Augusta Medical Examiner

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01/30/2021
The current issue of the Medical Examiner marks 350 twice-monthly issues since the premiere edition in 2006. Yay us! (Mo...
01/25/2021

The current issue of the Medical Examiner marks 350 twice-monthly issues since the premiere edition in 2006. Yay us! (More than 200 back issues are available 24/7 in our archives at issuu[dot]com/medicalexaminer.)

Patients need patience as the vaccine rollout rolls out rather clunkily. But you know the old saying: a watched syringe ...
01/22/2021
Medical Examiner 01-22-21

Patients need patience as the vaccine rollout rolls out rather clunkily. But you know the old saying: a watched syringe never injects, so here are 16 pages of salubrious reading to keep you occupied while you wait and help the time fly by.

This vaccine is going to work. Eventually. So let's be patient as the vaccinators get their global act together. In the meantime, it's never too late to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. His wise words, some of which are reproduced on pages 2 and 3, have never been more relevant or mor...

01/13/2021
This morning I drove past a medical office that was offering COVID vaccines. There were maybe 30 people in line on the s...
01/12/2021

This morning I drove past a medical office that was offering COVID vaccines. There were maybe 30 people in line on the sidewalk, each person standing right next to the next person. Some were not wearing masks. Oh......kay.....

Our pledge to you, our readers: If the Medical Examiner ever stops publication (for the record, nothing of the sort is p...
01/08/2021

Our pledge to you, our readers: If the Medical Examiner ever stops publication (for the record, nothing of the sort is planned), you won't still be seeing our newsstands all over town two or three years later. Promise.

This is probably our finest issue of 2021. No, I think it definitely is. 100%.
01/08/2021
Medical Examiner 01-08-2021

This is probably our finest issue of 2021. No, I think it definitely is. 100%.

SPEED KILLS! Except when it doesn't, and in the case of the COVID vaccine, speed was just what the doctor ordered. Literally. Except it wasn't THAT fast: this type of vaccine has been in development, at least in concept, since the late 1980s. It isn't the "rush to market" that many would have you be...

01/04/2021
GOOD QUESTION: Where do new diseases come from?
01/02/2021
Nov4 16

GOOD QUESTION: Where do new diseases come from?

By the year magical year 2000, said the predictions of the Fifties, diseases were supposed to be vanquished and reaching age 100 would be routine. What happened? Even after a 16-year grace period it sometimes seems like it's one step forward, one step back. We explain why new diseases are popping up...

12/21/2020

BREAKING NEWS: WHO and the CDC have announced that effective immediately, the 5-Second Rule has been reduced to 3 seconds.

THIS IS OUR FINAL ISSUE (of 2020).
12/18/2020
Medical Examiner 12-18-20

THIS IS OUR FINAL ISSUE (of 2020).

Our cover story is only 35 words long, but it could change your life in the coming year(s). Read it (if you have time - like say, 10 seconds or so). Inside, we offer the scoop on everything from Emperor Justinian and his relevance in 2020 to how to build superb cinnamon rolls. Along the way, read ab...

12/10/2020
I'm not a huge fan of evolutionary theory, but I'll admit this does make me stop and ponder for a moment.
12/07/2020

I'm not a huge fan of evolutionary theory, but I'll admit this does make me stop and ponder for a moment.

It's official! This is our finest, best and most salubrious December 2020 issue >ever
12/04/2020
Medical Examiner 12-04-2020

It's official! This is our finest, best and most salubrious December 2020 issue >ever

Remember the old Groucho Marx TV show "You Bet Your Life?" No? Well, look around. A lot of people are playing the home game these days. Not a good idea! Just as a friendly reminder, you bet your life is not something to be taken literally; it's just a figure of speech. Speaking of which, check out t...

Just so no one can ever say we don't present opposing viewpoints:
11/29/2020

Just so no one can ever say we don't present opposing viewpoints:

Even the turkeys are wearing masks.
11/26/2020

Even the turkeys are wearing masks.

