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In Which We Discusss the Pharmaceutical Prevention of HIV Transmission

Commenter Throbert, who speaks Latin and Russian (I know this), suggested we ought to discuss this Truvada/PrEP thing. So… let’s discuss, won’t you?

Truvada was developed by evil capitalist pharmaceutical companies as a treatment for HIV; but if taken daily, it can reduce the risk of HIV infection among people having unprotected sex by 90%. The treatment costs over a thousand dollars a month. And, of course, a number of people think … much like Sandy Fluke’s party favors … the Government should pay for it, or force insurance companies to force those who don’t engage in unprotected secks to pay for it?

If you’re a Democrat/Progressive the answer is simple: “[Expletive] Yeah! The Government should pay for that/Force other people to pay for that!” Because Democrat/Progressives believe the Government should fund almost everything… the exceptions being the military and the Border Patrol. And if you disagree… you hate gay people and want to outlaw gay sex. Not only should PrEP be funded, but Christians should be forced by law to provide catering services to bathhouse orgies.

People thoughtful enough not to be Progressive Democrats may see more somewhat more complexity to the issue. One issue being the fact that everybody in the civilized world has known how to not get infected with HIV since 1984. If folks had universally adhered to the HIV-prevention guidance we’ve known about for thirty years, AIDS would be as rare (in the first world anyway) as an honest politician or an accurately predictive Global Warming model.

Even proponents of the drug admit that it’s not exactly… medically necessary.

“For folks who are having a significant amount of unprotected sex, it’s a slam dunk — not only giving them protective medicine, but engaging them in testing, a whole package of regular health care,” he said.

i.e. We’re not curing cancer here, we are talking about subsidizing a promiscuous lifestyle choice. It’s one thing to make that choice, quite a different thing to demand that others subsidize it.

“Personal responsibility for one’s actions has simply been thrown out the window in a community in which we are too often concerned about stigma and moral judgment,” he wrote. “We dare not speak against the reckless behavior of others because we wring our hands over the omnipresent worry that we will shame one another.”

Yup.

Harassment, censorship and disease

Some quick links.

Thanks to reader Peter H, for about half the items!

“It’s our choices that make us fat, not McDonald’s”

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 8:16 pm - March 8, 2014.
Filed under: Amazing Stories,Food,Health & medical,Social Issues

I do NOT recommend this guy‘s diet, but he claims to have lost 56 lbs and counting, eating all McDonald’s – all the time.

Get regular exercise and honestly limit your calorie intake, and you will moderate your weight…it’s math. (Or science; take your pick.)

STD Rates Increasing; Leftists Blame “Homophobia”

Posted by V the K at 4:32 pm - January 10, 2014.
Filed under: Health & medical

Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in the U.S., mostly in men who have sex with men, a trend the government said is linked to inadequate testing among people stymied by homophobia and limited access to health care.

What does Homophobia have to do with being sexually irresponsible and spreading diseases? Nothing, really, but it does excuse the Democrat left constituency from personal responsibility for bad behavior while villainizing people who don’t support the social left agenda.”

And since the social left has been using every tool in its arsenal… entertainment media, news media, public school indoctrination, and heavy-handed Government… to normalize and celebrate homosexuality for the last twenty years or more; isn’t it admitting failure to claim that homophobia exists?

New York Times Notices that Bareback Sex is a Thing

The New York Times has noticed that bareback sex is a thing gay people are doing, which is breaking news from about the mid-1990′s when (according to Wikipedia) gay publications like The Advocate first took note of the phenomenon of gay men having unprotected sex and, in some cases, deliberately seeking HIV infection.

Anyway, the Times, perhaps after failing to find a celebrity to comment on the issue, goes to the next best source for information on epidemiology and behavioral psychology… an English professor from SUNY-Buffalo. Who provides this analysis:

What I learned in my research is that gay men are pursuing bareback sex not just for the thrill of it, but also as a way to experience intimacy, vulnerability and connection. Emotional connection may be symbolized in the idea that something tangible is being exchanged. A desire for connection outweighs adherence to the rules of disease prevention.

And some guys are apparently getting intimate, tangible, emotional connections 10-20 times a night in bathhouses.

It also seems that the readers of the NY Times, based on the comments, are in complete denial that this phenomenon exists, and think the author is just making it up to attack the gay community. Liberals choose to blame the recent dramatic increases in HIV infection rates on “the stigma attached to HIV.” Um, excuse me, but don’t stigmas usually make people avoid those things to which stigmas are attached?

