Clues to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Doctors were right after all.  Chronic fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is just all in your head… However, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered some physical clues that may lead to further understanding of this insidious and debilitating disease.  Being “all in your head”, in this case, does not mean that someone is just a worry-wart or lazy. 

Christmas Presents or an MRI

None of us want a lump of coal in our stocking this Christmas, but there may be some unusual Christmas wishes on many of your lists. Of course, there will be bicycles, games, and other toys as well as the various clothes items for your yourself and others. But how many are wishing for a CT scan,

Where Was the Internist When the Elephant Was Drunk ???

I wanted to continue the saga of the drunken elephant a little further so as to not impugn the integrity of medical specialists without adequately poking fun at my own specialty, Internal Medicine. As you may remember, Dr. George, Dr. Uri, and Dr. Newton learned from their jungle guide that one must step back and observe patients from a wholistic perspective.

Medscape Statins and Personalized Medicine

A recent Medscape article in July which addressed Statins use apparently generated 600 comments. A follow up article I read this morning addresses many of those comments. My short take on the article: Treatment for high cholesterol requires personalization! See the link here .

Each of our genetics, lifestyle, goals, and current health conditions influence our need for and responses to Statin drugs.  

Obese Mice and Probiotics

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Sometimes, as one explores the world of functional and integrative medicine, one may stop and ask if the mainstream medical establishment is right.   Are we so desperate for healing and restoration that we will latch on to any theory or any promise?  Should we just treat symptoms and stop looking for root causes?

Healthcare Sharing Ministries

I had intended to continue my saga of the drunken elephant (the hyper-specialization of medicine), but I wanted to pause and say a few words regarding the healthcare sharing ministries which are offered as alternatives to health insurance.   A new addition to the ones listed further below has been launched for Catholics who were not always comfortable with the statements of faith required by the four faith based options.