Low carbohydrate, low fat diet and obesity, diabetes

A passionate but, most importantly, scientifically sound presentation on the bad advice to which the American public has been victim for the last 30 years. As some have put it, we have been the subjects of the largest non-randomized uncontrolled trial ever put forth. And the results are not positive.

For more see here and here.

The Singularity is further than it appears

This was a very interesting series of posts by Ramez Naam, author of the novel Nexus.

The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears

Why AIs Won’t Ascend in the Blink of an Eye – Some Math

Can We Merge Minds and Machines?

How many cells are in the human body?

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/23/how-many-cells-are-in-your-body/

This is not a trivial question.

Bureaucratic Frustration

One physician’s creative response to bureaucratic frustration

I love this. People don’t realize that insurance companies increase the cost of healthcare by millions, if not billions of dollars each year by forcing physicians or their office staff to waste countless hours on hold.

Why is the doctor angry?

A recent post on thehealthcareblog.com resonated with me. A patient of the author did not follow through with his treatment plan and badness ensued as a result:

Did we rush to the emergency room, to salvage his life? Of course. Were there innumerable tests, complex treatments, multiple consults and an ICU admission? You bet.  Did I patiently explain to him what was happening? Yes. Did I look him in the eye and tell him that I was upset, that he had neglected his own care by not reaching out and in doing so he violated the basic tenants of a relationship which said that he was the patient and I was the doctor?  Did I remind him what I expect from him and what he can expect from me?  You better believe it, I was really pissed!

The practice of medicine for most doctors is fueled by a passion to help our fellowman.  This is not a vague, misty, group hug sort of passion. This is a tear-down-the-walls and go-to-war passion.  We do not do this for money, fame, power or babes; we do this because we care.  Without an overwhelming desire to treat, cure and alleviate suffering, it would not be possible to walk into an oncology practice each morning. Therefore, just as we expect a lot of ourselves, we darn well expect a lot out of our patients.

I’m still early in my career and have not had something this severe happen, but I have answered calls from ERs about my patients who did not refill their medications in time and had a seizure or and MS flair. I do my best to keep them doing what they want to do and out of the hospital, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Practicing medicine is frustrating and often thankless, but I still love it.