Augusta Medical Examiner

Augusta Medical Examiner Augusta's only independent publication dedicated to medicine, health and wellness. Read the M.E. online: www.AugustaRx.com

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We get a ton of comments about the ads in the Examiner for Daniel Village Barber Shop. This is the man behind those ads:...
10/28/2021

We get a ton of comments about the ads in the Examiner for Daniel Village Barber Shop. This is the man behind those ads: Pat Leeking, a loyal advertiser since our first issue who died this past weekend. He didn't want to check the ads or see them until he opened the paper. "Surprise me," were his complete instructions. We've done 368 issues so far, with 368 different Daniel Village Barber Shop ads. Pat was an awesome human being who will be sorely missed.

https://www.thomaspoteet.com/m/obituaries/Thomas-Leeking/

You are looking at just 1/16 of this week's award-wanting Medical Examiner. The 15/16ths awaiting your visit are availab...
10/15/2021

You are looking at just 1/16 of this week's award-wanting Medical Examiner. The 15/16ths awaiting your visit are available at AugustaRX[dot]com. Commence clickage!

You are looking at just 1/16 of this week's award-wanting Medical Examiner. The 15/16ths awaiting your visit are available at AugustaRX[dot]com. Commence clickage!

Hot off the digital press. We wave the white flag! Read all about it!https://issuu.com/medicalexaminer/docs/oct.01.21
10/01/2021
Medical Examiner 10-1-2021

Hot off the digital press. We wave the white flag! Read all about it!
https://issuu.com/medicalexaminer/docs/oct.01.21

We've had an epiphany: the people who so far haven't seen the value of following the recommendations of healthcare experts in avoiding COVID-19 - 20 months into this global pandemic - probably never will. We can reason or ridicule until the cows come home and it's not going to make a difference. Peo...

09/23/2021
Are you a sheep? Or maybe a wolf? Either way, please accept our invitation to read this issue cover to cover.
09/17/2021
Medical Examiner 9-17-21

Are you a sheep? Or maybe a wolf? Either way, please accept our invitation to read this issue cover to cover.

Our cover story appeared online only last year. We thought it deserved to be seen by the print audience too. The sheep insult hasn't gone away, and ironically, we saw it this week in a falsehood-filled anti-science diatribe that was quite religious in nature. How can you be a Bible thumper and use "...

There is a definite coronavirus/milk crate challenge connection. Read all about it! Some of our favorite pages in this i...
09/03/2021

There is a definite coronavirus/milk crate challenge connection. Read all about it! Some of our favorite pages in this issue are 1, 3, and 5. But your faves may be different. All kinds of good stuff awaits your eyeballs - both of them! - at AugustaRX[dot]com.

There is a definite coronavirus/milk crate challenge connection. Read all about it! Some of our favorite pages in this issue are 1, 3, and 5. But your faves may be different. All kinds of good stuff awaits your eyeballs - both of them! - at AugustaRX[dot]com.

08/29/2021

COPIED FROM ELSWHERE...
I'm vaccinated and, no, I don't know what's in it - neither this vaccine, the ones I had as a child, nor in the Big Mac, or in hot dogs, or in other treatments…whether it's for cancer, AIDS, the one for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children. I trust my doctor when he says it’s needed.
I also don't know what's in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other meds, it just cures my headaches & my pains ...
I don't know what's in the ink for tattoos, va**ng, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands.
In short ...
There's a lot of things I don't know and never will…
I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life "before".
As a child and as an adult I've been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken pox, and quite a few others; my parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of said diseases ... just saying.

You are not vaccinated, I respect your choice,
I am vaccinated, respect my choice ...

I'm vaccinated, not to please the government but:
* To not die from Covid-19.
* To NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.
* To hug my loved ones
* To Not have to do PCR or antigenic tests to go out dancing, go to a restaurant, go on holidays and many more things to come ...
* To live my life.
* To have my kids/grandkids go back to school and play sports.
* For Covid-19 to be an old memory.
* To protect us.

08/26/2021

WHAT IS YOUR OBJECTION?

As Jason Isbell says, "if you're dead you don't have any freedom." Who knew? But now that we do, page one offers a few t...
08/20/2021

As Jason Isbell says, "if you're dead you don't have any freedom." Who knew? But now that we do, page one offers a few thoughts on the old "freedom isn't free" thing. You're invited to read it, along with our other 15 pages, at AugustaRX-dot-com. Friends, stay safe. Stay salubrious. Stay alive.

