Browsing Month September, 2012

Boxed In

By wisequack at September 30, 2012 | 12:43 am | 0 Comment

Boxed In

We live in a boxy world. We wake up on our box mattress in a boxy room in our boxy house, pull on our boxers, eat Cocoa Puffs out of a box, drive in our Volvos (boxy) to a boxy building that is our work or school, sit in a boxy classroom or office, at boxy desks, open our Mike Tyson lunch boxes and eat our box of raisins. We return to our box afterwards, check the more...

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What Can Folic Acid Do For My Baby?

By wisequack at September 30, 2012 | 12:38 am | 0 Comment

What Can Folic Acid Do For My Baby?

“Hi Mom, It’s your favorite son.” “Bill?” “Good one, Mom.” “Susan?” “No.” “Well that leaves David. Thanks for calling but my finances are a little...” “Actually Mom, I’m fine for money, what I need is an answer or two about my fetal development.” “Well your feet developed well. You had 12 toes, four on each foot and...” “No, more...

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Fibroids Don’t Affect Pregnancy

By wisequack at September 30, 2012 | 12:32 am | 0 Comment

Fibroids Don’t Affect Pregnancy

Did you know that having a soft tissue mass situated within the uterus usually isn’t a problem when it comes to getting pregnant and eventually delivering a healthy baby?  According to the majority of evidence gathered over many years, most women can successfully become mothers even if a fibroid is present.  Rarely, fibroids can block the fallopian tubes, impair the more...

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Liver Spots Are Caused By Liver Disease

By wisequack at September 30, 2012 | 12:22 am | 0 Comment

Liver Spots Are Caused By Liver Disease

It is simply not true that liver spots are caused by liver disease...it happens to be a  MYTH that’s haunted me ever since Granny Dibblee showed me one on the back of her leg.  But, it’s a very common name that’s been given to a type of pigmented skin lesion that is basically a large freckle typically caused by excessive exposure to sun over a period of time.  It more...

Featured , Hits & Myths

People With Tattoos Are Antisocial

By wisequack at September 23, 2012 | 11:05 am | 0 Comment

People With Tattoos Are Antisocial

People who display characteristics of antisocial personality disorder tend to be thought of as sociopaths with disregard for others, recurring difficulties with the law, violent behaviour, and a lack of empathy or remorse.  In a study of male inmates at a maximum security prison in Michigan over 10 years ago, psychiatrists noted that 73% of prisoners who had tattoos were more...

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Exercise Reduces The Risk Of Gallstones

By wisequack at September 23, 2012 | 11:05 am | 0 Comment

Exercise Reduces The Risk Of Gallstones

Did you know that according to research published from the University of Illinois, exercise can reduce the formation of gallstones?  At least this was the case when they studied lab mice who were subjected to a regular aerobics program (imagine Richard Simmons).  In this study, the researchers fed the mice a high-fat diet then let half of them sit on the couch all day more...

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Tanna

By wisequack at September 23, 2012 | 12:32 am | 0 Comment

Tanna

I sit down this morning, the monitor glaring at me, daring me to fill this blank page with witticisms and profound medical revelations. But today I have nothing. I don’t feel witty.  I don’t even feel like a doctor. I feel like a 13-year old boy. Last night, our wonderful chocolate lab, Tanna, was struck by a car and killed. This morning my eyes are puffy and more...

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Is Your Doctor A Doctor?

By wisequack at September 23, 2012 | 12:31 am | 0 Comment

Is Your Doctor A Doctor?

Have you, as a patient, ever been concerned that maybe, just maybe, your doctor is not really a doctor? Certainly many of my patients have. Next time, just before your "doctor" asks you to perform some undignified neurological test like sticking out your tongue and wiggling your ears while dancing the Macarena, test him out. Mention the word "Framingham". If the guy more...

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Creepy Crawlies

By wisequack at September 16, 2012 | 1:29 am | 0 Comment

Creepy Crawlies

“What a beauty!” rejoiced the exterminator as he lifted up the fibreglass batting to reveal a steroid soaked spider the size of Saskatoon “We love these guys. A few more of these sweethearts and you’ll have no more problems with carpenter ants in this house!” As thrilled as Mr. Pestilence was to discover that I was breeding Godzillaspiders, I was not more...

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Are My Dreams Making Me Wet The Bed?

By wisequack at September 16, 2012 | 1:28 am | 0 Comment

Are My Dreams Making Me Wet The Bed?

Ever had “the Dream”? You know, the one where the Swedish flight attendan….er.... the one when you’re standing in a forest and you have to piddle so desperately that your molars are doing the backstroke and the little red alarm in your bladder is screaming “flood warning”. And so, to great relief you put out the fire, emptying the kidney’s pride and joy more...

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