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]

Pink Slime

Good News – The fast food industry will stop selling “pink slime” or boneless lean beef trimmings. Bad News – The USDA gives the green light to continue using it for school lunches. Amazing and sad.  Read more about the “pink slime” here.   Three cheers for ammonia! Talk amongst yourselves.   Tweet

Epic Fail for a Yahoo Article

Are you looking to launch a new career where you can help others and make a difference? A job that lets you feel truly good about what you do every day could mean the difference between a rewarding experience and just another 9-to-5. Keep reading to learn about six careers that could make you feel good…

Meaningful Use Part Deux

The AMA News is listing some of the changes to come upon us in 2014. Here are what EMRs will be expected to do in Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use criteria.   Some optional EMR functionality objectives in stage 1 would become mandatory in stage 2. Overall, physicians would need to use their EMRs…

Quote of the Week

Some patients, though conscious that their condition is perilous, recover their health simply through their contentment with the goodness of the physician. Hippocrates 460-400 B.C.   Three cheers for the good old days. Tweet

Laws from Lawsuits

Admittedly, this is a tough situation to talk about.  Brandon Harris, a mentally challenged 25 year-old man, unexpectedly died during a routine sleep study.   The case is in court now because the family feels the hospital could have done more to prevent the guy from dying.  It is sad but the fact is that…

Authentic Doc From A Civil War Prisoner Camp

This was found during an Ebay auction.  Here is the link.  It is an incredible story:  Lot of two (photo and hospital pass) circa 1865 Civil War items relating to the Confederate Andersonville Georgia Prison for Union prisoners of war.  This prison was largely an outdoor compound where over 12,000 of the 45,000 prisoners interred there died from…

End of Life Talks

A recent survey  of nearly 1,700 by the California HealthCare Foundation found that 76% of respondents did not have written advance directives even though 40% said they had talked with a loved one about what medical treatments they would want at the end of life.  Even worse, only 8% of the patients had ever been asked about end-of-life…