Posts tagged medicine
Posts tagged medicine
Quack Job and Whack Job
The difference between science-based medicine and alternative medicine. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-difference-between-science-based-medicine-and-cam/ Today’s entry on www.sciencebasedmedicine.org
The Great and Powerful *Dr* Oz, dissected in the New Yorker. http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/01/29/the-great-and-powerful-dr-oz-dissected-in-the-new-yorker/
The roots of the anti-GMO movement? Follow the money! http://www.forbes.com/sites/henrymiller/2012/10/22/the-roots-of-the-anti-genetic-engineering-movement-follow-the-money/ h/t Jared DeMarzo
Via Czarian Flo
The latest round of circumcision deaths doubles the toll for 2013 due to the procedure on the male penis, making the year as one of the deadliest. In May, 30 more boys from the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga died because of the rite.
I may be wrong but when I hear the word ‘ritual’ in stories like this I automatically assume they are talking about a ‘religious’ ritual since that is where all practices of this nature originate. I know many here will disagree but I see no difference between female or male circumcision, both are barbaric practices.
Now I know some will claim that male circumcision is medically necessary in Africa to help prevent AIDS and some will claim that it is different than female circumcision because it is deliberately designed to deprive the female of any sensation during sex.
To the medical necessity claim, I say if you want to stop AIDS from spreading in Africa, tell the Pope to go fuck himself and encourage the use of condoms and in regards to often mistaken assumption that male circumcision was not deliberately designed to deprive males of pleasure during sex I quote a 12th Century Rabbi name Maimonides:
“Similarly with regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible. It has been thought that circumcision perfects what is defective congenitally. This gave the possibility to everyone to raise an objection and to say: How can natural things be defective so that they need to be perfected from outside, all the more because we know how useful the foreskin is for that member? In fact this commandment has not been prescribed with a view to perfecting what is defective congenitally, but to perfecting what is defective morally. The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished. The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable.”
David Green is a man on a mission to drive down the cost of medical devices and health services.
His tactic: Use market forces and slightly tweaked business strategies to make health care accessible to even the poorest people. And he’s had some amazing success.
I caught up with Green (no relation to NPR’s David Greene) at a company he is launching in Chicago that’s taking on the high cost of hearing aids. He’s demonstrating how to program his company’s new hearing device on a cellphone.
Now this is a form of capitalism I can get behind. Key ingredient, empathy!
Friday Oregon faith healing parents Timothy and Rebecca Wyland were sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation for refusing to seek medical treatment for their young daughter, Alayna.
Alayna was born with a growth on her eye that ended up taking over one side of her face. The Wylands refused to seek medical attention for their daughter. As a result, the Wyland’s were found guilty of first degree criminal mistreatment of a child June 7.
The Wylands belong to the controversialFollowers of Christ Church located in Oregon City. The church is notorious for prohibiting members from seeking medical attention, favoring prayer over medical treatment.
Alayna had an abnormal and deforming buildup of blood vessels in her left eye. The buildup, known as a hemangioma, would have left Alayna blind in the left eye if not treated. While the Wyland’s daughter is now doing much better, a doctor testified during the trial that even with surgery the girl will probably have less than a 30 percent chance of regaining full vision in her left eye.
Even though the Wylands prayed over Alayna, anointed her with oil and used other spiritual rituals endorsed by their church, they failed to seek medical attention for their daughter’s obvious ailment. From January to June of 2010 the couple did nothing while their daughter’s condition deteriorated.
In my opinion, these parents got off wayyyy too easy. No state in this country should be allowed to give legal protections to parents that allow them to abuse their children just because their religious beliefs condone or require it.
At least Oregon removed these protections but the sentence still seems a bit lite considering the fact that the In two previous cases, the children of Followers of Christ Church died.
Are lab grown blood vessels, hearts and lungs the answer to the nation’s organ donor shortage? We’ll look at the brave new science.
Fascinating science, check it out!
