Tag: evidence-based

We interrupt this summer recipe post for news about yet another mass shooting…

We interrupt this summer recipe post for news about yet another mass shooting…

Guys, I just want to write about diet and lifestyle stuff. I am so goddamned tired of critically important medically relevant events that keep hijacking the news cycle. I can’t post a recipe when everyone’s talking about a deadly attack. So let’s cut it out […]

No, You Really REALLY Don’t Need To Eat Breakfast

No, You Really REALLY Don’t Need To Eat Breakfast

Oh dear, it’s observational study oops time again: Causation and conclusions are drawn, where only loose associations and interesting hypotheses emerge. Meanwhile, the media hubbub may be harmful to your health. The headlines blare: “Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds”. […]

Standing Strong for Science

Standing Strong for Science

Over the past few months, I’ve become a major immunization advocate. But it was almost by accident. Yes, we are in the midst of a measles outbreak. Measles, a potentially debilitating or even deadly virus, was declared eradicated in 2000, can be easily prevented with […]

Behind the Scenes of a Book Launch

Behind the Scenes of a Book Launch

Writing is like breathing to me. But marketing and publicity? I have no effing clue. I messed up the requisite Twitter book giveaway, despite multiple coaching emails from my publisher. My Tweet unintentionally implied that everyone who commented and shared the book info would get […]

Doctors Are Being Cyberbullied: Why That’s Bad, and How We’re Fighting Back

Doctors Are Being Cyberbullied: Why That’s Bad, and How We’re Fighting Back

I’m being cyberbullied. On August 8th, a colleague had posted a video on Instagram for National Immunization Month, and was bombarded with nasty comments and negative fake reviews from anti-vaccine activists. She reached out to our physician group on Facebook for backup. Many of us rushed to support her […]

Voting Is Contagious

Voting Is Contagious

I believe every vote matters. If you don’t believe that, then let me tell you why you’re wrong:  Because voting is, in fact, contagious. The behavior of one individual can widely impact the behavior of their social circle, and  this particularly applies to political behavior. […]

Hatred Is a Disease. What Is the Cure?

Hatred Is a Disease. What Is the Cure?

Hatred is spreading like an epidemic across the country. Just this past week, the United States has had another horrific mass shooting, and multiple attempted assassinations. The shooter targeted Jewish Americans at a synagogue; the mail bomber targeted prominent Democrats. What do the alleged perpetrators […]

Go Farther, Go Faster…Live Longer

Go Farther, Go Faster…Live Longer

There are many times when I can choose between doing something active, and doing something else. And man, there’s alot of something elses. Yesterday morning, for example: I had writing deadlines, clinic charting, endless housework, and two school-aged kids who still think I’m cool and […]

Hell Hath No Fury…

Hell Hath No Fury…

This pictured quote has unleashed a (quite justified) fury. A fury that started with a simple post in a physician mom’s Facebook group on Friday, and then exploded: this is now being covered by CNN, The Washington Post, and Huffpost, among others. Here’s what started […]

A Physician Colleague Is Being Attacked: How We Can Support Her, and the Facts.

A Physician Colleague Is Being Attacked: How We Can Support Her, and the Facts.

The call for help came from another physician on social media. Dr. Jen Trachtenberg, pediatrician and parenting expert at AskDrJen, had posted a video for National Immunization Awareness Month on her Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feed. Unfortunately (but predictably), a small group of anti-vaccination trolls […]