Author Archives: gidmeister

when a small but stubborn fact means something disastrous is about to hit.

This blog is organized on warnings that were not listened to, but another angle is separating “noise” from vital information. This has been in the news dramatically, though people may not see it that way. When Israel went into Gaza, … Continue reading

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How “killing the messenger” gets you killed too

A fog was dogging the British ships that had just won victories against the French (in the year 1707). Sir Admiral Clowdisley Shovell summoned his navigators together to figure out where his ships were, and they decided they must be … Continue reading

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Unheeded Warnings – Some Conclusions

The “unheeded warnings” blog contains ten posts on people being disastrously wrong. When this happens in medicine, patients can die, or come close to death. When it comes to not protecting installations from an enemy, or not even realizing your … Continue reading

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – A Mass Fantasy of Suffering? Or An Unsolved Disease?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is interesting because of the large number of people who believe they have it and that it is a serious disease, and the divide in the medical community that it has caused. (The topic may not belong … Continue reading

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Tobacco – It was So Glamorous

In his autobiography, (pub by Alfred Knopf, 1995) journalist and news commentator David Brinkley talks about his first exposure to the fact that cigarette smoking is unhealthy. Looking for news to report on in 1944 in Washington D.C. he spotted … Continue reading

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They told her it was ‘all in her head’ – but in truth – it was a degenerative disease

Has it ever happened that someone has had a serious disease and doctors refused to see it? Such an example is provided in the book The Man Who Grew Two Breasts And Other True Tales Of Medical Detection by Berton … Continue reading

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“A nuisance who was obsessed with security” and who was also right

In the spring of 1998, Prudence Bushnell, the US ambassador to Kenya, sent an emotional letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright begging for the Secretary’s personal help. Ms. Bushnell, a career diplomat, had been fighting for months for a … Continue reading

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