Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Salt, Diet and Health: Neptune's Poisoned Chalice: The Origins of High Blood Pressure.) (Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, And Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Salt, Diet and Health: Neptune’s Poisoned Chalice: The Origins of High Blood Pressure.) (Third Report of the National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, And Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults.) (Editorial)

SALT AND BLOOD PRESSURE A number of years ago, I covered my food with a heavy dose of salt before taking a single bite. After a while, my blood pressure began to rise, and I considered how foolish I was to add salt to my food at the table. I stopped adding salt abruptly, and […]

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Influenza Virus) (Rosuvastatin and Ezetimibe) (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Influenza Virus) (Rosuvastatin and Ezetimibe) (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) (Editorial)

INFLUENZA VIRUS In 1918, a new influenza virus, whose natural home was in birds, infected humans. Within months, it adapted to its new host, starting with US soldiers in World War I military camps and spreading rapidly from person to person. This influenza virus killed more people than any other plague in history. In 24 […]

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Atherosclerosis: Its Clause and Is Prevention) (Human Accomplishments and Gifted Minds) (Global Warming) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Atherosclerosis: Its Clause and Is Prevention) (Human Accomplishments and Gifted Minds) (Global Warming) (Editorial)

ATHEROSCLEROSIS: ITS CAUSE AND ITS PREVENTION * I recently spoke at a university hospital and began the presentation by asking the audience to name the atherosclerotic risk factors. Various members of the audience spoke up, and the following was the order in which the risk factors were announced. I wrote them on the flip chart […]

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Mcdonald's at Cleveland Clinic Has to Go) (Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano) (Polypill Vs Polymeal) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Mcdonald’s at Cleveland Clinic Has to Go) (Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano) (Polypill Vs Polymeal) (Editorial)

IT’S ABOUT TIME The new chief executive officer of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, a heart surgeon, has decreed that the fast food joints at the Cleveland Clinic have to go (1). Pizza Hut went quietly. McDonald’s, halfway through a 20-year lease, has declined to shut down a franchise that serves 12,000 doctors, nurses, […]

Know the Facts Before You Choose a DI Policy (NEWS: WV Medical Insurance Agency) (Report)

Know the Facts Before You Choose a DI Policy (NEWS: WV Medical Insurance Agency) (Report)

A sports injury, a car accident, a problem pregnancy … no one knows when–or how–disability will strike. That unpredictability is why the best disability income (DI) insurance policy is the one that generates the most benefits in the greatest number of disability scenarios. But how do you know which DI policy is the best for […]

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Atomic Bomb - the Thing, That Changed the World) (Spending on War and Pork) (Garbage, Waste and Consumption) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Atomic Bomb – the Thing, That Changed the World) (Spending on War and Pork) (Garbage, Waste and Consumption) (Editorial)

“THE THING” THAT CHANGED THE WORLD They called it “the beast,” “the gadget,” “the thing,” “the device.” Sometimes they just called it “it.” The one thing nobody called it was what it actually was–the world’s first atomic bomb. When it exploded about 150 miles from Los Alamos, New Mexico, where it was developed, the federal […]

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Public Health and Medicine in Thailand) (Affluenza in United States) (Editorial)

Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (From the Editor) (Public Health and Medicine in Thailand) (Affluenza in United States) (Editorial)

LEARNING FROM THE THAIS I spoke at a meeting of about 350 attendees in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 11, 2002, and had an opportunity to speak to several Thai physicians about their country and about medicine in it. Although I had been to Bangkok once previously, that visit was brief (24 hours), and my memory […]