Well this is pretty damning.

"When you tell someone their food is dirty, even by implication, you shit all over their own body autonomy, issues of class and access, cultural food traditions, their own tastes and needs, and issues of health. When you tell someone their food is dirty, even with the best of intentions because you want them to make what you see as better choices, you are butting right up against their ability to keep themselves alive."

There’s No Such Thing As “Clean” Food

"It is incredibly sad that survival rates for extremely premature babies are so low. These are wanted babies. But the lack of improvement in survival shows there is no scientific basis for reducing the abortion limit.

However, science is only one component of the issue. The other is the reality and needs of women’s lives. There will be women who need access to abortion [above] 20 weeks."

— a spokeswoman for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s take on the recent fuckery from UK ministers, including health secretary Jeremy “Spoonerism” Hunt and (female ffs) Women and Equality Minister Maria Miller

(Source: independent.co.uk)

Atos nurse Joyce Drummond apologises over ‘ridiculous’ disability benefit refusals
Their assessment method means that assessors ask leading questions to establish your “fitness” to work. Things that lower your chance of receiving benefits:
being well-presented, with neat hair and make-up (means you aren’t physically disabled)
turning up with a toddler (means you have emotional energy and physical capability to look after them)
being able to sign the application form (means you aren’t physically disabled)
impromptu smiling (means you aren’t depressed)
An investigation by The Independent showed that over 40 medical professionals working for Atos have been reported to medical regulators for professional misconduct.
A survey carried out by Rethink mental illness showed that eight out of ten doctors saw patients develop mental health problems over the work capability assessments, with one in five believing the stress caused by the assessment was so damaging that it was causing their patients to have suicidal thoughts.
What Atos are doing is fucking disgusting. End of.
Source: Daily Record / Huffington Post

Atos nurse Joyce Drummond apologises over ‘ridiculous’ disability benefit refusals

Their assessment method means that assessors ask leading questions to establish your “fitness” to work. Things that lower your chance of receiving benefits:

  • being well-presented, with neat hair and make-up (means you aren’t physically disabled)
  • turning up with a toddler (means you have emotional energy and physical capability to look after them)
  • being able to sign the application form (means you aren’t physically disabled)
  • impromptu smiling (means you aren’t depressed)

An investigation by The Independent showed that over 40 medical professionals working for Atos have been reported to medical regulators for professional misconduct.

A survey carried out by Rethink mental illness showed that eight out of ten doctors saw patients develop mental health problems over the work capability assessments, with one in five believing the stress caused by the assessment was so damaging that it was causing their patients to have suicidal thoughts.

What Atos are doing is fucking disgusting. End of.

Source: Daily Record / Huffington Post

"Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are *always* male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or bicep.

And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world."

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re: feministing - for women, heart attacks look different

Things I did not know, but should.

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This is a post that might save a life. 

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My mom worked for 25 years as an ER nurse and is convinced that a lot of women die simply because folks only know heart attack symptoms that occur in males. 

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shit I had no idea….huh

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"People can be obese yet physically healthy and fit and at no greater risk of heart disease or cancer than normal weight people, say researchers. The key is being “metabolically fit”, meaning no high blood pressure, cholesterol or raised blood sugar, and exercising, according to experts."

research shows people can definitely by fat and fit. in this study (largely white middle class folk) it was around 50:50 unfit/fit from the obese participants

now don’t spout generalised bigoted fat shaming ever again or you’ll earn my worst accolade of “enemy of the scientific method”

"Imagine a group of 100 women who received diagnoses of breast cancer because they felt a breast lump at age 67, all of whom die at age 70. Five year survival for this group is 0%. Now imagine the women were screened, given their diagnosis three years earlier, at age 64, but still die at age 70. Five year survival is now 100%, even though no one lived a second longer."

— Why the British Medical Journal blasted Komen for overselling mammograms - they used these sorts of distortions.

(Source: Mother Jones)

via Defend the Rescuers

via Defend the Rescuers

Medical benefits of being a coffee addict
Haven’t checked out any of the sources, but I wantthis to be true.

Medical benefits of being a coffee addict

Haven’t checked out any of the sources, but I wantthis to be true.

"A recent study recruited almost 12,000 people of varying BMIs and followed them for 170 months as they adopted healthier habits. Their conclusion? Healthy lifestyle habits are associated with a significant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline body mass index."

Evidence: Fat People Can Be As Healthy As Thin People

(via completelymoribund)

Unplug yourself from the notion that ‘too’ fat is bad or unhealthy. BMI is bullshit. Health ≠ the number on the scale!

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Fat is not a death sentence. -Jess

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(Source: thesocietypages.org, via chloridecleansing)