preventative healthcare

So, here’s the thing. Trump’s team does not need to put trans folks in concentration camps to destroy us. It is far, far easier:

1) Bathroom legislation prevents us from moving around. Especially when they are encouraged with bounties to incentivize nabbing cis-passing folks. (Bounties sound ridiculous? Lots of states’ first attempts at these laws included bounties. It is a Real Thing )

2) “1st ammendment / religious freedom” laws prevent us from accessing goods and services.

3) Abolishing Obamacare prevents the poorest among us to access any transition-related healthcare. Pressure on insurers and health providers to drop trans healthcare prevents the rest of us from access.

4) Forbid trans people from changing their legal documents to match their new name and gender. This makes us easier to out.

As a reminder, here is a quote from Ken Blackwell’s org. He is on the Trump transition team:

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“There is no rational or compassionate reason to affirm a distorted psychological self-concept that one’s “gender identity” is different from one’s biological sex.

Neither lawmakers nor counselors, pastors, teachers, nor medical professionals should participate in or reinforce the transgender movement’s lies about sexuality–nor should they be required by the government to support such distortion.“

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The above 4 strategies drive us deeper into poverty and raises an already staggeringly high (over 40%) suicide attempt rate.

Gender id is not a protected class in most states. Trans people have very, very few legal protections. It is still legal in some states to fire us, evict us, and even use the "trans panic” defense to get out of a murder judgment.

Bathroom laws in schools are the easiest to begin with because the young are our most vulnerable and easiest to control, plus the supreme court has yet to decide if gender identity is protected by Title 9. Pay close, close attention to this case (Gavin Grimm, a trans boy) once it begins, as well as Obama’s initiative to direct public schools to give trans kids their bathroom access. If these fail, our trans youth is going to be the first to fall.

Cisgender and want to know how to help?

1) Your trans friends might need help getting their docs changed before January. They’ll have to do a lot in person, so they may need time off, rides to the courthouse, papers notarized, or even a cash loan.

2) Business owners can ask their insurance to cover trans healthcare now, so 1-time things like surgeries can get scheduled asap.

3) Teachers, parents, etc who can sit on school boards can fight trans panic in the bathroom.

4) We need cis voices to combat transphobia wherever it happens, from “jokes” to legislation. And we need cis voices to openly support us and show us we are not alone.

How to get rid of a coldsore in 3 days!

Alright guys take note, because this will save you when you get struck with a coldsore.

The majority of the population has the coldsore (herpes simplex virus 1) in their bodies. It doesn’t go away but usually lays dormant within DNA, until certain factors occur that often trigger them.

Things that can bring on a coldsore are:
-stress
-period
-ill health
-lowered immune system
-tiredness and fatigue
-strong sunlight exposure
-having a current infection

So basically when your body is run down, and your immune system isn’t at its best, the virus comes out in the form of a coldsore blister on your lip line usually.

Some people are more prone to coldsores than others.

A coldsore will first appear as a bump/lump on the lip line. It’s usually clear; looks like it’s liquid filled at this stage. Usually very small, not obvious at all, you may only be able to feel it not see it. But the sooner you spot one and treat it the better your chances are of getting rid of it quickly.

So what to do when you first spot a coldsore. This is my tried and tested method and has worked for me on numerous occasions.

Step 1| Put some tea tree oil (make sure it’s diluted with aloe or water or a carrier oil, not pure tea tree oil), on the end of a que tip or cotton bud and hold it on top of the coldsore. You may need to hold it with some pressure. It will probably sting a fair bit.

Step 2| Buy a coldsore cream, I usually use Zovirax, but most have the same active ingredient which stops the virus developing and spreading. Apply the cold sore cream as often as you can. Rub it in then put another thin layer of it over the top and leave it sitting on top. Make sure you do this at night too. So the cream is on the spot over night.

Step 3| Take L-lysine supplements. Essentially L-lysine floods the cells with lysine so that the cells cannot be contaminated by the coldsore virus. Lysine can be found in health stores.

If you spot your coldsore developing soon enough you can make sure it doesn’t become a full blown crusty sore. I have gotten rid of one of mine in 3 days with this method. It works.

About Big Hero 6

So I just finished rewatching Big Hero 6 for maybe the 12th time and a thought occurred to me that had been knocking around in my head for a while.

Ok, so that finale? Where Baymax sacrifices itself to save Hiro? Where Hiro had to willingly say “I am satisfied with my care” and say goodbye to one of the last connections he had to his dead brother as well as to someone that he had come to see as a friend? Where you tried really hard not to cry and then cried a lot? Yeah, this is about that.

