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]

The Smoking Thing

When patients take an active role in harming their own health it becomes a very controversial topic.   As physicians, we rarely ever turn away a patient.  We try, as consultants, to guide him or her but we try not to judge.  As we become stewards of the healthcare system, however, we need to understand…

Makes You Wonder

Can you look at this sign I stole from the internet and see it for what it is?  Honestly, without any political judgments, can you take a deep breath and go through each item and just ponder it for a second?   Forget poor versus rich.  Forget entitlements.  Forget liberal versus conservative or Republican versus…

Cholesterol and Older Adults

Higher total cholesterol was associated with a lower risk of noncardiovascular mortality in older adults. This association varied across the late-life span and was stronger in older age groups.  This was from a study in the Journal of American Geriatrics in October of this year.  So should we be treating these patients with statins?  Probably…

A Higher Purpose of Leadership

I was reading a book called Leading At A Higher Level by Ken Blanchard and I was really intrigued about how he redefined what leadership really is.  Here is an excerpt: We believed that anytime you tried to influence the thoughts and actions of others toward goal accomplishment in either your personal or professional life…

It’s A Trap!

A recent WSJ article had an enticing header.  It said “An Rx? Pay More to Family Doctors”.  It sounded so alluring.  My pulse quickening as I started to read but then I realized it was a trap.  Where is Admiral Ackbar when you need him? The article starts out with how Wellpoint (an insurance company)…

Keep On Keepin’ On

A new study in the American Cancer Society journal CANCER looked at 2,456 lung cancer patients and 3,063 colorectal patients and discovered that at the time of diagnosis, 38 percent of the lung cancer patients and 15 percent of the colorectal patients were smokers. Five months later, despite a cancer diagnosis, 14 percent of the lung cancer…

Respect by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Long ago physicians were respected members of society. Benjamin Rush  M.D. was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and did quite a few phlebotomies on George Washington (probably not too helpful). The physicians were knowledgeable but had few effective remedies and often did little good.   Over quite a few years physicians became considerably more…

Statins, Diabetes, and Animal House

For those who haven’t heard, a new study has shown that statins (to treat cholesterol) raise the chances of the person, who is taking the medication, of getting diabetes by 50%.  This is the fourth publication to show that.   It looks like a real risk.  Wow.  So, let me get this straight.  The idiots…