Doctors: How do you best help patients? Try asking questions.

In the early 2000s on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, a healthcare group was having trouble improving health outcomes for certain populations of native peoples. The problem they were trying to solve was not unique - this population of native peoples tended to be obese, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and died young - … Continue reading Doctors: How do you best help patients? Try asking questions.

I watched the bullshit documentary What the Health so you don’t have to.

TL:DR - this goddamn documentary kept me in a state of rage for about 30% of the thing, rolling my eyes for another 45%, and mumbling "fine, whatever, that's valid" to myself for the other 25%. I've yet to find a nutrition documentary that I think accurately represents the topic because Do-Your-Own-Research-Because-Every-Human-Body-Needs-Specific-Kinds-of-Fuel-and-You-Must-Learn-Whats-Best-For-Yours wouldn't sell. These … Continue reading I watched the bullshit documentary What the Health so you don’t have to.

My justice is more important than yours.

Mitch McConnell, ol' wax turtle lookin' ass himself, is one of the major supporters of the Special Diabetes Program, a critical program that provides $150 million annually for type 1 diabetes  research at the National Institutes of Health. One great action. Check. He also just struck down the call to get a special prosecutor or independent commission … Continue reading My justice is more important than yours.

13 months without health insurance: a pre-existing condition nightmare

By now, you've heard that two nights ago, while the country slept, the Senate voted against measures that would keep key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in place. I believe this is short-sighted and dangerous, potentially leading to millions of Americans losing their healthcare coverage. I chose to write to my local congressional representative, and … Continue reading 13 months without health insurance: a pre-existing condition nightmare

In which I shrink myself.

I am not a physically small person. I'm 5'9", towering six inches above the world's average woman. My shoulders are broad and strong, my hips wide, my thighs solid and touching on the inside. I wear a size 10 shoe. I am muscular, dense. Unfeminine? I am not a mentally small person. I speak with conviction. I am a voracious … Continue reading In which I shrink myself.