Diabetes For Beginners – Part 2

First published on robertelessar.com on February 23, 2012

Welcome to Part 2 of my “freshman lecture” on Diabetes.

Now we get to Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Interestingly enough, although this is “Type 2”, it is in fact by far the Number 1 form of Diabetes numerically, with 90 to 95% of Diabetics falling into Type 2…and that number is likely, if anything, to become larger. Continue reading “Diabetes For Beginners – Part 2”

What Are Black Holes?

Originally posted February 23, 2012

A very old friend of mine—that is, one I’ve known a long time, he’s no older than I am, and I hope I don’t yet count as “very” old—suggested that I write an article about what exactly black holes are. So, I thought about it, for all of about two seconds, and realized that black holes would be a great topic for a general science article. Continue reading “What Are Black Holes?”

Diabetes For Beginners – Part 1

Diabetes is an illness of which I suspect almost all adults in America are aware. I also suspect that most people know that it has something to do with high blood sugar and that having high blood sugar is a bad thing. Still, I imagine there are a fair few people out there who haven’t really got a lot more understanding of it than that—including some people who have the disease—because they haven’t really had it explained to them in terms they can follow. After all, doctors—of which I am one—don’t often take the time necessary to make sure that their patients fully understand the ins and outs of a disease process. Partly this is because, when one understands something on a very complex level, it seems like it’s going to take serious effort to explain it to someone who doesn’t have the same educational background. However, I think this is a failure of imagination and a bit of mental laziness on our part as doctors. The Nobel-Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman used to prepare “freshman lectures” about physics subjects when laypeople asked him about topics they didn’t understand. If he found that he couldn’t prepare one, he recognized that failure as an indication that the subject wasn’t well-enough understood! Continue reading “Diabetes For Beginners – Part 1”

First IOZ Blog Post

This is the inaugural post of my new, “secondary,” blog, “Iterations of Zero,” in which I’ll be posting thoughts, essays, articles, musings, and other related synonyms on areas of philosophy, politics, justice, science, and the like.  These haven’t seemed very popular on my main blog: robertelessar.com.  I suppose that’s not too terribly surprising.  My main blog has evolved to be mainly focused on writing, publishing, the creative process, and some occasional personal events.  People who are interested in the process of creative writing and publishing, or in the demented thought process of a writer, may not be too chuffed to come upon articles decrying the many horrors and stupidities of our criminal justice system, or the systematic failures of our education systems, or the flawed reasoning that pervades a frustrating proportion of our society.  Nevertheless, I have much to say on many matters not directly related to creative writing, and I also want to share posts I have already written in a venue that may connect them to more interested readers. Continue reading “First IOZ Blog Post”