Other People’s Handiwork

My 6-month appointment with the oncologist was this week. As usual, a quick in-and-out, everything-looks-fine appointment. The nurses were especially excited that I am pregnant, since passing through that office as a patient often renders a young person sterile. The doc assured me that while he does not believe the cancer will recur, it is treatable while I am pregnant without harming the fetus. While that was nice, I would have liked treatment that was successful without harming me! (I have difficulty believing anyone could take chemo while pregnant and it have no effect whatsoever on the fetus…)

Anyway, I have no special precautions as a result of my history. Hooray!

And, of course, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, regardless of your biological role in your dad-ness.

I read a lot of interesting things this week — I hope you find a few that interest you.

New to this weekly collection of links are Twitter handles (if I know them) for those whose writing is being shared.

Almost 20% of young adults have hypertension from Disease Proof (@diseaseproof): Myths of the normalcy of high blood pressure in old age, and the rewards we’re reaping from processed diets in current 25-35-year-olds.

FDA: Sunscreens Will Get More Scrutiny, New Labels from NPR (@NPRHealth): Finally! Suncreen labeling will be slightly less deceptive and confusing than it is now!

National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society skewered in new book by leading cancer expert from Natural News (@HealthRanger): A long, well-written piece on the money and politics behind the ACS, and how they aren’t the go-to place for cancer prevention. My only experience with them echoes pieces of what is written here.

Avocados Or 5 Dollar Bill? from Everyday Tips and Thoughts (@edaytipsthought): Kris puts a slightly different spin on food that goes from the store to the kitchen to the garbage.

GM regulators chose ignorance over science from the Guardian (@guardian): Genetically modified pesticides are showing up in human adult’s blood, as well as in the blood of human fetuses. Why is this a big deal? “…the global safety regulators of GM crops … have argued that this was impossible.”

Is Coffee Really Good For You? from Naturally Savvy (@naturallysavvy): This isn’t a proclamation one way or the other about drinking coffee — a more well-balanced look at what the studies actually say and how you can get information from them pertinent to you.

It’s O.K. to Change Your Course from Man Vs. Debt (@manvsdebt): Despite all of the name-calling to those who don’t stay the course, often recognizing a mistake and correcting is the best course of action.

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