Despite notable advances by various medical insurers and professional organizations, recompression treatment and, even more so, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) remain open to abuse by uninformed, unqualified and unscrupulous practitioners. The following inquiry I received a while back is a prime example: **** Dear Doc, My friend was treated for DCI in Belize. He complained … Read more
The diving industry has a lot of rules that most of us are told to follow. But many of these should be chunked — here we take a look at several and tell you why you can or should ignore them.
Rarely does everything go exactly the way we want it to in life: business, diving and especially take-out food. That’s okay, because the serendipitous events of the unexpected can sometimes be a great learning experience. Or they can be yet another episode in natural selection. Anticipation is, of course, a first line of awareness that … Read more
Hi Doc V, Today, I heard about a man who was diagnosed as impotent due to diving (in Singapore, where the quality of medical services is quite high). That made me think of a friend of mine who told me some time back that he’s been suffering from erectile dysfunction for about six months. He … Read more
Dear Fellow Divers, This is the first of our blogs and every few days or so, a number of diving writers with important opinions will have something to say: John Bantin, who spends a dozen or more weeks a year testing equipment for DIVER magazine; Bob Halstead, the retired owner of the Telita in PNG, … Read more