Category Archives: Medicine
This last week, there were a couple of news items relating to events on the Indian subcontinent, the first being that India may be designated polio-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), despite the efforts of anti-vaccinationists to the contrary. This is fantastic news, and has huge implications for ridding the planet of this awful disease, at least in preventing future outbreaks.
The other bit of news is, I think, both rather humorous and ominous, a governmental permission to Indian homeopaths to prescribe conventional medicines after a one-year course in pharmacology. The humorous part is that homeopaths lament the adulteration of their ‘science’ by allopathic methods. Please. Homeopathy isn’t science, not when it rejects the findings of physics, chemistry, and the very process of science in both its theory and practice.
The ominous part, of course is the danger of practitioners with little real medical training prescribing medicines that while effective per se, may be incorrectly prescribed without the deeper medical knowledge of real health-care professionals. It’s also bad, because it seems just another step to legitimizing all sorts of other medical chicanery, not unlike licensing wizards to cast charms and protect clients from the Dark Arts — after only a one-semester study course at Hogwarts ;-)
G’day. This has been a busy week, with two appointments, one with a representative of my health service provider and my annual physical exam, both of which went off without a hitch. We recently got our new cat, Rocky, a big, fluffeh Maine Coon who seems to be really good at pacifying Mr. Eccles and keeping his evil kittenish tricks at bay. We really can’t call Eccles much of a kitten, though, since he just reached his first full year of age, and seems to be getting rather large. A hefty beast, as it were.
This week was also a busy one for blogging, with my second guest post, Once Again from the Land of Fractals, on my friend Kate’s blog, and this morning’s fractal post on my Blogger site, the Collect Call of Troythulu…
For Wednesday, the most recent Fractals of the Midweek were published, a couple of MB3 images I did using newly recovered and updated parameter sets.
You know, the more I learn the ins and outs of the software, it doesn’t detract from the aesthetics of these images at all, only adding to it. The more I know what I’m doing, the more satisfying, and better the results. Worship of mystery and an eye for good results only gets you so far. Knowing what you’re doing and how it works gets you much, much further.
For Thursday, there was a new How to Argue post, also an assignment I did for my critical reasoning course I’m taking, which I found rather fun, taking a big hairy-looking argument and setting it up in formal symbolic notation that’s easier to evaluate. There was also a talk given by Tim Farley at TAM 2012, with tips and resource options for online skeptical activism, and on Friday, a talk given by Dr. Pamela Gay at TAM 2012.
On Left Hemispheres, Episode 01 of the Left Hemispheres podcast… Check it out!
Over at Astronasty, a bit on the newly developed hoverbike, strongly evocative of the ones used in Return of the Jedi by the imperial scouttroopers…
The Truth About Alternative Medicine — TAM 2012
Is proteomics the next big frontier for cancer research? Hillis explains the case for understanding the things going on in the body at the level of proteins and how this relates to how cancer develops.