What to do? What to do? You'll just have to listen to the podcasts to hear all of the topics.
A 15-year old high school student sent a question over the DrClaudia.net's "Ask Me" button. She learned that she has never ever been vaccinated because, as her Mother explained, she and her brother were "so healthy".
Now, she's now aware of the diseases to which she could be exposed and wants to be vaccinated. Parents are saying, "No".
I recommended that she talk with her pharmacist about the laws in her state regarding minors seeking vaccinations. If she gets incomplete answers, put in a call to the pediatrician. They surely know the laws.
Recruit family members to support you and continue to talk with mother and father about their concerns. Use the information from Vaxopedia to provide research-based information. Don't be surprised if their only defense is that "you're a kid and you don't know what you're talking about".
I feel that concerns about side effects, even though most are very rare, is the only legitimate worry.
With that said, you may want to contact an attorney to see if you can bring some kind of legal action against them. Of course, there will be significant blow back.
As I write this, I'm wondering if you could file a child abuse charge against your parents under the heading of neglect if you get desperate enough. Again, blow back.
But you're certainly right about one thing. If you contract polio, rubella, measles, mumps, meningitis or other diseases, you'll be the one paying a debt you don't owe.
Good luck and Godspeed.
Apparently, this is a new behavior and I had some questions about the reasons why they haven't moved forward in the relationship. He was thinking that she's "the one", but now, maybe not.
I warned him about her potential to be manipulative and that this is a huge warning sign. I recommended he not have "love without the glove" until he makes a decision about the future of their relationship. I told him to get away from her NOW!!
I think she's a psychopath with limited social problem skills and is resorting to this "drama mama" approach instead of having an adult conversation with him.
I suspect he's a bit delayed, naive, innocent, whatever, in his adult relationships and he needs Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to resolve this chapter of his life and learn how to have relationships that actually progress toward maturity. Ugh.
Here's more on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy which has a problem-solving emphasis and not an in-depth analytical approach.
I used the framework on this type of therapy in my practice because families would show up and their hair was on fire (always) and I had to integrate these techniques in order to make it through the assessment process and lay the foundation for meaningful change in the family. Yeah, my practice was like THAT!!
Of course, the same pattern doesn't hold true for men. Of course not!
Gee, could it be that between a high-stress job and the crushing responsibilities of home and family, we just don't have time to eat right, exercise and relax? Duh.
Want to take the self-test offered by those researchers to determine if you're at risk? Here it is! And here's the article to give you more info. You know what I say, the more you know, the more smoothly it will go.
Regardless, ladies, when you approach menopause (I'm talking 40+ years here), slow down with the food.
Stay away from snacks. If you can just avoid snacking and eating after 9:00 (or at least 2 hours before going to bed), drink a lot of water (thirst imitates hunger) and avoid the chips and cookies, etc., you just might not suddenly look in the mirror and say, "Where did THAT come from?" And, by the way, make sure your hormones are as well-managed as possible. It's a big factor in menopause-related weight gain.
Just let me say that, at times, I don't "enjoy being a girl". I've truly yet to find any advantage to it except I had a baby who I adore even 30 years later, so there's that...If you want it all, a career and a kid, you're really going to have to work for it, but you knew that, didn't you? The family responsibilities aren't forever (usually), but that weight sure might be.
Despite this news we mostly already knew, our brains don't age as fast as men's brains. Our brains are 4 years younger than theirs starting in early adulthood until death. Yep, we're goddesses, alright.
See you next week! Enjoy Valentine's Day. I hope it's "lovely"...muwahaha..
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