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Three bags full—of popcorn a day. For 16 years??

A New York woman has filed a lawsuit after her 16-year popcorn habit left her with permanent lung damage, the New York Post reports.

Agnes Mercado from Queens devoured two to three bags of Act II Lite microwave popcorn a day between 1991 and September 2007. The popcorn was flavored with diacetyl, a compound that gives food a buttery taste.

Workers who packaged the popcorn for manufacturer ConAgra Foods developed “popcorn lung,” an airway obstruction that does not respond to medicine.

via News.com.au

That’s 17,520 bags of popcorn.

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | , | 2 Comments

20 foot long, inflatable colon…the mind boggles

More via  Sun Journal.

April 16, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | Comments Off on 20 foot long, inflatable colon…the mind boggles

Yosemite Sam’s Medical Afflictions

Senile Agitation is a condition which will be gaining more attention in the future, as our society is slowly increasing in its elderly population. Yosemite Sam is a violently belligerent hothead who cannot control his temper. He is more than willing to lash out at any nearby individual, which puts him squarely into the Senile Agitation category. When Sam gets angry, which is more often than not, he has a tendency to forget things and become reckless in his actions. When our elderly behave in this manner, they are commonly diagnosed with this condition.

via Medical Afflictions of the Cartoon Characters – Explained | moviesoddity.com.

April 10, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Yosemite Sam’s Medical Afflictions

Not diamonds but a defibrillator is this gal’s best friend

A woman has praised ‘miracle’ doctors after she was brought back from the dead 114 times in thirty hours as her heart repeatedly stopped. Ann Mintram said she went through ‘total hell’ as medics battled to save her life with electric shocks.

The 55-year-old ended up with scorch marks on her body from the shocks as doctors at two hospitals repeatedly resuscitated her lifeless body for more than a day and a night. Ann Mintram’Miracle’: Ann Mintram’s heart stopped 114 times over 30 hours but doctors never gave up.

A year on she keeps a mini-defibrillator close by her in case of relapse…(and) she has thanked the dedicated medical teams who refused to give up on her. Mrs Mintram, from Waunfawr near Caernarfon in North Wales, was struck down by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome – in which the heart stops for no known reason – after a collapse at home while watching television.

More via  Mail Online.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Not diamonds but a defibrillator is this gal’s best friend

Some headlines just write themselves. ” ‘Mystical’ stone puts plumber on new path”

A Polish plumber has become a faith healer after finding a ‘mystical’ stone while digging up drains under his house.

Jacek Slominski has been swamped by demands from hundreds of patients since he pulled the stone from the earth where it had lain undisturbed for hundreds of years.

“It has a huge Z carved into it and as soon as I touched it I felt this tremendous energy coming from it,” he said. “I’ve had a bad back for years but all of a sudden all the pain left me and never returned,” he added at his home in Bialystok.

via Ananova – ‘Mystical’ stone puts plumber on new path.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Medical, medicine, Strange | Comments Off on Some headlines just write themselves. ” ‘Mystical’ stone puts plumber on new path”

Never too old?

Dr. W.G. Watson, legendary as one of the oldest practicing doctors of all time, this week celebrated his 100th birthday, and his colleagues in Augusta, Georgia, say he has delivered over 15,000 babies in that time!

He has worked at University Hospital since 1947, and delivered several generations of babies for the same family in many cases. As a veteran health care provider he is a legend in the world of medicine, and hero to physicians and practitioners nationwide.

via  NEWS

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Never too old?

Nasal leech infestation: Have you eaten yet?

“Nasal leech infestation rarely occurs in society today and it is usually reported as an anecdote. In this study, we present seven nasal leeches in six patients from 1984 to 2008… Four patients were less than 8 years old and two patients were older than 60 years old. All patients had spent time in rural streams 2 weeks to 2 months before the symptoms occurred. All of the seven leeches were removed smoothly and one leech migrated to the oropharynx during the operation. The length of the leeches ranged from 2 to 12 cm with an average length of 4.6 cm…”

via  Discoblog | Discover Magazine

That’s roughly 3/4 of an inch to 5 inches, in case you were wondering.

