Medical Snake-Oil Salesmen, Misinformation and Mental Health Lessons To Help Us Cope

Medical Snake-Oil Salesmen, Misinformation and Mental Health Lessons To Help Us Cope

 

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Who Not To Trust: A List of 10 Covid-19 Charlatans and “Medical” Snake-Oil Salesmen

Elemental published a list of trustworthy Covid-19 resourcesRobert Turner counters with a naughty list. He exposes physicians abusing their positions of power for personal gain, putting the public at risk.

Research Shows How To Spot Fake News About Coronavirus

The viral spread of social media misinformation spreads faster than the pandemic. Alison Escalante MD demonstrates how the concept of priming helps us consider content accuracy before sharing with the world.

Our Clinical Mind is Lazy

Finding reliable online information is not difficult when we filter and apply critical thinking skills. Zachary Walston explains how we process information.

An Open Letter to Professor ’hydroxychloroquine’ Raoult: Let’s Settle this Doctor to Doctor.

Discredited microbiologist Professor Didier Raoult appeared in a senatorial inquiry commission regarding the management of Covid-19 and his recommendations for hydroxychloroquine. Dr. Ludovic Gros MD responds in an open letter.

Coronavirus

How Much Should You ‘Expose’ Yourself During This Pandemic

As the pandemic drags on, each one of us struggles to find a balance. While we comply with NPIs (nonpharmaceutical interventions), we also experience some degree of potential exposure. Jonathan Adrian helps us strike the delicate balance between staying-at-home and basking in the outdoors.

What Is It About COVID That Makes It Worse?

Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa shares from his experiencing running an intensive care unit. In this story, we get an inside look at the emotional toll on health providers as they care for critically ill Covid-19 patients.

The First Covid Rapid Blood Test Gets Approved But it Only Checks for Antibodies

The FDA released another Emergency Authorization Use for the Assure COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Device. Robert Turner explains the benefits and limitations of this type of coronavirus testing.

Are you Still Confused About Masks? Ask Scientists not Designers For Your Own Safety!

Adding an international perspective, Turkish physician Eden Kunter shows us mask mixed-messaging travels across international borders.

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Mental Health

Herd Mentality and Its Confusing Elements

What draws human to groupthink and herd mentality. Dr. Patricia Farrell explores the topic by examining cult leaders and those who follow them.

In Making Decisions, Do What Feels Right

Loren A Olson MD shares from personal experience how impulsive decisions sometimes may be better than rational ones.

5 Surprising Ways Your Porn Habit Is Costing You More Than You Think

Online pornography is available for free, but it has a cost. Jeremy Lipkowitz shares pornography addiction affects us professionally, physically, and emotionally.

Is It Stress or Anxiety That’s Contagious?

Many of us use the terms stress and anxiety interchangeably but stress in emotional and anxiety is biological. Dr. Patricia Farrell helps us understand the difference.

Virtual Counselling Strategies in the Health and Social Service Sectors

Davina Tiwari MSW, RSW, CSFT provides a helpful guide for virtual care in a pandemic-stricken world.

Parenting Style and Child’s Risk for Adult Emotional Abusive Relationships

Grant H Brenner explains new research on how different parenting approaches may raise or lower the vulnerability of children for future adult abusive relationships.

Believe It or Not, There’s Good and Bad Stress

Dr. Patricia Farrell dispels the myth that stress is always detrimental. She shows us ways stress can motivate us to action.

Nutrition

If You Want Great Skin, Stop Ignoring Your Diet

We spend an insane amount of money on skincare products and forget the major culprit. Tim Rees tells us what to do.

Are Fruits Magical?

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Jokūbas Sireikis peels off cherry-picked science used by the multibillion-dollar food industry.

Coffee Depletes Vitamins & Minerals, But is This a Cause For Concern?

Coffee is nature’s gift from the Gods, but it causes some health issues. Tim Rees explains five ways to enjoy coffee in a healthy way.

Health policy

Health Insurance- For-Profit or Nonprofit

Adam Tabriz, MD analyzes the concept of nonprofit vs for-profit health insurance arguing there’s nothing wrong with companies trying to make the most profits, as long as the market is kept fair, transparent, and accountable.

General health

How to Stop Pain at the Source

Why choose a topical pain reliever instead of a tablet? Jennifer Mittler-Lee walks us through over-the-counter topical pain relievers.

Staying Healthy During a Pandemic

One of the best things we can do to stay healthy is to be your own healthcare advocate. James Goydos, MD shares some words of wisdom.

Chemotherapy: Everything You Need to Know as a Patient

Robert Turner examines the history of chemotherapy. He evaluates the dosing methods, side effects, outcomes, and the financial motivators that ensure the treatment’s survival.

Cancer Research Unites Us All

September 24 is World Cancer Research Day, but James Goydos, MD reminds us to focus attention on one of the leading causes of death year-round.

Elmiron Bladder Medication and Vision Loss: What Patients Need to Know

MedTruth chronicles a link between interstitial cystitis medication Elmiron and vision damage.

Women’s health

Should We Prepare for Another IUD Panic?

Planned Parenthood reported a 900% increase in appointments requesting IUD insertion procedures in their clinics after the 2016 election. RBG’s unfortunate death puts the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy. Caitlin Laughney, MSW discusses the potential impact on contraceptive options.

Phexxi; Have You Heard About the New Hormone-Free Contraceptive?

Many women are looking for alternative birth control options. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Phexxi, a new, hormone-free contraceptive gel. This new vaginal on-demand contraceptive option is FDA-approved for the prevention of pregnancy

Here’s What You Need to Know About BRCA 1 and 2: The Breast Cancer Genes

Your genes may hold the secret to breast cancer susceptibility. Men and women with a family history of cancer may qualify for genetic testing to help make life-saving decisions.

This post was previously published on Medium.com.

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