The simple things you use to be able to eat, you can’t eat anylonger and the list gets bigger and bigger!

When you have a invisible illness, so many things change in your life, your smells, taste, what your stomach can handle, see how long you can keep it down or in. I notice the further my disease continues the more I can’t eat, sugar forget, I use to be a chocoholic, loved wine, cheese, fruit, vegetables salads and now its ensure, they recently came out with a low sugar one so it doesn’t hurt me, but its not easy I can only take a sip a hour or I throw up. Smells make me throw up I can’t even been in a room with food. perfumes bother me, textures, materials, simple things. Things we take for granite every day! all of a sudden is taken away from your life, piece by piece.

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We are going to carry you!!!!! Inspiration Story

We are going to carry you’: Students bring teacher to tears after the Florida shooting.
Marissa Schimmoeller teaches English at a high school in Ohio. She also happens to use a wheelchair.
As you may expect, Schimmoeller was on edge returning to work after the horrifying shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida. “As the first students walked in, I began to feel the anxiety pooling in my stomach,” she recollected from those first tense moments starting a new day.

But Schimmoeller was dreading one question specifically because she uses a wheelchair: “Mrs. Schimmoeller, what will we do if a shooter comes in your room?
inevitably, the question was asked.
“My stomach sank,” Schimmoeller wrote in a Facebook post on Feb. 15. “I launched into my pre-planned speech about our plan of action.”
But then came the more difficult part of her answer, she noted — the part she’d especially been dreading.
“I want you to know that I care deeply about each and every one of you and that I will do everything I can to protect you,” she assured them. “But, being in a wheelchair, I will not be able to protect you the way an able-bodied teacher will.”
She continued: “If there is a chance for you to escape, I want you to go. Do not worry about me. Your safety is my number one priority.”
That’s when her students brought her to tears.
“Slowly, quietly, as the words I had said sunk in, another student raised their hand,” the teacher wrote in her post. “She said, ‘Mrs. Schimmoeller, we already talked about it. If anything happens, we are going to carry you.'”
“I lost it,” Schimmoeller concluded in her post, which has amassed more than 33,000 likes and nearly 19,000 shares as of publication.
“With tears in my eyes as I type this, I want my friends and family to know that I understand that it is hard to find the good in the world, especially after a tragedy like the one that we have watched unfold, but there is good. True goodness. It was found in the hearts of my students toda
Schimmoeller’s big-hearted students are truly good. They’re incredibly thoughtful. They care.

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The Great inventions We Got from Wrong-Headed Treatments

The VIBRATOR INVENTED BY JOSEPH Mortimer Granyville for men to relax there muscles for men in the 1880s, it was quickly adopted for the use of women for a condition called hysteria. The electrical device relieved Doctors of cramping for manually stimulating a women’s clitoris, thus the Vibrator was born known as the Granville’s Hammer.

The Graham cracker, the original bland unsweetened cracker developed by Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham as a alternative to the sugary crackers he believed were leading children to dangerous self abuse “masturbation” Nabisco turned the tables sweetening them into s’mores-supporters know and love today.

corn flakes was created by Dr. Harvey Kellogg created in a sanitarium to curb the devil of Masturbation, Harvey’s Kellogg added sugar to the cereal causing a riff in the family, Dr Kellogg girls that were troublesome sexual desire could be curbed by burning lady parts with cabolic acid.

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Children who get Flu Vaccinations have three times Risk of Hospitalization for flu.

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Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests (2009 Requested Repost)

Source: American Thoracic Society
The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented on May 19, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego.
Flu vaccine (trivalent inactivated flu vaccine—TIV) has unknown effects on asthmatics.
“The concerns that vaccination maybe associated with asthma exacerbations have been disproved with multiple studies in the past, but the vaccine’s effectiveness has not been well-established,” said Avni Joshi, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “This study was aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the TIV in children overall, as well as the children with asthma, to prevent influenza-related hospitalization.”
The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend annual influenza vaccination for all children aged six months to 18 years. The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (3rd revision) also recommends annual flu vaccination of asthmatic children older than six months.
In order to determine whether the vaccine was effective in reducing the number of hospitalizations that all children, and especially the ones with asthma, faced over eight consecutive flu seasons, the researchers conducted a cohort study of 263 children who were evaluated at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota from six months to 18 years of age, each of whom had had laboratory-confirmed influenza between 1996 to 2006. The investigators determined who had and had not received the flu vaccine, their asthma status and who did and did not require hospitalization. Records were reviewed for each subject with influenza-related illness for flu vaccination preceding the illness and hospitalization during that illness.
They found that children who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization, as compared to children who had not received the vaccine. In asthmatic children, there was a significantly higher risk of hospitalization in subjects who received the TIV, as compared to those who did not (p= 0.006). But no other measured factors—such as insurance plans or severity of asthma—appeared to affect risk of hospitalization.
“While these findings do raise questions about the efficacy of the vaccine, they do not in fact implicate it as a cause of hospitalizations,” said Dr. Joshi. “More studies are needed to assess not only the immunogenicity, but also the efficacy of different influenza vaccines in asthmatic subjects.”
American Thoracic Society. “Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 May 2009.

