One day in 1976, Moraitis felt short of breath. Climbing stairs was a chore; he had to quit working midday. After X-rays, his doctor concluded that Moraitis had lung cancer. As he recalls, nine other doctors confirmed the diagnosis. They gave him nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s.
So he moved back to The Island Where People Forget to Die. And his cancer went away. Today, he’s 97 years old.
How does he think he recovered from lung cancer?
“It just went away,” he said. “I actually went back to America about 25 years after moving here to see if the doctors could explain it to me.”
I asked him, “What happened?”
“My doctors were all dead.”
Reminds me a bit of the lovely Willie Nelson song, I Gotta Get Drunk:
There’s a lot of doctors that tell me
That I’d better start slowin’ it down
But there’s more old drunks
Than there are old doctors
So I guess we’d better have another round
Wow. Way to shame people on their faiths.
CPR does not stand for “Clean, Pretty, Reliable”
- i’m estimating really high and saying CPR has a 5% success rate
- it doesn’t go “fuck death” and then bring people back to life
- it only works if you’re mostly dead (well. actually dead. but recent.)
- basically your heart goes all wibbly and you shock it to STOP it in hopes it will restart normally
- giving cpr to someone who died from like blood loss will do NOTHING
- if you’ve got to shock someone like ten times they’re probably dead sorry
- if it makes a KACHUNK noise you’re kind of screwed it’s not working right
- the same goes if the person jumps ten feet off the floor
- seriously how does that work
The stats are
- A 2009 NEJM study of 433,895 patients who received CPR of any type (defibrillator or not) INSIDE a hospital showed that only 18.3% of those patients survived to be discharged from the hospital.
- Meanwhile, OUTSIDE a hospital setting, CPR success/survival rates are ~5%, according to a 2011 study by University of Minnesota Medical School.
So, while it’s true that “more people survive a cardiac arrest WITH CPR than WITHOUT it”… CPR/defibrillation is not the magic wand that TV makes it appear to be.
York Minster Cathedral Interior Covered in Grass.
A Barn in the Countryside by Kwint Architekten.
Branches of Facial Nerve (CN VII)
This stunning image of a 69 year old shows the effects of sun exposure on premature aging of skin. The man was a truck driver for 28 years during which the sun predominantly shined onto his face through his left window.
Micro Cabin In Finland by Robin Falck.
All of this. Especially that Lance of Longinus fork on the left.
Un plato de estilo
Her lips are gorgeous.