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You went to the doctor, didn’t you?

I broke a rib a week ago. This morning I answered my son’s question something like this: In the 50s doctors would diagnose a broken rib, then wrap the chest supposedly to stabilize the break for healing. The broken rib(s) would then heal in an unnaturally compressed position out of alignment with the other ribs. Today they do not do anything … well, they send you for a photograph of the break, then advise you, “If it hurts, don’t do it”, while prescribing pain killing drugs so you can abuse your broken bone and delay the healing. Two hundred dollars worth of help I do not need. Which reminds me of people going to THE DOCTOR for flu, cold, sniffles […]

news soup

I am cleaning up my collection of links to articles that merited further reading, research and/or sharing. My link list, and my ToDo list were both getting too long. Thus you get to see what has been in my peripheral vision for days, or weeks … all in the raw … and in no particular order. Aha. I am sharing my disorder that I may have more clarity. Why I Quit TeachingBy David Solway … For one thing, administration had come to deal less with academic issues and more with rules of conduct and punitive codes of behavior, as if it were a policing body rather than an arm of the teaching profession… … For another, colleagues were increasingly buying […]

water, water, drink, drink

Many years ago, “Doctors recommend 8 glasses of water a day”. Today they prescribe 8 pharmaceutical drugs a day. If you think that is an improvement, you are visiting the wrong website. The human body is an impressive machine. It tolerates, compensates for, recovers from incredible abuse. But you really ought to work with it a little; meet it half-way. The cool weather set in, but I was working in a frenzy to get important stuff done “before winter”. I made it, by the way. The important stuff did get done. However, my hands, wrists, knees and back have been complaining for two months solid. “It sucks getting old” was the standard answer. I was trying a lot of […]

cannabis concentration

Is today’s marijuana stronger than grass from back in the day? Scientists have been working to verify the widely held belief that THC levels have soared over the years By: Solomon Israel | Posted: 12/14/2017 12:15 PM It’s a well-worn platitude, often used by opponents of cannabis legalization: “Today’s marijuana is way stronger than that grass your mom and I used to smoke back in the day.” There’s actually some truth to the cliché, according to a long-running study at the University of Mississippi — but critics say those findings should be taken with a grain of salt. From the early 1970s through the 1980s, THC levels measured by the potency monitoring project increased slowly, from about one per cent […]

sham poo

For most of my life I cut the hair growing out of my head before how I treated it could have much effect. I have not cut the hairs growing from the top of my head for four years now. I had to learn a few things about head hair as it grew longer. While you may not know why you have little toes, earlobes, eyelashes or other body parts, few of us cut them off. Yet most men today assume their head hair has no purpose other than serving as clay to be molded into shapes and styles that amuse them. Late 2013, I joined the small minority of men who quit cutting their hair off. We are not […]

emergency medical inventory

I retired nurse friend of mine shared her list with a group of us. I, in turn, am sharing it with you. Field Hospital Inventory (* denotes essentials) Trauma bag Personal protection gear – each in separate zip lock bags vinyl and nitril gloves – your size and some large size if different (*) surgical masks (*) plastic (food service type) apron eye protection Cleaning supplies sm. bottle of surgical (green) soap or plain dish soap fingernail brush hand towels Normal saline – burn and wound cleanser (*) baking soda – acid burns sm bottle vinegar – alkaline burns plain salt – to make more normal saline gauze sponges 60 cc syringe – or cheap condiment squeeze bottle small pack […]

your brain vs GPS

I grew up two doors down from The Woods. I was about 5 years older than “the family dog”, who really grew to be my dog because I spent time with her, shared mutual respect, and I often took her exploring The Woods. How does a little kid find his way into new spaces of the natural world, AND back again? I dunno, but I did it all the time. Into the woods, to the lake, across the valley, to my 2nd grade schoolhouse, to the toy & model store … and unerringly back home again. Heck, one day in my early teens I rode my Schwinn Varsity to visit my little sister at summer camp a half-day out and […]

bad news for sitters

I have seen mentioned by numerous researchers that sitting a lot is bad for us. On the other hand, too much time with weight on my left knee with its long-abused thin meniscus makes it increasingly tender. I try to make sure I spend some time getting physical standing or moving on my own two feet, but also avoid excessive time loading that knee. I just read this latest study posted below. It is not really new information to me, but definitely reinforces the message with solid study results. Sigh. I suppose I will review my sitting bouts, and try every 30 minutes to get 5 minutes of walking, dancing (definitely NOT me), or some regular interesting activity that […]

cutting hair … or not

from The Spirit Science The Supernatural Reason Native Americans Kept Their Hair Long     We’ve all heard the story of Sampson and Delilah. In it, one of God’s great servants, Sampson was a man possessed of superhuman strength. He was eventually betrayed by the love of his life, Delilah, who figured out that he could be defeated by cutting off all of his hair.     In relation, the Native American tradition has long held that hair is an outward projection of the nervous system, acting much in the way of ‘human antennae.’ Our hair is responsible for transmitting pertinent information to the rest of the nervous system. According to this line of thinking, our hair also transmits […]