April162014
“For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.

So collapse.
Crumble.
This is not your destruction.

This is your birth.” n.t. (via tagharyen)

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April152014
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toomanyfandomssolittletime:

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its really hard being a Hindu, because i wanna taste beef but i can’t because of religion. damn.

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wAIT WHAT

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mY SKIN IS WHITE???

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I’M NOT INDIAN???? I’VE NOT BEEN A HINDU FOR 16 YEARS BECAUSE MY PARENTS ARE ALSO HINDUS??

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cAN I FINALLY STOP WORSHIPPING COWS?!?!?!!

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Women wear heels now so we don’t have to step in the blood of our enemies

Reblogging for that comment

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Did your boyfriend have a childhood

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Above is an excerpt from ‘Personhood’ by Lauren Zuniga, which can  be viewed here

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nonewgrads:

THIS IS THE PORTRAIT OF THE NURSING SHORTAGE

THIS IS THE AMERICAN NURSING SHORTAGE

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April142014
“Why isn’t it required by law that children get vaccinated?”

Because, in general, we acknowledge the sanctity of a person’s bodily autonomy over the desires of the general populace. This isn’t necessarily true in cases of imminent danger (i.e. we will forcibly restrain and confine a person who is a known and immediate danger to the lives of others), but not getting vaccinated doesn’t place other people in immediate jeopardy.

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Hold the phone. I need to soapbox here. Because this made me mad. 

False. Not vaccinating DOES put other people in immediate jeopardy. People with cancer. People will immune deficiencies. People who are old. People who are pregnant. People who are newborns. People with chronic illnesses. This is why mandatory vaccinations have been upheld time and time again in the courts (not in every state, obviously). Not vaccinating impinges on the rights of everyone around you to avoid a preventable illness; as the saying goes, your right to swing your arms around ends at another person’s nose.

Herd immunity works but only to a certain point; X percent of the population has to be vaccinated to prevent a disease from spreading. The more and more unvaccinated healthy people in the ‘herd’ the more dangerous it is for those who cannot be vaccinated. For some vaccines, that threshold is lower, while for others, it is much higher (pertussis, I believe, which requires 80-90% vaccination for effective herd immunity).

Vaccines are the most tested and tightly quality controlled  pharmaceutical out there. They are held to higher standards than literally every other drug people put in their bodies- over the counter drugs like aspirin and antihistamines, antibiotics, diabetes drugs, antidepressants, pain pills, even freaking viagra. They are, obviously, not completely 100% safe, but one’s risk of having an adverse reaction to a vaccine is thousands of times lower than one’s risk of dying in car accident or taking antibiotics- and I don’t see anybody avoiding getting in the car or taking antibiotics for their sore throat. You know where kids are exposed to more heavy metals than what is included in vaccines? Breastmilk. Think about that.

Correlation does not equal causation. Signs of autism can manifest anywhere in the first 18 months of life, coinciding with the MMR vaccine among others. I understand it’s psychologically easier to blame a vaccine for your kid’s autism than the fact that maybe he/she was just born that way and there’s nothing you as the parent did wrong. Come on.

Finally, when people say that vaccine preventable illnesses aren’t that bad, they are wrong. It’s not that bad because they’ve never seen it. I promise that millions of dollars of research and development would not have gone into the creation of a vaccine for an illness that ‘isn’t that bad’. Here is a brief list of the major medical complications (called seqelae in doctorland) of some ‘not that bad’ vaccine preventable illnesses:

- Measles = pneumonia, acute enchephalitis (aka, brain infection), SSPE/subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (aka, you’re probably going to die) and corneal ulceration/scarring (blindness)
- Mumps = spontaneous abortion if in the first trimester, infertility, meningitis, encephalitis
- Rubella = not bad for people who aren’t fetuses; if a pregnant women is infected with rubella, she could miscarry or her baby could be born with congential rubella syndrome (heart, brain, eye, and ear malformations that could leave the baby deaf, blind, mentally retarded, with heart problems to boot).
- Pertussis = particularly devastating for infants and very young children; complications associated with coughing fits so severe they can’t breathe. Rumor has it oxygen is really important.
- Diptheria = again, children are most suceptible. Their throat swells shut and they suffocate. Other possible sequelae include heart infection and peripheral neuropathy.
- Varciella = You mean chicken pox? Yup. A fetus infected with varicella can result in brain, eye, spinal cord and nerve, limb, bladder, and skin malformations. It also sometimes kills babies.
- H. influenzae =  Hib actually kills- in babies and young children it can cause epiglottitis (which can block off the airway and causes death by suffocation), menenigitis, or sepsis (which is infection of the blood and leads to all kinds of bad things mostly culminating in death), or pneumonia (which kills even adults on the regular, much less the little ones).
- HPV = THIS IS A VACCINE AGAINST CANCER WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT. Cervical cancer basically requires infection with the more virulent stains of HPV, the biggest and baddest and most common are in the vaccine.

This is a short and incomplete list.

In summary, while people who don’t vaccinate usually do so because they are trying to do the best thing for their kids- which is admirable- it is actually the opposite of those intentions in reality.

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Anonymous asked: Shut the fuck up about vaccinations. Not everyone has to have them, not everyone believes in them. Uneducated fuck.

aspiringdoctors:

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aspiringdoctors:

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You know, my homie and secret best friend Neil deGrasse Tyson said it best….

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This isn’t an issue of belief or should even be up for discussion. It’s not a debate- like gravity or that the Earth revolves around the Sun isn’t up for debate. It’s a fact, whether or not you like it. Sorry bro.

And any ‘educated fuck’ knows that vaccines are necessary and everyone who can have them should have them.

Have a lovely day, sugar. 

Well this is kinda ignorant as fuck because some people are allergic to penicilin, which is found in most medicine, let alone vaccines. There have also been cases of vaccinations causing lifelong issues such paralysis so people are completely justified if they don’t want to get their children vaccinated. I haven’t gotten vaccinated in 10 years and I’m totally fine nor have I spread anything.

Ok. Sorry, I couldn’t let this comment go. Ignorant as fuck? Please, let me wipe the tears from my hurt feelings on my halfway completed MD and scientific background.

1. Penicillin is an antibiotic. Yes people are allergic to it. Penicillin is not in ‘most medicines’ or any vaccines. Sorry love, you are straight up wrong in that department.


2. Yes, a vaccine did cause paralysis. It was the live attenuated polio vaccine in something like 1 in a million doses. The odds of getting resporatory failure and paralysis from polio virus were much higher and people were willing to take that risk. There is also an inactivated version, which cannot cause paralysis. Polio has been eradicated in the US and that shot is no longer on the vaccine schedule. What a relief!


3. I’m happy you haven’t gotten sick! And, you don’t know that you haven’t spead anything. Pertussis and the bacteria responsible for meningitis (among others) live in the upper respiratory tracts of immunized/immunocompetent hosts. You could have coughed in a restaurant and sent a little meningicoccus to the couple at the table next to you, who took it home and gave meningitis to their very elderly grandma. Good job!

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