Reflections

Confronting the Challenge Of Pharmaceutical Pollution

By Erik Goldman

The world has a drug problem. A drug pollution problem, that is. Infiltration of potentially bioactive drug metabolites into waterways and groundwater is a widespread and growing phenomenon affecting nearly every region of the planet. According to a recent worldwide study, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) have been detected in streams and rivers on every continent, […]

A Clinic on the Edge of Hell: Naturopathic Care at the Ukrainian Border

By Janet Gulland, Contributing Writer

For the past decade, Dr. Decker Weiss has been splitting his time between his home base in Carefree, AZ, and makeshift emergency clinics on the borders of Hell. Weiss, a naturopathic physician (Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine ’97) with advanced training in cardiology, has undertaken multiple medical missions to refugee camps, disaster sites, and regions […]

New Surveys Show Impact of Politics on Public Health

By Kristen Schepker

A massive online survey of more than 5 million Americans shows that political affiliation is a major factor influencing peoples’ decisions about the Covid-19 vaccines. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with CMU’s Delphi Group, culled and analyzed data on vaccine attitudes from a larger national Covid survey […]

A Pandemic of Distrust

By Erik Goldman

Last summer, the Biden administration took an unprecedented and, to my mind, dangerous step when it pushed Facebook to block the accounts of twelve prominent vaccine critics. The move was fueled by a report from the UK-based Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) which stated that these individuals are responsible for 73% of all anti-vaccine […]

Single-Payer Healthcare, Just Not THAT Single-Payer

By Grant Jackson, MD, Contributing Writer

Among his many celebrated lines, Scottish economist Adam Smith–the original spokesman for capitalism—wrote in 1776: “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest.”  Ahhh, the free market, in which our rational self-interests will keep all of […]

Parasites Lost: Helminths, Pleiotropy, and The Prevention of Dementia

By Michael McEvoy, Contributing Writer

The ability to link specific genetic features with particular diseases is among molecular biology’s greatest achievements. But there’s a downside to that scientific triumph: it has oversimplified the picture of the relationships between genotype, environmental factors, gene expression, and health or illness, and created blind spots in our understanding. The truth is, there are many […]

Loneliness: The Other Pandemic

By Grant Jackson, MD, Contributing Writer

In the late 1950s, toward the end of her life, psychiatrist Frieda Fromm Reichmann sat by a catatonic patient in the hospital.  Inspired by an unexplainable hunch, she asked how lonely the patient was.  The young woman raised her hand with her thumb extended and the rest of the fingers folded under.  Dr. Fromm-Reichmann, an […]

Psychedelics: The Next Revolution In Healthcare

By Erik Goldman

A phase 3 study of psychotherapy with the addition of MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine) shows that inclusion of this psychedelic compound can markedly reduce the symptom burden of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and improve quality of life, compared with psychotherapy plus a placebo. The study, hailed as a landmark on the long road toward legitimizing medical use […]

From Music Gear to Medical PPE: How D’Addario Stepped Up to COVID-19

By Erik Goldman

The D’Addario musical accessories company has been through many ups and downs since its founder Carmine D’Addario (aka Charles) emigrated to Astoria, New York, in 1905, and began making sheep gut guitar strings in a shop behind his house.  But in 4 generations, the company had never ceased operations completely. Then COVID-19 hit the US. […]

Financial Fixes for Physicians

By Grant Jackson, MD, Contributing Writer

We doctors spend years training to take care of patients, but we get little if any financial education.  There is no financial planning or tax strategy rotation in residency. But there should be, because far too many of us discover later on in our careers that not only are we losing sleep over our patients, […]