Why people are donating to Planned Parenthood now more than ever

With Donald Trump and Mike Pence heading to the White House, many women are concerned about the future of Planned Parenthood. Now more than ever Americans are coming to terms that abortion rights and other reproductive related services could face a major loss of funding if pro-life supporters get a leg up the next four years. In the wake of the election, pro-choice supporters have decided to take matters into their own hands. Donations to the non-profit organization have skyrocketed since November 9th, including a hefty $10,000 gift from Katy Perry. Giving has gone viral among men and women on social media. Planned Parenthood has reported receiving over 80,000 donations nationwide. Thank you so much! We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve received. Many people are donating in Clinton or Pence’s name. #WeWontGoBack — Planned Parenthood (@PPact) November 12, 2016 Read more about the donation surge to Planned Parenthood…

Will birth control ever be a shared responsibility with our men?

Women have been taking the pill since the 1950s, but men haven’t been able to have a similar version of contraceptive — at least until now. In fact, after 320 men reported that they experienced side effects like acne, moodiness, and a raised libido. The study has halted. However the injection appeared to work by giving me synthetic testosterone combined with progestogen, which is a hormone found in the pill. This reduces sperm production dramatically. Male contraceptive side effects seem minor to those from the pill us women take including anxiety, weight gain, nausea, headaches, and blood clots. So would her pill make it to market if it were released today? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter. Use hashtag #GoddessCouncil

The truth about your gluten-free diet

Considering going on a gluten-free diet? Surely you’ve noticed that over the past 10 years gluten-free foods have slowly taken over our grocery stores. GFD excludes the protein gluten, which is found in grains (wheat, barley, rye). Just about every kind of food today has a gluten-free version. The treatment for the 1 in 100 people around the world living with celiac disease is now being disguised as a food trend.  Yet, over a million Americans are following GFD who don’t have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity to treat. The question is, is a GFD good for everyone?\r\n\r\nA surprising truth is that there is no evidence that a GFD means a healthier you. If you’re just replacing grains and sweets, you won’t see much of a change in weight or energy like some myths point out about the diet. In fact, you’re actually putting yourself a risk by cutting…

Watch: Everything you need to know about Hillary Clinton’s plan for mental health

\r\nNo matter who you favor for the upcoming 2016 election, Hillary Clinton’s new plan to focus on the 40 million Americans living with mental illness raises so many unprecedented points. Families affected by mental illness need support, and the new agenda Clinton released touches on many solutions that are sought out by many with insecurities about their illness whether it be work, relationship, or money-related. Keeping up with new policy proposals like this could make all the difference when you’re making the best decision for you or your family at the polls in November.\r\nRelated: We need to change the way we talk about mental health

Is the U.S. running out of money to fight Zika?

The timing couldn’t be more wrong for head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re out of money, and we need Congress to act to allow us to respond effectively,” said Tom Frieden during a roundtable in Washington. Cases in the states are continuing to surface and we’re in peak mosquito season. Unprecedented travel advisories have been issued in cities like Miami, Florida where mosquitoes have actively been spreading Zika.\r\n\r\nFrieden claims the $222 million that was allocated to the CDC specifically for Zika response this year will have gone by the end of September. More than 75% of that money has already been committed to prevention of the virus. Congress negotiations fell through for a $1.9 billion package in June so money has been shifted from the Department of Health and Human Services to fund the response. With the lack of action from Congress, and the mosquito season…

Scientists developing edible, sustainable food packaging

Up to 40 percent of food around the world goes to waste, and still there are over 800 million people on earth going hungry. Now scientists say the new edible form of packaging they’re developing will help to cut both food and plastic waste. The new packaging film is being tested by the American Chemical Society. Made of a milk protein, it looks just like the normal plastic wrapping but is better at protecting your food from oxygen.\r\n\r\nEdible and biodegradable food wrappers are already on the market in some areas, but made of starch. Research study leaders expect the milk protein packaging to be in stores by 2020.\r\nRead more about this study.

Women care less about their weight than they used to study says

It’s an empowering feeling to scroll down my Instagram timeline to see so many of my girl friends, family, and Internet friends displaying the kind of self-love it takes to be feeling yourself so much you have to take a picture and share it with the world. The selfie has become a tool for displaying your best self according to you, caption included.\r\n\r\nIf little things like a selfie can have an affect, it’s no wonder researchers say that women today feel better about their appearance than women 30 years ago. Even though there are more overweight Americans today, women are beginning to care less  about weight loss. The study was presented at the American Psychological Association’s 124th convention. From 1981 to 2012 the researchers analyzed how women felt about their body weight. “While women consistently report being more dissatisfied with their bodies than men as far as thinness is concerned,…