“Pinktober”: the warriors, the champions, the supporters in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Petchary's Blog

You may have noticed that I have not been writing much recently. This is not because I suddenly decided that I hate writing; far from it. However, for the remainder of this month, my posts may be few and far between.

October happens to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month (or, to use its rather clumsy name “Pinktober”). Everything is smothered in pink (I would like to see a building in Kingston lit up pink, but I suppose it’s a bit late now).

As you may know by now, I was diagnosed with breast cancer just as summer was starting. After surgery in July, I am now well advanced in my journey and have reached what I trust and hope will be the final stage of my breast cancer journey: three weeks of radiation treatment. It is a daily appointment with a huge, ponderous machine which clicks, and whirs, and buzzes…

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Ein Dienstagslächeln … A Tuesday smile

Stella, oh, Stella

Heute habe ich zwei Filme für euch, weil der erste so kurz ist. Ich fand den aber so herrlich, dass ich ihn euch nicht vorenthalten wollte.

… I have two films for you today, because the first one is very short. I didn’t want to keep it from you, as I really thought it was funny.

Lacht nicht zu laut, nehmt Rücksicht auf die Nachbarn! 😉
Don’t laugh to loudly, show the neighbours some consideration! 😉

Der nächste ist mehr bitter und süss, aber doch am Ende süss.

… The next one is more bittersweet, but sweet at the end.

Und “last, but not least” eine Tagesmeldung aus Norwegen, wo die Polizei ein Restaurant schliessen musste, weil sämtliche Angestellten voll wie Strandhaubitzen waren.

… And last, but not least news of the day from Norway, where police had to close down a restaurant, because all staff members were completely hammered.

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Hiltzik: Florida is hazardous to your health – Los Angeles Times

“This is the first time that we’ve seen a state government weaponize bad science to spread anti-vaccine disinformation as official policy,” wrote David Gorski, a surgical oncologist and veteran debunker of anti-vaccine balderdash. Gorski identified Florida’s action as “a dangerous new escalation in anti-vaccine propaganda.”

Ladapo’s recommendation has less to do with any effort to apply science to vaccine policy than with his well-documented practice of applying politics to health policy — specifically, the politics of Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, Ladapo’s patron. It exploits the inability of laypersons to understand the fine points of scientific research, especially when it has become the subject of political grandstanding.

As I reported earlier, Ladapo has questioned the safety of COVID vaccines, despite overwhelming evidence that they are safe and effective. He has touted the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as treatments for COVID-19, despite the lack of any evidence that they serve that purpose.

Source: Hiltzik: Florida is hazardous to your health – Los Angeles Times

World Mental Health Day

Raffaello Palandri's Blog

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, whose goal is to globally raise awareness of mental health and well-being.

WHO (World Health Organization) is committed to making mental health and well-being for all a global priority.

Work every day to protect your mental health so as to prevent problems, ask for help and support every time you need it, and join groups and organizations in your local area if you want to be informed and help others.

You can also learn simple daily habits to boost your mental, physical, and holistic well-being.

Fight the stigma!

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