Monday, February 29, 2016

One pill or two pills?

One pill, two pill, three pills, or the bottle?

I had a headache and the aspirin bottle gave instructions of 1 to 2 pills for adults. I looked at a package of pills for my dog and it said based on weight give this dosage. Now both people above are adults but one is nearly 6'8" and the other is only 5'6". So is one person going to be under medicated and the other over medicated? This is a prescribed dosage set by the FDA, so can you trust what the FDA says? What else did they get wrong? If the dosage is so general, do we really need the pills in the first place? Are our pets getting better medication than we are? Is everything an illusion?

Friday, February 26, 2016

Are placebos the miracle drug we've been looking for?

If placebos work as well as they say, why do we need drugs?

The key to a placebo is how it is presented and how believable the presentation is (I. E. How good are the actors administering the placebo? In other words if the mind believes that it is being given a pill to kill pain then that is what happens. Placebos work 60% of the time or better, but even these results can be questioned. The doctors and scientists responsible for the testing of placebos are some of same doctors that test pharmaceutical drugs. So are test results going to lean towards a drug that doesn't make them any money or towards pharmaceutical drugs that makes them billions?
    I have met people that have never used an over-the-counter painkiller in their life and will tell you they've never needed it, why is that? These people are generally from third world economies where over-the-counter medications are not necessarily readily available. Is the food they eat, the reason they do not need painkillers or is it a cultural thing that is taught to them?
    Doctors give placebos on a regular basis to patients asking for illegal painkillers they don't need, and strangely enough you never hear of a patient suing a doctor for being given a sugar pill.
    Studies have also shown that placebos given in place of antidepressants can work just as well as pharmaceutical drugs, but what you won't hear is that the placebos had no ill side effects, why is that? At the same time if the placebo is presented to the patient with a list of possible side effects, strangely enough those side effects will appear. Does that mean that we should stop listing side bad effects. I'm sure that pharmaceuticals would love to be able to produce pills they do not have to be accountable for.
     It would seem that the mind is capable of manufacturing any drug or chemical that it thinks it needs. In fact if you take pain pills on a regular basis for headaches and then stopped taking the pills the mind will literally create a headache (rebound headaches ) in order to get its fix of painkiller.
 So if placebos work 60% of the time, could we cure 60% of the world with a placebo pill? Would drug dealers be more selling a placebo and get less complaints about their illegal drugs? If a person is given a placebo and told that it is an illegal drug would it show up in a drug test?

    Here is the best question of all, if a patient is given a placebo pill and told that it is poison would they die from it?

Monday, February 22, 2016

What is the one question that is never asked?

What is the one question that is never asked?

What are we?

Why do we not ask what we are, but instead ask what is our purpose? How can you answer the question what is our purpose, without knowing what you are first? It's like asking what's the purpose of a wigglewatt? Can you tell me what the purpose of a Wigglewatt is without knowing what it is first? Science has not defined what we are and what's more ever since quantum physics the question what is real and what is not can't even be answered. Are we asking the right questions in the right order? Can we really define what a galaxy is, much less what it's for?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Zika virus, what is it really doing?

Zika virus, what is it really doing?

If the Zika virus is causing defects in human infants, what is it doing to the wildlife and domestic livestock? Is it possible that a similar virus caused not a defect, but an evolutionary mutation? Could a similar virus have caused the extinction of species? Is it possible that these viruses have been around for millions of years?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Why were the holidays invented?

Why were the holidays invented?

Why do we need to be reminded that we need to let our loved ones know that we love them? Why do we limit I love you too one day a year? Shouldn't we be showing our love for one another all the time? And all those other holidays that only happen once a year, shouldn't they also be celebrated year-round.Why are all the holidays depended on how much money we spend? Thanksgiving is forgiving gratitude, but why should we be grateful only at Thanksgiving? Shouldn't generosity and peace on earth be celebrated not just in December? We have so many holidays now that you cannot create a new one without getting rid of an old one, why?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Is there such a thing as an overweight astronaut?

Is there such a thing as an overweight astronaut?

If you're overweight on earth, and then you moved to the space station are you still overweight? 
Is it possible that like many things it depends on where you are observing the question from?
If you are in space and you are weightless does obesity still matter?
Will only skinny people be allowed in space?