Part 2 of The Wheel of Fire

Click here to go back to part 1 of the Wheel of Fire: Back to Pandaemonium THE DIMMER AND THE BELTWAY Indeed, in us all exists a wheel of fire to some degree.   How tall are the flames and how quickly the wheel spins varies between us, however.  The wheel of fire is not like a light switch.  It is like a rheostat.  Some people have a wheel that glows like a night light and that barely moves.  Others are like that black hole from Interstellar. This distinction is intuitively obvious but is sometimes missed in clinical practice.  Physicians (like me)...

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Part 1 of The Wheel of Fire

BACK TO PANDAEMONIUM Click here to go to the Prequel of the Wheel of Fire, Blood Sugar, Sex Hormone Magik But I am bound upon a wheel of fire, That my own tears do scald like molten lead. – Lear, in King Lear, in pre-Roman Britain, as penned by William Shakespeare I begin to see it in my mind all the time, like a great wheel of fire. – Frodo Baggins, in The Lord of the Rings, in the year 3019 of the Third Age of Arda (1418 Shire Reckoning), as penned by J.R.R. Tolkien In us all exists a wheel of...

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Death and Lotto

In which we discuss why playing the lotto might be a model by which all taxes could become voluntary.  Is the reason why it isn’t this way now because of necessity or a lack of creativity?  

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Blood Sugar, Sex Hormone Magik Part 1

In this two part series, we are going to delve into an incredibly complex but widespread and vitally important phenomenon that is affecting vastly more people than previously realized.  We are going to examine the intricate and pervasive role of how aspects of the metabolic syndrome are related to various other hormonal pathways, particularly those of the sex hormones and the so-called “neurosteroids”.  We will also explore how this is intimately related to the often concomitant phenomenon of chronic pain, sarcopenia or inadequate skeletal muscle, and mood disorders.  We will then look into how this phenomenon is related to...

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