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Merry Christmas!

To all of our readers, celebrating today or not, we wish you all the best of what this season means to you and your family. I particularly like the sentiments shared by my colleague, PalMD, on what Jews and Muslims are doing today in Detroit, Michigan. I also like the sentiments so nicely expressed by…

The Preamble Four years ago today, I wrote my first post in the blogosphere over at the old Blogger version of Terra Sigillata. The post, entitled, “A Humble PharmBoy Begins to Sow,” set out my mission to be an objective source for information on natural health remedies and drugs that come from nature, whether used…

Apologies for the radio silence

Dear Readers: No I haven’t dropped off the face of the Earth. I’ve only been quiet because I am getting crushed during this last week of the semester. I have a couple of topics I want to share with you but it may not happen today. Please accept my apologies for slacking on my commitment…

A black woman, a white boy, and a PhD

Twenty years ago this morning, I had to defend a body of work that contained this paragraph on page 24: HeLa cells are a human cervical carcinoma cell line having a doubling time of 24 hr and were obtained from Dr. Bert Flanegan, Dept. of Immunology and Microbiology, University of Florida. HeLa cells were maintained…

Before my colleague DrugMonkey gives me more grief about not yet having a CafePress shop (theirs here) to sell and give away paraphernalia related to this blog, I have a question for you, the always erudite and good-looking reader of this humble blog. You see, I don’t know exactly what text to put on T-shirts,…

[Here is why I will always remember. This was posted here originally on 11 September 2006.] Let me tell you about John Michael Griffin, Jr. Griff, as he was known in high school, was a friend of mine. Late in the first half of our lives, he stood up for me physically and philosophically, for…

I am not worthy

[Sort of a repost from the last three years, updated appropriately – APB] Seven years ago at 11:24 am EDT (1524 GMT), your humble blogger was handed the keys to a whole new vocabulary of love. The gift came in the form of a 7 lb 13 oz (3,544 gm), 20.5 inch (52 cm) bundle…

Dear PharmGirl, We wanted to make this note public today because a great many of our blog friends know of your dedication as a physician, wife, and a mother. Yesterday you finished an association with an academic medical institution where you have been for half your life. From young women with breast cancer to old…

Pharm Girl, not mine

I just learned last week from Insider/Jack Friday at Pharmagossip that Reese Witherspoon will be starring in (and producing) a movie entitled, “Pharm Girl.” (btw, if you are interested in the pharma industry and don’t follow Pharmagossip, you must do so.) Reese Witherspoon is going into Big Pharma Universal Pictures is developing “Pharm Girl,” an…

Goodbye, Ski Train???

Ski Train? Wasn’t that the title of a Cat Stevens song? I was just getting around to putting up a science post when I just received a Tweet from my Rocky Mountain peeps at Denver’s Westword magazine, the indy pub of the Queen City of the Plains. (Actually, this is kind of a science post…