Dr. Flea is a pediatrician in solo practice in the Northeast U.S.
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Do All Infants With Apparent Life-Threatening Events Need to Be Admitted?
Ilene Claudius, MD and Thomas Keens, MD (Pediatrics Vol. 119 No. 4 April 2007, pp. 679-683)
MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know, by Michael Fitzpatrick. London and New York: Routledge, 2004, 176 pp.
Don't let the title fool you: This devastating volume by London-based GP Michael Fitzpatrick is not yet another product of the scaremongering industry that has grown up around the "MMR/Autism" industry since Andrew Wakefield's infamous Lancet article in 1998.
Life expectancy in the U.S. has been rising steadily for a long time. There are many reasons for this. The phenomenal drop in infant mortality during the first half of the last century contributed to a major jump in life expectancy. Improved living conditions, advances in public health, and medical interventions account for a fair bit of life elongation as well.
Flea suspects that radio and television talk-show personality Don Imus is, or will soon be, the victim of a shakedown.
"You can check your anatomy all you want, but when it comes right down to it, this far inside the head it all looks the same. No, no, no, don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to." - Buckaroo Banzai, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
"The ad you heard is a critical component of a comprehensive outreach and advocacy effort targeting the state legislature as it deliberates the FY08 budget. We chose to use a “pediatrician” in one of the two ads currently running because of the credibility pediatricians carry among families and opinion leaders alike. The “pediatrician” in the ad that you heard is an actress- professional talent which is a common practice in ads such as this."
You have to admire their honesty... er... I guess.
Flea heard a bizarre radio commercial the other day. A female voice, claiming to be a pediatrician, implores the audience to support an initiative called "Early Childhood Education for All". The "doctor" references some studies that showed that early childhood education prevents later badness such as dropping out of school and staying back in school. That's all fine as far as it goes.
Now, Flea isn't getting antsy or nothin' (you'll pardon the mixed metaphor), but he only wants to remind you all that if you don't submit to PGR by 8 PM Saturday, April 7, Buckaroo Banzai here won't let you hold his overthruster.