I have found many things I would like to blog about. But time is not a luxury right now. I'll just give you some really great links.
Junkfood Science: News updates: Decisions guided by fears, misinformation and insecurities
An investigative report for the Courier-Mail learned of a doctor who has performed more than a dozen bariatric surgeries on underage teens in the past year. Most disturbing, he is prepared to operate on children as young as ten years of age.
on counselling and mental health services « Fat Lot Of Good
I had to say how disturbing it was to read the experiences readers at The F-Word have had with counsellors/ therapists/psychiatrists and mental health services in general. While I was not at all surprised by their accounts, I was still distressed on their behalf. Mental health service provision (or lack thereof) is an issue I know from both sides of the fence. I am a qualified social worker and counsellor, and I am currently doing post-grad study in counselling. I also have chronic depression and an anxiety disorder that raises its head every so often. And no, my depression has nothing to do with my weight. I suffered from depression when I was slim, when I was slightly overweight and when I was a lot over weight. My weight has been irrelevant to my experience of depression. I have been on medication practically non-stop since I was 21. I am not ashamed to admit that. There are people that will say I shouldn’t be a social worker or a counsellor because of my own depression. I say “bollocks”. My experience with depression and anxiety has given me a great deal of insight as well as bucket loads of empathy for others in similar circumstances and also for anyone who has to deal with mental health services in any way, shape or form.
melting mama: Gulp.
A friend of mine, another roux en y'er, just got back from her testing for her hypoglycemia issues, and it's confirmed: She's got nesidioblastosis, and she's scheduled for a partial pancreactomy next week.
That's a partial explanation for babies that are BORN with this disorder - it's not something that adults generally ever have - unless they were born with it. It's a genetic disorder, except in the cases of the adults that are popping up that happened to have roux-en-y gastric bypass, because this unique metabolism situation triggers hyperinsulinism in some of us.
Big Girl in a Big City: Romantic songs notwithstanding.....:
Where I am at right now is in the crosshairs of the bullseye. Underneath all the bravada of my words (Gym, Church, NO FRIGGEN CHEESE) is my desire to uncover, identify and release the behaviors that keep me in a state of 'I'm not good enough' or 'I'm not worth it'. So here is a pattern. I start. It's perfect. Life gets in the way, I get tired, I don't want to. I do it anyways, then life really gets in the way. I don't, but go back, and maybe even lie about it. (Yes, those stairs are a workout, yes, swimming for 15 mins is a workout). Mainly lying to myself. Then I stop, but just for a rest, just for a day. Then life again (always ever encroaching on my fun) barges in and brings responsibilities with it. Son of a biscuit. So I go TOO BUSY< TOO BUSY and sit on the couch for a couple hours. Sleep more. Eat more. Stop being present to what I am eating. And it's now two days later, and I am tired and scared of the gym again.
Tumors Use Sugars To Avoid Programmed Cell Death
Jonathan Coloff, a graduate student in Assistant Professor Jeffrey Rathmell's laboratory in the Duke Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, has found that the tumor cells use glucose sugar as a way to avoid programmed cell death. They make use of a protein called Akt, which promotes glucose metabolism, which in turn regulates a family of proteins critical for cell survival, the researchers shared during an April 15 presentation at the American Association of Cancer Research Annual Meeting in San Diego.
EMERGENCY! TEH FATZ ARE COMIN’! « Fat Lot Of Good
421 pounds: Cheryl Harvey's story
* Be sure you are stocked up on Sanity Watchers Points before reading this post - you have been warned*
I start to wonder what hope there is of educating the average person about Fat Acceptance when this sort of crap is shouted out from the rafters by those in authority and those holding positions of power.
Video of the journey of Cheryl Harvey after having WLS.
Going once… going twice… survey reminder » The-F-Word.org
The feedback to my survey for bloggers who write about eating disorders has been fantastic. I’ve had about 270 people take the survey, although not all completed it. The survey is rather long - 40 questions - but very few of the questions are fill in the blank so I think you can complete it within 15 minutes or so. If you start it, please, please finish it! I can’t include uncompleted surveys!EULAR evidence-based recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia syndrome « Living with Fibromyalgia
The EULAR guidelines for the management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (Fibro), which were e-published last July, have now been published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.Attenuated adrenergic responses to exercise in women with fibromyalgia « Living with Fibromyalgia:
The full article can be seen here, but the evidence-based recommendations are summarised into 9 simple points:
An article was published in the April edition of the European Journal of Pain discusing a controlled study that looked that the adrenergic responses to exercise in women with fibromyalgia syndrome (Fibro).
The researchers from the Department of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders at the National Institute of Occupational Health, Norway said in the article that “altered responses from the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis, sympathetic nervous system and muscular system have been suggested as being of importance” in the pathogenesis of widespread pain and fibromyalgia syndrome.
Education Issues: Action Alerts and Updates:
April 15, 2008--On March 24, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) published new proposed regulations enforcing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which governs disclosures from students’ records by educational institutions. (Federal Register, March 24, 2008, Vol. 73, No. 57 (15574 - 15602; 34 CFR Part 99).
The proposed rules address the disclosure of information to parents and others and set a new standard for DOE’s review of disclosures. The proposed rules also address other matters, including requirements in the U.S. Patriot Act and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and two U.S. Supreme Court decisions (Owasso Independent School Dist. No. I-011 v. Falvo, and Gonzaga University v. Doe).
That should be plenty to look into for the weekend.
There will be a pop quiz on Monday........just kidding. Enjoy.