Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $70,807
Woo hoo!! And after accruing the balance of the monthlies we're now over 80%!! Less than $18k to go!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Health/Medicine (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Did Scalia Parrot Fox News During Health-Care Arguments?

    04/06/2012 2:01:41 PM PDT · by IndePundit · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 5, 2012 | Matthew DeLuca
    Is Roger Ailes clerking for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia? One might be forgiven for thinking so following last week’s oral arguments on the health-care law before the nation’s highest court. As has been pointed out elsewhere, some of Scalia’s questions from the bench made use of the tone and even the diction of the attacks on the Affordable Care Act frequently heard on Fox News and conservative talk-radio shows. After Scalia picked up on the idea that a government empowered to have its citizens buy health insurance or face a penalty may also strong arm them into buy some...
  • Sulfur miners who work in a LIVE volcano (and whose life expectancy is just 30)

    04/06/2012 9:59:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 15:03 EST, 5 April 2012 | UPDATED: 15:05 EST, 5 April 2012 | Richard Ashmore
    This is the grim sight that meets sulfur miners who are forced to scrape a living on the site of a live volcano. And not surprisingly, the horrendous conditions are to blame for them having a life expectancy of just 30 years. As these sobering pictures show, around 200 brave souls toil up to 12 hours a day at the top of Ijen volcano, in Indonesia. The men—who earn just £3 a day ($4.76 ATTOW)—carry baskets of hardened yellow sulfur weighing 70 to 90 kg (154-198 lbs) up a steep rocky path from the crater floor around ten times a...
  • ObamaCare: Severability SCOTUScast

    04/05/2012 7:25:24 AM PDT · by american_steve · 1 replies
    Federalist Society ^ | March 30, 2012 | Federalist Society
    On March 28, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fla. v. Dept. of Health and Human Services and Nat'l Fed. of Ind. Business v. Sebelius, two of the three cases before the Court involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, sometimes referred to as Obamacare or the Healthcare Act. Both cases raise the question whether, if the individual mandate requiring Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty is deemed unconstitutional, the remainder of the Healthcare Act still survives. This is commonly referred to as a question of severability. Both cases further raise the...
  • Leipheimer: ‘I could be dead, for sure’ [Lousy healthcare in Spain]

    04/04/2012 4:51:37 AM PDT · by Third Person · 4 replies
    Velo News ^ | April 2nd, 2012 | Andrew Hood
    Levi Leipheimer is counting his blessings Monday after avoiding serious injury when a Spanish driver plowed into him during a Sunday-afternoon training ride in Spain’s Basque Country. The American star knows he’s lucky to be alive and to have otherwise avoided serious injuries in the high-speed accident. Leipheimer was on a two-hour training ride ahead of Monday’s start of the Vuelta al País Vasco when disaster struck: a car drove directly into him at full speed as he was riding on the right side of the shoulder on a Spanish road. Leipheimer recounted the accident to VeloNews in an exclusive...
  • High-fat diet: Ketogenic diet reverses kidney damage from diabetes

    04/03/2012 10:05:04 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 38 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 04/21/12 | Eryn Brown
    A high-fat "ketogenic" diet may reverse the kidney damage caused by diabetes, a study published online Wednesday by the journal PLoS One reports. Past research has shown that lowering blood sugar through diet can prevent kidney failure but not reverse it in patients with diabetes. Lead author Charles Mobbs, a neuroscientist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said that this study -- in which mice were fed a high-fat diet of 5% carbohydrate, 8% protein and a whopping 87% fat -- was the first to show that dietary intervention alone is enough to reverse kidney failure...
  • Behold, an X-ray of Hitler’s head

    04/03/2012 8:31:48 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 3, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez
    Behold, an X-ray of Hitler’s head You're looking at one of five known X-rays of Hitler's head. The radiograph is just one of 17-million rare, intriguing, and often-bizarre items housed in the the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library on Earth. We've got a gallery. This particular image is part of a larger medical dossier on Hitler that was assembled by U.S. military intelligence following World War II, and one of the 450 images featured in Hidden Treasure — a book published yesterday in observance of the National Library of Medicine's 175th anniversary. Hitler as Seen by...
  • Some kids with severe autism may "bloom" out of disorder