11/25/2020

LISTEN TO THIS NOW. THANK ME LATER.

Wish I had a dollar for every one of these I've seen.
11/25/2020

Wish I had a dollar for every one of these I've seen.

11/23/2020

Looking forward to getting the Pfizer vaccine: 95% effective! No way I would take Moderna's at only 94.5%. No way. Uh uh. Nope.

Let's hope so! We definitely need to. But let's do it here: www.AugustaRX.com
11/20/2020

Let's hope so! We definitely need to. But let's do it here: www.AugustaRX.com

11/18/2020
Roly Poly Rolled Sandwiches

Today is the 16th anniversary of Roly Poly, one of our loyal supporters and makers of delicious wraps. Next time you're hungry (like maybe right now?) show them some love. OrderRolyPoly.com or 706-736-1099

This explains how some people reason when it comes to masks.
11/13/2020

This explains how some people reason when it comes to masks.

11/11/2020

Today: 11/11/20
Next Examiner issue date: 11/20/20.

11/06/2020

News report - The number of U.S. states where Coronavirus cases are dropping: 0

Whether you are or you are not, doctors recommend reading this issue cover to cover. Either way, it's going to help.
11/06/2020
Medical Examiner Nov. 6,2020

Whether you are or you are not, doctors recommend reading this issue cover to cover. Either way, it's going to help.

That page one question...more people are answering "no" than at any time over the past 50 years and more. But there are ways to restore health and happiness and overall salubriousness even when the world around us is in disarray. That's what much of this (and every) issue is about, cover to cover, s...

Good advice!
11/02/2020

Good advice!

This is an interesting visualization of a number of COVID trends.
11/02/2020
JHU’s Daily COVID-19 Data in Motion: Nov. 2, 2020

This is an interesting visualization of a number of COVID trends.

Video highlights of COVID-19 data trends as of November 2, 2020. This daily report shares critical data on the spread of COVID-19 over the last 24 hours. For...

10/23/2020

Are you a QUOTATION PUZZLE fan? If so, you probably saw the glitch in the grid in the Oct. 16 issue. That has been repaired, so at least the online version is correct now. You can print it out and solve it. #wordpuzzle #famousquotes

This is why we can't have nice things.
10/20/2020

This is why we can't have nice things.

Sunny & clear at your house? You'd still better read our page 1 forecast. It could save your life.
10/16/2020
Medical Examiner 10-16-20

Sunny & clear at your house? You'd still better read our page 1 forecast. It could save your life.

Listening to the weatherman could save your life. Read our page one story to see how. Of course, there's a story on page 9 about how to protect lives with some delicious eating too. There are many ways to be salubrious, some with immediate consequences, others long-term. All matter equally, but it's...

If this mindless jet can wear a mask, I'm pretty sure intelligent people like you and I can too. #maskup #wearamask
10/13/2020

If this mindless jet can wear a mask, I'm pretty sure intelligent people like you and I can too. #maskup #wearamask

10/13/2020
This story reminds me of a famous quote: "The truth doesn't care if you believe it's the truth."
10/12/2020
‘What are we so afraid of?’

This story reminds me of a famous quote: "The truth doesn't care if you believe it's the truth."

Tony Green, on dismissing, denying, contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

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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 sex 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.
I'll be with Deke Cophenaver tomorrow, Friday, 06/22/17, 10:30 a - 12 noon, on his radio show, "There It Is," https://www.facebook.com/dekecopenhaver/ You can call in (706) 863-5800) and ask me questions if you want. You can also listen to the show, live, on WGAC 95.1 FM/580 AM or on the web at wgac.com. You can watch the show on Facebook Live on Deke's page, below. So, feel free to call in...if I use your question for a Medical Examiner column, I'll change your name to keep you anonymous...I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to call in... your question will add interest to the show. Regards, Warren Karp www.wbkarp.com