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0:59 Amber necklaces? I have a few a friends recommending these for our teething child. I keep thinking choking and strangulation hazard. Thoughts?
2:35 In The Martian, Mark Watney survives for a long time on just potatoes, water, and vitamins. Probably not a great idea, but is it possible? How long before you'd run into major medical issues?
3:33 How do you know when to have a mole checked out? Is it better to get a suspicious mole checked out sooner or can it wait?
4:19 I see quite a few questions on HTC Live starting with some sort of diet, drink, supplement, or activity, and ending with the question: is this thing better for me? AC seems to unerringly answer these questions with no, because there are no studies linking these things to positive differences in health outcomes. My problem is that I think these people don't really want to know how these things affect disease and death which are measurable health outcomes, but more difficult metrics like mood, comfort, and energy. These things are a big part of how we actually feel on a daily basis, but is there any way to actually study these things and what decisions have an impact on them? If there was, would we be less susceptible to all the products that claim to make us "feel better"? I would love to see this addressed on an HTC Live.
7:55 Does Neosporin actually speed up healing and/or reduce scarring for small wounds?
8:52 I'm learning about health care and systems in the states. I know that the creation of Medicare and Medicaid had an enormous impact on hospitalization rates in the U.S. (more old people/those in need acquired paid access), which also set the basis for reimbursement rates. These high reimbursement rates fueled the rising cost of health care in the US. Could you help me understand reimbursement rates and it's connection to health care / cost of care for hospitals? Thank you!
10:10 I contracted chicken pox at the age of three weeks consequently I have never received the vaccination... recently there was some concern that my immune system being so young hadn't created the normal immunities a child gets from chicken pox, and that there could be a risk of contraction again. Should I be concerned, I don't think so but as we say on HCT "TO THE RESEARCH!"
10:26 Is cancer hereditary? Specifically skin cancer. I understand that one may pick up on some bad habits from one's parents, such as not wearing sunblock, but is there something passed on genetically?
11:02 What is the research on saturated fat? Is it actually bad? Or are certain forms bad? At what amount would it be detrimental to health?
12:09 Brushing your teeth only once vs. twice. which is better any research?
13:25 What is the true likelihood of me giving a baby whooping cough if I am not up to date on my TDAP vaccination?

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Amanda Treadwell asks, "Amber necklaces?  I have a few friends recommending these for a teething child.  I keep thinking choking and strangulation hazard.  Thoughts?"  

My thoughts are, you are correct.  Why?  Why?  So amber necklaces, evidently they're these, like, they make like, they put the beads on necklaces and kids are supposed to chew on it and evidently it's the chewing on it, it's supposed to release enzymes or compounds or something, oil, something that's supposed to soothe--why?  No!  No, no, no!  No, first of all, it's like, would you--do you really want your kids gnawing on stuff and just getting whatever seeps out of it?  That doesn't seem like a good idea, plus this is a monster choking hazard.  You know, like, they get, they manage to chew off one of those beads or pull it off and they're gonna choke, or, you're right, they got a necklace on and they could strangle themselves.  It's like, we don't even want a blanket in bed with babies, 'cause we're worried, but you're gonna give them like a choker with little choking hazards on it?  That's insane and why amber?  

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I mean, if your kid's in pain, talk to your doctor.  We have medications for that.  You know, I'm not suggesting children should be in pain, you know, and sometimes, we used to just have them gnaw on frozen things, 'cause the cold makes their teeth feel better.  I know I'm stealing this from a comedian, I can't remember which comedian, but we used to like, give them frozen waffles and the joke was like that the, that the indentations are like natural drool cups to catch the drool, but regardless, no on the amber necklaces.  No, no, no, no, no.  Do something else that's reasonable.  

Amanda--I apologize, I'm still getting over my flu, it's rough.  Amanda Cook asks, "In The Martian, Mark Watney survives for a long time on just potatoes, water, and vitamins.  Probably not a great idea, but is it possible?  How long until you'd run into major medical issues?" 

So, from what I gather, the author of that book did a lot of research to see, to make this as realistic and believable as possible and he, I know he actually like, talked to botanists and stuff, so I'm gonna guess that whatever Mark Watney did, it's possible to survive.  Of course, survival is not the same as, you know, happy living.  He prob--I'm gonna guess that the vitamins took care of, like, whatever like, you know, acids he certainly needed or whatever else was extra.  You know, the potatoes would work as a source based on everything else and maybe given enough carbs, you get through.  I don't doubt by the time you get off Mars, you know, he was suffering, but people starve all the time and at least he was being fed and had some vitamins and water and so I think it's possible. 

Hotrhetoric asks, "How do you know when to have a mole checked out?  Is it better to get a suspicious mole checked out sooner or can it wait?"  

If you're asking me, you should have it checked out.  It seems like a good rule of thumb.  If you're worried, then ask.  The, you know, best case scenario is that your doctor's gonna look at it and be like, no, don't worry about that.  On the other hand, it might be concerning, so I would not wait, you know, get it checked out.  Again, checked out is the baseline.  I'm not saying get it biopsied.  I'm not saying get it scanned.

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