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Comment Tooth Wisdom (Score 1) 11

I just want to mention a few statistics about dentists that I find very interesting.

First, around the time of the recession in 2008, while wasting hours online at the California Employment Development Department, there was a compiled list of careers that were in high demand and their average annual income. The number one highest paid career path projected to be in high demand for many moons: Dentist. So, if you love money more than anything else a job may offer, Dentistry is high demand high pay and the sky is the limit. Gold diggers are encouraged to apply.

Secondly, at around that same time frame, I recall another statistic that put Dentist as the top of the list. Suicide rates of people with a job, sorted by career. The per capita number one career path among suicides. Although many unemployed people attempt suicide, Dentists were the highest suicide rate among the employed.

I guess after student loans on top of years of med school, financing a fully equipped, state of the art, medical practice, and fully staffed - you'd max out your credit cards. The ability to charge $5,000 for a tooth in less time than it takes the anesthetics to wear off seems like a solution until it turns out that nobody has the money, and you'll never get out from debt unless you work slavishly until death. How can you enjoy prosperity and wealth when deceased?

Aha! Bang! No more student loan.....

On a lighter note I leave you with this:

How do we know the tooth brush was invented by hillbillies ?

Anyone else would call it a teeth brush.


Comment My buddy slashdotted health concerns in 2004 (Score 1) 19

And he got lots and lots of feedback.

His plea for help got all kinds of opinion, and in the end, he found the right treatment for a very serious, difficult to diagnose, illness.

The similarity you share is that you both understand exactly which medicine you need to feel better. Estrogen for you and Mega-antibiotics for Pat definitely seemed to be the cure. Instant improvement. The problem was that the doctor's diagnosis could not justify the prescription, which is to say that the misdiagnosis is the problem and unfortunately a patient's positive response to pharmaceuticals is difficult to weigh into the equation. All kinds of happy pills cure patients. So the doctor must distrust the patient while at the same time he must rely on the patient for the best information to form a diagnosis. And there's the rub. Its the essence of the disconnect. Ultimately, for my friend, he burned through all of the doctors in the Bay area, but found the right doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Once the right doctor could focus on the correct diagnosis, instead of second guessing the patient's sanity, the treatment was possible.

I'm glad that you are holding this guys feet to the fire, but if he's wrong then he may not want to admit it, and you'll do better with another Doc that has a little more faith in you. It sucks to be undermined by a physician - when your judgement and experience are second guessed. People have a lot of prejudice that interferes with their objectivity. Doctors try so hard to be objective they forget that illness is a subjective experience, and that a diagnosis must satisfy their subject. He'd rather be right. You'd rather feel better.

Comment Right On (Score 1) 7

I love the way you refuse to let us off the hook for our shit.

Its absolutely true that being green is more than just a novel sentiment - its a damn near impossible accomplishment of any human being in today's world. It is a monumental challenge to our very survival which fundamentally has been wholly anti-green in its dominance of natural resources and of civilization. So we conquer ourselves when we dominate nature. We better unwind that approach quickly if we give a shit about this world after we are no longer present. that would be quite a stretch for most living souls who toil in their own survival and comfort now and do not empathize with life beyond their own presence.

Nevertheless, our impact on the future is undeniable, even if we personally survive immediate fallout.

That being said, I want to applaud your for walking for several hours, which is no easy accomplishment for anyone who has access to transportation of any kind. Its damn time consuming and it forces you to confront your very being, and how that fits into life on earth without the convenience of gluttonous consumption and technological apparatus. Your decision to walk is easier said than done, require a great deal more time and effort, and which goes unnoticed by the most fervent green earthlings. But it is very good for your health and affords one the clear headedness to know when social overtures make better myth than reality. Mythology seems to endure the ages, even as reality insists on our own mortality. Denial is practically a prerequisite of human consciousness - I think, therefore I am....whatever I think. So wrong thinking must be realized in order to improve on our objectives if we actually care enough about the results, in reality, as it unfolds into the future beyond our years.

