The Educated Patient

Taking a Risk with a Chronic Condition

MitoNet 2019

Stunning news. I am travelling next month to the MitoNet 2019 Conference in Toronto, ON, Canada. They contacted me to tell me the UMDF Poster presented in Washington DC In June has been accepted. It’s unusual to present a poster twice but I am bringing a very different research focus to the poster this time around. I plan to focus on the process and not the content of the research […]

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Where Science and Religion meet

Thinking bald man, professor

If you want your healthcare experience to matter, you need to understand that healthcare speaks the language of science. It’s called evidence based medicine but researchers decide what is evidence based, not patients. Where science and religion meet is that both use dogma to support their authority. A single case report is unlikely to change clinical practice in medicine. Many single cases showing the same result are still not enough […]

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The ebb and the flow

The days are getting shorter now, and the nights come sooner. I often see the end of summer as as an opportunity for deeper reflection. The crisp leaves of autumn are a welcome change from the sweltering heat of a summer past its prime. The change of season reminds me once again of how everything in life ebbs and flows, the seasons change, children grow and we grow older too. […]

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Ask your Doctor if ….. is right for you….

Most physicians are trained to look for a pharmaceutical solution to a health care problem. It makes sense. Someone else has tested the drug to make sure it’s safe. It’s passed all the government tests to make sure it works. Best of all, it’s easy to write a prescription and improves time management for a doctor in a busy practice. It’s quicker to write a prescription than to really listen […]

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A Dimly Lit Path

Starting Out I wish I could say I knew what I was doing when I started out on this dimly lit path. That I had a clear destination in mind, a star on the map. I didn’t then and I still don’t now. I am however, more persuaded than ever that I am moving in the right direction. The truth is that uncertainty has become my constant if somewhat uncomfortable […]

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