Messages From ROBERT CRAFT
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Scar Tissue
[...snip...] More often, it's the DEA narcotics certification which is lost, but even that is unusual. As long as there's adequate documentation in the chart and the prescription is based on a rational therapeutic basis, then there's no cause to revoke the DEA certification. The problem is that, as with any Federal agency, be it IRS, BATF or DEA, it can be a real nightmare to prove one's innocence. Thus, with many practitioners, there is an unconscious tendency to limit

George Runs Away - 1
[...snip...] Really? I doubt he said "180 degrees", but turns aren't unusual. It's not a difficult explanation. Stony meteorites frequently have ice deposits which vaporize under heat of entry and act as a steam steering jet.

Frauds
In more or less reverse order, no, unless the specialty is family practice or psychiatry, the physician's response is more a function of the individual's personality and upbringing. Some med schools or residencies are now requiring to be hospitalized as a patient in order to gain perspective. The rigid regimen is more a function of HMO scheduling requirements time constraints although malpractice considerations are a concern anytime physicians are asked to practice in an area in which they

Scar Tissue
Yup, and a wise patient asks about the literature and human trials when faced with a recommendation to undergo new and/or unusual therapies. OTOH, occasionally one of those old fads regains clinical respectability. An example which comes to mind is the use of leeches, specifically in the application and maintenance of skin grafts. ::shudder:: The most dangerous of which, in recent times, is the concept of repressed memory syndrome. Fortunately, the British psysch association has driven a stake through its

Scar Tissue
I'd use the term "religious fanactics" since I've not found this limited to fundamentalist Christians [think female circumcision], but they're certainly the ones who get in the news. I recall two recent cases, both ages 10-12, one with meningitis and the other with dibetes who died after an extended illness with no medical attention. However, nothing matches the sheer evil of the father who injected his infant son with HIV in order to avoid payment of child support. The seven

Scar Tissue
[...snip...] There's some correlation between the placebo effect and endorphin release. Mild depression, stress-related headache, psychosomatic symptoms, etc?

Uneducated people (was "s
ROTFLMAO! Yes, astronomy is a science and a repectable one; but of *all* the sciences, astronomy depends *more* upon theory and observation with lack of repeatable experiments than does evolution. How does one repeat the Big Bang, stellar evolution, the formation of the Solar System or, even a minor event, such as the cometary collision with Jupiter? One can hardly accept astronomy's evidence, yet dismiss that of evolution. Agreed. Evolution is repeated daily, and at a profit, in numerous labs

Uneducated people (was "s
That's blatant nonsense. If we have 2,000+ year-old artifact dateable by historical record, and C14 confirms the historical date, then it's obvious that C14 levels were stable for that period otherwise C-14 dating wouldn't match historical records. Please provide evidence that atmospheric C14 varies by more than 2%.

George Runs Away - 1
Not to me 180 degrees isn't a "turn" it's a reversal of course, receding on the same track on which it approached. Indeed. Which can mean anything from "up there" to accurate coordinates, but raises the question of whether what was seen *was* Jupiter. Or appeared to do so. Say what? In what way is it impossible? Not conclusive. Many metors don't.

Scar Tissue
[...snip...] Hi, Frederic. Apparently, my NetMail response didn't get to you. There was no editorial comment intended, either explicit or implicit. My action was simple a reflex born of years of moderating a G-rated Echo. I do, and I'll respect it in the future. I will point out that you can't convince your opponent if he doesn't see your message and most of the opponents use G-rated BBS's which either don't carry the echo or toss the offending message in

Scar Tissue
[...snip...] It's interesting how the older females become such ardent proponents of the practice. A matter of jealousy? [...snip...] The only consolation is the probable limitation of his life expectancy in prison. This sort of crime isn't tolerated even by convicts.

Frauds
[...snip...] On the contrary, fear of litigation does contribute significantly to poor medical care: by suppression of new techniques and/or technologies, particularly those related to contraception, radiation and recombinant DNA. Fear of litigation spillover from the Dalkon shield hysteria has all but eliminated one of the safest, most effective and lowest maintenance form of contraception available: IUD's; and has forestalled research into contraception. Other than Norplante, there has been no significant addition to the choice of contraception during the past

George Runs Away - 1
I think that you vastly underestimate the "natural force" available from the explosive release of steam. For example. the Tunguska[sp] event of the early 1900's is now thought to result solely from the steam explosion of a stony meteorite.

Frauds
An untoward result with a single, or even a number of, patient(s) isn't necessarily an indictment of of the modality, particularly when complexities such as contraception are involved. Actually, a recent retrospective study has shown that wasn't the case and also showed that the risks of the Dalcon shield was far overblown. The design fault was the use of a braided string rather than a unifiber string. Interest has dropped because patients aren't made aware of the IUD as

Laundry disk
Here's some info off the web (if you type in "laundry ball", your screen will explode. <G> Tell him to contact the Oregon and Utah Departments of Consumer Affairs. They have both fined the manufacturer. [see following] LAUNDRY BALL MAKER PAYS $10,000. TradeNet Marketing, Inc., charged by the Utah Division of Consumer Protection with violating the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act regarding claims about a "laundry ball" cleaning product, has agreed to pay a $10,000 settlement and provide refunds to

Frauds
"In the 1960s, plastic IUDs seemed to provide promising new opportunities for family planning. In 1964, CDC investigated the safety of the IUD and found that although users had pelvic infections at a higher rate than expected, the women were treated effectively and without serious complications. More recent studies suggest that most cases of pelvic infection that occur with an IUD in place are caused by STDs." INTRAUTERINE DEVICES October 17, 1997 Media Relations Division (404) 639-3286 FACTS FROM THE

Laundry disk
Why repeat efforts of Consumer Agencies? HE WON'T SELL IT, BUT MAN'S STILL A LAUNDRY-BALL BELIEVER By BETH QUINN The laundry ball may be history from a sales point of view, but at least one local distributor plans to keep using the "miracle" product to suds his duds. "I do find it outrageous that the attorney general can tell the people of Oregon what they can buy or sell when there's a 100 percent complete money-back guarantee," said Jim Willeford

Scar Tissue
[...snip...] OTOH, what is the incidence of hemophilia among Hebrews today? <G>

Frauds
Is this a comment on the risk of pregancy with the IUD? If so: "Women and their clinicians should be aware that today's IUDs are highly effective and safe for long-term contraceptive use for women at low risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). During 1974, CDC raised questions about the Dalkon Shield, an IUD marketed between 1970 and 1974, and found an excess risk of complicated pregnancies among the Dalkon Shield users compared with users of other IUDs. In 1974,

Frauds
Two examples: 1) patients who refuse radiation therapy and seek "alternative" therapy even when radiation therapy has the greater survival rate and 2) Conagra's comment that they would institue radiation strilization "when consumers indicated they wanted it". Given that radiation sterilization of chicken and turkey has been authorized for years and Butterball turkeys (Conagra brand) aren't available with radiatiion sterilization, public reluctance and/or fear clearly exists. My response was to FR's comment above: "I think that fear of law suits