Search for trans-sensitive and competent health care often frustrating, hurtful

Canada’s health-care system may be built on the premise of equal access for all, but the transgender community says the provision of services for those who don’t conform to traditional notions of male and female can be far from universal.

A common complaint is that many doctors and other medical practitioners lack an understanding of what it means to be transgender, and even seeking routine care can lead to invasive and irrelevant questions about sexual orientation and genitals.

And with some practitioners, the response to a transgender patient can be outright hostility.

“Health care is incredibly inaccessible for most trans people across the country,” says Ryan Dyck of the LGBTQ advocacy organization Egale Canada. “Finding a health-care professional outside the MTV — Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver — is pretty difficult.

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The sweet spot for exercise benefits, however, came among those who tripled the recommended level of exercise, working out moderately, mostly by walking, for 450 minutes per week, or a little more than an hour per day. Those people were 39 percent less likely to die prematurely than people who never exercised.

USA: *adopts and uses foods, festivities, music and sports from every other nation on the planet*

The World: Hey, USA, you should adopt this universal healthcare system and gun control laws that works so well in other countries, too!

USA: No, that’s unamerican.

Black Out For Knowledge: I am a Physician Assistant student and all day everyday I listen to my mostly white professors tell me time and time again about the risk factors for many health conditions that WILL kill you overtime. Majority of the time being black is a risk factor. I love the black out and everything it stands for so besides posting my many selfies I wanted share some facts about things you should be aware of. I love you all and I would hate for something preventable to take away the blessing that is your health. See your primary care provider for any questions you may have and remember that you can only take care of others if you to take care of yourself first. Get tested and reblog this to save a life. 


When we look at HIV/AIDS by race and ethnicity, we see that African Americans have

  • More illness. Blacks (including African Americans) account for about 13% of the US population and about half (49%) of the people who get HIV and AIDS. The AIDS case rate per 100,000 for African Americans was more than 9 times that of Whites in 2005.
  • Shorter survival rates. Blacks with AIDS often don’t live as long as people of other races with AIDS
  • More deaths. For African Americans and other blacks, HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of death

Heart Disease

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African Americans
  • African Americans are 13% of the population; nearly twice that many die from heart disease each year
  • Among non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 46% suffer from cardiovascular disease
  • CVD caused the deaths of nearly 1 million African Americans in 2005
  • African American men are 30% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic white males.

Diabetes & Hypertension

  • 3.7 million (14.7%) of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes
  • Blacks are 1.5 times more likely to contract diabetes than Whites
  • 43% of African American women, 39% of African American men suffer from hypertension (CDC)


Adult Obesity

  • African Americans have the highest rates of obesity
  • 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity compared with Whites
  • 53% of African American women, 36% of African American men are obese

Childhood Obesity

  • 18.5% of African American boys obese (slightly higher than that of Whites)
  • 27.7% of African American girls obese (nearly 2 times that of Whites)
  • Current generation is projected to be the first not to live longer than its parents. 

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I did something important today. Protesting the horrible graphic images displayed at UNCW by the hate group The genocide awareness project. They are a triggering and misleading harassment that displays huge billboard size images of gore to scare women and shame them. So, we protested peacefully, giving out packets about healthcare, positive buttons, candy, and promoting the right to choose!


A self-professed “Commie-hating, Obama-hating, lead-spraying” Tea Partier named James Webb took to YouTube on Monday to announce that he is seriously considering voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election because he’s afraid that a Republican might repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Seemingly aware that his confession might be understood as hoax by conservatives and liberals alike, Webb presented his dilemma with a pained sincerity, saying that “I’m kind of having a difficult decision — I don’t know which party to vote for.”

The Democrat Party, he said, has done more for him in past 20 years than GOP.

Mon. April 6 national call in: No medical execution of Mumia!






Stopped from carrying out the death penalty against Mumia Abu-Jamal by a worldwide movement that spanned three decades, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has been attempting over the past three months to execute him by medical neglect.

On March 30, Abu-Jamal was rushed, unconscious, to the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville, Pa., suffering from diabetic shock, with a dangerously high blood sugar level of 779.   After just two days of treatment in the hospital’s ICU, on April 1, Abu-Jamal was returned to the prison infirmary at SCI Mahanoy in Frackville, Pa., into the hands of the very same doctors whose medical neglect and mistreatment nearly killed him.

