September 28, 2011 |
We're so down for watching reality TV medical shows. Give us a half-ton man or some guy whose hands resemble trees and we're a happy clam. So we were thrilled when our editor passed along a link to a series of British shows called "Embarrassing Bodies. " With a title like that, you can only imagine. Before you click the link and watch the video clips, be forewarned: There are graphic images -- albeit in a medical context -- some of which are much more explicit than what we're used to seeing in the U.S. The show is pretty much what you'd imagine: People with embarrassing health issues seek treatment.
August 5, 2011 |
Men interested in a permanent form of birth control are turning to an unlikely source for medical advice - "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" correspondent Jason Jones, who televised his vasectomy on Thursday night's program. As Jones describes it, he went to the doctor after suffering for five years from a mysterious malady that caused him to feel lethargic, gain weight and hear voices at night. The stunning diagnosis: "You have children. " And the condition was contagious, Jones explained: "Tragically, through unprotected intercourse, I had spread children to my wife," fellow "Daily Show" correspondent Samantha Bee . “Similar to herpes, you are stuck with children for the rest of you life.” The children the couple already had could not be “cured,” Jones said, but the simple procedure could prevent future “outbreaks.” So he went to Dr. David M. Weiner (yes, that's his real name)
June 22, 2009 |
Ten minutes into one of my favorite parts of church -- coffee hour -- I was sipping from my Styrofoam cup and enjoying the sugar buzz of a day-old doughnut when Paul snapped me out of my reverie. (Names have been changed.) "Hey, Steve, I've got this lump on my leg. Do you think it's serious?" Yep, I was being hit up for free medical advice again. "Gee, I don't know, Paul. Why don't you tell me about it?" "Well, it just showed up on my thigh. Do you think you could have a look at it?"
October 15, 2003
The U.S. Supreme Court pulled a shocker Tuesday when it let stand a controversial appeals court ruling that effectively lifts the federal threat against doctors who recommend marijuana in states where the practice is legal. The high court's decision not to accept an appeal of the U.S.
August 25, 2002
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is an expert on yoga ("Earth Mother, Yoga Star," Aug. 16). She obviously knows what she is doing to give mothers relaxation and serenity, and this doubtless has a positive effect on the unborn child. But she demonstrates the fatal flaw of many "gurus." Charles Lindbergh was an expert on aeronautics, but he expounded on (and was listened to about) politics when he had no more expertise than the person in the street. Gurus have an obligation to be careful about the spillover halo effect.
November 1, 2001 |
After 22 days of Cipro, an editorial assistant at American Media Inc. couldn't stomach it anymore. The nausea and cramps had her eating little more than rice cakes. Her personal physician was perplexed--he had never seen a case of anthrax in his career, so how could he advise her? He sent her to the local health department, which gave her an alternative antibiotic. "What do the doctors know?" the 44-year-old woman said with resignation, insisting on anonymity.