- For the #MedX “year of doing”: “Don’t be a nail.” Or, “Don’t be a nail just because your doc’s a hammer.” Thanks to ePatient Dave for this one: think critically about medical care. (I opted out of a CT scan of my neck a couple weeks ago—why would I want a CT when you just told me that it’s congenital and nothing can be done?)
- The Massive Fitness Trend That’s Not Actually Healthy At All. Thanks to the real-talk of Greatist for this gem on “the militarization of fitness” and why it’s not a good thing. (That’s right… Let’s ALL embrace not puking at the gym… Lactic acid craziness does not go hand in hand with a good workout, resolutionists.)
- Real-world doctors fact check Dr. Oz, and the results aren’t pretty. Yes, those of us immersed into this scene could have told you this years ago about the fairytale land Oz is living in (and The Doctors)—I just hope this information is adequately getting to the general public.
You know how you’re not supposed to believe everything you read on the internet? That goes for TV, too—even more-so, maybe.
- About that mom who’s not bragging about her kid. As a young adult with learning and attention issues, parts of this article definitely resonated with me: while I struggle sometimes with not being as proficient with a variety of things as I’d like—both now and in the past—this article really hit home for me about maybe what my mom was thinking in certain conversations with people at times, especially when I was in university. That’s right, if anything, this can intensify after high-school graduation.
- A Step Forward. A blog post by my friend Mike at My Diabetic Heart that is definitely worth reading if you have or care for someone with chronic disease: it’s hard to be perfect, and sometimes it’s the outward-seeming smallest steps that can get us back to focusing on better.
- Why is The Alphabet in Alphabetical Order? Eight Completely Arbitrary Things. No description needed, really.
- Flu shot no match for H3N2 strain reported across Canada. We failed part of the flu shot. (See also: now overcautious of everything.)
- Jeremy Kyle: Who Stole my iPhone. Much like Maury Povich is to America, Jeremy Kyle is really just a far more amusing [to me] version, except from England. My friend Simi and I watch Jeremy Kyle via YouTube late-ish at night (for me) and early in the morning (for her in England, thus her knowledge on Jeremy Kyle). Related: “Which of my children stole my bingo winnings?”
- Energy Efficient Homes May Increase Asthma Risk. Yep, on top of all of my other risk factors, there might be another one to add to the pile. Clearly energy efficiency in itself is not a bad thing, but it’s an interesting correlation.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!