Concierge Medicine Provides Options Ahead of Obamacare Deadline

January 29th, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

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

ObamaCare – A Trojan Horse of Paper Mache

January 2nd, 2014 By Steven Knope, MD

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

Gratification: Mean Doctors and Marshmallows

December 9th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

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

October 4, 1984 & Libby Zion: The Day Medicine Changed Forever

November 7th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

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

Does It Matter If Your Doctors Oppose ObamaCare? Part 2 – The Antidote to Malaise

October 14th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

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

Does it Matter if Your Doctors Oppose ObamaCare? Part 1

August 21st, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

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

Fish Oil Stinks!

August 1st, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

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.

Dr. Steven Knope debates Andrew Weil on integrative medicine theories, techniques, and the use of LSD for medical treatment.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

Just what is wrong with you?! – How we diagnose mental illness in America

July 8th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD
For those of us who grew up in the Midwest, this was a question that virtually all children heard from their mothers at one time or another. Seemingly rhetorical, the question was meant to convey the message that there must be something seriously wrong with any young boy who would put his sister’s Barbie doll in the garbage disposal and then flip the switch. Of course, young boys exhibit such inexplicable behavior on a regular basis.… Read the rest

Can Statin Drugs Impair Your Fitness?

June 6th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

Cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins – medications such as Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, and Pravachol – have been getting their share of bad publicity. Recent press reports have shown possible links between the use of statin drugs and the development of dementia and diabetes. If this were not enough, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has shown that the drug Zocor may actually impair the development of aerobic fitness associated with exercise.… Read the rest

The IRS and ObamaCare: A Marriage Made In Hell

May 17th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

The United States Constitution was printed on 6 pages of paper. You can carry a small copy in your pocket and nobody will even know. By contrast, the IRS Tax Code is now 73,954 pages long. The Tax Code is so complex and fraught with pitfalls that I do not even attempt to do my own taxes. As the latest IRS scandal unfolds regarding the targeting of specific Americans for their political beliefs, it is that little Constitution that will be used to defend against the powerful IRS bureaucracy.… Read the rest