Feeling No Pain

A pain clinic in nearby Vancouver, Washington, has been getting some press lately, and it’s not positive. The clinic has been accused of overprescribing pain medication and has been under investigation. The Payette Clinic opened in 2005 and is run by nurse practitioners (i.e., there are no medical doctors on staff). On March 19, 2009,… read more

Tweetin’ the Law

In a recent post I discussed the gag order some doctors are trying to place on their patients to prevent them from posting negative information online. As I mentioned, the Internet is everyone’s playground, and the rules are few. Now courtrooms are discovering this to be true, as jurors are dropping hints about trials and… read more

Good Doctor, Bad Doctor

Remember back in school when you got to fill out the teacher evaluation forms? It was a good opportunity to praise, or punish, your teachers. Well, with the age of the Internet, we can voice our opinions about anyone and anything whenever we choose. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? A recent… read more

Oregon Worker Deaths in 2008

The Oregonian just published a story on the number of Oregon workers who died on the job. In 2008, 44 Oregonians died while working, up from 35 deaths in 2007. The largest percentage of the deaths took place in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries: 15 workers, including 7 firefighters who died in a helicopter… read more

Mailorder Drugs

I know plenty of people who have ordered medications online from Canadian pharmacies and the like. I myself have ordered allergy medications from New Zealand, medications that require a prescription here in the United States but are available over the counter in other countries. I never considered this to be dangerous, since I was familiar… read more

No More Plastic Baby Bottles

Plastics have revolutionized our society but not always for the better. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt are aware of the current backlash against plastic bottles. The main culprit is the chemical bisphenol A, which is in polycarbonate, and which, in turn, is used to make all sorts of things, including… read more