April 2, 2008
I came across this jarring anti-meth ad and decided to post it. Not that I think any of my readers are users, but a lot of us know people who do or have used meth in the past. People tend to assume it is relatively safe, especially since there are prescription versions available. But its not. It is highly addictive and potentially deadly. But I think the side of meth that is often down played is the aggressive behavior that sometimes accompanies it, that i why i like this commercial.
What do you think?
March 19, 2008
Cutest story in the news today:
CINCINNATI, March 19 (UPI) — An Ohio man saved his fiancee and infant son from a fire after he nearly drove away to work but returned to kiss the baby goodbye.
Kevin Roy said he realized while pulling out of his driveway Tuesday morning that he had forgotten to kiss his 1-year-old son, Koby, goodbye, WLWT-TV, Cincinnati, reported Wednesday.
“I just wanted to tell him I loved him before I left,” Roy said. “I pulled up to the end of the driveway and thought, ‘I want to go in and tell him bye,’ because I normally do. It’s just something I do on a daily basis, so I decided to go back in.”
Roy said his house was filled with smoke when he walked back in the door. He said he was able to locate and wake his sleeping fiancee, Ashley Swingley, but Koby’s room was filled with so much smoke that the parents could not see inside.
“I couldn’t even see into his room, and I just grabbed him and ran outside,” said Swingley.
The fire, which destroyed the house and nearly all of its contents, is under investigation.
March 19, 2008
Cancer is difficult. In every sense of the word. It is difficult to detect early(in some forms), it is difficult to treat, it is difficult to deal with. Individuals and families are devastated by the effects of the disease and even by the treatment. It is particularly heart wrenching to read stories about childhood cancers. But it is important. The things learned from the study of end stage cancer is often among the most cutting edge research. People will be open to may treatment courses when the alternative is death. While the vast majority of last minute experiments fail, and no magic cure is discovered, there are always exceptions. Those exceptions are beautiful to read and I encourage you to read the following article.
From a human stand point, it is always refreshing to see the triumphant story of an underdog that overcomes some great challenge. From clinical stand point, the same holds. Many of the greatest achievements and breakthroughs in science have been laughed at originally and dismissed too quickly. While the antiangiogenic chemotherapy may or may not go on to play a significant role in the treatment of cancer in the future, its pioneers like Dr. Judah Folkman who change the course of history. Taking a different approach, trying new combinations of existing medicines, and being innovative in the treatment of cancer Dr. Judah Folkman saved Melanie McDaniel. The McDaniel family is sharing her story as a tribute to Dr. Folkman who passed away in January.
February 29, 2008
America is obsessed with medical autonomy. Everyone feels entitled to make decisions about their own health. While I agree everyone should have control over their own bodies, there is a gray area. Children. The current standard gives parents great range in what they can have done or what they can decide to withhold in terms of health care. Vaccines always come up as a hot topic. While the majority of parents adhere to the accepted standards of immunization there is a small, but vocal minority who objects to vaccination.
An advisory panel on Wednesday recommended all kids up to age 18 get the flu vaccine. Though the vaccine is already recommended for those 6 months to 5 years old, this new proposal is a huge expansion, affecting nearly 60 million kids. The expanded recommendation is an initiative by the CDC to protect the entire population. Children are one of the major sources of flu in the community. School aged children pick it up, pass it around, and then bring it home. Everyone has had the flu, and while it may have been terrible it was transient, so it is hard for people to take it seriously. But in reality, people die from the flu every year, children and the elderly are particularly susceptible. Vaccines, like all things, have risks. But they are very minimal and less severe than the flu. Obviously people with reactions to a previous flu vaccine, those with contraindicated disease state (GB syndrome), or certain allergies (for example eggs since the vaccine is grown in eggs) should not get the vaccine but in general it is a harmless vaccine.
