The AMA Epiphany


Talk about profound statements.  The AMA has come out and stated publicly that:

“While immediate access to online information has been of great benefit to patients and health care professionals, the American Medical Association is greatly concerned that a substantial proportion of health information on the Internet might be inaccurate, erroneous, outdated, misleading, or fraudulent, and thereby pose a threat to patients and public health.”

Welcome, AMA, to the internet age and the year 1999.  You really are in touch with the pulse of today’s doctors, huh?  I guess their next warning will be about the Y2K issue with our computers?

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] 

  4 comments for “The AMA Epiphany

  1. Bill Ameen, MD
    March 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

    This brings to mind again how poorly, if at all, the AMA represents most working physicians. Except for being in the SAMA as a student, I have never joined and still get JAMA and notices of dues renewal even 8 months into retirement. At one time I considered joining the “other” organization led by Dr. Jane Orient, but then I found that they’re libertarian, right-wing, anti-vaccine, etc., a little too far out. Makes me wonder if the National Medical Association, which I understand was begun mostly for physicians of color, would represent doctors better? Too bad I got through my career never able to feel a part of a professional organization that truly represented me…the AAFP surely doesn’t, even though I still get CME through AFP journal. Oh…anybody still getting CME on floppy discs for their Tandy 1000? Darn that Radio Shack for going bankrupt!

    • Pat
      March 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      I respectfully suggest that a libertarian approach is most compatible with the traditions of western medicine and a healthy, ethical doctor-patient relationship. I was an active member of the AAPS for several years; I agree with you on vaccines, etc as distractions, and wish they had more exclusively focused on reversing the serious harms of government involvement in medicine.

  2. Steve O'
    March 25, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I never bother with those internets, anyhow. I fire up my Windows ’95 to keep up with my ABIM MOC!

  3. Jason Valentine
    March 25, 2015 at 7:27 am

    What’s with the word “might”?

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