Archive for July, 2010

So Connected: Society Is Actually Disconnected

July 29, 2010

More and more, I am observing individuals who are so intent on texting – some even while operating motor vehicles – or plugged into headphones and are in another world while using public transportation (myself included) that we miss out on the little subtleties and nuances of everyday life.  Every once in a while, we need to unplug ourselves and re-connect with the non-virtual world to achieve some sort of balance.  I would be in favor of a National “Turn Off All Electronics and Cellphones” Day to celebrate such sense of diversity.


Hydrazine Sulfate As Cure-All for Breast Cancer is a Hoax

July 20, 2010

No one is more disappointed than me.  When I first heard Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione on the Howard Stern Show in 1995 touting how the drug Hydrazine Sulfate cured his wife of breast cancer, I was hopeful that the medical world was on to something big.

In 1995, Kathy Keeton, wife of Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione, achieved widespread publicity with claims that hydrazine sulfate had enabled her to recover from stage IV metastatic breast cancer after doctors gave her only 6 weeks to live.

In January 1997, Keeton and Guccione both appeared on The Montel Williams Show to further discuss the so-called benefits of hyrdazine sulfate as a “miracle cure” for late stage breast cancer.

Several months later, however, Keeton passed away during surgery to remove tumorous tissue from her upper digestive system.  That was in September 1997.

Dr. Saul Green, a highly regarded cancer researcher, examined all of the evidence concerning the hydrazine sulfate (HS) and came to this conclusion about the dreaded drug:

* HS has never been shown to act as an anticancer agent
* Patients do not experience remissions or regressions of their cancer due to HS treatment
* Patients treated with HS do not live longer than nontreated patients.
* Although HS may correct abnormal carbohydrate metabolism in some cancer patients, the rationale that it acts as an anticancer agent because it deprives cancers of their energy by inhibiting formation of glucose from lactic acid (gluconeogenesis) is erroneous.
* HS has not been shown to be an effective anticancer agent.
* HS is not risk-free.

Identifying a Stroke… Critical

July 19, 2010


STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters…. S. T. R.

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During a barbecue, a woman named Jane stumbled and took a little fall. She assured  everyone that she was fine. They offered to call paramedics. She said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.

They cleaned her up and got her a new plate of  food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening.

Jane’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital; sadly at 6:00pm, Jane passed away.  She had suffered a stroke at the barbecue. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with  us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a  helpless, hopeless condition instead.

It  only takes a minute to read and learn this…

A neurologist said that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours, he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke….totally. He said  the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient  medically cared for within 3 hours which is  tough.


Thank goodness for the sense to remember the three steps, S-T-R.

Read and learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a  stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The  stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the  symptoms of a stroke.

Now doctors say a  bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S  *Ask  the individual to SMILE.

T  *Ask  the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE  (Coherently –  i.e. It is sunny out  today.)

R *Ask  him or her to RAISE BOTH  ARMS.

If  he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these  tasks, call emergency number immediately  and describe the symptoms to the  dispatcher.

Blood Clots/Stroke – They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue:

New  Sign of a Stroke ——– Stick out your tongue!

NOTE:  Another sign of a stroke is this: Ask the person to stick out his tongue.. If the tongue  is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other,  that is also an indication of a  stroke.

A cardiologist said if everyone who can relay this information to at least ten additional people; you can bet that hopefully one life will be saved.

Cable Television Has Ears

July 13, 2010

ShhhWhile millions of homes worldwide are wired for cable television reception, coax cable or fiber-optics is not just a one-way flowing device.  The actual speaker inside an ordinary television set can doubly act as a microphone and transmit sounds back to the originating point.

I once had a telephone amplifier with an external speaker and when this jack was unplugged and inserted into a cassette recorder’s microphone inlet, it allowed for some interesting muffled sound chamber recordings.

So be careful what you say within the privacy of your own home because Cable TV is listening!

The Day I Gave Wayne Gretzky A Television Set

July 6, 2010


In October 1983, I was working as a television production assistant for the Madison Square Garden Cable Network.  The Edmonton Oilers were in town to play an ice hockey game against the New York Rangers.

My boss, Herb Kaplan, called me into his office to take a 19” SONY Trinitron down to the visitor’s locker room and give it to Wayne Gretzky as he was the “Star Of The Game” last time the two teams played each other.  For being the postgame interview, as the disclaimer went, he was to receive a SONY television set as his prize.

Before the start of the game, I grabbed the bulky box and made my way onto the elevator and down to ice level.  I struggled to carry it into the visitor’s locker room and located Wayne by his stall. “Mr. Gretzky, for being our guest the last time you played the Rangers, we wanted to give you this television set.”

Wayne looked up with a smile, turned to teammate Mark Messier and yelled out, “Hey, Mess… it’s Christmas… early!”  He was totally modest and completely humbled to receive that free gift.

And I was happy to be the one to present it to him.