Unapologetically Average

I aspire to be average, normal, regular, unexceptional. Odd, right? Considering that being characterized as average is usually seen as an insult. In our society, parents are admonished to do all they can to enhance the self-esteem of their offspring. Kids are told that they are the best, extraordinary, winners, special, heroes possessing some extraordinary… Continue reading

Big Pharma and the Evening News

What do chronic idiopathic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, painful menstruation, deep vein thrombosis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neuropathic pain, partial seizures, erectile dysfunction, pulmonary arterial hypertension, and dyspareunia (painful intercourse) have in common?  All of these conditions can be cured if you buy into the claims of the medications advertised during… Continue reading

Suntans, Cornflakes, Coco Chanel & Skin Cancer

The association between light skin color and high social status has a long and distinguished history in Western society.  In Victorian England, light skin was venerated and considerable effort was expended to keep women, particularly the upper class, out of the sun.  Women in the Victorian period went to great lengths to avoid sun exposure… Continue reading