Armistice Day

November 10, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

11th hour, 11th day, 11th month of 1918.  Suddenly the shelling stopped.  Silence.  Peace after more than 4 years of the “War to End All Wars”.

Now we call it Veterans’ Day in honor of those who served in all wars.  They put their lives at risk for the sake of their nation.  Many came home with wounds that never fully healed, including the nightmares.  Some failed to come home at all, except in a box.

I served in the medical corps.  I salute those who served on the line.  And I thank them for their sacrifice.  To all members of the military past and present:  Thank you for serving!

Jay Ginther, MD

Darkness-Horror-Repentance-Atonement – Become a Blue Zone

November 3, 2013 @ 8:22 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

Sunday, 10 November at 3PM at G-B Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  “To Be Certain of the Dawn” by Stephan Paulus is an acknowledgement of Krystalnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust.  First Jews, but then Gays, Gypsies, Trade Unionists……and eventually Practicing Christians were marginalized, then eliminated.

On the 75th anniversary of Krystalnacht, WCF Symphony, Met Chorale, Children’s Choirs, and others will perform this cathartic composition, which passes through darkness, despair, and horror to the most difficult Commandment of all:  “You Should Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”.

2 Fractures for Each Heart Attack

October 30, 2013 @ 7:37 am
posted by Dr. Ginther

Friday is the Go Red For Women in Waterloo, sponsored by the American Heart Association.  Heart Disease is now recognized as a major health issue for women, as well as men.  Prevention of heart attacks and strokes gets a lot of attention.  Breast cancer is also well recognized.  These are worthy causes, but…..

Fractures from Osteoporosis are twice as common in women as heart attacks.  Fractures are more common than heart attacks, breast cancers and strokes combined.  More women die from complications after hip fracture than die from heart attacks.  This is also a big deal, but Osteoporosis gets no respect.

“I Fall All the Time, But I Don’t Break Anything”

October 27, 2013 @ 9:15 pm
posted by Dr. Ginther

Aunt Henrietta looked like half a raccoon with her entire left eye blackened.  She dismissed her looks as not a problem saying, “I fall all the time, but I don’t break anything.”  This is a change on both counts.  Five years ago, falls were infrequent.  Even so, she broke one wrist, then the other wrist, then her shoulder.

Two wrists, one shoulder, and half a dozen vertebral fragility fractures indicated Very Severe Osteoporosis.  That was before she took the Anabolic, Forteo, for 2 years.  She was the ideal patient for serious measures to stop her fractures.  And it has worked!!