    04/02/2012 1:17:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/02/2012 | Ryan Jaslow
    Although most children with autism keep that diagnosis through teenage years and beyond, a new study suggests some kids might just "bloom" out of the developmental disability. The study found about one in ten children diagnosed with severe forms of autism may shed many symptoms of the disorder by the time they turn 8-years-old. The study, published in the April 2 issue of Pediatrics, examined the behavioral development of nearly 7,000 children with autism who were born in California between 1992 and 2001. Researchers were looking to track each child's development when it came to communication and social and repetitive...
  • Mad Mom? January Jones Eats Her Own Placenta

    04/02/2012 12:01:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | Mar 26, 2012 | Mikaela Conley
    January Jones credits eating her own placenta, along with a healthy diet and vitamins, to helping her get back to work on the hit series, “Mad Men,” in a matter of weeks. She told, “Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It’s something I was very hesitant about, but we’re the only mammals who don’t ingest our own placentas.” “It’s not witch-crafty or anything,” said Jones, who plays Betty on the TV show. “I suggest it to all moms.” In some cultures, it is commonplace to consume the afterbirth. While placenta encapsulation is not FDA-approved in the U.S.,...
  • Pennsylvania Senate Approves “Individual Health Care Freedom Amendment"

    04/02/2012 10:06:15 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 3 replies
    General Assembly of Pennsylvania ^ | 4/2/2012 | PA Senate
    The Pennsylvania Senate approved a measure by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) that would amend the state constitution to prohibit Pennsylvanians from being required to obtain health insurance coverage or from being penalized for not doing so. Senate Bill 10 would give voters an opportunity to say “yes” or “no” to a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. That law contains an “individual mandate” provision forcing Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014 or face financial penalties. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on challenges to the health care law and will rule on the...
  • In cancer science, many 'discoveries' don't hold up

    04/01/2012 11:11:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Mar 28, 2012 2:09pm EDT | Sharon Begley
    A former researcher at Amgen Inc has found that many basic studies on cancer—a high proportion of them from university labs—are unreliable, with grim consequences for producing new medicines in the future. During a decade as head of global cancer research at Amgen, C. Glenn Begley identified 53 "landmark" publications—papers in top journals, from reputable labs—for his team to reproduce. Begley sought to double-check the findings before trying to build on them for drug development. Result: 47 of the 53 could not be replicated. He described his findings in a commentary piece published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. "It...
  • My meeting with the Death Panel.

    04/01/2012 2:01:06 AM PDT · by chuckles · 48 replies
    vanity | 04/01/2012 | chuckles
    Well, I've seen Sarah Palin's "Death Panel" up close. I started not to write anything about it, but when Cheney got his new heart and the hullabaloo followed, I felt I needed to point out a few things. My mom had a bad stroke January 29 and was left paralyzed on her left side. She also had trouble swallowing and was given a nasal feeding tube until she could be tested and worked with by a rehab team. Her medical history was she was a 3 time cancer survivor and was on coumadin for a clot in her left leg....
  • Health Officials Warn Against Lead-Laden Mexican Lollipops

    03/31/2012 11:07:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 30, 2012
    State health officials are warning those with a sweet tooth to steer clear of Vagabundo Paletas, a Mexican lollipop with high levels of lead. The candy should be discarded immediately and pregnant women or children who have eaten it should consult their physician to see if testing is needed, said Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health. Testing showed the lollipops contained as much as 0.61 parts per million of lead. That's six times more than the amount the state considers to be contaminated. Vagabundo Paletas are sold in colorful plastic bags, with the candy name splashed...
  • Alicia Silverstone Pre-Chews Food for Son Bear, 10 Months (video)

    03/29/2012 4:24:51 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    US Weekly ^ | 3/28/2012 | Justin Ravitz
    Alicia Silverstone's baby food tips are for the birds! In a video posted to her website, the 35-year-old actress and vegan demonstrates that her son Bear Blu, 10 months, eats food that she's "pre-chewed" and spits into his mouth. "I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum!" she wrote on her website The Kind Life. Explains the Clueless star: "I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup ... from my mouth to...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. What should happen if SC overturns individual mandate?)

