Category Archives: Medicine

Dietary Research

Tweet Fat is one of the side effects of capitalism and freedom. Humans evolved under conditions where the search for food was constant. Accordingly, we were programmed to be always hungry. Now that food is available in many parts of the world in almost limitless quantities and at low cost, many of us are too…


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What is Drug Addiction?

Tweet The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) believes that drug addiction exists, while the psychiatrist’s handbook, the DSM 5, doesn’t use the term. The public and their political representatives believe addiction to be a major problem. Though there’s no reason to think they understand the issue any better than the doctors who make a…


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The ESRD Program and Single Payer Medicine

Tweet In 1972 the nephrology community convinced congress to pay for the treatment of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Thus, the federal government assumed fiscal responsibility for chronic dialysis and kidney transplantation. We sold the program by telling congress that it would save lives (true) and that it would not be very expensive…


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Psychiatric Diagnoses Are “Scientifically Meaningless”

Tweet A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders. Lead researcher Dr Kate Allsopp, University of Liverpool, said: “Although diagnostic labels create the illusion of an explanation they are scientifically meaningless and can create stigma and prejudice. I hope these findings…


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Women Physicians Make Less Than Male Doctors

Tweet Medscape is a web publication geared towards physicians. They have examined the disparity between the income difference between men and women physicians. The latter make less. This is similar to the differences in earning noted in other occupations. They issue an annual  physician compensation report. The 2019 report is here. According to their 2019…


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The Dozen Most Important Advances in Medicine

Tweet Below are what I think the most important advances in medicine since there was such a discipline. With the exception of the first development they are not listed by importance. But the first is so important that it out ranks all the remaining 11 combined. Many of the following discoveries are interrelated. The reader…


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Elderly Go Blind as NHS Ignores Eye Surgery Rationing Advice

Tweet The startling title is the headline from an article in the Times of London. Below are the first two paragraphs from the story: Tens of thousands of elderly people are left struggling to see because of an NHS cost-cutting drive that relies on them dying before they can qualify for cataract surgery, senior doctors…


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Rights, Entitlements, and the Cost of Medical Care

Tweet The post previous to this one presented two links. The first was to an article that detailed the upcoming financial failure of Medicare. The second was to an article that outlined Senator Bernie Sanders plan to provide Medicare for all. The unstated implication was that if we couldn’t pay for the Medicare we have…


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Some Things Speak for Themselves

Tweet Medicare to go broke three years earlier than expected, trustees say. Bernie Sanders Unveils ‘Medicare for All’ Bill.


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Alzheimer’s Disease as an Infectious Disease

Tweet In 2005 Barry Marshall and Robert Warren received the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery that about 75% of peptic ulcer disease was infectious – secondary to infection with H pylori, a bacterium. Earlier studies had shown that viruses could cause certain forms of cancer. Kaposi’s sarcoma was a prominent feature of the…


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