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Alicia Gali, Woman Who Spent 8 Months In UAE Jail After Being Raped, Tells Her Story

Alicia Gali, Woman Who Spent 8 Months In UAE Jail After Being Raped, Tells Her Story

Commented May 16, 2013 at 09:59:10 in World

“The amazing thing is, almost the exact same comment was posted on different site by someone named "Olga."

Someone needs to pay their people to be a little more consistent when trolling the internet.

http://freethinker.co.uk/2013/05/13/sharia-law-used-in-the-united-arab-emirates-to-jail-australian-woman-after-she-was-gang-raped/comment-page-1/#comment-94859

Mary Olbricht on May 17, 2013 at 17:42:21

“Psyche78, as you said, it is the exact same comment. So, it is obvious that it is about the same person. I had to change my name because Huffington post deleted my previous comments as too offensive and blocked my account. And they were right, my previous comments were written at anger, because the one who knows the truth can feel only anger reading the version of facts presented herewith. I beg forgiveness for this. Of course, I would not disclose my real identity here, however those involved in the course of action know me very well. So, it was no mistake as you suggest. Hope you find your peace now.”
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Too Young For College? My Fight Against Reverse Age Discrimination

Commented Aug 30, 2011 at 13:52:22 in College

“While I understand Ms. Caetano-Anolles' upset and even outrage at being denied admission to graduate school, I can completely understand why it likely happened. I was accepted into a doctoral clinical psychology program when I was 20 (enrolled when I was 21), and to be quite honest, I needed more life experience and more maturity before taking on a professional degree program. Being a psychologist is about far more than making good grades or being driven to succeed. There are so many characteristics that a good psychologist has that one cannot learn from school - they have to be learned from life. Unlike the other people in my cohort in the psychology program, I came in straight from undergrad - no time off, no full-time work experience, no real life experience outside of college. And let me tell you know, it showed. Yes, I managed to overcome the lack of experience, but it was a tremendous struggle. I'm in my mid-30s now and have been practicing for 7 years, and I can say, knowing what I know now, I would have been better off taking a year or two to grow up. This is not age discimination - when it comes to being a psychologist and psychology graduate programs, life experience does matter.”

nikanj on Aug 30, 2011 at 17:01:53

“My daughter tells me that one of her most valuable pre-med school experiences
was -- waiting tables. Keeping your eyes and ears open at a family-style eatery
while serving people food will tell you more about the human condition than any
lecture hall.”
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A Woman's Nation: Reclaim Your Right To Birth Right

Commented Oct 19, 2009 at 14:41:29 in Healthy Living

“Really? You think that's going to be a deterrant? Because, you know, the lack of pain relief during childbirth certainly didn't stop our ancestors from having huge families. And as a someone who gave birth without meds twice, I can say, once you're holding that baby, the pain can become a distant memory.”
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A Woman's Nation: Reclaim Your Right To Birth Right

Commented Oct 19, 2009 at 14:31:16 in Healthy Living

“I had both of my children without any pain medication or intervention (the first in a hospital, the second at home). I didn't do it to get a pat on the back or to feel like a martyr - I did it because I felt I was doing what was best for my baby and myself. Yes, epidurals are relatively safe, but they are not without risk, and I, personally, was not willing to take that risk. Your risk/benefit ratio may be different, and that's fine too.

And FWIW, I had my wisdom teeth out about 10 years ago - I was awake during it (had Valium and a local anesthestic) and the local anesthetic wore off halfway through. The pain is a completely different kind of pain than that of childbirth. The pain from childbirth "told" me what I needed to do - for instance, what position to get in to slow down a fast birth, when to push, etc... It was useful pain. Very different from surgical pain.”
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A Woman's Nation: Reclaim Your Right To Birth Right

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 14:14:20 in Healthy Living

“An Arizona hospital was going to get a court-order to force Joy Szabo to have c-section. Rather than agree to an operation she does not need, Mrs. Szabo is going to labor 300 miles away from her home, her husband, and family. Some choice.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/15/hospitals.ban.vbacs/
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A Woman's Nation: Reclaim Your Right To Birth Right

