Monday, July 27, 2015

Dear Anti-Vaxxers: Mosquitos And Ticks Are Right Now Vaccinating Your Child

by Richard Sullivan

Illogical parents who don’t give a whit about their child or yours have been enlisting their own precious offspring to work out their personal conspiracy issues as they relate to vaccinations against deadly crippling pandemics.

These parents are somehow unaware that all summer long their kids are being vaccinated — daily.

Mosquitos, flies, bees, wasps, ticks, mites, fleas, bedbugs and other stinging, biting, chewing, blood-sucking organisms are having at us wholesale. The common backyard mosquito needles deep into our blood vessels, injecting bacteria, viruses and assorted filth, leading to West Nile virus disease, malaria and other horrors. Ticks inject us with Lyme disease. Both insects have historically proven to be deadly little bastards, yet anti-vaxxers seem to be fine with this.

I see no organized effort by these parents to rid our environment of any of these trillions of living pests despite the death and damage they have caused to millions of humans. Why aren't these concerned parents wrapping their children in mosquito netting and dunking them in 55 gallon barrels of insect repellant?

Interestingly, this week news of a malaria vaccine approved for use in Europe presents a conundrum for anti-vaxxers: should you vaccinate your child against a disease that is itself caused by entomological vaccination?

It's Easier The Second (or Third) Time Around

Since I’m not unlike other people, life does get in the way of goals and good intentions. I had an extended layoff from the gym and during that time I worked out at home with disappointing results. Of course a good gym has a shitload of machines, handles, weights, etc., and what I had at home was very basic, some free weights and bands. Recently I re-joined the gym and I was very happy to verify something I have long told my clients and friends: once you build muscle, even if you take a long break from a challenging workout routine, your muscles do not forget.

We don’t forget what we’ve learned, in the case of those who have years of experience at the gym, and our muscles react far more quickly than they did the first time. That is, the positive changes you’ll see in your body will occur much faster than they occurred the first time you built muscle.

In my case I didn’t expect to be able to use as much weight as I am, and I also thought I’d be sore and hurting the first month. But neither of those happened. Like riding a bike, it was all second nature, and even though I am more fatigued as I wrap up the day’s workout, my progress has been surprisingly fast.

So if one of the things that has been holding you back from re-upping your gym membership is that you’ll be starting from scratch with memories of limping out of the gym and a long recovery, you should be pleasantly surprised that this is not the case. Once you build muscle, you are much quicker to gain it back even after a prolonged layoff.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oprah's WingNut Posse Gains A New Member

Jim Carrey, whose credentials certainly reflect that he is an expert in such things, has come out as an anti-vaxxer. Which is sadder? — goofy actors spreading misinformation that is a threat to society’s health, or the internet morons who accept celebrities' views as scientifically valid and adopt them as their own?

Oprah’s wingnut brigade keeps on expanding. In recent years she has perpetrated  some of the most god-awful fakes and loonies on her adoring public. At one time Oprah seemed quite grounded, actually. But the long line of creeps and crazies, such as areyoukiddingme? “fitness expert” Bob Green, snake oil carney barker “Dr.” Oz, AIDS death coach (as opposed to life coach) Marianne Williamson, that black preacher who is suddenly the new Dr. Phil, the old Dr. Phil, bat-shit crazy Suzanne Sommers. The list goes on and on.

You can search on youtube for the Jim Carrey appearance on Oprah where she celebrates him solely for his story of writing himself a check for a zillion dollars and carrying it around in his wallet before he became successful and then voilĂ  it really happened and then he cashed it.

We want our old Oprah back.