Hello everyone! Here it is at last, Musts for Crusts! This blog is the modest brainchild of several years and many conversations. I hope the format will be alright, I have considered zines, newspaper columns, books, and everything else under the sun. After careful consideration, I’ve decided to throw caution and good taste to the wind and write the darn thing in the easiest, free-est way I know how, on the internet!

It turns out that health care is difficult to navigate, especially for people who are trans, or punks, or crust punks, and/or radicals. Often, (and perhaps this is even more the case for overworked clinicians in free clinics) medical workers seem to expect their patients to trust their advice on the basis of their authority. This method glaringly fails radical patients. This blog is an attempt to bridge that gap; I think of it as a form of medical translation.

Folks are always calling me for subculturally sensitive opinions about medicine, health, and hygiene and it’s high time I started researching in earnest and writing these opinions down. I hope to translate medicine, health, and hygiene to fit the lifestyles, needs, and desires of radicals. Please don’t hesitate to send in questions, concerns, or suggestions!

It is very important to keep in mind that ALL of the information I will be writing is strictly opinion and NOT necessarily medical fact. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any disease! I actually, seriously mean that. I have enough experience reading medical jargon and medical studies as a pre-medical student and the child of two medical professionals and enough experience traveling and generally being a radical and a punk that I feel able to take on the role of translator between these two worlds. I will post links to primary sources when possible so you can be informed. I am not a medical professional and may well get things wrong. Absolutely check with your medical provider before changing anything you’re doing. I’m not just saying that because I think I have to, I really, really, really believe it. I think medical professionals are great; I am trying to become one! I respect their experience and knowledge and think you should too, even though they can be difficult to get along with or understand. The internet is not a good place for medical information generally speaking, I know we all know this. I also know we seek to fill in gaps in our understanding as we are able to. So, be smart, be discerning, seek the advice of a professional BEFORE taking any of mine, and let me know what you think!

For consideration:

“I saved a man’s life once,” said Granny. “Special medicine, twice a day. Boiled water with a bit of berry juice in it. Told him I’d bought it from the dwarves. That’s the biggest part of doct’rin, really. Most people’ll get over most things if they put their minds to it, you just have to give them an interest.”
Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites

“Be skeptical, ask questions, demand proof. Demand evidence. Don’t take anything for granted. But here’s the thing: When you get proof, you need to accept the proof. And we’re not that good at doing that.”
Michael Specter