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Ancient and Oriental medicine

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While it seems like an oxymoron, the concept of ancient medicine has always been a moneymaker for con artists and bamboozlers. I have no idea why, but for some reason, many of the more gullible among us can be convinced that older remedies are somehow more valid than modern medicine. A very similar con is labeling alternative treatments as Oriental, implying that they know something in Asia that we don’t in the rest of the world. While I’m sure there is cutting-edge medical research happening in Asia, I’m guessing the little house on the corner with the Oriental medicine sign doesn’t subscribe to many peer-reviewed scientific journals.

There are a couple of points that can be made to quickly dissuade you from running to your local alternative treatment shop for a walletectomy.

Ancient medicine was brutal. Bloodletting. Blistering. Amputation. Plastering. Purging. There are a ton of examples of past practices that we know now to be more harmful than helpful. Not all ancient treatments are harmful. There are also a ton of practices discovered long ago that do much more good than bad. These beneficial treatments are used regularly by practitioners of modern medicine.

Treatments that show promise are absorbed into modern medicine. While I’m sure they know many things in Asia and in the past that we may not, the nature of modern medicine is one of sharing. Findings are published and reviewed by others. Any treatment that shows promise  is studied in depth so that we know how and why it works and to what degree it works. If the practices of ancient or foreign alt-med purveyors were in any way sound or their positive results were repeatable, those practices would become valid, go-to solutions for modern doctors. The very fact that these treatments aren’t used by modern medical professionals means that these alt-med remedies either don’t work or are actually harmful. Secrets are hard to keep, and you’re crazy if you think your local alt-med shop has a treatment that hasn’t been tried or reviewed and dismissed by modern medicine.

Science is a great thing. It rewards good ideas and makes them better. It punishes bad ideas by naturally discrediting them. When applied to medicine, science helps doctors use the good ideas to make us better and healthier. It doesn’t care how old those good ideas are – if they work and they’re appropriate, they’re accepted. If ideas don’t work or aren’t appropriate, they’re relegated to the realm of alternative medicine.

Killdeer

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Craig Poe got his deer
Craig got his deer

It was a hunting weekend with my in-laws Ed, Craig and Dave Poe. Up Saturday and Sunday at 5:30, we spent the better part of both days driving from one pasture to another.

I was fairly amazed at the amount of deer on our property. For the last 30 years, I’ve been looking out for them, making sure to swerve as best I could. I’d never actually looked for them before.

Craig got his first buck on Saturday night.

Diane and I spent some time in Pratt on our way home Sunday driving around looking at houses. There are a ton of houses on the market in Pratt, but very few available to rent. The move is closing in, and we haven’t made a ton of progress finding a place. It could get interesting.

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A decade in Manhattan

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Manhattan and "KS Hill" in 2005
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It came and went. I realized sometime this year that last fall marked a decade of my tenure in the Little Apple of Manhattan, Kansas. I’m not sure when I realized it, but it was much less a sharp realization than it was a dull acknowledgement.

Manhattan has been good to me and bad to me. It gave me an education and a wife. It took from me 10 years.

It’s been a fun fall since the wedding. We lit up the calendar with shows, and it was the first time I had 10 shows on the calendar simultaneously – and the first four-in-a-row mini-tour – in several years.

I’m headed to Sharon tomorrow after work to hunt with my in-laws. I hear we’ll be getting up early on Saturday so I can take them to find deer and be cold. Hopefully we’ll find some time on Saturday to look for places in Pratt to live before heading out to Buster’s Smokehouse in Sun City Saturday night to relax.

We head to the studio on Monday to begin recording the CD I’ve been promising myself I’d finish since high school. It’s finally going to come together.

Hope you dig the new looks.

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  • Red dirt music with Aaron Traffas and Trevor Burgess — at Woody's Pub & Grub http://gowal.la/c/2TSCn #
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  • I need to discover new, bad pop music. I think I finally found a legitimate use for Pandora. #
  • Whoa. @bleuedmondson put out a new disc last month. I'm pouncing on that. #
  • Bleu Edmondson – Believe in Me http://ff.im/-tRcyw #
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  • Wade Bowen – Daddy And The Devil http://ff.im/-tUZua #
  • Roger Creager – Fun All Wrong http://ff.im/-tVszA #
  • My new vocal mic is so crisp it makes my old SM57 sound as muddy as a SM58. #
  • @dN0t You know that looks like a litter box, right? #
  • Looking forward to tonight's Aggieville show – playing at @patsblueribnbbq with my friend @lucasmaddy – testing my new mic and guiar sound #
  • No Justice – Feels Like Rain http://ff.im/-tZkvh #
  • My @boxee box just got here, no thanks to the USPS who failed to deliver it with the rest of my mail yesterday though it was on the truck. #
  • will not go to heaven, he'll go to Champaign, Illinois. #
  • #CDW has called three times since purchase asking if everything was ok. Next purchase will be from someone who won't pester me by calling. #
  • @dn0t Dude, the @boxee box is fucking tiny! About half as big as I was expecting from the pictures. #
  • I'm at Pat's Blue Ribbon BBQ (1200 Moro St, Manhattan). http://4sq.com/dn1jTh #
  • My Top 3 Weekly #lastfm artists: Bleu Edmondson (33), Old 97's (15) & Ryan Adams (14) http://bit.ly/9P1d2t #
  • Facebook 101: Don't create a user for your business – that's what fan pages are for. Friend requests from businesses demonstrate pure fail. #
  • Bleu Edmondson – Black and White http://ff.im/-u3nQ4 #
  • My shiny new @boxee box sits dormant next to the computer I'm using to run Windows @boxee so I can watch 30 Rock from two episodes ago. :( #
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  • Constant Contact is for n00bs. #
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  • remembers when the music came from wooden boxes strung with silver wire. #
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  • RT @dN0t San Francisco winning a World Series game. Cliff Lee is losing one. It's 80 degrees at 10:30pm in October. Witches run for office. #
  • OH: "He's not a rain maker, he's a water pump." #
  • Excited for tonight's show at @patsblueribnbbq #
  • kick ball change. #
  • RT @atband Come out tonight to watch Aaron at Pat's Blue Rib'n BarBeQue in Aggieville in Manhattan. Show starts at 9pm! #
  • Damnit. Everyone is dressed up. Should have worn my command tunic. #
  • Here we go. The ag rock at Pat's starts now! #
  • My Top 3 Weekly #lastfm artists: Harry Chapin (56), Ryan Adams (26) & Lucero (9) http://bit.ly/9p4z1m #
  • is billed as a novelty act. #
  • RT @maddow People believe this stuff. RT @jazzlaro WHY DON'T YOU INTERVIEW OBAMA AND ASK WHY MUSLIMS ARE EXEMPT FROM THE HEALTH CARE BILL? #
  • Halloween is an excuse to dress slutty, it seems. #
  • Attn: Manhattan…where is the best place in Aggieville tonight? #
  • Best costume of the night goes to the douchebag. #
  • #kstate game competing with the Rally to Restore Sanity. Which to watch? My heart says Rally, but my guests say #ksu #
  • Finally getting to watch the #rally4sanity – loving the mashup of "Peace Train" and "Crazy Train" #
  • gets on the love train. #
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  • Palin’s Facebook Wall: PWNED http://bit.ly/9GyHm1 #
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