Category Archives: Medicine

Pain and the lack of treatment thereof

I’ve had an epic rant on this topic brewing for years, but the CDC’s latest recommendations on the prescribing of opioid painkillers has finally given me the reason I needed to write the darn thing down. See, here’s the thing: … Continue reading

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Unintelligent design of the human body

I’ve long thought that the defeat of intelligent design theory lay not in complicated scientific proofs, but simply in forcing people to actually look at the design that their creator supposedly gave us. A quick look at the human body … Continue reading

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Vaccine refusers make me scream

Wow. I just watched about half of a video on youtube that was pretty much the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. I’d love to do a thorough fisking, but I’m too busy dealing with the FLAMES ON THE SIDE OF … Continue reading

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Medical jargon soup: An anti-vaccine tactic

This morning I was pointed in the direction of a post on the Washington Times’ community pages titled “Vaccination is not immunity.” I knew it was going to be bad, but I didn’t realize just how bad until I started … Continue reading

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Some thinky and not-so-thinky thoughts about our health care system

I’m having surgery on my shoulder this coming Monday. Lucky me, I’ve got a bone spur at the rotator cuff, plus calcific tendinitis. Whee. The process of preparing for this surgery has brought up a lot of thoughts. For example, … Continue reading

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The worst anti-vaccine argument *ever* (and that’s saying a lot)

By this point, I’ve spent years reading about vaccines and vaccine opposition, so I’ve seen a great many of the arguments against childhood and adult vaccination. There are a few legitimate concerns, a great many ridiculous and irrational concerns, and … Continue reading

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The funny in infertility — my entry in the WaPo humor contest

I’m fairly sure the nurses thought we were nuts. Well, I should clarify: Plenty of nurses have thought my husband and I were nuts, but in this case, I mean the nurses at the Genetics and IVF Institute in Fairfax, … Continue reading

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