Check out some of my most popular stories.

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Photo by Christina Murphy, shirt courtesy of My Girl Murphy

Hello and thank you for following me. My name is Rose Bak. I am a writer based in Portland, Oregon.

I am a dedicated multipotentialite which means I have a wide array of interests and creative pursuits. I write about everything from yoga and mindfulness, business, personal finance, self-help, animals, humor, aging and so much more.

In addition to my work here on Medium, I am a published author of romantic fiction, I teach accessible yoga and I work in social services.

Here are some of my most popular posts for you to enjoy. Thanks for reading!

Why it feels so good to scratch an itch.

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I’ll be honest with you: I’ve always been annoyed by, and dare I say, a bit snarky about the gluten-free trend.

In my experience, “gluten intolerance” mostly seems to affect upper-middle-class white hipsters and soccer moms with disposable income. As a wise friend of mine told me once, “only you white girls can afford food allergies”.

Then I started seeing a new doctor last year and she suggested I stop eating gluten, pointing to research that, among other things, gluten can aggravate autoimmune conditions.

“It may be why your thyroid meds aren’t working well for your Hashimoto’s,” she said as I stared at her like she was crazy. …

“Cancel Culture” and losing your job are also not covered anywhere in the Constitution.

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Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting on social media about alleged violations of their First Amendment rights.

“You can’t force me to wear a mask. It’s a violation of my first amendment rights!”

“Twitter is violating the President’s first amendment rights by kicking him off the platform.”

“You can’t put me in Facebook jail for what I posted, I have first amendment rights!”

I have got bad news for you friends. This may blow your mind, but the truth is….the first amendment doesn’t say anything about masks. It doesn’t mention Facebook or Twitter. …

It’s not Medium. It never said it was. But you can be very successful there anyway.

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You may have heard a lot of Medium writers talking about joining the new Creators program on the news aggregator site, News Break.

Many writers rushed to apply to write on the site, enticed by promises of guaranteed income. You may even be one of those writers who migrated to the site.

I joined the rush, and I’m glad I did.

After starting writing for News Break in late November, I posted an article called “5 Reasons Why I’m So Excited About News Break — and You Should Be Too”.

You can click over to the article, but essentially I was excited…

Dryer Sheets Are Dangerous — Here Are 7 Natural Alternatives to Use Instead

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Photo by Brittney Weng on Unsplash

If you use dryer sheets when doing your laundry, you may want to think about using some alternatives. Dryer sheets can be dangerous to you, your family, and the environment.

Dryer vents are a source of air pollution both inside and outside your house. Scented laundry products contribute to this pollution, especially strongly scented products like fabric softener and dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are the biggest contributor to the problem, since they are added to the dryer.

This probably isn’t surprising. …

Yoga can benefit anyone. Here’s how you can do it in the comfort of your own home.

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Are you feeling a little stiff? A little stressed out? A little lethargic?

Have you considered yoga?

Wait, wait! Before you click away, let me first tell you this: yoga is not just about all those skinny young white chicks bending themselves into pretzels like you see on Instagram or other social media.

You can do yoga if you are old. You can do yoga if you are plus size, obese even. You can do yoga if you have a knee or hip replacement. You can do yoga if you have a disability. …

Here’s how you can quickly treat an upset stomach at home.

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Image by Anastasia Gepp from Pixabay

Are you having some tummy issues?

No one likes feeling nauseous. Nausea can be caused by many issues, including overindulging in food or alcohol, stress, pregnancy, medication side effects, or migraine.

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, can be super uncomfortable. If you’re feeling miserable due to an upset stomach, you don't have to rush out to the pharmacy or pop a pill. Instead, here are seven great home remedies that may bring you some relief.

Most of us have some mint in the house. Check out that stash of tea bags in your kitchen, or make your own tea by boiling fresh mint leaves in water and sipping the mixture slowly. You can also chew on fresh mint leaves. If you don’t have tea or mint leaves available, mint candies or mint gum can sometimes help. …

Here’s what happens when you can’t afford to get your period.

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Photo by Josefin on Unsplash

It’s happened to every woman at least once in their lives, if not many times: your period comes at a time you’re not expecting it and you realize you don’t have any sanitary products.

It can be a huge inconvenience, but most of us muddle through. We pop into the pharmacy to buy some. We borrow something from a friend or a coworker. We improvise until we can get home.

But what happens when you’re too poor to afford to buy tampons or pads?

I got my first period on Christmas Eve 1980. …

I don’t need you telling me why I need to lose weight.

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Photo by Christina Murphy

New Years is a hard time of the year to be a fat woman in this country.

Everywhere I look I see someone who looks like me — as the “before” picture in a diet or workout ad.

Even worse is when the “before” picture is someone much smaller than me. I seriously want to stab someone when I see a “before” picture that’s a woman who is maybe a size 10 or 12.

You know, smaller than the average woman in this country.

According to the “National Health Statistics Reports” issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in December 2018, the average woman in the United States weighs 170.6 pounds, or 77.4 …

27 Suprising Ways to Use This Handy Medicine Cabinet Staple

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Hydrogen Peroxide. You probably have the distinctive brown bottle in your bathroom cabinet right now. You’ve long known the hydrogen peroxide can be a great antiseptic to clean out wounds if you get a cut or scrape. But did you know that this medicine cabinet staple has many other great ways you can use peroxide throughout your home?

The hydrogen peroxide you are used to seeing is actually a water-based suspension of pure hydrogen peroxide. …


Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer, author and yoga teacher who lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit or follow @authorrosebak on social media.

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