“Like Alcatraz, Robben Island is in one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Still a prison, but interesting.”
BlueBetty593485 on Jun 30, 2013 at 13:53:26
“It's actually freezing cold and a horrible place. It seems full of the ghosts of the people that lost their lives there. But, have a fun vacation there!”
MrWilli on Jun 30, 2013 at 13:10:29
“Based on this rather unthinking comment, a few of us have a suggestion for you. Go to South Africa and spout freedom statements for BLACK South Africans, and spend a bit of time there, in a tiny cell, with no heat, no fresh water, little food -- none of it decent, and naked. Then we'll ask you just how beautiful you still consider Robben Island.”
“Psychiatric condition then? You better find a medical category for it that allows for insurance or government money or these people will not be helped. The DSM is your best option most likely.”
ComebackKid5150 on Jan 13, 2013 at 20:23:45
“are you saying that gender dysphoria can be 'cured' by psychiatry?”
Crash2Parties on Jan 13, 2013 at 18:04:47
“Here's the problem: Since 1993 there have been several hundred studies that have compared sex-dimorphic features and sites in the brain. Around 20 or so have been found that in transsexuals develop opposite expectations, but they are basic, low level ones. Sites like the brain's map of the body used for sensation and movement, and ones like where the sense of Self seems to reside. Not to mention basic connectivity structures, endocrine receptor ratios and even skeletal features. A fair number have had the developmental paths, timing and even gene expression dance worked out and tested (mostly using other mammals). It's as if the person has a number of intersex conditions that don't necessarily include the genitals. Start with Zhou, et all 1993 and move forward in the citation chain.
So ideally, it would be nice to have a set of diagnostic tests that could measure those sites and attributes while the person was alive so their brain wouldn't need to be frozen and sliced. But until then, self reporting has to suffice.
I will add that back in 2008 the AMA passed resolutions 114, 115 and 122 which state that insurance companies need to remove financial barriers to transsexual treatments such as hormones, surgery, etc.”
LintLass on Jan 13, 2013 at 17:30:24
“The DSM actually has made just about what I said quite clear. It's not a mental illness to be trans: the distress caused by the dysphoria can cause negative outcomes. You could call it an intersex condition of the brain, really. It's not a delusion or a psychiatric disorder to *be* trans. There's no 'psychiatric' treatment that has been found in all these decades that makes people not-trans. And trust me, you name it, everything past and present *has* been tried. Trans people's experiences are actually what is going on, in other words, despite all science and religion and Western society and laws and economics trying to make it be otherwise. What works is transition. Physical and otherwise.”
“I think this is in the area of the treatment of mental illness and as most feel now-a-days this area is under-funded and needs to be adressed with more available patient care.”
LintLass on Jan 13, 2013 at 16:36:55
“Being trans is *not* a mental illness, you have to understand. It's a physical condition that may *cause* a great deal of mental distress if and as long as it goes untreated by the accepted procedures of hormonal, social, and surgical transition.
Trying to make it *harder* on trans people does not improve health or economic outcomes, it in fact causes an appalling number of *bad* outcomes.
And, this is a problem of for-profit employer based insurance in particular, but denying the coverage employed trans people *pay for* is likely to cause them to become in some way debilitated, *lose* their jobs, and otherwise end up kicked off of the *insurance company's* rolls and onto all manner of *public* ones.”
werewolf90210 on Jan 13, 2013 at 15:24:54
“Absolutely. Treating mental illness was always the "ugly step-child" when it came to insurance reimbursements, but the availability of transgender medicine has supplanted that as being almost non-existent.”
“There is NO reason why she needs to change a thing for any viewer or person for that matter! It might be a good idea if she did look into her health as related to being overweight for herself, however.”
sheryllynne1 on Oct 2, 2012 at 17:00:40
“do you honestly think for one minute, she isn't aware of her health?????? Be real, she is a mother and is very much aware and doesn't need anybody else telling her so...”
JamesScott on Oct 2, 2012 at 16:29:22
“Not necessarily. I've known skinny people whose arteries were just as clogged, if not more, and diabetic to boot.”
Karen G Villatoro on Oct 2, 2012 at 16:22:39
“"[A] fit man carrying 50 pounds of body fat had a death rate less than one-half that of an unfit man with only 25 pounds of body fat." -Harvard Health Policy Review, 2003
“When your career is in the public eye , you would be wise to be as attractive as possible. Obesity is a health issue as well, so she should take this constructive criticism as a wake up call to begin a sensible plan of diet and exercise. To call this "bullying" is ridiculous.!!!! Sometimes the truth hurts, but sometimes it takes a "shock" to prompt action.”
“As I understand, anti-psychotic medication is the main reason that people with serious mental illness who take them have an average of a 20 year shorter lifespan! This is not a good idea!”
chatnuptime1 on Apr 1, 2013 at 22:00:13
“ yes they are very hard on the kidneys and liver. And in many cases can alter the ph of the blood and make it sticky causing thrombosis and strokes.”
chatnuptime1 on Aug 10, 2012 at 01:47:50
“And once as adults and not monitored later in life they self medicate with booze and street drugs to replace what they had as kids. Then their lives are a mess for it for not having a good coping mechanism that last longer then three years.”
Jun 6, 2012 at 16:23:36
“As for plantar faciitis, wear high top tennis shoes for the night! This will keep your foot flexed and speed recovery. It will also cost you a whole lot less than an orthotic that does the same thing.”
May 21, 2012 at 21:14:18
“It was common for me to work 100 hour weeks for several weeks in a row! Everyone of us had some problem from this sooner or later. No matter what "they" say, it's all about "slave labor." Hospitals do not want to pay doctors who have finished their training when residents will work on dimes to the dollar!”
TINSTAEL on May 22, 2012 at 00:04:12
“spoken like someone who has never graduated med school. There is no state in the union which allows a resident to perform surgery unsupervised.”
“The morning news shows are getting like professional sports the way these anchors are moving teams! I suppose it's a good thing that the contracts don't have no trade clauses or buy-outs at this point!”
“I'd like to hear the doctor's telling of this report! That's only fair in any accusation.
I do support your going to thje gym, however.”
myaa on Mar 3, 2012 at 22:49:15
“It was actually unethical of the doctor to even recommend liposuction to a person who did not need it..urgently. Most people do not realize it, but liposuction is a full fledged surgery most often done under general anesthesia, and that in itself carries big risks. There have reports of even death from improperly done liposuction procedures.”
peegan on Mar 3, 2012 at 20:44:39
“I am inclined to believe it. I have had doctors try and "up sell" me in a similar fashion. And based on the interaction with the assistant, this has been a problem before and accompanied by complaints. But one thing I have learned, and so too apparently has this woman, no one can "make" you feel bad, but you can let them. As to the doctor, well he has a service to sell. Doctors are no more saints then the rest of us.”
Marcin A Mazurek on Mar 3, 2012 at 19:59:53
“I would more like to hear the secretary's telling of this, as she's been in the office and is more likely to not lie her face off.
Gym, Swim, Walk more - take up some recreational biking in the spring/summer months. All good ways to tone, and also feel better in general.”
userw014 on Mar 3, 2012 at 19:18:36
“A nameless doctor. Some accusation.
This doctor needs to be called to account. We know that State Medical boards will only censure a doctor when something horrible happens - and then won't communicate that with other boards in the US. We know the AMA doesn't censure a doctor - unless they're a Jack Kervorkian.
The only defense the public has is to name doctors like this for acts like this.”
“Women should never ask for details about prior romantic relationships just as men should not talk about them. Especially saying negative things. People who like people tend to like other people. Those that criticize too much will do the same to you.”