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Why Unsolicited Health Advice Is Often Victim-Blaming in Disguise

Here’s what I need people who don’t have a chronic illness to understand: Just because your body functions properly and you are “healthy” doesn’t mean you’re doing something better than me.

It doesn’t mean you’ve cracked some code that I haven’t. It has taken me a long time to understand this, and why wouldn’t it?

We live in a culture that is obsessed with finding the secrets to optimal health and wellness. If you don’t fit within the parameters of “what works” it’s often assumed you’re clearly doing something wrong.

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