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My ‘Cholesterol Risk Factor’ Has Turned NEGATIVE; My Doctor Has NEVER Seen That!

by Anura Guruge


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I know one thing for a fact, it is NEVER good to have something your doctor has never seen before.

So, this, from, what I can see can’t be good news. Doctor, however, is not worried. My cholesterol numbers, other than this CRAZY negative number, are passable.

Yes, they have come down from last year. SMILE.


What does it mean?

The risk factor is a multiplier.

You multiply your average risk of heart disease by this risk factor.

So, let’s say that my chance of getting heart disease was 99%. And doctors have always said I was a heart attack waiting to happen.

Now it is -99% — whatever that means.

Am I worried. Heck no. I know I am going to die. So, why worry?


Yes, I changed my diet, quite dramatically, on March 8, 2019 — the day after my knee surgery.

Yes, I still eat meat. I eat more meat than most people, even Donald Trump. I eat meat every day, at least for one meal a day. I am a born carnivore. Better than I used to be. Yes, I eat more fruits and vegetables than most too. SMILE.

I also take a ton — nah, that is an exaggeration (let’s call it ‘quarter of a ton’) of Metamucil. OK. No jokes. I take about 9 teaspoons of the ‘sugar free‘ a day. That is supposed to be fair dose of fiber.

Yes, I still drink my ONE LARGE (maybe borderline huge) glass of slightly diluted red wine. I do NOT function without red wine (and something else — but that is NOT fattening).

Cut way, way, way back on cheese. Sigh.

Cut out nuts altogether. That was another huge sacrifice too.

Also no more oatmeal. More Metamucil in its place.

I exercise some. SMILE. Around 7.5 miles a day of walking and maybe 20+ on a stationary bike. Also, on average, climb the equivalent of 51 floors a day. Much more on most days — like 80.

I will be HAPPY to share my diet and exercise regime with any of you.

I eat a LOT. I kid you not.

But, I don’t eat bread, rice, pasta, chocolate, cake, muffins, bagels, donuts, cookies. Yes, TWICE a month, when we are eating away, I MIGHT cheat and eat what is leftover of Teischan’s ice cream. There is a reason for that. Ice cream does help my digestion. But, that is the only time I eat it. There is plenty in the house if I wanted. But, I don’t. I don’t cheat on my diet because that is cheating on myself.

OK. Another confession. Since my surgery I have lost 26-pounds. I am hovering at 150 pounds. If I manage to lose another 5 that will be as think as I have ever been in my adult life. In 1983, on a starvation diet and tons of running, I got down to 145 pounds.

So, that is the story.


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by Anura Guruge

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) Is Going to Canada To Get An Hernia Operation.

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This is NOT a joke. This, alas, is very, very real.

A sitting U.S. Senator is going to Canada to get an hernia operation done!

The implications are horrendous. U.S. hospitals and doctors are NOT good enough. WOW.

Now remember, he is a doctor. Wow. So, he should know. WOW.

Canada? Yes, Canada?

Plus, he is not going there to get it done free or on the cheap — though it is way less expensive in Canada than here.

I really am in shock. This is not good. The last thing we need right now.


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by Anura Guruge

A U.S. Study Of 300,000 Americans Claims That A Glass Of Wine A Day Reduces Heart Risks.

by Anura Guruge


From Monday, August 14, 2017
U.K. ‘Daily Mail‘.

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This is NOT new news so to speak. I have heard the virtues of ‘one glass of wine a day‘ for years — which is why I follow that advice religiously. What is interesting is that this study, extensive in scope given the 300,000 Americans followed, appears to contradict a recent British study that expressed doubts as to the health benefits of wine (or beer).

I must also confess that at my annual physical, last week (8/8/2017), my doctor, a very nice Indian, also appeared to express skepticism to the state of my health — my daily glass of red wine notwithstanding. He said I was going to die, but he couldn’t be specific. He just knew I was going to die. Not sure when either. He says it is just a hunch he has — that I am going to die.


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The French Guillotine Came To Be This Day 225 Years Ago; April 25, 1792.

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It predates the French Revolution.

The French version, with the ANGLED blade, was created as their means of delivering humane capital punishment. It was the brainchild of a French doctor, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin — which is how we get that name.

