Link Love (2016-04-23)


“Now Jackie is at a moral crossroads. She has to make a choice. The actual facts do not appear to be in dispute, but she is invested in this story. She has told it before, several times. She has endured quite a bit of discomfort at airports because she believed it to be true. Forced to choose by the Snopes page confronting her on Dan’s phone, she will either have to disavow or double-down.” Jackie at the crossroads – Slacktivist

Addicted to Distraction – New York Times

Angus Deaton, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics today, is best known for his detailed work on consumption and poverty for individuals. But in his 2013 book The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality, Deaton made a short, compelling, and clear case for why income inequality in society as a whole is a threat to democracy — and why worrying about it isn’t just class warfare or resentment” Read 2015 Nobel Economics Prize winner Angus Deaton’s amazing take on inequality – Vox

“When Ada Lovelace was twelve years old, she wanted to fly. She approached the problem methodically, examining birds and investigating various materials that could serve as wings—feathers, paper, silk. In the course of her research, which began in February, 1828, according to her biographer Betty Alexandra Toole, Ada wrote and illustrated a guide called “Flyology,” to record her findings. She toiled away on this project until her mother reprimanded her for neglecting her studies, which were meant to set her on a rational course, not a fanciful one.” Ada Lovelace, the First Tech Visionary – The New Yorker


Adults hate ‘Yes Means Yes’ laws. The college students I meet love them. – Washington Post

This is what happened to my friend Danielle, when she was using the DART (local train line in Dublin) in a wheelchair.
It is completely unacceptable to treat people this way, and Irish Rail really needs to up their game. They need to make the stations and trains more accessible, and in the mean time they need to train their staff on how to best assist people. Some details on the DART incidents of Friday April 15th – Danielle Lavigne

The Wife of Bernie Sanders Suddenly Invisible- The Cut

“Instead of calling a human being an “it,” you can call them
“he or she”
“him or her”
“sparkle face”
“love boat”
Or, most importantly, whatever they want to be called (even if that’s not perhaps your first thought).
If you don’t have that information, and you can’t tell their gender through the lens of traditional performance expectations (in other words you can’t “tell” if they’re a “boy” or “girl”)
You can resort to calling them anything really that
Recognizes their HUMANITY
As opposed to
erases it.” Every day I hold my breath as I ask how her day was – Renegade Mothering

This Study Should End the Debate About Whether Women Regret Having Abortions – Think Progress

“I had never encountered this clinical scenario during my training in Canada. I had never seen a woman suffer because she couldn’t afford something as simple as a Pap smear, never mind deal with the indignities of shopping around her sorrow and hard luck to try to patch together what would inevitably be inadequate medical therapy. It is this reality of medical care in America for which I was wholly unprepared. Many times I found the residents comforting me.
I gathered my thoughts before explaining the situation. To get her care through the charity program there was a catch. A set of hoops to jump through and we could jeopardize her eligibility with specific tests. I explained the ins and outs of accessing care through the program, where she needed to go, and what specifically she must say. The Intern printed out the sheet of community resources and advocacy groups that might also be able to help her patch together some kind of treatment.
It’s not health care, not by any stretch. But as long as the Supreme Court finds it constitutional I guess they’ll sleep better than I do.” Cancer v. the Constitution – Dr. Jen Gunter

Missouri lawmakers think modest dress is the solution to sexual harassment of interns – Feministing

Beauty & Body Image

“Around maybe the mid-C19th, coinciding roughly with the Industrial Revolution and the rise of the middle class, it became a fashionable thing for a man to be able to afford a wife who was too weak to work.
It was a status symbol for a man, an advertisement of his wealth, you see, for his wife to be a small, thin, weak female, barely able to totter daintily around the house; how decadent to have a wife who not only didn’t but COULDN’T contribute to the household income!” the little woman – the dirty normal

We Need to Start Letting People Define Their Body Without Refuting Their Truth – Ravishly

“I understand the impulse to purge and start anew, fresh, with a more sustainable mindset, but is tossing things you wear (and maybe love?) only to replace them REALLY sustainable or eco-friendly? No. No. No.
It’s wasteful. And the truth is, you can make your closet more conscious and your wardrobe more sustainable without spending much money, or getting rid of everything.  You can have a conscious closet by simply continuing to wear what you have, keeping only what you love, and taking care of your clothes.” What to do After The True Cost – Part 1: Don’t Throw That Out – The Minimal Closet


