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Comment Re:What is his reasoning? (Score 1) 19

"So what are MY qualifications for coming to those conclusions? For one, I can read."

Yeah, that makes you more qualified than someone with 3 years of med school and years as an intern and years or decades in medical practice.

Seriously, that does NOT make you qualified to read the results and draw conclusions. I used to teach in a psych hospital and, later, in other treatment settings. "I can read" was NOT enough to make it possible for me to diagnose illnesses or to second guess the psychiatrists or social workers with degrees and postgraduate degrees in fields I only minored in.

However, that experience and the classes I took did teach me how to spot someone who was willfully blind to seeing when they were a good example of the Dunning Kruger Effect and thought they knew more than the experts because they didn't know enough to know when they were out of their depth.

You can go on, but it's clear you're looking more for justification here and for people to tell you that you're right (which means you have doubt you don't want to admit to) than you are looking for answers. You're being reckless with your own body. It's possible it might work for a short while, then get worse, or might actually work. If it works, it's due to luck, not due to what you perceive as your intelligence being better than the doctor's experience and education.

I'm out of here - but I'm sure, even knowing I won't come back, you'll need to comment with a long list of reasons of why I, and everyone else here, and your doctors, and the world, is wrong and you, for some reason, are the only one who is right.

Comment Re:What is his reasoning? (Score 1) 19

1) You state, in the original post, "It's only after another doctor ordered additional tests," yet you reply here and say, 'First, there was no "other doctor who recommended higher doses."' Can you clarify this?

2) You spend a lot of time talking about the "Women's Health Initiative." Why don't you answer my other questions? You've had multiple suggestions of trying another doctor. I asked why you didn't. So that comes back to, "Why are you sticking with this doctor if he's a problem?"

3) Sorry, but menopause IS natural. It happens without medication causing it. Maybe it's only three species that experience it, but it is a natural result of aging.

4) You are interpreting results and coming to conclusions and debating with a qualified MD. You are making strong claims, especially now that you're saying there is no other MD in the picture. (Your original post stated there was someone who ordered tests.) So what are your qualifications to make these conclusions?

Comment What is his reasoning? (Score 1) 19

It would help if you said what his reasoning was for the lower levels. Is there a chance of cancer or other issues developing? Why are you still with him instead of seeing the other doctor who recommended higher doses? And did the other doctor give any reason why the first one might go with lower doses?

Comment Because That's Where the Money Is (Score 1) 4

Follow the money. Who is spending?

Younger people are more easily influenced by advertising and more likely to buy things based on emotional wants. Also, young people spend more and buy more. Parents tend to buy a lot for their children, which still means the ultimate consumer is youth. After dealing with kids, people tend to slow down their buying. They have the big items, although they'll replace a car occasionally. By the time most people reach 35, they're buying less and buying what they need, not glitzy things that have a high profit margin. Also, by then, brand loyalty is established and people tend to keep buying the brands they have been for years.

It's selling to youth that makes the big bucks.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 2) 555

I guess you missed the entire point of what I said. Parents with terminal diseases - you can't just ignore those calls and if it's an emergency or there's a new caregiver on duty you don't know, the call could be from numbers or area codes you don't recognize. You can't just silence the phone and figure you won't be getting an important call.

I alluded to that before - guess you didn't read that part of the response.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 2) 555

I can't put on a whitelist doctors that I don't yet know in case she ends up in the ER. There were also times when someone, like a substitute caregiver, would call and their area code was someplace away from us because they still have the same cell number from before they moved. I made a reference to this in my post.

Comment Re: Don't give him ideas (Score 4, Insightful) 555

Some of us cannot turn off our phones at night. I had to deal with my Father dying of leukemia for 3 years or so, then an over-anxious Mother who was having panic attacks and then we found she was developing Alzheimer's. For 10 years, I had to be on call 24/7 because I never knew what would happen or if that out-of-town phone call was a friend or an EMT or someone calling on their cell phone to tell me she needed help or was in serious trouble.

It must be a wonderful privilege to live in a world where it's easy to imagine not having to be on call 24/7.

Comment NPD (Score 1) 1

He has NPD. Look it up. Narcissistic Personality Disorder. It's in the DSM-V. Several mental health professionals have publicly said this and one has even talked about keeping videos of him because he's such a textbook case.

Doesn't take much research or following the newsfeeds to have seen this.

Comment Re:Tripping the Light Fantastic (Score 1) 102

Hmmmm....

Interesting. Having been ballroom dancing for years, I have not found the culture to be at all as described. Sometimes people have perceptions of one group or another that comes nowhere near close to the reality of the situation because they rely on stereotypes rather than getting to know those in that group.

Submission + - Guy Invents Safe Ocean Travel and is Snubbed for the Effort (hackaday.com) 5

szczys writes: Here's an interesting fact: when at sea you can't establish your longitude without a reliable clock. You can figure out latitude with a sextant, but not longitude. Early clocks used pendulums that don't work on a rocking boat. So in the 1700's the British government offered up £20,000 for a reliable clock that would work at sea. John Harrison designed a really accurate ocean-worthy clock after 31 years of effort and was snubbed for the prize which would be £2.8 Million at today's value. After fighting for the payout for another 36 years he did finally get it at the ripe old age of 80. The methods he used to build this maritime chronometer were core to every wrist and pocket watch through the first third of the 20th Century.

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