Borderline Personality Disorder, Feminism, Mentally Impaired?

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Personality, Sociology of Medicine

borderline personality disorder

I always said, back in my days in academia, that my life was my research, and my research was my life. Be careful what you decide for your life and career, folks.  As a fortune cookie wisely told me in March: I certainly do not regret my thesis (actually not a too-dry read, or at least I’ve been told so…), nor … Read More

jenniferlreimerBorderline Personality Disorder, Feminism, Mentally Impaired?

[American] Bioterror: Morgellon’s Disease – Hatched in Labs?

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Morgellon’s is that weird disease we all heard about a few years ago, where, coming from horrible red, raw itchy blotches all other the body, “grow” bright blue, red (most common two), and other coloured string like fibres.  These structures defy medicine, and when a physician encounters a case of Morgellon’s, any treatment has been said to be “basically shooting … Read More

jenniferlreimer[American] Bioterror: Morgellon’s Disease – Hatched in Labs?

Post-Surgical Opiate Withdrawal Diaries: The Sociology of Shakes, Sweats, and…

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…”number twos”. Last Wednesday afternoon, as I sat in the waiting room at the methadone clinic – I had once before accidentally walked into thinking it was an ordinary walk-in medical clinic –  after being sent there by my GP who told me that it was now my only option aside from inpatient detox (an option I was not interested … Read More

jenniferlreimerPost-Surgical Opiate Withdrawal Diaries: The Sociology of Shakes, Sweats, and…

Google AdWords – Why is that “Copyrighted”?

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My domain hosting service came with $50 dollars worth of free “Google AdWords”.  Through this service, one may create a small picture or text ad for their website, and create a list of keywords to target people who may potentially be interested in one’s site, such that the ad is displayed to people on other sites on similar topics, or … Read More

jenniferlreimerGoogle AdWords – Why is that “Copyrighted”?

Antiperspirants, Deodorants, and Breast Cancer

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The other night I was thinking about my various brushes with mortality, and the time that I’ve spent in the hospital, but not the psych ward part.  There have been three multi-night stays: in February 2006, when I had a grand mal seizure caused by my psych meds, in September 2006, when I took an overdose of Lithium, and most … Read More

jenniferlreimerAntiperspirants, Deodorants, and Breast Cancer

On Laxatives …and medication interactions

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*Rumble Rumble* An exciting topic for an exciting night! No, I will not be joining a former roommate and her “Young Liberal” boyfriend at “some kind of lounge with three other guys”, and not only because that sounds like an incredibly horrid scene. I will also not be joining them because I have just had to chug back yet another … Read More

jenniferlreimerOn Laxatives …and medication interactions

What is the “Practice of Madness”?

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…a double entendre. We are a couple of certified “madpeople”, but are also graduate students in the Sociology of Medicine, Psychiatry, and “Madness”.  Thus, we “practice madness” in our daily dealings in society – one that is quite mad, itself. Psychiatry, on the other side of the coin, is also a “practice of madness”, as we are doled our brain-disabling … Read More

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Insomnia and “The Dilemma”

jenniferlreimerBipolar, Meds, Meds, Meds!

As I am writing this post at 2:49 am, Pacific Standard Time, the reason for this topic is rather obvious – I cannot sleep. Only this time, I don’t have an answer as to why sleep will not have me.  I’ve gone through the lists of meds, side-effects, and interactions, which usually leads to some understanding of why my body … Read More

jenniferlreimerInsomnia and “The Dilemma”

“Mind Over Meds”

jenniferlreimerMeds, Meds, Meds!

Cheers to Lori for this excellent NY Times Magazine article, about a psychiatrist reconsidering the dogma of diagnosis via the DSM.

jenniferlreimer“Mind Over Meds”

Documentary – “Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety”

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TV surprised me and there was an excellent documentary/short animated film called “That Crazy Game Called Life”, a National Film Board of Canada (NFB) production, on this afternoon.  Unfortunately, whereas the NFB used to provide all of their films in full on their website, they evidently can no longer afford to do so.  You can read about it here though! … Read More

jenniferlreimerDocumentary – “Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety”

musings from bed…

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…I was given no post-op instructions except for “if you shower, blow dry those bandages on your belly!”  How often must I be reminded of how inhuman Western “medicine” is.  I had to look them up myself on the internet…they seem rather important: sleep as much as possible for several days, do not bend down but lift everything with your … Read More

jenniferlreimermusings from bed…

Documentary: Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs

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The title of this documentary is quite self-explanatory.  The multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry is explored, focusing on “Direct to Consumer Advertising” – stuff like that in the “Ads and Commercials” category of this blog. Big Bucks, Big Pharma

jenniferlreimerDocumentary: Big Bucks, Big Pharma: Marketing Disease and Pushing Drugs

Documentary: Aspartame: Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World

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What a coincidence – aspartame, known to reduce serotonin levels, came out in the early 1980s, and SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants were introduced to the populace a few years later… An important documentary for anyone to watch, as we’ve all consumed aspartame.  Aspartame has been proven to cause cancer, but the clinical trials that have come to this … Read More

jenniferlreimerDocumentary: Aspartame: Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World

Super Fun Quiz!!!

jenniferlreimer"Health Care", Meds, Meds, Meds!

hehe…no, actually not so much. So when I got my prescriptions for a bunch of pills (for my physiological problems) the other day that I had never taken before, I went to look them up on www.rxlist.com.  I haven’t had the need to look up the side-effects of drugs on that site for some time, and I don’t remember being … Read More

jenniferlreimerSuper Fun Quiz!!!

Expressing my opinion…

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…sometimes, you can’t do much more than this.  At least it’s something 😉

jenniferlreimerExpressing my opinion…