Medical Imaging: How Safe Is It?

Medical Imaging: How Safe Is It?

At this stage of our Boomer lives, getting some scan or another is pretty routine but how safe is Medical Imaging? I dig into the patient handout from Australia’s radiation protection agency and research from Melbourne University. In short, take care. Main...
My Father, The Colonel, The Health Nut

My Father, The Colonel, The Health Nut

A Part of Life The Colonel – in full regalia My father, Colonel James Claude John Laughlin, was proudly a military man. Discipline fitted him like his mess kit; smooth with no wrinkles. A vital part of his discipline, I thought, was daily exercise; not a measly...
Medical Tests: How Good For You Are They?

Medical Tests: How Good For You Are They?

At boomer age, our doctors seem almost too keen to prescribe some test or another. Are they being cautious, checking ’just in case’ – or are there some tests we’re better off without?   What The Heretics Say Cover of Mendelsohn’s 1979 heresy ‘If...
Cancer: Are We Winning The War?

Cancer: Are We Winning The War?

If you read cancer support websites and official figures, you’d say a definitive ‘yes, of course we’re winning the war’ but we all remember that saying ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ don’t we? Let’s take a close look at the official figures and what lies behind...
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