Archive for April, 2010


As I so often do, I thought I’d repost an article I read that I thought you’d all find interesting.  So funny how many times I’ve heard MDs (and others) say, “Oh, acupuncture is just a placebo treatment.”  Whether or not it is, my clinical experience has taught me that doctors often have no idea how to treat something, and as this article points out, they very often do indeed prescribe placebos. According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, U.S. doctors regularly give placebo treatments such as vitamins, sedatives or even antibiotics to patients, even though in many cases these doctors don’t expect such treatments to help the patient’s underlying disease.   Read more by clicking here.


I wish I had more time to read fiction.  Instead, the time that I do have to read is generally taken with current topics in healthcare so that I can keep up with my patients’ needs. 

One recent read was the poorly-titled but well-written “Anti-Cancer” by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. 

A research doctor who got cancer himself, it’s an evidence-based approach to keeping oneself cancer-free, primarily through dietary advice, though it has much more to offer.  It’s a quick read, has useful, actionable intelligence, and I highly recommend it to all. 

Check out the author’s story below…

You can, of course, purchase it on Amazon by clicking here (no, I don’t get any kind of commission!).

While focused on food, Michael Pollan, a professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley, has been writing about where our food comes from, and what to eat, for years.  His best sellers (much recommended) include “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” and “In Defense of Food,” among other titles.  In the end, his readers have often asked what foods they should be eating.  In response, he has written a quick and easy to digest guide, “Food Rules:  An Eater’s Manual.”  Simple but profound.  Some excerpts may be found in Pollan’s article in The Huffington Post.

If you, the reader, have any recommendations of your own, let us know by posting a reply below…

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