After the big moment, of course, it’s revealed that Baymax’s healthcare chip had been hidden in its fist so Hiro could rebuild him. Looking at the scene there really isn’t a way for Baymax to put the chip in its fist after locking it into place behind the pod. Which means that Baymax doesn’t have its healthcare chip the entire time that it’s going through this speech about how it can save Hiro but its protocols won’t let it deactivate unless Hiro states that he is “satisfied with his care”.

Now for a long time I thought this meant that Baymax had learned and grown beyond its programming and that he knew even when its chip was removed how to best care for Hiro. That meant this was the emergence of true AI, one that genuinely cared about the people under its care. Very uplifting message if you want to take it that way and certainly one that the filmmakers could have intended, and if that’s the way you want to take that scene then I’d suggest you stop reading now.

Let’s take a look at the scene earlier in the movie when they first fight Callaghan. Hiro tells Baymax to destroy Callaghan when Hiro hears how callous Callaghan is towards Tadashi’s death. Baymax tells Hiro that its healthcare protocols prevent it from harming a person. Hiro removes Baymax’s healthcare chip and immediately you see a personality shift as Baymax goes from friendly caregiver to emotionless destruction engine. This makes sense as, up until this point the only thing that gave Baymax any personality was the healtcare protocols Tadashi had programmed which seemed to all be stored on that chip and with the healthcare chip gone, the only thing left would be the combat protocols Hiro had made. Once the healthcare chip is back in place the personality change is just as sudden back to normal.

Earlier in the movie you’ve seen how these chips can be augmented and added to when Baymax downloads entire databases on dealing with emotional grief and also when it adds minor things like “fistbump” to its healthcare protocols. Shortly after the fight scene you also see where Baymax refuses to open its access port as he does not want to let Hiro remove its healthcare chip again for fear of Hiro making Baymax violate the protocols Tadashi put in place.

Given all that, here’s a theory: Baymax copied its healthcare database to the combat database in order to keep Hiro from making it violate protocol again. You can already see that Baymax is unwilling to violate protocol and that Hiro is all too willing to remove those protocols. Baymax refused to open its access port as a temporary measure, but naturally all Hiro would have to do is power Baymax down and force the port open. In that case Baymax would be helpless to stop itself from causing harm. It could simply delete the combat protocols, but it can’t ignore that Hiro is reckless and driven to get himself into dangerous situations to apprehend Callaghan so Baymax knows it needs the combat protocols in order to protect Hiro. The logical solution is to copy all protocols on to both cards for redundancy in case one is removed.

In short: Baymax felt so betrayed by what Hiro made Baymax do that it decided to make a failsafe in case Hiro did that again.

The Big C

Well, the cancer is back. My dad spent the last week at the U of M hospital undergoing tests to determine if they could start harvesting his stem cells. You can’t harvest the cells for replacement if cancer is present in the body.

It turns out that it has returned to the original site in his pelvis. It is present in his bone marrow and could potentially be in his spine. They are testing more spinal fluid to be sure.

He has also been referred to a lung specialist for a spot the doctor detected on the bottom of his lung. Several of his siblings have had lung cancer so they want to be sure his lung are clear before proceeding.

So for now, he will undergo 2 more rounds of chemo starting this week. Hopefully that will be enough to put him back into remission. He is tentatively scheduled for stem cell harvest/transplant in early January.

Going through this over the holidays has him bummed out, but there is really no alternative.

Every time we receive bad news, my mind instantly goes to preventative care. What could he have done differently during his life to maybe stop this from happening? What choices can I make daily to possibly prevent having cancer someday myself? What skills can I instill in my son at an early age that will keep him healthy for a lifetime?

Eating whole, unprocessed foods. Exercising daily. Keeping your weight in a healthy range. Not smoking. These are the obvious cancer preventers/fighters. It seems like a simple solution, but as a society we are not there yet. The medical community knows these things, but they have yet to make preventative care a priority. There are multiple resources once you are already sick. But if you appear to be healthy, you usually have to find information on your own.

When I was obese, I told my doctor that I was very concerned about my weight. Her reply was “Eat less, exercise more.” I left my appointment feeling hopeless and stupid for bringing it up. It would be another 5 years before I would find the courage to get help. That was 5 more years of being sick and feeling unhappy. How many people never get the help that they need?

I know that not all cancers are preventable. But shouldn’t we be doing everything in our power to keep ourselves and our families as healthy as possible to at least lessen the risk?

Cancer sucks. I’m sick of talking about it. I’m sick of hearing who was diagnosed with it. I’m sick of hearing who died from it. Fuck cancer!

Sara Josephine Baker - Physician & Pioneer of Preventative Medicine

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re sharing portraits of some pioneering women in STEM.

Born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1873, Sara Josephine Baker went on to become one of America’s most accomplished physicians. She enrolled in the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary in 1894 where she failed only one course: ‘The Normal Child’. Upon retaking the course, she became fascinated with children’s healthcare.

