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Fear of Heights May be a Physical Condition: BPPV

Ferris wheel

I don't know why or when it happened, but I don't remember a time when I wasn't afraid of heights. Even so, I do remember diving from the "high" board at our municipal swimming pool and I did enjoy riding the Ferris wheel and roller coaster when the carnival came to town. As I grew older, though, the fear became stronger, until finally I had no choice but to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.

The Importance of Second Opinions:
A Lazy Eye Experience

doctor giving advice

For many years, I was intimidated by doctors. I grew up thinking the doctor was always right. I have a crooked little finger that resulted from a doctor telling my mom it wasn't broken. It apparently was. It wasn't until I had children of my own that I learned the value of getting a second opinion when you have any question at all about your doctor's diagnosis or the treatment he or she may recommend.



ADHD

Boy playing jenga
Photo Credit: Michal Parzuchowski

There's a rumor going around that ADHD is madeup by Monsanto and big pharma. It could not be further from the truth. If you have a child who tries to climb the walls, you know that ADHD is a real and horrible condition. Those scoffers, who think they have a cannon in the fight against big pharma and big chemical companies, are in the wrong part of the battlefield.

Can't Fight Those Feelings

out of sync

Photo credit: Geralt

Depression can put your life out of sync with the world. One of the most insidious things about depression is that it can make you feel like you don't deserve to be here. Depression can make you believe that the world would be a better place and that your family and friends would, indeed, be happier if you weren't in it. Fighting those feelings on your own can be near impossible.

What is Wrong With Depression?

Tough day or tough life

Has anyone told you to stop beating yourself up? Do well-meaning friends and loved ones ask you what's wrong? Why are you sad, crying, irritable? You wish you knew, right?



Snake Oil: Slipping Through
Healthcare Cracks

snake oil

All that glistens is not snake oil. Prescription drug problems are rampant. The truth is that Americans are still not smart about healthcare today. Vast numbers of us still succumb to advertising hucksters that peddle everything from snake oils to electronic doodads and contraptions.


Woman's Reproductive Rights:
Ain't Nobody's Business But Her Own

barren earth

Pro choice is just a shorter phrase for "Mind Your Own Business." It is neither pro-life nor pro-abortion. It as much about birth control as it is about deciding whether or not to end a pregnancy or continue one. Here's why:



Why Pro-life is NOT Pro Life

Unborn

A miscarriage left me with the understanding that abortion would never be a good choice for me. Even so, I believe the decision to end a pregnancy or carry it to term—yes or no—belongs solely to the woman it concerns and to nobody else.



Ask Your Doctor:
Take a Good Look at Your Drugs

taking a look at drugs

Some days I think I am watching George Lucas's THX1138. Advertisements pelt us continually with news about one drug or another. Each new drug seems to be a miracle cure for whatever might ail us. Each ad suggests you "ask your doctor" about the drug. The inference is to ask your doctor to prescribe it.

Planned Parenthood

pregnancy  test

These days, Republicans seem to want to privatize everything except the personal things that should be private. The government shouldn't have the right to control how we choose to maintain our physical and mental well being.

We have partners, family, friends, clergy, and counselors to support us in those decisions.