On quitting a club I never wanted to join; and is it better when a nurse feels sorry for you, or not?

A few years ago, I had a truly dreadful battle with some kind of gastrointestinal virus. It attacked me suddenly and within a few hours I found myself puking up blood into a garbage can at the triage desk of my local emergency room. It provided rather dramatic evidence that something was very wrong. I received some … Continue reading On quitting a club I never wanted to join; and is it better when a nurse feels sorry for you, or not?

The double edged sword of being able to reverse chronic disease with diet

Everybody knows that lung cancer patients with cirrhosis of the liver rank lower on the disease hierarchy scale than little kids with genetic illnesses like cystic fibrosis. There's an unspoken rule that the more self-inflicted your sickness is, the less sympathy you get from society at large. You've got the flu? Poor you. The clap? … Continue reading The double edged sword of being able to reverse chronic disease with diet

Plant-based weight loss: tales from the scales

Conventional wisdom says losing weight is hard. Most people at some point learn this for themselves through frustrating real world lessons. After a few failed dieting attempts a lot of people either give up or decide it's just not worth whatever restrictions they've subjected themselves to. I certainly had. My tolerance for dieting must be … Continue reading Plant-based weight loss: tales from the scales