Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California on walking, which has been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis.
“We’re so bad at sex and then we wonder why women aren’t like, really aggressive about sex. We think it’s cause they don’t have as much desire as we do. That’s how stupid men are, that we think ‘they’re just weird, women are like fucked up in the head cause they don’t wanna just fuck all the time. If I was a women, I’d just fuck everybody. Why don’t they wanna fuck all the time? I do’. Of course you do, cause when you fuck, you get to fuck a woman! When she fucks, she has to fuck a guy! Wildly different experiences. For a man, 100% of the time, it’s the greatest thing that ever happened in his entire life. For a woman, about 40% of the time, when she’s being fucked by a guy, she’s thinking ‘I’ll get over this in a week. It’s not the worst thing. I’m not gonna cry this time’
“Another thing that proves how bad men are at sex is that after sex, you’re looking at two very different people. The man just wants to lay there, be cool and the woman wants to cuddle…’Why is she so NEEDY?’ She’s not needy you idiot, she’s horny, because you did nothing for her. YOU DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. HER PUSSY IS ON FIRE BECAUSE IT’S GONE UNFUCKED COMPLETELY. Of course you’re fine, you climbed on and went “KFHGSKG” and rolled off. And she’s on you because she’s like ‘WH-at SOMETHING ELSE HAS TO HAPPEN, THIS IS BULLSHIT!!” If you fuck a woman well, she will LEAVE YOU ALONE. ‘Thanks a lot buddy, zzzzz’”
The FDA wrote quite the ‘fuck you’ letter to for-profit 23andMe, a genetic testing company that toes the line between being a fun way to look at your genetic health and ancestry and an actual self-diagnostic tool.
I am no expert on compliance regulations or anything, but I am a little confused at the level of vitriol here. I know that professors here in public health have actively mocked this site in class, as there is no way to rely solely on genetic markers to determine risk. I also understand that people can seriously hurt themselves if they try to self medicate based on their results or in the case of false positives/negatives. There’s also the whole argument against unnecessary medical procedures and their risk/cost. But the kit isn’t sold as a diagnostic screening procedure. So… maybe they just need to remove/change some of the language that they use to advertise, and they’d be good?
I do know that I don’t want the wrath of the FDA visited upon me… I also know I was never planning on using this service.
Either way, this is big news in the (for-profit) world of genetic testing.
My roomie is throwing a “Friendsgiving” today at our house. I decided that for me it really should be called a “Thanksliving,” being that I get to be thankful that someone I live with just cooked an entire turkey and I get to reap the benefits of her hard work.
I’m actually quite proud of my butchered portmanteau. But I feel like it’s too silly to share with her, so I’m just going to put it on the internet.
“It is a privilege to engage in theoretical gender discourse, and while politicians, doctors, families, and friends ask themselves if it is right or wrong, transgender people are being beaten to death. Teenage trans kids are issued death threats, and across the globe our body count rises. It is here, at the intersection of oppression, where violence is commonplace. How can we still wonder which bathroom she should use? Privilege affords the gender debate at the expense of our most vulnerable community members. When a trans woman dies you can read about it in the newspaper, where you see her described as a man instead of the woman she died for. And we wonder how to best protect our children, forgetting that some of our children are trans. TDOR reminds me that our precious politics have a very real consequence. This is a critical moment in the history of transgender rights. Will we remember those who did not survive it?”—Diana Tourjee, Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2013 (via andrewgibby)
Our call to action is short and to the point: Find it. Treat it. Beat it. Finding it means testing everyone, as many people as we can, as often as we can. We…
I made a video for my internship! To be clear, I was on a team and did not film or star in it. I did, however, help direct and interview people, and I did edit it myself.
Also, please don’t laugh at it. I know it’s pretty clunky. Windows Movie Maker is the worst.
Public Health PSA: 1 in 5 people infected with HIV do not know they carry the virus. People in treatment have much lower viral loads and are therefore much less capable of spreading the infection. By knowing their status they can protect themselves and their loved ones. Also, they live longer, healthier lives by far than their untreated counterparts.
“I’m suddenly gripped with this terror that I’m going to die one day. It’s something I think about all the time - the infinity of nothingness that awaits every one of us when we die is basically the only thing that is scarier to me than making small talk at a party.”—Aaron Wolfe (The Moth Podcast)
If ovarian cancer is found early, it can be treated more effectively. Learn to recognize the symptoms.
I am currently working on a project to raise awareness of ovarian cancer, and I realized that I haven’t even mentioned anything to that effect here. I’ve been remiss in my public health duties.
Ovarian cancer is the biggest killer among gynecologic cancers, and is rarely caught before it has spread beyond the ovaries. There is no current screening procedure for asymptomatic people without documented genetic risk, and the symptoms are easy to miss or misdiagnose. (Pap smears do NOT get anywhere near the ovaries and are generally only useful to screen for cervical cancer, not many of the other female reproductive cancers.) Less than half of those diagnosed will make it five years, a number that has been largely stable since 1975. Each year, about 20,000 women are diagnosed and 15,000 die of this disease.
This is a cancer (or collection of cancers, to be more precise; the ovaries are very complex organs. 90% of cases are epithelial in nature, AKA adenocarcinomas) that needs champions, and yet many people have never even heard of it.
So please, take a moment to read up on gynecologic cancers and share the symptom list with women you know. The signs and symptoms are not obvious and are easy to ignore until it is too late.