Of course, this feels like complete futility, but that's just one of the perks of being a member of the tribe.

On a somewhat unrelated point, it had occurred to me that the term "boycott" somehow smacked of gender bias. It does not. According to "the internet" sources plagiarize dictionaries that say: Charles Boycott was an English estate manager in Ireland, against whom nonviolent coercive tactics were used in 1880. And there you have it - the Irish are green as well, and have a history with Boycott.

As the great prophet Kermit the Frog once sang: It's not easy being green!

I think we all can relate with Miss Piggy - I just finished driving 30 miles to do a half day of gardening. I pat myself on the back for sharing the drive and for not using any "round-up" or other chemicals....and I didn't squash any gnarly spiders or use any power tools. So if that isn't green then its puce green or chartreuse.

Comment Quantum Weakness (Score 2) 116

This story would be a whole lot more meaningful if, for example, the resulting 90% performance of these quantum chips is any way could be contrasted with ANY frame of reference to reality. Whats the point of reporting test results as compared to ...what? What the hell does it mean?... that every not quantum computer can't perform at all? If I am supposed to care about these results compared to nothing at all then I'm in grave doubt as to the value of this technology in the hands of those who can't distinguish it from an iPhone app's performance. I'm pretty sure it can recognize a tree too. Quantum weakness in rhetorical value. Wake up the other hemisphere on this half baked argument so that nerd news can matter to the rest of the human race.

Comment Pissed off is good! (Score 1) 6

Pissed on.....Not so much.

I'm glad you are deploying ordinance here on the shelling range before launching an offensive on Dr. Strangelove.

Doctor / patient relationships, after all, are exactly that, and its hard to always stand in both sets of shoes, unless you are a four legged cross dresser, and we know your feelings on skin deep transparency.

Here's the thing, everything you say is correct:

Growing old's a bitch. Estrogen pairs nicely, with a Pinot Noir.

Ethicists need doctors, penal codes discourage their strangulation.

Current medical standards are currently in a back alley self medicating on prescription pharmaceuticals. They just act like pimps, ODs, and crack whores.

Any hack can dispense pills according to current best medical standards: but they still require leaches and blood letting to remove the small angry dwarf from your abdomen.

Dr House ignored the conventional wisdom, the patient, and standard medical practices, established procedures designed by medical insurance adjusters who manage health care profit and loss: good health is bad for business. But so is a dead patient. A great doctor is after the truth, not being right. That's the cure: Its better to be wrong and alive. Pain and discomfort are normal and it sucks. Legal compliance and courtroom victory are only a consolation prize for lawyers and the survivors.

Your doctor is likely as brilliant, unconventional, and misunderstood by his peers as you - else you never would have entrusted her/him in your care. Practice makes perfect, we're all human, and you are his practice. Communicate your concerns, but let him focus on the medical issues only. He is absolutely no match for the legal or ethical dynamics that could extrapolate to malpractice. A little faith in your judgement of character would be helpful now. You'll never have time to bone up on the medical qualification. If you can't trust him then give him the boot, but don't you dare attempt to second guess his medical training and strategies. You have no idea what he is really thinking and what he is looking at - this is a medical process with very little track record and investigation, awareness, and the scientific process must proceed without any interference in the form of fears that medical records can become legal weapons. He needs to get to the truth which is complex, elusive, and transitory until death. As long as he is writing the numbers down, they are not wrong. You can discuss the merits of a low estrogen level as it pertains to depression but you are not a vacuum or la tabula rasa. The laws of chemical interactions, biological complexities, idiosyncrasy, perception, intellectual, spiritual, psychological factors make this medical process far too complicated for Monday morning quarterbacks.

