Life Is Not a Premortality Condition, and Death Is Not Treatment Failure

“Medical research is making such astounding progress that soon none of us will be well.”
–Aldous Huxley

In my last blog post I discussed the importance of dying well and with dignity — at home, at peace, sent off by a loving family, not in an impersonal and hectic hospital environment, among strangers, your failing body tortured by painful procedures and probed by ubiquitous tubes in a futile effort to cheat death.

This week my issue is living well and without unnecessary fear of disease. Mark Cuban provides the perfect example of how excessive heath concerns are unhealthy. He is a brilliant Internet, entertainment, and sports entrepreneur worth almost $3 billion. (The guy you see at Dallas Mavericks games, sitting behind the bench in a T-shirt, screaming almost continuously? He owns the team.)

Recently Cuban offered this medical advice to his several million Twitter followers:

1)If you can afford to have your blood tested for everything available, do it quarterly so you have a baseline of your own personal health

2) create your own personal health profile and history.It will help you and create a base of knowledge for your children,their children, etc

3) a big failing of medicine = we wait till we are sick to have our blood tested and compare the results to “comparable demographics”

Cuban is an undeniable business genius but clearly a healthcare dummy. There could not possibly be worse advice for a healthy and happy life.

Gisle Roksund, M.D., a Norwegian general practitioner and former president of the Norwegian College of General Practice, explains why. Dr. Roksund writes:

Western medical science has changed life into a premortality condition and death into a failure of treatment.

We are all more or less afraid of illness and death. Mankind always has been. Shakespeare describes it beautifully in Hamlet: “The undiscover’d country, from —> Read More

Myth of tolerant dogs and aggressive wolves refuted

The good relationship between humans and dogs was certainly influenced by domestication. For long, it was assumed that humans preferred particularly tolerant animals for breeding. Thus, cooperative and less aggressive dogs could develop. Recently, however, it was suggested that these qualities were not only specific for human-dog interactions, but characterize also dog-dog interactions. —> Read More

This Newly Discovered Frog Looks Exactly Like Kermit

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It’s the perfect shade of green. And there’s just something uncanny about the eyes. Kermit, is that you?

A newly discovered species of glass frog has been found hiding in the rainforests of Costa Rica, and it looks nearly identical to Jim Henson’s Muppet masterpiece. Hyalinobatrachium dianae was first documented in a study released earlier this year by Brian Kubicki, the founder of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center, and two other researchers. The darling little jumper wasn’t named after its doppelganger, however, but after Kubicki’s mother, Janet Diane Kubicki.

The Kermit lookalike differs from other glass frogs thanks to a combination of physical characteristics and unique vocalizations, Kubicki said.

“The advertisement call that the males of this species produce are very unique; no other known species of frog has a similar call and this was indeed one of the traits that we used for the justification of it being a completely new species,” he told CBS News.

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There are more than 100 species of glass frogs, which have a semi-transparent stomach that makes their organs visible. With the addition of Kubicki’s discovery, Costa Rica is now home to 14 different species of the tropical amphibians.

And seriously, in case you still can’t see the resemblance, just look at the eyes.

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