Thursday, March 31, 2005
That, of course, is Edward at the White Witch's ice castle...
And HollywoodJesus has a summary and discussion on the Magician's nephew...
This is not the first written Narnia book, but tells why the wardrobe became a portal to Narnia.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
It would not be the first time that psychological aid was regarded by non-Western recipients as a kind gesture but a bad fit. For the last 15 years or so, humanitarian workers have been exporting the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder and trauma counseling around the globe.
They have rushed in to impose Western "debriefing" - a group therapy technique intended to get victims to express their feelings about a horrific event and to relive it as vividly as they can - without regard to the needs of the victims, their natural healing systems or their very conception of what mental illness might be.
One reason I didn't fit in well when I took a psychiatry rotation among rich yuppies is that I was not sensitive enough to feel they needed psychiatry. I did okay with the REAL mentally ill-- the schizophrenics or severely depressed, for example...
And EVERY culture has ways to cope...often using religion and ceremonies.
The Navajo, for example, held a "sing" ceremony for the codetalkers.
And Catholics always had confession, with imposed penance-- which in the middle ages might include working with the poor in a monastery or going on a pilgrimage...
After 9-11, we saw this type of healing in the many shrines that sprung up in Manhattan, and at the many Catholic funeral masses...
But they inflate the data by including tobacco use (the only "sin" left among the PC) and "binge drinking", which they fail to define (If a person gets tipsy from a couple beers on a Friday night, this is "binge drinking).
Tobacco kills the body, not the soul, but the PC want it illegal. Illicit drugs and abuse of prescription drugs kills the soul but not the body, but the PC want to be high and happy, so want to legalize all illicit drugs...(And by the PC I mean funding by rich people like George Soros on the left and William Buckley Jr. on the right who push to eliminate all drug laws).
The actual statistics are 11%, which sounds about right...alas, it is probably 30 % of our patients, since much of the psychological and even physical problems we see are either drug abuse related or family members stressed by druggie children/parents/spouses....
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
And hair follicles are a good source of stem cells...
Most people have about 100,000 hairs on their head
The fact that hair grows quickly and is continually replenished makes it an attractive source to harvest the amount of stem cells needed for treatments.
This has been a major stumbling block of stem cell research, as well as controversy surrounding the ethics of harvesting cells from embryos.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science study shows nerve cells can be grown from hair follicle stem cells.
Stem cells are immature cells that have the ability to become any kind of tissue in the body.
Monday, March 28, 2005
Most American homeless have psychiatric problems or major substance abuse problems...however, the naive teacher claims...
The benefits the activities bring are often the hardest for those living an uncertain life on the streets to attain.
They include relaxation and suppleness, and improved mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Improving the posture is of particular benefit, as it helps to minmise many of the normal aches and pains caused by sleeping rough.
Yup. and it's probably cheaper than finding them a bed...
But the mindset behind this kind of nonsense is not only absurd, but dangerous...
"I think it is important to look at a person as a whole. Homeless people are the worst off and most disadvantaged people.
"If you have somebody who is in a terrible way physically, with something like tuberculosis, then something like meditation can make them feel better inside."
But when you catch TB from them, maybe YOU won't feel so well....
Doctor Koch, call your office....
Reynolds wrap is here...
Sunday, March 27, 2005
reports what I have known for a couple years:
Mugabe is preventing food aid from going to his "enemies"...and will starve those who don't vote for him...
and some in the UK are making a profit by selling him stun guns, used to torture people...
Nope, no human rights violations going on here...just move along...
Bad news: It costs $250 for a series of four shots...in a country where the average wage is less than a thousand dollars a year
When we worked in Africa, the government subsidized measles vaccine.
Now, measles had about a fifty percent mortality-- it was closer to 90 percent in malnourished kids. And the vaccine cost about five dollars a dose, but the government subsidized it so it only cost us a dollar.
So we split the vaccine dose in half (costing us 50 cents per dose) and asked the mothers to give five cents toward the vaccine...some couldn't afford it...but actually, most could...
In some countries back then, in the 1970's and early 1980's, they divided the vaccine into one fifth dosage. Yes, some kids still got measles, but usually a less severe case and didn't die.
This vaccine sounds great: But in countries where children die of malaria for lack of a dollar's worth of anti malaria medicine, and die of diarrhea, for lack of a quarter's worth of WHO Rehydration fluid, one suspects this vaccine will be a lower priority than other public health funding...
Saturday, March 26, 2005
This is why there is admiration of courage in suffering. A person may seek a cure, but will stoically bear the pain...
And similarly, there is an identification with the suffering of Christ on the cross.
God isn't way up there, distant. He's part of the family. And Mama Mary is the mother, nearby for all your troubles, and greatly loved.
Historically, this is why a playboy like Ninoy Acquino, when placed in jail and offered an easy "plea bargain" by Marcos (i.e. that would leave him free but essentially eliminate him as a viable political opponant of the Marcos disctatorship), Ninoy said no...at first, it was purely a game, being stubborn...but then he held on. He found courage....and stayed in jail until Marcos finally used the excuse that he needed open heart surgery to get him out of the way.
