The Man Flu Is Coming
A.K.A.: Him-fluenza, Bro-chitis
It’s been a general cultural practice to note that when women get sick, generally they suck it up in terms of complaining about symptoms. Acute myocardial infarction? Yeah, doctor, I’m feeling a little nauseous and a tad short of breath. But men? Yeah, bro, there’s an elephant sitting on my chest.
Turns out the same difference in reporting of symptoms has been proposed to occur during upper respiratory infections like the cold and flu. Many claim that men act like the world is falling apart, quickly assuming the sick role and moaning like they’re acutely dying. Women? Not so much.
Now the question is, do women and men actually experience symptoms of illness differently? Or are there societal and cultural influences that solely explain the differences? Or are we making all of this up to begin with? I reviewed the “evidence” and, well, watch and find out. And check out the BMJ “article” on the subject (admittedly tongue-in-cheek). And this follow-up. And this one.
Note that women’s symptoms of heart attack can indeed be different than men’s. It may also be a bias of healthcare professionals to discount women’s symptoms while taking men’s more seriously. Guess what: like everything, man flu is complicated, bro.
Anti-Vaxxers Are Dumb as Rocks
Having watched this video, Stop Mandatory Vaccinations on Facebook posted this.
I can’t make this stuff up! We owe it to our future generations to get at the root causes of man flu, people.
This post originally appeared on ZDoggMD.