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Archives for March, 2009

PalCast #8

OK, folks, PalCast #8 is up and ready…it’s the “road edition”…just listen and you’ll see what I mean. Once again, thank you Isis for the name. Remember that the feedburner site allows you to subscribe on iTunes as well as your favorite feed reader. Feel free to c’mon back here to discuss the ‘cast.

I hate this topic. I really do. But Abel started it this time. Over at Terra Sig, the good pharmacologist brought up the issue of pharmacists behaving badly. I’ve dealt with the ethical implications of conscience clauses ad nauseum but Abel’s discussion raised some important points. A brief recap: a patient with a valid prescription…

An interesting article was recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the journal of the American College of Physicians (my professional organization). It has been noted in previous studies that there are differences in outcomes between African Americans and whites who are diagnosed with a heart attack. What hasn’t been clear is the reason…

Walking away

Mrs. Pal registered the kiddo for kindergarten this week. What a kick in the gut. The first time she went to a pre-school class without us, I cried, so what’s going to happen when she gets on the bus? The other day we were watching TV, and she said, “You know that Jonas brother with…

Reiki: still stupid after all these years

It’s not like we haven’t had this discussion before. I have, on previous blogs, written about the fantasy that is reiki, as have my colleagues. In fact, the very same colleague turned me on to a recent news piece out of Cleveland. Here’s my problem with reiki—it’s bullshit, pure and simple. “But how can you…

Doctoring is serious work

This is a piece from last year that is kinda resonating today, so I’m gonna share it with you.  –PalMD As I’ve written before, I love my work. You really have to love medicine to do it, because, contrary to popular belief, it’s a lousy way to get rich. I’m not starving or anything, but…

As the term of President B. Hussein Obama begins its transformation of American democracy into a socialist state, one guy saw early indications of his minority-led red revolution. “He spent his childhood in a Mohammadean country,” the guy said, “they could easily have started his indoctrination at that time.” Citing no sources, but using flawless…

EFT—a whole new woo

So, I was exploring the twittersphere and noticed that one of my followers was an advocate of “EFT”. This sounded familiar, so I dug through the old blog archive and found this piece from early last year. Once again, by way of Mercola.com, I’ve learned of a whole new woo. He touts this one for…

Etceterata

Just some reminders: In case the Underground has not yet sufficiently infiltrated your online life, I’m on twitter, facebook, and friendfeed. It’s all great fun, but I’m still not sure what to make of all these media. Still, I’m trying them out, and we’ll see what shakes out.

Tuck in time

This morning was rough—daylight savings time messed with the whole household. PalKid was not real happy about getting up, but she did. I brought her waffles in bed (real maple syrup, as always). Mrs. Pal packed most of her lunch the night before–I heated up the soup and put the thermos in the lunch bag.…