foolish mistakes, but whatever, they are all mine.
I am all the wrong things - fat ,middle aged, bisexual, disabled, loud and I won't go away. My hobby is seeing how many years I can add to my collection before I die.
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I am enough. Like it or not. I don’t “promote obesity” I promote loving yourself regardless of your exterior. Sometimes people are so busy focused on the fact that I am “fat, curvy, plus size” that they don’t even listen to what I am saying. I also get people who say I am “fake” or that I don’t live what I preach & to those I say KISS my bootay. I have stepped out of my comfort zone so much in the past years while I discover who I am & find my confidence. The ones pointing the fingers probably wouldnt dare do half of the things I have done. However even though they are so quick to judge me or make assumptions, I keep doing ME in hopes that one day they will realize that they can love the skin they are in without feeling the need to tear others down. I never claimed to have all the answers or be the Mother Teresa of the body positive movement, but I do know that life is so much better when you embrace who you are & stop caring what everyone around you is doing. #effyourbeautystandards
If people want a more clear and accessible example of how wrong doctors can truly be (and especially how hard it is to convince them that they are), I highly recommend they look up the film “Sister Kenny.” It has nothing to do with fat activism, but is the absolutely true story of a nurse during the height of the polio epidemic who challenged the common practice of doctors at the time to completely immobilize patients during the onset of the infection and the weakening of the muscles. Sister Kenny was absolutely vilified by doctors for the radical notion that weakening muscles ought to be worked to help keep up strength and mobility.
But even though her practices were eventually adopted and are still used to this day as treatment for polio sufferers, it was a hard fight for Sister Kenny to convince the medical profession that they were wrong.
Because no one likes being told they’re wrong, especially not by someone they believe is less trained/intelligent/educated than them.
Or hell, if you want an even more recent example, consider the fact that, until as recently as the 1980’s it was still “common knowledge” for many people that asthma was a psychological condition relating to nervousness because that’s what doctors had diagnosed it as in the ’50s and ’60s. And while there’s no movie about it, you can still see the traces of it to this day in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs” where Mel Gibson’s character treats his son’s asthma attack by telling him “don’t be afraid,” “breathe like I breathe,” and “believe the air is coming.” Which, I don’t care what you thought about the water thing or anything else, this was definitely the stupidest part of that movie.
No, science doesn’t change. It, in fact, is pretty static. But that doesn’t mean that our understanding of it is. Our understanding of the universe around us and our own bodies and their relationship to nature is always changing, and that absolutely includes medicine.
Even in this day and age when we think we know just about ~*EVERYTHING*~ there is to know, we don’t. Even if you don’t accept that studies have been done over the past fifty years proving the danger and ineptitude of the diet industry, the constantly changing face of medicine is just a fact.
Bleeding various illnesses “out”.
Cornflakes to “cure” masturbation.
I could go on for hours. Yeah right, medical knowledge is perfect and infallible and has nothing left to learn. Pass that cure for cancer will you?
When all the open barrels of Nuts get pushed to the front of the store. Where the smell of hazelnut coffee and holiday drinks fill the air! Where people are always eating and handing out chocolates and sweets and oh so many wonderful things!!
All of which can kill me.
I have a severe nut allergy. VERY severe. Where the smell CAN kill me. I’ve had too many close calls before and it resulted in me having to wear a mask and gloves through most of college. It’s a black, neoprene, filtered mask.
It keeps me alive.
But cause people to stare. To call security on you. To treat you like a threat or a freak. They think you’re demanding attention and when you ask them not to eat anything with nuts they get offended that you are trying to take away their rights.
I was getting better. It was getting less severe and I could grocery shopping on my own. But something has triggered it again. I’m not sure what, but nearly dying in the mall has reminded me once again just how dangerous it is.
And I’m not just talking itchy rashes and hives, or being sick to your stomach. I’m talking, throat closing up and stop breathing. It’s like drowning, but you can’t figure out where the surface is so you have no way of getting up for air.
