Friday, September 16, 2011

Health - The Final Entry

Continuing on to the third and last day of health stories. Here is part two of the cosmetic surgery series that the USA Today is doing:

Are California and Texas on the right track?

Big in the news lately as been the dispute between Dr. Oz and the FDA a bout the
amount of arsenic in apple juice. I do think Dr. Oz is fear mongering because he said later he allows his kids to drink apple juice. What do you think?

Comment Away and then have a great start to the weekend!


This is a tough one.

Fannie Hurst authored yesterday's quote "Justice demands integrity. It's to have a moral universe - not only know what is right or wrong but to put things in perspective, weigh things. Justice is different from violence and retribution; it requires complex accounting. " was authored by a writer and teacher born in 1952. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in various public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, hooks has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism. Have you ever heard of a book of poems titled, AND THERE WE WEPT? If you have then you can answer the question, who authored today's quote?


Pat said...

The moral of the story is that if you want a cosmetic procedure done, don't go for cheap. It's sort of a crapshoot anyway, but you're well ahead of the game if you've researched your doctor's qualifications and made sure s/he uses an anesthesiologist and has hospital privileges.

I don't know as regards the breast cancer story. In general, I think patients should be given any and all information available.

Arsenic in apple juice? Who knew? I somehow don't get excited when TV doctors come up with controversial information. I guess he could be right and the FDA wrong. I don't use apple juice as a rule, so I'm not excited either way. I often think there are too many warnings and too much health information coming at us. Pretty soon we'll be afraid to eat or drink anything at all. OTOH, sometimes such information is timely, accurate, and very useful, so I guess it's up to us to separate the wheat from the chaff. Not an easy job for a layperson.

Lady DR said...

I stand by yesterday's comments about cosmetic/plastic surgery and checking credentials and such.

I'm of two minds on the breast cancer story. Because I'm small boned and small breasted, I was told years ago my tissue density is high. My aunt had two mastectomies. Do I, therefore, trust the mammograms or do I elect to have a periodic MRI? My insurance company dictates I trust the mammograms. The opponents seem to focus on cost. (Imagine our surprise) I do wonder how many women might be better served by a secondary test. Then again, how about improving mammo technology to better read dense tissue?

Arsenic in apple juice... I don't even want to go there tonight. I'm too tired.

William J. said...

Hi Pat

I agree if you have cosmetic surgery don't do cheap and check out not only the plastic surgeion but the anesthesiologist.

I agree with you about the cancer. Inform, inform.

Arsenic not only in apple juice but in all our food. I don't use apple juice either but it bugs me that doctors on TV scare people. Like I tell mom when she thinks Dr. OZ is on to something, he doesn't know your history, he doesn't know what medication you are own and so on. TV doctors issuing either blank advice or blank warnings is a rating ploy and I'm not listening to them.


William J. said...


I wonder how many people will take the time to check credentials even after reading the articles, my guess is not very many.

I think it would be hard to trust the mammogram. I think I'd be safe and go with the MRI. I hate insurance companies and in this case I might consider bypassing them and pay for an MRI myself. Your idea of improving technology works for me.

Arsenic in all foods, that should wake you up.