During the last installment of The Pearl, I wrote about the great social discovery of our time – the realization that you can change your gender like a pair of Nikes. We need no longer feel bound by our X or Y chromosomes. The double-helix is dead and DNA is irrelevant. In their place is Governor Moonbeam, broadcasting new-age wisdom from his intellectual death star on the planet California. In this new era of pick-your-own-gender, Moonbeam has been waging war on biology and science.… Read the rest
A sentinel species is an animal used by human beings to detect early threats in the environment. The classic example is the canary in the coal mine. Well into the 20th century, canaries were carried into the mines to detect the presence of deadly carbon monoxide gas. Canaries react to carbon monoxide faster than people, so if the canary dies, it is a warning to the miner that he has only a few minutes to get out.… Read the rest
“There is nothing new under the sun” is an idiom that dates back to biblical times. In some ways, it still feels true today. This is because much of human nature has not changed over time. If we pick up a newspaper we see that politicians are still lying, poverty is still with us and people are still being murdered every day – usually at the hands of someone they knew. On the positive side, we still see acts of heroism.… Read the rest
I was recently interviewed for a Concierge Medicine article that was just posted on the blog site Bargaineering.com. This gave me the opportunity to discuss the changes to the Concierge Medicine market in the past few months since the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was passed and what I predict for the near future. I provide a bit of advice on how to discover just the right doctor for you; someone who you feel comfortable with and will answer your questions and be available when you need them.… Read the rest
Over the past several months, I’ve been silent on the subject of ObamaCare. But as the controversy has grown, I’ve received numerous requests for an update on this law. In this piece I will go beyond outlining the problems and will explain what is at the heart of the law, why the American people were deceived, and why this law will not survive.
Since October of 2013 when ObamaCare was launched, we have witnessed one disaster after another.… Read the rest
On some level, I would like to believe that I am a compassionate man. I really do care about people. However, I do not operate under the delusion that I was endowed with a copy of the Mother Theresa gene. When problem solving – especially when dealing with weight loss, smoking cessation, or substance abuse – I take a rather direct approach with my patients. As a result, I have been told on more than one occasion that I am “mean.” Really?!… Read the rest
Patients have often commented to me that “younger doctors seem different” than the doctors that they grew up with. Without getting into the details of my patients’ perceptions, the overall sense is that younger doctors see medicine as more of a job than a calling. I would agree that there are differences and the reason for these differences can be explained by history.
This newsletter is devoted to a little-known piece of medical history that changed American medicine forever.… Read the rest
In Part 1 of this newsletter I addressed the demoralization of many physicians in this country. I discussed why doctors are leaving medicine and retiring early. This letter is devoted to a significant portion of my patients who have been experiencing their own kind of malaise.
A couple of months ago a patient whom I’ve known for years came to my office for a routine visit. Her husband is a recently retired dentist and she was his office manager.… Read the rest
This will be the first of a two-part newsletter. In Part 1, I will explain why many doctors are leaving medicine. Next month, I will explain why some of us have decided to stay – not only in body, but in mind and in spirit.
So that my comments today are not interpreted as sour grapes, understand that ObamaCare has not been bad for my practice. In fact, patient-concern over ObamaCare has caused my practice to grow.… Read the rest
For those of you who have read my previous blogs, you are familiar with my stance on vitamins, supplements, and “alternative medicine.” Though this topic is an entertaining example of human folly, taking untested supplements carries some real risks. Unlike the act of believing in Santa Claus, believing in untested substances is far from harmless. When you go down this path you are ingesting compounds that quite literally alter your body chemistry.
Speaking of Santa Claus and alternative medicine, for those of you who are new to my philosophy, I direct you to a short video in which I went toe-to-toe in a televised debate with Santa himself – none other than Dr.… Read the rest