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Archives for July, 2009

You can count on the Wall Street Journal for pretty good reporting and for extremist right-wing wackaloonery on the OpEd page. Today, they deliver the latter, with bonus fear-mongering at no extra charge. The piece is entitled, “GovermentCare’s Assault on Seniors” and that pretty much sums up the content of the article. Unfortunately (at least,…

Health care reform, part III

OK, in parts I and II we talked about health care problems specific to patients and to medical science. Now, on to the providers themselves. Before you start whining about how doctors need to suck it up, remember that you are entrusting your lives to us, and that you should want good people to go…

Skeptics’ Circle #116 is up!

I’ve been a terrible netizen. I haven’t been keeping up with my blog carnivals, especially my favorite, the Skeptics’ Circle. Well, it’s up now at Beyond the Short Coat. Go and read!

Health care reform, Part II

In part I, I presented you wish some admittedly artificial categories of problems in our health care system. First we discussed patient-centered problems. Today, we’ll look at problems posed by medical science and practice itself. Medical science The science of medicine is not always compatible with the practice of medicine. Medicine is still largely a…

Yes, I know, the two are not mutually exclusive, but I still think it’s a good title. The latest bit of evil idiocy? More fanning of fears about health care reform. Don’t misunderstand, there’s plenty of potential pitfalls to health care reform, but Rush is an idiot. He calls it “Five Freedoms You’ll Lose Under…

Health care reform, part I

I know only one certainty regarding health care reform in the US: I won’t be a significant policy maker. And neither, likely, will you. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t educate ourselves, try to understand the problems and potential solutions, because whatever our government implements over the next year, health care reform is going to…

Smelting: gerund, the act of catching smelt (a small Great Lakes fish) by dipping a bucket in the water during the smelt run season: ex. Smelting is like shooting fish in a barrel. Sometimes it’s too easy. You see, when you criticize someone for being wrong, that’s one thing, but when you imply that they…

What we have here…

Lawmakers and the public in general have no idea how the business and practice of medicine operates. None. When you read statements from many representatives, you see such simplistic, anhistoric thinking that pessimism about health care reform is the only logical response. Or so it seems from media reports. The New York Times, whose quality…

I love covers—is that wrong?

Desire is a great friggin’ album, and this is one of the better songs, but I never knew about this cover. A shout out to my buddy, whose musical tastes might run in another direction.

Magic diet? Not so much

Alternative medicine practitioners love to coin magic words, but really, how can you blame them? Real medicine has a Clarkeian quality to it*; it’s so successful, it seems like magic. But real doctors know that there is nothing magic about it. The “magic” is based on hard work, sound scientific principles, and years of study.…