Prison officials initially denied visits by family members, supporters and Abu-Jamal’s attorneys and only backed down after receiving thousands of calls. Those able to visit Mumia on April 3 reported he was extremely weak, had lost 80 pounds, and still had elevated blood sugar levels over 300. For lunch that day the prison fed him spaghetti, one of the worst foods to give a diabetic patient.

The murder of aging political prisoners by denying them inadequate health care has happened before. Earlier this year, MOVE 9 member Phil Africa died under suspicious circumstances at SCI Dallas. The lack of standard medical treatment impacts all prisoners, particularly those over 55.

We are demanding that the state of Pennsylvania cease and desist in their attempts to murder political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal:

● Allow daily visits by Mumia’s family, friends and attorneys. Their support and protection at this time of vulnerability should not be restricted.

● Allow Mumia’s choice of specialist doctors to examine and schedule treatment for him – NOW. Neither the prison staff at SCI Mahanoy nor the Schuylkill Medical Center has a diabetes specialist. There is precedent in Pennsylvania for this. Prisoner John E. du Pont, an heir to the du Pont chemical fortune, was allowed care by private doctors during imprisonment. Mumia deserves the same.

● Release Mumia’s medical records to his attorneys.

● Release from prison all the elderly age 55 and over. Mumia will turn 61 on April 24.

● Allow a full investigation of prison health care in Pennsylvania.

●Mumia is innocent and should never have been incarcerated. We demand his immediate release.

We are calling on everyone to participate in the following actions over the next few days:

● Twitter widely using the hashtags #mumiamustlive,  #saveMumia and #Blacklivesmatter.

● Call, fax and email the following state officials to raise the above demands:

~ DOC Secretary John Wetzel: 717-728-4109;

~ Gov. Tom Wolf: 717-772-5000; fax 717-772-8284;

~ Prison Superintendent John Kerestes: 570-773-2158;

● MONDAY, APRIL 6: A car caravan will demand to see Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Superintendent John Wetzel at the DOC office: 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 at 11 a.m. Cars leaving Philadelphia will gather at 7 a.m. on JFK Boulevard between 30th and 31st Streets (across from Bolt and Mega buses). If you can offer rides or need a ride, call or text Joe Piette at 610-931-2615 or email

● TUESDAY, APRIL 7: Press conference in Philadelphia at 11 a.m. outside

District Attorney Seth Williams’ office at Juniper Street & South Penn Square (across from City Hall, near Macy’s).

● FRIDAY, APRIL 10: Organize a demonstration in your city, on your campus, wherever you can get out word to stop this attempt to murder Mumia. We need to SHUT IT DOWN FOR MUMIA!

Thanks To Obamacare, Over 50,000 Lives Were Saved From Preventable Deaths

Thanks To Obamacare, Over 50,000 Lives Were Saved From Preventable Deaths

Pro-Life Republicans, it is time to rejoice and throw your support behind Obamacare, because the healthcare law that you hate so much has been a major reason why 50,000 people avoided needless and preventable deaths. If that isn’t a staple in the pro-life movement (saving lives), I don’t know what is.

On March 25, while speaking about his signature piece of legislation, President Obama said that…

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anonymous asked:

In light of the new "religious freedom" act in Indiana, I was wondering if healthcare providers can deny treatment based on personal religious beliefs? I live in a small town in a state with one of these laws and I'm worried about identifying myself as transgender in case I am denied treatment :( or is there some "medical law/code" where healthcare providers are required to treat all patients?

UGHHHHHHH this act sucks so hard.

So, the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) basically says that no one can force you to act against your religious beliefs.  There are lots of laws like this is in states across the country, however, this one goes above and beyond.

Basically, almost every single other RFRA specifically excludes for-profit businesses, meaning that if you’re not a church or religious organization, you do not have the right to refuse service to someone due to your religious freedom.  That makes it so that gay people, for example, cannot be refused services in businesses that are otherwise unreligious, like a restaurant.

This RFRA includes for-profit businesses.  Additionally, it has a specific clause saying that those business are protected from legal action from the government AND from civilians.  That, in turn, means that not only could you walk into a restaurant and be refused service because you’re there with your wife, but you also don’t have the right to sue anyone about it.

This is really shitty.  AANNNNDDDD……the wording of the bill is so vague that it COULD, theoretically, be used to support healthcare providers refusing care to their patients.

Additionally, the Indiana State Board of Medicine Ethical Policy states:

VI. A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide medical care. [x]

So that basically means that unless you come in to the hospital mid-emergency, they have the right to refuse you care.  So what can you do about it? 