In 1901 Baker joined the New York Department of Health, and in 1907 she apprehended “Typhoid” Mary Mallon – the woman responsible for two separate typhoid fever epidemics in New York City. The following year, Baker was appointed the first director of the newly formed Bureau of Child Hygiene.

In that position, she changed the way the world thought about public health. In the days before antibiotics and modern medicine, the chance of a child surviving an ailment was slim. So, Baker pioneered and implemented preventative healthcare policies. By the time she retired in 1923, the infant mortality rate in New York City dropped from 144 per 1,000 live births to 66, one of the lowest in Western Civilization at the time.

Baker is credited with creating the position of the school nurse, and inventing a disposable infant eyedropper kit for inserting sterile silver nitrate solution into the eyes of infants following childbirth; the solution was used at the time to prevent blindness. She was the first woman to earn a doctorate of public health in the United States. In addition to her work in healthcare, she was a very vocal suffragette.

Self-Care Thread #IFSelfCare

Have multiple things going on at once!
Overwhelm your senses
Neutral TV show in the background
Play a game on your phone or
Read a book
Incense burning
A fan blowing
A podcast or radio goingA crucial part of healthcare. Both preventative in nature and a way of coping after the fact Inclusive Feminism (@IncFeminism on Twitter) just did a self-care thread on Twitter so we thought we’d share the highlights here! 

Image Description: Infographic titled: “@IncFeminism Presents: What Is Self-Care?” The background is sea foam green and there are white accents. The text reads: 

  1. Any deliberate action you take in order to attend to *your* emotional, physical, or psychological needs..
  2. A crucial part of healthcare. Both preventative in nature and a way of coping after the fact 
  3. Completely individual. There’s no right or wrong way to practice self-care.

Image Description: Infographic titled “Inclusive Feminism Presents “Self-Care Guide” The background is a pale teal with lighter polka dots. The infographic is divided into different sections: Physical Self-Care, Emotional Self-Care, Mental Self-Care, and Spiritual Self-Care. The text reads: 

Physical Self-Care

  1. Eat foods that make you happy/nourish you
  2. Drink a protein or nutritional shake
  3. Stay hydrated (get the Water Your Body App)
  4. Take needed medications
  5. Shower/bathe
  6. Engage in activities that feel good
  7. Get sleep and rest as needed

Emotional Self-Care

  1. Craft, color, pursue creative outlets
  2. Journal
  3. Listen to your favorite music
  4. Spend time with your pets or at an animal shelter
  5. Join a support group or see a therapist
  6. Practice positive affirmations
  7. Practice self-love

Mental Self-Care

  1. Read a book
  2. Take a class for free with Coursera
  3. Learn a new skill
  4. Try a new recipe
  5. Try brain teasers
  6. Put together a puzzle

Spiritual Self-Care

  1. Act mindfully
  2. Meditate
  3. Attend a religious service (if that’s your inclination)
  4. Write a list of things to be thankful for
  5. Volunteer
  6. Move in nature
  7. Observe the stars

(All of the above are customizable and are about what you are able to do and what will help you feel your best!) 

Note: I’m aware that there is overlap between all of these sections, just like there is overlap between the different aspects of our lives.

Image Description: Background is of a pale person (only torso, legs, and feet visible) sitting clutching an aqua coffee mug of milk. They have on a white sweater and aqua socks. The headline reads: Inclusive Feminism Presents What To Do When You’re Feeling Down. Overlaid is the following text:

  1. Self-Distract!!!!
  • Have multiple things going on at once!
  • Overwhelm your senses (in a good, manageable way)
  • Neutral TV show in the background
  • Play a game on your phone or 
  • Read a book
  • Incense burning
  • A fan blowing
  • A podcast or radio going
  1. Plan little things to look forward to every day
  2. Find little moments of joy
  3. Spoil yourself in little ways (it doesn’t have to cost any money)
  4. Treat yourself like you would your best friend going through the same situation
  5. Find a Groupon for a massage (you could also find a massage school for deep discounts)
  6. Do a deep cleaning of your environment.
  7. Fix a cup of hot tea
  8. Keep a mood journal (MoodTrack Diary app is recommended and free)
  9. Do something totally spontaneous.
  10. Get away for a few days (go camping, stay with friends or family)



This isn’t an exhaustive list and this won’t cure anything, but I’ve found all of this helpful for my own mental health and for dealing with my severe chronic pain. I hope you found all of this helpful! Feel free to inbox me with any questions!

I’ve been 2000% done with abortion debates for years (I don’t debate pro-lifers, I just block and move on), but I’m just throwing out there that the reason for “pro-life” movements is entirely about oppressing women who are marginalized on the axes of race and class and denying them healthcare and preventing them from having control over their bodies. 

