Bring In The Clowns

In another media story that means very little, clowns are being brought into a Canadian hospital to help get women pregnant.  Sound ridiculous?  Two professionally trained, university accredited medical clowns from Israel are presented a conference at the McGill University Health Centre’s reproductive centre about the link between clowning and fertility rates.  In a study of 219 women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments, 36 per cent of the women entertained for 15 minutes by a medical clown following the implantation of the embryo became pregnant, compared with 20 per cent for those who were not.   As an interesting side note, those 16% who became pregnant had babies born with red balls on their noses.

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] 

  6 comments for “Bring In The Clowns

  1. big picture doc
    May 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Another laugh! Thanks again.

  2. Pat Nagle
    May 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Who needs red balls?

  3. Stella Fitzgibbons MD
    May 9, 2012 at 8:49 am

    “Entertained”? You gotta be kidding. Clowns are SCARY.

  4. Larry Kutner
    May 9, 2012 at 7:38 am

    You really should have seen the rat study that preceded the human trial.

    • Doug Farrago
      May 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

      That’s funny.

  5. Pat
    May 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Fantastic. Like there aren’t enough babies being born on the dole – which in Canada would mean, all of them – so now the horrible redundancy of government clowns is brought to bare, uh, bear. How long before ACOG, the AAP, and advocacy groups for the non-self-funded all begin to holler likewise for center-ring treatment? At least there will be a surplus of Chevy Volts for them all to pack into.

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