Health & health care, Mental health

Gate Control Theory of Pain

What does the gate control theory of pain have to do with a mental health blog?  Well, co-occurring mental illness and chronic pain are remarkably common.  For example, among people with fibromyalgia, over 50% experience depression.  The rates of anxiety disorders are also over 50%.  People with depression and anxiety disorders are also at increased… Continue reading Gate Control Theory of Pain

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Health & health care, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Are Colon Cleanses Useful?

Image by Elionas2 from Pixabay There are a lot of weird alternative health interventions out there, but colon cleanses, also known as colon hydrotherapy or colonics, have got to be among the weirder ones.  Apparently, this has been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians; however, it only appeared on my radar a few years back when… Continue reading Are Colon Cleanses Useful?

Health & health care, Mental health

No, We’re Not “Drug-seeking”

"Drug-seeking".  "Med-seeking".  They're labels with very negative connotations that are often tossed around quite freely when it comes to medications with the potential for abuse.  They tend to be applied most readily to people take pain medications or psychiatric medications. The notion of people being drug-seeking is heavily laden with judgment and stigma.  After all,… Continue reading No, We’re Not “Drug-seeking”

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Health & health care, Mental health, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy, Video reviews

The Science Of Us

IMDB On a recent post of mine, Dangerous Voyage left a comment mentioning a research study and a documentary about it that I might be interested in.  I was interested, and sufficiently so that I wanted to share it with all of you. The Dunedin Study has followed a group of 1000 individuals born in 1972… Continue reading The Science Of Us

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Health & health care, Mental health

Applying Spoon Theory to Mental Illness

Molly's Fund on Pinterest Over the last year of blogging, I've learned about many things.  One of those things is spoon theory.  Spoon theory was created by Christine Miserandino. In a 2003 essay, she described using the metaphor to describe to a friend what it felt like to have a chronic invisible illness (in her… Continue reading Applying Spoon Theory to Mental Illness

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Health & health care

Invisible Illness: A Closer Look at Autoimmune Disorders

source: Pinterest I'm waiting to see a rheumatologist to figure out if I do in fact have an autoimmune disorder. In the meantime, I wanted to talk a bit about what autoimmune disorders are. Autoimmune disorders occur when elements of the body's natural immune system recognize certain types of normal cells in the body as… Continue reading Invisible Illness: A Closer Look at Autoimmune Disorders

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Health & health care, Mental health

The body is a strange creature

Noupload on Pixabay Yesterday afternoon I was trying out one of the single-use thermometer strips I have for work, just to remind myself how to use them.  It told me that I had a mild fever. I confirmed it on my regular thermometer.  That got me thinking about how strange my body has been acting… Continue reading The body is a strange creature

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Health & health care, Mental health

2018 year in review: Health

Depression does a number on my recall ability, so I turn to my bullet journal to help me look back on 2018 from a health perspective.  The chances of my illness ever going back into full remission seem very slim at this point, so I think it's probably better if I set aside hopes of… Continue reading 2018 year in review: Health

poisonous toadstool
Health & health care, Mental health, Science, pseudoscience, & media literacy

Is “Natural” Better for Your Health?

Recently, I watched an episode of the Netflix docuseries A User's Guide to Cheating Death that challenged the idea that "natural" is always good for you.  I also saw a post by Trish on The Introspective Salon on the same topic, so I decided to throw in my own two cents about the issue of whether… Continue reading Is “Natural” Better for Your Health?

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Health & health care, Mental health, Trauma and PTSD

What we can learn about trauma from the ACEs study

Centers for Disease Control The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study was a landmark research trial conducted by Kaiser Permanente and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.  The study examined the correlation between adverse experiences in childhood and health outcomes in adulthood, and it clearly showed just how profound that connection is. The ACEs study participants… Continue reading What we can learn about trauma from the ACEs study