Agape: Happy Anniversary

August 27, 2014 3 comments

Bill,

This blog is for you. Read more…

Categories: Ramblings

Numbers Needed To Treat Or To Harm

August 26, 2014 Leave a comment

imagesWhen it comes to medicine, I would hazard a guess to say that almost every patient I have ever seen has never heard of this concept. As well, I would guess that almost every non-medical friend and family member of mine, does not understand these very important facts.

NNTs (Numbers Needed To Treat) and NNHs (Numbers Needed To Harm) are the most important numbers in the world of scientific medicine for clinical relevancy. Concerning your health and medical treatment, they are fabulous guidelines to make wise decisions from.

You know how some breaking news stories will exclaim, “Treatment XYZ decreases the risk of Disease ABC by 50%!!!”  Not to mention, “40% of the time, Drug JKL is effective for curing Condition PQR!!!” Read more…

Categories: Medicine

Medical Misfit or Free Agent

August 25, 2014 Leave a comment

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I used to be a medical misfit.

After a combined almost 40 years in healthcare, nursing and medical practice, I indeed used to think that I was a medical misfit. In the past, when I attended conventional medical conferences, I always had this sense that I didn’t “fit” in. When I attended naturopathic or alternative medical conferences, I also had this sense that I didn’t “fit” in. It used to bother me. It no longer does because I have changed my perspective. I’m not a misfit anymore, I’m a free agent now.

Both the religiosity of science and the religiosity of nature philosophy, for me, never trumped that which was most important and most effective for the patient. Read more…

Categories: Medicine, Uncategorized

Do We Benefit From the Death of Our Parents?

DSCN0915This is not a blog about financial inheritance.

This is a blog in response to my brother’s piece entitled, “When Our Parent’s Kick The Bucket”. He writes about the emotional maturity, wisdom, grace and “enlightenment” we can obtain if our parents died early enough at a time in our lives that we could potentially benefit from their demise.

The first time I read his blog, I cried. I cried because anytime someone talks about how incredible our parents were, I’m moved in ways beyond articulation. As well, I liked the idea that I could somehow personally benefit from an experience of grief, like fertilizer for an anticipated bloom; the possible notion that my grief was for some better purpose.

I told him I would comment on his blog after I had come back from a visit with mom and dad out east. Read more…

Categories: Dad, Ramblings

The Art of Medicine

Actually, I could have called this blog “Dr. Pamela Wible MD“, and it would have been just as accurate.

Dr. Wible is a general family physician practicing in Oregon, who, along with her TED talk, has also written a book called ‘Pet Goats and Pap Smears‘.

Every physician must read this book, for their own health and humanity.

Every patient must read this book, so that they can give it to their own physicians. Read more…

Categories: Medicine

ALS Treatments Part 4

March 19, 2014 16 comments


images March 31st of this year will be the 15th anniversary of my mom’s death. ALS took her life. It is a despicable disease. I’ve written about it for the past 2 years, here, here, here, here, and here.

I write this blog, – especially this ALS blog – for my family. In the (unlikely) event my maternal grandmother was misdiagnosed and she actually had ALS, I want my loved ones to know what is happening in the world of ALS. By keeping up to date with information, I honour my mother and I honour my family.

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Categories: Medicine

I’m a Born-Again Dog Lover

February 20, 2014 2 comments

DSCN0626Yesterday I knew without a doubt, that I had graduated into the realm of being a born-again dog lover.

It wasn’t always that way.  I was pretty much neutral about dogs most of my life, even though I’ve had one dog or another for the past 35 years.  The only reason I have had various dogs over these years was because my husband and children were the dog lovers in the family.

For a non dog-lover back then, I definitely got the short end of the stick.  Can you guess who did all of the crappy jobs?   Read more…

Categories: Ramblings
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