My first attempt at facial hair was a mustache in college. When I applied for my first job, I shaved it off, thinking that I would look more respectable without it. My feedback? I was told that I looked TOO young and was advised to grow a mustache!
Now, I have been fully beared for about 30 years...going from a thick brown beard, to a greying one, to my present one -- completely white, not unlike Santa. Because my little patients really like Santa, I have one-up on my colleagues. To complete the Santa image, I even grew a big belly (That't my story and I am sticking to it).
My wife loves my beard. I shaved it off once because she was curious. She was so shocked that she made be grow it back (about a month). She hated the daily, sharp stubble and I hated shaving again. My youngest son had never seen me without a beard and didn't like my chinless face either.
My personal issue with a full beard is "beardruff" -- white dandruff that falls on my shirt, and the fact that I have to be extra careful when I eat certain foods, since I will wear the evidence in my beard.
Being hairy may be out of fashion for the younger crowd. Most of my male adolescent patients are shaven....all over, if you get my drift. It is called "manscaping".
I plan on keeping my beard for the rest of my life: Viva la Sasquatch.View Thread
Heck no....unless of course you waste time at work playing on this social network. Most employers monitor your emails and Internet use. Personally, I don't use Facebook or other social sites, but I do feel a person has a right to privacy. Just don't include your boss or co-workers as "friends".View Thread
Absolutely! Women have the right to feed their baby anywhere...anytime. Sure, they may need to be a bit more discrete at times, out of a lttle respect for those that do not share this view, but babies gotta eat and Moms gotta feed 'em.
Flaunting this right by not being respectfully private, just to make a point, is not appropriate. Breast feeding is natural, but it should not be used as a political statement.View Thread
The parents made a fatal mistake by not promptly treating their son....a decision that will haunt them the rest of their lives. Whether they get jail time for their failure to protect their child will be up to a judge, but they will indeed, endure a living jail.
When it comes to the lives of our children or loved ones, get treatment FIRST and worry about the bills later. When people cannot afford medical care of this nature, the state and federal government will take care of those costs. Not having money is not a good excuse for allowing a child to die.View Thread
Our medical group did consider this at one time....we didn't want to take the shared risk of dealing with unimmunized children. We left the decision up to individual clinicians, but in the end we decided to keep and work with them. Most vaccine-refusers have been poisoned with misinformation, so it is up to us...over time....to educate them to make a more informed decision based on real scientific evidence. Very few have true religious objections, just unfounded fears.
Although it is a hassle for us, we will allow them to decelerate injections, only giving one at a time, even though we know that it does not make sense....multiple injections do not "overload" the immune system, nor do the vaccines contain all of those harmful additives everyone claims. And....none of them cause autism!
I really feel that medical providers are consultants, so they need to work WITH people who have fears and concerns, not throw them out on the street where they will be fodder for quacks.View Thread
I thought about throwing my own laptop out the window at times, but for different reasons....
At first, when I saw the 45, I worried that Dad was over-reacting a bit, but when I say the entire video, I changed my mind. While I don't necessarily approve of the method (shooting the laptop), I do approve of the message. I would have sanitized that laptop and donated it to someone who not only appreciates it, but someone more deserving.
Teenagers are challenging and to trash your parents and everyone else on Facebook is not the way to resolve parenting differences. It was a childish thing to do, but of course, 15 year olds are children (even though they don't think so).
It is HIS laptop and HIS right to do with it what he wants. A little Tough Love can go a long way in making a point, so I vote for the Dad.View Thread
I am often amazed how far the censors allow some shows to go, especially on the quasi-regulated cable or satelite television systems. I have to police the programs carefully before the grandchildren spend the night. Sex sells, and teenagers (as well as adults)...buy.
I don't think the sexual content of television causes promiscuity per se, but I think it portrays sex as something overly casual that everyone does without thinking. Sex education in schools has not really had a major impact on sexual activity either. Kids who are going to experiment with sex would probably do so no matter what was on television. The reasons are many, but the sexual content on television is only a small part of this serious issue.
Our adolescent clinic sees 2-3 unwanted pregnancies per week, and countless STDs. Sexual activity can occur at ages 12-13 in our populations.View Thread