ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Feb. 11th, 2013 05:41 pm)
Food, drink industries undermine health policy, study finds

The only thing is they forgot the other half - the diet/exercise/pharma industries who make $$$$$$$$$$ off of selling us the "cure" to the problems caused by the food and drink industries. Hell, look at who puts out the "Weight Watchers" and "Jenny Craig" "food", and how much crap it's loaded with.

It's interesting that no actual cures for diseases seem to have come out of the medical/pharmaceutical industry lately - just very expensive pills to "manage" the symptoms for the rest of your life. Diabetes has been around for how long, but all they do is make slightly better medications to "manage" it, not find a cure.

But what do I know, I'm just the product of the TV generation.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Aug. 29th, 2010 12:22 am)
http://www.pparx.org/ - resources for prescription assistance
http://www.needymeds.org/ - more prescription drug assistance

Both of these sites have free/low cost clinic searches, too.

I've downloaded one of the medication discount cards, since I no longer have insurance and prescription coverage.
ravan: (451F)
( Jul. 28th, 2010 01:46 am)
One of my more arrogant acquaintances deigned to make a post today about how people treat those they see as beneath them. It was very ironic, because she sees everyone as beneath her, except if she wants something from you, then she'll suck up.
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tl;dr bonus: Bird's Tip Calc

If you live in California, the sales tax is about 9% +/- 0.5% If you take the sales tax and double it, then round down to the nearest $0.5 for average service, up to the nearest $0.5 for good service, but only do a single multiple rounded up for mediocre service, you'll probably be about right or ahead of the curve.

Before someone gets in a randian libertarian rant about tips, realize that in California, people in tip making jobs are taxed on their estimated tips whether they actually earned them or not, plus their employers are allowed to pay them less salary because of it. Regardless of whether you approve of the practice, it has been going on since before I was born, and stiffing the nice person who brought you breakfast is not going to change it. It just hurts their feelings, their income, and their taxes - you essentially become an agent of government oppression. Tip your waiters - it lets you decide more directly what their pay will be.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jul. 2nd, 2010 11:45 pm)
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

This article seems to be overly pointed at parents with kids, but it applies to everyone, because the risk of drowning doesn't mysteriously vanish when you turn 18.

The big takeaway is that the television flailing and hollaring isn't what happens - the person is too busy trying to breathe and get their mouth above water to make a sound or any voluntary motions. Drowning is silent - you can't talk or yell when your lungs are filling with water. Splashing doesn't help get the mouth above water, so it doesn't happen either.

If you are boating, please remember your life vest - the extra bouyancy will help. Also, keep the heavy drinking on the shore.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jun. 30th, 2010 06:40 pm)
In a former career I was a also a health and safety person. I mostly did chemical safety, but other stuff was there as well. Some incidents that have happened to friends or their families recently prompt me to write this post.

Now that people are needing to be frugal and do a lot of their own home maintenance themselves, there are a few basic safety precautions that really have to be observed. Your DIY job doesn't come with a safety inspector, so it's up to you to keep yourself safe.

Musculoskeletal and back injuries make up most of the non-fatal workplace injuries. Sprains, tears, breaks, fractures, etc. are risks that used to be even more common in the building trades. Most of these come from lifting and "slips, trip and falls".

When doing DIY projects, you are often using "consumer grade" equipment, not rated for heavy use. Don't overload it, and check it over each day before you use it. It's less expensive than the "pro" stuff for a reason. Also, if you left that wooden ladder out in the weather all year, even if it's "pro", don't use it until you've checked every rung.

Don't go free climbing stuff like you did when you were a kid. You aren't any more, and your center of balance has probably shifted. Make sure your ladder is well seated/footed, and have a spotter (and someone to hand you the tools that you forgot to carry up with you.) Do not climb on the top steps of that ladder - borrow a longer ladder! Do not lean to the side of the ladder to reach stuff - as you shift your balance to reach farther, your feet push the ladder the other way, out from under you. Move the damned ladder.

When carrying stuff, don't hurt yourself with lazy man's pains - if it is too heavy/bulky to carry all in one load, break it into two loads or more, or get a helper. You probably have an unemployed friend who could use a meal and something to do. Same thing goes for lifting, only more so: lift properly, with your knees, not your back, and if it's too heavy, stop. Wrecking your back for a DIY project is dumb. Get a helper.

