The Murder of Medical Expertise

What is happening to academic medicine? Why are physicians relinquishing our discipline into nothingness? Nearly a year ago, I wrote a blog about the value of medical education and its progress from the pre-Flexner period. (https://authenticmedicine.com/2019/11/an-education-about-medical-education/). Because of education matters. When exactly did it become the norm for medical students/residents to present cases to non-physician…

No study needed. Stoned Drivers Pose Deadly Threat

An editorial in the Boston Herald proclaimed “No study needed: Stoned drivers pose deadly threat.” The Associated Press recently disclosed the results of two new studies attempting to determine the impact on traffic deaths in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Both suggested that laws legalizing recreational marijuana may lead to more traffic fatalities. We wouldn’t think…

Your Privacy Breached Over & Over

The federal government issues thousands of press releases every year when there is a breach of patient privacy. And whom do you think received most of this attention? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and CVS Health. These are the entities with the most complaints and very few, if any, consequences. Can you imagine the media attention independent…

What Do You Stand For?

It has been said, that “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”. To be truly independent, on this great day of American Independence you need to know where you stand on the major cornerstones of your life (Personal, Spiritual, Material, Fitness and Financial). A strong personal philosophy on each of these…

Ass Umptions: Nurse practitioners – A solution to America’s primary care crisis

            What is an “Ass Umption?” A neologism inferring a ridiculous notion. But as the old saying goes “making assumptions makes an ass out of you and me.” This is a follow up to a prior recent blog: https://authenticmedicine.com/2020/06/point-counterpoint-nurse-practitioners-a-solution-to-americas-primary-care-crisis/. This article is tedious to review, so I will review in small sections at a time. It seems…