Tuesday, March 04, 2008

No way!

I really thought I was coming right back to start posting again after that last post. But ooooh, where did the time go? I think I'm gonna ease back into blogging by posting shorter posts first. It's like running. Can't expect me to start going on 5 mile runs after taking a long time off. Let me get warmed up here, and lose that belly.

I'll be right back. I mean it this time.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Return is Near...

Wow, I haven't posted since July! It definitely didn't seem that long ago. Amazing how easy it is to breakaway, isn't it?

I plan on revamping my blogging practices. So I'm still working on that. But for sure I'll be returning very soon. I will probably start a different blog entirely. Decisions, decisions...

Stay Tune!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Causal vs. Correlation

I began writing a post today that ended up quite lengthy. So I decided to split it up. I will begin today by differentiating two similar, yet significantly different key terms in scientific research: causal and correlation.

When research indicates two events have a causal relationship, it means that event A will directly lead to event B. This is fairly straight forward. It is called a cause and effect.

Now if event C and event D is found to be correlated, it does not imply that one causes the other. It simply means that there is a high incidence of the two events happening together. They share some commonalities, some indirect relationship, but one event does not necessarily lead to another. A classic example is that as ice cream consumption rises, so does the incidence of drowning. Of course you know that eating ice cream does not cause drownings. The relationship they share is that both are popular summer activities. When the weather becomes hot, people will play in the water more, hence, the increase in drownings. At the same time, people are consuming more ice cream due to the high temperatures. Now that you understand the difference, you realize the significance whether two events are classified as causal or correlated. After all, it would be unfair to all of us if ice cream was permanently banned in order to prevent future drownings. Does that last sentence sound eerily familiar? Yep, that's the argument tobacco companies took up for years, alleging that the relationship between smoking and cancer was merely correlational.

Back for more soon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

You Too Can Have These Super Powers

Superman returned this summer. The X-men saved us again. Spiderman will be protecting us next summer. I wish us lowly humans had some super powers to help ourselves. I live in the SF Bay Area. You know how expensive real estate here is. So Kyle MacDonald's super power of turning a red paper clip into a house sure can come in handy.

This must be the 22nd millionth blog entry written on this guy and his escapades within the last 3 days. He's all over the internet, if you don't know who he is, look him up, or grab a quick synopsis here.

The power of blogging, illustrated in all its glory.

Are you building up your powers?

Thanks again JO.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

You Worry Too Much

I think sometimes you worry about your health too much. The opposite argument "You don't worry/take care of your body enough" is definitely the more common phrase, by alot. While the more popular phrase certainly has its merits, let me take some time today to illuminate what I've noticed alot. That is, that worrying alot can also get you into trouble.

Example 1: Fear Leads To Inaction

Any health practictioner will tell you that patients presenting with new health symptoms will often breathe a sigh of relief after hearing its diagnosis and prognosis. You know what phrase I'm talking about: "Whew, is that it? I was really afraid to come here today cuz I was expecting worst." You've probably thought it and maybe even said it aloud. Because of this fear, many people choose to avoid seeking the necessary treatment. The condition starts out small and festers into something that may ultimately have a big detriment to your health and lifestyle. All because of the fear of the unknown, afraid to hear the bad news. When in fact at the outset, there is no bad news to hear. But your fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In my practice as a chiropractor, I've see it many times. A new patient will come in with a self-diagnosis of something they deem incurable. After the initial exam, I sit them down and explain to their surprise what they have is usually much more benign than they anticipate. For example, the patient assumes its a blown disc while it's really nothing more than a moderate low back strain. They often times still have their reservations. So I explain what can be done to improve the condition before beginning the first treatment. They're usually convinced after the first few treatments, that the stabbing pain "miraculously" vastly diminished. Sometimes, if we're lucky, great relief comes after the first treatment. I am not by any means propping myself up as a specially gifted chiropractor. I didn't do anything special. I treated what was a fairly simple low back problem that the patient assumed to be a great medical puzzle.

The lesson? Don't be afraid of what you think you have. Just go and get it checked out, it often times isn't what you fear. But you wait and it just may get worse.

Example 2: Driving Your Healthcare Bill Up

Another common occurrence that comes to mind is when patients are convinced that something is terribly wrong. They will not rest until tests and more tests are done. It takes quite a bit of time before they're comfortable with your diagnosis. Aside from increasing your own bill, what is the downside? My fear is that those patients end up looking for those ethically challenged doctors who have no problem performing more tests simply to drive up your bill. That is a dangerous road to travel. I've wondered many times whether a new patient thought I was lazy by not performing more tests. I doubt they would think that if they knew how little extra work it takes to order or perform more tests with relation to the extra income. So sometimes, you think you've found a good doctor because he'll indulge your worries, but maybe, you just found someone willing to send you in circles doing unnecessary tests.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

NBA Draft Prediction

Everybody has a prediction. Here's mine for first pick for tonight's NBA Draft.

Portland Trailblazers select Adam Morrison (via trade with Raptors).

Raptors will then take Bargnani with the 4th pick.

New Blog Research

I'm currently suffering from some technical difficulties with my computer so I may not be posting much this week until it is resolved. So I'll leave you today with a new study on blogs published by UMass chancellor professor of marketing, Dr. Nora Ganim Barnes. It attempts to identify the necessary traits of a successful blog. How does a blog stand out from the rest?

You can also read Steve Rubel's synopsis here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Shaq and Chiropractic Revisited

I wrote a week ago regarding Shaq making a reference to chiropractic during his press conference. It always bothered me that I couldn't find an article quoting him. Alas, I came across a few articles, here's one that was printed in the Boston Globe. It's in the third paragraph.

I just wanted to share in the interest of better reporting.