Terra Sigillata

Archives for November, 2006

Over the last several days, Dr. RW, Orac, and Joseph (Corpus Callosum) have been discussing the virtues, or lack thereof, of a national medical student association espousing the coverage of integrative, complementary and alternative medicine (ICAM) modalities in the medical curriculum. Our SciBling, Joseph, raised the interesting point that CAM education might improve the one…

Both Dr. RW and Orac have great posts this week on the dichotomy of critical thinking skills espoused by the American Medical Students Association (AMSA), a US national medical student association. Most interesting is their support this week of a PharmFree Day on 16 November whose nobel goal is to minimize the influence of the…

From The Onion: Healthy Snacks

Some Saturday morning humor that literally had me laughing out loud, as only The Onion can do (foul language, but I think even PharmMom will appreciate this): Frito-Lay Angrily Introduces Line Of Healthy Snacks “Weren’t Sun Chips healthy enough for you, you goddamn hippie bastards?” Carey added.

Readers of this near-weekly feature have been the beneficiaries over the last few weeks of the wisdom from my scientific and wine colleague, Erleichda. Now with the feature back in my hands, I am now realizing that one difficulty in keeping up is finding wines of value that are widely accessible to readers, geographically and…

Carl Zimmer in National Geographic

While sitting at Chez Pharmboi tonight preparing the belated Friday Fermentable, I picked up our Nov 2006 issue of National Geographic. Therein, is a superbly-written, photographically-dense article by SciBling colleague, Carl Zimmer, entitled, “A Fin is a Limb is a Wing: How Evolution Fashioned Its Masterworks.” The web link provides the text and photo gallery,…

“Eating Fabulous” endorsement

Natural products is an interesting field of science since various parts of it appeal greatly to different segments of the general public. Hence, we are very excited and honored to be recognized by the culinary functional foods and nutraceuticals blog, Eating Fabulous, written by Ruth Schaffer at b5media. Interestingly, we were recognized for our general…

All I was doing yesterday was answering our webhost-wide “Ask A ScienceBlogger” query about the most notable local election races in our respective communities. I was taken aback by getting more traffic on my displeasure with Durham DA, Mike Nifong, than on any other topic since I last asked whether the San Antonio Hooters restaurant…

NCCAM director steps down

This press release just in from NIH is entitled, “Stephen E. Straus, M.D. becomes senior advisor to NIH director,” but what it really means is that a change in leadership is occurring at NIH’s alternative medicine arm, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Straus has been ill and is stepping down for…

We’ve been out-of-town for a few days but the election day “Ask A ScienceBlogger” requested that we note a local election of special import. One cannot live in the North Carolina Research Triangle area without being aware of the polarizing re-election campaign for Durham district attorney, Mike Nifong. Nifong, whose claim to fame has been…

Another Wine Escapade: Valle du Lot by Erleichda Sweetpea and I enjoy hiking as a platform for vacationing (when we’re not partaking of some beach spot). We’ve managed to attract a few likeminded fellow hikers, and are now able to customize our adventurers to suit our collective preferences. One of my only preferences has been…