Showing posts with label ABC World News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ABC World News. Show all posts

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Save the Drama for Your Mama (and the Grinch)

I am fairly new to the Facebook online support community for Dysautonomia and POTS.

This has nothing to do with this post. But I like it.
I have been a member of DINET for years, but stayed away when I was feeling well - it had become depressing and was scaring me that I would end up like others on the forum (ironic, since I now am!).  But the forum was always kind, safe, supportive, and closely monitored - and I feel the people on there are super nice and not the types to attack others who have differing views.  Nothing has changed, if you are looking for smart people to help you navigate resources and deal with dysautonomia, you should check out the forum.  I became active again (it had been so long I had to re-register!) while half dead after all my pulmonary embolisms and in the hospital in early 2011.  I'm glad I did, and I still am on there a few times a week reading and sometimes posting, because it is such a great place to find support.

After getting out the hospital last fall and becoming a Twitter fanatic, and realizing that I was not going to be out running marathons any time soon, I found a whole support network of tweeps as well.   This is another valuable resource for chronically ill of any kind, just pick your disease and search it, and loads of people and tweets come up.  I use #POTS, #Dysautonmia, #spoonie, and #chronicallyawesome the most.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The ABC News Aftermath; Junk Reporting and THE GRINCH Making Life Harder for POTS Patients


As many of you in the Dysautonomia community know, ABC recently aired a segment on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer about POTS (on 2/29/12).  Leading up to that broadcast, a series of events took place that amazed me and reinvigorated my faith in the power of patients as a community.  We mobilized.  We complained. We used every connection we could.  And it worked - sort of.

Here is a breakdown of the history of, and problem with "The Grinch Syndrome", along with a timeline of what took place over the last week.  I also include a call to action (once again) from our amazing POTS warriors to force change that is long overdue.  




THE GRINCH PROBLEM



There is a researcher out of Texas named Dr. Levine who proposed that POTS be renamed The Grinch Syndrome.  He did this based on his study that was published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology in 2010 called Cardiac Origins Of The Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. The presumptuous name of the study is the first clue as to how preposterous this "study" and its "conclusions" are.  Levine and his researchers claim that, "These results suggest that POTS per se is indeed a consequence of deconditioning and that carefully prescribed exercise training can be used as an effective non-drug therapy for POTS patients."