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 14:04:30 in Healthy Living

“Maternal deaths have been reduced thanks to better nutrition and proper handwashing - It's hard to give birth through a pelvis that is distorted thanks to rickets, and if you look at history, maternal deaths increased when birth entered the hospital bc doctors did not wash their hands. And while I feel for women who are not receiving adequate health and prenatal care around the world, that doesn't mean I should roll over and let a doctor perform unnecessary abdominal surgery on me or have a hospital force me to adhere to policies that cause childbirth to be more painful, slower, and dangerous than if I were allowed to labor naturally. Modern medicine is great when it's necessary - unfortunately, in American obstetrics, a lot of the time, the interventions are unnecessary and cause more harm than good.”
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A Woman's Nation: Reclaim Your Right To Birth Right

Commented Oct 16, 2009 at 13:54:14 in Healthy Living

“You shouldn't have to be in a position where you have to advocate against unnecessary interventions that only benefit the doctor or hospitals bottom line - and not your health - at any time, much less while in labor. And it is hard to make an informed choice about a birth attendant or hospital to deliver in when neither is forthcoming about their rate of cesareans, episiotomies, inductions, etc... (and the doc saying "I only do one when its necessary" does not count as informational).”
After Tiller: What Will Happen To The Women?

After Tiller: What Will Happen To The Women?

Commented Jun 20, 2009 at 11:46:37 in Politics

“Are you really trying to conflate termination in the early second trimester (16 weeks) with late-term abortion? Most anatomy scans are not done until at least 18 weeks of gestation (some are not done until past 20 weeks). Problems with maternal health do not always pop up early in pregnancy, either, and for those that do arise early (such as ectopic pregnancy), termination through medication (methotrexate, for example) rather than mechanical removal of the fetus can be performed, so those women would not be represented in such a sampling as this survey.”
Insurance Companies To Lawmakers: We'll Continue Stripping Coverage For Sick People

Insurance Companies To Lawmakers: We'll Continue Stripping Coverage For Sick People

Commented Jun 18, 2009 at 13:49:50 in Politics

“You know all those forms you sign when you go to the doctor's office? One of the things you sign is permission for the insurance company to have access to your medical records - if you didn't sign, they could deny any and all claims. Privacy does not apply if you give your permission for release of the information. So, you're stuck.”
Obama Hits Fox News: They're

Obama Hits Fox News: They're "Entirely Devoted To Attacking My Administration" — Fox News Responds (VIDEO)

Commented Jun 17, 2009 at 14:15:33 in Media

“You're right. Fox News doesn't spin. They just outright lie.”

gottobejoking on Jun 17, 2009 at 15:59:17

“Exactly!”
GOP Pushed For Incomplete Health Care Study, Then Politicized It: Hill Dems

GOP Pushed For Incomplete Health Care Study, Then Politicized It: Hill Dems

Commented Jun 17, 2009 at 00:28:20 in Politics

“Blame ACOG and the AMA for that one...the medical model of obstetrics that we currently use in the U.S. leads to more, unnecessary, and expensive intervention that results in poorer outcomes for mother and baby. Studies have shown that utilizing midwives, who use fewer interventions on the whole, for low-risk pregnancies and reserving obstetric doctors for high-risk pregnancies leads to better outcomes and tremendous cost-savings.”
American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again

American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again

Commented Jun 11, 2009 at 11:18:52 in Politics

“It's not just because of that. It has to do with the insurance companies themselves. They decide which doctors will be paneled and which won't - which doctors and HOW MANY doctors their members will have access to through the insurance plan. I have been waiting over 4 months to be paneled as a psychologist with BC/BS (the largest insurer in my area), all the while hearing parents complain about how they can't find therapists for their children in a timely manner. United Behavioral Health is "closed" to new providers in my area. Insurance companies are not only controlling which procedures you get, they are controlling how long it takes you to get seen, period.”
American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again

American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again

Commented Jun 11, 2009 at 10:07:12 in Politics

“Mandating physician participation in an insurance plan does not mean that physicians are mandated to see every patient with that plan who calls up asking for an appointment. I have never heard of a physician opting not to join an insurance panel because they are worried about getting too many patients; the primary reason tends to be because the insurance company does not pay well enough (which is valid reason and goes back to insurance companies putting their own profit over the healthcare the patient is paying for).