And then after, you’re in the hospital. The epi-pen that saved your life is causing your heart to race and the allergy medicine is wanting to put you to sleep. Your body is in complete confusion! And by the time the doctor gets around to see you, he yells at you for wasting his time, since you are not showing any symptoms he’s familiar with. And you can barely form words, are still shaking form a near-death experience and can’t fight back.
So they leave you in a bed, hooked up to machines for eight hours. All alone and then send you home…
So, this holiday season, can you just be allergy aware? And if you know someone with a food allergy, be kind? It’s horrid to have.
And I’m dreading stepping outside today because I know, the mask and gloves have to come back on and I hate it.
But living is a little more important to me…
Just know I’ll be a little out of it for a few days. It takes a while for my body to fully recover. So if I act weird or go silent, that’s why. Sorry.
I had no idea it could be so severe.
Reblogging because this is important.
thing at the mall: my guess would be one of those snack places that roasts nuts.
thankfully my food allergies are not this severe. the smell of strawberries does make my throat itch and i sneeze but i won’t die unless i actually eat them (or watermelon). but op is right, this is scary shit.
i didn’t know i was allergic to watermelon until a few months ago when i ate a big chunk. i keep liquid benadryl on hand for such an event and i took it fast enough that i didn’t need to go to the hospital but it was far too close for comfort.
So I really encourage people out there who have struggled with weight loss, self-esteem, and disordered eating to read about Health at Every Size. This issue of the publication has articles that discuss who benefits from weight obsession, building momentum for the HAES movement, International No-Diet Day, and the associations people in this culture have with the word “fat.” It is really clear that this movement is directly in defiance of mainstream culture, and will hurt the pockets AND egos of many who benefit from our self-hate. It is no suprise then that it is met with so much opposition.
If the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, were alive today he would be a neuroscientist because of the technology now available to study the workings of the brain.
THE ”blame and shame” era of linking mental illness to early life events is fading as medical science identifies biological disorders in the brain as triggers, says leading mental health scientist Tom Insel.
Dr Insel, who heads the National Institute of Mental Health in the US, said scientific breakthroughs connecting brain activity with illnesses such as depression were transforming thinking about how to treat such disorders.
I think we have come through an era of blame and shame which this new approach hopefully will get us away from. I am not sure it was helpful to anyone
”I think we have come through an era of blame and shame which this new approach hopefully will get us away from. I am not sure it was helpful to anyone,” said Dr Insel, who is visiting Australia to look at mental health services.
If the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, were alive today he would be a neuroscientist because of the technology now available to study the workings of the brain, he said.
Australian programs pioneered by Professor Pat McGorry were in the vanguard in the changing focus in mental health, Dr Insel said. These approaches were aimed at earlier identification of brain disorders signalling risk of psychosis and using holistic therapies including social and employment supports to combat social isolation.
Therapies to beat these conditions did not necessarily have to rely on drugs, but could use targeted cognitive interventions. Dr Insel’s institute was funding research using video games that focus on memory and decision-making skills that seem to be problem areas for people at risk of schizophrenia.
He said the term ”mental illness” might no longer be helpful in describing such conditions.
”These syndromes we call mental disorders are really just neural developmental disorders. When we begin to think of them in that way it does change our focus.”
Increasingly, he said, neurology was providing breakthroughs in the understanding of psychiatry and bringing closer together two disciplines ”separated by a common organ”.
He said it should be possible to identify children’s mental health risk factors and take therapeutic action earlier, similar to the way it was now possible to identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.
An example of the way language could change the way we thought about brain disorders was attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ”We now know children with this problem have a profound delay in cortical maturation of about 2½ years.
”This is truly a disorder of cortical development and to call this ADHD would be like calling a myocardial infarction [a heart attack] a chest-pain disorder.
”It really does not do justice to the underlying biology that we are beginning to learn.”
The only difference between illnesses that are treated by a Psychiatrist and a Neurologist is internal politics in the healthcare profession.