How To Evaluate Web-based Health Information

Millions of consumers are using the Internet to get health information. And thousands of Web sites are offering health information. Some of those sites are reliable and up-to-date; some are not. How can you tell the good from the bad? First, it’s important to carefully consider the source of information and then to discuss the […]

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Study Shows Placebo Effect Doesn't Explain Acupuncture

So often, people think that acupuncture works because we believe that it does (part and parcel of the placebo effect).  I can tell you, it works on animals other than humans, and they don’t ‘want’ it to work.  Now a study published in Spine Magazine showed that patients’ expectation of relief from acupuncture had little or no […]

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Taoism Is Coming Back (Did it ever leave?)

As many of you know, much of the philosophy of our clinic and clinicians here at Rapid Relief is informed by Daoism (another spelling).  A friend made us aware of a recent article in the New York Times on China’s (overt) resurgence of Daoism, and we’re reposting the link here.

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Doing Nothing is Good for Your Brain

Many new studies are checking out the effects of our constant barrage of information and what it’s doing to our brains and bodies.  I often notice that I’ll check email on my phone or read the New York Times in the tiny bits of time I have while waiting in line for a movie or […]

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My Latest Health Diatribe (Seeing The Matrix)

As a patient, and as a doctor, I’m frustrated. No, that doesn’t really say it. I’m pissed off.  I’m angry about the way people are treated by their doctors, their HMOs, PPOs, even their health savings accounts.  I’m angry about the way that people are treated because they’re not treated as people at all.  They […]

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Doctors Regularly Prescribe Placebos

According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, U.S. doctors regularly give placebo treatments such as vitamins, sedatives or even antibiotics to patients, even though in many cases these doctors don’t expect such treatments to help the patient’s underlying disease.

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A Couple of Highly Recommended Reads

I wish I had more time to read fiction.  Instead, the time that I do have to read is generally taken with current topics in healthcare so that I can keep up with my patients’ needs.  One recent read was the poorly-titled but well-written “Anti-Cancer” by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD.  A research doctor who got […]

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Ideas for Dealing With Insomnia

By Lilly Rogers, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Insomnia is more than tossing and turning. It’s more serious than an inability to fall asleep early and has more debilitating effects than are commonly recognized. An estimated 32 million people suffer from insomnia in the U.S. Oriental medicine, with its focus on healing whole syndromes rather […]

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