Monthly Archives: December 2009

Of youth, beauty and old lady farts

“…The momentary playground / Of youth’s fickle beauty,” writes poet Robert Rorabeck. We tend to equate youth and beauty — and health, the unholy trinity worshipped with fervor in our celebrity-obsessed culture. Only the celebs don’t want it to be

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Rethinking exercise

As a kid, I used to watch Jack Lalane doing jumping jacks on his morning exercise show. I would hop right up and join him, wondering why some people thought exercise was hard. Later on, I picked up a booklet

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Posted in Autoimmune diseases, Chronic illness, Women's health

There is nothing wrong with you

Continuing my series of literary retreads, here’s an essay that I wrote nearly five years ago. If you remember my comment last time about the various kinds of perdition faced by the chronically ill, you might have wondered what I

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Posted in Chronic illness, Health care, Medical training, Women's health

Girl Diseases

Tis the season when TV networks rerun shows assuming that you’ll be out shopping or partying, and because just now I’m up to my armpits in the glories of the season, it occurred to me that perhaps I could fill

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Why science isn’t gospel

I’m reading an excellent and beautiful book by Gerald N. Callahan, Ph.D., called Faith, Madness, and Spontaneous Human Combustion: What Immunology Can Teach Us about Self-Perception. Is that a terrific title or what? I fear that this book might not

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Posted in Immunology, Philosophy of science, Research
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