Power tools can cause serious injuries - I personally know people who have lost fingers or nearly been scalped. Pay attention to the safety warnings and use the proper guards. Use safety glasses, unless you like shit flying into your eyes. It's also a good idea to let people know if you're going to be working on heavy stuff, just in case. BTW, even things like nail guns are power tools.

Paints and chemicals have their own hazards. Even the paints advertised as "water based" and "water clean up" can be bad to breathe, and definitely are not fun to get in your eyes. Wear the safety glasses when painting, priming or varnishing - the sight you save may be your own. Also, make sure that you have adequate ventilation where you are working. While snorting fumes may be fun for some, it is not healthy, and can cause very permanent damage. To find out what precautions you need for what you are using, read the container that it came in, and also look up the manufacturer's safety advice on the web. Don't transfer more than a "working" quantity to another container without the labeling. No one likes to find "mystery" containers two years later and not be able to remember what was in them.

Commercial cleaning solvents are similar to paints in their ability to get in your eyes and in your lungs. Also, they can react with each other quite nastily, so don't go mixing them! Leave the chemistry to people who have the training.

Electricity is also something that people start messing with without thinking first. Yeah, I know people who've survived some impressive jolts. Don't try to top them. For simple repairs, be sure to disconnect the device you are working on first, and mark it so no one will come along and reconnect it. Make sure that grounding connectors are still there when you're done. For complicated stuff involving changing household wiring, please call an electrician. The fire you prevent may be your own.

Plumbing can be easy, but can cause a lot of damage really quickly. Not just to your house from water damage - I don't know how many people get banged up trying to wrench on stubborn plumbing and have it suddenly give. Brute force can be over done, and can mess things up in the long term, so do try alternate methods. If you have to brute force it, think about what your body will do when it does finally yield. However, don't mess with gas plumbing unless you actually are trained on flammable gas piping. "BOOM" is not a sound of success.

This list is by no means comprehensive, and is an overview intended to help you to think about safety.

I seriously don't want to read how you bunged yourself up on a DIY project when a bit of safety precaution could have prevented it. I don't want to read about your exciting ER visits for tool/chemical inflicted damage from DIY projects. I like you to much. So be safe. If you wonder about how to do something safely, ask me, and if I don't know I'll try to find out for you.

Permission to link/crosspost granted as long as source is cited.
Swine flu fatal to local cancer nurse

Read past the first part that talks about the nurse.

Apparently this thing can rapidly sink otherwise healthy people. It is probably a more dangerous variant.

Be careful, wash your hands, buy stock in Purell.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jun. 11th, 2009 01:52 pm)
Single Payer Health Care and Prevention.

They are also available on LJ by RSS feed: [Unknown site tag].
Here are some nasty statistics, generated by an independent and respectable method Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study The survey was performed by the Department of Medicine, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass; the Department of Sociology, Ohio University, Athens; and Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass. This is not some insurance company 'study' that tells you what they want you to hear.

The findings? 62.1% of all bankruptcies are due to medical bills, and 3/4 of filers started out with "insurance"!! Most were middle class, college educated, and owned (note the past tense) their own homes. People who are poorer often can't even afford the filing fees - I know that when the dot bomb crash happened I couldn't even think about affording to file.

The 'insurance' industry is a rip-off - it eats 1 out of every 4 dollars paid in as "administrative expenses" (read that as "executive salaries, bonuses and shareholder profits"), and then denies care to people who need it most. Yes, a lot of companies terminate coverage after a major illness has happened.

Yet jackasses like Baucus want to "mandate" that we pay these jackals, either through employers or privately, with "assistance" if we can't afford it. What good is that, if we can't get real coverage, just a token with high deductibles, high co-pays, low maximum coverages, and contracts riddled with exceptions, exclusions and loopholes for the benefit of the insurer.

Fuck that. Single payer, please.

Read the survey. It's a short PDF of what they found. Then think about what would happen if you ended up with, say, a stroke, cardiac problem, or cancer.
ravan: (give me coffee - siliconshaman)
( May. 19th, 2009 11:10 pm)
In the US, healthcare still involves leeches.

Only we call them "Insurance Companies" now.

Seriously, I'm pissed that the cowards in Congress have taken Single Payer National Healthcare off the table. Now the insurance leeches are lobbying hard to remove a public option.

These jackals want us to be required by law to pay them for the "privilege" of being cheese-pared and denied coverage. The health insurance and pharmaceutical industries are jackals, gnawing at the bones of the American people while we try to survive.

