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Jim Klobuchar: Aging Toward Old Age – Another Way to Look at Old Folks

November 1, 2017

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By Jim Klobuchar   It is again with pleasure and delight that I introduce you to a man of many talents: Jim Klobuchar – the daily columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune for over 30 years (and probably the best-known name in the whole upper Midwest), named the nation’s top columnist in 1984, finalist in NASA’s Journalist […]

Why Don’t Cleanliness-Obsessed Americans Use the Bidet?

October 16, 2017

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I have long been interested in having a bidet in our home, but it just wasn’t practical or affordable to renovate our bathrooms.  Silly me, I had no idea (until recently) that there are economical, simple-to-install, effective bidet attachments that can just go right on your existing toilet.  A mere $39.95 later, Lila became the […]

The Unsanitary Swim Diaper: Not in My Pool, Please!

May 22, 2017

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Time for Lila’s annual public safety and health announcement:  even the manufacturers don’t claim that “swim diapers” will contain a mess. Memorial Day is fast approaching, and that means the neighborhood pools will soon be opening for business.  As we wrote last year, the whole concept of a diapered child in a communal swimming area […]

Merry Christmas, Amy Berman: Still Going Strong Six Years After Cancer Diagnosis

December 26, 2016

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Way back in May of 2012, I pointed my blog to Amy Berman’s story in Health Affairs.   She had been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in November of 2010.  As a registered nurse and a health foundation executive, she knew better than most what that meant.   Inflammatory breast cancer is incurable, and even with aggressive […]

Joan Larsen Presents Katrina Kenison: Four Lessons I Learned From Surgery

November 2, 2016

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Once again, we welcome a rare and wonderful writer, Katrina Kenison.  Each of us can identify with Katrina today and in all our days, as we learn to embrace rather than deny the wealth of experience an ordinary life can hold.  We find her open and honest as she shares her experiences in the bewildering, bewitching journey […]

No, We Are NOT All Getting Taller or Growing Bigger Feet

September 19, 2016

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Hey manufacturers: remember that there are plenty of us still around who haven’t grown much in the last several decades. Lila is a mere five feet tall with size 5 feet, a situation that has not changed since… oh, probably about age 13 or so. So when headlines trumpet that we are getting taller, or […]

10 Reasons Not to Get Cosmetic Breast Implants

August 15, 2016

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Or at least, read the information at these links if you’re thinking about it… and then decide if they are really worth it. –  Many of the changes to your breast following implantation may be cosmetically undesirable and irreversible.  This can be exacerbated by breast changes due to pregnancy, age, or weight gain/loss. –  The […]

If You’re Uploaded to a Cyber-Existence, Are You Still You?

June 27, 2016

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Ever since seeing the transporter on the original Star Trek, I have wondered:  if your molecules are disassembled here and an exact copy of you is reconstructed somewhere else out of other molecules, are you really still you?  I have my doubts, enough that should teleportation ever become feasible, I don’t think I’d have the […]

The Unsanitary Swim Diaper: Not in My Pool, Please!

May 23, 2016

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Time for Lila’s annual public safety and health announcement:  even the manufacturers don’t claim that “swim diapers” will contain a mess. Memorial Day is fast approaching, and that means the neighborhood pools will soon be opening for business.  As we wrote last year, the whole concept of a diapered child in a communal swimming area […]

Joan Larsen Introduces Katrina Kenison: Expectations

April 20, 2016

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It gives us so much pleasure to once again introduce the well-known author Katrina Kenison – who has set the bar so high with her latest book Magical Journey . . . in reflecting what others – well into their 50s as she is- are also experiencing.  We often keep these new thoughts to ourselves, wondering if we […]

Joan Larsen on Getting Older… and Becoming the President of Our Country

February 29, 2016

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By Joan Larsen   You know . . . while we don’t like to admit it, I think we all – well, once we are 55 or so – think about age more than a little.  There is so much emphasis on youth now  (way too much if truth be told) and most of us […]

Amy Berman, Thriving for More Than 5 Years With Terminal Cancer

February 22, 2016

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It has been more than five years since Amy Berman was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, which is always fatal.  Even with aggressive treatment, only 11%-20% of patients make it as far as she has.  But Amy did not opt for aggressive treatment; quite the opposite.   As she wrote just this past November, “… […]

I Do Not Want a Nurse With a “Stress Disability”

May 18, 2015

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You want to talk lawsuits, honey? You are one big walking lawsuit waiting to happen for any hospital that hires you. In the news: nursing student Jennifer Burbella is suing her college because she has twice failed a class required to get her nursing degree. Did the professor fail to teach her the material? No… […]

A Wasted Organ Transplant: Why Patients’ Social History and Potential SHOULD Matter

May 11, 2015

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If you were faced with 100 dying people, and could only save 79 of them, how would you choose? Back in 2012, 15-year-old Anthony Stokes was denied a lifesaving heart transplant. Doctors ruled him a bad candidate because of a “history of noncompliance,” meaning he was unlikely to follow doctors’ orders concerning medications and follow-up […]

Plastic Surgery: The One Thing Men are Not Allowed to Ask For

March 2, 2015

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They’ll let some guy have 100 operations to look like a Ken doll, but by God, don’t ask for a penis reduction, because that’s abnormal.   So The Daily Mail reports that a US teen has just had the world’s first penis reduction surgery. If you’re not real squeamish, or if you’re not a guy […]

The Benefits of Cutting Back on Dining Out

October 31, 2014

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Lila and Hubby recently took advantage of a long-languishing gift card for dinner and a movie. We figured we’d better use it up before it expired or we lost it or something. We intentionally chose a weekday on the theory that the theater and the restaurant might be less crowded. We were right about the […]

Nurse Amber Vinson and the CDC: If These are Medical Professionals, We Are Doomed

October 17, 2014

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Is it just me, or does anyone else out there have the déjà-vu sensation that we are watching a bad horror movie unfold? Twelve Monkeys, or Z Nation, or Contagion, perhaps? At any rate, we are trapped in that sort of horror movie where the characters all do patently stupid things just to move the […]

Death With Dignity: Why Should Religion Be Allowed to Butt In?

