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The Computer Will See You Now

  Patients complain enough already about the intrusion of IT into the consulting room. How the doctor spends all his time “looking at the damn computer.” But an audiobook I’m “reading” and a new research project from Stanford make me wonder when there’s going to be nothing but a computer.…

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Second Opinion On-Line

It’s not so uncommon to want or need a second opinion – especially if there’s doubt about what’s wrong with you or you are being told you need some particularly invasive surgery or poisonous chemo therapy for example. The problem is finding the right person; getting an appointment; physically getting…

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Question About Payment to Doctors

  Hey Patrick (cc Dad)   My Dad and I just looked up my sleep doctor and the government site for tracking “payments” to doctors from pharmaceutical and equipment companies, and were shocked to see his numbers… $56,000+ in the year 2016 alone. Take a look at https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/physician/74639/summary   What we…

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More Mindful-ness

Mindfulness seems to be very much in the news at the moment. It has become the “therapy du jour.” I wrote a brief post (see post on Mindfulness Stress Reduction ) following a service at the local Unitarian Fellowship by a Dr. John McLaughlin who teaches MBSR (mindfulness based stress…

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Mindfulness Stress Reduction

You may think of mindfulness as something practiced by Buddhist monks in some monastery in Tibet. But the ability to observe sensations, thoughts, emotions and our reaction to our environment in general, with detachment and without judgment, is proving to be useful tool in treating stress. This concept of mindfulness…

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