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How to care for patients who are personal health researchers

The ability to access health information via the Internet is creating a generation of empowered, informed patients. While this is almost always beneficial to both patients and the patient-physician relationship, it does call for changes to traditional counseling methods. Widespread access to myriad health information sources has divided patients into two subsets: those...

An interview with an American doctor working in Canada

A couple of weeks ago I visited Canada. It was my first visit in a very long time. We were in Ontario, spending most of the time in the Toronto area, and also getting to visit the majestic Niagara Falls for the day. I’ve heard so much over the years about the differences...

Are we medicalizing everything?

“A condition counts as a disease independently of whether there is safe and effective treatment.” - Journal of Medicine & Philosophy, August 2017 What is a disease anyway? Mrs. Jones is 90 years old and frequently experiences episodes of chest pain. She has numerous partially blocked coronary arteries, and her physician has told her to...

We shouldn’t be surprised that there is an opioid crisis when medicine is operated as a business

Future generations will look back on the opioid epidemic as the greatest tragedy of modern medicine. The recent 60 Minutes special about drug distributors really highlights that manufacturing and prescribing opiates was never about the best interest of patients. The pharma companies saw a business opportunity that could be exploited by offering patients...

Lessons in doctoring from Paul McCartney

I learned a good lesson in doctoring from Paul McCartney. Sir Paul, if we want to get formal about it. My wife and I went to one of his shows, and aside from re-living the soundtrack of our lives, we also were struck by how fresh and personal the concert felt. If you...

Licensed Practical Nursing Schools :Tips

Consider This many people are exploring the opportunities that are involved with nursing fast tracks like licensed practical nursing schools offer. {Nurses have a great role to fill in when they are already practicing in the field. They are the connection between the patient and the doctor. Nurses are the ones that act out the...

Choose your tribe wisely

One of the most important things my mother taught me was to choose my friends intelligently. From a very young age, I remember my mother quoting Proverbs to me and telling me this, “Choose your counsel wisely.” The older I get, the more I believe who I allow to influence me plays an...

What would it be like if we said hello to everyone in our communities?

My first memory of encountering a person who appeared to have no place to live was during my first year of college at UCLA. A man was sitting outside a mini-mart, his legs crossed and his hair long. He looked tired, and his clothes had stains on them. Feeling pity for him, I...

Dos and don’ts for patients who consult Dr. Google

Dear patient, I meet people several like you on a daily basis. It is always a pleasure to meet you since you come much more prepared compared to the average patient. I have seen you with several sheets of paper or even a notebook, a list of questions and an extra sheet of paper...

In Honor Of National Diabetes Month-2 Silver Bullets For Sugar Balance

IN HONOR OF "NATIONAL DIABETES MONTH" CRAVING TOO MUCH SUGAR? 2 SILVER BULLETS FOR SUGAR BALANCE NOW! Did you know that the average American consumes more than 120 pounds of sugar per year, which is approximately 45 teaspoons per day? Did you know that recent statistics have shown that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese and that...

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