Category Archives: Preventive Care & Wellness

Butterflies & Birth Control

Which of the following seems least ridiculous? A butterfly flapping its wings can set off a hurricane. Birth control pills and patches cause depression. Clearly, the birth-control-pill-depression connection seems plausible yet it is very similar to the butterfly example.  It … Continue reading

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Small & Exciting or Big & Boring

Two hot investments for you to consider: Start-Up Ace’s product adds 10 or more years of longevity for most people and a very broad group of people are candidates. It improves not only the person’s health status, but also their … Continue reading

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“Stop Smoking” stopped working

The link between lung cancer and smoking was confirmed in the 1940s.  The surgeon general’s warning was put onto cigarette packs in 1966.  And the deluge of stop-smoking messages has only grown ever since.  So, why do three times as … Continue reading

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The band is still playing

Missteps, politics, and controversy hampered AIDS research and prevention in the 1980s – costing us literally thousands of lives.  “And the Band Played On”, Randy Shilts’s excellent account of the early days of AIDS,  would be less disheartening if we … Continue reading

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Cheetos under siege in Mexico

Sometimes I miss newsworthy events.  Such is the case with the Cheetos tax that Mexico started charging in 2014. (I also missed the memo on brand new socks being labeled “R” and “L” – what is up with that??? But … Continue reading

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Got Ikigai?

Ikigai (pronounced eye KEY gay eye) is not seaweed, not a pill or a potion, or even a physical thing at all.  But with it, you will live longer.  You will be less prone to heart disease.  If you have … Continue reading

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Weekday death

There is nothing quite like having a colleague die at his desk to focus one’s mind.  First, you gasp – Whaaatttt?  I just had a meeting with him yesterday!  I have an e-mail from him in my in-box!  Then you … Continue reading

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Medical maybes

What is more delightful than finding a well-written book about a complex population health subject?  Discovering that the author is the kid brother of your elementary school roller-skating pal. Well, you won’t get that extra kick out of reading Snowball … Continue reading

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More costs more

Which of each pair is cheaper? 12 bicycle-riding, potty-trained parrots or 10 10,000 garlic butter fried grasshoppers (great source of protein!) or 5,000 263 million people having health insurance or 278 million people (approximately the before and after ACA count … Continue reading

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16 and Not Pregnant (Watch TV, have better health)

Sesame Street taught kids to read, count, and play nice but MTV got teens to postpone sex or use a condom if they do it. That’s the conclusion of a study tracking the media exposure of MTV’s show “16 and … Continue reading

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