A repost for your entertainment. Originally published November 5, 2009. --PalMD Some were surprised to read that after a pro basketball player swatted a bat out of the air, he had to have rabies vaccinations. This is not a surprise to many medical folks who have had to give rabies prophylaxis after bat exposures. … Continue reading A pox on your house? How fighting one disease brought back another
This is entirely my fault. I have been staying away of late from more confrontational posts about altmed, mostly out of fatigue. I also would prefer to blog about medicine, family, and various train-of-thought nonsense. But I went and got myself quoted and a number of folks seem displeased. Supporters of chiropractic neck manipulation, a practice … Continue reading Supporting the unsupportable
Last night it rained. A lot. Six inches in some areas, and enough to supply a steady rumble of rain on the roof. But it wasn't the rain that woke me up: it was an insistent tapping on my arm. "Daddy. Daddy. DAADDDDY! I'm scared Daddy." The rain came with thunder, and the thunder was … Continue reading Summer is magic
Back in the 1950s, a British endocrinologist named ATW Simeons had an idea: a human pregnancy hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) could help people lose weight without feeling hungry. His idea was to put obese patients on a 500 kcal a day diet (in contrast, you probably eat about that much or more at … Continue reading The "hCG diet": a fraud literally without substance
Today seemed like a good day for a repost. This piece gets lots of hits, albeit probably not what the searcher was hoping for. --PalMD To people who grew up before the internet, the debate about whether Craigslist should be allowed to post “erotic services” must seem bizarre. But meeting people online, whether for romance, … Continue reading Will finding sex partners online make you sick?
I made a really good medical decision the other day. I can't go into details of course, although some day it may end up anonymized and folded into a story, but it felt good (for me and the patient). It involved using several different layers of knowledge to come up with a solution, a … Continue reading Friday thoughts
My poor, poor blog. So neglected. So much quackery left un-busted. It turns out that real life can sometimes be more consuming than other interests. After a significantly disruptive illness, life rarely snaps back to it's previous shape, but slowly takes on new forms and habits. I no longer have to bathe MrsPal and pack … Continue reading Another day…