It’s been a busy news week. Even so, we've been getting a lot of mail from you, our loyal viewers.
It's not often we get to answer or post viewer mail because there is simply SO much of it!
Here are a few randomly selected e-mails.
Thank you for watching, writing, sharing your thoughts, comments and questions.
Keep 'em coming!
“Thank you for the blog entry 'Zero Tolerance for Bullies.' How about an additional column on 'Zero Tolerance for Bullies in the Workplace.' I am experiencing that where I work and have asked employee relations to step in and help me. I don't think people realize how prevalent the issue is outside of the school environment. It's pretty sad when someone thinks they have the authority to keep you from earning a living because they don't like you. I could go on and on about the issue, but I think it would be very helpful to everyone in the workforce if the issue was addressed on FOX News — my absolutely favorite news source.” — Joan (Clayton, CA)
“You say bullies grow up to commit crimes. Sorry, but bullies are already committing crimes. The only difference is their age, and the ages of their victims. Parents are responsible for their children. When a child assaults other children, or steals from them, or extorts from them, the parents should be convicted of a criminal offense, with severe punishment. You just watch how fast the bullying stops when this happens. Chances of this clear solution passing? Zero.” — D.
“Thank you for the insightful blog on the 'memory pill.' We should hesitate greatly before altering the capacity for memory — good or bad. Without memory the conscience would be erased as well, leaving no regret for actions that should be remembered. We are selling out as a nation when it comes to psychoactive drugs. We pretend to fight against drug abuse then stick out hands for the latest prescription without fear of untoward consequences. With drugs like this we could become a nation of sociopaths.” — Dr. Homan (Birmingham, AL)
“I am employed at an ER in Missouri. I also work as a nationally registered EMT-Basic for a local service. I can tell you firsthand that overcrowding is one of the main problems with sub-standard service in our ERs. From the point of view of the ER I work in, we have either a very slow attending, or an attending team that is just plain old incompetent. This contributes to the extremely long wait times, sometimes in excess of five and six hours! We would give our left arms for a 47-minute wait time! I can also tell you that it is the same in nearly all of the ERs in the area. There are three other emergency rooms within a one-hour drive from here. I have taken patients to each of these hospitals and can tell you that even patients taken by ambulance have to wait, depending on the chief complaint. I don't believe we can rely on the federal government or even the state and local governments to fix the problems. It literally falls on the institutions to fix their problems and communicate about other facilities with ideas that can work. It is unfortunate that we probably will never see this, at least in our lifetimes. The amount of information that can be funneled between each hospital could, in theory, contribute to fixing this slowly deteriorating situation.” — James (Waynesville, MO)
"I don’t know if I could have said it any better than you did in your blog [Stopping Child Abuse]. It just tears my heart apart to think about what this little angel went through during the last few moments of her life. I wish I had an answer to stopping this violence, but it seems people always have their excuses and their finger-pointing. Right now I am just beside myself with anger over the people who did this to her. I don’t believe there is a need for a jury here or taxpayer dollars (that could be used to try and protect other children). I believe the public should be allowed to have their way with these two, and by all means, do not make it a fast exit for them. If you look at the mug shot pictures of these two, you cannot help but see the devil in their eyes. It is there plain as day, pure evil. I can only hope that the prison population will take care of what we cannot." — Ray
"I was happy to read your blog on the FOX News website about the abuse of children. I believe a big part of the problem is that a lot of the people I have met in life don't want to get involved. They still have the high school attitude about 'snitching.' They all say, 'Why doesn't anyone do something,' while they do nothing. We have too many adults that are immature and worry about being liked by others, or if someone thinks they are nosey. We also have too many politically correct people who make excuses for the mothers of these children by saying the women were abused also. I don't care! Obviously the abuser has problems too and we don't give them a pass. It is unnatural for a mother not to defend her children. People need to stop sugarcoating neglect by telling women that abuse their children, 'Not all women are born natural mothers.' Let us put the shame back into bad/horrible behavior! This country worries more about the abusers rights than the innocent life of a sweet child. My heart is heavy and I am sickened with the thought of the mentality of the 'adults' in this nation. I am a nurse and have worked as a Guardian Ad Litem before, and to this day I can't believe all the professionals that fail to do their job because they don't want to rustle any feathers or are just pure lazy — it must stop! Children are gifts to be cherished. The smile of a child has the magic to make every day of our life more rewarding and fulfilled. Thank you for your passionate blog and help by being a strong voice for these children." — Marylou
"This is George Orwell's 'brave new world!' People shouldn't have to have their memories erase to deal with difficult situations in order to go on with their lives. The problem is that these people are unwilling to move forward with their lives and refuse to forgive those that have harmed them. Just because you forgive them doesn't mean you have to remain in contact with them either, if their transgression was so bad and it is repeated. People that have been hurt need to put their energy into other people and love them in order to get past their own harm." — Carol
"I'd like to see a list of what people want to forget. Like my brother who served in the second World War. He is 86 and still talks about the horror he went through. He wrote an essay about it for his grandchildren. He told me he had to leave out the horrible details as it might upset them. He talked about how he found his buddies blown apart, spread all over the snow-covered field, and finding them in the dugouts with running-red streams. I personally would like to forget the last couple of years with my husband. He had cancer and we went from loving to deceiving each other. I keep asking myself, who is he? He isn't the same. The kids overlooked it. Today they laugh about the things he did and said, but my heart aches for the way he treated me so badly after 46 years of marriage. I have to remember, this was a lesson for my children, I can remember and smile when we were young and he was healthy and strong. We need memories, like my mother, my father, all the little things they did for us. They loved and cared for us. When we were hungry, a pealed potato was like an apple. No chewing gum, we were given dried liver to chew. It was great gum. Get a list of memories people you want to forget and hold them up against the good memories, you will keep them. Good or bad." — Anonymous
