White Coat Underground

Archives for August, 2009

For the last five hundred years, white America has feared black America. When physical chains were broken, the fear only increased. Rumors of black on white atrocities frequently circulate in white communities that live on the edge of black communities. As my home town integrated, rumors of white women being raped weren’t uncommon. One particularly…

BMI TMI update

So, I cheated as usual over the weekend, but not as badly as I might have. I had a seriously awesome bike ride with my kiddo. And today, I’m not terribly hungry. I’m finding that certain things just whet my appetite. One of the drawers in the office has a bad of mini chocolate bars.…

China—a (medical) capitalist paradise

China’s a communist country, totally different from the capitalist U.S., right? They probably have some sort of socialized health system that makes Canada look downright libertarian. Right? No. I was talking to a friend (who I’ll call “Pu”) this week. She was surprised that I had to bend over backward to get someone insulin. Pu:…

From time to time we see an article (usually from LA) about hospital patients being “dumped” on street corners. I don’t know how wide-spread this problem is, but the systemic problem that leads to this is common and serious. Most American hospitals are required to render emergency care to anyone who comes in the door.…

The “summer without summer” continues with fall blowing in early. Sitting outside with the kiddo yesterday we found a garter snake sunning itself (and it was pretty big for a garter snake!). Despite the strong north wind, we hopped on the bike and rode up to the school where she’ll be starting kindergarten in a…

Gearing up for the flu season(s)

Here in the northern hemisphere, flu season generally starts in the fall and rapidly falls off at the end of winter. This past flu season, we had a “two-fer”, with an initial dip in cases, followed by a spike in new cases attributable to the novel H1N1 (“swine”) flu that emerged late last year. The…

Writer’s block and open thread

I sometimes feel that if I don’t crank out two posts a day, I must have “lost it”, whatever “it” is. But I’ve got the shpilkes and I have to write something. The end of the week is hard. Wednesday and Thursday are long days for me, and after I put my kiddo to bed…

BMI TMI—the asymptote

So, I ate a big meal last night and I’m at 206 today. I think I’ve gotten a little out of hand with the “cheating”. I’m going to have to be more attentive to what I’m shoving down my gullet. Ugh. Well, back to work, then.

The health reform lie that just won’t die

The Right is desperate—desperate to derail any sort of health care reform. Notably absent from their diatribes is any debate on the merits of one plan or another. They know that the only way to convince Americans to keep the terrible system we have now is to make them think that any reform would be…

BMI TMI update

No, I haven’t given up on my diet lifestyle change. I’ve done a little bit of sinning, especially Friday night at Skeptics in the Pub—beer, burgers, nachos…you name it. Interestingly, it turns out that it’s more uncomfortable for me to overeat than it used to be. I’m not sure why that is (but don’t throw…