October 10, 2014

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I would not tell anyone else that he or she should choose death with dignity. My question is: Who has the right to tell me that I don’t deserve this choice? That I deserve to suffer for weeks or months in tremendous amounts of physical and emotional pain? Why should anyone have the right to […]

Ebola Doubling Every 20 Days: Quit Placating the Public and Take it Seriously

October 3, 2014

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I don’t worry about known Ebola patients coming to the US under controlled conditions. I worry about unknown incubators traveling here and then becoming ill among the general population. It’s already happened.   So the news came this week that a man flew from Ebola-stricken Liberia to visit relatives in Dallas, TX, and now he […]

Time to Make Scientific Education Standards a Priority… Starting with Us

September 22, 2014

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Our huge, inter-connected population and the globalization of economies means that today, intelligence without education is outright harmful.   The human mind looks for patterns, and in the absence of education or scientific thought processes, the mind will see patterns and meanings that just aren’t there. Conversely, without education, the mind grasps little of what […]

No, We Are NOT All Getting Taller or Growing Bigger Feet

September 1, 2014

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Hey manufacturers: remember that there are plenty of us still around who haven’t grown much in the last several decades. Lila is a mere five feet tall with size 5 feet, a situation that has not changed since… oh, probably about age 13 or so. So when headlines trumpet that we are getting taller, or […]

Can We Avoid Dumb Marijuana Legalization?

August 8, 2014

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By Laura Chapman Controlling drug abuse: is legalization really the right answer? After plummeting crime rates in Washington and Colorado, the legalization of marijuana in the US is looking increasingly likely by the year. Over half the American public believe the change in law will have positive results and are pushing for personal use of […]

Another Reason to Oppose Fertility Treatments

August 4, 2014

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What if you could have several children, pick out your favorite, and throw the others away?  Now you can! In general, Lila is not a fan of fertility treatments. First of all, there is the population issue:  extinction from lack of people is pretty unlikely; on the other hand, a population collapse may very well […]

Joan Larsen’s Story of Ethan: Should Being A Doctor Be in His Future?

July 30, 2014

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By Joan Larsen The phone rang. As I answered, I would never have believed that – with my answers – I could be changing a life at the other end. Ethan – my friend’s newly 16-year-old son, a boy brilliant in my estimation – was counting on me for help. Those in high school honors […]

Hobby Lobby and IVF: Inconsistent Thinking

July 14, 2014

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By now we all know that the Supreme Court ruled that “closely held” for-profit employers may decline to pay for contraceptive coverage if it goes against the business owners’ religious beliefs. This, in spite of the ACA’s stance that contraception is an essential part of women’s reproductive health in this day and age. Hobby Lobby, […]

Elliot Rodger’s Frustration: Should We Teach Awkward Kids How NOT to Socialize?

June 2, 2014

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Painful and embarrassing as it would be, kindly telling a socially inept person exactly and specifically what they are doing to drive people away might just change their lives.   As the fallout continues to settle after Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara rampage, one aspect of the case stands out, an aspect that we have seen […]

The Santa Barbara Rampage: Guns Were Not the Problem

May 26, 2014

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A desperately unhappy and angry young man goes on a deadly rampage using a knife, his car, and guns as his weapons. But we’ll only agonize over the guns… not the car, not the knife, and not the man. A very lonely and unhappy Elliot Rodger, angry at years of perceived slights, jealous of others’ […]

More Evidence that Many “ADHD Sufferers” are Just Unmindful

May 16, 2014

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Yep, I said it. I have always strongly suspected that ADHD is a vastly over-diagnosed disorder thanks to the demands of harried parents, exasperated teachers, and a medical business culture that incentivizes prescriptions and treatments. Don’t get me wrong. I am certain that there is a very small minority out there who actually have empirically […]

The VA Secret Backlog Shows A Lack of Moral Courage

May 5, 2014

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I’m not angry with the VA for long delays, but I cannot forgive their lack of honesty and courage… and that lack of honesty and courage is killing veterans. When a leader is told, “There is no possible way we can do all this,” there are many ways to react. Can we request a bigger […]

Is Your Weight Your University’s Business?

April 18, 2014

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In a poorly-executed attempt to forestall eating disorders, Yale University has established a history of tormenting underweight students Back when Lila was a mere wisp of a college student, she was 5’0″ and weighed all of 95 pounds. Sometimes it might even be a bit less. When she joined the Army several years later, her […]

Joan Larsen: Aloft in the Outback – the Royal Flying Doctors Service

April 2, 2014

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By Joan Larsen England’s Prince Charles and his Camilla, both smiling brightly, waved as they stepped off the last stair of the plane into what Americans would call “nowhere”. . . but actually is a stop in Australia’s Outback. The sun beat down mercilessly, the wind was blowing up more dust than we see in […]