The material effects of this, of course, harm all people with uteruses who are poor and/or nonwhite, and harms people of all bodies and genders due to denying access to all forms of affordable healthcare. In this way, it can be a broad tool to control, harm, and kill individuals of many marginalized groups at once. 

But I also believe that the overall intention of these policies and the tactic of attacking abortion specifically is centered in misogyny. All the pain, death, and suffering inflicted on nonwomen due to these abortion-specific policies comes from the complete disregard for their lives in the crossfire of their efforts to oppress women of color and poor women (and especially poor WoC and especially especially those who are sex workers). 

There’s a reason why Planned Parenthood (an organization with many locations in poor areas, with less expensive health care options) is what they attack. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is really about abortion itself. Rich people who want to terminate their pregnancies will always be able to get abortions. The ruling class will never be denied autonomy over their bodies. 

#WhyWeMarch

By:  Meta Dead

I have seen a lot of posts on the internet this week shaming women for being “angry.”  People are quoting everyone from Buddha to Deepak Chopra to Madonna, in an attempt to vilify those that are out exercising their very American right to free speech.  Here’s the problem I see.  There is a crushing disconnect between the agenda of those demonstrating and the understanding our shamers have of our agenda.  Do you see my meaning?  

For instance, if I thought that millions of men and women around the world were angry because they wanted to kill babies and they were afraid the government was going to make them stop killing babies, I would say, “Hell yes!  What a bunch of freaks out there that want to kill babies.”  

First of all, do you know what saves the most babies from being “murdered” or worse, born into unloving or unprepared homes?  Planned Parenthood.  A war on Planned Parenthood IS a war on children.  

I want to share my personal testimony.  When I was 15, a friend’s mother checked me out of school and took me to the health department.  There, I was given birth control–for free, without parental consent.  I was a virgin.  However, this saintly woman had the foresight to see that I was a naive kid with a lot of potential and having an unplanned pregnancy would have changed the course of my life, and my opportunities would have been dramatically limited.  

As I watched other friends get pregnant in highschool, some made the brave decision to keep their child.  Some made the equally brave decision to terminate their pregnancy.  Both choices are scary as hell, and both changed the trajectory of those girls’ lives.  But that’s the important word here.  Choices.  If the quarterback of the highschool football team who had NFL dreams was forced to carry a child for 9 months because he made a mistake and had no choice but to give up football and be a dad at 17, I fear that we might look at this “choice,” differently.  That’s one root of my anger.  If both sexes could become impregnated, I don’t think the medical procedure of terminating a pregnancy would even be on the table for questioning.  Think critically about this.  Please.  


So, Trump’s office says that if all of these women didn’t want him to be President they should have voted.  That’s cute, and of course, true.  Most probably did.  We weren’t protesting a Trump presidency.  We were making a statement about the issues that are important to us. Namely, marriage equality, equal economic opportunity, gun violence prevention, climate change, healthcare, immigration reform, women’s rights, and beyond.  Yes, its true, many women voted for Trump.  I can find plenty of reasons for this.  Maybe it was strictly a financial choice.  Perhaps they liked the idea of having a non-politician in office.  Perhaps they fell prey to propaganda, or family pressure, or just actually thought Trump was their ideal candidate.  Maybe they just hated him less than Hillary.  Those women have a right to share their thoughts too.  Admittedly it hurts sometimes when they do, but I accept it.  I don’t shame them.  I find my tribe and move on.  


The Women’s March was a beautiful representation of my tribe.  People who want love, safety and equality for all humans.  Gender equality is only a small part of the agenda of this march, but its one I feel strongly about so I chose to speak on that more personally today.  


This week we have a new President, and social unrest rumbles under the surface of every dinner table, comedic monologue, rock show, etc.  Our march showed that we are watching and will work to build a world where the dreams and opportunities for little girls are equal to those of little boys.  Where pink is for anyone and so is blue.  Where a drumset or a baseball glove is just as reasonable a birthday gift for Sally as it is for Johnny.


Furthermore, as our children grow and find their own identities, we continue to fight for a world where they don’t have to get bullied to the point of suicide because they were born with a penis, but feel better in dresses, or because they were born with a vagina and feel more drawn sexually to other women.
We are angry that we have to keep asking for this for our children.  Anger is a gift.  It inspires action.  When my mother died, I was angry.  I’ve kept that anger in my heart and I use it when I see injustice.  I’m not ashamed of it.  It’s not unlady-like and its CERTAINLY not unAmerican to be angry.  Planned Parenthood and the ability to have access to options is a right I had and I want it for future generations.  The idea that someone wants to take that away for ludicrous, political, sexist reasons makes me angry.  I will not apologize for that and I am not alone.

