Health & Spirit

Fatty Breath

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"I saved a man's life once," said Granny. "Special medicine, twice a day. Boiled water with a bit of berry juice in it. Told him I'd bought it from the dwarves. That's the biggest part of doct'rin, really. Most people'll get over most things if they put their minds to it, you just have to give them an interest."

--British author Terry Pratchett in the 1987 novel "Equal Rites"

Medical Myths

You can find them at swap meets, alternative health stores and occasionally the odd purveyor of trinkets: copper bracelets that allegedly cure arthritis. Makers claim absorption of copper from the bracelet through the skin helps speed natural regeneration of cartilage, whose progressive deterioration is the cause of arthritis. But there's no proof that copper can be absorbed through the skin and most people get sufficient copper in their ordinary diets (vegetables, legumes, nuts and grains). Conversely, excessive copper can result in poisoning. In severe cases, leading to liver damage.

Med School

Q: Where is the glabella?

A: It's the space between your eyebrows.


On a headstone in a Thurmont, Maryland cemetery:

"Here lies an Atheist

All dressed up

And no place to go."


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