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October 31

I wasn't vaccinated. Now what?

Which vaccines are most important (and effective) for me to get as an adult, to fulfill the moral imperative of contributing to the herd immunity that I benefit from? [more inside]
posted by femmegrrr at 8:11 PM - 18 answers

I can talk about polyphenols all day, but names escape me.

I'm a fledging dietitian ready to spread my wings. Please help me think of names for a future nutrition counseling practice and blog! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM - 12 answers

October 30

Contact lenses in California

Is a lens fitting a requirement in California? If so, how much does one typically cost? [more inside]
posted by null14 at 8:53 PM - 15 answers

Brainwashing recovery resources

I'm looking for some resources for my experiences. The best term I've come up with is brainwashing. My therapists do not know of any, but had experience with working with it to an extent. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM - 5 answers

Good maps of this Sunday's NYC Marathon?

The organizers of this Sunday's NYC Marathon have a pretty shitty map; is there a better one available? I'm hoping for something overlaid on Google Maps or some such equivalent. Bonus question: how do I gauge what time the elite runners would be running by a given spot?
posted by dfriedman at 6:42 AM - 5 answers

Help me keep my boyfriend's head on his neck, please!

Poor boyfriend just started grad school and has already strained his neck. Help me help him, please? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 5:54 AM - 10 answers

October 29

Sinus Pressure Relief

I had sinus surgery this week and still have splints in my nose. The weather changed today and now the pressure in my face is too much to bear. Please help! [more inside]
posted by rue72 at 11:51 AM - 13 answers

What's more fun than the words 'bone graft'?

Tell me about the awesomeness of pre-dental implant bone graft procedures. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:45 AM - 21 answers

Is there such a thing as anonymous online counseling?

I find myself unable to be fully candid speaking in person with therapists and wonder if I might do better corresponding with a therapist online by e-mail or chat or something. Does this exist? Would you recommend it? Is there a better idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM - 12 answers

October 28

Something besides Prozac for PMS?

I have a mild depression for a week out of the month. It doesn't feel like much but I don't get anything done. Now that I'm self-employed, I can't afford to have a useless week plus a week digging myself out of the hole of unfinished work and unreturned phone calls from that useless week. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:50 PM - 19 answers

How to exercise: the bad ankle edition

I am currently waiting for ankle ligament reconstruction surgery, but still want to keep as active as possible in the meantime. My two main ways of exercising - riding my horse and playing soccer weekly - are now out of the question, what else can I do to maintain some level of activity that doesn't involve using my injured ankle too much? [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 8:30 PM - 15 answers

Recommend Mrs Peteyjlawson a phototherapy lamp, anybody?

Hi folks, in a previous AskMeFi the idea of phototherapy for my wife's psoriasis was a popular one. So, can anybody recommend a phototherapy lamp? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson at 3:41 PM - 2 answers

Artificial Ingredients: Really all that harmful?

Does the average American's diet have large enough amounts of artificial ingredients to actually cause harm? I know a glass of Red 40 every day would obviously do some damage, but are the amounts we actually consume significant? Or are they merely trace amounts? Is most of this kind of thing fear-mongering?
posted by early one morning at 10:29 AM - 18 answers

Preparing for hernia repair

I'm having a hernia repaired next week, and I'm having trouble finding much reliable information on what to expect online. What was your/your friend/your lover's hernia repair like? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 8:48 AM - 14 answers

Discourage clients who don't get a flu shot to protect my elderly Mother

My 87 year old Mother likes to help in my office. She is healthy, but frail. Should I mention to clients that I don't want them coming in to see me when they are sick and that I would prefer they have a flu shot? Is there some sort of proper business etiquette for this? Thanks. I'm in casual California, if that helps.
posted by mrhappy at 5:28 AM - 31 answers

Fitbit flex overcounting steps?

Does anyone else's fitbit show what appears to be a wildly inflated number of steps per day? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:26 AM - 18 answers

October 27

Why do I have to get semi-naked to see a doctor?

So I finally got health insurance in the US and made a 'new patient' appointment for a physical. After talking the nurse through my (very limited) medical history, I was asked to undress and put on a medical gown. I then met my new doctor, talked about my medical history again, asked for a referral to a chiropractor (I have scoliosis and associated back pain, and wanted to re-establish treatment). She took my blood pressure, did the stethoscope thing on my back, and did a bit of abdomen pressing. The rest was talking. So why did I need to undress and wear a medical gown? [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 11:29 PM - 38 answers

Low cost or free options for therapy and depression treatment in NYC

I'm starting to accept that I desperately need to see a therapist, but I am unemployed (recently moved here to NYC) and have no health insurance. Are there any clinics or hospitals that offer low cost therapy services?
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM - 5 answers

Stimulated by bad touch? How?

Our bodies can respond to stimulation even if we don't consent to it. How? (tw:abuse) [more inside]
posted by kanata at 7:48 PM - 26 answers

Cross training for a half marathon while avoiding injuries?

I signed up for my first half marathon in mid January! I'm nervous and excited, but also injury prone. Had a really bad ankle sprain and broken toe within the past year (separate occasions), and don't want to injure myself again. How can I enjoy cross-training, training for the half, all while avoiding injuring myself over the next few months? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 7:26 AM - 10 answers

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