Insist.  Resist.  Defy.

anonymous asked:

I love the meme! Here's to you : five times Enjolras dialed the wrong number and interrupted his friends sex lives + 1 time someone else dialed the wrong number interrupting HIS sex life (possibly exR!) :)

1.

“Joly, do you have that statistic on preventative healthcare you were talking about last night? I just remembered it and wanted to make a note of it.”

“Enjolras.” Joly sounds like he might have had to run for the phone, though he picked it up halfway through the second ring. “It’s ten at night.”

Enjolras winces. “Is it? Were you asleep? I’m very sorry, I was just on a roll with this.”

Joly pauses. “Asleep,” he finally says, like Enjolras is missing something.

“I’ll just call back in the morning.” Joly was either sleeping or distracted, and it’s late. Much as he wants to finish his letter to the editor tonight, it can wait for morning.

2.

“Darling Enjolras,” says Courfeyrac when he picks up the phone. “You are one of my very favorite people in the world, which out of seven billion is a lot, but this is a really bad time.”

“I’m sorry, are you busy? I can call back.”

“Well, you also called half an hour ago, so when you called back I sort of thought it was urgent.”

“I just wanted to know if you want to get dinner. And it’s time-sensitive, so I wanted to be sure.”

“While normally I would say yes without hesitation, I have a beautiful boyfriend and a beautiful girlfriend and it is a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I am going to make hay while the sun shines.”

Enjolras closes his eyes and covers his face with his hand. “I called you in the middle of sex, didn’t I?”

“In all fairness, you would not be the first one, but yes. We’ll make plans later in the weekend,” says Courfeyrac, and hangs up.

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The American Chronic Disease Crises

When the Great Flu Pandemic struck the United States in 1918 and 1919, it caused the deaths of around 700,000 people. According to the CDC, around 900,000 Americans die every year of preventable chronic diseases. Here’s a breakdown of the top ten causes of death in America,

It’s interesting to note that the most common causes of death are preventable chronic diseases.  Whereas back in the day the leading cause of death was by virulent disease, today we are making a conscious choice to kill ourselves through bad health and lifestyle decisions. By far heart disease is the biggest killer, in fact today it is the most common cause of death in the world.  More than 60 million Americans suffer from it, and 90% of heart disease is preventable. After heart disease is cancer. 30% of cancer cases are preventable. Then there are chronic respiratory diseases, such as COPD, emphysema, and pulmonary fibrosis. This is the one cause of death that is rapidly increasing, soon to overtake all others, with 6.8 million Americans diagnosed with COPD alone. As a respiratory therapist I can tell you that the vast majority of chronic respiratory diseases are preventable. After accidents are stroke, of which 90% are preventable. Finally, listed at number 7 is diabetes.  There are two type of diabetes, Type I and Type II.  Type I is insulin dependent, where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels.  Type II diabetes is called “insulin resistant” diabetes, typically caused by a diet with too much sugar and too much processed carbohydrates. This results in more and more insulin being secreted to control blood sugar levels, eventually causing the body to become resistant to it’s own insulin. Type I diabetes is relatively rare, accounting for 1.25 million people, and only 10% of cases are preventable.  Type II diabetes is more prevalent, accounting for 26 million Americans. 90% of Type II diabetes cases are preventable.

We are living in amazing times. At no other time in history have people had the option to make conscious choices to lead a healthy life. Even today in impoverished countries many people still don’t have that option. We are literally killing ourselves. It’s not just America, in most wealthy nations this is a growing trend.  But just as we can make a choice to kill ourselves, we can choose life as well. The vast majority of my patients, I would say 90%, are people who are very sick or dying of chronic diseases directly caused by bad health decisions and bad lifestyle decisions, whether it be smoking, obesity, drug abuse, or alcohol abuse. 90% of those people are readmitted on a monthly basis because despite their health problems, they still won’t take care of themselves. The quality of life of these people is often terrible.  Many are already dead, they’re just waiting for someone to bury them.

In the past 8 years healthcare has been a hot button political issue, what with Obamacare and all.  Many agree that our healthcare system is broken.  The reason is obvious, our healthcare system is overwhelmed by the tens of millions of people suffering from preventable chronic diseases, people who require multiple readmissions. I will be honest, no government program or healthcare system is going to fix it. NONE. No insurance system, whether its the private market, Obamacare, or universal healthcare is going to be able to handle it in the long term.  But there is a solution, and it begins with the individual, it begins with you and me. We all must take responsibility for our own health. We need to all step up and start taking care of ourselves. We all have our addictions and vices without exception. No matter what your addiction is, food, alcohol, drugs, smoking, even things like sex addiction or gambling addiction, etc., we can either kick these addictions, or they will kick us.

