Thirty two years old.
Liberal. Atheist. Feminist.
Portland, OR

Goodbye, virus… (by C0nc0rdance)

"One of the best things we could leave our descendants is a world with fewer pathogens. We’ve managed it twice now. It’s realistic and achievable to completely eliminate a few more. It will require a global public commitment, funding, and our most powerful weapon in the arsenal: vaccines!"

Oregon to Eliminate “Faith Healing” Defense

ignatius-m:

helvetebrann:

Oregon is getting ready to end legal protection to parents who abandon modern medicine in favor of faith healing when treating their children’s illness. House Bill 2721 would eliminate faith healing as a legal defense for parents who rely only on faith healing or other spiritual practices to heal sick children.

The change in law can be understood as a direct response to the Oregon City church, The Followers of Christ. The church is notorious for allowing sick children to suffer and even die rather than seeking medical attention. The church preaches a religion based in faith-healing, a religion that rejects modern medicine in favor of prayer and the anointing of the sick with oil.

Church members have a lengthy history of children dying from lack of medical care. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s office has estimated that in the past 30 years, more than 20 children of church members have died of preventable or curable conditions.

Thank the FSM!  Faith is not an excuse for letting your children suffer and die.

Good for Oregon. Hope this becomes a trend.

This would be so great! 

(Source: examiner.com)

2gayvirgos:

theycallmebruce:

keeptheballrolling:

Hillary delivers the best response to yesterday’s attack on Planned Parenthood 

How have people not learned yet that you do not mess with Hillary Clinton?

emphasis is mine

This is from 2009 but it’s an excellent defense of the administration’s policies regarding reproductive rights. Boo. Yah.

If this bill passes into law, a wife beater whose wife is trying to abort for the entirely sensible reason that you don’t want babies with a batterer could walk into a clinic, shoot the doctor to prevent the abortion, and plead justifiable homicide, with the blessing of the South Dakota legislature and presumably the anti-choice movement that lobbied them.

Amanda Marcotte, “South Dakota legislators move to legalize some terrorism and domestic violence” (via pandagon.net)

This is scary.

Well, Dr. Wakefield has been shown to have used absolutely fraudulent data. He had a financial interest in some lawsuits, he created a fake paper, the journal allowed it to run. All the other studies were done, showed no connection whatsoever again and again and again. So it’s an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids. Because the mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn’t have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today. And so the people who go and engage in those anti-vaccine efforts — you know, they, they kill children. It’s a very sad thing, because these vaccines are important.

—Bill Gates in response to being asked about the controversy surrounding Andrew Wakefield (via Bill Gates steps in it in a good way, declares vaccine-autism link an “absolute lie” : Respectful Insolence)

Drink your vitaminwater, skip your flu shot? - Daily Dose - Boston.com
If you consume a beverage called vitaminwater, can you skip your annual flu shot? That’s what an ad for the beverage implies, and one consumer group is crying foul.
Ugh. FAIL Vitamin Water, FAIL. The article also talks about how there is a TV commercial that says “It’s got vitamin C and zinc to help support a healthy immune system.” If you ever see the phrase “help support” when talking about the immune system, please know that they are telegraphing the fact that they are full of shit.
This is seriously making me reconsider buying their product again even, though their dragonfruit flavor is yummy.

Drink your vitaminwater, skip your flu shot? - Daily Dose - Boston.com

If you consume a beverage called vitaminwater, can you skip your annual flu shot? That’s what an ad for the beverage implies, and one consumer group is crying foul.

Ugh. FAIL Vitamin Water, FAIL. The article also talks about how there is a TV commercial that says “It’s got vitamin C and zinc to help support a healthy immune system.” If you ever see the phrase “help support” when talking about the immune system, please know that they are telegraphing the fact that they are full of shit.

This is seriously making me reconsider buying their product again even, though their dragonfruit flavor is yummy.

The 1200% Increase in my Prescription Drug Costs (via vlogbrothers)

In which Hank is pissed off because the price of his prescription drugs went up 1200% in one month.

That is effed up.

The Doctors: Daytime Talk Show Disaster (via freedom0speech)

The segment is about the proposed circumcision ban in San Francisco California. This bill would ban non-consensual genital cutting of minors when there is no immediate medical necessity. This bill is intended to protect minors, and does not ban medically necessary or adult consensual surgeries.

This is a thorough take-down of some doctors who not only make one logical fallacy after another but also are clearly not well-informed of the arguments or latest research surrounding this topic.

This is a depressingly old scam – centuries old. Snake oil is marketed to the public with whatever image is considered fashionable at the time, although the “natural and wholesome” image is most common. In the 19th century there were many elixirs and tonics that claimed to be not only “natural”, but derived from either exotic tropical locations or the wisdom of native cultures.

But at the same time these products included ingredients that were known powerful drugs. Alcohol was common, but narcotics and cocaine were also used. In the US the FDA ended the patent medicine industry and marginalized this practice, but the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 has brought it back. The modern deregulated supplement industry is a recapitulation of the patent medicine industry of a century ago.

Hyde: The Status Quo Is Not OK from Center for Reproductive Rights on Vimeo.

How the Hyde Amendment hurts women who are already struggling.

(Source: pandagon.net)

Fact check: most of the radiation that a cell phone emits is actually a low-frequency, non-harmful type of radiation called non-ionizing radiation. It doesn’t contain enough energy to remove electrons from an atom, unlike higher-energy, higher-frequency, known-to-be harmful radiations like x-rays and UV light.

Laura Riley, medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital, told TIME her point of view on the product:

… products like Belly Armor prey on consumers’ unsubstantiated fears. “There are no conclusive studies that have shown that low radiation from everyday devices is harmful to anyone, much less to a pregnant woman,” Riley says.

Although this company probably believes what they’re peddling, I really really hate anyone who preys on the fears of parents to make money.

Huckabee Opposes Insurance For People With Pre-Existing Conditions (AUDIO)

jonathan-cunningham:

silas216:

Amplify’d from tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com

When Republicans attack health care reform, Democrats like to counter by accusing Republicans of wanting to repeal a law that requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. According to Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, that’s exactly right. People with pre-existing conditions, he explains are like houses that have already burned down.

“It sounds so good, and it’s such a warm message to say we’re not gonna deny anyone from a preexisting condition,” Huckabee explained at the Value Voters Summit today. “Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance agent and say, “I’d like to buy some insurance for my house.” He’d say, “Tell me about your house.” “Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I’d like to insure it today.” And he’ll say “I’m sorry, but we can’t insure it after it’s already burned.” Well, no preexisting conditions.”

Read more at tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com
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Except instead of people not having houses, they die.  It’s not an issue of whether we can afford it or not: we absolutely can.  It’s an issue of no longer being able to turn a profit on human sickness, something that everyone with a properly aligned moral compass can get behind.

Wow, what a brilliant display of Christian values! Have cancer? Diabetes? YOU ARE JUST LIKE A BURNED HOUSE.

Damn.

Like all such research, there is noise in the data (but no apparent signal). There is no pattern of evidence to suggest that aspartame causes cancer, autoimmune disease, neurological disease, diabetes, or anything else its critics claim.

As I have noted before – you have to interpret a literature, not a single study. The results of one lab or one study can be erroneous. When decades have produced hundreds of studies on a question, the cherry pickers will always have a lot to choose from. That is why systematic reviews are necessary, and it is also necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each type of research.