shared can’t be proven by a list of scientific studies and facts, but just because they can’t be proven does that mean they aren’t real? That they can’t work? We once though the earth was flat. Every day we learn more and more about health and wellness, what is “good” for us and what is “bad.” I just the other day read a study on how the tea bags I’ve been using for the past five years are leaking chemicals into my body. Knowledge is power, but experience is revolutionary. It could even change your life and since we only have one, what do you have to lose?

Hulu’s “Dollface” is the gentle reminder to pick up the phone and call your best friends. 

In the world of film and television, where women can sometimes be pitted against each other over things like boys, getting a promotion or being popular, Dollface is a breath of fresh air and a reminder of how important female friendships are.

 

Dollface begins when, “Jules” played by Kat Dennings, is dumped by her boyfriends over a plate of huevos rancheros at brunch. Realizing she has no one and nowhere to turn, she decides to reach out to her old college roommate. When, “Madison” played by Brenda Song, opens the door to her former best friend, the first words out of her mouth are “he dumped you didn’t he.” Indicating an all too well-known understanding of we’ve been there before.

 

Dollface takes a raw look into just how awesome having a group of close girlfriends is. Whether it’s for Sunday brunch, reality tv marathons, attending a women’s march or being there for one another when the guy you thought was “the one” turns out to be nothing more than a loser. It shows one woman’s evolution of discovering who she is without someone by her side and that having girlfriends for life is just as important.

 

We’ve all been guilty of putting our lives on hold when we get into a new relationship, it’s exciting, new and fun, but what happens when we forget about the ones who have been there through thick and thin. Carried us home after drunken nights, had shoulders we could cry on and most importantly, celebrated being the badass women that we are. There’s something to be said about the power of female friendships that isn’t comparable to a boyfriend, co-workers, or even your mom (moms come second best though).

 

Sometimes it can feel like finding that core group is hard, especially if you move to a new city, or have simply lost touch with people. I recently moved to Los Angeles and struggled to make friends. I had left behind a solid group back home and wanted to recreate that here. I tried Bumble BFF, I reached out to acquaintances, and I even connected with one blogger on Instagram. It took time, in some ways it was similar to dating, taking time out of my day to meet up with different girls for coffee or drinks, and sometimes we would connect, sometimes we wouldn’t. There were days where I just wanted someone to sit on the couch and watch movies with but didn't have. There were times when I put in more effort than they did, but every once in a while, one girl would come around and we would bond over our love of yoga or the bachelor and it made all the struggles seem worth it. At the end of the day, I never quite replaced my girl squad from home, but I did find a group of girls that I felt I could turn to if I ever needed a place to crash, someone to watch the bachelor with or even relationship advice.

 

I may not have the close nit friendships that Dollface portrays, but it certainly inspired me to pick up the phone and make plans with the girls I do have in my life. After all, there are just some moments in life that only girlfriends can understand or be there for. We have to support one another and be there through the tough moments. If you haven’t already indulged in this very binge-able series, I suggest you get on it. Invite your very best girlfriends over, pour a glass of wine and celebrate being friends.

"The Woman in the Window" A Book Review

Let me just start by saying WOW. This book. A.J. Finn knew that he was meant to be a writer because, for a first-time book, he knocked it out of the park. I do not doubt that being an editor for the last ten years helped significantly, but the story was pure talent. It’s a risky move, entering the psychological thriller landscape that has taken over the book market right now. Gillian Flynn, Ruth Ware, and Shari Lapena are hard to beat, but I think A.J. Finn might have just done that. 

 

The story follows Dr. Anna Fox, a woman who lives alone in her New York townhome and never leaves due to her agoraphobia. A condition that gives you intense fear of going outdoors. She spends her days drinking too much wine for the number of pills she takes and her friends are strangers on the Internet. One night she witnesses the murder of her next-door neighbor, but her consumption of wine along with her long list of prescribed medications makes her an unreliable witness to this event. So she seeks out justice on her own and what follows is a page-turning story that will keep you guessing and questioning, is our narrator reliable or not?

 

“The Woman in the Window” follows similar aspects of the female-centered psychological thrillers such as “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train” with the unreliable narrators who have some sort of addiction. However, unlike these characters, A.J. Finn has created a likable character, despite her array of faults. As a reader, we believe her and we root for her, which is something so difficult to accomplish in these storylines. For this reason, I never once put down the book, annoyed that she was drunk again or frustrated by her uselessness. Instead, I was fascinated and interested in what she would do next. A.J. Finn has found a way to make this stereotypical character into something much more, which is why I think his book stands out from these other comparable novels.

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