Sangu Delle: There’s No Shame In Taking Care Of Your Mental Health

When stress got to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice: that men shouldn’t take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says:

Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak — it makes us human.

Sangu Delle

The Heads Together campaign: The Worlds First Mental Health Marathon

What an amazing day – the first ever mental health marathon was truly special! The Heads Together campaign aims to change the conversation and end the stigma surrounding mental health, and the success we have had is down to you, our #teamsheadstogether supporters and partners.

We’re so proud of all the runners and all the effort that they have put in, both mentally and physically – it was an honour to share the marathon journey with you.

The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry are clear that the work of Heads Together will continue well past the Marathon. They are proud that the campaign has dealt a major blow against the stigma that surrounds mental health, but of course there is more work to do and they will continue to encourage a national conversation over the next few years.

Whether it be at home, school, work, in the military or in the community. Heads Together and the charity partners will be backing new initiatives to help people have conversations on mental health wherever they are and crucially to be pointed in the right direction for support.

The Heads Together campaign will continue with new digital initiatives and ongoing campaigns around the power of conversations – watch this space.

The Heads Together campaign

Thanks to The Heads Together campaign, for the content of this post

Steve Wilson, And Jane Akre: If You Thought The Media Reported Health News…

If you thought the media reported health news, this video may make you think again. Watch what happened when two reporters tried to highlight the risks, posed to human health, by the presence of artificial bovine growth hormones in milk. It may surprise some of you to learn what happened when the news did not suit the network.

Steve Wilson and Jane Akre: 2001 Goldman Prize winners, USA

In late 1996, journalists Jane Akre and Steve Wilson began investigating rBGH, the genetically modified growth hormone American dairies had been injecting into their cows. As investigative reporters for the Fox Television affiliate in Tampa, Florida, they discovered that while the hormone had been banned in Canada, Europe and most other countries, millions of Americans were unknowingly drinking milk from rBGH-treated cows.

The duo documented how the hormone, which can harm cows, was approved by the government as a veterinary drug without adequately testing its effects on children and adults who drink rBGH milk. They also uncovered studies linking its effects to cancer in humans. Just before broadcast, the station canceled the widely promoted reports after Monsanto, the hormone manufacturer, threatened Fox News with “dire consequences” if the stories aired.

Under pressure from Fox lawyers, the husband-and-wife team rewrote the story more than 80 times. After threats of dismissal and offers of six-figure sums to drop their ethical objections and keep quiet, they were fired in December 1997.

In 1998, Akre won a suit against Fox for violating Florida’s Whistleblower Law, which makes it illegal to retaliate against a worker who threatens to reveal employer misconduct. However, they were forced to defend the $425,000 awarded to Akre through the appeals process.

Meanwhile, with their assets drained, neither Akre nor Wilson was able to work full-time in television news. Instead they formed a production company to expose environmental and health news that is increasingly ignored by mainstream media.

Goldman Environmental Foundation

One might hope that this would be a very isolated example, but there can be no doubt that those who can report the news, must decide which of a multitude of stories they will report, and the terms in which they do so. The problem is not that such choices are made, but who is able to influence them, without being held to account. When we watch, listen to, or read the news, we must remember that we are part of a target audience, but we must not be passive recipients of the news. Understanding requires more than information, it requires clear thinking.

If you do not question everything around you, your mind will be filled with multitudes of emptiness; without questions, no answers can exist and understanding is impossible.

Mike Tawse

Oxygen’s Surprisingly Complex Journey Through Your Body

Oxygen forms about 21% of the air around us. In your body, oxygen forms a vital role in the production of energy in most cells. But if gases can only efficiently diffuse across tiny distances, how does oxygen reach the cells deep inside your body? Enda Butler tracks the surprisingly complex journey of oxygen through your body.

Thanks to TedEd.

Want To Help People Who Have Autism… Try Empathy

Adam Harris takes us on a journey – the journey of a person with Autism where he depicts the experience, language and learning experiences of a person with Autism. He describes about how we are affected by Autism and what we can do about it to create change.

Adam established AsIAm because of his own experiences growing up with Aspergers Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum. Adam spent 3 years of his education in a school for people with Autism, before being integrated into mainstream education in 2nd class. By the time he was 16, Adam felt he should do something to help others affected by Autism and was particularly frustrated at the lack of public awareness and understanding of the condition, and the lack of a voice for those with the condition and their families.

He set up AspergersAdvice.org in response to this and it grew and expanded, becoming AsIAm.ie. Adam is passionate about building an Ireland where people with Autism can live and succeed ‘as they are’.

Robert F Kennedy Jr On Thimerosal – Let The Science Speak

Growing numbers of Americans are refusing to vaccinate their children because they think vaccines are causing autism. But it’s not the vaccines that appear to be one cause of neurological disorders, it’s something else. Now, a senior CDC vaccine safety scientist has invoked the protection of the Federal Whistle-blower Statute, and is claiming that the CDC knew that thimerosal was unsafe, but pressured him to publish studies claiming otherwise.

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Robert F Kennedy Jr is the Vaccine Safety Czar appointed by President Trump. The goal is to study all of the vaccines being given to children and also what is being given to pregnant women. The goal being to find out what is causing the Autism epidemic.

When someone tells you there is no mercury in vaccines, remember these videos.

Still don’t believe it, have a look at the label.

Thanks to Dr Sherri Tenpenny, The International Medical Council on Vaccination.

E-NABLE: Giving The World A Helping Hand

What started as a design for a prosthetic hand created for one, has grown into a global movement of philanthropic individuals who have delivered free 3D printed hands and arms to thousands in over 40 countries.

This is the story of the evolution and the power of sharing ideas.

Regular readers will already know of my ongoing support for the e-NABLE project. I hope that sharing their back-story, will encourage you to join me in support of this simple, but transformational idea.

For more information, please visit the e-NABLE website, and get involved.

Kevin B. Jones: Why Curiosity Is The Key To Science And Medicine

Science is a learning process that involves experimentation, failure and revision — and the science of medicine is no exception. Cancer researcher Kevin B. Jones faces the deep unknowns about surgery and medical care with a simple answer: honesty. In a thoughtful talk about the nature of knowledge, Jones shows how science is at its best when scientists humbly admit what they do not yet understand.

Jennifer Brea: What Happens When You Have A Disease Doctors Can’t Diagnose?

Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she’s encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don’t fully understand, as well as her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.