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Medical, medicine | Comments Off on Nasal leech infestation: Have you eaten yet?

This man really has two left feet

A prosthetics “expert” gave an elderly patient two left feet by fitting the wrong artificial limb. Not only that but the foot was a size 8 instead of a size 9.

Did I mention that the doctor missed seeing the problems in two separate checkups? And that he is no longer employed at the “Smart disability centre.”  That’s really the name of the clinic too.

via Ananova – Doctor gave man two left feet.

February 12, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Medical | | Comments Off on This man really has two left feet

“Stroke restores sight”… and removes French


A grandfather has described how a massive stroke “miraculously” cured his failing sight, but cost him his ability to speak French.

Malcolm Darby, 70, of Oakham, Rutland, had worn glasses since measles damaged his sight at the age of two. But after waking from surgery to remove a blood clot following a stroke last year, he said he found he had near-perfect vision.

Experts say the side-effects of the stroke are “unusual”.


September 4, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | | Comments Off on “Stroke restores sight”… and removes French

Lightning is a cure for arrhythmia?

Picture 14A Serbian woman has been cured of a deadly heart condition – when she was struck by lightning.

Shocked doctors who’d been treating Nada Acimovich, 51, for arrhythmia – irregular heartbeats that can be a killer – discovered she had made a complete recovery.

via Ananova – Woman cured by lightning.

The doctors were “shocked”? I bet she was too.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Medical, Scary, Strange | , | Comments Off on Lightning is a cure for arrhythmia?

Good news…bad news

The good news is that there may be a way to get rid of asthma and allergies. The bad news is that the cure may be lice. Turns out that our ultraclean life style is  hampering the development of our immune systems.

The idea is that if the immune system is not properly primed in childhood, immune cells can improperly react to harmless triggers such as pollen or bits of dander. Bacterial and viral infections do not seem to be the priming factor, but researchers have been focusing lately on parasites.


April 22, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine | | Comments Off on Good news…bad news

Phantom third arm

In a first ever documented case, a 64 year old Swiss stroke victim has developed a phantom third arm that is so real to her that she can see it, move it and even scratch an itch with it.

“Scientists at Switzerland’s Geneva University Hospital used magnetic resonance imaging to confirm that her brain was issuing commands to the phantom limb and acknowledging its actions”

via Metro.co.uk.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine, Strange | | Comments Off on Phantom third arm

Things to remember: Fried insects are bad for your asthma


Thailand’s Health Ministry has warned people with asthma and allergies to avoid eating fried insects, a popular street-stall snack in Bangkok and other cities, media reports said on Sunday.

A recent study conducted by the ministry found that the fried silk worms, grasshoppers and other six-legged delicacies often contain excessively high levels of histamine that can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks, The Nation newspaper reported.

via BrisbaneTimes.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | animals, Medical, medicine, Strange | , | 1 Comment

No extra charge for the oil slick

Water from the English Channel is being bottled and sold as a remedy for blocked noses in the US.

Pharmaceutical experts are charging £10 for the water from a busy shipping lane off the coast of Saint Malo.

Drugs company Shering-Plough says its Afrin PureSea Hydrating Nasal Rinse is ‘the only nasal rinse product made of 100% purified seawater’.

via English Channel water

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Medical, medicine | , | Comments Off on No extra charge for the oil slick

If once you fail for cryin’ out loud don’t do it again!

A King Country [New Zealand] meatworker who saw his hand flapping around after nearly cutting it off with a bandsaw says he thought he was going to die when he saw all the blood.

And to make matters more difficult for the surgeons who operated on him, the man had nearly cut the same arm off in another accident.

Bryan Speers is recovering in Waikato Hospital after surgeons worked for 13 hours to reattach his partially amputated left wrist on Monday.

More at  NZ Herald News.

February 10, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Medical, medicine | Comments Off on If once you fail for cryin’ out loud don’t do it again!

