Body Image Experiment

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For many decades, the media has idealized their image of the “perfect woman”, going so far as to photo-shop pictures of models to inhuman proportions. Culture dictates that looks are important. The message comes across to females of all ages and shapes that they do not measure up. For many women, this expectation can damage their self-esteem.
In recent years, a backlash has been building against the media’s message, and rightly so. Many women, along with some men, are speaking out, their message being that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. It is time for us to be comfortable in our own skin.
In the following video, presented by HLN, Amy Pence-Brown puts her message forth by stripping down to her underwear in the middle of an outdoor market. The response is heartwarming.

Brain Inflammation – Its Similarity In Autism and ME

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I have given this link to my daughter, as she was just stating today that she thinks she may have ME also. It may just be the Autism. We have noted several times that both she and I share certain “traits” in our illnesses. This may explain why.

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I follow “Onward Through the Fog,” a blog on blogspot, authored by Erica Verrillo, a talented person who suffers from ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).  Her reports and research are top notch.

In this particular posting, Erica reports on the similarity of some findings affecting Autism and ME/CFS.  These findings have to do with brain inflammation.

A John Hopkins study acts as confirmation that excitotoxicity caused by chronic inflammation is central to autism.
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Excitotoxicity has been put forth as a mechanism of ME/CFS by a number of clinicians and researchers, including Drs. Paul Cheney, Jay Goldstein, Morris and Maes, Martin Pall, and, most recently, Jarred Younger.

 

 

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Shower Time for Woody

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I know it has been a bit since last posting anything – a lot has gone on, some good, some not so much.

However, instead of going into all that now, I would rather have a laugh, as laugh therapy is a requirement in my life. It should be in yours also!

Today’s “medicine” is brought to you by Woody, a cat (of course!) who obviously appreciates a good shower.

 

#ME Where Are We?

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A great question asked by Sunshinebright – #ME Where are we? A question I would like a great answer to.

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Alas, I am doomed to be disappointed. As Sunshine pointed out, 2015 started out with a lot of optimism. M.E. was officially declared a real, physical disease by the IOM. This was a big win, as an estimated two million sufferers in the U.S alone, including myself, have been treated horribly by the medical establishment. M.E. had never been taught in medical school and doctors typically would “poo-poo” the symptoms effecting M.E. patients. We have been labeled as hypochondriacs and being mentally ill. The outcome of the IOM’s report would surely change things for the better – this was the hope. More research dollars to find a biomarker and, hopefully, a treatment that works (if not a cure.)

The truth: Doctors still have no clue what M.E. is. Money for research is still not coming from the NIH. Just this month, Dr. Ian Lipkin , a researcher, resorted to eating hot peppers in a challenge to raise funds. Very sad.

Don't be surprised...

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During the first half of this year, there was much going on in the Health and Human Service (HHS) Department and regarding ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis):  we had the IOM’s (Institute of Medicine) outstanding, positive report (in my opinion) and then there was the P2P (Pathways to Progress) report.  The former was indicative of forward movement in the cause of ME and the latter, was not.

We’ve been ignored.

There were stand-offs, delays, and hidden refusals when the FOIA was used to obtain documents vital to the ME cause.

And where are we?  After all the hullabaloo and interviews of patients including Laura Hillenbrand, author of “Seabiscuit,” Jen Brea, co-developer of a movie, “Canary in a Coal Mine,” I ask again:

Where are we?

It looked like we had some strong headway for a while, in getting ME recognized as a VERY SERIOUS disease (which it is of course), and…

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14 Wonderful, Unique and Funny Ways Kids Have Explained Disability

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At The Mighty, we know that sometimes kids can offer us a brand new perspective on the world. So, we decided to ask our readers who are parents to share some of the wonderful, unique and funny things their kids have said about their disability.

These were your answers:

1. “‘I’m not Autistic, I’m Cara.’ My now 9-year-old daughter said that when someone called her autistic instead of saying she had autism. Well played, baby girl. Well, played.” – Kim Vivanco

2. “My cousin says she has ‘Up syndrome’ because she’s happy, not sad.” – Cassie Collins

3. “My oldest son is in fourth grade and decided he couldn’t do his math homework because of autism. Nice try, kiddo.” – Stephanie France Fry

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4. “My husband’s student once said, ‘I know I’m special, but why do they call me Ed?’ – Liz Gorgue Rosas

5. “My 3-year-old daughter tells others she has ‘terrible palsy.’ One of these days she’ll be able to pronounce ‘cerebral,’ but today is not that day.” – Ashley Mobley

6. “Another child asked my daughter what her hearing aids were for. She responded, ‘They are like glasses for my ears!’” – Kerri Goff

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7. “My 4-year-old daughter overheard her father and me talking about her autism diagnosis. She turned and looked at us and enthusiastically yelled, ‘I awesome!’ Best mispronunciation she has ever made.” — Kendra Hopkins

8. “Our daughter sometimes wears a gastric drain bag to empty food that is too much for her to handle. She gets a lot of questions and stares. Once, when she was about 6 years old, a woman after a long hard stare said ‘OK, I have to ask, what the heck is that?’ Our daughter, without skipping a beat replied, ‘It’s my own personal slushy, you want to try some?’ I could have exploded trying to hold in my laughter. ” — Kate Sytsma

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9. “Our oldest son, Xavier said to a friend, ‘My brother, Cooper, has autism. Do you know what that means?’