There are three arguments I often hear against what I and others who propose the same often get. People who make these arguments are either in denial or are fools. The first is the “well I have a 95 year old grandpa” argument.  The old argument cites some claim that the person knows some person or relative who smoked and drank heavily but lived to a rife old age.  Well I can dispel this bullshit easily. For every “95 year old grandpa” example, there are hospitals and nursing homes across the country filled with people who were not so lucky.  The second argument is the “well you’re gonna die of something”, which often goes hand and hand with the third argument, the “I don’t wanna live to be old anyway” argument.  Well that’s all fine and well that you want to die young. But consider this, what if you don’t? Because after all, most people aren’t dying young, they’re living to be old, even the smokers, drinkers, druggies, and fried food eaters. The difference is that those who take care of themselves have a good quality of life and die well, whereas those that don’t have a terrible quality of life, often dying a horrible death. It’s very rare now a days that smokers die young of cancer, or alcoholics die young of liver failure, or obese people die young of heart disease.  With most people with preventable chronic diseases it’s a long downhill slide of illness that spans the course of years, even decades.  Of course, you could do everything right and still lose, still contract a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s or Parkinsons, or you could get hit by a truck tomorrow. Who knows? Tempus Fugit, Moment Mori. Regardless, the fact of the matter is that as an American, chances are that you are going to die of a preventable illness. So the question is, how do you want to die? Do you want to ride off into the sunset, go out with a bang, or do you want a slow, painful death?  What kind of quality of life do you want to have before you die?  Do you want to spend years, maybe a decade or more having your rotting limbs amputated due to diabetes, barely able to breathe, choking on your own bronchial secretions while waiting for someone to suction you and change your diaper? Or do you want to be like fitness guru Jack Lelane, who was a human beast all his life up to the very day he died at age 96?

So make a commitment today that from here on out you will strive to better yourself, to take charge of your health, to kick your bad habits and become the healthiest person you can be, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Eat healthy foods, stop smoking, stop drinking in excess, exercise, take care of yourself.  You will feel so much better, and you will have the pride all your life that you accomplished something great through hard work, sacrifice, discipline, and character. The solution is simple.  I didn’t say it was easy, I said it was simple. There’s a big difference.

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Light’s Guide: Engineer Coaxes Photons & Smartphones to Reveal Hidden Worlds

by Michael Keller

It is appropriate to call Aydogan Ozcan a wizard who uses light as his magic. Pulling from what seems to be a bottomless well of creativity, the 37-year-old electrical engineer and his team at UCLA are bending lightwaves to transform healthcare and measurement.

Ozcan focuses on the science and applications of generating, detecting and controlling the particles of light called photons. It’s a highly specialized field called photonics, which brings together physics, engineering and optoelectronics to create society-changing technologies like LEDs, lasers, fiber optics, medical imaging and many of the devices that make modern telecommunications possible.

While these are disruptive technologies that loom large in the narrative of humanity’s progress, Ozcan’s use of light happens on a scale that is very personal—transforming devices that fit in the hand or that are worn on the face into powerful instruments. In the process, the Stanford-trained PhD is miniaturizing once heavy, expensive laboratory equipment so that it can slip into a pocket and not break the bank.  In one celebrated innovation, his lab turned an ordinary smartphone with a camera into a microscope capable of revealing disease-causing viruses and bacteria. In another, they used a common flatbed scanner for biomedical imaging and sensing. And from the much maligned Google Glass, his group has crafted an instrument that lets the wearer detect diseases like malaria, HIV and prostate cancer in blood samples or, in a different application, see chlorophyll to understand a plant’s health. Learn more about his revolutionary innovations below.

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If we’re being completely honest, 3 years in nursing has already been enough to prove to me that our system is irrevocably broken and we’re just rearranging deck chairs on a sinking ship. While everyone is focused in on BS like ‘free healthcare’, which is impossible, by the way, that they completely fail to note that a majority of our healthcare costs are caused by modifiable behaviors. Our horrible, processed, sugar laden diets, our lack of a system of physical activity that actually promotes fitness, alcohol, smoking, etc. All of these are modifiable behaviors.

Instead of working to change these behaviors, we’re patching problems on patients who will simply come right back or drop dead shortly after they leave the hospital. Our entire system is set up in such a way as to practically guarantee it rereturning patient and the government response (since the ACA) has been to fine us when it happens.

Our food industry is interested in creating consumers, not a healthy population. Low fat, high carb diets are the primary culprit behind the explosion of Metabolic Syndrome (obesity, hypertension, diabetes) and are deliberately designed to be visually appealing and chemically addictive. They also participate in marketing to promote the bold lie that eating healthy is cheaper than eating their junk.

