Category Archives: Human Behavior

Is It All In Your Head?

Every doctor struggles with patients with somatic symptom disorder - or SSD to use the snappy new acronym that the DSM - 5 now calls it. A wonderfully insightful and informative new book  Is It All in Your Head – true stories of imaginary illness by Suzanne O’Sullivan, MD, consultant in neurology and neurophysiology at National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England helps explain it.

It is the subject of this month's column in the Free Lance-Star.

The doctor can't find anything wrong. The patient insists there's something wrong; It's an inflammatory situation.

Dogs, CleanFreaks and Healthy Babies.

Here’s a report of some exciting new research that has a multitude of storylines. It hits on: The importance of the microbiome to many aspects of our health – allergies and obesity in particular. Having a dog (or more precisely “a furry pet”) can influence the microbiome of babies – even before they’re born. It’s…
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How You Can Know Making Medical Decisions

The latest twist in men’s prostates is very opportune.   I should of course say the latest twist in the long and acrimonious debate about whether men should be screened for prostate cancer by measuring their prostate specific antigen. By doing a PSA blood test. Is very opportune. [caption id="attachment_2322" align="alignnone" width="540"] A Much Debated…
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A New-Old Gross Dietary Practice

Here is another instance of my being out of touch with some of the modern, if bizarre, quasi-medical stuff that people get up to.   I had written a piece for the local tabloid, Front Porch (which I will post later or look on line http://frontporchfredericksburg.com/current-issue/), about a friend, Mandy, who is a doula –…
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