    03/28/2012 12:52:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 18 replies ^ | 3-28-12 | Fox News.
    What should happen to the rest of the health care overhaul if the individual mandate is struck down? The whole law should be invalidated. And let us never return to health care reform again The whole law should be invalidated. But Congress should craft a better law to replace it The rest of the law should stand as is Only the parts most closely tied to the mandate should go
  • David Rivkin on the important arguments and developments in the SCOTUS ObamaCare hearings

    03/27/2012 10:38:23 AM PDT · by american_steve
    Bill Bennett ^ | March 27, 2012 | Staff
    "Severability again is something you deal with after you win on a major provision like the individual mandate and the question is that does the rest of the statue come down or is it only the individual mandate?" - David Rivkin Listen to the radio interview on YouTube:
  • Made from Genetically Modified Bacteria Waste, Aspartame Risks Public Health

    03/27/2012 8:48:52 AM PDT · by w4women · 45 replies
    Natural Society ^ | March 26, 2012 | Andre Evans
    Aspartame is an addictive substance. Most people who consume diet sodas regularly soon develop a craving for it. This is because of aspartame’s addictive quality. Soon after consuming the ingredient on a normal basis, many people find themselves unable to kick the habit. - snip-Aspartame, essentially, feeds cancer cells. If this weren’t enough to convince you to drop the diet soda habit, the process by which aspartame is made involves a highly toxic and volatile and genetically engineered form of bacteria waste — hardly something that would be considered safe by a reasonable standard. Read more: Read more:
  • Majority of 'pink slime' production suspended

    03/26/2012 11:27:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 42+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 03/26/2012 | Betsy Blaney
    The company that makes "pink slime" suspended operations Monday at three of four plants where the beef ingredient is made, saying officials would work to address recent public concern about the product. Beef Products Inc. will suspend operations at plants in Amarillo, Texas; Garden City, Kan.; and Waterloo, Iowa, according to Craig Letch, the company's director of food safety and quality assurance. The company's plant at its Dakota Dunes, S.D., headquarters will continue operations. "We feel like when people can start to understand the truth and reality then our business will come back," Letch said. "It's 100 percent beef."
  • Liberty and ObamaCare

    03/26/2012 9:20:03 AM PDT · by american_steve · 4 replies · 10+ views
    The constitutional questions the Affordable Care Act poses are great, novel and grave, as much today as they were when they were first posed in an op-ed on these pages by the Washington lawyers David Rivkin and Lee Casey on September 18, 2009. The appellate circuits are split, as are legal experts of all interpretative persuasions. The Obama Administration and its allies are already planning to attack the Court's credibility and legitimacy if it overturns the Affordable Care Act. They will claim it is a purely political decision, but this should not sway the Justices any more than should the...
  • 728-Pound Susanne Eman Wants To Be The World’s Fattest Woman [VIDEO]

    03/25/2012 11:38:37 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 139 replies · 16+ views
    wcrz ^ | 3-2012
    (VIDEO AT LINK) I guess it’s great to have goals, but this one could be fatal. Mother of two Susanne Eman is on a mission to be the fattest woman in the world, and she is well on her way at 728lbs. Susan is only at the half way mark of her 1600lb goal. Meet Susanne and get the rest of the story after the jump. Susanne Eman, 32, runs her own blog on the way to 1600+pounds where she describes herself as “your average gal next door who just happens to have a body to match the size of...
  • Are Thin Women the Enemy?

