I just read your interview with Mr Suzuki ("Meet
the 'greatest living Canadian,'" May 2008, Vol 5
No 5) and it backs up what I've heard of how obnoxious
and arrogant he is. He spoke here in Calgary recently
and wouldn't take questions from the audience.
With regard to returning to medical
practice all he could think of is putting his finger
up a man's ass? I think doctors do a lot more than that.
His comments are an insult to those who train hard to
become MDs. And what about his comments regarding Paris
Hilton? Again, very insulting and rude. Who does he
think he is?? I could say the same about him and his
nonsense global warming hype. The fact is he isn't a
"great Canadian" at all, but a prideful and arrogant
One other thing: As for his opinion
on Cuba and its doctors, why can't they leave the country
they live in? The training is paid for, but it comes
with a price their freedom.
To compare an authoritarian, Communist
island to the West is insane, really. If he likes Cuba
so much he should move there and see how much he gets
WAVE OF INSITE
Thank you for publishing our short editorial ("The
case for Insite," May 2008, Vol 5 No 5). Canada
can do so much in this area given the excellent research
that is taking place in our country.
Dr Keith Martin,
Member of Parliament, Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca, BC
I agree with the statement in "Do
teachers push docs to overprescribe for ADHD?" (Sept
15, 2007, Vol 4 No 15) that drugs to treat ADHD are
not exactly benign. (Is there a drug that is?) However,
I was not aware that there is evidence about stunted
growth. Please can you direct me as to where that statement
Dr Ayaz Ramji,
Prince Albert, SK
EDITOR'S NOTE: According
to the prescribing information for Ritalin, "consistently
medicated children... have a temporary slowing in growth
rate (on average, a total of about 2cm less growth in
height and 2.7kg less growth in weight over 3 years),
without evidence of growth rebound during this period
I'm not certain Owen Dyer's article on back pain (and
the study) show exactly what they claim to show ("Acupuncture
outperforms physiotherapy for back pain," Oct 15,
2007, Vol 4 No 17).
First, true acupuncture is more
effective than sham acupuncture. The sham method showed
about 44% effectiveness, true acupuncture 47%. If you
are the patient, that approximately 10% makes a difference.
Also, it depends where those "sham"
points are located. Were those "pinpricks" truly random?
Even if they were, some would have been bound to hit
a real or related point. It's not the number of patients
in the study or the scholarly apparatus but the perspective
from which the conclusions are made that I question.
PhD, Albuquerque, NM