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Posted by Crunchy Frog in Israel/Palestine
Fri Nov 11th 2011, 09:34 PM

Just thought this thread would make a good place to archive links about the progress Israel is making in illegal outpost dismantling.
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in Health
Wed Jun 22nd 2011, 11:00 PM
My mom just got it. She got her first symptoms about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and discovered the characteristic rash on the back of her knee a few days later. The rash was diagnosed by her doctor as "cellulitis", but she and I both thought it was much more like an EM rash, both in appearance and other characteristics. Already suspecting Lyme, she was able to get a grudgingly short course of Doxycycline out of him. We then both hit the internet and researched the living shit out of Lyme disease. She went back to him the following week reporting that a second "bullseye" type rash had appeared higher up on her leg (though it faded soon after) and her virtual certainty that it was Lyme. He gave her another small scrip for Doxycycline, and did go ahead and order a blood test.

Well, the test results came back and were positive. She definitely has Lyme. She's one of the lucky ones, we learned. She had really severe acute symptoms and she found the rash. She was pushy enough with her doctor to actually get tested, and she was fortunate enough to actually test positive.

Among the things that we learned; there is a huge and vicious medical controversy over the nature of Lyme disease, how easy or difficult it is to diagnose and treat, whether or not it can relapse or become chronic after "adequate" treatment and just what does constitute adequate treatment.

We also learned just how destructive this disease can be if left untreated or undertreated. My mom is an incredibly active, fit and energetic person, and I think she frankly got the shit scared out of her.

She and I ended up driving several hours out of town today to see an "alternative" doctor who is willing to treat Lyme with a more aggressive antibiotic regimen than any doctor here will. It's not like she's going nuts on the stuff. In fact, she has a nurse friend who is on a longer course of the same drug just to treat rosacea. She just would prefer to err on the side of overtreatment rather than undertreatment.

Anyway, just because you preempt your doctor with a diagnosis based on your own research, it doesn't necessarily mean that your diagnosis is wrong. Also, especially with Lyme, it seems like the larger controversy surrounding it inhibits many doctors from even thinking of it as a possibility, or treating it even in patients presenting with very obvious symptoms.

The author Amy Tan has written a terrifying account of what can happen when Lyme goes untreated. I can't seem to pull up her site right now, but I found an excerpt from her account here.

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Posted by Crunchy Frog in General Discussion
Sun May 22nd 2011, 10:09 PM
Weather prediction devices and storm warning systems, the kind that do save lives in the event of something catastrophic like a tornado or tsunami or earthquake or flooding (not that the planet has experienced any of those things this year), are an easy target for budget-cut hawks.

The rationalization goes something like: These anomalous weather events don’t happen that often, and are so unexpected anyway, that you can’t really predict them. Hence, the prediction and warning systems are really just a waste of money.

Except that when a disaster does happen, these prediction and warning systems are one of the few things that can lead to lives saved. They are like the fire department. Sure, maybe a few days a week it seems like they do nothing, but when they do their job it’s a good and necessary thing.

Now, amazingly, we learn that in the recent round of Federal budget talks, Congress — including every GOP member of Alabama’s delegation — decided to “eliminated funding to replace the environmental satellites that help make our forecasts a reality.”

How many people living through these horrific events will continue to vote for these people? Do they have any sense at all of the connection between their votes and the things that happen to them?
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in Health
Wed May 18th 2011, 01:31 AM

This is a report from Richmond VA. Pediatric urologist Dr. Boyd Winslow reports having done over 1600 corrective surgeries for botched circumcisions in the past 3 years.

I know that there are currently people in the medical community, and even some here on DU who are advocating circumcision as some sort of "vaccination" that will protect people against HIV and other STDs (notwithstanding that this country has the highest circ rate in the developed world and the worst statistics as far as STDs). It seems to me that the complication rates for this sugery are grossly underplayed by much of the medical community in this country. Comparing it to a vaccination, are there any doctors out there who have done 1600 reconstructive surgeries for vaccination complications? I've never heard of anything like that, but maybe there's something I'm not aware of.

I apologize for opening such an inflammatory post, but I did find this report and found it intriguing in light of some of the recent claims being made for health benefits and low risks.

I'll put on my flame retardant suit now.
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in The DU Lounge
Wed Nov 10th 2010, 10:21 PM
In the next step people will be the actual sushi.
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Nov 02nd 2010, 10:33 PM
A couple of weeks ago I was home alone with the two froglets. I went down to the basement to get something without remembering that I had locked the door from the other side (yeah, pretty dense). So anyways, I found myself locked in the basement with my two toddlers upstairs, and no way to get to them. I fortunately had a phone and a phone book down there, so started calling around to various locksmiths. I finally got one who said he could be right over and would charge $75.00 for the call. I had to go with him since one of my boys was already starting to sob on the other side of the door.

Anyway, long story short, he came and got into the house and let me out of the basement and I was able to get to my now hysterical toddler (the other toddler is more mellow). Then he went and made a copy of the key with a little storage pouch to keep in my basement so it wouldn't happen again. He didn't charge anything for that last part. I wrote him a check for $81.00 and that was the end.

Anyway, just opened the mail today and there was the check enclosed along with a nice note saying that they wouldn't charge me anything because of the circumstances and the kids.

So, these days it's hard to believe that there are still decent people in business, and it's easy to believe that the whole country is just generally mean and nasty, but this has kind of renewed my faith that there are decent people out there.

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Posted by Crunchy Frog in General Discussion: Presidency
Thu Oct 28th 2010, 07:35 PM
that the staunchly Republican old lady I'm an aide for, who was planning to vote straight line Republican, found that there were a few that she simply couldn't bring herself to vote for and voted the Dem instead.

