The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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I enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so I decided to read The Lost World.  I figured it would be an enjoyable book.

The story is about a scientist that finds a remote plateau in South America, and the conditions there have allowed dinosaurs to thrive.  However, the scientist is mocked by his peers and the public, when he tries to publish his findings.

He manages to convince one of the naysayer scientist to join him on a second expedition.  The team also includes a guide, various workers, and a journalist.

I thought the story line was interesting and the way it was written was plausible.  The characters were well developed and relatable.  At times, the book was suspenseful and at other times it was humorous.

It’s a great book and well worth reading.

Dr. Feelgood – Documentary

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The documentary “Dr. Feelgood,” was produced by Bungalow Pictures and it is available on Netflix.

Every year, approximately 200 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers are given to patients.  This documentary discuses the pros and cons of these drugs and tries to determine at what point should a doctor not prescribe opioid painkillers.  The documentary also takes and in-depth look into a criminal case involving Dr. Hurwitz.

Dr. Hurwitz was a pain doctor in the Virginia area, until he was arrested for overprescribing medication.  He admitted to the DEA, on average his patients were taking 70 pills a day.  Two of his patients died indirectly from overconsumption of opioid drugs.

Upon further investigation,  the DEA found some patients receiving thousands of pills a month and selling those pills on the street.  They also found medical records showing a few patients tested positive for heroin and/or cocaine.  Dr. Hurwitz ignored the drug test results and continued prescribing powerful painkillers to those patients.

Dr. Hurwitz also had patients suffering from chronic diseases and severe nerve damage. These patients had a legitimate need for powerful painkillers.  One such patient committed suicide, because he could no longer get the medication he needed for his chronic pain after Dr. Hurwitz was arrested.

The opioid painkillers can be a miracle drug for people with severe chronic pain.  Unfortunately, the drugs are also addictive and have a history of being abused.  This creates a problem that is not easy to fix.

How can a doctor know how much pain their patient is actually feeling?

How can a doctor tell if their patient truly needs a powerful pain medication?

 

Happy – A Documentary

“The constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

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This documentary is available on Netflix.  It takes an in depth look at what makes people happy and how we can improve our own happiness.

Here are a few things from the documentary that I found to be interesting:

  • Dopamine is a chemical in the brain and it is a neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy.  Physical activity releases dopamine, so engaging in exercise is a natural mood booster.
  • Events have a limited impact on our happiness.  When something good happens, we may feel ecstatic.  However, those feelings will dissipate quickly.  When something bad happens, we may feel devastation, but those feelings will also dissipate.
  • A key ingredient to happiness is being able to recover from adversity quickly.
  • Once our basic needs are meet, an increase in income has a limited affect on our level of happiness.
  • You will always be able to find somebody that has more money than you or that has something you don’t have.  A constant desire for more will have a negative impact on our happiness.
  • The more people focus on money and image the less happy they feel.
  • The more people focus on relationships, personal development, and community service the happier they feel.
  • Changing your focus from what you don’t have to what you do have that you can share, will promote happiness.
  • The building blocks of happiness are play, new experiences, and relationships.

Take time to do something that makes you happy today.

 

Arsenic and Old Lace

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Cary Grant is the lead actor in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace.  I have seen the movie several times and I have seen it done as a play twice.  It’s a good story, either way you watch it.

The story is hilarious, yet disturbing at the same time.  There are two old ladies, which are serial killers, they come up with some of the most outrageous ideas.  You will find yourself laughing, even as they administer deadly poison to some unwitting older gentleman.

If you have not had a chance to see the movie, I highly recommend it.

Conspiracy – Documentary Series

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I found Conspiracy, a TV documentary series that examines various conspiracy theories, on Netflix.

Here are a few of those theories:

  • Hitler did not commit suicide, instead a body double was murdered and reported as being Hitler in the news.
  • The Cold War was a hoax.  A former Nazi criminal began feeding information about the Soviet army to the Allied powers and is responsible for starting the Cold War.  However, much of what he said was a lie.
  • Charles Lindberg is responsible for having his own son kidnapped and murdered.  It is believed by conspiracy theorist that Lindberg was a narcissist and believer in eugenics.  However, his son had medical deformities and this resulted in Lindberg’s desire to dispose of the child.
  • Armstrong never landed on the moon and the moon landing was actually filmed in a studio.

There are many other conspiracy theories covered by this documentary series.  The producers did a good job of explaining the evidence for and against each theory.

I give the show an A+