Here's one example where one post I write is appropriate for cross-posting at almost every blog I write.
I wrote about once I finally went to the doctor for my lingering plagues, I was the typical bad patient, wanting my doctor to drug me up.
Allergy patients are often sensitive to a number of allergens, and allergy symptoms emerge only when cumulative exposure to these allergens pushes them over the symptom threshold. As long as the cumulative exposure is below threshold, allergy symptoms are not present. But once the threshold is breached all hell breaks loose. For example, a patient may be sensitive to three allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites, and pollen. For 11 months of the year, the cumulative load of the pet dander and house dust mites is just below the threshold. No symptoms. But that one month when pollen is in the air, the patient is over the threshold and symptoms are unmanageable. As a result, a patient suffering from terrible allergic symptoms during pollen season may be able to avoid these symptoms by targeting and reducing their exposure to other allergens, in short, rendering their sensitivity to pollens less than harmful.*
Sounds reasonable to me. And that's where I was a few weeks ago. I fully credit the steroid treatment for letting my enjoy life a little more.
Hat tip to Daily Green for pointing me to Food Politics, if for no other reason than learning about how the most famous cookbook in America (The Joy of Cooking, natch) has adjusted its portion sizes over the year.
That recipe calls for about 4 pounds of ingredients to make only 18 cookies, each of which runs 500 calories — one quarter of the amount needed by most people for an entire day. I’d call one of those cookies lunch or share it with three friends. By the way, a similar recipe in the 1975 “Joy of Cooking” made 45 cookies with just half the ingredients. These would be just under 100 calories each.
One of the most trafficked posts I ever wrote here was about green phlegm. That's right. I was coughing up some, and I was wondering if that was an automatic "Go straight to Dr., do not Pass Go, and be prepared to cough up $$" symptom.
I got an email telling me about Kaiser Permanente's new widgets. went to the page and thought, cool! A yoga widget. A fitness widget. A brain tease widget. That's neat, and I was all set to add one or two to this blog's sidebar.
Why do I have to download and install a separate application to run these widgets?The widgets are like small power tools. The Yahoo! Widgets program is like the electricity that makes all the different power tools work. Installing the Yahoo! Widgets program is like wiring your computer with electricity. As soon as that installation is complete, you can download and start using widgets immediately.
I read with interest today Dr. Val's post about her 85-year old eye.
Now that I have nieces and nephews I have observed the hassle their parents, grandparents and the rest of us go through trying to extract the kids' gifts from their frustrating packaging. And quickly too (as the kids stand by anxiously ...and not too quietly...waiting).
I could go on and on about why I haven't posted in over a month. I could explain my life (too much work, too many blogs, and not enough time). I could talk about how talking health care during the election season was just frustrating for me because I didn't feel enough of an expert to comment on anything or anyone. I could look on the bright side and say, gee, I've just been so healthy I had nothing to write about regarding health. (True, except those allergies and sleep deprivation I actually have been good.)
Today happened to be World Vegetarian Day. Which, as you may know, is something I basically celebrate every day as a practicing vegan! In fact all of October is Vegetarian Awareness Month (according to the North American Vegetarian Society).
Now, i could encourage you all to give veganism a try by pointing you also to VeganMoFo, spearheaded by noted vegan chef, cookbook writer and cupcake aficianado Isa Moskowitz. That's short for the Vegan Month of Food, and is a project where scores of bloggers commit to blog as much wonderful stuff about food...recipes, reviews etc...as they can for the entire month of October.
But this is a health blog, so I will point you to the latest medical study indicating a vegan diet is effective for staving off, in this case, cardiovascular disease, particularly in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Honestly, I thought we already knew that, but i think the differentiator about this study was that it was specifically looking at Type 2 diabetes patients because heart attacks or strokes kill two-thirds of those patients! Which is pretty shocking.
So take advantage of VeganMoFo and Vegetarian Awareness month and give peace (and peas) a chance in October. Let me know how it goes, m'kay?