But then something else happened...Ninoy found the courage to return to oppose Marcos in the presidential election, an act that led to his assasination at the airport, his wife running against Marcos, and ultimately the "people power" revolution that overcame Marcos.
So what does this have to do with Penitants carrying crosses down the streets of Philippine villages?
The supernatural is not so distant here as in the "logical" nations...
Ninoy reportedly had a vison of Christ in jail that gave him the moral strength to oppose Marcos, and the reason that Marcos' thugs did not shoot the praying crowds on the EDSA was that the soldiers said a beautiful lady in white came up to them and begged them "don't shoot my children"...and they didn't...
(Cardinal Sin (!) was once asked if the "Lady in white" could have been one of the nuns...he answered with a twinkle in his eye that he knew all the nuns, and none of them were that good looking.)
So we have the penitents scourging themselves in Pampanga, and reenaction of the crucifixion.
In our town, I haven't seen any cross carrying...But around here, we have people putting up small chapels and chanting the gospels and prayers for 3 days...kept me awake.
And some nearby towns had people carring crosses, and processions singing hymns and carrying statues.
Ah, but we Americans are too sophisticated for that, aren't we?
Well, I wonder why pep rallies for football teams are more "logical" than those celebrating God coming to earth and sharing our sorrows.
As for visions... it is not unusual for patients to shyly relate voices, dreams or visions that happened to them at time of stress...but in the USA, few will tell you about them unless they are sure you will not ridicule them.
There is even a jolly man who sells grills on American TV. I'm old enough to remember when he was mean and hated in the boxing world. What happened? He lost a boxing bout, and was sitting cursing and angry and shouting at those around him, and then he looked up...and saw Christ...
No photos of any of this: my camera doesn't work at night.
and no blogs for awhile: Electricity is off again, and laptop battery is getting low...
is the article about the Penitentes....
Friday, March 25, 2005
Donate it to the local SPCA so they can let their vampire bats exercize on it...
Not using your old coconut shells? Donate them to the SPCA also...You local octopus needs them to dress up...
both links via boingboing...
With all the bad news I need to lighten up sometimes.
PDF file on Marburg and Ebola fever here...
I knew an African lab tech who actually survived it...most died...
and notice this paragraph:
In recent months, tens of thousands of refugees from Angola's 21-year civil war have passed through Uíge,
translation: the central government was communist, so they brought in soldiers from Cuba to fight the majority of tribes that opposed them.
Wonder is Stephen Spielburg and others who gush about Castro recognize that his soldiers have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in this country by supporting an unpopular government that oppresses the majority of it's people? Naaah....the dead are black, so not politically correct...anymore than Ruandans killed under the eyes of UN peacekeepers, or those who starved in Mozambique under that communist government were politically correct...
Of course, the dirty little secret is that the cubans made it possible for the oil companies to operate safely....
Mother Jones, call your office...
Thursday, March 24, 2005
As Nat Hentoff remarked, bioethicists are "apologists for death"-- like sophists of old, they are able to explain to us why we can stop
treatment. Alas, what they can't explain is why people should live.
A lot of the discussions on Schiavo are off the mark. If she was dying, I would have no problem with withholding treatment. There is
a difference between killing and allowing to die. Removing a feeding tube is killing, especially removing the feeding tube from a
woman who can swallow food...and if Schiavo could not swallow food, she would have died from aspiration pneumonia long ago...
(One PC newspaper insisted she was "dying" and gave the odds against longer life. I think the chance of living 15 years was 1 in
15,000....hello, she has lived fifteen years)....
So despite reports, she is not dying. She is merely severely disabled. All the arguments about "vegetative" state is nonsense: this is a fuzzy diagnosis that cannot be diagnosed easily, or rather, it can easily be overdiagnosed by hired guns and neurologists (a British Medical journal survey showed it was overdiagnosed 40% of the time). In other words, flip a coin to whether Sciavo is a "vegetable", and then ask: Who devised such an inhumane dehumanizing term? And why?
Language is important. That's why we discuss "A woman's choice" rather than "killing unwanted children in the womb".
Alas, we have had a generation of ethicists, doctors, and the press who now no longer have the moral vocabulary to explain why a
disabled person with little chance of improvement should nevertheless be treated with respect and even viewed with love as a child of God.
And THIS, my friends is a problem.
Peggy Noonan has the best article on this:
Our children have been reared in the age of abortion, and are coming of age in a time when seemingly respectable people are
enthusiastic for euthanasia. It cannot be good for our children, and the world they will make, that they are given this new lesson that
human life is not precious, not touched by the divine, not of infinite value.
Once you "know" that--that human life is not so special after all--then everything is possible, and none of it is good. When a society
comes to believe that human life is not inherently worth living, it is a slippery slope to the gas chamber.
Oh, but we are such a humane people. We would never do such things...