With all the fear mongering of pseudo scientific studies (like the joke of a paper that tainted MMR by suggesting a correlation with autism), old world views of medicine, and popular misconceptions it can be tough for a parent to find the truth about a particular vaccine. So who really is better qualified to determine if your child needs a certain vaccine? The doctors that have years of training to understand the risks/benefits and wade through the abundance of misinformation or parents who may or may not be fully informed on the topic or who may be prejudiced by misinformation? To me the choice is obvious. I don’t want your 9 year old little Johnny vaccinated because I care if he gets sick, I want him vaccinated to protect the newborn he saw, the grandparent he hugged, the kid who’s toy he shared, and community he lives in.
When you decide to not vaccinate your child, you put everyone’s children at risk.
January 11, 2008
Me: Hey hand me the phone.
Me: I need to call Converse
Me: they forgot something
Me: just the fact they are shoemakers (with a small clothing spin off).
get off your high horse and back on your high tops. silent commercial that aren’t PSAs have no place on my television. people like mindless marathons of sitcoms, its relaxing.
I vote this is the world’s stupidest ad campaign. its like “wow! be different, get up do something, think for yourself” and at the same time “think like everyone else, care about name brand shoes, buy our shoes because they make you an individual like everyone else”
December 8, 2007
I am sure many of you have seen the Dove love your body commercials before, but I got linked to a site that had a bunch of them posted. There were two I hadn’t seen that I thought were interesting. I have mixed feelings about the videos, but I think the editing and the points are good. My problem is two fold, one I don’t really care that girls get bad images from the media, and two Dove has all sorts of skin care products that sell completely because women are expected to take care of themselves physically. So I really don’t need my soap company telling me how the world should be or how to raise kids. But on the other hand they are visually effective.
Also someone posted this video in my pharmacy class’s facebook group. I thought it was cute/funny. It is a .swf so I didn’t know how to put it directly into the page.
Check Out: “License to I’ll”
November 6, 2007
Blue Jersey is airing some pro gay marriage ads over the next two weeks. They are not very in your face or controversial. They are simple civil unions are not the same as marriage arguments. They are cute. Hopefully they will be effective. But as many of you know gay marriage is not one of my top political priorities so I will not get on my high horse right now. (Keep in mind, I do believe gays should be able to get married. If they want that headache, they should be entitled to it).
What this post is about is effective political advertising. I came across this ad a while ago, but was unable to find a working link to it when I last looked for it. Today when I was watching the Blue Jersey ads, this came up on the youtube side bar. I think this anti-gay marriage ad is troubling because it exploits children. I find it disturbing because I found the children cute, even though they were spewing discrimination (albeit taught to them by some adult). But what it really makes you question are where are their parents. In a twisted way I could understand teaching your children hate, if you thought it would save them or it was part of your religious beliefs. Because it is a parent’s job to do what is best for their children, if a parent honestly believed in the dangers of being gay they should talk to their kids about it. But to have your child on national television clearly stating your views like political puppets, without regard to how it might affect them in the future.
October 12, 2007
NOTE: If someone could tell me how to make a cut post, so I could put some of the text behind a cut it would be appreciated. This post is super long, but I am not tech savy enough and I am too tired to look it up.
So it is national coming out day, or technically yesterday was, but I haven’t gone to bed yet. I figured I would hook up some links and videos, and share my story. Since this is officially the first year that I would consider myself fully ‘out’. First, this is an adorable post from QueerSighted it is titled “I’m Out and it’s My Mother’s Fault” (Cute Story)
Second the HRC has an informative video that kind of runs through the history of National Coming Out Day and some of their work. The video is on youtube and viewers were encouraged to send in video responses. Check It OUT. I thought many of the responses were incredibly touching and inspiring. It is reassuring to know that more and more resources are out there for teenagers. I remember going with Alex and Christina all the way to Doylestown for some sort of gay youth meeting thing and thinking how reassuring it was to see other teenagers in the same spot. This was the response video that most struck me:
Finally, here is my “coming out” story, as cliché as that is. I hear a lot of coming out stories and have read books and seen movies, but for me it was different. I have known for a long time I was gay, I have been in a long term relationship, and have carried out my life in a very open manner. Everyone assumes I am “out” because I am loud and open in most situations, but there was one place where I wasn’t out until recently, my house. Some of you know the story, but I figured I would share it anyway (warning it is long and rambling as it is almost 2 am)…read the story behind the cut
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