Archive for the ‘Medicine’ category

Vet news. Who cares

June 2, 2008

Just a few stories that rarely make the news. I thought it would be nice if we at least knew what was going on with our vets, even if we can’t or won’t do anything to help them. We are truly a disgusting nation.

VA rejects presidential directive to help wounded vets register to vote. That was a Clinton directive of course, not a Bush one. And their bullshit reason? Because using its staff resources that way would interfere with their mission of offering quality care to their patients. Quality care?? And by the way, they won’t let outside groups or even individuals to come in and help either.

McCain joins McBush in attacking and denying veterans. No wonder they don’t want wounded vets to vote. Who would vote for this turncoat anyway?

US soldiers forced to launch campaign to convert Iraqis to Christianity. It’s a direct violation of the Constitution’s Establishment clause in the First Amendment, which prohibits military personnel from promoting any form of religion, but who cares? We gave up the Constitution years ago. The marines are doing it too even though Iraqis are horrified at the sacrilege. Now, that’s winning hearts and minds!

Attempt to arrest John Bolton for war crimes fails. A former ambassador was physically blocked from approaching Bolton in his attempt to make the arrest.

Home foreclosures in military towns are 4 times the US rate. GI’s were targeted during the subprime lending boom because of their low credit. Now, as their mortgages double, they are forced out of those homes. Foreclosures are up nearly 500 percent in some military towns.

1/3 of the US female soldiers in Iraq suffer sexual assault. But the VA won’t recognize their trauma or treat it as PTSD. I guess they’re just supposed to “buck up” and quit whining.

Military mental health insurance too low to cover costs. It doesn’t really matter that soldiers suffering from PTSD have to wait months to get a doctor’s appointment, because their insurance won’t cover the treatment anyway.

So, in summary, get over there and fight for us but when you get back, don’t assume we’re going to fix what happened to you when you were there. Don’t bother us about your wounds or your nightmares or your screwed up heads. And if your a woman, especially don’t bother us just because you got raped a little bit. You probably asked for it anyway.

If you lost your house when you were gone, that’s your problem, not ours. Serves you right for listening to the bullshit ads we made to sell you the house in the first place.

And don’t talk to us about your constitutional rights to vote. If you’re well enough to vote you shouldn’t be in the VA hospital anyway, crybaby.

Father of LSD dies at 102

May 1, 2008

Albert Hofmann, the father of LSD whose medical discovery inspired millions in the 1960s, has died. He was 102.

The Swiss chemist discovered lysergic acid diethylamide-25 in 1938 while studying the medicinal uses of a fungus found on wheat and other grains at the Sandoz pharmaceuticals firm in Basel.

He became the first human guinea pig of the drug when a tiny amount of the substance seeped onto his finger during a laboratory experiment in 1943.

“I had to leave work for home because I was suddenly hit by a sudden feeling of unease and mild dizziness,” he subsequently wrote in a memo to company bosses.

He said his initial experience resulted in “wonderful visions.”

LSD or “acid” had a tremendous impact, not only on the behavior of those who took it, but on the music and art of our generation. I liked it and have always believed it was an important if surreal part of my education .

Get Yer Sorry Ass back to Iraq

February 12, 2008

cry.jpgAn Iraq veteran suffering from bipolar disorder, alchoholism and homicidal tendencies, and who voluntarily checked himself into a hospital after attempting suicide, was forcibly removed by his commanding officer to be sent back to Iraq.

The 28 year old specialist had been returned to Fort Carson from Kuwait after health care professionals had made that diagnosis. His treatment was supposed to end Dec. 10 but his commanding officer showed up Nov. 29 and ordered him back to base for deployment.

Soldiers from Fort Carson and across the country have complained they were sent to combat zones despite medical conditions that should have prevented their deployment. Late last year, Fort Carson said it sent 79 soldiers who were considered medical “no-gos” overseas.

The brigade surgeon, says the 3rd Brigade Combat Team had “been having issues reaching deployable strength” and that some “borderline” soldiers were sent overseas.

This soldier was prescribed three drugs and was told that he was non-deployable while taking them. But his commander had a different idea. He was given 3 months worth of the drugs, Lamictal for treatment of bipolar disorder; Seroquel, an anti-psychotic; and Klonopin for anxiety and mood disorders and sent back to Iraq.

Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, was outraged.

“If he’s an inpatient in a hospital, they should have never taken him out. The chain of command needs to be held accountable for this. Washington needs to get involved at the Pentagon to make sure this doesn’t happen again. “First, we had the planeload of wounded, injured and ill being forced back to the war zone. And now we have soldiers forcibly removed from mental hospitals. The level of outrage is off the Richter scale.”

Read the whole story, but here is my favorite quote, from Col.B.Shannon Davis, chief of staff at Fort Carson.

“Caring and competent commanders make these decisions.”
cross posted at The Impolitic

Vaseline: For External Use Only

January 1, 2008

vaseline2.jpgThis is related to my previous post on large and small penises. It seems Asian men are injecting themselves with Vaseline and other oils in an attempt to make their penises bigger. This is right up there with the dumbest ass things I have ever heard.

Doctors in Asia are treating an increasing number of men with severe injuries who have tried to increase the size of their penises by injecting themselves with Vaseline and other oils.

In my mind, if you’re this stupid, you deserve whatever happens.

Injuries consist of severe deformations caused by tissue damage and erectile dysfunction. Gangrene can also develop if injection causes infection.

Doctors agree that when it comes to increasing the girth of the penis by injecting oils, severe side effects are the result in every case.

“Unlike breast implants where some women experience severe side effects, in all of these cases of penis enlargement by injection of oils, dangerous side effects develop,” Mr Manit said.

