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What you learn doing abortions after 20 weeks

Residency doesn’t prepare you for listening to someone you have never met pleading over the phone for help, their breathless desperation as they try to tell their sad story between sobs, intertwined with intimate details. They would say random, heart breaking things like, “What do we do with the crib?” They were similar in many … Continue reading

We should treat AR-15 semi-automatic rifles like drop down cribs

There is a strangulation hazard for infants in drop down cribs. In 10 years there were at least 32 infants deaths directly attributable to this style of crib, so the standards were changed in 2011. Since 2011 no new cribs have been made with a drop down feature. When all crib deaths were reviewed there … Continue reading

When a rapist gets 6 months it means rape isn’t a serious injury

In California battery is defined as “the willful touching of another in a harmful or offensive manner and the person touched suffers serious bodily injury as a result.” (California Penal Code 243d). If the battery occurred during a misdemeanor the sentencing is typically up to 1 year, if it was during a felony then the … Continue reading

Rape isn’t about alcohol it’s about criminal intent

I was 19 years old and it was at the first big party of medical school…    

Don’t remove your own IUD. Here’s why.

Removing one’s own IUD is apparently “a thing.” There are even YouTube videos of women sharing their experiences. If you can get a medical degree from Google then why not get your OB/GYN residency from YouTube? All kidding aside, I’m a GYNO and I’m going to explain why you shouldn’t. It’s not that people can’t … Continue reading

New study proves fetal tissue needed for research

A new study on a small group of patients with a history of stroke and significant motor deficits has produced astonishing results. Adult stem cells were injected directly into the stroke damaged area of the brain for eighteen patients who were 6 months to 3 years out from their stroke. Patients had clinically meaningful recovery. … Continue reading

The ethics of claiming you were called to assess Prince for addiction

I was shocked to hear that an addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Kornfeld whose clinic is coincidentally in my neck of the woods, has come forward (or rather had his lawyer come forward) claiming his team was assessing Prince for possible addiction therapy. This is from the Minneapolis StarTribune: Dr. Howard Kornfeld, a national authority on … Continue reading

Gywneth Paltrow promotes “Psychologist Astrologer” because magic is the new medicine

  In her ongoing bid to strip science from health care Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP is featuring a “Psychologist Astrologer,” Dr. Jennifer Reed. What on earth does a psychologist astrologer do, you ask? Apparently someone who offers “comprehensive birth chart readings that go well beyond character-defining traits to address the way you interact with the world—and … Continue reading

How did Andrew Wakefield get Tribeca to accept his anti-vax film?

By now most people have heard about the controversy surrounding Tribeca, Robert De Niro and Andrew Wakefield. If you haven’t here’s the short version. Wakefield directed a film, Vaxxed, that was accepted to the Tribeca film festival. The trailer looks like a one way trip down a rabbit hold of conspiracy theories. The fact that such … Continue reading

Stress and a bad diet can cause chronic pain, just ask my cat

As a pain medicine physician one of the hardest parts of my job is to get people to buy into the idea that addressing stress or anxiety or sleep or nutrition doesn’t mean I think their pain is “all in their head” or that I am not taking their pain seriously. Or both. Chronic pain … Continue reading

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