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ZOMFG! I love teh crazies!

So I was checking out my incomming links on sitemeter and I found a great one. You see, fake diseases alway bring out the wackos. This is the thing about medical wackos. Not only do they think that they have diseases that no real doctor thinks exists, but they think everyone else must have it,…

Oy, my back

So, what’s up with low back pain? Well, here’s what’s up with mine: To quote from The Book of Pal: Just below the L4-L5 disc, behind L5 vertebral body on the right side, there is evidence of a large extradural soft tissue density measuring approximately 1.5 x 0.8 cm in its maximum vertical and anteroposterior…

Keeping ‘em alive

One of the frequent complaints I hear about real medicine is that it is dangerous. Of course, it’s true—so is riding in a train, but it sure beats walking. And that’s the danger of this particular fallacy—yes, medicine is a sharp tool, but it’s also an effective tool, so we must use it properly. And…

Some things I just don’t understand

I gotta admit that I just don’t get it. Perhaps it’s my overly narrow world-view, or perhaps it’s my lack of imagination, but I really don’t get it. Let me explain. I’ve got this horrid pain in my back and leg. It’s searing, aching, gnawing. My foot is numb, but still hurts. It tingles, feels…

Lipstick on a pig

It’s true that words matter, and that we who practice real medicine have often let cult medicine practitioners get the linguistic high ground. We’ve let them get away with calling non-science-based practices “alternative” and “complementary”, without really asking, “alternative to what?” or “does it really “complement, or just distract?” We’ve often ignored language, and when…

Woo-fully ignorant

I’ve written quite a bit of the need for good health reporting, and I’ve had the good fortune to talk to some terrific reporters. But bad reporters are easy to come by, which is kind of sad, especially since jobs are getting scarce. When this article came across my browser, something looked familiar. The Stamford…

What will January 20th do for medicine?

Make no little plans; they have no power to stir men’s blood. —Daniel Burnham The last eight years have seen subtle and not-so subtle predations on the practice of medicine. Will the new administration be able to promote the kind of change we need? Let’s review some of the challenges facing the Obama administration. Ethical…