In the real world, stigmatizing a behavior results in less of it: Which is why people don’t use the N-word in public any more and smoking has declined as a social activity. When the social stigma is removed … as with HIV infection and teenage pregnancy … you get more of those things.

Bareback sex has major health complications vis-a-vis the transmission of HIV and other STDs that contribute to the high cost of health care. Make you wonder why Bloomberg didn’t try to outlaw it. Hooking up for raw sex with strangers is at least as dangerous as a Big Gulp. Probably.

Just Eat the Damn Turkeys

Posted by V the K at 12:45 pm - November 26, 2013.
Filed under: Health & medical,Thanksgiving

About that childish Turkey Pardoning Ritual I was so “cranky,” about; apparently, there’s actually a White House website devoted to the controversial issue of Great National Importance: Turkey Pardoning. Your President is asking you to choose your favorite turkey; much like a Democrat Primary. [Also, like a Democrat-run election, the actual voting is meaningless and the outcome is fixed.]

Twitchy suggests the site could serve as a model for the Obamacare Death Panels. The Health Care Czar could put up pictures of senior citizens, and everyone could vote on who gets life-saving surgery, and who is a worthless societal parasite who gets lethal doses of painkillers. Organ donations could be decided as well. It wouldn’t apply to abortions or sex-reassignments, though. Those are entitlements. Democratic majority rule would decide who is entitled to finite health care resources.

Or, we could revert to my quaint idea of everybody being responsible for their own health care.

 

 

Tales of the Obama Economy: Do-it-yourself and make-your-own

Lately I’ve noticed more and more posts from people on Facebook about how to do a, b, or c yourself or to make your own x, y, or z.  It could be that my personal social network overlaps more with the “crunchy” demographic which shops at the local food co-op and Whole Foods, but it could be a larger social trend.  I think it is a little of both, but I’m curious to see if other GayPatriot readers have noticed the same thing.

In the past three years or so, I’ve started learning to make many more kinds of things for myself than I had in the past.  Most of the stuff I make for myself has been foods that I used to buy at the store, and the transition originally occurred because I wanted to have a healthier diet.    I was a tolerable cook before, but I depended on lots of store-bought staples.  But the more I’ve learned to do for myself, the more I’ve wanted to learn how to do, as well.  I’d say that while I was originally motivated by a concern for health, as time has gone on, I’ve also been motivated by the increased sense of independence in learning how to make things I used to buy, by the ability to control my own ingredients, and by the opportunity to be able to make better quality foods than I would have bought in the past and still have a cost savings.

Although I started with food, I’ve also made some of my own household cleaning products, and I’ve considered making my own personal care items, as well.   I have a friend who makes and sells her own deodorant and is thinking of making other products, as well. But there’s no need to stop there.  When television stations switched from analog to digital broadcasting, I built my own digital TV antenna using coat hangers and a 1×4 using plans I had found online.

One of my favorite websites to browse in the last few years has been Ana-White.com which contains hundreds of build-your-own plans for furniture.  The site, which is maintained by a self-described “homemaker” in Alaska, was originally called “Knock Off Wood” because it started with home-built knock-offs of items found at stores and in catalogs.  I’ve not attempted building any furniture yet, but I would like to try doing so at some point in time.

I haven’t taken the time to research this topic yet in depth, but it’s my belief that part of what we’re seeing with this trend is a reaction to the Obama economy.  As people worry more about their finances, frugality and independence become more important–at least for a certain segment of the population.  During the Great Depression, these kinds of household arts were quite common, partly out of necessity and frugality, but also partly because the population wasn’t quite as urbanized.   Store-bought items were  both a rarity and a luxury.  I don’t see it as a coincidence that make-your-own and do-it-yourself projects are proliferating these days, much as they did during the Depression years.

What do other people think?  Have you noticed this trend, as well?  Have you made such changes personally?  Are there items that you used to buy at the store that you’ve started making for yourself?

The Dietary Delusion

Over the past few weeks, I have awakened to hear snippets of stories such as this one on NPR about “the obesity epidemic.”  The stories are all part of a series reporting on a recent poll undertaken by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.  The poll looked at the attitudes and the self-reported actions of parents towards the ways their children ate and about their children’s activity levels.