Except that this week the New York Times had an article praising a Dutch doctor who kills newborn infants...most of the victims had
meningomyelocoels, which can be treated, and who will have a fairly good IQ and fairly good quality of life...something not mentioned in the article.
But they are merely the polite tip of the iceburg. Lileks has been perusing the web, and comments:
Then there are those who brim with passion not just for the state-approved quietus, but with fury for those who oppose it. Fury and
impatience. I’m not talking about the people who regard Schiavo as brain dead and believe her guardian should be allowed to carry
out what he insists are her wishes, without the state’s intercession – I mean those who show up on message boards and comment forums sneering about vegetables-in-pampers, and have a good larf pointing at the christers with their imaginary friend in the sky who tells them that an angel will come down and give her a brain like the Wizard of Oz or somethin’. It’s this combination of nihilism,
cynicism and a flat nasty refusal to even consider the possibility of transcendence, puffed up with that brackish snarkier-than-thou style that makes the Comic Book Guy the patron saint of the Usenet.
Yes. And the bad news is that a lot of our ethicists are merely more polite in saying the same thing...things like "criteria for personhood"...."vegetative state"...."life unworthy of life"...
Who among our bishops has the guts to say: we are judged by how we treat the least of our brethren? And caring for the disabled is not a waste of money but the highest most valuable thing someone can do.
Pearl Buck, the mother of a retarded child, said it this way:
"It can be summed up perhaps, by saying that in
this world, whom cruelty prevails in so
many aspects of can life, I would act add
the choice m kill rather tharn to let live.
A retarded child, a handicapped human
being, brings its own gift to life, even to
the life of normal human being&. That
gift is comprehended in the lessons of
patience, understanding and mercy,
lessons which we all need in receive and
to practice with one another, whatever
But there is a huge issue that no one really has the guts to bring up: What if it were me. Well, not no one. Charles Krauthammar brings
it up and says he wouldn't want it. He has knowlege of suffering, so should be listened to in this matter...Indeed, who would...but....
What if God wants it? What if it was God's will that you should live completely dependent on others? What if refusing this meant that
your immortal soul -- and perhaps the souls of those around you-- would be negatively affected?
One of my Native American friends was discussing this with her medicine man...she was college educated and so knew all the pro abortion and pro euthanasia arguments. And he told her: "No. It is not the Indian way. We all have a life from the Great spirit, and we cannot take it. We all have a road to travel before we die. "
To a devout Native American believer, A child conceived is in the womb is considered there by the will of God and has a road to
travel. (A Christian would point out the verse "You knew me when I was knit in my mother's womb, you saw the path of my life").
And suffering is for a reason: To make us wise, to purify us.
Ironically, it is LILEKS who points this out-- by quoting Startrek...
I remember being horrified by him as a kid, because it seemed the
perfect smothering claustrophobia nightmare: unable to exist outside a motorized iron lung, face scarred to immobility, unable to
communicate beyond a pathetic beep. But it never occurred to us why he was still alive, why someone hadn’t slipped him the needle
or put a pillow over his face in the dark of night. That didn’t seem like an option.
No. In those days, even Hollywood recognized that sometimes disability and suffering had an ultimate reason, and that all things work to the best for those who love God and hold to his purpose.
But such hard words are rarely heard nowadays...
Yes, we have gone a long way, baby...
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
I worked there for four years a couple years back.
There are many many good people there. But the
joke is that there is marijuana in the water supply,
and the going rate for narcotics at the casino was
five dollars. And of course there is alcohol.
The drugs and alcohol are like a demon that
Most live on commodities and welfare. Younger
people leave for jobs, although the casino is a
godsend in that it does provide jobs. The bad news
is that there aren't many people to visit the casinos
run by the tribe, since there are fancier casinos
closer to Duluth and other population centers.
Most people had large extended families. The
shooter here lived with grandfather and his common
law wife. That again is common. Children are often
abandoned or orphaned, such as here, but usually
taken in by family members.
Unlike white people, no one died alone. If you had
to discuss medical treatment, you often had to
discuss it with 15 relatives and then they would all
say it's up to the patient.
Younger people often were torn between tribal land
and the outside. Older people often rarely knew
white culture, except from schools.
Any time you have culture changing, you get
stresses, and the differences psychologically and
culturally were so different that many turn to drugs
and alcohol. It did not help that many Indian
children were taken from families and sent to
boarding schools where they were made to be
ashamed to speak their own language. But now the
tribes run their own schools...and often include
Then there is abuse-- both physical and sexual
abuse of both girls and boys, and often these
children are full of rage...
Children involved in Nazi phantasies often have
abuse in the background...or are
schizophrenic...was he hallucinating? Or paranoid?
However, despite all the chaos and anger, most of
the people are good people...
and this tradgedy will probably affect everyone
I have no details on this, but alas murderous outbreaks are not unknown to IHS doctors. I have been through two: One where five died on one of the Sioux reservations in South Dakota, and one where five were stabbed and one died in Red Lake. And mass casualties are not unknown in rural hospitals, although most that I have worked on have been major car wrecks.