The fitness industry as a whole is complicit. Some organizations are literally funded by the food industry to promote their lies. Look at the connection between the NSCA and Coca Cola. The NSCA wants to be the leader in defining fitness and athletic training and they’re funded by one of the corporations most directly responsible for our obesity epidemic while actively trying to demonize anyone who opposes their methods (ie, CrossFit HQ.) Globogyms market bottom-of-the-barrel fitness memberships that lock people into contracts that charge people even if they never set foot in the gym, and statistically, most don’t after the first month. Conventional gyms make money without ever actually caring if their members are fit or not.

The combination of this with the pharmaceutical industry and the hospital industry simply creates a revolving door of patients who develop diseaes based on their toxic diet and poor exercise, are prescribed pharmaceutical cures that treat symptoms instead of causes, and go back out into the world to continue their bad behaviors.

There has to be a complete paradigm shift in the way we look at healthcare, to incorporate properly-defined physical fitness, diet correction, and preventative medicine. Otherwise our healthcare crisis will continue to get worse. No amount of government spending is going to fix this, and if you think it can, remember that the government is in bed with all of the corporations who make money on the system staying exactly like it is.

All of this has me quite disenchanted with the nursing industry and has me really believing I could do more good becoming a CrossFit coach a few years down the road than I can continuing as a nurse for the rest of my life.

“I want to end homelessness.”
“How do you think that can be achieved?”
“I believe the answer to homelessness is secure housing. It might be housing that’s supportive, or it might be housing that’s independent. It depends on the individual. All homeless services, including housing services, should be person-centric. They should start with the choice of the individual and then work on recovery as part of their choices.
If you are looking at someone who is chronically homeless and tends to have high addictive and high mental health issues, recovery should be a focus, but it should be client led.  That means that the individual leads their own recovery, and it’s not a forced type of program because those programs don’t work. They have about 12 percent success rate.” 
“A city official working with homelessness once told me that a lot of people choose to be homeless.”
“This is one of the problems. The field is full of people who don’t think. They think within the stereotypes. Does that make sense—that people choose to live like that? The idea that someone is homeless by choice is utterly absurd.”
“I’ve only had one person tell me that he is homeless by choice because he was working three jobs in New York City and still had no money and also had no leisure time.”
“So, he says that he is homeless by choice. But if he had choices for housing that was affordable and equitable, and he could obtain it without having to work seven jobs, I imagine he wouldn’t choose to be homeless. It’s absurd to say that someone chooses homelessness because given the choice for housing that’s affordable and realistic, no one would.
The same is true of saying, ‘Oh well, they choose homelessness because they are mentally ill.’ First, being mentally ill is not a choice. An individual who is mentally ill has trouble navigating everyday normal social situations, particularly if they have Axis I mental health diagnosis or even Axis II mental health diagnosis. These diagnoses make it difficult to navigate everyday life. To say that they’ve chosen homelessness would be simply to say that they’ve chosen it over trying to navigate normal society. That’s just not an answer. So, do I think people choose homelessness? Never. And do I think that placing people in institution-like settings such as shelters is the answer? Absolutely not! They are of high health risk, they are costly to the public, they are unsafe, they are unclean, they are aggregate housing, and they spread disease. There is a plethora of issues with aggregate-type shelters. It’s an institution that institutionalizes people. It also limits opportunity. You are only allowed to sleep during the allotted hours. Does that limit your possibility of working nights? Absolutely. Where do you sleep? When do you sleep? You never sleep if you work nights. Does it limit the hours of your availability for employment? When you put your shelter on a résumé, does that limit your opportunity to obtain employment? Barriers to employment are just one example of the many barriers living in shelters creates. I’ve been in lots of shelters throughout my career and every time I go in one, I get the heevy-jeevies, for lack of a better word. They just make me sick.
“You also touched on several other related issues such as affordable housing and maybe even income inequality. Do you think that a more comprehensive approach to homelessness that addresses these larger issues is the right one or is that too ambitious?”
“The current way in which we are dealing with our homeless system, without a comprehensive view, without looking at jobs and affordable housing, without looking at it from a policy standpoint, doesn’t work. If we don’t change the way things are addressed right now, we will continue to see a rise in homelessness. There is a dwindling middle class in this country. The unequal distribution of wealth will only rise if we don’t figure a way to change the social structure in which we live, and that includes affordable housing and a host of other things—employment issues, mental health systems, healthcare and preventative care. Is it ambitious? Yes. Is it doable? It has to be. It’s the only answer.
It will be difficult because there is a prevalent attitude, particularly here in the US, that says—and I hate saying this because I make enemies—that people deserve this. It says that people don’t work hard enough. I think that’s obscene. I think someone who works at McDonald’s works very hard. And I think many of these jobs are essential to the entire running of things. A janitor is essential to the running of a Fortune 500 company or a university. When you don’t have a janitor, you realize how essential the job is. Pretending that these jobs aren’t of value is ridiculous. Having such a job shouldn’t mean that you have to choose between eating and having a home. It shouldn’t mean that you have to choose between basic needs in life. It shouldn’t mean that your kids have to wear shoes that are too small because you can’t afford shoes. These are not normal choices, particularly in a developed country, which the United States is. Choosing to feed or clothe your children should not be a choice that people in a developed country are making, at least in my opinion. 
“How did you become involved with these issues?”
“I started my career working with people with disability, mental or physical. I worked for a place that had dual diagnosis part. So for a while, I worked with people who had mental disability and mental health issues. That’s how I started working in mental health. Then I went back to university and studied political science with a focus on poverty initiatives, so the two things sort of melded for me. My focus has always been people who are chronically homeless, with the key indicator often being mental health issues. Over time, I learned more about drug addiction, which, believe it or not, is also an Axis I mental health diagnosis. Often, people with drug addiction are self-medicating out of their disorders. People tend to simplify drug addiction a lot. They say, ‘Well, they’ve made bad choices.’ Yes, there is some of that, but it’s far more complicated or sinister than just making poor choices. I’m sure there has been a time in your life when you thought, ‘This is the worst day ever. I’m going out to have a drink.’ Some people go out, have a couple of drinks, and they forget it for the night and go about their lives. Some people go out and have a few drinks because they had a really bad day, and they just don’t stop because that becomes their only coping mechanism. 
So I am focused on chronic homelessness, but it’s far broader than that. There are several categories of homelessness. In fact, 80 percent of the homeless population are not people you see. Dad loses his job, and they become homeless, for instance. They tend to funnel in and out of homelessness because they have family and other resources. But if you’ve ever dealt with someone who is schizophrenic, for instance, you know that it’s harrowing. The family wears out, bridges are burnt and the person is on their own. And there is both a lack of understanding around mental health issues and a lack of mental health care. It’s prevalent not just in the US but even in countries with more equitable health care systems such as Canada. It’s almost as if someone asks for that, as opposed to cancer, which they don’t ask for.  To me, they are one and the same. They are both diseases. Have you ever heard a child say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be homeless, mentally ill and addicted’? Those aren’t things people want in life.
I also find that homeless people are very interesting to talk to. They have a lot of things to say. They have a perspective that the average person doesn’t have. They have usually gone through things and—shockingly!—they are not bad people. They are people who struggle with things. And people who are struggling are far more interesting than people who have everything handed to them.”

