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Unread postby PopTart » 5 October 2018, 06:41

I've been rather ill of late, a cold that turned into a chest infection, so I've been off work the last day or two (not good) I went to the doctor and he barely examined me before prescribing anti-biotics!! :blargh: Sure, I may have a chest infection (as I say, he didn't really do much of an examination :cool: but I was really annoyed he prescribed them so readily!) I wanted a diagnoses, not just a cursory look and a packet of pills. So much wrong with medicine these days.

While casting around the net, I came across talk of studies that suggest that some infections and viruses, affect our brain chemistry, to make us more socialiable, to improve the odds of the viruses and bacteria spreading :wide-eyed: That would explain why I've been feeling like I want to be around people so much and the fact I've been feeling far more horny than usual :lol: I haven't found the studies themselves so can't post them but will continue to look.

Which had me on youtube looking at videos about the immune system and viruses and such. One of my favourite channels (and one I post here often) had a couple of really fascinating videos on the subject of the immune system, anti-biotics and other associated stuff, so I'm going to share them here :glasses:

This first one had me amazed at the incredible complexity of our immune system. Nature really is something.



This one explains my apprehension of the readiness with which some doctors just prescribe anti-biotics without any real examination or determination if they are required!



This one offered relief after the second video, that alternatives exist to anti-biotics and also, amazed me at the apocalyptic style war that is being waged all around us, by microscopic life, that we don't even realise is happening! The world is amazing.

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Unread postby mxguy01 » 5 October 2018, 18:06

PopTart wrote:turned into a chest infection


Well it is the obvious to point out that chest infections can become quite serious quite fast. Chances are he heard enough with the stethoscope to warrant the prescription for the antibiotics. Basically it comes down to the risk of prescribing them too often vs what the possible outcome is to not do so. I'm guessing your doctor made a good decision IMO.
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Unread postby PopTart » 5 October 2018, 18:15

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PopTart wrote:turned into a chest infection


Well it is the obvious to point out that chest infections can become quite serious quite fast. Chances are he heard enough with the stethoscope to warrant the prescription for the antibiotics. Basically it comes down to the risk of prescribing them too often vs what the possible outcome is to not do so. I'm guessing your doctor made a good decision IMO.

I hear ya, but he didn't even do the stethoscope thing, he pointed a light down my throat and just gave me the prescription before ushering me out the door! I'm just assuming it's a chest infection, since i've had it awhile :shrug: No actual diagnoses on that front :P
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Unread postby mxguy01 » 5 October 2018, 18:21

Ok. You got me on that one. Really, no stethoscope? I don't think I've ever seen a doctor and not have them do the Stethoscope thing. Like recently - "I got blood coming out my penis, what's the stethoscope going to do for me????". LoL

New GP time for you I think.
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Re: Today I learned... (Post interesting facts.)

Unread postby PopTart » 5 October 2018, 18:26

mxguy01 wrote:Ok. You got me on that one. Really, no stethoscope? I don't think I've ever seen a doctor and not have them do the Stethoscope thing. Like recently - "I got blood coming out my penis, what's the stethoscope going to do for me????". LoL

New GP time for you I think.

Depends what he does with the stethoscope I guess :lol:

GP's here in the UK all seem to operate from the same book on process. They are so over burdened, so short of time, I don't think they can really do the job they are meant to :shrug:
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Unread postby mxguy01 » 5 October 2018, 19:34

PopTart wrote:
mxguy01 wrote:Ok. You got me on that one. Really, no stethoscope? I don't think I've ever seen a doctor and not have them do the Stethoscope thing. Like recently - "I got blood coming out my penis, what's the stethoscope going to do for me????". LoL

New GP time for you I think.

Depends what he does with the stethoscope I guess :lol:

GP's here in the UK all seem to operate from the same book on process. They are so over burdened, so short of time, I don't think they can really do the job they are meant to :shrug:


I guess I wasn't feeling my normally overly horny self at the time.
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Unread postby Brenden » 21 October 2018, 10:14

The CIA "funded" experiments on circumcised children in the early 1960s "to determine if the operation left any emotional after-effects . . . The aim was to determine if circumcision at a significant stage of a child's development produced anxieties such as fear of castration . . ."

The results were destroyed in 1973.

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Lots of Mexican nationals are Trump supporters and they don’t even know it. You all should read (with Google Translate) some of the comments they’re leaving on the Honduran caravan.
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Quantum computer is so freaking cool :bowdown:
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Unread postby René » 18 November 2018, 11:06

Theresa May actually studied at Oxford. Her subject was geography.
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Unread postby René » 20 April 2019, 11:06

In the 1960s, the US dropped as many as 14 thermonuclear bombs on itself and its allies by accident.

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Unread postby Brenden » 20 April 2019, 13:54

^ The US intentionally dropped — in the sense of detonating — over a thousand nuclear bombs on itself. (Over 700 for the USSR.)
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Unread postby René » 20 April 2019, 14:08

Brenden wrote:^ The US intentionally dropped — in the sense of detonating — over a thousand nuclear bombs on itself. (Over 700 for the USSR.)

But I assume they dropped those in more strategic places than e.g. North Carolina, where detonation could have contaminated a huge populated area (possibly including New York City and Washington, D.C.) with radioactive fallout. :P
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Unread postby Brenden » 30 May 2019, 10:47

They continued operating reactor 3 at Chernobyl until 2000. That's the reactor right next to the infamous one that exploded, in the same building, of the same design.
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Unread postby Victor_Laszlo » 30 May 2019, 11:14

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Brenden wrote:^ The US intentionally dropped — in the sense of detonating — over a thousand nuclear bombs on itself. (Over 700 for the USSR.)

But I assume they dropped those in more strategic places than e.g. North Carolina, where detonation could have contaminated a huge populated area (possibly including New York City and Washington, D.C.) with radioactive fallout. :P



Yep, they were mostly isolated to deserts in the southwest.
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Victor_Laszlo wrote:
René wrote:
Brenden wrote:^ The US intentionally dropped — in the sense of detonating — over a thousand nuclear bombs on itself. (Over 700 for the USSR.)

But I assume they dropped those in more strategic places than e.g. North Carolina, where detonation could have contaminated a huge populated area (possibly including New York City and Washington, D.C.) with radioactive fallout. :P

Yep, they were mostly isolated to deserts in the southwest.

And Pacific islands.
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Unread postby Iamjava » 31 May 2019, 02:11

i learned that attaining a us federaly issued drivers license is amazingly easy.
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Unread postby Victor_Laszlo » 31 May 2019, 02:28

Iamjava wrote:i learned that attaining a us federaly issued drivers license is amazingly easy.


How so?

When I was 18 it was a huge pain in the ass and hours of waiting just to hear that I needed more information. Just to waste another 2 hours the following day

Actually missed a concert because it was at a club that was 18 +. Needless to say it was a huge pain in my ass and a whole lot of proof.
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