Among the key findings of the survey highlighted in the NPR reports have been these two points:

  • “Recent public opinion polls show that most American adults think obesity is a serious problem for society, but most parents in the poll here are not concerned their own children will become overweight as adults.”
  • “In most cases, parents don’t seem to believe that the way their child ate on a given day is likely to make them gain unhealthy weight.”

The NPR story linked above blames a psychological factor known as “optimism bias,” and says that parents may think they are doing the right things, but really they are just poorly informed and/or deluding themselves.

Since this is an ongoing series on NPR, one can expect it to culminate with an interview with Michelle Obama or someone behind her “Let’s Move” campaign, or with a series of suggestions for more government action, or calls for more spending on government nutrition programs, or possibly with all of the above.

What hasn’t occurred to the geniuses at NPR, though, is that perhaps the parents really have been listening to the advice coming from the government and the media for the past twenty five years and they really do think they are doing the right things, but the advice is flawed.

Ronald Reagan famously remarked that “the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”   In recent years, Gary Taubes has become the best-known of those who have challenged the nutritional and dietary orthodoxy which has been promoting a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet.  Writing in Newsweek last spring, he explained that:  ”The problem is, the solutions this multi-level campaign promotes are the same ones that have been used to fight obesity for a century—and they just haven’t worked.”

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Americans, Your Doctors Have A Message For You

From major newspapers across the country today.

 

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

My Speech To The Charleston Tea Party

Coming up at 4:30PM EDT on BlogTalkRadio, I’ll be airing my 10/18 speech to the Charleston Tea Party rally.

Please tune in, or download from iTunes, and let me know what you think!

Listen to internet radio with GayPatriot on Blog Talk Radio

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Yes, an apple really does keep the doctor away

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:09 pm - October 24, 2010.
Filed under: Health & medical

Nearly five years ago, I noticed that shortly before catching a cold, I had broken from my usual habit of eating an apple a day.  I wondered if that “old adage” was right.

Well, now we’ve got scientific proof to confirm my experience:

Studies have revealed that pectin, a special kind of fiber found in apples, may help boost levels of immune-supportive proteins. So crunching one a day could very well help keep the doctor away this cold season.

Gonna make sure to have an apple with my lunch today.

Exercise alone won’t burn off the calories

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:57 am - October 2, 2010.
Filed under: Health & medical

I don’t normally agree with Matthew Yglesias, but his experience with weight loss seems to parallel my own:

The biggest gym-related thing I’ve done to lose weight is that I did some sessions with a personal trainer who warned me up front that you can’t really lose weight in the gym—you need to eat less food.

As one who has worked hard to stay in shape, exercising regularly, I have not (until recently) watched what I ate.  Then, when I realized that was putting on weight, despite regular exercise, I needed to act.

So, I started keeping track of what I ate, cut out certain things and found that jeans that once fit snugly quickly became more comfortable.  And people started taking notice.

Now, perhaps, I might not have needed to cut my calorie intake as much as I did, given how much I’ve been sitting at my desk blogging and working on my dissertation.  Yglesias points out that:

It is worth pointing out, though, that for all the apparent gluttony of the contemporary American lifestyle, Americans actually don’t consume a particularly large number of calories in historical terms. Estimates I’ve seen of medieval calorie consumption often go up to 4,000 a day or more. But it’s not that medieval peasants were fat, or that they were really rigorous about doing 40 minutes on the elliptical machine every day. . . .

The bulk of human history was spent with our bodies operating at a generally higher metabolic level than happens nowadays.

Indeed.

Is blogging good for your health?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:42 pm - August 1, 2010.
Filed under: Blogging,Health & medical

So, it seems speaking your mind is good for your mental health — at least it makes your feel better:

In a series of studies, researchers surveyed over 1,000 adults to find out if they considered themselves to be activists for any particular issue, from supporting antiwar politics to championing human rights [What about standing up for freedom?  Ed.]. And the researchers found that the stronger a person’s activism, the better that person felt — as long as his or her activities weren’t extreme. Specifically, the highly engaged activists reported experiencing more positive emotions, feeling more satisfied with their lives, and feeling more connected to others.

Guess that means Tea Party patriots are a happy lot.

Does this apply to blogging as well?  I mean by speaking out, you know, writing about certain issues, do we in a sense become activists for them?  Thus the more we blog, the better we feel.  Gotta remember that on days I’m feeling down.  It has been my past practice to avoid blogging when I’ve been in a foul mood (for what I thought were obvious reasons).  Maybe I should change that.