With all due respect to the Justices, they have erred in invalidating the buffer zone as an impermissible regulation of speech. Protesters always have had ample opportunities to express their opinions directly to patients and staff. And the Court also distorted reality when it focused on supposed “caring” conversations from protesters.

In Massachusetts, before the buffer zone law was enacted, patients and staff were often subjected to intense and aggressive harassment. Planned Parenthood in particular was routinely singled out by protesters who went beyond expressing themselves through conversation. They disrupted the operation of health centers by chaining themselves to medical equipment. They stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the doorway of our healthcare centers, blocking access for our patients and staff. They screamed directly into the ears of patients, jarring them at a sensitive moment — when they were en route to a private medical appointment.

This volatile, unsafe environment in Massachusetts paved the way for tragedy. In 1994, a man barged into the Planned Parenthood health center in Brookline and opened fire, murdering one staff member and injuring three others. He then went to another nearby health center, murdering another staff member and wounding two others.

When the law was enacted, it was instantly clear that it worked. The atmosphere outside Planned Parenthood health centers became transformed to one of peaceful coexistence. Speech was never prevented outside healthcare centers. The only restriction protesters faced was to stand 35 feet away from the entrance of a healthcare center. Thirty-five feet is roughly the length of a school bus. When someone screams “Murderer!” from a distance of 35 feet, you hear the message loud and clear.

anonymous asked:

Would you guys consider the possibility of several movements parallel to feminism? Like some to demolish stereotypes for men, some for the lgbt community, and then so on until the old ideals are destroyed?

Personally I would pretty much be on board with the MRA movement if their goal was to help men in ways that would, y'know, help men and not contribute to the silencing, suffering, rape culture, PUA movements.

Like if MRAs held support groups and parenting classes and education for single fathers, that’d be amazing. If MRAs campaigned to kill the weird no-homo stigma of getting testicular and prostate exams as preventative healthcare that’d be awesome. If MRAs were interested in supporting their brothers of colour and calling out and bringing attention to racism I’d be on board. If MRAs were working against the no-homo bro culture to uplift and support their gay/bi brothers, I’m all for it.

I would be all for MRA groups if their goals were not rape threats, murder threats, silencing women, stomping over feminism, and calling us bitches and cunts.

But, y'know. That’s not the case so. My attention is focused on feminism.

-Blossom