Why I have problems with people who believe the MMR vaccine causes Autism

Today I got very annoyed by something on Facebook. It was about the MMR vaccine causing Autism.

Somebody was arguing that MMR vaccine causes Autism and that the Wakefield research was 100% reliable and true.

This very very much annoyed me.

I have had to go through a great amount of papers disproving any correlation between the MMR vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have also had to go through the  original Wakefield article and broken down all the different biases in it.

They were attacking ME for “believing everything I read in research papers”.  This rather pissed me off as they were believing what the media and mass hysteria spewed out. There is a large amount of parents stopping their children from having a lifesaving vaccine because of media hype and there has been a Measles epidemic amongst school aged children in Wales. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23168519) This would have been avoided had parents vaccinated their children against Measles Mumps and Rubella.

I wish it was mandatory for parents to read the research before deciding not to give their child a potentially life saving vaccine for fear that a disease that has absolutely no correlation with the MMR jab will affect their child.

Whilst it is perfectly normal for a parent to be concerned about their child and want the best for them and their welfare, I think it would be a good idea for parents to read through the research before deciding what is in their best interest. Ultimately, having the MMR vaccine is beneficial for children and IS in their best interest, no matter what the media tells you.


Sorry guys…rant over.


the sex education I wish I’d had

I thought this was absolutely brilliant!!! One day I will write a post about my work with Sexpression Manchester and this post shows why and how what we do is so important!!!

massive hassle

The banana of sexSo I have had almost zero formal sex education.

When I was ten, our teacher held the girls back at break time and solemnly informed us that we were due to start bleeding out of our vaginas any day now. If this happened while we were in school, we were to tell NO ONE but immediately locate the nearest female teacher, who would provide us with something to soak up THE SHAME OF OUR WOMB. She did not actually say that last bit, but even at ten years-old, I felt it was strongly implied. This was my first introduction to periods.

When I was fourteen, our science teacher skipped over the chapter on the reproductive system. She told us it was very unlikely to come up in our exams next year, and even if it does, you’ll have lots of questions to choose from so you can just skip it…

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Books I Couldn’t Live Without In Pre-Clinical Years

So I thought I would let you guys know what books I couldn’t live without in the preclinical years of medical school.


My basic first go to book was the brilliant Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology by Martini:


Martini was a brilliant go to book at the start of the course. It gave me all the foundations I would need for the weeks topic in regard to Anatomy and Physiology. It was in simple english and very easy to understand. However, whilst it gives enough detail to give an idea of whats going on, it isn’t completely in depth. If you needed to know something in detail, Martini is a great starting place, but you would need to go to other sources for more detail.


Whilst everyone has heard of Grey’s Anatomy, I didn’t find it all that useful, instead, my favourite Anatomy textbook was Clinically Orientated Anatomy by Moore and Dalley:


Whilst the text is a bit hard to read at first, it has all the information you need to learn anatomy, more so then Grey’s I found.


In regard to clinical medicine, I found I liked 2 books very much. If one book didn’t have the information I needed, the other always would. They are Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine and Davidson’s Principles and Practise of Medicine:

davidsons K&C

To be honest, they are both so similar that their description can be put together. I found them brilliant, they gave you all the stages of a disease you would need to know from causality to symptoms to diagnosis and treatment. However, sometimes one wouldn’t have the disease you needed so you have to use the other.

Both: 9/10

Pathology wise, I liked General and Systemic Pathology by Underwood:


It was in good simple english and gave you a good idea of the disease process. Sometimes, however, it wasn’t detailed enough and wasn’t completely comprehensive, and missed out information that I wish it had.


Specific system wise, I found that the Systems of the Body series  was really useful:


They varied in readability and detailedness but I found them very useful for learning about systems and the related disease processed


So there you have it…the books I couldn’t have lived without in preclinical years of med school.

First Post Blues

Why is it that the first post of a blog is the hardest to write?

So here goes.


It’s currently my last proper holiday from med school and so I finally have time to myself before the madness of the year begins.

So, with my fiancé in Australia for a month, I have time to spend crafting!

Normally, throughout the year, I spend all my procrastinating time (and there is a lot of it!) going through Pinterest and finding projects that I love and look interesting, but never have time to do. So they just build up in my craft ideas board and I don’t do anything with them. So I decided to start with something that looked fairly simple: an up-cycling project turning old T-shirts into a nice shag pile rug!

I have a huge pile of old T-shirts waiting to either be sold in a car boot sale or donated or something so using them in a rug was a great idea! Ready for my new flat in 3 weeks.

So I bought my rug canvas and a latch hook and gathered all my old T-shirts and was ready to begin.

I used this website as a tutorial: http://crafts.creativebug.com/make-tshirt-shag-rug-1287.html

At first it was tricky getting used to using the latch hook, but I got used to it with practise.

Latch Hook Rug

Then I had the problem of deciding what design to use and what colours. So I went with a basic stripe pattern, picking whatever shirt I fancied as I went along.

latch hook rug

And my rug grew!!!

I am still working on my rug so I can’t show you guys the finished piece but I’m sure I will do when I’m finished =]

And thats it for now..