Tagged: Stupidity

Check Your Target - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 04, 2012

A survivor of a hunting “accident” asks the question “Why are people still being shot?“. The MacDoctor can help with this one. He was an ED doctor for 9 years in Southland, literally the “Happy Hunting Ground” of New Zealand. Of the dozens of shooting incidents he has seen, he has yet to see one […] Related posts: … Read More

Sugar Sickness - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 27, 2011

New Zealand is, apparently, the third fattest nation in the world according to OECD statistics. Yet fighting the obesity “epidemic” is not rocket science. Apart from the very few people who have some serious metabolic disorder, all that causes obesity is taking in more calories than you burn up. Yes, it is rather more complicated [...] Related posts: … Read More

Death of a Brain Cell - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jun 04, 2011

I have to say, I much preferred the WHO when they were only a rock and roll band and not a teeming hive of health BureauPrats*. This week, a meeting of the terminally stupid (otherwise known as the International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC) issued a statement that flies in the face of logic, [...] Related posts: … Read More

Why Pregnant Rats Should Avoid Apples - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 12, 2011

No, that’s not what the headline was on the front page of the Weak-end Herald today – it was considerably more alarmist: Fruit juice, apples linked to fetus harm An expectant mother could be putting her unborn child at risk by drinking as little as three glasses of juice a day or eating five apples. [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Air We Breathe - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 31, 2011

Nick Smith has just sensibly announced that he will extend the target date for air quality standards out from 2013 to 2020. Predictably, Labour are ranting about people dying because of the delay in implementing the standards. The Idiot at No Right Turn is even calling Nick Smith a murderer! Apparently Mr. Smith is going [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Social Lens of Social Medicine - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 16, 2010

Tim Parke, the Clinical Director of Auckland Hospital Emergency Department, has written an opinion piece in today’s Herald, extolling the virtues of state health care. “Universal” health care, as he calls it. That word immediately alerts me to the socialist thinking that will be behind the article. The most obvious aspect of state health is [...] Related posts: … Read More

Cooking with Alcohol - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 24, 2010

The Herald has kicked off it’s “Two Drinks Max” campaign today. Just what we need – more emotional heat and less rationality. I don’t have any problem with the somewhat simplistic “Two Drinks Max”. If people want to pledge themselves to this; more power to them. However, I do object to the dishonest way the [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Worm in the Apple - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 22, 2010

Readers of MacDoctor will know that I always find virus scares on Macs vastly amusing. While there have been the odd trojan and plenty of those nasty phishing scams, there has never been a virus reported in the wild on Mac OSX. It is not surprising that I viewed the following headline with great skepticism: [...] Related posts: … Read More

Bacon With Your Vaccine? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 09, 2010

In a move that defies all logic, the FDA advisory panel investigating the contamination of Rotavirus vaccine with pig virus has recommended that vaccine use be continued because “The vaccines offer a clear public health benefit that far outweighs a “theoretical” risk from PCV (Porcine Circo-virus)”. How very reassuring. Not. PCV type 1 was found [...] Related posts: … Read More

No Help At All - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 27, 2010

Some newspaper articles cause me to wonder what is NOT being said. The Herald today runs the headline: Denied help for sexual abuse, dead days later A review of new rules for sexual abuse counseling has come too late to save a South Auckland mother who died four days after her claim for ACC-funded counselling [...] Related posts: … Read More