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JoyBinge Ep. 28: Thank You, Nietzsche

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Hi and welcome to JoyBinge, a podcast where we re-learn that good things are happening in the world and celebrate those good things because we are tired of only hearing about the bad crap. We are Kimmy and Sinow, bringing you some good news to celebrate! We are not journalists or professionals of any sort in the news industry. This week we are covering the dates June 28 - July 13, 2019. We just want to spread good news to you! Let’s binge on some joy!


Baby born from womb of dead donor for 1st time in US history: Hospital

  • Written by Julia Jacobo on July 9th for ABC News

  • Infertility is something that many couples and women deal with but a new advancement in medicine is underway shining some light on a difficult ordeal

  • A mother has given birth to a healthy little girl in Cleveland, OH at the Cleveland Clinic and she was able to do this thanks to a womb transplant from an organ donor who had unfortunately passed

  • Organ donation is a great way to help people when you pass on and this woman was able to grow her family due to the donation and in vitro fertilization

  • This is the first time a baby has been able to grow and be born within a donated uterus here in the United States

  • Jacobo reports, “Mother and daughter are ‘doing great,’ said Dr. Uma Perni, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. ‘We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome,’ Perni said.”

  • This birth was part of a trial where 10 women have and will receive uteri from deceased donors

  • So far 5 women have received uteri - 3 women saw a positive result with their body accepting the donation and 2 women had to have hysterectomies

  • The article stated, “The research team for the delivery consisted of specialists in transplant surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, fertility, neonatology, bioethics, psychiatry, nursing, anesthesiology, infectious disease, interventional radiology, patient advocacy and social work.”

  • Dr. Andreas Tzakis is a transplant surgeon at the clinic and was quoted as saying, “It was amazing how perfectly normal this delivery was, considering how extraordinary the occasion...Through this research, we aim to make these extraordinary events, ordinary for the women who choose this option. We are grateful to the donor and her family, their generosity allowed our patient’s dream to come true and a new baby to be born."

Why suffering setbacks could make you more successful

  • Written by Ian Leslie for BBC News on July 9th

  • Failures, mistakes, setbacks - whatever you call it, they all happen to us at one point or another

  • Researchers have been looking into the role of failing and how that hurts or helps us succeed in life

  • The subjects they studied are elite athletes, people who train hard, have strong determination, and have all lost a race or competition

  • Leslie reports, “UK Sport, the British government body responsible for investing in elite sport, published the findings of an investigation into the roots of athletic success. Over the course of in-depth interviews with 85 elite athletes and coaches, they looked for what exceptional achievers have in common. The researchers found that most athletes suffer a significant setback early in their career, but some react differently to others. For the truly exceptional athletes, who went on to win Olympic medals, the setback enhanced their motivation; for the merely ‘good’, the near miss was discouraging.”

  • An economist at the University of Virginia named Adam Leive “assembled a database of medal winners in Olympic track and field events, between 1846 and 1948, and looked at what happened to their lives after they won a medal. Leive found that the athletes who just missed out on the top podium spot went on to live longer and more successful lives than those who won. Silver medallists were more ambitious in their post-sport careers, finding better paid jobs. By the age of 80, about half of them were still alive, compared to about a third of gold medallists.”

  • Is it possible that losing helped them to retain their drive and pursue other goals after their races and competitions?

  • Another paper published in the Physics and Society journal showed that a similar result happened with scientists who dealt with failures or setbacks earlier in their career actually went on to more successful careers than those who didn’t deal with such issues

  • The article reports, “Just as UK Sport found with athletes, losing out acted like a form of natural selection. About one in 10 of the near-missers disappeared from the system altogether, but those who persevered went on to publish more high-impact papers over the following decade than the near-winners.”

  • Leslie went on to discuss how a psychologist studied encyclopedia column authors and found that half of 573 people who contributed more than one column had suffered a loss of a parent earlier in life

  • With this point, Leslie mentioned something interesting, “’s also true that a surprising number of high-achievers have suffered bereavement or some other kind of trauma as children.”

  • But within these various cases, one thing remains clear: everyone responds to trauma differently. Some people are able to take that pain and use it as fuel to drive them forward while others suffer mental breaks and shut down

  • One comparison that I (Kimmy) have thought a great deal about is stated well by Leslie, “Weightlifters know that for a muscle to grow it must first be traumatised. The exercise has to be great enough for thousands of tiny tears to open up, which the body can then repair, strengthening the muscle as it does so. In life, as at the gym, it’s what you do with a trauma that determines whether or not it has a latent benefit.”

