Duh

Who don’t know that? (via Maya.)

Would it interest you to know that many, many metaphysical traditions say the exact same thing? Many moons ago, I used to date a grad student who was a quantum physicist. He’d tell me all this stuff and get really annoyed when I’d say, “Yeah, I knew that.”

Because, you know, I couldn’t show the work.

Obstruction and Acquiescence

Looks like the Republicans will try to block the jobs bill. Which reminds of something Paul Krugman wrote yesterday: “A vote for a Republican, no matter what you think of him as a person, is a vote for paralysis.”

But by now, we know how the Obama administration deals with those who would destroy it: it goes straight for the capillaries. Sure enough, Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, accused Mr. Shelby of “silliness.” Yep, that will really resonate with voters.

Healing

Just came back from a two-hour session with Angelo, my massage therapist, who unlocked some of the very painful deep knots in my foot and calf that have locked in as a result of my sprained ankle and the related maladaptive postures.

It’s really gratifying to have found someone who, unlike most doctors, is actually interested in finding out the source of physical problems instead of just treating the symptoms. I mean, there that shiny new, custom-molded $1000 ankle brace sits, completely useless to me because it causes such severe pain everywhere else. “Modern” medicine treats individual problems in a vacuum, as if your ankle is somehow separate from the rest of your body.

I always feel better after massage therapy – which is more than I can say for the rest of my medical encounters.

Reminder

I don’t know how new this information is, because I read this back when my dad was sick. Two of the highest risk factors are soda and cured lunch meat. My dad drank diet soda and ate lunch meat almost every day of his life:

MONDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) — People who down two or more soft drinks a week may have double the risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer, compared to non-soda drinkers, new research suggests.

But the overall number of people developing the malignancy remains low, with the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimating 42,470 new cases last year.

“Soft drinks are linked with a higher risk of pancreatic cancer,” said Noel Mueller, lead author of a study appearing in the February issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. “We can’t speculate too much on the mechanism because this is an observational study, but the increased risk may be working through effects of the hormone insulin.”

This study refers specifically to sugared soft drinks, but there’s also evidence that diet drinks affect insulin, too.

Live on the TV

Okay, it’s a strategy. Will it work? It has definite possibilities in terms of putting Republicans on the defensive over health care reform, and in providing a rationale for the “radical” idea of passing the legislation through reconciliation.

But I’d prefer something gutsy:

President Barack Obama is planning to host a televised meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on health care reform. The Feb. 25 meeting is an attempt to reach across the aisle but not a signal that the president plans to start over, as Republicans have demanded, a White House official said. ‘I want to come back [after the Presidents Day congressional recess] and have a large meeting — Republicans and Democrats — to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward,’ Obama said in an interview with Katie Couric during CBS’s Super Bowl pre-game show Sunday. Obama said he wants to ‘look at the Republican ideas that are out there. If we can go, step by step, through a series of these issues and arrive at some agreements, then, procedurally, there’s no reason why we can’t do it a lot faster the process took last year,’ he said. In a statement, the official said, ‘What the president will not do is let this moment slip away. He hopes to have Republican support in doing so — but he is going to move forward on health reform.’

Obama first suggested reopening talks with Republicans during his State of the Union address last month, and reiterated the call at a Democratic fundraiser Thursday, but the White House had kept details of his plan under wraps until Sunday. The idea has been met previously with skepticism by the congressional leaders of both parties.

Republicans say they see little room for compromise because the bill should be scrapped, while Democrats argue they have already tried a bipartisan approach, but failed.

… The half-day meeting will take place at Blair House, and be broadcast live, presumably by C-SPAN, making it the first televised White House meeting on health care reform since a forum last March.

More Big Ass Snow

We’re getting another nor’easter Tuesday night and Wednesday. We’re supposed to get at least another foot of snow – unless it gets pushed north to New England. (This means you, Dr. S.!)

I was telling someone today the big problem is, where do you put the snow? In the downtown area, they load it into trucks and dump it into the river, but that’s not practical in the neighborhoods with all these narrow streets.

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