by Jenji C. Learn, BA
How much are your genitals worth to you? Your beard? Your breasts?
What’s a reasonable price for them? It’s not like you really need them, right? They aren’t essential organs. They’re purely cosmetic- superficial!
If an accident or a malicious act cost you one of those things, you certainly wouldn’t expect your health insurance to cover it, or expect anyone to feel any sympathy for you. Why should they? That’s your responsibility, and you should pay out of pocket, because after all, you can live just as well without any of that stuff, surely.
If you found what I just said to be shocking, grotesque, callous, offensive, or positively inhuman… then so too must you apply those same words to describe the status of healthcare for trans and intersex people in America.…
Approximately once a month I open my schedule and see that my first task of the day is to write a post for the Alden March Bioethics Blog, Bioethics Today. The first part of this task is to determine what to write about. Sometimes that is the most difficult part of the job. I try to give myself fairly wide discretion in choice of topics but this is a bioethics blog so I do try to be conscientious about finding some relationship between the topic of the blog and bioethics. Sometimes that is hard. Recently while perusing the venerable Washington Post I came upon an article that I felt I had to write a blog about.
It also happened that today was the day that my calendar told me it was time to write a blog. So here goes.
It was reported today that there was a fire in the operating room April 15 during a surgical procedure. An unidentified woman was undergoing a surgical procedure on the cervix with a laser. To make a long story short, the woman passed gas, the laser ignited the flatulence and the surgical draping caught fire.
I was attracted to this article because I used to be a young boy (this was a very long time ago) and all young boys believe that everything about farts is funny and entertaining. It was even more entertaining when the flatulence was ignited. Alas when I first saw the article I thought it would be funny but it was not. The woman was seriously burned. This no longer seemed like a good topic for a blog and I left it incompletely written and unpublished.
While this happened months ago it is current again. At least in my thinking it has become current. The reason for this is that sometimes things that start out seeming funny or absurd become serious issues. I admit that only months ago I thought that the fact that a certain individual was running for president was both funny and absurd. Now he has been elected and it seems neither funny nor absurd. It seems very serious indeed.
So now in my mind the presidential election process evokes thoughts of a woman who was seriously burned in a fire ignited by her own flatulence. I hope the nation and the world are not seriously burned by this election but I fear they will be.
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by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
Peter Cohen, Clayton Bloszies, Caleb Yee and Roy Gerona published an article in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis in April 2015 explaining the results of their testing of supplements. The researchers found that a compound, BPMEA, appeared in nearly half the supplement brands they examined and since neither the FDA (supplements are not currently under the purview of the FDA because they are not food products nor are they medications) nor the European Drug Agency has found BPMEA safe for human consumption, no one should purchase these supplements.
The result? Cohen and his colleagues were sued by Hi-Tech pharmaceuticals for libel and defamation of their products.…
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by Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
In 2016 the Illinois legislature passed and Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Public Act 099-690 (SB 1564), an amendment to the Health Care Right of Conscience Act. This change states “It is also the public policy of the State of Illinois to ensure that patients receive timely access to information and medically appropriate care.” The change requires physicians to inform patients about legal treatment options including their factual risks and benefits, but does not require the physician to perform such services. If the hospital or physician has a conscientious objection to performing a procedure, then the patient must be referred to or transferred to someone or some facility that will.…