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Archives for September, 2009

BMI TMI

Two-Oh-Friggin-Three! Yippee! (woulda been better without the damned brisket)

Stupid, stupid burning bright

In case you didn’t know, Science Blogs is owned by a company called Seed Media Group. They invite bloggers, host them, give them tech support, and use their blogs to post ad content. And that’s it. Bloggers are offered small compensation based on blog hits, but for most bloggers, this ads up to very little.…

Science-based medicine blog—too successful

Science-based medicine, my other blogging venue, is temporarily down. The posts are written by a stable of fantastic professionals, and they are always a good read—except for today. Recently, we migrated to a new server and shortly thereafter, the blog became buggy until it crashed completely. The culprit appears to be traffic—lots of traffic. That’s…

As my readers know, I take a very hard line on alternative medicine, not because I just don’t like it, but because it harms, both actively with dangerous treatments, and passively by keeping people from effective science-based treatments. So what am I to think about a hospital in California that is now allowing Hmong shamans…

I cannot cure the common cold

Within 72 hours of starting kindergarten, my daughter caught a cold, and within 72 hours of that, she gave it to me. The common cold sucks. It affects millions of people every year causing misery and lost days of school and work. It’s terribly hard to prevent, and there aren’t really any effective treatments. Vitamin…

Writer’s block open thread

There are so many things I want to blog about today, but the muse just isn’t with me. But I have a deal with myself to at least put out a little something once or twice a day (and my diet updates don’t count). Things I’m happy about today: I’m keeping to my diet very…

BMI TMI update

I started this little adventure on August 5th, and at the time my BMI was over 30 and I weighed about 212#. Today, it’s 203#. It’s an interesting journey. For the first time, I’ve found what seems like a sustainable way to eat healthy. I feel like I’m actually a good role model for my…

Put a fork in it?

A recent piece of mine caused a bit of a “blogwar”, if you will. It lead to a “rebuttal” on Dr. Bremner’s blog, and an additional response from Dr. David Gorski. The discussion has been interesting (no, not Doug’s incoherent response, but the comments and emails of others). One letter in particular helps sum up…

Do you even know what real evil is?

There has been a murmur (albeit an insane one) at many of the anti-Obama and anti-health care reform rallies about the Nazi “T4″ program, something most Americans have never heard of. The absurd analogy apparently goes like this: the Nazis euthanized undesirables, and the proposed health bill would effectively do the same thing, therefore Obama…

Health care—an obvious moral imperative

I got a little cranky earlier during a facebook discussion, then heard the voice of a friend in the back of my head saying, “Blog it! Blog that shit!” And I was about to, when the hospital called with a minor crisis, and then I realized it was the probably one of the last nice…