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Is Gardasil Mandated in Your State?

July 30, 2012

Last week I reported on the controversy of the Gardasil Vaccine produced by Merck (it is important to note that GlaxoSmithKline also makes an HPV vaccine called Cervarix). Many women left comments which confirmed my statements and research with personal stories of their once healthy daughters who are now sick and disabled from this vaccine. This week I will look at which states are mandating that school children get the vaccine and one state that passed legislation for the vaccine to be given to children as young as 12 years old without parental consent.

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What About the Pap Smear?

In 2008, the New York Times noted that pharmaceutical companies made a forceful push to get Gardasil to the public, even though critics were wary that the long-term outcome was unknown. It only took Gardasil six months to be approved after submitting their application to the FDA. The Center for Disease Control recommended the product shortly after, even though it can take years for most vaccines to be accepted. Adverse effects from the HPV vaccine are already being reported, but other impacts may be less obvious, such as a false notion that the vaccine prevents cervical cancer.

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Breast Milk Weirdness

July 25, 2012

I am a 49 year old woman who has had 4 ectopic pregnancies. I have never carried a child longer than about 6 weeks. I have also had a hysterectomy and am down to one ovary. I think I have started menopause 3 or 4 times already judging by the hot flashes. Now that you know my brief medical history here is the weirdness – I have breast milk. It is not much. I occasionally leak little drops but the fullness, heaviness and soreness is there. I have had the discharge tested and nothing out of the ordinary was there – except breast milk. I have had hormone tests and

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Health at the Nexus of Economics and Innovation

July 23, 2012

Health innovation exists largely because of the promise of great profits. Whether it is new drugs, devices or even health insurance, the development of these products are firmly established capitalist endeavors. Health itself, however, like life, liberty or even the pursuit happiness exists on a different plane entirely, more closely aligning with the right of life than with a corollary product or commodity. Where it gets squishy is in determining who is responsible for paying for that right, especially when someone chooses to ignore the responsibility of good health, is genetically burdened with ill-health, faces poverty or as is the case in modern industrial society, is sold ill-health by companies

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Blind Faith, No Longer Blinded: Tales of Thyroid Illness

July 22, 2012

At 11-years-old, you hardly understand the complexities of life and the implication of any diagnosis. My doctor told me I had Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and that it was insignificant… a pill, every day, and blood tests, every 6 months. Simple. My mother, a pediatric nurse, brought me to the best pediatric endocrinologist in the NYC area. With blind faith, I went about life veiled by ignorance about thyroid disease. I professed my Hashimoto’s at every medical visit. Yet, it was never considered in any treatments. I was told I was depressed and prescribed anti-depressants. I had irregular periods and was prescribed birth control pills. I had dry hair and told it

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Don’t make my mistakes…

At the age of 17 I finally got my first period. I was different then all they other teenage girls. Even though I was thin and fit at the time, I was starting to have extreme mood swings and embarrassing hair growing on my face. Gross! I had 2 painful cycles and then things just stopped. Until I was the age of 20. I went to numerous doctors who only gave me the once over and slapped me with birth control. Because I was young, and not ready to have a child, I was discarded. I felt out of control of my body. At 22 I was 50lbs overweight, tired

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Step Away From the Shampoo

July 19, 2012

Neither shampoo nor conditioner have touched my hair for nearly 8 months. Perhaps the phrase “dirty hippie” comes to mind, but honestly I don’t think my hair has ever been cleaner or in better condition (the hippie part is probably true). In December 2011, I became aware of some controversies surrounding the chemicals used in cosmetics. Turns out, unsurprisingly when you really think about it, that there are all sorts of disagreeable chemicals and toxins in the cosmetics with which we routinely coat ourselves and our children. While I focus mainly on shampoo and conditioner in this article, it should be noted that these chemicals are found in nearly all

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BPA in Plastic Bottles: What’s the Big Deal About ‘Little Beards’?

July 18, 2012

“The only thing that I heard is if you take plastic and put it in the microwave and heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. And so, I mean, in the worst case, some women might have little beards”    ~Paul LePage, Governor of Maine Long ago, I cut a deal with my best friend: if one of us is on our death bed unable to care for ourselves, the other will tweeze her friend’s “man hairs.”  It may sound vain to some, but there is dignity even in death. When my mom lay dying in her hospice bed, I plucked the dark hair from her chin and upper lip,

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Gardasil: Miracle or Deadly Vaccine?

July 16, 2012

I normally don’t speak for a larger population because we are all unique individuals; however, I think in this case I can speak for all women. Dread is the only emotion that is drudged up when you get the friendly reminder card in the mail that it’s time for your annual appointment. Stripping down and wearing a stiff hospital gown with your feet up in cold metal stirrups while a doctor sticks a cold, duck-lip looking contraption up your nether regions for a Papanicolaou (pap) test. I don’t think there is a single woman on earth who enjoys this necessary torture, but it is the primary way to detect diseases

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Migraine Treatment and Management Strategies

Migraines have been a hot topic in the news, affecting an estimated 29.5 million Americans. They tend to run in the family, they are more common among women than men, and migraineurs will do anything to find relief. In addition to the intense, debilitating headache, migraines come with a variety of associated symptoms: nausea, vertigo, pain in the jaw or neck, eye pain, hallucinations, or even whole body paralysis. Migraines can be triggered by bright light, alcohol, stress, sleep deprivation, skipping a meal, too much or too little caffeine… You name it. What some may not know is that migraine has also been linked to mood disorders, hormone changes across the menstrual cycle, and

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