(random riffs on topics medical)

My life is wired by Steve Jobs and Apple.  When I was a kid, my first computer was an Apple IIc, followed by Macintosh Plus for college.  In residency, I used a Newton for a while to take notes on patients.  I have a MacBook, an iPod (I’ve actually had 3Read full post »

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MARCH 30, 2010 9:46AM

Jenny McCarthy vs. Jenny McCarthy

It can be hard to keep track of your own opinions.  Just ask Jenny McCarthy, who can't quite seem to keep her rhetoric about autism and vaccines straight,  often in the span of one interview!


On the concept of vaccines

"I think vaccines are one of the greatest things ever

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MARCH 28, 2010 2:30PM

Huffington Post Health Watch: HuffPo Gets it Right?

Did April Fools' Day come early at the Huffington Post?

 I couldn't help but ask myself that when I came across some Tweets about a post on it called "Is Jenny McCarthy Afraid of the Truth About Autism?" The essay is by a journalist from Iceland named Iris Erlingsdottir, who is th… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 8, 2009 9:59AM

Huffington Post Health Watch: Dr. Dean Ornish's Infomercial

Dr. Dean Ornish seems to be getting too much inspiration from other Huffington Post Living Section bloggers, who appear on the site when they need to promote themselves and their friends.  

 In what can be described as nothing other than an informercial, Ornish, the Post's Medical Editor,&n… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 4, 2009 11:27PM

Medical Malpractice Revisited on NPR

 I appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation last Monday to discuss my Salon article on medical malpractice reform.   To no surprise, I was on hot seat in the virtual doctor's lounge, as physicians called in with their concerns--and gripes--about my point of view that tort re… Read full post »

There is plenty to criticize in our bungling trek toward health reform.  Leaders on the right, left and at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue  have sidestepped the crucial conversation of controlling the cost of care, in favor of partisan rhetoric about "death panels" and  "rationing care." &nbs… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 10:23AM

Regina Holliday & The Art of Health Reform

73 Cents Mural - Nurse turned away from the patient

If you want to get insights into the problems of our health care system, you should certainly listen to policy makers like Peter Orzag, browse economist Uwe Rhinehardt's blog, or read Atul Gawande's recent article in the New Yorker.

But you should also look at a mural by Washington DCRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 8:24PM

What does Joe Wilson really believe about health care?

Like most people, I had never heard of Joe Wilson until his angry outburst in the biggest town hall of them all, the U.S. Congress.  Unfortunately for him, it's hard to see Wilson beyond anything other than a symbol of everything that's wrong with modern American politicRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 11:21PM

Huffington Post Health Watch: Mark Hyman's Faux Autism Cure


The Huffington Post

As the author of several best-selling books about health and wellness, and one who runs a prestigious wellness center on the East Coast, Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the most recognized medical experts on the Huffington Post.  Hyman helped to pioneer functional medicine, a sRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 3:17PM

Huffington Post Health Watch: OrnishCare

The Huffington Post



It looks like the Huffington Post's honorary/unpaid Medical Editor, Dr.Dean Ornish, walked into the same trap that Whole Foods CEO John Mackey did.

 Mackey got a lot of flack when he wrote an oped in the Wall Street Journal on health care reform, one in which he/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 28, 2009 9:19AM

Michael Steele Vs. Michael Steele

It's hard to figure out where the Republican Party stands on health care reform.  Just ask Chairman Michael Steele, who seems as vexed as you, me and everybody else. 

Just take these side-by-side excerpts form Steele's oped piece in the Washington Post and his follow-up interviewRead full post »

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AUGUST 25, 2009 1:04AM

Huffington Post Health Watch: Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

The Huffington Post

Click on the Living Section of the Huffington Post today (August 24, 2009) and you'll see large photo of a woman rubbing her breasts. 

 The large lavander-colored  headline above it "Protect Your Breasts With Vitamin D"

The post is written by Dr. Christiane Northrup, wh… Read full post »

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AUGUST 24, 2009 12:48AM

Who Is Losing the Health Care Debate? You Are.