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Is your slow cooker safe?

Hazards In Your Slow Cooker Could Be Making Your Family Sicker

304ck from the 70s, slow cookers are making a big comeback in the kitchen.

It’s easy to see why. They offer the same time-saving, fuss-free, one-pot style of cooking that made them popular in the first place.
As safe as slow cookers seem to be left unattended while they simmer dinner, some of them contain lead and other unsafe levels of heavy metals that could be slowly contaminating your food and making your family sick.
And if you found one at a yard sale or inherited an old one, be aware of safety risks such as old, worn cords when using them, because some very real health concerns are connected to old-fashioned slow cookers.

“If you were handed down a vintage pot from the 70s that has the insert firmly attached to the heating element, instead of a removable insert, then it’s time to upgrade,”
Stephanie O’Dea, New York Times best-selling cookbook author and slow-cooking expert told NBC News. “All of the newer pots have a removable cooking pot which is dishwasher safe.”
Slow cooker inserts made from glazed ceramic contain an alarming amount of lead – they also begin to leak this lead at a terrifying rate when heated.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, most slow cookers reach a temperature between 170 degrees and 280 degrees Fahrenheit. But at 80 degrees, levels of lead being slowly leeched into food are 10 times higher than when the slow cooker is not heated. What also may be alarming is that the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t account for the lead levels leaching into food when the slow cookers are heated.
Health experts have found there are no safe lead levels for humans. Even in small amounts, ingesting lead can result in diminished mental performance and many health issues, Duke University researchers found.
A study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children are particularly susceptible to poisoning from low levels of lead.
Those risks include: hearing damage, nervous system and kidney damage, decreased muscle and bone growth, digestive disorders and joint pain.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified lead as one of its ten chemicals of major public health concern. They also recognize one of the sources of exposure is through food – specifically from lead-glazed or lead-soldered containers.
Children are the most vulnerable because they absorb four to five times as much ingested lead as adults from a given source.
Exposure to lead in childhood is thought to contribute to 600,000 new cases of children with intellectual disabilities each year. Globally, lead exposure accounts for about 143,000 deaths each year.
The WHO fact sheet on lead poisoning and health states: “Young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and can suffer profound and permanent adverse health effects, particularly affecting the development of the brain and nervous system.
“Lead also causes long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage. Exposure of pregnant women to high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight, as well as minor malformations,” it says.
Consider these three slow cookers that don’t seem to leach lead when heated:
VitaClay 8 Cup Smart Organic Multi-Cooker/Rice Cooker
Instant Pot 6QT, 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker
Precise Heat 12-Inch Surgical Stainless Steel Deep Electric Skillet/Slow Cooker
— Kimberly Hayes Taylor

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18 people wish they knew before applying for Disabiity Beneifits

