Dr. Verigin’s Comment: The Ravages of Modern Medicine

Part 2 of a series in Biosis, our office’s quarterly newsletter By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. – Wayne Dyer We must learn to rethink medicine. We must learn never to discredit something, be it a hypothesis or just a …

Risk & Perspective

Another year, another Shark Week, and another flurry of criticism about how such programming demonizes the animal and creates totally out-of-proportion fear. A nifty graphic that briefly made the rounds on Facebook last week shows just how out-of-proportion: For any number of reasons, people just aren’t very good at evaluating risks – something that’s also …

Follow-up: Medical Damage

Another fascinating – if disconcerting – study on “preventive” double mastectomy came out recently. That procedure made big news earlier this year, you may recall, when Angelina Jolie announced that she had gone this route. And as we noted then, she’s hardly the only one. One study we mentioned found that nearly 20% of women …

2012 Flu Season Hits New Hypes

Sampling flu-related headlines, one thing you can be sure of: the hysteria continues. The epidemic may be easing – or not. There’s a vaccine shortage or not. (Taking no chances, Delaware has lifted its Thimerosal ban, mercury exposure be damned.) You can also rest assured that there’s profit in panic and a “trendy” new excuse …

Unhealthy Satisfaction

We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: More medicine is not necessarily better medicine. It’s just more medicine – a point highlighted by a recent study on “patient satisfaction” in Archives of Internal Medicine: The authors – four family medicine doctors at UC Davis – suggest that in a healthcare marketplace in which …

Scrutiny Under the Headlines

Earlier this month, we groused a bit about scare-mongering, drug-privileging headlines on some worthwhile news stories. It didn’t take long for similar examples to pop up. For instance, there was the Consumer Reports Health Blog item on choosing a safe acupuncturist, which came under the headline “How Safe Is Your Acupuncturist?” (a type of headline …