> Tom Buckley Consultant Intensivist > Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care > Prince of Wales Hospital Shatin, Hong Kong > > (Patients are ) Unresponsive to various combinations of cefotaxime, chlarithromycin, > levofloxacin, doxyclycline and Tamiflu. All microbiology is NEGATIVE > (after one week). > > Physicians have started patients on ribovarin and steroids.
Trek bikes & quality Last month my four children pooled some money and bought me a new Trek FX 7.7 bicycle for my 60th birthday. That is because the “60th” birthday is based on Buddhistic concepts something very special here in Japan, but I am not going into that now. So, I got that new bike. For “safety reasons” I did not ask or check its price. If I did, I might get a heart attack! But I am sure it is quite some “luxury bike” – at least for me. The frame is made of carbon fiber, but there are naturally bolts, nuts and other metal parts all over it. After only FOUR WEEKS (4! weeks) a major portion not only of those bolt and nuts, but also the other metal parts are covered in rust! Being covered in rust after only 4 weeks, I am forced to expect those bolts and nuts to fail within the year. Rotten! The only explanation for this phenomenon I can think of is the use of cheap, inferior quality Chinese products. After all, all those shiny metal parts on a product designed for OUTDOOR USE should NOT rust in only a few weeks. I took the liberty of following the invitation “Contact us” on the Japanese Trek website to describe this very poor quality. The computer returned an automated message and a little later my wife at home got a phone call from Trek Japan, telling her (I was not at home) that the company Trek DOES NOT DEAL WITH / DOES NOT CARE ABOUT this kind of problem. I am supposed to speak to the retailer. I VERY MUCH doubt, the retailer chose those metal parts! Since Trek Japan (I live in Japan) did not care, I tried the same thing via “Contact us” on the American Trek website. Here I got ONLY the automated message. In the brochure that comes with the bike the founder of the company, Mr. Burke, invites people to write to him personally, if they are not 100% satisfied. I DID write him, but so far have not received any answer.
Dieses Bild, links unten kann man etwas vom Dach sehen, zeigt einen Schrein am Meer etwa 500 m von meiner Praxis. Auf diesem Bild regnet es NUR auf dem Schrein. Vielleicht ein Zeichen der Götter. Denn der “Kan-nushi” (shintōistische Priester) im Amt für diesen Schrein war auch für eine Weile Bürgermeister von unserem kleinen Ort (Hayama). Als solcher hat er sich durch Skandale in Verbindung mit “Frauengeschichten” und Geld “einen Namen gemacht”. Vielleicht sollte so etwas auch bei anderen Politikern vorkommen – dass es ausschließlich auf deren Auto oder Haus regnet oder schneit und somit der Bevölkerung “ein Zeichen” gegeben wird … Ich gehe einmal davon aus, dass die Wissenschaftler unter uns das hier gezeigte Phänomen anders erklären …
“Extended interpretation” – treat the mountain(s) For my friends who do not read Japanese, here the English version of a short note I posted under “Clinic” in Japanese.
This is basically not my job and I may even expect to get in trouble for it .. but I just could not leave it alone. Near my house there are mountains “left to rot in hell”. Already 2 m long, arm-thick dried branches have fallen down and damaged the car in front of the house at the foot of these slopes. There are two small children in that household. What if those branches would have hit the children?
For those reasons I took it upon myself to go in there cut the vines choking the trees up there. Working on a 200-m wide strip of mountain took me 3 days. Hopefully that will postpone the death of the trees by 15-20 years. Maybe I can go in there again, before the trees die. By that time I will be 75-80 years …
Among all the crazy ideas I have (and that constantly get me in trouble) is the concept, that an acpuncturist should maybe not only try to make money by treating paying customers, but also CARE for his/her community in a little wider sense. Well .. crazy. I know …
One of these days I will post a series of pictures on my blog to illustrate. Here just one picture. The cut vine is as thick as a slender female leg!
My name is Thomas and I am a native German. I spent more than half of my life, namely 37 years, in Japan and can by now look back on +30 years of “clinical experience” as an acupuncturist here. Since 1995 I do run my own VERY LITTLE acupuncture clinic. “Thomas’ Acupuncture CLinic” (in Hayama, ca. 50 km from Tokyo) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*** MY Choice ***
As a therapist I am VERY reluctant to say this, but as a father of 4 children feel obliged to do so: IDO NOThelp Trump supporters! I am not willing (and under no obligation) to help people who support someone, who publicly declared his intention to kill my four children – as well as the future of my yet unborn grandchildren. That is MY personal decision.