What Caught My Eye, Vol. 3

What Caught My Eye, Vol. 3

It’s finally cooled off in Florida (so, like, 70s) but boy is it welcome. Very excited to go on some longer walks and pretend it’s fall. I kicked off residency interview season with my favorite suit jacket, it got me through medical school interviews too. I’m a big proponent of adding a little dash of you to your power interview outfit and for me that’s a cream and navy tweed blazer. I’m about to finish up a rotation at the local poison control center and I’ve learned so much, will definitely be sharing more about when to call and how poison control fits into public health. In the meantime, here’s what caught my eye this week!

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Everything I Read in October 2021

Everything I Read in October 2021

Well this turned out to be a very good month of reading – I read 10 books! Compared to September, which was half consumed by The Overstory, I flew through a lot of these. While I loved The Overstory, it was dense and heavy so I needed to lighten things up a bit. This month was a good mix of steamy, emotional, and sweeping. I have linked each book to Bookshop.org, which supports local bookstores if you’re inclined to purchase them. But don’t forget about the library, I read 6 of these books on my Kindle app after borrowing from the library! The plan for November is to try and get through some of the books stacked around my apartment, but I’m heading back out to Portland (and thus Powells) so I’m sure that stack will only grow…oh well.

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What Caught My Eye, Vol. 2

What Caught My Eye, Vol. 2

After a weekend off that included a great time at the South Beach Seafood Festival, I started on a rotation at the Poison Control Center. This is a more unique rotation to my school because there is a PCC on campus, something that is not common to most medical schools. So far, it’s been very educational to hear the toxicology experts guide individuals and health care providers alike through the management of different exposures. I’ll probably write up a post when I’ve completed the rotation since it’s something I know so little about and think that’s probably true also for most medical students (and regular folks!). I’ve got all sorts of things to share today, including some fascinating reads and a few cold weather clothing items I have no business owning living in Florida, but here we are…Hope you have a great Wednesday!

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Being a Beautycounter Consultant

A Behind the Scenes Look at Being a Beautycounter Consultant

Today is my third anniversary as a Beautycounter consultant, so I thought I’d take you behind the scenes a bit and tell you all about how being a consultant works, and why I still love it 🙂

In my opinion, the advocacy work of Beautycounter is what sets them apart from so many other companies. Gregg Renfew, the founder and CEO, had a long business background that she turned towards safer beauty after learning about climate change through the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth and the intersection between the environment and the health impacts of chemical ingredients in products we use everyday. This podcast interview with Gregg is excellent for a deeper dive! She discovered that the regulation of the personal care product industry has been largely stagnant since the 1930s and that the government has given little to no authority to any agency to combat unethical, unsafe, or dangerous practices by personal care product companies.

It also has not encouraged its science and health-focused agencies to investigate the safety of the ingredients in personal care products. With that in mind, Gregg set out to found Beautycounter with advocacy as a core pillar to change the regulatory landscape of personal care products and consultants to help share how her company was different, something that would be unlikely to come across with a product simply sitting on a shelf in a store.

I was never a big makeup and skin care person but as I neared 30, I decided to start taking better care of my skin, so why not get my products from a company that also supported advocacy and health as part of their founding mission? I joined as a consultant about six months after my first purchase since I was already sharing about the company (and products) to anyone who would listen. Here are my answers to some of the most common questions I am asked about being a consultant and what I think sets Beautycounter apart!

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What Caught My Eye, Vol. 1

What Caught My Eye, Vol. 1

We’re halfway through the week and my web browser has been getting a serious workout. I love a list so I’m coming at you today with a whole bunch of links to articles spanning everything from reality dating shows to the real Only Murders in the Building, what I’ve been watching after getting home from the hospital, and what I’ve been listening to that has *nothing* to do with health policy or medicine. Consider this a brain dump from me to you!

To Read

The Murders Down the Hall

Sophie Kinsella Still Believes in Happy Endings 

The Shadow Penal System for Struggling Kids

Slackers of the World Unite!

