Morgellons Disease ~ a real-life X-file

She walked into the clinic one day, with two folders tucked under her arm. She pulled one out.  “This is my official medical file.” Official…? It contained our standard New Patient intake questionnaires, filled out completely, although vague in some places, and some prior laboratory tests from a couple different doctors, both conventional and specialty. … More Morgellons Disease ~ a real-life X-file

Patriot (head)games

Hi and welcome to the 2017 edition of the United States’ Independence Day! First, I must congratulate all of the awesome fellow bloggers who are using the correct term in their Independence Day-themed posts!  Independence Day in the US is not “the 4th of July” any more than Christmas Day is “the 25th of December” … More Patriot (head)games

Stratification ~ The other side of the prologue 

In writing my last post, I realized that there’s another side to this whole societal stratification thing: I inadvertently left out the ones who usually get left out of the conversation. Oops.  My bad.  Didn’t mean to do that. The oversight is especially surprising because this latter group is the one of which I’m a … More Stratification ~ The other side of the prologue 

Stratification

(Quick preface note: when I speak of rich vs poor, I’m not trying to drive a wedge between statuses–I.e., class warfare–nor do I take a judgmental view toward the poor of any kind, period.  We ourselves have been living month to month for the past seven years, so I can honestly say: I get it, … More Stratification

Everything we’ve heard about nicotine is wrong

Evidence is mounting that nicotine might be the next “smart drug”. Yep, that’s right. Except that you won’t hear that – ever – touted in the US. Why not? I’m not sure–at least, I don’t have anything I can prove.  But I have my theories.  But I’ll get to those later.  Let’s start dispelling myths. … More Everything we’ve heard about nicotine is wrong

No health insurance? So what happens if you *don’t* pay the tax / fine?

Let’s say you’re in the same boat as my partner and me.  We live in the US.  We have no health insurance.  We couldn’t afford health insurance.  Affordable group plans are not available to us (we’re self-employed).  We couldn’t afford (and frankly, don’t need or want) the lowest-tier “bronze”-level insurance plan.  We don’t qualify for … More No health insurance? So what happens if you *don’t* pay the tax / fine?