Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shout Outs

 

M.D.O.D.  is this week's host of Grand Rounds.  Nice edition!  You can read it here (photo credit)

"Outta the way, fancy boy! I'm a-commandeering this here clown car!"
Thanks everyone for visiting for MDOD's first hosting of internet medblog Grand Rounds. Folks have asked if there is a theme for this week and since I'm new to this the answer is... well, maybe. I am going to post everything that was sent to me and some stuff we found. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Keith (NurseLinkUp) is the host of  the current issue of Change of Shift (Vol 3, No 7).  It is the Autumnal Edition!  Go check it out.  (photo credit)

 

We are calling this The Autumn Harvest Change of Shift, and we encourage you to sit back, relax, and take in the abundance of stories, anecdotes and other sharings that make Change of Shift so special and significant.

At this time of year, the cornucopia of the Autumn harvest helps us to prepare for the long winter ahead, fortifying us with vitamins, minerals, and all of the nutrients we need to survive.

Similarly, the creativity and intelligence of nurses who dare to write and share their thoughts with the rest of the world also feeds us---intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically. 

So, take it in and feed yourself with the words of nurses......

There's something on the menu for everyone. 

 

Dinah, Shrink Rap, has a nice post on Fat Acceptance.  I, too, see many who are unhappy with their weight or shape.  It can be a challenge to get people to focus on health and function rather than just shape and size.

I don't know too many women who are happy with their weight. It's a topic that comes up often in psychotherapy, and the degree of someone's distress seems to have little to do with the patient's actual weight: slim, fit women are often obsessed with wanting to be a few pounds lighter, and while heavier women also wish to be thinner, their distress isn't proportionally more-- so someone who is 50 pounds heavier than they'd like to be is not necessarily 10 times more distressed than someone who is 5 pounds heavier than they'd like to be. And outside of therapy, in the course of conversation with friends, oh, it seems if you stick people in a room for long enough, the subject of weight and diet becomes inevitable.

It seems we've all signed on to the idea that thinner is better and thinner is healthier. We take this as a given and somehow it's something we've bought into so strongly that we don't even question it. It's unhealthy and that's the refrain, but we also think fat people are fat because of laziness, lack of self-control, bad habits, and "how did she let herself get so fat?" In essence, it becomes okay to blame people for being heavier than we think they should be, and often they agree.

Okay so...and you knew I was going here...in today's Sunday New York Times Magazine, Robin Marantz Henig writes in "Losing the Weight Stigma" :……….


Dr Val is joining the folks over at  Science-Based Medicine. Beginning this Thursday, October 9th, she will be a regular blogger there.

I really admire Dr Rich’s (Covert Rationing) post on Good Debt and Bad Debt.  It is well worth reading at least once, if not twice.

So in terms of its audacity and its size, the bailout passed last week by Congress certainly has a precedent, and a very important and positive one at that.

But, while being an admirer of Hamilton and while recognizing some of the similarities between the Hamilton bailout and the Paulson bailout, both of which were aimed at placing the United States on solid fiscal footing and thereby avoiding catastrophe, DrRich sees a fundamental difference between the two bailouts that renders this new one very disturbing.

That difference is the one between “good debt” and “bad debt.”  The debt that Hamilton bought up was good debt.  The debt Paulson is buying up is likely to be bad debt.

 

CorrectionDr Val is to be the guest on the   Dr Anonymous' Blog Talk Radio show.   Still I will check in.  I enjoy the interaction in the chat room.  I hope you will join us this Thursday night at 8 pm CST (or 1 am GMT) both to listen to the show and to participate in the chat room.   That's where all the fun is.

Tips for first time Blog Talk Radio listeners (from Dr A):

For first time Blog Talk Radio listeners:

*Although it is not required to listen to the show, I encourage you to register on the BlogTalkRadio site prior to the show. I think it will make the process easier.

*To get to my show site, click here. As show time gets closer, keep hitting "refresh" on your browser until you see the "Click to Listen" button. Then, of course, press the "Click to Listen" button.

*You can also participate in the live chat room before, during, and after the show. Look for the "Chat Available" button in the upper right hand corner of the page. If you are registered with the BTR site, your registered name and picture will appear in the chat room.
*You can also call into the show. The number is on my show site. I'll be taking calls beginning at around the bottom of the hour. There is also a "Click To Talk" feature where you do not need a phone to call into the show - only a microphone headset. Hope these tips are helpful!

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