Friend: ‘No.’

Xavier: ‘It means he likes his hotdogs not touching his French fries and that we give him extra time getting out of the car.’

Friend: ‘That’s cool.’

Xavier: ‘You know what else is cool about autism?’

Friend: ‘What?’

Xavier: ‘Everything. Especially Cooper.’”  Makenna Dubay

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10. “My son has worn ankle-foot orthotics for years. He used to be embarrassed and hide them under pants. If someone would say something he would cry. Then, one day, he chose to wear shorts. He was asked by a child what happened to his legs and he said, without hesitation, ‘I fell off a cliff and lived to tell about it.’ The child’s eyes got big and then he walked away, and I turned my head and just about choked through my laughing. Through the sarcasm, my son turned a corner on his disability!” — Julie Bayles

11. “One year at camp another camper asked my daughter, ‘Why do you use a wheelchair?’ to which she replied, ‘Because I’m awesome.’ When that response wasn’t enough, the kid looked at a counselor and said, ‘No, really, why does she use that?’ The counselor then said, ‘Because she gets tired quicker than you… and because she’s awesome.’” — Alexis Snyder

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12. “I have tics, and I don’t mean the bugs.” —  Kristy Madden Kassebaum

13. “My brothers and I all have autism, but this was my youngest brother’s way of explaining his Asperger’s syndrome:  ‘If my dad’s head was a golf ball, my head would be a beach ball.’ Nobody understood what he meant except him and me, and that’s all that matters.” — Hannah Walker

14. “God had to level the playing field a bit for everyone else, so he gave me spina bifida.” — Jake Siem

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Important Brain-Immune System Link Discovery

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As someone with ME, and as someone with a daughter on the Autism Spectrum, this discovery is one of the most important medical events in recent history. Times are changing and researchers are finally picking up the pace studying neuro-immune issues. As my ME progresses, the hope for better understanding of the disease and better treatments may see fruition. Many with ME, MS, and Autism, to mention some of the many misunderstood neuro-immune diseases suffered by millions, might see a flicker at the end of the tunnel.

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“They’ll have to change the textbooks.”  This statement, by Kevin Lee, PhD, Chairman of the UVA Department of Neuroscience, is the result of a study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.   The study, awarded to the UVA Health System and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has shown there are heretofore undetected lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.

Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA's discovery. Maps of the lymphatic system: old (left) and updated to reflect UVA’s discovery.

Researchers knew there was a connection between the brain and immune system, but the vessels were completely hidden.  Now, there are many new angles to exploring neurological disease.

This is a stunning discovery.  It is difficult to explain how these vessels in the brain were overlooked when the lymphatic system was explored.  New avenues of discovery are now possible and beneficiaries might be MS, Autism, Alzheimer’s and maybe even…

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21 Reasons To Hug Your Cat Today

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Happy Hug Your Cat Day! I found this article on “BuzzFeed” and it is so cute I couldn’t pass it up! It made me smile right through my migraine! (That says a lot!) And even though I never need a reason to hug my cats, a celebration is a celebration! So, let’s celebrate!

Hey, where did all of my cats go?…

Anyway, thank you to Chelsea Marshall for a great article!

1. You probably already know this but: your cat is the frickin’ best.

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2. Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

Like so-cute-it hurts level best.

3. They deal with your B.S..

They deal with your B.S..

4. They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

They give the most adorable hugs in the world.

5. It doesn’t matter if it’s your hand…

It doesn't matter if it's your hand...

6. …or your head…

...or your head...

7. …it’s always adorable.

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8. Your cat always knows when you need an extra pick-me-up.

Super cute big cat hug

(Because they let you pick them up).

9. They almost always listen to your drunken tirades…

i love this picture because my friend is having a drunken discussion with a cat...and the cat is completely interested

10. …because they are so very patient.

...because they are so very patient.

11. They welcome even the smallest members of your family.

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12. And continue to surprise you with their compassion.

13. Even when you say, “I’m fine”…

Even when you say, "I'm fine"...

they know when you need that extra TLC.

they know when you need that extra TLC.

14. Your cat is there for you during break-ups…

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15. …and early-morning wake-ups.

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16. They’re an epic support system when you need them.

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17. Also, there’s the adorable factor.

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JUST LOOK AT THIS AND TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT IN.

18. Sometimes they don’t like asking for it…

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19. But they’re ALWAYS deserving of it.

But they're ALWAYS deserving of it.

EVEN when they are a pain in the butt.

20. Because your cat just GETS you.

Because your cat just GETS you.

21. ❤ And deserves all the love in the world. ❤

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Now go hug your cat! 🙂