As Jason Isbell says, "if you're dead you don't have any freedom." Who knew? But now that we do, page one offers a few thoughts on the old "freedom isn't free" thing. You're invited to read it, along with our other 15 pages, at AugustaRX-dot-com. Friends, stay safe. Stay salubrious. Stay alive.

08/16/2021
08/13/2021

SOME PEOPLE ARE 110% IDIOTS.

"Anti-mask parents in Franklin, Tennessee, harassed and threatened parents wearing masks outside a Williamson County school board meeting on Tuesday night after it approved a temporary mask mandate for elementary-school students and staff.

A video showed a crowd of parents outside the building chanting "will not comply" and "no more masks" as pro-mask parents, some of whom were doctors and nurses, exited the building.

"We know who you are," one man yelled at a parent trying to drive out of the parking lot. "You can leave freely, but we will find you."

It's getting scary again in a self-inflicted kind of way. (Also, note the Medical Examiner newsstand in the background.)
08/13/2021
All ICU beds full as Delta variant spreads in CSRA

It's getting scary again in a self-inflicted kind of way. (Also, note the Medical Examiner newsstand in the background.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — Augusta’s hospitals are getting close to becoming overwhelmed.  More than 200 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 Monday. Augusta University Health: &#…

Medical Examiner 8-6-21
08/06/2021
Medical Examiner 8-6-21

Medical Examiner 8-6-21

As usual, this issue is chock-full of useful and interesting information designed to enhance the salubriousness of our readers. Page one has a gentle plea and invitation for those not yet vaccinated among us. Please consider it thoughtfully. Another highlight is the latest addition to our new alphab...

08/05/2021

Excerpt: ...tell that to my sweet elderly patient who is fully vaccinated but fighting for his life and was infected by his family member who "does not believe in vaccines"

It's boiling out there! Stay hydrated! See how s*xy it looks to stay hydrated?
07/30/2021

It's boiling out there! Stay hydrated! See how s*xy it looks to stay hydrated?

It's boiling out there! Stay hydrated! See how s*xy it looks to stay hydrated?

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! (Or you could get vaccinated.) Read all about it at AugustaRX[.] com
07/16/2021

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! (Or you could get vaccinated.)
Read all about it at AugustaRX[.] com

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! (Or you could get vaccinated.)
Read all about it at AugustaRX[.] com

Honk if you pass me on the roads tonight!
07/11/2021

Honk if you pass me on the roads tonight!

Honk if you pass me on the roads tonight!

Can you imagine? This is a CT image of a massive tumor (specifically an ameloblastoma) that plagued a woman for the past...
07/10/2021

Can you imagine? This is a CT image of a massive tumor (specifically an ameloblastoma) that plagued a woman for the past six years, ultimately resulting in her death. (From MedPage Today). What terrible tragedies some people must live.

Can you imagine? This is a CT image of a massive tumor (specifically an ameloblastoma) that plagued a woman for the past six years, ultimately resulting in her death. (From MedPage Today). What terrible tragedies some people must live.

07/07/2021

There will be a free Covid vaccine clinic tomorrow (7/8/21) in front of the Augusta Mall Food Court from 9am-3pm

07/01/2021

For you and for your loved ones: Make a plan to get vaccinated.

BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately, the Mystery Word hidden in the July 2 issue is impossible to see. The only hope of finding...
06/30/2021

BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately, the Mystery Word hidden in the July 2 issue is impossible to see. The only hope of finding it is by searching in the online edition, which will post here Friday morning. So save your eyes and avoid eyestrain and come back here on Friday. (Aren't you glad you Like/Follow the Medical Examiner on Facebook?)

BREAKING NEWS: Unfortunately, the Mystery Word hidden in the July 2 issue is impossible to see. The only hope of finding it is by searching in the online edition, which will post here Friday morning. So save your eyes and avoid eyestrain and come back here on Friday. (Aren't you glad you Like/Follow the Medical Examiner on Facebook?)

06/22/2021

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Announcing the world's largest Lost & Found site for masks. Lost yours? Look for it here!
06/22/2021

Announcing the world's largest Lost & Found site for masks. Lost yours? Look for it here!

Did you know that PAs aren't PAs anymore? True. Effective immediately they will be known as PAs. Of course, it will take...
06/18/2021
Medical Examiner 6-18-21

Did you know that PAs aren't PAs anymore? True. Effective immediately they will be known as PAs. Of course, it will take time to transition from PA to PA. Read all about it! And try to remember to read our other cover story about amnesia too. And the other 15 pages. You'd better get started.

