December 10th, 201201201What’s your blood count? Blood pressure? Bone density? PSA? If it is abnormal, odds are that you will want it to be normal.Like much of what we do, treating the numbers is often naïve, and sometimes harmful, no matter how well intentioned
October 22nd, 201231903Drug companies are generally getting exactly the results they want from the clinical trials they pay for, and this is especially worrisome because between two-thirds and three-quarters of the trials published in the major medical journals are funded by industry
July 7th, 201201408Collectively doctors have become too eager to prescribe medications and patients too eager to take them.Change needs to occur at multiple levels. For the individual patient the question is do I really need a tablet?
April 14th, 201211329Labeling children is bad at the best of times. Labeling them so that self appointed “experts” can save them from all sorts of future problems by intervention at age two would be laughable except there is a risk it may be taken seriously.
March 16th, 201201217There has been a lot of debate about conflicts of interest in medicine. Doctors cannot wear two hats. Either they can work for industry or sit on panels advising health authorities. They cannot do both.
November 4th, 201121249It is way to easy to create a crisis in health.We need to be very suspicious of claims about health crises and large numbers of people having disease that they do not yet know about.