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William T. Jarvis, PhD, is a retired public health and preventive medicine professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and president of the National Council Against Health Care Fraud. He has been an outspoken critic of the nutritional supplement industry for decades.
During the Sundance Film Festival, held in January in Park City,UT, the documentary “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” was debuted by Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke. I have not had the opportunity to see the 98-minute documentary, yet I was enthralled with descriptions of the project on the Internet.
I recently learned through the evening news that a Dutch scientist, Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Netherlands, has genetically engineered a deadly form of the H5N1 bird flu virus into an easily transmissible form that has the potential to cause lethal human pandemics.
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world, I know because I have done it thousands of times
As an anesthesiologist, on a purely pragmatic level, it is hard not to bear some animosity toward those who smoke.
When this issue of US Medicine reaches our readers, we will be well into the holiday season and drawing 2011 to a close. Like many, I often find myself using this time of year to reflect on the previous 12 months, new directions, challenges, successes and failures.
If I were unfortunate enough to sustain a severe trauma, I would prefer to be taken to a U.S. Military Combat Support Hospital (CSH) over nearly all other medical institutions in the world.
I had the misfortune recently of stumbling across a movie documentary, “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed” narrated by Ben Stein, as I was channel-surfing with my eldest daughter following the evening news.
“The prayer that has been mine for 20 or more years, that I might be permitted in some way or sometime to do something to alleviate human suffering, has been answered!” – Walter Reed (1851-1902)
This quote was from a letter Walter Reed wrote from Columbia Barracks, Quenados, Cuba, to his wife and daughter during the last few minutes of the 19th century, 11:50 p.m., December 31, 1900.1
One of the most stimulating aspects of being a federal medicine provider is the truly global nature of our medical community and patients. Whether at a combat support hospital at Camp Bastian, Afghanistan, a health clinic in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories, or the 8th Medical Group, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, few places on this planet have not been touched at some point by federal medicine.
“God is in the details.”
- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969)
I recently took a two-week cruising vacation with my family on our sailboat “Family Knot” (Gemini 105Mc). Our goal was to circumnavigate the Delmarva Peninsula, the large East Coast peninsula that contains portions of the states Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The majority of this trip was confined to the relatively protected waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, but a portion of the trip required venturing out into the coastal Atlantic Ocean.
- A day without sunshine is like, you know, night
- Fixing healthcare and fixing the economy are two sides of the same coin
- The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do
- A leader...must have the determination to stick with it
- Because that's where the money is
- I wonder if a soldier ever does mend a bullet hole in his coat?
- There is nothing so annoying as a good example
- The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see
- It's hard to soar with eagles when you're surrounded by ducks quacking 'No!'
- It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has
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