JOKE: Your Duck is Dead #overdiagnosis

An friend of mine (LL) sent this story to me and I think you'll find it illumniating. No, it's not about quacks!

Your Duck is Dead

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?" "Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet.

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."

Celebrity Medical Advice: Mark Cuban says "more is better" in Health Care

Twitter is a wonderful place to share ideas, learn quick tidbits, and to get a sense of the 'zeitgeist.'

Unfortunately, many people use it as a platform to share their crazy opinions and famous people are able to propagate all kinds of medically questionable myths (read Hoffman SJ and Tan C in BMJ re: following celebrities' medical advice). The Jenny McCarthy- and Gwyneth Paltrow-types persuade others with obvious contravention of science. However, the subversion of the process of medicine can also be subtle. 
 

BEWARE it may make you shudder to read it:

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 . . . 

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

- Mark Cuban (@mcuban)

Fortunately, before Mark Cuban (billionaire entrepreneur) could get too far with his "more is better" evangelism, Charles Ornstein (Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, @charlesornstein) challenged him. Too bad that challenging people often makes them dig their heels in deeper.

Did the evidence provided sway Cuban? See the play-by-play on Forbes.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/201...

VIDEO: How To Become Gluten Intolerant: The lighter side of medicalization

You are going to have to watch this genius video to understand. When the human condition becomes a medical condition, it can be very very funny.

JP Sears (@AwakenWithJP) explains that "being gluten intolerant is a fantastic opportunity for you to assert your dominance in the life everyone around you, which helps improve your life."

His video contains amazing tips on how to achieve the gluten intolerant lifestyle, among them:

Give expert medical advice. Once you take your gluten free vows, you'll need to have an automatic understanding that every medical condition in caused by gluten. Depression: it's always caused by gluten. Obesity: that's 100% gluten. Every single case of cancer is caused by gluten. I swear, gluten's what killed Gandhi. . . 

Seclusion makes gluten healthier. Understand that when no one's around, you somehow become less gluten intolerant. How does this happen? Well, based on medical evidence that's yet to be discovered, there's a direct correlation between how many people are around and how gluten intolerant you are."

See for yourself, and become enlightened in the ways of the gluten free: 

Being gluten free used to be a luxury only reserved for those who are intolerant to gluten. With this cutting edge gluten educational video, you can become gluten intolerant too, whether or not you're actually intolerant to gluten.

Source: http://devour.com/video/how-to-become-glut...