The first to be executed, with a French Guillotine, on April 25, 1792, was a on highwayman, 

‘Pelletier’ is a fairly popular French name in New Hampshire.


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“Dennis Badman, MD”, What An Intriguing Name.

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Click to ENLARGE. The ad that has been appearing in “The Baysider” for the last couple of months. Use link below to access “The Baysider”. The ad., in that issue, is on the back page, i.e., page A 14.

Click here to access the Thursday, April 2, 2015 issue of “The Baysider”.
Ad is on page A 14.

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Click here to access “Houses of Names”.


Dr. Dennis Badman is more than likely a good man, probably a good doctor too. I do not know him from Adam. I have just noticed his (rather large) Ad. in “The Baysider” over the last couple of weeks. His name, in addition to cracking me up each and every time I see it, also intrigued me. Names fascinate me — as you would expect from one who wrote a book analyzing names.

I also love it when people go onto do things ‘despite’ their name. It can’t have been much fun growing up a ‘Badman’ — though, in a perverse way, one might have been able to exploit it. There are some advantages to be known as a ‘Badman’.

I have been meaning to do a study of ‘famous’ people with ‘difficult’ names. And Dr. Badman has now given me the impetus.

Without even looking it up, given my familiarity with names, I had an inkling that ‘Badman’ had Germanic roots. I was right. It is ‘Anglo-Saxon‘ and Anglo-Saxons, by and large, where Germanic tribes that migrated to the British isles when the Romans left.

The ‘bat’, for ‘boat’ part is new to me. [Which reminds me. Teischan asked me the other day why ‘cricket’ is called as such. I was mortified that I had NO clue. Appear it comes from ‘crook’, the original bats used many centuries ago].

So Dr. Badman could have been Dr. Batman — which might have been even neater.

Then just this morning I made another connection. Sir Donald Bradman, a physically diminutive (i.e., 5′ 7″) Australian, is the most legendary of cricketers. ‘Bradman’ — ‘Badman’ with an ‘r’. Did his family insert the ‘r’ to avoid being bad men?

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2013, November 11, Remembrance Day News: U.K. Birmingham Buses, Camilla & Canadian Dollar Store Reversal

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November 11, Remembrance (Poppy) Day In Canada — WW I Canadian Doctor The Impetus For This Lovely Tradition.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Dr. James (Jim) Eakin, Laconia, Hands Down THE BEST Optometrist In Central New Hampshire, Maybe All Of New England!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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>> Keratoconus specialists in NH … — Aug. 20, 2012.




I said this same thing a year ago but I feel I have to say it again because I had my eyes checked out by Dr. Eakin yesterday.

Just amazes me and I, as some of you who are regulars to this blog will know, am NOT easily amazed.

I was there for close to 2 hours. He dilates your eyes and you have to sit and wait for about 30 minutes for the drops he puts in to kick in.

He spend so much time, DILIGENTLY, checking out your eyes using all those scopes they have. That is why I go to him and have been for over a decade though, at his behest, I go to somebody else for my specialized contact lens needs. I pay about three times more for one of my contact lens checkups, NOT counting the cost of the lenses, than I am charged by Dr. Eakin and the I am, at best, at the contact lens place for 40 minutes.

As I detailed in that post a year ago, I am no stranger to eye doctors, around the world, because of the contact lens-treatable keratoconus in my right eye. Yes, I have had eye doctor visits, in the 1980s, when they were trying to stabilize that eye, that have lasted all day. Yes, 8 hours. But no eye doctor ever checks out my eyes like does Dr. Eakin.

With Dr. Eakin, who is now getting up there and has no plans of retiring, it is LABOR OF LOVE. He does not practice for the money! He, over the years and even now, does a ton of pro bono work on kids. He has all these awards for that work.

Yes, I count Dr. Eakin, who was a fellow Rotarian when I used to be one, as a friend. But, that is not why I sing his praises with so much conviction. It is because I, having gone through so much heck about my keratoconus really, really believe in good eye care. And for that there is, in my opinion, nobody around who is better than Dr. Eakin. It just a matter of the time he is willing to invest in each patient.

So, plain and simple, if you live in central NH and want to make sure that your eyes are healthy go see Dr. Eakin. When you walk out, after 2 hours, you will KNOW that your eyes have been given the full treatment.

