Archive | July, 2011

Astroturfing And How Your Thoughts Are Being Manipulated by Corporate Interests

Astroturfing is a form of advocacy typically to support an agenda with the appearance of a fake grassroots organization that is usually sponsored by corporations or those with a certain political interest. They work in such a way so that you are not aware that the corporate or political backing is present and you are led to believe that just an independent public organization is speaking out. There are a lot of ethical issues raised by doing this and evidence shows that astroturfing can be effective. A recent article in the Journal of Business Ethics titled “Astroturfing Global Warming: It Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence,” by Charles H. Cho, Martin L. Martens, Hakkyun Kim, and Michelle Rodrigue (online July 3, 2011) explores the issue of those who visited astroturf websites and how it affects the perceptions of global warming. Before explaining the study let’s make it clear global warming is unequivocal and there is at least a 90% likelihood it is caused by human activity. In the study the researchers used a final sample of 278 students enrolled in accounting classes at a Canadian university. The true intent of the study was disguised from the […]

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Which Caption Will You Choose: Wisdom Teeth To Remove or Not?

Flickr Image from and has a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License. This post is by no means realistic. These images are fake. However real tactics like these have actually been used before by the drug industry as a form of disease mongering although not applied to the wisdom teeth debate to my knowledge.

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Bringing About Healthcare Change

There is a very interesting piece that appears in AAOMS Today in the May/June 2011 issue on page 16 titled “The power to change: Our specialty’s revolution” The article opens up with the following The power to effect change is one of the most distinctive characteristics of being human. Mankind has the ability to change our surroundings not just to survive, but also to thrive The article draws parallels to the foundations of the United States of America and the Declaration of Independence. Then the following appears midway in the article Our power lies in our own leadership in research and education. Our motivation is to prevent any other organization or entity from dictating to OMS what we can do, what we should do, and how we should do it. Then a donation is asked for to help support research by each of the 9,000 AAOMS members for a $1,500 gift each year which would equal over $13.5 million dollars. There is quite a large sum of money and certainly would help to provide important and much needed research. I’m not entirely sure why the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) thinks any organization or entity is trying […]

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Music To Listen to After Wisdom Teeth Removal: YouTube Musicians

If you are recovering from having your wisdom teeth out or soon will be having surgery to have your wisdom teeth removed you may be looking for something to do. One thing I enjoy doing these days is listening to musicians on YouTube.  Below are some artists I have enjoyed lately with some of their music embedded for your enjoyment. Kurt Hugo Schneider. Kurt is doing extremely well for himself and has over 1 million YouTube subscribers. He graduated from Yale in 2010 with a degree in mathematics and has his own Wikipedia page The video below is produced by Kurt Hugo Schneider and features “Just a Dream” originally by Nelly with Sam Tsui  and Christina Grimmie on the vocals. Tyler Ward. Tyler is my favorite musician on YouTube and is an extremely talented kind individual. He is from Colorado, and is a former football player at United States Air Force Academy. The video below is of Tyler singing and playing guitar for the song “Teenage Dream” originally by Katy Perry. Julia Sheer. Julia is a 19 year old musician also from Colorado and used to work with Tyler Ward. She has an absolutely […]

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Successful and Positive Wisdom Teeth Removal Experiences

In the past I posted survey respondent elaborations of their wisdom teeth removal experience that were negative as in the outcome was not what they were expecting. For some of these you can see and If you have a spare few minutes please complete the wisdom teeth removal survey I have created which is linked to below. Below are some survey responses of those who have had positive wisdom teeth extractions. All ages given are at the time of surgery. A 23 year old female who had 2 wisdom teeth removed says For me, the worst part was the “laughing gas”. Other than that, I have had no bleeding post-surgery, almost zero swelling, and have not needed to take any pain medication beyond Advil. A 48 year old male who had 4 wisdom teeth removed says after surgery my sinus problems improved. A 31 year old female who had 3 wisdom teeth removed says It went better then I expected, because my wisdom teeth were erputed and it made easier to access them. The oral surgeon didn’t have to cut my gum and bones. Afterwards there were some bleeding I knew that ahead of time. The worst […]

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