Category Archives: Health, Healthcare and Nutrition

My Horrible OB-GYN Experience

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Health has never been a big concern in my life. As a child, my mother chose to avoid the doctor because I literally fought the nurses tooth and nail. That was back when antibiotics were given by needle, not mouth. So, I sweated out the fevers, took a few aspirin and got over it. When […]

Q: How Bad Do Mammograms Hurt? A: They Hurt like Hell

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I had my first mammogram yesterday. After it was done, I ran though a mental checklist of things that would have been much more pleasant — chewing glass, having a toe amputated, sticking a needle in my eye, eating goose poop. These came to me in a steady stream as I winced and said, “Ow. Ow. […]

Becoming a Mom Again after Breast Cancer

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I was 38 and a single parent working 48 hours a week to support my two daughters. I had a lot of support from my family in raising my girls, so when I found a lump in my breast one gloomy day, I figured if I ignored it, it would go away. I felt for […]

Worldwide Pandemic: Who Would Be Saved First?

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If a worldwide pandemic occurs, the order in which people are deemed to be important enough to save or to whom experts submitted an ethical obligation is tricky and difficult. The protocol is revisited revised by the World Heath Organization and the United States government every two years. Prioritization is categorized by tiers, according to flu.gov the determination is based […]

The Push to Medicate Children

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Photo: Cathy Kaplan There’s the push: from teachers, from doctors, from social workers, and even from random strangers. They push to medicate differences in children away as if some little pill can actually solve a child’s challenges. Some people push back, blaming big pharma, as if the teachers, doctors, social workers, and strangers don’t make […]

Physical Therapy for Vaginas

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Photo: David Reeves I was curious as to what kind of person decides to specialize in physical therapy for vaginas. I mean, I’m no medical expert, but I do have a vagina, and I can’t imagine that there are many exercises one can do for it. This is what I was thinking while sitting in […]

A Gourmet Wannabe Drops Out

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Photo: Leslie Banks All those helpful cooking recipes in parenting magazines designed to get kids to eat healthy gourmet meals? They lie. Those glossy photos depicting cute little moppets happily chowing down on exotic feasts like sushi, asparagus, and roasted bell peppers with hummus; they’re secretly airbrushed and Photoshopped to hide the chicken nuggets, chocolate […]

Sick Days

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Photo: Ronald Bloom My oldest succumbed first. She came downstairs in the gray light of a winter morning, her face blazing with an unhealthy flush. “My head hurts,” she said. A quick hand to her forehead confirmed what her glassy eyes had already revealed. “You have a fever,” I told her. “No school today.” She […]

Gene Pool Dating?

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Photo: David Hughes To anyone out there that may have ever felt rejected by someone they have loved, I am here to tell you; it may not have been you. Well, it may have been you, but, not for the reasons you may think. Women, let this be a guide; don’t worry about being rejected […]

It’s Not My Fault!

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Photo: Jeffrey Zavitski Just when I think our world cannot get any crazier I pick up the newspaper and see the headline, "Activists blame obesity on sugary SpongeBob." Spongebob causes childhood obesity? Apparently The Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood are threatening to sue Viacom (owner […]