  • Depending on how comfortable you are and how many options you have, when you call up the clinic to make an appointment by saying, “Hi, I’m a transgender woman hoping to get an appointment.  Is that okay with you?” or “Will that be okay?”  From there you can know ahead of time, at least, which clinics are best to go to.
  • You can always wait to disclose until your 2nd or 3rd visit, once you have a sense of the provider that you’re seeing. 
  • Google the practices ahead of time to see if they’re particularly religious and see what their website (if they have one) says in their mission statement.

I really believe it is truly important for your health that you disclose everything to your provider, but I also understand how difficult that can be.  Not only because society sucks in general, but healthcare providers can wield a lot of power over you, and that’s not something you want to mess with.

You definitely do not have to worry about them sharing your status with anyone else, at the very least that is protected by HIPAA (privacy laws). 

I wish I had something better to tell you, but things really suck right now.  I’m sorry.  Good luck and happy Trans Day of Visibility!  (I know, I know, worst timing, right?)


Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s health crisis, April 7

Dear Friends,

Mumia was very ill when we saw him last Friday, April 3. For that reason, Pam Africa insisted that we return to SCI Mahanoy today, Monday, April 6, to check on him.

His blood sugar registered in the mid 200s today and continues to fluctuate, and although Mumia is still very weak, he was better than on Friday. He told us that the doctors gave him a double shot of insulin right before he came out for the visit, likely in an effort to make him appear temporarily more energetic than he is. This concerns us because insulin overdose is a possibility in these instances. Again Mumia has not yet been seen by a diabetes specialist, although the general practitioner told him today that perhaps he needs to see a nutritionist. This is a sign that our muckraking is working, since the news has gotten around that he was given spaghetti for lunch when his blood sugar registered at 336.

However, despite this modest progress Mumia struggled to get out of his wheelchair so that we could take a photo of him. He remained in the wheelchair for the rest of the visit.

Mumia also told us that his mind is filled with a million things each day, but he only has the mental and physical capacity to focus on just one thought. He said that he has learned that because he has always had a strong constitution, he had failed to appreciate the centrality of life’s energy force to living. He also shared something that must have been profoundly humiliating and difficult to come to terms with.

Last Thursday, Mumia tried to go to the bathroom in the infirmary. Because he was so weak, he was not able to sustain himself on his feet. He slid down to the floor and waited there, helplessly and unable to call for assistance, for 45 minutes until he was found by a doctor and another prisoner.

We shared a touching moment with Mumia in an effort to raise his spirits. Two teachers delivered letters to us that their students had written to Mumia. One batch came from a 3rd grade class taught by Ms. Marylin Zuniga in Orange, New Jersey. The other batch was from a group of high school students in the Philadelphia Student Union, which fights for school reform and is led by Mr. Hiram Rivera. One student said…

It had been a long time since we had seen Mumia smile. He chuckled as he read excerpts from these touching letters.

We share these photos to give you a sense of the gravity of Mumia’s condition. He has lost over 50lbs and his entire body is covered with a hard, leathery layer of jet-black skin, that is bloody, painful and itchy.

We continue to demand that he be allowed to see an independent team of specialists chosen by his family and supporters.

Pam Africa 
Johanna Fernandez
Abdul Jon

Sign the Petition: Stop the Medical Execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal
 by Neglect and Malpractice!

Donate to support urgent medical care for Mumia

We are calling on everyone to participate in the following actions over the next few days:

●Twitter widely using the hashtags #mumiamustlive,  #saveMumia and #Blacklivesmatter.

●Call, fax and email the following state officials to raise the above demands:

~ DOC Secretary John Wetzel: 717-728-4109;

~ Gov. Tom Wolf: 717-787-2500; fax 717-772-8284;

~ Prison Superintendent John Kerestes: 570-773-2158;


You know what’s messed up? We have a procedure available to us that will either fix or drastically improve your vision (a godsend to those of us who rely on our glasses and corrective lenses to even make it across the room in the morning) and it is considered an elective or cosmetic surgery. LASIK is minimally invasive, can be done within your doctor’s office, requires little anesthetic drugs, and takes less than 10 minutes per eye. The laser (and the doctor wielding it) actually fixes your vision in about 20-50 seconds!

But insurance companies will urge you to continue to wear corrective lenses, to continually, year after year, pay for vision that is only correct so long as you look through this specific lens at a specific angle. I just think it is so messed up that we have the means to FIX OUR EYES and we can’t pay for it. And insurance won’t pay for it.