Health and Sanity category archive
Charles Blow reports that, anticipating the effects of Muskrat love, he severely cut back on his Twitter usage last spring. He says that withdrawal was difficult, but that
Follow the link to learn more of his experience.
And, remember, “social” media isn’t.
Michael in Norfolk has a question:
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In a letter to the editor of the Newark Star-Ledger, a doctor explains how “Medicare Acvantage” plans work to the advantage of insurance companies, but not to that of anyone else.
Being of a certain age, we have been tormented by a torrent of spam phone calls during this “Medicare Open Enrollment” period. And all the callers seem to read from the same script.
I blush to say that I an no longer able to respond to them with courtesy.
There’s a little less disinformation crowding the Disinformation Superhighway today.
At the Seattle Times, Nancy Chappelle tells of the toll that conspiracy theories about COVID-19 have taken on her friendships.
It is a compelling and distressing read.
David and a caller discuss whether Monkey Pox will follow the same arc as AIDS, which, as you may recall if you are old like me, was originally referred to as “gay-related immune deficiency” and was therefore considered by some not to be an illness, but to be “just deserts.” (Warning: Short promo at the end.)
Hal MacDonald, writing at Psychology Today Blogs, explores why persons refuse to accept proven facts. He opens his article with a conversation he overheard at the barbershop:
“COVID’s not a virus at all,” the man said with impressive conviction. “It’s actually a protein synthesized from snake venom. The government’s adding it to the drinking water of certain target populations to cull the herd.”
When the man to whom he was speaking politely but skeptically asked where he had stumbled upon that particular explanation, the proponent of the venom theory of COVID was completely unfazed. “It’s a scientific fact,” he said. “A well-known chiropractor has done a ton of research on the subject.”
Follow the link for his thoughts about why some persons are susceptible to such claptrap and what can be done about it.