(Tacoma, WA) – This morning’s update is a little more brief than usual due to Microsoft “updating” my computer for a good part of the time that should have been spent writing. Grrrrr….
Onto the first point: I happened to be listening to an ad on the radio while we were driving up here from Texas. It ran through a whole litany of things that could go wrong with the medicine: Things like anaphylactic shock, sudden drops in blood pressure and so forth.
This got me to thinking: How many people die each year from taking medications that don’t work out with their body-type?
The answer – according to one study I found in the government’s PubMed database, was about 2,400 in an eight year period.
Hmmm…that’s 300 people per year – that we know of.
Is it possible that there are others? Misdiagnosed and piled up like cord wood? Oh, sure. I don’t know, but would rather suspect, that medical examiners don’t routinely call the doctor of dead people and ask “Say, any changes to this person’s medications in the past couple of weeks?”
I figure that would be ideal, but since there is no money to be made with such calls, and everything to lose for Big Pharma, I would surmise that DeathOnomics wouldn’t include that level of honest data-gathering.
How could such things be avoided? (I’d put in about 30-seat/miles getting this far into the problem….)
Make it a requirement that whenever a doctor prescribes a new medication for a patient that the first two doses be administered at the doctor’s office. Right there in the waiting area.
The idea is that if a person is going to have a reaction, especially if a personal is elderly and single, where is the right place to go into shock or pass out from whatever?
Why, in the doctor’s office, of course!
Now this is a problem on the medical side, I know. Doctors would have to start carrying first doses of things right in the office.
But the flip side, which I think has some value as an idea, is that the risk to patients would be minimized and there would be the chance that some of the 300 to twice that number of deaths annually could be saved through immediate, well-trained intervention.
This is such a simple idea (and one that might save a few lives – that I give it almost no chance of being adopted.
Still, it would make sense to me, if I were to change medications, to take the first one – and maybe two – in the vicinity of someone who (allegedly) knows what tghey are doing…
The Bag Lady
On Wednesday morning, I came around the corner into the bathroom area of our hotel in Baker City Oregon (Best Western there is quite nice, say Hi to the bartender Jerry for us) and there was Elaine with a plastic bag over her head.
“Rehearsing for a snuff film, are we dear?” I asked, quite concerned.
“No, silly. It’s an old trick…put a plastic bag over your hair-do and then I can put onb this sweatshirt without messing up my hair: Bag on, sweatshirt on, bag off…see? It’s just one of those tricks…”
Damn…sure glad I am not a woman. I mean, can you imagine forgetting why you put the bag on your head?
The Bug Report
I mean other than losing 2-hours of productive work time due to the latest Win-10 upgrade to my laptop?
Several readers were wondering about bugs on the windshield as an indicator of environmental health.
We had to clean the bugs off only twice – once in Utah and once in Oregon.
No bugs at all in Texas or Oklahoma.
Which I will take it to mean that these are areas where the brainwashing of farmers into GMO crap is about complete.
More tomorrow (grrr…computer curses)
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