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Sexual Assault By a Medical Provider Is Not a Big Deal… Until It Is

TW for discussion and details of sexual assault. I wrote this post a while back as a guest post.  When I was 18, I was assaulted by a doctor at the university clinic. I had gone in to get tested for bacterial vaginosis. I was in love and wanted to …

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23andMe Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, I had never even heard of it before. In the 2 1/2 years since then, I’ve made quite a few friends who also have Crohn’s Disease. It’s nice to have a group of friends who have the same disease you do, and thanks …

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Ania's right hand with an IV in it flipping off the camera.
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Politics in the ER: Five ways Doctors Decide You Are a Drug Seeker

On June 26th, I had my gallbladder removed in an attempt to lessen the frequency with which I get pancreatitis. For those unfamiliar, pancreatitis is a condition where for some reason, bile and digestive enzymes back up into the pancreas causing inflammation and pain. In a colloquial sense, my pancreas …

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A drawing of people in front of two buildings. On the left is a dark-colored building that says "Pharmacy," with people looking dark, dirty, and miserable in front of it. On the right is a building that says "Health Food Store," and the sun is shining behind it with people walking out, holding bags of vegetables, looking cheerful and bright.
AbleismHealthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPseudoscience & alt medSkepticism

Food is NOT Medicine

In the spring of 2012, two major events happened in my life. First, I went vegan. Then, about two weeks later, I was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Since I’m lactose intolerant, cutting out dairy helped with my symptoms, but since I started being treated with real medicine around the …

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Why the Medical Model of Disability is Harmful

Over the years, many different models for looking at the impact and experience of disability have been collated. Some of these are accurate, and others, not so much. Few models, however, inspire such burning indignation as the medical model of disability. For those who are unaware, the medical model of …

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Supreme Court Sides with Hobby Lobby

Some depressing news. The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that women are not entitled to prevent the health consequences of pregnancy (or other disorders that call for hormonal regulation). In my family, the mothers typically have some degree of moderate hearing loss. The reason for this, my mother learned a …

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An image of Paul Corby, the 25 year old man who needs a heart transplant. He is wearing a white shirt and holding his hand up to show off a book he wrote.
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Organ Transplant Discrimination Against People With Disabilities

A 25 year old man named Paul Corby who has never smoked, drank, and is otherwise healthy except for a congenital heart defect that his father died from at age 27. The only way he will survive is by getting a heart transplant. However, Paul has been denied the transplant due …

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PET scan of ADHD brain versus a normal brain
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ADHD and the Best Chicken Impression You’ve Ever Heard

Hmmm I should work on a new blog post. Ok open up word, oh hey that’s right the sci-fi collaboration I am supposed to be working on. *opens file*. Hmm but I should really get another post up on skeptability… oh I love her hair! I should cut my hair, …

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At My Beginning….

I was born in a small town hospital where my mother was born, and where my Grandmother and Great Grandmother had been born just a few miles away. There had been no noticeable problems in my mother’s pregnancy. She was 20 when I was born and was very healthy. Dad …

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