Kidney stones are NO FUN. . . I’ve just spent half of my weekend in pain & the other half asleep thanks to the little buggers. . . Interestingly I find out that:
1) For unknown reasons, the number of people in the United States with kidney stones has been increasing over the past 30 years. The prevalence of stone-forming disease rose from 3.8 percent in the late 1970s to 5.2 percent in the late 1980s and early 1990s. (Archaeologists like temporal trends).
2) White Americans are more prone to develop kidney stones than African Americans. (Kidney stones racialize their victims).
3) Stones occur more frequently in men. (Kidney stones are sexist as well).
4) The prevalence of kidney stones rises dramatically as men enter their 40s and continues to rise into their 70s. (So I only have more of this to look forward to. . . )
Given the above information. . . That is that the incidence of kidney stones has been increasing since the onset of postcolonialism, the women’s movement & postmodernity and the targets are disproportionately white males over 40. . . maybe I should look at kidney stones as a grand, cosmic revenge for what we have wrought. They are a weapon of the subaltern!!!!
Find out more at the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse:
(Archaeologists also love type collections!)