I'll summarize the Red Lake incident, partly because it shows how the culture works, and partly to show how a small rural hospital copes with mass trauma.
It was about ten years ago, and I was a GP and not on call. Most of the doctors lived off reservation because white kids can't go to Indian schools. But the doctor on call had to be nearby, and we always had an Emergency room doctor hired from the civilian sector.
What woke me that night was hearing two ambulances going out-- this meant something bad was probably going to come in, so I got dressed, and sure enough, a few minutes later I got a call to get to the hospital STAT...
When we had any "mass casualty" situation, there was a list of everyone nearby, whether on or off duty. I lived there, so usually was called. And any other doctor around was called (sometimes we had temporary doctors, or ER doctors staying over between shifts)... The nurses living nearby were called, as were lab, Xray, all the nearby EMT's (ambulance workers), and dietary. (To supply coffee for staff and family members).
Usually we called the nearby Catholic priest to give last rites and console the family members.(Our priest then was an older, very holy priest...He even had permission from the local medicine man to pray over patients who followed traditional religion). If he was not available, the Episcopal priest was called from the next town. Social workers and secretaries often came to help with family and with paper work. Family were called, of course...and often extended family if we had time...
Walking to the hospital, I knew it was bad, because there was loud crying and shouting at the emergency entrance...relatives were fighting with the security guards keeping them out....
I went in, and found one of our basketball team boys lying dead. They had just stopped the "code" (i.e. CPR). There were three other stab victims waiting for evaluation but were stable, so I examined them while the ER doctor talked to the family, and transfer the body to a room where family could mourn in private.
Three thugs crashed a graduation party, and got into a fight with some of the graduates, and stabbed three or four kids. The dead boy, a champion basketball player, was stabbed in the heart.
The family called the ambulance, but both our ambulances were called west to a very bad car wreck, and the nearest ambulance was 30 miles north, would take ten minutes to get to the graduation party, and ten more minutes to get to the hospital...so the family placed him in a car and brought him in, alas, DOA from a stab wound to the heart....
I helped transfer two other patients to North Country hospital, one with a small pneumothorax (collapsed lung) and one who was only minor injury (the stab wound did not enter the chest cavity)...we sent them to North Country hospital in the same ambulance, so they could get a stat CT scan and a chest tube if needed...or if needed, blood...(they both were okay). We could put in chest tubes, but had no blood and no surgeon...This meant a lot of phone calls, getting IV's started ( the trip took 28 minutes if the road was clear).
I did this because two minutes later, three critical patients from the car accident came in. One man had pulled out of a driveway onto the main hiway, but didn't see the oncoming car, which couldn't stop, so broadsided his car...it took almost an hour to get him from the very badly smashed car.
The temporary doctor took care of the little girl-- turned out she had a fractured femur, and we stablized her and transferred her about four hours later to get orthopedic treatment.
The doctor on call got her father, who ended up fine but had six rib fractures. (thank God for seat belts). He was admitted for observation.
But the third patient was the critical one, and the ER doctor, who had the most experience with trauma, started working on him. The patient had a severe head fracture, a fracture of his arm and internal injuries. It took an hour for the EMT and fire dept to extricate him from a badly smashed car. The ER doctor intubated him, we started fluids, and we arranged a helicopter to transfer him to Fargo. I didn't help with the case, but his stepmother was my patient, so I spent most of the time consoling her and helping to arrange the helicopter ambulance... (he lived, by the way)...
Now, transfer by ambulance was not uncommon, but in norther Minnesota, you can't always do this. If there is poor visibility, or it's snowing or windy, you can't bring in a helicopter. So you have to send to North Country Hospital and if they can't handle it, transfer either by ground or fixed wing to Fargo or Minneapolis.
Nurses can often arrange this, but doctors have to talk to other doctors to give the details. And our secretaries were the ones xeroxing records to go along.
I don't remember what time I got to bed that night, but it was a bad night.
Living on a reservation shows you really terrible things...but it also shows you hope...how people despite these terrible things, despite the rampant alcoholism, despite the despair, still worry about each other and help each other.
No one-- and I mean no one-- died neglected or alone.
Mr. Lussier, the grandfather, was a man who will be mourned. He was a kind guy. Ms. Rogers was also okay...only met her once.
I probably knew some of the kids too...no names here.
But I wonder why no mention that they were probably triaged at the local IHS hospital...not mentioned in either news report.
Three died in Bemidji...and two transferred to Fargo...where they have a neurosurgeon.
| ''To all those affected, I offer our prayers with greatest respect and deepest sorrow. May the Holy People bestow their blessings on your Nation during this difficult time,'' Morgan said.|
On the other hand, knowing the violence in Red Lake, this is only unusual in that it made the paper...when I was there, we had four kids stabbed at a party, and a couple of murders, usually drug related or fights....
