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I’ll be back. March 10, 2008

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For all five of you who might check in to see what words of wisdom I’ve upchucked, I am in preparation for block exams.  In the meantime, rest assured that I am building up some big ball of fatty fat fat-like-Girl-Scout-cookies rant for y’all to read.  Mwah!

PSA. March 9, 2008

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Nope, not prostate specific antigen.  Go here to see a video of win. Huzzah!

Good news, bad news, and a favor to ask. March 6, 2008

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The good news:  I’ve been asked to give a presentation on fat discrimination in health care to my fellow students and interested faculty.

The bad news:  I have an hour.

The favor:  would you please share with me what information you would most want future doctors to understand about the fat patient?  Considering the time limit?

Edit to clarify:  This presentation will take place whenever I want it to take place, but I have to talk for only one hour.  If someone told me I had to present something on even the same day, I would tell them that I’m flattered that they think I am some sort of über-lecturer and all that, but no.

Privilege. March 5, 2008

Posted by phledge in family, fat, health, medical school, osteopathy, paganism, phlegm.
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I’ve recently had several experiences that all have a common theme, and I wonder why. On a recent thread at Kate’s House of Terrorist Donuts I realized that I am at once coming from a place of privilege and coming from a place of minority. I’ve read some awesome posts all over the place about different types of privilege, and I’ve been involved in some activities at school that are trying to raise consciousness as well. So here’s a little bit about my story. (more…)

Why it doesn’t matter. March 5, 2008

Posted by phledge in blood, fat, health, medical school, yellow bile.
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Okay, so, rather than continue to go down a list straight out of Merck or Harrison’s (both excellent medicine reference texts), I’m going to comment on why I don’t give a shit whether allthediseases are caused by fat.

You can’t fix it. (more…)

Diseases caused by fat, part two. March 4, 2008

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Thrombotic disorders.

I get the feeling this is going to be a very long series of posts.

Also, thanks to Big Liberty for pointing out that child abuse and infertility should be on this list.  When I asked, during our OB/GYN series, why being fat causes amenorrhea but, then again, so does anorexia nervosa, there was some serious sputtering.  I swear, I could have learned this shit on my own and saved the $35K I’m paying these monkeys.

Lunch of champions. March 4, 2008

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One of my classmates would really benefit from HAES.  She is definitely a tweenie, probably a size 12 but who knows, right?  She talks about becoming an obesity physician in the sense that she would like to learn how to manage very-low-calorie diets and how to perform bariatric surgery.  She is a good-hearted person who is convinced that at a larger size she was killing herself, and at very least diminishing her quality of life, so she wants to pass on the benefit she believes she’s garnered through calorie restriction and exercise.  She describes her “larger life” as “sitting on the couch all day with a pint of Haagen Dazs, unable to climb a flight of stairs.”  I have told her that I would like to sit down and chat with her about why what she was doing was not about her fat, but we’re both busy students and I fear that I may not be able to convince her away from this dream career. (more…)

Diseases caused by fat, part one. March 2, 2008

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Studying for a clinical systems quiz to be administered tomorrow.  Did not attend this lecture on diseases of the esophagus.  Behold!

Lifestyle changes to reduce reflux: Elevate head of bed. Avoid food/liquid 2-3 hr. before bed. Avoid fatty, spicy food. Avoid smoking, alcohol. Weight loss.

Brrhuhwhat?  I do believe that in comments I have addressed the fact that my faculty, bless their hearts (and I’ve been told that in the South when one says that phrase it means that the blessee is about to be totally slammed), think fat is responsible for the Usual Suspects:  type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, apnea, gallstones, osteoarthritis, blah blah fatty blah.  So WTF does fat have to do with GERD?  The mind boggles.  Our next block will focus on central nervous system diseases and I can hardly wait for someone to tell me that headaches, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer, and depression are caused by teh fat.

I have to get back to studying this horseshit.  Rest assured that I do not buy a single swizzlestick of it.

A FoBT post. March 2, 2008

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First, for those of you who are unawares, Kate Harding (the real one) wrote a phenomenal post about the ways in which we wish our lives would be automatically, magically changed just by becoming a size six!  The Fantasy of Being Thin (FoBT) is a powerful spell we cast when we think that all of our negative aspects are a result of being fat, and it keeps us tied to the desperate act of dieting and disordered behaviors in the quest to become smaller.  If you haven’t read it, I cannot recommend it strongly enough.

 But if you already have, then you will understand what I am going to say:  my ankles are swollen like nobody’s business.  Like huge, skin-stretching, +3 pitting cankles.  (more…)

Sunday silliness. March 2, 2008

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Reasons why I feel weird about buying coffee at Starbucks:

  1. I like to fuck with the baristas by asking for a “large” anything, as opposed to the “venti” they offer.  Unfortunately, I started feeling bad for them because they really looked desperate sometimes, wishing I wasn’t the asshole who embarrassed them even more for the fake Italian foisted upon them by their bosses.
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