  • With all of this said, is it possible we are currently too easy on our children and ourselves in terms of avoiding pain and trauma? Not that anyone would wish for horrific things to happen to children especially, but if children are not challenged enough, will this ultimately hurt them in the end?

  • Leslie reports, “In a 2012 paper entitled The Rocky Road to the Top: Why Talent Needs Trauma, the sports scientists Dave Collins and Aine MacNamara criticised the approach of most talent development systems in sport, which put an emphasis on maximising support to young athletes and reducing stress. The authors argued that these well-funded and high-tech coaching systems were making life too easy for young athletes, who needed moments of challenge or trauma in order to develop resilience. It’s the rocky road, not the smoothed path, that leads to greatness.”

  • Good challenges are needed to help people to grow but creating trauma to challenge someone isn’t good. Enough hardships happen in life that we don’t need to create extra problems, especially for children. They will come across their own challenges to conquer and we need to support them in their journey of figuring out how to endure and what to do. But we shouldn’t carry them over the threshold of success. Everyone must learn how to do this themselves.

  • Facing hardships is a fact of life. But while you are in the midst of struggle and pain, realizing that all that awful can be used for good might just be a positive way for you to find the light at the end of your tunnel

  • Leslie ended the article in a great quote that deserves to be repeated, “Perhaps Friedrich Nietzsche was right: what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

HOMESLICE of Scotland & Texas


Edinburgh gives female medical students their degrees – 150 years late

  • Written for The Guardian on July 6th

  • Some brave women from 1869 paved the way for women of today to study at the University of Edinburgh

  • The article states, “The group, known collectively as the Edinburgh Seven, enrolled to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1869. But they faced substantial resistance from their male peers and were ultimately prevented from graduating and qualifying as doctors.”

  • The article went on to report, “Their campaign against their treatment won them national attention and prominent supporters such as Charles Darwin. In 1877, legislation was introduced to ensure women could study at university.”

  • Times were difficult for everyone back in the 1800’s but particularly so for women who wanted to go to university

  • The original seven women were, “...Mary Anderson, Emily Bovell, Matilda Chaplin, Helen Evans, Sophia Jex-Blake, Edith Pechey and Isabel Thorne – were awarded posthumous honorary bachelor of medicine degrees as part of a ceremony at the university’s McEwan Hall.”

  • The University held a special ceremony where seven women currently enrolled in the medical program accepted the diplomas on behalf of the original seven to honor their achievements

  • One of the members of the university’s administration was quoted, “Prof Peter Mathieson, the principal and vice-chancellor at the University of Edinburgh, said: ‘We are delighted to confer the degrees rightfully owed to this incredible group of women.’”

  • And the article interviewed one of the students, reporting, “Simran Paya, a third-year medical student who collected an award on behalf of Jex-Blake, said: “We are honoured to accept these degrees on behalf of our predecessors, who are an inspiration to us all.’”


Austin police dedicated Mondays in June to work out with youth at Givens Park

  • Written by Andrew Wilson on July 1st for ABC News Austin local affiliate KVUE

  • Austin is experiencing a Blue Wave, Operation Blue Wave that is

  • Police officers spent every Monday in June at Givens Park working out with kids and youth as a way to help people feel safe and understand that they can rely on their local policemen and women

  • Givens Park was a common place for people to walk and play but back in April, a man was killed at the park

  • Sgt. Elijah Myrick told KVUE that even though the program is over now, they are still going to continue the activities in other areas as things work out

  • Wilson quote Sgt. Myrick as saying, “Violence is very random in Austin. We have a low violence rate. That is a single occurrence, but I think people get a negative stigma about the park. There’s people who have been coming out here for 40 years that we've met out here at the park, and they are concerned about safety… So seeing patrol officers being comfortable here in the park and coming in their non-committed time, I think it’s made people in general – not only in the park but in the community and new neighborhoods that are popping up around the park – feel safer that we’re out here.”

Thanks for listening to some of the joy found in the world this past week. If you have stories of good people doing good things in your neighborhood or anywhere, send them to us! We’ve got an email, or tweet at us @joybingepodcast or visit our Facebook page and Instagram account. TELL US THE GOOD STUFF!


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