Category Archives: Medicine

Red Tsunami

A tsunami doesn’t behave like I used to think.  I used to think of it as an approaching wall of water, but now that I have seen the clips from Japan I realize it is more like an oozing tide … Continue reading

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Boiling It Down

With confirmation bias rampant, sometimes it makes sense to me to try to boil problems down to basics, so I have tried to do that here.  A writer in the Globe thinks he is the only one who can see … Continue reading

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A Message From Your Dutch Uncle

Two things motivate me to expand on the idea that fixing medical care is the key to our financial woes.  One is that despite all my words, even some of my blog correspondents do not understand the central concept of what … Continue reading

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Bitter Medicine

It is astonishing to me how the two the political parties continue to argue about the economy when the facts are well known.  The posturing is demagoguery on both sides, so I submit that it is time for a simple … Continue reading

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Health: A Caring Business?

In a guest column for the Joplin Globe (1/30/2011) Anson Burlingame discusses the financial ramifications of the end-of-life issue as it bears on MediCare and taxpayers.  In my opinion he does a good job in summing up the problem but … Continue reading

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Please, Stop Me Before I Do It Again!

Today’s (11/04/10) Joplin Globe is right about San Francisco and Happy Meals.  The junk food is outrageously fattening and bad for kids, but I have to agree that making government (San Francisco) tell a company (McDonald’s) what not to market … Continue reading

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Graybeard Reflections

One of the benefits of retirement is having the time and inclination to reflect on the human condition.  When I was still working life was pretty much a cycle of work-related concerns interwoven with welcome family time.  Entertainment and sleep … Continue reading

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