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How to be Ten Percent Happier

How to be Ten Percent Happier

I recently discovered the Ten Percent Happier podcast and I can’t believe I’ve never listened to it before! It’s hosted by Dan Harris, a journalist and former anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America. In 2004, he had a panic attack while on air and it sparked a search for ways to increase the happiness in his life. He found it through meditation and subsequently founded Ten Percent Happier, a mindfulness and meditation company.

I toyed with trying meditation a few times over the last year and a half but never really got around to it. But what I have continued to remain into during the pandemic is podcasts – and this one has been just a great addition to the rotation. I’ve been taking a break from a few of my favorites because they are so current event and politics heavy that I’ve just needed something a little lighter. And boy did TPH deliver! Thought I’d share some episodes I’ve enjoyed recently!

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New Beautycounter Fall Arrivals!

New Beautycounter Fall Arrivals!

Every October, Beautycounter releases limited-time sets in anticipation of the holiday season. The sets are usually a mix of best sellers and completely new products – and this year did not disappoint! I am always a big fan of the skincare sets, which always include more than one product and are perfect for travel, trying something new, or gifting. There are SO many ways to use and love these sets!

As a Beautycounter consultant, I had the opportunity to get my hands on these new sets early (and I’m only *mildly* obsessed with them) but they’re now available for everyone! I’m sharing my favorites below but you can check out the full collection of new sets here. Keep reading to find my shopping tips and how to save!

Skincare Sets

Mini Must Haves

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Falling for Vermont

Falling for Vermont

It’s October in Florida, which means…absolutely nothing. It’s still 80 degrees outside with punishing humidity at 7 a.m., which means I’m sweating on my less than 5 minute walk to the train. Cue the incessant scrolling of pictures from my recent trip to Vermont for REAL FALL. It’s been more than a few years since I’ve lived somewhere with four true seasons, so the leaf colors, apple picking, and crisp air were a delight. It was so hard to leave, especially knowing I was coming back to the heat and humidity, but mostly because I had a great week visiting a good friend.

I landed in Burlington in the early afternoon on the most clear day and my friend took me on a walking tour of town. Burlington is home to the University of Vermont and is situated right on Lake Champlain (you can wave hello to New York!). The downtown has blocks of stores and restaurants on a pedestrian only street and so many cute shops! I obviously had to pop into the bookstore, but somehow refrained from grabbing anything. After some window shopping, we went on a walk that included a stop for apple cider gelato (!!) at Shy Guy Gelato. I’ve only been thinking about it once a day since I got home…

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A New Direction

A New Direction

I started this blog as a way to share the knowledge I gained working in public policy and advocacy and later in graduate school for public health with medical students. There was and remains a massive disconnect between what medical students understand about the health care landscape and what we need to know to best help our patients. I certainly don’t think every student needs a Master of Public Health to be a competent, caring physician, but as I’ve written before, it would be helpful if they had a basic understanding of health insurance and how public policy influences the practice of medicine and the lives of our patients. Not all medical students and physicians will want to engage in any type of advocacy even with this education – and that is OK – but it would at least ensure more holistic interactions with patients. That is why I started MollyMPHtoMD and continue to be active on Instagram, sharing health policy tidbits throughout the day and how it intersects with medicine. And over the last few years, I’ve posted here about everything from health care sharing ministries and ACA open enrollment to the basics of Medicare and Medicaid. But even though I have a long list of health policy related topics that I still want to write about, I just don’t feel like it.

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Books I’ve Loved Lately

Books I’ve Loved Lately

I have always loved to read. One of my biggest regrets in life is losing a summer book reading contest in elementary school. I lost by one book to the librarian’s daughter (which, come on, not fair!). All jokes aside, I really do love to read and got back into my voracious habit during the quarantine months thanks to Becca and Grace of Bad on Paper podcast. I’ve got stacks of books all over the apartment that I’m working my way through. I’ve been updating my Goodreads (feel free to follow me!) but thought I would share some of my book highlights of the past few months. It’s been a lot of rom coms, royal-themed reads, and breezy books that don’t require too much thought but definitely leave you feeling attached.

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