Tag: medicine

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Question for the migraine sufferers: For those who get histamine / allergen migraines (be they from cheese, red wine, etc.) do any antihistamines work to stave off or mitigate the effects? Was at my in laws this evening, was given a slice of gluten free cheesecake, only upon leaving an hour later did I enquire […]

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How Can You Not Know This?

 

shutterstock_172810082I have a peculiar area of expertise: I know a lot about death. Well, more precisely, I know more than the average person about bereavement, especially sudden, violent bereavement. I have come by this through my own losses, dedicated study, and, especially, through nearly 15 years of  experience as a law enforcement chaplain. Law enforcement officers often have the sad duty of performing what is known as “death notification,” and it is one they gladly hand off to the chaplain whenever possible. It is one of the subjects I teach at our academy.

A few years ago, I began to receive invitations from members of the medical profession who wished to learn more about death notification. The first time the state’s chapter of the American Academy of Surgeons asked me to address their meeting, I was puzzled. After all, these were doctors: highly educated professionals that must regularly (if reluctantly) come face-to-face with death. “Don’t you know more about this than I do?” I asked.

Apparently not. So I went and spoke about the very early stages of bereavement: the first seconds, minutes, hours after news of a loved one’s decease has been transmitted. And as the assembled surgeons nodded, took notes, and intelligently asked what seemed to me pretty basic questions, I kept thinking how can you not know this? 

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I visited my doctor a couple of weeks ago.  I’m one of those lucky persons who has weight issues because I’m pre-diabetic, not the usual issue of weight gain leading to diabetes (heredity can be a curse).  Anyway I mostly control it through keeping carbs low (most of the time), and trying to get exercise […]

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I don’t want to distract from Tom Meyers’ contraception thread by asking this question there, as it’s only peripherally related. It’s a simple question, but I suspect that the answer is not so simple. Even now, decades after “the pill” became a normal regimen for young women whether they are sexually active or not, do […]

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  Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome is a congenital malformation that occurs in about one in every 4,500 girls.  The Müllerian duct fails to develop and they are born without a vagina or uterus (warning: graphic medical image).  They are, however, born with functioning ovaries and therefore develop typical secondary sex characteristics and can have children, although through […]

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