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Facebook Allows Lies About Women's Health

Facebook's pledge to do more about the spread of misinformation on its site has been a joke, but I can hardly blame them. Is it really their job to stop people from being gullible and fact-checking things before they believe and share them? As much as I hate that the social network has become so integrated into our world and is the home of much information (not to mention hatred), I also have to say that we're responsible for believing in what we choose to believe.

From Meds To Illegal Substances

You are probably well aware that cocaine used to be utilized as a medicine, but did you know that quaaludes and chloroform were also considered medicines at some point in history? It's amazing what we've used, believing it to be good for us, and what we've outlawed as "bad." People like to argue that the government merely outlaws what it can't tax, but if that were true, all community and personal gardens wouldn't be allowed (yikes, don't say that aloud!).

Dems Duke It Out Over Drug Bill

I can't help but laugh, without humor, when I read that the Dems are struggling to agree on Pelosi's drug pricing bill, which would allow the government to negotiate prescription costs over SOME drugs on the market. Meanwhile Americans die every day without access to medical care or live in poverty, under bankruptcy declared from medical bills, while citizens in countries with socialized medicine only stare at us and shake their heads.

Meds Or Food?

30 million Americans live with diabetes, which makes insulin, which is free in many countries, a necessity for survival. It's widely known that when the scientists who created insulin for diabetic patients designed it, they wanted everyone to be able to access it, allowing it to be mass produced without a profit. Today's pharmaceutical industry is an entirely different story, with the drug's cost rising 555%, including 45% in the last few years alone.

Non-Smoking Island

In an effort to become a healthier place to live, the Greek island Astypalaia has become a smoke-free place. The island is littered with cigarette butts every year, and instead of spending so much time and money on efforts to clean them up, citizens have decided to make the island a smoke-free place to live instead. According to the island's tourism website, it's an effort to improve "well-being, quality and pureness of life."

Keep Your Religious Ideas Out Of Healthcare

Remember how we were all outraged when it was ruled that pharmacists could reject your order if it was against their religious beliefs? Your life-saving medication just isn't as important as their personal beliefs, amirite? This is not okay, it never has been okay, and if you don't want to give someone medicine then get out of that business.

Yes, women who are raped can get pregnant

And drawing a distinction between "legitimate rape" is loathsome.

Todd Akin, Missouri's Republican candidate for Senate recently told a St. Louis radio station that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy. It is Akin's belief that, in his own words, "If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."

One of the many problems with this statement is that it is, quite simply, wrong. It is as wrong as the medieval belief that bad smells (miasmas) cause illness. As wrong as the Renaissance medical system of humors. It is not even debatably wrong, like the beliefs of climate change deniers. It is simply, 100 percent incorrect.
 
Like the "dunking stool" used in the Salem witch trials, pregnancy is - for some people - the indication that a woman was not "really" raped. For example, if a woman was wearing a short skirt or was a little bit tipsy, that - in their opinion - means that it was not a "legitimate rape." How can you tell? Because she got pregnant. 

The real drug war

Why aren’t we waging it on Rx meds?

This sobering thought is an oldie but goodie—well, not a goodie, but something that’s alarming when you think about it: though we don’t have any accounts of death due to vitamins in about three decades, about three million people have died due to prescription drugs.

I can definitely believe this, especially since my own mother got sick herself after taking diet medication as she attempted to lose her pregnancy weight. These simple diet pills were like speed, were known to cause death, and resulted in meth-like behavior for both my mom—who cleaned the house all day long, every single day—and me, who spent my early childhood copying her, as children do with their parents.

The Cusp of an Antibiotic Nightmare

Overuse and Resistance are Leading Us to Uncontrollable Illnesses, Death

We have de-used antibiotics in our home for years now. Though I had to be put on the medicine when I had blood poisoning due to gallstones and my daughter was prescribed antibiotics a couple of years ago for an ear infection (which I thought was silly, since kids in Europe are rarely prescribed them for such things and they aren’t helpful in treating them), we otherwise do not use them if we can help it.

We buy milk that’s certified to not have antibiotics in it. We don’t even buy antibacterial soup or lotion that’s so popular (why do they even make it?). We do all we can to avoid using them when we don’t have to.

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