    03/25/2012 11:16:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2012 | Kate Dailey
    From super-skinny celebrities to models with low BMI, people are speaking out about women they perceive to be too thin. But some experts worry this behaviour makes things worse. This week, Israel passed a law banning models from advertisements or fashion shows if they measure less than 18.5 on the body mass index (BMI). It's part of an effort to promote health for women of all sizes, and to stop glorifying the ultra-thin. "Beautiful is not underweight," says Rachel Adato, one of the creators of the bill. In recent years, much attention has been paid to how women are portrayed...
  • Ablation treatment for AFib(Vanity)

    03/24/2012 6:02:18 PM PDT · by calex59 · 73 replies · 3+ views
    calex59 | 3/24/2012 | calex59
    Has anyone had, or knows someone who has had, ablation treatment for Afib?
  • POLL: should obamacare be repealed

    03/24/2012 10:01:19 AM PDT · by stompk · 14 replies
    Should health care reform be repealed? Yes 34 (68%) No 16 (32%) Total votes: 50
  • Could You Really Survive the Apocalypse by Eating Freeze-Dried Food?

    03/23/2012 4:00:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 68 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 23, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    Could you really survive the apocalypse by eating freeze-dried food? Is it really a good idea to store freeze dried food for a long-term survival situation? It may be an attractive proposition for the survivalist in you, but you probably didn't bargain on what exactly the process of freeze drying involves — and its price. HOW TO CARRY A TON OF FOOD ON YOUR BACK The process of freeze drying plays with the properties of water within food. When freeze drying, a cooked portion of food is flash frozen under a vacuum. At low pressure, all but 2-5% of the...
  • Liberty and ObamaCare

    03/23/2012 11:50:29 AM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/23/2012 | Staff
    The argument against the individual mandate—the requirement that everyone buy health insurance or pay a penalty—is carefully anchored in constitutional precedent and American history. The Commerce Clause that the government invokes to defend such regulation has always applied to commercial and economic transactions, not to individuals as members of society. This distinction is crucial. The health-care and health-insurance markets are classic interstate commerce. The federal government can regulate broadly—though not without limit—and it has. It could even mandate that people use insurance to purchase the services of doctors and hospitals, because then it would be regulating market participation. But with...
  • LA Basin May Face Summer Power Shortages

    03/22/2012 10:03:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies · 2+ views
    CBS) ^ | March 22, 2012 7:58 PM
    SAN CLEMENTE (CBS) — Parts of the Los Angeles Basin and San Diego could face power shortages this summer depending on whether the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station units remain offline. “Safety is the top priority during ongoing inspections and testing of the nuclear power plant,” said Steve Berberich, president and chief executive officer of the California Independent System Operator Corp., the grid operator for the majority of California’s electric transmission system. “Our focus is contingency planning should SONGS remain offline this summer,” he said. “Fortunately, there are resource options available to help mitigate reliability risks. We are actively working...
  • A test to tell if you'll have a heart attack within three weeks

    03/22/2012 7:34:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 22, 2012 | Fiona Macrae
    A simple and inexpensive test that can spot a heart attack waiting to happen could be available next year. Scientists say they are very close to the ‘holy grail of heart medicine’ – a rapid blood test that will pick up if someone is on the cusp of a heart attack. These patients could then be given drugs to thin their blood and prevent the heart attack. The U.S. researchers developing the test believe it will be possible to predict heart attacks two to three weeks in advance. It is hoped the test will cost under £65 per person. In...
  • Refuse to pay 'Smart Meter' op-out fees

    03/22/2012 4:27:29 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 03/22/2012 | Libertynotfree
    We the below refuse to pay any additional fees to retain our analog meters or have smart meters that were installed without our permission replaced with a safe, reliable analog. Please spread the word and have everyone you know sign this Petition.
  • Government Efficiency and Effectiveness: Opportunities for Improvement ...

