December Sun – A Web Comic

March 13, 2009

“The Disease Mongering Engine”

Filed under: 3,death,health,humor,nutrition — admin @ 10:57 am

the disease mongering engine, a very silly fake disease generatorI think this is hilarious: posted over at the Natural News website is the Disease Mongering Engine, a goofy application that generates a silly fake disease with ridiculous symptoms, followed by a number of steps to get “filthy rich” off of these “diseases”, such as “Bribe FDA officials into approving the drug as safe for everyone! (Even if it kills people.)” I love the fact that you can regenerate and loop through countless silly “diseases” (a warning that some of the symptoms are a tad crass, yet still silly.) I just diagnosed myself with this:

Obsessive Developmental Nose Picking Disorder (ODNPD)
ODNPD is defined as relentless, repetitive thoughts and ambitions in combination with a childhood trauma impacting adult behavior during intense nose picking excavations.

I think I suffer from this! I need a drug!

February 26, 2009

The Health Revolution Petition

Filed under: 3,death,health,insurance,nutrition — admin @ 8:58 am

I’m glad to see things like this Health Revolution Petition, put together by Mike Adams, editor of It’s got a number of good points to it, and I did sign this, yet I can’t help but wonder if it will make any difference. I agree with most of the things posted in the petition, especially the part about “End mandatory vaccination requirements” (I’ll post more vaccine thoughts one of these days, yet for now I agree that this should be the decision of the parents, not the government.)

For something like this petition to be effective, though, there would have to be a huge overhaul of “the system”, and there’s just too much money funneled into the government for the optimistic thinking of this petition to make a difference. Still, it’s nice to see some like-mindedness on some of these issues.

February 24, 2009

IHOP free pancake day!

Filed under: 3,food,nutrition — admin @ 9:57 am

It’s free pancake day (Feb. 24th, 2009) according to the IHOP website. And every time I’m at IHOP (which is rare, actually) the place is always jam-packed with folks. It’s amazing how they keep that place running. From the website’s description, it sounds like the pancakes are free, but they are hoping to raise money for charities as well on their free pancake day, which is really cool.

The thing about pancakes, though, is that they are much like coffee: they are super-cheap to just make at home. Plus I’m also something of a fan of “real” maple syrup, and I don’t think that was something they had available the last time I was there.  Also, it’s nice to get away from the crowds and noise, although sometimes that can be lively and entertaining to be around.

The other thing about IHOP that I’ve never really looked into before is, is there anything hydrogenated in their pancake batter?  I know that some batter-products like Bisquick are loaded with hydrogenated oil, and I’ve wondered if the IHOP pancakes are the same way?  Not that it matters… I’ve just been ranting about IHOP for the last couple paragraphs with no real intention of going in again.  

But I do respect that they have the free pancake promotion and that they give back to charities on this day.  Very admirable.

February 17, 2009

Bariatric Surgery and stomach mutilation

Filed under: 3,health,nutrition — admin @ 10:23 am

Memorial Hermann hospital advertises “lap banding” on their billboards around this area, and I’ve frankly always found this practice a little bit disturbing.  The idea of sealing off, or squeezing off, a portion of the esophagus, in order to slow the intake of food, just seems colossally wrong.  I’m no doctor, but the idea of deliberately distorting the shape of a digestive organ doesn’t seem right to me.

Anyhow, I did a little reading on the subject, and started reading some documentation at the Memorial Hermann site about bariatric surgery, and found this even more troubling.  The idea behind this is the insertion of staples(!) into the stomach to make the stomach pouch smaller.  In and of itself, this sounds disgusting, but some of the FAQ details are even more troubling.  Consider:

“Some patients experience either hair loss or thinning, typically in the first four to eight months after surgery. In most cases, it comes back naturally. You can help prevent hair loss by getting enough protein with meals and by drinking sufficient fluids during the day.”

Hair loss?  Or consider the fact that certain foods need to be avoided in the first year following surgery.

  • Lobster
  • Shrimp
  • Beef
  • Nuts of any kind
  • Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Foods high in fat
  • Foods high in sugar
  • Foods high in calories
  • All carbonated beverages, including diet sodas
  • Alcohol

All of the above sound delicious to me right now, and the idea of avoiding these for a year?  Plus the list above is somewhat vague about foods high in “good” fats, like avocado.  Does this need to be avoided as well?

The article also talks about the need for nutritional supplements (possibly the only positive detail of this entire doc) and yet I find it a little alarming that, “You must take a multi-vitamin twice daily for the rest of your life.”  You MUST take a multi-vitamin, for the rest of your life?  Why would this surgery suddenly make supplementation a requirement?  At least they didn’t push partially-hyrdogenated Centrum in this article.

Bariatric surgery sounds like a grizzly option, and I guess I’m at a loss of understanding why this option doesn’t seem to be promoted as more of a last-resort.  The documentation from Memorial Mermann doesn’t say anything about the importance of diet and nutrition and exercise first and foremost.  Who goes to medical school and decides, “I’d like to focus on stapling up the stomachs of my patients!”?

Were I a doctor, and I had a patient struggling with weigh, even if every other option seemed to be failing, such as diet and nutrition, I’m not sure I could ever recommend something as grizzly as stapling up the stomach.  This is one of those branches of science that I really find troubling: there’s a procedure like this, and various medical organizations give it their blessing, even though there are a host of difficult stipulations and potential complications with this.  Much like Lasik, I wonder how thoroughly this procedure has been investigated and researched.

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