We must take the profit motive out of health insurance. Whether it's single payer, or requiring all health insurance to be provided by non-profit "co-op" style copmanies (mutualization), I don't care.

I'm tired of them making their obscene profits based on denial of coverage and squeezing the people who actually provide care.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( May. 12th, 2009 05:56 pm)
This isn't someone else's talking point, it's mine:

"Better a government bureaucrat than a corporate bureaucrat (like we have now.) The government bureaucrat doesn't get a bonus based on denying coverage to people.

Take the profit motive out of health insurance."

Seriously, I hate health insurance companies. They are a leach on our society, right along with "investment banks". Hell, some combine both parasitical business models.

See also this petition
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jan. 20th, 2009 01:35 pm)
Vegas man accused of chaining daughter to bed for being overweight

He felt she was overweight. So he beats her, locks the fridge and the pantry, then chains her to the bed for supposedly sneaking food into her room. I bet he drinks a six-pack a day, along with cheap junk and such.

* If a kid feels that she (and it's usually a girl) has to "steal" food from the pantry or sneak food into her room, then her parents have failed, and she will have issues around food for life.
* When parents are obsessed with diets and weight, both theirs and hers, and pass over what she eats for "how much" they think she eats, the kid will lose, and end up both fat and malnourished.
* When parents put kids on diets and "systems" because the parents themselves are fat and they control the food in the house, then the parents cheat while ignoring the hunger of the kids? Kiss that kid's health, self esteem and good relationship with food goodbye.

When a kid is a teenager, the time for enforced diets and teaching healthy eating by parental dictate is long gone. No matter what they try, if the teen doesn't buy in, it will backfire, and make things worse.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( May. 22nd, 2008 07:04 pm)
Sinuses, I hate you.

Between tree spooge and wildfire polution, I have had a severe sinus headache since 4 am. I've actually had one off and on since Sunday night, but it went critical again last night.

The only way I can sleep more than an hour at a time is by taking benadryl. Then I get a 4 hour block.

I've had to dig into my hoard of guaifenesin/PSE, that I can't replace because it's discontinued, and replaced with lower strength and expensive OTC Mucinex-D (no more generic) that is only sold in small blister packs in quantities only enough for 10 days, and I have to show my fucking papers and sign a log to buy it, but only during pharmacy hours. Fuck you, Patriot Act, for restricting the quantity to only what one person needs for a short cold. Even buying it online is restricted, and you have to send them a copy of your DL, and they will only ship to the address on your DL (you're SOL if you moved and didn't get a new license issued.) Fuck you, FDA, for making this shit *only* OTC, only brand name, and only sold in small packages.
Friday night, about 30 of us were all crowded into the Asatru Hospitality Suite. No windows were open, of course - it was a bit chilly outside. You people sat in there, oblivious, while your child ran around and coughed... and coughed... and was cranky... and coughed more. By the time I realized that it was just one child doing the coughing, not covering her mouth, it was too late.

I now know that cough very well. It hit me last night. I'm missing work because you weren't considerate enough of your kid and your fellow heathens to put the kid to bed. Lots of people, small hotel room (not a big suite), and a kid who hasn't been taught to cover her damned mouth when she coughs.

I don't blame the kid. She couldn't not cough. This shit is that kind of nasty. I blame you, for siting around for well over an hour neglecting to make her comfortable in bed and infecting the rest of us. You guys finally started talking about taking her back to the room to check her temperature when I left. Not doing it, mind you, just talking about it and whining about how having a kid is hard.

You people are rude, and you care more for your own social satisfaction and ego (oooh, looky at me and my kid) than for the health of your kid and your fellow heathens and pagans.

Fuck you. If I could carve this on a nithstang and not risk her getting caught in the fallout of my curse, I would.

P.S. If the sick, coughing person had been adult, they would have been offered cough drops and help back to their room, because they were miserable. But people won't interfere with parenting. So it's your fault, not the kids. That's what guardianship of your child means.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Feb. 11th, 2008 12:39 pm)
So, I *finally* got a resting brace for my right hand/arm. The people at the OT place were surprised I hadn't had one before this. Yep, Stanford screwed up, didn't brace my hand. Fortunately, I've kept it stretched enough that I don't have a curled knot of rotting flesh attached to my wrist. Go me.
Lawmakers want to deny fat people (as definaed by the state and their bogus BMI charts) the right to eat out.