If you sometimes forget to read the Medical Examiner, we have just the article for you right here on page one. It's about amnesia, and it's the first installment in a new alphabetical series about things that start with different letters of the alphabet. Of course, almost all words start with a lett...

This daily data from Johns Hopkins is both scary and encouraging. As one example, yesterday there were less than a tenth...
06/14/2021
JHU’s Daily COVID-19 Data in Motion: June 13, 2021

This daily data from Johns Hopkins is both scary and encouraging. As one example, yesterday there were less than a tenth of what we've seen even recently in daily new cases, but that number was still more than 8,200 for the day. New deaths, historically lower on Sundays to begin with, are at 192 also only about a tenth of their highest averages within the past 90 days. Major progress has been made, but when you think of 8,000 new U.S. cases and nearly 200 dead yesterday alone, it's a reminder that the pandemic isn't over yet, and caution is still in order.

Video highlights of COVID-19 data trends as of June 13, 2021.Explore COVID-19 trends around the world with our in-depth data tracking: New cases and cumulati...

We hereby present the latest edition of the internet's most salubrious newspaper.
06/04/2021
Medical Examiner 6-4-21

We hereby present the latest edition of the internet's most salubrious newspaper.

Oh yes, brain fog is real, even on a clear day. The best medical advice: if you have it as a lingering side effect of COVID-19, talk to your doctor. You don't wan't brainfog-19 to still be plaguing you as brainfog-23 or -24. Also, our "Sleepy Kids" series concludes in this issue with a bunch of your...

This billboard in Miami is very cool. Meanwhile, US COVID deaths have topped 600,000.
06/04/2021

This billboard in Miami is very cool. Meanwhile, US COVID deaths have topped 600,000.

This billboard in Miami is very cool. Meanwhile, US COVID deaths have topped 600,000.

No, really.
05/29/2021
CDC Warns Against Kissing, Snuggling Backyard Poultry

No, really.

The CDC recently issued an advisory after an increase in reported salmonella cases across the country, warning backyard farmers against getting too close to poultry in ways that could easily spread germs, like kissing or snuggling. What do you think?

Wouldn't it be nice if just once these medical ads would drop all the highly technical terms and speak in plain English?...
05/26/2021

Wouldn't it be nice if just once these medical ads would drop all the highly technical terms and speak in plain English? Just once. That's all I'm asking.

Wouldn't it be nice if just once these medical ads would drop all the highly technical terms and speak in plain English? Just once. That's all I'm asking.

This issue has some great articles, if we do say so ourselves. Aside from the sobering stats on the cover, inside you'll...
05/21/2021
Medical Examiner 5-21-2021

This issue has some great articles, if we do say so ourselves. Aside from the sobering stats on the cover, inside you'll find the true tale of the surgeon who walked out of his own son's funeral; how to deal with a child who has sticky fingers; a profile of Hippocrates; and a lot more. Enjoy!

Part of the cover story takes a COVID snapshot of the River Region as of May 17. On that date we had already experienced well over 80,000 cases of the virus locally and more than 1,500 deaths. The numbers are sobering, and most of the 18 local counties have case rates higher than the Georgia and Sou...

