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Hearing loss, failing eyesight, and the struggles we try to hide

Reading Time: 5 minutes Let’s talk about discrimination. Not the racial type: I’m talking about the ability of human hearing to discriminate, to distinguish the all-important but often whisper-subtle edges of what most people experience as the familiar sounds of vowels and consonants. For some of us, consonants are especially hard to discriminate among spoken sounds. Their delicate wisps […]

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The ethical problem with denying diabetics no-prick glucose monitors

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the past few years, science has produced a few truly wonderful devices capable of monitoring diabetics’ blood-sugar levels 24/7 in real-time, with the power to help the afflicted self-manage very protective eating strategies. Unfortunately, even though I’m diabetic, I simply can’t afford all but one of these devices even if my doctor were willing […]

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Jex Blackmore has abortion live on the news

Reading Time: 2 minutes Former The Satanic Temple (TST) spokesperson and reproductive rights advocate Jex Blackmore, who was (evicted? I’m going to say evicted) evicted from the organization when … just go watch the movie. Anyway, Jex took an abortifacient pill on air. Let’s get you up to speed At some point during the filming of Hail Satan?, Jex […]

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Could an Epstein-Barr virus vaccine end Multiple Sclerosis?

Reading Time: 5 minutes I have primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS). And it sucks. Multiple sclerosis isn’t just my problem. Indeed, some 2.8 million worldwide, 1 million in the US, and 130,000 in the United Kingdom suffer from the condition. It is a condition that comes in different forms (most people have an up-and-down version called relapsing-remitting—RRMS) and afflicts […]

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Anti-vaxxers and ableism: 3 ways we must advocate for people with disabilities

Reading Time: 4 minutes When I saw that the CDC director stated that it’s “encouraging” mostly already-ill people will die from COVID, my ableist spidey senses went up. And, judging by the ensuing outrage on Twitter, I wasn’t the only one mentally going, “What the hell?!” We know that anti-vaxxers do not care about the needs or lives of […]