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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-06-26 04:39
Subject: [links] Link salad girds to head south to Portland once more
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Tags:gay, healthcare, mongolia, personal, politics, religion, tags: links, tech
A Physician's Perspective on Self-trackingHow can we get the average patient to take charge of their health?

The rise and rise (and rise) of Apple's iOS

The Luxury FrontierWhat happens when a country previously hindered by vastness and foreign rule awakens to wealth on its doorstep? With Louis Vuitton on one corner and one of the world's largest gold deposits down the road, the previously nomadic society of Mongolia is putting down some rich roots. Last time I was in Ulaan Baatar, the country was barely beginning to emerge from the blight of Communism. How things have changed. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Climate of Denial: Can science and the truth withstand the merchants of poison?Rolling Stone on the politics of climate change. History will not judge conservatives or the American business community kindly on this issue.

If we can make it there … — Slacktivist Fred Clark on the New York gay marriage vote from a religious perspective. Forcing the rest of the world to abide by the tenets of your particular sect is deeply immoral and corrosive, regardless of whether or not your particular sect considers it a sin. (Mine does, but I'm not arguing that you must respect religious freedom because it's the Baptist thing to do, I'm arguing that you must respect religious freedom because it is — in nonsectarian terms, for nonsectarian reasons — the just and moral thing to do. It's also the only constitutional and the only legal option here in America.) Really, if you're against gay marriage, don't marry gay. It doesn't affect you in any other way.

Senate GOP Posts Fake Tweets Pretending to Be From Democratic Leaders — Remember when Republicans used to bray about how unethical and immoral liberals are? Oh, wait, they still do. To hell with meeting kettle, pot, look in your damned mirror. (Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars.)

?otD: Is there a Darth, WA anywhere near Vader, WA?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (Kalimpura revisions)
Body movement: 30 minute urban walk to come
Hours slept: 6.25 hours (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently (re)reading: A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2011-06-26 14:14 (UTC)
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Last night, we were discussing Vader over dinner. One person said, "Isn't it the German word for father?" Whereupon I thought, "you mean it's possible we should be pronouncing it 'vah-der' rather than 'vay-der'? Curse you for destroying my dreams!"
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2011-06-26 14:32 (UTC)
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Re: the medical self-tracking article. Really? I mean - REALLY? Who are those people? This strikes me as one more example of the medical "community" being so far-removed from the lives and needs of non-medical people that it's a wonder more people don't just die. Seriously.

In their "supposed" reasons (why "supposed"? Why don't they just ASK THEM???) why people are resistant to the various activities they described, I didn't see any understanding of psychology at all. Take the self-reporting diabetes glucose measuring. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO FEEL GRADED. While the doctors are being all clinical and statistical and objective and expert-sounding, all the patient hears is "If you don't do this right your numbers will make me go BAD PATIENT! YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG! No cookie!"

It sounds to me like your doctors are wonderful and you work so well with them and that is TREMENDOUS. I am SO glad. But you're highly intelligent and well-read and able to talk to them in their own language. Most patients are none of those things.

Yes, I have an anti-medico bias. I've dealt with too many of them who left their humanity and common sense at the medical school door. This article smells too much like the worst ones I've had to deal with, both as a patient and as an employee.
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User: melissajm
Date: 2011-06-26 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I totally agree with "If people don't want to use a tool, ask them why not!" OTOH, I think encouraging patients to get involved with their care to the extent that they're comfortable with is a great idea. I've seen too many people get sicker than they needed to be because they didn't ask questions and figured that "That's the doctor's job. I don't need to tell/ask them anything."

I'm of the "The more information, the better" school of thought. Some of my best doctors have been the ones who encouraged my tendency to learn about my conditions and ask for my blood test results, etc. It makes me feel like I'm doing something, rather than being a victim of an illness. The ones that I left feeling worse about my health were like the guy who grumbled when I asked for my lab values, and when I tried to calculate my MELD score, exclaimed "You know what a MELD score is?" in a tone of dismay.

My health is not some mystery that I'm not qualified to understand. It's MY HEALTH. I'm going for a biopsy on Wed, and you bet I'll be asking about the results. In annoying detail. ;>
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Rose Fox
User: rosefox
Date: 2011-06-26 16:53 (UTC)
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I have heard (though I can't find the reference now) that the demsplanforamerica.org site isn't just blank; it also attempts to snag your contact information so it can put you on Republican mailing lists.

Edited at 2011-06-26 04:54 pm (UTC)
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