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Seems a cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, has released a crowdfunded documentary on diet called “The Big Fat Fix,” in which he talks about how our culture has developed a dangerous misunderstanding of dietary fat. Basically over the past 50 years or so, dietary fat has been “demonized” and blamed for a variety of health problems, yet scientific study has pretty much failed to verify that it really does cause these diseases. In fact, a diet with a good amount of fat in it may help treat or prevent some diseases, such as diabetes. With all due respect, this is not new information. A seemingly...
Some authors are more into cross promoting their work than others. Maissa Bessada ( http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/infection-what-could-have-happened ) is happy to tell us: “I wrote a six episode SciFi satire called The Destiny of Special Agent Ace Galaksi. http://www.acegalaksi.com “ and she’d love for you to check it out. Others, when we go looking for some other aspects of their work and lives to highlight are a little more elusive. Christine Venzon, author of http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/fire-ants-the-slings-and-stings... is obviously a freelance writer according to...
Our contributors aren’t idle when they aren’t writing for us. Here are some sites to visit to learn more about their lives and passions. Warning: You could spend a ;lot of time on these pages. Melissa Janisin has a blog. http://goodnessmadness.com/ And so does Laura Roche http://www.lauraroche.co.uk/ Sara T. Baker has a website about her project http://saratbaker.com/ Kristin George has a blog to check out as well http://strength-in-pain.tk/
This week we are having a theme week; focusing on emergencies. We have a new article from Danielle Currier, and will have another experience to share later this week as well. Check it out!
An Update on some of the fantastic contributors whose stories we are featuring this week. Janel Atlas http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/shadow-of-a-stillborn-an-accoun... has published a book They Were Still Born, https://www.amazon.com/Janel-C-Atlas-Personal-Stillbirth/dp/B004QEY8OU, featuring personal stories about stillbirth. Dwight “Ike” Valdez, http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/helen-keller-was-right continues to work as an audiologist At Alliance Audiology in Concord, NH. Shaunna Privratsky, http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/hes-not-the-man-i-married is a writer...
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You&Me—America’s Medical Magazine: fighting Internet slackness on myth at time! Today we take on one persistently annoying myth, that the cast and crew of “The Conqueror” a bad movie made in 1956, staring Rita Hayworth and John Wayne, all died of cancer due to some unspecified “radioactive testing” in the state where the piece was filmed. Well, you’re shocked, aren’t you? “Why I know that for a fact!” you splutter doing a spit take with your coffee. Guess again, Strawy McStrawperson. Just because something gets repeated a lot doesn’t make it true. The Internet is actually pretty confused...
Today we are taking a look back at some of our earliest contributors (2008! We still published on paper!) and wondering what they are doing now. Mary Weeks-Ayala, http://www.youandmemagazine.com/articles/colon-cancer-death-sentence-rev... unfortunately did not live much longer after her article was originally published. She passed away December 22, 2008. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dfw/obituary-preview.aspx?pid=121741470 We’ve probably given a shout out to Amanda Rippen (White) http://www.amandarippenwhitephotography.com/ before. But we’ll do it again, because she’s just so talented...
Here at the You&Me America’s Medical Magazine blog we love the history of medicine, and frequently post musings, factoids and other interesting tidbits from the past. But the editorial we is getting quite tired of people retroactively re-diagnosing historical figures. You know, “maybe so and so didn’t have x, they had y!” In baseball the tie goes to the runner, in foil the point goes to the fencer with right of way and in diagnoses, the diagnosis, in the absence of being able to exam the patient and often the lack of any x-rays, vital signs, lab test, MRIs. CTs and so on, has to go to the...
Disease go away. We know that. Sometimes it’s because of heroic efforts to eradicate them. Or perhaps we just create new categories, expectations and descriptions that replace the old entity. And sometimes it’s just what the heck? For example, bladder stones. Two hundred years ago it seemed like everyone in Europe had them, especially the men. In fact, contrary to what you might expect, it was a disease of young men, and in some areas it was so prevalent as to be considered endemic. Nowadays if you google “bladder stone” first up you’ll get a mix of articles on kidney stones in people and...

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