05/20/2021

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Love your articles and your writers ! On the 4/2/21 "Crash Course" article, just wanted to comment on the use of emergency flashers. When I was training to become a First Responder, I was told that the first cause of car accidents was speeding & the second cause was tailgating. Since my husband has been dealing with the after effects of a detached Retina, I have become the driver to any place requiring highways &/or dangerous traffic situations, ie. almost everywhere! Many times a vehicle has been on my back fender & waving the driver off did nothing. Then, I put on my flashers & they backed right off. I shut them off when this happened & was pleased to get the message across before they plowed through me. This has worked with gigantic tractor trailers & little sport cars. Hope it helps, thanks for your publication. Sheila Wagner
Wondering where you can see all the "Ask Dr. Karp" Medical Examiner columns published to April, 2021? They are at this link....
Pretty tragic in these times. Remember the January, 2020 issue of The Medical Examiner, before we ever heard of COVID-19? "Stick With The Science"... whether it is with nutrition or anything else... look at the facts and data...You can re-read the column here: https://sites.google.com/site/wbkscience/
Dietitians, you have your work cut out for you.
My wife likes to garden and loves all creatures, its Sunday and I ask her what she'd like to do today. Her response, "How about we pick up a bird feeder", I have to say that was not even close to being one of the top 10 things to do on a Sunday for me. I reluctantly say, "sure", happy wife happy life, right ladies? So off to my favorite store we go, Home Depot. I figure I can go play with tools and grunt & moan with other like males about the new power tools and which latest tool to get. My wife & I meet at the checkout and off we go back home. Aaah back home, She goes to the backyard to play with her birds and I plop on the couch with remote in hand - ah I love Sundays. No more than 10 minutes go by and I hear the door open and my wife yells, "Honey?" - me "Yes Dear" her - "I could use your help" - in my head, "DAMN" - me out loud, "sure babe be right there". I pause the TV as to not miss any commentary, take a breath, put on my happy face and head to the garage. What's up hon? She asks if I could help put this pole together and stick it in the ground for her. Well, of course, nothing like a woman in need of my muscle to beat my chest, grunt & feel like the Man I am. Piece of cake. Fast forward 4 hours, she is making dinner and out the window, she sees a bird. She instantly bursts into "Oh honey come quick there is a sparrow eating from the birdhouse, hurry it's a baby sparrow." You can imagine what I am thinking, Really Hon, Right now, I don't really care about birds dear, ESPN2 is on…….etc. out loud I say "I am coming hon be right there". As soon as I get to the window, I look out, focus on the baby sparrow, my wife puts her arm around my waist as if to say, "see isn't that beautiful" when all of a sudden a huge black crow swoops down and grabs the sparrow and flies off! I instantly break into one of the best laughs I have ever had in my life. She is in horror at what she just saw which of course makes me laugh even harder. She starts to hit me, saying "stop that, you're so mean, that's terrible…..etc. I say "hey you wanted a birdhouse". I get hit again, but as I leave to go back to my throne, I say "but hon anytime that happens again, call me cuz I do want to see that, that was awesome!". I get a dirty look, you know, most likely no s*x tonite look, but I have to say it was worth it. I laugh as hard as the day it happened whenever I think about birds. Laughter truly is the best medicine.
Medical updates!
Best issue of the year so far!
This is scary. This looks a lot like my student nurse's uniform and classroom when I was in school thousands of years ago! So much has changed in 40 yrs. We no longer wear a cap, or a dress. Most of us wear scrubs and running shoes.
Have a question about food, diet or nutrition? Feel free to post it on AskDrKarp or private facebook message or email [email protected] If I use your question for a Medical Examiner column, I will change your name and/or location, to keep you anonymous. My answers are what are called "No-Nonsense Nutrition" answers...that means that if you are interested in what the facts and data show, then ask a question. If you are interested in a testimonial approach to nutrition based on people's feelings, perceptions or what their relatives, friends and neighbors say, then then these answers are not for you...
Enjoyed going to Waynesboro to speak to The Exchange Club...all because of my columns in The Medical Examner!.... https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1777261719020397&id=1148604001886175
I just received an interesting question from a reader stimulated by my recent column on soft drinks in The Medical Examiner. The question concerns whether there is any relationship between the artificial sweetener in Diet Coke, aspartame, and oral ulcers. Searching PubMed (Ovid), the source for peer-reviewed, evidenced-based information, worldwide....searching from 1946-present, there were 1167 published scientific articles on aspartame, 2078 articles on mouth ulcers but zero articles relating aspartame to mouth ulcers. So, in spite of all the non-evidenced-based, testimonial statements you read on social media, there is no scientific evidence that aspartame causes mouth ulcers... The reader also asks why aspartame and phenylalanine are to be avoided by people with phenylketonuria, yet it appears in diet sodas. "If it's so dangerous, why ("the hell"...her words) is it in there?" she asks. Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inborn error of metabolism. People with PKU have problems metabolizing phenylalanine. Aspartame is converted to the normal amino acid, phenylalanine, in the body. If untreated, PKU can lead to intellectual disability, seizures, behavioral problems, and mental disorders. PKU occurs in about 1 in every 12,000 babies and is screened for at birth. If a baby has PKU, she or he is put on special formulas and a special diet to about age 10. Aspartame should be avoided by these individuals because it is converted into the normally non-toxic amino acid, pheylalanine, in the body. Phenylalanine is a naturally-occuring amino acid and is present in just about every protein you eat, whether from plants or animals. It is not a problem for humans without the metabolic disease, PKU. The red warning label on Diet Coke is to warn individuals with PKU not to drink Diet Coke or any other diet sodas with aspartame in it. The warning does not apply to individuals without PKU. I hope this clarifies the issue of aspartame, phenylalanine and mouth ulcers. Regards, WBK
I just read the article about money and happiness on the front cover of the April 7th edition. I really enjoyed it. So true.