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Postpartum Thyroid Problems — Frequently Asked Questions About Thyroid Problems After Pregnancy / Thyroid Disease Information Source – Articles/FAQs

Posted By on November 7, 2008

Postpartum Thyroid Problems — Frequently Asked Questions About Thyroid Problems After Pregnancy / Thyroid Disease Information Source – Articles/FAQs

I took some quizzes from this site:

Specialized Self Tests & Quizzes

Quiz: Could You Have an Autoimmune Condition?
from Mary Shomon,
Your Guide to Thyroid Disease

Yes, that is an autoimmune disease risk or symptom.

You answered 30 items out of 49 in a way that indicates autoimmune disease risks and symptoms.

Your score is 61%. There are definitely autoimmune thyroid risk factors and symptoms in your history. You should have this checked out fairly soon.

Quiz: Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?
from Mary Shomon,
Your Guide to Thyroid Disease

Yes, that is a thyroid risk or symptom.

You answered 26 items out of 33 in a way that indicates thyroid risks and symptoms.

Your score is 79%. There’s a good chance you have a thyroid problem, and it would definitely interfere with your ability to lose weight. See the doctor soon.

The Five Factor Values Test

Posted By on July 19, 2008

Your Values Profile

Loyalty:You don’t really value loyalty.

In your opinion, friendship should be earned.

If you don’t agree with someone, it doesn’t matter how close you are.

You’ll let them (and everyone else know) exactly what you think.


You value honesty a fair amount.

You’re honest when you can be, but you aren’t a stickler for it.

If a little white lie will make a situation more comfortable, you’ll go for it.

In the end, you mostly care about “situational integrity.”


You value generosity a fair amount.

You are all about giving, as long as there’s some give and take.

Supportive and kind, you don’t mind helping out a friend in need.

But you know when you’ve given too much. You have no problem saying “no”!


You value humility highly.

You have the self-confidence to be happy with who you are.

And you don’t need to seek praise to make yourself feel better.

You’re very modest, and you’re keep the drama factor low.


You value tolerance highly.

Not only do you enjoy the company of those very different from you…

You do all that you can to seek it out interesting and unique friends.

You think there are many truths in life, and you’re open to many of them.

Hats off to Sgt Manzella

Posted By on June 27, 2008

In December, “60 Minutes” ran one of my favorite “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” stories, featuring Army Sgt. Darren Manzella, who’d been deployed twice during the war in Iraq. During his first deployment, Manzella, a medic with a field artillery unit in Baghdad, earned a combat medal for rendering treatment under fire. “I’ve treated everything from blast injuries to gunshot wounds,” he told Leslie Stahl.

Manzella is gay, a fact that he hid from no one, even introducing his Army buddies to his boyfriend. When he received emails suggesting his personal life might soon be investigated, Manzella told his battalion commander the truth, which in turn prompted an investigation.

Manzella didn’t hold anything back in the investigation, submitting photos of himself and A.J., and a video of a road trip, including passionate kissing. But when the investigation ended, Manzella says he was told to go back to work. “There was no evidence of homosexuality and go back to work,” he says.

“Wait a minute. You’ve given them photographs of you and A.J.,” Stahl remarks.

“Yes, and then they’re like, ‘Go back to work. You’re not gay,” Manzella says.

“So, no one ever said anything to you about the — I don’t even know what word to use, absurdity, confusing response?” Stahl asks.

“The closest thing that I was given by my superiors was, “I don’t care if you’re gay or not.”

Well, no, of course not. As Cholene Espinoza, an Air Force Captain who flew combat missions, explained, “Darren is in a critical field. He’s a medic. His commander needs him. He’s a known quantity. He gets along with others. He does what he’s supposed to. He goes above and beyond. Why do I want to lose Darren?”

The Army didn’t want to lose Darren, which is precisely why he was told to go back to work.

At least that was what he was told initially. The “60 Minutes” report raised a few eyebrows, and now that Manzella’s revelations have become embarrassing to the Army, he’s been discharged.

Here’s the item from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, by way of Pam Spaulding.

Decorated Army Sergeant Darren Manzella has been discharged under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law banning lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans from military service, effective June 10. The Iraq war veteran was the first openly gay active duty service member to speak with the media while serving inside a war zone. […]

“The discharge of battle-tested, talented service members like Sergeant Manzella weakens our military in a time of war. National security requires that Congress lift the ban on gays in the military and allow commanders to judge troops on their qualifications, not their sexuality,” said Adam Ebbin, Communications Director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). […]

Sergeant Manzella said, “My sexual orientation certainly didn’t make a difference when I treated injuries and saved lives in the streets of Baghdad. It shouldn’t be a factor in allowing me to continue to serve.”

John McCain recently said gay people in the military represent an “intolerable risk” to unit morale, cohesion, and discipline.

I’m curious. Which poses the great risk, Manzella being deployed and serving honorably, or Manzella not being deployed? Which is better for the troops? Which does more to help those in uniform? Which leaves the military stronger, and which leaves it weaker?


The evolution of dance w/ Jud Laipply

Posted By on June 26, 2008

This is about the funniest stuff I’ve seen in weeks. *dyin*

Phenomenal images of Earth

Posted By on June 24, 2008

Phenomenal images of Earth, on

These are just breathtaking!