    03/22/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT · by In Maryland · 1 replies · 1+ views
    GAO ^ | March 21, 2012 | GAO
    "In our 2012 annual report, we identified a total of 51 areas, including 32 areas of potential duplication, overlap, or fragmentation, as well as 19 opportunities for agencies or Congress to consider taking action that could either reduce the cost of government operations or enhance revenue collections for the Treasury. These areas involve a wide range of government missions including agriculture, defense, economic development, education, energy, general government, health, homeland security, international affairs, science and the environment, and social services. Within and across these missions, the 2012 annual report touches on virtually all major federal departments and agencies. We...
  • New study: Monsanto's toxins kill human kidney cells

    03/22/2012 6:53:59 AM PDT · by opentalk · 19 replies
    Red Green and Blue ^ | March 14, 2012 | Jeremy Bloom
    How safe are Monsanto's genetically-modified (GMO) food crops? Not so much. A new study shows that both of Monsanto's major products (which the company claims are harmless to people) in fact can cause damage to human kidney cells. Bugkiller + weedkiller On the one hand, the study by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France, found that despite Monsanto's protestations to the contrary, the Bt toxin can distrupt the cell membranes of human cells, leading to their death. The toxin is only supposed to do that in the guts of the bugs it targets. Bt has been used for...
  • The Supreme Court Weighs ObamaCare

    03/22/2012 6:49:10 AM PDT · by american_steve · 12 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal, ^ | March 21, 2012 | David Rivkin & Lee Casey
    On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin an extraordinary three-day hearing on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. At stake are the Constitution's structural guarantees of individual liberty, which limit governmental power and ensure political accountability by dividing that power between federal and state authorities. Upholding ObamaCare would destroy this dual-sovereignty system, the most distinctive feature of American constitutionalism. ObamaCare mandates that every American, with a few narrow exceptions, have a congressionally defined minimum level of health-insurance coverage. Noncompliance brings a substantial monetary penalty. The ultimate purpose of this "individual mandate" is to force young and healthy middle-class workers to subsidize those...
  • Girl's best friend is dog who carries her oxygen

    03/21/2012 11:19:15 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Today Health ^ | 3/21/12 | Linda Carroll
    Two years ago Aaron and Debbie Knobloch learned that their baby daughter Alida was suffering from a rare lung disease and that she would need a portable oxygen tank to help her breathe. The good news was that the oxygen tank would make their little girl healthy. The bad news was that she’d have to be tethered to the 6-pound tank most of the time. The Knoblochs struggled to find a way to give Alida a normal life. Aaron built a walker with a pocket for the oxygen tank so she wouldn’t always have to be tied to one of...
  • Deadly kissing bugs found in Texas

    03/21/2012 7:00:00 AM PDT · by eastforker · 47 replies
    click2Houston ^ | 3/21/12 | click2Houston
    Chagas, a disease that can lead to life-threatening heart and digestive disorders, is in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, seven cases have been diagnosed in Arizona and California. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin said the bugs that cause the disease, the Triatomid or "kissing bug," were already discovered in 11 southern and central Texas counties.
  • Scientists Cure Cancer, But No One Takes Notice

    03/20/2012 6:26:50 PM PDT · by CactusCarlos · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Canadian researchers find a simple cure for cancer, but major pharmaceutical companies are not interested. Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have recently cured cancer, yet there is but little ripple in the news or on TV. It is a simple technique using a very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders, so there is no concern of side effects or other long term effects. The drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies....
  • Study: Exercise can lead to female orgasm, sexual pleasure

    03/20/2012 10:35:33 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 81 replies · 4+ views
    Indiana University ^ | March 19, 2012 | Debby Herbenick
    Researcher Debby Herbenick. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Findings from a first-of-its-kind study by Indiana University researchers confirm anecdotal evidence that exercise -- absent sex or fantasies -- can lead to female orgasm. While the findings are new, reports of this phenomenon, sometimes called "coregasm" because of its association with exercises for core abdominal muscles, have circulated in the media for years, said Debby Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In addition to being a researcher, Herbenick is a widely read advice columnist and book author. "The most common...
  • Nearly 80 rabbits found in hoarder's home

