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Health & Medicine Archive

The GEO Group – Don’t Sell, but Don’t Buy Either

Amidst a string of schizophrenic positive-negative-positive news, I closed my position in prison operator The GEO Group (GEO) early last week.

Barron’s identified the prison operator sector’s recent weakness as a buying opportunity. I agree that the prison population is more likely growing at the 13% forecast by the Pew Charitable Trusts than the incomplete Census report of a 4% growth. We all know how reliable government data are…just look at other statistics like the Jobs Data. However, with the stock up 70% year-over-year, I wanted to take profits. With such an amazing run and with some increased near-term risk, I’d like to see some consolidation or pullback as these issues work themselves out. I want to observe the following situations from the sidelines and am more than willing to jump back into GEO: Read the rest of this entry »

Recent Corporate News Vids

FDA Approves Barr Pharma’s Plan B

Again, this shows how our government is completely and utterly for corporations rather than for the best interest of the people. As in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article, I think this is going to be a huge success for Barr Pharmaceuticals (Quote: BRL) and any of the big pharmas out there like Merck (Quote: MRK) or Sanofi-Aventis (Quote: SNY) who can quickly jump on the bandwagon, but at what price? I believe this is going to be a medical disaster 5 to 20 years down the road, but no one cares about that- not even the women who are taking these pills who would very likely get cancer and/or need major operations . Read the rest of this entry »

Doctors are not suited to treat people

From my 23 years of having doctors wrongly diagnose and treat me, I’ve come to the conclusion that doctors don’t know nearly enough to mess with the human body. This all became so so clear when I took bioengineering in college, when all the engineers in my class, including myself, noticed how impractical and non-technical medicine is. I’ll use two brief examples to illustrate this point. Read the rest of this entry »

Formless Qi Gong Introduction – A 21st Century Approach

Labeling the particular school of qigong to be focused on throughout this site is simply to distinguish the characteristics of this school from the thirty three hundred other styles and schools of Qi Gong. In this introduction, the main concern is describing what qigong is. “Qi” is a word denoting a special form of energy originating from Southern China (what is now the province of Fu Zhou and its surrounding area, also spoken in Taiwan as Taiwanese) over 3,300 years ago. “Gong” means work or technique. Though not written with the same characters, the sound “Qi” in this dialect also means “air” or “breath.” It is these alternate meanings that were translated into the Mandarin Chinese dialect as “Chi” and have caused current misconceptions. The summary provided by wikipedia incorrectly emphasized that “Qi” means breath or respiration. Read the rest of this entry »

Semester-Off Final Report

This Semester-Off Final Report is being written not in Taiwan but in the U.S. and it is coming a month earlier than expected. In September, I was driven from the U.S. to Taiwan in desperate need of help. Under the temporary protection of steroid pills, we jetted to Taiwan leaving school, family, and friends behind. Now, three months later, I was driven back to the U.S. away from Taiwan and again had to travel under the protection of steroid pills. There’s a mess of bad luck that I just can’t shake lately, so the story continues. I haven’t the time, energy, nor memory to give details of each major bad luck incident, but I’ll do my best. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Risks of Having Sight

Most people know that just because you can’t see or hear something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. In a technological age, we are almost naturally aware that invisible things like radio waves and invisible gas particles exist. The current trend of scientific advances, however, make it obvious that people are less aware of the unperceivable aspects of the world than they think. The way new technologies and social behaviors assault our health show that we are not all that scientific and our societies are not all that advanced. Read the rest of this entry »

Formless Qi Gong Preface – Why not Western Medicine or other Holistic Medicine?

By the time I was eight years old, we had pretty much exhausted all avenues of treatment for my allergies and asthma. I had been treated by the best dermatologists in the U.S., the best acupuncturalists, and the best Traditional chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors. Eventually they all gave up as my condition steadily grew worse regardless of the treatment. It was then, only eight years old but already low on hope, that my grandfather suggested I try a type of Qigong. The stocks of failed needles and medicine over the years accumulated in me as a fear of any new treatment. Only when they said that this type of Qi Gong did not use needles, medicine, and a minimal amount of body contact did I agree to meet the Qi Gong master. Read the rest of this entry »

Semester-Off Midtrip Report

This entry comes in near the halfway point of my roughly-four-month semester off from college. Two months have passed- I came to Taiwan on September 10th, it is now November 14th, and I’m planning to return to the U.S. on January 10th. This trip to Taiwan was a forced situation (refer to the post “Taking a Year off from College”) because of severe infections and skin complications that aren’t curable in the U.S. Since I was forced to take this semester off, the hope was that much progress could have been because Qigong treatment works slowly at first and needs a longer healing period to kick into gear. Although I did make progress the past few summer and winter vacations when I came to Taiwan, the month or two of treatment didn’t seem sufficient to, for instance, reduce the number of foods I’m allergic to. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking a Semester off From College

It is 3:30 AM on Monday, August 30th and I have officially made the painful deicision to take a semester off from college. This decision wasn’t so much my own as is dictatated by my health conditions at this time. I desperately did not want to settle on this decision since it would have been my senior year and I would want nothing more than to graduate with the friends and peers I entered this college with three years ago. Read the rest of this entry »