I call BS.”
American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again

American Medical Association Trying To Torpedo Health Care Reform Again

Commented Jun 11, 2009 at 09:34:40 in Politics

“Whose health is the AMA more concerned: the health of the average American or the health of the doctors' bank accounts?”

ebanks84 on Jun 11, 2009 at 09:38:37

“The health of the AMA bank account!”
Cracking the Autism Riddle:

Cracking the Autism Riddle: "Vaccine Theory" Fades as a New Idea Emerges

Commented Jun 10, 2009 at 17:30:49 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for stating points 1 and 4 so well.”
The Top Public High Schools

The Top Public High Schools

Commented Jun 9, 2009 at 09:40:11 in Home

“I agree that the metric is faulty. My senior year in high school, I took 5 AP courses, but only chose to sit for two exams because 1) My performance my junior year on AP tests meant I had already tested out of/gotten credit for the college classes I would be testing out of my senior year (so what would have been the point of taking more tests) and 2) the tests cost, you know, money to take.”

wadenelson1 on Jun 9, 2009 at 21:05:47

“>2) the tests cost, you know, money to take.

like, how'd you do on the English AP?”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 13:11:51 in Healthy Living

“The way the exemption laws are written, you actually cannot claim an exemption for certain vaxes on the basis of religious or philosophical reasons - you are supposed to be all or nothing on the vaxes. What a lot of parents do is go ahead and selectively vax, then claim a religious exemption by refusing to release/report the info about which vaxes their child has actually received. Because of HIPAA, the school/community has no way to find out that the child actually has had vaccinations to dispute the exemption. As such, the numbers of completely unvaxed kids is likely to overestimated.”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 12:19:49 in Healthy Living

“That is an interesting question. In my mind, it boils down to this: am I willing to risk my child's health (and I'm not talking about the back and forth about autism - there is a real risk of reaction and risk of known adverse effects every time one vaccinates) for the public good if I do not believe that he will benefit himself from the action. Honestly, no. I am not willing to. This question came up on a previous debate, so I posed it to a group of moms as well (to see whether I was being overly selfish). Not a single mom would place her child at risk for the sole benefit of someone else or someone else's child. To be concrete, let's go back to Hep B. Until he is older, my son is not at risk for the disease, and studies are showing that the 3-shot series does not, in fact, confer lifelong immunity and will likely need a booster between 10-15 years afterwards. So, in my mind, my son would be at risk for an adverse reaction 3 times from a vaccine he would receive no benefit from. It is not worth it to me, so I declined the shot for him as an infant.”

MNmommy on Jun 8, 2009 at 13:19:19

“Understood. And you did say when "the risk is low".

For Heb B though, I'd think living in a heavily populated area would inherently change the level of risk. I'm not arguing with your logic, just that the *risk* of certain things may differ due to demographics in an area.”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 10:22:37 in Healthy Living

“No, to be honest, the thought never occurred to me. My focus was completely on my little guy.”

MNmommy on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:00:38

“Understood. :)

I think it's important though, in the aftermath of crisis, to follow up on things like that - if you can.”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 10:19:49 in Healthy Living

“And let me add, that based on the tone and words used in Davism97's post, it implies that *all* vaccinations are equal and good and to refuse *any* vaccine is to cause harm. As he wrote: "If you don't vaccinate your children you are HURTING them."