    03/19/2012 6:10:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies ^ | 18 Mar 2012 | Chris Oberholtz
    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (KCTV/WTKR/CNN) - Dozens of rabbits, some dead and others alive, were discovered inside a Virginia Beach home, and hoarding is to blame. Cute, yet disgusting at the same time. Bunnies everywhere, sitting on trash and furniture covered in feces, freely roaming around a Virginia Beach home. "Officers had to wear hazmat suits to enter the house, so that should give you some sort of idea of conditions were like inside, they were deplorable," said Wayne Gilbert with the Virginia Beach Animal Control. Animal control spent more than seven hours at the home off Wolfsnare Road in Hilltop,...
  • iDisease

    03/18/2012 9:15:30 PM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 1+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 17, 2012 | MAYRAV SAAR
    For years, Alexis Beery, 15, relied on daily doses of an incredibly potent inhalant and injections of adrenaline just to stay alive. Now she and her similarly sick twin brother, Noah, have gone from racing to the ER on a regular basis to racing to high-school track and volleyball practice — thanks to treatment designed specifically for their unique genetic makeup. Gene-specific treatments have been used for years for a handful of diseases. Women with breast cancer who are found to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation, for instance, can undergo a regimen tailored for that specific gene mutation....
  • India's Former Mr Universe Turns 100

    03/18/2012 6:10:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Mar 2012
    Manohar Aich, a former Mr Universe, who is 4ft 11 inches, has turned 100, saying happiness and a life without tensions are the key to his longevity.Mr Aich overcame many hurdles, including grinding poverty and a stint in prison, to achieve body building glory. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered on Sunday in the eastern city of Kolkata to celebrate his birthday the day before. Hindu priests chanted prayers while a feast was laid out to honour Mr Aich, winner of the 1952 Mr. Universe body building title. Rippling his muscles and flashing a toothless grin, Aich says his ability...
  • How I Stopped Drowning in Drink

    03/18/2012 3:47:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 104 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 16, 2012 | Paul Carr
    What's the secret to getting sober and repairing the other broken parts of an alcoholic's life? It starts with setting your own terms, writes Paul Carr.For years I'd told myself I wasn't an alcoholic. I never drank alone. I didn't wake up with fierce cravings, and sometimes I went for one or two days without drinking. A need to drink all day, every day, was never my problem. My problem was that once I had a drink—whether it was at 7 p.m. or 9 a.m.—I couldn't stop until my body shut down and I passed out in a pile on...
  • New wrinkle in pot debate: stoned driving

    DENVER (AP) — Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot. The suburban Denver woman says she'd never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound. "I don't drink and drive, and I don't smoke and drive," she said. "But my body is completely saturated with THC." Her case underscores a problem that no one's sure how to solve: How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive? States that allow medical marijuana have grappled with...
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops Fights Obama War on Religion

    03/18/2012 9:22:59 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 5 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 03/15/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive, even when it is not provided by the Church’s hand and with the Church’s funds. This is not about the religious freedom of Catholics only, but also of those who recognize that their cherished beliefs may be next on the block. This is not about the Bishops’ somehow “banning contraception,” when the U.S. Supreme Court took that issue off the table two generations ago. Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything; it is instead about the federal government forcing the Church—consisting...
  • Blueberries and Apples Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

    03/17/2012 10:19:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 16, 2012 | Fri Mar 16, 2012
    Eating more blueberries, apples and pears may be linked to lower risk of diabetes, according to a new U.S. study. These fruits are loaded with flavonoids, a natural compound present in certain fruits, vegetables and grains, which some research has tentatively tied to heath benefits such as a lower risk of heart disease or cancer. "People who ate a higher amount of blueberries or apples, they tended to have a low risk of type 2 diabetes," said An Pan, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health who worked on the study.
  • Best and Cheapest Source for Atorvastatin

    03/17/2012 6:38:36 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 44 replies
    Just looking for some Freeper help on where the best and cheapest place to purchase Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) is. Would be interested in online, clubs (Sam's Club) etc.
  • 'Pink slime' sounds gross, but how does it taste?