Don’t tell him that I said any of this since he, one of the most modest men I have ever met (and very soft spoken), will be so embarrassed.

IF You Are Concerned About Your Prostate Health Forget The TV Ads., Talk To A Doctor About A Prescription For Cardura (Doxazosin).

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I have been meaning to write about this for months. Everytime I see those prostate ads on TV featuring ex-football players I cringe; for them and for those that might listen to their pitch.

Until I hit 45 I really did not know anything about prostates. I had heard a neighbor talk about it but I had not paid much attention. Up until that time I had never heard of anybody with prostate cancer or prostate enlargement etc. Remember, I do lead a sheltered life. Much has changed since. I now know a bunch of folks that have had their prostates removed and all of them regret it. I did a lot of digging around c. 1998 and learnt a lot. In the last 18 months, as some of you know, there has been lots of reports about the need for PSA testing and the earlier craze for having your prostate whipped out at the slightest sign of cancer. Way back I had decided and told anybody that would listen that I would NEVER have my prostate taken out even if I was diagnosed with severe prostate cancer. From what I could see the radioactive pellets, which in those days (due to limited test results), were only rated to work for 8 years, seemed a much more palatable solution. Now when I talk to folks that did have their prostates removed they typically concur that in hindsight they would have preferred the radiation approach.

I also found this out and it has been confirmed to me by multiple doctors including two urologist. There is nothing (as yet) that can stop a man from getting prostate cancer. As with all other muscles in our body, and the prostate (like the heart) is a muscle, the only thing that seems to help is exercise. And there is one and only one way to exercise your prostate — and trust me, it sure beats jogging! An “O” a day, my oft stated mantra for life, is the best thing you can do for your prostate — with an “O” day basically translating to a lifetime ‘batting average’ of 1 a day. So if you are a man of 50, you better make sure that you have exercised your prostate at least 18,250 times. If you are 60, like me (in a few months), you have to be at 21,900. With luck you should have been able to wrack up 95% of those numbers just in a decade in your youth! If you haven’t you better get cracking.

Cardura has nothing to do with prostate cancer. Cardura is all about SLOWING DOWN the rate of prostate enlargement — the pressing problem they scream at you on those TV ads. Cardura can be taken as a preventive and now that it is available as a generic it is INEXPENSIVE. From what I can see Cardura is a fraction of the costs of the stuff being plugged on the TV.

Cardura is only available by prescription.

1998 was pivotal year for me health wise. I was working and travelling like a crazy man — that being the height of the dot.com era. All that travel and very long work days did take a toll. I was lucky that I met two great doctors that year. Both were young, one an Indian. They were both BIG into preventive medicine. One, the Indian, a great cardiologist, put me on Lipitor and some high blood pressure medication. The other a urologist put me on Cardura (which also helps with blood pressure). I was too busy those days to even check on this stuff. I just took all these pills every night, without question.

About 7 years later I was getting my prescriptions filled at Walmart in Gilford (NH). They had a really nice pharmacist who I had got to know quite well (because we were frequent customers). As I am paying for the Cardura I happened to say something along the lines of: “I don’t even know why I am taking this …“. His reaction on hearing this was quite amazing. He got visibly ‘agitated’. He went onto tell me that Cardura is one of the few miracle drugs on the market! I didn’t know that. He gave me a long spiel about how effective it was and how research continually validated its effectiveness in slowing down prostate enlargement. What amazed me the most was how passionate he had become about this drug. That was good enough for me. I have never question Cardura again. I take it, I think 4mg, every night.

So, I am just passing this on. It just kills me when I see those TV ads because I worry that they are misleading folks.

Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord) Compounds Their Sins! No Wonder They Didn’t Treat Poor Teischan Properly, They Don’t Even Know Whether She Was Boy Or A Girl!

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DHMC Did IT Again, And ‘IT’ Wasn’t Good — Feb. 17, 2013.
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Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic Mugged Me — June 30, 2009.


Deanna got this today. She had been waiting for it for a week.

This is beyond the pale.

This is not funny. Don’t they have her records right in front of them.

Her name like mine is atypical. But, there is no excuse for this type of slovenly work.

Deanna is much more patient, forgiving and mellow than I am — as she needs to be married to me. But, she is MAD. When she is mad, watch out.

I am laughing. I said that they had clowns in Concord. QED.

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