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

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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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The Day I wore a Superhero Cape

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The day my son heard me take that business call, I laughed so hard, I worried that my tear ducts would dry right up. Allow me to set up the scene. The kids and I are in our family car, driving up our street and into the driveway, back from an activity, when a call comes in. It’s work. The powers […]

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Artery-Appeasing Arugula Side Salad

top view of my colorful arugula salad. You can see the beets, and tomatoes peeking through the arugula leaves.

Health Benefits of Arugula Arugula’s benefits are vast, ranging from its vitamins and minerals, to its low caloric content, aiding in weight loss and fitness attainment. Studies have found that vitamin A and flavonoid compounds in green leafy vegetables like arugula help to protect us from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers. Studies such as this […]

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