On the other hand, I'm not sure I'd trust the NYTimes report...it doesn't even get the map correct...will have to check the Indian times...
Sunday, March 20, 2005
In honor of my grandson Dane, I will post a Marmite recipe...
Hospitals can end life support
Decision hinges on patient's ability to pay, prognosisYup...which is why there is a groundswell by everyone except the NYTimes to keep Terry Schiavo alive...you see, her loving husband didn't remember that she didn't want to treated if brain damaged until after he settled a large malpractice suit that gave a huge amount of money for her rehabilitation...once the suit was settled, he stopped rehabilitation treatment to stop, stuck her in a hospice, sued to stop her tube feeding, and moved in with his girlfriend and had several kids by her...
My clinical take is that if she really was in "persistant vegetative state", she would have died of aspiration pneumonia...an old study in the NEJM showed the average life span on a feeding tube for dysphagia is six months...you die from aspirating saliva...if you can swallow saliva, you probably could eat...however, the prodeath people have a neurologist who claims even spoon feeding such a person is "medical treatment"...
Most people in Florida, with it's huge elderly population, have no problem with stopping unwanted treatment---And feeding tubes in terminal Alzheimer's disease or after a severe stroke doesn't really prolong life ...but this case has such a smell of evil that even the local Florida Democrats voted with Jeb to stop this travesty....and the fact that the courts overturned the legislature and that these same local courts will not allow another judge to rule on the evidence--well, you figure something is very very wrong with the decision...and the local Democrats figure that "judicial lawmaking" will end up being a big election issue if they don't put a stop to it...
Peggy's Noonan's says it best: Her essay is here...
In most Catholic churches, they hold a procession before mass, although in the states usually it's inside church due to the weather.
They take a statue of Jesus on a donkey and roll it down the street, and everyone waves palm branches and throws flowers in the air to celebrate Christ as king...bouginvilla flowers, being actually a colorful leaf, tend not to wilt quickly so are a favorite to throw...
We arrived at church at the end of the procession, which started 630 am (no photos, sorry I forgot my camera)...and of course the service was a bit long...they read the entire story of Christ's passion at mass, and then, unlike the US, where people are restless, the priest gave a long and passionate service about how Christ loves us.
Actually Filippinos, especially the kids, tend to be just as restless as Americans. But unlike Americans, they move in and out of church when they get restless...and since church is full, there is no problem standing in the back or side...when it is very hot, I stand at the side so I can go out if I feel faint. But since we started going to mass at 7 30 instead of 9 am or 4 30 pm, I haven't had that problem...
The earliest mass and procession today was 430, the mass of the rooster, which is mainly for those who have to work...
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Probably accidentally mixed, since although the cook did not die, two of her grandchildren did.
Second, Belmont club has a report on the AbuSaif prison break attempt...
The good news is that two notorious leaders were killed. The bad news is that they will probably retaliate, and the Holyweek/Easter holidays are this week, so lots of people taking buses, ferries, and airplanes home to the provinces....(abu saif has bombed all three at one time or another).
Greg Sheridan has the background on this group....
Friday, March 18, 2005
Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountain side
The summer’s gone, and all the roses falling
It’s you, it’s you must go, and I must bide
But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow
Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow
I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Danny boy, Oh Danny boy, I love you so
But if you come and all the flowers are dying
If I am dead, as dead I well may be
You’ll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me
And I will know, though soft ye tread around me
And then my grave will richer sweeter be
And you’ll bend down and tell me that you love me
And I will rest in peace until you come to me
Every morning we go for a walk downtown, but it's raining too hard today.
It's seven am here now.
Guess I'll have to read a book.
And how is YOUR day?
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Well, the latest Marmite commercial is here...but tell them you live in the UK or they won't let you watch it...
It must be good, it's scaring the kids in London...
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Actually Mark is wrong. People with Down's have an understanding of art...
like most people, their abilities and disabilities are not "across the board"...People with Down's syndrome have even been known to go to college. Their IQ is on the average 4o points below their parents, so the average IQ is 50-60 that of a 4 to six year old child, but some are higher functioning..
and if she 'couldn't hear" then she had a double handicap...people with Down's usually hear ok. They are more prone to ear infections due to facial abnormalities so may need tube in their ears...but of course, just because you have Downs doesn't mean you can't have another handicap...
And most speak. Due to tongue abnormalities, they are slow in articulating, which is why many parents now teach them American sign language, so they can learn to communicate at an earlier age.
Adults with Down's were rare in the past-- because they have an immune defect, in the past most died by late childhood of pneumonia etc.---but now with penicillin, we see adults, who often live either at home or group homes. They have fewer behavior problems than other forms of retardation.
Medically, many have congenital heart disease. Do you treat them surgically? Ethical discussion...depends on their ability to recover. Nowadays, usually yes. When heart surgery was rare, i.e. when I was in medical school, usually no. I treated one adult with this heart problem...he was sympomatic and becoming terminal with it...in his 30s...