"I assume you are a very intelligent fellow, but you should also be intelligent enough, especially as a doctor, to know 'those nutty people walking around in ripped and filthy clothes, talking to themselves and their imaginary friends' have chemical imbalances and started out as normal people. With that type of condescending attitude about any sort of mental health issue, I certainly would not support your products or ideas." — Alisha
"How in the world would a pill know what memories are considered bad and what memories are considered good? Furthermore, it seems the healthiest and most productive thing to do is confront those things that you have difficulty confronting and take responsibility for them. You are a far better person if you handle those things rather than hide from them or pretend they don't exist. Also, if a person just helps another person who is in worse shape, he or she no longer has attention on his or her own troubles and they tend to go away. Please, no more drugs. They only mask problems and they don't handle anything. They just make the person more dependent on more drugs and the person tends to individuate from others more and more." — Randy
"I agree with your producer Shayla. I too, would not trade away my memories of my little three-year-old sister's murder for all the money in the world, simply because it's all I have left of her, however horrible. I am one of the thousands you quoted as suffering from physician-diagnosed PTSD. I endure the gamut of symptoms, ranging from [and on any given day] no sleep for days, to not eating, to nightmares and day-terrors of reliving the murder of which I was a survivor, barely. Many, many times, I have wished for death, to alleviate the pain and heartache, but unfortunately death alludes me, for now. Fortunately, thanks to medication, therapy and an understanding, insightful doctor, I'm slowly recovering from the constant torment, and find life bearable. Yet still in hindsight, I would not trade those memories away, simply because they are what has made me who I am: A child-advocate for the abused, mistreated, killed and maimed children who have/had no one who cared enough, to speak out for them...I am their voice. Granted a shrill, loud and, sometimes, crude one, but better that than none at all. And from reading what your opinion was, I'm sure you would also agree. Thanks for addressing this subject in your blog, it needs to be addressed and people need to be made aware, and you are doing that. And for that alone, I thank you." — Cricket (Indiana)
"I think this is just about the most dangerous situation anyone could put themselves in. Who we are today is shaped by our past. Getting rid of our past memories will not allow us to experience a healing of those traumatic events and we will not be able to undo or learn to deal with things today in an appropriate way. We will not be able to recognize the why's behind what we do or don't do. Also, history will repeat itself unless we remember the consequences of our actions or others' actions whether they be good or bad consequences. Forgiveness and healing of those bad memories will alleviate the intense emotions and reactions behind them." — Angela (Chicago, IL)
"Tsk, tsk! You should have stopped with 'not my strong suit.' I have waist-length hair that holds about a gallon of water after each shower — my husband will confirm this. In cold weather, wet hair is absolutely freezing! Whatever happened to the logic that supports wearing a hat outside, as the head is the greatest source of heat loss? Sleeping with wet hair, particularly in colder climates is not good. I've been awaked by the cold. Please reconsider your advice regarding children who may be at risk of unnecessary suffering." — Jan
"Wednesday morning on 'FOX & Friends' you mentioned that women get the short end of the stick when it comes to medical research, I find your comment in contradiction to what my friends and family members in the medical field tell me. Two out of every three dollars that is spent on medical research is spent on women's health issues, not men's. Up until the early part of the 20th century men and women had about the same lifespan, but since that time women have been increasingly living longer than men, what does that tell us?" — David (Rosamond, CA)
"I am in the camp that says our memories, good or bad, shape who we are. I have had some truly awful things happen in my life also, and they do keep me awake sometimes, but I turn to God and my family to help me at those times — and all other times. I don't know what the answer is for people who can't or won't turn to God for help, but in the words of Santayana: 'Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.' " — King
"Memories can be emotionally/physically crippling. People are in and out of institutions, therapy sessions, and on and off various medications and still are not able to erase the depression, anger, guilt etc. If a tiny little pill could remove 'selective memories' then I think it would be worth it! A tiny little pill combined with cognitive therapy? Maybe. Hmmm, where can I sign up?" — Greg and Terri
"I am a Vietnam veteran and I have PTSD. But, do I want to take a little pill to forget my experiences? Would this pill cause me to forget the things I would want to remember. To me, this sounds a little extreme. I am not as bad as a lot of other Veterans. Some might think that this extreme method would be worth it." — William (Pomeroy, IA)
"Memories are like a roller coaster ride. They can stick to you, but they can also crash. The ones that stick to you are, hopefully, great ones, or either 'crashed' ones. It's all on us to stick or crash." — Clark
"Erasing bad memories sounds like a fantastic idea. Is there any possibility of advancing this medication to effectively erase violent tendencies of convicted criminals? Instead of our present 'warehousing' method (i.e. prisons and jails that are horribly costly and hopeless in every way), wouldn't a complete mind wipe be far more humane? What if it created a new identity as well as a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen with no recollection of his or her past?" — Cindy
"There are no excuses for abuse. None!" — Dianne (Staten Island, NY)
"Doc, you can't help these people on diets. One has to start children on good food when they first start eating solid food as a baby." — Shirley (Michigan)
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Dr. Manny Alvarez serves as Fox News Channel's senior managing health editor. He also serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Click here for more information on Dr. Manny's work with Hackensack University Medical Center. Visit AskDrManny.com for more.