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The Brain Tumor Made Me Do It

How sad is this?   Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband’s charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker.  Even better, she lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade.  A billion f%cking dollars!  She has pleaded not guilty…

Quote of the Week

More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill – none have wrestled without pride. Dan Gable Olympic Champion, NCAA Champion, Coach, Legend *Editor’s Note:  As a former wrestler in HS and college, this is for the assholes at the IOC who dropped wrestling from the Olympics…

It’s All About The Energy

  It looks like balance trumps granola.   Scientists have always claimed that a plant-based diet benefits the environment more than animal-based diet.  The problem is that no one has proven that.  The authors of a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition set out to do just that and the results of their study showed…

Doctor Integration

Remember how many of my readers mentioned that we physicians have been assimilated by the Borg?  Well, Moody’s Investors Service says the key to stronger hospital finances is “doctor integration”.  I just love these new phrases they come up with about our collective surrender.  Here is more of what the AMN article said: But hospitals have…

GOP and Medicaid

Perverse incentives.   That phrase says it all.   This article in the WSJ tries to explain why some conservative governors (like Jan Brewer of Arizona) are flipping over and accepting the federal government’s bribes to open up more Medicaid entitlements: One secret of her switcheroo is Medicaid’s “matching rate” formula, in which the feds…

Am I A Government Agent? by Pat Conrad MD

Based on the recent news, those of my cynical bent would be excused, and perhaps thrilled, to quickly attack Pres. Obama’s targeting of firearm possession by making all physicians “extenders” of his aims.  So gleeful I would be to notch another “told ya!” regarding an autocratic power swipe, but…how does one take something that has…

Physician Substitute 1

This is how sad it has become.    I was sent this post from Monster.com and this company is looking for a Physician Substitute 1.  Oh….my…..god!   It’s as if what we have become as physicians is so meaningless that anyone with some medical training will do.   “Practitioners” can now introduce themselves as a…

Quote of the Week

“Your reputation is in the hands of others. That’s what the reputation is. You can’t control that. The only thing you can control is your character.” Wayne Dyer Tweet