Let Us Be Good to Ourselves With Conviction – Brocante Home

“While we can never know other people’s intentions, we can recognize that our words influence our state of mind–and apologizing when we’ve done nothing wrong needlessly creates guilt and undermines our confidence.
It can also create an imbalance in our relationships, since it tells other people we think we are always responsible for any potential conflict or miscommunication; and also sends the message that we’re more interested in being agreeable than being honest.
We don’t need to always agree with each other. We don’t need to always please each other. And we don’t need to always couch it with contrition when we need something from someone else. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t apologize when we generally feel we’ve done something wrong. It means it would serve us well to recognize that more often than not, there is no reason for anyone to take blame.” Tiny Wisdom: Stop Over-Apologizing – Tiny Buddha

Gratitude is a Force – Christy Tending

Chronic Illness & Pain

Temeprature Sensitivity in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS –

“Many of us hear by our doctors that POTS is “no big deal.”
Or they just plain have no clue what it is.
Or, “you just have POTS.”
Why do they think this? Why don’t they know what it is? If an estimated million people have it, and even more have dysautonomia in some form, why don’t they know?
As patients (and hopefully the caregivers that see how sick we can be on a day to day basis), we know how big of a deal it is. We know what a struggle POTS is, and how unpredictable and disabling it can be, even if it is generally mild and flares occasionally. So why is this the view by so many in the medical profession, and why is it so unheard of? I have been contemplating and compiling this list for a while now, and in light of the people we have lost recently in the POTS community, I thought this may be useful for those of us trying to find the cause of our POTS. Also to explore why it is a big deal, even if POTS per say will not kill you, and why, in my opinion, it is absolutely necessary to find out what is causing your POTS. Not only to rule out the really dangerous stuff, but to avoid the medication merry-go-round, as I like to call it.” What Is Causing Your POTS? And Why It IS A BIG DEAL: A Printable, Sourced Guide – STOP POTS and Dysautonomia

5 Things You Might Not Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Conquering Fear Spiritually

“The awareness of toxic mold’s effect on human health has increased dramatically over the past few years. But mold is only one of the many biotoxins found in water-damaged buildings, and the illness caused by exposure to these toxins is much more complex than most clinicians and patients assume.” 5 Things You Should Know About Toxic Mold Illness – Chris Kresser

10 Things I Didn’t Know Before I Got Sick – Psychology Today


Dry Skin Brushing: 7 Amazing Benefits – Mercola

“As a psychiatrist trained in psychopharmacology, it would be easy for me to rely exclusively on psychiatric medications as the be-all, end-all treatment option for patients with mood disorders. Psychiatric medications work, and they work fast, and I use them regularly in my practice to treat a host of problems and conditions, from depression and anxiety to bipolar disorder and chronic insomnia. That being said, I am always mindful of other, equally significant ways to enhance mood and wellbeing, specifically methods related to our ways of thinking and daily behaviors. Here then are my top 10 recommendations for improving depression and anxiety, sans medication:” 10 Ways to Improve Depression and Anxiety without Meds – Huffington Post

Skip the Gym – Exercise on the Floor Instead – Movement Revolution

“Like the microbes in our gut, the microflora that live on our skin defend their habitat for their own survival, and depending on whether the resident communities of microbes are ‘commensals’ (our allies) or pathogens, these residents either offer us protection or cause us harm.” The Skin Microbiome (&  Our Personalized Microbial Cloud) – Petra8Paleo

3 Strategies for Creating Habits You Don’t Enjoy (Yet) – Hello Healthy


Pear & Rosemary Stuffed Pork Loin (AIP/Paleo) – Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Paleo Snickerdoodles – The Paleo Mom

Paleo Meatloaf Muffins – Paleo Hacks

Adaptogenic Homemade Sports Drink with Electrolytes – Empowered Sustenance

Chicken Skin Chips – Mark’s Daily Apple

AIP Raw Tea Cake with Salted Chai Caramel Topping – Comfort Bites

New & Old on the Blog

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Quick Lit April 2015

Quick Reads April 2016

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March/April Twitterature 2014

How Going Gluten Free Helped Me Halve My Intake of Painkillers

The History of Love by Nicola Krauss

April Twitterature 2013

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