Act. No Matter What.


We are just going to keep coming back stronger…


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The Senate is on the verge of voting to demolish health care for millions and cut off Planned Parenthood patients from care. Let’s keep their phones ringing off the hook. Call your senators now and tell them to stop this bill.


Call 202-804-8210 or use the form on this page to call your U.S. Senator.

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If we really want to improve the health of Americans, we have to stop worrying about fictional “toxins” (you know, the kind you have to go on a diet to “cleanse”) and start worrying about actual toxins like lead in water, hazardous building materials, and pollution from coal factories and landfills. If we want to protect the health of children we don’t need programs like Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” where we teach kids that their body size is the problem and that health is their individual responsibility, we need programs like Let’s Move You to a Habitable Neighborhood (I made that up). Or better yet, let’s move the corrupt politicians, contractors, developers, and corporations out of your neighborhood and all neighborhoods. 

But let’s be honest, it’s much more comfortable to believe that poor Black, Latinx, and Native kids are just being fed too much junk food and not getting enough exercise than it is to admit that we are making them sick with environmental racism.

Friendly internet reminder

It’s okay to say “I don’t have enough information to form an opinion on this subject”. It is okay to say “I have been presented with new information and I decided to change my opinion on the subject”

We have a whole big internet to look up information. We have all kinds of reputable, free scholarly studies (Google Scholar is a GREAT resource as well as ResearchGate) as well as website that shows the multiple sides of all kinds of arguments (ethical issues, science issues, law issues, among many other things).

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the experts. Don’t be afraid to ask for information from people who have been studying the field for a long period of time. 

In December 2014 something unusual happened at Disneyland. People came to visit Mickey Mouse, and some of them left with measles. At least 159 people contracted the disease during an outbreak lasting several months. This is more than the typical number in a whole year in the United States.


The leading theory is that measles was introduced in Disneyland by a foreign tourist. That could happen anywhere. Medical experts generally agree that the fact that it took off was probably a result of California’s low vaccination rates, which in turn was a result of an inability to persuade a significant share of Californians that vaccines were important.


The episode made national news, but in the next few years, another development was striking but attracted less national attention: Because of a policy change, California was able to turn it around. Data from a county-by county analysis shows that in many schools with the lowest vaccination rates, there was an increase of 20 to 30 percentage points in the share of kindergartners vaccinated between 2014 and 2016. One law changed the behavior of impassioned resisters more effectively than a thousand public service announcements might have.


Limiting outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases relies on “herd immunity.” Essentially, if enough people are vaccinated, a disease cannot get a foothold.  For measles, this number is around 90 percent to 95 percent. In other words, if 95 percent of people in an area are vaccinated for measles, an outbreak is unlikely even if the disease is introduced.


In response to the Disneyland outbreak, California suddenly went from a state with quite lax school vaccination standards to one with extremely strict requirements. The state passed Senate Bill 277, which went into effect in 2016 and eliminated all personal belief exemptions and tightened the approach to conditionally enrolled students. No longer could a parent say, “I’ll do it later”; there had to be a plan for vaccine completion over a period of about six months.

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The New York Times“After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles.”

Important story on how to deal with the anti-vaxxer idiocy.

poor people on SNAP or other benefits do not need “healthy eating” rules imposed on them. restricting their food choices doesn’t make them healthier. when we limit what they can buy we limit their access to sufficient calories. “junk food” is dense with calories and provides efficient energy for the body. fruits and vegetables contribute little to meeting total energy needs and their nutritional content isn’t very beneficial when overall calorie intake is too low. 

poor people don’t need food rules imposed from on high, they need ENOUGH food and they need regular access to it. i’m so done with these tepid takes (cc: pbs, npr and other liberal media) on getting poor people to eat “healthier” as though that were some kind of anti-oppressive stance… it’s not! are we willing to do what it takes to make all people food-secure, with regular access to enough food that they want and enjoy? that’s the only thing worth talking about

huffingtonpost.com
Ending Malaria Is Possible
April 25 marks “World Malaria Day,” which is celebrated every year to recognize global efforts to control the disease, to commemorate those who...

A world without malaria is possible, and may not be as difficult to achieve as one might think. Infection rates are already declining and effective methods for prevention and treatment do exist.

There were nearly 64,000 drug overdose deaths [in 2016] in the U.S.. To put that in context that’s more than gun deaths. That’s more than car crashes. It’s more than HIV/AIDS during the peak of that epidemic. Another way of looking at it is it’s more deaths in the U.S. from drug overdoses than there were U.S. causalities during the entire Vietnam War.
—  German Lopez, senior reporter for Vox, on the opioid epidemic 

*picture is of someone holding a yellow flower with the white bold text: People don’t realize how cashiers often have to stand for 6-10 hours straight with a 30 min-1 hour lunch and MAYBE 15 minute break, there’s NO way for this to be healthy! *

No amount of stretching, shifting your weight, fancy shoes, or gel inserts will make this healthy. People are NOT built to stand this long, comfortably. I know people who got spider veins in their legs due to their long hours of standing! The poor newbies often have lower back pains because of this prolonged period of standing!

This summer, scientists in California are releasing 20 million mosquitoes — in an effort to shrink the population of mosquitoes that can carry diseases.

It sounds counterintuitive. But the plan is to release millions of sterile males, which will then mate with wild female mosquitoes. The eggs the females lay won’t hatch, researchers say.


To Shrink The Mosquito Population, Scientists Are Releasing 20 Million Of Them

Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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Top Philadelphia officials are advocating that the city become the first in the U.S. to open a supervised injection site, where people suffering from heroin or opioid addiction could use the drugs under medical supervision.

But the controversial proposal aimed at addressing the city’s deadly drug crisis must first overcome resistance from top city police officials, community residents and the federal government.

It’s a divisive idea: People bring their own drugs to shoot up under the watch of medical staff, in a facility that provides clean needles and other equipment. Advocates say the goal is to provide a bridge to treatment.

There are about 90 such official facilities around the world. Though some U.S. cities — including Seattle, San Francisco and Denver — are talking about establishing this sort of city-sponsored site, there are none in the United States, so far.

Philadelphia may be unusually well-positioned to be the first; its opioid crisis is mostly concentrated in one neighborhood, where some of the purest, cheapest and most deadly heroin in the nation can be purchased.

The city’s new district attorney, Larry Krasner, has promised he would not prosecute users at the safe-injection site.

Desperate Cities Consider ‘Safe Injection’ Sites For Opioid Users

Photos: Natalie Piserchio for WHYY

a steroid drug called deflazacort used to treat kids with muscular dystrophy and available in Canada and Europe for $1-2k per year was approved by the FDA to be sold in America by Marathon Pharmaceuticals for $89,000 per year. eighty-nine thousand US dollars. a drug for chronically ill children. (and they’re about to do this again with another pediatric drug.)

Marathon Pharmaceuticals donated evenly to Democrats and Republicans in the last election cycle, including to the campaigns of liberal darling Senators Patty Murray and Chuck Schumer. but I guess we’re capitalists and that’s just the way it is? :(