Medicine is asking all the wrong questions, and we’ve been programmed to follow along and ask those same wrong questions when it comes to our health. The whole situation reminds me of a scene from Moneyball where Johan Hill’s character Peter Brand is explaining what’s wrong with the way baseball players are being managed and selected to Brad Pitt’s character Billy Beane (see below for video). Read more
It is the holy grail of medicine – the diagnosis. TV shows like ‘House‘ are based upon finding the correct diagnosis in dramatic and somewhat unrealistic fashion, as it is the only way to move forward and treat the patient. Doctors find a diagnosis, and only then can they construct a plan of action to bring you back to health. And while this approach of diagnosis first and then a generalized treatment has worked for quite some time, does it have merit in the 21st century where we have seen an explosion of complex and chronic conditions? Read more
From Einstein’s discovery that Matter = Energy (E=MC2) to Quantum Physics’ nine-billion-dollar-baby – the Large Hadron Collider centered outside Switzerland and accelerating particles at near the speed of light – we know with certainty that there is far more to our universe than that which meets the eye… Now, what if we could apply these 21st century findings to the human being and the World of Medicine? Read more
Rick Grimes knew the secret first, and it was a game changer. But can the wisdom our favorite Zombie-killing sheriff shares with the group in the Walking Dead apply to real life and infectious diseases?
SPOILER ALERT – If you have never seen the Walking Dead and plan on watching, don’t read on. This posting reveals crucial plot twists that span the first 2 seasons. Read more
Is this the type of medicine that we are now turning to for ‘tough cases’? Drilling holes in our skulls and implanting electrodes to fight depression? It seems a little barbaric to me, but lets examine.
Recap of story: After struggling with severe depression her whole life, Edi has decided to undergo an experimental treatment in which 2 holes are drilled into the skull and a pair of battery-powered electrodes are implanted deep in the brain. The treatment is based off the ground-breaking research of neurologist Dr. Helen Mayberg. The procedure — called deep brain stimulation, or DBS — targets a small brain structure known as Area 25, the “ringleader” for the brain circuits that control our moods. Research on this part of the brain showed that Area 25 is relatively overactive in depressed patients.
The Problem: For all the ground-breaking research that is quite valuable, not once did the question of “why is this area overactive?” come up.