Over the past month, our national discussion about health care has gone from bad to worse to embarrassing.  

That's because any dialogue about how to fix health care--like refocusing on making the primary care-patient doctor relationship stronger, using electronic medical… Read full post »

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AUGUST 21, 2009 6:21PM

Let's Keep "Personal Responsiblity" in Perspective



 Off and on during the current health reform debate, politicians, leaders and pundits have raised the issue personal responsibility. For instance, take these now infamous comments from the John Mackey, the CEO of Wh… Read full post »

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JULY 29, 2009 10:15PM

More thoughts on The Huffington Post

my piece in Salon, "The Huffington Post is Crazy About Your Health" focuses on the dubious medical advice espoused by many of  its bloggers.  Here are some more thoughts about the Post and Ms. Huffington.


In her 2006 book, On Being Fearless, Arianna Huffington wrote abRead full post »

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JULY 23, 2009 1:59PM

Health Reform and Obama's Leadership Style

By all accounts this is crunch time for President Obama on health care reform, and things couldn’t be more tenuous.  In the past several weeks, we’ve seen unified Republican opposition to his ideas, a revolt against reform from leaders inside his own political party, and the head of/… Read full post »

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JULY 12, 2009 12:22AM

Health Care Apples & Oranges




When I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, there was this local TV show my dad used to enjoy watching called “Fight Back with David Horowitz.”  Basically, Horowitz, a TV reporter and consumer advocate, used to put the claims a manufacturer made about thei/… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2009 6:25PM

Grading the Gates Foundation

A recent study in Lancet becomes the first study to pull back the curtain on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its impact on global health.  

Since the money the Gates Foundation spends on global health (61% of its total $2.01 billion budget)  is&… Read full post »

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JULY 2, 2009 12:09AM

Is Wal-Mart Leading the Charge for Health Care Reform?

Last Wednesday's  headline in the Wall Street Journal may have surprised you.  It read:  "Wal-Mart Backs Drive to Make Companies Pay for Health Coverage."   The article discussed Wal-Mart's open support for an employer mandate requiring all but small businesses to provid… Read full post »

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JUNE 17, 2009 1:39AM

How Relevant is the American Medical Association?



 Like most doctors yesterday, I was in the busy seeing a full schedule of patients when President Obama addressed members of the American Medical Association at their annual meeting in Chicago.  The speech was billed as a crucial confron/Read full post »

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JUNE 9, 2009 11:23AM

Oprah Responds to Her Critics (sort of)

Late last week Oprah Winfrey, amid growing criticism of how she covers health issues on her show, issued a statement defending herself:

"For 23 years, my show has presented thousands of topics that reflect the human experience, including doctors' medical advice and personal health stories that h… Read full post »

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JUNE 5, 2009 2:25AM

Name That MD, Round Deux

game show alpha 

With Summer upon us, I thought it would be nice to lighten things up with a little medical contest. 

Early OS'ers will probably recall "Name that MD, Round 1" last summer, where I put up pictures of doctors (real or imaginary). You then can participate in the quiz and sco/… Read full post »

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MAY 29, 2009 1:57PM

How Bad is Violent Media?


We've become accustomed the notion that media violence is bad for children, and that exposure to it can lead to all kinds of problems, including violent behavior.  Those us who remember Columbine in 1999 will certainly recall  reports that the killers played the videogame Doo… Read full post »

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MAY 23, 2009 10:20AM

More on Daniel Hauser from DailyKos

A post, "Yes, Actually I CAN Judge the Chemo Kid"  , on DailyKos in response to my piece Don't Judge the Chemo Kid" about Daniel Hauser, caught my eye.  It's written by a blogger who goes by the name Turkana, who is a cancer survivor.  

 After an excerpt of my piece… Read full post »

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MAY 14, 2009 9:05PM

More on Bioidentical Hormones



My column this month in Salon criticizes Oprah Winfrey's approach to science and medicine.   A lot of the piece focuses on Bioidentical Hormones (BH), which Winfrey's guests endorsed in two episodes that aired earlier this year, one featuring Robin McGraw /… Read full post »