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Makes a great Christmas Gift!

Do you want to get a great Christmas gift for book lovers?

If so, then you should definitely go grab a copy of Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen, by J.L. McCreedy!


This is a modern-day fairy tale about a young girl from Mississippi who gets lured to a foreign land over her Christmas break, to meet relatives she never knew existed.  Unbeknownst to her, this is all part of a sinister plot by an evil witch and our heroine, Libby, falls right into her clutches.  Libby will have to rely on her wits and courage, and just a bit of luck if she hopes to save not only herself, but also those most dear to her.

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting Christmas thriller, then I can’t recommend this book strongly enough.  Available in both print and Kindle versions!

Go get your copy today, and remember to include it in your holiday gift shopping list!

 

Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen getting some notice

I’ve mentioned before that my wife has self-published her novel, Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen (link for it to your right. Go get your copy today!).

Well, in the vast sea of self-published books, it is difficult to get noticed, but her wonderful story is slowly starting to get some notice.

In April, it was featured at Note Worthy Releases. The reviewer (the site owner’s 15 year old daughter)  there had the following to say.

Four out of Five Stars –

I loved it, couldn’t put it down! I liked the innocence of the main character Libby.It is a very original story, fast paced and exciting. It was funny in some places that made me laugh out loud. The author created a magical and breathtaking world. I would love to see a sequel.

Thanks for such kinds words towards my wife’s story and I couldn’t agree more!

If you like to discover new authors and aren’t afraid to step into the world of exploring indie authors, you should really go pay a visit (or twenty) to Note Worthy Releases today.  It’s a great site that features a lot of great writers!  Thanks to Dawn Smith, who runs the site!  You’re doing a great job!

I also want to take a moment to say thanks to Glenn Reynolds who runs the Instapundit.com Blog.  I’ve been a long time reader and fan of this blog and last week I sent an email to Glenn asking if he wouldn’t mind mentioning my wife’s book on his site.  He most graciously did mention it, and that day was by far the busiest sales day for my wife’s book at Amazon.  Thanks Glenn!!!

 

Remote Control Endoscopy Camera

Researchers in japan have developed a remotely controlled miniature camera that can be used for endoscopy.

It looks a bit like a tadpole.  It appears very similar to the “capsule endoscopy” cameras that came on the scene several years ago.  With those, you basically swallowed a camera that was encased in a clear pill shaped container.  This thing passively moved along your gastrointestinal tract snapping pictures until you pooped it out.

With this new gizmo from Japan, it’s not a passive journey.  It has a little mechanical tail sticking out of it with which a doctor using a joystick can control it and basically pilot it through your GI tract.

It can apparently be inserted from either end….i.e. via your mouth or your “other end”.

According to this article, it was originally tested on dogs and is now ready for us.

Some potential advantages I see are the ability to get pictures within places not really reachable with current endoscopes…i.e. the small intestine, and also, I would imagine this procedure would likely need less anesthesia/sedation perhaps.

The potential negatives I see are 1. This thing getting stuck somewhere and requiring surgery to remove and 2. This thing causing a perforation, illeus or intususception.

Still, overall it looks like a pretty cool device to me.

FDA Chantix Warning

And right on the heels of my last post about the FDA warnings on Actos and Avandia and the inevitable lawsuits to come….here’s a new FDA warning about Chantix and increased cardiovascular risk.

Chantix lawsuit anyone?

Here’s my page on Chantix from a couple years ago.  Enjoy.

Cheers!

Lifeboat Calling

Hi Everyone! I’m still alive.

I realize I haven’t posted anything in what seems like forever. I think the last time I posted, the Saints had just won the Superbowl and as expected Hell froze over.

As some who know me know, I’ve long used the analogy of building a lifeboat in case the metaphorical ship I’m a passenger on goes down. That “Ship” basically represents life in America, life as a primary care physician in America, etc.

Well, over the past couple years, construction on the “lifeboat” has been in full swing. Finally a small prototype was felt to be ready for a test run about a year ago, and it was finally “put in the water” back in February of this year.

So far, the test run is going pretty well, and life is good floating out here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Those who know me well, will understand all of the cryptic talk in this post.

Those who don’t know me well really ought to get to know me. I’m a nice guy, and I just might share some “lifeboat” plans.

Cheers,

Sam

How ‘Bout Dem Saints!!!!!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!

After many long years of hoping, praying, rooting, and ultimately echoing the chorus of “Just wait til next year!”, I am delighted to observe that “Next Year” has finally arrived!!!!

 What an awesome game to cap an awesome season.

 Way to geaux Saints!!!!  Way to Geaux!!!!

 Who Dat? Baby!!!!

Jim Morrison and Debbie Harry Collaboration. Who knew?

Just cool stuff here.  I like it.

Putting things into perspective

Dr. Crippen at NHS Blog Doctor has a pretty good post today.  (Well actually, he often has pretty good posts, but I sometimes have trouble getting through his British accent. 🙂

 Take a look here.

Dr. Sam’s Modest Proposal (with apologies to Jonathan Swift)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2008/04/27/ST2008042702198.html?hpid=topnews

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/26/washington/26farm.html?ref=us

You know, this whole sub-thread just gave me a great idea.

Everybody keeps complaining about the cost of health-care.

How bout if the govt just starts giving me a check every month to NOT see patients.

I’d give them a deep discount. They could pay me say 50 bucks for every patient that I don’t see, as opposed to what those patient visits would otherwise cost, which would usually be greater than 50 bucks.

So the govt. would save money on every patient by simply paying me to NOT see them.

If they agree to this, I could really ramp up my productivity a lot too.

I bet that once I get in a groove, I could probably NOT see at least a thousand patients a day.

I think I’ll write this up as a proposal for a demonstration project and submit it to Medicare.







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