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Is Elfin Ear Surgery Safe?

July 26th, 2011

A procedure to make “Elf Ears” has become popular among body modification artists.   While they are not prohibited from performing this type of procedure, they are not allowed to use any anesthesia or provide any pain medication for their client.   This unusual “cartilage sculpting” continues to gain popularity amongst sci-fi enthusiasts, but it is very risky surgery.   The cartilage is cut, re-shaped and sewn back together to make the pointy tip.   It has been called cosmetic surgery, but it clearly lies outside the practice of licensed medical doctors.   Risks of this basically irreversible procedure include infection and deformity of the ear, which is often caused by poor technique or poor healing.

The procedure only costs about $600, but the price to deal with serious complications may have a long lasting impact that will require more than money to fix.

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Weekend at the Races

July 22nd, 2011

My winemaking pal of Napa Valley’s Kitchak Cellars  has too many hobbies!  I’m here with Peter Kitchak as he prepares for another race in his vintage Porsche at the Road America Race Track, Elkhart Lake, WI last weekend.  Peter’s vintage racecars at the track were under the expert supervision of race preparation of David Moore and his crew from Moorespeed, located in Austin, Texas.

We celebrated Peter’s First Place qualifying finish by sharing a bottle of our 2006 Adagio that recently received a Double Gold medal at the 2011 San Francisco International Wine Competition in June.

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