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Gwyneth Paltrow’s sex bark could have a nasty bite

Ms. Paltrow’s recipe for sex bark caught my eye while I was on GOOP reading about what not to do with vaginas. I’m pretty adept in the kitchen, especially with desserts, and so I thought, “Why not?” I mean Valentine’s day is coming up and this cocoa cacao bark promises “a sweet bite after a romantic dinner.” … Continue reading

My grandfather was a sniper

I wasn’t sure what to make of the book American Sniper or the controversy that seems to surround it. Some are calling Chris Kyle a patriot and the movie about him a “war on terror masterpiece.” Others see his actions as murder and his views intolerant or racist.  I am very anti-gun and opposed the … Continue reading

FDA approves vagal nerve stimulator for weight loss but does it work?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved a new surgical therapy for weight loss called VBLOC®, essentially a pacemaker for the vagal nerve. The vagal nerve has an intricate role in many bodily functions.  Among its duties is involvement in satiety (feeling full). Cutting the vagal nerve has been used for refractory epilepsy and … Continue reading

Claims of poisoning in India sterilization deaths seem unlikely

Thirteen women have now died as a result of surgery performed at a sterilization camp in India. As a surgeon who has performed many tubal ligations I can tell you the descriptions I read of how the procedures were performed seemed more like a medieval torture than surgery. I felt ill. Dirty (not even clean, … Continue reading

The New York/New Jersey Ebola quarantine will only stoke fear and paranoia

The Governors of New York and New Jersey have issued a quarantine for people traveling from countries with Ebola who have had contact with someone who was infected or may have been infected. This seems a little like using a bucket to combat the rising sea levels of global warming. Here are the problems with … Continue reading

Thank you for getting your flu shot

This weekend the kids and I had our influenza immunizations. There is always a difficult lead up as Oliver has severe anxiety around every medical procedure. An EKG (painless heart rhythm test) and a throat swab cause extreme fear and often tears and anything with a needle, well, let’s just say that’s on a whole … Continue reading

It’s not just the NFL that has a domestic violence problem, we all do

If I were punched by an unknown man in an elevator there would be little doubt that my assailant would be prosecuted. If the trauma were enough to cause me to lose consciousness, meaning I suffered brain trauma, my attacker would likely be charged with aggravated assault. No one would be surprised if he received … Continue reading

RadiumOne fired CEO for domestic violence

Yesterday I posted on the case of RadiumOne’s CEO and how despite video evidence of him beating his girlfriend he received probation. I missed that after the case was settled he was fired. Thanks to the reader who pointed that out! Even if courts can’t get convictions it is nice to see a private company … Continue reading

Why is the “natural” birth movement so afraid of epidurals?

To put this post in perspective the pain of childbirth is said to be equivalent of amputating a finger. The joint statement of the American Congress of OB/GYN and The American Society of Anesthesiologists sums pain control during labor and delivery quite nicely, “There is no other circumstance where it is considered acceptable for an … Continue reading

The best Pi of all. The lessons of Frieda-Pi

Today on Pi day, March 14, in addition to celebrating the mathematical Pi and pies my family also celebrates the 15th (approximately) birthday of our marvelous dog Frieda-Pi, so named because she looked like a Frieda and because she is missing most of one of her back legs. Including her stump she has 3.14 legs. … Continue reading


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