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Sep 26, 2021 06:09PM
Sep 26, 2021 06:28PM
Minus, in lieu of a ReactEmoji, I'd definitely like to see a "comment" option here (like on Quora)--so that the "hooray," "I disagree," or "so sorry" typed reaction could be clearly shown to refer to the post in question--rather than showing up several pages forward after the thread has taken several turns in another direction. I suppose one could "comment" by identifying the poster and cutting/pasting a quote from the post--but that would be so cumbersome as to be counterproductive. Meaningful discourse requires clarity and (ideally) specificity. (Isn't meaningful discourse part of what this site is all about)?
Serenity, there's a folksinger-songwriter of mine who's digging herself an ever-deeper rabbit hole of vaccine disinformation--especially railing against the entire pharmaceutical industry and "allopathic medicine" community. (The latter a term invented by the alterna-woos). Even before the pandemic, I have felt dismayed that so many of my fellow creatives vehemently reject actual medicine in favor of homeopathy (which is scientifically ridiculous), "healthy lifestyle" (almost universally vegan) and "alternative" herbal remedies. I suppose it's a combination of an artistic lifestyle being less-than-lucrative, and a sense that one's superior talent makes them privy to information that "they" (Big Pharma & the AMA) don't want you to know because "they" can't patent and therefore profit off it. I nearly came to blows with someone in my former BC support group--which fell by the wayside after our facilitator died--kept railing against "AMA medicine." The AMA has no enforcement authority whatsoever--it publishes a medical journal, holds (or held, pre-pandemic) conventions, lobbies (prior to the OrangeJuliusCaesar administration, conservatively), provides affinity-group discounts on merch & services like insurance or car rentals, and levies outrageously expensive dues (the lobbying & dues being why my cardiologist husband has steadfastly refused to join).
And despite his usually liberal stance and generally quick wit, Bill Maher increasingly infuriates me when he steers every COVID panel discussion to obesity as the root of all medical problems, and eating meat and dairy as the cause of obesity. Even back in his late-'90s Politically Incorrect days he would insult non-slender people with whom he disagreed as "big fat pie wagons." (I'm a mildly overweight "petite pastry cart" by his definition, but I'm also allegedly dragging us all down the road to global perdition because I eat animal flesh, eggs & cheese).
I've tried repeatedly over the years to be vegan, but my metabolism can't handle the amount of starch necessary to make it palatable; and so the pounds piled on and my glucose & lipid levels soared. (And when it comes to those "nutritionists" like the former figure-skater PhD Joel Furman who does PBS pledge-week programs and says he happily exists on just green veggies, nuts and a tiny amount of olive oil...oy to the vey).
Sorry for inadvertently dissing any vegans here--but not sorry for dissing those trying to militantly shove veganism down my omnivorous throat.
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right)
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)