In "Young Frankenstein" (1974) Gene Wilder plays a neuroscientist who inherits a castle complete with a typical mad scientist's laboratory. It's filled with lots of weird medical devices (and a monster) from his grandfather, Dr. Frankenstein. Those devices led to hilarity. But for the millions of people who use medical devices to monitor blood ...Read more
The Swedish proverb "the afternoon knows what the morning never expected" was popularized by the great American poet Robert Frost. What he was expressing is that often we find out later what really went on earlier.
In the interest of protecting the public health, the American Medical Association is adopting a policy supporting full disclosure ...Read more
In early September, the Kansas City Royals were leading their MLB division. Then a pox landed on their clubhouse; chickenpox, that is. Star relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera and right fielder Alex Rios came down with the disease. They're from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, respectively, where vaccines -- and chickenpox as a childhood ...Read more
At the beginning of the 1982 film "Rocky III," Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) steps into the ring with Hulk Hogan (Thunderlips). The boxing and wrestling champs mix it up for a charity match, and the result is chaos -- and a good laugh, at the time.
Ten years later, in real life, they started bundling combat sports such as kickboxing, muay thai, ...Read more
The 2008 film "Sugar" tells the tale of a Dominican baseball player, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, who was recruited to play in the U.S. It showed how hard it was for the 19-year-old from the Dominican Republic to adjust to life in Iowa. While Sugar may have seemed to be headed for a sweet life, it was a rocky road for him.
For tens of millions of you...Read more
"When you're laughing, when you're laughing, the sun comes shining through" are lyrics to the song "When You're Smiling," immortalized by Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. And they got it just right: Real, spontaneous laughter between two people can signal a truly happy connection.
Recently, researchers at the University of Kansas learned a ...Read more
When you see a photo of Gisele Bundchen gobbling a slice of pizza before hitting the catwalk or Will Smith spoonin' lunch into his mouth as he walks down the street, they seem like regular folks doin' what you do ... eating not-so-good-for-you snacks on the run.
Surveys show that most of you grab and go three or more times a day, often instead ...Read more
The British pop music band Everything Everything came out with a song called "Cough Cough" in 2012. It's gotten over 2.6 million YouTube views to date. Clearly, kids like the sound of "Cough, Cough." And while parents can generally tolerate their children's music, when it's the real cough, cough, they tend to reach for the fastest way to silence...Read more
The War on Doctors: And the Destruction of US HealthcareDr. Linda M Girgis MD
There are many factors warring on doctors these days. And a war on doctors is a war on patients as well. Unless we all take action, we will all watch the historic destruction of the US healthcare system.
In the 1976 Mel Brooks film "Silent Movie," the only spoken word came from the famous mime Marcel Marceau: "Non!" An absurd moment, since mimes don't speak.
To us, this classic movie scene serves as a perfect analogy for the absurd way our society views addiction. The issue is most often looked at as black and white (like a mime's face paint),...Read more
Several years ago, when Hank Aaron was asked, "What would you do differently if you played baseball today?" the always-graceful home-run king (at the time) replied: "That's easy. I'd ask for more money."
Well, the need to be rewarded for good performance isn't exclusive to big-time athletes. In fact, recognition for a job well done turns out to...Read more
Everyone from the Jerry Garcia Band to Eartha Kitt has recorded the Jerome Kern song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and the classic lyrics aptly describe how teary a fiery end to a romance can make you. But folks from the West and Southwest to the Midwest and beyond are dealing with eye irritation, breathing difficulty and asthma from rampant ...Read more
When Pharrell Williams croons the lyrics to "Happy," you gotta smile! The melody and words seem to make his positive feeling positively contagious. Investigators from Warwick University in the U.K. would agree, because their recent research shows that Williams got it just right when he wrote: "Here come bad news ... give me all you got ... I'll ...Read more
Celebrity endorsements for soda have been around for years. Remember Mean Joe Green's 1979 ad for the softer side of Coke? Ever see Norman Rockwell's 1928 painting of a young lad with a fishing pole declaring he and Coke were friends for life? More recently, Taylor Swift (Diet Coke), Beyonce (Pepsi) and Steve Harvey (Coke again) have flacked for...Read more
In the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, a princess has a sleepless night because her future mother-in-law places a pea under the 20 mattresses she sleeps on. The next day, her sensitivity is rewarded with marriage to the prince. If the tale were published in Copenhagen today, the pea would be labeled "GMO" or "non-GMO," and the princess ...Read more
At age 84, Sister Madonna Buder (aka The Iron Nun), finished Ironman Canada. How'd she do it? Sister Iron says, "All I was concentrating on [was] getting the job done."
Single-mindedness is essential for endurance athletes -- and also for you, as you walk 10,000 steps a day (you are doing it, aren't you?) to strengthen your body and mind ...Read more
When Cleopatra slipped into her oatmeal-and-buttermilk-filled bathtub, she was making sure her skin was healthy and smooth-looking all day long. What she didn't know what that those magic grains could do the same for her insides.
Seems that nutty-tasting oat groats (that's what the seed inside an oat husk is called) pack a powerhouse of anti-...Read more
Jennifer Lopez and Amanda Peet are Hollywood A-listers who favor vaccinations for children. But do they know that vaccines aren't just for babies and back-to-schoolers? They should take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quiz (Google: "adolescent and adult vaccine quiz") to find out what they might need -- and so should you! Adult ...Read more
Actor Jack O'Connell went on a 700-calorie-a-day diet to portray the emaciated prisoner of war Olympian Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's movie "Unbroken." In the short term, he could get away with it, but it's no surprise that in the long term, robbing the body of essential nutrients can trigger metabolic problems, hormone disruptions and ...Read more
When the roadies strike the stage and load the trucks for Billy Joe Armstrong's pop-punk band, some might say that's Green Day Packing. In 1919, when Frank Peck gave Curly Lambeau $500 for team uniforms, well, that was the start of the Green Bay Packers. And when you go and pack big greens into your diet, you'll have "The Time of Your Life," ...Read more
Morgan Spurlock made his documentary "Super-Size Me" by eating nothing but food from McDonald's for a month. The consequences? His weight and LDL cholesterol zoomed up, he felt lethargic and depressed and, said one of his doctors, his liver turned into pate. Now, that might not be the standard definition of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, but...Read more