The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 50 – Alternative Medicine

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The Middle-Aged Genius’s Guide to Almost Everything 50 – Alternative Medicine

June 1, 2020

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What do you think of alternative medicine?

Rick Rosner: Alternative medicine, probably a percentage garbage that it is. It depends on what you’re talking about. I mean, again, the idea with science is to bring everything under the tent of either knowing why something works, scientifically, or proving that it doesn’t work.

You want to test shit out and figure out what the deal is. So, medicine, until the last 50 years or so, regular traditional medicine, was pretty shitty. In 1960, you could cut out somebody’s tumour and buy them another couple of years.

But in 2015, 2020, you can, maybe, catch the tumour before it is 2-inches or 4-inches across, hit it with some chemicals, or some personalized genetic shit, and buy the person the rest of their natural lifespan. I caught, a year ago, a tumour at stage 1a before there were any symptoms because I have good insurance and can say, “Let’s investigate my guts.”

They found a 3-centimeter kidney tumour, which, for kidney tumours, is still a pretty safe place to be; whereas, kidney cancer in the old days, if they’d waited for me to start pissing blood, then you’re in a much shittier situation.

Now, something like 60% of kidney tumours are discovered before they manifest symptoms, which means that for those people; your expected longevity is decent. So, traditional medicine or medicine that you go to certified doctors for gets better and better.

The scope of what it knows keeps expanding, which can include some natural shit like turmeric. Turmeric has a pretty good anecdotal track record. It is used a lot in alternative medicine. It may have some uses. In a statistical way, a lot of people in India who have turmeric in their diet have a lower incidence of some cancers.

Turmeric has been proven to lower some types of turmeric. It may be good to have some turmeric in your diet or take some turmeric. At the same time, it is not going to fix you all the way. Unless, you do some tricky shit with it.

Your body knocks out most of turmeric in the liver. Because your liver is on patrol for stuff that might fuck you up, including some substances that may fuck you up, but your body doesn’t know. So, it may not work if taken orally, except it might work if taken by injection.

Or if you surround the turmeric particles with lipids, it may surround it and survive it, so may make it into your system that way. But again, it is taking alternative shit, finding out how and where it works, and turning it into scientific medical knowledge.

Acupuncture: it works for some people. But it is not that great if you can’t find out scientifically how it works, when it will work, will it work on this or that pain, etc. It’s just bringing shit into the tent or kicking shit, or leaving some shit out of the tent if it turns out to be bullshit.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


(Updated July 25, 2019)

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.*

According to some semi-reputable sources gathered in a listing hereRick G. Rosner may have among America’s, North America’s, and the world’s highest measured IQs at or above 190 (S.D. 15)/196 (S.D. 16) based on several high range test performances created by Christopher HardingJason BettsPaul Cooijmans, and Ronald Hoeflin. He earned 12 years of college credit in less than a year and graduated with the equivalent of 8 majors. He has received 8 Writers Guild Awards and Emmy nominations, and was titled 2013 North American Genius of the Year by The World Genius Directory with the main “Genius” listing here.

He has written for Remote ControlCrank YankersThe Man ShowThe EmmysThe Grammys, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. He worked as a bouncer, a nude art model, a roller-skating waiter, and a stripper. In a television commercialDomino’s Pizza named him the “World’s Smartest Man.” The commercial was taken off the air after Subway sandwiches issued a cease-and-desist. He was named “Best Bouncer” in the Denver Area, Colorado, by Westwood Magazine.

Rosner spent much of the late Disco Era as an undercover high school student. In addition, he spent 25 years as a bar bouncer and American fake ID-catcher, and 25+ years as a stripper, and nearly 30 years as a writer for more than 2,500 hours of network television. Errol Morris featured Rosner in the interview series entitled First Person, where some of this history was covered by Morris. He came in second, or lost, on Jeopardy!, sued Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? over a flawed question and lost the lawsuit. He won one game and lost one game on Are You Smarter Than a Drunk Person? (He was drunk). Finally, he spent 37+ years working on a time-invariant variation of the Big Bang Theory.

Currently, Rosner sits tweeting in a bathrobe (winter) or a towel (summer). He lives in Los AngelesCalifornia with his wife, dog, and goldfish. He and his wife have a daughter. You can send him money or questions at LanceVersusRick@Gmail.Com, or a direct message via Twitter, or find him on LinkedIn, or see him on YouTube.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Founder, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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