“The skin of the penis either dies or else becomes severely ulcerated in all cases.”

I’m sorry. Is this more information than you needed to know?

Breaking: Layman’s Machine Cures Cancer

November 5, 2007

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This is bigger than Pakistan,  google phone and even Cheney going hunting. A Florida man has created a machine that has successfully eliminated cancerous tumors every time in test rabbits. It uses radio waves. Here’s the story. 

Viagra – Breakfast of Champions

October 27, 2007

bigone1.jpgThis post is for all of you middle agers out there (you reading this Cap’n?)  who might be experiencing a little loss of libido. And listen up gals if your male partner is a little limper than you would like. For my lesbian friends, this post may not be for you.

If you have used or are using Viagra, Cialis or Levitra, you already know all this, but I’d like to hear if the effects are universal or individual so do comment. Anyway, without furthur ado, here is my 5 minute lesson on

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After a lifetime of nearly constant randiness, I started losing my libido a few years ago. If it hasn’t happened to you, it probably will and it’s a drag for the guy and very often more of a drag for his partner. Anyway, I decided I wanted to put the Boing! back in my little boy, the Jump back in my johnson,  so I ordered some Viagra online.

A note about online orders. I was perfectly satisfied and saved a lot of money. I used a big site out of Arizona but I did not buy a generic brand. I got the real thing. I suppose you have to be careful. Anyway, here is my take on the big three, all of which I have now tried.

0626viagra.jpgViagraPros – The big daddy of the woody pills. Viagra comes in various sizes from 20mg up to 100mg. Buy the 100mg. It’s the best value and it’s easy and appropriate to cut it into smaller parts. I usually bite off about 1/3 at a time and that’s plenty. In about a half hour, maybe a little more, and with some stimulation, I have a rise in my levi’s or, as Steve Martin might say, a large American bulge, and I’m ready to act like a plumber and lay some pipe.

Cons – Don’t wait more than a couple hours after taking your V to jump in the saddle. Any longer and your weenie may just wilt again. So mount up earlier rather than later to insure a good hard ride.  

Seriously, the erection is strong and big. It will do the job. I have found however that the orgasm itself is just ho-hum and there is less ejaculate. (I’m just waiting for the first one of you to ask me how I know there’s less) Also, while I have never experienced the blue colors that some people see, I do get left with kind of a metallic taste in my mouth, not unlike what bad acid used to do (for those of us who remember). 

If your looking for good value, good impression and a happy spouse, Viagra is your go-to guy.

cialis.jpgCialis Pros – I only took this once so I can’t really evaluate it well. Cialis is supposed to last a full day so sex can be more spontaneous. I don’t know about you but I take something like this when I know I’m gonna be doing it and doing it sooner rather than later. 

Cons – Cialis comes just in the 20mg size and I have no idea if it can be cut. Its about the same price as Viagra 100mg so for sheer value, Viagra is a better bet. The erection and the orgasm were both ok, but all in all, I found no reason to use this over Viagra. 

levitra.jpgLevitra Pros – Price aside, this is my fav. Not only does Levitra, like Cialis, last a long time ( so you can take it at noon and do your boning around 9) but the orgasm is very intense and very natural. This impressed me and if I could afford it, I would use only this product.

Cons – Like Cialis, Levitra comes in a small sized dose and is more expensive than Viagra.

Finally, I have never tried the generic types of any of these. I buy my Viagra in Malaysia where its cheaper and over the counter. If anyone has tried the generic stuff, please let us know how that went. I’d love to save the money. And for those of you who don’t like any of the above options, there’s always the surgical implant.

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The VA Healthcare Nightmare

September 10, 2007

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Amputee’s Disability claim will be reviewed every 5 years to see if his leg grows back.

large_legs1.jpgH/t to Raw Story for this update. I’ll try to get you to read it all with a couple of kickers.

Marine Cpl. Jacob Schick was driving a Humvee in 2004 when a roadside bomb tore through the floor shreddding both legs and one arm. 46 surgeries and one leg later he will be telling his story tonite on HBO’s “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq.”

“When I went over there, this wasn’t even an issue,” Schick said recently, glancing at his battered body. “I was totally prepared to die. I wasn’t prepared to come back learning how to walk, 46 surgeries, 23 blood transfusions. I went from being one of the elite, the best of the best, to not even being able to go to the bathroom by myself.”

Equally unexpected was having to contend with the maddening complexities of insurance claims, veterans’ hospitals and a federal health care bureaucracy that makes Schick yearn for the clarity of the battlefield.

In the days before Jacob came home his father checked out possible care facilities able to deal with his extreme injuries.

In anticipation of his son’s return, Schick’s father, Woody Schick, checked out Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and was appalled. More than two years before the media would expose the poor care, mold and cockroaches, Schick’s father told him, “You will not go to Walter Reed.”

Instead, Schick was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where he would spend the next 18 months undergoing surgery after surgery. The doctors amputated his right leg…

While he obviously has plenty to be depressed about his injuries are not the worst of it.

What makes him angriest, though, are the administrative hassles involved with his health care. Even getting officially designated “disabled” proved time-consuming as the VA faced a backlog of 650,000 claims.

“It took me two or three days to sign up for the Marine Corps,” Schick said. “It took me a year and five months to get a compensation check. You do the math. No matter what, we have to wait an hour and a half, guaranteed, he said. Then you see these doctors who are 190 years old, and you have to repeat everything you say.”

His plight does not end there and perhaps it will never end. Treating our soldiers like this is an absolute disgrace and it is the fault of not just the Bush administration but every congressman and senator in Washington.

I’m sure that after the HBO special there will be lots of huffing and puffing on Capitol Hill. Then a whole lot of nothing will get done. Again.