Category: Doctor Communication

Jun 23 2011

Making Integrative Choices – Complementary and Alternative Medicine

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard, June 21, 2011) Many migraine sufferers and patients with back pain choose acupuncture to relieve their pain. Breast cancer patients are finding improved outcomes from meditation as they go through chemotherapy. Both acupuncture and meditation are considered “complementary” therapies, as are yoga, reiki, therapeutic massage and similar therapies.  …

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May 26 2011

What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Hurt You

(as published in the Syracuse Post Standard, May 24, 2011) Before I began my patient empowerment work, I thought a specialist was someone who had learned all the general medical information, and then chose to concentrate on that one body system or disease that held the most interest for him. Turns out, that’s not exactly …

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Jan 24 2011

Back in Business….

When last I wrote, I’d been catching up after a whirlwind Fall travel season.  And here I find myself catching up after another crazy six weeks… I don’t just bow out completely, even if it seems so.  I’m blogging in other places, like and the AdvoConnection blog, plus I have been promoting my new …

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Jun 04 2010

Patients Don’t Believe the Evidence! What’s Wrong With Us?

The journal Health Affairs reports on a study that finds Evidence That Consumers Are Skeptical About Evidence-Based Health Care. According to the abstract, We found many of these consumers’ beliefs, values, and knowledge to be at odds with what policy makers prescribe as evidence-based health care. Few consumers understood terms such as “medical evidence” or …

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Aug 31 2009

Autism and MMR Link, Parents Fooled, Follow the Money, Then LISTEN

I’ll begin this post by saying that I understand the basics — that many parents of children with autism believe that autism was brought on by vaccines.  And that scientific research has over and over again proven that link does not exist. Then I watched the Dateline / Matt Lauer interviews and exposé, A Dose …

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