Docs don’t study much about drugs either when in med school

Teaching Doctors About Nutrition and Diet

Physicians are almost always consulted by the media about drug related issues. It is well known among “pharmacy” circles that the medical curriculum has been de-emphasizing subjects such as pharmacology and therapeutics – topics that deal with the safe and effective use of drugs -over the last several last decades. Imagine – they are the ones that get to write the prescriptions!

So, who in the Government wants to field this one?

Poverty Rate Rose Sharply in 2009, Says Census Bureau
Yes, I am sure the “haves” will brush it off and gives us reasons: Like, we had a bad few years, blah, blah, blah . . . . But, does explanation matter much?. I am not sure what the tea party is all about. But, if it is anti-incumbent, then I say: Right on! Let us be an equal opportunity “firer”,and clean up the whole mess. If people is/are “boss”, let us show it by firing a whole lot of them in November. The newbies will remember what happened to the last group.

Taxing the rich- has it ever worked?

Lieberman Favors Extension of Bush-Era Tax Rates

By worked, I mean has it really helped the common man?. Isn’t it true that federal income tax, as we know it now, was first introduced to “soak” the rich?

From Fighting Terrorists to Fighting Corruption: It is getting “curiouser and curiosier” in the Land of Afghans

U.S. Debates Karzai’s Place in Fighting Corruption

We need to fight the mid-week blues. Unfortunately, like phantom leg pain in amputees, even the unemployed go into this Wednesday funk. So, let us , as a diversion, imagine that Hamid Karzai loudly proclaims that he wants to root out corruption in the United States. Everybody in Afghanistan will laugh and all the camels there will, quite likely, miss the humor. Let us laugh with the Afghans – after all, we are trying to help them. If nothing, laughter might alleviate the Wednesday depression without the annoying side-effects of SSRIs.

Democrats “wimping”, again

In Ad Wars, Democrats Shy From Ties to Own Party

These three instant thoughts crossed my mind, when I read the “. . . Shy[ing] . . .” headline:

1. “Your greatest strength is the weakness of your convictions” (line from the TV sitcom The Golden Girls)
2. Cowards die a thousand deaths . . . (from Indian stories on Rajput bravery)
3. It is such Democratic wimping that gave us 8 years of George W. Bush and 2 wars (based on my 40+ years as an American observer)

Obama appears to have lost his “fire”. I agree he should have done more for Main Street than for Wall Street, but he is our best bet, compared to the Republicans -especially the “ideas-bankrupt-John -A.- Boehner” types who are gleefully looking for an American train wreck. Come this November, if he becomes the Speaker of the House, then we Americans would have spoken quite unwisely.
[By way of full disclosure, I am an independent (I prefer “rationalist”, but that would require a lengthy explanation) who is more sympathetic to the current Democratic administration/Congress and think that, at least, they are weakly trying/trying weakly to help the declining middle class and the growing poor.

A look back to days of the American Revolution

We are still at war in/with 2 countries, though the Obama administration says that the war in Iraq is over. Our stated goal is to change/capture the “hearts and minds “ of the peoples there. If that is not war, I do not what is.
To put things in perspective about the elitist ruling class, the following quote from Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” (page 79, paper back edition) is quite illuminative:“ Ruling elites seem to have learned through the generations – consciously or not – that war makes them more secure against internal trouble.”

Are we aiding and abetting this minister? Silence, I say is best

The 5 Percent Doctrine

By the outrage expressed by Presidents(s), the Pope, General(s), Editorialist(s) at this proposed irrational act by a religious fanatic, are we saying that burning the Koran by such an idiot is a true insult to muslims? Are we provoking others to to indulge in such silly acts to get attention? The rational muslims (most them are) will understand that this single act is not an attack of the religion of Islam because this country allows its own flag to be burned. As for the irrational ones, no amount of appeal will influence them. They will always find something to foment violence. I would suggest silence is the best way to deal with such events. Let our Constitution speak for itself.

FDA to fight misleading drug ads: Good luck!!

FDA is taking a tougher stance on misleading drug

On second thoughts, why not just ban these ads, as in the past. I challenge anybody: Show me a TV drug ad that is not misleading.

Plavix ads (cont’d): Take me or die

Yesterday, I saw a TV ad (a repeat, I think) for Plavix – the drug that is supposed to keep you from getting that “big” one , as Sanford (Sanford and Son vintage) might say. Here the doctor (dresses like one anyway) writes PLAVIX (all caps) on a prescription pad. Made me wonder: Which accredited medical school did he graduate from?. In another (or the same) ad, a gurnney keeps following the guy in the ad. Now that is funny – a “heart attack” watch gurney.

Stem Cell Research: Clash of Science and Religion (again)

Judge Keeps Ban on Stem Cell Funds

I just can’t believe that in the 21st century we are talking as we are living in the 1500’s. Remember Gallileo.
Embryos are destroyed routinely in in-vitro fetilization clinics. Just imagine: Thanks to laws enacted by religious zealots, judges are jumping into the frey.