Hand Numbness – Causes and Evaluation

So numbness in the hands is one of the vaguest symptoms you can have, and it can have a multitude of causes from anxiety to paraneoplastic syndromes (a side effect of certain cancers).  I of course assumed it was cancer, as that seemed like the worst thing it could be.  Surprisingly, I didn’t think it was a brain tumor, but multiple sclerosis did cross my mind.  I figured this was another good topic to explore as a result of my hypochondriasis.

First, to describe how the numbness presented read more

Generic vs brand name Effexor – differences for some people

<Originally written 8/21/09 – moved from another site which was taken down, yet attracted a lot of comments.  Here’s a fairly standard disclaimer:  The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, read more

People just love the unusual suggested searches

So it turns out December was my best month yet on this site trafficwise (which isn’t saying much). I have made minimal to no effort to assist this website in getting decent rankings in search engines, aside from doing the usual set-up within WordPress.

During the summer months, I did get a lot of traffic from my pages on the Keter Bellevue Shed.  I would have hoped that was the case, as I thought that was some good information.

The most recent traffic, however, has come from my “Why read more

Bizarre interests in Google search

So I’m looking through the Google trends just now, and while I’ve seen some weird searches before, I have to say this one got my attention – perhaps because of my pseudonym.  I can’t figure out why the search phrase “why does my mom turn me on” is number 6 on the google trends right now. 

It’s a pretty bizarre topic so I figured maybe there was some kind of funny news story about the search phrase or maybe the topic was raised in a movie.  Looking read more

Best drug ever

J Clin Psychiatry 2010;71(5):520–527

Adjuvant Aspirin Therapy Reduces Symptoms of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders: Results From a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Objective: Inflammatory processes may play a role in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of adjuvant treatment with aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Method: This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted between read more

Healthier Fruits and Vegies

I’ve always thought that the whole organic food movement was a bunch of hippie BS.  I thought that there was no real proof that pesticides really made it into our diet, or that feeding animals with steroids and antibiotics was going to cause us any harm.  I also justified my views with the idea that just because something is labeled “organic” doesn’t mean it truly is.

However, a concerning article in Pediatrics read more

Search trends offer many insights

Maybe I’m just procrastinating, but I think I may have stumbled across something pretty cool.  I was browsing the blogs this morning and came across a very interesting article on the Mothershandbook blog and noticed that the author does a weekly column on the history of motherhood.  The post inspired me to try to think of something similar I can write about on a weekly basis.  The question was what topic?

I have a variety of interests and so far my blog entries have covered a weird variety read more