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The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.
By Helen on January 18, 2011
on Saturday night I found myself watching a late-night 1950s black and white movie – something I haven’t done much of since the demise of Bill Collins and Ivan Hutchinson’s shows. Oh, how I used to love those old black and white movies (cue massive eyeroll from the kids). Some of the interest lies in a mixture of plot points which appear to have been written while dropping acid combined with gender and class expectations which are all too real.
By tigtog on December 6, 2010
Part of this month’s Blast from the Past reposting program: originally published January 4, 2006. This post notes the ongoing pattern of research around abortion being distorted and misrepresented.
By tigtog on November 19, 2010
Fred Vogelstein, parent of a child with epilepsy that’s been unable to be effectively controlled pharmaceutically, describes his family’s positive experience with a ketogenic diet as a treatment regime: a diet that involves a whole lot of fat in a restricted calorie regime that requires measuring food in fractions of grams. The whole story behind this increasingly accepted but horrendously complicated to manage treatment is a fascinating read.
By tigtog on November 15, 2010
The Therapeutic Goods Administration last week approved Gardasil for use on males up to the age of 26.
By tigtog on October 21, 2010
Research generally shows some important health benefits related to fetal uptake of maternal dietary DHA, but increased IQ no longer appears to be one of them. At least increasing one’s intake of fish oil has few if any downsides for either mother or fetus.
By Mindy on May 25, 2010
Anti-immunisation doctor banned in the UK. As he is now in the US this will do little to slow him down. Appearing on NBC’s Today Show, Wakefield described the decision as “a little bump on the road.” He claimed the US government has been settling cases of vaccine-induced autism since 1991. SMH 25/5/10 The US […]
By blue milk on May 10, 2010
At some point during my own pregnancy I knew I would confront my pro-choice politics, not because I had had an abortion in the past but because I could have, and because I believe so strongly in my right to do so. Because I dedicated some years of my career to the pro-choice movement; because […]
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By Lauredhel on March 20, 2010
Media articles on contraception surveys and how silly teh wimminz are pretty much always bother me. For a whole variety of reasons. Here’s one of them. There is so much elided, left out, glossed over, ignored, probably not even known by the author. So many opportunities lost to examine the actual issues. So many assumptions […]
By Lauredhel on March 3, 2010
Castoo is a business that offers “tattoos” for plaster casts. You can get dragons, fairies, flames, sharks, old skool tattoos, flowers, or a variety of other designs. My favourite? Send ‘em your X-ray, and you’ll get back a cast decoration that looks like your fracture. (Though all I can do is look at that photo, […]
By tigtog on February 24, 2010
We conclude that placebos should not be routinely prescribed on the National Health Service
By Lauredhel on January 1, 2010
Yeah, I get cranky at stories like this one: Tracy Hermanstorfer: Christmas Miracle Mom and Baby Die, Revive I’m thrilled for the family that they both survived this event. I hope they go on to a happy, loving, long life together. It’s hard to imagine how terrifying an experience this must have been. What’s cheesing […]