Problem Solving: Free Your Mind

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Here was a conversation in recent car ride: Daughter: Penny has 5 children, 1st is January, 2nd kid February, 3rd is called March, 4th is April. What is the name of the 5th Me (after considerable, don’t-want-to-be-shown-up-again thought): I don’t know. Tell me. Daughter: What is the name of the 5th child. Me: I don’t know! […]

How to Read Headlines

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Headlines are everything. They frame the way we read an article, how we remember it, and whether we choose to read it in the first place. In the world of click-bait journalism, authors have become experts at crafting headlines to maximum effect – even if it means lying or at least misleading. This dangerous trend […]

Things Science Has Proven

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It seems like there is no end to the constant attacks on science recently. So, I have decided to make an exhaustive list of the principles, laws, and theories that Science has proven. These issues have been settled by Science and are not open for debate or challenge. Read through the list below and make […]

The Medical Hype Cycle (The Herrell Curve?)

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When a breakthrough innovation, new test, or new treatment is discovered in medicine, its adoption often follows a typical pattern. This pattern is demonstrated graphically on the illustration below. I have adapted this concept from the Hype Cycle used to describe new technologies in business but with some important modifications. A new discovery is made […]

It’s All in the Counseling …

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Physicians have a lot of power over patient choices. In theory, physicians present patients with choices and then patients make informed decisions. In practice, this almost never happens. A physician can manipulate a patient into doing almost anything by counseling patients in a biased and skewed way; a doctor may even tell the truth, but […]

Can We Change a Mind?

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Have you ever tried to convince someone that she should vaccinate her children? Or that she should have a vaginal birth after cesarean in the hospital rather than at home? Have you ever tried to convince someone to vote a different way? Or to take a prescribed medicine rather than an alternative medicine? Have you ever tried to convince […]

The Facts Speak For Themselves

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I recently went to an ACOG-endorsed educational activity in Washington DC. The speaker, from a nearby local university, fancied himself an expert on the subject matter. The subject matter itself is quite controversial, so his opinions about it are not the opinions of all experts. At one point, he presented two papers which disagreed with his […]

When Did Breastfeeding Become a Disease?

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The practice of breastfeeding is as old as, well, mankind. Few functions could be considered more natural, and few biologic functions work as well. It works so well that until recent history, literally every child in human history was breastfed (though sometimes by wet nurses). Wet nurses have been necessary throughout human history when the mother […]