While the focus tends to be on MMR, MMR is not the only vax on the CDC schedule and it is not the only vax required for school entry. And to paint all VPDs and vaxes with the same brush, with regards to benefit, risk, morbidity, and communicability in order to force compliance with the CDC schedule is disingenuous at best.”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 10:12:00 in Healthy Living

“Actually, I do agree with vaccinating. My son is up-to-date on MMR, IPV, and DTaP, albeit it was on a delayed schedule. He also received two doses of HiB before the shortage. I myself have, over the years, received the regular vaccinations, plus travel vaxes for cholera, hepatitis A, and typhoid.
I have issues with mandatory vaccination in the name of public health/safety when the risk of exposure or severe morbidity/mortality is low. My toddler son is not at risk for Hepatitis B and, IMO, to require that he be vaccinated for it makes little sense. If your personal risk/benefit ratio is different, by all means, vaccinate against Hep B. Vaccinate yourself/your child against chicken pox. It's *your* choice and it should be your choice.”

kwombles on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:30:58

“Thank you for clarifying your position. Since exemptions are in place in most states, wouldn't exercising your right to the exemption allow you the flexibility to vaccinate against those diseases you feel appropriate while allowing you to exclude the ones you do not wish to utilize?

There are some vaccinations that unless medical considerations advise against it that I would not be in favor of not being mandatory to enter the school system, or daycares. Or for that matter, for health personnel. You do not seem to be far from that position.

People should educate themselves; the problem is when they choose inaccurate information or rely on wild speculation and fear-mongering. You are not doing this, and I welcome you to the dialogue.”

MNmommy on Jun 8, 2009 at 10:32:32

“What about personal responsibility to the public good, ie Public Health?”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 09:59:40 in Healthy Living

“Actually, yes. When my son was 9 months old, he came down with RSV and we had to go to the ER because we couldn't get his fever down. The pediatrician in the ER tried to convince me to vaccinate with Prevnar prior to going home (only an hour after we finally got his temp to go down from 104).”

MNmommy on Jun 8, 2009 at 10:12:40

“Did you take any steps to report the dolt?”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 00:03:40 in Healthy Living

“Part 2:
If the government is going to mandate a certain vaccination, there better be a good public health justification for such an intervention in the case of that particular disease. Merely stating over and over that vaccination is safe and has eradicated smallpox is not justification enough - there needs to be an overriding public health need. And in the cases of chicken pox, with it's less 0.0067% fatality rate, and Hepatitis B, which is not communicable through casual contact, I don't believe that burden has been met.”

Psyche78 on Jun 8, 2009 at 10:19:49

“And let me add, that based on the tone and words used in Davism97's post, it implies that *all* vaccinations are equal and good and to refuse *any* vaccine is to cause harm. As he wrote: "If you don't vaccinate your children you are HURTING them."

While the focus tends to be on MMR, MMR is not the only vax on the CDC schedule and it is not the only vax required for school entry. And to paint all VPDs and vaxes with the same brush, with regards to benefit, risk, morbidity, and communicability in order to force compliance with the CDC schedule is disingenuous at best.”

kwombles on Jun 8, 2009 at 07:22:12

“Craig swore earlier that no one was saying not to to vaccinate. Sure sounds like you're against vaccinating. Any vaccines meet your standards?”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 8, 2009 at 00:02:07 in Healthy Living

“Part I:
Actually, it is my personal belief that you have it backwards in stating "until we have solid evidence that the cure is more dangerous than the disease it doesn't make sense to stop using the cure ." When you seek to intervene, the burden of proof should be that the intervention improves/is better than the status quo.
In the case of Smallpox, the vaccine was arguably an improvement on the 30% fatality rate. In the case of Rotavirus, a VPD on the current schedule, it is much harder to justify intervention when 80% of children will contract Rotavirus within the first 5 years of life, but annually, only 20 deaths are attributable to rotavirus, and the vaccine itself can cause diarrhea as a side effect, and as a live-virus vaccine, the virus itself has been found to shed from some who are vaccinated with it. And then there are the children who will suffer adverse reactions due to allergy or negative reaction to the vaccine. It would seem in many cases the "cure" is worse than the disease.”

AutismNewsBeat on Jun 8, 2009 at 12:49:09

“Rotovirus kills 500,000 children a year in the developing world.”
Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is

Top US Panel: Some Vaccine-Autism Research is "Appropriate," "Worthwhile" and "Warranted"

Commented Jun 7, 2009 at 19:43:39 in Healthy Living

“You're confusing Rett's with Reye's. They are two different syndromes.”
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