    03/17/2012 6:37:26 AM PDT · by rawhide · 51 replies · 2+ views ^ | 3-16-12 | By J.M. HIRSCH
    What does this stuff do to the taste and texture of ground beef? For the taste test, I kept it simple and pure. I formed a half-pound of each ground beef into a thick burger patty, adding nothing to the meat. I added nothing to the pan. Meat this fatty generally bleeds out a robust amount of grease, so I wasn't concerned with sticking. That was my second surprise. The pink slime patty released very little fat during cooking. The other patty gave off two or three times as much. First, the unadulterated burger. The aroma was luscious. The meat...
  • Scientist seeks deposits for elephant sperm bank

    03/16/2012 12:52:52 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Local ^ | 16 Mar 12 | Ben Knight
    Elephants in captivity are becoming too inbred, so a German researcher has amassed a sperm bank of wild elephant semen for zoos to draw on. There’s just one small problem – sperm is not a commodity bull elephants give up lightly.
  • Cat Detects Owner’s Brain Aneurysm

    03/15/2012 11:54:15 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 69 replies ^ | 3/16/12 | Jo Singer
    Noah, an orange and white tabby, began obsessing over his owner’s head last year. In an interview with The Northern Virginia Daily, Janet Batten says, "He constantly smelled my head on the right side, in the front, and in my eye and in my nose. Sometimes he would really push to get into my head. He began to make this sound I had never heard before. I began to get suspicious.” At about the same time, Janet began to experience vision problems which led her to an appointment with her primary care physician and an ophthalmologist. But neither of these...
  • Cape Cod Clinic Offers Free Pizza With Vasectomy

    03/15/2012 9:03:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Katie Moisse
    With March Madness looming, a Cape Cod clinic is giving guys the perfect excuse to veg out on the couch: A vasectomy. They'll even throw in a free pizza. "This gives them an excuse to sit down, watch the game, eat some pizza," said Evan Cohen, practice coordinator at the Urology Associates of Cape Cod, in an interview with ABC News. "If they relax, they'll be better off and have a smaller risk of complications." The 10-minute surgical procedure severs the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles, acting as a permanent form of contraception. Men leave the clinic with...
  • If you feel OK, maybe you are OK.

    03/15/2012 8:53:33 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02/27/12 | H. Gilbert Welch
    Recently, however, there have been rumblings within the medical profession that suggest that the enthusiasm for early diagnosis may be waning. Most prominent are recommendations against prostate cancer screening for healthy men and for reducing the frequency of breast and cervical cancer screening. Some experts even cautioned against the recent colonoscopy results, pointing out that the study participants were probably much healthier than the general population, which would make them less likely to die of colon cancer. In addition there is a concern about too much detection and treatment of early diabetes, a growing appreciation that autism has been too...
  • Polish mom saves two of three triplets after 75 days spent in labor…nearly upside-down

    03/15/2012 5:51:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/15/2012 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    WROCLAW, Poland, March 13, 2012 ( - A Polish woman endured 75 days of labor lying in a nearly upside down position to save the lives of her two premature babies after the first of three triplets was born prematurely and died. Joanna Krzysztonek was pregnant with triplets when she went into labour at 21 weeks. Her first baby was born prematurely and did not survive. Dr. Mariusz Zimmer, head of the Wroclaw obstetrics and neo-natal clinic where Krzysztonek gave birth, intervened with medication to stop contractions and told the expectant mother that the babies might be saved if she...
  • Prayer request for friend fighting cancer

    03/15/2012 10:21:36 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 25 replies
    me | 03-15-12 | deoetdoctrinae
    A friend and former co-worker of mine is fighting for his life against another onset of cancer. He had surgery two weeks ago to have his colon removed. The surgery seemed to go well, but things went badly a few days ago. Elevated blood pressure, erratic heart, 104 temperature, and he went into a coma. More surgery to find out what's wrong is needed, but can't happen until he is stable. Slight improvement in the last two days. Leonard needs your prayer power.
  • Arthritis pain med that is also an abortifacient

    03/15/2012 12:24:56 AM PDT · by POWERSBOOTHEFAN · 13 replies
    I'm taking a prescription med for arthritis called Methotrexate. Has anyone heard of it or is taking it? From what I read is also used as an abortifacient,which shocked the heck out of me.