Without evidence of benefit, an intervention should not be presumed to be beneficial or safe.

- Rogue Medic

Suicidal? Want to go out with a bang?

From the 2 birds, 1 stone category of posts comes a story about Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Stone skipping distance from El Paso, Texas. Things are not good in Juarez. They might as well change the name to Cuidado Juarez. Here is the story Ciudad Juarez police chief gunned down from the Houston Chronicle.

Clearly, a job in the police department in Juarez is not one where you just put in your 20 years and retire. Discussing benefits during the interview should probably focus on life insurance, weapons, armor, and backup. Maybe on the possibility for transfer, but things are not good elsewhere in Mexico, either.

If you: Don’t like life to begin with. Might want to leave something behind for your family, or somebody. Aren’t too picky about the exact time of your demise. Don’t mind being buried someplace where they might misspell your name on the tombstone. Enjoyed watching Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia more than Rio Bravo/El Dorado/Assault on Precinct 13/Assault on Precinct 13. Always wanted to be a cop, but hated the idea of writing traffic tickets. Would like the opportunity to shoot some people and not get in trouble.

Well, you might have a brief future in Juarez. You might not even need to learn the language.

If you know a contemporary Rudyard Kipling or Joseph Conrad, you might live forever.

Somebody needs to go there and say “No mas!”


CNN is Selling Snake Oil – All You Have to Do is Believe.

CNN has recently run two stories that seem to have nothing to do with journalism. Rather, they mock journalism.

Brain-dead baby recovers trumpets the news that a baby who was brain-dead really recovered. In the story, not that anyone reads details any more, they only mention that the baby was pulseless. Nowhere in the story is there any mention that he was brain dead.

Should CNN change the misleading and unethical title?

No, this brings viewers and CNN can do anything to make more money.

In the more recent story, Man declared dead, says he feels ‘pretty good, in the article CNN claims that the man was brain-dead, but no medical staff are quoted. No mention of attempting to obtain comments from the doctor in charge of this man’s care.

His father, Doug, said he saw the results of the brain scan.

“There was no activity at all, no blood flow at all.”

Maybe I am a cynic, but I’m guessing that this is the first “brain scan” that he has claimed to have seen. We might want a second opinion, maybe from someone trained to interpret them.

Not if you are CNN or Associated Press – the attributed source of the story.

What happened to at least two sources?

What happened to common sense?

What happened to medicine?

It seems that CNN has become jealous of the ratings of reality TV shows and want to join in.

Well, reality TV is as much about reality as homeopathy is about patient care.

Maybe I will vary my patient pseudonym between CNN and Dr. Deborah Peel – two peas in a pod.