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Richard Wilson DMD
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 1A8 Philadelphia PA 19130 215-765-5281
All this knowledge we've gained is for the purpose of solving problems for the patient who stands before us. Furthermore, a human being is never a commodity. Not for any reason, not under any circumstances.
Interests: family, dentistry, environmental issues, cycling, astronomy. making a difference.
Recent Activity
As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its third year, and as our culture sustains damage from the illness and death caused by the Covid-19 virus, from supply chain disruptions, from widespread chronic anxiety, from disruptive political forces and from a myriad... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at Bite Point
I've wondered for a long time how many copies of the Covid-19 RNA there are in the world at any given time. Now, we have some good estimates. Each infected person carries 109 to 1011 Covid-19 virions at peak of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2021 at Bite Point
The total weights of the atomic bombs employed in WWII were 64kg uranium + 6kg plutonium = 70kg, which killed 226,000 human beings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (This figure does not include long-term early deaths from radiation poisoning, which are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2021 at Bite Point
I hope all of our family of patients are well, as vaccines and natural immunity create positive change in the Covid-19 pandemic that has upended our lives in such profound ways for over a year now. Winston Churchill's words from... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Bite Point
Covid-19 RNA Vaccines, Explained As we approach a time when effective Covid-19 vaccines become available, I wish to explain to you all one further twist on these potentially life-saving medicines. All the major vaccine contenders now are RNA vaccines. What... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at Bite Point
Our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was a man of few words and an extremely pragmatic, practical, skeptical New Englander. On a brief vacation, President Coolidge and an old friend were riding horses in Vermont. His friend said to Coolidge as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at Bite Point
Please allow me to share a rare piece of encouraging news in these challenging times we're in. In a September 8th paper in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, Drs. Gandhi and Rutherford present to us a remarkable idea.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Bite Point
We are coming up against a time when a vaccine against Covid-19, also called SARS-CoV-2, may become available. Viruses mutate very rapidly, changing their surface proteins and such. The virus variants that are best at evading the human immune system... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at Bite Point
Effect of Cumulative US Inflation upon Typical Dental Insurance Yearly Maximum Real Value, since 1967. Also of note: In 1967, the majority of employers gave away dental insurance free, as a perk. Today, the vast majority of employers pay the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Bite Point
"There is always potential for a conflict of interest between microbe and host because the genetic makeup of the microbe differs from that of the host. Natural selection will favor microbes that act in their own genetic interest as circumstances... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Bite Point
Juneteenth thoughts. Intolerance is not only mean-spirited. It’s illogical. Human beings sort wrong. Meaning: We label, classify and sort people and things as a vital survival strategy. It’s part of our nature. Classifying and sorting is part of what brought... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Bite Point
The International Association for the Advancement of Time will be rolling out a new calendar shortly. Guessing the Gregorian has had its day. The new months are: January February Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Coviduary Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Bite Point
In our last post, we explored how to predict the COVID-19 epidemic progression with the irrational, transcendental and may I say supernatural number e. e is the base rate of growth shared by all continuously growing processes. e merges growth... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Bite Point
The number e is one of the most powerful, profound, mysterious, mystical things I've ever encountered. I mean in all of life. Let's use its power to explore the growth rate of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. From my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Bite Point
First Global Palindrome Day (a palindrome date when written in both DD/MM/YYYY and MM/DD/YYYY formats) of the Common Era: 01/01/1010, 1,010 years ago. Second Global Palindrome Day of the Common Era: 11/11/1111. 909 years ago, 101 years from the first.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at Bite Point
Here is the short version of my last post. In 1967, when dental insurance first ramped up in America, employers commonly purchased plans with $1,000 yearly maximums. Today, in our experience in Philadelphia, some 95% of PPO plans from United... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2019 at Bite Point
It is high time to have a detailed discussion about dental insurance. What it is, and what it is not. In part this is to help patients who have dental insurance utilize it properly, to their best advantage. And in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Bite Point
Warning: anything and everything made up of any combination of the any of the following elements is known to the State of California to cause cancer: H - Hydrogen He - Helium Li - Lithium Be - Beryllium B -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at Bite Point
Obsidian MacAdoo is a poetess, and she wrote the terrifying yet compelling Green Cackles at Dawn. Diffusion of Innovations research informs us that far more than half of humanity is afraid of standing out. Uppermost in the minds of so... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Bite Point
Massimo Volpedo, as we saw in the last episode, loves life and people on a breathtaking scale. Let us see what he has to say about wine. The setup: It's a bitter cold Boston evening in January, 1930. Pinky DeVroom,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Bite Point
The only Episode thus far with a coda to its title. And why? Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Signore Massimo Volpedo: * Pinky entered, hat in hand, and nodded to Mrs. Dalton. He was vaguely conscious that he was throttling the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Bite Point
Somewhere in all his writings Seth Godin asserted that businesses--and I assume he meant local, bespoke, non-corporate ones--have only two pathways to success: (1) Delight people, and (2) Solve their problems. The more interesting the problem, the better. In our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Bite Point
Time now to turn from the realm of industrialists and corporate capitalism to the free market's other branch, which doesn't seem to have a name but which I shall call the bespoke branch of capitalism. This is an interesting question.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Bite Point
One more post on industrialism and then we shall leave this oft-times dark subject and move into the light. And the lighter side of Swirled All the Way to the Shrub, this engaging and thought-provoking novel that Tom Bentley and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Bite Point
In recent posts, we have been exploring the nature of industrialists. Our novel, Swirled All the Way to the Shrub, wrestles with the complex interplay between industrialism and the human beings who live in the world it shapes. Industrialist: "A... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at Bite Point