For Members of the Cellular Medicine Association
Here are 5 things that helped me last week…
1. Popular Magazine that Helped Explain to Women What We Do —
“Beyond Kegels: The Pelvic Floor Is Finally Getting the Attention It Deserves” Much gratitude to Cindy Barshop (who was interviewed for this article in Vogue) for her brave efforts to help women. The phrase “pelvic floor” has always felt less glamorous than what the muscles deserve (we usually don’t hold the floor of something in the highest of esteem). But, of course, without the pelvic floor functioning properly, neither continence nor sex works as well. Instead of thinking in terms of a general mass of muscles, women seem to find it more helpful to talk about the specific sections of the “floor” that serve the various functions. I’ve started using the terminology “G-spot support muscles” or “GSSM” for those muscle most contributory to sexual arousal. This idea of specific sections of the pelvic floor also help explain why our O-Shot® procedure works (click)<—.
2. Marketing/business/thinking book that helped —
The Lifetime Learner’s Guide to Reading & Learning (Hoover, 2017) This author is a monster…he lives in a 33 room house so that he can keep is library of 57,000 plus books. I think that qualifies him to make some reading suggestions (both books to read, and tips about what to read). He claims that only about 30% of what’s in his books is on the internet. I don’t know what the real number is, but I know that few people are inspired by a thumb drive on a shelf. And quite a bit that lives on the shelves of my home and office cannot be found online.
3. Most important research I read this week —
Materials Selection for the Injection into Vaginal Wall for Treatment of Vaginal Atrophy This very nice review article of most everything that’s been in injected into the vagina to help it work better puts an up-to-date and balanced view on where the science is now. They get a few things confused about our O-Shot® procedure, but still they give it a fair and favorable nod. More up-to-date research about the topic can be found here<—
4. App I Used Every Day
I almost always start any writing project using Ulysses (including this email), then I move whatever I wrote over into where it’s going to be launched or further developed.
5. Quote I’m pondering —
“It’s time to let the secret out: Mathematics is not primarily a matter of plugging numbers into formulas and performing rote computations. It is a way of thinking and questioning that may be unfamiliar to many of us, but is available to almost all of us.”—John Allen Paulos (from his A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper).
I have often been aghast at how many talking heads on the news just blatantly twist the numbers. I suppose that there is the possibility of an honorable lie, but still, when I look at the numbers and know I’m hearing a lie, it somehow makes me feel like something is physically crooked and clouded. For example, in the early days of COVID, Dr. Fauci was quoting a mortality rate from COVID of 4%, but at the time those numbers were only from people who were hospitalized; no one knew at that time the incidence of COVID in the general population (including the millions not in the hospital). Had he qualified his mortality rate to mean “4% mortality in hospitalized patients,” I would have not felt betrayed—but he did not say that. So, with great disappointment, I knew that he knew what he said was not true (or at least impossible at the time to know to be true), so from then on, I knew he would lie to frighten me.
I’m not talking politics, I’m not talking about whether to wear a mask, or get vaccinated—I’m talking math, and how seldom do even smart people remember the ideas behind the math.
Richard Feynman said, “The experts who are leading you may be wrong.” And, “Another of the qualities of science is that it teaches the value of rational thought as well as the importance of freedom of thought; the positive results that come from doubting that the lessons are all true.”
I still seldom see anyone, Fauci included point out the huge increase in mortality from COVD with even mild obesity. Looking at the math, dropping BMI from high to normal would be more protective to an individual than wearing a mask.
Hence, my favorite quote for last week: “It’s time to let the secret out: Mathematics is not primarily a matter of plugging numbers into formulas and performing rote computations. It is a way of thinking and questioning that may be unfamiliar to many of us, but is available to almost all of us.”
Reminds me of yet another quote that’s haunted me (this one from Thomas Jefferson), “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
And, please give me feedback: hit “reply” and shoot me an email, or on our membership sites, or on our weekly Journal Club with Pearls & Marketing. Which bullet above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of from the CMA? Other suggestions? Please let me know!
Have a great week!
P.S. The last book I launched could be of help to your patients who suffer from premature ejaculation: Extend Sex: The 30-Second Trick. You’ll notice that my trick makes use of the functional anatomy, even though I did not know the anatomy when I dreamed this up 40 years ago.