Category Archives: Briefs/Thoughts

Is This Self Prescribing OK?

The patient I saw in the clinic yesterday has fully embraced the Virginia senate’s unanimous vote decriminalizing medical marijuana it would seem.   Edward C. was my first patient, being seen for the first time. “He uses quite a lot of marijuana” the nurses who checked him in told me. “He smoked some this morning”…
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Beyond “You Are What You Eat.”

The idea that we are what we eat apparently was touted first by French lawyer and epicure Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in a meditation on the effect of gastronomie on gout in 1826. [caption id="attachment_2555" align="alignnone" width="836"] There's Many Ways Our Food Gets Contaminated[/caption]   The exact term “you are what you eat” was first used in…
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There are many influences that impact our health. Certainly poverty is associated with poor health – but it seems the shock of suddenly becoming impoverished is a health hazard of its own. [caption id="attachment_2539" align="alignnone" width="496"] Dropping Net Worth Will Crush You[/caption]   Researchers at Northwest University looked at the finances and health of 9,000…
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Does Our State Legislature Have a Neurological Deficit?

Neurology has a wonderful lexicon of terms for when the brain malfunctions in some way. You might get a clue to some neurological disorder when the patient is perseverating (he or she keeps repeating a word or phrase).   Or if they are confabulating (a disturbance of cerebration where the person comes up with fabricated…
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