I probably don't have to say this, but if you call and leave me an angry voicemail in which you call me names, make generalizations about my character, and cap it off with a healthy dose of swearing-- you ARE right: I'm not going to call you back. But, I will probably play your message for other folks in the newsroom.
On a totally different note.. I'm still buried in special reports, although I expect that to change here shortly as I'm making some great progress.
Wendy writes about the arthritis story:
I was diagnoised with Osteo Arthritis 2 years ago. My knees were killing
me, also my wrists, big toes and hips. I didn't want to take an
anti-inflamtory unless absoulutely necessary. I have been religiously
taking Chondrotin and Gluclosamene. My pain is mostly gone. Every once in
a while one of my knees will bother me for a couple of days. I am a
believer in them.
A couple of emails to share about Dr. John Corso's book: "Stupid Reasons People Die"
Mary writes: Thanks for this story. I'm going to check out his recommendations. For five years I've struggled with a disease (?) that has stumped the best doctors in the country--no kidding. Still undiagnosed, but not giving up. I think it's thyroid related, but must be extremely rare. I have all the symptoms of MS, and was originally diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Spino Cerebellar Ataxia--my mother had the same symptoms at the same age. This is a real puzzler. I'm planning on going skiing once I'm well--no matter how long that takes. It's the one thing I wished I'd done more of and realized I might never get the chance again.
Sean writes: I'm not sure if "stupid" totally fits with what Dr. Corso is trying to teach people. Stupidity is if a health provider tells you to have a test and you ignore the advice. But many people aren't told about these tests and/or can't afford them (many people are unemployed without insurance or have jobs that pay very little and have few benefits).
Fear of the unknown and horror stories are also a problem. For instance, I wouldn't be surprised if many people have avoided CT or MRI scans just because they've heard how bad it is from someone who is claustrophobic (I know someone who is and has told me stories). But as someone who's been through many kinds of diagnostic tests multiple times (CT, MRI, Catheterization, EEG, EKG, and ultrasound to name a few) the stories are worse than reality.
Besides the need for patient compliance, doctors need to work with patients in the sense of what needs to be done, how to make it affordable and be willing to answer any questions and concerns patients may have.
And Andrew writes: Dr. Corso's claims about screening tests are largely based on faith... the scientific evidence just doesn't exist to support many of his claims.
Before you expoise yourself to CT X-ray radiation unnecessarily, please look into the huge questions that have yet to be answered about whether this test really makes sense for low risk individuals.
So, I went to my friends' house to let their dogs PupPup and Tater out.. I'm chasing Tater around the yard trying to get her to go to the bathroom (she holds it because she knows once she goes it's time to go inside) and I turn to look at Pup and this is what I see.
I mean, I had my eyes off him for one minute!! Those dogs are like kids.. smart, too. I could not help but laugh at him with his filthy nose-- and then Tater got all fired up and started racing around him in circles.
And let me leave you with this from Time magazine: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1679981,00.html?cnn=yes