Take Things With a Migraine Of Salt

black and white image of an anonymous person's face, with some brown overlay for the face. He is holding his temples, as if in pain from a headache

I have a unique perspective in that I not only treat patients in the office who suffer from migraines but also happen to suffer from them too. In fact, I’ve had migraines since I was 12. I still remember the first day I ever had one. It left quite an impression in my memory bank because the […]

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Have You Hugged Your Doctor Today?

The value of hugs from your MD

Research seems to cover every random topic these days. Why, they’ve even studied hugs.   What The Studies Show Findings prove that hugs work to elevate both mood and physical health, even when it comes from the arms of a professional in an office, clad in white coat, aka me, your primary care doctor. There is so much personal […]

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My Main Squeezes: The Tools in My Life

Black and white tools, displayed all over the screen

Every profession has its tools. Now it’s true that good old fashioned history-taking can lead a clever physician to the root of an ailment. But often, along the way, we need our tools. In primary care, before I send patients out for imaging (one of the greatest tools invented), and after I use the best […]

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Your Body is a Wonderland

a vintage image of four men, and a woman, sitting around a cadaver, dissecting it, in black and white.

I remember working on cadavers in my anatomy class, back in the first year of medical school. It was in the basement of the building, locked tightly away. The students would huddle around an exam table, and look on, amazed gazes fixed on their faces, eyes as wide as can be. There would be buzzing of […]

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Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

horse with its mouth open

What is a PCP? A primary care doctor, like me, is someone who trains in the entire adult body, and helps in diagnosing and treating medical conditions, as well as referring out to specialists, when needed. But have you ever considered the seemingly endless possibilities that exist in a day in the life of a primary […]

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Plan Your Next Medicine-Toss

Coasters in white, in a pile, with gold lettering spelling out, "Hip Hip Hooray"

First, a quick definition. What Is A Polypharmacy? pol·y·phar·ma·cy ˌpälēˈfärməsē/ noun the simultaneous use of multiple drugs to treat a single ailment or condition. Are You Taking Part in a polypharmacy? If so, then listen up. There are, indeed, many patients out there, who can be classified under this term. Is it completely necessary? Or is it […]

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Attending a Tribute to Oliver Sachs

Oliver Sachs, stands in full color photo, holding a small replica of a brain in his right hand.

What was really enjoyable was watching all of the people that came into his life and basically fell in love with him. Also interesting was his not being taken seriously when younger by many of the publishing magazines while all the while a creative genius was standing behind the unrecognized work. Goes to show that perseverance and determination, as […]

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Sensationalism in Medicine

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I find a new study coming out practically every day. Many times, the studies actually contradict themselves. Take the following two examples. (1) Studies show that postmenopausal women who take calcium reduce their risk of osteoporosis (see this Study). Great. But it elevates your risk of cardiovascular disease (another Study). Ouch. But wait, no, it doesn’t (yet another Study). […]

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Should We ‘Salut’ on a Nightly Basis?

Wine Nightly- What does the medicine say?

At the turn of the century, we were already becoming aware of the positive effects of moderate alcohol use on heart disease. In the year 2000, a research article by the American Heart Association published in Circulation (read the full version here), showed that “several observational studies suggest that moderate alcohol intake reduces the risk […]

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