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Our blog bringing you the unique views of the people that make up Colorado Access.

The Dangers of Pseudoscience

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Pseudoscience is anything that is peddled as being scientifically-based but is, in fact, not. That’s a big, broad definition for a big, broad topic. Pseudoscience is often composed of people who want to feel like they have some semblance of control over a situation (often an emotionally fraught one) and those looking to make money … Read More

My Own Path

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We’re all on our own path in life. Who we are today is a collection of our past experiences that make us what we are. None of us are alike, yet we all can relate to each other through similar feelings. As we shine a light on suicide in September through National Suicide Awareness and … Read More

Grief and Mental Health

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My son’s father passed away unexpectedly four years ago; he was 33 years old and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression a year before that. At the time of his death my son was six years old, and I was the one to break his heart with the news while mine was … Read More

Vaccines

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“Is it possible to put my daughter on a less aggressive vaccine schedule?” I asked our pediatrician while holding my two-week-old infant. Prior to my daughter’s appointment, I’d gotten a very concerned call from my mother about the many “very credible” YouTube videos she had watched about the dangers of vaccines. I didn’t believe immunizations … Read More

Why I Vaccinate

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My son turns one in a few weeks. I don’t want to talk about it. Cue tears. As tough as it is coming to terms with the fact that my tiny baby will soon be a toddler, there are also a lot of exciting things that come with that. One of those things is his … Read More

Active Children in COVID-19

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Hello, my name is Jen and I am the parent of extremely active children. No, this is not a clinical diagnosis. This is my mommy diagnosis. I have seen what happens to my two tiny humans if I keep them indoors for too long. It is not a pretty sight. In all fairness, my husband … Read More

Prevention Fatigue

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Pandemics have predictable phases that the public goes through. Those phases include identifying that there is a problem, reacting to the problem (usually panic), finding a solution to the problem, then tiring of the solution. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a perfect example of this. In the United States, when HIV was first described, there … Read More

The Importance of Face Masks from the Epidemiology Perspective

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Let’s talk about the importance of wearing a face mask during this pandemic. Face masks are uncomfortable, annoying, and no one likes wearing them. So, are they really necessary? Let’s think about other public health interventions that are uncomfortable, annoying, and that no one likes to deal with. Motorcycle helmets. Motorcycle helmet effectiveness in preventing … Read More

Why the Mask?

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I am saddened by the “politicizing” of the issue. There is actually reasonable, though not perfect science behind the suggestion. With the disclaimer that we are learning more every day, what we do know is that there are likely about one in five who have the coronavirus infection and have NO SYMPTOMS. Further, those of … Read More

Patience

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These are strange times. Like most strange times, they were forced upon us quickly. COVID-19 has generated a lot of interesting stuff; conspiracy theories, doomsday preppers, and a lotta conversations that begin with “I just read this article…..” But the unifying thing it did do was to consolidate households very quickly. Surprise! You’re working from … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Research

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Hello and welcome to the fourth installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Public Health Infrastructure

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Hello and welcome to the third installment of my miniseries on how to prevent future pandemics! There are a lot of different aspects to preventing future pandemics, but I will focus on four main areas: vaccinations, infrastructure, public health infrastructure, and research. We’ll focus on one of these areas over the course of four different … Read More