18 Things People Wish They Knew Before Applying for Disability Benefits.

If your illness or disability is at a point where it’s affecting your ability to work and earn money, you may consider filing for Social Security disability benefits. If you’re approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you’d begin receiving payments the sixth month after your disability was determined to begin, in an amount based on your lifetime average earnings covered by Social Security. You can also apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is based on need and doesn’t require you to have worked before.
Applying for disability has the reputation of being a frustrating, confusing process — especially since an estimated 60 to 70 percent of applicants are denied the first time, setting off an often-lengthy appeal process. People with invisible illnesses may encounter unique challenges, since disability reviewers may not understand how limiting their medical condition actually is.
Talking with others who have been through the disability process can help give you “insider tips” you wouldn’t have known before. So we asked our Mighty community to share what they wish they knew about applying for disability benefits before they started the process. It’s important to remember that everyone’s medical situation is unique, and the disability process is different for each person. But hopefully these tips can give you an idea of strategies to consider.
Here’s what our community told us:
1. “I still haven’t been approved. But I wish I knew to check up on your doctors. Make sure they are making notes of what your appointment is about. Sometimes they don’t, and the appointment is a waste on paper. Your diagnosis needs to be documented. You would be surprised how many doctors fail to do this.” — Jillian C.
2. “I wish I would have been prepared for all the feelings. You have to almost strip yourself bare and prove you’re truly unable to work to many strangers. Plus the roller-coaster feelings of relief, quickly followed by grief. Grief for the person you were, and grief for the person you could have been in the future.” — Ashley C.
3. “[I wish I’d known] to start out with a lawyer instead of waiting until after I’d been denied. I’ve got a very good case according to my lawyer, and I could have saved nine months.” — Allison W.
4. “I was lucky to have found an advocate in my small rare disease group. He gave me many tips, but one of the best ones was to overload the review team with paperwork… Daily pain and routine journals, letters from doctors, what he called ‘A Day in The Life,’ fact sheets about my rare disorder along with how each symptom affects me and my ability to work… A page-long summary of a typical day for me. Details, details, details!” — Michelle M.
5. “Get your doctors, especially specialists, to write letters on your behalf explaining why you are disabled and what medically disables you! My nephrologist and primary both wrote letters urging the judge to take consideration to all aspects of my health issues, and I feel that was helpful.” — Kathryn W.
6. “I wish I would have known to ignore everyone who says you won’t get approved the first time or that you need a lawyer! I was so afraid to apply after the horror stories I had heard and advisors telling me I wouldn’t even qualify. I put it off for so long. And you know what? I got approved in less than three months, my first try, no hassle, no lawyer. A lot of people have a difficult time and get screwed over, but it isn’t everyone as people lead you to believe.” — Alison S.
7. “You [may] have to prove again that you’re still disabled. You’ll have to complete paperwork, get medical records, etc, etc. and it’s possible for them to deny your benefits because they believe you’re no longer disabled. It is a terrifying feeling that the benefits you fought so hard for for over three years to get and depend on could get yanked away. So continue to document everything. Every doctor appointment, keep logs, everything. Being sick is your full-time job.” — Jolene M.
8. “I wish I knew how hard it would be to convince a group of strangers that I might not look ‘sick’ but in reality I’m constantly hurting.” — Sammi F.
9. “Ask for anything Social Security tells you in writing. Just because a helpful clerk says one thing doesn’t mean someone else will back it up unless it’s in writing.” — Colleen S.
10. “Follow through with paperwork thoroughly, and be as detailed as possible. Never hide your pain, write it down as many times as possible. Get letters from your doctors approving you for disability. This helps tremendously! I was surprised I was approved on my first try and within six months. As soon as I received paperwork from them, even if I wasn’t well, I’d make sure to fill it out and mail back immediately. My case worker told me this is why I was approved so quick, plus because of my disability.” — Vanesa B.
11. “If you’re going to do it yourself, you’re better off requesting your medical records yourself and making sure everything is there before you send in your application. Have letters of support from your doctors that include your diagnosis.” — Brittany H.
12. “When you have an invisible chronic illness, especially one that is rare, you have to be prepared mentally for people to say you are lying, it’s all in your head, or you will be better soon even though there is no cure. The disability process for people that are truly sick is a test of endurance, frustration and letdowns. This is very unfair when you don’t have much physically or emotionally to give. It’s not easy to ask for help from anyone let alone from disability because that means there is no other option. Mentally prepare yourself for that.” — Da F.
13. “I wish I knew how many people I would be dealing with. I struggled to keep them all straight.” — Kelly M.
14. “I wish I knew how long it actually takes. Most people are denied the first time. If you are denied, do the appeal immediately or your initial date can change and have to start from the beginning.” — Crystal W.
15. “The most important thing is to prove inability to work. That’s all they really care about. How long can you stand, sit, walk, can you lift, carry. What mental and cognitive abilities have been affected. And any documents showing this. This is not the time to be a hero. Do not downplay your symptoms. Tell the truth, because if you don’t it will come out. But tell the truth about how bad your condition is. Physical limitations that are factual and easy to show are the best. Daily pain journals are good for pain conditions because pain is harder to prove.” — Rebecca M.
16. “See if you can find a disability advocate if you can’t afford an attorney. They typically charge a little less than attorneys, and only take their percentage from your initial disability check if you get approved. If you don’t get approved, they don’t get paid, so they work twice as hard to get you approved.” — Julie B.
17. “You will get the same questions to fill out multiple times, sometimes in different formats, sometimes in the same exact formats!” — Michelle M.
18. “Keep in contact with your evaluator. Having a good relationship can help you to know what other documentation you might want to dig up. I was able to avoid an extra evaluation at one of their doctors by providing a workers comp report that he felt was more thorough than theirs would be.” — Rebecca M.
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Erin Migdol
The Mighty Newsletter.

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Supporting people with invisible illnesses