Carolina Aparicio


Carolina graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a B.S. in Molecular Toxicology. She enjoys playing with her three German Shepherds and loves going to concerts.

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You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but have you ever heard, “Apple cider everyday keeps the doctor away?” Okay, me neither, but there may be some truth to this statement! Apple cider vinegar is often an ingredient in foods like salad dressing and meat marinades, but did you know … Read More

Phencyclidine, more commonly known as the street drug PCP, has beginnings that lie far from the recreational purposes it serves today. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, PCP was first produced and distributed pharmacologically as a surgical anesthetic and phencyclidine was later used as a veterinary anesthetic and tranquilizer. Today, the production and … Read More

Chloramphenicol is a broad spectrum antibiotic, a chemical agent that inhibits the growth and survival of a wide range of bacteria. Bacteria that are part of the Streptomyces species that produce chloramphenicol. Currently, antibiotics successfully treat many infections that were once deadly such as pneumonia and wound infections. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chloramphenicol … Read More

Bacteria live on nearly every imaginable surface on Earth. Most bacteria are harmless when they do not outcompete the natural microbiome of the body. However, when bacteria move into areas they are not supposed be in, they can become a problem. Urinary tract infections (UTI) are characterized by the presence of an excessive amount of … Read More

Every year, as the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, you run the risk of getting sick with the flu or an upper respiratory infection. Oftentimes, these maladies come with a bad cough that can linger for days after the rest of your symptoms vanish. In these cases, you may opt to buy … Read More

Asthma is a chronic disease that can be deadly. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), characterizes asthma as the constriction, inflammation, and mucus secretion of the bronchi of the lungs. Asthma can be onset by several triggers. Some of the most common causes include stress, allergies, pet dander, and poor air-quality. Symptoms of an asthma attack include shortness of breath, … Read More

Not too long ago, almost any kind of cancer was a death sentence, and autoimmune diseases were a warning of either a premature death or a future full of pain and disability. Today we have drugs called biologics that modify the immune system to treat these diseases. According to the American College of Rheumatology, biologics alter … Read More

You drop your water bottle and it doesn’t shatter into a million pieces. Your child’s toy is delightfully squishy yet resilient. However, are these benefits at the cost of your health? Phthalates are chemicals that are used to make plastics soft and flexible. The Emory University School of Medicine highlights that humans are most commonly exposed to phthalates … Read More

Equisetum arvense, also known as cola de caballo, or horsetail, gets its name from its resemblance to a horse’s tail. Horsetail is a vascular plant with many medicinal and culinary properties. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), horsetail has been used as a remedy for a variety of open wounds since the era … Read More

If you have ever made the mistake of buying an over-sized bottle of vodka for $4.99, you’ve probably come to the quick realization that cheap alcohol does not taste very good. Now you have a lot of poor-tasting, unwanted alcohol and don’t know what to do with it. Throw a party? Pour it down the drain? How about … Read More

It is finals week and you have been living on nothing but coffee and donuts for the last week. Now, finals are over but you soon realize that your poor diet has left you in the uncomfortable predicament of constipation. You have tried numerous natural remedies and yet still cannot find relief.  Finally, you decide it … Read More

Ginger can be quite delicious in soup, or go along well with a California roll. What we may not realize is that ginger has many medicinal properties, especially when dealing with inflammation. Ginger root has been eaten and used medicinally for a very long time. In several ancient cultures, ginger was attributed with spiritual and healing properties; it was even described as an aphrodisiac … Read More

Who out there has never had a bruise before? Maybe you have had the bad misfortune of being hit in the face with a baseball. Maybe you are a clumsy person and just accidentally hit yourself on random objects a lot. Either way, some of you may have used anti-bruising cream, but have you ever tried to … Read More

Stress. It surrounds us humans at every second of every day. It is the feeling of having too much to do in a limited amount of time, of not having enough money to cover your rent this month after being fired from a job, or criticizing personal imperfections, even when no one besides you notices them. Stress … Read More

In the Spanish language, Yerba Buena means good herb. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Yerba Buena is variant of spearmint native to the west coast of North America and more specifically the California coast. This herb is very aromatic, with both medicinal and culinary properties which make Yerba Buena a very versatile plant! Embed from Getty Images … Read More

When you take a massage day at the spa, relaxation is expected, but would you ever think of using massage therapy to treat your chronic pain or anxiety? According to Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 85 percent of nurse practitioners say they recommend patient to try massage therapy as an alternative treatment option. … Read More

We have all been there: it’s the morning after you ate a whole box of pizza and you feel like you have a boulder inhabiting the inside of your colon. To your demise, you go to the bathroom and the rock won’t budge— what do you do now? Constipation is a common malady that most … Read More

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