Yep, fat folks are the new "niggers" in modern society - but in these fruitcakes minds, it's "different", because "obesity" is controllable by willpower, and fat folks are just "lazy" and "weak".

<sarcasm>Yesa massa, I just be shuckin' and jivin' and I get mah food to go at the back door. I won't make yah loose yah license for feedin' fatties in public.</sarcasm>

Yes, all you people who cheered when they started making all kinds of laws against smoking in public and then private spaces, guess what? This is the logical extension - legislation of personal choice in the interests of the state keeping its "costs" down.

Where's my fucking chocolate. I swear, if I lived in this asshole's state I'd stage an "eat-in" at his office. Fucking health nazi.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jan. 25th, 2007 10:45 am)
You know that nasty illness that starts suddenly with vomiting and diarrhea, with maybe a slight fever, and has you running between the bathroom and bed, exhausted for several days? The one that I had, [livejournal.com profile] datapard had, and lots of others? The one that leaves you so rapidly dehydrated because you're afraid to drink even water because it bounces? The one that in really bad cases can have you passing out because of low blood pressure due to dehydration? It's not the flu.

It is norovirus:
The symptoms of norovirus illness usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults. Most people with norovirus illness have both of these symptoms.
If you're older, or have a weakened immune system, you may need to take special care, or go to the ER:
People may feel very sick and vomit many times a day, but most people get better within 1 or 2 days, and they have no long-term health effects related to their illness. However, sometimes people are unable to drink enough liquids to replace the liquids they lost because of vomiting and diarrhea. These persons can become dehydrated and may need special medical attention. This problem with dehydration is usually only seen among the very young, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.
I suggest you read the info, and be ready to deal.

ETA: If you get it, force yourself to drink water, even if most of it comes back up. If you don't, you can start to feel "light headed" and even pass out because of dehydration. Besides, stomach acid alone is worse than diluted stomach acid. When I was in the puking/crapping stage the first day, I went through about three or so of those half-liter bottles of water, after I realized that I was starting to feel faint without anything to drink.
Except when one of the neighbor brats is practicing for a spot in the leather lungs competition. It's a girl, and the little shit *likes* to scream.

Still, tea and ham soup are nice to wake up to.
ravan: (Kitten Bag - siliconshaman)
( Nov. 1st, 2006 01:43 pm)
Yahoo has a new article about workplace bullying: http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20061031/sc_space/studyofficebulliescreateworkplacewarzone (Link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] fiona64.)

One of the salient paragraphs is this:
Workplace bullying can include “screaming, cursing, spreading vicious rumors, destroying the target’s property or work product, excessive criticism, and sometimes hitting, slapping, and shoving.” Subtle behaviors, such as silent treatment, disregard of requests and exclusion from meetings, count as bullying.
I've had many of these happen to me during my working life, especially spreading vicious rumors, destroying the target’s property or work product, excessive criticism. Another one I'm familiar with is
The bullies were described as two-faced actors, narcissistic dictators and devils, leading workers to feel like vulnerable children, slaves and prisoners in these situations. As one employee explained, "I feel like I have 'kick me' tattooed on my forehead."
Been there.

But, like with so many others, it offers no solutions to the problem. Hell, the only one I know of is leaving.

Complaining usually doesn't work, because it's very hard to explain why criticism from one person is normal, but another person is vicious, constant, and abusive. It's not just what they say and do, it's how. The stress of being constantly under a microscope, constantly judged harshly, constantly criticized, constantly undercut and second-guessed, is horrific. Dealing with a passive-aggressive bully and management that plays along is degrading.

As I told one woman after a degrading, bully filled temp assignment: "I can probably make more money signing on a streetcorner, and it wouldn't be as bad for my health."

If you're experiencing bullying and stress-related illness, talk with your doctor. Document what effect the job is having on you, both with your doctor and in your own papers. It may come in useful if you have to apply for stress-related disability from it. I wish I had 20 years ago.

I'm glad that my current job is not like that. It has its ups and downs, but I don't have to deal closely with any of our bullies (and one just left....)
I did sort and put away some underwear last night, but it was after midnight, so I'm not quite sure which day it counts on.

I'm home with a cold today. Bleah.
ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Aug. 13th, 2006 04:10 pm)
I told you so!! See Too Much of a Good Thing? Controversy rages over the world's most regaled legume

Soybean oil, and partially hydrogenated anything give me the violent shits. Maybe my body is smarter than most people's... ;-)


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