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January 2, 2024

The Four Kinds of Exercise

In 2019, I wrote a blog post titled “How I Started Going to the Gym” based on Alex Hutchinson’s book Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? That

November 7, 2023


I’ve been following Eric Topol since the pandemic and find him to be a very level headed thinker about medicine, so I was surprised when he strongly

December 16, 2021

Waking up my Glutes (Part 5) - ROM

One of the central concepts in mobility training is expanding your “range of motion” or ROM. This is very different from traditional stretching,

December 16, 2021

Waking up my Glutes (Part 4) - Mobility

Most people only do physical therapy if they are recovering from an accident or injury. In this post I’d like to suggest that every adult should be

December 15, 2021

Waking up my Glutes (Part 3) - X-ray

At first I thought something was wrong with my kidney. So did my urologist. We were both convinced of it, because the symptoms sounded like it could

December 15, 2021

Waking up my Glutes (Part 2) - Yoga

Why write a long narrative history of my hip pain, going back to the beginning? Because I think it is an interesting case study in how difficult it

December 14, 2021

Waking up my Glutes (Part 1)

For about a week now I’ve been able to do two things that I haven’t been able to do in a very long time: sleep through the night without

October 30, 2013

Cervical Spondylosis

This summer I developed radiating pain in my right shoulder. I’ve hurt myself in the past, and I assumed it was a muscle injury that could be

April 16, 2008

Sicko in Taiwan

Last year I wrote a post about Taiwan’s National Health Insurance program, having found a thoughtful article about the costs and benefits of

August 9, 2007


stands for Taiwan’s National Health Insurance program. After seeing the movie Sicko (see here) which compared US healthcare to that in several

July 5, 2007

Responsible Criticism

Reading the reactions to Sicko in the press is an interesting exercise. Almost without exception, including papers from both the left and the right,

May 28, 2007

No AIDS Love Only

I liked the graphics on these Taiwanese AIDS awareness flyers: {AIDS, graphic design}

April 3, 2007


The Tainan City Government yesterday issued a medical report showing that residents living near a closed factory in southern Taiwan have extremely

March 1, 2007


In the Simpsons episode about Mojo, the helper monkey, Homer’s lifestyle slowly ruins the monkey’s health. When a colleague asked if I would take

November 16, 2005


That’s a lot of needles! China has vowed to vaccinate all of its estimated 14 billion poultry to contain the spread of bird flu. {bird flu,

November 14, 2005

Beveridge vs. Bismarck

Taiwanese love to complain about their country and how it is going down the drain. And they also like to idealize how much more advanced and modern

October 6, 2005

Avian Flu

The latest round of avian flu may or may not be like the 1918 epidemic that killed 50 million people. We can’t know what will happen, just as we

August 29, 2005

Eat the Sun

A sixth of the world’s population lives on less than a dollar a day. Most of these 1.2 billion people are women, and they spend a significant amount

April 22, 2005


$2.5 million for a pyramid that isn’t even a pyramid. {design, tufte, food pyramid}

April 16, 2005


In the comments to a post I wrote about various devices designed to get you out of bed in the morning, Tim May directed my attention to the

April 12, 2005


Ted Barlow reprises an old post about health care, and it is still just as relevant. Nothing new here: the Europeans do it better, our system is

March 27, 2005


Nathan Newman asks why the Republicans aren’t planning on fixing racial differences in health care, when they have so recently been willing to

March 24, 2005


used to be viewed as a natural phenomenon. Now we know better. The average life expectancy of adult humans has more than doubled in the last

March 6, 2005


One of the biggest problems with political activists — wherever they lie on the left-right spectrum — is the tendency to oversimplify. This is

December 5, 2004


In previous posts on stress I talked about how, while limited stress can be a good thing, the body’s natural responses to stress are not well

November 19, 2004


Talking about stress, one of the endlessly fascinating things about humans are all the creative ways we come up with to let off a bit of steam.

November 18, 2004


Robert Sapolsky has spent much of his life studying Baboon society. While Baboons are not human, they, along with other higher primates, share with

November 14, 2004

War Stress

In Iraq, counselors are helping U.S. soldiers develop coping skills so that they can handle the stress of combat. But doctors are finding growing

November 13, 2004


What is stress? The term was adopted from engineering for use in biology in the 1920s [Start here for the full presentation]: Eighty-some-odd years

November 13, 2004


I’ve been meaning to write about the topic of “stress” for a while. Considering that this month marks the highest levels of stress I’ve had to face