You are so right on, Nabeelah. Thank you for responding! Let me share a quick story with you that I think you’ll appreciate.

So I am admittedly self-conscious about the fullness of my breasts post-surgery and, to that end, I’ve been researching natural and herbal supplements to see what’s out there and what has been beneficial for other people.

I came across this article on the Mayo Clinic website regarding supplements for breast “enhancement”.

The Mayo Clinic has a distinguished reputation as being a world class healthcare provider. You can imagine how confounded I was when the article started with this sentence:

Natural breast enhancement supplements aren’t likely to work and might have significant side effects.

Okay. That’s fair, and somewhat expected given Mayo Clinic’s reputation for excellence in the practice of western medical interventions.

But then it ended with this one:

If you’re interested in breast enhancement, consult your doctor about more-effective options — such as breast implants.


There is a fair argument to be made that we consumers would be well-advised to be judicious and discriminating re: what we put into our bodies. That makes sense. In the US, herbal and natural supplements are not regulated for safety and effectivness in the same way that Rx and OTC medications are and the onus of due diligence is on the consumer to weigh the risks and benefits of what we will and won’t consume.

However, reading the Mayo Clinic advise readers that supplements could “hurt” them — and then immidiately turn around and recommend unnecessary surgical intervention as a presumably safer alternative — was just too much thinly-veiled hypocrisy for my little brain to process. I could’ve stomached that article in its entirety — until I hit that last sentence.

No fucking way.

Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. Mayo is passing the buck onto another provider who has a.) malpractice insurance and b.) will appreciate Mayo clinic’s recommendation of their services that could come back to benefit Mayo in other ways.

My mistake was in assuming that they were focused on the health of the patient first and the bottom line second.

That one is on me.

Mama, writer, lover, fighter — I wear my heart on my sleeve because my pants pockets are too small.

Mama, writer, lover, fighter — I wear my heart on my sleeve because my pants pockets are too small.