There are many health topics considered too taboo to talk about—menstruation being one of them. By ignoring this completely normal part of women’s health we miss out on the ability to empower young girls to become educated, strong women who support communities and positive social change.
Overcoming stigmas and challenging cultural norms is what my guest on this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, Miki Agrawal, was born to do. Miki is a successful entrepreneur who creates innovative products to disrupt industries and change perspectives. She co-founded and led THINX, the high-tech, period-proof underwear brand, and most recently founded TUSHY, a company revolutionizing the American bathroom and making bidets mainstream in the US, to support better health for our sensitive private areas and the environment, all at once. Miki is also founder of the gluten-free pizza chain WILD and the author of Do Cool Sh*t and Disrupt-Her. She was recently named Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2018 and Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine. She is also a graduate of Cornell University and proud mama of an amazing little boy, Hiro Happy.
Miki’s interest in supporting other women grew out of her experiences traveling as a former professional soccer player. She realized young girls in South Africa were missing school every single month due to lack of access to feminine care products (calling it their “week of shame”). After diving into the research, Miki found this issue impacts more than 100 million girls, many of whom end up dropping out. When you consider that an estimated 90% of a working woman’s income goes back to her family and community, it’s clear that we need educated young girls to build a bright future. Miki is passionate about making that happen and breaking barriers in the process.
Miki’s approach to entrepreneurship is one built from authenticity, participation, and fearlessness—for her, hearing no is always an opportunity to create a yes. She also believes in practicing addition through subtraction, by quieting the noise of a chaotic life through organization, mindful friendships, and making room to intentionally create more of what you want in life. Miki shares her secrets of finding success in both business and personal growth in this inspiring episode.
We also talk about the power of play in cultivating a happier life and how to rediscover what “truth” means on an individual level, to find a deeper sense of empowerment and motivation. I know you’ll love this upbeat episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I hope you’ll tune in.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD