Category Archives: Medicine

And,the wind, it cries Mary…

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As a child of the 50s and 60s, I was surrounded by folks who experimented with all sorts of “mind-enhancing” drugs. Me? I was content to keep my experiments contained within my chem lab. (Nowadays, my fraternity brothers and friends would term me the “designated driver”.)

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Perfect Puff

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Every single morning, the very last thing I do in the bathroom is grab my two inhalers. Shake them (1,2,3…all the way to 15). Exhale slowly, and then inhale slowly through my mouth (1,2,3,… up to 10), depress the button on 2 , and then exhaling through my nose. Repeat the process for the other inhaler.

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Bottoms Up?

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A long time ago (more than 3 decades by now), we worked on a crash project to bring a colon lavage preparation (this is a concoction that clears out one’s bowels) to the market. At the time, the risk of death from bowel surgery was unacceptably high. And, the chance of having the patient develop an infection resulting from the surgery was almost certain. The goal of this new product was to cut those situations close to zero.

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Money can’t buy me love. Turns out, it can’t buy better health outcomes, either.

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CYA. You know what it means. The problem is that concept does nothing to make us healthier.

Drs. Y. Tsugawa, A.K. Jha, J.P. Newhouse, A.M. Zaslavsky, and A.B. Jena of Harvard (among other affiliations) published results of their study about these medical practices in JAMA Internal Medicine. (Actually, this is a pre-publication. )

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