Do you know a bully?

http://www.mic.com/articles/155219/who-is-alicia-machado-here-s-the-woman-who-trump-called-miss-piggy#.tr2IaVrlu

“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said. “He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy’ — then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. Alicia Machado, Donald — she has a name.”

Machado was the 1995 winner of the Miss Venezuela pageant. She went on to be crowned Miss Universe the next year, when she was 19. That’s when, according to Machado, she began to be bullied by Trump, who was then the owner of Miss Universe Inc., the company behind the pageant.

In an interview with Inside Edition in May, Machado said Trump bullied her “all the time,” mocking her weight and calling her “Miss Piggy.” According to Inside Edition, Trump wasn’t shy about confirming Machado’s story at the time, giving interviews about how he was taking her to the gym to encourage her to lose weight.

Speaking to the New York Times in May, Machado said Trump’s treatment of her left her with lasting harm.

“After that episode, I was sick, anorexia and bulimia for five years,” she said, speaking about Trump’s public admonishment of her weight. “Over the past 20 years, I’ve gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this.”

As Clinton said Monday night, Machado has become a U.S. citizen — just in time to vote in November’s election.

Do you know a bully? They’re very hard to deal with, even if you try to understand them. Best thing to do is walk away from a bully. Of course, if Trump becomes president, we won’t be able to do that.

Colorado Department of Health, You Suck

http://www.nationalpainreport.com/co-patients-fight-against-state-regulations-on-medical-marijuana-8831523.html

The alliance claims that the “Department of Public Health’s Board of Medical Examiners (BME) has begun pulling the licenses of physicians who are recommending a patient try medical marijuana for severe medical conditions that require extended plant counts.”

Michele Ross, Ph.D. and cannabinoid medicine expert says, “They used no scientific evidence or research to support the decision to pull these physician’s licenses, nor have they offered guidance on what plant counts they believe are appropriate for each condition so physicians have guidance moving forward.”

In an announcement, the alliance noted that the Department of Health issued a statement last year restricting physicians from recommending cannabis to more than 30% of their patients or potentially face action against their license.

“How do you make a doctor choose which 3 out of 10 cancer patients deserve access to cannabis treatment?” questioned Dr. Ross. “What is the scientific basis for this decision?”

Similar to how the number of pain management doctors is decreasing, the amount of doctors willing to certify for medical marijuana are few and far between. Meaning, the ones who are willing to certify end up getting all the patients.

It’s like that in New Mexico. When I moved here, I had very little choice in doctors to certify me. The first one I  contacted refused to do so — over email. After I was approved, the doctor who refused to see me went to work part-time for the Department of Health in my state, certifying each and every patient application for medical cannabis.

Oregon is looking better and better everyday.

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#ForAudrie

There’s a new documentary streaming on Netflix called Audrie & Daisy. If you’re a parent, you’ll want to watch it. If you’re a female, you definitely need to watch it.

The movie will make you angry and disgusted. And it will make you cry. After you watch the movie, if you want to talk about it, I hope you’ll come back and comment.

To all of the survivors who were brave enough to be a part of this movie — especially Daisy — I salute you! To every rape survivor, I can’t say this enough:  It. Is. NOT. Your. Fault. And you are not alone. #StopTheShame

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http://www.facebook.com/AudrieandDaisy/

http://www.mic.com/articles/153552/sexual-assault-survivor-s-gut-wrenching-photo-series-gives-middle-finger-to-brock-turner#.qJ5nOWspL