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Thank You Grand Rounds 6.3 - Pallimed

Thank you Pallimed for not including me in your votes of the best in palliative medicine for Grand Rounds Vol 6, No 3 this week. Palliative medicine, by definition, means to alleviate pain and symptoms without eliminating the causes. Palliative comes from the Latin palliare, meaning "to cloak." My life's work is not to cloak problems but stop causes.

Palliative care is sometimes all that is considered possible in situations of end of life or hospice, and those are difficult situations needing some cloaking and definite soothing of symptoms. There are also times where addressing causes can be included, with good results to stop the entire problem.

Pallimed did include one of my articles Fixing Discs by Fixing Causes, by shunting it to their comments section. In Fixing Discs by Fixing Causes, Fitness Fixer reader Laraine P had previously tried palliative measures for the pain of her herniated discs, then changed movement practices to healthy ones so that the discs themselves could heal and the pain stop.

On the web, Grand Rounds is a collection of the best on-line medical posts from the past week. A different host works hard each week to find and list the articles. This is different from the Grand Rounds in a hospital, which is a lecture for doctors about a patient or topic. Thank you Pallimed for all your work.

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