Another common problem is hypothyroidism. It can sneak up on them. Another is they have a high rate of leukemia, probably related to their immune defect. And if they get hepatitis B (which was common in those institutionalized) they tend to get chronic hepatitis B, which is both infectious to others if cleanliness is bad, and also can lead to liver failure.
Finally, people with Downs' tend to get Alzheimer's in their 40's...why is unknown.
I've had people say "how can you tell if they have alzheimers when they are retarded"...dumb question. Most of these people function like a 6 year old child but have a fairly good memory..., and when they start forgetting, having temper tantrums, getting confused, you worry about Alzheimer's disease.
Chris Burke, call your office...
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
240 000 were stolen last year in Beijing alone. But no body saw the theives...hmmm....
And I thought Manila was corrupt.
Erap, call your office....
The official "cause" is a candle...the neighbors complain it was due to shabu addicts...
But often the "cause" is a landlord who sees this as a easy way to clear his land...
Open lots are prone to be used for all sorts of things. We used to have goats and caribou grazing across the street (now traffic is too heavy, and few vacant lots are left to make the risk worthwhile). But we still have garbage left and then burned in the lot across the street. And in the lot between our house and the large new supermarket we now have a man who has a shanty built from scrap wood. We see him washing in the morning....he's fairly young, so I suspect he's an outsider looking for work, and has no local family. No theft yet from our house...
After Mt Pinatubo we had a lot of this, but these people have been resettled.
However, with "globalization" and with our town now officially a "city", our provincial town is slowly changing...
Maybe we'll move to the farm if it gets worse...On the other hand, we have Jollibee nearby, a "supermarket" and the old outside market within walking distance, we have a park to jog in and for nightime parties two blocks down, and the old town hall across the street is being made into a hospital...
Well, Gloria hasn't seen the movies and so the result is this: LINK
As a result of kindliness, we have a policeman dead, and "guarantees" for "having their grievences aired" (by "Media interviews after arrest), and "speedy court cases"
I mean, just because they bomb buses in Makati, behead priests, children, and foreigners, and hold tourists for ransom doesn't mean that they don't have the right for their side of the story to be broadcase on ABC....
Luckily this is the Philippines, so the court cases won't have Johnny Cochrane...
Johnny Taliban, call your office...
Monday, March 14, 2005
The Manolo No-Poncho Pledge
“I (insert the name here) swear on the head and/or the grave of my sainted granny to never wear, buy, knit, crochet, or fashion from the old throw rug, the poncho. And if the poncho it is given to me as the gift, I will graciously thank the giver and then, when she has left, put the poncho into the dog’s bed and/or the trash as the case she may be. Only by doing these things faithfully can I help end for the good of the humanity the scourge that is the poncho. So help me Manolo.”
Manolo says, it is indeed sad that is has come to this point.
AGGGH THE SEVENTIES ARE BACK THE SEVENTIES ARE BACK...
Ah, you don't believe me?
Notice, he's not condemned for his support of Stalin's gulag, but for cigarettes.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
It seems to be the usual confusion, since symptoms are different... and to add to the confusion, the some patients had different symptoms, and some responded to different antidotes.
Organophosphates cause dilated pupils, paralysis, sweating, anxiety, muscle spasms, tearing, vomiting and diarrhea. You treat it with atropine. Most Emergency room docs see mild cases of this, usually a gardner who doesn't spray correctly. Children are especially prone to symptoms, as are animals...(our kittens developed mild symptoms from overdoing flea shampoo one year...luckily, we washed them off, and they quickly recovered).
However, Cassava poisoning is not unknown link link
Symptoms as described by Dr. Golden of Aberdeen University are mainly neurological:
Symptoms of cassava poisoning - known as "Konzo" have been described in detail. There is a sudden onset of spastic paraparesis affecting mainly women and adolescents. There is no flaccid phase to the illness, the reflexes are exaggerated with clonus, strongly planter-flexed feet and a scissors-gait in those that can stand. The condition is not progressive and there are no sensory signs or symptoms.
Konzo is common in African countries that use cassava roots as a primary food source. I never saw any cases when I worked in Africa, since people ate rice in one and maize porridge in the other country....Like in the Philippines it was an occassional snack/food supplement only... However, in countries with very poor soil like Mozambique or Malawi it is a primary calorie source-- alas, not very good in vitamins, so was associated with malnutrition/vitamin deficiencies. However, during the civil war in Mozambique, there were many deaths from poorly cooked cassava.
More information here...on acute poisoning, and HERE
is a link to the need for long term rehabilitation of chronic poisoning symptoms.
(7 am mass before it gets hot).
The recipe today is for Goto
500 g Tripe (goto)Actually, our cook's recipe is slightly different...no tomato sauce, just tomatoes....If you don't like tripe, here's a link to Orange Flan...yum yum calories...
