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Religious People: Shame, Shame, Shame

Why would I rather deal with the Mafia than some religious people? Because I hate hypocrisy above all other things. I know the mob has a code it follows strictly, such as it is, and it’s crystal clear to everyone what it’s all about. But religious people talk constantly about brotherly love and yet condemn fellow humans to death. It’s hypocrisy at its worst.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, April 20, 2008 - Full Story

The Holiday Heart Syndrome: A Seaboard Romance?

What does the figure 2,575,440,000 indicate?  It’s not the national debt, or the increase in the world’s population in the next 10 years. Rather, if you live to 70 years of age, your heart will beat this many times. But sometimes it gets weary and develops an irregular rate called atrial fibrillation (AF). So can chocolate help to prevent this problem?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, April 13, 2008 - Full Story

Dummy Pills, Guns and Doctors

Winston Churchill, Britain’s wartime Prime Minister, remarked, “To almost every question there is an answer that is clear, concise, coherent and wrong”! For years we’ve been told that anti-depressant drugs were the be-all-and-end-all for depressed patients. Now, a recent report claims that placebos are just as effective for many patients. So should doctors use placebos (dummy pills) to trick patients? The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) helps to answer this dilemma.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - Full Story

Rosacea :  An Overlooked Skin Condition

What did former President Bill Clinton have to blush about? We all know the answer to that delicate question! Like Princess Diana, Rosie O’Donnell and the comedian W.C. Fields, he also suffered from Rosacea.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, March 31, 2008 - Full Story

The Powder Room : Course 101 In Overactive Bladder

Whoever remarked “Timing is everything” was right. I recently wrote about simple ways to prevent urinary infections. This triggered numerous requests from readers asking, “But what can be done when you’re constantly rushing to ‘you know where’?” Their timing couldn’t have been better. A new web site, The Powder Room, now has a bilingual Course 101 on Overactive Bladder (OAB). It contains “Everything you’ve always wanted to know about OAB and didn’t know who to ask”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 16, 2008 - Full Story

A Good Postal Code Leads To Longer Life

I’ve just returned from an educational course on Cardiology aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship. A sea voyage is a great way to recharge your batteries. And this one also provided an opportunity to listen to a diverse group of international cardiologists discuss the nation’s number one killer. Now I know the importance of one’s postal code and “Matthew’s Law”.  And if you’re looking for a solid investment you can’t miss by buying shares in “The Goliath Casket Company”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 9, 2008 - Full Story

Postpone A Wormy End, and Gorillas Should Have the Right to Vote

William Shakespeare wrote “A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king”. He could have added,  “or fish with the worm that eventually gets us all.” This is not a pleasant thought to pass along to readers at the start of the day. But since the life of worms and other insects can be extended, it may be possible for humans to postpone that final wormy day as well.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - Full Story

How Long Are Your Legs?

How many people in this country haven’t had their blood cholesterol level tested? Or had their doctor suggest a stress test or electrocardiogram to evaluate the risk of heart disease? I doubt that many have escaped some of these tests. But has your doctor ever said, “I want to measure the length of your legs?” Or examined your ear lobe? These are examples of the KISS principle, “keep it simple, stupid”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - Full Story

Chocolates And Sex, The Wrong Gift For Valentine’s Day

“What did your husband give you for Valentine’s Day?” I jokingly asked a 55 year old patient. She replied, “He brought home the usual gift, chocolates, but that won’t solve my pain with sex. Nor can my own doctor, as he never talks about sexual matters.” This is a scenario I often hear in my office and it’s time to break the hush that surrounds this problem.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, February 24, 2008 - Full Story