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From the late, great Placebo Journal

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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  1. t mcglone says:

    I am allergic to epinephrine
    I am allergic to cortisone

    • Jeff Anderson says:


      Sorry, I couldn’t help it. I have low adrenal function, so I AM SENSITIVE to adrenaline. If my dentist uses the usual mix of caine + epi, I never go fully numb AND the partial anesthesia lasts up to 12 hours. If they remember to leave out the epi, then my jaw “disappears” for an hour or two. Needless to say, I always try to remind her!

      And the one about benadryl also brought a grin. The original diphenhydramine (spelling?) formula would knock me out for 18 hours straight, and I’d wake up tired. As a form of shorthand, many DOCTORS described my overreaction to the sedative effect as an “allergy to antihistamines”. I’m guessing that the current formula of benadryl has eliminated this side effect, right?

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