2 tb Cooking oil
2 cl Garlic, crushed
1 Onion, chopped
1 Chorizo de bilbao (Spanish
1 c Tomato sauce
1 Red or green pepper
1 c Cooked gabansos (chick peas)
2 c Broth
2 Potatoes, cubed and fried
Salt to taste.
1 ts Vetsin (MSG)
Clean and boil tripe in salt and water until tender. Cut into small pieces
and set aside. Fry the garlic and onions in hot oil. Add the chorizo de
bilbao and pour in tomato sauce. Drop in tripe, pepper, garbansos and
potatoes. Simmer until sauce is of desired consistency. Just before
removing from the fire, season with salt and Vetsin.
The Bad news: The Sixties look is back in...
In the Philippines, women are very feminine...(Iron butterflies)...
But in reality, we still are in the boonies, and so most women on the street wear teeshirts and shorts or slacks...
And the music here is still the seventies and eighties...
Austin Powers, call your office...
Friday, March 11, 2005
Researchers have previously argued that catchy songs work by causing a "brain itch" that can only be scratched by repeating the tune.
The Dartmouth team asked volunteers to listen to excerpts from familiar and unfamiliar songs with lyrics or instrumentals.
These included the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction and the theme tune from The Pink Panther.
Snippets of the music were removed at different points during the songs and replaced with silent gaps.
The researchers used a brain scan called functional magnetic resonance imaging to see which parts of the brain were active while the volunteers listened to the tracks.////.....
We found that people couldn't help continuing the song in their heads, and when they did this, the auditory cortex remained active even though the music had stopped."
If they did this in Guantanamo, the ACLU would have a fit...but luckily for terrorists, they only play acid rock down there...
I have posted earlier about Tommy, who had hydrocephalus from his meningomyelocoel and whose family was so horrified about his appearance that they essentially disowned him.
And I have posted earlier about the so called “vegetative state”, which is over diagnosed in almost half of the cases, and the diagnosis is used as a cover up that these people are still alive, but in the opinion of many PC bioethicists, better off dead, so like sophists they have elaborate arguments on how to justify making them dead.
In my long years of medicine, I have seen many severely brain damaged patients, but few who were completely unresponsive except in the obviously dying. As I explain in earlier posts, if they have that much brain damage, they usually die within six months of aspiration pneumonia, even with a feeding tube…
But when I worked with the retarde, we had another patient with severe hydrocephalus, who was indeed the client who was closest to what one would call a “vegetative state”…
George was very spastic, and had a huge head. A CT scan showed an empty skull, except for a small line of cortex that was probably only 1 cm thin. (The cortex is the thinking part of the brain). George mainly lay there like a lump. He was blind, and did not respond to sound, unlike most of the patients…No brain, most would say. A vegetable.
Well, not quite.
Massive hydrocephalus is not something we see nowadays but in the past when they didn’t fix hydrocephalus, such cases were seen…and in the book “Intern” by Dr. X, he relates the story of a college student who was having headaches, and when they did a pneumocenphalogram they found her cortex was only about 1 cm.
Now, George was spastic, and barely responsive, but he had enough cortex to have seizures…and he had enough cortex to feed him with a spoon.
You see, two years before I started working at that institution, George developed a huge bedsore on his back. Theoretically this was due to neglect—you prevent bedsores by changing the position of the body frequently, and by special mattresses that don’t put pressure on the bony areas. But a bedsore can develop in 1 to two hours in high-risk patients, and high-risk patients include those with poor nutrition.
So to heal the sore, they assigned George his own feeder. It took one hour to feed George, and he was fed four times a day.
And he probably had a good swallowing reflex, because in the four years I worked there, he only had one episode of pneumonia.
But my opinion of George changed one day, when I went into the ward and heard a melodious voice coming from the bathroom. I originally thought it was Vincent, or one of the other “high functioning” patients, but when I wandered in there, I was amazed to find George, who was being bathed, singing a tune. Not just moaning or vocalizing, but on key…in a patient who never responded to noise.
“Oh, he sings all the time” the aides assured me, “He likes his bath”.
So much for vegetable George.
But there is another story about George.
As laws changed we needed to find his family. Many families had little contact after their children were sent to institutions, since back then doctors said their children would never do anything, so they should forget about them. We assumed this was true about George, but needing family directives about living wills etc. we searched out his family and found a sad story.
George’s mother was blind, and his father had limited sight.
When she had the baby, the staff notified social service to take him away from her, and she was not told where he was sent. They assumed that since she was blind, she could not care for him—which was probably correct, given his severe handicaps.
But it might have been because in those days blind people weren’t supposed to be able to be independent and care for their own children.
Anyway, George’s mother had another child, who she managed to keep and raise successfully. But her heart always wondered about George…and when she was contacted, she eagerly came to see him.
And the picture stays in my mind: a blind mother, stroking her child with love, and George humming quietly in response…
What I didn't know is that the woman who inspired the film "Million dollar baby"....is alive and well.
