AAFP and Lice

This is the weekly newsletter from the AAFP.  It’s nice to see the American Academy of Family Practice embracing homeopathy.  Dilution and killing lice seems intuitive.  Nothing like selling out for the almighty dollar.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t take the money but they are supposed to be a respectable organization.  Us on the other hand….

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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] 

  17 comments for “AAFP and Lice

  1. S Snyder
    August 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    AAFP banned reporters from its annual meeting…what are they hiding?

  2. Philip Thwing, MD
    August 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    I dropped my membership from the AAFP after they sold out to Coca-Cola several years ago. I see that our respectable betters are still doing what they can to trivialize our specialty

  3. Jim Elliot
    August 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    People who question whether homeopathy works are simply not educated or experienced. Like questioning whether anti-biotics work.

  4. Lorraine
    August 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Why are you so closed minded

  5. Drew McIntosh, MD
    August 17, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Last AAFP conference I went to, as I rode from my hotel in the AAFP Prevacid bus to get my Nexium coffee and Plavix pastries (guaranteed to cause ASCVD/stent deployment/Plavix Rx), I was able to contemplate the sellout AAFP had become. So why is membership so expensive and the administrative costs so high? All we really need them to do is keep track of our CME! Any pretense of being a lobbying body supporting the interests of Family Physicians went by the wayside years ago, when they sold us up the river for MOC, MU, and all those other lovely unfunded mandates AAFP loves to “be at the table” for but do nothing about.

    • Perry
      August 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      They will write some “threatening” letters occasionally:
      “If you don’t put a stop to those awful mandates, which we thought were a good idea before, we’re going to take our medical tools and play doctor somewhere else.”

    • Randy
      August 19, 2017 at 8:13 am

      AAFP’s “support” goes way back before MOC, MU, etc. They came out strongly for Hillary Care way back in 1993.

  6. DFMD
    August 17, 2017 at 11:01 am

    LiceFree is 1% saline, sea water is 3% and humans are also about 1% saline.
    I don’t believe in Homeopathy but they say it works even if you don’t believe in it.
    There is an entire branch of Mainstream medicine that uses homeopathy. They inject micro-dilutions of things like pollen and ground up dust mites into little kids to “cure” diseases like asthma and dermatitis. They have been doing this since 1911 and have never done a clinical trial to prove it even works. In the 1970’s they added “immunology” to their name to look even cooler. They know absolutely zilch about the immune system though.
    Dr Farrago may have even unsuspectingly sent patients to them!! So who are these quacks??
    ALLERGISTS !! (allo-erg-ists) which in latin means studiers of other energies.

  7. Arnie
    August 17, 2017 at 10:22 am

    If you do some research, they are not the first major medical organization to sell out for “educational grants” and the like in the past.
    Just makes it easier to travel First Class.

  8. RSW
    August 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

    “they are supposed to be a respectable organization”

    Excuse me while I clean the coffee off my monitor.

    There is far more evidence to support the use of Licefree than there is to support EMRs, MU, PCMH, MACRA, and all the rest of the AAFP’s disasters. They are the asshole-licking, self-loathing joke of the medical world.

    And someday I’ll tell you what I really think of them.

  9. Stephen Rockower
    August 16, 2017 at 9:19 am


  10. Sir Lance-a-lot
    August 16, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice if there were lindane that worked against self-serving bureaucrats?

  11. Pat
    August 16, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Years ago at an out-of-town CME conference, a buddy and I were downing some pints that evening, and he remarked that we ought to just set up a shop in the Keys and “sell crystals and beads and powders and shit” to promote health and wellness. If we had just followed that vision, we probably could’ve gotten grant money, an AAFP blessing, and sidestepped all this idiotic MOC stuff by self-designating as alternative healers. Missed the dang ol’ boat.

  12. Steve O'
    August 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

    I don’t think homeopathy’s so far off from ABMS. Giving vast quantities of nothing at all is what the Boards specialize in. Charging money for it, too, is part of the experience. Making claims without any empirical evidence, that’s MOC in a nutshell. “Lice” is an apt metaphor for how the Big Players in healthcare view the medical provider – they should be gotten rid of because they’re irritating. Selling vastly diluted Sodium Chloride in a medical publication might have been shameful thirty years ago; now, it’s just a Guideline for everyone to believe.

    • Perry
      August 16, 2017 at 10:19 am

      “Lice” is an apt metaphor for how the Big Players in healthcare view the medical provider – they should be gotten rid of because they’re irritating.

      That’s OK, the Big Players are like ticks. They suck your blood and cause nasty lingering disease.

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