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Forget Mary Jane and Her Cousin CBD

A counter argument on their use for PTSD (Interactive effects of PTSD and substance use on suicidal ideation and behavior in military personnel: Increased risk from marijuana use) “Results suggest marijuana, especially for military personnel experiencing elevated PTSD symptoms may negatively impact suicidal thoughts and behavior. These results are relevant to suggestions that medical marijuana…

The AMA Will Oppose M4A…Until It Doesn’t

Prior to 1965, the American Medical Association fought against the creation of Medicare, warning – correctly – that it would lead to “socialized medicine.”  The AMA and their allies in Congress depended on then-Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur Mills to craft a limited, more fiscally responsible plan to head off a more gargantuan insertion of the…

What Can You Control?

As the tendency towards overwhelm occurs in so many areas of modern life these days, building a compelling future, no matter what the past, has certain fundamental requirements of you as an executive and architect of your own future. You and I cannot control what’s going on in the outside environment, but we can control…

Wounds Under the White Coat

When was the last time you opened up about how your job was making you feel? I mean honestly got in touch with the emotions you were experiencing not just bitching about this or that and how nothing/everything changes? I see this as one area of improvement in the physician world. How many times do…

What’s In a Name?

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) Every year I receive an invitation from a local hospital to attend a social gathering. This gathering of highly talented health care professionals is the New Provider Social. It is a…

Imposter Syndrome at its Worst

Studying for my second set of board exams (step 2/level2), I am ready to finish up this study period and get back in the hospital where I feel I belong. It’s time for me to apply the knowledge I have been gathering, and time to stop wasting away at a desk, completing the never-ending list…

Quote of the Week: Norm

I am moving these to Wednesday afternoon to give our writers a chance to compete to see which has the highest views each week. The Wednesday PM post usually gets screwed so it has been moved to Thursday. You probably don’t care but I thought I would explain. Tweet

You Will Be Analyzed

I am torn. When I first read this this article in the WSJ I was on-board. But then it felt creepy. The title is Investigators Use New Strategy to Combat Opioid Crisis: Data Analytics  Justice Department tracks prescription and billing records to find patterns of abuse in opioid epidemic The article starts out like this…

Agonist Antagonist: Vitriol & Civility Two Novel Drugs Seeking FDA Approval in Healthcare (A Satire on the article: M.D. vs. N.P. – Let’s Put Egos Aside And Patients First)

“When all members can come together and agree – or agree to disagree – on the best way forward in a patient’s care, the population thrives. When voices and opinions are given respectfully – and respected – an effective healthcare team is made (1).”             Within the Limbic System, a new receptor called the Emotional Reactionary Receptor…