boingboing hits a new low

Hack your zits at home! It’s inspirational!

Yes, it’s true. Using logic and reasoning works at home, too, and not just at the doctor’s office! What’s even more amazing is, if you call up the doctor and say “Hey, the pills don’t work but the cream does, and certain foods make the problem worse or better, whaddya think?” they’ll probably find it interesting and have advice!

Just a tip, though: if you’re taking meds for a serious fucking ailment, don’t play mix ‘n’ match or decide on the fly to treat your problems by cutting out marshmallows or wearing more colorful pants. As much as geeks think we can hack and outsmart everything, there may be limits to our starchild crystal wonder powers. For example, I hear biochemistry is hard! And slow, painful death sucks! And reading the manual is an even better idea when you’re doing tech support for your own viscera!

I almost expect to read the next entry: WELL FOLKS IT TURNS OUT THAT OVERCLOCKING A CAROTID ARTERY OBSTRUCTION HAS SOME ISSUES AND PROBLEMS WE HADN’T FORESEEN AND LONG STORY SHORT CORY’S A DROOLING VEGETABLE NOW!! SO HE’LL BE UPDATING MORE OFTEN!!

8 thoughts on “boingboing hits a new low

  1. http://repositories.cdlib.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1895&context=postprints
    That guy wrote a whole academic paper on self-experimentation. Some intriguing findings, and some findings … not … intriguing.
    “Around this time, my interest in weight control led me to wonder about the connection between walking and weight. It is well known that a large amount of walking often causes weight loss. When you walk more than usual you probably stand (place all your weight on your feet) more than usual. It might be standing, not movement, that causes weight loss. I decided to test this possibility by standing (but not walking) much more than usual … I did not lose weight.”

    1. Is that the guy who lost weight by drinking a few ounces of cooking oil and/or glucose water every day to fool his body out of going into starvation mode?

    2. The idea that somehow the last 500 years of science has ignored everything some dude just thought up in his apartment is either hilarious or psychotic, or maybe both.
      We haven’t needed self-experimentation so much since we stopped having all our science done by bored noblemen without equipment or methodologies.

  2. BBPALS YEY
    On the one hand, I figure it’s dandy for people to try not eating blueberries and see whether it makes their acne clear up. On the other hand, dressing this up with terms like “experimentation”, “data”, “methodology”, and “challenging received medical wisdom”, etc, makes me want to claw my eyes out down to my throat.
    WE ARE MOVING BACKWARDS IN TIME and apparently Cory Doctorow has landed with a wistful sigh at some sort of 1986 KPKF holistic health show.

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