How come whenever there’s a problem, the Democrats’ solution is to raise taxes and increase spending?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:26 am - May 13, 2010.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Health & medical

Michelle Obama’s obesity report: Tax pop and candy, subsidize fruits and veggies.

Now, I certainly salute the First Lady for her commitment to combating child obesity, but why can’t she manage to come up with a solution that doesn’t involving taxing one product and subsidizing another?

It seems that those on the left identify problems in order to come up with government solutions.

ObamaDude, Where’s My Free Health Care Yo?

UPDATE:  Weird!  Nick and I were channeling each other today…. I wrote this post first thing in the AM, then the ‘puter crashed.  But I think it is a nice compliment to Nick’s post on the same subject.

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Since we have a President who has a chronic habit of over-promising and under-delivering, I’m surprised this sentiment has taken so long to bubble up!

Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the sweeping measure will affect them.

Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors’ offices, human resources departments and business groups.

“They’re saying, ‘Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?’ ” said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.

As part of the paying-takes-most-of-my-time job, I have to read up on the new healthcare law.  There are some things I am still discovering and one provision in particular (yep, a new payroll TAX that the MSM and White House haven’t mentioned) that I’ll be writing about shortly.

Remember, this is what Obama voters asked for:  Free mortgages, free healthcare, free child care.  There are many one-on-one stories told to me personally of Obama voters who expected just that.   The other majority Obama voters — you know — the fawning yoot and the $250,000< earners — are the ones PAYING for the free stuff expectation.  Talk about self-loathing!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Without A Vote?

I guess Obama, Pelosi and Reid will rule the United States like a banana republic from this week on.  We are no longer a “nation of laws.”

“Blue Dogs Overboard” or “Walking the Plank”

Yogurt: The Miracle Food?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:24 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: Health & medical,Random Thoughts

On Monday night, I had a late dinner, preparing it while talking with a friend on the phone.  I’m pretty sure I put too much Lawry’s Seasoning Salt into my turkey burger before I slapped it onto the George Foreman Grill.  The following day (yesterday), my tummy was feeling a little off (and so was I).

Well, toward the end of the day, during which I had had little appetite, I decided to eat a yogurt with some honey.  Not only did I gobble it down, but felt better with each tasty spoonful.  When I returned to my desk, I was better able to focus and get things done.  So, this morning, I’m logging on to check my e-mail and follow this link on Yahoo! to The 5 foods you should eat every day. Here’s #5:

Making yogurt part of your daily eating routine can improve your digestion — if you’re buying the right stuff. Check that the label lists “active cultures” to make sure you’re getting healthy probiotics, and pick a yogurt rich in vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis.

Wondering now if I had had that earlier if I would have felt more centered during the day.

UPDATE:  I’m not the first to call lit a miracle food:

The Magical Properties of Water

How fitting I should discover this tip in the RealAge Tips of the Week on the same day that I finish writing the section on Poseidon in my dissertation (and his rivalry with the goddess Athene):

It quenches your thirst, it’s practically free, and it gives you energy to boot. What’s this magical energy drink? It’s water.

I first discovered the energy-boosting properties of water when I worked in D.C.  Finding myself slowing down in the afternoon, I would grab a cup of coffee, but that wouldn’t work. Not sure when I discovered that drinking a glass of water served as the necessary pickup.

I stopped drinking coffee in the afternoon and reached instead for a glass of water.  A new study confirms what I observed, showing “that slight dehydration can send your energy into a nosedive.”

Even today, when I’m feeling lethargic, I find a few gulps of water often do the trick.  Indeed, whenever I’m driving long distances and find myself thinking of nodding off, I stop and get some water (which often creates other problems down the road, but it does increase my alertness).

Guess Poseidon really does represent our instinctual energies–as I wrote in my dissertation.

GALLUP: Majority of Americans Say Healthcare Is NOT the Government’s Reponsibility

Ruh-roh, Comrades Obama & Pelosi. The independent, freedom & liberty loving Americans are showing their muscles again….

More Americans now say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage (50%) than say it is (47%). This is a first since Gallup began tracking this question, and a significant shift from as recently as three years ago, when two-thirds said ensuring healthcare coverage was the government’s responsibility.

The more America hears about Pelosi/Obamacare, the less they like it.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

UPDATE (from Dan):  No wonder Gallup shows Republicans edging ahead of Democrats in 2010 Vote, with independents swinging decisively away from the Democrats.  So Miss Nancy may have scored a big victory n Congress last weekend, but polls show her party are her policies are losing favor with the American people.