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Weird Workouts

In one of his essays, the French philosopher Jean Baudrillardcriticized health clubs as a descendant of the torture chambers of Inquisition Europe. In the same essay, he continues to critique them for catering to the wealthy, narcissistic and ultimately child-like. I think Baudrillard is full of beans. He can’t have it both ways. It’s too easy to call working out a torture and at the same time bad mouth people who work out as wealthy, narcissistic and childish. Yes, gyms can be weird places. The fluorescent lights, the mirrors, and the Top 40 soundtrack interspersed with loud grunts and heavy breathing reminds me, personally, of some kind of soft-core, made for cable movie. But I’m a gym apologist. I like the gym. I think there’s a great deal of value in working out. And science undoubtedly agrees with me. We’re animals and we need strenuous physical activity to remain alive and sane. Also, gyms usually have remarkable characters.

I’ve been a member at one gym or another since I was in high school, so I’ve been to lots of gyms, all around the USA. I’ve been to gyms, literally from coast to coast and the one constant, from east to west and south to north are the characters. I’m not sure what it is, but when people get in their workout clothes and get around weightsbalance balls, and treadmills they get crazy. Or crazy people gravitate towards gyms. I’m not sure which.

Once, while working out under the harsh fluorescents in college, there was a big guy lifting weights. As he lifted, he literally screamed with every lift. He wasn’t grunting. He wasn’t breathing heavily. He was screaming at the top of his lungs, the way you might scream if you actually were being tortured in the Spanish Inquisition (Hey Baudrillard, I might want to recant now.) I mean, he was really screaming,loud. It was so loud it was distracting and made me laugh a little. It was so loud, it distracted another gym patron, who politely walked over to the man after he was done screaming.

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'Sir,' the distracted man said, 'I respect your strength, but could you please keep it down?'

The screamer nodded a reply, but he had screamed so loud, his voice was inaudible. Only a gravely squeak came out.

On the other side of the gym I watched, a little embarrassed that I was so interested in what was going on, and not concentrating on my own workout. I respect your strength? I don’t know who was weirder: the screaming banshee, the complainer who “respects his strength” (not the strength of his vocal cords, though) or me, the skinny guy in the corner watching the whole thing and taking notes.

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I'm a 16 year old girl & haven't gotten ANY shots / physicals since I was in Kindergarden . I attend public school without my vaccinations etc etc etc and my school allows me to attend with no hesitation. It's my body, my rights. I don't have to put any shit in it that I don't want to. And I'm still very healthy to this day. 5"4 118 lbs.



Ok, y’all need to stop because this is getting embarrassing. I’m starting to lose my temper.

So just because in all your 16 years you have never gotten sick doesn’t mean that vaccines aren’t necessary. I’m 25 and I have never been in a car accident- that doesn’t mean that I don’t have to wear a seatbelt or check my mirrors when I change lanes. Your personal experience- and the experience of any one individual unvaccinated person- DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING. AT ALL. PERIOD. If you weren’t as selfish and clueless as the vibe I’m getting, you’d thank your vaccinated classmates and fellow citizens for your streak of good health. Your height to weight ratio has nothing to do with vaccines or sometimes even if you are healthy, ps.

You don’t wanna put ‘shit’ in your body? Cool. Don’t. But stay the hell away from the doctor’s office or the ER if you or someone in your house comes down with something, because the only way to fix it is to put ‘shit’ in your body to keep you from dying or having chronic life-altering after effects. And obviously the latter isn’t a priority.

Actually… You don’t trust vaccines? Fine! Why stop there! Don’t use inhalers to prevent status asthmaticus, don’t use birth control pills to prevent unwanted pregnancy and help horrific menstrual cramps, don’t use aspirin to help a headache, don’t use chemotherapy to cure cancer, don’t use insulin to keep type 1 diabetics out of fatal comas, don’t use neosporin to keep your skinned knee from getting infected.

Because if you don’t trust the science behind vaccines, why trust the rest of it?


Why Should My Clinic Consider Electrosurgery?

I’ve read online that many surgical procedures are moving out of the traditional operating room and into the doctor’s office. As a family practice doctor, should I consider an electrosurgical unit for my clinic?

Wondering Doc

Most surgeons refer to their electrosurgical equipment or accessories as their “Bovie.” But a Bovie isn’t just for surgeons. If you perform any surgical procedure that requires cutting, and want to control bleeding easily and efficiently, you should definitely consider electrosurgery, Wondering Doc. Click ahead to read more about how electrosurgery can benefit your clinic.

QuickMedical Questions: Why Should My Clinic Consider Electrosurgery?

The first use of an electrosurgical generator in an operating room was on October 1, 1926, at Peter Bent, Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. A few days earlier, Dr. Cushing had been unsuccessful in removing a mass from a patient’s head due to its highly vascular nature. In Dr. Cushing’s notes from October 1st he wrote, “…with Dr. Bovie’s help I proceeded to take off most satisfactorily the remaining portion of tumor with practically none of the bleeding which was occasioned in the preceding operation.” From the most basic wart removal, spider veins, or hair removal, to intricate heart surgery, electrosurgery has become a part of almost 80% of all surgical procedures.

Although we’re aware you won’t be doing any heart surgery in your family practice office, Wondering Doc, it’s important to know that there is an electrosurgical device that fits your needs. For the small procedures your patients might want performed inside the office, Bovie electrosugery systems at QuickMedical might be the ideal solution. Bovie digital electrosurgical generators are designed for use in a variety of applications, including, but not limited to dermatology, gynecology, and urology. Is electrosurgery right for your family practice? It might be. Contact QuickMedical and a trained product specialist can help your clinic find the right electrosurgical system.

The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and communities and during the first full week of April each year, APHA brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week. National Public Health Week is a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. This year’s event focuses on the following daily themes, which should be familiar to any reader of the QuickMedical blog:

National Public Health Week 2014

Be healthy from the start. From OB/Gyn health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home.

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Welch-Allyn Vs. Riester

Although Welch Allyn is the well-known brand name in wall-mounted diagnostics, the Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station, surpasses their wall transformer set on several different fronts.

Both Riester and Welch-Allyn manufacture durable products, but Riester offers a two-year warranty, instead of the Welch-Allyn one year. The Riester Ophthalmoscope has almost double the amount of corrective lenses and more apertures and filters. The Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station also offers one environmentally friendly, centralized electrical power source for convenience, eliminating the need for conventional or rechargeable batteries. This way the doctor can simply enter an exam room without having to worry about carrying an otoscope or ophthalmoscope with and never has to worry about the batteries going dead. The Riester station is extendable as well, to both the left or the right of the main station, while Welch-Allyn’s station can only extend right. While the Welch-Allyn can be extended with only 3 modules, the Riester ri-Former is extendable to 5 (see below).

To see the diagnostic station in action, click ahead!

Welch-Allyn / Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station Comparison



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Could Environmental Sampling Have Prevented the Irish Potato Famine?

Phytophthora infestans. Even the name sounds sinister. It’s the fungus-like microorganism responsible for one of the worst famines ever to strike Europe: the Irish Potato Famine. Better known as potato blight or late blight, Phytophthora infestans is the bug responsible for claiming the lives of nearly 1 million Irish people and forever changing the political landscape of the region.

But, what if way back in 1845 we could have tested for infected crops using common environmental sampling methods? What if we’d had the same agricultural and food safety policies in place then as we do today? Could the impact of the Potato Blight have been contained?

Why Was Ireland So Affected by the Potato Blight?

Read it all here.

Environmental Sampling Potato Blight