The Best Of The Dish Today

Ah, yes, the male of the species. Deep down, forever 13.

I’m reaching the end of my clear-liquids-only laxative-overkill day before a colonoscopy tomorrow and my head is spinning a bit. You know how I am usually indifferent to food? I can’t think of anything else right now.

So I’ll make this brief: today I explored why PDA can have its political uses; and wondered how the GOP can keep denying the science of climate change and remain a faintly serious party of government. We delved deeper into Ukrainian nationalism, and the Great Debate about the Idaho Stop. We also wound up our first Book Club, with the author Bart Ehrman responding to more than a dozen reader questions about Jesus. I have to say I really enjoyed the whole book club experience, was glad to be given a nudge toward reading something longer and deeper in my web-addled brain, and learned something. As usual, Dish readers made it work – and I remain pretty much in awe of the collective mind out there, even as I rarely hesitate to pick it.

The whole thread on How Jesus Became God can be read now in its entirety here. If you didn’t have the time to join in this past month, there’s always the opportunity to read the book later and then go back and explore the conversation about it.

Which brought us to our second selection, Alexandra Horowitz’s On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes. Read about it here. Maria Popova of Brain Pickings picked the book as one of her favorties and she’ll be curating the conversation. It will get going in earnest after Memorial Day.

The most popular post of the day was Science, Climate and Skepticism, followed by Like A Gay Sonic Boom, Ctd.

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See you in the morning, and after the dreaded procedure. Update from a reader:

I’m sorry to hear that you’re having a tough time preparing for your colonoscopy. You might not want to learn this right now, but it turns out that the clear-liquid diet is not necessary for the majority of people preparing for a colonoscopy. Several studies in recent years (here and here) have shown that a low-residue diet – solid food, but no seeds, corn, and other items that can sabotage a preparation – is just as effective as a clear-liquid diet, but is much preferred by patients.

Despite the evidence that a more liberal diet is effective during bowel preparation, more than 80% of my fellow gastroenterologists continue to advise a clear liquids only. I switched to prescribing a low-residue diet two years ago and my patients are grateful, but I’m having trouble convincing my colleagues to change their habits. As is often the case in medicine, traditions develop and habits die hard.

Another point: you refer to your colonoscopy as “the dreaded procedure.” Actually, the vast majority of patients report that the preparation, and not the colonoscopy itself, is the most difficult part of the experience. So the worst is nearly over; I hope the procedure itself goes well, and that you’ll be able to eat some real food the next time you get it done!