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Sunblock Isn’t a Scam

healthcare // July 11, 2012

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In a break from my normal ranting style, I’m going to allow a public service message today about sunblock. Summertime – the word rolls off your tongue and instantly conjures images of lemonade stands, fireworks and backyard barbeques. The warm weather is often welcomed by long days spent basking in the sun lounging at the [...]

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Does Non-Invasive Equal Non-Effective?

healthcare // June 13, 2012

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It seems that these so called “non-invasive body-contouring” procedures are all the rage nowadays, but do they really work? And further, are they really any more cost effective or less painful than surgery?? I think not! Many of these devices, including Coolsculpting and Liposonix, claim to offer “impressive” and “noticeable” fat reduction without the pain [...]

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Is the Cesarean the best option?

healthcare // December 30, 2011

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About 35% of women will deliver their babies via cesarean surgery. Whenever we discuss medically necessary cesarean we enter questionable waters. It’s really simple to purporte that a lady “needs” a cesarean for whatever reason, even when she does not. I discovered this specific article, compiled by an gynecologist both deeply disturbing and incredibly informative [...]

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Violets and Dandelions

Homegrown food, Wild Edibles // May 1, 2009

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I’ve mentioned that you can cook with weeds before, and many are familiar with including young dandelion greens in salads and braises. Since it’s dandelion (and violet) season here in the Ether Garden, I figured I’d share my favorite ways to enjoy the flavors of spring using these lovely spring blossoms and herbs. Floral preserves [...]

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The Overton Window On Free Money For Banks

Politics // March 22, 2009

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It’s amazing to me how quickly the Overton Window has moved to the right pertaining to free money for banks. Six months ago, when Ben Bernanke and Hank Paulson suggested their Free Money For Banks plan, the near universal reaction was “Say wha?” But after six months of the same idea being recirculated and repeated, [...]

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The Ayatollah Ain’t Buyin’ It

Politics // March 21, 2009

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A big hullabaloo was made over President Obama’s Nowruz greeting to Iran (Nowruz is the Iranian spring equinox/new year celebration). The Obamamaniacs seem to think it was a singularly brilliant foreign policy maneuver. Never mind that Bush did basically the same thing last year and nobody was offering to fellate him over it. Unlike the [...]

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