She specifically mentioned "that aweful woman" who kept leaving abortion messages on her answering machine (Buerkle) and "that crook" running for Governor (Paladino).

So maybe the negative stuff is backfiring?
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in Political Videos
Tue Oct 05th 2010, 03:34 PM

Christine O'Donnell protests that she's not a witch.
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in Latest Breaking News
Wed Sep 22nd 2010, 04:07 PM
It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sun Sep 12th 2010, 11:39 AM
Baby Gets Circumcised Against Family's Wishes

Mario Viera is held by his mother Vera Delgado. Mario Viera is just four weeks old. When he was born, his mom says she told doctors at South Miami Hospital several times that she did not want Mario circumcised.

"It's a big hospital," said Vera Delgado, Mario's mother. "It's a good hospital, and I thought he's safe, he's good there." But eight days after his birth, without his mother even present, doctors performed the surgery.
"I was crying. I spent that day and the next day crying," Delgado told CBS4's Gio Benitez exclusively.

The hospital released this statement: "The baby's circumcision was an unfortunate mistake caused by a misread consent form. As soon as the error was discovered, the doctor and nurses let the family know what had occurred. We also immediately implemented new processes to ensure this mistake will not occur again. The procedure itself was performed following appropriate surgical guidelines and the baby didn't have any complications. Nevertheless, we're all deeply sorry that this happened."

It was done on the 8th day of a 10 day NICU stay, so apparently "appropriate surgical guidelines" include not obtaining consent, and doing it on babies that are too unstable to leave intensive care. The family's lawyer will be suing the hospital for battery.

This was one of the things I worried about when my twins were in the NICU. It looks like my fears were not entirely unfounded. If it had happened to one of my babies I would have done time in jail and the doctor would have been left with a permanent physical reminder of the importance of obtaining proper consent before cutting into someone.

Not trying to start another flame thread on the subject, but I thought it was an interesting story.
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Apr 10th 2010, 12:46 PM

The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.

The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done--
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"

The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead--
There were no birds to fly.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
"If this were only cleared away,"
They said, "it would be grand!"

"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
"I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.

"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."

The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head--
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.

But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat--
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.

Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more--
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.

The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
"Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!"
"No hurry!" said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.

"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
"Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed."

"But not on us!" the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
"After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!"
"The night is fine," the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?

"It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf--
I've had to ask you twice!"

"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"

"I weep for you," the Walrus said:
"I deeply sympathize."
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

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Posted by Crunchy Frog in Health
Sat Apr 03rd 2010, 11:05 AM

Doctors Perform C-Section and Find No Baby

Two North Carolina doctors have been reprimanded for performing a caesarian on a woman, only to discover she wasn't pregnant at all.

Doctors opened up the woman and found a nonpregnant uterus. The incident -- a rare case of pseudocyesis or a false or hysterical pregnancy -- happened at the Cape Fear Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C.

The woman reportedly appeared at the hospital with her husband asking for a C-section. A resident in charge made the pregnancy diagnosis and doctors agreed to surgery after trying to induce labor for two days.

Neither doctor independently confirmed the pregnancy.

In January, after studying the case for more than a year, the North Carolina Medical Board sent "letters of concern," the lowest level of discipline, to Dr. Gerianne Geszler, who was the on-call physician, and Dr. Dorrette Grant, who performed the caesarian in 2008.

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Posted by Crunchy Frog in Choice
Sun Mar 28th 2010, 05:44 PM

What I learned watching the NIH VBAC Conference

I’ve never sat in on anything as political or crucial to the birth community as last week’s National Institute of Health’s Consensus Development Conference on Vaginal Births After Cesarean. I’ve been to Medical Board meetings, participated in the California Association of Midwives’ board meetings and witnessed the surges of energy (meetings) that eventually turned into the (re-)creation of legalizing midwives in Florida. The opportunity to see the two day conference (spread over three days) is still there by clicking on the NIH link above; I highly encourage birthy folks to take the time to listen through at least some of the presentations. There are too many highlights to pick just one speaker; several shared information so profound as to bring me to tears or to clench my fists – they sure evoked emotion!


In the VBAC community, there is documentation of women who, even though they entered the hospital pushing, were forced… yes, physically… into the operating room and, even though they were screaming their objections (not a strong enough word), stating they were not consenting to the surgery, their abdomens and uteri were cut open and their babies pulled out of them. It sounds unreal, doesn’t it? Like this could never happen?


Rebecca Spence from RHRealityCheck says, “Panelist Laurence McCullough, the Chair in Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, spoke for the panel during the public comment session and in a press briefing, taking the position that a physician has an independent obligation to protect a fetus, which, it is claimed, is not dispensed by a laboring woman’s refusal to consent. The panelists’ comments indicated that a conclusion regarding the ethical question was beyond their scope, yet stated to the press and to the audience that the body of law and ethics that protects the right to refuse surgery was not written for, and may not include pregnant patients.” (emphasis mine) It took me asking several women and reading a few blogs before I understood what they were saying: that pregnant women might not/do not have the right to refuse a cesarean… that doctors can still force women, whether through the courts or even strong-arming them, into the operating room.

I'm wondering if other people here besides myself consider the issue of forced surgery and other medical treatment for pregnant women to be a choice issue.
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Mar 05th 2010, 10:45 PM
He has been studying these issues for many years.

"The possibility that empathy resides in parts of the brain so ancient that we share them with rats should give pause to anyone comparing politicians with those poor, underestimated creatures."
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Posted by Crunchy Frog in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Jan 02nd 2010, 05:22 PM
"Like all compromises, it had the evils of all the plans from which its pieces came, and the merits of none of them. The coward, who, running with his conscience and holding with his fear, makes a compromise by taking the head of one thought and the tail of another, is sure to get the wrong ends of both."

I may use it in a sig.
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