dr oz Enough already about Dr. Oz. Whichever side you happen to be on, we might collectively acknowledge that much of the noise being made about what is, at worst, a symptom, is itself an indication of a culture-wide disease. The fate of Ozymandias comes to mind. Science is Ozymandias. Soundbites are the ruin of it. In the case of the Oz ...

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shutterstock_118623196 I’ve been a doctor for more than 20 years, and I hate to break it to you, but it’s time I came clean: We lie. Doctors lie. Not always. Not necessarily on purpose. But we do. Sometimes the lies are to our patients. Sometimes, the lies are to our families. And sometimes the lies are to ourselves. But, nonetheless, we lie. A lot. ...

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Some doctors love to do procedures.  Stitching, skin biopsies, removal of ingrown toenails -- you name it, they’ll do it, and then they’ll ask for more.  In fact, I used to have a senior partner who actually told me he preferred doing procedures more than any other type of visit.  When I asked him why he enjoyed procedures so intensely, he shrugged and said, “Because I don’t have to think ...

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That first time there was a moist sweet smell, the hiss of oxygen and pictures of grandchildren on the wall. Unopened juice containers, papers, a Kindle, the phone and some plastic table wear, crowded the bedside stand. Jack was thin, tired, and the tightness of his eyes spoke of uncontrolled pain. “Oh, I know you. You took care of my wife’s friend. You’re the cancer doc.’ “Yes, that’s me, nice to meet ...

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shutterstock_100854067 I’m a U.S. family physician who has decided to relocate to Canada. The hassles of working in the dysfunctional health care “system” in the U.S. have simply become too intense. I’m not alone. According to a physician recruiter in Windsor, Ont., over the past decade more than 100 U.S. doctors have relocated to her city alone. More generally, the Canadian Institute ...

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shutterstock_112271348 Scene: Medical office, 9 a.m., waiting room full, chairs in hall full Players: 2 nurses, 1 clerk, 2 doctors, lots of patients Doc 1: “Hey, what’s up? I’m sitting on my ass here, and there’s a room full of patients waiting.” Nurse 1: “Hold on Doc, I’m almost done checking one in.” “So, Mrs. Smith, do you feel safe in your own home?” Patient 1: “It’s ...

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shutterstock_222269452 asco-logo A few months ago, I became aware of the ongoing measles outbreak that has been traced back to visits to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, which began in December 2014. I remember reading the news reports, including the defense of those who did not believe that vaccines are safe, and witnessed ...

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Some time ago, I engaged in a debate with a proponent of GMO labeling. His main point was that the information provided by labeling would allow consumers to make better decisions about what they eat. He went so far as to condense his argument into three simple words: “Knowledge is power.” What my opponent failed to mention is that the truth of this statement is conditional. Knowledge can be powerful, but ...

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shutterstock_82606081 A disclaimer before I even get started on this post. Some of you who know me or work with me will think that by writing this post I am talking about you or even attacking you. I am not. If you’re especially sensitive, don’t read any further. I am simply writing something that has been kicking around in my head for a long ...

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shutterstock_100776622 Everyone likes to be recognized for a special achievement or accomplishment. Every career has special awards and commendations for everything. While there’s no reward that matches cold hard cash, many of these honorable mentions have no tangible value whatsoever. Pull into a fast food parking lot and you may see a parking space designated with a sign proclaiming, employee of the ...

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