One of the benefits of socialized medicine…DIY dentistry

A British Gulf War veteran pulled out 13 of his teeth with pliers when he could not find an NHS dentist. TA soldier Ian Boynton could not afford to go private for treatment after suffering with excruciating toothache since 2006.

So instead he took drastic action and removed them himself.

The 42-year-old, from Beverley, East Yorks, had not had his teeth looked at since seeing the army dentist in 2003. And he has not registered with a dentist of his own since 2001.

He said: “I’ve tried to get in at 30 dentists over the last eight years but have never been able to find one to take on NHS patients.

via  The Sun |News.

February 5, 2009 Posted by | DIY, Medical | Comments Off on One of the benefits of socialized medicine…DIY dentistry

She probably just wanted to see if he was hot

A Luzerne County [Wyoming] woman is facing an assault charge after allegedly impaling her boyfriend with a meat thermometer Sunday afternoon.

via The Times-Tribune.

The thermometer penetrated only about a half inch and the injury isn’t considered to be life threatening.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Medical, Scary | Comments Off on She probably just wanted to see if he was hot

Way to go, Doc!

More at BBC NEWS | Health

A baby dying from kidney failure was saved when her doctor designed and built her a dialysis machine from scratch in his garage. Millie Kelly was too small for conventional NHS machines, so Dr Malcolm Coulthard and a colleague constructed a scaled-down version.

Two years later, her mother Rebecca says she is “fit as a fiddle”.

She, and Dr Coulthard, from Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, now want the machine to be available to others.

August 5, 2008 Posted by | cool stuff, hero, Medical | , | Comments Off on Way to go, Doc!

I have NO idea what this is all about

More with more pictures

I decided to send you [the Coast To Coast AM site] pix of my scalar/radionics machine(s). This machine took me a long time to build… to figure out all the components etc. All is hand made and by trial and error. She is extremely powerful. Using the machine to supercharge drink and food, my dog has now acquired a measurable aura of over 24 feet radius……. my cat has one of over 5′ radius. Most humans I measure have from about 6″ to 2 foot at the very most. My 10 year old dog’s vision – which was about 64% two month ago is now up to close to 100% again….. her eyes are all clear again. I put her Polaroid photo together with a confirmation in the machine and monitored the progress of her vision recovery every other day.

Using the ‘Bovis Scale’ as a reference (you have to google that if you don’t know what it means) , the radiated Bovis field of the device has an astronomical value of 600 Million digits. 5 digits or the real value of 6500 is the neutral value on that open-ended scale. To supercharge one gallon of tap water to the max. mentioned value takes about three seconds. Needless to say – I take nothing in that is just plain. All is supercharged. The purpose of this machine is mainly for Remote Healing and ‘Potentizing’ anything. The total negativity output of the radiated field is a very low 3%. All that is needed is a good photo of a person or pet. All planes of existence are accessible and can be subject to manipulation….. that is correcting negative or abnormal conditions. The machine stands over three foot tall with the 6.5″ rose quartz sphere on top. The smaller input device to the right has a 5″ rose quartz sphere on top. The spheres work as a “spherical lens” to spread the field uniformly – rather than a narrow vertical vortex shooting out at the top without them…

Your guess is as good as mine, probably better. In case you want to buy some energized water or a machine of your own look here.

You’re on your own. And no, I haven’t been drinking or smoking wacky tabacky.

May 5, 2008 Posted by | Medical, Strange | , , | Comments Off on I have NO idea what this is all about

Irish coffee is good for your brain? Maybe, if you had a stroke.

More at Yahoo! News

Giving stroke patients a caffeine-alcohol mixture in concert with a clot-busting drug was safe and led to better recovery, new research shows.

One of the researchers has a patent on the mixture, called caffeinol, but lead author Dr. Sheryl Martin-Schild, a neurovascular fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, noted that, “this could easily be put together by pharmacists, it’s easy to deliver and well-tolerated.”

The group has U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to use caffeinol in studies and is hoping approval for “common consumption” will follow.

February 24, 2008 Posted by | Medical, medicine | Comments Off on Irish coffee is good for your brain? Maybe, if you had a stroke.