Like the boxer in Million Dollar Baby, Katie Dallam was a Missouri girl who grew up in poverty. In 1996, Katie began boxing. After just two months of training, her trainer urged her into a professional match and Katie stepped into the ring with a far more experienced boxer. By the end of four two-minute rounds, the referee stopped the fight, but it was too late. Katie had received 150 blows to the head and was comatose by the time she reached a hospital. Doctors told Katie’s sister that she “probably wouldn’t make it, and, if she did, would most likely be a vegetable.”
But Katie survived. She had to relearn how to walk and read. And her injuries affected her vision and memory. Deeply depressed, she attempted suicide. But instead of helping her sister kill herself, her sister, Stephanie, moved Katie into her home.
Unable to go back to her counseling job, Katie took up an earlier interest and began painting again.
Seeing Million Dollar Baby gave Katie nightmares. But it also led to her decision to talk with others about life after a devastating brain injury. As Katie told the New York Times, the fictional coach in Million Dollar Baby “took the easy way out by killing [the boxer] rather than having to deal with what her life would have been like.”Katie’s sister, Stephanie, is convinced the film writer, F. X. Toole, now deceased, based the film on Katie. Too many similarities, she says.
If this is true, it indeed shows that the film is propaganda on the line of "ich klage an".....indeed, given yesterday's LATimes article, it suggests that killing of disabled is the REAL agenda behind what is called "assisted suicide"...
Joseph Mengele, call your office...
Thursday, March 10, 2005
You will find the "falling cat" experiment film, and other nonsensical experimental data...
The riddle was finally solved by the French doctor Étienne Jules Marey. Marey was a tinkerer who invented all sorts of mechanical devices, including a film camera that could capture a cat falling at 60 images a second. At a demonstration of the film, some physicists still doubted that the rotation was possible without the cat repelling in some way. But one physicist took a closer look at the pictures and realized the cat’s trick.
The movement occurs in two phases: First, the cat turns its forequarters toward the ground, then—in the same direction—its hindquarters. Changing the position of its paws between the two phases allows the cat’s front and rear to repel off each other. The cat uses the same principle as an ice skater executing a pirouette who pulls her arms in for fast spins and extends them to turn more slowly. The cat does both moves simultaneously: it pulls in its forepaws and thrusts out its hindpaws. That way it is able to quickly make a half-turn of its forequarters toward the ground, while its rear end turns only a little in the opposite direction owing to the resistance created by extending its hindpaws. To bring its hindquarters around, the cat reverses the procedure, thrusting out its forepaws and pulling in its hindpaws.Haile Berry, call your office....
Cassava root is a widely used food product, but is poisonous if it's not prepared properly...
We eat cassava snacks here all the time (FYI: Cassava is used to make Tapioca, so you probably have eaten it too...) and don't even think about being poisoned...and I ate Cassava (mainly foufou) when I worked in West Africa, and never saw a case of poisoning when I worked there... most cooks know it is poisonous and are careful to prepare it properly. In this case, the plant probably had a high percentage of poison, and wasn't fully cooked...and since the cook also died, it was probably an accident.
Prayers for the children and their families....
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Culture of death anyone?
Monday, March 07, 2005
This report says whoa: it's more complicated than that...
In a second situation, which would be medically focused, prevention measures would not be stepped up, so anti-retroviral drugs would be easier to obtain than good nutrition and clean water. In this approach, government leaders would fail to get ahead of the AIDS epidemic, and Africa's poverty and underdevelopment would deepen. Keeping such services at today's level would cost $4 billion a year by 2025.
Yup...sounds about right.
What you don't know is that that is what your tax dollars were doing for years.
When I was in Africa 20 years ago, every village had a pill lady, but NO CLEAN WATER, (major cause of child death was diarrhea) NO anti malaria medication or mosquito spraying, no cheap vitamins for pregnant ladies, and many had no certified midwives, immunization clinics, or even health workers to give out WHO rehydration fluid to treat diarrhea...
Our hospital got outside money to provide all these things in the villages served under our hospital...but many areas of Africa still don't have them, especially since much of the aid money goes to Swiss bank accounts of government officials, or cannot reach people because of war or because governments like Zimbabwe's Mugabe prevent aid from reaching political opponants...
Yup. Our tiny clinic had an average of three GI bleeds a year from Motrin or similar "NSAIDS", and quite a few anemia/minor bleeing/stomach pain...the last patient we lost of this was a druggie with cirrhosis, who saw a different doc, who gave her an NSAID instead of a narcotic or a Cox A, and she bled to death from her esophogeal varices...
Of course, I've seen two GI bleeds from Cox A, both in people who had GI bleeds from NSAIDS...
And then we see narcotic abuse if we give them cheap tylenol 3 ...
Of course, they could take tylenol plain, which doesn't work very well, and you would need to take 12 a day instead of one Vioxx...
which none of my little old ladies will do, too many pills.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
The article claims, "It comes at a time of growing confusion in America over the limits of stem cell research...."
No, there is no confusion...it merely shows the extent of the collapse of what now passes for medical ethics...