I am not suggesting that you are incorrect. But it is possible that you do not fully understand the bigger picture here by micromanaging your physician or second guessing the benefits of self medicating rather than social and spiritual communion on slashdot or AA. Either avenue of relief from this discomfort is optional, but I urge you to keep your physician absolutely informed of all details pertaining to medication, diet and other pertinent data. It would be a waste if your cure was misunderstood by incorrect medical data. Don't outsmart yourself.

There may not be a way for you to understand or fully appreciate the physician's medical strategy. If you cannot intellectually appreciate his approach then he may be intuitive. If you trust his intentions, and his track record, and if the numbers and results are properly recorded then TRUST in this process. There are no cures in life. But there is living and healing as best as we can for as long as we survive.

We all would benefit from being 20 again. And we understandably can desire that our physical well being be held to that standard, but estrogen levels in a 60 year old human being with your particular, individual, complexities is not a process of getting conventional numbers in blood work. Its a balance of your mind, body, and spirit. He may already know what you just figured out and he's turning your knobs for a reason: he is objective and he expects these results for a very specific reason that you do not yet appreciate, subjectively speaking.

You cannot be objective, patient guinea pig.

But you are perhaps the most articulate and intelligent subjective participant in the scientific medical process that this zoo has ever seen.

Do your best to get all of this documented and communicated for the record. You are a partner in uncharted territory that will bring medicine and science closer to learning effective cures to our ills and physical well being. It could be that medicine are just ignoring the angry abdominal dwarves, or feeding them, but at least we are pursuing improvements to understanding.

You are under no obligation to participate in these scientific objectives that demand more data than your short lifetime can provide. Get off that Ferris Wheel any time. Just be certain that you communicate your objectives, and pursue doctor feelgood if you are tired of feeling like shit. There is no point in suffering like a martyr for the greater good. You deserve to get old and fuzzy headed and less productive without feeling deeply unhappy or alone. Even though, that's how we all feel from time to time and often increasingly as we grow older. I'm not suggesting Hospice, I am just saying we are no spring chickens, and that's a reality we don't need to fix to feel right with the world.

I'm heartened to see you pissed off and dressed like a ninja. Your mind and spirit could outperform the highest standards, any day of the week. But give yourself a break, and let yourself focus on some fun with people who don't hold you to such high standards. I like 12 step meetings or community gatherings with a high probability of positive vibe. The days are getting longer, and old friends and new could reemerge from the woodwork.

And for God sake don't evaporate a perfectly good doctor with your death ray - it takes 20 years to train them how to handle patients as smart as you. Don't foreclose on Dr House before a reappraisal of current market comps and input of a qualified Realtor.

Get well, and may the farce be with ye.

And Happy New Year, you Rolling Stone.

Comment Slashdot, community, ideology, discovery. (Score 1) 17

We're not dead yet.

That said, I still find myself coming back here to slashdot in spite of my inability to establish much of my comment subject here, and other-where lately.

This is true for many reasons that pertain to the passing of time, human nature, and the ironic nature of consciousness in a vacuum we call space between objects (and our ears).

But I'll say this, when I do show up these days, I always start with Barbara Hudson's journal because nothing else here rings on such an amazing chord - right from the start.

I really don't know how to articulate why the avant-garde genius and compassionate creative intelligent anarchy can thrive in the most peculiar of of niches, but perhaps that's just the benefit we sow for being survivors on a deserted island. We're not dead yet, not by a long shot.

Thanks to all of you for sticking it out here on the Dark side of the Moon. I understand treading water gets old with Deadheads, but in the meantime, its easier to find you around the familiar address.

Plus the fact, its kinda fun being a poltergeist.

Who wants to be the ghost of slashdot future?

Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 5

That's right.... I do recall him mentioning Florida as well.... and he did allude to maybe sailing a boat or visiting Mars... and I do believe he was likely born no later than 1961, but I'm not certain.
    Anyway, I hope he is enjoying himself !
  I figured I would give it 6 months before I sounded off on this. Thanks for your feedback, I'll be sure to follow through with any pertinent information...

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