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Hey, just take a pill


Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Winter TV watching is a special health hazard- guaranteed to increase weight and decrease IQ in direct proportion.

Sandwiched between ads for extra cheese pizza and All-You-Can-Eat buffets are ads for cholesterol medications. Dr. Jarvik is especially concerned about my cholesterol since his dad had a cardiac event and he had to change his college major from architectural engineering to medicine. The pharmaceutical industry is rejoicing in that career move on his part.

All the ads for all those medications end with "talk to your doctor." The only reasonable response is to schedule an appointment with your doctor every morning. If your doctor really, really cared about you, he or she would order something to prevent everything.

The meds almost always feature happy and attractive people laughing in grassy fields, playing at sports and having quality time with their families. If there is a pill that can offer us this, why wouldn't we buy it? Okay, so you've never played at any of those sports and you live miles from any such groomed grass-perhaps this is the answer.

The makers of antidepressant medication saturated their market after the sad little ovoid creature in their ads cheered up so these same meds are now marketed to cover "social anxiety disorder" (shyness, is now a disorder), obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety and menopause. It seems if one pill can do all of that, peace and goodwill should reign across the land evermore.

The erectile dysfunction ads are missing the mark at subtlety. The one they featured with a football being shot in a perfect arc through a tire swing was entertaining. Ladies, let's talk; do we really want a man around who is "ready for her" for 36 hours? What if you have a bridge party coming for lunch? A man who is "ready" for 36 hours is not subtle. The other girls will recognize the leer. They'll leave before the petit fours are served and there he'll be. Ready. The good news is, there is a warning that he should talk to his doctor to make sure he is healthy enough for sexual activity and it takes about six weeks to get an appointment. Tell him he looks a little peaked and make him wait for an okay from a cardiologist.

So, here is the thing with the cost of health care. We live in a savage, free-market society. Health care, as we know it, is not different from the auto industry. Road side billboards titillate .....
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How much change do we really want?

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

As the number of presidential hopefuls gets smaller an interesting field of candidate's remains. Each in their own way represents a certain segment of the electorate. Left in the race is a person of African-American heritage, a woman, a Mormon, an e ..... 
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Nobody was listening anyway

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Last Monday night my wife was baby sitting so I was able to watch the "State of the Union" speech in its entirety. There was no one home to hear some of my language.

Most of these speeches are used to lay out bold and broad policy objectives ..... 
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What I did at Camp

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Camp is for kids, right? Well, I left my three kids with dad and set out for St. Paul for a weekend of intense "camp," without the traditional canoeing, mosquito-friendly tent, and fireside songs. I was a little nervous about what to expect, but I c ..... 
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It's all about the Benjamins

Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

With a possible economic recession in our near future some in government think that a tax cut is the way to prevent this from happening. This theory is if we pay less in taxes we will have more money to spend and thus boost the economy.

I g ..... 
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Second hand smoke

Mon, Jan 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The reported health risks of second hand smoke are likened to the Great Plagues of Europe. If it were true, Baby Boomers would not be a threat to Medicare and Social Security. They would not have been large enough to mount campaigns for women's righ ..... 
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The Year of the Rat(s)

Fri, Dec 28th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Some last minute thoughts as we enter 2008, or in the Chinese lexicon, the Year of the Rat.

• There is one year left of the Bush - Cheney junta. They introduced the world to such noble concepts as rendition, torture (think waterboarding) ..... 
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Let's hear it for the "City Guys"

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Commentary

We see and hear tributes to our firefighters, police, and emergency responders; they deserve this praise, especially in our small towns where they are often volunteers, risking lives to protect us.

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Maybe they really are evil

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

Internet chatter in the so called blogosphere is nasty and vitriolic. Main street media is not much better with both major political ideologies demonizing and calling the other evil.

I have been concerned about Bush's intellect and Cheney's ..... 
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