Medical stuff

I wish my Bromiliad looked like this one.

I wish my Bromelia was as bright as this Croton. Balboa Park, 2014

Today, I’m writing my post early because I promised David I would make a cheesecake.  He loves my lo-carb and excellent GI (glycemic index) cheesecake from a recipe perfected by Doctors Eades, experts on good eating.

As I explain to him once more the connections between carbohydrates and health, he hands me the Health and Science section of the Tuesday Washington Post. I can count on articles about diet appearing in the media at this time of year, and sure enough, here’s one on carbs.  I also subscribe to several magazines and news letters from public health sources all of them filled with good recipes for healthful living.  Doesn’t everyone?

When I am not reading history, I read books on health and medicine.  My graduate history program offered courses on the history of medicine, such as, the building of the Panama Canal and Walter Reed’s efforts, but I could never work a class about the history of medicine into my schedule at GMU.

However, I read many books on health and medical topics over the years and especially while I was working on my master’s degree in demography at Georgetown where I took courses in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Mortality and Morbidity. And, I continue to read books on health and medical topics today. Last fall, I read and recommended Atul Gwande’s latest book, Being Mortal and What Matters in the End. Happily, this book is now a best seller, at least here in the Washington DC area.

 Wiki says – Major Walter Reed, M.D., (September 13, 1851 – November 22, 1902) was a U.S. Army physician who in 1901 led the team that postulated and confirmed the theory that yellow fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal (1904–1914) by the United States. 


Are people crazy? When I was a young parent, I made sure my kids had all their vaccinations.  Having suffered with Mumps, Measles (both kinds), and Chicken Pox myself, and known kids when I was younger who had Small Pox, Whooping Cough, Polio and Scarlet Fever, I wanted my kids protected.

As a senior, I still receive the protection I need, such as the “every ten years” Tetanus shot to prevent “lockjaw”; annual flu shots (the stronger dose for folks age 65+); and the once-in-a lifetime pneumonia shot which protects against one kind of pneumonia only.  David and I also had Shingles shots recently.  I had Shingles a couple of years ago, and believe me you don’t want it. My doc says instances of a repeat of this disease have been reported, so I had the shot even though I’ve had the Shingles.

As for Autism, it’s a problem for sure, although even my daughter who has two Master’s degrees and works with autistic kids has difficulty explaining to me exactly what Autism is.  However, researchers tell us there is no connection between vaccinations and autism.

Another theory is that a connection exists between gluten sensitivity and autism. The wheat products we eat today are not the wheat products we ate 50 years ago. Today, we eat genetically modified carbs.  Perhaps this is another reason to watch your carb consumption?

9 thoughts on “Medical stuff

  1. Autism: Now they say they have the genetic link through the male.

    There’s a new book out of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diary’s and letters edited by her daughter Reeve. Speaking of History.


  2. I had mumps, measles and chicken pox as a child too, and yes people are crazy if they don’t vaccinate their kids. We also get flu shots every year. My son had what the doctor called a “mild case” of whooping cough when he was three. I would hate to see a severe case.


  3. I wonder what the hidden mechanism is that causes disease. Surely, diet and obesity don’t always cause diabetes. I eat a lousy diet and am obese, but my A1C score of 5.4 and my random glucose score of 96 are terrific. I am not even pre-diabetic. Yet, two skinny women in my former law firm developed diabetes.


  4. Thanks for the head’s up on Dr. Eades. I’ve never heard of him. Both my eldest son and I are diabetic and are constantly working on our diets. The best advice sadly is eat much less and exercise, like everything else. 😉 I love the recipes it helps bring family meals, especially Thanksgiving, something with dishes we can eat.


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