Common Is Not Normal

We love statistics. Okay, we may not love stats class (I cried my way through it in college), we love looking at statistics. How much alike are we to others? What percentage is voting for whom? Or not voting at all? How many women will get heart disease? Get my drift? Statistics rule our world and help us calculate what risks we may or not take.

But statistics also normalize behavior. And make us think that things that aren’t normal are.

What do I mean? For starters, over the past few decades, the incidence of PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) has increased, with women now reporting PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder aka PMS on steroids). Don’t believe me? Ask women who are a few generations older than you. Chances are, they won’t remember being home from school or work for days on end with cramps. We’re told by the medical establishment that most women suffer from some level of PMS. So, all of a sudden, it’s considered a normal side effect of Aunt Flo.

Well, I have news for you. Aunt Flo may make a regular, monthly visit, but she doesn’t bring her drama every month. In fact, there really shouldn’t be any difference at all, other than cranberry-colored menstrual blood and maybe a feeling of inner contemplation.

As you hear from people, the media, doctors, Facebook forums, Dr. Google, and wherever your search for information may take you, common does not mean normal. It is not normal to have PMS. It is not normal to have brown bleeding. It is not normal to have cramps. Or thin hair on your head. Or dark circles around your eyes. Or tubular breasts. Or food allergies. Or irregular cycles. Or early menarche. I can go on and on and on. These things are common. They’re certainly not normal. And they’re a big sign that the body needs to be supported in a way that you maybe have never thought to support it.

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