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“Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health. Everything absolute belongs to pathology.” So proclaimed Friedrich Nietzsche in Beyond Good and Evil

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One of the shortcomings of our medical system is that doctors have very little time with their patients. There isn’t really the time for a doctor to sit down and carefully explain to you how the vaccines are working, what each of the different diseases are that your child is being vaccinated against, why those diseases are of concern, who they’re of concern to, and basically the whole public health strategy or justification behind mass vaccination.  -Eula Biss

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Challenges and Progress, now and later

Challenges and Progress, now and later

Telemedicine company American Well developed an app called AmWell. It was the most downloaded health app in 2014 and will play a big part in Apple’s HeathKit. At it’s most basic level, AmWell is a doctor in your pocket that makes access to health care professionals seamless, easy, and inexpensive. You bring your phone everywhere, so you bring your access to top-notch clinicians everywhere. Despite the convenience, however, telemedicine  has still not reached its potential. What this technology might look like in the near future is fairly easy to imagine.  For example,  your smartphone can be equipped with cheap diagnostic tools that would help you and your doc figure out…

Co-Operating Burdens of Choice

Co-Operating Burdens of Choice

I remember a while back two articles were released in the New Yorker and the New York Magazine about reproductive medicine and the impact it has on our nation’s overall health care budget. Both articles approached the idea of aging mothers, fertility clinics, and premature birth sensitively and though different, both equally eloquent. What struck me most about each article was the element of choice, especially in premature birth. With medical advancements, a “viable” pregnancy (limit of viability) has shifted to 24 weeks gestation. Yet the survival rate, and then the complications and resulting disability rates are high.  The expecting family is…

Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.

–Jasper Fforde

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“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” 
― Douglas Adams

 

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“When we are playing [games], we are stretching our emotional expressive ranges, loosening up our biochemical flow of information, getting unstuck, and healing our feelings.”

-Candace Pert

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