Health Archives

Lisa Madigan, I really do take that much decongestant

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Six months ago, I was a happy (as much as one can be) seasonal allergy sufferer. I had my prescription for a certain name brand for so many years, it is like a security blanket for me. Seriously, when I forget to get a refill or renew the prescription, I panic because I know how messed up my head is going to get with all the snot, sneezing, itchy eyes and more snot. DRUG-D was my BFF. So when the company decided to put my second favorite pill (Sorry, Drug-D, but my birth control is #1 DBFF) on OTC, it turned me into a drug hunting mad woman.

STI Awareness: Syphilis

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When syphilis first descended upon Europe, it was seen as a new plague, and anxiety and blame coalesced around this mysterious scourge. Was it a punishment from God? Was it introduced by a hated Other? Was it caused by the stars’ alignment or the presence of “bad air”? The panic it provoked foreshadowed the hysteria that surrounded the emergence of HIV in the 1980s, as syphilitics were discriminated against, feared, or thought to have received punishment for their “unbridled lust.”

Newsflash: Your ovaries are drying up and crumbling into internal bacon bits.

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Ladies! I have some bad news that you definitely would never have suspected: It turns out that whitening your teeth, dying your hair and using really good anti-wrinkle cream will not in fact extend your fertility. I KNOW. My biology class taught me that if you’re pretty you can have babies forever, so this really blew my mind. Super glad the Times regularly covers the “you think you’re young, ambitious, happy and responsible because you’re waiting until you’re ready to have kids, but you actually have the ovaries of a shriveled old hag so better get to procreating yesterday” beat.

Review of Brown Boi Project’s new health guide: Freeing Ourselves

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Vanessa mentioned this new guide a few weeks ago, and I had the honor of receiving a review copy. For folks who aren’t familiar with the Brown Boi Project:

Law and Food: The History of Boneless Breakfast Bacon

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Really, would you want your bacon any other way? The image at right is a bacon label from the year 1909, currently held by the National Archives (I kid you not; see here) and on display in connection with the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit.  The exhibit “explores the Government’s effect on the American diet.”  I haven’t visited yet, but am thinking that this might make a good side trip during the Faculty Recruitment Conference.  Imagine the interview questions that could be generated by an intrepid visitor:

UNITAID in Cameroon

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Last week, I was in Cameroon with Cheryl Contee, Baratunde Thurston and Mark Goldberg, as part of a press group following UNITAID Chairman Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy as he visited hospitals and clinics that served patients via UNITAID-funded programs. It was an incredible trip, and I have a much more detailed post in the works, but Cheryl has a piece up at Jack & Jill Politics that’s worth a read — it’s a great summary of UNITAID’s work, and our time in Cameroon.

The Healing Power of Drama Therapy in Lebanon

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With the commencement of my studies in the field of Social Work, I have been thinking a lot about the various forms through which people can recover and heal. Last week I came across an article on IPS’ Gender Wire about an organization located in Lebanon which uses drama therapy to help restore and empower

Summer of Feminista: Crossing to the other side

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I decided to write a post about women who suffer vulvodynia, like me. Maybe you haven’t heard about it either, but more women than you imagine suffer it silently, and many of them without even knowing. What has this to do with embracing the role of public intellectuals? As Veronica said in her call for posts, women voices rarely make it to op-ed pages, and not only women voices are neglected but also women’s specific concerns. Intellectuals should talk about women’s health too. I was surprised to find out that few gynecologists know how to treat women suffering vulvodynia.

The Madman In the Woods: Mental Illness As Boogeyman

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I locked my house last night, for the first time since I moved in. I had to hunt for the key to the back door, because I tossed it in the back of my desk when my landlord handed it to me; ‘I’ll never need this,’ I said. ‘Who locks their doors?’ I checked the windows, pulling them tight until I heard the latches catch, and wriggled the doorknobs to be sure they wouldn’t give way.

MAC Cosmetics and Lady Gaga: Promoting Women’s Sexual Empowerment through HIV/AIDS Awareness

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Notice: To sexually active women of all ages who have ever hesitated to ask their partners to suit up and wear protection.  Fear no more!  You now have an outspoken advocate on your side.  Lady Gaga is on the case with the message, “Live with passion, love with protection.”

Chandra Brown: Fighting Pollution in Southern Georgia

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As politicians ratchet up the rhetoric on how the Environmental Protection Agency is creating problems for the economy, one woman from Georgia has a different point of view about the importance of clean air regulations. Chandra Brown resides in Metter, Georgia, with her husband and two daughters.  “Where we live,” she told me, “we are sitting next to some of the most toxic facilities in the country.”  She is referencing the coal-fired plants dotting the banks of multiple rivers situated near her home.

My Problem With "Maggie Goes On A Diet"

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I have no objection whatsoever to children's books teaching healthy eating habits and the value of exercise, but as a former (and current) Fat Girl this book is offensive. Society has always done a bang-up job of making girls feel like crap about themselves, and this book is the icing on the cake or should I say, the no-calorie sweetener on the high-fiber oatmeal?

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