All posts tagged: Health

Adrienne Ciskey: Invisible Illnesses and the Power of Play

If you suffer with a chronic illness, specifically one that others cannot see, the anxiety of  whether or not others take your pain seriously, on top of the endless physical battle with your own body, is very real. There is a hierarchy of illness in our culture based on assumptions of “seriousness” that is rarely acknowledged or discussed. A social judgment of validity is made about an illness, and if you are a woman suffering from an illness that is not only invisible but also widely unknown then the legitimacy of your pain dissipates quicker than the “no” you hear from the doctor when you ask if there is any known cure for your pain. Living with hypoglycemia and hyperthyroidism, I am no stranger to the slight eye rolls when I vocalize my symptoms and  I often find myself suppressing my needs, emotional and otherwise,  for the sake of avoiding skeptical responses from others. The question I ask myself time and time again is: How can others recognize something like an invisible illness? This question …

Be Way Better

  In order to be way better in every way, complete these 7 badge requirements in full. Then, find someone whose approval means everything to you and ask them to cut the above badge carefully along the dotted line and pin it on you so that everyone can see it. You’ll feel way better once you ARE way better! REQUIREMENTS Find a fitness regime that works for you, and smile the entire time you are doing it. This way, everyone will know that you are really enjoying it and do not find it unpleasant in any way. Subscribe to a magazine that writes articles about big, very important issues. As the magazines arrive each month, make a stack of them so it is easy for others to see that you value the knowledge inside of them. Make a promise to yourself that you will one day actually read them. Find all available scientific knowledge regarding health, fitness, and personal wellness, and make a graph organizing everything you found. Share your data with others so they too can benefit …

The Virus of Scarcity and The Culture of Abundance

We are born in the red: amongst the blood and flesh of our mothers—already indebted. What we owe our families—a debt of the body. And slowly the circle widens. Our debts to our friends: the price of acceptance; our debt to our communities: the price of civilization. Then come the banks, with credit cards and student loans and car loans and home loans and loans to pay off other loans until the entirety of our life is one big red circle of debt. * Like genes in the body, ideas make up a culture through a process of replication, interaction, and mutation. This is the basis of Richard Dawkins’ concept of the meme, which he defines as an “idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” But the strength of a meme—that is, the extent to which it has taken hold in society—does not denote any moral quality, or even suggest that it is the best, most efficient way of living. Instead of a healthy cell, an idea may be …