In Memoriam : Robert G. Edwards (27 September 1925 – 10 April 2013)
The Nobel Prize-winning scientist Robert G. Edwards has died. He was a physiologist in Britain who helped develop the techniques used for in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. His work led to the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978, and millions of babies since.
Remember when this beautiful child was condemned as an abomination by the Catholic Church and millions of believers around the world? Although Edwards was “accused of playing God” and became the focus of a “storm of criticism and controversy,” the pioneering work he and Patrick Steptoe did enabled “millions of infertile couples to bring children into the world and women to have babies even in menopause.”
It’s sad that even today, over 30 years later, many religious leaders and their follows all around the world still condemn this procedure and the children it produces.
No question about it – holistic therapies are “in” at addiction rehabs, particularly ones at the more elite end of the rehab spectrum. One of the ways that treatment facilities attempt to attend to the whole person and to individualize care is by providing such alternative treatments—sometimes called “complementary” or “integrative” therapies—including acupuncture, energy psychology, equine-assisted therapy, neurofeedback, psychodrama, Reiki, somatic experiencing, and massage therapy. Yet when I investigated scientifically sound approaches for helping people with addictions for my book, Inside Rehab, none of these holistic therapies surfaced.
Do these holistic interventions add to the quality of the rehab experience, increasing the chances of recovery from addiction? Could their benefit be in the user’s head—that is, just a placebo effect? Are they worth the added expense? Or could some of them pose harm?
In my opinion, the answer to most of these questions is a resounding NO!
The rehab industry just recently started to overcome many of the antiquated, non-scientific methods of treatment which has been fostered by and promulgated by AA for over half a century so the last thing people need now is to be swindled by woowoo like this when reaching out for help for their substance abuse and/or addiction problems.
As Anne Fletcher says, “consumers have a right to know whether therapies are science-based and that those that aren’t should not be presented as such.”
Tomas Young was paralyzed from the chest down during his deployment to Iraq. Since then, his health has only deteriorated. He has decided to refuse care and end his life, and his wife, Claudia Cuellar, says she respects his wishes.
I think it is not only ethical but a moral imperative that everyone have the right to die with dignity and that is why I support organizations like the Death With Dignity Center therefore I obviously do not object to the decision made by this young man.
Fortunately for Mr. Young, the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 allows competent adults to refuse care so “A health care provider can follow the instructions of a patient and not provide or withdraw medically administered nutrition and hydration.”
Unfortunately, there are many who disagree with a persons right to die with dignity and continue to make it illegal in most states for people who are terminally ill to seek assistance from medical professionals in ending their life peacefully. As a result, Mr. Young will have to endure more unnecessary suffering and die a slow and painful death.
Hopefully this will change sooner than later.
US teenager crafts early detection tool for cancer
Jack Andraka catapulted from being a typical US teenager unaware of the pancreas to one with a cheap way to detect cancer in the organ before it turns deadly.
"Through the Internet, anything is possible," Andraka said while telling the story of his screening breakthrough at a prestigious TED Conference in Southern California on Wednesday.
"There is so much more to it than posting duck-face pictures of yourself online," he continued, sucking in his cheeks and pushing out his lips to playfully underscore his point.
"If a 15-year-old who didn’t know what a pancreas was could figure out a way to detect pancreatic cancer, imagine what you could do."
The Chappelle Show On America’s Ridiculous Drug War
"In an alternate universe, drug dealer Tron Carter switches places with a white man convicted of the same crime."
As noted by Tony Newman, “This skit reminds us how quick the war on drugs would end if white people were arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated the way black and Latino people are under the war on drugs. White and black people use and sell drugs at similar rates, but black people go to jail 13 times more often than white people. In New York, 84 percent of those arrested on marijuana possession charges are black and Latino, despite the fact that white people smoke at similar rates.”
If you agree that the governments war on drugs is ridiculous and unjust, please sign the below petitions.
(Source: The Huffington Post)